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Mexican Cream Cheese Rollups

Reviewed: Nov. 11, 2002
I made these to take to a party and most everyone enjoyed them. They make a very pretty presentation if you add chopped parsley, and slice them on the diagonal. Depending on your taste, you can omit different ingredients; I have never used olives and they still turn out great. You can also use different flavors of tortillas; spinach (green) and tomato (red) would look festive for Christmas! UPDATE: I continue to take this appetizer to parties and ALWAYS receive compliments. It is just so easy, tasty, and pretty. Serve with salsa and you have a great appy.
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Guacamole

Reviewed: Feb. 8, 2009
Very easy to make and came together quickly. Be sure to use very ripe avacadoes - they should be just soft to the touch, or you will not be able to mash them. I used the juice of two limes for this, and opted for red onion instead of white. The family didn't like it, but they don't like guacamole in general, so I can't fault the recipe. I know you will enjoy it - just play with the seasonings and make it your own. When avocadoes are on sale, it is a very economical recipe.
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Peppermint Biscotti

Reviewed: Dec. 20, 2008
Very nice biscotti. I baked mine on parchment paper and although some of the candies melted, it certainly wasn't a big deal. If the bottoms burn a little, just dip them in melted chocolate and no one will ever know. I decorated with the melted chocolate and crushed candy canes, just like the picture. I am going to put them in cellophane gift bags, tie with a pretty ribbon, and give them to my guests on Christmas Day.
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Scrumptious Salisbury Steak in Mushroom Gravy

Reviewed: Dec. 4, 2008
Can't give it less than 5 stars, as hubby and son declared it "delicious" and want it every night! I like the fact that it is not made with condensed soup - this way, I can control the salt. I used just over 2 cups of milk, and the gravy was very thick (will use slightly more, next time). This was a hearty and filling meal.
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Sugar Cookie Icing

Reviewed: Nov. 22, 2008
This was a shiny and professional looking icing. I liked the fact that it didn't contain meringue powder because I normally don't use it. I substituted a homemade sugar syrup and it worked just great.
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Dijon-Tarragon Cream Chicken

Reviewed: Nov. 16, 2008
This was delicious! I doubled the amount of sauce, and used light cream and that worked just fine. I also used fresh rosemary, since we have it growing in our garden. Served it with buttered noodles and cooked broccoli. Very nice dish. UPDATE: I have now made this with heavy (whipping) cream and the result is much better!! The sauce doesn't break or curdle when you use the heavy cream as it does with the light cream. The taste is more intense and my hubby couldn't stop raving about the sauce!! I won't make this often because it is fattening, but when I do I will always use the heavy cream from now on. YUM!
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Fettuccini with Mushroom, Ham and Rose Sauce

Reviewed: Nov. 9, 2008
Delicious. Husband said "It looks like a restaurant meal." Yea! My only substitution was for the heavy (whipping) cream: I used 1 cup of light cream (10%) and 1/2 cup of homo milk. It tasted fine but I'm sure with the heavy cream it would have been pushed to decadent! Also, remember the red pepper flakes are *optional* - I don't think you can complain about the heat if you add the entire amount; 1 tsp. is a lot, so use sparingly if you want to add it. Thanks for the recipe!
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Alyson's Broccoli Salad

Reviewed: Aug. 11, 2008
I can't give it less than 5 stars. Hubby declared it "delectable". Easy to prepare - left the bacon out until just before serving, but next time will use less mayonnaise as 1 cup is far too much. I used about 1/2 cup of sunflower seeds.
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Key Lime Pie VIII

Reviewed: Jul. 21, 2008
Absolutely delicious! My husband couldn't stop raving! I used a homemade graham crust, and freshly whipped cream in place of the Cool Whip (1 1/4 cups unwhipped). Per reviews that it was too tangy, I cut the lime juice to 3/4 cup. This was a beautiful color with the lime zest throughout. Wonderful! UPDATE: I served this on the dessert table on Christmas Day, garnishing each slice with a rosette of whipped cream and a small piece of fresh lime - it was the first thing gone! Everyone loved it and it is so refreshing in the middle of winter.
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Ham and Cheese Bowties

Reviewed: Apr. 29, 2008
This was delicious and comforting. I threw in a handful of frozen baby peas and that was yummy. I also served it right away without baking it, as I find so many casseroles get dried out when you bake them. Super good!
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Banana Crumb Muffins

Reviewed: Mar. 25, 2008
I used oil instead of melted butter, and only 2 bananas and it worked well. The crumb topping was the best part and set this muffin apart from the plain banana muffins I've been making. Will make again.
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Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes

Reviewed: Dec. 26, 2007
These potatoes turned out fluffy and light and full of flavour. Rave reviews from everyone at the table, even the little kids!! I tweaked it slightly by using only 3/4 cup sour cream and I only had a tub of garlic and herb spreadable cream cheese, so I used about 3/4 of the tub. After they were heated through, I took the advice of a reviewer here and stirred in a little butter just before serving (only about 2 Tbs.). Turned out fabulous. Although this dish is rich and fattening and I probably won't make it often, the ease of preparation and the time and trouble it saves on the "big day" was definitely worth it. Yum!!
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Gingerbread Biscotti

Reviewed: Dec. 18, 2007
These biscotti are delicious! I made it with oil as stated in the recipe and used all white flour, and they turned out great. Please do not let the oil scare you - you do NOT have to substitute butter, margarine, or shortening. This recipe couldn't be simpler and the oil is the reason! Just add it in. I did bump up the spices, and I dipped the biscotti in melted white chocolate and then drizzled with melted dark chocolate for a pretty effect. Absolutely incredible. UPDATE: I made these for Christmas for some of my co-workers, and ALL of them absolutely raved!! I wrapped them up in colorful cellophane bags from the dollar store, and tied with a pretty ribbon. I will definitely make these again!
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Sweet and Sour Chicken III

Reviewed: Oct. 17, 2007
This was delicious. It looked just like the picture, too! You can add whatever veggies you like. I served it with lots of fluffy white rice. Very yummy, all the family enjoyed it.
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Chocolate Banana Bread Pudding

Reviewed: Sep. 4, 2007
I made this without the chocolate chips and added raisins instead. I topped it with Creme Anglaise II from this site, and it was absolutely heavenly. Delicious!
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Creme Anglaise II

Reviewed: Sep. 4, 2007
I made this to put on top of bread pudding. I'd never made a vanilla sauce before, but it looked easy enough. I halved the recipe and instead of cream, I used whole (homo) milk and vanilla extract. Other reviewers said to not let it cook too long, so I watched it carefully and I also strained it before serving. It came out perfectly, even using the lower fat milk. It was delicious warm, and wonderful cold the next day. Yummy!
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Cinnamon-Apple Angel Food Cake

Reviewed: Sep. 3, 2007
In the interest of saving time, I had to use a box angel food cake, but I will review the glaze and recipe as a whole. It was delicious! Everyone loved it - rave reviews! I made the glaze a little thinner so it would drizzle more, and served the cake with sliced strawberries on the side. It was a perfect summer dessert.
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Farm Macaroons

Reviewed: Jan. 30, 2007
So quick and easy to whip together. I only had 3 egg whites so I used them, and cut the sugar to 1 cup. I increased the coconut slightly per some other reviews. They turned out moist and delicious - very nice! They were extremely sweet though, probably due to my coconut being sweetened (it was all I had). I would make again. Thanks!
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Chicken Pot Pie II

Reviewed: Sep. 28, 2006
This was very good. I followed the recipe plus added extra salt and pepper, a little poultry seasoning, and used light cream instead of milk as suggested. The only thing I did wrong was to place the pie crust directly on top of the filling, instead of above it. The crust got soggy and didn't brown nicely when the filling bubbled up. However, the taste was great and the family enjoyed it.
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Indian Chicken Curry II

Reviewed: Feb. 23, 2006
Absolutely delicious - will definitely make again. Followed the recipe as closely as I could but did not have the bay leaf or the cayenne pepper and it was still fine. I doubled the recipe because we like a lot of sauce, and it was the perfect amount. I also added a bit more sugar (I guess about 1/4 cup) and that seemed to balance out the spiciness of the dish. Served it with basmati rice and Naan bread. Yummy! ***UPDATE***: Have made this many times now. I now use vanilla/mango yogurt as this adds a nice sweetness to the dish. I do not add the lemon and cayenne pepper at the end, and I have made it successfully without the tomato paste. Also, if you don't have fresh ginger, you can use powdered ginger if you have it. But fresh ginger is wonderful and if you buy it in bulk it is very inexpensive.
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