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California Potato Salad

Reviewed: Oct. 4, 2012
I made this last night to go with Sloppy Joes and it was absolutely fantastic. The recipe didn't specify potato size, and since mine were small, I used 5 instead of 4. I also left out the croutons, partly because there were only two of us and I knew we wouldn't eat it all, and partly because I'm not a huge crouton fan. The result was SO GOOD. I had to wrap it up just so I wouldn't eat it until dinner. Later in the evening, when I was putting things away, I found myself snacking on this again. And I'm already looking forward to eating more. It is heavy on artichokes, so I wouldn't recommend making this unless you're okay with that, but if you do like artichokes, make this and dig in.
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Creamy Pumpkin Soup

Reviewed: Sep. 9, 2011
The first time I made this, I had just moved into my own apartment. I didn't realize until it was underway that it called for a blender or food processor. I had neither, so I improvised with a big knife and with a potato masher. The soup was lumpy but tasted good. It's been about 5 years and I tried again, this time with a blender. Fantastic. I didn't do much to alter this, except adding a sprinkle of extra nutmeg, plus a sprinkle of ginger and even a tiny sprinkle of cayenne pepper, but I'm not sure I even added enough for that to count. The texture was good, the taste was great, I was very pleased. Hubby doesn't like pumpkin or soup so I won't try to get his opinion, but that's fine - more for me. :)
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Juicy Peach Crisp

Reviewed: Aug. 30, 2011
My husband took one bite, then looked at me and pronounced that it was "dangerous." He didn't speak again until the bowl was licked clean. Success! I blanched the peaches to peel them, as some suggested (drop in hot water, then icy water). I used about 3/4 cup sugar rather than the full cup. I also used vanilla extract instead of almond (that's what I had), added a sprinkle of lemon juice to the fruit, and added about 1/4 tsp nutmeg to the topping. I think I might try replacing some of the flour with oats, as some suggested - I forgot until after the flour was measured. Thanks for this! Super easy, super delicious.
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Crumb-Coated Chicken Thighs

Reviewed: Jul. 20, 2011
I made this for two reasons: (1) I had chicken thighs, and (2) I wanted something ridiculously easy because I had no time. Super easy, and the best part? Hubby LOVED it. He said it was juicy, flavorful, and almost like fried chicken. He said "It's a keeper" and asked me to make it again.
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Broiled Tilapia Parmesan

Reviewed: Mar. 3, 2011
I made this last night for my husband, and I was shocked at how well it turned out. Neither of us are big fans of fish, and I'd never successfully broiled anything before, but I was feeling adventurous and wanted to give it a try. The topping was creamy, flavorful, and had the right amount of tang to it, and the fish was very pleasant. My only change was halving the recipe, since I only had 1 lb of fillets.
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A Simply Perfect Roast Turkey

Reviewed: Nov. 29, 2010
This was my first time roasting a turkey. It turned out beautifully - a crisp, golden brown skin and very juicy meat. Only complaint is that so much juice stayed in the bird that I had to use chicken broth in my gravy, as there weren't many drippings. Definitely worth it, though - I can't ever remember Thanksgiving turkey being so juicy. Tip: Always let the turkey sit after you pull it out of the oven. I've had turkey carved immediately and carved after a half hour or so, and it's definitely juicier when you give it a chance to rest and reabsorb the juices.
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Double Layer Pumpkin Cheesecake

Reviewed: Nov. 29, 2010
I had originally planned to nix all pumpkin desserts from my Thanksgiving menu, as hubby isn't a fan, but a friend insisted that her fiance loves this cheesecake despite disliking pumpkin. Hubby was very pleasantly surprised and told me it was delicious. I had fought the urge to add more pumpkin than the recipe called for, as it didn't seem like much, but it was perfect. A light flavor without being overwhelming. I'll make this again. P.S. Dog owners: dogs LOVE canned pumpkin. If you opened a can for this recipe and don't know what to do with what you didn't use, consider giving them a treat. They'll love you for it. :)
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After-Thanksgiving Turkey Soup

Reviewed: Nov. 28, 2010
My husband is NOT a soup person, and doesn't usually have more than 1 serving of the soups that I make, but after tasting this last night, he told me not to bother freezing the leftovers because he planned on eating it for the next week or two. It had a great taste to it, and the creamy texture really made it pleasurable. Other than adding a lot of leftover turkey and a touch of garlic powder, I made it exactly as written and will definitely keep this recipe for future Thanksgivings. Delicious.
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Sweet, Sticky and Spicy Chicken

Reviewed: Oct. 18, 2010
I made this tonight and am already posting a rating because it was that good. Hubby said it was restaurant-quality and delicious (and he's not one to lie to save my feelings - last night's dinner was "bland"). I doubled the brown sugar and reduced the soy sauce to 3 Tbsp. Also reduced the ginger because I was using dried. With the chicken, I dredged it in a flour/ wheat germ/ paprika mixture before frying (didn't bother with salt, as the soy sauce has plenty), and then removed it from the pan. I simmered the sauce alone for 4 minutes, then put the chicken back in and simmered everything together for another 4 minutes. As the name of the recipe implies, it was sweet, sticky, and spicy. I served it over steamed white rice, and we both ate too much. Will definitely make it again.
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Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins

Reviewed: Oct. 18, 2010
I made these this weekend, and they were an absolute HIT with my hubby (who thinks he doesn't like pumpkin) and coworkers (who demanded I bring more to work tomorrow). The only thing I changed was to add 1-2 Tbsp of brown sugar to the strusel topping because it seemed strange that there wasn't any, and next time I might add more. Delicious!
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Beer Burgers

Reviewed: Jul. 18, 2012
Made this last night using a dark-ish amber beer. It was SO GOOD. I followed everything to the letter, except that I let the mixture chill without the Worcestershire for a while (I started making these without realizing that I didn't have any, and had to go out). I also chilled the patties for a little while before grilling them. I used 80/20 beef, and I'd chalk up the juiciness of the burgers to that and the beer. Definitely a lot easier than my normal recipe, and just as good.
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Penne with Spicy Vodka Tomato Cream Sauce

Reviewed: Jan. 25, 2010
I made this for dinner tonight and it was excellent. I didn't modify it, unless you count adding half a can of tomato sauce (leftover from another recipe earlier this week) or using 3 links of sausage instead of 2. My fiance has vivid memories of his Sicilian grandmother's cooking, and he thought that this was true competition. His only complaint was that it wasn't enough meat for him (he is a true meat-eater!), but as he went back for seconds, he requested that I add this to my rotation. Success! I made enough to freeze the leftovers, so we've got another yummy dinner to look forward to.
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Pumpkin Spice Bread

Reviewed: Jan. 6, 2010
I have been making this for about 2 years now, and it has never failed to get rave reviews from any of the many people I've shared it with. Many people ask me for the recipe, and I know that it has become a Thanksgiving/ holiday tradition in several households as a result (including my parents, though I'm not usually able to make it home for Thanksgiving). It's always very flavorful and moist. Sometimes I make mini-loaves and give them as gifts (remember to reduce the cooking time, if you do this!), other times I just make regular loaves and freeze them (it freezes very well).
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Blueberry Zucchini Bread

Reviewed: Jan. 6, 2010
I followed this recipe exactly, and it turned out beautifully. My fiance normally avoids zucchini bread, but he loved this. Can't wait until next summer's farmers markets so I can make it again!
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Comforting Chicken

Reviewed: Jul. 22, 2010
I made this for dinner last night because it was exactly what I was in the mood for, though I didn't expect my fiance to love it (casseroles aren't really his thing). As it turned out, he loved it so much that he wanted to bring the leftovers to work for lunch today, saying that it was really, really good! The color and warmth from the chili powder and paprika added a lot to this dish. Only changes: left out the green pepper (didn't have any) and sprinkled on some shredded cheese in the last 15 minutes. We also appreciated the amount that this made - when you're not serving 8 people, it's a little silly to make enough for an army. The amount that this recipes made was good, allowing for leftovers without filling our whole freezer. I will definitely make this again.
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Quiche Lorraine II

Reviewed: Nov. 25, 2009
I took the advice of some other reviewers, and reduced the amount of milk (to 1 cup skim & 1/2 cup fat free half-and-half), and even so it barely fit in the pie crust. I also used monterey jack cheese, and included sauteed mushrooms with the sauteed onion. I used a little more nutmeg than the original recipe called for, and a little garlic powder. I didn't have a ham steak, so I used deli meat -- given the choice, I think I'd go with a chopped up ham steak, but the chopped up deli meat wasn't bad. It also took an extra 15 minutes to cook. But the result was fantastic! My fiance had two pieces, plus some more for breakfast the next morning (and he never eats breakfast). Will definitely make this again.
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Easy, Cheesy Tortellini Bake

Reviewed: Nov. 13, 2008
I made this for company and got rave reviews, even from a picky-eater who is notoriously skeptical of new food!
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Mom's Lasagna

Reviewed: Oct. 7, 2008
I made this for my boyfriend on his birthday, and the leftovers lasted MAYBE a day or two -- he just couldn't resist polishing them off. Since then, he's been hinting every other day or so that I should make it again.
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Winter White Sangria

Reviewed: Feb. 12, 2013
I made this last night for a winter get-together (dinner was a white wine fondue from this site). I made it in the morning, all except the club soda and ice, which I added immediately before serving. It went over REALLY well. The only thing I skipped was grapes, since I didn't think they'd add much and I already have a ton of fruit around the house. I wish I'd doubled the recipe because it sure didn't last long.
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Chicken Fettuccini Alfredo

Reviewed: Jan. 12, 2011
My husband made this for me last night because he knew I needed warm, gooey carbs after a bad day. He did everything as written, except for adding 8 strips of bacon (crumbled) and substituting whole cream for the half-and-half. It was incredible. We agree that maybe the cream was a bit rich, but it was delicious, flavorful, and amazing - definitely a keeper. Best husband ever :)
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