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Alfredo Sauce

Reviewed: Jun. 27, 2007
I liked this sauce, it had a nice, mild flavor. My guests felt it lacked something, even though I minced and sauteed garlic and added it in. Perhaps I would add a touch of garlic salt or garlic powder the next time. Salt & pepper are definitely in order for this recipe. Remember that anytime you are incorporating egg into a hot liquid, you need to take care that it doesn't immediately cook the egg so that you end up with tiny egg bits. Take a small amount of the hot cheese/cream sauce (1/4 cup or so) and put it in a bowl. Slowly add the egg yolk, stirring constantly. Once you've mixed the egg with that small bit of hot cream sauce, you can add it all back into the pan. *** Update. Recently, I made this recipe and I used all parmesan cheese because that's what I had in the house. What I used was shredded parmesan, rather than the container of grated parmesan (you know it, we all have it in the house). What an amazing difference this made, the sauce was thick, rich, and amazing. I went right out and bought the ingredients to make it a few more times!
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Rhubarb Strawberry Jam

Reviewed: Jun. 9, 2005
Previously, I had made a recipe that was almost identical to this, except that it called for a package of frozen strawberries. When I came across this recipe, I thought I'd try it as is, but I had 2 pounds of strawberries in my refrigerator. I chopped up one pound of strawberries and added them to the pot during the cooking stage. What a difference! It turned out really well. I just finished making my second batch in less than a week. I expect to make much more of this this summer (of course, I end up giving quite a bit away). My only tip is to cook the mixture until the rhubarb is soft (I don't even pay attention to cooking times).
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Portuguese Sweet Bread I

Reviewed: Feb. 24, 2002
This bread is awesome. I'm kind of picky, I hate the way bread machine bread comes out. So I add the ingredients and set it to the dough cycle. Then I put the dough in my loaf pan and bake at 350° for 20 minutes, turning half way through. It comes out absolutely gorgeous. It is wonderful toasted. My boyfriend loves it. I no longer buy loaves of bread from the store, I simply bake this bread on the weekends. Thanks for the awesome recipe!
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Homemade Refrigerator Pickles

Reviewed: Oct. 20, 2006
Ok, I made these and they were easy and look totally fantastic....but the garlic slices I put in there turned BLUE after 3 days in the fridge. What happened? TheStaff@Allrecipes Note: The acidity of the vinegar turned the garlic blue. Garlic contains anthocyanins that turn blue or purple in an acid solution (the pickle juice). It is ok to eat the pickles.
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Easy Never Forgotten Guacamole

Reviewed: May 26, 2003
Very easy and good. Quite a few friends and relatives who have never tried guacamole before said that they really liked this recipe. The nice thing about this recipe is you can really fudge on the amounts of any of the ingredients. If you dont have enough of something, dont worry about it. My only tip (that I learned the hard way) is to select ripe to over-ripe avocados. If you get a bright green (fresh) avocado, it is not soft enough to blend. Save those for your salads and other recipes that call for sliced avocados. You can squeeze the avocados in the grocery store, the softer, the better. They're usually a little black on the outside too.
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Flax and Sunflower Seed Bread

Reviewed: Oct. 13, 2005
I don't typically buy or like whole wheat breads, but the flax and sunflower intrigued me, as I like both. This turned out really well. In previous reviews, I've said that I don't like the way bread machine bread turns out, so I baked this in my oven. I set my bread machine on the dough cycle, followed the recipe and then put the dough in a greased stoneware loaf pan and let rise for about an hour. Then I baked at 350 for 10 minutes, rotated the pan 180 degrees, and baked for another 10 minutes. It came out perfectly. I wouldn't recommend doing what I did on the first loaf - I sprinkled flax seed on the top, because I thought it would be pretty. Unfortunately, they just don't stick. I'll just throw a handful into the mix next time. And, if you're unfamiliar with flax, you should know that it really should be ground up well. Your body cannot digest whole flax seed and you will not get the benefit of the flax unless you chew it up completely. It's much easier, and beneficial to grind it in a coffee grinder. Thanks for a hearty, dense winter bread recipe Erna!
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Coconut Pecan Frosting I

Reviewed: Feb. 7, 2008
YUM! But really, how can you go wrong with coconut and pecans! As another reviewer stated, don't be put off by the odd macaroni and cheese-like odor while you're cooking this up. You'll smell the difference immediately when you add the coconut and pecans. Important to note - when cooking with eggs, unless you want scrambled egg bits in your frosting, I would highly recommend heating the butter and condensed milk in the saucepan first, then slowly incorporating a small amount of the hot butter/milk mixture(about 1/2 cup) into your egg yolks in a small bowl, whisking while you add. Once you do that, add your egg mixture into the saucepan. You should be able to avoid cooked egg bits with this method.
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Chicken Cordon Bleu II

Reviewed: Feb. 7, 2008
This was great. I loved it. My guests loved it. I took other reviewers' tips and used Panko breadcrumbs in place of the flour to coat the chicken, after dipping in an egg wash. I also tied mine up with cotton string (you can cook with 100% cotton string!) This was a lot easier than I expected. I took a lot of pressure off of myself by pounding the breasts out thin and rolling them the night before. I'm glad I did, that took some practice! Definitely fold the cheese into the slice of ham first, make a little pocket. It kept it from running out of the chicken!
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Chinese Fried Walnuts

Reviewed: Dec. 7, 2008
Yum! Very easy, if you don't do the stupid things I did! 1. READ the instructions all the way through. My first inclination was to drain them on paper towels. My first (albeit very very small) batch has tiny paper towel pieces stuck to them. 2. Don't use a SMALL saucepan. That's a good way to start your kitchen on fire (I really really didn't burn anything down, I promise). Other than that, easy recipe, delicious snack!! Thanks! *** UPDATE - I made these on Sunday and they were fabulous. On Tuesday, I had a few of the leftovers. Not so fabulous! Be sure to make small batches, what you can eat in one or two days. Beyond that, not so great! I guess these won't be part of my Christmas gift baskets this year =(
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Moist German Chocolate Cake

Reviewed: Feb. 7, 2008
This wasn't as moist as I expected, but it was a good cake. I increased the german chocolate to 6 ounces. I did not have round cake pans, so I baked in a 9 x 13 square pan and crossed my fingers. The cake was done perfectly at the recommended time! ** I need to update this two days later - after the cake came out of the oven, I frosted it 24 hours later. It was good then. I had some the next day (48 hours on the clock) and it was FANTASTIC. Do try to make this cake 2 days ahead if possible, it becomes more moist with time!
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Delicious Egg Salad for Sandwiches

Reviewed: Sep. 23, 2008
Good basic recipe (which is what I was looking for). I left out the onion on personal preference. I added a tiny bit of pickle juice to give it some oomph, next time I think I'll add more. To heck with dicing the eggs by hand (it takes FOREVER), I used my Pampered Chef chopper. Took just minutes to chop up all the eggs! For perfect hard-cooked eggs, the Broiler & Egg Association of Minnesota says to place eggs in single layer in covered saucepan in cold water, bring to boil, remove from heat and let stand for 15 minutes. Once the time has elapsed, place eggs in ice water until cool. This works beautifully - the eggs are done to perfection, there's no green edges, and they peeled quite easily, no tearing!
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Baked Chicken Amandine

Reviewed: Feb. 16, 2007
I used fresh broccoli, sour cream (instead of mayo), and cream of mushroom soup because those were what I had in the house. In my opinion, this was far too cheesy and liquid. I thought that it lacked substance. I won't make this again, sorry.
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Tanya's Louisiana Southern Fried Chicken

Reviewed: Oct. 3, 2004
This was a tough recipe for me to rate. I had some problems - the batter didn't stay on the chicken while frying, and it burned before the chicken was done. There were a couple of pieces that didn't burn (the dark meat) and having tasted those, I'd say this was a great tasting batter. But to go through all that trouble and end up with a greasy-smelling house wasn't worth it for the few pieces of chicken that worked out well. Additionally, I had about 3-4 times the amount of 'liquid' needed to dip this chicken - I was wishing I had saved half of that can of evaporated milk for the mashed potatoes that I made!
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Easy Morning Glory Muffins

Reviewed: Feb. 10, 2011
These turned out great. I deviated a little bit, based on personal preference and what I had on hand. I doubled this recipe. Instead of all that oil, I used three bananas and a half cup of oil (reduced the oil by 3/4 of what the recipe called for). I also reduced the sugar by half a cup, but I believe that I could drop it down quite a bit more. I do not like raisins, but chopped, fresh, Medjool dates substituted very nicely. I also replaced 1/4 of the flour with whole wheat flour (I think I'll bump that up next time too), and 1/4 of the flour with a combination of almond meal and flaxseed meal. I know I made a lot of changes, but I was really trying to make it a bit healthier. It was really great, very moist and tasty!!
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Irish Potato Soup

Reviewed: Mar. 19, 2010
This was a hit at our St. Patrick's Day pot luck today. I reduced the bacon to half a pound, and the evaporated milk to one 13 ounce can. I also substituted homemade chicken broth for the water and peeled my potatoes instead of scrubbing (easier, and I prefer them that way). This all worked out really well. There was not a bit left after the pot luck!
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Scandinavian Almond Bars

Reviewed: Jun. 5, 2007
These were so easy, and SO good. They were a hit at my brother's birthday party and disappeared pretty quickly. I used 3/4 cup of Trader Joe's Almond Meal in place of 3/4 cup the flour to give it more of an almond flavor. I also doubled the amount of almond extract in the cookies and in the icing. Mmmm almondy!
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Potato Soup

Reviewed: Nov. 28, 2010
Great as is!
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Cheese Ball I

Reviewed: Jan. 16, 2005
This was pretty good, my guests seemed to like it. The only thing that I did differently was to refrigerate the mixture for about an hour before forming a ball. It seemed to work pretty well. I rolled it in walnuts. I had to change my rating to 5 stars after bringing the leftovers to work - it really went over well!
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Quinoa, Beet, and Arugula Salad

Reviewed: Mar. 16, 2013
My sister and I really enjoyed this salad. I didn't have arugula on hand, but I bet it would be delicious. Instead I used the fresh spinach I had in my fridge. I cut down the oil quite a bit, skipped the onions, and threw in some chopped almonds. This even kept well for lunch leftovers the next day!
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Cream of Carrot Soup

Reviewed: Nov. 28, 2010
This was ok. It was lacking in flavor. Because I needed to thicken it up, I threw in a potato and I also seasoned with salt, pepper, and garlic/wine seasoning from The Melting Pot. It made it slightly better.
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