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Squash Braid

Reviewed: Nov. 22, 2009
Trial run before Thanksgiving. Used 1 cup canned pumpkin puree that I had frozen. To try for more flavor I sautéed 1 thin sliced red onion and 3 medium cloves fresh minced garlic in 2 Tablespoons butter and 2 Tablespoons Garlic Olive oil. (In place of recipes ¼ Cup butter) Then added to the pan the pumpkin puree , brown sugar, milk (I used lowfat buttermilk), & salt, to warm. Pureed this mixture in food processor, adding room temperature egg slowly to the warm mixture. I needed a total of 4 Cups all purpose flour for a nice kneading consistency. (Pumpkin may have more moisture content?) I also had the extra moisture from the onions, but hoped to balance that by leaving out the initial 2 Tablespoon of water & I just dissolved the yeast into the warm squash mixture before adding the flour. I made 2 smaller braids instead of one large one. Make sure you don't have any air pockets in your ropes when you roll them. Also try not to stretch the ropes as you braid them, or when the loaf rises, some portion of the ropes may get tears in them, detracting from a smooth final look. The rise of the braids went quick & I preheated my oven before baking. Be generous with the egg wash. Next time I'll try the butternut squash as the recipe calls for. Nice mild taste, dense soft inside, fragrant, rich golden color. Sliced beautifully.
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Potato Salmon Patties

Reviewed: Feb. 23, 2014
Didn't have all the ingredients so I subbed 1/4 cup herb dried stuffing mix and 1/4 cup quinoa flakes (in place of potato flakes) Doubled the dill. Also added 1 tsp of no salt (Costco) All Purpose Seasoning mix. I baked them in the oven in a individually divided brownie pan, so they came out in 2X2in squares and it made 10 of them. See photo. Put 1/8 tsp of coconut oil in each square section of the pan and preheated the pan and oil in the 350 degree oven. Shaped the salmon mixture into golf balls size portions, rolled lightly in Panko bread crumbs, and pressed each ball of mixture lightly into each each square section of the pan. Baked in 350 degree oven for 30-35 min, till golden brown. Would make great little sandwiches on small buns too.
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German Rouladen

Reviewed: May 19, 2013
If there is any left, this recipe gets better and better on Day 2 and Day 3. Just make sure that you have enough gravy so it doesn't get dry. It is also a great make ahead recipe and reheated the next day, even to serve to company. We cook it in a covered pan in the oven with chunks of potatoes and carrots on top and then it is a complete meal. It is getting somewhat difficult to find meat counters where they will slice the beef and some no longer even have slicers.
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Homemade Vanilla Extract

Reviewed: Dec. 30, 2012
We always have 2 large vodka bottles brewing with vanilla beans at all times. Love it in coffee, hot chocolate, plain yogurt, bubbly water, baking, anything really. Good Tip is to label your bottles with the date that you started, or you will forget. Also when the alcohol smell is gone, then it is ready to use. Give the bottle a shake periodically.
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Shrimp Fried Rice II

Reviewed: Dec. 30, 2012
This was easy and tasty. My husband sprinkled curry powder on his at the table and he liked that too. I cooked ahead two packages of Frozen Birdseye Rice Medley with broccoli and carrots and one package frozen brown rice from Trader Joe. Cut the soy sauce in half and it was plenty salty. Chopped up already cooked frozen/thawed shrimp and added at the end. I didn't have sesame oil, so substituted coconut oil and the flavor was nice.
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Easy Lemon Cookies

Reviewed: Dec. 27, 2012
My Betty Crocker cake mix was 3oz short of the recipe box mix weight. I added a Tablespoon of fresh lemon juice for extra flavor. Needed to chill the dough to be able to roll into balls in the powder sugar. Flattened each ball with bottom of a glass before baking. It took double the time to bake these, than in the recipe. Best to cool on the pan, if you want them a little crisper. The finished cookie looked nice and tasted nice. Next time I will look for a lemon cake box mix with the same weight as the recipe.
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Oatmeal Pancakes II

Reviewed: Feb. 23, 2012
Made a double batch and got 13 (4-5in) pancakes. 1/4 Cup Batter per pancake. Taste great. Going to try to freeze cooked pancakes for quick morning breakfast, to reheat in the toaster. I used 1/2 white 1/2 whole wheat flour and used a multi grain hotcereal. I processed the dry multi grain hot cereal in a coffee grinder to a finer consistency, then soaked this in the recipe liquids for 30 min. These puff up real nice even with the weight of the whole grains. Used only 1/2 the salt and oil with no problem. Can't wait to try with sliced bananas and walnut sprinkled on top.
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Aunt Mary's Eggplant Balls

Reviewed: Sep. 15, 2010
Didn't need extra breadcrumbs as I only used one egg and they held together fine. Refrigeration before forming balls or patties is an important step and helps them hold together better. A very versatile recipe for adding your preferred spices before cooking and different sauces when serving. Other additions that work are, mashed cooked lentils, diced spinach, well drained extra firm tofu (crumbled), finely chopped pretoasted walnuts. Sprinkled flattened patties with additional seasoned breadcrumbs and drizzled with a little garlic olive oil, for a nice baked crunchines. I got 5 large patties and 10 small balls. Froze the unbaked balls for later to bake with a sauce. Thank you so much for this recipe.
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Spicy Mango Sweet Potato Chicken

Reviewed: Aug. 7, 2010
Delicious!! Peeled, cubed, and oven roasted sweet potatoes ahead earlier in the day at 400Degree 35 min and they kept their shape nice. Refrigerated potatoes and then at dinner time the recipe was quite quick to put together. Didn't need rice or noodles. 1 Tablespoon of Corn Starch worked better. Easy recipe to adjust to your likeness of sweet, hot, salty, or substitutions. Thanks for sharing a real winner.
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Slow-Cooker Pepper Steak

Reviewed: May 21, 2014
This is a great dish, I remember from childhood. I would skip the soy sauce and salt though. The bouillon was plenty salty tasting. Used fresh minced garlic in place of garlic powder. Used red and yellow peppers, cause that's what I had. I added brown mushrooms. I subbed red wine for the 1/4 cup of water. The mushrooms and the wine added a real rich flavor. The meat was so tender. I cooked it for 8 hours on low, but 7 hours on low would have been plenty fine. Served over a garlic linguine pasta with a side of steamed asparagus. Wonderful.
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Egg Noodles

Reviewed: Jun. 28, 2009
These were so easy to make and very tasty when cooked in homemade chicken soup. After drying the rolled sheets on a clean towel for the specified time, I just cut them into thin strips with a sharp knife and hung over a plastic hanger until no longer sticky. I used half the noodles in the soup and froze the other half. The frozen noodles cooked up just as nicely. A lot easier to make noodles from scratch than I would have imagined. Thanks for the recipe.
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Asian Lettuce Wraps

Reviewed: Jul. 19, 2014
Doubled this recipe for a gathering picnic in a park. Took in a warming container with the butter lettuce leaves and toppings on the side. Everyone loved it. I added the shredded carrots in at the end of cooking. I used lean ground turkey. After browning the turkey, I pulsed it in a food processor to get it a little finer. Could be made ahead or in stages, like chopping or browning the day before for time and ease of preparation. Thanks for this recipe.
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Seafood Stuffed Zucchini

Reviewed: Apr. 15, 2015
Very versatile recipe. Thanks for the base recipe and I enjoyed all the ideas in the reviews too. I Used packaged Herb Seasoned stuffing cubes. Stir Fried raw shrimp in coconut oil, with garlic, oregano, and basil, till just pink. Cut shrimp into bite size pieces. Didn't have crab meat, so left out. Mixed stir fried shrimp into the stuffing, egg, and zucchini meat. Used all the zucchini meat and a little extra breadcrumbs until the mixture just held together. (As the zucchini scrapings were quite moist.) Stuffed the zucchini halves and squeezed 1/2 fresh lemon juice on top of stuffed zucchinis, instead of mixing it in. Also added a few tablespoons of water to bottom of casserole dish. Left pepper out of recipe and ground some fresh pepper on top of stuffed zucchinis. Only had Mozarella cheese. This was delicious and would be great for having company, because it could be assembled ahead of time and baked when needed, freeing up the cook for other things.
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Apple Chicken Sausage Brunch Braid

Reviewed: Nov. 17, 2012
Made for dinner. I didn't have puff pastry, so substituted fresh pizza dough. Rolled into large rectangle, filled, and braided. Brushed top with rosemary garlic olive oil. Substituted chicken Habanero sausage for apple chicken sausage and substituted chopped apple for grapes. Once all assembled, I let the pizza dough rise and puff up a bit. I actually forgot to add the cheese mixture, but tucked bits of it into the braid after it was assembled and that worked okay. This was really good and I can't wait to make it again for company. It has a great presentation. Would be easy to make up ahead of time, get everything cleaned up, then bake and serve. Thanks for this great idea and wonderful combination of flavors
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Wine Baked Potato

Reviewed: Nov. 16, 2012
Tried these baked in a covered casserole dish, since aluminum foil is not environmentally friendly and also cooking in aluminum is harmful to health. They were very tasty.
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Calzone Rolls

Reviewed: Jan. 1, 2012
I had on hand one package premade refrigerated pizza dough from Trader Joe's, (Garlic & Herb). Nice flavor, but it was not enough, so it only made 9 small rolls. Next time I'll try the recipe dough as it is written. Loved the filling just as written. I baked the rolls in greased oversized muffin tins and that worked well.
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Vegetarian Split Pea Soup

Reviewed: Sep. 15, 2011
Majority of reviewers did not use a pressure cooker. Please don't review a pressure cooker recipe, if you are not using a pressure cooker and following the recipe as it is written. It kind of defeats the purpose of reviews. If you changed the recipe, then submit your own recipe.
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Almond Meringue Cookies

Reviewed: Dec. 25, 2011
Yes this is traditional German cookie and we called them Zimmstern (Cinnamon Stars) They are light and delicious and the combination of almond and citrus taste is nice. Nice texture contrast as the meringue is crunchy and the cookie is a little chewy.
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Gourmet Microwave Popcorn

Reviewed: Aug. 8, 2010
Yes, this is less expensive and healthier than the premade microwave popcorn bags and uses less oil than if popping on the stove. With this paper bag method you must be take care with the details & pay attention, in order to get a good final product and for safety. This paper bag method is best for small batches only, 1-2 servings. Use the brown paper lunch bags that come in a pack of 50-100 or so. Fold the 2 open ends together and over 2-3 times, make two little vertical tears in the folded portion, to create a small tab. Fold the tab over and this helps keep the bag closed. Watch the popping carefully the first few times, till you get the hang of the amount of time needed, the power of your microwave, etc. Once the popping slows to near stop, stop cooking immediately or it will burn or could start a fire. Some kernels will remain unpopped. Longer cooking may pop the rest, but will burn some of the already-popped kernels, so it is not recommended. Use caution when opening the finished bag as the hot steam can cause burns. Children should always be supervised by adults for this paper bag cooking method. I pour the popped corn into a bowl, drizzle with oil, sprinkle with salt, and then mix around. Garlic olive oil and finely grated parmesan cheese is a tasty topping.
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