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Fresh Broccoli Salad

Reviewed: Feb. 2, 2009
This was a big winner, even tho our Cardinals lost...Boy was I glad I TRIPPLED the recipe for the Super Bowl party yesterday. Mine was the ONLY salad/veggie at a party with a good 25 people. It got scarfed. I did modify a little. Based on a couple of other suggestions, I added extra Vinegar--DON'T!! it made the dressing turn very watery while it chilled for 3 hours. Next time I will follow the measurements. I used half Sour cream and half mayo and it was lighter and tastier too. I used Cranberries, sunflower kernals, and for this triple batch I added most of a whole bunch of sliced celery for extra crunch and a bit over 3T of Sweet Hungarian Paprika from Penzeys. Also some grinds of fresh blk pepper, and replaced half the sugar with Equal (the blue stuff) I had a really large red onion and it smelled pretty strong when I cut it, so I diced it really small, and blanched it under running water from my little boiling water tap--30 seconds max, then shocked under cold...I also used a total of only o1 lb of bacon to six big bundles of brocolli--no one complained there wasn't enough bacon. I bought the cranberries dried at my local store in bulk and the sunflower seeds that way too. Brocolli was on sale and I made a huge vat of salad (probably about 3 gallons) for under $20. Everyone asked for the recipe and even the men went back for seconds. All I had was some juice and stray sunflower seeds left. Will make again fore sure and will try All Equal instead of sugar next.
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Taco Bake I

Reviewed: Apr. 16, 2008
I have made this for years--and I thought I invented it. lol. I have always included a couple layers of corn tortillas drizzled with a little canned enchilada (red) sauce. I love cat's idea of the rice tho. It had never occurred to me. I will try it next time with brown rice--Trader Joe's has a precooked/shelf-stable one in vacuum bags that will cut a huge ammt of time. Thanks for the great ideas everyone.
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Pink Ladies

Reviewed: Aug. 13, 2009
Made these as per the recipe and they were great. Did cut back a tiny bit on the cherry juice and placed a half a pitted FRESH cherry on top of each square. If I had a nice pitter, I would use the whole cherry with stem for presentation. ALSO made the same recipe using the grated rind of one fresh orange in the "crust" Omitted the cherry juice and frosted with orange buttercream frosting and a dusting or cocoa powder insead of chocolate drizzle--this cut the overwhelming sweetness and got raves too.
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Chicken Tetrazzini

Reviewed: Mar. 9, 2009
This was REALLY good. The sauce is dreamy. I doubled the recipe because I had a larger tupperware of turkey left AND I wanted to use a whole 1 lb pkg of pasta. Mostly because I didnt want to cook again for a couple nights. Because we like veggies at my house, I added sauteed celery, about a cup of finely sliced baby carrots (they needed using up), and about 1 cup of small brocolli florets (also cuz they needed using). So with all those goodies added to the mix, I basically made about 2.5 times the sauce. Baked all in the oven for ab out an hour with crushed round crackers mixed with parm on top. Got raves from hubby and even the teens. This made enough for a 9x13 pan to bake last night and also a smaller 8x8 pan (uncooked) for the freezer and some night when I need the kids to stick something in the oven for me. Have added this one to my box and will try with leftover chicken another time too. Did I add the sauce is the best? One of my kids licked the spoon after I poured it over the pasta mix.
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Sausage & White Bean Soup

Reviewed: Sep. 21, 2008
I usually make a soup every weekend. It lets us eat off it for several days, and as a working mom (with two jobs) I need all the pre-fabbed meals I can. I dont mind letting is simmer all day, so I used a one-pound bag of dried beans and turkey sausage. I soaked the beans overnight in the fridge (bag of dried beans saved $4). Browned the sausage and then took out of the pot and set aside. Since the turkey is so lean, I added a tablespoon of bacon fat to the juice and sauteed the vegies in that till they were soft. Then put in the DRAINED beans, chicken stock, seasonings, some extra pepper, a couple slices of smoked ham (because I had it in the fridge) and Garlic. Simmered on low for about 3 hours. Stirring every hour or so. Then used my stick blender to purree it a bit and tossed the sausage in and let the whole thing meld for another hour or so. Every time I came in from the pool to give it a stir, the house smelled better. My daughter had a REALLY fussy friend over and she actuallly ate a bowl at dinner (the teen who eats only PBJ) and raved. It was really good, hearty and satisfying. Served it with a crusty loaf for dipping. I will definately add this to my regular soup rotation. Next time, I may use a link of hot sausage along with the sweet that I used this time. My Sunflower market sells 14 flavors by the link in the deli, so experimentation is easy. Definately needs Garlic and maybe some potatoes next Time.
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Garbanzo Bean Salad

Reviewed: Sep. 19, 2012
Wonderful, light but filling meal. I added a bit more finely diced red onion than it called for, and also kept the nuts out of the mix until serving time. I added a pinch of cayene pepper when whisking up the dressing--also a grind or two of fresh black pepper. I brought the leftovers for lunch today and mixed them with the shredded lettuce at my desk, tossed on the nuts and also a small handfull of dried cranberries.
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Caribbean-Spiced Roast Chicken

Reviewed: Jan. 11, 2009
WOW...this was a winner. My chicken came out a little underdone, but that is relative to the size of the bird and I probably should have given mine about 15 more minutes. I used the convection setting on my oven and the skin was crisp and nicely browned. I will try this on a cut up bird next time and I think this would be outstanding on a pork loin too. Used white rum on this chicken. For pork, I think I would use dark...doubled the sugar and lime juice by the way, so I could baste it more often and also used Mexican brown sugar--It's extra, extra dark and has a great earthy flavor. Lastly and VERY Important...Use the 1/4 t of ginger only if you are using the regular old stuff from the grocery store. If you use a better, fresher brand (like Penzey's) use 1/8 t. People don't realize how much flavor the jarred stuff from the grocery looses as it sits around for years...Served this with Basmatti rice and steamed veg. Drizzeled the pan juice over the rice. Yum...a real keeper. I might even do this to a turkey....hmmmmmmmmm...
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Cold Szechuan Noodles and Shredded Vegetables

Reviewed: Mar. 22, 2011
This is delicious. We up the veggies by using a cup of julliened cucumber as well--just make 1/3 as much dressing. My daughter takes this for lunch often with a side of salmon or sliced chicken.
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Run For The Roses Pie II

Reviewed: Dec. 5, 2011
The closest in taste to the actual Derby classic that I have found. Use STEENS cane syrup instead of regular corn syrup and it is dead on. I always add an extra egg yolk to make sure it sets to the perfect condistency. YUM
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Shaved Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Almonds

Reviewed: Jan. 13, 2008
Oh My Goodness...made these this evening. Shaved them with my ceramic slicer and nothing could be easier. Used olive oil and butter, then tossed in some REAL bacon bits at the end...Let them sit in the pan long enough to get a bit of brown/caramalized and they were delicious and nutty...even the teenaged boys who turned up their noses dove back for seconds. FOUR teens ate brussels sprouts!!! Hades has frozen over in our city. A definate KEEPER...thank you
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Caron's Kickin' Quinoa Salad

Reviewed: Mar. 30, 2011
HATE Wisabi...that aside this was an awsome idea. I added a few shakes or cayene pepper, doubled the onion and celery, added 1/2 c shredded carrot. Left the Mayo the same, but used the juice from a whole lemon from my tree (would be awsome with lime too) Used this to stuff low cal pita halves for lunch. With the extra veg I get a bit healthier meal and stretch this to 3 or 4 servings rather than just 2.
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Muesli

Reviewed: Oct. 10, 2011
Some cool mix-ins to try. Date crumbles from the bulk dept..left over canned pumpkin (just a spoon or two) is delicious. My all-time FAVE is leftover baked squash. When I have leftover butternut squash, I put a couple spoons-full in each of several covered individual tupperware-type bowls, add the muesli mix, milk (as I HATE yogurt) and a tiny drizzle of mable syrup. Put the lids on the bowls and grab on the way out the door each morning. Tastes like Autumn!
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Slow Cooker Stuffing

Reviewed: Nov. 23, 2009
I tried this recipe last year and it was a big hit. The folks who ended up with soupy dressing must be new to cooking or something. It clearly says to add just enough broth to moisten at the beginning. I also think that the consistency may have something to do with the surface area of your slow cooker. This comes out better when I cook it in my oval cooker, rather than my deeper round one. I also crack the lid about half way for the llast hour of cooking. I use dried cubes from the bag and it works great every time. By adding a drizzel of broth as needed throughout the cooking process it turns out perfect every time. Have made this recipe a dozen times over the last year and it is great every time. I have modified it with some ingredient changes for the holidays. We hate mushrooms at my house, so leave them out entirely. I add a pound of browned sage sausage, and a cup of dried cranberries. Replace the save witrh two t. poultry seasoning and add about a t. of fresh ground pepper. I sometimes use vegetable stock instead of chick, but that just depends on what's in the pantry. Also a wierd addition to some folks, but a standard for years in my WASP household--two cans of water chestnuts- diced fine. They keep their crunch even after the other veggies have lost theirs. Try it--they're delicious in this.
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Real Hummus

Reviewed: Aug. 5, 2012
Never thought to use the can-bean water. This was the most successfull Hummus I have ever made. I doubled the recipe and then divided that in thirds. Left one plain. Stired roasted pepper/egplant spread from Sprouts in another, and pureed ONE chipotle in adobo in the third. All were winners. The Key is to whirl in the processor for a really long time. OH...added a bit of extra garlic and also white pepper to the plain.
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Bacon and Date Appetizer

Reviewed: Apr. 6, 2011
We make these regularly and also have them at a local Cuban restaurant as an appetizer. At Havana Cafe in Phoenix, az, they stuff the date with a little lsice of SPANISH Chorizo. (NOT mexican ground up chorizo-there is a huge diference). These are a huge hit whenever we make them or take folks to dinner at Havana. I do them in the oven in the winter and on the BBQ in the summer. We also sometimes used peppered backon (applewood smoked from Nueske's in WI only) they ship.
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Spicy Rice Noodle Salad

Reviewed: May 13, 2013
Cilantro is a love-it or hate-it herb. I happen to HATE it. I left it out, and used siracha in place of the sambal. After they were softened, I used my kitchen shears to cut the noodles uop into smaller legnths. To up the veggies, I used half again as many carrots and about 1 cup of steamed edamame. Doubled the dressing and put it all in a "tupperware" bowl. Stuck it in the fridge and before I went to bed, I turned the bowl upside down to let the dressing run back through the noodles. I got n ice saturation of flavor that way and it was perfect to put in a smaller bowl to take for lunch the next day. I also had if for dinner the same evening with leftover ribeye thinly sliced on top. Nice make-ahead light supper for us. Will do again.
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Creamy Chicken Spread

Reviewed: Feb. 20, 2012
Gool old stand by for crackers and sandwiches. I used to cater with this and make it into little tea sandwiches. Later tea-parties for my children. Now I have lightened it up a bit and add lots of vegies. It is delicious with grated carrots and fine minced cellery--no adjustment to the cream cheese is needed. I use fresh minced green onion and also a can of finely diced water chestnuts. My whole family loves it on sandwiches and I still use it every once in a while to make tea sandwiches on egg bread for parties. Everyone raves.
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Cream Cheese and Ham Spread

Reviewed: Jan. 2, 2011
A nice place to start. A HUGE hit when I made the following adjustments. I was looking for something to help use up leftover holiday cream cheese and the bits of Christmas ham. Had to make something to take to a party and this came upmin search. I trippled it for New Years, but it definately needed some zing. I added half of a finely chopped sweet onion, an small handfull of dried shallots and, to the trippled batch, about 3T of Penzey's Sunny Paris seasoning--if you don't have that use "fine herbs". Whipped all in my mixer on a medium setting with about 1/4 C of skim milk-I wanted folks to be able to scoop it on their cracker without needing a utensil. Took it to a party of about 50 New Years revelers and it was GONE. The only thing, in fact, that was totally eaten. Definately a winner.
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Tuna and Black Bean Salad Wraps

Reviewed: Mar. 30, 2011
Use a can of Tuna in oil...DON'T drain. Then you can pass on both EVOO or Mayo. Really boosts the flavor.
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Butternut Squash-Sweet Potato Ginger Bisque

Reviewed: Jan. 17, 2012
Vastly improved simply by roasting the squash, sweet potatoes and onions (along with a few garlic cloves) in the oven until soft. Then puree with chicken stock (not water)
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