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Irish Beef Stew with Guinness® Beer

Reviewed: Sep. 19, 2010
Made the way te recipe is written using carrots and potatoes - yields a very tasty beef stew which I thicken with a little flour and water, if needed.
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Molly's Mouthwatering Tzatziki Cucumber Sauce

Reviewed: Sep. 16, 2010
Made this as written and it was pretty good. I halved the recipe and used only one heaping teaspoon of mayo. It was good, but lacked the depth I was looking for, so I added the juice of 1/2 lemon and finely grated the peel - then added 1/4t. crushed seasoning called "Deliciously Dill" (dried mix of onion, dill, lemon peel, ginger, garlic, chives) and it was perfect. Thanks for the recipe! I was looking for something authentic and this is as close as I found. Not 100% on the mayo yet though, but we'll see after another night in the fridge.
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The Best Meatballs

Reviewed: Sep. 15, 2010
As written, very good. However, it is hard (for whatever reason) to get veal here anymore - a package of veal culets was $30 at my supermarket last week! I bought some gound veal at my local meat market ($8 per lb.) and made these. Unfortunately, didn't feel it was worth the extra time and expense. Next time, I'm going to try them with 1/2 ground pork and a 80% ground beef to keep it moist and leave out the veal - unless the price comes WAY down.
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Fish Tacos

Reviewed: Sep. 9, 2010
A bit messy and time consuming. I wish I would have grilled my fish instead of frying, but wanted to try this as written. I am in the minority on the sauce, I think. It wasn't my favorite - it was a bit too thick for my taste and even though I used a bit less dill, it seems all I tasted was dill. Almost like a glorifed tartar sauce. I've had tons of SD fish tacos - both fried and blackened - and this didn't really remind me of my favorites. Also, the batter is quite bland. I took the advice of another reviewer and seasoned my fish before batter and used a couple shakes of seasoned salt when the fish was done cooking. Overall; it was just too bland, greasy and tartar-y for me. I doubt I'll try this one again, sorry.
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Bowler Beef Marinade

Reviewed: Sep. 5, 2010
Not my favorite, sorry. Much too sweet for us, the soy sauce is overwhelming. All I tasted was the soy, OJ, brown sugar. It definitely has an "asian" taste with these seasonings/additions. However, I'd already added them to my meat (tri-tip) in the ziploc bag before I realized how sweet this was going to end up. I prefer something much heartier - red wine, onion, worchester, etc. I made these with my own bacon wrapped potato wedges and grilled corn on the cob, so the flavoring really seemed out of place. Thanks for the new idea though. It was different.
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Sean's Falafel and Cucumber Sauce

Reviewed: Sep. 5, 2010
I like to pulse partially cooked chickpeas in my food processor so they aren't too mushy for the mixture. I also use a piece of day old bread rather than bread crumbs. I agree with Muslim Mom that baking powder must be a typo, because I have always used baking soda. If your mixture is not holding together, add a little water and then flatten the balls into patties. I didn't use this sauce because I make my own tahini dressing. Typically, we put the diced cucumbers, diced super fresh tomatoes and some of the dressing in the pita before adding the falafel, then add more dressing, if desired. Heating the pita in the microwave helps give the pita bread a nice chewy, distinctive flavor. I hate a dry pita. ETA: I also never deep fry these. Usually quickly pan fry and finish in the oven or bake and broil in the oven. Both ways are good!
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Falafel I

Reviewed: Sep. 5, 2010
Didn't care for the texture or the peanut butter or soy sauce addition. They don't belong here. The person asking about the "burger" type of mediterranean food is probably looking to make Kefta - which uses ground beef, parsley, onion, cumin , salt and pepper formed into small oval patties, cooked and placed in the pita with tomatoes, cucumber and tahini dressing/sauce. Falafel is made with chickpeas.
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Quick and Easy Tuna Casserole

Reviewed: Sep. 3, 2010
Very good! A nice, basic tuna casserole recipe. I think even a small onion chopped would have been too much for this dish - I used about 1/4c finely chopped and it was plenty without being overwhelming. I also used only 1 can of soup and added I can of milk for a creamier consistency. I also added a little garlic powder, dried mustard and a touch of celery seed. The sliced American cheese was a nice addition and I had some from the deli that I wanted to use up, but only used about eight slices. Will make this again - hubby loved it. ETA on 9/10/10 - I am making this again and looked up the recipe and wanted to add that I also baked it for 30 mins at 350 and tonight I'm adding fried onions to the top. Hubby just loves this meal and that works for me!
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Golden Potato Soup

Reviewed: Sep. 1, 2010
I made this last night - we really liked it. I have searched far and wide for a good restaurant quality soup that uses no canned soup or instant potatoes. This comes really close. I used vegetable bouillon because I don't like a "chicken" taste in my potato soup. I also sauteed my onion, mis-read the recipe and thought it called for shredded carrots, so I accidentally added one to this, and sauteed with the onion and celery. I didn't have ham so used 1/2lb of bacon cut into pieces and saved some of the bacon grease for the saute. Instead of using flour, I took my immersion blender and blended some of the soup before adding the cheese and bacon. This step thickened the soup nicely, while still leaving some chunks of potato. I will make this again - no doubt. Thanks for posting it!
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Sweet Restaurant Slaw

Reviewed: Aug. 29, 2010
Word is in! According to my family, this is THE best coleslaw ever! After reading reviews, I knew I wanted to stick to the basic recipe and give it a shot. In the end, I only made a couple minor changes so it would be more like KFC's (which my family loves). I chopped my bag of 16oz. coleslaw mix into smaller chunks like KFC. I added one shredded carrot because my mix was a little lite on the carrots. Inadvertantely used only 2T of vegetable oil - and it was fine - and used celery seed instead of poppy because that's what I had and it seems to fit better. I also used a tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar in addition to the regular. According to my family, this coleslaw is "the bomb dot com" so I had to taste it - and it's the first time I ever really liked Coleslaw. It's a bit sweet for my taste, but the family says it's supposed to be. Thank you so much for posting this family favorite recipe!!!
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Fried Rice I

Reviewed: Aug. 27, 2010
Pretty good! Make sure your rice is cold though, otherwise it will be sticky/gummy. I only used 2 eggs and omitted the bacon because I was serving it with my own Sweet and Sour Chicken. I also used frozen corn - about 3/4c and a frozen mixture of peas and carrots. I thought it was a tad bit bland and added about 1t. fish sauce, which helped. I really like the option of cooking the egg seperately as we have allergies in our family. Making it this way still gives the egg lovers their 'eggy' fried rice.
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Beef Stew IV

Reviewed: Aug. 25, 2010
Bland as all get out, sorry. Beef stew needs to be hearty, beefy and tasty. This just didn't cut it for my family. It is too watery, and needs to cook longer to tenderize the meat. You don't need to remove the meat when thickening - just use a flour shaker to shake flour into the stew until your desired consistency. I don't add corn, but have added green beans, which the family prefers. The key to a good beef stew is a thick, hearty sauce/broth - it shouldn't be soup like, which is what we got with this. I had to doctor it up quite a bit (spices) and cook it much longer to get it where we like it (thick and hearty).
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Pat's Baked Beans

Reviewed: Aug. 25, 2010
Very good. I made these in the slow cooker and everyone liked them. I left out the garbanzo beans because that just sounded weird to me and hubby isn't a fan of them. Added another clove of garlic and used applewood smoked bacon. My family enjoyed them and they were easy - not quite the depth of flavor as my own baked beans. The recipe makes quite a bit.
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Dressing for Potato Salad

Reviewed: Aug. 25, 2010
Excellent! I can't thank you enough for sharing. This is my new "go to" recipe for any type of potato, macaroni or pasta salad. I added a the onion, which are listed as optional - I also added a seasoned pepper blend and a little dried dill and chives. Other than that, I kept it as written and my family just loved it.
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Emergency Garlic Bread

Reviewed: Aug. 20, 2010
I've been making this forever! Yeah, it's not gourmet, lol but my kids just love it. We use leftover hotdog buns, hamburger buns, etc. - you name it. I've also added a bit of shredded cheese to it before broiling. My daughter wanted this for her sloppy joes last week and it works great.
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Red Enchilada Sauce

Reviewed: Aug. 17, 2010
Ouch. This is so not what I am used to - which is okay as long as it works. This didn't do it for me. This reminded me of pasta sauce. You are far, far better off getting the cellophane packets located in the 'international' section of the supermarket that are marked "Enchilada Sauce" and just add vegetable oil and water or tomato sauce. Those pkgs are fairly inexpensive and are really the best way to go for a good, red enchilada sauce from scratch.
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Chuck's Favorite Mac and Cheese

Reviewed: Aug. 17, 2010
I liked this quite a bit. Mine came out nice and creamy, however I did use a bit more cottage cheese and a bit less sour cream - maybe 14oz. cottage cheese and about 4-5oz of sour cream. I also used Colby-Jack reduced fat cheese and a few passes over the grater of parmesan. I did not do the topping because I'm not a fan of that type of topping on mac & cheese and this topping seemed really heavy to me. When we splurge on homemade mac & cheese, this will be one of my top 3 - thanks MRSO!
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Baked Potato Pizza

Reviewed: Aug. 16, 2010
Not my favorite, sorry. I love loaded baked potatoes and wanted to try it. I read most all the reviews and decided to go with as is. Unfortunately, I thought it was pretty bland and unremarkable. It needs salt, pepper, seasoning, etc. Mine turned out to be a bit labor intensive as I had not baked the potatoes in advance. If you're going to make this, make sure you have your potatoes and bacon ready before preparing. I'm giving it three stars because my guys 'sort of' like it (not their favorite though) - but if it were just I, it would be about two stars, especially considering the carbs/calories. Thanks though - it's always nice to try something new!
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Southern-Style Chocolate Gravy

Reviewed: Aug. 15, 2010
My husband says this is the closest to what his grandmother in Kentucky used to make for them whrn they were kids... I did add a bit more cocoa - about 1/3 c rather than the 1/4 c. He wanted it with biscuits and that is what he got! He was in heaven.
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Chili Dog Casserole I

Reviewed: Aug. 14, 2010
I made this for my son and my husband last night. They both loved it. I halved the recipe and used an 8x8 pan - still needed a 15oz can of chili. Mine was not soggy at all - I sliced the hotdog rolls on a slight diagonal and layed them in the bottom of the pan. I then put a scant 1/2 c. colby jack shredded cheese mixture over the bread. I used good quality Hebrew National all beef hotdogs and Denison chili. Will add this to my "family favorites" list - thanks so much!
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