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Southern Dirty Rice

Reviewed: Sep. 4, 2012
I'm from North Dakota and 40 years old. ONE TIME I had the pleasure of eating Southern Soul Food at a Baptist Church Fundraiser. For $10 I had one of the most memorable, delicious, "HEAVENLY" meals. With my birthday coming up I've decided that I will recreate my meal and I turned here to find the recipes. Although the thought of liver makes my mouth water [in a bad way] I decided after much deliberation to go for it-ALL IN, BABY!!! Well, I used just half pound of livers, I've tasted chicken gizzards and couldn't do it. Suprise, surprise, if I hadn't made it I wouldn't have guessed it, chicken livers pureed in the food processor are nothing like the beef liver and onions my mother has made for years! Unfortunately I only had Cajun seasoning on hand so I used a half teaspoon of that thinking it would equal the 1/4 teaspoon plus the seasonings. I just ate my first bowlful. Oh, one more thing...I could not resist the tempation to fry up one thick slice of bacon and add one green pepper and some celery. Final judgment? It's good. Not salty enough. And I have to say there's not enough heat. But I don't have the complete meal either. My next attempt will be greens and I am serving it with chicken-fried pork chops and cornbread as well. Do not be afraid to try chicken livers, I am glad I did. I really want authenticity, though I"m sure nothing I ever turn out will come close to the delicacies those wonderful church ladies shared. God bless mamas who cook!!!!
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Seafood Creole

Reviewed: Sep. 4, 2012
Holy buckets, this stuff is SOOO GOOD!!! I am from the landlocked Midwest and really only get seafood occasionally at Red Lobster-so tragic I know! This was only my second attempt at cooking with seafood but somehow I stumbled across this recipe...oh that's right my Joe's Crabshack closed and I really wanted crawfish etouffee...anyways, once I read the ingredient list and the reviews I was craving this dish. I was so excited and unsure and hungry...LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! To think that I bought frozen uncooked medium shrimp, uncooked baby scallops and frozen tilapia fillets and it tastes phenomenal!!! FROM WALMART!!! I also used a can of mild rotel diced tomatoes in place of fresh tomatoes and cut the heat in half. I simmered without a lid for 25 minutes to reduce the liquid and added the thawed seafood for 10 minutes. I just threw in the whole fish fillets and after ten minutes they fell apart. Hubby exclaimed that the shrimp were cooked to perfection and he wished he had a whole bowl of just shrimp...I told him we can work it out. In the end I used about a pound and a half of seafood and we had something in every lovin' spoonful! Hubby has requested that we add the whole 3 pounds next time. He is not a tomato-y, brothy, soupy, rice kind of guy but he's already informed me that he's taking the leftovers to work tomorrow...good thing I already have a lunch date or we woulda had to wrestle for it ;)!!!! This will be on our regular menu rotation from here on out!!!
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Baked Garlic Parmesan Chicken

Reviewed: Sep. 14, 2012
I did not care for this recipe.
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Peanut Butter Chip Chocolate Cookies

Reviewed: Oct. 10, 2012
delicious! made these for my kid in college and she has requested a repeat...which I am considering since they were sooooo good!!!
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Slow Cooker Ribs

Reviewed: Oct. 10, 2012
holy buckets! one of the few recipes I have scanned the reviews and decided to make as it without changing anything (and yes, I believe we should only rate the recipe as is not on a bazillion changes)! THIS WAS ABSOLUTELY DELISH. I shredded the ribs and served it over rice with some steamed broccoli. SO LOVELY! I even went to far as to make my own teriyaki sauce since I didn't want to run to the Asian store for that one ingredient. THANK YOU!!!
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Sweet Cornbread Cake

Reviewed: Oct. 10, 2012
I halved this recipe as its just me and hubby now. I have searched and searched for the perfect cornbread muffin and this is it!!! Cake is right! Sooo lovely you're going to want to take the whole pan and a bowl of honey butter and just make it all disappear! I used half cup of Splenda and 1/4 cup reg. sugar. I think I'll go one step further and do 1/4 cup Splenda. I was worried that I had somehow mistranslated the numbers when halving because it was very runny and loose and nothing like what cornbread usually looks like but it baked up perfectly in my toaster oven and now I'm just waiting for hubby to get home so that I don't eat it all! Oh I also used 1 c. cornmeal and 1 c. flour. LOVE LOVE LOVE
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Pumpkin Ginger Cupcakes

Reviewed: Oct. 14, 2012
decadent and delicious. hailed as "all-time best-tasting cupcake" by three different family friends from three different families. I have been searching for the perfect cupcakes to serve at a bridal shower and so I wanted non-family reviews for some honesty! I read through a vast amount of reviews and decided to skip crystalized ginger. I increased ginger powder to 1 tsp. I used seasonal Jello pumpkin spice pudding and 3 eggs. They were not light and fluffy for sure. Very moist and somewhat dense. I filled each muffin liner to just below the top and got exactly 24 cupcakes. These are absolutely perfect without any frosting IMHO but per husband's request I used a simple cream cheese frosting of 5 T butter, 8 0z. creamcheese (1/3 less fat), 2 cups of powdered sugar, 2 t. vanilla and 1/2 t. cinnamon. holy buckets...I am still on the search for the other 2 flavors of cupcakes but THESE HAVE MADE THE LIST...for life!!! sorry, one last thing. Baked for 27 minutes and they were perfect!!!
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Sweet and Spicy Green Beans

Reviewed: Oct. 15, 2012
HUBS ATE ALL THE GREEN BEANS ON HIS PLATE BEFORE HE EVEN TOUCHED ANYTHING ELSE!!! All the while he "ummmm...yummm....best...beans...babe....ummmm"-ed!!!! No joke! And then the whole meal was proclaimed best meal ever. Simple meatloaf, cornbread and THESE AWESOME GREEN BEANS!!! Nuff said...
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Cheesy Ramen Noodles

Reviewed: Oct. 31, 2012
Thank you for submitting this! I always read through reviews and take it from there since it seems as though no one actually follows the recipe! But I am grateful for all the hints and tips. I left about a 1/4 of the water, added 2 slices of cheese and a squeeze of hidden valley ranch. I stirred it up over the still very hot burner until it was good and creamy and scooped half onto my plate and then added a generous dollop of tabasco to husbands, gave it a quick stir and spooned it onto his plate. I only used half the seasoning packet and it was delicious! With a piece of baked chicken and oven-roasted cauliflower I had very little guilt about serving this!
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Quick Cabbage and Noodles

Reviewed: Nov. 1, 2012
well, it will get you through in a pinch but this was so flavorless! I mean I should have known but still...I ended up adding a few strips of bacon crumbled and some frozen corn sauteed in the bacon grease and some garlic salt and then it was pretty good and we finished it off but as is we would have just thrown it out.
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Sweet and Spicy Stir Fry with Chicken and Broccoli

Reviewed: Nov. 27, 2012
as is the recipe does not have enough sauce and is quite spicy and salty. I used half cup of chicken broth, omitted the salt and pepper, left the other ingredients in the same amounts and added 1 T of cornstarch and brown sugar. I am very grateful for this recipe.
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Cranberry Orange Breakfast Bread

Reviewed: Nov. 27, 2012
LOVE LOVE LOVE! I considered lessening the stars because there should really be mention that the orange juice should be warmed to help the yeast but oh well...read your breadmachine manual and you will find that information out for yourself. It makes a dense, delicious loaf and I've since modified it by trading one cup of bread flour for whole wheat, adding 1/4 c ground flax seed and 1 T vital wheat gluten. It is a real treat!!!
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Bacon Pie

Reviewed: Nov. 28, 2012
I give this 4 stars because I love this quiche so much and it makes a simple, quick filling meal on those nights when dinner must be on the run. I did however modify it just a little. I steam two cups of broccoli to add. I also use the Hormel real bacon bits which I buy the big bag at Sams Club, I use 1 cup. I also add 1 tsp each of onion and garlic powder and dried basil. My favorite go-to cheese which is always in my cheese bin is Colby Jack. I just mix it all up and pour it into the pie plate and 40 minutes later...its delicious! I cut it up, every one grabs a piece or two and a paper plate/napkin and out the door we go! Never fails to please and the house smells good.
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Lana's Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Reviewed: Dec. 5, 2012
wow!!! SO DELICIOUS! so I always read the reviews. at least a good 25 or so anyways, you get a real feel for the recipe I think. Anyways, these meatballs are ROCKIN!!!! Ok, seriously, yes, it takes 15 minutes more to make your own meatballs than it does to just buy a bag of frozen at the grocery store, but REALLY! if you knew how the food industry has cut corners to bring you the cheapest, unhealthiest possible for your "CONVENIENCE" I think you might change your mind about all that junk! Off of my soapbox though, I just ate one of the best meals we've had in a long time! I diced up three carrots and used a very large green pepper and so mine was heavy on the veggies but that's how I justify ground beef, so whatever. I left out the onions in the meatballs I find they only make the meatballs fall apart and I added a tsp of onion and garlic powder. I also don't add breadcrumbs or oatmeal to meatballs as that really just absorbs the fat from the burger and I'd just rather leave that on the baking pan. Also I did not add sugar to my meatballs...I'm sorry, that just seems gross to me...I like my sugar in the sauce on the outside of the meatball, thank you very much ;) Anyways, make double the meatballs and freeze half because you are going to want this meal again very soon and that part will be done. I can't wait to make this again. I'm going to double up all the prep work and freeze half of the entire so that I can whip this up very quickly midweek. THE WHOLE FAMILY LOVED IT
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Strawberry-Pineapple Smoothie

Reviewed: Dec. 13, 2012
oh wow is this good!!! I am a smoothie girl. Smoothies are that rare edible that can be as healthy (and still delicious) as you want or can be just pure sugar and satisfy that craving you have for something "bad for you." This one fits both bills at the same time. I used frozen strawberries, a small can of crushed pineapple, plain unflavored yogurt (and I added a splash of vanilla to compensate), skipped the ice cubes (its the middle of winter and I am tast-testing smoothie recipes to make up a recipe book for all my nieces for Christmas and I actually like thick smoothies and without the ice cubes this was the perfect consistency to me)and added 1 T ground flax seed which makes every smoothie good for me!!! LOVE IT!!!
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Chinese-Style Broccoli Salad

Reviewed: Jan. 15, 2013
EWWW!!! I love broccoli and I couldn't eat this. I just rinsed it off and will now try to find a cream of broccoli soup to make in my vitamix so that I don't have to throw away my pot of green goodness. This was just bad.
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Beef and Cabbage Stew

Reviewed: Jan. 19, 2013
ok, is it fair to give this 5 stars when I didn't follow the recipe? I just had to because this soup is so delicious and soooooo good for us!!! I used 1 pound of beef, 15 oz tomato sauce, 6 cups of beef broth, 4 large handful of coleslaw mix (Sam's club), 2 large carrots, 1 onion, 1 c each of frozen green beans and corn and salt and pepper...and one tsp of sugar to balance the acidity of the tomatoes. OH WOW! simple, delicious, hearty, healthy goodness in a bowl. Exactly what I want my family to eat to nourish themselves!!! the twenty minutes of simmering are almost up and the troops are starting to circle!!! I've taste-tested a little bowl already and I can hardly wait for more!!!!
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Brunch Egg Bake

Reviewed: Jan. 21, 2013
REALLY FABULOUS! I have a thing about cheese...it should be optional in all things in my opinion and so my little family has had to learn to just add some to whatever they want. so...I didn't add any cheese. also I didn't sautee the veggies first, I just chopped up fresh mushrooms, green onions, green peppers and deli turkey. I whipped up the egg part, poured it in the pan threw the vegetables and turkey over the top, added some ground pepper and baked it. REALLY FABULOUS! it was just one of those nights where I seem to get everything backwards but fortunately this egg bake with some toast and a glass of milk made a really, really REALLY FABULOUS dinner!
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Tofu Vindaloo

Reviewed: Feb. 6, 2013
Oh wow, thank you sidnam!!! I was so excited when I saw this recipe and the positive reviews! My daughter and I love Indian food and though I've tried many times to make something delicious at home (with an Indian flavor) I have been seriously unable!!! YOUR RECIPE IS TOTAL SUCCESS!!! I did sautee my mushrooms with the veggies in the beginning and I only used one good sized onion. I also used 6 cloves of garlic as we love, love, love garlic and it's so good for you! And I had to use lite coconut milk cuz...well, healthy eating dictates it!!! Otherwise I followed the recipe to a T!!! I will say that I did end up buying an American-looking curry powder. I believe that success and failure will depend largely on that one ingredient. Some have mentioned that it's bland. I agree if you mean non-spicy-hot! But for me and my simple tastebuds it was just perfect. I figured my hubby who likes spicy food can just add a squirt of sriracha and call it a day! But otherwise this is seriously flavorful goodness! My daughter is at college right now but I can't wait for her to come home so I can show off my new skills...all thanks to sidnam!!!
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Tofu Salad

Reviewed: Feb. 12, 2013
so...some will think it's not fair that I gave it 4 stars when I'm not technically rating the original recipe BUT if not for this recipe I would have never had what I had just a short half hour ago! AMAZING!!! I always read through the reviews, for what they're worth. Initially I was very turned off by the sweet chili sauce. It's so goopy! Not my fave. But then someone said leave it out and add some sugar. BRILLIANT!!! So I began by pressing the tofu. then I shredded half a head of cabbage and grated up one carrot and threw in a big handful of peanuts. Looked good already. I made up the marinade omitting the chili sauce and added sugar. Not so good but really what did I expect right? So I added a T of rice wine vinegar. Hmmm...then I added another, a squeeze of lemon and a total of 1 T sugar. OH WOW! I poured that over the cabbage, totally forgetting its original intent to marinate my tofu! so I just threw the chopped up tofu in, mixed it all together and yummed my way through half the bowl. I literally had to stop myself from eating the whole bowl!!! OH WOW!!! hence the 4 stars-because on my own I never would have come up with this...and believe me I will probably eat the other half tonight for dinner and I know I will have this at least once a week from now on! I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!!
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