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Quinoa Tabbouleh

Reviewed: Jul. 17, 2005
Great recipe. Made in advance and took camping with us. Feta cheese made it awesome. Only change is that I would reduce the oil and juice next time -- got a little watery. Light and delicious, though -- resulted in "happy campers," for sure.
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Chicken Enchiladas II

Reviewed: Mar. 3, 2006
Delicious recipe. Got Monday morning raves after a Sunday evening dinner even -- and better yet, the raves came from my father in law. I doubled the recipe more or less -- used a Family Size can of cream of chicken instead of mushroom and used half corn and half flour tortillas to suit our combined tastes in the family. Used 6-8" tortillas and it worked well. Added a dash of cumin to the cream sauce and two cans of chiles (one hot, one medium). Don't let the blandness of the sauce from the pan fool you. If you let it sit/simmer a bit, the flavors of the chiles start to show some heat. I garnished with green onions and cheddar cheese. Served with sides of spanish/mexican quinoa and a spicy cole slaw, which was a perfect combination. Highly recommend this recipe. Next steps will be tweaking it over time to be equally delcious, but more nutritious -- the creams and lard-based tortillas are way too heavy to make this dish a regular staple, but for a special occassion it is ideal. I'm always looking for recipes for dinner parties that I can prepare in advance and just casually put in the oven as everyone is chatting over appetizers. This dish definitely fit the bill.
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Guacamole

Reviewed: Mar. 3, 2006
Good basic recipe. Was a little bland for my taste, but wasn't hard to take it to the next level with some fresh jalapenos.
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Tuna Noodle Casserole I

Reviewed: Mar. 23, 2006
Not bad. Not great. The french fried onions on the top saved it. I did make some mods, though, that might have impacted the results in the opposite direction. Based on "dry" reviews, I did 1.5x each ingredient in the sauce, except the cheese. Thought that the "bland" reviews could be remedied by a bit of blue cheese for bite in addition to the sharp cheddar. Used two cans of tuna just to make it a little hardier. Looking forward to leftovers tomorrow, though. Ate this one right from the oven, so it may not have had time to really settle into all the flavors. I think the onion/garlic/celery advice in other reviews would have been worth heeding. Husband liked it regardless.
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Mock Chopped Liver

Reviewed: May 2, 2006
Not bad. I cooked Passover for my husband's family (I'm the shikse) so I tried to keep it traditional. This mock chopped liver was as good as those that I had gotten at delis in the past. Only complaint was that it made way too much -- like nearly 6 cups. Might have done something wrong. Could have used a bit of liquid to make it more moist, too. I think my mini-food-processor was partly to blame there, though... hard to mix well. Would make again, but would half the recipe.
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Passover Cheesecake With Strawberry Sauce

Reviewed: May 2, 2006
Yum! I had never made a cheesecake before, but tackled this one for Passover with my husbands family. It was delish. I used honey nut kosher macaroons for the crust -- and actually doubled it because it wasn't enough to really covering the base of the pan. I'd skip the strawberry sauce next time for sure. The orange essense was plenty of flavor. I had added a touch more OJ than it called for. Also subbed out some of the main cake -- instead of 4 blocks of fully loaded cream cheese, I used 1 fat-free, 1 reduced fat, 1 loaded, and 1 part fat free ricotta. Really was scrumptious! Only regret is that I should have heeded the advice of the other reviewer who mentioned the leaking butter. What a mess!
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Haroset for Passover

Reviewed: May 2, 2006
Good recipe for haroset. Once you have the basic ingredients down you can play to your own tastes. I always like a few more nuts in mine. Also, note in the intro to this recipe that the amount of the finished product is 3 cups. 6 apples of the size I used was way to many for the 3-cup total -- even 4 apples were too many. I'd say 3-4 medium fuji or gala would work fine.
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Roast Chicken with Rosemary

Reviewed: May 2, 2006
Wonderful roast chicken. Served to rave reviews and the house smelled wonderful while it cooked. My onions in the center didn't really get done, but that was fine. Threw some carrots into the pan for roasting. Also took advice in reviews and rubbed olive oil and rosemary under the skin -- quite an adventure for a vegetarian reverse-convert. Followed the 20 min. per pound rule. Only wish I could have found a bigger bird -- at close to a 4 lb. chicken, I was cutting it close for dinner for 6. Will definitely make this one again. I love the oven -- so great for low maintenance meals.
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Baked Garlic

Reviewed: May 2, 2006
Roasted garlic rocks for an easy appetizer. Made 4 heads of garlic this weekend with just a drizzle of olive oil (instead of butter). I upped the heat to 400 and baked for 45 min. Mushy, but so easy then to serve/eat. I should have salted them, too, but I skipped it. Served with a ramekin of parmesan, one of olive oil with rosemary infused, and one with a ajvar (roasted red pepper and eggplant with a kick) and crusted sourdough. What I liked about this approach, is that each of my guests took a bulb onto their own plates and we finally got to use those cute little appetizer knives and forks we got for our wedding. :-) Make this one a staple -- cheap, easy, healthy, and always a winner with the guests.
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Honey Almond Chicken

Reviewed: May 2, 2006
Was as expected -- moist and mildly flavored chicken. Was looking for just that -- something with just a little flavor, but not too much, as I was serving it with tortellini in a brown-butter sage sauce, which had enough flavor and aroma to carry the meal. Chicken was good and moist. Turned up heat toward end to get it to brown a bit. Was a lot of prep for not much return, though, so I probably wouldn't make it a staple.
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Caramelized Pearl Onions with Balsamic Glaze

Reviewed: Jun. 12, 2006
Used fresh pearl onions for this -- at least I think that's what they were. Cheap at produce market, pain to peel for recipe, but all worth it. This recipe is so simple and delish. Made me feel like a pro. Got great reviews. Reminded me of "Drunken Shallots" I had had at a favorite local Italian restaurant (although, I think those used a red wine reduction). Planning on making the full recipe from frozen onions for a camping trip this weekend. Such an easy snack to put out with some white bean spread (also easy and both not bad nutrition-wise). Highly recommend this recipe. Be patient with the reduction. It's worth it to let it get thick.
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Pita Chips

Reviewed: Aug. 19, 2006
Was serving hummus as appetizer to middle eastern main (falafel and kabobs) and realized I didn't have pita chips. Did a quick search at allrecipes and this guy popped up. I did just 24 pieces because I needed pitas for the main, but they turned out really well. If you do the full 12 pitas, yielding 96 pieces, you'll need multiple cookie sheets and repeat batches. I think sprinkling the herbs would have added more flavor, but they were very good and the guests gobbled them up. Will make again with varied spices just to mix it up. A package of 12 pitas costs only $1.39 at the produce market I go to, so it's hard to beat the price on these homemade treats. Way better quality and super convenient -- especially if you keep a package of the pitas in the freezer, just thaw, oil, and bake. So easy in a pinch.
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Sean's Falafel and Cucumber Sauce

Reviewed: Aug. 19, 2006
Doubled the batch and made these in advance for a camping trip. Flash froze them so they wouldn't stick together, then put into freezer zip locks. Then it rained, so we ended up staying home and having our fellow campers over for dinner. There were 8 of us, so the double batch was absolutely necessary. You could make smaller balls with a single batch, but it really doesn't make very much. Sauce was good even though I'm not especially crazy about dill. I threw in a little white vinigar for more tangy flavor. Lemon juice would have worked well, too. I baked half and fried half. I had one of each in my pita and couldn't really tell the difference, especially once it's all doctored up with the sauce. My husband said that the baked ones were mushier than the fried. Someone suggested baking then flash frying for some crispiness. Served in pitas with tomatoes and sprouts. Overall a hit. Was definitely easier than expected. Will have the only two leftover balls for lunch today. Can't wait.
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Shish Tawook Marinated Chicken

Reviewed: Aug. 19, 2006
YUM! Made with chicken tenders marinated overnight for camping. Then it rained, so we adjusted to dinner party for 8. Was the perfect amount (served with Sean's falafel from this site and boxed mediteranean-flavored couscous). It is definitely a curry thing, so if you don't like curry, you probably won't like this. I can't believe anyone wouldn't like curry, myself, but to each his own. I thought this was easy and delish. Looking forward to the few leftovers today. We didn't bother with the dipping sauce, which I think is fine because the chicken itself has loads of flavor and I wouldn't want anything to compete with that. Will definitely make again.
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Sensational Sirloin Kabobs

Reviewed: Aug. 19, 2006
It's probably not fair for me to review this recipe since I don't eat beef myself, but I made it for a group last night and they all gobbled it up. Of course, it might be that sirloin would be gobbled no matter how it's prepared. It was an easy recipe, though. I skipped all the veggies because we were having sides that took care of that, so the pineapple flavors that other reviewers noted as nice, were definitely missing. I used just over a pound of sirloin and the marinade just covered it in a small bowl, so I'm thinking that if you used the 2 lbs the recipe calls for, you might want to increase the marindade or use a ziplock that you can squish around occassionally to make sure all the meat gets saturated.
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Carol's Chicken Salad

Reviewed: Aug. 19, 2006
This is a tasty chicken salad. Love the grapes in there for the bit of sweet. Have never tried it with the swiss cheese, though because I'm not a fan. Need to find a cheese to substitute to get the full effect of this salad, I presume. I usually grill my chicken on the Foreman and move forward from there. Want to try it with canned chicken for convenience sometime, too. Clearly, I've come back to repeat this recipe several times, so that's definitely an endorsement. Enjoy.
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Chutney Chicken Salad

Reviewed: Sep. 7, 2006
DELISH! I kind of winged it a bit, but I think the recipe is definitely a winner. I used 2 cans of chx, which wasn't nearly 4 cups, so I eyeballed the amount of mayo, chutney, and lime juice to add, but kept it in proportion to the recipe I think. The lime juice adds a lot of liquid that isn't absorbed, so be careful. The chutney gave this an awesome flavor -- and of course the curry did, too. I added raisins and some pecans and it was perfect. Will make again very soon. Happened to have the chutney on hand left over from another recipe, but will definitely start carrying it as a pantry staple so I can make this recipe whenever the mood strikes.
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Microwave Baked Apples

Reviewed: Sep. 7, 2006
No thanks. Wouldn't make again. Idea was appealing because I wanted something sweet and easy. It was pretty easy, but most of the sweet stuff just ran out in the pan. I used it as a sauce and it was OK. I'm sure results vary based on quality of apples -- and presence on ice cream (everything is better with ice cream, right). I added a few walnuts to this to make it a little more interesting, but overall texture was blah and taste was, too.
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