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Tangy (Not Sweet) Tartar Sauce

Reviewed: Jul. 4, 2014
Fabulous! Surprisingly wonderful! Tastes similar to restaurant tartar sauce only better. Made exactly as written except for the extra salt since pickles are already salted. Tasty, delicious and way better than anything you can buy. Try this!
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Avocado Feta Salsa

Reviewed: Jun. 24, 2014
This is fantastic!. I hate cilantro and nowadays finding good salsa is more difficult without it. This is positively delicious exactly as written. The only slight difference I changed was to increase the olive oil and vinegar then whisk them together by drizzling the vinegar in with the oil. I also added the juice of one lime to prevent browning. I'm on a strict diet so this worked perfectly for a lunch treat and wrapped in cabbage leaves. I'm sure this would be great with chips or tortillas too. It does become almost like guacamole but if you love avocado, this is terrific. One less star because it does need lime or lemon juice but otherwise, awesome!
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Baked Teriyaki Chicken

Reviewed: Jun. 8, 2014
Not a huge fan of this sauce. It's only okay because the sauce has too much vinegar and is only edible after marinading chicken then grilling it. It doesn't work as a sauce to use afterwards and is much too tart. As a marinade for grilling, this does work pretty good but not for baking. Instead, I use a similar sauce made without vinegar or white sugar. Use 5 tablespoons of brown sugar, one tablespoon honey, 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger, 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/4 cup of cold water and the rest of the ingredients listed. This turns into a great teriyaki sauce for dipping or drizzle. Use this one listed as marinade and the other as your dip, drizzle, baking or teriyaki rice bowl.
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Zucchini Bread IV

Reviewed: May 11, 2014
Wonderful recipe! Decided to make this 100% diet friendly so swapped out the flour for Carbquick, the sugar for half Splenda and half Erythritol and baked it about 20 minutes longer. I also made the crunchy topping another reviewer suggested and swapped out the brown sugar for Brown Sugar Twin substitute. This turned out fabulous! No one was able to tell it was diet friendly and it made a wonderful light cinnamon, nicely textured bread. Definitely a keeper!
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Hazel's Meatballs

Reviewed: May 11, 2014
Cooking these as listed could be problematic using beef and covering with a sauce. The grease would turn the sauce into a more unhealthy and unpleasant liquid than it already is so instead, I adjusted it to be healthier and tastier. I used 2.5lbs of ground turkey, medium sized onion, heavy cream (low carb) and crushed pita chips. For the sauce I used everything as listed except replaced the sugar with Brown Sugar Twin substitute and only used 1/4 cup vinegar. I also seasoned the turkey with seasoning salt, garlic mesquite, paprika and white pepper. Poured the sauce over the meatballs and baked for about 30 minutes. These turned out AWESOME. Slightly tangy, a tiny bit sweet and no grease. I also used a small ice cream scoop for even sized meatballs. With a few adjustments, this recipe gets 5 stars. As it stands it gets 3 as a good base recipe.
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Omelet in a Bag

Reviewed: May 4, 2014
This is the craziest and most fun way to make eggs! Ziploc does state "bags are not designed to withstand boiling temperatures" however, it did work perfectly fine. I used a gallon size Ziploc for 6 eggs and various additions (ham, cheese, seasonings) including adding 1/4 cup of cottage cheese for a more quiche like texture. I added the bag just as the water started to lightly boil then let it boil on medium-high heat for about 25 minutes. I used tongs to remove the bag and feel the eggs for doneness. I did also use one of the heavy paper clips to clip the bag top together so it wouldn't rub against the sides. My cookware is very good and non-stick so no clue if worse cookware makes a difference. If so, try the other reviewers suggestion of heavy duty quart size bags. Definitely try this!
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Manda's Seven Layer Taco Dip

Reviewed: Feb. 1, 2014
This is actually extremely delicious and well worth the effort. The issues are first, never use lettuce in layered dips because the lettuce wilts and makes the dip unpleasant. Next, mix the taco seasoning in with the beans instead of the sour cream and cream cheese. The reason is if the salsa and jalapenos are spicy then the sour cream with cream cheese mixture is the perfect opposite and adding the taco seasoning takes away from the slightly sour taste. If using chips or pork rinds, slice the tomatoes in thirds otherwise they will be too heavy. If eating this as a salad of sorts then leave the tomatoes in halves. I used yellow cherry tomatoes which was the perfect compliment to the sweet red onion and the heat. You can use whipped cream cheese at room temperature or heat it in the microwave for 30 seconds. Stirring with a spoon works just as good as a mixer. Very tasty!
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Cranberry Salad III

Reviewed: Jan. 12, 2014
Had to review this one! This is darn near delicious. I did use sugar free jello (.3 is the same as the 3oz regular) and left out the pecans but everything else as listed. Really glad I used sugar free because the cranberry sauce is already pretty sweet. The cream cheese, mayo and pineapple juice layer is the perfect foil to the gelatin not being too sweet or too tart. In smaller servings, somewhat diet friendly also. Definitely experiment with jello flavors!
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Cherry Tomato Salad

Reviewed: Jan. 1, 2014
Absolutely delicious and very diet friendly. Made this probably 12 times so far and everyone I shared it with also loved it. Definitely whisk in the olive oil a bit at a time! The olive oil is really good fats and makes for a great diet friendly side or even lunch. My whole family loved this (even the 12 year old). The only option I decided not to use was green olives because I don't like them. Everything else is as listed in the recipe.
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Mom's Best Waffles

Reviewed: Jan. 1, 2014
This is a very good recipe for waffles. I have a "waffle stick" maker and this recipe made them very delicious. I did add cinnamon and vanilla to the batter which made them extra good. Definitely a keeper recipe which was super easy and super fast.
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Kit Kat® Bundt® Cake

Reviewed: Dec. 8, 2013
Made this for fun this weekend and although it tasted pretty good, some adjustments need to be made. Recipe step 2 is missing the sugar. All dry ingredients need to be combined then the wet. The recipe as written needs to be used with a 10" Bundt pan or two smaller pans. Using a non-stick spray is not usually a good idea for a pan and cake like this so I suggest butter and flour instead. Cook time will be between 75 and 90 minutes. Stand mixer is nice but not necessary though I do suggest using a hand mixer to thoroughly combine the ingredients. The Kit Kats should be doubled or they get lost in the batter. This really isn't a Kit Kat cake, more like a vanilla cake with Kit Kats. The frosting is okay and does pour nice over the cake. Over all, the flavor was pretty good and making it was pretty fun.
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Chef John's Bourbon Glazed Carrots

Reviewed: Nov. 28, 2013
The recipe is decent although there is either way too much bourbon or bourbon and carrots are not a good pairing. It isn't bad, just kind of strange. I made the carrots exactly as written and will try again though will also make some adjustments. Perhaps use another kind of alcohol or a vegetable broth or reduce the amount of bourbon.
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Chocolate Cream Pudding

Reviewed: Nov. 28, 2013
First, this is a GREAT recipe. However, I did make a couple tweaks running into some challenges. The recipe should include whisking (not stirring) from the first step all the way through. Second, the chocolate should be broken down to small pieces for better melting. Third, make sure to temper the yolks a bit so the egg doesn't scramble. Use a GOOD chocolate! For my diet, I made this carbohydrate free and diabetic friendly by using Sweet Perfection sugar (made from chicory) and unsweetened Ghiradelli chocolate. I also increased the chocolate to 2 ounces which made a more decadent, rich chocolate pudding. Lastly, I made it with heavy cream to make it almost entirely carb-free. OMG this was delicious diet friendly or not!! No reason why you can't use something like Splenda as the sugar or some alternative.
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Roast Sticky Chicken-Rotisserie Style

Reviewed: Oct. 21, 2013
First, 5 stars for the cooking method. The spices/rub could use some additions such as kosher salt, chicken bouillon and fresh ground pepper. Next, the chicken should be placed in a roasting pan on a rack and liquid should be added to the bottom like broth and red wine. I also added some sweet peppers in the liquid and on top of the chicken. We like spicy so I added chipotle peppers in adobo sauce on top and inside and red pepper flake. During the last 30 minutes, I changed the oven temperature to 275 and let it go an extra 15 minutes, just to be extra safe. This is not like restaurant rotisserie though and won't be without a rotisserie but it was tender, juicy and quite flavorful with the extras. Chicken should be basted every 20 minutes or so to keep it juicy.
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Stuffed Green Pepper Soup

Reviewed: Sep. 3, 2013
This is a good start and mirrors the stuffed pepper filling pretty well. My suggestion though is to use beef broth, not water for the soup and rice. Also, use ground chicken or turkey with some ground chorizo (beef or pork) combined instead. Somewhat healthier and much more flavor, also less grease. The last issue is this might call for a little too much sugar. Ketchup is already loaded with sugar so cutting the brown sugar in half might be just as good.
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Layered Cheddar-Fruit Salad

Reviewed: Aug. 26, 2013
Followed this almost 100% and was surprised it was so good. This was not sweet at all except for the natural sweetness of the fruit. The only thing the honey does is make the sour cream slightly less sour which is genius because you can add or remove as you like making it sweeter or more savory. I did add a few red raspberries on one layer having a few left which added a little more of a tart flavor. Perfect accompaniment to chicken and steak on the grill and was delicious the next day for lunch at work. Might be good without the lettuce though it does add great texture. Delicious!
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Not so Sloppy Hot Dogs

Reviewed: Jun. 17, 2013
Looking at this recipe you would never think it would taste like the classic Sloppy Joe stuff in a can. Decided to give this a try and surprisingly, it wound up being delicious and very very close to the classic, only better! Husband thought the taste was better then the can and he preferred the consistency as well (must be the fresh onions and such). Never would I have guessed Taco seasoning was a good idea. I did think it was a tad bit sweet so next time I may only use 1/2 the sugar. Husband decided he liked it so much that a hot dog wasn't a big enough vessel. Instead, he "slopped" it on a bun like the usual Sloppy Joe stuff and ate it for lunch and dinner. The only change I did make was to leave celery out since I can't stand the taste of it. Yum!
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Hot Wing Dip

Reviewed: Jun. 17, 2013
I did make this without blue cheese and used rotisserie chicken instead.
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Crunchy Ramen Coleslaw

Reviewed: Jun. 17, 2013
Oh maw gosh this is the craziest, tastiest, easiest coleslaw ever! I made this being intrigued and kind of smirking at the idea. Bought one of the pre-shredded packages of coleslaw (w/ carrots) and one Ramen chicken, one beef. I think that was an accident rushing through the store but it seemed to be a "happy accident". After crushing the noodles and throwing them in with the slaw, I used both the chicken and beef flavoring packets in the vinegar then tossed it into the slaw. Left overnight in the fridge and tasted next day. Both the husband and I were completely blown away by how good this tasted. Who would ever think to use those flavor packets in vinegar? GENIUS!! The packets flavor the vinegar perfectly and only dampen the tang just a bit. The slaw is so good, you will never miss mayo or sugar. No need to add any other seasoning or anything at all. The whole thing is also pretty diet friendly so no guilt. Just be careful on the amount of noodles used because they puff up from the liquid (like in the soup) and may overcome the cabbage. SUPER YUMMY! Thank you SloppyJo!
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Bourbon-Mango Pulled Pork

Reviewed: Jun. 10, 2013
This is a great start recipe and I followed it almost exactly. The reason for only 3 stars is bottled barbeque sauce is just yuck. I highly suggest making your own sauce and using that to mix with the mango mixture. I make my own BBQ sauce (both ketchup and mustard base) and have only tried this with the ketchup base sauce. I've made this twice so far and the second time I ran low on Balsamic vinegar so used half Balsamic and half White Wine vinegar and it was still really good. This second time, I also added a bunch of chopped red onion to the pork while cooking which turned out to be a delicious addition as well.
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