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Creamed Spinach

Reviewed: Jun. 30, 2009
My favorite coffee shop recently stopped offering creamed spinach as a veggie option on their menu and I was devastated! I had never made creamed spinach from scratch at home, so I was looking for a simple recipe. This was exactly what I was looking for! The only thing I did differently was to skip the microwave step, sauteeing the garlic in the butter before making the roux in my dutch oven, and I used a pound of fresh baby spinach instead of frozen (next time I'll use a pound and a half). Even my daughter, who doesn't like cooked spinach, ate hers without complaint! Thanks for a great recipe that will absolutely be a regular in my kitchen :-)
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Buttercream Icing

Reviewed: Sep. 23, 2011
I normally use an all-shortening buttercream recipe so I can get it truly white, but I wanted to try Wilton's "Frozen Buttercream Transfer" technique, which requires the buttercream to be at least half butter so it will freeze properly. I was very happy with the texture and flavor of this buttercream and it worked perfectly for the transfer. I'll definitely keep this one in my recipe box for whenever I need to make the frozen transfers.
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Sun-dried Tomatoes I

Reviewed: Dec. 5, 2011
Sundried tomatoes are so expensive, so I usually skip over recipes that call for them...until now! I had about six Roma tomatoes that were starting to go bad and I remembered seeing this recipe recommended on The Buzz recently, so I gave it a try. It worked like a charm and now I have beautiful "sundried" tomatoes hanging out in olive oil in my fridge. I recently bought more Romas when they were on sale at 4 pounds for $1.00 so I could make even more of these gems and have them on hand. Thanks for a great way to save money that will let me try recipes I usually skip over!
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Baked Halibut Sitka

Reviewed: Mar. 26, 2012
This recipe is outstanding! I couldn't afford halibut, so I used cod instead. My entire family devoured this and requested that I make it again very soon. I was a little concerned that the sauce would be bland, but it was just right. I'll be watching for halibut to go on sale so we can try the recipe as intended, but until then, this will be in our regular rotation for other types of fish. Thanks for sharing!
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Marshmallow Fondant

Reviewed: Sep. 22, 2011
This stuff is fantastic! I only had one experience many years ago with fondant (the traditional kind) and it was a disaster!! Since then, I have stayed as far away from the stuff as I could. Recently people have been talking on the Buzz about how great marshmallow fondant is, so I decided to give it a try. I had an order for a cake with Tweety Bird on it, so I used this fondant to make the Tweety out of. The fondant came together beautifully, colored very nicely, and rolled out incredibly easily. The only problem I had was that it stuck to the waxed paper I rolled it out on, but I'm sure that's just because I didn't dust the surface with enough powdered sugar before rolling it out. I was able to flip the shape over and carefully peel the waxed paper off. I've never been so successful making a character cake without using a shaped pan! This fondant will have a permanent place in my baking repertoire!
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Savory Grilled Potatoes

Reviewed: Feb. 24, 2011
These were really good! I was out of charcoal for my BBQ, so I cooked these in the oven in a baking dish covered with foil. I doubled the recipe and used a 9 x 13 inch pan, baked at 425 for about 40 minutes. I oiled the pan with a little olive oil and didn't have any problems with the potatoes or onions sticking to the pan. Next time I think I'll take the foil off for the last 10 minutes or so to crisp things up a bit. I can't wait to try these on the grill!
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Eggless Chocolate Chip Cookies

Reviewed: Jan. 4, 2011
These cookies are excellent! The only down-side is that they don't stay very chewy after cooling, even though I put them into a Ziploc bag right away. I subbed butter flavor Crisco (I forgot to set butter out to soften), but I don't think that's what caused them to harden because I sub that ingredient in cookies often. Even though they don't stay chewy, the flavor is great and I'm still enjoying them immensely! I wasn't sure about the measurement of chocolate chips (I buy them in bulk), so I guesstimated. Knowing that 6 ounces is approximately 1 cup, I put in 1 cup plus a couple Tbs more. I think I'll try cutting back on the chocolate and adding some walnuts next time! One tip I'd like to offer: These cookies are very delicate when they first come out of the oven, so let them cool on the baking sheet at least 2-3 minutes or more before removing them to a cooling rack. Also, if your oven tends to run hot, watch these closely. Ten minutes was exactly perfect in my oven.
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Apple Crisp Cups

Reviewed: Nov. 12, 2010
Why, oh why did I wait so long to try these?!?! I've seen them bouncing around on the Exchange/Buzz for a couple months now, but never got around to giving them a try until this morning. I wanted a special little treat to share with the few of my co-workers who decided not to take a four-day weekend (yesterday was a holiday for us) and decided to make these. Holy cow, are they ever good!! I cut the recipe in half and used two medium-sized Gala apples, which was the perfect amount of apple for 24 mini-cups. The best part about these little gems is that I always have all of the ingredients on hand, so I can whip out a batch of them whenever I want. The assembly is a little time consuming, but not too bad. I was able to get these prepped, assembled, and baked in less than an hour total. I removed them from the mini muffin tin by putting my cutting board over top of it and then flipping the whole thing over. They popped right out and held their shape nicely, even though I had to take them out of the pan before they were really cool enough. My co-workers are enjoying them immensely and have already asked if I'll bring these for our Thanksgiving potluck next week! Thanks for a great, simple treat, weeble!
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Yeast Raised Christmas Waffles

Reviewed: Nov. 27, 2010
Excellent waffles! I got a new Belgian waffle maker at the Black Friday sale yesterday and decided to use this recipe in it first. I was a little concerned about them being too eggy, so I only used three eggs. We really liked the light, airy texture, yet crispy outsides. We ate them with butter and syrup or apple butter, but I can't wait to try them with strawberries and whipped cream! My waffle maker must be a little smaller than the recipe author's, because I got 6-1/2 waffles out of this recipe. The leftovers went into the freezer for a quick breakfast another day!
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Fried Cornmeal Mush

Reviewed: Jul. 11, 2010
I've been making fried cornmeal mush for years, but recently started buying my cornmeal in bulk and couldn't find the recipe for making the mush! I was so happy to find the exact same recipe from the box listed here at AllRecipes. I agree with another reviewer who said if you think this needs extra spices or flavorings, you didn't grow up eating this treat. It's all in the toppings you add to it! Some people like it topped with butter and maple syrup. I like it with mustard, and my father likes to put spaghetti sauce on his. The "bland" flavor of the mush lends itself well to any number of topping combinations.
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Fish Tacos

Reviewed: Nov. 16, 2010
Wow! These are excellent tacos!! I made these with red snapper instead of cod and I think any firm fish would work well. I had to make a couple changes to the sauce based on what I had on hand (sour cream instead of yogurt, a serrano chile instead of a jalapeno, and omitted the capers), but it was still so good I could practically eat it with a spoon. I cut the cayenne pepper in half to make sure it wouldn't be too spicy. My daughters and I stuffed ourselves and we still have enough left over for lunch tomorrow. These will definitely be in our regular rotation from now on!
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Slow Cooker Chicken Tinga Tacos

Reviewed: Nov. 24, 2014
Delicious! I didn't have fresh tomatoes, so I subbed canned tomatoes that I drained. These are super flavorful and I found myself wishing I hadn't cut the recipe in half. I won't make that mistake again! Next time I'll increase the chipotle by 50% or perhaps add a spoonful of the adobo sauce, because we like spicy stuff and these are just mildly spicy. Thanks for a tasty, healthy dinner, Mazola!
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Chicken Dijon

Reviewed: Jul. 27, 2008
We made this recipe for dinner last night and it was very good. I will definitely make it again! I salted and peppered the chicken before sauteeing it in the butter, just because I always do that. The sauce was really thick, so next time I think I'll add a splash more chicken broth. I served it with buttered egg noodles and green beans. I wish I had doubled the recipe so we could have leftovers today!
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Take-Out Fake-Out Zuppa Toscana with Cauliflower

Reviewed: Aug. 1, 2010
OMG! This is awesome! I made my own turkey italian sausage (using Italian Style Sausage from this site with ground turkey instead of pork) and omitted the turkey bacon. To get that bacony flavor, I sprinkled the onions and garlic with Bacon Salt while they were sauteeing in a little olive oil. This will absolutely be made again and again in my home. Thanks for sharing tat2!!!
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Byrdhouse Blistered Cherry Tomatoes

Reviewed: Jul. 25, 2010
These were surprisingly delicious! I don't usually enjoy tomatoes with sugar added, but the slight sweetness from the small amount of sugar paired really nicely with the Italian Seasoning (I was at my parents' house and they didn't have basil). I had an abundance of cherry tomatoes given to me by a generous co-worker and I've seen this recipe recommended many times on the Recipe Exchange, so I decided to give them a try. I served these with steak, potatoes, and fresh baked 10-grain bread. I'm hoping my co-worker has extra tomatoes again soon so I can have these again!
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Super Healthy 10 Grain Whole Wheat Bread

Reviewed: Jul. 8, 2010
I'm rating this on taste alone right now, because I had some issues with the bread not rising very well, which caused it to be doughy in the middle, even after 35 minutes of baking (the crust was burning, so I had to take it out of the oven). I THINK what happened was I got too impatient and added the yeast before the cereal and water mixture had cooled enough, so I killed the yeast. Also, my yeast is a little old, so I probably should have added extra. I'll make this again in a few days, but I'll try to have a little more patience and let the cereal mixture cool a little more before adding the yeast. I might also use a little of the water mixed with the honey and proof the yeast to give it a jump start before adding it to the cereal. The flavor of this bread is outstanding! I'm so glad I bought enough of the cereal grain blend to make another loaf!
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Pollo con Nopales (Chicken with Cactus)

Reviewed: Jun. 13, 2010
June 13, 2010: My daughter went on a mission trip to Mexico. When she came home, she described a dish she'd eaten there and asked if I could please try to make it. By her description, and based on my limited knowledge of Mexican food and the Spanish language, I figured out that she'd had Pollo con Nopales. SB has some incredible Mexican food recipes, so I knew she'd be my best bet in finding a recipe for Pollo con Nopales. She created this recipe especially for me and my daughter!! I made this for dinner tonight and it was incredible!! I did only use one jalapeno so it wouldn't be too spicy. My daughter says it's almost identical to the dish she had in Mexico, except the nopales were diced and not in strips. I served it with rice cooked with a little cumin and some chicken/tomato bouillon. Thank you so much, SB, for helping me make this meal for my daughter!! **UPDATE - June 23, 2010 ** We had this for dinner again tonight and this time my 14-year-old daughter (the one who requested the dish originally) made it! It turned out even better this time!
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Instant Pistachio Salad

Reviewed: May 4, 2010
I was given this recipe by a friend, but then lost it when I moved about five years ago. I've been searching for it ever since!! This is an awesome, easy dessert! I leave out the marshmallows because we don't like them and sometimes I add chopped walnuts. Like many other reviewers, I don't bother draining the pineapple. It's a pain to try to get the juice out without losing the pineapple and we like the creamier texture you get with the juice added. This is always a hit at BBQs and potlucks. I'm SO glad I found this recipe again!
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Southwestern Egg Rolls

Reviewed: Jan. 2, 2010
I made these for New Year's Eve appetizers and they were fantastic! I didn't have time to freeze them, so they were a little difficult to fry, but that wasn't a huge deal. They taste very close to the version that's served at Chili's restaurants. I duplicated the avocado ranch dip that Chili's serves with them by mashing an avocado and mixing it with about 1/2-3/4 cup of homemade ranch dip. I ended up with enough filling for 7 egg rolls instead of just 5. Good thing, because everyone gobbled these down! Since it's a lot of work preparing the filling, I think I'm going to make up a bunch of these to keep in the freezer so I can fry up a few whenever we want them. Thanks for a wonderful recipe!
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