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Classic Macaroni Salad

Reviewed: Oct. 30, 2007
Mmmm-good! My favorite macaroni salad on this site is Kim's Macaroni Salad but I wanted something different. This is great - similar to Kim's but more veggies. I too cut way back on the sugar - one tablespoon - and had to use three jalapeno peppers in place of green (the jalapeno's are in Kim's!) Thanks submitter.
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Flatlander Chili

Reviewed: Oct. 28, 2007
This turns out to be 5 stars if you follow what most reviewers do. And what I did. Substituted the tomato juice with tomato sauce and the tomato sauce with diced tomatoes. I also cut the chili powder in half and found that to be more than enough! But that is a matter of the chili makers preference!! Thanks sumbitter.
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Carmel's Crunchy Pea Salad

Reviewed: Oct. 28, 2007
I was making quite a few dishes at one time so I cheated and used bacon bits (everyone knows bacon is so much better!). I regret putting in the cashews since it was crunchy enough with the celery. I added 2 tsp. of dried dill weed. I prefer Balsamic Pea Salad on this site.
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Fast and Easy Spinach with Shallots

Reviewed: Oct. 28, 2007
Found a bag of spinach in the veg bin that had to be used immediately - found this recipe doing a search and it was great. I used green onions and garlic powder since that was what I had and it worked out fine. Real fast and easy as the recipe says. Thanks submitter.
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Swedish Spareribs

Reviewed: Oct. 28, 2007
Been dying to try this-finally did. It is so easy to make and the meat did fall right off the bone and there was some nice gravy-will make rice or mashed potatoes next time to make use of it. Someone suggested using five spice powder and I will try that the next time-the allspice was just ok for us. Thanks submitter-great new way to cook spareribs!!! Oh-I used baby back ribs since that was all I had and I still cooked it for 1 1/2 hrs.
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Creamy Carrot Soup

Reviewed: Oct. 27, 2007
Perfect as written except that in the interest of cutting calories I used a little butter and olive oil to cook the onions and used 1 cup of heavy cream and 1 cup of 2% milk. Thanks submitter!
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Penne Pasta with Cannellini Beans and Escarole

Reviewed: Oct. 18, 2007
I'm normally not a pasta eater but I have been counting calories lately and made this simply based on the low calories. I ended up loving it and am finding that eating healthy is not so bad! I did add more garlic and some crushed red pepper. Will make this again.
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Tortellini Salad I

Reviewed: Oct. 10, 2007
A keeper! I prepared this a day in advance so the flavors were really intense and wonderful. The other night I had served Seared Ancho Pepper Chicken (from this site) and since I some leftover I added the slices to this salad. A great combination if I do say so myself!! Will be making both of these again and again. Both of these can be prepared way in advance of company. Thanks so much submitters.
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Seared Ancho Pepper Chicken

Reviewed: Oct. 9, 2007
Followed the previous reviewer's advice and put the rub on the day before and served it with the leftover "black beans and rice" (on this site and called exactly that) that I had made a few days ago. Nice quick Monday night meal. Thanks, submitter. Update: Last night I served Tortellini Salad I and added the leftover anch pepper chicken to it - it was great!
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Purple Apple Slaw

Reviewed: Oct. 8, 2007
Almost every reviewer gave this a 5 and my guy loved it so I will give it a 5 at his request. He really loved it. I did not like this AT ALL!! Many reviewers said they do not like coleslaw but loved this. I love coleslaw and this does not taste anything like coleslaw so maybe that is why I had such a distaste for it.
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Octoberfest Pork Chops

Reviewed: Oct. 8, 2007
A 5 plus for moistness. Pork is my favorite food so I'm kind of an expert in preparing it. This recipe is great for those who overcook pork or say that their chops are too dry. I used bone in chops and they were very thick (1 1/2 in.) I followed the cooking time exactly and these were perfect. If you are using thin boneless chops you will need to decrease the time. The marinade did not impart much flavor so many might find it bland. Thanks submitter.
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Great Garlic Beer Steaks

Reviewed: Oct. 6, 2007
Used expensive cut rib steaks (got on sale!)- only marinated for 3 hours - turned out perfectly. The taste lingers in my thoughts!!!! Putting this recipe in my super favorite box! Thanks submitter.
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Black Beans and Rice

Reviewed: Oct. 6, 2007
I don't particulary care for Rice and Beans and healthy things like that but I've turned 60 (the new 40) and want to be around for another 40 years (like my Dad-still kickin at 96!). This was outrageous - followed exactly except for using salsa instead of tomato sauce since I had a jar opened. I skipped the cheese for the 2 of us but if I had company I would definitely serve it. Thanks submitter!
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Spinach-Pork Stuffed Shells

Reviewed: Oct. 2, 2007
A Keeper and so easy to make. I too used sweet sausage. I wanted to use some ricotta but didn't have any so I just add a small bit of sour cream to it. I stuffed the shells a day ahead of time and put them in the baking dish with the sauce at the bottom. Right before serving I just added the sauce to the top. I did add some shredded mozzarella during the last 10 minutes of cooking. Now that I know that we really like this recipe I will make a lot more the next time and freeze some. Update: I increased this for 8 - DO NOT use 4 eggs - 1 is sufficient-I may look for another recipe that starts with serving 6 or more-this one is not accurate for increasing ingredients.
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Awesome Green Beans

Reviewed: Sep. 29, 2007
Very simply - won't make this again - I had sausage and green beans that I needed to cook up before they went bad - I chose this based on that - no one cared for this dish.
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Alaska Salmon Bake with Pecan Crunch Coating

Reviewed: Sep. 29, 2007
I detest salmon but my guy was given some as a gift (he likes it). I used this recipe because of the rating - I followed it exactly and those that ate it loved it. It didn't pass my lips but wanted to let others know that this apparently is a great way to cook salmon. Thanks submitter.
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German-Style Green Beans

Reviewed: Sep. 27, 2007
These beans are a family tradition at the holidays although I make them all the time since everyone loves them. My mother was born in 1918 and she learned to cook these from her German mother-in-law. So this goes back to the 1800's! The only difference in making ours is that we add 1 tbls. of vinegar (or more depending on your liking) to the onions whent they are cooking. I like to use extra black pepper on mine but that is only a preference. I don't remember anyone not liking these beans.
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Chicken and Artichoke Minestrone

Reviewed: Sep. 26, 2007
Delicious and I like the heat that the red pepper flakes adds. I didn't change anything and wouldn't in the future. It makes a ton of soup but it should freeze well.
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Roasted Vidalia Onions

Reviewed: Sep. 25, 2007
Delicious and so simple to prepare. Fall is here so I will be making this again with the roasts!!!
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Corrigan's Minestrone

Reviewed: Sep. 11, 2007
Taste is 5 star but am giving this 3 Stars because of the misinformation when it comes to the ingredient amounts. I made this as directed except for using just 1 cup of elbow macaroni. Makes a lot so I sent some to neighbors. When I took mine out to serve the next day I couldn't believe it. There was NO broth left. The macaroni had absorbed it ALL and I didn't even use the full amount of macaroni. I called my neighbors and they said they enjoyed the STEW - too late to send them over a can or two more of broth to add to it. This soup needs a minimum of 24oz. more of liquid - I would use vegetable broth.
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