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Mexican Baked Fish

Reviewed: Apr. 7, 2012
So simple and so delicious. And the low calorie count is a bonus. The spicier the salsa the better, and we use our favorite Juanita's corn chips. I have a gas oven that runs on the cooler side, so I baked it for 25 minutes at 425. It even makes great leftovers to heat up in the microwave the next day.
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Classic Rice Pilaf

Reviewed: Apr. 22, 2013
This was awesome, exactly as written. At first I thought I should have added more broth because it looked dry, but it turned out to have excellent texture and the rice was perfectly al dente. We enjoyed the leftovers for several days.
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Simple Scones

Reviewed: Dec. 16, 2012
Scrumptious. I made the lemon blueberry version with a light powdered sugar drizzle. I divided the dough into eight flattened balls and baked it in my Omnia stovetop oven that I use in the camper. Mmm, fresh baked scones and cowboy coffee out in the woods!
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Heavenly Halibut

Reviewed: Aug. 16, 2012
This is our favorite recipe for white fish. It's rich, tasty, and super easy. It's best with halibut, but it's also very good with cod. I double the sauce and get generous with the hot sauce because we like it spicy. Broiling it for a minute or two at the end takes it from great to fabulous.
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Oatmeal Biscuits

Reviewed: Jun. 7, 2012
I did something unusual with this recipe. I adapted it for bannock to make while backpacking. I simply used Nido instead of milk. Just before frying in a little olive oil, I worked in just enough water to make a stiff dough. Although they were softer and harder to turn than traditional bannock, the flavor and texture were just marvelous. I can't wait to make these on the trail.
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Mom's Turkey Sausage Patties

Reviewed: Jun. 7, 2012
This is really good for a low-fat alternative to pork sausage. I used the spices as listed, but only 27 ounces of turkey (the one package I had). The spices were strong enough for 2 full pounds. I used a non-stick skillet and crumbled it instead of frying patties in spray. I keep crumbled sausage in the fridge and use it in breakfast burritos and biscuits and gravy. This was delicious just eating it with a spoon. I can't wait to try it in my breakfast recipes. LATER that week...this was great in burritos but not so much in biscuit gravy. The texture doesn't lend itself well to all recipes.
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Orzo with Parmesan and Basil

Reviewed: May 28, 2012
Simple and delicious. Fresh basil was wonderful. I simmered it on the lowest heat for almost 30 minutes. It sat for 10 minutes while the rest of the meal cooked, so it stiffened up a bit. I stirred in a little butter and olive oil to make it creamy again. I will definitely make this again, and I'll try it in the camper.
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Smooth Sweet Tea

Reviewed: Jul. 27, 2013
I love iced tea but can never drink it because it gives me heartburn and I don't like the bitterness. The baking soda trick is exactly what I needed. This is a little sweet for my taste, so I'll try cutting the sugar next time, and maybe adding a little mint. Wonderful simplicity.
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Ham Salad Spread

Reviewed: Apr. 7, 2012
Delicious! I used green onions, dijon mustard, and jalapeno sweet hots for the relish. I chopped the ham in a food processor, which worked great. We made rollups with flour tortillas and romaine lettuce. Very tasty.
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French Toast I

Reviewed: Nov. 19, 2011
Simple and delicious. I thought 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg would be too much, but it was just right. I used regular sliced Italian bread, so there's no need to go out of your way to find thick sliced bread.
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Green Beans with Cherry Tomatoes

Reviewed: Oct. 17, 2013
This is a great combination of flavors and it's really easy to prepare. It also makes a great presentation, and there is enough sauce left in the pan to drizzle on plain pasta. The first time I made it exactly as written, and the second time I omitted the sugar. Grape tomatoes are so sweet the sugar wasn't necessary.
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Outrageous Chocolate Chip Cookies

Reviewed: Mar. 26, 2011
My boyfriend has forbidden me to ever make these cookies again because we inhaled nearly the whole batch and gained five pounds on the spot. In fact I had to fight him off the cookie dough when I was spooning them onto the cookie sheet. What a fantastic recipe. All the great cookie flavors together in the perfect blend, with excellent texture and substance. I baked them 12 minutes. Positively outstanding.
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Chef John's Buttermilk Biscuits

Reviewed: Jun. 16, 2012
Perfect biscuits in every way. Light, flaky, crispy and toasted on the little rough edges, and delicious. And it's just as easy as any other simple biscuit recipe. I let a frozen stick of butter sit out for 10 minutes, and it was just right for cutting into slices. The dough was pretty sticky, so I needed to add quite a bit as I worked it, which led to overworking it some. These will be even better when I get that part just right. I measured the thickness and size of my cutter, but it only made 8 biscuits. Great recipe.
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Potato Latkes I

Reviewed: Jan. 19, 2013
These taste just like my grandmother used to make. Delicious with sour cream or applesauce. The textures and flavor were perfect. I used a food processor the first time and a big grater the second time. Both tools make it easy to use fresh potatoes. I just press and drain the potatoes in a colander; no fussing with cheesecloth. The mixture is a little watery but it works just fine.
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Cottage Pudding - Upside Down Cake

Reviewed: Nov. 20, 2012
I love recipes that let me whip up something scrumptious on the spur of the moment without running to the store. I made it with canned pineapple rings and it was so easy and delicious. I'm sure it's good with apples, but I'm spoiled with the easy pineapple version.
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Baked Brie in Puff Pastry

Reviewed: Nov. 25, 2012
This is a basic recipe that's just wonderful exactly as it's written. It's so easy, and it makes a nice presentation if you get creative with the pastry scraps.
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Easy Swedish Apple Pie

Reviewed: Nov. 7, 2012
This is much easier and way more delicious than any pastry apple pie. The crust is crunchy and soft at the same time, with the perfect sweetness to complement the tart apples. The first time I made it the apples practically disintegrated, so I cut them a little thicker the second time. I also spread the topping so that it didn't go all the way to edge. This kept it from getting too thin, hard and brown right at the edge. My search for the perfect apple dessert is over.
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Fish Tacos

Reviewed: Apr. 7, 2012
Even with all the cayenne and jalapenos (I used 1.5 canned), it was not as hot and spicy as I expected. But the tang of the yogurt and the overall flavor for fish tacos was very good. The consistency was just right. Instead of deep fried beer batter, I fried chunks of cod that were dredged in my favorite TexMex mix of flour, bread crumbs, cumin, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Quite good, and I will probably make it again. P.S. It's much spicier after a day or so in the fridge.
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Best Tuna Casserole

Reviewed: Apr. 27, 2012
Easy, fast, and delicious, but a little dry. I halved the recipe and used corn chips. Next time I'll use potato chips as called for (it could have used the little bit of extra salt) and add 1/2 to 1 soup can of water (or twice that for a full recipe).
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Black Beans a la Olla

Reviewed: May 11, 2012
Very tasty and aromatic. It's easy to make, and a great way to use up a big bunch of fresh cilantro. We wrapped it up with steamed flour tortillas. The only reason I'm giving it four stars instead of five is because of how it looks. The colors and texture are unappetizing. But the taste is five stars all the way.
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