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Breakfast Sausage

Reviewed: Oct. 25, 2014
Been using this recipe for years and it's a favorite of our family. I always sub ground turkey for the pork and sometimes I'll replace the brown sugar with maple syrup. Seasonings are right on for my kiddos but for my hubby and I, I usually up the red pepper. Salty, sweet, spicy...delicious!
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White Fruit Cake

Reviewed: Dec. 17, 2013
This will be my third Christmas baking this wonderful fruitcake. It is so moist and delicious! I replace the candied fruit with dried fruit because this is the way I prefer it. The first year I went out and bought the candied fruits and candied citron and orange peel in the plastic containers and was just disguised with the way it smelled. No way I wanted to ruin a perfectly good cake (and time, effort and money) with that junk, so I replaced with dried cherries, organic raisins, currants and dried pineapples and zested some orange and Lemon peel into the batter. Just a really really good cake - I look forward to Christmas season each year because of this fruitcake!
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Mom's Buttermilk Pancakes

Reviewed: Aug. 21, 2013
A little on the salty side, next time I'll cut back on the salt. Also I added 1 tsp vanilla extract. Everyone in the family, except the pickiest kid, gobbled these down.
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World's Best Potato Salad

Reviewed: Aug. 20, 2013
I really, really wanted to like this. I felt it had potential, but was just too sweet and almost ordinary tasting considering that you make the sauce from scratch. I even put less sugar in than called for. I ended up mixing in some chopped dill pickles and their juice hoping it would lessen the sweetness and it helped some. This was almost like the stuff you buy at the grocery store, which I was hoping to avoid. I may try to make this again using way, way, way less sugar or none at all, adding dill pickles and using a full 5 pounds of red potatoes and green onions in place of the raw.
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Chef John's Caramel Chicken

Reviewed: Aug. 1, 2013
I used 3 large chicken breasts cut in small chunks instead of the thighs. This was pretty good, if a bit on the salty side. Tasted like something you would get at a chinese restaurant. Served over brown rice and everyone ate it up!
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Cherry Bomb Chicken

Reviewed: Jul. 27, 2013
A favorite of ours! I've been making this recipe for about a year and it's just spectacular. I use chicken leg/thigh quarters and usually keep about one of the habanero pepper's seeds intact for more spicy flavor. I made this for a party with 25+ people and almost everyone commented on how good it was and asked for the recipe. My husband has a habit of charring chicken on the grill, so I initially cook the chicken in the oven until just about done, then I have him throw it on our grill for that grilled taste. YUM!
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Delicious Black Bean Burritos

Reviewed: Jul. 25, 2013
This was surprisingly a HUGE hit at my house. I say surprisingly because 2 out of 3 of my kids are extremely picky and I just wasn't sure how this was going to go over with them. Well, they LOVED it! Every single one of them licked their plates clean. I did change the recipe ever so slightly based on what I had as well as another reviewers suggestions. First, I tripled the recipe to serve 6 for my family of 5. I omitted the bell pepper (didn't have it) and added a can of rotel with green chiles. I only had two cans of black beans so I used a can of refried beans for the 3rd can and one pkg of cream cheese. It came out a little on the "soupier" side (probably because of the refried beans as well as the rotel), but it was so scrumptious. I spooned it into burrito sized tortillas and there was enough for 6 large burritos. I will make this again without a doubt!
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Fabulous Zucchini Grinders

Reviewed: Jul. 17, 2013
This was absolutely wonderful! I had a chicken breast I had baked the night before that I diced up and threw in after I cooked the zucchini since I knew my very picky kids would probably snub their noses at just zucchini. I also added half a white onion to the zucchini mixture for added flavor. This really was so, so good! I toasted the hoagies, laid very thin slices of provolone on the bottom so the bread wouldn't get soggy, and then layered as instructed. I sprayed the foil with oil so the cheese wouldn't stick once I rolled the sandwiches up and baked them in the oven. I will definitely be making this super simple recipe again!
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Chef John's Flour Tortillas

Reviewed: Apr. 23, 2013
Could not be more simple. I used my kitchen aid to make the dough to make it even easier. Love that they are from scratch - no preservatives, no lard or other weird ingredients and tastes super fresh. I doubt I'll ever buy tortillas from the store again
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Pistachio Fluff Fruit Salad

Reviewed: Apr. 11, 2013
Wow, this was really really good. I've got to admit, the idea of pistachio pudding with coolwhip and fruits sounded odd at best. But so many people love this recipe that I was intrigued. I'm so glad I put my pistachio prejudice aside and made this dish, it was A-Maz-ing! I actually didn't add the marshmallows because my kids had eaten them all before I got around to making this dish and I omitted the fruit cocktail because I didn't have any. I did, however, at the suggestion of another reviewer add chopped pecans. I'll definitely be making this again in the future!
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Mock Tuna Salad

Reviewed: Apr. 9, 2013
I made this as written the first time, and it was really really good. I think it is more reminiscent of egg salad than tuna salad, but it was delicious and gave me the protein I was craving. I made it again a second time, and added some powdered ranch dressing, a little bit of cayenne pepper, some horseradish mustard and and it was still delicious. I think you can add and take away whatever you want to make it "your own." Very forgiving recipe and super easy and yummy!
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Quinoa Black Bean Burgers

Reviewed: Mar. 28, 2013
This was so good! Just what I was craving since I've developed an odd aversion to meat this pregnancy. I didn't change a thing, and took the advice of the submitter and served this with caramelized onions and baby greens on top. I also made a garlic-lemon mayo to go with it. Yummy!!
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Slow Cooker Cinnamon Apple Steel Cut Oats

Reviewed: Mar. 7, 2013
My first attempt at slow cooked oatmeal, and this came out pretty well but a bit on the bland side initially. I took another reviewers advice and grated some lemon zest into it (towards the end) because that was my final taste test to fix it and it did the trick. It gave it a bit of dimension, which is just what it needed. Oh and I used brown sugar in place of the splenda.
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Chicken Stew with Dumplings

Reviewed: Jan. 3, 2013
I'm just rating the dumplings because I used my own chicken and sauce recipe. The dumplings were fabulous - tender and buttery. I just omitted the dill because I don't care much for it. Just looking at the rest of the recipe, I'd probably add more chicken broth though :)
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Mediterranean Three Bean Salad

Reviewed: Oct. 6, 2012
I was looking for a really simple and fresh recipe with beans and I'm so glad I stumbled upon this one. It was exactly what I was looking for! The only thing I omitted was the olive oil because I didn't want the extra fat and I only used half a lemon for my super picky kids. I love lemon and I'm sure adding the entire lemon would have made the bean salad even more delicious. Thanks for a keeper of a recipe!
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Brazilian Lemonade

Reviewed: Aug. 26, 2012
A favorite of ours! My method of making it is a bit different than written here. I blend the limes, one cup of water and sugar until the limes are nice and shredded to bits (love my ninja!); strain; put strained mixture back in blender and add condensed milk and blend again; pour over tons of ice and Enjoy! So good and refreshing!
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Kristen's Potato Leek Soup

Reviewed: Aug. 21, 2012
Had a bunch of leeks hanging around and wasn't sure what to make with them until I stumbled upon this recipe. The soup was amazing! Used more leeks than called for since I wanted to use them up and added about a TBLS of red wine vinegar after it was done cooking to amp up the cream in the soup. Will definitely be in our winter menu coming up.
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Quick Sunshine Cake

Reviewed: Aug. 5, 2012
My mom used to make this cake when we were growing up. I would always request it for my birthdays and have tons of memories of taking a slice to school packed in my lunch. My 9 y/o asked for it for her birthday today and I am hoping we can start this tradition for her too. Thanks for the recipe :)
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Puttanesca I

Reviewed: Mar. 2, 2012
Such a simple, delicious dish! I was literally racking my brain about what I could make for dinner at 6pm tonight. This dish was done and on the table within 40 minutes. I used the entire 2oz can (drained) of anchovies which I chopped in a mini food processor with the greek olives (I got a Greek olive medley at Costco which had just been sitting in my fridge). I didn't have any capers, so unfortunately I had to skip those, but next time I'll definitely add them. I also used maybe 1/8 cup of olive oil for personal preference. Really tasty, slightly salty and slightly spicy - all over a dish I'll make again. Thank you :)
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Breakfast in Bangkok

Reviewed: Jan. 21, 2012
So Good - we usually make a drink like this without the coconut milk and it's one of our favorite juicing staples! The coconut milk made it over the top yummy. Unfortunately today I couldn't find our fresh Ginger (go figure!), so I had to do without and it was still delicious. Next time, I'll make sure to add it. BTW, I always juice my ginger with my other veggies/fruits too.
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