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Melt - In - Your - Mouth Shortbread

Reviewed: Mar. 24, 2002
This recipe was very good and very easy! The shortbread was more cookie than bar-like, which I had never had before, and was very light and buttery.
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Split Pea Soup Atu

Reviewed: Oct. 1, 2002
This is by far the best pea soup I've ever had, though I made some changes. I used 1/2 lb bacon instead of hamhocks (since I had it in my freezer already), frying the bacon in the stockpot, disposing of 1/3 the grease and reserving the crispy bacon for garnish later. After the grease was cool, I added the rest of the ingredients. I did take the bay out after 1/2 hour of simmering (afraid of too strong a taste) and reduced the amount of milk at the end as I thought this soup was too thin for my taste. I doubled the simmer time and it turned out just thick enough. I will use this recipe from now on!
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Best Spinach Dip Ever

Reviewed: Nov. 4, 2002
Just save yourself and the other party goers the disappointment and make two of these. I took it to a meeting with 7 woman and they didn't even pay attention to the other food. I should also mention that it was a meeting on a nurses unit and it was 10:30 am. I wouldnt have thought it would go so early, but it sure did!
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Easy Guacamole

Reviewed: Nov. 25, 2002
I think a helpful hint for this recipe, or any avacado recipe, is that instead of peeling the avacado with a veggie peeler (it can be slippery and difficult, cut it in half length-wise and separate the halves. Then, take a knife and cut down through the inside down to the inside of the skin. criss-cross the cuts to make little squares. You can then easily scrape the avacado chunks out or simply invert the skin so that the inside is pushed outwards. The pieces will just pop out! This works well if you want chunkier guacamole. Reserve some chunks and mash the rest.
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Crispy Orange Beef

Reviewed: Dec. 31, 2003
This was terrific! I used flank steak that I bought to make something else, so it took a while to cut it all up, but well worth the time. It looked authentic, and my half chinese roommate liked it too!
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Angel's Old Fashioned Beef Stew

Reviewed: Mar. 1, 2004
I'd never made beef stew before and found this recipe to be easy and very good. I added some onion powder to the flour mixture and used the pearl onions for ease. As others said, it didn't take the full amount of time to be finished cooking. I was thinking of tossing in some limas or peas next time. Excellent recipe!
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Dip For The Stars

Reviewed: Oct. 6, 2004
This recipe has been the hit of every party I've made it for. It makes a lot of dip, so I played added more sundried tomatoes, pesto, and pine nuts to allow for more layers to the dip. Very pretty when finished. be sure to bring copies of this recipe for everyone that will be asking for it!
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Chicken Enchilada Soup III

Reviewed: Mar. 21, 2005
This was great! I made it for a mexican themed dinner for company, and everyone wanted the recipe. I used the whole can (10 oz) of hot enchilada sauce, doubled the garlic and cumin, and added a dash of tobasco because there didn't seem to be enough spice for my taste. I also took other's advice and added a can of pureed tomatoes. I used Mexican Blend cheese simply because my grocery was out of cheddar shreds and it melted really nice and smooth. The only complaint I have with this recipe is that it was almost too thick. Next time I will either add only 3/4 cup masa harina or add more chicken broth.
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Hot Artichoke and Spinach Dip II

Reviewed: Jan. 3, 2006
Definately the best A&S dip! I was asked for the recipe by most of the girls I had over for my most recent party. I added a dash of tobasco and used only parm and mozzarella cheeses.
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Pearl Baked Cream Onions

Reviewed: Nov. 24, 2006
having had something extremely similar to this several times, I was excited to try out this recipe. I did alter it slightly by making a roux to thicken the sauce, and followed other reviewer's suggestion of simmering the cream with a crushed garlic clove and some bay leaves. The only thing that seemed off when the recipe was on the table were the onions themselves: they were like little oniony water balloons. Kinda yucky, and several of my family members commented on this. They were, however, sopping up the sauce with dinner rolls as it was excellent. I don't know if it would have helped to thaw the frozen onions first, or pierce them with a fork before baking, maybe? Next time, I might use thich slices of vidalia or something instead.
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Pittsburgh Style Sandwich

Reviewed: Jul. 13, 2007
This is a very basic, 'gist' of a Pittsburgh style sandwich. I live in Pgh, and am a big fan of Primanti's. Vinegar based slaw is a MUST. Also, the fries have to be FRIED, not baked. Don't try to save calories on this one. Also, fresh, hand sliced italian bread is key. It's nice and soft, so after the sandwich is made, you can press it down and dip it in hot sauce. YUM.
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Broiled Tilapia Parmesan

Reviewed: Oct. 4, 2007
This is great. I spared the spices with salt, added some smashed capers and used fresh herbs from my garden. Served over a bed of basmati rice, it looked and tasted delicious! **** Later addition to review: I've also had great success adding quartered or chopped artichoke hearts to the topping mixture. Can't get enough!
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Kung Pao Chicken

Reviewed: Sep. 2, 2009
Good recipe on the first try. I did double the sauce as suggested, but do not recommend doubling the corn starch, as it isnt necessary. I also did a few things to enrich the flavors: use half dark, half light soy sauce in the sauce, add some chipotle powder to the marinade and a little fresh ginger and extra minced garlic to the sauce as well. Great recipe.
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Enchiladas Suizas

Reviewed: Oct. 30, 2009
My dinner guests exclaimed that it was better than enchiladas from a restaurant! mission accomplished! I slow cooked the chicken with some salsa verda (la victorias) over night and added some jalapena salsa (same brand) to the mixure after shredding. I used the same salsa verde rather than make the one in this recipe to save some time. I used some other reviewer suggestions and used half and half instead of heavy cream and used half corn, half flour tortillas so I could try them both. Both were excellent, but the corn had a really nice flavor - and yes, I fried them and it was worth it. I fried up triangles of my left over tortillas and served them along side with a blended mixture of sour cream, half a bunch of cilantro and salt, and a dash of chipotle pepper. everyone loved this dish.
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Pan Fried Halibut Steak with Light Green Sauce

Reviewed: May 23, 2010
This dish was easy and very good - the directions allowed me to perfectly pan fry the fish - something that I have struggled with for some reason in the past. The sauce was very good, very lemony, as others mentioned. The cream wanted to curdle when I added it to the the lemon/butter/wine sauce, but I did it in a slower drizzle while wisking quickly and it eliminated the curdles. The sauce does taste like it is missing something, which is why I only gave it 4 stars. The lemon flaver dominiates over any other flavor in the sauce, so I will have to work to make it a little more complex of a flavor. Great over basmati rice.
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Lentils and Rice with Fried Onions (Mujadarrah)

Reviewed: Dec. 2, 2011
LOVE IT. I use chicken broth instead of water and add Pensey's Balti powder instead of basic curry. Lowfat Greek yogurt (Fage) and extra onion. Cannot be beat for a warm, filling meal. I'm pregnant, and I actually eat this for breakfast. One full recipe lasts all week for one person (my husband doesn't like onion or lentils).
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