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Sam's Famous Carrot Cake

Reviewed: Apr. 15, 2007
Bravo,this is a wonderful recipie...I took a hint from a Gourmet magazine recipie and added grated rind of a lemon. In addition, I made the cream cheese icing with grated lemon rind and lemon juice..this cut the sweetness of the cake and gave it a glorious citrus flavour!!!!!!!!!
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Orange Herb Roasted Chicken

Reviewed: Jun. 6, 2008
I've made this before and found the results were much better when the softened butter was combined with the herbs and then rubbed under the skin. This way the herb/butter flavour permeated the meat and it was fabulous!!!
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Grain and Nut Whole Wheat Pancakes

Reviewed: Sep. 17, 2004
I have been making pancakes similair to these for years and they are a wonderful and a delicious alternative to sugar-laden breakfast cereals. This recipe is also open to some wonderful flavour boosters such as cinnimon,vanilla extract and two tablespoons of frozen orange juice concentrate which compliments the whole wheat. The addition of about 1/2 cup of bran and wheat germ ensures an excellent and healthy breakfast!! A good idea though, is to use two rather than one egg which ensures a less dry pancake.
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Classic Lasagna

Reviewed: Dec. 29, 2007
Depending on your interpretation of "classic", this is NOT traditional lasange. Best to make your own sauce..with fresh basil added at the end with a cup of red wine and fresh garlic. Also, ground beef lends less flavour than Italian sausage. The rest of the recipe is just OK and best for those who are unable to make a proper sauce.
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Balsamic Vinegar Potato Salad

Reviewed: May 14, 2004
Excellent recipie!! All you need is salt & pepper and of course the amount of Balsamic can be adjusted to suite one's taste. Rather than boil the potatoes, a much faster alternative is to just prick each potato and microwave them. Potatoes are less "soggy" and retain their moisture. Wait until they are cooler, dice them et voila...done. Far less work, not to mention heating up the kitchen. Also, you can substitute green onions and Dijon mustard...equally excellent results!!
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Perfect Roast Chicken

Reviewed: Sep. 8, 2012
I used butter and mixed it with the herbs then added fresh garlic and some lemon. Wonderful!
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Kristen's Awesome Oatmeal Cookies

Reviewed: Dec. 22, 2006
OK,OK, I"m not a baker, nor will I ever be..but this is a keeper and a great base recipie. The first time I used shortening...they were good, but the second time I used BUTTER and added dried cranberries and bittersweet chocolate chips, and they were simply OUT OF THIS WORLD!!!
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Grandma Augusta's Spaghetti Sauce

Reviewed: Jul. 4, 2008
This recipe is good, however, it is better if a mixture of ground veal and pork/Italian sausage were incorporated with the beef. Ground beef/hamburger does NOT impart the same flavour and this mixutre gives the sauce a richer flavour. Rather than dried basil, throw in a handful of fresh basil about 30 minutes before the sauce is finished with fresh garlic and red wine. This I learned while attending an Italian cooking class.
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Shredded Potato Salmon Cakes

Reviewed: Dec. 5, 2004
Really, really good!!! Similiar to most recipies, this one is flexible so I used 3 eggs. Because I didn't have freshly cooked salmon (which would have been wonderful), I used 3 cans of Sockeye and used some fresh herbs..also I used lemmon pepper..and that made a big difference. What really grabbed my guests...I served this dish with Mango Salsa!!! Wow!
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Pool Party Pasta Salad

Reviewed: Jul. 16, 2004
This is a nice recipe, however, by adding some chopped fresh basil or coriander/ becomes outstanding. Green peppers tend to have a stronger flavour, so try substituting red peppers, or better yet..roasted peppers!! Bottled Italian dressing is usually salty, pungent and generally nasty. Suggest that a vinaigrette such as Dijon, Lemon or Balsamic be used as a better tasting and wonderful alternative. Throwing in some chopped sun dried tomatoes is also a nice addition. Pasta salad is so versatile that it lends itself to a variety of additions.
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Cherry Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Reviewed: Aug. 17, 2009
Excellent! I used butter because it gave a richer flavour, and because I didn't have cherries, I substituted dried cranberries which gave these cookies an amazing ZING!!
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Sweet Sausage Marsala

Reviewed: Feb. 11, 2005
Not bad but the timing and amounts require a few adjustments to make this dish really good. The tomatoes should be added before the sausage as cooked through...this way the flavour of the sausage will permeate the sauce while cooking through. The addition of only one tbsp of Marsala wine, which pairs beautifully with lots of garlic is really not enough...try more...of both.
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Vincenza's Pasta Sauce

Reviewed: Jan. 6, 2011
Excellent!! Please remember to throw in some red wine and chopped garlic with some Italian parsley about half an hour before sauce is finished. Then cool/and or re-heat the next day. You can "eyeball" a lot of this...fresh basil is best, and again left until the last 30 minutes.
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Eggplant Red Gravy with Anchovies

Reviewed: Feb. 4, 2005
This is a good recipie!!! I suggest adding a red pepper as well because its flavour is less stong and balances the green pepper. Also, eggplant can be bitter if not "sweated" in advance, so a tsp of sugar may be required in the sauce. 1/8th of a tsp of oregano is ridiculous..add more..same with red pepper flakes. This recipie can be varied a lot!!!
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Reviewed: Apr. 16, 2004
This is a good recipie, however, adding some rosemary to the bread crumbs is recommended. Also, rather than use prociutto, pancetta, an Italian bacon delivers even better results. Personally, I feel that dried out store bought bread crumbs are tasteless. Just pop a couple of slices of italian bread with seasonings including parmesean cheese in a food processor, and you have a much, much better result. Also, commercial spaghetti sauce, unless of good quality, tends to be salty and pungent. Make your own...
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Devil Dan's Fruit-Stuffed Boneless Turkey

Reviewed: Dec. 24, 2009
I had a similar dish a few years ago at an upscale Washington DC party. When I made this, the butcher de-boned the turkey. I also used apricots and prunes which were a great addition and flavour booster. Threw in some Port wine with cider AND used fresh sage because it pairs well with celery. Also used Italian Pannetone bread, however, I think that any good fruit bread will do the trick. If you use good day-old rustic Italian bread, just throw in more fruit. I also threw in some Port wine!!! This recipe is flexible and NOT difficult yet delivers great flavour. Don't be too concerned about using the "exact" measurements...go with your heart on this one!!
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Strawberry Nut Muffins

Reviewed: Apr. 16, 2004
This recipie was very good, however, the indicated baking time of between 10-15 minutes is totally unrealistic. Try 20-25 minutes. I have made these muffins twice, and the second time I added the grated rind of a lemon and topped them with cinnamon and sugar.
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Sausage and Cranberry Stuffing

Reviewed: Nov. 27, 2007
This recipie is relatively basic but went from good to amazing with day old Italian bread with the chopped onions & celery..then added sage etc. Pre-packaged bread stuffing simply can't beat the real stuff. I also moistened the stuffing with some white can also use chicken stock or orange juice, then frozen and or fresh cranberries. The Evans sausage is wonderful and a keeper. I also threw in a couple of chopped apples...ahhh wonderful!!!
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Cilantro Chicken Burgers with Avocado

Reviewed: Apr. 24, 2012
Good recipe!! I substituted fresh garlic & ginger as it give a better flavour. Garlic powder tends to smell nasty & strong. Also, I used more chopped Cilantro. Very good!
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Tarte Provencale

Reviewed: May 22, 2008
I made this with (thawed) phyllo pastry and it was amazing!! I also added some chilies for a kick. Great recipe!
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