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Quinoa and Black Beans

Reviewed: Mar. 1, 2009
I made this early last week and have been thinking about this dish everyday since. I cut in half, soaked the quinoa for 20 minutes or so. I used about 1/2 the cumin and toasted it with the quinoa as it sauteed. I love cumin, but not everyone does. A smaller dose is just enough to add a delicious flavor, and no one has any idea that the flavor is cumin. Added the corn and beans at the same time - cooked the whole dish about 10 less then suggested. Also subbed parsley for the cilantro - love cilantro but was using what I had on hand.
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Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff I

Reviewed: Feb. 16, 2002
I love to cook and find it difficult to find slow cooker recipes that I like. This was excellent. I added a pinch of salt, plenty of pepper and probably doubled the amount of Worcestershire, and doubled the amount of meat. Plenty of tasty sauce with a perfect consistency. My teenage daughter said it was one of her favorite meals that I have made. I might try browning the meat next time to add the pan juices and carmelized flavor to the dish.
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Chicken and Dumplings III

Reviewed: Apr. 10, 2002
My family LOVED this. I, of course, tweaked the recipe because I always do. Added some white wine, chicken broth, celery, onions and garlic to the poaching liquid. Instead of reserving 3 cups of that liquid, I strained it and then reduced it to 3 cups. Added peas and extra seasoning (pepper, chicken broth granules, bay leaf, marjoram) to the dish after I added the canned soup (1 can cream of celery, 1 can cream of chicken - both reduced fat). Delicious!!!
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Charley's Slow Cooker Mexican Style Meat

Reviewed: Apr. 14, 2002
Yummy. The secret is to not use too hot of a hot sauce. Louisiana style hot sauce is great. I was lucky enough to just have been south and while there picked up some "Crystal" hot sauce which worked perfect.
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Barbecued Shredded Beef

Reviewed: Aug. 3, 2006
Made for a crowd and it was a big hit! I used this recipe doubling the meat to about 6 pounds. When meat was cooked I separated it from the juice, chilled the broth to separate the fat, shredded the beef and added about 3/4 of the juice back into the meat (the meat soaks up the juice!) and some of my home made BBQ sauce.
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Bahama Mama

Reviewed: Jul. 26, 2002
Great summer drink. Easy,tasty and refreshing!
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Reviewed: Nov. 13, 2007
I rated this years ago. It was the top rated review but it mysteriously dissappeared so I'll try again. Ever since I found this recipe my search for the perfect Margarita has ended! In my former life I spend many, many years bartending in a popular restaurant know for it's signature drinks. Despite that experience I struggled to duplicate a decent margarita at home. I didn't have the secret spice mix, none of the (expensive) mixes out there even came close, and messing with all of those limes and sugar was, well, a mess! Search no more folks, this is sooo easy and makes the perfect Margarita to boot. Ialways add a splash of O.J. to the blender. To make it "golden" sub Gran Marnier or Cointrau (sp?) or a combo of both for the Triple Sec. In the summer I often replace half of the ice with frozen chunks of watermelon and it is devine! If you prefer your margarita on the rocks, cut the recipe with 1/2 h20, put in a shaker with ice, shake shake shake and pour into your ice filled glass.
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Green Bean and Mushroom Medley

Reviewed: Oct. 9, 2002
Big hit. Cut the regular salt in half and used garlic instead of garlic salt. Nice change from the plain butter, salt and pepper routine. Would be a great company dish.
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Mashed Potato Salad

Reviewed: May 31, 2006
Great summer fare! I find that about 3 lbs. total weight of the potatoes is about right for this recipe. I use 1/2 the mustard called for, add 1 hardboiled egg(that I put through my ricer), sub red pepper for the green, and sub dill pickles, chopped fine with a touch of the pickle juice. I also use reduced fat sour cream and mayo with excellent results.
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Rempel Family Meatloaf

Reviewed: May 14, 2004
Umm ummm good!! I haven't made meatloaf in YEARS . . . weary of pitching meatloafs in the garbage time after time. My hubby, who is not a big meat loaf fan REALLY enjoyed this one. I made a couple changes. I used 1 pound ground beef and 1 pound ground pork, 1 cup crushed cracker, part chedder and part pepper jack cheese, a little minced red pepper, filled the 1/4 measuring cup halfway with ketchup and the rest with BBQ sauce. I also used the glaze (ketchup, honey, worchestershire) suggested by another reviewer.
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Lemon Pepper Green Beans

Reviewed: Oct. 18, 2002
Very easy, quick, and tasty addition to veggies. My 17-year old said "awesome". I used a little less lemon pepper then called for and added regular pepper and salt. Would be good with a number of veggies. Next time I'm trying broccoli.
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Pepperoncini Beef

Reviewed: Apr. 25, 2006
"Awesome" commented my hubby and daughter repeatedly. Perfect for the busy household - super easy and great to have in the fridge for days when there is a lot of coming and going. I browned the meat first, put in crock and sprinkled with granulated garlic and onion and some black pepper then the jar of peppercini's (mild). We shredded it for sandiwiches. Baguette, mushrooms, jack cheese and some BBQ and broiled open-faced. Leftovers freeze well and would be a good filling in Burritos, enchiladas, quesidillas, etc.
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Brown Sugar Smokies

Reviewed: Jan. 14, 2006
I have made these a few times now. These are going to be the first to disappear at your appetizer table. People LOVE these!! I always use toothpicks for skewers and cut the bacon into thirds. A big pan will take 45- min. to an hour to cook. They will crisp up even further after removing from the oven. Enjoy!!!
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Hot Pepper Cheese Ball

Reviewed: Nov. 14, 2002
An excellent cheese ball. And I don't normally get excited over cheese balls. Don't let the name scare you. It won't set you on fire. Just great flavor. I always get requests for the recipe. I toast almonds, and chop them fine for the outer layer. Another alternative is toasted sesame seeds on the outside. I always do for a Thanksgiving app. Travels well and can do the day b4.
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Corn Pudding

Reviewed: Nov. 18, 2002
So easy! So quick! So delicious. Real crowd pleaser. Great Thanksgiving dish.
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Valerie's Fruit Dip

Reviewed: Jun. 1, 2005
Great party food! This is my favorite fruit dip - so much better then the marshmallow fluff type. Someone ALWAYS wants the recipe. I use ff pudding/light cool whip/light cream cheese and 1% milk. Great with fruit skewers of strawberries, canteloupe, pineapple. Also great with apples.
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Absolutely Fabulous Greek/House Dressing

Reviewed: Dec. 10, 2002
Very good! Rave reviews!
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Hanky Pankies

Reviewed: May 12, 2003
Another great make ahead recipe. I use spicey pork sausage and a little more cheese. I also do what an earlier reviewer said and freeze. When I'm having a party I make these earlier in the week. I assemble them, put them on a tray in the freezer for about 1/2 hour, then put individual pieces in a freezer bag. On party day I take them out of the freezer and bake.
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Grilled Asparagus with Orange Wasabi Dressing

Reviewed: May 27, 2005
Mmmm Mmmmm good!!! Didn't have cabbage so I served on a bed of shredded raddicchio. The contrasting colors was beautiful and the flavor amazing. Easy too! Great recipe idea for company. Cooks quickly so can be thrown on the grill when the meat is removed.
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Tuscan Soup

Reviewed: Oct. 19, 2002
Very easy and good. I used white beans (2 cans) instead of potatoes. I also added parm cheese. Would be good with a little grated carrots and/or minced celery.
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