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Marinara Sauce I

Reviewed: Jul. 19, 2015
I have a garden full of gorgeous tomatoes, and this was the right recipe to make use of them. I used fresh tomatoes in lieu of the canned tomatoes (spun in my food processor), and simmered the marinara on the stove for about 2 hours (which reduced it to a lovely, useable consistency). I added a small amount of brown sugar, and exchanged the parsley for basil. I made a huge batch in a large stockpot, and froze a lot of it in Ziplock bags (so I can revisit my garden tomatoes anytime I want). With so many tomatoes to use, I'll probably do this several more times this year. It's money in the bank ;)
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Eggplant Tomato Bake

Reviewed: Jul. 19, 2015
Don't underestimate this simple little recipe. It's delicious! Cover the entire pan with parmesan, and you'll get crunchy rich baked cheese "skirts" that you can fold over on top of the towers... so yummy! Goes great along side some pasta with marinara sauce. And, if you have a garden overflowing with eggplant and zucchini like I do, this is an easy awesome way to make use of God's blessings :)
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Mom's Zucchini Bread

Reviewed: Jul. 19, 2015
My new "go to" zucchini bread recipe. Sweet, warm, tender loaves(with delicate caramelized edges). Exactly what I wanted! I doubled the recipe, and baked it in a 9x13 cake pan. Then, cut the cake into 3 traditionally-shaped loaves, and stuck them in the freezer. (My garden is thriving, I needed to process some serious zucchini.) It took about 75 minutes @ 325 degrees. I exchanged half the oil for applesauce, and added nutmeg. Other than that, I stuck to the recipe. Loved it!
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Chef John's Cauliflower Pizza Crust

Reviewed: Jun. 7, 2015
I liked this recipe, and I thought making it was a lot of fun! But, my family did not care for it (which shocked me). Therefore, I probably won't make it again, but I encourage you to give it a shot ;)
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Black Bean Mango Salsa

Reviewed: Jun. 7, 2015
The apple cider vinegar is too strong (completely overwhelming the lovely mango/other flavors). I was unable to tell if the black beans were a good fit for this recipe, because my palate could not separate the ingredients. I love apple cider vinegar, but the ingredient amounts as written are out-of-balance.
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Kielbasa with Brussels Sprouts in Mustard Cream Sauce

Reviewed: May 18, 2015
I will make this weird little dish again and again. We loved it! I highly recommend roasting the Brussels sprouts alongside the shallots and garlic (instead of steaming them). It saves dishes, and the roasted sprouts are much more flavorful. I used beef kielbasa and served it with mashed potatoes, corn-on-the cob, and salad... it was a huge hit!
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Summery Corn Salad

Reviewed: Aug. 10, 2013
Man, this was good. There was no way I was gonna insult beautiful, fresh ears of California corn in season (by grilling or cooking it). I cut fresh corn right off the ear, and used smoked paprika (in lieu of chili powder). Fresh-squeezed lime is a must. What a treat. Served it with BBQ burgers and Skewered Grilled Potatoes (another Allrecipes.com fav). The red wine vinegar dressing is fabulous. Such good food.
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Asian Beef Skewers

Reviewed: Jul. 27, 2013
Yeah, baby... that's what I'm talkin 'bout. So good! The marinade is delicious. I used plum sauce (the store was out of hoisin sauce, what the heck?), and rib eye steak (we only eat red meat every now and then - I didn't want to blow it with a cheap cut). I skewed the meat with some red onion and mushrooms, and "BAM", huge smiles all around.
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Pecan Sour Cream Pound Cake

Reviewed: Apr. 8, 2013
This is a delicious, dense cake. (I used cake flour, and it was still very dense.) The citrus icing was good, but the cake-to-icing ratio lacked icing. This cake screams for berries, cream, or a whole lot more icing. I used walnuts in lieu of pecans (since that's what I had on hand). This dense cake would hold up well on the grill, or in a triffle. It's a good clean / basic pound cake recipe.
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Balsamic Baked Tilapia

Reviewed: Feb. 18, 2013
Seriously delicious. I used halved cherry tomatoes (in lieu of the red bell pepper). I highly recommend this substitution. The tomatoes roast in the oven and are a fabulous / sweet compliment to the blue cheese. I also used a light champagne vinegrette to dress the greens. Sooo good.
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Stuffed Chicken Breasts with Cornbread Dressing

Reviewed: Feb. 3, 2013
I feel guilty, because I changed this recipe so much. I used leftover holiday stuffing from my freezer, and mixed turkey gravy in with the cream of chicken soup. It was delicious :)
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Best Beef Enchiladas

Reviewed: Nov. 20, 2012
Oh gosh, these were fabulous. I used a whole packet of taco seasoning (misread the recipe), green chilie enchilada sauce (I've been craving it), and omitted the chili powder. Melting the sour cream and cheddar with the beef on the stove makes a creamy, lovely filling. And laying the black beans and olives on top (instead of incorporating them into the filling), is genius. The beans retain a nice little "snap" that hits your tounge at just the right time. I topped my enchiladas with jack cheese. I can't say enough good things about this dish - it's beyond delicious.
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Shoyu Chicken

Reviewed: Nov. 19, 2012
My husband said this was "the best chicken I ever made". Whoa. What? Beep, beep, back up. I've been grilling chicken for this man for over 30 years! This is huge! Epic! Incredible! It is an excellent, excellent dish. I made the marinade as directed, and let the chicken marinade for 24 hours before grilling it to perfection (I used thighs and legs). Served it with white rice and cooked carrots. Thanks for the recipe (what a find :)
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Chicken and Broccoli Braid

Reviewed: Nov. 19, 2012
Fresh broccoli, leftover chicken (from the freezer), and a few other ingredients made a quick, comforting meal. The dill was a nice addition. Except for ommitting the almonds (personal choice), I made the dish as directed. Yum.
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Cuban Ropa Vieja

Reviewed: Oct. 6, 2012
My husband liked this dish... a lot. A whole lot. I used leftover beef from my freezer (roast, leftover from another Allrecipes favorite of mine, "Awesome Slow Cooker Pot Roast", which I make often). I used a whole head (17 cloves) of garlic, and about a 1/4 cup fresh cilantro. ( I literally laughed out loud when the recipe called for 1 teaspoon cilantro. I don't think so :) Unfortunately, the bell pepper didn't make it to my basket at the market, so I made the dish without it (which bummed me out). I chose to serve this dish with steamed white rice, and a bean medley cooked in beef broth with earthy spices. The beans and rice are a MUST with this dish. I do not think this recipe rates 5 stars without the beans and rice on the side. But, together, the dish is fantastic.
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Whipped Cream Cream Cheese Frosting

Reviewed: Sep. 23, 2012
Somebody call the police (this frosting is SO good), it's criminal! Takes just about any cake from good to great. I've made it several times now, but I used it on banana cake today. O. M. G. I added 2 mashed bananas to the frosting, and they took me away in handcuffs. Yum. Yum. Yum.
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Carrot Cake

Reviewed: Sep. 16, 2012
Glory, glory hallelujah, this cake is delicious. I followed the receipe exactly (except for the frosting), and I do believe it's the best carrot cake I've ever had. I frosted the cake with "Whip Cream Cream Cheese Frosting" from Allrecipes, which was perfect. Outstanding. Heavenly.
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Peach Cake II

Reviewed: Aug. 21, 2012
Oh mercy, this was good. I left the skins on the peaches, rough chopped them into large chunks, and increased the measurement to 3 cups fresh. I substituted walnuts for the pecans (since that's what I had on hand - a lovely pairing). I made the glaze as others recommended (sugar, butter, and evaporated milk) but halved the stated amounts because I didn't want the glaze to overwhelm the cake. The cake cooked fully in 40 minutes. As soon as I took it out of the oven, I poked numerous holes in the top with a toothpick (then filled the holes with glaze in addition to covering the entire top with glaze). Sweet, spicy, comforting, tasty. Give it a try while peaches are in season, it's delicious
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Brussels Sprouts Gratin

Reviewed: Aug. 21, 2012
Awesome. Definitely worth the effort. I added fresh carrots, and used turkey bacon. Yum. Yum. Yum. Worthy of company, worthy of family, worthy of eating alone on the couch while watching trash TV. Thanks for the recipe!
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Honey-Ginger Grilled Salmon

Reviewed: Jul. 1, 2012
Marvelous. The marinade is sweet but enhances the taste of the fish without covering it up. A last minute scheduling change caused me to marinade the salmon for 48 hours (instead of the 15 to 30 minutes the recipe calls for), and the flavors were still perfectly balanced. Delicious and nutritious.
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