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Home Town: California, USA
Living In: California, USA
Member Since: Jun. 2005
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Recipe Reviews 12 reviews
Chipotle Shrimp Tacos
I made this dish as written (except I cooked the onion and bacon together at the same time and marinated the shrimp in the chipotle and adobo sauce for 1 hr beforehand). My hubby LOVED this!! He said it was kinda like something from a good Mexican restaurant. I gave it 4 stars because, for me personally, the shrimp was missing something. Can't put my finger on it but it didn't WOW me. It was still good though and I enjoyed my meal a lot. After trying as is, I decided to add guacamole and some crumbled cotija cheese to my tacos. YUM!!! That definitely helped make this meal wonderful to me. Will definitely make this again. (By the way, don't skip the lime juice... it adds yumminess. Hubby tried without and with lime and he liked it with lime best.)

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Reviewed On: Feb. 19, 2015
Asian Beef with Snow Peas
RICE WINE vs RICE VINEGAR: I couldn't find rice wine at the store but had rice vinegar at home. Unsure if they were the same thing, I looked online for info. Here's what I found on the Seattle Times website in their Food and Wine section: "Part of the problem is that rice vinegar is often called rice wine vinegar. Both rice vinegar and rice wine are made from fermented rice, but different processes are employed. ...To add depth or sweetness to a dish, use rice wine... Try sherry as a substitute in recipes that call for rice wine instead of reaching for the rice vinegar; it's a closer match. ...Use rice vinegar to perk up or heighten flavors, such as those in sweet-and-sour dishes, or use the condiment in place of more tart vinegars when you want to soften the edges of a dressing or marinade." After reading that, I used sherry because that's what I had. Other than that, I made the recipe as written but using low sodium soy sauce due to health issues. I have to say that none of us (hubby, myself and our 2 teenaged sons) really cared for this dish. It was OK, we all cleaned our plates, but nothing to rave about. It could be due to the low sodium soy sauce, but this had little flavor. I have used that same soy sauce in other Asian dishes, however, that have turned out wonderful. Also, sauce didn't thicken up so I had to add more cornstarch. Anyways, I will stick to my other Asian recipes.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 27, 2015
Cheese and Sausage Stuffed Zucchini
My husband and I liked it. I'm not a fan of zucchini but this was good. Hubby raved about it and had leftovers for lunch (which I got a big Thank You! text from him at lunchtime). My 18 yo. son liked the stuffing but not the zucchini. I did cut the Italian seasoning to 1 tbsp and it still had good flavor. I will make this again.

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Reviewed On: Jan. 13, 2015
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