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Alyson's Broccoli Salad

Reviewed: Mar. 7, 2009
This is a great salad! It has so many nutritious ingredients and is delicious. I tried using half cauliflower with the broccoli the second time I made it, and was even better, we thought. Added 1/4 tsp. salt, too, which seemed to make it even better. One of our favorite salads now. Almost a meal in itself.
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Roquefort Pear Salad

Reviewed: Mar. 7, 2009
I'd looked forward to trying this salad for a while. It was quite good, but could have been better if I'd chosen firmer pears and avacado, I think. As it was, the softer pears and avacado kind of mushed together with the dressing and muted the flavor of the dressing. Think next time I'd leave out the avacado altogether. Did double the dressing and was needed. Didn't candy the pecans for lo-carb appeal and were still good. All in all, was a nice salad and will try again with nice crisp pears to see how good it can be.
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Shrimp with Tomatoes and Feta Cheese

Reviewed: Jan. 24, 2009
I didn't have fresh tomatoes, so used canned diced tomatoes. Also used some red pepper flakes instead of fresh peppers. Didn't want to spend so much for fresh herbs, so left out. Was really good anyway. Imagine it would be wonderful using all fresh ingredients. By the time you buy fresh tomatoes, fresh herbs, feta cheese, and shrimp, this really gets expensive, but is very tasty for a special occasion.
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Fruity Curry Chicken Salad

Reviewed: Jan. 23, 2009
This was a good recipe, but not quite a five-star. I liked it the first day better, because the pecans were still crisp, and turned a little soggy by the next day. It could have used a little more flavor in the dressing--a little tang--maybe salt, more curry, maybe using Miracle Whip rather than mayonaise would have given it that lift. It did have lots of nice ingredients and was interesting, but don't think I'd make it again.
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Candy Cane Fudge

Reviewed: Dec. 29, 2008
I made a double batch of this fudge for a bake sale. Forgot to put in the peppermint flavoring, but the crushed candy canes gave it plenty of peppermint flavor, especially after a few days-the candy canes really came through flavor-wise. Used 24 candy canes (the cheap ones)for the double recipe, and that was way plenty. The day the fudge was made, you could taste the white chocolate and Eagle Brand a little, but after a few days, the peppermint was the only flavor you could detect. I used the toothpick method to drag small drops of red food coloring around on the top before the candy hardened. This seemed to work well, and almost looked like the picture. Don't drop too much food coloring on top, though, or it looks rather traumatized. Just use a couple of drops at a time. I microwaved the white chocolate chips and Eagle Brand for 3 minutes at power 7--just until barely warmed, then stirred till smooth. (1100 watt oven) This worked really well and was much easier than the stove method. A very good recipe and different. Especially good for Christmas holidays.
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Microwave Oven Peanut Brittle

Reviewed: Dec. 16, 2008
I tried a traditional, old-fashioned recipe (one in which you use a candy thermometer and stir on the stove), and this one two days apart. From a taste test, I really couldn't say the old-fashioned recipe tasted any better. This recipe is so fast and so much easier. I have an 1100 watt microwave and ended up adding the peanuts after miking 2 minutes, cooked 4 minutes more, added the butter, cooked 4 1/2 minutes more, added the soda and vanilla, and poured out to cool on warmed cookie sheets, which had been buttered and lightly sprinkled with salt, as suggested by another reviewer. This is just a great method, and a wonderful way to make lots for gifts or just for the fun of it.
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Pistachio Fluff Fruit Salad

Reviewed: Nov. 27, 2008
Another variation of this recipe is to mix in 1 1/2 cups cottage cheese with the pineapple and pudding. Gives the salad a healthier aspect and is delicious.
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Strawberry Spinach Salad I

Reviewed: Oct. 18, 2008
Took this to a tail-gating party--was delicious. Left out poppy seeds and sesame seeds and didn't miss them. Used feta cheese-was essential. A few didn't try the salad, I guess because of the unlikely strawberry-spinach combination, so hubby and I had a little to finish after the game. Wouldn't have been too good to keep till next day, anyway. Will be one of our favorites now.
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