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Speedy Homemade Salsa

Reviewed: Jul. 21, 2012
Great salsa! I took the advice of others and added 1 TBSP of lime juice, cut the Cumin in half, cut the vinegar in half and kept in one half of the seeds from the jalapeno to add a little more heat. Too much Cumin would have been way too spicy. I'd rather have my heat come from the jalapeno seeds. :-) Thanks for this great recipe!
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Easy Hummus

Reviewed: Jan. 9, 2012
WOW! This is a really good and easy hummus recipe! I was pleasantly surprised, considering I didn't have Tahini (a sesame seed paste). I didn't let that deter me from making this recipe, which I doubled also. From a couple reviews I read, I added several shakes of salt and pepper. Then I added a small amount of sesame oil (probably 1/4 tsp. for a double recipe). I actually made the hummus without the sesame oil and it was still pretty good, but when I read the review about adding the oil, I had to put the oil it and I am so glad I did!! I do have to say that the 1 Tbsp. of bean liquid per batch was not nearly enough liquid, so I did add a couple Tbsp. of olive oil and even added about 1/2 cup more of the bean liquid! I know that seems that my hummus would be runny, but it's not. Don't be shy to tweak!! I am going to go eat my hummus now, have fun! P.S. I am doing what's called a "Daniel Fast", which is all fruit, veggies, nuts, beans and whole grains (basically anything that grows from a seed)...anyway, an approved fasting food is hummus and I knew I could find a recipe that was within my requirements! http://daniel-fast.com/
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Orange Smoothie

Reviewed: Sep. 5, 2011
This is an excellent base recipe!! I believe the recipe is very simple and easy to alter depending on individual tastes. As I read in an earlier review, the brand of O.J. concentrate is an important part to the success of this smoothie. I used a Meijer brand and it was more bitter than I cared for and when I used the second half of the can for the second batch, I upped the sugar to half a cup and upped the vanilla extract to 1 1/2 tsp. I also used a canned whipped cream on top, which added a more creamy/frothy texture (was very good and did not make overly sweet!). Thanks Trudy for this awesome recipe!! Can't please everyone, but you have pleased me and my family (and apparently many others!)
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Baked Potato Soup I

Reviewed: Dec. 22, 2009
Awesome!!! My husband can't get enough and it is totally kid friendly :-) I always add in my favorite spices and it was all good. I use basil, parsley, oregano, garlic powder along with the salt and pepper. I do also add in some fresh minced garlic. For a shortcut, I have used the Oscar Mayer bacon pieces (not dried out bits--yuck) and it has been as flavorful as freshly fried bacon. As an added meat, I do use ham chunks to make this even more filling! I have to double this recipe since I have a BIG family, so a hearty potato soup with all that meat is a complete winner!! Thanks for this wonderful recipe!
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Stuffed Green Peppers I

Reviewed: Sep. 15, 2009
Awesome! Even the kids that swear that don't like stuffed green peppers ate this and loved it! Of course, they still didn't eat the pepper! Also, a tip I learned from my mother is to use drained canned sour kraut and use it to go underneath each pepper so it will not burn on the bottom of your baking dish. Honestly, the kraut with the stuffed green pepper tasted really good! Yummy, I will definately make this again!
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Pina Colada III

Reviewed: Sep. 15, 2009
It was alright. Very basic. Did add pineapple to mix, made it taste more tropical! The amount of rum was so minimal that it did not even make any difference and I am not a drinker! So if you're looking for a drink mix that has a little more kick, add more rum to your liking. I did originally use this recipe for virgin Pina Coladas and it was excellent for the kids, they loved it! I did not add water to replace the rum, I used the pineapple juice from the canned pineapple. I also added whole milk to cream it up a little bit more. I did use the cream of coconut instead of coconut milk, it had a very good flavor! The amount of ice required in the recipe was not enough to thicken, it was very runny. I guess it's a personal preference, but I liked it thicker and put more ice in it.
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Easy Cheese and Ham Scalloped Potatoes

Reviewed: Dec. 5, 2008
This was the best I've ever had! Of course, I doubled the recipe since I have a large family. I used 5 lbs. Yukon Gold potatoes, 2 cups sharp cheddar, 2 cups mild cheddar, approx. 1 1/2 lbs. leftover ham, I only had 1 clove of garlic (I used garlic powder also), a medium onion (diced pretty fine), salt and pepper liberally to taste, extra garlic powder (that's how we like it-full of flavor!). Mixed all of it in a big bowl and put in one 9x13 pan and one 5x7 dish. In the larger dish, I put 1 1/4 quarts of heavy whipping cream and 3/4 quart of heavy whipping cream in the smaller dish. I did bake at 350 degrees, but I ended up baking this for an hour and a half (10 minutes longer for the larger dish). I know this review is long, this could really help the cook with 7 or more people to feed! This was not too cheesy, even with all the cheese I used. It was very rich, but so very good!!
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Shepherd's Pie

Reviewed: Nov. 17, 2008
My family likes this recipe and I have varied it according to our tastes. It's a good casserole that provides your main and sides in the same dish! I will try this again with other recommendations from other reviews. Thanks!
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Simply Delicious Meat Loaf and Gravy

Reviewed: Nov. 17, 2008
I would actually rate this at 3 1/2 stars. It was alright, but not alot of flavor. It has outstanding potential, but this basic recipe is definately one to play around with. Kids and husband liked it, so that's a great start. The meat needs to be seasoned during the mixing process. I would recommend salt, pepper and garlic powder as a base, all 3 to taste. With the right seasoning blend, this is totally a comfort food. Good for a small or large family gathering! The gravy part of this recipe may be great exactly as directed, but I chose to make mashed potatoes as a side and increased the quantity of the gravy by increasing the water by an additional cup. I did use cornstarch to thicken, about 3 1/2 tsp. I only used pepper to season, thinking that the condensed soup will already be salty, but I should have added salt when making the gravy. I believe that this is the first review and I don't want to discourage more variations of this recipe. As I said before, it has outstanding potential!!
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Ground Beef Bar-b-que

Reviewed: Mar. 31, 2008
By using other viewer's suggestions of additional ingredients (honey, brown sugar)plus making this into a loose sloppy-joe type mixture made this recipe out of sight! My whole family loved it! Most of my kids wouldn't eat Manwich anymore so I was really hoping that they would like this. For 2 1/3 lbs. ground beef, I used 6-7 Tbsp ketchup, 3 Tbsp mustard, 1 1/2 Tbsp worcestershire, 2 Tbsp vinegar, 3 Tbsp honey, 3 Tbsp brown sugar, 1/2 cp finely chopped onion, 1/2 cp finely chopped green pepper. Seasoned with approx. 1/2 tsp. garlic powder and black pepper to taste. In skillet, brown hamburger and drain. In seperate bowl, mix all wet ingredients & brown sugar until blended. Put onion and gr. pepper in skillet, add mixture and drained hamburger and mix well. Heat on med-hi until hot (about 5 min) then turn down and simmer for about 20 min. Stir occasionally.
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Garlic Prime Rib

Reviewed: Mar. 27, 2008
I would love to rate this as a 5 star recipe, but the cooking time was WAY off! I understand that all ovens cook differently and I used a meat thermometer that you put in the meat as it's cooking. After the initial 20 min. at 500 degrees, I followed the instructions for the 10 lb. roast given in this recipe and adjusted it to my 7 pounder. The 60-70 min. at 325 was absolutely not enough time. I had to leave it in the oven for an additional hour. I did enjoy the roast, but it really could have been cooked better. Maybe the suggestion from another review that bakes 6 min. per pound at 500 degrees and turns off the oven and lets the meat continue baking with the door closed for 2 hours. I will say in favor of this recipe that the garlic spread was excellent and I will use that again on other roasts. Sorry I couldn't have enjoyed this recipe more:(
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Horseradish Dipping Sauce

Reviewed: Mar. 27, 2008
This was really good and very easy to make! Went perfectly with prime rib, my sister in law used as a salad dressing AND with the leftover prime rib I made a beef stew and put a couple of tbsp. scoops in my bowl and it was awesome!
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Ground Beef Curly Noodle

Reviewed: Mar. 27, 2008
This was so good! The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because there was something missing with the flavor. Used 2 lbs. ground round and added minced garlic (2 cloves) and about 3/4 cp. of chopped onion while browning. I used 1 can diced tomatoes with green chiles in it and the 1 can corn. I did use 3 pkg. of chicken ramen noodles, but only used 2 of the seasoning packets. I did drain the water that came in the can of corn and added regular water to compensate the liquid, but I did end up adding 3/4 can more water. I put in additional garlic powder, salt, pepper, parsley and a little oregano. It was excellent! Most of my family loved it, the others are just plain picky. There were NO leftovers!
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Oatmeal Banana Nut Bread

Reviewed: Mar. 22, 2008
I thought this recipe was awesome! There seemed to alot of prep work, but it was absolutely worth it!! Thanks!
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Filipino Avocado Milkshake

Reviewed: Mar. 20, 2008
Well, I'm drinking it right now. It is okay, but not as great as I expected. My kids said it was fine. I anticipated their pickiness and added another heaping scoop of ice cream. I am glad I used ripe advocados though. There wasn't a 'guacamole' taste to it at all (that's what my daughter was afraid of). You could still taste a bit of the advocado. This shake was decent, but just not fantastic. Thanks again for the recipe!
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Make-Ahead Meatballs

Reviewed: Jan. 8, 2008
This wasn't a bad recipe, it just wasn't what I thought the end product would be. They were like meatloaf balls, which meatloaf is good, but like I said before, it wasn't what I was after. Thanks anyway.
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Award Winning Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

Reviewed: Nov. 28, 2007
These are good cookies and they are addicting.
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Country Fried Steak and Milk Gravy

Reviewed: Nov. 28, 2007
I used chicken breast instead of steak. I just lightly pounded the breasts with the edge of a salad plate (didn't have a hammer). Be careful not to pound too hard or too much or it will tear your meat apart. I used fine sea salt to rub the breasts before I dredged them. I followed other reviewer advice and let the meat set for 20 minutes to get the flour to really stick to the meat during the frying process. I did use McKormick's country gravy packets instead of making my own and it was awesome! I did use canola oil and in my frying pan, I filled the pan to where the oil went up about 3/4 of an inch. Heat the oil on medium high (between 8 and 9 on an electric stove). Every few minutes, check oil readiness by using the end of the handle on a wooden spoon. If the oil is ready, it will start to bubble around the spoon handle (learned that on Rachael Ray). You may need to decrease the temp a little if the oil starts to smoke or the oil turns too brown. This recipe was fantastic, and it went very well with mashed potatoes!!!
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Salsa Chicken

Reviewed: Nov. 8, 2007
I love this recipe! I really like spicy, so I don't leave out the toppings like jalepenos, spicy salsa, etc. I do use the Ortega spicy hot taco seasoning. Very good. Only problem for me though is that the chicken breast isn't flavorful inside and it throws off the contrast of the spiciness on the outside. I personally would like to be able to have the whole thing spicy (inside & out) or even just flavorful! Any suggestions for this, please feel free to submit. My family & friends like this recipe, but I think they prefer it to not be so spicy! This recipe is fantastic. Thanks so much!
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