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Emily's Famous Hash Browns

Reviewed: Dec. 20, 2008
SERIOUSLY EXCELLENT! Shredded the potatoes, raw and unpeeled in the food processor, and spread them in some layers of paper towel. Microwaved them on high for about 2.5 minutes. Added garlic with the onion. Cooked in a smallish non-stick skillet in a thick layer, using much less fat than the recipe indictaes. Inverted plate over skillet to flip it, but ending up turning it several times in the pan to intersperse the crispy brown cooked edges. Cooked it about 25 minutes all together to make sure no potatoes were 'crunchy'. This seemed just right. LOVED IT. Next time, will saute the onion first and include green onion as well as white, use a pinch of hot pepper flakes, and if feeling decadent, a few pats of butter to kick up the flavor quotient. Emily, the simplest things are often the best - and this was great - thanks! UPDATE - sorry, microwave the potatoes in wax paper - it will stick to the paper towels.
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Fluffy Pancakes

Reviewed: Nov. 24, 2011
Excellent! Doubled the recipe, used white tarragon vinegar (had to choose between red wine, rice, or balsamic), and substituted about 1/3 cup of milk for half -n-half (bought a quart for a recipe that called for 3 cups... trying to use it up). Let the batter rest for 30 minutes following the advice of another reviewer, and began to browse the negative reviews. Got worried! However, mine came out excellent - light, fluffy, no vinegar taste. Really not sure why folks could have experienced flat or runny batter or cakes - expired baking powder perhaps? My friend had a bad experience with flat choco chip cookies and after much debate at the mirror in the ladies locker room at my gym, the best we could conclude is check the expiry on the powder & soda.
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Big Al's K.C. Bar-B-Q Sauce

Reviewed: Jul. 5, 2011
This was really delicious and my 4th of July guests commented favorably, including annoying picky husband. One thing that might be helpful to others - the day I made it I put in too much vinegar - I doubled the recipe and instead of the last 1/2 cup, probably put in 3/4 cup. I tasted the sauce as it was cooking and kicked myself for being careless with the stuff as the vinegar was so pronounced. Simmered 45 minutes, cooled and refrigerated. Mixed it up the next day with pulled pork - and the sharp vinegar character had faded. In fact, so much so that the intense flavors on Day 1 were quite muted on Day 2. Both good - just different. Hugs to Big Al!
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Sweet Restaurant Slaw

Reviewed: Apr. 9, 2010
Holy toledo! This was great! Made a few modifications based on what I had on hand - used mayo, olive oil, tarragon vinegar, and sesame seeds, and doubled the onion. Not to 'improve' but because it was all I had. I think it illustrates that this is a hardy recipe and the key ingredient is the sugar. I did not find it too sweet - perfect!
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Chili Rubbed Pork Tenderloin With Apricot Ginger Glaze

Reviewed: Apr. 9, 2010
Terrific! I tested this last night. Only marinated it for 1 hour, and forgot to add the cilantro (husband doesn't like it anyway). Seared it on the stovetop and finished it on the grill. Served it with sweet restaurant slaw from this site. Awesome!
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BBQ Pork for Sandwiches

Reviewed: Mar. 28, 2010
OMG. How incredibly easy and how incredibly good. Made the recipe exactly as written - used Chubbs sauce. Terrific!
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Baked Falafel

Reviewed: Mar. 24, 2010
These were great! What an easy, healthful, and inexpensive dinner. I sauteed in olive oil spray in a non-stick pan. Baked on parchment paper. My picky eater husband really liked them - I served them with hummus, grape leaves, feta, pita, and sliced tomatoes. Thanks for a great recipe!
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Smoked Salmon Mousse

Reviewed: Dec. 25, 2008
OMG. How could I not have known about something so easy and so friggin delicious?? Made it this morning, no lemon or dill, added garlic folllowing other reviewers' advice. Probably tossed in an extra TBSP of heavy cream. AWESOME. Best advice - double this! Wish I Had!
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Slow-Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

Reviewed: Dec. 5, 2008
This was really good. I followed the advice of another reviewer and used some salsa - one of those expensive fresh ones - about 3/4 cup. The salsa had fresh parsley and cilantro. I used tomato sauce instead of whole tomatoes, and added 1 can of black beans on the advice of another reviewer. Leftovers are delicious.
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Slow Cooker Thanksgiving Turkey

Reviewed: Nov. 25, 2008
This was a very easy way to make delicious and moist turkey, which wasn't too heavily flavored - making it easy to use leftovers in other recipes.
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Chipotle Crusted Pork Tenderloin

Reviewed: Jul. 8, 2013
Yum! Super easy and super delish! HOT!!! I marinated the pork (1.5 lbs) in fresh squeezed pink grapefruit juice and garlic for about 6 hours, and then in the rub for about 3. Used splenda brown sugar. Cooked it in a 325 oven for about 40 mins. picky husband who doesn't usually like pork loin was all over it. I wouldn't back off on the chipotle but would think about very thin slices on the bias and then use in mexican dishes. As I made it (not the original recipe, I know...) it was super hot. Thanks for the great recipe!
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Crustless Spinach Quiche

Reviewed: Oct. 24, 2008
I've made this twice so far - and will continue to - it is delicious and better on days 2 and 3. I've substituted onion for leek, added garlic, and some crushed red pepper flakes - terrific! I've also substituted leftover cheeses of various types, mixed together; finally, I;ve also substituted frozed broccoli rabe leaves for spinach - awesome. This would also be good with swiss chard. Thanks for such a great, versatile, recipe!
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Hot Artichoke and Spinach Dip II

Reviewed: Dec. 30, 2007
Really easy & exceptionally delicious! Thanks Tiffany for a great recipe. Definitely will become a staple at my house.
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Italian Eggplant ala Aunt Phelma

Reviewed: Nov. 24, 2013
I suppose I can say that because it isn't technically my recipe but my Aunt Phil's!!
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White Peach Sangria

Reviewed: Sep. 2, 2006
This is an AWESOME drink, but as another reviewer mentioned, it packs a PUNCH! I've made about 10 batches and my favorite version is without the lemonade concentrate and the grapes.
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Black Bean Vegetable Soup

Reviewed: Sep. 2, 2006
This was so easy and so very delicious! I substituted chicken broth for the vegetable broth, and canned whole tomatoes for the stewed tomatoes - both because they're what I had on hand. I omitted the carrot because I don't care for them cooked. Really great and I'll make again!
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Halibut with Rice Wine

Reviewed: Apr. 23, 2010
Yum! Made it last night for 2, but tripled the sauce recipe ( so like sauce for 18 I guess:>). Baked it in the oven, turning once, at 400 for about 15 minutes. Served with Jasmine rice and asparagus with shitake mushrooms. Here's the kicker - I couldn't find 'mirin' - so I substituted reisling (1.5 cups). It was great! The sauce is salty (sauce for 18 eaten by 2 people, go figure) so next time I might try low soldium soy. Thanks! Husband really liked it!
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Dirty Martini

Reviewed: Apr. 24, 2012
YUMMY! I get the idea of coating the martini glass with vermouth - fantastic! could never get the proportion right. I now understand why bar supply stores sell those spritz bottles for the vermouth - you have to get it JUST right. And - btw - 6 ozs. vodka? LOVE IT.
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Split Pea and Ham Soup I

Reviewed: Oct. 24, 2008
This was delicious - we're split pea soup fans. I used leek as well as onion, added fresh parsley, and substituted bacon for the ham bone. I cooked the bacon first, and then sauteed the vegetables in 2 TBPs leftover bacon fat. I added the bacon when I added the liquid. Great basic recipe!
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Ginger Dipping Sauce

Reviewed: May 6, 2007
Incredibly delicious. leftovers make for a great low-calorie salad dressing. I served it with shrimp, but it didn't have a substantial enough texture for it. will make again (today) but will use low-sodium soy sauce - with regular it was really salty.
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