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Marinated Black-Eyed Pea Salad

Reviewed: Jan. 12, 2009
This was excellent, it is very similar to the black-eyed pea salad that I order every time I go to my favorite restaurant. I have been trying to pinpoint the ingredients for ages, I never would've guessed a pinch of cumin was the secret weapon!! I also loved the combo of vinegars...balsamic alone is just too much for me. I forgot to get a jalapeno pepper and didn't care to add bacon, but otherwise followed this recipe to a T, and it was VERY VERY good. I rarely give 5 stars, but having this in my arsenal has made my day!!!
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Cucumber Avocado Salad

Reviewed: Aug. 12, 2009
Just okay for me. I wished as I was making it that I had fresh dill since dried tastes completely different, but I REALLY wished as I was eating it that I had left out the sugar all together. It just made the cucs taste like sweet pickles. I ended up just eating the avocado out of the salad and leaving the rest. Not sure why there are so many steps either...just mix and serve.
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Coriander Tabbouleh Salad with Shrimp

Reviewed: Jun. 13, 2009
This was good tabbouleh but I was disappointed. It just tasted like regular tabbouleh with shrimp thrown in. I was hoping the seasonings would make the recipe more unique. I wish I could give it 3.5 stars. I always enjoy tabbouleh, though, so it gets 4. It's just not as original as I'd hoped. Still yummy though.
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Sweet and Sour Chicken Stir Fry

Reviewed: Dec. 4, 2009
This was fantastic, and I didn't even make it right. I had used the mushrooms and zucchini when we made kabobs and forgot to replace them, so I just used the pea pods and added pineapple chunks at the very end. Plus I used apricot pineapple preserves. Was so delicious, I'm sure using all the ingredients will make it even better!
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Beefy Mushroom Barley Soup

Reviewed: Dec. 13, 2009
Oh boy, I was REALLY pulling for this soup and it was delicious but there are a few things I would change. I did simmer the beef in half water half red wine, but it was still too tough, I think it would make more sense to make this in the crockpot to help tenderize the meat. Also, sauteing the veggies in butter made the finished product fairly greasy (even after I drained the beef), so I would use olive oil next time, although again...using the crockpot would eliminate the need for a sauteing agent. I also added some thyme and parsley for flavor. And I doubled the barley and it still wasn't the main player I thought it would be, so i thought about increasing it next time. Now, after I thought about all these changes I would make next time, I essentially realized that I would practically be making an exact copy of my beef stew recipe. i was hoping for a new recipe but this one is very similar. But it's so good I think I will hold onto it anyway. now I will say, it is very tasty, and if you choose to make this soup instead of beef stew, don't leave out the sour cream. It did nothing but add depth and flavor! and use a full cup of barley.
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Sauteed Curried Corn

Reviewed: Nov. 4, 2009
Interesting flavors...not too bad. I didn't have onion so I used minced real fresh garlic and threw some chopped tomatoes in too. I will definitely finish the dish, but I'm not sure if I'll remember to make it again. Might taste okay with cumin instead???
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Travis's Turkey Burgers with a Bite

Reviewed: Aug. 9, 2009
These were okay, not as good as I expected with all the rave reviews. I think jalapenos from a jar would work better since these were still crunchy, even though I diced them so small, and I guess I just don't like mesquite. I used the McCormick seasoning pack and it tasted very salty and processed. Very flavorful, just not the flavor I like. Not my thing. Won't make again.
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Carrie's Artichoke and Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta

Reviewed: Jun. 2, 2009
Something just didn't click here...I too love all the ingredients but they weren't working together. This TYPE of recipe is my ideal, but this exact combination didn't work for me. I made it for my son and I to eat (he's 6 but has a very sophisticated palate...for my 3-year-old, I just heated marinara to put on the noodles, I knew he'd never eat it). Anyway, my older son said early on he wasn't liking it, but I told him he had agreed to eat it and that was dinner. He ended up eating about 75% before pushing his plate away. That just about sums this dish up. Not sure if I'll eat the leftovers or not.
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Suki's Spinach and Feta Pasta

Reviewed: May 27, 2009
This was really really really good. I know I'm not supposed to do this, but I did add a few things so I have to rate the version I ate, but that's not to say the original recipe wouldn't be excellent. I subbed green onions and also threw in artichoke hearts and shrimp with the veggies, then after it all cooked down, I hit it with a splash of white wine before I added the pasta and feta. I didn't pay much attention to measurements and may have been heavy-handed with the red pepper flakes because it was spicy! BUT SO DELISH. Perfect with a crusty whole wheat baguette and steamed asparagus on the side! The only suggestions I'd make would be to throw in more spinach since it cooks waaaaaay down and maybe leave the salt out since you're adding feta anyway. I did. LOVE this! I would give more stars if I could!
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Happy Shrimp

Reviewed: May 3, 2009
There is nothing amiss about Happy Shrimp! My son made not one, but two happy plates with this dinner! I cut it in half (kept same amount of sauce) since it was just him and me eating it and then wished I hadn't. I didn't change a thing except to squeeze a wedge of lemon over my plate and it's an instant favorite. This is a GOOD dish!
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Easy Garlic Broiled Chicken

Reviewed: Feb. 4, 2009
I thought this was very tasty, I used a whole split chicken and baked it. With the skin on it stayed juicy and browned up nicely. I only used half the butter called for and kept the rest of the ingredients the same...it was more than enough basting fluid. Next time, to cut down on the fat even more, I'll use two tablespoons of butter and 1/4 cup chicken stock.
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Grilled Tilapia with Mango Salsa

Reviewed: May 2, 2010
This was okay. The fish was good, the salsa was good, they just didn't seem to go well together. And mangoes are such a pain in the neck!! I'm canning this recipe and I'm going to replace it with "Halibut with Zesty Peach Salsa" from this site.
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Simply Sensational Truffles

Reviewed: Dec. 12, 2009
These are out of sight. Yes, they will make a mess of your hands but who cares? That good. The cream cheese and chocolate make a very good "cheat" for truffle filling. And they say any real chocolate fan will not eat anything but semi or bittersweet...and I agree. Don't make subs, embrace the flavor of pure chocolate! (although I've had the white chocolate oreo ones and they are very good too--supersweet but good). anyway, I followed this recipe to a tee and decorated with christmas colored non pareil sprinkles and dropped them in a mini muffin liner to serve. Pretty presentation and I was lucky to grab the last one at the party. one note--you can roll them small, the chocolate coating adds a lot of volume.
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Taco Pumpkin Seeds

Reviewed: Oct. 30, 2009
good and easy, not extremely flavorful but yummy enough. I used 1 Tbsp. of butter instead of oil...made them less wet and tastier too. done in 15 min. can't understand others with an hour in the oven????
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Decadent Pumpkin Muffins

Reviewed: Sep. 21, 2009
For crying out loud peeps...they're lowfat! If you truly want "decadent" pumpkin muffins, make Paula Deen's recipe then go for a run. These are okay. I made a few changes...my bet is the original recipe is "okay" as well. ***ETA Made 12 muffins then came back later to finish the batter and made 3 dozen mini-muffins...with chocolate chips. They are better--which proves my point.
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Chocolate Cupcakes

Reviewed: Aug. 8, 2009
I think the real lesson here is to remember that, unlike cooking, baking is an exact science and recipes should be taken from professional websites instead of ones where any random person can post a recipe that gives everyone gets such extremely varied results. My results were not awesome. Something's missing in this recipe...I'm not sure what.
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Chile Garlic BBQ Salmon

Reviewed: Jun. 9, 2009
I'm not sure why I didn't clue in that this was an asian-type dish since it has soy and ginger...I guess the name was making me think it was a mesquite type flavoring...wasn't paying close attention there! However, I did think the flavor was excellent! I basted 4 fillets and baked for 15 min. or so at 400 degrees and I loved it over sticky white rice. My family did not go for it at all, but I really loved it. I made it exactly as is (except to bake instead of grill) and I wouldn't change a thing. Great recipe...unfortunately I don't know when I'll get to have it again... ***ETA I made this again when I had nothing else to make and forced the family to eat it, but this time I left out the ginger (due to not having any) and they gobbled it up--even the picky one! for picky eaters, reduce or eliminate the ginger, it still tastes pretty good.
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Portobello Sandwiches

Reviewed: Jun. 4, 2009
these were pretty darn good...I ran into the "wet" problem too, but the taste was great. I think that can be remedied by grilling instead of broiling. I'll do that next time. I broiled marinated onion rings too and put them on top with the tomato and lettuce, plus the caper mayo and a hearty whole wheat bun...good stuff!!!
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Avocado Salad

Reviewed: Jun. 2, 2009
This was okay. Definitely refreshing--that's a good word for it. It ate it all, but what can I say...it's not really a salad. It's like eating a chunky (but good) pico de gallo.
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Cornbread I

Reviewed: Mar. 11, 2009
Mine was very shallow in the pan and stuck like mad to the cast iron skillet. Taste was dead-on though. Next time I'll double it and grease the pan more generously beforehand. I also cut the salt in half. REALLY GOOD CORNBREAD.
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