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Italian Sausage Soup II

Reviewed: Aug. 20, 2007
Had to use up sausage in the fridge - had all the ingredients on hand for this except for carrots. Very quick/easy to make and delicious! Thanks submitter.
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Alfredo Potatoes

Reviewed: Aug. 16, 2007
Followed recipe exactly. I doubled the recipe so I would have some to freeze if we liked it - well we loved it and I'm not freezing them since we want it again tonite. For those of you who haven't made stuffed potatoes of any kind - these do freeze very well.
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BACARDI® Mixers Strawberries and Cream

Reviewed: Aug. 14, 2007
The first reviewer was correct - you cannot drink this with a straw and it is NOT creamy. Had I seen that comment I would not have made this. Here I was left with a pitcher of something that was more like a dessert than a cocktail. I ended up pouring it into a pitcher and put it in the fridge to melt down and made pina coladas. I forgot it was in the fridge - I saw the whole pitcher of it in the fridge this morning - it's definitely melted down!!!! Maybe I will play with it tonite to try and salvage it (hate wasting that good Rum). Won't make this again - too many recipes out there to experiment with!
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Dash's Donair

Reviewed: Aug. 13, 2007
We loved this. Had no idea what Donair was. There was only one other Donair recipe on this site so I did some research on the internet to compare recipes. The Greeks, Turks & Lebanese lay claim to this dish. This recipe was VERY similar to others with a few differnces. Majority called for bread crumbs instead of flour. After reading I used combo of 1 1/2 lbs beef, veal & pork. Doubled all spices, except for salt (halved that), 1 1/2 tsp. of paprika, 1/3 cup of bread crumbs instead of flour. I used my heavy duty mixer using flat beater on a high speed for 5 minutes. Let the machine cool down & then used first speed for 15 min. (Do not overwork your machine)You could see the texture of the meat change - it was getting kind of stringy! Baked it at 300 for 2 hrs. turning over half way. Chilled overnite. For the sauce I used the exact ingredients called for but what other recipes advised was add ALL the vinegar VERY quickly and then to give it only 3 or 4 quick stirs - then refrigerate. That is what I did-it worked perfectly. We aren't big on pita breads etc. so I just spooned a layer of sauce on the plates, topped with shredded lettuce, then the slices of fried meat, some diced tomoatoes, thinly sliced onion and cucumber and more sauce on top. If you love Gyros - you will love this. When I make it next time I will use 3lbs of meat & make two loaves. Reviewers on the internet said this freezes nicely. Thank you so much submitter! Gyros whenever I crave them!!!!
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Thai Chicken Cabbage Soup

Reviewed: Aug. 9, 2007
I have to go back to making sure I read all the reviews before I start cooking - again I was in a rush and followed the recipe exactly. Big MISTAKE. It calls for too much noodles as others did say. I cooked it to have for the following day so it looked alright when I put it in the refrigerator. The next day when I took it out to serve there was NO broth in the pot - the noodles absorbed ALL of it. Had to add 32 more oz. of broth to the pot. The following day I took out the leftovers and again there was NO more broth. There was no way I was going to waste money and add MORE broth so I just put it in bowls, heated it up and passed around some soy sauce for the top. I think we enjoyed it that way better than with the broth. I also agree with others that it is on the bland side - I tripled the amount of chile sauce.
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Springtime Potato Salad

Reviewed: Aug. 8, 2007
I did not use the radishes but followed everthing else. The concensus was that it was too sweet and bland. I ended up adding 1 tablespoon of dry mustard to kick it up a notch. Not to our taste but the previous reviewers loved it.
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Seattle Cream Cheese Dogs

Reviewed: Aug. 8, 2007
I read the reviewers comments and decided to cook this using bratwurst since I had some in the fridge. I cooked the bratwurst using the "Wisconsin Bratwurst" recipe on this site and then I followed this recipe in putting the sandwich together. The cream cheese was a real winner!
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Tzatziki Sauce I

Reviewed: Aug. 7, 2007
I LOVED this recipe. Normally I use a recipe that calls for cucumbers in it. I didn't have any cucumbers on hand and wanted to make a sauce that I could use right away so I tried this. I used 6 oz of plain yogurt and 2 tablespoons of sour cream to try and keep the sauce from being runny and it worked! We did not miss the cucumbers at all - as a matter of fact - we liked the texture of this one much better! Thanks submitter.
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Spiedies

Reviewed: Aug. 7, 2007
This is a good recipe and I know Binghamton is proud of their spiedies - but in acuality this is just another kind of shish kabob. I love shish kabob (or kabobs of any kind)and have collected quite a few marinades for them it. As a preference I prefer to eat this on a plate with grill onions and green peppers and then shake some hot sauce on it and serve it with a Tzatziki sauce. I use Tzatziki Sauce I from this site but there are quite a few that you can choose from. Just eating these plain on hero bread didn't do it for us -have to use some condiments! Thanks submitter.
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Cherry Tomatoes

Reviewed: Aug. 5, 2007
This gets 1 star based on the way the recipe is written. I almost always read our fellow reviewers comments but was in a rush today and just followed the recipe since it was rated so high and the ingredients were simple. WRONG - do NOT follow this recipe - follow the reviewers advice. Use at least 1/2 the amt of oregano. As soon as I saw the end result of following the recipe I was able to quickly rinse off the tomotoes and start again. Use this recipe but halve the oregano and use the good tips from other reviewers.
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Vodka Smoothie

Reviewed: Aug. 2, 2007
I didn't have frozen strawberries so I used fresh thnking it wouldn not matter much. Wrong!! DON'T DO THAT. We did not like this drink at all and I am sure that is the reason. I am rating this 5 because everyone else did and if I had used the PROPER ingredients we probably would have too.
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Balsamic Pea Salad

Reviewed: Aug. 2, 2007
I love peas and who would have thought of PEA salad?? I agree with all the YUMS out there - used a little less mayo as most suggested and I agree. Can't wait to eat the leftovers tonite!!! Thanks submitter!
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Gazpacho

Reviewed: Jul. 31, 2007
Incredibly fast to make and soooo healthy. I too added a jalapeno pepper. It gets better the longer it sits!!
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Eggplant Parmesan II

Reviewed: Jul. 30, 2007
Excellent - and the recipe was perfect with the addition of using the other reviewers suggestions of salting and sweating the eggplant and cooking it for 10 minutes on each side. This only served 6 in our family.
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Red and Sweet Potato Salad

Reviewed: Jul. 30, 2007
We liked it - and I didn't change anything other than cooking the potatoes in two separate pots. Wasn't confident that both types of potatoes would be cooked through at the same time. You MUST like mustard if you make this salad - you can definitely taste it!
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Easy Steak Sandwich

Reviewed: Jul. 25, 2007
Way to go!!! I just love those cherry peppers in this sandwich and I add some of the juice from the jar to the pan when it's cooking. Put a small lid over the meat/cheese and the cheese will melt faster.
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Blue Cheese Fried Potatoes

Reviewed: Jul. 25, 2007
Delicious - the 2 potatoes only served the "2" of us!!! I microwaved the potatoes for 5 minutes, then peeled and sliced them. The potatoes then did cook through in 15 minutes. (If you microwave the potatoes first you can slice them and the onions and prepare it earlier in the day.)
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Mediterranean Potato Salad

Reviewed: Jul. 23, 2007
I'd give this a 10 Plus. I could not stop eating it/half of it was gone before dinner! I followed the reviewers advice (so many agreed to the changes) - I only used a splash or two of lemon juice, I cut way back on the feta cheese and I used only 1/2 the amount of cucumber. The cucumber has a very strong taste in this salad. It was a hit - the next time though I am going to serve the Feta cheese on the side. Thank you so much submitter!
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Syracuse Salt Potatoes

Reviewed: Jul. 19, 2007
I hate to spoil the 5 star rating but I have to. Straight away you know that the amount of salt and butter used in this recipe is not good for you but since I love potatoes I decided to go for it. No one ate more than a few bites!!! The salt was a killer. One person said that this was suicide on a plate. In any event - for all those salt lovers - go for it!!!
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Josh's Four-Way Chili

Reviewed: Jul. 18, 2007
I'm giving it five stars because it was terrific chili but I would give it 3 for the directions. Maybe it is just me since no one else complained. I cut the recipe in half therefore it called for only 1 can of Stewed Tomatoes. This needed a lot more than 1 can. I am wondering if Josh meant for us to also follow the directions of the chili seasoning and use those liquids. In any event, I ended up using a jar of salsa too. What we really liked was the combination of the beef and sausage.
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