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Italian Dressing Mix

Reviewed: Feb. 14, 2010
I use aged balsamic vinegar or Al Jerez (sherry)vinegar in stead of white vinegar. I also increased the vinegar by 2 tablespoons since the vinegar I'm using is mild flavored. I used extra virgin olive oil instead of canola oil. I use garlic powder instead of garlic salt. I also increased the garlic powder to 1 1/2 tablespoons instead of just 1 tablespoon because I love garlic. I used celery seed instead of celery salt. I use 1 teaspoon salt instead of 2 tablespoons. To keep the oil from separating after mixing: I first whisk vinegar, herb mixture, along with 1 teaspoon mayonnaise and 1 teaspoon dijon mustard until smooth. Continue whisking and slowly drizzle olive oil until thoroughly combine.
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Sweet Lime Iced Tea

Reviewed: May 24, 2011
I will NEVER buy prepared Iced Tea ever again! Thank you. Oh and instead of using sugar....I use Stevia.
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Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Reviewed: Jan. 3, 2011
Never made brussel sprouts before. This recipe along w/other user reviews was my intro. Followed recipe but after trimming cut brussel sprouts in half and also added 1 teaspoon garlic powder and some thinly sliced onion. When finished baking seeing the blackened veggies had me in a panic but they weren't burnt tasting at all just nice and crispy on the outside and nice and tender on the inside. ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS this recipe is a keeper. THANK YOU!
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Honey Roasted Red Potatoes

Reviewed: May 24, 2011
only change I made was to use whole grain prepared mustard instead of dry mustard. DELISH!
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Billy's Favorite Smoky Collard Greens

Reviewed: Oct. 27, 2009
Pretty good! My first time making it and I was impressed at how simple and economical it was. Taste quite close to the collard greens I get at my local Jamaican restaurant. I ended up tossing my finish collard greens (drained) with some Quinoa that had been also cooked with onion, garlic,a dash of ground cumin, a dash of ground pepper, and adobo sauteed in extra virgin olive oil. Delicioso!
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Chayote Squash Side Dish

Reviewed: May 15, 2009
Made a few of my own personal tweeks: - added 1 teaspoon crushed dried oregano - added 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin - added 5 or 6 stuffed spanish olives - let marinate with 2 bay leaves - used sherry vinegar instead of wine vinegar
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Chicken Tikka Masala

Reviewed: Dec. 14, 2011
ABSOLUTELY FANNNNNTASTIC! I'm Puerto Rican and made it for an older friend who is from Bangladesh.....I asked for them to severely critique it and they said it was delicious and very authentic tasting. I did make minor adjustments to this recipe: In the marinating step instead of 4 tsp of salt I lowered the salt to just 1tsp and I also added 2 minced garlic cloves to the marinade (I'm a garlic freak). In the sauce making step I added 1 large onion finely chopped to the sauteeing of the garlic and jalapeno. I lowered the salt from 3tsps to only 1/2 tsp of salt. Instead of 1 garlic clove, I used 2 garlic cloves. I reduced the heavy cream from 1 cup to 1/2 cup (I think next time I just might leave it out completely). I added one 13oz can of coconut milk. I also added 1 teaspoon of turmeric. And I added 4 tsps of garam masala. I've never made chickent tikka masala before but have always purchased it and did notice a difference....this Tikka was not sweet and what I've purchased has always been on the sweet side. I was told by my Bangladeshi friend that their family prefers the chicken tikka masala not sweet but that foreigners tend to prefer it sweet. So I was told in that case just to add a teaspoon or two of sugar to the sauce as it is cooking. I think I actually prefer it not sweet. THANK YOU FOR TEACHING ME HOW TO MAKE CHICKEN TIKKA MASALA. I will never buy the frozen dinner kind again!
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Cucumber Slices With Dill

Reviewed: Jan. 4, 2011
Easy? Check! Tasty? Check! Inexpensive? Check! Quick? Check! Attractive? Check! LOVED THIS RECIPE!
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Filet Mignon with Rich Balsamic Glaze

Reviewed: Feb. 25, 2009
This was DELICIOUS and I'm not much of a red meat eater. I eat red meat MAYBE once/month. I did make a couple of changes: - I used sirloin steak because I couldn't afford filet mignon. - I did first season the meat with adobo instead of using just salt. - I used Al Jerez (Sherry) Vinegar because I didn't have balsamic vinegar - I used Beringer Cabernet Sauvignon - I mashed one clove of garlic and rubbed it into the meat after seasoning with adobo - I doubled the wine/vinegar mixture and let the steak marinate in it overnight. - I didn't cook the steak in the sauce, I grilled it on my little George Forman grill. - I added 1 teaspoon sugar to the sauce and then let it simmer with sliced portobello mushrooms until it reduced in half - I served it with Smothered Green Beans and Honey Roasted Red Potatoes both found on this site. ABSOLUTELY SUPERB!
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Best Lemonade Ever

Reviewed: Aug. 17, 2008
I loved this easy recipe although it was a tad sweet for my personal taste..sooo...next time I will add only 1 cup sugar....THANKS!!!
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Chorizo and Lentil Stew

Reviewed: Jul. 31, 2008
Never really made lentils before and this was the perfect recipe for a first timer. I did make some tweeks due to what I had/didn't have on hand. Didn't use celery, didn't use curry, didn't use, turmeric. DID use 1 chopped red onion, DID use 1/2 teaspoon dried crushed oregano, DID use 1 cooking spoon of spanish style tomato sauce, DID use 1 packet of ham bouillon, DID stir in cilantro at the end. DELISH!!!!!!!!!!
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Spicy Basil Chicken

Reviewed: Mar. 27, 2008
This was absolutely soooo delish! And sooooo easy & quick. Perfect to make when you want something good but don't feel like cooking after coming home from a long day's work. I like my food strongly flavored so I did make some changes. I also took note of what other reviewers mentioned, I also wanted the dish to be saucy. Sooo I used:5 garlic cloves minced instead of the two suggested I didn't have chili oil or the money to buy it so I used olive oil (which I already had on hand) instead and added 1/2 teaspoon achiote powder to the oil for coloring and 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes for heat. I increased the sugar to 2 teaspoons because I added 1 cup of water and 1/2 cup of oyster sauce (instead of the 5 tablespoons suggested) to make it saucier. also added about 1 teaspoon of ginger powder. Forgot to mention, I also tossed in at the last moment for a crunch about 2 cups of green beans that had been halved. LOVED IT! I DEFINITELY WILL BE FORWARDING THE RECIPE TO FRIENDS AND THE BEST THING IS I DON'T HAVE TO COOK TOMORROW BECAUSE I HAVE A LITTLE LEFT OVER.
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Garlic Chicken

Reviewed: Jan. 20, 2008
Have made several times! VERY MOIST! VERY FLAVORFUL! SUPER EASY! Only change I made was to use italian seasoned breadcrumbs mixed with a little panko breadcrumbs.
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To Die For Blueberry Muffins

Reviewed: Jan. 20, 2008
E-X-C-E-L-L-E-N-T! Did look over reviews and then make tweeks accordingly: 1 1/2 cups flour 1/2 cup white sugar 1/4 cup brown sugar 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon 1/3 cup oil 1 egg 1 teaspoon vanilla 1/3 cup milk 1 cup blueberries lightly tossed in flour. filled cups to top for huge breakfast muffins left off crumb topping (was delicious with out it) baked 30 minutes cooled 1 hour before trying to remove from pan RESULT- moist, tender, bakery quality, not too sweet, REAL blueberry flavor, WONDERFUL!
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Acapulco Chicken

Reviewed: Mar. 22, 2007
Definitely a keeper for a busy weeknight or lazy weekend! Made a number of tweaks only because I like to have alot different flavors blending in my food: 28 ounce can fire roasted tomatoes instead of fresh chopped tomato; 3 garlic cloves minced; 3tbs chili powder instead of 1; first seasoned chicken with adobo powder; add 1 packet chicken bouillon in powder form; 1 teaspoon dried crushed oregano; 1 teaspoon ground cumin; and 1 chopped zucchini or squash.
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Agua de Jamaica (Hibiscus Water)

Reviewed: Jan. 3, 2012
Hibiscus Water/Agua de Jamaica/Sorrel is also VERY popular througout the Caribbean. We serve it as is or spiked with rum or even frozen as granita. This recipe is EXACTLY how I was raised to make it in Puerto Rico. It puts the REFRESH in to REFRESHment! LOL
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Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

Reviewed: Dec. 6, 2008
A-W-E-S-O-M-E! Used home made graham cracker crust because I just happened to have one prepared. Used peanut butter only. Thought peanut butter mixture was too thick so before folding with homemade whipped cream I added about 1/4 cup leftover heavy cream to peanut butter mixture(didn't have milk). Then I folded in the whipped cream. Topped with drizzled nutella! SMOOTH, RICH, LIP SMACKING GOOD! THANK YOU!
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Boniet

Reviewed: Jan. 6, 2011
When I read this recipe I found it to be strange. I was very iffy about a dip/spread made with......FISH! But I will always try something new because my motto is: you won't know if you like it unless you try it. I literally finished making this less than 15 minutes ago. This was SOOOOOO good I just had to immediately hop on the computer and leave my review. I apologize for butchering your recipe but I did make changes based on ingredients I already had at home. I used cilantro instead of parsley.I used balsamic vinegar instead of white vinegar.I didn't drain the anchovies and used the olive oil that was already in the can of anchovies instead of using the 1/2 cup of olive oil.I added 12 capers. I then dumped everything into my mini food processor and lightly pulsed until I liked the way it looked (maybe 10 super quick pulses). I know it should marinate overnight but what can I say? I was CURIOUS! So I grabbed a veggie cracker just to dip the tip in next thing you know I'm carrying it to the living room to sit on the couch and dig in with veggie crackers and with celery sticks. Thank you! I'm making this one of MY family recipes!
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Clams Kokkinisto

Reviewed: Dec. 5, 2011
I must admit that I was a little "iffy" at the thought of using CANNED clams....I'm not much of a canned items user but this was FANTASTIC.....delicate flavor....nice texture.....healthy....inexpensive.....tastes like a restaurant meal! I like the fact that the ingredients in this recipe uses most of the staples regularly in my pantry anyway (save the clams which just may become a part of my pantry after this recipe). I mostly followed the directions as is except that I read thru all the reviews and then added what most people recommended.....double the clams. Next time I will add 2 more garlic cloves (I'm one of those people who can never have enough garlic), add a little more red pepper flake, and perhaps some chopped bell pepper.
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Hearts of Palm Salad

Reviewed: Jun. 1, 2011
Thank you for a wonderful base recipe! I have to admit I did change the recipe quite a bit but your recipe was the inspiration!! I omitted the bacon bits and olives. I used a bottle of light champagne vinaigrette from trader joe's to economize as another review suggested. FABULOSO!
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