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Flan I

Reviewed: Dec. 21, 2003
Super fabulous!! I used the cream cheese variation, and found that i much prefer this texture to that of tradition flan (which I find to be too gelatin-like). I brought this to a frind's home for a dinner party and it was raved over by all. Very easy to make, although I added 1/4 water and 1 cup sugar to make the caramel instead of the waterless version as directed.
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Hot Artichoke and Spinach Dip II

Reviewed: Dec. 21, 2003
Apparently this dip was fabulous, as it disappeared before I had a chance to taste it!! Brought it to a christmas party and everyone raved about it and asked for the recipe
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Cheesy Ham and Asparagus Bake

Reviewed: Dec. 27, 2003
I would say this is just average. Not nearly enough flavor for me, and nowhere near as good as any quiche i've ever made in the past. Not that it's bad, it's not. It's just not good enough to make again. I served it for christmas brunch and it was the one item no one went back for seconds on :-(
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Gooey Butter Cake I

Reviewed: Feb. 3, 2004
This is one of my absolutely most favorite indulgences!! True, it's not an attractive cake ... sides get brown and wrinkle inward... but the tast!!! I can't stop eating and always end up with a stomach ache!!! Very much like a cream cheese cake. YUM!!!!!!!!!!
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Smothered Green Beans

Reviewed: Oct. 3, 2004
Delicious! Some of the best green beans i've ever made or eaten. Next time I'm adding squash. Yum!
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Pig Pickin' Cake

Reviewed: Oct. 3, 2004
This is one of my childhood favorites... but my whole family calls it yum yum cake! We also add nuts to the frosting. Delicious, and everyone loves it.
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Grandma's Green Bean Casserole

Reviewed: Oct. 30, 2004
Wow!! I used half squash and half beans (fresh, nuked for 2 minutes each) , also half sour cream (light) and half a can of cream of mushroom soup, and reduced the cheese to like half a cup (half cheddar and half parm). Excellent!! I'm sure it's delicious as written originally. Will definitely be making this again, and again and again!!
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Creamy Avocado-Ranch Dip

Reviewed: Jun. 12, 2005
Would it be wrong to eat this stuff with a spoon? That's how good it was! I added a clove of minced garlic and liberal amounts of fresh ground pepper. Definitely needs to sit a few hours to let flavors meld. Not a scrap was left... and MEN were asking for the recipe!! A keeper for sure
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Caramelized Onion and Blue Cheese Orzo

Reviewed: Oct. 11, 2005
I give this one star because: the blue cheese COMPLETELY overwhelmed all the other ingredients; it was VERY dry, AND to add insult to injury, slicing and carmelizing all those onions was a real pain in the butt!
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Irish Chicken and Dumplings

Reviewed: Nov. 9, 2005
This was GREAT!! Like others, I used broth, but didn't add any extra... I prefer it to be thick. Used i can cream of celery and i cream of chicken, omitted potatoes and doubled up on carrots. Subbed frozen green beans for peas. I love salt and pepper, so i added it liberally at the end, but it was good to begin with. Will make this again and again... it's for sure a keeper!NOTE>>> if you like dumplings, be careful as the dumplings will eat up all the broth. I've had better luck doing the dumplings on the side in a separate pot of broth
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Roquefort Pear Salad

Reviewed: Nov. 9, 2005
This salad is fabulous... got raves at my holiday brunch. I definitely recommend doubling the dressing recipe, as well as making it the nite before as it really allows the flavors to blend. Don't skimp out on the avocado... the creamy texture is a wonderful addition!!
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Flank Steak Pinwheels

Reviewed: Nov. 11, 2005
This was ok/good, but I think the presentation is more impressive than the dish itself. I liked the flavor of the meat, but was not wild about the stuffing inside. And while the marinade was good, it's not as good as A1 New York Steakhouse Style Marinade... I would rather just marinate it and grill it... much better, and easier too. We ate it and it was good, but i won't make it again, just not good enough.
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Walnut Pumpkin Pie

Reviewed: Nov. 13, 2005
Wow! If this was just a rating for the topping i'd give it five stars, but I think I prefer the old pie recipe from the pumpkin label just a little more. But the toppiing is a keeper... I'll never make "naked" pumpkin pie again!! I also did find that I had to cook it 10 minutes past the suggested time, and maybe could have stood 5 minutes more.***Note, we ate this pie in the evening, after it had cooled but before chilled. All I can say was it was WAY better then next day cold. The flavors really came together and the texture was awesome!!! I'm making 2 for thanksgiving!!!
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Sweet Potato Casserole VI

Reviewed: Nov. 25, 2005
I don't think 5 stars is enough... this was a HUGE hit at Thanksgiving!! I made it exactly as directed, with one exception... at the end of the baking time i cranked up the oven to 400, moved it to the top rack and let it brown till sizzling... made the topping deliciously crunchy. it was to die for !!!!!!
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Creole Cornbread Stuffing

Reviewed: Nov. 25, 2005
this was quite yummy, a nice addition to my favorite regular bread stuffing. Very spicy! It was well received by all at thanksgiving, but those who were partial to cornbread or spicy stuffing, RAVED! I halved the recipe (used 3 eggs) and used boxed cornbread. Pretty sure i'll make this again, but with fried fish or fried chicken.
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Jamie's Cranberry Spinach Salad

Reviewed: Nov. 25, 2005
A winner I will definitely make again!! I halved the spinach, but kept the almonds and cranberries in the same amount, because i like all the "stuff." I made this for thanksgiving, and it was really appreciated by those "healthy" eaters in the bunch. Very yummy, different, and makes for a nice colorful presentation.UPDATE - Just made this again for Easter and it was DEVOURED. Added feta this time, definitely enhances the salad!!
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Caramel Apple Pie II

Reviewed: Nov. 25, 2005
This was good, but despite my best efforts, was pretty runny. I used roma and fuji apples, maybe granny smiths give off less water? I don't know! But it was good none the less. Apple pie is not my favorite, but this was enjoyed by those who like it.
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Husband's Delight

Reviewed: Nov. 28, 2005
Tasty, easy, filling, cheap and flexible!! I like recipes that are adaptable to some minor changes as to what i have on hand. I had not enough sour cream, so i swapped the proportions on that and the cream cheese. I also added the onions and a clove of garlic to the browned meat... i think had they not simmered a bit, they'd be too crunchy. Skipped the cheddar and stirred in about a third cup of parmesan. yummy!! definiately a "desperation dinner" keeper.
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Dog Biscuits II

Reviewed: Dec. 16, 2005
Two enthusiastic paws up! My dog eats a home-prepared diet, and he loved these! I omitted the salt, added some fresh garlic, and a sprinkly of parmesan at the end!! Easy to make, (easier when dough is chilled a bit,at least for me) and will be great gifts for all my dog loving friends. Thanks for sharing
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Au Gratin Potatoes II

Reviewed: Dec. 26, 2005
I took some significant liberties with this recipe, and the result was AWESOME! I used Simply Potatoes brand refrigerated potatoes... needed more than one bag, so buy 2. I also used gruyere cheese, as I'm not a big cheddar fan. Added about 1/4 extra cup of pecorino/romano, a clove of pressed garlic, and salt and pepper and onion powder. Topped with canned fried onions and bacon bits. Cooked in a big 9 x 13 pan, because we like the well done parts best. RAVES ALL AROUND!!!
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