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Spicy Mango Salsa

Reviewed: Sep. 27, 2002
Worthy of 4 stars with slight modification. Like another reviewer suggested -- over-gingered! A little goes a long way, so add ginger sequentially to taste. Fresh produce is mandatory. The spiciness is pepper dependent, just like garlic varieties -- so sample to know your ingredients. This makes a large quantity (10 servings) and you need to eat it while fresh. We used it as a side dish to Jay's jerk chicken (on this site) and loved it.
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Caribbean Sweet Potato Salad

Reviewed: Sep. 27, 2002
5 stars only for Great recipes -- this one deserves it! Don't be put off by negative reviews... some people just don't get it. This is NOT a potluck item or the deli slop you get at the supermarket; it's designed to be featured in a menu of complementary dishes. I continued the Caribbean theme and grilled jerk chicken (Jay's), accompanied with a spicy mango salsa (both recipes on this website) and rice. As with all dishes calling for produce or herbs, freshness is key! -- most ingredients were purchased the same day at a farmer's market. Used Yukon potatoes and fresh sweet corn sliced from the cob. Cucumbers add an unexpected freshness and texture. After a decade of cilantro overkill, this dished utilized it for maximum definition. The dressing was wonderful; just added a little extra lime for zip. Will be using this dish repeatedly -- especially at potlucks where previous reviewers will leave it for me to take home and devour!
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Baked Fresh Cherry Pie

Reviewed: Aug. 31, 2002
The only reason I am rating this 4 stars is because I have never baked a cherry pie before and have no idea how challenging it should be. For example, I pitted the cherrires myself and didn't find it a to be an exciting process, however, the results were FANTASTIC!!! I used tart pie cherries fresh from the farmers market and was determined to create something special with them. This recipe did the trick. The only addition I made was to add about 2 teaspoons of cognac to the filling. It added an elegant dimension to the dessert. The filling had just the right amount of thickness to it: not runny, but not jelled like some other cherry pies I have tasted. I will makes this one again next summer when the cherries are fresh. My boyfriend loved it!
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