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Arkansas Green Beans

Reviewed: Jun. 4, 2014
Sauce was delicious even with the sugar halved! Will definitely cook again but always with fresh beans.
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Moussaka Cottage Pie

Reviewed: Mar. 1, 2014
Delicious. But, please use fresh mashed potatoes! Simply delicious. We used tomatoes from the garden (in a pasta sauce) and eggplant. Simply terrific.
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Roasted Lamb with Root Vegetables

Reviewed: Dec. 9, 2013
Have made this twice now and love it. There's never any lamb leftover. Great flavor with lamb.
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Simple Whole Wheat Bread

Reviewed: Dec. 1, 2013
I've been using this recipe for a year. We bake 3 loaves about every 10 days. We use a 1/2 & 1/2 mix of whole wheat flour that we buy pre-packaged and then full whole wheat that we grind ourselves. It's hard to mess up this recipe. What I love about it is minimal kneading. It seems that less is better. We now have people wanting to buy it each week and have sold it sporadically in the past. The time it takes to rise can vary a lot depending upon the temperature, so if it's going slowly, I'll put it on top of the stove next to something I'm cooking or out in the sunshine. I love that it doesn't use milk because we get our own milk fresh from the cow each morning and in the dry season there's not enough to go around...also like the honey rather than sugar.
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Moist Cinnamon Rolls

Reviewed: Dec. 1, 2013
Yummy recipe. We don't ever add the topping as we don't have access to walnuts, but the rolls are sweet enough. We make them by hand as well and just let them rise in the pan, then transfer them to the fridge covered so that we can bake them fresh in the morning. Just take them out about 20 minutes before you want to bake them and it works great. Like most cinnamon rolls, the leftovers are hard the next day but we slice them up for french toast-DELICIOUS!
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Rich and Creamy Beef Stroganoff

Reviewed: Nov. 10, 2013
This recipe always turns out delicious. We can't get cream cheese or mushrooms easily or cheaply here, but it is still creamy and rich without them. I have never had to simmer it for one hour, I think the sauce would be a little thick. The red pepper flakes are divine in there but I'm the only one who can take the heat in my family. We've served it over rice and egg noodles and it's simply delicious. This is my go-to meal for guests because I can count on it turning out delicious.
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Beets with Onion and Cumin

Reviewed: Nov. 5, 2013
I have made this several times now and like it more each time. The flavor and sauce are a nice departure from plain boiled beets. I didn't care for the tomatoes the first time so I just leave it out now and don't miss it. Thank you for a great recipe to use up all beets from the garden!
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Pineapple Upside-Down Cake II

Reviewed: Nov. 5, 2013
If I could give this more stars I would. I love that it uses fresh pineapple and the cake is made from scratch. My husband doesn't like chocolate or sweets very much, but he had two servings of this. I had trouble not cutting into it before dinner! The cake is so moist and the sweet topping is perfect. We have what i think of as raw sugar here, brown and white sugar are super expensive. I used the raw sugar in both instances and it turned out perfectly.
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Tortilla Espanola (Spanish Tortilla)

Reviewed: Nov. 4, 2013
I've made this twice now. It's so filling that we only need one recipe to feed 4 of us with a little left over. Be sure to use a large enough skillet that you can easily stir the potatoes. That's the only challenging part. I added green pepper, cheese and ground beef the 2nd time around and we ate it warm. Yummy.
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Sloppy Joes II

Reviewed: Nov. 2, 2013
This was really good. In the US I always used the McCormick packages of seasoning, but I can't get it here. So, I was looking for a scratch recipe. I missed the part about simmering everything for 45 minutes so the meat hadn't really soaked up the flavor but it was still good. It seems that it would get a little dry cooking it for that long, but I'll try it next time. Easy recipe. Thanks for sharing it.
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Cheesy Zucchini Casserole I

Reviewed: Oct. 27, 2013
Delicious despite my mistake of mixing the cheese in with the egg,onion & spices. Next time I'll remember to put the cheese on top and it won't dry out. I added little slices of tomato from the garden and increased the egg to 2.
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Tomato Zucchini Casserole

Reviewed: Oct. 27, 2013
Prepared it exactly as it's written in the recipe. Everyone liked it a lot. We are going to spice it up a bit more next time. Wonderful way to use up zucchini and tomatoes from the garden!
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Homemade Flour Tortillas

Reviewed: Sep. 25, 2013
We used vegetable shortening and the result was delicious. The texture was just like authentic tortillas. We cooked them before lunch intending to use them for a taco dinner but I couldn't wait and ate 3 for lunch with salsa and hummus! This will become a staple for us since we cannot buy things like this in Tanzania. I am going to try frying them up as well to see if I can produce good tortilla chips from them.
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Homemade Mac and Cheese

Reviewed: Sep. 21, 2013
This is a GREAT basic Mac and cheese recipe that can be spiced up to your own tastes. I read a lot of the reviews after making this 4 times to find some hints for spicing it up a little. Having traveled the US selling Napa wines, eating lots of delicious cheeses, I believe that if people find the recipe isn't cheesy enough, they simply need to try a different cheese. For instance, sharp cheddar has a distinct flavor different from medium cheddar. In our case, we don't have access to great cheeses unless we want to pay $37 for 4.5 lbs of imported cheddar from New Zealand. Even with the "cheap" stuff from Kenya this recipe tastes great, so anyone living in the US with access to a great selection of cheeses, I really encourage you to try another one. I don't think it's the recipe, it's probably the cheese. On another note the sauce really thickens only AFTER adding the cheese. We leave off the bread crumbs as I don't want the extra work and calories. Our family of 4 can nearly finish this in one meal without any other sides...delicious.
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White Chocolate and Raspberry Ice Cream

Reviewed: Aug. 21, 2013
We loved this ice cream. We have tried about 3 other recipes for ice cream. Because the eggs here are not refrigerated, it was important for me to find a recipe that cooked the egg. The consistency was just like store bought ice cream. The first time I made it, I cut the sugar to 1/2 cup and it was still yummy but I will add the full amount in the future. White chocolate chips are non-existent here and bars are too expensive so we didn't use any. Plus, it probably would have been really sweet for our taste. I didn't want to mess with scraping the vanilla bean so we just put the vanilla in at the end. We thought the raspberry handling was lots of work so the 2nd time we just heated the raspberries and poured them in seeds and all. Yummy yummy makes me yearn for haagen daaz being so far from home. We also just put it in the freezer as we don't have an electric ice cream maker. It's thick enough that things don't separate while setting up in the freezer.
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'Chinese Buffet' Green Beans

Reviewed: Aug. 8, 2013
My three year old scarfs up these green beans and finishes off whatever's left in the serving bowl. We don't get oyster sauce here, so I substitute a "mushroom soy sauce" instead. I'm assuming that oyster sauce is made from oyster mushrooms... We keep minced garlic in oil in the fridge ready to go, so we never use the thin slices as called for, it's still delicious.
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Butternut Squash Casserole

Reviewed: Aug. 8, 2013
I make this when we have guests for dinner and everyone loves it and asks for the recipe. Since living in TZ for 3 years our diet now includes only fresh food made from scratch which means we don't get a lot of sugar from processed foods. So, I cut the sugar in half, use pumpkin when I cannot get butternut squash, and I eliminate the topping all together because we don't get anything like vanilla wafers here-but I don't mind eliminating that processed food anyway, and the extra calories from the sugar and butter.
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Chipotle Honey Roasted Peanuts

Reviewed: Aug. 3, 2013
I have made these many times now and people LOVE them. I have trouble getting smoked chipotle seasoning though and have to bring it from the US when we go back. I can't buy skinless peanuts here and I wonder if that is why the sugar always seems to melt and then clump up. Anyone have any suggestions?
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Poppyseed Salad Dressing

Reviewed: Jul. 30, 2013
Yummy, thank you for sharing the recipe. Missed the part about how to make onion juice the first time around so we will try that in the future. We used sesame seeds because I didn't have poppy seeds. It was still nice but I'm sure it tastes fantastic with poppy seeds. Since we've been living in TZ the past 3 years and eating less processed foods, I find I have to cut the sugar in EVERYTHING because our taste buds have changed. This recipe was no exception.
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Batman's Best Caesar Dressing

Reviewed: Jul. 10, 2013
This is a wonderfully tasty and easy-to-prepare recipe. We didn't have Parmesan the first time I made this dressing but it was still delicious. We don't have a wide range of olive oils available here and I doubt what we get is very good quality but the result is fantastic. LOVED it with the Parmesan! Thank you for sharing the recipe.
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