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Catherine's Spicy Chicken Soup

Reviewed: Mar. 17, 2003
I really liked this, but like others, I made changes: I left out the whole tomatoes and chili beans; used frozen corn rather than canned and tub of fresh salsa rather than jarred; I didn't have the patience to shred all the chicken, so I diced about half of it and it all broke up just fine; I spooned the sour cream on top of the serving bowls (good without, too) with sliced black olives--all yummy options! This definitely eats like a meal, but you can decrease the chicken if you're just looking for a side dish. Also, it freezes well. Everybody else may already know this, but I accidentally discovered that condensed tomato soup does a GREAT job cleaning electric stove elements and underpans. Those little discs in the middle of the elements are supposed to be silver! News to me!
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Cheese Enchiladas

Reviewed: Mar. 17, 2003
Yummy! Followed others' suggestions: taco seasoning, fresh sauteed mushrooms, and well over double the cheese called for. It just takes a minute to grate the cheese, and blocks of cheese are typically much better quality than bags of shredded (often cheaper as well!). When I tried to dip the tortillas they really broke up a lot, so I slathered the sauce on the inside, added the filling, rolled it up, and then poured the remaining sauce over the enchiladas, making sure not to leave any naked tortilla. This was a lot easier!
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Beef Marinade I

Reviewed: Oct. 3, 2002
Deeelish! My family and I love this, and guests "wow!" at it, too! I tweak it a little: just 1 cup vegetable oil plus 1 cup good olive oil, and then cut the white wine vinegar to 1/4 cup and add 1/4 cup red vine vinegar. This will become your exclusive steak marinade!
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Mock Tea Sangria

Reviewed: Oct. 5, 2001
This is really good! I made it the night before thinking it would be a good morning caffeine drink, but it didn't last that long--the pitcher was completely empty by the next morning! The empty pitcher was, however, still in the fridge...MEN!!!!
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Greek Saganaki

Reviewed: Oct. 3, 2002
Amazing! I made this as an appetizer for my in-laws and when it was gone, they sent me directly back to the kitchen to make more! I suggest refrigerating for 10 minutes or so before frying to set the breading.
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Pork Tenderloin with Mustard Sauce

Reviewed: May 20, 2006
This is really, really great! The pork is terrific by itself, and like others, I used extra mustard. The sauce is better the next day, so put it together the night before, too. Spring for the chives!
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Bourbon Sausage

Reviewed: Nov. 9, 2011
Yummy! This is a great dish to throw together at a moment's notice, so it's handy to keep the ingredients around for drop-in guests or last minute get-togethers. My nine-year-old DEVOURS it, so I've been known to put it over rice, steam some broccoli, and call it dinner. I toss the sugar and cocktail sauce in my mini crockpot on low while I brown the sausages, then I deglaze with the bourbon for a few minutes (to get all the alcohol burned off) before I dump it all into the crockpot. Travels well like that too!
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Avocado Salsa

Reviewed: Mar. 17, 2003
I love this! I add cilantro as well as the oregano, and it is definitely spice-up-able with green chiles or jalapenos. A friend of mine loves it so much, he brings over all the ingredients occasionally as well as a bottle of wine, so I will make this for him. Of course I could give him the recipe, since it's simple enough for even a super-mega-bachelor, but, come on--he pays me with wine!
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French Green Beans

Reviewed: Jan. 4, 2002
Very yummy! I used olive oil instead of butter because--how lazy is this--I didn't want to take the time to melt the butter. The next day, I poured some balsamic vinegar on it, and it was great cold at lunch, too!
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Pizza Soup I

Reviewed: Nov. 5, 2001
Fantastic! It really pays to keep these ingredients on hand. Perfect for: "Honey, the guys and I are done with basketball, and everybody is coming over. We're starving! See you in 30 minutes."
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Cream Cheese Penguins

Reviewed: Jan. 3, 2002
Adorable and yummy! I made one alteration: I put the top olive sideways, so I could put the beak through the hole in the back and it came out the x in the front. Also, don't make them too far in advance--they dry out rather quickly.
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Leslie's Strawberry Breakfast Chops

Reviewed: Apr. 25, 2003
I really liked this! I grilled the chops, and I sauteed some diced red onion in butter before I added the rest of the ingredients. It was a cool change of pace--great summer dinner!
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Maple Salmon

Reviewed: Nov. 18, 2011
When I told my 9-year-old we were having salmon for dinner, he carefully explained that he does NOT like salmon and would NOT be eating any dinner. Then he got too hungry to stay stubborn and tried a bite. Now I am under strict orders to make it again next week...and the next week...and the next week...turns out he was a big salmon fan all along and didn't even know it! :)
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Bruschetta with Shallots

Reviewed: Oct. 24, 2011
I was the belle of the cocktail hour with this dish! The Romas were looking a little anemic that day, so I used 2 containers of grape tomatoes, 2 small shallots, and about half a head of garlic. Chopped and combined everything but the basil in the morning, tossed the basil in about 6 hours later, and it was awesome!
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Champagne Shrimp and Pasta

Reviewed: Mar. 17, 2003
This was great! I doubled everything except the shrimp for a friends-dropped-in dinner, and it was the perfect quanity for six. I put the shrimp in the champagne while I chopped everything else, and the bubbles brought stray pieces of shell & tail to the top, so I could pick them out easily. I used grape tomatoes and added some ground white pepper towards the end. Very elegant and tasty!
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Rich and Simple French Onion Soup

Reviewed: Feb. 5, 2003
I made some changes: added worchesterchire, chopped fresh parsley, a good deal of riesling wine, but no sherry, and I used only parmesan cheese. Don't hover over the stove "continually stirring" the onions...certainly keep an eye on them, but part of the beauty of this thoroughly scrumptious recipe is that it's a throw-together no-brainer!
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Italian Sausage Soup with Tortellini

Reviewed: Nov. 18, 2011
Yum! I skipped the zucchini because I didn't have any on hand and I subbed cilantro for parsley because I am madly in love with cilantro (and therefore, so is my garden). I also used a whole diced onion, which was closer to 2 cups. (Big thank you to the reviewer Nikki who translated cups into quantities of veggies!) Everybody raved except my 9-year-old, so I think when I make this again it'll be on a grown-ups night, and I'll use hot Italian sausage and some maybe some black or red pepper. I accidentally put in one can of beef broth plus a carton of low-sodium chicken broth. I know it doesn't make a huge difference, but I was irritated with myself (I literally just grabbed the wrong carton from the pantry!), so I "noticed." Again, everybody raved, and I see other reviewers used chicken broth on purpose (not just because they were on the phone with their mother and not paying attention...), but I will definitely use beef next time because I think that little extra richness and saltiness would have made it EVEN better! Thanks for the recipe!
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Addictive Mashed Potatoes

Reviewed: Nov. 18, 2011
WARNING: if you like trying new recipes, do NOT make these for family, friends, or coworkers! They are SO GOOD, you will never be allowed to bring anything but these mashed potatoes to get-togethers ever again! MAN, are they good!!
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Pan-Fried Asparagus

Reviewed: Mar. 17, 2003
This was extremely salty! I used kosher salt and I didn't even use all the salt called for! Also, it was a ton of butter and oil. Just grilling or steaming--even boiling it is easier and much tastier.
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Bananas Foster II

Reviewed: Oct. 24, 2001
Cool breeze. Warm bed. One bowl. Two spoons. Cancel all plans. (PS: Very nice with strawberry ice cream, too!)
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