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Old-Fashioned Italian Zucchini Fritters

Reviewed: May 26, 2010
I hate to say this but I did change the recipe a bit - only out of necessity. I was almost out of flour so I used breadcrumbs and did not have fresh basil so I used dried parsley. Growing up, my mom would lightly fry zucchini slices dipped in egg and italian breadcrumbs so I knew this recipe would be good and of course it was.
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Roasted Garlic Cauliflower

Reviewed: Jan. 31, 2010
Amazing! I was looking for a simple way to prepare cauliflower that did not involve sauce and all other kinds of ingredients. I will make it this way from now on.
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Healing Cabbage Soup

Reviewed: Jan. 21, 2010
I chose this recipe for its simplicity. I followed it as written and really enjoyed it. It is very flavorful and satisfying. I used the regular green cabbage and canned chicken broth (don't add salt if you do this) instead of water and bouillon. It would be even better with homemade chicken stock of course. A very frugal dish.
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Amusement Park Cornbread

Reviewed: Jan. 1, 2010
very good cornbread. almost like a cake though so it's up to you if you like sweet cornbread or not.
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Golden Sweet Cornbread

Reviewed: Jan. 1, 2010
this is great for sweet cornbread. i always get compliments. it is almost like a dessert.
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Cuban Pork Roast I

Reviewed: Dec. 17, 2009
Cooked in my pressure cooker after browning and meat was very tender. I think the marinade had a good flavor but it would have done better marinating for at least 48 hours. So if I let it marinate longer I would probably give it more stars.
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Fettuccini Carbonara

Reviewed: Dec. 17, 2009
I would make this again - one of my favorite meals. Very flavorful. Everyone loved it. I was tempted to not use all the bacon because it seemed like so much but I was glad I did. It added a ton of flavor. I did not use shallots, just the onion. Bacon should be cooked on low heat so it will take awhile and the onions should not be crispy like other reviewers commented. My guess is their heat was too high for the bacon. Also I used all the grease from the bacon in the pasta and the dish was not too greasy. The bacon fat gives flavor! Eat immediately. The longer it sits the more the consistency of the sauce changes.
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Baked Pork Spring Rolls

Reviewed: Dec. 14, 2009
They were easier to make than I expected. The spring roll pastry I used was really easy to work with (Spring Home TYJ SPring Roll Pastry). I found it at our local asian market. They were spicier than I am used to from Chinese restaurants so I may not add the chili sauce next time. I used bean sprouts instead of cabbage to make it easier but I'm sure the cabbage would have been better though I don't feel they suffered because of it. I made the sauce suggested by another reviewer (1/2 C. lemon juice, 1/3 c. soy sauce, 1 t. chili sauce. one chopped green onion and 1 t. chopped cilantro). Yummy but spicy. Duck sauce was Ok with it. Will make again.
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Kung Pao Chicken

Reviewed: Dec. 14, 2009
Easy to make and tasted like a restaurant. I didn't add the chili sauce because we were feeding a young child and figured people could add it at their plate if they like. I added some veggies.
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Spanakopita II

Reviewed: Dec. 6, 2009
AMAZING! Fresh dill a must. I didn't make triangles - I just baked it in an 8 x 8 following other reviewers advice. I have made it without the dough as well - kind of like a spinach casserole. This was only because we were tight on our food budget otherwise definitely prefer the phyllo dough. It is not too difficult to work with.
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Authentic Middle Eastern Hummus (Chummus)

Reviewed: Dec. 6, 2009
My taste buds must be adapapted to the American version with garlic. I was not crazy about it. The tahini flavor came through more than I would have preferred as well. I did add more lemon juice and a generous amount of salt as I used dried beans instead of canned. I don't think it is a bad recipe - I just think it comes down to preference.
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Pork Cabbage Saute

Reviewed: Nov. 11, 2009
My husband and his friend thought this was really good. I didn't care for it too much - I think I added too much pepper. I served with potato pancakes (latkes) with sour cream and applesauce.
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Sweet Potato Casserole I

Reviewed: Nov. 10, 2009
this is the one! pecans add a more sophisticated touch than marshmallows and cut the sweetness and boy, is it sweet. Don't use the canned yams. Instead use 3 cups (approx. 3 potatoes) of real mashed sweet potatoes. Sooo much better. And you can get away with decreasing sugar.
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Double Chocolate Biscotti

Reviewed: Nov. 10, 2009
Great! I love the hard cookie with the chunks of chocolate and just the right amount of sweetness. They are supposed to be hard so I like to make them a day ahead of time at least so they will harden enough by the time they are served. I found them to be too soft for biscotti when they were fresher.
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Chocolate Pecan Pie III

Reviewed: Nov. 10, 2009
Amazing! Must serve with whipped cream.
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Pecan Pie

Reviewed: Nov. 10, 2009
Soooo yummy!
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Russian Tea Cakes III

Reviewed: Nov. 10, 2009
Delicious! Perfect, traditional. I used walnuts. Pick these! You won't be disappointd.
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Middle Eastern Rice with Black Beans and Chickpeas

Reviewed: Nov. 10, 2009
I will make again becasue it is delicious and healthy but I was somewhat dissapointed. I felt it needed some tweaking. I used dried beans and added a good amount of salt because of that. I would probably double the spices next time except the cayenne. The rice was wetter than I expected. It was a lot of liquid for that amount of rice called for but maybe that's the way it's supposed to be? Make sure you get the good quality basmati (mine at Sam's Club). You should always rinse it of the startch so it doesn't stick together. I didn't do this for the recipe but now I know to do it for the future. I didn't use any meat and didn't have any of the optional ingredients on hand though I'm sure they would have added a nice touch.
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Grilled Halibut Steaks

Reviewed: Nov. 10, 2009
Delicious! Add some white wine, let t reduce and even more delicious. I pan fried.
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Thai Grilled Chicken with Sweet Chile Dipping Sauce

Reviewed: Nov. 9, 2009
Pretty good. Worth trying. I marinated for 24 hours but would recommend longer if possible. I used chicken thigh parts and lifted the skin to get the marinade under there. We grilled them. Yum! I was not crazy about the sauce and they were plenty flavorful and moist without.
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