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American Lasagna

Reviewed: Jan. 12, 2006
Yum! I was apprehensive about using so much tomato paste in the sauce, since I never used it, but it turned out really well! I also used a big can of sauce. My market didn't have fresh basil so I just used dry italian seasoning and it worked out just fine. I split this into two pans and used more noodles to compensate. This froze beautifully, it was a hit at our rose bowl party!
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Bread Pudding III

Reviewed: Jan. 25, 2006
This recipe is a family favorite, and I've made it so many times, I have it memorized. The only change I make is to soak my raisins in boiling water for 10 mins or so so that they plump up and give all of their flavor in the dish. I also don't use nutmeg, because I don't like it. This is so quick and easy, it's perfect for unexpected guests! I usually serve it by itself, but sometimes I make a hard sauce to go with it.
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Scalloped Potatoes

Reviewed: Apr. 17, 2006
I give it 5 stars for the concept, but I changed it a lot. I used half cheddar and half velveeta for the cheeses to keep it from being oily from all cheddar. I also only used 4 tbsp of butter, and a splash of white wine instead of cooking sherry. I cooked the sauce on the stove so I could control the heat, and I added in some pepper as well. I used gluten free breadcrumbs in lieu of cornflakes. It turned out amazing! The wine was essential, it wouldn't have tasted nearly as good without it.
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Spanish Rice II

Reviewed: Aug. 23, 2005
This was yummy spanish rice, and really easy to make. I added two chopped garlic cloves during the saute and shredded poached chicken breast when the water was added. Healthy one dish meal!
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Pumpkin Cheesecake II

Reviewed: Dec. 8, 2005
I got RAVE reviews for this recipe with my in-laws at Thanksgiving. I made it twice, once dry and once in a water bath, the dry made a more NY style texture, the waterbath made it really creamy, so it's all preference. I also used a gingersnap crust from another recipe and it worked really well. I never use graham crackers in cheesecake crusts, they seem too boring. This cheescake was the first dessert gone at Thanksgiving!
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Easy Banana Bread

Reviewed: Dec. 9, 2005
PERFECT! I was looking for a recipe that was similar to my grandmother's (my mom was taking too long to email it) and I found this one. It's nice and dense with a great banana flavor. I almost have to lock it up to keep my husband from eating both loaves in one sitting! Thanks!
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Mrs. Sigg's Snickerdoodles

Reviewed: Dec. 29, 2005
These are awesome! I used a small disher then dropped the dough directly in a bowl with cinnamon and sugar (way more than the recipe calls for) and rolled the balls around a few at a time. I would definitely reccomend this method since you don't have to get your hands sticky and the cookies are always the exact same time. I went the max cook time, they were kind of gross in the middle if it went below that.
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Famous Butter Chicken

Reviewed: Jan. 25, 2006
I make this often, though I generally cut the chicken into strips and do it that way. I also add a packet of powdered ranch dressing mix instead of salt and pepper and it gives it amazing flavor. I've also used saltines when I haven't had butter crackers. Also, I melt the butter first then drizzle it over the chicken before it goes into the oven instead of putting the cubes in the pan.
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Goulash Supreme

Reviewed: Jan. 24, 2006
This is exactly like my grandmother's! It is one of probably two things she can make decently, so you know it has to be easy! I added the onions and 3 cloves of garlic while the beef was browning. I also only added a little over a teaspoon of chili powder, more than that would be way too much. I also mostly cooked the macaroni seperately, because I didn't want mush and there is NO WAY that amount of liquid could cook the pasta. I added the meat mixture to the drained macaroni and let it continue to cook until most of the liquid was soaked up and the macaroni was done. It was excellent! Thanks for the recipe!
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Coconut Poke Cake

Reviewed: Jan. 13, 2006
I've made this for my husband's birthday two years in a row and he loves it! I couldn't find cream of coconut, so I just used coconut milk (coconut milk is not the juice, it's a diluted cream from the pressed flesh of the coconut). I never use cool whip because I think it tastes like chemicals, so I made real whipped cream and I also toasted the coconut. This cake is messy, but it's fantastic!
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Honey Of An Oatmeal Bread

Reviewed: Jan. 24, 2006
Wow. Possibly the best bread machine recipe I've ever had. I have a convection bread machine and it tends to make very thick crusts. Anyway, with this recipe it wasn't too bad! I even used the delay cycle and it still turned out perfectly. I also used salted butter instead of oil, and once it was out of the machine I rubbed the crust with some butter to help it soften. I also used a heaping teaspoon of yeast, and 1/4 teaspoon of powdered ginger to a)keep the yeast working and b)help preserve the loaf. That amount of ginger doesn't affect the flavor. So far, it's the only non-totally white bread I can get my DH to eat. Thanks!
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Irish Cream Chocolate Cheesecake

Reviewed: Jan. 20, 2006
I made this at Christmas and it was FANTASTIC! I was a little worried because it had to share oven space with a turducken, and my sister's kitchen is not very well equipped for anything that doesn't come from the refridgerated dough section. In spite of all that, it was great. I put a pan of water in the oven and it didn't crack (heck, maybe the turducken helped). The only thing I changed was I put a LOT more irish cream in it. I used about a bottle and a half of the Bailey's minis.
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Broiled Tilapia Parmesan

Reviewed: Jan. 23, 2006
This recipe is awesome! Actually, my version barely resembles the original. I use olive oil instead of mayo (DH doesn't like it), and italian seasoning and garlic salt instead of all of the other seasionings. I also used some lemon pepper. I don't measure, I jusr mash the ingredients together until they look, feel, and smell right. My DH hates fish, but asks for this all the time!
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Irish Soda Bread

Reviewed: Jan. 25, 2006
This was Ok, not quite my mom's. I only used 2 c. raisins, and the raisin flavor seemed a touch strong. I didn't have buttermilk so I soured 1% with lemon juice, so my batter was really wet, I should have added more flour. I also used low fat sour cream. I may try it again with fewer raisins and non-low fat ingredients next time. I don't blame the recipe for my not really liking it, I blame myself for trying to make things low fat, that should teach me :-P
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Spinach Tortellini Soup

Reviewed: Aug. 22, 2005
I didn't bother with the original recipe. I followed some suggestions of others. I sauteed a whole chopped onion, 3 cloves of garlic, and 1 whole carrot, cut into matchsticks. I ended up using 3 cans of stock and 3 addtl cups of chicken boullion. Once the broth boiled, I reduced the heat and added 2 chopped tomatoes and almost a whole bag of chopped frozen spinach. I only simmered it for about 5 minutes, so the spinach would not overcook. I boiled the tortellini seperately and added it once the soup was off the heat. This is a fabulous meal! I got veggies into my husband!! I forsee this becoming a leftovers soup, where I will add leftover chicken or veggies or whatever.
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Sean's Falafel and Cucumber Sauce

Reviewed: Feb. 12, 2006
Pretty good, but the cumin was really strong. Also, I used about 3/4 c of cornmeal instead of breadcrumbs due to a gluten intolerance. It worked pretty well, but my falafel was a bit like a hushpuppy. Still good, will tweak more to my tastes.
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Peanut Butter Noodles

Reviewed: Jan. 12, 2006
Pretty good as a starting point. Like others, I used powdered ginger instead of fresh, I used about 1/2 tsp of tabasco instead of chili paste, and I used crunchy PB and omitted the chopped peanuts. I added 1/3 lb blanched sliced green beans and a handful of fresh spinach near the end and let the spinach wilt. That made it taste almost exactly like my favorite thai restaurant peanut sauce. I had to add more water because I added stuff to it, but I think what would really make this recipe outstanding is the addition of coconut milk. I'll definitely try that next time! I served it with white rice and broiled chicken breast (seasoned with garlic salt and lemon pepper, about 8 mins on each side). YUM!
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Eileen's Spicy Gingerbread Men

Reviewed: Dec. 8, 2005
This is a pretty decent recipe, I used a 1 1/2 tsp ginger and cut the cloves by half. I also had a problem of the cookies being salty, but I'm pretty sure that would be remedied by adding the salt to the wet ingredients so it has time to dissolve. I will make these again, good texture and pretty easy to work with.
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Normal Chicken

Reviewed: Jan. 20, 2006
I doubled the sauce, and I think I added garlic salt and lemon pepper (since that is how I season everything). It tasted ok but it looked unappetizing. Think dark gray chicken.
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Spring Roll Wrappers

Reviewed: Aug. 16, 2006
Spring rolls are traditionally made from rice wrappers, not wheat. These are more like wonton wrappers that you would use for eggrolls or crab rangoons, which are traditionally made from wheat.
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