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Easy Chicken Tetrazzini

Reviewed: Sep. 9, 2013
BLAND! I made this as written and it was easy but rather tasteless. I'll doctor it up tomorrow and try to make it better.
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Jicama Appetizer

Reviewed: Feb. 7, 2012
Sorry, I don't like giving negative reviews, but just thought I'd share. I love jicama, but this just tasted "tinny." I followed this as written, and just didn't care for the taste. I'll dip my jicama in ranch dressing instead.
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Garlic Dill New Potatoes

Reviewed: Dec. 25, 2011
Very simple, quick side dish which is delicious. I followed the recipe exactly, but since I don't have a steamer, I simply microwaved the potatoes whole, let them sit a bit to finish, then quartered them. After adding the butter mixture, I kept them warm at 200 in the oven, which brought out the flavors of the sauce even more. I would stress that using only fresh dill and fresh garlic are a must in a recipe like this, and I admit I did use about double the dill because we really love it.
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Cucumber Tomato Salad

Reviewed: Nov. 5, 2011
What a great way to use up those extra tomatoes and cucumbers. I used a little less water and added some dill for taste and color. I think it added just the right pizzazz to an already tasty side-dish. Even with a slotted spoon, I did drain this before serving so it wouldn't run into the other food on the plate.
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Brown Rice, Broccoli, Cheese and Walnut Surprise

Reviewed: Nov. 4, 2011
We LOVE this dish. Almost any toasted nut is good on top, pecan, almond, etc. I would recommend using real cheese, not the 2%, as it just doesn't melt or taste the same. As others have suggested, I add the cooked broccoli to the rice mix, stir in the cheese, and bake it like a casserole.
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Best Tuna Casserole

Reviewed: Nov. 4, 2011
I should have followed this as written. Because of the comments about it being too dry, I did add some sour cream and milk -- and I thought it turned out too creamy. I added a can of pimentos, which added to the flavor and color. To keep this easy clean up, I sauteed the onion in the same pot I cooked the noodles in while the noodles were draining in the colander, then mixed everything else in and put it in the oven. We don't like toppings on our casserole, so just used the extra cheese on top with a little paprika. Next time I'll leave out the sour cream and just add a small amount of milk. I think sour cream can "bland out" the true flavors sometimes.
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Sunshine Hummus Melts

Reviewed: Oct. 24, 2011
I'm so glad I found this recipe. I had all the ingredients on hand and needed an easy dinner for one. I was leery of the apple, so I sliced it very thin for one piece of bread, and didn't put any on the other piece. I'm so sorry I didn't use the apple for both. It added just the right amount of crunch to this sandwich as well as an interesting flavor. I toasted the bread in my toaster oven and then top-browned it rather than use the oven. It was really delicious.
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Stuffed Shells III

Reviewed: Oct. 23, 2011
I thought this was just "okay." I cut it in half, but still used the full jar of marinara sauce, and it was still a little dry and bland. Unless you really want stuffed shells, I would recommend doing this as a lasagne using no-bake lasagne -- it would be much easier and faster than cooking the shells and stuffing them.
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Linguine Pasta with Shrimp and Tomatoes

Reviewed: Aug. 7, 2011
Great recipe idea, but I did change it up, so I felt I could only gave it 4 stars as written. First, I used only a half lb of cooked large shrimp because there were only 2 of us, and this sounded like it would be best served fresh, not left over. What I did was saute the garlic, added 2 cups of halved grape tomatoes, the butter, and the wine. I didn't want a thick marinara-type sauce, so I only simmered about 10 min. In the meantime, I tossed the shrimp with the cajun spices (made my own with onion powder, garlic powder, salt, pepper, cayenne, red pepper flakes and paprika). I added the seasoned shrimp to the "sauce", simmered it until heated through, and served it on orzo. Topped with fresh basil and parmesan cheese. Delicious.
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Garlic Chicken with Orzo Noodles

Reviewed: Jun. 25, 2011
Sorry, but I found this to be dry and rather tasteless. Maybe with some changes it would be better, but I won't make it again as written.
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Simple Turkey Chili

Reviewed: Mar. 10, 2011
Delicious and healthy. When you read reviews that say too spicy and others that say too bland, it's hard to know what to do - so I cut the chili powder and cayenne in half, and figured I could add some hot sauce or more spice later, if needed (which I didn't need). I added a can of black beans to stretch it out, and used only 1 cup of water (with some powdered chicken bouillon), as suggested by others who like their chili thicker. Also I didn't bother mashing the beans, and I added a fresh tomato for more tomato texture. It was wonderful. I garnished it with fresh cilantro from my garden. One more note, I don't believe that this yields 8 servings - more like 4, even with cornbread on the side.
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Lemon Garlic Tilapia

Reviewed: Jan. 19, 2011
Simple, healthy, and delicious. As mentioned by others, around 15 minutes is enough, and I upped the temp to 400. I also added a little paprika for color.
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Salmon Spread II

Reviewed: Jan. 19, 2011
This was fantastic. What a great change from the usual smoked salmon recipes. I halved it because I didn't need as much as this recipe called for. It does need quite a bit more hot sauce for more zing plus a little garlic powder. Overnight refrigeration is an absolute MUST for the best taste.
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Tater Tot Taco Salad

Reviewed: Nov. 11, 2010
You can't go wrong with this one. I did add a layer of refried beans between the meat and cheese plus chopped tomatoes and onions on top. I didn't have sour cream, but used ranch dressing as others suggested and a bit more salsa (in place of the taco sauce). I can't wait for the leftovers tomorrow (since it was only me, I couldn't finish it all)! Thanks for posting this interesting switch from the typical taco salad, Eleanor.
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No Frying Eggplant Parmesan

Reviewed: Oct. 22, 2010
This was really delicious. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars was because I made a few minor changes. We love lots of sauce, and since I served this on whole wheat linguini, we needed a second jar. We also like lots of cheese, so I used 2 cups of the mozzarella. 2 eggs was enough, and I didn't add water to them. Lastly, I garnished with a bit of basil and oregano for the top, and broiled it for about 5 minutes to brown it slightly. It also freezes very well.
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Chap Chee Noodles

Reviewed: Oct. 19, 2010
This sounded like it would be really good, but we just couldn't get past the pasty texture of the noodles. Maybe I'll try it with whole wheat linguini if I try this again.
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Chicken Marsala

Reviewed: Oct. 6, 2010
You really can't go wrong with this recipe no matter what you do. It's great as written. I did make minor changes, as others have, to suit our taste. After doing the plastic bag trick with the flour and spices, I brown the chicken with fresh minced garlic and then remove it to brown the mushrooms (doubled the amount) and some red onion. There's not enough room in the pan to brown the mushrooms really well if the chicken is in there. We like a lot of gravy, so I added some chicken broth to the Marsala (as others have mentioned, use the real thing - and lots of it). I didn't use Sherry, but a little white wine, as that's all I had. I do thicken it at the end with a touch more broth and corn starch, and we like it on whole grain pasta. I garnish with a little fresh parsley for added color. This is definitely a dish that your family and company will rave about. And it's so simple to make!
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Mom's Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Reviewed: Sep. 10, 2010
Is macaroni & cheese the best comfort food, or what? My only spin, in addition to what others have done (2 cans of soup, adding sour cream and paprika - and some parsley for more color) is the addition of crispy fried onions. Don't knock it until you try it. After I've cooked the pasta (any type, doesn't have to be macaroni - I especially like Barilla's line of mini pastas) and remove it from the pot, I fry a large onion in butter until it's crispy brown. Even the neighbors can smell it. Then I add the soup, milk, cheese (I use l lb of sharp cheddar and save some for the top), sour cream, a touch of salt and pepper plus a little bottled hot sauce. Broil for a bit of crunch at the end, and you've got a weekend breakfast, lunch and dinner.
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Green Pepper Tomato Salad

Reviewed: Sep. 10, 2010
This may be called "green" pepper and tomato salad, but I only had the sweeter tasting mini yellow peppers on hand, and it was delicious that way. I did also have to substitute white onion, but I was able to use up those tomatoes in a very yummy way. I also garnished with a little parsley, and it made for a prettty side dish.
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Stuffed Green Peppers

Reviewed: Aug. 29, 2010
Great alternative to using meat. I browned some chopped onion and minced garlic first, then mixed in the chili powder and added a little cumin. Next added the beans and cooked rice (brown rather than white). I mixed in half the tomato sauce before stuffing the peppers, and topped the peppers with some shredded cheddar cheese and the rest of the tomato sauce. They came out moist and delicious. I also boil my peppers for about 5 minutes before I stuff them so they cook faster (350 degrees for about 25 minutes) and become a little softer.
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