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Rice Balls a la Tim

Reviewed: Jan. 9, 2011
I had guests for dinner and needed to come up with something tasty for dinner with ingredients on hand. I was unsure if they would actually hold together without something to bind them other than melted cheese. To my surprise they held together nicely. I did add a bit more in the way of seasonings (Italian) and I made my own marinara sauce rather than using something already prepared. I used 2 lbs of ground beef and 2cups of cooked rice to yield 21 approx 3" diameter meat balls. My friend said she thought it tasted like lasagna in a meatball. I served seasoned green beans, a green salad, and hot dinner rolls as an accompaniment and it was plenty. Thanks for a nice easy meal.
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Rich and Creamy Potatoes Au Gratin

Reviewed: Feb. 2, 2012
The following is my review for this outstanding recipe that I reviewed when it was still a personal recipe. Reviewed on Nov. 22, 2011 by Avon Thanks Celeste for the perfect, perfect au gratin potato recipe. Such a simple and yet elegant taste. Easy to put together and whatever you do, don't skimp on the ingredients. Use fresh ground nutmeg, the heavy cream, the yukon golds, and most of all the gruyere. It's not everynight of the week anyone needs to splurge on something so decadent, but for a special occasion or to make a meal memorable, just do i t. You won't be sorry.
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Herbed Greek Roasted Potatoes with Feta Cheese

Reviewed: Aug. 17, 2009
WOWZA! Cindy these were completely fabulous in every sense of the word. Here is what I did different. I precooked the potatoes in the micro to give them a head start, We are under another heat advisory again and I was using the grill outside, no 400 degree oven for me tonight. I did cut back on the water since they were partially cooked, but followed everything else to the T. I did have a few fresh picked green beans that needed to be used so I added that to the potatoes in my grill pan. Really wonderful and yes I will make them again!
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Coconut-Lime Cheesecake with Mango Coulis

Reviewed: Jun. 1, 2010
I needed a show stopper dessert for a BBQ over the Memorial Day weekend and this was just the one. I loved how this came together and was one of the easiest cheesecakes I've ever made. I confess I didn't have the gingersnaps and didn't feel like making a trip to the store, so I used cinnamon graham crackers that I had on hand and added 1 tsp of ground ginger to the crumbs for that ginger taste that was such a nice compliment to the other flavors. In the coconut layer of the cheesecake, I also added 1/4 C of coconut to carry that flavor through. This is the first cheesecake I've ever made that I didn't do in a water bath. I followed the baking instructions exactly and it came out perfect. No cracks and very little settling. A wonderful dessert that just screams summer and one I'll make several more times before the summer ends for sure. Thanks CC, really, really delicious.
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Easy Slow Cooker Squash

Reviewed: Jun. 25, 2011
Wasn't real sure about this one when I saw how few ingredients there were but I did have a small piece of the processed cheese that needed to be used up. Instead of boiling the squash and onions as the directions stated, I put them in a glass bowl and covered loosely with a cover and put it in the microwave for 4 minutes. It was a perfect. Drained well and added to my crockpot. I did also season with salt, pepper and a sprinkle of dried thyme then added the cheese cubes and butter. Cooked on high for 30 minutes, and low for 45. Excellent and different.
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Skillet Apple Brownie

Reviewed: Apr. 24, 2010
HUGE THANK YOU EVIN for satisfying my sweet tooth. This was a perfect recipe and the ease was almost scary. So simple that I could probably make it every night. When I asked you for a description you said..."Imagine a blond brownie and an apple pie... they meet on a moonlit night in paris... they share a bottle of wine...They're chewy bar... like a butterscotch brownie kinda..." no truer words were ever written. The one addition I made was adding a 1/2 bag of Heath toffee chips to the batter. Just outstanding and rest assured, I'll be making these again.
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Pear Vinaigrette

Reviewed: Oct. 24, 2011
This is without a doubt one of the best salad dressings I've ever had. I loved how the combo of the sweet and the tart blended so well with a Northwest inspired salad. Rather than use fresh pears in the dressing, I did use 3 home-canned pear halves. The rest of the dressing was made exactly as written and will be made many times more. Incredibly delicious. Thanks for a great recipe.
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Fabulous Fargozas

Reviewed: May 1, 2010
These were a really nice and quick muffin to make with our potato soup. The footnotes indicated other cheeses that could be used, I was out of mozzarella and opted for the cheddar. Also had some chopped jalapenos for added zing. I did cut the sugar down to 2 TBSPS and most likely will do without it altogether next time. I didn't care for the sweetness which seemed to be very prevalent right out of the oven. The next day they didn't seem as sweet though. All in all pretty good.
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Exquisite Yeastless Focaccia

Reviewed: Jan. 2, 2011
What a pleasant surprise this bread turned out to be. Like some of the other reviewers before me, I had my doubts about a non-yeast focaccia and how tender it might be. I doubled the amount to make 2 loaves for a dinner event, (mixing in my KA w/ dough hook) and took the advice of one other poster to bake in my two round 9" cake pans. I did have to add a bit more flour (1/3 C or so)so that it would all come together nicely. It is a sticky dough but with well oiled hands, it settled into the pans nicely. I did let it rest in the pans for about an hour prior to baking. Don't know if this made a difference or not but it certainly didn't hurt it. It rose somewhat and was very soft and tender. I also topped with a parmesan, cheddar, mozzerella combo. Easy as could be, and great bread with on hand ingredients. Will make again.
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Pear and Almond French Toast Casserole

Reviewed: Dec. 26, 2011
Hands down and without a doubt, a new Christmas morning tradition was born this year. This was the easiest, most incredibly delicious and well received breakfast I've served in quite some time. Not to sweet at all, just the perfect amount. I used a 1 1/2 lb loaf of sourdough bread, cut to large cubes, with 9 ex-large eggs. I upped the milk to closer to 2 cups and increased the almond extract to a teaspoon. I also used a jar of my home canned pears instead of store bought. I didn't slice them but instead left them in halves. Once baked (65 minutes in my oven), it puffed up beautifully. Also topped the servings with fresh whipped cream flavored with almond extract and almond slices. Totally yummy and will most certainly make again. Love it and thanks for submitting this recipe.
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Pull-Apart Easter Blossom Bread

Reviewed: Apr. 24, 2011
Sarah, you most certainly have a winner here. This was fabulous and like the others have said, the dough was incredibly easy to work with. I did end up using a total of about 7 cups of flour before it was over with though. I don't know if the humidity here just required more or what but it was wonderful. They turned out HUGE. Since I had two to serve to my guests for Easter brunch, I did one with raspberry jam and flavored the glaze for that one with almond extract. The other one and probably my favorite was filled with a lemon-pear marmalade and topped with almonds. The glaze on this one was the one you recommend and I mean to tell you that this was a very nice and a really unexpected treat for everyone here. There really are so many things you can do with this and I intend to try some other combos soon. My daughter and I put these together and I think that for her to see that yeast is not as intimidating as she thought, she may give it a shot herself. UPDATE; I made this again for Mother's Day and took the advice of WFDM, using almond paste for one, and the lemon -pear marmalade for the other. I also spread each filling on the dough prior to being cut so that some of it would be intertwined in the bun. Great idea and one I'll be doing from now on. The almond paste was a bit too stiff to spread, so after breaking off pieces of it, I used my rolling pin to press it into the dough. Worked like a charm.
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Slow Cooker Moroccan Chicken

Reviewed: Aug. 29, 2010
I thoroughly enjoyed the ease and simplicity of this dish. I had 4 large bone in breasts that needed to be used rather than the boneless and this actually worked out better because the amount of cooking time would have turned the boneless into shoe leather in my crockpot. This cooked for 7 hours on low, and was on the warm feature for about 1 1/2 hours, til I got home from work. I didn't have the apricots on hand so I did sub in carrots this time around. That was nice and next time I may add them along with the apricots. I did use everything else and it cooked down to a very nice sauce. Not to sweet, and lots of interesting spices to give it lots of depth. Topped it with cilantro and sliced almonds. Served with couscous and pita and it turned out to be a wonderful comfort style meal without the hassle of standing over the stove. Not really sure what some of the other reviewers meant by "blandness". It was far from bland. Thanks Juliebo. I will make again for sure.
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Honey Milk Tea - Hong Kong Style

Reviewed: Jan. 24, 2010
Loved this tea. I used a Ceylon black tea instead of the standard Orange pekoe. Very nice way to use some of an opened can of sweetened condensed milk. I most definitely will make this again. Thanks Tao for submitting this.
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Lew's Famous Lobster Pot Pie

Reviewed: Feb. 22, 2012
YUM, YUM, AND MORE YUM!!! I loved this recipe and even though, all I had was an imitation lobster (I know...I know....)it was just delicious. I followed the recipe for the most part, since my "lobster" was fully cooked, that eliminated a step, I also added mushrooms to the veggies, and a dash of dry sherry to the sauce. Very rich, very filling, and very quick to put together. Next time I'll do it the right way and use real lobster and make my own crust, but when in a hurry, this fit the bill. Thank you so much for submitting.
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Rich and Creamy Beef Stroganoff

Reviewed: Dec. 28, 2011
Very tasty and delicious Stroganoff. I used the rest of my Christmas Prime Rib, cut into thin strips instead of the chuck roast recommended. Sauteed the onions, garlic and mushrooms together, set aside and proceeded with the rest of the recipe, following the directions as written. Only sub I made was using dijon mustard instead of yellow prepared. I served over a hearty home-style egg noodle and heard nothing but mmmm's around the table. Thanks for sharing a great and easy recipe. Will make again for sure.
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Trishie's Chocolate and Orange Bread Pudding

Reviewed: Feb. 15, 2011
This is a really nice way to use up day old bread. I was confused by the little amount of orange juice called for in this recipe and like the other reviewers felt it needed more. I juiced one fresh orange and got about 1/2 C+ out of it. I also used all of the orange peel called for to give it that nice tart orange taste. The recipe doesn't state when or what step to add the cinnamon so I added it with the sugar/peel/juice. I first put a layer of that on the bottom of the pan, layered the bread, dotted with butter, another layer of the orange sugar mixture and then topped it all off with the egg/milk/cream. Baked for about 45 minutes. I also made a homemade orange sauce to serve with it and topped it off with whipped cream and shaved chocolate. Wonderful, wonderful, dessert.
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Authentic Louisiana Red Beans and Rice

Reviewed: Dec. 10, 2010
Really a simple thing to put together and let simmer while busy doing other things. Rather than using kidney beans, I did use small red beans and subbed in a red pepper for the green (It's what I had). Also, it may not be very authentic, but something I've done and love with most of my bean dishes is an addition of raw chopped veggies and some cilantro at serving time. I used a concoction of finely chopped carrot, red and yellow peppers, and some green onion with cilantro. The flavors are great together and the texture and crunch it adds is very tasty. Pass the hot sauce. Good recipe thank you.
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Marinated Pork Medallions with a Ginger-Apple Compote

Reviewed: Nov. 30, 2009
Adam, thank you for a really nice twist to a wonderful pork loin dinner. Rather than cutting up the meat into medallions, I left the loin whole. I did cut the marinade ingredients by about half and let it marinade for about 2 hours. There was still plenty of marinade and the longer the meat sat in the marinade, the more it absorbed and was so incredibly delicious and tender, that I didn't even need to use my knife. It was genuinely fork tender. I also cut the amount of butter in the compote and added reconstitued dried cranberries to the apples and ginger mix. This was a really nice side dish to the entree and my guests think I'm a kitchen genius, so thank you for making me look so good. I'll be doing this again.
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Pani Popo (Hawaiian Coconut Bread)

Reviewed: Sep. 30, 2009
I made this for a themed "Samoan" party we had last week and they were the best. If ever there was a more yummy, ultra simple bread to make, I don't know what it would be. I ended up making 36 and had to double all the ingredients and do two pans for obvious reasons. One of the other reviews said that the rolls should be "swimming" in the coconut mixture prior to baking so I made sure that they were. I did need to add a bit more regular milk to make sure I had enough liquid. It was perfect. One pan had coconut sprinkled on it, the other one didn't. The very few leftovers made a great breakfast with coffee the next morning. Will for sure make again.
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Apricot Chicken Provencal

Reviewed: Jul. 17, 2011
This was the saving grace to our meal tonight and really, really good. Instead of legs, I used bone-in breasts as that is what I had. I also didn't have apricot jam, so I subbed peach for it. I did however have the fresh apricots. The one major thing I did that wasn't specified in the recipe was, after browning the chicken, there wasn't really any kind of liquid in the pan to deglaze with so, I added about 1/3 C of white wine to deglaze the pan and then added the preserves and apricots. Cooked on a very low heat so that the fruit would stay in tact and not burn or break down. Ended up using about 3 T. of the Herbe's de Provence rather than the 4 as stated in the recipe. I will make this again.
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