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Strawberry Napoleons

Reviewed: Jul. 12, 2011
Honestly, this has become our absolutely favorite dessert . . . the entire family went completely nuts over this. It's perfectly wonderful as is, but we have also experimented a bit, preferring using true whipped cream (from heavy whipping cream), as opposed to the cool whip. We occasionally added a tablespoon of Tang orange drink powder to the pudding mixture, or we grated some orange zest into the pudding mixture for added interest. The beauty of this recipe is that it appeals to kids and grownups, alike, and you can use whatever berries you have on hand. For July 4th, blueberries and strawberries make a beautiful combination with the pudding and puff pastry. Amazing recipe! It has truly bumped out my favorite trifle recipe as our family's most treasured dessert!
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Taco Casserole

Reviewed: Oct. 30, 2010
This is a fabulous casserole, and I'm always fascinated by simple ingredients coming together easily to create something the whole family loves. I did make a few changes to the recipe--some are similar to suggestions made by other readers. I doubled the recipe to fit comfortably in our large lasagna pan, but I'll use proportions here to reflect the original recipe. I added 1/4 C. chopped cilantro (we love it, but it may not be to everybody's taste), plus 1 can of drained black beans to sneak in some veggies and wonderful texture. I also added 1/2 C. mild taco sauce. I found that crushing tostada shells to mix with the cheese worked great for the topping---and it wasn't too salty, as tortilla chips can be. One tip, as with any pasta-based casserole, is to truly cook the macaroni to just the beginning stage of al dente--don't overcook it, as it can easily become mushy after baking. This is a terrific recipe, easily adaptable to ingredients you have on hand, and it will be a family favorite for years!
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Spinach and Orzo Salad

Reviewed: May 16, 2010
This is one of my all-time favorite recipes----and it has been adored by kids and adults in my family since we first tried it. I've made a few modifications to appeal to my family's taste and budget. I usually add approximately 1 C. of halved grape tomatoes for added color and flavor. The pine nuts are my favorite . . . but because of the surprisingly high cost, I usually opt to substitute the same amount of lightly salted sunflower seeds. I imagine that pistachios would also be wonderful. This is a fabulous recipe!
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