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Fajita Marinade I

Reviewed: Sep. 3, 2009
This is a GREAT marinade! I used it with chicken. The first time I made it as written and the family loved it. The next time I tweaked it a bit to my family's preferences and added 2 T more of lime, a handful of fresh chopped cilantro, and 1 1/2 t of cumin. I added red and yellow peppers and an onion to the marinade and let it sit for 12 hours. My mouth is watering while I type this. It is now a family fave and will be in the weekly rotation. Thanks, Robbie! *NOTE*: The last time I made this recipe I was in a hurry and threw everything together in a matter of minutes. I didn't have Liquid Smoke, so I used Tabasco Brand Chipolte sauce for the smoky flavor. I didn't really have time to accurately measure the ingredients, and poured straight from the bottle into the marinade. I was a little nervous about how it was going to turn out. I marinaded the chicken and held out a little marinade to use for the onions and red, orange, and yellow peppers. It turned out to be fantastic! I don't think you can go wrong with this marinade!
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Cowboy Mashed Potatoes

Reviewed: Feb. 9, 2012
Folkeat their lwed the recipe exactly, and my family loved this! I didn't peel the potatoes, and used the jalapeno despite my apprehension about it being too 'hot'. I'm glad I didn't alter the recipe. It had great flavor with the skins, garlic, butter, and veggies. It's a great way to get the kids to eat their veggies. A keeper! Thanks, Steve!
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Cheesy Ham and Hash Brown Casserole

Reviewed: Jan. 13, 2012
A huge hit. I wasn't sure if the recipe called for the shredded or cubed hash browns, and I had the shredded on hand so that's what I used. Followed the recipe exactly, except for the addition of a little black pepper and reducing the amount of grated Parm on top. My husband and sons LOVED this and it's going into the rotation. Good served with a green salad and some fruit.
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After-Thanksgiving Turkey Soup

Reviewed: Nov. 30, 2011
My family LOVED this recipe! I followed it exactly, except for the following changes: only 2 onions (all I had), added about 1/4 lb chopped baby bella mushrooms when sauteeing vegetables, and added fresh thyme. A nice creamy and hearty soup. A keeper!
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Italian Sausage Soup with Tortellini

Reviewed: Apr. 5, 2011
This was restaurant-quality. I followed the recipe exactly as written and we loved it. In the future I might try with fresh spinach and/or cannellini beans, NOT that it needs and sprucing-up.
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Beef Stroganoff III

Reviewed: Apr. 5, 2011
This was great! My only changes: yellow onion instead of green onions; fresh mushrooms instead of canned, marinated the beef in red wine and omitted from additional wine to recipe, and added 1/3 c of cream cheese. Everyone loved it! Thanks, Donna!
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Pumpkin Spiced Latte

Reviewed: Oct. 27, 2010
The first time I made this I liked it, but the spices didn't dissolve. The next time I made this I doubled the spices and added it to the beans in the grinder portion of my coffee maker. If you don't have a grinder, you could add the spices to the grounds when brewing the coffee. Other than that, I followed the recipe to a T. Great recipe!
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Grilled Lemon Chicken

Reviewed: Jul. 18, 2010
I made this tonight and followed the recipe exactly. Marinated about 5 hours and my husband grilled it... to perfection. The trick is to remove it as soon as it's done and then cover it with foil and let it sit for 10-15 minutes, so it's nice and juicy. Great flavor! A keeper!
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Eggplant Parmesan II

Reviewed: Apr. 11, 2010
This was great! I followed suggestions of other reviewers and sweated the eggplant using sea salt for 30 minutes, and then rinsing and patting dry. I only used one very large eggplant. I also upped the oven temp to 400 degrees, and baked it for 5 minutes per side. Then, because of time, I asslembled it as instructed and then microwaved it for 12 minutes on high, turning halfway through. Served it with pasta and it was a huge hit!
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Quick and Easy Alfredo Sauce

Reviewed: Apr. 9, 2010
I tried this with great success after reading the reviews and making the following changes: 1 1/3 cups of milk, 1/3 C butter, 1 clove of garlic, minced. I added oregano and a couple grates of nutmeg at the very end. Make sure you add the milk in small increments and whisk it as you go. Great recipe, Dawn! Thanks!
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Asian Orange Chicken

Reviewed: Mar. 14, 2010
We LOVED this recipe, and it will go into our rotation. I read reviews and made the following changes to the original recipe: Used OJ in place of water for the sauce. Changed quantities to: 1 1/2 Tbsp orange zest, 1 tsp minced fresh ginger root, 1 tsp minced garlic, 3/4 tsp red pepper flakes. I used OJ with the cornstarch instead of water, and browned the chicken completely on both sides in equal amounts of vegetable oil and sesame oil. I placed the cooked chicken in a glass baking dish in a 250 degree oven while cooking the rest of the chicken. I cooked the sauce, but did not add the chicken back to the pan. Instead, I drizzled the sauce over the chicken and then gently mixed it and immediately served it over some fluffy basmati rice. We can't wait for the leftovers! Delish!
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Creamy Chocolate Frosting

Reviewed: Jan. 14, 2010
I have made this several times, several different ways, and gotten rave reviews. The original recipe as-is is very sweet and rich. It is time consuming to sift the sugar/cocoa mixture, but well worth it if you have the time. Also, be sure to fully whip the butter before adding the sugar/cocoa mixture, and then mix until smooth in order to get a creamy frosting that isn't 'grainy'. I have also made this recipe with about half the butter and without sifting the sugar/cocoa, and with 2% milk rather than the evaporated milk. It was still very good and I don't think the taste suffered at all. With either recipe, you may have to add a little more of the milk (in small increments) to reach the right consistency. Next time I am going to try using coffee in place of milk for a mocha flavor. This is a recipe you can do a lot with and you can't go wrong!
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Caesar Salad Supreme

Reviewed: Dec. 8, 2009
So far, this recipe is the closest I have found to a good restaurant-quality Caesar salad. The first round, I followed the recipe as written. My family found it to be a touch too garlicky and anchovy-ish, so the next time I used 2 large heads of garlic and 3 anchovies. Perfection! I grated fresh parm on top of the salads and served them on chilled plates with lemon wedges. The whole family loved it. Just play around with the garlic and anchovy quantities until you find your liking. This is definitely a keeper! Thanks!
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Portuguese Roll-Ups

Reviewed: Nov. 27, 2009
These were delicious, easy, and extremely popular. Just an idea, but next time I would bake them on a baking rack on a foil lined cookie sheet. That way, any bacon grease will drip down rather than cook into the food and clean-up will be easier. These we so good and they went fast. Those who asked for the recipe were suprised at how simple they were to make. These will be regulars when I serve appetizers. Thanks!
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Great Pumpkin Dessert

Reviewed: Nov. 16, 2009
We LOVED this. I followed some suggestions and used spice cake mix, pecans, and 1 c melted butter. I didn't have pumpkin pie spice, but made my own using: 2 tsp ground cinnamon, 1 tsp ground ginger, 1/2 tsp allspice, 1/2 tsp nutmeg. Will definitely put this on the fall rotation, as it was a real winner. Thanks!
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Orange Roughy with Citrus Sauce

Reviewed: Nov. 12, 2009
This was a real hit with my family. I took the advice of other reviewers, and used more orange juice than lime juice. The proportions I used were: 3 T orange juice, 2 T lime juice, 1 T lemon juice. Otherwise, I followed the recipe exactly. This was good with couscous and the Green Beans with Walnuts recipe from this site. Definitely a keeper!
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Perfect Pumpkin Pie

Reviewed: Nov. 27, 2009
GREAT recipe! I followed it exactly for Thanksgiving Day, and everyone loved it. I made two pies and followed the advice of another reviewer, and switched the pies to the other oven shelf halfway through the cooking process so they would cook evenly. I made them a day ahead and then just warmed them in the oven while we ate our main meal. Everyone raved about them.
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Winter Fruit Salad with Lemon Poppyseed Dressing

Reviewed: Nov. 5, 2009
Great recipe and a real crowd pleaser! Can vary if you want to get creative. I have left out cranberries and used pear and apple slivers. Also used mandarin oranges. Cashews are good - so are toasted pine nuts. Can't go wrong!
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Marinade for Chicken

Reviewed: Jun. 12, 2009
I really wasn't expecting too much given the list of ingredients, but I was wrong. My family LOVED this recipe and we have since had it for guests who raved about it as well. It's moist and has great flavor. I used leftovers in a salad the next day for lunch and then in a pasta salad for dinner. Thanks!
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Jamie's Minestrone

Reviewed: Oct. 22, 2009
Best minestrone recipe I've found! I've made this many, many times and my family is always happy when they find out it's on the menu. I play around with ingredients, depending on what I happen to have on hand. Canned italian green beans work in a pinch, and I use arugula rather than spinach. It's key to cook your pasta separately and only add as you dish it out. When storing leftovers, don't add the pasta to the soup - it lets the pasta break down and then you have mush. Also, if I add beans, I always add them near the last 20-30 minutes so they don't get mushy.
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