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Orzo and Tomato Salad with Feta Cheese

Reviewed: Apr. 29, 2004
Quick to make and very good. I used half Sicilian style green olives and half black oil cured olives. My husband said, "Yummy."
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Easy Spinach Lasagna with White Sauce

Reviewed: Jan. 16, 2004
This was easy to make, and it was pretty good, but it tasted bland to me, and that's saying something. Next time I'll add a bit of black pepper or red pepper flakes, to give it the depth that it seemed to lack. I was a little nervous about not cooking the noodles ahead of time, but I decided that if it worked, I'd have learned something useful for future meals. I used Bertolli lasagna noodles, uncooked as directed, and it came out great, so that's going to be my method from now on. Since cooking the noodles was the step in making lasagna that I absolutely hated, I'll be making this dish a lot more often.
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Corn and Black Bean Salad

Reviewed: Jul. 9, 2003
Outstanding flavor! I added a 4 ounce can of diced green chili peppers and about the same amount of diced sweet Vidalia onion. My husband and I couldn't stop eating it! I'll be making this again and again.
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Tortellini Soup

Reviewed: May 5, 2003
A fast, easy and satisfying soup. I tinkered a bit by using chicken broth, frozen spinach instead of fresh, and one 9 ounce package of three-cheese tortillini plus one 9 ounce package of lemon-chicken tortillini. Using frozen spinach. means the ingredients for this soup can be kept on hand, so it can be quickly prepared for a last minute lunch or supper anytime. My husband loved it.
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Black Bean and Salsa Soup

Reviewed: Apr. 20, 2003
I served this over a scoop of cooked white rice and added shredded cheese and sliced black olives along with the sour cream at the end. Next time I'll add a bit of cilantro, and maybe serve sliced avocado on the side. An excellent quick meal that tasted as good as similar dishes that took a lot longer to make. My husband loved it.
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Peanut Butter Frosting

Reviewed: Dec. 31, 2002
I used this to frost Biz McMahon's Deep Dish Brownies, and it was fabulous! My husband pronounced the combo my best brownie effort ever. Like others, I used only 1/2 the powdered sugar called for, as the frosting seemed to be at the proper consistency at that point (but then, I always have to tinker a bit with frosting--humidity and temperature seem to influence the spreadibility from one day to the next).
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Deep Dish Brownies

Reviewed: Dec. 31, 2002
Great easy brownie recipe! I frosted them using the peanut butter frosting recipe I found here (submitted by Suzanne Stull), and they were awesome! I especially like the fact that no special ingredients are needed. (I always try to use the Dutch processed (also called alkalai processed) cocoa, though, because I think the flavor is better. I froze a few of these (after they were frosted), and they were just as good when I thawed them out a few days later.
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Quick and Easy 20-Minute Chicken Posole

Reviewed: Dec. 22, 2002
This was so good and super easy. I added a can of pinto beans to make it a little more substantial, and my husband and I both loved it!
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Cindy's Pumpkin Pie

Reviewed: Dec. 1, 2002
I wanted a good and easy recipe for my Thanksgiving pumpkin pie. This was super easy using canned pumpkin and store bought graham cracker crusts. I used Edy's Homemade Vanilla ice cream, and the flavor was perfect, not too heavy on the pumpkin. This will be my holiday pie from now on. My husband and I loved it! Actually, so did our dog--glad the recipe makes two pies, but that's another story. Note to self for future: greyhounds can reach to back of kitchen counter.
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Spinach Cheese Pie

Reviewed: Aug. 16, 2002
This sounded great, but it ended up tasteless and bland, and I'm not sure what I'd do to jazz it up and improve the flavor. The amount of cheese, plus the double crust, made both my husband and me feel like we should go out and plow a field or something after supper. It wasn't difficult to make, just not worth it. The leftovers were even more boring than the first night.
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Chicken Tortilla Soup III

Reviewed: Aug. 16, 2002
Really good and easy. I confess that I was beginning to wonder as I combined the various ingredients (the creamed corn made me especially nervous), but it turned out to taste like what I'd expect from my favorite Mexican restaurant. My husband raved about it! Definitely a keeper!
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Plum Blueberry Upside Down Cake

Reviewed: Aug. 16, 2002
A little fussy to make, but the results are worth it. Wonderful flavor, and I loved the texture of the cake part. I confess that I didn't turn it out (afraid it wouldn't come out neatly) , but just spooned it out of the pan.
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Lime Chicken Soft Tacos

Reviewed: Aug. 9, 2002
I made the lime juice mixture ahead of time and then used it to marinate the chicken overnight in the freezer. It was very tasty and tender done that way. I didn't have fresh tomatoes, so I used a few canned diced tomatoes mixed in when I finished off the cooking of the chicken. My husband loved it!
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Spinach Chickpea Curry

Reviewed: Jul. 28, 2002
Very good and easy. The only time consuming part was washing the fresh spinach, so next time I'll use frozen spinach. I added a cooked sweet potato, and it was great! Using the curry paste was so easy I may never go back to powder. The flavor of the paste also seemed fresher and more authentic. My husband loved it.
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Tabbouleh III

Reviewed: Jul. 24, 2002
My husband loved this. I thought the flavor was good,but it was too watery, maybe because of the cucumbers or the large amount of water used to hydrate the bulgur. Next time I'll try only 1 cucumber and less water.
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Breaded Turkey Breasts

Reviewed: Apr. 20, 2002
This was a great fast recipe. I tinkered a bit by using chicken breasts instead of turkey and water cracker crumbs instead of bread crumbs. It came out great--like an upscale version of chicken fingers. Also, they were great the next day served cold with a little honey mustard for dipping. I'll be making this one often.
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Six Spice Maple Cornish Hens

Reviewed: Mar. 1, 2002
The flavor was fantastic, but oh my gosh, it was so fiery hot, I could hardly eat it. And this was after cutting both the red pepper and black pepper in half. My husband loved it. I will definitely make it again, but I will cut the pepper way, way down to accommodate my tender Minnesota mouth! Instad of grilling outside, I roasted these in the oven at 350 degrees for about 1 hour 15 minutes. A very easy and delicious way to make game hens.
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Sweet Balsamic Marinade

Reviewed: Mar. 1, 2002
This was really good and easy! I would say that if you don't like the flavor of sauerbraten, you probably won't like this, but my husband and I loved it.
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Sirloin Steak with Garlic Butter

Reviewed: Mar. 1, 2002
Tasted like steak with garlic and butter on it. I won't be making it again.
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Cabbage Roll Casserole

Reviewed: Feb. 3, 2002
Oh my gosh, this was so good! I often have craved traditional cabbage rolls, but never felt like they were worth all the trouble of blanching the cabbage leaves, rolling them up, etc. This is the perfect answer. It's so easy, it's almost embarrassing. My husband loved it, and it was just as good the next day. Because I wanted a flavor like the ones at the Lebanese deli, I used ground lamb instead of beef, and I added some brown sugar and cinnamon. Fantastic!
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