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Easy Grilled Zucchini

Reviewed: Jun. 2, 2012
What a great idea for grilling! Slicing the zucchini this way keeps them from slipping between the grill racks. Very fast, very easy! I used Cavender's Greek Seasoning. Thanks for the idea!
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Salmon with Caramelized Leeks

Reviewed: May 28, 2012
I followed the recipe for the leeks and carrots exactly, and though I enjoyed the combination, somehow it was visually unappealing on the plate. I brushed the salmon filets with olive oil, added two thin lemon slices each, sprinkled with salt and grilled on a plank. I felt the salmon needed the lemon slices. The combination of flavors was good. So often salmon recipes are sweet, and with the sweet flavor of the vegetables, sweet salmon would have been too much.
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Blueberry Spinach Salad

Reviewed: May 28, 2012
Though I enjoyed the combination of salad elements, I felt the dressing needed a little more zip. I followed the recipe exactly. Perhaps my raspberry vinegar is a little underpar, but another raspberry vinaigrette from the site was quite good.
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Chef John's Chicken and Mushrooms

Reviewed: May 27, 2012
Succulent and chicken breast are seldom found in the same sentence, but you can find them together here in this delightfully simple recipe, composed of a few common ingredients. Chef John really shows off the flavor of chicken and mushrooms. Yes, you may add more things, like wine, or aromatics, but the more additions, the more complications and subbing, and then the tweaking begins! I chose not to view the video beforehand, just to check out the instructions and the cooking times. I went on the low side of the recommended times, and the chicken came out perfectly, with rich, delicious mushrooms. We really enjoyed our Sunday chicken today!
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Banana Split Freeze

Reviewed: May 26, 2012
For dieters, this is a great summer treat! But why not go all the way? Drizzle some sugar-free chocolate over the top and garnish with a cherry, just like a soda shop!
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Easy Apple Coleslaw

Reviewed: May 26, 2012
If you are looking for a different recipe for cole slaw, you have found it. This colorful salad is almost a cross between Waldorf salad and cole slaw. The dressing is sweet, so be sure to add enough lemon juice to balance to your tastes. I followed the recipe exactly, and my husband loved it. He has a sweet tooth, so it really appealed to him. For ease of combination, and for incorporating the onions, next time I will mix the dressing in the food processor and throw in the onions, so they will become part of the dressing. A pinch of salt would be nice, too.
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Scott Hibb's Amazing Whisky Grilled Baby Back Ribs

Reviewed: May 26, 2012
If you prefer a sweet, slightly-hot sauce, then this one's for you. DH and DS loved it, but I prefer a sauce that is not quite so sweet. I did use some wood chips on the grill, and I would even like more of a smoky taste, so I would like them to stay on the grill a bit longer. I don't think it would hurt them. I do give 5 stars for tenderness, though. The low and slow oven is perfectly timed for tender, fall-off-the-bone ribs. I followed the recipe very closely, subbing only cayenne for the red chile pepper.
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Whole Wheat Blueberry Muffins

Reviewed: May 26, 2012
These are delicious! I followed the recipe exactly, and the cooking time was right on the money. I'm trying to do more and more with whole wheat, so I'm glad to have another good muffin recipe!
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Best Black Beans

Reviewed: May 16, 2012
This recipe is a fast and easy remedy for plain black beans from a can. It had a nice heat, and the fresh onions and cilantro brightened the taste. I followed the recipe exactly. I still like the long way better, but I don't always have the time! Thanks for the idea!
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Pollo Fajitas

Reviewed: May 16, 2012
This was pretty good, and after tasting the marinade, I figured out that the sweet taste other reviewers mentioned was actually from the Worcestershire sauce. I was going to make this exactly as the recipe stated, but after reading reviews and tasting, I tweaked it a little. I left out the hot sauce and added 1 tsp. smoked paprika and 1/2 tsp. adobo seasoning. I squeezed half a lime over the finished dish before serving. This had a nice little heat, but I still tasted the Worcestershire. Next time, I will use less.
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Cinco De Mayo Salad

Reviewed: May 5, 2012
This colorful salad is a beautiful presentation, and it is a creative and tasty combination of ingredients. Served for a dinner party, I followed the recipe exactly except for one thing. I used 1 pound of salad greens, and this made 8 generous salads. I love it when folks ask for the recipe, in my book, that makes it a winner! Thanks, Saveur!
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Pepper Steak

Reviewed: Apr. 27, 2012
For us, the ratio of 2 bell peppers and one onion to one pound of meat is about right. I added more garlic and I used fresh ginger to flavor the oil, and I omitted the salt, because I sprinkled soy sauce over the beef before cooking. Good basic recipe that can be tweaked to personal taste.
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Garlic Chicken Sausage and Summer Vegetable Saute

Reviewed: Apr. 21, 2012
What I like most about the Al Fresco recipes is how flexible they are! I had most of the items in the recipe, but I had the spinach and feta sausage, and it still works! Great combination of flavors, things I would not normally combine. I am reminded of Chef Pepin's advice to "use the grocery story as your sous chef", and that is exactly what Al Fresco recipes do. You can have excellent quality food on the table in minutes.
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Sweet Apple Chicken Sausage, Endive, & Blueberry Salad with Toasted Pecans

Reviewed: Apr. 20, 2012
Excellent, tasty, light and different! This recipe is very forgiving and easily adjusted to personal tastes. If you like blueberries, add more! If you like walnuts, use them instead of pecans. I used Romaine hearts instead of the endive, because that is what I had. Not using oil in the dressing is a plus, for us. I have to say, I liked it best when I had a bite that combined all the flavors!
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Inca Red Quinoa Salad with Sweet Apple Chicken Sausage

Reviewed: Apr. 17, 2012
Beet lovers take note: This is a refreshing salad that would make a lovely lunch. I made the recipe as stated, except for slicing the sausage before browning. I found myself adding more and more orange slices, because I found they added such a bright, sweet taste, and they complement the tasty sausage bites. It is an unusual color combination, and the salad dressing is light tasting, tangy and sweet. The orange slices stay pretty if they are left on the top.
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25-Minute Chicken and Noodles

Reviewed: Apr. 16, 2012
OK, so this wasn't the ooey-gooeiest dish I ever made, but it was fast and very adaptable to what I had on hand. Besides, you can't beat that calorie total per serving! Agree with Qsanti, it's not a casserole, but it wasn't a soup, either, since the broth cooked away. I used about 1/3 cup julienne carrots, and 1/3 cup chopped onion, with 1/2 teaspoon Amy's reduced salt herb blend. I added whole wheat tortellini, then put fresh broccoli florets on top, to steam while the noodles cooked. Had to add about 1/2 cup additional broth, with some leftover roasted chicken. Even with the additional vegetables, I know we didn't go over 300 calories per serving--not counting the generous portion of Parmesan that DH sprinkled on his!
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Tiramisu Layer Cake

Reviewed: Apr. 8, 2012
This was very good, and it was quite impressive in appearance. The texture was very light, perfect for spring or summer entertaining. My only changes were to use espresso powder instead of instant coffee, and to add about a tablespoon of espresso powder to the filling mix. I took this to a potluck and everyone loved it. Thanks for the idea!
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Yellow Squash Casserole

Reviewed: Mar. 31, 2012
I followed the recipe exactly, and DH loved this. Rewarded me with a big kiss after dinner. I like squash, and I like the fact that this casserole does not use canned soup. However, I think I will try to make it with one egg next time. I don't make many vegetable casseroles any more, due to the extra calories and fat. This had a good squash flavor, but it was a tad heavy for me.
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Famous Chicken Francaise

Reviewed: Mar. 31, 2012
Agree with another reviewer that this needs chicken cutlets instead of breast halves. This had a good flavor, the lemon flavor was very subtle. Chicken was tender, but I had to finish in the oven because my 12 inch skillet was not large enough. I took Baker Bee's suggestion and put the flour mixture in a plastic bag. That saved a little mess. Other than that, I followed the recipe pretty closely. Agree with others that the remaining cooking liquid needs to be addressed somehow in the recipe.
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Shish Tawook Grilled Chicken

Reviewed: Mar. 22, 2012
This was very good. I marinated closer to 8 hours, because of my schedule, and the meat was very tender and flavorful. This is an unusual combination of flavors for us. It was my first experience with cardamom, a very pungent and resin-y aromatic. My only change to the ingredients was to use olive oil in place of the vegetable oil. This fills the bill for change-of-pace dining!
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