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Delicious Angel Hair in Tomato, Tuna and Olive Sauce

Reviewed: Jun. 13, 2008
Even though I made a few minor changes, I gave this five stars because it's a great basic recipe - it's simple, easy, and a big hit with my family. And I always adjust recipes to suit my own taste, anyway. I added rosemary, capers and sea salt. I had no tomato puree, so I used crushed and whole tomatoes, broken up (with a pinch of sugar). It's important to use the solid white, not chunk light tuna. I used 12 oz of solid white and didn't add it until cooking was almost done, so that it would not disintegrate. I was very liberal with the olive oil and garnished with lots of fresh basil.
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Warm Steak and Potato Salad

Reviewed: Mar. 9, 2008
I make a similar recipe (pork scallopini), but I love this beef sirloin version, and it's much easier, too. I made it for my sister's birthday last night and it looked so festive. The only change was that I marinated the steak first in a good vinaigrette (balsamic, evoo, mustard, rosemary, garlic), and used arugula for the salad base. She talked about how "delicious" it was long after dinner was over.
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Whole Wheat Beer Bread

Reviewed: Jan. 27, 2007
Wow! I just made this tonight to go with one of my favorite Julia Child recipes for beer braised beef. So I used the same beer for the beef and the bread (Shiner Bock). I took some previous advice and only used a scant Tbsp of baking powder and also poured 2 tbsps melted butter over the top. Plus I used white whole wheat instead of regular ww, and for sweetening, 1/4 cup brown sugar and 1/4 cup molasses. I expected it to have more of a muffin texture, but it really did come out more like a yeast bread (I didn't knead it at all - stirred only to moisten throughout). The whole family loved it, even the pickiest ones - not a crumb left. We drank the shiner with the meal and it was just wonderful.
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Banana Pancakes II

Reviewed: May 14, 2006
New favorite pancakes over here. It's amazing they can be so fluffy and tender without the eggs and fat. We don't usually have buttermilk on hand, so I sub with vanilla yogurt thinned with skim milk, and add half a tsp baking soda. I also mash the banana and add it to the liquid, along with vanilla and cinnamon, and brown sugar. Thanks Sara - this is a family favorite.
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Vietnamese Rice-Noodle Salad

Reviewed: Sep. 12, 2005
This was exactly the sort of salad I was hoping to find. I loved the fresh mint/lime/peanut combination. The only change I made was to decrease the fish sauce (because my husband hates it), which I subbed with a little salt.
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Pork Dumplings

Reviewed: Sep. 12, 2005
Great recipe! Easy (though time-consuming), fun, and, to our minds, authentic. Kids kept asking for more and more. I was worried about the raw pork cooking through, so after steaming them I followed another reviewer's suggestion and also fried them lightly in sesame oil (in a non-stick pan) just before serving. The only other changes I made was to halve the recipe while using close to the original amount of garlic and ginger, but we always go heavy on those. Oh, and I added a teaspoon or so of brown sugar to the filling, as well. The 12 yr old gives it a 9.5 (and he's a tough customer).
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Boston Baked Beans

Reviewed: Dec. 14, 2004
This is my new favorite baked bean recipe. Only thing I changed out was the bacon - my husband's a vegetarian - so I substituted with a little canola oil and liquid hickory smoke, which provided the flavor and texture bacon would have added. Very kid friendly recipe.
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Cream Cheese Frosting II

Reviewed: Dec. 14, 2004
I had the same experience as some others, in that it was a little too tangy and runny for my taste, but it was very good all the same. I had to keep adding more and more confectioners sugar to get it to a consistency where it wouldn't slide down the cake. Perhaps if I spread it over a sheet cake (I was frosting a layer cake) it would have sufficed. I would use this recipe again as a guideline, with adjustments.
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Best Carrot Cake Ever

Reviewed: Dec. 14, 2004
Very good! I will happily grate six cups of carrots to have this again!!
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Sticky Toffee Pudding Cake

Reviewed: Dec. 14, 2004
Wow! This is so good! Rich, dense but delicate, moist, melt-in-your-mouth, gooey toffee decandence. We had it with pecan praline ice cream.
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Enchilada Casserole

Reviewed: Oct. 8, 2004
Great recipe! I find that I need more tortillas than called for, and also like to add corn kernels for added color. We like to serve it with sour cream.
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Mock Tuna Salad

Reviewed: Oct. 8, 2004
This is SO GOOD!!! I LOVE this stuff!!! WHO KNEW that chickpeas could mock tuna so well!?!
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Sean's Falafel and Cucumber Sauce

Reviewed: Oct. 8, 2004
Yum, yum! Such a fun and colorful meal, too!
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Tofu and Veggies in Peanut Sauce

Reviewed: Oct. 8, 2004
I had good results with this. I have a good trick for cooking with tofu, though. I freeze tofu first, then thaw it out and squeeze it gently to get as much fluid out as possible. THEN I dice it up. This process gives tofu a much more cohesive and "meaty" texture, and also causes it to marinate and brown more effectively. Try this recipe again and see how it comes out. Also, if molasses doesn't suit you, try honey, or even add some ginger.
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Butternut Squash Soup with Spinach Ravioli

Reviewed: Oct. 8, 2004
This is definitely good enough to serve for company. Like Catherine said, we just use vegetable broth to make it vegetarian. If you're in a big hurry, you can use a couple packages of frozen pureed squash.
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Colonial Brown Bread

Reviewed: Oct. 8, 2004
Great recipe! To make it more moist, I like to substitute half a cup or more of molasses for half a cup of brown sugar. Usually we have it with baked beans, but if we're having it for tea or for breakfast, I add raisins.
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Chicken Andouille Gumbo

Reviewed: Oct. 8, 2004
Great recipe! I usually roast a chicken one night, make broth with the bones, then make this soup the next day with leftover roasted chicken. Nice change from traditional chicken stew.
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Hello Dollies I

Reviewed: Oct. 8, 2004
I can't make these alot because we can't stop eating them! I usually reduce the butter and use brown sugar instead of white.
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Army SOS Creamed Ground Beef

Reviewed: Oct. 8, 2004
Yum! Just like my Dad used to make! We also make vegetarian version sometimes with crumbled boca burgers and vegetable broth. If we're feeling fancy, we add onions and garlic.
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Boudreaux's Zydeco Stomp Gumbo

Reviewed: Oct. 8, 2004
Terrific recipe! We add okra to ours.
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