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That Addicting Salad

Reviewed: Aug. 30, 2007
We doubled the amount of greens and added homemade croutons and chopped hard-boiled egg. The dressing is key, I made it exactly as written. Delicious!
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Chicken Liver Appetizers

Reviewed: Mar. 31, 2009
I followed the ingredients exactly for this dish and it turned out great! Simple and delicious. I can't wait to try other variations!
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Roasted Duck

Reviewed: Jan. 25, 2009
I pierced the skin of the duck to allow the fat to drain out and roasted it on a rack above a pan so it wouldn't be cooking in its grease. I also omitted the butter. It's amazing how much fat came out of the duck! The duck tasted good, the skin was crispy, but there was very little meat and despite draining out most of the fat, there was still a fairly thick subcutaneous layer remaining. I think there are slow roasting methods that eliminate that problem, but I didn't feel like spending 5+ hours doing that. The biggest problem I had with roasting a duck was the smell. I LOVE duck, but the smell of roasting duck in my apartment was nauseating. I was no longer hungry when it was finished and my living space smelled for days. I think the next time I have a hankering for duck, I'll go to a restaurant.
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Bacon Water Chestnut Rolls

Reviewed: Dec. 13, 2011
I wanted to test these out before making them for my parents' Christmas party this year. All I've got to say is WOW! These are going to go fast. I used 2 cans of whole water chestnuts and a 16 oz. package of bacon was more than enough. I didn't find that it was necessary to pre-cook the bacon. I cut the bacon strips into thirds and did not halve the chestnuts. I found that this created the perfect bacon to chestnut ratio. I baked them for a total of 45 minutes on the high rack in my oven, turning them over and "sauce-ing" them halfway through. They came out perfectly crispy with a nice caramelized glaze. I served any leftover sauce on the side for dipping. I didn't use a tomato-based chili sauce and opted for Sriracha asian chili sauce instead. It tasted pretty wonderful.
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Kickin Stuffed Peppers

Reviewed: Dec. 2, 2009
Very tasty stuffed peppers recipe, and I don't even like peppers! I prepared this dish using fresh bell peppers from my MIL garden as a main course. They were soooooooo good and made for great leftovers the next day too. I'd like to try this stuffing with tomatoes as well.
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Marmite Mince

Reviewed: Mar. 1, 2008
Really simple and soooooooo good. I had my mince over mashed potatoes. I had seconds and one of my sisters had "fourths". I love Marmite and have been looking for recipes, this one is definitely a keeper.
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Easy Pavlova

Reviewed: Feb. 15, 2009
I decided to make this for my honey on Valentine's day. I remember him mentioning that he really likes pavlova so I thought I'd give this recipe a try as a part of a special dinner I planned on making for him. I followed the recipe exactly except that I layered both sliced kiwi and strawberry on top. It was delicious! Valentine's day was yesterday and the two of us have polished off 3/4 of it. The consistency was perfect, it didn't fall apart on me. I think another reviewer was correct about the ratio of egg whites to sugar being key. I barely sweetened the whipped cream to balance out the sweetness of the meringue. This pavlova was wonderful and a cinch to make. Definitely "easy" although I would rename it "Perfect Pavlova" because it was so good!
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After-Thanksgiving Turkey Soup

Reviewed: Dec. 3, 2008
This is a terrific base recipe that can be tweaked in many ways in order to suit a variety of tastes. It was my first time making turkey soup and I really enjoyed it. I used this recipe as a reference and then modified it to suit my own tastes. I scaled the recipe down a little, cut down on the butter and flour, reduced the amount of rice, replaced the half and half with cream, and added about 2 tsp. of salt. Other than modifying the amount of the ingredients used, I didn't try to deviate from the original ingredients. The soup had a great comfort-food sort of taste, similar to pot-pie filling. I think I may omit the rice next time. My sister commented that it gave the soup the consistency of rice porridge. It didn't hurt the taste, however. Another bonus to this recipe is that while cooking, it fills the house with the lovely aroma of roasting turkey. Yummy!
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Broccoli-Stuffed Sole

Reviewed: Feb. 29, 2008
This dish was really yummy, I really liked the cheesy broccoli-rice filling. Some of the fillets didn't cook through, however. I think I need increase the cook time.
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Grilled Portobello and Mozzarella

Reviewed: Aug. 31, 2007
This dish was really good, my whole family loved it. I didn't have access to a grill that day, so I pan-roasted the mushroom caps. I'm sure the taste would have been even better had I followed instructions exactly.
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Simple Arrabbiata Sauce

Reviewed: Feb. 29, 2008
Good stuff, very spicy. I added some cream to cool it down a little.
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Mom's Brown Gravy

Reviewed: Dec. 2, 2009
Fantastic vegetarian gravy recipe! I made this for my MIL for Thanksgiving dinner this year because she's on a very specific diet. I followed the recipe almost exactly, however I did take it one step further by using Earth Balance soy butter in place of real butter to make it truly vegan. (my MIL can't have dairy) She absolutely loved it and asked for the recipe. Like one user said, it has a very bold, mushroom like flavor to it. Quite nice! Even us carnivores enjoyed it.
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Simple Garlic and Basil Pesto

Reviewed: Oct. 7, 2009
I halved the ingredients to make a pasta dish for two. I omitted the brazil nuts and used a hand immersion blender to put it all together. The sauce was completed in 5 minutes flat and came out perfect. I added some coarse grey sea salt and heated it in a saucepan, adding a little heavy cream, and tossed it with papparadelle pasta. Delicious!
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Garlic Chicken

Reviewed: Jan. 30, 2009
This was pretty good for such a simple recipe. I followed the recipe very closely, except I used thin-sliced chicken breast filets, which cut cooking time down to about 25 minutes (plus a couple more minutes on broil for a golden-crisp finish). I also used Progresso Garlic Herb breadcrumbs instead of plain breadcrumbs, which really enhanced the flavor. I loved how quick and easy this was to make and the cooking aroma was lovely.
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Kentucky Style Fried Green Tomatoes

Reviewed: Dec. 10, 2007
Not bad. We don't have green tomatoes where I am so I had to make do with ripe tomatoes. They came out crisp, but quickly softened. I'm not sure if that's the right effect. Still good, though slightly bland.
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Outrageous Chocolate Chip Cookies

Reviewed: Dec. 10, 2007
Love this recipe! Rolled oats and peanut butter add extra oomph to the standard chocolate chip cookie. They stayed soft and chewy even after being stored for 3 days where other cookies would have become dry and brittle.
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Homestyle Turkey, the Michigander Way

Reviewed: Nov. 29, 2009
Simple and wonderful roast turkey recipe! The breast meat was so moist and melt-in-your-mouth tender. I was able to make a really delicious gravy out of the pan drippings too, probably a result of the chicken/onion basting broth. This was the yummiest turkey I've ever roasted and the best part was that it was sooooooooo easy! No excessive ingredients or complicated steps necessary.
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