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Mango Salsa

Reviewed: Jul. 25, 2006
How do you say addictive? Mango Salsa! This is absolutely to die for! I bought a huge box of mangos from Sam's Club and everyone was getting tired of eating them just cut up for breakfast. Before they went bad I thought I would make this salsa to serve with fish. My husband is not a huge fan of fish and I thought this might make it more enticing. I ended up grilling some fish and serving it with this salsa and he ate made fish tacos and LOVED the fish. I truly think it was because of the salsa. If you want it spicier, turn up the jalapeno and add more salt, if necessary. I also added a little cumin as someone mentioned and I could eat this everyday. Thanks for a great recipe!
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Roasted Beets and Sauteed Beet Greens

Reviewed: Jul. 13, 2006
Not being a lover of beets, I saw something on television the other day for a roasted beet salad. I decided to go to Allrecipes.com and found this recipe and I am so glad that I did. I bought organic beets and they were in the oven just a little over one hour due to their size. I only had a dipping olive oil that had bleu cheese in it (strange, I know!) and I used that for both the roasting of the beets and the wilting of the greens. Although I was skeptical, I am so glad that I tried this recipe because I actually like beets now and both of my kids ate them up although the greens were probably more of an adult taste for them. We ate them without the additional butter or red wine vinegar, too. Delicious!
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Coconut Lentil Soup

Reviewed: Apr. 28, 2006
If I could give more than 5 stars, I would! This was incredible! However, as is always the case with me, I did make modifications. I only had 1 1/4 cups red lentils and I ended up using 1/4 cup regular lentils (as you can see in the picture I am submitting, the color of the soup was not uniform, but that was unimportant). I did add salt to the water when cooking the lentils and ended up adding probably close to 1 more cup of water. I used the suggested coconut milk and used Jamaican Curry Powder along with (as suggested) red pepper flakes, cumin, and cinnamon. I then prepared some Jasmine rice and steamed some broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots as that is what I had in the freezer. I spooned some veggies and some rice in a bowl and ladled the soup over top. This makes a lot of soup and I thought for sure we would have substantial leftovers, but my son ate 4 huge servings and he is only 12 years old! It was delicious and I could easily make it again and have it tonight. Be warned, however, that meat eaters may not find it substantial enough to their liking. I am a vegetarian and my husband is not and although he ate it, I do not think he will request it again any time soon. That's ok because there will be more for my son and I! Thanks for a great recipe!
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Country Seed Bread

Reviewed: Apr. 18, 2006
Love this recipe! I have been using my bread machine on a regular basis since we put our house up for sale. Nothing invites a potential buyer into your house more than the smell of homebaked bread! I followed this recipe exactly, but played around with some of the suggestions other posters have made. In addition to using 4 T. honey, I toasted the sesame seed and sunflower seeds (substitution for poppy seeds as I had none) and added them after they cooled with the ground flax seed when the machine signaled. But the best addition I made was when I put some raisins and craisins in hot water to which I added some pure vanilla extract. When they plumped up, I added them with the seeds. The dough seemed slightly moist so I added some wheat bran. The dough looks small, but don't panic as it rises beautifully. This was the kind of hearty bread I have longed for, but never thought I could get out of a bread machine. Thank you so much for a wonderful recipe!
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Portuguese Sweet Bread I

Reviewed: Apr. 15, 2006
Simply perfect! This is a wonderful bread recipe that you can't mess up. If you love the taste of Portuguese Sweet Bread, then you have to make this at home. Thanks!
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Whiskey Steak

Reviewed: Apr. 15, 2006
This is a great recipe, but cleanup was a nightmare. I used 1 tsp. dried rosemary and ended up adding a little more lemon juice, Worcestershire, and brown sugar as the sauce seemed to evaporate almost immediately. Other than that, the sauce was a hit and the steak, an otherwise mediocre cut of meat, was a hit. I will definitely use it again, but I won't put my Calphalon pan through the ringer!
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Jimmy Dean Breakfast Casserole

Reviewed: Apr. 15, 2006
Fantastic! I scaled it back to feed 4 people and used maple sausage patties that I cooked, cubed, and set aside. I then sauteed 1/2 red pepper, chopped with 1/2 Vidalia onion, chopped. Removed from pan and sauteed some sliced mushrooms. I used my homemade Portuguese Sweet Bread from AllRecipes.com. The only major change I made was that instead of dry mustard, I used cumin, chili powder, and some Mrs. Dash Garlic and Herb seasoning and I used 1/2 soy milk and 1/2 regular milk --- no one noticed! This is a great easy recipe that you can make ahead. I served half and the other half I put in individual containers for breakfast the next day before work and school. Say goodbye to frozen waffles and cold cereal!
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Whole Wheat Honey Bread

Reviewed: Feb. 26, 2006
LOVE this recipe! Made the changes someone suggested by using 1 cup water, 1/8 cup milk, and the honey heated in the microwave along with half wheat flour/half bread flour and my family loved it! It was gone almost immediately. I am making another loaf right now and of course, I had to play with it a little. I added 1/8 cup steel cut oats and 1/8 cup wheat berries to make it a heartier loaf and I have no doubt it will be spectacular. Thank you for the great recipe!
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Easy Sausage Strata

Reviewed: Oct. 4, 2005
09/05: Love, love, love this recipe! It was so eay to make, even when I had to change it to accomodate 100 people! I made several: a few following the recipe exactly; a few with ham and swiss cheese; a few with sausage, caramelized onions, and mushrooms; and one with spinach and the caramelized mushrooms and onions. I made them all ahead of time and let them sit in my refrigerator (always helps to have a second one!) and although transporting them wasn't easy, cooking them was! I had to extend the time in a commercial oven because of the number I had, but other than that, they were a hit! I cooked up some sausage links on the side and also had a tray of caramelized onions and mushrooms if people wanted any on the side. For something quick, hot, and tasty -- you cannot go wrong with this recipe! 5/3/09: If at possible, I think I might have even improved on this recipe, a family favorite at our house. I was making this last night and discovered I was short on eggs. What to do? I searched fridge and found ricotta cheese. Followed the recipe exactly using Jimmy Dean Hot & Spicy sausage, some rosemary foccacia bread that had started to get a little stale, which I cubed, 4 eggs, and 1/2 cup of the ricotta cheese. Everything else was the same. I let it sit overnight in the fridge and cooked it in the morning. A total hit and my husband said he couldn't believe how creamy it was. Nice change, but true to the original.
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Homemade Chicken Soup

Reviewed: Aug. 24, 2005
Absolutely wonderful recipe! I used about 2 1/2 lbs. of cut up chicken and used 4 packets of Goya Chicken Bouillon and I think that probably was the secret to seasoning this soup. I used baby carrots and put two whole (scrubbed with the peel on) potatoes in the bottom of the pot with chicken. I followed the instructions and let it cook, took the chicken off the bone and returned everything to the pot after I cut up the veggies. I then added some frozen vegetable soup cut veggies (celery, peas, onion, potatoes, okra, etc.) and ditalini pasta. My son has a cold and this soup really hit the spot with him, even in 110 degree weather! I really recommend this soup recipe! I put half in individual containers in our freezer and my son, who wants soup every day, will be set for at least a few days!
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Zesty Slow Cooker Chicken Barbecue

Reviewed: Aug. 18, 2005
This is one of those recipes that when you first look at it, you wonder why someone would put these ingredients together. I was desperate to find something to make for dinner at 1:30 pm that I could quickly throw in the slow cooker. I used four skinless frozen chicken breasts and then mixed the other ingredients over the top and put it on low for a few hours. My son and his two cousins were my dinner guests and they devoured all of the chicken possibly faster than I have seen them eat anything and asked for more! Great recipe!
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Fresh Southern Peach Cobbler

Reviewed: Jul. 13, 2005
Very good! I added some frozen blueberries and some fresh blackberries since I was short on peaches. I had to bake it a little longer than requested as it browned up nicely, but didn't cook as well on the inside. Other than that, very nice! Thanks!
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Best Ever Muffins

Reviewed: Jul. 6, 2005
This recipe has made me a star at my husband's place of employment! I have made loads of different kinds of food for him to take in, but this is what they consistently request. I usually make the cheddar cheese AND bacon muffins in the oversized muffin tins, which are a tremendous hit. Only modification, of course, is to bake them longer. Easy to make, they look spectacular, and are great food for on the go.
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Luscious Slush Punch

Reviewed: Jul. 6, 2005
Made this for a family party and everyone, from young to old, enjoyed it. I made it exactly as the recipe described and wouldn't change a thing. Thanks Valerie!
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Good Old Fashioned Pancakes

Reviewed: Jul. 6, 2005
Perfection! I have never been able to make a decent pancakes until now. They come out perfect each and every time without fail. I added some chocolate chips to the batter once and yum! I highly recommend this recipe! Thank you Verona for making Sunday breakfast even more special at our house.
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Chicken Soup Casserole

Reviewed: Jun. 28, 2005
Easy and quick dinner. I used about a cup or so of Schwan's diced chicken breast meat and heated that up briefly in the microwave with about 1 1/2 cups of Schwan's Mini Bow Tie Pasta and Vegetable Blend. I don't work for Schwan's --- I just love their products. I used 1 can of Campbell's Cream of Mushroom and 1 can of Cream of Potato. Mixed that altogether and put it in a casserole dish that I sprayed with Pam. I crushed the cracker crumbs and mixed it with a little garlic salt and oregano. Casserole was creamy but had substance with the extra vegetables and the pasta. Definitely falls under the category of comfort foods.
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Lentils and Rice with Fried Onions (Mujadarrah)

Reviewed: Jun. 22, 2005
I adore this recipe! I used red lentils and when I fried the onions, I used three Vidalia onions with the 2 tsp. cumin as suggested. I also used vegetable broth when cooking the onions to round out this vegetarian dish. We had sour cream available, but if you skip it, it makes for a completely tasty vegan dish. Yum! My son had two platefuls and asked for the leftovers for lunch tomorrow. You absolutely cannot go wrong with this dish. Thank you Melissa for sharing it with us.
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Baked Pork Chops I

Reviewed: Dec. 16, 2004
Wow! I am so glad that I found this recipe. I was in a pinch with only a few minutes to decide how I was going to make the pork chops I had for dinner. I followed the directions exactly, but I did caramelize a few onions and then added in some fresh mushrooms. I also used a can of Campbell's Healthy Request cream of mushroom soup and 4 thick cut chops. The sauce was fantastic and the pork was moist and tasty. You cannot possibly ruin this dish at all! The sauce does not resemble anything that you might expect with canned cream soups. I would easily and without hesitation serve this to guests for dinner. Definitely a keeper recipe!
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Easy and Delicious Chicken

Reviewed: Sep. 12, 2004
Love this recipe!!! Could not be any easier, even with the substitutions I made from using what I had in the house. I used frozen chicken breasts and added what was left of the Italian dressing bottle and 3/4 bottle of roasted red pepper dressing. When the kids came home from school, I swear they were drooling. Drained off almost all, but not all of the dressing and mixed in a can of cream of mushroom soup with roasted garlic, about 2 oz. cream cheese and 4 T. sour cream, 1 cup vegetable broth, and they loved it!!! Looked like a chicken strogranoff over noodles. Everyone devoured it and couldn't wait to tear into it the next day for leftovers, which usually never happens. Definitely a keeper!
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Slow Cooker Bean Casserole AKA Sweet Chili

Reviewed: Jul. 27, 2004
Great! It's not a true "chili" by any means so if you are looking for a traditional chili recipe, don't make this. I was looking for a dish that I could make for a friend's family (she is having a baby) that even her 4 year old would eat and so I tried this. I had a hard time getting it to them as my husband wanted to eat it. I made the bacon in the oven (on a cookie sheet covered with foil at 425 degrees until crisp) to cut down on splattering on the stove top and added it as per the recipe. I left it in whole strips as I was unsure if people would want bacon in it and it would make it easier to remove, like a bayleaf. I have used green, yellow, and red peppers (whatever was in the garden) and even pepper haters ate it. Great dish that will please everyone!
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