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Fettuccini Carbonara

Reviewed: Oct. 16, 2009
Very good. I let the bacon crisp before adding shallots and garlic (drained the bacon fat). I skipped the onions and added some green peas. The sauce was a little too "eggy" for my taste, but my husband loved it, so it will go into the rotation. Great way to use up leftover half-n-half.
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Country Apple Dumplings

Reviewed: Oct. 13, 2009
Oh, boy. These are ridiculously good. I would eat them all the time if I didn't know how fattening they are! I used only brown sugar because that's all I had in the house--will stick to that in the future because it was delicious. A little too sweet for my taste, so I'll cut back next time, but I have to say that these are wonderful. I'm going to experiment a bit to see if I can reduce the overall fat and remove the trans fats somehow (those crescent rolls are loaded).
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Chicken Paprikash II

Reviewed: Oct. 13, 2009
This was a delicious recipe. I followed it as written, the only departures being that I browned the chicken first and added the tomatoes about 1/2 way through the process. As others have mentioned, bone-in chicken and Hungarian paprika are essential to achieve full flavor. I used Hungarian half-sharp paprika instead of sweet paprika because that's what I had on hand, but it made the dish very spicy (just FYI). I served it with dumplings, but noodles or potatoes would be good, too. Not the lightest/healthiest dish, but really yummy comfort food and very easy to make.
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Cajun Crawfish and Shrimp Etouffe

Reviewed: Oct. 5, 2009
I can't make any claims regarding authenticity since I've never had Etoufe before, but hubby and I both enjoyed it, and a coworker who is from LA said it was good. I used 2 lbs. shrimp since I didn't have crawfish. I didn't think the process was difficult, but it is a very spicy recipe (and I'm no wimp when it comes to heat--grew up on Indian curry). As someone else said, hold back since you can always add but can't take away. It's 4 stars instead of 5 because I thought it tasted oily (next time, will use 1/2 oil and 1/2 butter or reduce the oil) and the shrimp end up overcooked if you follow the recipe. I would toss in the shrimp, simmer for just a minute or so, turn off the heat, and let the shrimp slowly cook in the sauce--it's hot enough and shrimp go from delicious to rubbery very fast.
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Scalloped Potatoes and Onions

Reviewed: Oct. 5, 2009
I had to doctor these up quite a bit to avoid a bland dish (based on how the sauce tasted before adding it to the potatoes). I added more salt, cayenne, garlic powder, and dijon mustard. With those changes, it was pretty good, but I did miss the milk. It had a great, creamy texture, but something about the flavor was not quite right. I'll probably make this again, though, because I'm not supposed to be eating dairy these days (sad). It's a solid dish, but didn't impress me.
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Hungarian Mushroom Soup

Reviewed: Sep. 29, 2009
For being such a simple recipe, this was a great soup (despite the fact that I didn't have paprika or parsley on hand and used skim milk and light sour cream). I added some cooked wild rice to make it heartier. Next time, I plan to add a splash of dry sherry after cooking the onions--should bring some depth of flavor.
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Minced Beef with Black-Eyed Beans

Reviewed: Sep. 23, 2009
Being of Indian decent, I thought it was unusual to see these spices in a beef dish (we didn't grow up eating beef in our house for the sake of Hindu family members). So I had to give it a try! Glad I did. The flavors are much more subtle than I'm used to, but I liked the overall result. Very easy dish. I didn't have tomatoes, so tossed in about 1/4 cup picante sauce instead. Also, used very lean ground beef (4% fat) and reduced the amount of oil to 2 TBSP. It would've been too greasy otherwise (but I have noticed that food from Pakistani restaurants is very oily, so that might be a cultural preference). For anyone who can't find the spices in their area, you may order them online from Penzeys.com. I've been using them for years--the quality of spices is excellent, and they can be cheaper than the local grocery store.
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Breakfast Casserole II

Reviewed: Aug. 22, 2009
Good, but a little on the bland side for my taste. I used cream of mushroom w/ roasted garlic soup and O'Brien potatoes and Jimmy Dean hot sausage; added green onions and 1/2 can diced green chiles, but I still felt like it needed some salsa or something to wake it up. Everyone at the office enjoyed it, though, so it's probably just my palate.
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The Best Bean and Ham Soup

Reviewed: Aug. 4, 2009
Great soup! I don't know if it's the best out there, but it's very good. I had a very small ham bone with little meat on it from a quarter ham, so added some Penzey's Ham Base for added flavor. Also didn't have any parsley so used chervil instead--worked fine. I didn't need to cook it as long (would have, but hubby got into the pot after 6 hours and declared it yummy, so we stopped there. I was afraid the beans would disintegrate). The reason for 4 stars instead of 5 is that I thought it was a little too sweet. Won't prevent me from making it again, though.
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Wally's Rib Rub

Reviewed: Jul. 27, 2009
I'm not sure what this rub is lacking, but my ribs were missing something. I might toy with it and try again.
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Chocolate Cavity Maker Cake

Reviewed: Jun. 15, 2009
This was an extremely good cake--nice and moist. I don't care for the texture of the regular size chocolate chips--find the miniature ones as others have advised. The liquor flavor was a little strong for my taste, but everyone else loved it. I made this in 2 9-inch round pans and split the layers for a 4 layer cake. I used chocolate mousse for the filling (recipe from Hershey's cocoa) and chocolate ganache as frosting (from Taste of Home Kitchen on this site). Made for an impressive birthday cake for my boss, and everyone at the office loved it. Update: Made this again using strong coffee instead of liquor and the mini chocolate chips--result was fantastic. I ended up serving the cake plain, sprinkled with powdered sugar, and it was still delicious. It's a 5-star recipe with the mini chips.
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Chocolate Ganache

Reviewed: Jun. 15, 2009
Delicious and easy. I don't usually care for frosting, but this tastes light while being very rich. I did strain the hot mixture per another reviewer's suggestion.
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Creamiest Rice Pudding

Reviewed: May 29, 2009
This is a very good recipe, but I think I prefer it without the egg (could be because I grew up on Indian rice pudding, which doesn't have eggs). Hubby likes it with vanilla and cinnamon. I like the Indian flavors of cardamom and golden raisins. Either way, it's yummy.
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Fruit Dip II

Reviewed: May 18, 2009
Add 1/2 to 1 tsp. vanilla (when using plain cream cheese)and you've got a winner! Using a hand mixer is a must to avoid the lumps.
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Sarah's Salsa

Reviewed: May 5, 2009
I had high hopes given all the great reviews, but this salsa really fell short of expectations. It had too much of a canned tomato taste. Maybe I'm spoiled living in CA where authentic Mexican salsa abounds, but I will not bother trying to make this again. My attempts to doctor it up still yielded a less than satisfactory product. Sorry.
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Fluffy Whole Wheat Biscuits

Reviewed: Apr. 12, 2009
I followed the recipe exactly, but ended up with a biscuit that was the opposite of fluffy. They weren't horrible, but not worth making again.
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Beefy Lentil Vegetable Soup

Reviewed: Apr. 10, 2009
I am rating 4 stars because I made changes per other reviewers' suggestions. I used the Spicy V8, added additional chili flakes, added garlic, subbed a box of frozen spinach for the mushrooms (didn't have any on hand), and increased lentils to 2 cups, also added a little chili powder, and didn't have any Worcestershire. Overall, very tasty and healthful soup and very easy one-pot meal. FYI: To make this a faster meal, you cold use split red lentils instead of the whole brown or green ones (available at Indian markets. You might have to increase the amount or play with the liquid levels, but the cook time would be cut in half. Sometime Trader Joe's even has precooked black lentils in the refrigerated section--talk about easy.
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Singapore Noodles

Reviewed: Apr. 6, 2009
Like some other reviewers, I found that the curry didn't really absorb into the meat and noodles. Instead, it was like having a gritty coating of spices on all the ingredients. I thought maybe I was biased having grown up on Indian curries, but my non-Indian hubby didn't like the dish, either. Too bad because the recipe seemed to have a lot of potential, so I made a lot. I managed to salvage the leftovers by turning them into a stew--made a curry base with garam masala, tomato paste, onions, garlic and ginger, then added a bunch of chicken broth and the leftover noodles/meat/veggies. The resulting stew still wasn't fantastic, but better than the noodles themselves.
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Prune and Olive Chicken

Reviewed: Mar. 27, 2009
I was excited about trying this dish after reading the reviews, but found it sadly lacking in flavor. I don't know how it happened because the marinade was certainly aromatic, but the chicken just tasted flat. Also, I think it has too much sugar for my taste. I might toy around with it a little for future use. The chicken did come out very moist. I used skinless thighs.
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Colcannon

Reviewed: Mar. 17, 2009
Very tasty, but use less milk than the recipe calls for. I also added garlic and sauteed the leeks and cabbage rather than boiling. I think this would be delicious with a little bacon, but I made this for a work potluck and wanted to be considerate of vegetarians. Next time, I'll try it with kale for more color and character than the cabbage. For those who are wondering, mace is the outer coating of nutmeg, which is why they have similar flavors (mace is the flavoring in doughnuts). This is a very nice alternative to regular mashed potatoes!
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