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Lion House Wassail

Reviewed: Mar. 15, 2008
I love this so much, I serve it year-round! My changes: add 1/2 T balsamic vinegar, 1/4 c brown sugar (no white), 2 c water [or more], 1 L. cinnamon stick-broken up, minced ginger root, 3 T lime juice, 1 c peach juice, apple cider [Organic 946 ml is awesome] instead of apple juice, 3 T honey, a bunch of orange zest, more allspice, more cloves, 2 oranges juiced into the pot and add the empty halves, quartered-squeezed-scored lemons; it's different every time... at Christmas, mandarin oranges, halved, squeezed and deeply scored go in ,too. The floating fruit makes it more festive, and the daring can sip it unstrained to get luscious bits of pulp.
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Hot Chai Latte

Reviewed: Mar. 4, 2008
It's a Hit!! I used honey instead of sugar, & added 3 cardamom pods & 1/4 t vanilla extract & an ordinary teabag instead of leaves. Don't be afraid to add extra the amount of spices! Next time, I will steep the mixture without the milk. Then I don't have to worry about 'milk skin' developing and I can add it to get a better drinking temperature for me (135 degrees).....mmm!
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Warm Apple Cinnamon Cobbler

Reviewed: Feb. 23, 2008
I'm giving it 2 stars because my husband ate it... I didn't like it at all--maybe I did something wrong... I divided the flour into 1/2 ww and 1/2 white, thinking the topping would be lighter. It was too tough, crumbly and tasteless to me...
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Yam and Apple Casserole

Reviewed: Jan. 6, 2008
Whoo Hoo! VERY delicious! notes: watch out for soaked yams: yams will peel a lot nicer if you don't leave them soaking in the "cold bath"... over-done sauce: keep your eye on the sauce or it turns into syrup--also, reduce the sweetness of the sauce as the yams are very, very good by themselves... crispy apples: don't over-microwave the apples because the slightly crunchy texture is such a nice surprise in this predictably Orange dish. Even people who had never seen apples with yams were very impressed: I should have made more!!
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Hot Spiced Cider

Reviewed: Dec. 27, 2007
Excellent! Very delicious and versatile recipe. Any little bit of left-over juice can go in here for added flavour. Gets better the longer it is simmered.
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Special Occasion Stuffed Crown Pork Roast

Reviewed: Dec. 24, 2007
I, too, am rating this for the stuffing which was TOTALLY awesome and made my whole Christmas dinner Very Special. I love it. I made a yield for 4 and stuffed a roaster chicken (3 lbs) and also put some in a loaf pan because there was so much. I am so glad I did because the smells and tastes were out-of-this-world! I didn't use any egg and substituted a simplified type of wassail (read - I didn't have all the spices!! 8-) for the juice. After a while I had to re-moisten the stuffing, so I used chicken broth. The apple chunks were super with the peel on. It was even better (if that's possible) the next day. THX!!!
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Bacon Water Chestnut Rolls

Reviewed: Dec. 20, 2007
LOVE THESE!!! I add 1/2 T molasses, 1 T Worchestershire Sauce, only scant 1/2 c brown sugar, 1/4 c ketchup (not chili sauce), pre-fry bacon, pour off grease and wrap chestnuts, secure with toothpicks, microwave sauce 30 secs and stir well, blob it on really thick -- otherwise, it burns, bake 20 minutes. mjjk
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Surprise Tuna Salad

Reviewed: Dec. 20, 2007
Superbe! I left out the relish, bread & cheese and ate it like a salad! I cut the Miracle Whip with sour cream and it was great. Will make again for sure. mjjk
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Lemony Cheesecake Bars

Reviewed: Dec. 17, 2007
What a super springboard to an easy, tasty recipe! I had a pre-made 9" chocolate graham biscuit shell to use up, so I wanted less volume. I used 1 (8oz) package cream cheese, softened; one can (10 oz) Sweetened Condensed Milk; TWO eggs; --add one at a time and beat well; and 1/8 c orange juice. Also, I took 1 cup of frozen cranberries, 4 T of brown and white sugar (in total) and a little water. I set the cranberries to simmer until they burst and it was nice and bubbly. The cranberries were spread over the shell, then the cream cheese mixture. Baked about 30 - 40 minutes. Meanwhile, I took an orange coloured jam (I had peach) and mixed in a little water to make a 'glaze'. After the pie had cooled, I dusted it with cocoa powder (to match the chocolate shell), drizzled the glaze on top, and garnished the centre with orange rind strips and orange zest. Very successful at the Christmas party!
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Apricot Brandy, Peach Schnapps Pound Cake

Reviewed: Nov. 25, 2007
best cake i ever made! will definitely make again, especially for parties or special occasions. used Creme de Peache, orange zest and orange marmalade. Maybe I overbeat it, but there was SO much batter the cake almost over-ran the pan. You MUST serve this cake warm or re-warmed... SO scrumptious!! I was tempted to over-decorate with chopped nuts or powdered sugar, but when you see the serving and how understated it is, it only adds to the spectacular surprise taste and texture. Definitely reserve some syrup and glaze to serve on the side (warmed).
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Easy Seafood Fettucini

Reviewed: Nov. 13, 2007
It's Good! I added lemon, more garlic & parmesan cheese. Will make again.
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Blueberry Pie

Reviewed: Sep. 25, 2007
the second time i made it, it was awesome! changes: white sugar 1/3c, brown sugar 1/3c, add 3 T tapioca, total cinnamon 1 t. to get the top crust (shell) (i bought frozen) onto the pie, invert it, tinfoil plate and all, onto a dinner plate. you can then slide the pastry off the dinner plate and onto your pie. will make again!
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Jennifer's Granola

Reviewed: Sep. 23, 2007
very good! easy! i also put all-bran and applesauce and it worked super. will make again.
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Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole

Reviewed: Aug. 19, 2007
Sorry, but I agree with DREAMERSG04 and Kathleen. This dish would make so much more sense separated on the plate as a poached chicken breast, some sauteed mushrooms, some fresh celery, and some rice made with the curry/celery/chicken stock. Sour cream on the side, a soup of your choice as a starter. It certainly needs more stock/liquid--the texture of the dish straight out of the oven was poor (dry and crusted on top). I also used less of the seasoning package and it still was quite salty. The taste was good to quite good, but the presentation was poor. You couldn't quite tell what the dish was and the yellow cast from the curry gave it a kind of unhealthy yellow/grey cast. I did all the preparation the day before and the baking the next day as I ran out of time. Certainly most suitable for your family at home, but I wouldn't take it to a party. Update: Sept 12, 07: great news! I tried it as a 'skillet' dinner-- saute sliced onions on medium in a skillet and start rice in a saucepan. Add small, cubed chicken pieces to skillet and cover with lid to keep the juices in. Add curry powder and celery (if using), white wine (if using) and stir often. When the rice is almost done add the mushrooms, can of condensed soup, and sour cream to skillet. Turn the rice into the skillet and gently stir to combine. Simmer about 10 minutes or until desired consistancy. Looks awesome, tastes awesome and took only 45 minutes from start to finish. 10 out of 10!!
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Sweet and Sour Sauce II

Reviewed: Aug. 16, 2007
I agree with STEVERAMSEY. The sauce was easy and good for your regular order-in Chinese food... and the colour was Fantastic!, but if I'm going to cook something from scratch, I want a little more Zing! It's a generous recipe, so I made only 1/2 with the following changes: 1 c chicken broth(not water), 1/3 c rice vinegar(not white), 3/4 c sugar(half white, half brown), 1 whole can peaches, 2 T cornstarch, a few turns of freshly-ground black pepper. The sauce bubbled happily away with the juice from the peaches and when it was thick, I gently tossed a chopped, sauteed onion; 1 lb of cooked, diced chicken; a chopped, sauteed, orange bell pepper, and the peaches in. Next time, I'll try a fresh, tart pineapple.
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Mexican Bean Salad

Reviewed: Jul. 26, 2007
Not your typical lime/cilantro bean salad! I loved it! A couple of changes: used 6 Bean Blend and kidney beans, canned corn, sweet (white) onion, 1/2 cilantro (don't like it that much). Stayed fresh and very good a couple of days in the fridge. Husband loved it. I tried a straight-across switch of the red wine vinegar with balsamic vinegar (which I like) and it was WAY too overpowering. I added more of the other ingredients to even out the tastes. All in all, an awesome will-do-again recipe.
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Super Duper Bean Salad

Reviewed: Jul. 26, 2007
Liked it a lot. Made a couple of changes: beans: 1 (13oz) can black beans, 1 can garbanzo beans, 1 can "6 Bean Blend" (39oz altogether) plus I used a little more of the dried herbs. Went Fantastic. 2nd batch I figured I'd use fresh herbs--disaster. I chopped them way too coarse and got 'wood' in my salad. I thought about trying to save it by draining the bean mixture and straining the dressing to return to salad, but never got around to it. Will use dried for sure and maybe a little more sweet onion for zip. A keeper! :-)
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Hummus III

Reviewed: May 13, 2007
Fantastic! Exactly as IMANKAY says. The reason it tastes like a garbanzo bean dip, is because that's what it IS. Lovely colour and texture. Do keep the can's liquid--you will need some... I used 3 - 4 T. I had to be patient with the blender--I had to open it and stir often. At first taste, it was like, whoa!, garlic!, but then after a few bites I thought could use up to 4 fresh cloves. Toasted pita wedges and all kinds of veggies worked wonderfully here. Best I've tasted. Thank you! mjjk
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Orange Cream Cheese Muffins

Reviewed: Feb. 1, 2007
sorry, will not make this again. The biscuit mix part of the muffin was very weak in texture and the marmalade just made it even more unstable. If I hadn't used muffin papers, I wouldn't have been able to remove them easily from the tin. They taste ok, but you have to hold them in two hands with a napkin to eat it.
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Spicy Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Reviewed: Jan. 17, 2007
love em love em love em...I bake them hot (400 degrees) with plain olive oil brushed on the wedges (not too much! 3 - 4 T max), 45 min. served with miracl whip and ground chipotle chili pepper shaker on the side...watch carefully for burning...they will be soft with a little browning...dip one side in mayo and the other in a teensy bit of ground chipotle chili for a delicious hot/cold sensation!!
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