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Kalua Pig in a Slow Cooker

Reviewed: Mar. 14, 2010
Very good recipe! Couldn't tell much of a difference in the traditional "pig" and this recipe. Only thing I did differently was to slice open a banana (leave in the peel) and set it on top of the roast while it cooks to give it the taste of actually being wrapped in banana leaves prior to cooking it underground (make sure you remove the banana after the pig is fully cooked). Sounds weird, but this gives the pig a very SLIGHT sweet taste which the islands are famous for. After shredding the meat and removing the fat from the juice, I added 1 more tsp of liquid smoke and let the pig cook in it's juice for 1 hour more. Perfect pig!!! Served with the Hawaiian Cold Slaw from this site (which was a perfect complement to the meal) and Sweet Hawaiian bread rolls. If you close your eyes and listen you'd swear you could hear the waves on the beach, smell the lightly scented breeze in the palms, and feel the sand between your toes. This recipe is that good!! Thanks so much to Kikuchan for submitting it!!!
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Marzetti® Hawaiian Slaw

Reviewed: Mar. 13, 2010
This is an OUTSTANDING cole slaw!!! The first time I made it exactly as the recipe is written and it was wonderful. The second time I customized it to my family's taste; 1) used the prepackaged cole slaw mix that included green and red cabbage and juliened carrots, 2) added sliced green onions, 3) added mandran oranges sliced into thirds, 4) used fresh thinly sliced pineapple, 5) added cranraisins, 6) used golden raisins, 7) used sunflower seeds for the "nut" in the recipe, and lastly used "Marie's" creamy cole slaw dressing (Marie's can be found in any grocery store's cold produce section). FYI - do not "overadd" the dressing as it will lose it's crunch.... Let it sit for a couple of hours for the flavors to fully marry before serving. Enjoy!
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Baked Paprika-Parmesan Chicken

Reviewed: Mar. 7, 2010
Wonderful recipe! Have made a couple of times before writing a review. The recipe is wonderful as written, but after experimenting, would suggest the following to change it up from time to time: 1)Increase the cheese to 3/4 cup using a mixture of Romano and Parmesan. 2) Used 1 tsp of a good quality paprika (makes all the difference in the flavor of the finished dish) and 1 tsp smoky paprika. 3) Added 1/2 tsp of garlic powder. 4) Decrease butter to 1/8 cup based on the increase in cheese. 5) Bake for 45 minutes tops otherwise the chicken dries out. Enjoy!
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Braised Balsamic Chicken

Reviewed: Mar. 7, 2010
Loved this dish.... only made a few changes based on my family's preference: No onion and didn't miss it. Cut down the rosemary, basil, and oregano to 1/4 tsp each and omitted the thyme. Threw in sauteed mushrooms and roasted red peppers I had prepared for another meal. Now here's the secret, use the very best balsamic vinegar you can find as it has the smoothest flavor and will cut down on the tart vinegar flavor and you must use San Marzano tomatoes. It makes all the difference.... Served this over angel hair pasta with a salad. Family loved it!!!
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German Apple Cake I

Reviewed: Mar. 7, 2010
Wonderfu, wonderful, wonderful. This is a regular in our rotation. I usually increase the apples to 5 cups as my family likes more apples, but keep all other ingredients the same. Unfortunately, this "cake" is never fully cooked at 45 minutes (probably due to the extra apples). See most helpful hints from "naples34102" for a glaze that makes this cake go from divine to superb!
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Easy Lemon Cookies

Reviewed: Mar. 7, 2010
Wonderful easy recipe! For an extra lemon "bite", double the lemon extract and add 1 tsp of lemon rind. Superb!!!
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Chicken Enchiladas I

Reviewed: Feb. 26, 2010
Very yummy enchiladas! Probably will become a staple in our household. Minor varitations based on other reviews. YOU MUST: Poach your chicken with a mixture of poultry seasonings, cumin, minced garlic, tomato sauce, and chicken broth. This will make your chicken FABULOUS and trust me, this makes all the difference in the taste of the enchilada!!! Substitued a 1/2 jar of Ariba Roasted Mexican Red Salsa (medium) and a 12 ounce bottle of La Victoria red taco sauce (mild) for the water and tomato sauce (much needed change). Also cuts down on the sogginess other reviewers have complained about! Used the Red Enchilada Sauce from this site to finish it off. Absolutely superb!!! HELPFUL HINT: this recipe freezes extremely well. Thanks Debbie for a great recipe to build on for personal preference!!!
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Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich with Garlic Mayo

Reviewed: Feb. 8, 2010
Definitely 5 star! Used sirloin steak that sat in the fridge with steak seasoning on it for a day and a half to really absorb the flavors. BBQ the sirloin rare and then thinly sliced it and set aside in preparation for assembly. Carmelized the onions prior to making the sandwiches, then sauteed the peppers using green and red for color. Added mushrooms for a more true Philly sandwich. Used a variety of cheese; Manchego, Monterey and Mozarella. My favorite was the Manchego which gave it an edge. Baked the sandwiches open faced for 5 minutes to crisp the buns, then broiled until the cheese melted, bubbled and slightly browned. The garlic mayo made the sandwich! My family loved it. Thanks Tera for the great recipe.
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Peppered Shrimp Alfredo

Reviewed: Feb. 3, 2010
Absolutely easy and fast recipe to prepare that has wonderful flavors. Even better the next day when the flavors have had a chance to marry. Used a combination of red and green bell pepper for additional color and added an additional 1/4 cup of fresh grated Parmesan cheese. Thanks Jzeller for submitting this recipe.
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Pretty Chicken Marinade

Reviewed: Feb. 3, 2010
Very nice recipe with great flavor. Made the first time and it was wonderful. Made it the second time with fresh squeezed orange juice as I was out of lemon juice. Even better!!!
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Beer and Brown Sugar Steak Marinade

Reviewed: Feb. 3, 2010
Okay marinade. Not bad, not great! My 4 wheeling group gave this a 6 out of 10. Sorry, probably won't make it into the rotation.
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Mexican Cream Cheese Rollups

Reviewed: Feb. 3, 2010
Not impressed at all. Served it as an appetizer over Thanksgiving weekend and again for Monday night football. Thought it might be just too much food to choose from during Thanksgiving, but both times, 3/4's of this recipe sat while everything else was devoured.
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Mexican Rice II

Reviewed: Feb. 3, 2010
This is a great basic rice recipe that is easy to prepare. The only difference between my preparation and the recipe's is that I sauteed the onion before cooking the rice, added fresh minced garlic, and used chicken stock versus broth. Thanks for submitting it.
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Lime Chicken Soft Tacos

Reviewed: Feb. 3, 2010
Based on the numerous reviews I was anxious to try this recipe. It was okay. Very similar to a marinade I use for fajaita chicken tacos which my family liked much better. Sorry.....
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Caramel Apple Pork Chops

Reviewed: Feb. 3, 2010
Just okay. Not crazy about apples and pork but definitely had to try it as it looked interesting.
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Chocolate Chip Banana Bread II

Reviewed: Feb. 3, 2010
Unusual mix! Added a tsp of banana extract for an extra boost of flavor and coated the chocolate chips with flour to prevent them from sinking to the bottom of the pan. Have made it for numerous camping and 4 wheeling trips for a group of hungry men. All gave me the thumbs up!!!
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Honey Baked Chicken II

Reviewed: Feb. 3, 2010
Scrumdiddlyumptious!!!! Increased the curry to 1.5 tsp, cut back the butter to 1/4 cup and added 1 tsp garlic powder and 1/8 tsp of cayenne pepper. Picky husband loved it!!!! Thanks Gretchen for a GREAT recipe.
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Russian Tea Cakes I

Reviewed: Jan. 20, 2010
I have the same exact recipe handed down from my grandmother and it is absolutely divine!!! I made three dozen of these for the office over the holidays and they were gobbled up. Another person brought the same kind of cookies on the same day I did and unfortunately for the poor dear, her's just set there while mine steadily disappeared. HINT: Whatever nut I happen to be using (walnut or pecan), I grind down a little extra until it is essentially dust and add it to the powdered sugar prior to rolling the balls ~ I think it gives the cookie an extra edge... Thanks so much for the recipe!
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Zucchini and Potato Bake

Reviewed: Jan. 20, 2010
This recipe is FANTASTIC!!! I have made it three/four times since I found it with different variations, though I am rating for the recipe itself. Definitely 5 stars!!! After reading through the reviews, please take into account the cooking time of each vegetable and adjust the size you cut them accordingly. Suggestions to change it up would be: 1.) Instead of plain olive oil, try the garlic olive oil - gives it a great taste. 2.) Instead of olive oil, use Wishbone Italian dressing. 3.) Add onions, whole garlic cloves and quartered mushrooms (must be quartered as whole mushrooms give off to much moisture). 4.) Add Parmesan or Asiago cheese to the bread crumbs. 5.) Change up the bread crumbs to the Italian variety - goes great with the Italian dressing. 6.) Try panko crumbs or the Italian panko crumbs - which are fabulous in place of the bread crumbs. Thanks Jana for submitting such a great and easy recipe!!!
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Best Bread Machine Bread

Reviewed: Jan. 20, 2010
This recipe goes against the grain of any bread recipe I have ever seen or tried. Scary!!! Scary!!! Scary!!! But trust the recipe and try it - this was the best bread ever. Turned out so light, fluffy and just downright wonderful.... It turned out so well, that I threw out all the other bread recipes I had on file! This is my new number one, go to recipe!!! UPDATE: Try carmelizing onions, dicing them, and adding them plus 1/2 tsp of onion powder to the top of the ingredient mixture and let your bread machine do the rest.
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