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#1 Pea Salad Most Requested!

Reviewed: Aug. 20, 2013
The smoke-flavored almonds distinguishes this recipe from the many other pea salad variations. Much like bacon, adding smoke or honey flavored almonds to a salad often makes it better, and unquestionably did so in this case. We separately folded in some mayo with a small amount of pea mixture to do a taste test. It tasted okay but we wanted a healthier and lighter tasting dressing than all mayo. We combined 1 part mayo w/ 1 part Greek low-fat plain yogurt which was mixed w/ a little Pinot Grigio Italian wine vinegar (or white vinegar), Dijon mustard, powdered stevia, and salt/white pepper to taste. We very much enjoyed this lighter version pea salad. Thank you PHILHERB.
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Coconut Curry Chili

Reviewed: Dec. 8, 2012
WOW!! An awesome chili. While it’s unconventional, this chili is among the best ever tasted. A few personal tweaks: (i) 1 lb. ground turkey rather than 1/2 lb.; (ii) 1 1/4 cups low sodium beef broth rather than like amount of water; (iii) 18.7 oz. Campbell’s Harvest Tomato w/ Basil rather than 2 cans (21.5 oz.) of regular tomato soup; (iv) Hot Mango Chutney rather than regular mango chutney (only if some heat is preferred); (v) lite coconut milk rather than regular. Submitter and reviewers say this chili gets better the next day but the first batch we made was devoured, and never made it that long. Anyone who really likes this dish, try Sweet and Spicy Curry with Chickpeas on this site . . . some differences but many similarities to this fantastic recipe. usmcwifey . . . this was so, so good that we’re going to try your Curry Chicken Salad, personal recipe. This is a keeper that gets mounted on the wall.
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Mel's Crab Salad

Reviewed: Apr. 21, 2013
This salad is delicious. We made two versions. We tweaked the ‘made recipe as written’ by subbing 1 tbsp Stevia in the Raw for the sugar and used fresh Italian parsley (probably closer to a tablespoon than a teaspoon). The 2nd version took the ‘made recipe as written’ and added about 1/8 teaspoon curry powder and 1/8 heaping teaspoon cayenne pepper powder. We felt the version with curry and cayenne took an already outstanding crab salad to an even higher level. While this was not tried, you might be able to cut the Hellmann’s mayo to 1/4 cup without sacrificing any taste while eliminating some fat. Rather than use crackers, we had this for lunch. We laid 3-4 romaine lettuce leaves on a 10 inch flour tortilla, spooned on the crab salad, and then wrapped them. Makes for a quick and easy lunch!! A really great recipe, Mel . . . and yes, we didn’t make enough.
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Key Lime Pie VII

Reviewed: Oct. 16, 2011
THE BEST!! Not to tart, and not to sweet. Made for a small gathering of mostly native So. Floridians who have eaten numerous key lime pies over the years. Everyone said this was the best key lime pie they have had, and demanded the recipe. Also used Graham Cracker Crust I and Whipped Cream recipes from this site to make the pie. From reading reviews, some folks don’t seem to know that key limes are quite small (rough size of a quarter) and more tart than the common Persian lime (more pie photos show Persian rather than key limes). Key limes are a/k/a Bartender’s limes; a liquor store may have them if not found at your grocery store. For a bit of trivia, the key lime was predominate in the US until the 1926 hurricane wiped out the Florida Keys and its lime crops. If fresh key limes are not available, the suggestion by others to use Nellie & Joe's Famous Key West Lime Juice is a good one if wanting to make an authentic key lime pie (sold by Whole Foods in S. Florida). My 1 lb. bag ($3.99) had 21 key limes, and made 5/8 cup of juice. A second bag was used to get a full 3/4 cup, and to cut slices for garnish w/ remainder to be used in other dishes. I baked my pie for 11 minutes per suggestion of other reviewers (tiny bubbles were barely detectable when they do appear), and I let it rest for 24 hrs. before serving. Thanks a bunch to Ann Richardson for sharing this wonderful recipe!
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Hot Maryland Crab Dip

Reviewed: Dec. 26, 2012
This crab dip is a winner. Used canned lump crab meat from Costco, about 2-1/2 cups. Also added 1 jalapeno pepper, deseeded & diced and 1 teaspoon paprika. Served over warm Italian Salt & Pepper Pita Chips & crackers. You’ll luv this and so will your guests if looking for a special occasion appetizer.
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Roasted Asparagus with Parmesan

Reviewed: Dec. 26, 2012
A wonderful side dish that is simple to make. In a separate nonstick pan, sautéed 1/3 cup pine nuts until golden, about 4 minutes. Used them to garnish the roasted asparagus along with a touch of freshly squeezed lemon juice.
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Asparagus Mushroom Bacon Crustless Quiche

Reviewed: Jan. 5, 2014
Excellent flavor from the combination of asparagus, mushroom, bacon, and Swiss cheese. The generous use of heavy whipping cream in the egg mixture produces a fluffy (airy) custard. That was fine for a change of pace but prefer a slightly denser version. Thankfully, followed several reviewer’s suggestions to use only 1 cup heavy whipping cream (vs. 1-1/2 cups), and subbing milk for the difference. Because the flavor is so good, I’ll make this again but experiment with 1-1/2 cups half & half to better suit our tastes while eliminating about 90g fat/750 kcal from the entire quiche. A very good dish overall that can easily be customized to suit individual preferences.
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Spicy Orange Chicken

Reviewed: Mar. 26, 2013
A lighter, healthier version of American Chinese orange chicken. We made this as written except for omitting the cilantro garnish. For us, it’s hard to beat orange chicken when well prepared by a fine Chinese restaurant as the flavor of the sauce is absorbed and clings to the battered fried chicken. This dish eliminates the batter and oil for cooking the chicken which reduces some fat and calories. We were very pleased with the outcome and thought this dish delivered a savory balance of sweet and spicy flavors. We will make this again.
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Chef John's Creme Fraiche

Reviewed: Dec. 26, 2012
The crème fraiche was made exactly as written, and used in conjunction with Chef John's Classic Beef Stroganoff recipe. We used pasteurized cream, and found it at Whole Foods. One cautionary note . . . pasteurized cream has a fairly short shelf life so the crème fraiche will not last long in the fridge IF any is leftover. This added a special finishing touch to the beef stroganoff and so easy to make. Thank you, Chef John.
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Spicy Chicken Thai Soup

Reviewed: Oct. 25, 2012
Seriously delicious and very filling. Two minor changes: (i) 1 1/2 lbs. of skinless, boneless chicken thighs & 1 lb. chicken tenderloins rather than all thighs, and (ii) 4 tsp. red curry paste rather than 2 tsp. Chef John’s video for making this soup is worth watching, and apparently reflects the original way he made it versus this version seemingly altered by AR slightly. Great recipe, great soup . . . grand slam homer, Chef John.
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Summer Garden Crustless Quiche

Reviewed: Aug. 6, 2013
What a great recipe!! Fantastic way to pack a meal with nutritious vegetables. Closely followed the recipe but added 4, chopped sweet peppers and used almond milk instead of whole milk. After washing the kale, immersed it in a solution of water, lemon juice and salt, and then vigorously massaged it for about 3 minutes. There was not a trace of bitterness in the cooked kale. Total bake time was about 60, rather than 50 minutes for the center part to firm up. While two of us felt the seasoning was spot on, one person added several drops of Frank’s Red Hot sauce. After tasting a piece, I might add some hot sauce to the recipe next time but this quiche certainly stands out without it. The sad part is that the entire quiche is gone without even a tiny piece leftover for tomorrow’s lunch. MATTSBELLY, thank you for sharing a great veggie dish.
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Sweet Tamale Pie

Reviewed: Aug. 4, 2013
A far cry from Mexican tamales but a fantastic one-dish family meal. For the meat mixture, closely followed the recipe other than omitting the olive oil and using Taco Seasoning I from this site rather than store bought. Elected to use the HERDEZ® Mexican Cornbread recipe from this site since the Krusteaz® Honey Corn Bread Mix suggested by the recipe submitter was not available at local grocery stores and we prefer cornbread made from scratch. However, if the Krusteaz® brand is locally available, it’s probably a good choice as there are 20 reviews on Amazon.com as of this date, and all are 5* rated. The HERDEZ® cornbread perfectly complimented the meat mixture. When making this again, I would only use 1/2 - 2/3 of the HERDEZ® cornbread mixture for this pie as the full amount makes a top layer of cornbread that is somewhat thick relative to the meat mixture. The remaining cornbread batter would be baked in a separate dish alongside the tamale casserole dish, and then frozen for future use. After 20 years of tinkering with this recipe, bcummings221, it’s time for you take a victory lap as it’s as close to perfect as it can practically get . . . thank you for sharing!
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Sangria! Sangria!

Reviewed: Oct. 17, 2011
Added 2 cups diet ginger ale in lieu of optional carbonated water; added 4 cinnamon sticks. These changes made it 5*. Tried it without the ginger ale, and it was too tart for my taste.
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Chef John's Raw Kale Salad

Reviewed: Aug. 18, 2013
We search for new ways to incorporate kale into our meal planning because of its super nutritional benefits. Thought about skipping over this recipe since we’re not big fans of most vinaigrette dressings, especially those loaded in oil. But a closer look indicated a moderate amount being used (1/3 cup olive oil). The orange flavor of this dressing really shines through, and very tasty. Next time, I will experiment using the exact same salad dressing ingredients except adding Greek low-fat yogurt and either significantly reducing the olive oil or eliminating it entirely. First try Chef John’s vinaigrette, and then subsequently make a creamy dressing if that is your pleasure. There were no persimmons available so we subbed dried apricots. We cut the kale in ‘ribbons’ as directed but don’t believe this helps to mellow it out. Much easier to eat bite size pieces than wrestle with something like long green slippery ribbons. Tried this salad right after making it, and would have rated it 4*. After letting it rest in fridge for about 4 hours, kale mellowed out a bit more and the flavors melded together nicely. If not eating this salad immediately, soak the apple matchsticks in a solution of lemon juice/water to impede browning. This is a keeper.
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Authentic Chicken Tikka Masala

Reviewed: Mar. 27, 2013
Amazing, restaurant quality Tikka Masala. Makes an impressive dish with complex, aromatic flavors that blend together nicely. A bit time consuming to prepare but well worth the effort. For the marinade, used non-fat Greek plain yogurt, and marinated the chicken for four hours instead of two. For the remainder of the recipe, subbed ground cumin since didn’t have cumin seeds, 2 serrano peppers w/ seeds for green chile peppers, 1/4 cup chicken broth for water, and 1/2 cup coconut milk for heavy whipping cream. The main caution for achieving a successful outcome is to consider the heat tolerance for whoever is eating this dish. Green chile (a/k/a Anaheim chile, California Green) peppers range from mild and sweet to moderate hot. On the Scoville Heat Index, a jalapeno pepper can easily exceed 2X the value of a green chile, and a serrano pepper can easily exceed 4X its value; removing the seeds & ribs will also reduce the heat (if not sure, reserve these and add in later if desiring more heat or add some cayenne pepper to taste). For folks who like Indian cuisine, this will be a keeper.
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Mushroom Soup Without Cream

Reviewed: Nov. 30, 2012
This was good, and certainly a healthy dish as written. It would be a good choice for someone wanting to eat lighter fare, and possibly wanting to reduce calorie intake. Essentially, this is a tasty broth with ample mushrooms. In reading the 84 reviews, it seemed to have a high percentage of reviewers deviating from the written recipe which makes one wonder whether to follow along and whether the rating is sound since they didn’t taste the real deal. Prepared the recipe as written, and in retrospect, wish we had adopted some of the changes others had made. We would probably not make this again unless there were dietary reasons to do so.
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Fruit Sherbet

Reviewed: Feb. 11, 2012
This satisfied a craving for something cold & tart. Extremely easy to make. This reminded me of the 1950's in Florida when a pop-up frozen desert - Lily Dily- was sold at grade school for a nickel. From a timing perspective, a little tricky getting the frozen consistency just right {2 hrs. in freezer, a liquid mush; 3-1/4 hrs. about right around the edges; next morning, rock hard}. Next time, I might add 2-3 tablespoons of alcohol like vodka (neutral w/o modifying flavor) or cointreau (orange liqueur, flavored with the peel of sour and sweet oranges from Curacao and Spain) since alcohol doesn't freeze. Thank you Mary Ann for sharing this oldie, but goodie!
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Super Squash

Reviewed: May 25, 2013
Outstanding, and the rave reviews are a testament to that. A couple minor alterations: 16 reduced fat Ritz crackers replacing 12 saltine crackers and used herb seasoned stuffing. Nicely filled a 9” x 13” (3 qt.) baking dish (lightly sprayed w/ olive oil). Lightly sprayed saucepan w/ olive oil rather than using butter when cooking the squash and onions. In further reducing the overall 10 tablespoons of butter in this casserole, only used 3 tablespoons to make the stuffing crust . . . don’t think a noticeable taste difference resulted. Used a pinch of salt to cut down on high sodium level for a relatively small sized serving (i.e., roughly 3” x 4” size). For special occasions, I would make this recipe the same way again. If part of an everyday meal, the aim would be to make a healthier version . . . experiment w/ using 2/3 cup light ranch dressing & 1/3 cup mayo rather than 1 cup mayo. This is one of the most delicious vegetable casseroles we’ve found on this site. Thanks, NANCD35.
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Creamy Kale Salad

Reviewed: Aug. 4, 2013
Excellent salad. With kale being at the very top of the most nutrient-dense foods on this planet, we’re always looking for more ways, other than smoothies, to incorporate this superfood into our eating regime. Used an entire 6 ounce container of Greek yogurt (3/5 cup), and added 4 ounces of crumbled feta cheese and 1 tablespoon tahini. While the dressed out salad had a slight hint of bitterness which we found desirable, adding an extra step by massaging the kale will substantially remove the natural bitterness and tenderize it too (type ‘massage kale’ into your search engine to see different techniques). Nice recipe, QD&P.
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Chef John's Lemon Bars

Reviewed: Jun. 30, 2013
These lemon bars are incredibly delicious and borderline addictive. With these lemon bars being one of Chef John’s all time favorite cookies, he has honed this recipe to perfection. Bravo, Chef John!
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