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Hungarian Salad

Reviewed: Jan. 12, 2010
I loved this .... used red wine vinegar instead of the white -- no salt served on a bed of lettuce. Nice change of pace. Will be a staple on my menu.
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Egg in a Cup

Reviewed: Oct. 16, 2011
Thank you, Majikman! We used to call these "Gramma's Eggs" because my maternal Grandmother used to make these -- especially when I was sick or needed comfort -- except she used one slice of buttered bread per egg torn or cut into pieces. instead of the crackers. Instead of peeling the eggs, we cracked them open (with a knife) and then scooped out the insides with a spoon into the cup. I found that three minutes was not enough (my whites were still a little runny), so I think I will cook them for four or five minutes next time. (Not enough to "ding" the recipe if the stove is slow.) Thanks again!
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Norwegian Meatballs

Reviewed: Dec. 22, 2009
Thank You, Jeane! This is a 30+* recipe if I ever tasted one! My dyslexia kicked in so I put 1 pound of beef and 2 pounds of pork. However, my Beloved Personal Food Critic (a.k.a Hubby) took a very tentative bite out of these and said "YUM!" (and promptly finished 30 of the little suckers in one sitting!) High praise, indeed! And, I could swear I heard my Norwegian grandmother clap and cheer from her Final Resting Place because I am finally starting to master her recipes (or ones similar to them) (but it could have been the cats smacking each other and Merping in surprise whenever they got wallopped). Either way, it's an awesome, and simple (although rolling over 160 little balls took forever) recipe! Next time I might just half the recipe (Now I need to think of how to freeze them ... Thanks again! :D
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Chef John's Sloppy Joes

Reviewed: Jul. 8, 2012
Once again, Chef John, "Thank you" seems so inadequate. Made this for dinner last night and there was happy silence from my husband's corner as he finished his portion and then not-so-silent (but relatively subdued lest he resemble Bambi in the headlights before running away) ecstatic chatter from mine, when he got up for seconds. Normally, when I make sloppy joes, there is the animated discussion about how ketchup should be used only as a condiment on the side to adorn hot dogs, hamburgers, the occasional french fry, but it should never -- and he repeats never -- be used as an ingredient. There was none of that with this meal :) -- not even the suspicious, "Did you put ketchup in this?" or the disappointed, "Honey, you Know I'm not a big sweet-and-sour fan". A note to those reviewers who thought this was too "sloppy", I would say make this again and be more patient next time -- the liquid does evaporate eventually. The flavour is superb that it is well worth the wait. So .. Thanks again! I have myself a new sloppy joe recipe!
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Zabaglione

Reviewed: Dec. 19, 2009
I haven't tried this yet, but I will and keep you posted. This looks very similar to the Norwegian eggedosis -- except for the Marsala and the cooking. I can't wait to try. To Mousie: The point of adding the Marsala and bringing it to the boiling point is so that the alcohol WILL burn off. This is so that children can enjoy without getting buzzed and becoming alcoholic before the age of 12. To the reviewer who said it tasted like egg: Ummm... that's what custard is .... Anyway! I'll let you know how I make out.
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Chicken with Buttery Lemon Cream Sauce

Reviewed: Jan. 16, 2010
This was amazing without lemon pepper (didn't have) or Italian Seasoning (cutting down on sodium), but I used Mrs. Dash instead. Simply wonderful! Thank you!
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Norwegian Christmas Bread

Reviewed: Dec. 25, 2009
My bread did not rise properly and I don't like Christmas Bread -- not even Norwegian Christmas Bread -- but it tastes amazing! So I like Norwegian Christmas Bread now! Thank you!
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Baked Pancake Squares

Reviewed: Nov. 21, 2009
This is AMAZING ... I did the version with the butter/brownsugar ... but as written the recipe would be awesome, too! For those who said it was bland, do you not realize that pancakes are supposed to be served with margarine or butter and syrup??? The batter is sweet ... I only used 1 1/2 tsp white sugar, 1 tsp of baking powder, and forgot to add the salt. (Good thing... baking powder has enough sodium in it anyway!) Hubby said this goes in my repertoire. Thanks for the recipe! You ROCK! UPDATE: Once again, we were out of pancake mix and (amazingly) we had the ingredients on hand -- Made it again -- without the caramelized topping ... OMG !!!! (as the kids say) Melt in your mouth, absolutely fantastic -- It's easy and fills you up (but it does not feed 16 servings -- okay, so the measurements were made to make it attractive to calorie counters -- it does not make this recipe bad! -- This is definitely a keeper (and so much cheaper then pancake mix!)
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Homemade Sloppy Joes

Reviewed: Jul. 8, 2012
Once again, Chef John, "Thank you" seems so inadequate. Made this for dinner last night and there was happy silence from my husband's corner as he finished his portion and then not-so-silent (but relatively subdued lest he resemble Bambi in the headlights before running away) ecstatic chatter from mine, when he got up for seconds. Normally, when I make sloppy joes, there is the animated discussion about how ketchup should be used only as a condiment on the side to adorn hot dogs, hamburgers, the occasional french fry, but it should never -- and he repeats never -- be used as an ingredient. There was none of that with this meal :) -- not even the suspicious, "Did you put ketchup in this?" or the disappointed, "Honey, you Know I'm not a big sweet-and-sour fan". A note to those reviewers who thought this was too "sloppy", I would say make this again and be more patient next time -- the liquid does evaporate eventually. The flavour is superb that it is well worth the wait. So .. Thanks again! I have myself a new sloppy joe recipe!
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Swedish Chocolate Balls (or Coconut Balls)

Reviewed: Feb. 17, 2010
OMG, Angelica! Change your name to Angel! I'd give this 100*s if I could! This is exactly what my Norwegian Grandmother fed me when I was sick as a little kid! I had forgotten! They're so quick, so easy, and oh so freakin' GOOD! Yes, please! More Swedish recipes! YUMMMMMM!
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Scandinavian Almond Bars

Reviewed: Dec. 7, 2009
Marji, THANK YOU! You have brought a very happy memory to life and, if my Norwegian grandmother (who died 30 years ago today, not realizing her dream of making me a baker) were alive, she'd be doing handstands (at the ripe age of 115). I finally made some MARVELOUS cookies (so marvelous that I forgot to make the icing!)! The icing on the cake (no pun intended) is that they were a staple of our Norwegian family, and just the very first recipe that my grandmother tried to teach me. Thank you for the melt-in-your-mouth. almost marzipan, recipe. This will become a regular in our household (even without the nuts, which hubby can't eat -- I made half with and half without almonds). An added plus is that my Canadian-Irish hubby said that they were "sex in a cookie". I had to put them away so that there would be some left for tomorrow. Mange takk, Marji!
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Chocolate Sauce

Reviewed: Apr. 17, 2010
Why pay $3+ for chocolate sauce when you can make this for much, much less? I did not tell Hubby that I made this (with no variation from the recipe) and he said, "Oooo, Honey! This brand is the best!" (Okay, it's better than Hersheys!) :D It's a keeper! I may cut down on the vanilla next time, though! Thanks, Sal!
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Ultimate Beef Stroganoff

Reviewed: Mar. 8, 2010
I made this last night and, for the first time in my life, I cooked beef PERFECTLY ... medium rare -- and so-o-o flavourful! I am going to use the leftovers for sandwiches! Oh and, Ken, your wife is absolutely right! The sauce is incredible! There are not enough stars or words! You have turned a Culinary Wallflower into Queen of the Lab! Thanks again!
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Milk Braised Pork Loin

Reviewed: Feb. 20, 2010
OMG! This is amazing! Thank YOU, KEN! My Hubby thinks I can cook a little, now! The meat was tender, the milk browned perfectly into little chunks and were delicious. I served with mashed potatoes and mixed veggies. Hubby took a bite, and "Mmmmm! See what happens when you follow a recipe?!" *lol* And I learned a new technique! Thank you for your personal assistance and confidence in me (or was it the recipe? :D), and thank you, as well as, for this recipe, and for teaching me that I, too, can do a gourmet meal! And it was easy! Thanks again!
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Cheater Pancake Syrup

Reviewed: Dec. 31, 2009
I made this with 1 c white sugar and 1 c brown sugar. I had no maple extract and I put in only 1/2 tsp of vanilla. The first day, I found the vanilla a little overpowering and wondered if it is really necessary. The second day, the flavours had meshed and it was amazing. The fate of the vanilla in this recipe was saved. However, I agree with France (from Quebec) that this is good enough to fool most -- (I'm from Ontario so it would fool me) *wink, wink* -- Possible crystalization concerned me, but I was prepared to re-heat the syrup to liquify the sugar again; however, I put it in an old syrup bottle and -- No Problem! -- The container must be airtight! Those who thought it was too sweet probably have never had pure maple syrup extracted from Maple Tree sap. It is sooooo sweet that it makes your teeth hurt. (They make little candies out of it so the four year old who thought it was candy paid this recipe the highest compliment!). If you want it thicker, add a little more brown sugar. For an Ontario "girl" who likes the price, this is AMAZING! No more buying syrup for me! Thanks Leetah!
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Creamed Salmon on Toast

Reviewed: Feb. 16, 2009
My mother was heart-broken when I told her she hadn't created this one. We also lived on this when I was a kid. I had forgotten it is one of the best comfort foods EVER!
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Avocado Stuffed Yams

Reviewed: Mar. 5, 2011
On reading this recipe, I thought "Oh, how icky!" but it sounded so intriguing I had to try it, so I scaled it down to 1 (as I knew hubby wouldn't even try it) and plunged in! (I left out the cumin and cilantro, which my unsophisticated tastebuds can't handle, and omitted the cheese by choice, but followed the rest of the recipe to the letter.) Like most of the other reviewers, I was amazed and hooked. Hubby asked what I was saying "I can't believe this actually works. It's weird, but it works!" about. When I told him, he said, "Eww! Ick!", but my stalwart companion does not always follow my adventuresome tastebuds where none have gone before. This is a real awesome recipe. Thanks, SqueakyLynn! This is now a fave!
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Ken's Stuffed Shells

Reviewed: Mar. 20, 2010
This is AWESOME (once again!). I revised a little, omitting the oil, salt, 12 oz of the mozarella, and parmesan. Oh, and didn't have basil or fresh parsley (I used 1 Tbsp parsley flakes instead. I used only 4 oz of the mozarella (with the cottage cheese) and 1 tsp garlic powder instead of cloves. For the AR purists, I customized this version, but as far as Hubby and I are concerned, YOU DID IT AGAIN! You ROCK! Thanks to you and your recipes for making me the Awesome Cook I am today! :D
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Peanut Butter Easter Eggs

Reviewed: Mar. 13, 2010
It was a rough week emotionally, so both Hubby and I needed a chocolate fix. This was the only recipe I thought I could handle given lack of energy and emotional fortitude. HA! This is a winner! I'm allergic to peanuts, so I substituted almond butter for the peanut butter, boosting the value of these suckers to at least double that of their cheaper cousins. But OMG! TERRIFIC! Very rich (as they should be :D)! But I had no trouble with the dough or the sweetness. I ended up kind of molding the chocolate to the almond butter as it was kind of stiff, but it was fun and yummy. Once again, look who's proudly strutting as Queen of the Lab for trying a new recipe -- and succeeding! Thank you, Valerie Lynn, for submitting this lovely recipe!
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Easy Fettuccine Primavera

Reviewed: Jan. 28, 2010
Very good basic recipe -- and oh, so quick-and-easy! -- and very edible, but nothing incredibly special (So sorry!). The second time, I browned a pound of extra lean ground beef, sauteed fresh onion, bell pepper, celery, mushrooms, and a bag of frozen peas and carrots, and then added the sauce (Not Ragu). I also took a step out of the Easy Spaghetti page and cooked the noodles with the sauce. (I would give it 12*) :D
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