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Holiday Mimosa

Reviewed: Jan. 6, 2013
Wonderful easy recipe for the holidays! To ensure the sugar crusted on the rim, I made these the evening before with red and white sugar crystal's and let them "sit up"! Preparing ahead of time, allowed the sugar to last through more than one refill of champagne! Beautiful, festive, fun and turned an ordinary glass of champagne into a work of art. Guests definitely felt special when sipping these!
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Special Hamburger Sauce

Reviewed: Jan. 5, 2013
Family absolutely loved this!!! It is now requested at every barbeque and definitely "dresses" up a burger beyond the normal accompaniments of mayo, mustard and ketchup! NOTE: DO NOT substitute the French dressing for ketchup as it changes the flavor significantly. Thanks Cairol ~ definitely a winner!!!
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Grilled Bacon Jalapeno Wraps

Reviewed: Jan. 5, 2013
Easy recipe that's simple to make and generally liked by all. To control the heat factor, remove all the seeds and membranes, the more you remove, the less punch from the pepper.... Note of caution: Use gloves when handling the peppers or you just might live to regret it!
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Baked Ziti I

Reviewed: Jan. 5, 2013
Love this Ziti!!! Simple to prepare, flavorful, and very easy to modify based on your own family's preferences. I made the recipe exactly as stated with the exception of the spaghetti sauce. As I didn't have any, I defrosted John Chandler's sauce from his "World's Best Lasagna" listed on Allrecipes. I'm sure using his sauce made all the difference! Thanks Colleen for submitting this recipe!
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Bow Ties with Sausage, Tomatoes and Cream

Reviewed: Jan. 5, 2013
Nice easy mix of ingredients for the beginning cook as you really can't go wrong with this recipe.... The first time I made this, the recipe was rather mild, the second time I added 1/2 tsp of red pepper flakes, and Italian tomatoes with basil and garlic and it definitely provided more flavor. If you cannot handle spicy foods, this recipe is for you. Enjoy!
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Classic Macaroni Salad

Reviewed: Jul. 14, 2012
5 star though a tad on the sweet side for me, but perfect for my hubby's taste buds. Reminiscent of a cole slaw dressing and immediately after mixing the dressing all you can taste is sweet, but this dressing blends beautifully after chilling for 4+ hours and settles right down. Many reviewers noted that the dressing was runny; to counteract that, I added 1/2 the sauce after draining the macaroni and let sit for an hour. This allowed the macaroni to absorb the dressing and gave it an added flavor boost. Much like other reviewers, I added and subtracted to suit the family's preferences, ie., eggs, green onions, etc., but the dressing is really what makes this salad outstanding. Served this with a pork tenderloin recipe from FoodNetwork. The spicy sauce on the tenderloin was a perfect counter for the sweetness of the salad. Outstanding and definitely worthy of 5 stars which are not to be given lightly!
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Easy Morning Glory Muffins

Reviewed: Jul. 2, 2012
Loved these! Subbed whole wheat flour and brown sugar for a healthier muffin, plus I added a banana; couldn't tell the difference. This recipe has so many good things for you in the ingredient list you don't feel guilty at all for having two. Thanks Debbie!
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Overnight Asparagus Mushroom Strata

Reviewed: Jul. 2, 2012
This was downright tasty. 5 stars for ease, ingredients on hand and the low amount of prep time involved. After reading through the reviews, I consolidated the best changes and I am so glad I did. Cooked the onions with the mushrooms and added crookneck squash (before it went bad in the fridge as I hate to waste food). Added a 1/2 tsp of onion powder and a tbsp of hot sauce to the eggs. Forgot to toast the english muffins, and the strata still turned out fabulous. Served to 11 women on the last day of our Girl's Weekend and every single one of them asked for the recipe. Now that's my idea of success!!! Thanks Shandeen for a wonderful recipe!!!
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Dee's Roast Pork for Tacos

Reviewed: Jun. 11, 2012
Definitely worth making!!! Used Hot Mexican Chili Powder as it has such a unique flavor and subbed cumin for the oregano as I was out of it! Wonderful flavor, though I didn't find it to be as spicy as many reviewers have noted. Next time I'll add additional cumin, garlic and jalapenos for a bit more flavor. Wonderful - give it a try!
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Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes

Reviewed: May 14, 2012
Very good potatoes but rather heavy vs light and fluffy. 4 stars for ease, originality and time management. Especially loved the idea of the terry cloth submitted by a reader. Makes perfect sense!
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Old Settlers' Baked Beans

Reviewed: May 14, 2012
This recipe is a staple in our house, and am finally reviewing it! Needless to say, it's pretty darn wonderful and very forgiving. I usually prepare the bacon very crispy and add as the last item. In place of the 1/3 cup of sugar, I substitute molasses syrup and up the chili powder to 1 tsp. Absolutely melts in your mouth. My thanks to Kathy for your submission!
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Breakfast Enchiladas

Reviewed: May 14, 2012
These were somewhat bland the first time I made them. The second time I added cooked sausage, scrambled eggs, O'brien potatoes and a mix of cheddar and pepperjack to stuff the enchiladas. What a very pleasant surprise.... Quite tasty, in fact. Just to experiment, I froze two of the enchiladas and am so very glad I did. Had no idea what to expect as I have never had a reason to freeze scrambled eggs. Popped them into the oven and when done, tasted as if they were freshly made. Perfect to keep on hand for surprise overnight guests!
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Out of the Hat Rice

Reviewed: May 13, 2012
This modest, unassuming rice almost stole the show and the main dish's primary role. Only difference is I used chicken broth in lieu of the water which gave the dish a little more depth and used fresh coarse cracked pepper. The extra bite from the pepper with the rice provided an occasional extra burst of flavor Loved the presentation and was the perfect pairing served with salmon. Thanks JusSuz for your submission.
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Cajun Chicken Pasta

Reviewed: Mar. 8, 2012
This recipe is quite good as written though I rarely make it due to the high calorie and fat content. Once in a while, I'll suprise the family as a special treat as everyone likes it! Couple of things could use improvement.... Use fresh minced garlic vs garlic powder ~ using fresh helps the recipe develop different levels of complexity beyond the Cajun seasoning. Instead of green peppers, I usually substitute Anaheim, Pasilla or Hatch chili peppers when I can find them (Hatch chilis can be found in Hatch Valley, NM, and are wonderful). I also increase the amount of Cajun seasoning to taste and add 1/2 tsp of onion powder. The sauce is thin; good, but quite thin as many other reviewers have noted. To avoid the thinness, make a roux using flour, butter and some of the sauce. Please note: It's important to let the roux cook down to a beautiful golden color before adding it back to the sauce otherwise you will taste the flour in it. Thanks Tammy for the submission.
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Peach Muffins

Reviewed: Mar. 8, 2012
My gosh these were good! Used fresh peaches right off the tree and boy, oh boy, you can surely tell the difference between the fresh and canned ones. Only thing I did differently was to add peach colored sugar crystals to the top of the muffin prior to baking. BTW - these freeze beautifully. We just finished the last batch that were in the freezer from last Aug/Sept and they still tasted like a little bit of sunshine!!!
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Sesame Pasta Chicken Salad

Reviewed: Mar. 8, 2012
This is a great recipe to build on for your own personal preferences. I cut the oil back to 1/3 cup as the first time I made this is was just to oily. Everything else remained the same. Dressed the salad with 1/2 the dressing mix while the noodles were still warm to absorb the great flavors. Saved the last half to dress again right before serving. Added blanched and juilenned carrots, waterchestnuts for crunch, marinated mushrooms and snowpeas cut on the diagonal for color and presentation. Beautiful salad!
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Hearty Creole Okra and Tomatoes

Reviewed: Mar. 8, 2012
Good southern recipe! Here's a tip I found on another site to avoid the sliminess that okra produces: Soak your okra in enough cold water to cover it, then squeeze in the juice of one lime and let your okra sit for 10 to 15 minutes before you cook it. Best tip I've read plus it actually works!
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Authentic Louisiana Red Beans and Rice

Reviewed: Mar. 8, 2012
This was about as authentic as I have had outside of NO! Only difference was I used chicken STOCK (not broth) which made for a more flavorful dish. Definitely worth making!
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Colleen's Slow Cooker Jambalaya

Reviewed: Mar. 8, 2012
This recipe is WONDERFUL! I used tomatoes with onion, garlic and celery as that's all I had on the shelf and increased the Cajun seasoning to 2.5 tsp. Added the shrimp during the last 20 minutes so it wouldn't get chewy from being overcooked. Absolutely rocked our Mardi Gras party!!!
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Creamy Au Gratin Potatoes

Reviewed: Mar. 8, 2012
Good overall, but on the bland side. Found the onions sliced into rings changed the overall texture and appearance of this dish. Also, potatoes sliced at 1/4 inch were not done at 1.5 hours. Perhaps diced onions vs sliced would have been a better fit which is why I am only rating this 3 stars.
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