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Ukrainian Salat Vinaigrette (Beet Salad)

Reviewed: Dec. 17, 2011
Made as a side dish for Thanksgiving. I already had all the traditional sides and I was looking for something lighter, with lots of color, with seasonal produce. This hit the mark. I followed suggestion to use the smallest beets you can find and I also used the suggestion to roast the beets and potatoes in the oven. I made a day ahead and thought it was ok. I added a splash of balsamic to try to flavor it up. Tasted the next day and it was excellent! I think you need to make it 1 - 2 days in advance to allow the flavors to blend. Lots of positive feedback from guests. My sister-in-law asked to take home some of the extras. I would not use this as the only side as some people are afraid to try beets (their loss!) , but its a great dish when you are planning to have several side dish choices. It does take lots of prep, but the prep is way in advance, it looks pretty, tastes great, and doesn't need oven space the day of the party. It's too much prep for me to make as jut a regular meal but I will make this again for a party side dish.
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Baked Applesauce

Reviewed: Sep. 6, 2010
Made in crock pot for family party, to accompany grilled pork chops. Followed recipe exactly, though I did multiply ingredients to yield 20 servings. I sprayed crock pot with pam spray and started pot on low until apples had rendered some juice. then I stirred it and turned to high. I served a little warmer than room temp (because that's how we like our apple sauce). I thought the sugar proportions were just right. Perhaps this is because I used tart (granny smith) apples. I didn't have to mash the apples, they broke apart when I stirred them. This made the kitchen smell fantastic while it was cooking. I will make this again. thanks!
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Cowboy Caviar

Reviewed: Aug. 9, 2010
Very Good!! Made 30 hours in advance of party. I was worried that might have been too far in advance...but it was excellent. Many comments and questions on the recipe. For the Italian dressing I used the 'good seasons' dressing packet mix. To keep Italian dressing from separating, I first whirled dressing for a couple of seconds in blender prior to pouring over beans. I used the trades joe's frozen fire roasted corn, as was previously suggested. The fire roasted flavor was great addition. (someone even asked me how I had roasted the corn) I served this as an appetizer with Tostitos white corn chip scoops. I was planning to serve with Fritos scoops, but when I sampled it with the Fritos, it really overpowered it and made it taste 'off'. Luckily I had time to send my son to the store to pick up other chips :) The tostitos scoops are lighter and seemed to play better with the marinade. It says serving size of 8, but as an appetizer it serves more like 20. I've had similar appetizers, but this one is a great recipe. Thanks!
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Marinated Beet Salad

Reviewed: Aug. 9, 2010
Very good/easy. I made approx 30 hours in advance of my party. Trippled the recipe, Used the canned beets that were already Julian cut. Received many compliments, didn't have any left-overs.
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Chewy Brownies

Reviewed: Jun. 23, 2010
Very good. I will be making these again. A couple reviewers had mentioned that the brownies were not 'Chocolate' enough. I didn't have a problem with this, but maybe it was because of the cocoa I used. I used Hershey's special dark cocoa instead of regular cocoa (It's 100% cacao). I also folded in a cup of dark chocolate chips and frosted the brownies with milk chocolate icing. One other observation, is that the brownies were even better the next day. It seems like they need to sit, or at least cool for several hours, to achieve best flavor. Also I had to cook these a little longer than specified, but maybe it's my oven. I brought these to a Father's day party and they were very popular. I plan to make these again in a couple of weeks when my son comes home from school, he loves dark chocolate.
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