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Wild Rice Stuffing for Turkey

Reviewed: Nov. 22, 2007
This was hands down the best stuffing I have ever had. I love wild rice so maybe that is why. My only suggestion would be to cook the wild rice until it busts through the black skin. I cooked 25 minutes but it was a bit too chewy, but at the same time, sooo very tasty. I think the seasoned crutons is very mucgh a secret to incredible stuffing. I will use this recipe every time!
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Beaker's Vegetable Barley Soup

Reviewed: Jan. 6, 2012
OUTSTANDING! Here is what I did differently: I added 4 quarts veggie broth, chili paste instead of curry, fresh garlic instead of powder, small kidney beans instead of garbanzo, added mushrooms, a can of green beans and 1/3 package frozen chopped spinach. Finally I added fresh chopped Italian parsley instead of dried. Truly one of the best soups I have ever made, thank you for the recipe!
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Thai Peanut Dressing

Reviewed: Jun. 25, 2011
I just made this pretty much to the T except I guesstimated rather than measure things out exactly... the only thing I changed was like others I did not add the corn starch... I did a rolling bubbling until it was the consistency I like which was only a few minutes. Very good flavor, going to be great on the vietnamese spring rolls I am making. Thanks for this recipe, just what I needed.
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Coconut Macaroons III

Reviewed: Dec. 22, 2009
Outstanding recipe even after forgetting to add the vanilla, but otherwise followed exactly! Try dipping in dark chocolate on the bottom and then into sliced toasted almonds! Looks and tastes great! So very good fresh after baking and still tasted good the next day but not as good as out of the oven. Thanks for the recipe!
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Corn, Sweet Onion, and Tomato Salad

Reviewed: Aug. 23, 2009
This recipe was perfect for a summer bbq and everyone loved it. Very easy and tasty. I didn't have rice vinegar so i used apple cider vinegar and added some sugar to taste. I used purple onions and it was excellent.
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Tiramisu II

Reviewed: Aug. 23, 2009
Perfect recipe first time I made it! Helpful hints in hindsight: layer lady fingers tightly for a good cakelike layer - drizzle or brush coffee/liquor mix, I dunked and it was too strong IMO - I used espresso and coffee liquor and the flavor was great - when stirring the yoke mix over heat it will rise, make sure pot is large enough to accomodate and mine never boiled for a minute but I did cook and stir for a long while until the mix raised to more than double and was creamy throughout - if whipping cream with whisk mixer it doesn't take long at all, be careful to not over whip! I WILL MAKE THIS GREAT RECIPE AGAIN!
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Mouth-Watering Stuffed Mushrooms

Reviewed: Jul. 6, 2008
It doesn't get much better than these. My kids loved them, my boyfriend who is not a huge mushroom fan loved them and so did I! I used light cream cheese. I didn't have quite enough parmesean so I added some shredded mozerella to make up for it. I also used all my cayenne on the red beans so I used chinese "rooster sauce" instead. I was surprised that it said to chop the mushroom stems but did it. I used my hand held food chopper and it worked great to mince them up finely and boy did they look and smell great when cooked with the oil and garlic! That alone would be great on pizza! Excellent recipe, will make these many times again.
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Homemade Black Bean Veggie Burgers

Reviewed: Jul. 6, 2008
These were incredibly good. My boyfriend is a vegetarian and we have had store bought black bean burgers, but these were by far better. I used purple onion and cheese seasoned bread crumbs because that is what I had. I just added the crumbs until it was a good molding consistency. I also added brown rice which gave them a great chewy texture. These were fine placing directly on the grill and the cooked texture was was fabulous. My boyfriend was so very impressed and can't wait to make them again. I also loved that I made them large enough to go on the big wheat buns.
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Authentic Louisiana Red Beans and Rice

Reviewed: Jul. 6, 2008
Yum, yum these were all that! I pretty much followed the recipe except I didn't measure water or spice. I added chicken bouilon as many other suggested and I didn't have chicken broth. Great recipe you can do a lot with!.
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Easy Granola Bars

Reviewed: Jun. 8, 2008
Just as easy and versatile as other reviews say. Can't wait to experiment more. I warmed the sweetened condensed milk as recommended and it was easy to work with. I sprayed my pan with Pam and they came out with ease. Also used wax paper to press mix firmly into pan... great recipe!
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Spicy Shrimp Creole

Reviewed: Mar. 21, 2008
This was scrumptious! It wasn't too spicey for these taste buds and was even better the next day! Next time I make I am going to try using clam juice in exchange for some of the tomato sauce... it was a bit too tomatoey for my liking... for me I think it would be better with less tomato sauce. Thanks for the recipe, will be making this again soon.
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Asian Lettuce Wraps

Reviewed: Jan. 24, 2008
I make a similar version of this using lean ground turkey. I use water chestnuts for crunch, green onion, mushrooms (sometimes) and for the sauce I use Iron Chef Sesame Garlic sauce I find in the Asian section at Winco. I use no extra oil and it is not missed. After cooking the ground meat I drain excess oil. DELICIOUS!
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Chicken Fried Chicken

Reviewed: Jan. 16, 2008
This was great, followed the recipe but used strips of boneless/skinless chicken breast. It was golden but not as crispy as I like so next time I will fry longer. Yummy flavor, excellent texture and very juicy and tender. My kids loved it, too.
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Jamie's Minestrone

Reviewed: Jan. 14, 2008
Great hearty, healthy soup! I only changed a couple of things: I added corn and used one can stewed italian tomatoes for half the tomato sauce. I used vegetable bouillon instead of chicken. I used less olive oil. Very yummy. Next time I will spice it up a bit more for my personal tastes and add other spices such as red pepper, sage, etc.
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Vietnamese Fresh Spring Rolls

Reviewed: Jan. 8, 2008
I've been making these for years and love them. Some tips I've learned: not all rice paper wraps are created equal, try different brands; shrimp can be cut/split down the center to make go further; mint is so delicious, I use whole leaves; dry ingredients inside help make the rolling easier; must dip them in something (all sauces mentioned here sound great!) otherwise they taste bland; can't beat how healthy they are!! YUM!
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Kosher Salt Encrusted Prime Rib Roast

Reviewed: Dec. 27, 2007
This recipe is every bit as good (and shocking) as everyone else has said. I cooked a 14 pound roast and used about 1 1/2 pounds of the koser course salt. I used the salt dry on top of the roast and wetted it for the sides which was a great move. It stuck to the sides well and the water/salt combo made a better crust than the dry salt alone. The meat was absolutely fabulous and everybody raved, even my critical sister said it was better than any restaurant. As far as the quality, I found the least exensive place to buy at $2.98 per pound and it really didn't matter, it was superb!
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Spectacular Marsala Glazed Carrots with Hazelnuts

Reviewed: Dec. 25, 2007
Yum! Cooked carrots never tasted so good. I doubled the recipe but used less butter than called for. I cooked the sauce for a good 20 minutes to try and thicken but it didn't seem to...? Didn't matter though, 100% delicious flavor. My mother didn't even want to try but I insisted... she asked for the recipe and said she doesn't like carrots but really liked these and knows she should eat them! I will keep this recipe for sure. Thanks!
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Light 'n' Creamy Mashed Potatoes

Reviewed: Nov. 22, 2007
I used fat free sour cream and low fat cream cheese cause that is what i FOUND at the store... My bf added fresh smashed garlic cloves (2) instead of garlic powder and it made all the difference. Very yummy potatoes.
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Sunday's Apple Pie

Reviewed: Nov. 22, 2007
OMG, this simple pie tasted soooooo good! Due to my bf's oven we had to cook almost twice as long before the crust looked done, but boy oh boy, the apples and crust were perfect. It wasn't the prettiest pie due to my 9.5 inch pan, but it really was tasty.
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Sweet Potato Casserole I

Reviewed: Nov. 22, 2007
This recipe is the bomb! I truly have never had a better sweet potato dish. I LOVE the orange flavor from the orange peel. We grated them finely and it was super yummy. I used walnuts instead of pecans because that is what I had handy. I would also point out for new cooks, the recipe does not say to peel the potatos after cooked, make sure you take the peels off before mashing! Try this recipe!
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