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Orzo with Parmesan and Basil

Reviewed: Nov. 29, 2010
Very good recipe with marvelous flavor. I did note that I needed a 1/2 can more of chicken broth to finish cooking the orzo. Served with Roasted Chicken and a Orange, Walnut, Gorgonzola and Mixed Greens Salad with Fresh Citrus Vinaigrette from this site.
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Summer Tomato Salad

Reviewed: Nov. 29, 2010
The trick to this recipe is to use extremely ripe tomatoes. Save the juice when slicing the tomatoes and add the pepper, red pepper and salt to taste as this will become the marinade, otherwise the salad is just to dry to stand on it's own. As written this recipe is completely overwhelmed by the basil, onions and cilantro. Herbs would be much better reduced by half so the flavor of the tomatoes is not "lost". With changes, good use of summer produce.... Ummm!
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Bloody Mary Short Ribs

Reviewed: Nov. 29, 2010
Interesting mix of ingredients and was a perfect way to use the last of the Bloody Mary mix left over from Thanksgiving day. Used a roast as that's all I had in the freezer and was not about to venture out in near blizzard/white out conditions for short ribs. Only two changes based on personal preference.... added garlic and used low sodium beef stock to counter the sodium in the Bloody Mary mix. Put all into the crockpot and let the smell permeate the house while watching the snow. Served over rice with a small green salad. Perfect antidote to turkey after Thanksgiving day. Thanks RCHEISS for the recipe!
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Pumpkin Turkey Chili

Reviewed: Nov. 29, 2010
Definitely missing something... 3 stars as I had to tweak this recipe so much to achieve any flavor, however I loved the addition of the pumpkin! Good base to build on for personal chili preferences.
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Taco Casserole

Reviewed: Nov. 29, 2010
Made this for a girls weekend and although good, it wasn't spectacular. So I tried, tried again.... 2nd time around, added kidney beans for more fiber and cooked the meat in a combination of regular and hot taco seasoning with 3/4 cup minced onion, 2 tsp minced garlic and 2 tsp cumin, added a small can of chopped ortega chilis and 1/2 a small can of minced olives. Tried 1/2 soup and 1/2 salsa in place of whole can of soup to make it less sweet (much better). Used 1 can Del Monte fire roasted tomatoes with garlic to give the casserole an extra boost. Tripled the cheese and then divided it. Took 2/3's of the cheese and melted it into the pasta and meat mixture and then assembled the remainder as written. NOTE: Do Not overcook the pasta - cook al dente as the oven will finish it off. 3 stars based on the recipe. 4 stars with the modifications....
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Amy's Cilantro Cream Sauce

Reviewed: Nov. 26, 2010
I really, really wanted to like this based on 500+ reviews, but the recipe is written to loosely.... 1 bunch of fresh cilantro is overpowering. I had to experiment to find a balance that didn't end up tasting like straight cilantro. 1/2 a small bunch would be a good estimate. Otherwise, this was a good base to build on for personal taste.
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Pumpkin Crunch Parfaits

Reviewed: Nov. 26, 2010
Light dessert which was perfect after a heavy Thanksgiving dinner! Made a few changes ~ toasted the pecan's to bring out their flavor, used butterscotch pudding mix as that's all I had on hand, used half and half instead of milk, upped the pumpkin pie spice to 1 1/2 teaspoon, and added 1 teaspoon of vanilla. NOTE: Don't leave off the gingersnaps as they are the "icing on the cake" so to speak. Wonderful!
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Texas Chicken Quesadillas

Reviewed: Nov. 26, 2010
Absolutely wonderful. Served with Chicken Tortilla Soup and Southwestern Egg Rolls as a starter for a casual dinner party. Assembled the quesadillas and baked half per the recipe and then pan fried half. NOTE: to keep the ingredients from oozing out, fold the quesadilla in half taco style ~ when finished cooking, let the quesadilla "set" for 1 or 2 minutes, then use a pizza cutter to divide into triangles. Didn't tell the group which was which and they voted hands down for the pan fried, which I actually preferred too.... Doubled the cheese and used a mix of Cheddar, Monterey Jack and Pepper Jack cheese with the carmelized onion and BBQ chicken. Wonderful!
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My Best Clam Chowder

Reviewed: Nov. 8, 2010
Very good base recipe but definitely does not warrant five stars. To increase flavor, I substituted clam juice for the water, added bacon grease in leiu of half the butter. The bacon grease, while not exactly healthy, gave the chowder a better flavor (IMPORTANT NOTE: You must let the roux cook down before adding the half and half ~ this will eliminate the flour taste that so many are noting in their reviews). Added 1/2 teaspoon of Bay Seasoning and 1/2 teaspoon of onion powder for more flavor. Used a mix of chopped and minced clams and substituted 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt for a portion of the 1 1/2 teaspoon regular salt. Stirred only 1 tablespoon of the vinegar into the chowder prior to serving. Topped the chowder with crumbled bacon and a few chives for color. Helpful Tips: For a smokey flavor, add 1/2 teaspoon of liquid smoke which adds depth and complexity to the chowder base. Add fresh grilled corn cut off the cob which increases the smokey flavor. Replace black ground pepper with white pepper ~ it has a more delicate flavor than the ground black pepper which can be rather harsh with such a creamy base. Most Important: Do not add the clams to the chowder until you are ready to serve ~ the longer seafood "cooks" the tougher it becomes! Delicious with the changes.
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Best Beef Dip Ever

Reviewed: Sep. 28, 2010
Very good recipe! Tasty, filling and overall a great crowd pleaser. 5 star rating is for printed written recipe. Personal taste adjustments: reduce rosemary to 1/2 tablespoon, add 1 teaspoon peppercorns, use low sodium soy sauce, replace 4 cups of the water with 4 cups low sodium beef broth. Served with a garlic mayo (1 cup mayonnaise and 2 cloves minced garlic that married for 8+ hours). Assembled buns with garlic mayo, roast and then topped with a selection of cheeses; manchego, provolone and horseradish (hubby liked the provolone cheese best) and broiled until cheese was bubbly. Served with au jus and a green salad. Divine!
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Seven Layer Dip I

Reviewed: Sep. 21, 2010
This is a very old standby recipe that has been served again and again with fantastic results! First of all, this recipe is fine as written and served, but our crowd typically likes a little more flavor and kick. Differences that I would suggest is to brown your beef with a packet of taco seasoning (no water), 1.5 tbs of cumin, 1 tsp of chili powder 1 tsp of garlic and 2 tbs of dried minced onion. Added finely chopped cilantro with the black olives, tomatoes and green onions. Mixture of pepperjack and cheddar cheese gave the dip more complexity than straight cheddar! Superb flavor!!!
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Strawberry Angel Food Dessert

Reviewed: Sep. 20, 2010
Superb! Added 1 tsp of vanilla to the cream cheese/whipped topping. Fresh blueberries layered on the top for a little something extra and served in a trifle bowl for a beautiful presentation! Loved this recipe!
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Carrot Cake III

Reviewed: Sep. 2, 2010
Exceptional!!! My family hovers in the kitchen when I set out ingredients to make this cake. So after making it 3 times, it is time to write a review. First let me state that this is a wonderful carrot cake recipe EXACTLY as written. But to personalize the recipe I decided to experiment. Based on other reviews: upped the cinnamon to 2.5 tsps, added 1 tsp of nutmeg and 1 tsp of allspice, increased the carrots to 4 cups and the vanilla to 3 tsps. Phenomenal!!!
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Baked Buffalo Wings

Reviewed: Aug. 30, 2010
Wings were good, but not outstanding. Based on 200 + reviews, I decided to chill the wings with the flour coating overnight as other reviewers suggested. Right before baking I dipped in the butter/hot sauce and placed on a wire rack to cook. Baked these the required 45 minutes and they were, soggy, soggy, soggy with not much flavor. Pulled them out of the oven and re-dipped in straight hot sauce and then baked an additional 30 minutes with the last 20 minutes at 450 and they FINALLY started crisping. Once they crisped, they were delicious. 3 stars based on the soggy factor and modification of the recipe to make it "work". 4 stars for taste with the re-dipping!
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Chocolate Eclair Cake

Reviewed: Aug. 9, 2010
Only difference was out of necessity: I used half and half for the pudding mix as I was out of milk. So very rich and creamy! My husband said this was the best dessert I have ever made.... rave reviews by all who sampled!
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Pineapple Chicken Tenders

Reviewed: Jun. 16, 2010
Very tasty. Made a couple of changes to the 2nd round to suit my family's taste. Added 2 tablespoons sherry, 1 tablespoon sesame oil, 1/4 teaspoon fresh finely ground ginger, 1/2 teaspoon fresh pressed garlic. With the additional seasonings, this recipe is a power punch of flavor!!! Yum!
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Pineapple Chicken Tenders

Reviewed: Jun. 16, 2010
Very tasty. Made a couple of changes to the 2nd round to suit my family's taste. Added 2 tablespoons sherry, 1 tablespoon sesame oil, 1/4 teaspoon fresh finely ground ginger, 1/2 teaspoon fresh pressed garlic. With the additional seasonings, this recipe is a power punch of flavor!!! Yum!
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Rosemary Ranch Chicken Kabobs

Reviewed: Jun. 13, 2010
This was fabulous! Based on other reviews, I cut back the olive oil to 1/4 cup and omitted the salt and am glad I did. Threw fresh rosemary twigs (soaked in water for 1/2 hour) in the smoker while barbequing these and the aroma, oh my, the aroma! If I was Italian I would be kissing my fingers. Momma Mia!!! Thanks for a great recipe!
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Luscious Slush Punch

Reviewed: Jun. 2, 2010
Only used 1 cup of sugar which was perfect. Can't even begin to imagine how sweet this would be if you used 2 1/2 cups. Didn't have strawberry gelatin, so I subbed using the tropical fusion gelatin mix of cherry, pineapple and orange. Added watermelon vodka shots to each glass of punch served and WOW was it ever fabulous!
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Tomato Asparagus Salad

Reviewed: Jun. 2, 2010
Loved this recipe! Used small grape tomatoes halved, english cucumbers peeled and seeded and minced 1/4 cup of the red onion, which I think made all the difference as the pieces were not so large that the flavor was overpowering. Added fresh cracked black pepper and 1/2 container of Feta cheese based on other reviews. Absolutely wonderful and definitely a staple for summertime BBQ's.
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