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Iowa Enchiladas

Reviewed: Dec. 30, 2013
I never rate a recipe without trying it first, but I'm making an exception because one of my friends makes a casserole exactly like this and it's delicious. In fact, I found this recipe while searching by ingredients because I lost the recipe my friend gave me. It's not gourmet by any stretch, and I usually avoid processed foods like canned soup, but this is good, easy comfort food for a crowd. Just don't expect it to taste like Mexican enchiladas; different thing altogether. The only thing my friend does differently is mixing in some of the sauce with the ground beef filling & adding a little cheese on the inside as well. I add jalepenos, but that's my thing. I think you'll like it if you try it.
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Sri Lanka Beef Curry

Reviewed: Jul. 16, 2013
I feel a little funny reviewing when I didn't follow the recipe exactly because I hate it when people leave glowing reviews but didn't actually make the recipe. That said, I was just making due with what I had on hand; thought I'd share so others won't be afraid to try. I didn't have pandan and I forgot the vinegar and I used ground cinnamon and cloves and used my own family's garam masala mix and finished with chopped cilantro. Also omitted the coconut milk just to reduce the calories. I made this in my pressure cooker, which worked out well for a weeknight meal, and served with brown rice. I'm Indian, but beef curry is new territory since my extended family is Hindu. This was great!
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Salmon Cheese Ball

Reviewed: May 21, 2013
This wasn't as good as I was hoping, but I think the result was my fault, not the recipe's. I mixed everything in the food processor (doubled the recipe and used 12 oz canned pink salmon + 3 oz smoked salmon). I think the texture was just too smooth, and I couldn't get it to roll into a ball. After a day, I added some whole capers, minced red onion and parsley, which improved it greatly. I'll give this another try and play with it a little. Definitely worth revisiting.
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Honey Mustard Chicken

Reviewed: Jan. 19, 2012
This was ok; didn't impress me, but was just fine and very easy to prepare. However, I rounded up to 4 stars because I changed the recipe a bit based on what I had on hand and I'm not sure how that effected flavor--used a mustard that tastes more like Chinese hot than Dijon and real Indian masala instead of curry powder, plus used boneless, skinless breasts. I'll keep this in my arsenal for when I really need an easy dish.
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Turkey and Stuffing Pie

Reviewed: Dec. 28, 2011
This was good, and a good use of Christmas leftovers, but not something I'd make if I wasn't trying to use up stuff in the fridge. It's basically quiche without the traditional crust. I didn't have any problems with the stuffing getting to crispy despite having to cook the pie for about 10 minutes longer. I did add some spinach and used gruyere cheese. Thanks for sharing the recipe!
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Best Spinach Dip Ever

Reviewed: Nov. 15, 2011
Good if you use the whole box of spinach like others suggested. No complaints. But I wanted it great and I love spinach, so I added a second box of spinach, 1/2 packet Knorr Vegetable Soup Mix, some Aleppo Pepper, a small jar of diced pimentos, and a few more water chestnuts. I had to add a little more sour cream and mayo to get the right consistency. It was great! DH hates chestnuts, though, so next time I will chop up carrots for the texture. Oh, I used light sour cream but regular mayo (hate light mayo). Thanks for the recipe!
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Vietnamese Fresh Spring Rolls

Reviewed: Sep. 29, 2011
It might not be fair to rate this given that I didn't follow the recipe exactly, but the end result was great. I used a store-bought thai peanut sauce for convenience, and added to the inside of the roll so these would be easy to take to lunch. I used half a pound of shrimp, split lengthwise and layered across the wrapper. I stored them in a plastic container with a barely damp paper towel on the bottom. Thanks for sharing.
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Authentic German Potato Salad

Reviewed: Sep. 25, 2011
This was good, but I had to fuss with it a bit to get the flavor where I wanted it--added course mustard and green onion and some beef soup base to the dressing. I don't know what's authentic, but the end result was very tasty.
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Stacey's Hamburger Seasoning

Reviewed: Sep. 19, 2011
Yummy! Thanks to those who mentioned 2 tsp per pound of meat...worked perfectly!
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Mussels Mariniere

Reviewed: Sep. 18, 2011
Very good recipe; not spectacular, but very good & comparable to restaurant quality. I used shallots instead of onion. As others commented, I guess the choice of wine makes a significant difference. I will experiment a little, but this helped me make a nice treat for my hubby (I don't eat mussels, but tasted the sauce).
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Carrot Cake Oatmeal

Reviewed: Sep. 6, 2011
This was fine, but nothing special. I typically make steel cut oatmeal with chopped apples and cinnamon; we like that better. I think this recipe is lacking in the spices; might try it again and double the spices.
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Baked Beans from Scratch

Reviewed: Sep. 6, 2011
This recipe worked perfectly. The only things I did differently were partially cooking the chopped bacon beforehand so I could reduce the fat, and I just mixed everything together vs. layering. I was afraid the dish would be too sweet, but it wasn't. Good & easy, as long as you plan ahead. Thanks for the recipe!
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Old Settlers' Baked Beans

Reviewed: Aug. 22, 2011
This was quick and easy and turned out very good after I took others' suggestions of pre-cooking the bacon, omitting the white sugar and adding a tsp or so of molasses. I also stirred in a shot of bourbon for fun. I was serving this alongside brisket, so I omitted the ground beef and used 12 oz. of bacon. I'l use this again! With the changes, it's a 5-star recipe.
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Best Ever Brisket

Reviewed: Aug. 22, 2011
My only previous experiences with brisket have been at a home in Texas and at BBQ restaurants; can't believe I made something this good in my own kitchen on my first try! I'm so happy with this recipe! I subbed celery salt for the seasoning salt (it's what I had) and used kosher salt instead of table; found the meat perfectly seasoned and wonderfully tender without completely falling apart. I'll be making this whenever brisket goes on sale at my local butcher counter. Thanks for a great recipe! FYI: It does not have the smoky BBQ flavor that I associate with brisket, but it was delicious and tender.
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Turkey and Quinoa Meatloaf

Reviewed: May 11, 2011
I am usually a ground turkey hater, but this was pretty good--good enough that I'll make it again. The cooking time made for a slightly overcooked product in my oven (I really need a thermometer) and I think the hot sauce needs to be scaled back (used Tabasco--was very spicy and overpowered the other flavors, even though I like heat). I had to use garlic powder instead of fresh garlic, ketchup instead of tomato paste, and I added a stalk of finely chopped celery. I also added some ketchup and lemon juice to the glaze because I didn't like the flavor of just brown sugar & Worcestershire. Thanks for an easy, healthful recipe!
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Overnight Cinnamon Rolls I

Reviewed: May 9, 2011
The only other cinnamon roll recipe I've tried is the Ninety Minute Cinnamon Rolls recipe from this site, so that's what I'm using for comparison. I thought these rolls were good, but not great. The dough is harder to work with and turns out kind of dry and hard when you eat the rolls at room temp. I liked the "refrigerate overnight" procedure because it made the morning baking very easy, but I think I prefer the taste and texture of the other recipe better (plus the dough was easier to handle). I tripled the amount of cinnamon. I used Cream Cheese frosting for both recipes. Overall, these produce a fine result that you'll enjoy. I'm just still going to look around for that ultimate recipe.
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The Perfect Cinnamon Roll Icing

Reviewed: May 9, 2011
The name says it all! Personally, I prefer the ratio of 3 oz. cheese to 6 tbsp. butter but that's just because I like the cream cheese tang to be a little more pronounced. However, as written, it is still the perfect compliment to cinnamon rolls.
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Fluffy French Toast

Reviewed: May 2, 2011
This was a very good recipe--not too sweet, not to eggy, and quite easy. I did add extra spices to boost the flavor. I'm not quite sure if the flour is necessary, but it didn't hurt anything (I was a little worried about "raw flour taste"). I used sourdough bread that was too fresh for french toast (didn't soak up enough batter), but I will try again with white bread.
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Baingan Bharta (Eggplant Curry)

Reviewed: Apr. 27, 2011
This is a great recipe for a traditional Indian dish, but you can also get great results with fewer ingredients. My roots are from Fiji; we don't always put masala (curry powder) in veggie dishes. I often omit cumin seeds, ginger, masala and yogurt. Follow the procedure as described, but sprinkle a little lemon juice and ground cumin at the end. Sometimes I cook it down to a smooth consistency and use it as a dip like baba ghanoush (sp?). This is the only way to get my DH to eat eggplant.
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Spinach, Caramelized Onion, and Muenster Au Gratin Potatoes

Reviewed: Apr. 20, 2011
This is good, but missing something; just don't know what. To be fair, I cut the recipe in half and used only whole milk. I'm not sure if that makes a big difference. I will try this again with more sauce to see if that helps. Glad I did a trial run before Easter dinner!
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