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Special Deviled Eggs

Reviewed: May 20, 2002
Very easy - A keeper - added less pickle relish and a bit more hot horseradish. Everyone loves 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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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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Strawberry Onion Salad

Reviewed: Jun. 4, 2007
It was a hit - didn't change a thing. Update: If you are watching calories you might want to switch to this one. I've made so many of the strawberry spinach salads from this site and love them but I'm using this one now because of the calories (or lack of them). I even halved the sugar in this and used raspberry vinegar and it is still wonderfully sweet. Thanks submitter.
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Tomato Soup I

Reviewed: Mar. 15, 2007
Terrific - one of the best cream of tomato that I've tasted. I don't see how it serves 11 - I was lucky to be able to serve 4. Thanks submitter.
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Aloha Coleslaw

Reviewed: Oct. 22, 2006
Refreshing - it gets better the longer it sits. The pineapple flavor comes through more. My guys LOVES pineapple so I know I will be making this again. Thanks submitter.
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Greek Penne and Chicken

Reviewed: Jun. 27, 2006
This was excellent. I followed other reviewers suggestions and used marinated artichokes and canned diced tomatoes. I also halved the amount of pasta but kept everything else the same. I was only cooking for 2 so even 1/2 box of pasta was alot. But the leftovers were just as good!
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New England Clam Chowder II

Reviewed: May 22, 2006
Super easy and better than the other recipe that I was using from this site.
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Hash Brown Casserole II

Reviewed: Aug. 21, 2005
This was delicious and the only changes I made was to substitute potato chips for the cornflakes. We don't eat cornflakes and always have chips on hand. We loved the chips. I did saute them as advised - I also added jalapeno peppers. If you don't like the heat of jalapenos adding red or green peppers will add to the flavor. The other change I will make when I make this again (which I will!), is to cut back on the salt. The soup has salt in it already and I thought the recommended amount of salt was a bit too much for my family's taste. Thanks submitter - I've been wanting to make this for a long time and I am glad I finally did!!
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Easy Caramelized Onion Pork Chops

Reviewed: Dec. 27, 2004
Delicious and easy - my chops were only about l/4" so I just browned them, then followed directions for the first 20 min of carmelizing. The chops were done by then so I kept them warm and followed what others did by not covering the pan, adding some sugar and carmelizing them more quickly that way. Will make again.
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Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes

Reviewed: May 16, 2004
The Best!! And they can be prepared in no time. I put 2 med. sized potatoes in the micro and set it on high for 8. During that time I combined everything else. The potatoes were cooked to perfection after 8 min.(lucky on first try-but remember that every micro is different). Just mixed them into the cream cheese mixture and stuffed them back. They were ready to serve immediately without putting them in the oven. Do NOT use oil - would not have been able to save the skins if I had and we love eating those skins! Oh-those 2 potatoes served just the two of us. Glad we didn't have to share!! These can definitely be made ahead of time and put in the oven to heat through when your meal is almost ready in the oven. Thanks submitter - will make this again and again!
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Chicken Tikka Masala

Reviewed: Aug. 8, 2011
Very authentic tasting. I found it more time consuming than I thought it would be but I will be making it again - I did add a tablespoon of garam marsala to the marinade. I followed someones suggestion and doubled the sauce and for us that wasn't necessary. The recipe as written would have been fine. Thanks submitter.
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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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Smothered Beef Short Ribs

Reviewed: Feb. 11, 2008
I can't believe that I had never eaten or cooked short ribs until a few weeks ago. I saw a recipe for short ribs Asian Style and we were blown away with it. I decided to try making traditional short ribs and chose this recipe. Again - another 5 star receipe. I served it over mashed potatoes. What a hit! Thank you submitter.
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Chicken a la King III

Reviewed: Jan. 30, 2004
5 Star Plus - I am switching my allegience from the Chicken a la King I recipe (on this site) to this Chicken a la King III. I've used the other recipe often and loved it as long as you added sherry which was missing from the ingredients. I saw this last night and decided to try it. This is now the one I will make - the ingredients are all on the mark - I just added two minced scallions and a pinch of thyme and cayenne pepper which it didn't need but that I like. Both are 5 star but we prefer this one now.
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Berry Lemon Mousse Parfait

Reviewed: Jan. 24, 2004
Outrageously good - the lemon flavor is such a great touch! Bursts in your mouth!!! I had cut it back to 4 servings - it served only two of us - it's that good and light.
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Microwave Corn on the Cob

Reviewed: Oct. 2, 2003
Can't remember the last time I dealt with having to boil the water and have another pot to wash. Not only does the paper towels, cooking in husks work in the micro but you can loosley wrap fresh or frozen corn in wax paper. I also nuke the butter in a dish in the micro and pass it around with a pastry brush - everyone seems to get a kick out of being an artist!!! and it goes on more easily than using hard butter. I also put out different spices like cayenne pepper, chili powder, curry, black pepper, salt, thyme, etc. Everyone puts out different things for pizza - try it with corn on the cob.
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Curried Pork Chops and Cauliflower with Basmati Rice

Reviewed: Mar. 6, 2011
I love this site - some people say that if we make changes we shouldn't review the recipe. I don't agree. I saw this recipe and it sounded good but when I read the reviews I saw that others wanted more of a kick to it. I like SPICEY Indian food so instead of buying Apple chutney I bought something called Pineapple Pepper chutney. WOW - this was a great dish and the next time I will double the sauce because right now I would just love to eat the rice and sauce. The caulifower was geat too. Thanks submitter.
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Simple Malaysian Fried Chicken

Reviewed: Mar. 8, 2003
Delicious and easy. I followed recipe to the letter and it turned out great - only one word of advice - cook this on a day that you can keep windows open - I cooked it the day of NYC's blizzard this year - my house smelled of curry for five days since it was too cold to open the windows to air the house out! This recipe is a keeper though.
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Baked Ziti with Sausage

Reviewed: Feb. 15, 2011
This was very easy and delicious. I decided to add a bit more cheese and I am sorry I did - it was way too cheesy. I will make this again and I will follow the recipe exactly. Thanks submitter.
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