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Swiss Green Beans

Reviewed: Dec. 5, 2007
I made this last Thanksgiving and forgot to rate it until now. I left out the salt, thinking it wouldn't need it with the butter and cheese, but it needed it! First bite was very bland, but when I added salt to my serving it made a huge difference. Nice change from the usual green bean casserole -- will definitely make again.
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Nicoise-Style Tuna Salad With White Beans & Olives

Reviewed: Jan. 9, 2006
Great recipe. Tastes just like the nicoise salad from a restaurant that I love. I used kalamata olives instead, and left out the eggs and green beans. Served over mixed greens instead -- was super easy. Also, after an initial tasting, added a little more oregano and lemon zest.
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Quick Sausage and Bell Pepper Calzones

Reviewed: Jan. 9, 2006
This recipe is great, but it is certainly not quick. The filling is no problem, but rolling the dinner rolls is a pain. I will make again but try it using refrigerated pizza crust and making 4 large calzones. (Note: the recipe as stated makes 8 small calzones -- we had two each.) They were a big hit with my husband.
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Tomato-Cream Sauce for Pasta

Reviewed: Dec. 18, 2005
This is a great recipe. So simple, and so delicious. Served it with store bought gnocchi (I was a little hesitant of that, but it was great) and had dinner in less than half an hour. The only reason I'm giving it four stars is because the onion flavor was overpowering. I read that in other reviews, so I used a small onion--which was probably less than half a cup. Still, the onion overpowered everything else and was SO strong. I think next time I make this I will start with 1/8 cup of onion and keep working with it until I get the right amount. Other than that, it was great. I added a few red pepper flakes which gave it a little kick, and will do that again next time.
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Gerry's Chicken Enchiladas

Reviewed: Dec. 9, 2004
Fabulous recipe. I am hard pressed to find better enchiladas than these in Texas restuarants. These are a bit of work, but they get easier every time that I make them. When I made them on my electric stove it took FOREVER for the mixture to reduce. On my gas stove, it's no problem. If you're in a rush, leave out the chicken broth. It saves a LOT of time -- just be sure to watch the mixture -- it needs a little more attention for the short time that it needs to cook. I also use flour tortillas warmed in the microwave -- I'm sure that saves some time too. Without this recipe, a Texan would have had to survive without good Tex-Mex in Minnesota. Thanks!
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Cream Cheese Appetizer

Reviewed: Nov. 16, 2004
I don't know about hot sauce, but this is a great, easy recipe when you use salsa instead of hot sauce. A popular favorite at texas get togethers.
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Tuna Salad With Fresh Dill

Reviewed: Oct. 17, 2004
I also substituted light sour cream for the yogurt, and added just a dab more of mustard and use low-fat miracle whip. I used a 3 oz tuna packet in place of the canned tuna. Great lunch recipe -- is very light and tasty!
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Chicken and Corn Chili

Reviewed: Sep. 30, 2003
Great recipe! I also used chili beans, and added a can of rotel and an 8 oz can of tomato sauce, and it was perfect. It was very easy, was spicy enough even for us texans and is healthy too. We will be making this a lot this winter.
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Mandarin Almond Salad

Reviewed: Jun. 30, 2003
What a great salad! My husband doesn't like salad, so I waited to make this for the entire family, and it was a huge it. Both my husband and my mom (who doesn't like anything other than her desert to be sweet) loved it.
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Banana Loaf Cake I

Reviewed: Jun. 18, 2003
What a great recipe. I've never had banana cake, and to me this tasted just like banana bread--which is exactly what I wanted. It had a great banana flavor, and was perfect for breakfast. I also cut down on the sugar (to about 3/4 a cup) and it was perfect for my taste. Thanks for a great recipe!
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Easy BBQ Bake

Reviewed: Apr. 3, 2003
I have made this recipe twice, and the first time it was okay, the second time was great! The first time I used a sweet bbq sauce because that was what I had--the second time I used a spicy sauce--what a huge difference! The second time I also used 1 cup of bbq sauce and the specified amounts of honey and ketchup because I wanted more of a barbeque flavor. I cooked for exactly 45 minutes and the chicken was just cooked through and very tender. It's so simple--you can't go wrong with this recipe.
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Mexican Salsa II

Reviewed: Mar. 31, 2003
This salsa was good, but it much more resembled pico de gallo then salsa (only much more finely chopped than pico usually is). It was still good, very simple and fresh, but after the inital tasting I did add lime, and my husband and I thought it was much better with the lime added.
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Southwestern Chicken Pitas with Chipotle Sauce

Reviewed: Mar. 1, 2003
I was a little weary of the sauce, but it is really good on the pitas. It tasted a little strange when I tasted it on it's own, but it really compliments the pitas well. My husband didn't even use the sauce, and he loved them. Very easy, very healthy. Great recipe!
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Lime Chicken Picante

Reviewed: Feb. 28, 2003
My husband and I both really enjoyed this recipe. What makes it a 5 for me is that it was quite easy and healthy too! I did make some changes. I halved the amount of mustard called for, and doubled the amount of lime and salsa. I could still taste a hint of the mustard, but it wasn't too overpowering as some earlier reviews had suggested. I also only made three chicken breasts, and towards the end it appeared there wasn't going to be enough sauce left over, so I added a little more of every ingredient. There still was barely enough sauce! Also served with sour cream instead of yogurt.
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Pork & Pineapple Stir-Fry

Reviewed: Feb. 16, 2003
My husband and I both love this recipe! It is really easy to make--I also did not cook the pork in seperate batches and used canned pineapple. I was expecting the chili pepper to give it a little bit of spice, but it wasn't spicy at all. So the next time I made it I substituted about 6 small serrano peppers and it was wonderful! Very sweet, very spicy.
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