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Guacamole

Reviewed: Jan. 16, 2010
The ONLY Guacamole recipe anybody should ever make! I served it with organic red tortilla chips at a holiday party (for the festive green/red display) and it disappeared b4 any other appetizer was even touched! I like to make recipes as originally written by the author 1st, then tweak a bit, but this one doesn't need a change at all!
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Spicy Spicy Ranch Dressing

Reviewed: Jun. 4, 2011
Spicy Spicy Ranch Dressing Haiku: "What a funky dip! Good for 'Baked Zucchini Fries.' I'll make this again!" I scaled this waaaay back b/c we only needed a bit of sauce to dip our AR's "Oven Baked Zucchini Fries" in, and used Sriracha instead of Tabasco, and Texas Pete instead of Frank's. (Also used my fave Ranch dressing, Naturally Fresh Lite Ranch.) The seasoning and sauces provided a nice punch to the Ranch, and I'm anxious to try it again for dipping other things into ... I'm thinking Fried Pickles or dribbled atop a baked potato.
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White Chocolate Covered Pretzels

Reviewed: Aug. 15, 2010
Nummy! Made for a "Zombie Luau" party, and adjusted recipe just slightly to follow the theme. (I.E. my WCCP's were fashioned to look like blood-shot eyeballs.) Broke regular pretzels into ovals, poured the melted chocolate into the center, added a brown mini M&M for the pupil, and once they hardened in the fridge, I squeezed a little red food gel for veins. (See pic.) My changes were pretty minimal from Patty's 5-star, delicious recipe, so I say bust out the pretzels, chocolate, and any tasty toppings and have fun with it!
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Ropa Vieja (Cuban Meat Stew)

Reviewed: Feb. 20, 2011
Ropa Vieja Haiku: "Just finished a bowl. Big props to Goya's kitchen. They nailed this meat stew!" I actually had nearly all of the Goya products on hand, except I had several ice-cubes' worth of frozen homemade Sofrito that needed to be used. Left out the capers (can't stand 'em) and after browning the steak and sauteeing the veggies, I tossed everything in the crock-pot on low for 8 hrs. About half-way thru, I removed the steak and shredded it, and added a much heavier handful of cilantro (c'mon Goya - 1 TB??) prior to serving. My husband ate his (scooped w/ a slotted spoon) in a corn tortilla, while I ate mine slurpy-soupy-style. The flavor isn't intense, but it's unusual enough that I would definitely make this again, although I think next time, I would consider adding some sweet potatoes, or some kind of additional veggie for more stew-ey substance, along w/ a diced chipotle or jalapeno for a little blaze.
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Hearty Pasta Tomato Soup

Reviewed: Aug. 15, 2011
Hearty Pasta Tomato Soup Haiku: "Heaven in a bowl! Made a ton, I'm glad I halved. Sad, no leftovers!" Phew, good thing that I knocked the recipe in half, b/c it's unlikely that it would've all fit in my crockpot. I started it in the morning, on low, adding only an additional cup of broth, which I'm happy that I did, b/c otherwise, it would've been a bit stew-ish - came home from work to a mouth-watering aroma. I left it on low, tossing in the tortellini w/ about 45 min. to go, and it came out amazing. I didn't feel guilty about the richness of the sausage or tortellini, b/c while there wasn't much of either in the soup, the taste was perfect, and balanced beautifully by all the wonderful veggies. Not the most attractive color soup, but my belly didn't care - tasted SHAZAM!
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Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

Reviewed: Mar. 4, 2011
CC Banana Muffin Haiku: "Muffin or cupcake? There's a fine line with baked goods. These are very sweet!" So WOW, these are amazing, but they toe the line of being an icing-less cupcake because, to me, they're really decadent. Maybe it's b/c I'm a savory breakfast eater and don't gravitate towards the sweeter spectrum of a.m. treats, but there's no denying that these are delicious. I didn't have yogurt, so I used 1.5 c. mashed bananas and a splash of milk. Otherwise, I followed the recipe exactly, and got a dozen puffy-domed, hulking, golden, chocolatey divine "muffins" that, well, were nibbled on all throughout the day and well into dessert time.
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Raisin Apple Muffins

Reviewed: Aug. 21, 2010
Excellent muffins! *munch, munch* /dropping crumbs on keyboard. I took some other reviewers' suggestions and did part WW flour to reg., as well as halving milk to applejuice, and oil to applesauce, and up'ing the cinnamon. Next time around, I'll either add chopped walnuts to the crumb topping, or not do the crumbs at all. (I wasn't too impressed w/ the topping.) I always grate my apples into muffins, but I really liked the chopped chunks of apples in this! What a scrumptiously-moist, tasty muffin!
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Gingerbread Holiday House

Reviewed: Dec. 12, 2011
Gingerbread Holiday House: "So much fun to make! Great for kids, cuz they're so small. Can I eat it now?" Followed the recipe (used random candies and not the ones listed) and cutting the crackers on a diagonal resulted in a couple broken ones, but when all was said and done, the icing was the perfect hold-tight glue, and the houses are teeny-tiny and just perfect for a quick afternoon of decorating, especially if you've got a little one whose attention span is bouncy, or who'd rather eat the candy than decorate w/ it.
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Carrie's Garlic Pesto Tuna Salad Sandwiches

Reviewed: Mar. 5, 2011
Garlic Pesto Tuna Sandwich Haiku: "I owe you, Carrie! Your tuna is inspired! Made a great sandwich!" I was craving a tuna sammie this afternoon and after poking around the fridge in an attempt to liven up my ho-hum mayo-tuna, I stumbled upon Carrie's recipe, and loe and behold, I had these ingredients on hand. The only change that I made was to toast my bread, adding a slice of provolone near the end of its ding, b/c that sounded like a nummy compliment to the pesto flavor. What can I say except yum, as I wipe the last crumbs away from my keyboard.
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Fruit Dip II

Reviewed: Aug. 15, 2010
Fluffy, fabulous, fantastic, fruit dip! I could dip anything into this stuff, even just my face! Followed the suggestion of using Strawberry Cream Cheese, 2 TB OJ, and 1 c. Cool Whip, and it was a divine dessert that elicited many lip-lickings during its disappearance.
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Chicken or Turkey Tetrazzini Deluxe

Reviewed: Mar. 10, 2011
Chicken Tetrazzini Deluxe Haiku: "Boy, was I surprised. I had low expectations. But this was awesome!" Definitely not gourmet fare, but for creamy, easy comfort food with a light brush of flavor, this was much better than I'd anticipated. Imagine my surprise to note when I put it in the oven that I'd forgotten to mix in the cheddar cheese, and we didn't miss it one bit. (I also included several minced garlic cloves to the saute.) As we shoveled mouthfuls, we decided that if I made it again, I'd add chopped broccoli, and swap the green bell for red. Oh and as written, it's obvious that it makes a ton, so I scaled it to 4 servings, which was the perfect amount - I'd prepared it a day ahead and it made coming home from work a cinch b/c all I had to do was add the parmesan and paprika and throw it in the oven.
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Corned Beef and Cabbage I

Reviewed: Mar. 21, 2011
Corned Beef & Cabbage Haiku: "I can't believe it! I didn't think I'd like this. But, gobble, plate gone." Made loads of Irish-themed food for a St. Patty's party, and this was on the menu and really, I thought I'd just have a nibble, but loe and behold, I obliterated a plate. Only difference we made was leaving out the red potatoes and making a mountainous side of Colcannon instead. What surprised me the most was how much I adored a leftover plate of just the cabbage, sprinkled in Texas Pete hot sauce. DH is thrilled that I'm a CB&C convert.
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Oven Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Reviewed: Apr. 9, 2015
Oven Roasted Sweet Potatoes Haiku: "Yay, no marshmallows! Savory sweet potatoes, glad that I found you!" Super easy recipe and delicious; I left mine in longer, stirring frequently enough that the sweet potatoes browned evenly, but my onions were a little burnt and shrivel-y, which is my bad b/c I didn't cut them into wedges, as directed. I did follow the recipe, other than apparently being a little too dainty w/ my onion cuts. Wow, these were terrific, and how nice that they weren't bathed in brown sugar or some other sticky sweetness. I squashed some of the leftovers (sans onions) for the baby, and she said "gurgle blurgle /smile" as she devoured hers too.
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Turkey Taco Soup

Reviewed: Feb. 7, 2012
Turkey Taco Soup Haiku: "Perfect as it is! I had to sub a few things. But wow, awesome soup!" My only changes were 1 lb. turkey, "Taco Seasoning I" instead of packet, a can of diced chili peppers (no fresh on hand), and less broth. Left my soup in the crock-pot for the afternoon and by dinnertime, it smelled sinfully-good. I love that it was so colorful, and almost wouldn't have minded even more veggies, but this soup was great, and the cook's notes at the bottom are very helpful too. (I also froze half for another night, but truthfully, I wouldn't mind having some leftovers in front of my face right now.)
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Baked Falafel

Reviewed: Sep. 20, 2010
I was skeptical of how "runny" the mixture was when I was forming it into patties, only b/c I've always made falafel w/ at least 1/3 c. breadcrumbs (as opposed to a mere 1 TB flour), but Shazam!! I'm so glad that I tried this recipe b/c these were outstanding! My first recommendation though is to lightly sautee the garlic and onions in a little olive oil b4 mixing into the chickpeas and spices. I also skipped the pan-fry and simply baked them at 400 for 30 min., flipping and smooshing them half-way through. Served them in warm flatbread w/ the recipe from here for "Zucchini Salad with Yogurt and Walnuts" (which is really more like a tzatziki) and we inhaled these!
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Super Summer Salsa

Reviewed: May 2, 2011
Super Summer Salsa Haiku: "First day taste OK. Second day, salsa heaven! Just a few changes." So, without a doubt, I was floored at how much better this tasted the 2nd day, after it had had ample opportunity to fridge flavor-mesh. I didn't have rice wine vinegar (used red wine vinegar) and although I was skeptical at following another reviewer's suggestion of fresh basil (I would typically use cilantro w/ black beans), I was amazed at how wonderful the basil complimented the vinegar. Oh and I had to use green bell instead of red. Small changes aside, this was out of control rad.
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Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

Reviewed: Feb. 20, 2012
Chocolate Zucchini Muffin Haiku: "Oh so tasty good! I took submitter's ideas, and changed a few things." I didn't feel guilty about altering/adding, as the submitter of the recipe gave some nice suggestions in his description, so I ended up doing half brown/half white sugar, added chocolate chips on top, as well as halving the oil and including apple sauce. These were incredibly moist and wonderful right from the oven, and just as great the next day lightly-toasted w/ butter. My daughter, a rabid despiser of zucchini, devoured these enthusiastically.
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Pumpkin Cake II

Reviewed: Oct. 17, 2010
Wow, I think this cake is going to replace my pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving this year! Followed some suggestions and reduced sugar to 1/2 c. (plenty sweet), used the whole 15 oz. can pumpkin, and added 1/2 tsp nutmeg, 1/2 tsp cloves. Baked 45 min. in a bundt pan at 350. Iced it like the glaze on a krispy kreme donut (whisked together 1/2 c. confectioner's sugar, 4 TB milk, 1 tsp vanilla extract and 1 TB melted butter and drizzled over the top.) The texture, the taste, the smell -- all the warmth of Autumn in a delicious dessert.
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Pepperoncini Beef

Reviewed: Apr. 8, 2011
Pepperoncini Beef Haiku: "What else can I say? This was surprisingly great. No less than 5 stars!" It doesn't get much easier than this - cheap, simple, and delicious. Granted, so many of the reviews boast about all the tasty add-ons (melted provolone! salsa! and what-not) and I also served mine w/ other goodies, like corn tortillas, red onion slivers and tomatoes. But, a forkful of the virginal beef from the crockpot was just as wonderful, and I'm already anxious for some leftover nibbles.
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Absolutely Fabulous Greek/House Dressing

Reviewed: Mar. 9, 2011
AbFab Greek Dressing Haiku: "So easy to make. Packs quite a flavorful punch. Beats store Greek dressings!" I scaled this way back in order to serve it on a salad for two, and only changed using part red wine vinegar to part balsalmic. At first dribble, I was like "wow, this has TOO much flavor!", but after perching a nice ratio of feta to greens on my fork, it all came together for a symphony of Greek goodness in my mouth. It doesn't take much of this dressing to lube a salad and I wouldn't recommend dumping it on too liberally as it's very tangy. But for items that are always on hand, this is a much tastier and elegant alternative to any store-bought Greek dressings.
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