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Easy Hummus

Reviewed: Jul. 31, 2007
I thought this hummus was great! I used red pepper flakes because I didn't have the jalapeno peppers and also added hot sauce and worcesterchire and just a sprinkle of olive oil. This recipe is much healthier than traditional hummus! Update: I've made this many times since my original review. It's easy to make substitutions and this still turns out great! I now like to add a few pickled jalapenos since I never have fresh on hand and I like to add some of the juice from the jar and a few shakes of hot sauce as well. Yum! If I make this for company, I add a few tablespoons of olive oil for a creamier consistency. Everyone seems to like the taste of this dip better than store bought hummus & I love how much cheaper it is too! It's a win, win situation :o)
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Classic Cuban Midnight (Medianoche) Sandwich

Reviewed: Oct. 29, 2010
One of my favorite sandwiches ever! This turned out perfectly, thank you :o) I used leftover sliced pork roast for this and it was awesome. Definitely don't skimp on the mustard and pickles!! I actually had spicy kosher pickles so I think that took this recipe up to ten stars. The frying pan method worked just fine so I didn't have to dig out my george foreman grill. thanks again for this recipe!
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Basil, Tomato and Mozzarella Sandwich

Reviewed: Jun. 25, 2009
Very good! I used two 100 calorie english muffins for this and it worked out perfectly for hubby and I since they're round and the same size as tomato slices! I also love balsamic so it was a great version for me! I might try it with italian dressing next time and also broil it to melt the cheese. Yum, Yum!!
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Zippy Cucumber Salad

Reviewed: Jun. 28, 2010
I made this as per the recipe except using pickled jalapenos since that's all I had. We thought it was great! I love the ginger/rice vinegar combo. This is a perfect side dish in the summertime when you don't want to turn on the stove! The next time I made it, I used two packages of Splenda rather than sugar and added more vinegar since we do really like a "zippy" salad and it was even more suited to our taste buds :o) I grew up eating cucumbers in vinegar with salt and pepper and I still love that, but this is a nice variation when we have a large crop of cucumbers in the summer! Thanks again!
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Basic Ham and Bean Soup

Reviewed: Jan. 7, 2010
This recipe is definitely basic just as described. I tried following it exactly with the exception of using a fifteen bean mix instead of just great northern beans and it was really plain tasting. I added a package of cajun seasoning that came with the fifteen bean mix, extra garlic and a can of diced tomatoes and this recipe became superb! It made our house smell wonderful & tastes exactly like I was hoping for. I'll use this often in the winter. Thanks!
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Daddy's Guacamole Dip

Reviewed: Sep. 7, 2010
I only made a half recipe since there were only four of us eating this, but it disappeared quickly! Since hubby and I don't really like cottage cheese, I knew I'd have to take the suggestion of another reviewer and blend it in the magic bullet first. This was an excellent idea! I blended the cottage cheese and half the avocodo with the lemon juice and added real minced garlic. I then mashed up the other half of the avocado and added the onion and tomato for texture. We really enjoyed this recipe. I too added hot sauce, cumin and juice from the jar of jalapenos for extra flavor.
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Wisconsin Cheese Soup II

Reviewed: Feb. 1, 2010
This recipe is great! I used swanson broth instead of the granules and also added extra toward the end of cooking time since the soup was so thick! I followed the recipe pretty closely adding only garlic salt and using less cheese than recommended (approximately 1 1/4 cup of SHARP cheddar) I enjoyed this so much and I'm really glad to have found a broccoli soup recipe that doesn't use nasty fake cheese. Thanks!!
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Yummy Artichoke Dip

Reviewed: Nov. 22, 2010
Easy and great tasting recipe! I doubled the artichokes, but still the flavor was overpowered by the green chilies :o( I added minced garlic, but did everything else as per the recipe. This was a creamy and delicious dip; however, understand that the artichoke flavor is not the most prominent flavor of this dish! Most people at my party actually had no idea this was an artichoke dip! That didn't stop them from scraping the dish clean though ;o) I served this with ritz crackers, tortilla chips and fritos. I think the fritos were the best!
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Eggplant -- Easy, Good and Tasty

Reviewed: Jul. 9, 2009
Very good and low calorie too! Followed the reviews to add garlic to the egg mixture and cook the eggplant without the topping for ten minutes. After flipping them, I added the topping and cooked for another 5 minutes then broiled for 4 minutes to melt the Parm cheese. Also used cooking spray on the pan instead of oil and used italian bread crumbs for the eggplant. The only other change I made was marinating the tomatoes in the Italian dressing while the eggplant roasted and adding some chopped fresh basil to compliment the tomatoes.
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Texas Pork Ribs

Reviewed: Sep. 7, 2010
I am only rating the rub part of this recipe. We just bought a smoker and I had no idea how to make a rub so this fit my needs perfectly! I scaled this recipe to 8 servings since we had four pounds of pork ribs. This still made enough to cover both the ribs and a four pound brisket also even though we spread it around very generously! I followed the directions exactly except for adding onion powder and using 3/4 cup white sugar with 1/4 cup brown sugar. This created such a nice crust on the ribs while they cooked in the smoker! Everyone raved about them at our Labor Day party although the cayenne pepper does make this pretty spicy! We love spicy, but if serving to kids I might tone it down a bit next time! I think this is a wonderful rub and I will use it on more than just pork ribs in the future! FYI: I agree with SDALLENHOU and doubt I will ever make the sauce part of this recipe. It doesn't sound very tasty and actually although we served these ribs with homemade BBQ sauce, we loved eating them with just the dry rub!
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Southern Fried Cabbage

Reviewed: May 3, 2010
So yummy. My hubby learned to make this as a kid. His family's housekeeper was very southern! We like to use 4 or 5 slices of bacon and little or no oil. It really doesn't need the extra oil. You can add a little chicken broth if it needs more moisture though!
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Eggplant Sandwiches

Reviewed: Jul. 15, 2009
I wanted to try this recipe but didn't expect to love it as much as I do!! I used cooking spray instead of olive oil and after a few minutes when I checked the status of the broiling eggplant, it looked dry so I sprayed some italian dressing on each slice. I also just sprinkled garlic salt on the rolls spread with mayo instead of mixing it together so I wouldn't have any wasted garlic mayo sitting around! I will make this again and again. We didn't even miss the meat!
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Breakfast Casserole II

Reviewed: Jan. 4, 2011
I ate this casserole at a friend's house in Charleston and I thought it was great! I watched him make it so I don't know the exact measurements he used, but I think he used ten eggs and one cup of milk. I know he sauteed onions with the sausage and then sauteed fresh mushrooms (instead of canned mushrooms, yuck)in the same pan. He used a bag of refrigerated Simply Potatoes hashbrowns and I think that sounds like a better form of potato to use than the frozen round hashbrowns. He also added a can of Rotel tomatoes that provided the necessary "kick" that this casserole needed. He just mixed all this together right in the pan and baked it for about an hour and it was great!
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Mama's Italian Wedding Soup

Reviewed: Oct. 13, 2010
This soup is a lot like one I learned from my MIL and hubby. It's one of my favorites! I added diced celery, carrots and onions and let that simmer for a while with minced garlic and Italian seasoning in my homemade chicken broth before adding the other ingredients. I also added a can of Italian style tomatoes and used frozen meatballs rather than making my own from scratch. The homemade chicken broth and spinach are my favorite ingredients in this recipe! It smells so wonderful while cooking and tastes even better the second day. Another bonus is that leftovers freeze very well and can become the base for your next pot of this delicious soup!! Definitely don't leave out the recommended parmesan cheese when serving. I love to grind fresh black pepper and sea salt in each bowl too! Yum
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Cuban Black Beans I

Reviewed: May 21, 2010
I had to make some changes to this because I hate bell peppers. I used a can of green chili peppers instead. I also sauteed the onion before adding to the beans mixture and I highly recommend this to bring out the flavors. I used extra cumin and added some dried cilantro just because I had it in the pantry! I added creole seasoning for a little extra spice & also used red wine vinegar at the end instead of balsamic although I think either one would be great!! I truly believe that the vinegar is what makes this recipe authentic just like my favorite cuban restaurant. These beans taste even better the next day or even the day after! YUM! Oh yes, and soaking the beans for at least 8 hours is a must so they are tender when cooked.
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Jacky's Fruit and Yogurt Muffins

Reviewed: Jul. 20, 2009
Awesome recipe, such pretty golden brown muffins! I made half a batch and ended up with nine nice sized muffins! I used strawberry yogurt and fresh blueberries from our own bushes and also used a whole egg. Other than that, I followed the recipe exactly and I'm glad I did! It was perfect. Next time, I want to try lemon yogurt with blueberries since those flavors work so well together! I'll make this easy and low calorie recipe often.
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Zucchini Pancakes

Reviewed: Jun. 16, 2010
Substitute Ritz crackers for the flour and skip the mayo and these are just like my favorite zucchini pancakes from the Kraft food site! I always double this recipe and use less Parm cheese. One cup is a little excessive! I also add minced garlic and typically fry in a mixture of butter and oil for a more golden brown exterior. These are so good, I could eat them once a week all summer. Thanks Leann!
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Beer Bread I

Reviewed: Nov. 18, 2010
If you add the extra 1/3 cup of sugar that many reviewers recommend, this is exactly like the copycat tastefully simple beer bread recipe! That recipe also says to make sure not to overstir the batter so that it stays light and moist without becoming dense during baking and to add 2 T. of melted butter to the top of the bread during the last ten minutes of baking. It doesn't get any easier than this :o)
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Cranberry Gelatin Salad I

Reviewed: Dec. 24, 2009
I made half a recipe except for the can of cranberry sauce for a small family gathering and it was perfect. I used some of the pineapple juice along with the water and used whole berry cranberry sauce for the texture that the plain jellied sauce wouldn't offer. It took me five minutes to throw this together and it was perfect. thank you!
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Day-After-Thanksgiving Turkey Carcass Soup

Reviewed: Dec. 21, 2010
Awesome recipe for using up your leftovers after a holiday! Instead of adding chicken broth, I just boiled my turkey carcass for 4-6 hours and ended up with very flavorful broth without the added salt (and expense) of canned chicken broth. The huge amount of flavor in my broth could be because my turkey was injected with cajun seasoning and fried though! I boiled the carcass the day before I planned to make the soup so I could refrigerate it and skim off some of the fat. I was lucky enough to have a few cups of turkey meat left over that I added to this soup also. I used only about a cup of rice instead of two cups since this has extra carbs from the stuffing and used my leftover green bean casserole and a large can of veg-all instead of the frozen peas for more nutritional value. This recipe is great! Who would have thought to use stuffing in a soup? And since it has stuffing, of course you have to add any leftover gravy that you might have also ;o) This soup smelled heavenly while it cooked. Thank you!
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