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Spaghetti Squash Casserole

Reviewed: Oct. 15, 2004
This is so good. I sauted an 8 oz package of fresh mushrooms that I quartered. I also added a 9 oz package of frozen spinich (defrosted and drained), and skipped the basil. I seasoned with kosher salt, pepper and a dash of nutmeg(goes great with spinach). Last but not least I made garlic croutons to go with the fresh parmesan for the topping and it came out perfect. What a great way to prepare spaghetti squash as with the previos reviewer I also had one sitting on my counter waiting to be used.
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Seven Layer Tortilla Pie

Reviewed: Aug. 24, 2003
What a great dish. I used low fat tortillas and fat free refried beans also added a 4 oz can of green chiles to the black bean mixture to give them a little more flavor. I will be making this again!
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Simple Spinach Lasagna

Reviewed: Oct. 12, 2003
Awesome! I have been looking for a spinach lasagna recipe and I have certainly found it. I shredded carrot into the cheese mixture, used oven ready lasagna, skipped the water in the sauce and spinach mixture, and coated the bottom of the lasagna pan with an 8 oz can of tomato sauce. This will be a great recipe to share with company.
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Chicken Salad Al La Barbara

Reviewed: Aug. 15, 2004
What a great chicken salad. I made a few changes due to my own preferences. I skipped the oranges, and the pasta, instead of adding the Tbls of sugar I added 2 Tbls of the pineapple juice. I used 1/2 cup of mayo and 1/2 cup of miracle whip added a few green onions, cut down the celery to 2 stalks, and grilled four chicken breasts. I served the chicken salad in warm soft pitas. I know I changed mine alot but this recipe gave me the foundation for what I was looking for.
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Fast and Friendly Meatballs

Reviewed: Mar. 30, 2011
Awesome!!! I added a 1/4 tsp garlic powder, 1/4 tsp onion powder, 1/4 tsp rubbed sage, 3 Tbls of ketchup, 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese as well as a 1/8 cup of milk. I kept all other measurements the same in regards to the egg and breadcrumbs. I also used the Italian seasoned ground turkey. I baked these for 20 mins as directed and then put them in my slow cooker with some pasta sauce. I simmered them for a couple hours, they came out great. I have been making a lot of recipes with ground turkey lately and I like it so much better than ground beef. One last tip, when making meatballs or meatloaf mix all the dry ingredients first, then the egg(s) then gently fold in meat, this will ensure that the meat will not get overworked and all ingredients will distribute evenly.
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Reviewed: Dec. 27, 2010
there is never any cooking involved in must not be familiar with it. You add sofrito to cooked dishes such as beans, corned beef (PRican syle), and chicken...the list goes on and on.
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Crab and Cheese Spread

Reviewed: Dec. 7, 2008
I really enjoyed this recipe. I just noticed now that you are supposed to put the cocktail sauce on top of the spread. Well, I mixed it right in with everything else and it turned out great. I suggest mixing all the ingredients except the crab (which I fold in at the end) with an electric hand mixer, it gives a nice whipped texture.
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Slow Cooker Stuffing

Reviewed: Nov. 26, 2010
I will never make stuffing any other way ever again! It tasted just like it came out of the bird! I used 1 1/2 packages of peperidge farm stuffing (not the cubed kind) and a tad more than half of a 32 oz box of turkey stock. Because I used packaged stuffing I skipped the salt completely. I used fresh sage, thyme, and parsley for my herbs. Everything else I kept the same. I do not recommend skipping the eggs they definitely made a difference. Everyone thinking of trying this recipe must try it. I do agree with everyone else that 4 1/2 cups of stock is too much.
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Moroccan Chicken

Reviewed: Jan. 19, 2002
I loved this dish. I have made it twice and the first time I used indian chilie powder instead of the cayenne and that made it spicier which i liked.
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Smoked Paprika Goulash for the Slow Cooker

Reviewed: Dec. 15, 2009
This was an awesome dish! I only used 2 lbs of beef stew meat and cut the salt down to less than 1 tsp, 2 tsp is way too much. In place of the water I used low sodium beef broth which was even more of reason to keep the salt to a minimum. One large vidalia onion was plenty of onion for this dish. My last modification was that I used sweet Hungarian paprika in place of the smoked as my store was fresh out of smoked paprika. I always use sweet Hungarian paprika in all my goulashes and paprikash type dishes anyway, although I would love to try this with the smoked next time. I served this over egg noodles with a spoon full of sour cream on each dish. I used a large saute pan and was able to brown all my paprika covered meat at the same time, however I only used 2 lbs so that is probably why. Do try this, it is great!!
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Carnation® Swedish Meatballs

Reviewed: Oct. 22, 2004
I made these with ground chicken and they were really good. I had to add extra bread crumbs because the ground chicken was very moist. I also did not have dry milk so I added 2 tbls of evaporated milk to the bread crumbs and cut back on the water(used 1/4 cup). Im not a fan of garlic salt so I used kosher salt instead. Also I added a few shakes of worcestershire sauce to the mixture (approx 1 tsp). As for the gravy I used 1 can of low sodium beef broth and cut back on the flour only used 3 tbls. I aslo added worcestershire to the gravy about 1 tsp and that seemed to give it a nice flavor. I will make these again they are very good I bet they are great with the ground beef as wll.
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Vanishing Oatmeal Cookies

Reviewed: Sep. 7, 2004
This is almost the exact same recipe as Quaker oats vanishing oatmeal cookies. I used 2 sticks of unsalted butter, skipped the walnuts and used apple pie spice instead of pumpkin pie spice. These cookies are so tasty and soft it really is hard to stop eating them! One more thing I do not grind up the raisins I don't think that is necessary. If you love oatmeal cookies you will love these.
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Slow Cooker Bean Casserole AKA Sweet Chili

Reviewed: Sep. 2, 2009
this is really good. I used a 28oz can of baked beans, and skipped the bacon. I didn't have molases so I used a 1/4 cup of brown sugar. I was looking for a kid friendly chili and this seemed to do the trick as my 2 year old enjoyed it.
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Chole Saag

Reviewed: Aug. 31, 2009
Great dish!! The only think I added that it did not call for was a 1/2 tsp (give or take) of garam masala. Also, I only used 5 oz of fat free greek yogurt. Fabulous dish to make for an Indian themed dinner.
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New England Bean Dip

Reviewed: Sep. 28, 2004
I grew up eating this dip it is one of my favorite dips. I have always known it as Boston Bean Dip but this is pretty much the same. The recipe I use calls for fresh garlic (2 small cloves) minced, and no horseradish but the next time I make it I will add some horseradish because it sounds good. I love this dip served with triscuits. So easy to make yourself no need to buy it at the deli.
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Colleen's Slow Cooker Jambalaya

Reviewed: Jun. 3, 2009
This is amazing!!! I used Portuguese chourico sausage (not spanish chorizo, although that would work as well, as would linguisa) and it was awesome. Chourico has a lot less fat compared to andouille, which equals a far less "greasy" dish. I also used 2 pounds of shrimp instead of 1. I browned my chicken and sauteed the veggies as I was short on time. Also, I sauteed my sausage first to cook off some of the fat and I patted it with paper towels before adding to the slow cooker. Browning/sauteing the ingredients first allowed the dish to be done in 3 hours on high. In place of Cajun seasoning I used Emeril's Essence as it had the same ingredients as Cajun seasoning. Unless you like SUPER spicy cut the cayenne pepper down to 1/4-1/2 tsp which is what I did. Also, I used a few sprigs of fresh thyme in place of the dried. I use my slow cooker all the time and I have to say this is the best dish that has ever come out of it, hands down!!
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Margaritas on the Rocks

Reviewed: Dec. 19, 2008
These are the perfect margaritas! I made the recipe as written with the exception of the grand marnia which I substituted some fresh squeezed orange juice.
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Ham Salad II

Reviewed: Oct. 15, 2004
WORD TO THE WISE: I would skip the 2 tsp of salt altogether(ham is salty in itself)! This is a good base recipe that you can easily adapt to your own tastes. I as noted above skipped the salt as well as the green pepper(did not have one). I used light miracle whip to reduce the amount of fat. I love ham with pineapple so I added some pineapple which gave it a nice flavor. Next time I make this I will mix it up in my food processor to make it more of a spread. So all in all this was good.
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Double-Cheese Meat Loaf

Reviewed: Apr. 7, 2003
This is the best meatloaf I have ever made. I used all extra lean ground beef next time I will try half turkey half beef. Also I used 2% milk mozzarella and fresh grated parmesan. My fiance also loved it will make again soon!
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Easy Spinach Lasagna with White Sauce

Reviewed: Jan. 7, 2009
Excellent lasagna! I made two packets of the knorr alfredo sauce mix (the kind that you add your own milk) and that was plenty of sauce for this lasagna. I do not like jarred alfredo sauce at all and the packets worked great. I also added a couple cloves of sauteed garlic to the mushrooms, used a small pack of already shredded carrots, and I also added a 4oz jar of roasted red peppers which I diced. For the spinach and cheese mixture I added some ground nutmeg and little black pepper.
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