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'I Hate Cucumbers!' Cucumber Salad

Reviewed: Nov. 12, 2007
This recipe is similar to something we used to make at my uncle's deli, with the addition of sliced fresh tomatoes. When I attempted to make the dressing for this salad, the proportions didn't work to my liking, so I ended up discarding half the dressing and adding more mayonnaise to cut the strong vinegar taste and reduce the soupy consistency (and a tad more sugar!)... If you prefer the original proportions, I might also recommend trying a slightly more mild rice wine vinegar.
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Plantation-Style Vanilla Lemonade

Reviewed: Jan. 20, 2008
It's my pleasure to be the first to rate this recipe. With just a hint of vanilla aftertaste, it tastes something like if Orange Julius were to make lemonade? It has just enough sweetness to bring out the vanilla flavor, but not too much to overwhelm the tartness of the lemon. Also, I'm not sure if the recipe is intended to use the entire lemon rind and not just the zest(?), as lemon pith is quite bitter. I HIGHLY recommend using Meyer lemons if you can find them. They're sweeter and much more fragrant; plus, they have minimal pith, so you can put the rinds directly into the blender without zesting!
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Rhubarb Custard Pie II

Reviewed: Jun. 12, 2007
WOW. This is the best pie I've *ever* had!!! I followed the suggestions of others and mixed the rhubarb with the custard before adding it to the pie crust. This would make a great recipe for any get-together and I will definitely be making it again and again!
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Oriental Chicken Salad

Reviewed: Jan. 14, 2004
this salad is excellent! halfway through, i realized i didn't have any peanut oil (argh...), but i used 1/4 c. grapeseed oil and 1/2 T. sesame oil instead and it turned out very, VERY well...
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Georgia Spiced Peaches

Reviewed: Nov. 14, 2007
I made these to surprise my husband, who grew up in Georgia, and they turned out pretty well for my first time with canning. Nonetheless, I would definitely recommend starting with less sugar than what this recipe calls for and adding to one's personal taste, as they tasted way too sweet for either of us.
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Grilled Prawns with a Spicy Peanut-Lime Vinaigrette

Reviewed: Jan. 23, 2008
This sauce tastes very similar to one I've made for a Mongolian hot pot dinner, but turned out significantly thinner, which led me to use a tsp. of cornstarch and water to quickly thicken it a touch. The flavor is actually so impeccable that making the marinade isn't really necessary, so I'll definitely be skipping that step next time around. I highly recommend this recipe!
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Home On The Range Tuna Salad

Reviewed: Mar. 26, 2004
wow. this was really tasty. i did omit the celery salt and found that to be helpful, but another option may be using low sodium tuna. i thought about using this for a pot luck or even when having friends over, but will definitely make it with albacore. It was excellent!
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Salad with Artichokes

Reviewed: Feb. 16, 2004
superb! i skipped the dressing and added my own, newman's own olive oil vinaigrette. i also added some whole black olives. try serving it with the champagne and shrimp pasta or the crab and shrimp bisque. even my boyfriend loved it, and he hates artichokes! :)
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California Grilled Veggie Sandwich

Reviewed: Jun. 6, 2008
I didn't know if this would be my thing, but I can now say that this is *THE BEST RECIPE* on the site. I would recommend these minor additions: portobello mushrooms (essential, esp. for meat eaters) and zucchini. We had to use the oven due to rain, but I let the peppers cook longer and finished them off under the broiler. Perfection! You MUST try this. ;)
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Old Fashioned Giblet Stuffing

Reviewed: Nov. 22, 2007
This recipe was pretty close to how my grandmother makes stuffing, so I was quite pleased. I minced the giblets, as the texture can be somewhat bizarre, and added a small package of cooked wild rice, plus a can of finely sliced water chestnuts. I did find that much more than 1 cup of broth was needed, but the prep was an absolute cinch -- will make again!
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Asparagus Wrapped in Crisp Prosciutto

Reviewed: Jan. 17, 2008
This is a quick and elegant appetizer. I would definitely recommend spreading a soft cheese over the prosciutto first, and sprinkling some freshly ground pepper over the pieces before baking.
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Absolutely The Best Shrimp Scampi

Reviewed: Nov. 19, 2007
I was not incredibly impressed with this recipe, either. I agree that it was missing something...in my case, any sauce? My favorite part of this dish was the angel hair pasta I served it on, which was tossed with just a touch of fresh cream and parsley beforehand. For instances where this does yield sauce, however, I'm sure that would need some improvisation to prevent it from being too greasy. I may try this again with some modifications for move flavor, but the recipe is a good start.
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Mom's Cucumber Salad

Reviewed: Jun. 23, 2008
*The* quintessential summer salad. I've been looking for this recipe for some time now, and was glad to find it here. I sweat the cucumbers first with some salt as I mix the dressing, making sure to add more vinegar than stated to balance out the sweetness. Also, onions are a must!
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Oatmeal and Wheat Flour Blueberry Pancakes

Reviewed: May 24, 2008
Initially I wasn't that fond of these pancakes, although my husband loved them. However, now I find myself craving them on a weekly basis. We do substitute regular milk and fresh blueberries, and occasionally add a touch of vanilla or flaxseed. I never would have thought to put oatmeal in a pancake, but these just keep getting better and better!
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Insalata Caprese II

Reviewed: Mar. 12, 2008
The beauty of this recipe lies in its simplicity. I did follow the more Sicilian method (with balsamic and fresh garlic) and used smaller Campari tomatoes. It made a perfect appetizer and is now a house favorite!
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Chewy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Reviewed: Jan. 27, 2008
I followed this recipe exactly, only omitting the walnuts, and the cookies were still soft and chewy the next day! For those who don't have the same good luck, try my grandmother's trick. Store "hard" cookies in a sealed container, along with a piece of fresh bread, several hours or overnight. When you remove the bread, the cookies will have absorbed its moisture and be soft again. Voila!
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Old-World Cabbage Soup

Reviewed: Jan. 24, 2008
I made several modifications but am sure the recipe is still great as is. The vegetables were instead cooked in a bit of olive oil and butter, adding the cabbage in the last minute or two before the liquids. Also, I used "Better Than Bullion" beef base instead of vegetable broth, fire-roasted tomatoes, and some leftover grated zucchini from the Zucchini Bread IV recipe. Excellent!
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Strawberry Soup I

Reviewed: Dec. 5, 2007
Absolutely excellent. Based off the past reviews, I used a combination of cinnamon, ginger, & nutmeg to taste. To maximize the flavor, garnish with fresh cream!
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Chocolate Cakes with Liquid Centers

Reviewed: Feb. 16, 2004
this recipe gave a baking time of 6-7 minutes... they were definitely still liquid after about ten minutes in a well-heated oven. however, i read a similar recipe stating to cook for 14-15 at 425 instead. sure enough, this did the trick! i used strawberries and real whipped cream, but next time i may try a milk chocolate and see how it turns out. great for valentine's day! :)
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Sun-Dried Tomato Basil Orzo

Reviewed: Jun. 23, 2008
I made sure to review after letting this sit for a day, but I have to agree with others who've stated that this recipe is somewhat bland. My food processor may not have chopped up the sun-dried tomatoes enough(?), but either way I think using a little less pasta would help, too. I will definitely be making this again, however, using the above changes.
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