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Winter Fruit Salad with Lemon Poppyseed Dressing

Reviewed: Feb. 9, 2011
I made one change, which was to use toasted pecans (on hand) in place of the cashews. This salad is the perfect mixture of sweet, mellow, and tart - "fierce," as one friend described it. I took a 12-serving batch to a dinner party for 6 people, and we polished it off!
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Mom's Macaroni and Cheese

Reviewed: Feb. 9, 2011
I ended up doubling both the Cheddar cheese and the noodles. (I used medium Cheddar.) The sauce has a little too much flour to my taste, as well. Overall, I enjoyed this dish, and my son, Mr. PickyPants, loved it! It's a classic and easy recipe, and I will definitely make it again.
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Sally's Spinach Mashed Potatoes

Reviewed: Mar. 19, 2011
My son, Mr. Pickypants, had seconds of this dish! It was a hit with the adults, too. The dill, though only a small amount, really sets off the other flavors.
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Carol's Arroz Con Pollo

Reviewed: Jul. 30, 2011
Even though I had to improvise a little, since I didn't have the exact ingredients on hand, this meal was delicious! Mr. PickyPants pronounced it "yummy." We love rice, so this recipe will stay in my rotation. P.S. Like most other reviewers, I didn't have saffron on hand. I used about 1/4 t. cumin instead -- I like cumin, and didn't mind if the rice wasn't yellow.
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Easy Meatloaf

Reviewed: Jan. 21, 2012
The meatloaf itself is a good basic recipe, and the topping was delicious! Thanks for sharing this recipe.
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Baked Asparagus with Balsamic Butter Sauce

Reviewed: Feb. 9, 2012
The sauce is a beautiful mixture of flavers! I changed the cooking method, because I wanted the asparagus to have a chance to absorb more of the sauce's flavor. So I melted the butter in a saucepan, made the sauce, and then sauteed the asparagus in it. I will definitely make this dish again, and I hope to find other uses for this delicious sauce!
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Baked Asparagus with Balsamic Butter Sauce

Reviewed: Feb. 9, 2012
The sauce is a beautiful mixture of flavors! I changed the cooking method, because I wanted the asparagus to have a chance to absorb more of the sauce's flavor. So I melted the butter in a saucepan, made the sauce, and then sauteed the asparagus in it. I will definitely make this dish again, and I hope to find other uses for this delicious sauce!
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Broccoli Noodle Side Dish

Reviewed: Feb. 9, 2012
I used about 3 c. of whole-grain pasta, because that's what I had on hand, but followed the recipe otherwise. As it turned out, I think the whole-grain flavor was a nice addition to the dish; and fewer noodles allowed the flavors of the broccoli and mushrooms to shine. This dish was a wonderful addition to our dinner, and I will definitely make it again!
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Slow-Cooker Pepper Steak

Reviewed: Jul. 29, 2012
I made minor modifications in cut of meat and color of bell pepper, based on what I had on hand. This is the BEST pepper steak I have ever had. What a wonderful flavor!
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Cherry Chutney Grilled Chops

Reviewed: Oct. 12, 2012
I was skeptical about marinating the pork chops in straight vinegar, without any water or oil. I thought they would turn out sour, and they did. The sauce was more like cherries in syrup, not chutney. It was delicious, however, and the juice neutralized the vinegar taste of the meat. I really enjoyed the cherries and pork together, but will definitely make some changes to both the marinade and the sauce next time -- oil and much less vinegar in the marinade, and maybe all-fruit cherry preserves instead of water for the chutney. Thanks for sharing, and sparking my imagination!
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Creamed Spinach

Reviewed: Oct. 12, 2012
I made this recipe exactly as written, and it was wonderful! Using aged parmesan cheese, rather than the stuff in the can, makes a huge difference; and I would never have thought of adding nutmeg, but it adds a nice touch. There are no Boston Markets where I live, but now I don't miss them!
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Shepherd's Pie V

Reviewed: Dec. 6, 2012
I love the savory flavor of this recipe, and the little "kick" the steak seasoning gives it. But I was disappointed in its saltiness: salt in the bouillon, the salt in the steak seasoning, and actual salt is a LOT of that seasoning! I was also hoping the 90-minute prep-to-table time was an exaggeration, but it took nearly that long. (I doubled the recipe, so I'd have leftovers. I used fresh onion because I was out of dried flakes, basil because I was out of dried rosemary, and topped the pie with shredded Colby.) I will definitely make it again, but using low-sodium beef broth instead of bouillon. And I'll probably make it ahead of time, to avoid a 7:30PM dinnertime. ;-)
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Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

Reviewed: Jan. 14, 2013
Oh. My. Gosh. It's like heaven in a bowl! I followed the recipe as closely as I could (chicken was not cooked; wild rice mix was not quick-cooking; half-and-half had to step in for heavy cream). My improvising did not detract from the deliciousness of this soup in any way. I look forward to making this again and again! (I served it with garlic and cheese-style biscuits, like you-know-where serves. They were perfect together.) 02/12/2014: I made it again, using the quick-cooking wild rice mix this time, and was disappointed: the boxed wild rice mix makes substantially more rice and is much better seasoned, so I will stick with my variation from now on. To make up for the lack of rice, I added a tiny bit of white rice, diced celery (two ribs), and sliced up a couple of carrots. I also added more herbs and seasonings.
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Garlic Cheese Biscuits

Reviewed: Jan. 14, 2013
I planned to make my own baking mix, only to discover my shortening had seen better days. So I substituted softened (not melted) butter for the shortening and, not wanting to add MORE butter to the recipe later, decided to just add the garlic powder to the dough and forego brushing them. They needed an extra two or three minutes in the oven, but they turned out light and delicious. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!
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Homemade Baking Mix

Reviewed: Jan. 26, 2013
This mix rose beautifully, and my son, Mr. Pickypants, certainly enjoyed the delicious result! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe!
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Classic Waffles

Reviewed: Mar. 24, 2013
This was my first time ever to make waffles, and they were delicious! This recipe cooks up light and tasty. I added some chocolate chips for my son, Mr. Pickypants, and his friend, and they practically inhaled them. Thanks for a great addition to my breakfast repertoire!
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Quick Alfredo Sauce

Reviewed: Apr. 17, 2013
I made a couple of substitutions, based on what I had in the house: whole milk instead of half-and-half, and garlic powder instead of garlic salt. Be sure to use "real" Parmesan cheese, not the flavorless canned stuff! (For speed, I shredded it in my food processor). This sauce took me all of 8 minutes to prepare, including shredding the cheese, and has fabulous flavor that even my son, Mr. PickyPants, enjoyed! And it makes a LOT of sauce: I used it to rescue a big pot of chicken noodle soup no one was eating, which I'd made with 8 oz. of pasta and almost 2 lbs. of chicken. (I drained and froze the broth for later use.) Thanks so much for sharing the recipe!
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Restaurant Style Chicken Nachos

Reviewed: May 12, 2013
I didn't use the green onion, because heaven forbid my son, Mr. Pickypants, find something green on his plate! Knowing the chicken would be bland without it, I sprinkled with chicken with taco seasoning instead. Mr. Pickypants ate his unadorned, just chicken, cheese, and chips; after baking, I loaded mine with tomato, avocado, and shredded lettuce. We both really enjoyed them, and I will definitely make them again - thanks for sharing this recipe! 9.2.2013: I chopped the chicken finely instead of shredding it, which was a lot easier for me. I didn't have Cheddar/Jack, so I shredded a little mozzarella and some American cheese and tossed them together with a fork. That may sound awful, but this was THE BEST batch of these nachos I've made so far!
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Salisbury Steak

Reviewed: May 15, 2013
I think mixing the onion soup packet with 2 c. water, to make a condensed soup, was a huge mistake! The gravy didn't thicken much, and both the meat and the sauce were kind of bland. I totally blame myself for that. Even so, Mr. Pickypants cleaned his plate, so this recipe is definitely worth another try! Next time, I will use dry soup mix in the meat, and I will take my time putting the gravy together.
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Maple Salmon

Reviewed: Aug. 28, 2013
I doubled the marinade so I would have some extra to make a sauce with. For some reason, the sauce was overly sweet. Not so the salmon, though - it was absolutely delicious, with a perfect balance of maple sweetness and savory soy sauce. I made three changes: I used garlic powder instead of garlic salt, because that's what I had (the soy sauce is plenty salty, anyway); I baked the salmon in a covered casserole; and my salmon filet needed to cook about 25 minutes rather than 20.
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