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Red Skinned Potato Salad

Reviewed: Aug. 29, 2005
I use three potato salad receipes from this site and here is another keeper - it is starting to get stressful trying to figure out which kind to make!!!! All our problems should be so little! Almost every reviewer loved this one and so many said not to change a thing - so I didn't. And I agree. This is a bit time consuming - although I was trying out two other new recipes today so mayble that is why I think that. I had some leftover today and my bacon is not soggy - so I think the key there is to make sure your bacon is very crisp (not burned - just crisp!). Oops, I lied! I did make one minor change - I too used green onions instead of regular - I always use scallions instead of onions in all my potato and macaroni salads. I feel the green onions give salads a better crunch. Thank you submitter.
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Restaurant-Style Coleslaw I

Reviewed: Jun. 19, 2004
Nothing could be quicker than this and so much better than store bought. The one thing I find with store bought is it's just too sweet - you can control the sweetness yourself with this one. I didn't cut back on the sugar the first time and found it a tad too sweet - so I added some dry powdered mustard and more black pepper to overcome that. I also used all buttermilk (making my own out of 1/2 cup milk - l/2 tablespoon of white vinegar - let sit for 10 minutes). By the way - the longer your coleslaw sits the runnier it will get because the cabbage leaks out water when it is mixed with the dressing - which is a good thing - you are getting the taste of cabbage. The longer it sits the more flavorful it becomes. I always try to make coleslaw way in advance (as much as three days). You can always transfer it to another bowl before serving to get rid of the excess juices if you like. My fellow cooks - think about it - do you think that KFC and stores are preparing their slaw one hour before our purchase??? Thanks submitter - its a keeper and really nothing has to be changed - my minor change of now just using a tad less sugar and all buttermilk is just a matter of preferance.
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Best Fried Green Tomatoes

Reviewed: Aug. 29, 2003
These were delicious - I had a recipe that didn't call for breadcrumbs and there were quite a bit of seasonings but I can't find it. Until I do I will surely be using this one. Here's a no fuss no muss tip that I use whenever I am breading things - I just simply pull out a long sheet of wax paper and put it on the counter next to the stove - line up the flour, next the cornmeal and breadcrumbs (you can mix it with your hands on the paper), put the breaded tomatoes on the end. Roll up the wax paper when you are finished - the only plate you have is the egg mixture!!!! I love wax paper to cut down the mess. Thanks for sharing the recipe Diana.
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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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Pork Tenderloin with Dijon Marsala Sauce

Reviewed: Feb. 14, 2005
Would rate this higher than 5 stars. Sauce is of restaurant quality. I cooked a 2 l/2 lb. loin of pork roast - while that was resting after cooking I made the sauce, sauteing mushrooms, scallions and garlic (didn't have shallots). When the mushrooms, etc. were tender I removed them and continued making the sauce. When sauce was finished I added the mushrooms back to sauce to heat up. The amount called for was perfect for this size roast - fed four of us. Served with mashed potatoes. This is very rich so I would suggest a light vegetable - like asparagus, peas, green beans. Thanks so much submitter - this is a keeper!!!
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Hot German Potato Salad III

Reviewed: Oct. 8, 2002
Super!!!! I am just getting around to rating this and thank you submitter. I have served this many, many times and there is never enough. Currently it's my favorite item to bring to parties. I do add more bacon (because we love bacon) and I make more sauce than called for but no one can go wrong with your directions. Thanks again.
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Pork Chops with Apples, Onions, and Sweet Potatoes

Reviewed: Oct. 17, 2003
If I could give this more than 5 stars I would - but that was on my second try. The first try was a bit of a disaster but still tasted terrific. I'd like to pass on what I learned: The amount of ingredients were on the mark, except for the pepper. 1)make sure you slice the onion and sweet potatoes very thin - they will then cook within the hr. 2) Cut the apples thicker - not too thick - since they take a shorter amt of time to cook (if too thin they will turn to mush) 3) Use the "GRANULATED" brown suger (I used the old fashioned kind the first time and it wouldn't melt - the pepper got stuck in the sugar - I had to mush in down - not a pretty sight!). I also cut back on the pepper the second time - we love pepper, especially on sweet potatoes but found that 1 tsp. was sufficient). I cooked this in a corningware baking dish with cover and the second time it was a pretty presentation and everyone loved it. It is fun and easy to prepare. One pork chop per serving is not enough in my house!!! Believe it or not - it is a light meal. You might want to serve a salad with it since some were looking for a third chop! The pork really picks up the juices while it is cooking. This is a keeper and a really quick meal - thanks Ashbeth.
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Superfast Asparagus

Reviewed: Mar. 29, 2009
Love this-Superfast is right-to make it faster-just line your baking sheet with aluminum foil. When cooked I put them in storage bags to take for lunch-they are great both warmed up or cold.
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American Potato Salad

Reviewed: May 30, 2007
I have three favorite potato salads from this site but decided to try this one to start the 2007 summer. We loved it and made minimal changes. To make this quickly - first start cooking the eggs - then take out the large bowl that you will be using to serve - I peel and dice the potatoes and rinsed them in that bowl to get out starch - put potatoes in cold water and bring to boil - then lower heat to a slow boil and cook approx. 10 to 15 min. Your eggs will probably be finised by then so cool them down with cold water. Then mix all the ingredients for dressing in the bowl - add the chopped eggs and by then your potatoes are probably ready to add. Very little clean up and no waiting time for things to be done - I added a tablespoon of ground mustard to dressing and only used 2 eggs but that is just a preference. I thought this turned out great and it was fast.
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Roasted Asparagus with Balsamic Vinegar

Reviewed: Mar. 23, 2007
I make a VERY similar recipe that everyone asks for when I serve it. I roll the asparagus in the oil and MINCED GARLIC and then roast as directed. Near the end of roasting sprinkle on the balsamic vinegar and grated parmasean cheese and put under broiler for a few minutes. It is outrageous and pretty!
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Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

Reviewed: Nov. 7, 2006
Spectacular! Will be making this often during the winter. I hunted high and low for a 4.5 oz package of the quick cooking rice with seasoning. Couldn't find it - had to use a 6.5 oz box with seasoning packet. I cooked the rice separately (didn't add seasoning packet) - it cooked for 25 min. While the rice was cooking I poached the chicken - both took 25 min. so they were finished together. Then I proceeded with the recipe but I left out the 2 cups of water since I was adding cooked rice. (the uncooked rice would have absorbed the 2 cups of water if I had used it). I used the seasoning packet as directed. I did find that 3/4 cup of flour was too much - I was slowly adding it so I was able to stop before it was too late - I used probably about 1/2 cup. Anyway - this was the creamiest, thickest soup I have ever tasted and the flavor was great - oh, I followed the suggestions of other reviewers and sauted some onion, carrots and celery and I am glad I did. It was much thicker the next day so I just thinned it a little with chicken broth - milk would have done the trick too. Thank you so much submitter.
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Baked Whole Cauliflower

Reviewed: Dec. 1, 2003
Best cauliflower ever!!! I tested this out on just the 2 of us - cooking it whole - I was skeptical on how it would be to serve. TRY IT - it is really easy and I think will definitely be a conversation piece at the table. My guy looooved it! I followed recipe exactly except I took the suggestions of other submitters and brushed the butter on the caulifower and then added the dry crumbs mixed with seasonings. It adhered easily. When it comes out of the oven - just put it on a plate and serve it with a spoon - it is so tender. P.S. I steamed mine hrs. in advance and when the roast was almost done put on the final touches and popped it in the oven. This is a KEEPER!! Thanks submitter!
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Chicken Breasts Pierre

Reviewed: Oct. 25, 2003
I would rate this even higher - these are ingredients you normally have on hand or they can easily be substituted. I scaled it to three using the exact measurements provided when scaled down. As a preference I used canned diced tomatoes, chicken broth (had it left over in the frig - water would have been fine), cayenne pepper since I didn't have hot pepper sauce. Followed other reviewers suggestions and added a small onion sliced into rings - I would never leave that out now. Also had some leftover corn in the frig which I threw in at the end. I pounded the breasts so they would be the same thickness, cooked them in 25 min. and they were incredibly moist. Keep an eye on it when it simmers - I did have to add some more broth which was fine - it held its rich, spicy flavor and was great over the rice. Another keeper. Thanks Nancy.
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Orange Smoothie

Reviewed: Jun. 8, 2005
This is good but it lacks the egg white that is used in the original Orange Julius recipe. It was made with 1 l/4 cup of orange juice instead of frozen), 1 cup of water, all the rest of the ingredients were the same except that you added one egg white when you are ready to blend it. That is what gives it the froth! I'm sure there really isn't much difference if you use orange juice or frozen but adding the egg white really adds to the appearance.
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Roasted Pork Tenderloin

Reviewed: Dec. 21, 2003
Delicious and this can be cooked much faster! I browned a 1 lb. tenderloin (for 2 people) in a deep, oven proof skillet, then added some of the sauerkraut juice and kraut to the pan to quickly deglaze it and then followed the rest of the directions. Increased oven temp to 400 degrees and it was done in 40 min. Served it with mashed potatoes and buttered rye bread.
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Artichoke and Tomato Chicken

Reviewed: Mar. 4, 2004
5 Star plus. While this was cooking I was ready to write this one off. So wrong. It is a recipe that I would now use for company - it would be a great, easy meal for a shower or girl's get together since it could be cooked 3/4 way and finished before serving. Like others said, use the amt. of ingredients you like best. I did 50-50 canned diced tomato and artichokes, did add a little garlic, used less peppers (diced very small) and the spices (dried). Also used shredded mozzarella since that's what I had (I wouldn't change that). Also I changed from marinara (I didn't want a heavy sauce) and used Emeril's "Kicked Up Tomato" which was light but spicy which was a hit here! I made angel hair pasta and just spooned the light sauce juices over it and ended up slicing the chicken rolls about 1 1/2" thick which made such a beautiful presentation seeing the stuffing in the middle. I was so disappointed that I wasn't having company to see and experience this dish. A salad and some garlic bread would touch it off nicely. Maggie, thanks so much for inventing this!! THIS IS A KEEPER - AND AN INEXPENSIVE DISH!
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Carrot Souffle

Reviewed: Apr. 4, 2005
I would rate this even higher!!! I have never made a more beautiful and perfect souffle although I must admit I used some of my own instincts since the cooking instructions were not very clear. I did use a 1/8 cup less sugar as others suggested. When I mashed the carrots they were still lumpy so at the very end, before pouring the carrots into the casserole dish, I put it all in the blender and blended it until smooth. I think that made all the difference in the world. It rose beautifully and did not fall. Can't wait to have company to show this dish off. Thanks submitter!
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Mushroom Meatloaf

Reviewed: May 4, 2005
OUT-OUT-RAGEOUS! We love meatloaf and I have three or four favorites - this now becomes #1! The only things I changed was because of what I was in the mood for - ketchup I am sure would have been fine but I substituted the ketchup with jarred beef gravy with mushrooms and poured what was left over the top of the meatloaf (inserted holes with my finger into the top of the meatloaf so the gravy could seep through). I also added just a dash of Worcestershire sauce and 1 l/2 tablespoons of Italian seasoning. I was only using a little more than a pound of beef so I cooked my loaf at 425 for 1 hour. (I always use that temp. for meatloaf) and at that temp you can put potatoes in the oven and they are baked through at the same time. Served creamed spinach with it. Dinner was done in no time and what comfort food!!! Thank you submitter - this meatloaf was soooo moist.
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Hot Corn

Reviewed: Mar. 28, 2004
I would rate this even higher. We love corn and this is a new definite keeper. I followed others suggestions and cut the butter, cream cheese and milk in half and it was plenty. Also followed another reviewers advice and mixed half of the cheddar cheese into the corn and then added the rest to the top. I will continue to make it this way. It was perfect for us. Oh, even though we like spicy - I did cut back a wee bit on the peppers - it seemed like a a lot.
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Reviewed: Feb. 27, 2004
I'm giving this a 5 because this is a great template. I guess I prefer Cuban or Mexican Picadillo. I followed directions exactly only finding that the clove spice was very overpowering even though we like clove. I was able to correct that by adding some sugar and cumin. You can subsitute the cinnamon and clove with coriander and cumin. Cubans also add raisins - which does add to the flavor! This dish is sometimes used as a filling for tacos and empanadas - it is a very flexible dish. You can make it into a stew by adding corn, etc. We enjoy this dish as much as we enjoy good old American chili. Tonite I served it with shredded cheddar cheese and sour cream on the side. Red wine or cold beer go great with it. Thanks submitter.
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