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Chicken Stir-Fry

Reviewed: Dec. 14, 2011
We had most of a large veggie tray left over from a party, so I thought I'd make a stir fry. My husband is more of the wok cooker than me, so a few times I thought I had a disaster on my hands, but in the end it turned out really well. Cut the chicken into cubes, doubled the marinade (used fresh garlic and 2 TBS brown sugar) and did not coat with corn starch. I started out stir frying a beaten egg just because that's what my husband does, but it was kind of unnecessary - only wound up sprinkling it on the final dish. Also, I just dumped the bag of chicken with marinade into the wok and I probably shouldn't have; took about 3 times as long to cook the chicken. Sprinkled some sesame seeds on while it was cooking. Dissolved a bouillon cube in a cup of water, made another 'recipe' of marinade (using the garlic powder this time and only 1 TBS brown sugar) and used another reviewer's advice to mix in the corn starch here. Once thickened, spooned over brown rice. Tasty but could have used a little more zing. Next time, I'll sprinkle some white pepper over the chicken as it cooks.
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Citrus Pork Roast

Reviewed: Nov. 16, 2011
This was really good. The ribs were fantastic. The only thing that seemed a bit off to me was the lemon juice - it was a little too sour and kind of tainted the gravy. So next time, I'll leave it out but maybe add orange juice in its place, tho it's probably not necessary. The other little thing is as I was about to make the gravy, I thought 3 TBS of corn starch sounded like a lot but I went with it anyway. Should have listened to myself - it was super thick. Next time, I'll start out with one and work my way up, if need be. Also, I had no problem getting enough juice out of the crock to make the gravy, but I did only use a 1.5 pound loin and didn't cut back on any other ingredients. Though I don't think that could have much that much of a diff. Overall, yummy. So many great pork recipes on this site. Thanks for another one.
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Asparagus Potato Soup

Reviewed: Nov. 16, 2011
This was really tasty. I basically used all the ingredients from this recipe, but altered the prep a bit. For instance, I sauteed the asparagus (not sure exactly how much I had - I started with a huge bunch from Sam's that I had already taken from once), onion and celery in 5.5 TBS of butter. I just think sauteed veggies taste better. At first, I had set the tips aside as suggested on another recipe for garnish at the end, then just decided to throw them all in. I think next time I'll saute them for a few, then set them aside to top individual bowls. Anyway, after cooking veggies til tender, I used my stick blender to cream it all. Then I added the flour, milk and cream mixture. As I was pouring it in, I thought I probably didn't need to do this as the blending made it pretty thick on its own, but I was already committed. You could probably skip it without doing any damage. Wound up adding more pepper to my bowl and a couple of splashes of Tabasco, ate it with some fresh, buttered French bread and it was heavenly. Bacon and cheese are always good adds. Wish I had remembered to add a little garlic per other reviews, but it was still pretty darned tasty.
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Asian Coconut Rice

Reviewed: Nov. 10, 2011
I made it exactly as directed and it was delicious. Perfect complement to the Asian Style Country Ribs from this site (thanks, Raffaelo, for suggesting this rice). I completely over-ate. Ahhhh...I am intrigued by the almond accents suggestion...may have to try that next time.
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Chicken Pot Pie I

Reviewed: Sep. 27, 2011
i give this 5 stars even with modifications/taking advice from others because it is so good, so easy and you can just customize how you want it. mixed together a can of cream of chix and a can of cream of potato along w/1/2 cup milk. then i used a small bag of italian frozen veggies and a small bag of frozen soup veggies because that one includes potato chunks. added seasoning salt, fresh ground pepper and a few shakes of tabasco. pre cooked crust and brushed it w/egg. made it once with canned chix out of pure laziness and time constraints, another two times with store-bought rotisserie chix cut up/shredded. either way, delicious. but it does take about 45 minutes to cook to a nice golden brown even after pre-cooking the bottom pie shell.
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Mimi's Giant Whole-Wheat Banana-Strawberry Muffins

Reviewed: Sep. 1, 2011
i wanted to only give these 3 stars because i really didn't enjoy the 'spice' taste of them but realized that was kind of silly as i knew the ingredients going in; i'm more of a sweet flavor lover. anyway, my neighbor thought they were great and that you could taste the strawberries and bananas (i didn't think so). but they were moist, the 2 cups of fresh diced strawberries held up, the muffins rose nicely and they were filling. i think i enjoyed them more warm out of the oven. only used 2 bananas, added the 1/2 cup of oats and only used on tsp of cinnamon as others suggested. used a 6 oz. cup of lite vanilla flavored yogurt instead of oil since i'd never tried that before. overall, a success. a piece of advice: if you accidentally break your eggs in the bowl before mashing the bananas, don't think you can just mash them in the egg. doesn't work that well...
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Asian Style Country Ribs

Reviewed: Aug. 27, 2011
this was really delicious. the only changes i made were using 1 TBS sriracha sauce (you can find this is the international section of any grocery store) as other reviewers suggested, 1/4 total of oil - i didn't have enough sesame so just made up the difference with olive – and cooking the ribs in the marinade - i like a little gravy on my rice. the gravy was a little oily, which i don't blame the recipe for since it called for discarding the marinade. i think next time i may make a small side batch of marinade with maybe just a TBS of sesame oil for the gravy. i was so tempted to add the honey as other reviewers suggested, but wanted to be as true to the recipe as possible. i can only imagine that would make it even more tasty. but as is, delicious. my mouth is watering just writing about it...
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Spanish Rice

Reviewed: Aug. 27, 2011
i thought this was a nice, light side dish without any overpowering flavors for those who don't enjoy spicy in my household, which is everyone but me. i didn't have any celery, but it still came out quite tasty. used butter to saute the veggies, made 1 cup traditional long-grain rice in 2 cups chicken broth. very good.
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Pico de Gallo

Reviewed: Aug. 27, 2011
i thought this was very fresh-tasting and delicious and i didn't even have a jalapeno, if you can believe that. i did have a regular green pepper and figured the tastes are similar enough, especially if you seed the jalapeno. obviously, it would have been better with one, but was totally satisfied this way as well.
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Eggplant Casserole

Reviewed: Aug. 10, 2011
i really enjoyed this dish; however, my husband and 4 year old son were not as sold on it, so i probably won't make it again. but you should; it was tasty. i took some tips from other reviewers and added a little fresh garlic, italian seasoning and garlic salt. also sauteed the eggplant with the other stuff and drained the pan twice - once after the meat was cooked and once after the tomatoes cooked. i was really wondering how the egg/milk was going to work out, but it did and the dish was not runny at all. i had three helpings.
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Broccoli-Cheddar Stuffed Shells

Reviewed: Jul. 25, 2011
this was quite tasty. because of another reviewer, i decided to use my own sauce, so i just eyeballed the amounts on the bottom of the pan and on top of shells. i sauteed (red) onion along with the thyme, (yellow) pepper, chopped mushrooms and a handful or two of fresh, chopped baby spinach in a little olive oil, which i mixed in with the cheeses and broccoli. i used my medium pampered chef scoop to fill the shells (which i thought was brilliant as far as equally filling them) with the help of my 4-year-old. i made the whole box of shells and i had enough filling for about 28. i messed up and put all the cheddar in the broccoli mix so after 20 min of baking, i grated some fresh parm on top and baked for another 5 minutes. my son said they were amazing. :)
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Watermelon Mint Ice Cream

Reviewed: May 27, 2011
Watermelon and mint - two of my favorite things together in this refreshing, unique recipe. I love the fact that this ice cream is naturally infused with mint - to smell it was heavenly; I'll definitely use that technique for future mint ice creams. And because I believe chocolate makes everything better, I added in some mini morsels toward the end. Next time I'll use full-sized chips. Yum. Don't do like I did and use half and half in order to save a few calories; it was a little icy. Next time, I'll definitely go with the full on cream. Also, I think I overfilled my machine. The next day when I was making the leftover mix, that batch was much creamier.
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Real Strawberry Cupcakes

Reviewed: Jun. 9, 2010
these were tasty, especially made with fresh-picked strawberries. i only made the cupcakes; too lazy to make icing from scratch when i had a perfectly good can in the cupboard (i know, i know). i also was too lazy to strain the puree; after about 2 minutes of trying it, i just threw it in, seeds and all, and they tasted swell. i also used just over a cup of puree; meant to just put in a cup and save the rest to jazz up the icing, but c'est la vie.
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Strawberries with Balsamic Vinegar

Reviewed: May 10, 2010
used them on angel food cake with whipped cream and it was delicious. thanks for the twist. just to be healthier, i may try to cut the sugar in half next time.
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Chocolate Banana Martini

Reviewed: Mar. 13, 2010
i can't even believe i'm saying this, but i thought they were too sweet. maybe it had to do w/the quality of my banana liqueur, i'm not sure. i'm definitely willing to give it another try and i think next time i'll add some vodka as another reviewer suggested. my husband liked it, tho, and i didn't hate it. just thought it was too sweet.
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Colleen's Slow Cooker Jambalaya

Reviewed: Feb. 21, 2010
this was really good and had a nice kick to it. made it for a small mardi gras soiree and everyone loved it. i cooked it on high for 4 hours, added 2 cups of uncooked rice and switched it over to low. next time, i'll add an extra cup of broth since some of the rice was a little crunchy. super delicious and very easy to make. thanks for a great recipe!
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Storm of the Century Hurricane

Reviewed: Feb. 21, 2010
made this for a small mardi gras soiree following dawn's recipe (2/27/06) for a punch bowl's worth. it was tasty but definitely potent and one of those drinks that goes down waaaay too easy. everyone loved it but were thankfully responsible (except for me - but i wasn't going anywhere). would definitely make again, tho possibly add more OJ and a little less booze just so people could enjoy more of it.
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Smooth Sweet Tea

Reviewed: Jan. 5, 2010
for whatever reason, i've never been able to make iced tea that was drinkable, until now. not sure if it's because i was using one family sized tea bag for every 2 called for in previous recipes (thanks, heather, for straightening me out), or because i wasn't yet privy to the baking soda trick. but i'm cured now. this turned out perfect and was enjoyed by some pretty serious sweet tea enthusiasts.
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Chicken Alfredo

Reviewed: Oct. 30, 2009
my husband called this restaurant quality; i'm presuming he meant a good restaurant by the way he wolfed it down. didn't have any red pepper, so i used carrots instead. it was very tasty even tho it seemed kind of odd not to use any fresh onions or garlic. and i, too, had a problem w/the melding of the cream cheese and butter but just went ahead and added the milk which smoothed it right out. b/c i forgot to read any reviews until i was almost done, i threw the veggies in w/the pasta about 2.5 minutes before it was done, as another reviewer suggested, then scooped them out and into the sauce to finish cooking. next time, i might add a little red pepper flakes to spice it up a bit as another reviewer suggested. overall, very tasty, very easy and pretty quick.
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Sweet Sweet Potato Casserole

Reviewed: Sep. 5, 2009
at first, i was only going to give this 3 stars because i thought i have other sweet potato casserole recipes i like better. they're a lot sweeter and so delicious! but then i realized that just because these weren't like a dessert didn't mean they weren't good. and the more i ate them, the more i liked them and the more pure taste of the potatoes. the only thing i didn't have was coconut (which i thought i did - boo), so decided to put some marshmallows on top to add a little something. unfortunately, i think they had turned, so instead of melting, they just kind of burned in place (let me be a lesson to you). but i would try it again w/some fresher mallows and/or coconut.
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