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Kerry's Beany Salad

Reviewed: Jul. 8, 2005
Awesome salad! Made the following changes: to the dressing, I added 2 T white sugar, 1 T each lemon and lime juice, 1/2 T Cumin, and some Chipotle hot sauce. To the salad, I used all hulled barley (no rice), 1 sweet onion instead of green, doubled the corn (used frozen), and omitted the lettuce. I also added some garbonzo beans, chopped cucumber, a yellow bell pepper, and some tomatoes. Also followed other reviews about the dressing ingredients ratios. The addition of Chipotle sauce and Cumin give this salad a fantastic smoky taste with a kick! Terrific salad...will definitely make again!
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Garlic Kale

Reviewed: Sep. 2, 2012
Good! I used about 1/2 cup chopped onions, and sauteed them for about 5 min before adding the kale (2/3 bag of pre-chopped kale). With the kale, I added about 1/2 cup water and let the kale steam with the lid on the pan. After it softened, I drained it and added the garlic, a little sea salt, fresh ground pepper, and squeezed about 1/2 a fresh lemon over the top and cooked for about a minute or two. I removed it from the heat and added about a cup of canellini beans and some freshly shredded asiago cheese. **odd note!*** Along with this dish I made a Caprese salad, which included a balsamic reduction made from 1 cup balsamic vinegar brought to a boil with 1/3 cup honey, and then reduced the heat and simmered about 10 min until the sauce was reduced to about 1/3 cup. This sauce accidentally seeped into the garlic kale and was AMAZING on it! I will definitely make it that way in the future!
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Apricot Brown Sugar Ham

Reviewed: Dec. 30, 2011
WOW! This smelled fantastic! As a vegetarian, I didn't eat it, but sure was tempted to convert to meat-eater! ;-) My husband and kids LOVED it! After it was cooked, I drained the juices from the pan, combined with cornstarch in a pan and cooked on the stove for 15 min or so to thicken into a dipping sauce. Everybody loved it! And it was SO simple.
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Oatmeal Cake I

Reviewed: Nov. 24, 2010
My family has been making a version of this cake since I was a kid. For the topping, we add pecans, and use sweetened condensed milk instead of cream & white sugar.
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Caprese Salad with Balsamic Reduction

Reviewed: Sep. 2, 2012
Oooooh that was good! Be sure to buy good quality tomatoes from a local Farmer's Market if possible. Quality makes all the difference! I accidentally used 1/3 cup honey, but it was fantastic anyway!
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California Grilled Veggie Sandwich

Reviewed: Dec. 29, 2011
FANTASTIC! Served on "Easiest Focaccia Bread" recipe from this site (with added parmesan). In addition to the feta, sliced smoked gruyere was melted onto the bread. Added sliced Portabello mushrooms to the grilled veggies. Served the sandwiches buffet-style, so the kids could pick what veggies they liked. I added sliced tomatoes, capers, black olives and kalamata olives to the options. A little balsamic vinaigrette over the top of the veggies made it out of this world! I will be making these again and again!
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Candied Yams

Reviewed: Dec. 18, 2010
Add cinnamon and chopped PECANS!!!
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Coconut Gumdrop Cookies

Reviewed: Dec. 12, 2009
Butter flavored shortening works best. My family has been making these for 30 years, but have never added nuts (kids prefer without!). We always at least double the amount of gumdrops it calls for. Cut the gumdrops into quarters using kitchen scissors dipped in water, then toss the cut pieces into granulated sugar to re-coat. Be sure to weed out the black gumdrops! These are very festive and a must-have for Christmas!
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Special Deviled Eggs

Reviewed: Dec. 29, 2012
These are great! Sometimes I omit the relish and use honey mustard for sweetness. YUM!
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Fajita Marinade I

Reviewed: May 17, 2011
Fabulous! I subbed apple juice for the water to give a bit of sweetness, and cut back on the cayenne so the kids would eat it. I halved the olive oil as others suggested, and added cumin and some Kirkland brand (Costco) Sweet Mesquite seasoning. They were the best we've ever had by far!
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Pasta e Fagioli III

Reviewed: Dec. 27, 2011
Awesome soup! I don't eat meat, but my husband and kids said this was great. My husband said he'd give it 4 3/4 stars. Used leftover Christmas ham. Added some fresh basil and fresh oregano toward the end. Served with "Easiest Focaccia Recipe" bread from this site, and some fresh Parmesan cheese. A big hit with my meat-eating family!
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Sweet Restaurant Slaw

Reviewed: Dec. 25, 2011
Fantastic! And I don't even like coleslaw! I used real mayo and used onion powder. It's even better with a clove or two of fresh minced garlic! Yum!
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Mexican Bean Pie

Reviewed: Dec. 25, 2011
Substitute 1/2 package of taco seasoning (I prefer Taco Bell brand) for the cumin and chile powder!
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Mango, Peach and Pineapple Salsa

Reviewed: Jul. 30, 2012
MMMMMmmmmm! The only changes I made were adding two jalapeno peppers for some heat, and (accidentally eating the red and yellow bell peppers ahead of time), I substituted two roasted (jarred) red peppers! It resembled a favorite salsa of mine, the mango/peach salsa from Costco. It was great! I ate (a lot of) it on some tortilla chips, and my family ate it on some pork chops. A little time-consuming, but will definitely make again! OH! I didn't add ANY water...the fresh fruit made it's own juice that was WONDERFUL! It got much more onion-y sitting overnight, which was fine with me since I love onions, but those who don't might want to go easy on the onions.
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Tofu Parmigiana

Reviewed: Jul. 30, 2012
Great recipe! I doubled the ingredients, and didn't make many changes (for once), except to the sauce. For the sauce I sauteed an onion until almost carmelized, then added tomato sauce, tomato paste, garlic, basil, oregano, a bit of brown sugar, and salt/pepper. I followed other suggestions for draining the tofu, then dredging in flour, then egg, then breadcrumb mixture. Baked for about 15 min on each side, then added tomato sauce and cheese and baked for 20 min in a 9x13" pan. It was fantastic! Kids gobbled it up, and even my hardcore carnivorous husband loved it!
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Baked Tofu Bites

Reviewed: Jan. 2, 2012
These were ok. Decent flavor. To get all the water out of the tofu, I put it on a plate with layers of paper towels above and below the tofu. I then place another plate on top, with a 28-oz can from my pantry set on top to weigh it down. I usually set it in the frig overnight for maximum drainage, and change out the paper towels as they soak up the water. Anyway, the tofu bites were good, but not great. I think just soaking them in BBQ sauce would achieve the same thing.
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Corrigan's Minestrone

Reviewed: Dec. 27, 2011
Fantastic! I used only 2 potatoes. Used an 8 oz box of macaroni noodles, and added 14 oz can diced basil and oregano tomatoes. Also used Better than Bouillon veggie bouillon (from a jar) instead of canned broth. Added fresh parsley, and served with Parmesan cheese. Made Focaccia bread to go with it. YUM!
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Harvest Salad

Reviewed: Mar. 30, 2013
Awesome salad! Here are my substitutions: pistachio nuts (instead of walnuts, and no need to toast!), gorgonzola cheese (instead of bleu), no tomatoes or ovacado (weird), shallots (instead of red onion), and DEFINITELY add either fresh sliced strawberries or fresh raspberries! Yummmmmmmmm! Be sure to add the dressing just before serving though, as it goes soggy fairly quickly. This is NOT a good leftover salad if the dressing has been poured onto it! Of course, we tend to not have too much of this left over!
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BBQ Chicken Pizza II

Reviewed: Mar. 9, 2013
My husband and kids LOVE this! Add some pineapple and some cilantro!
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Sloppy Joes II

Reviewed: Jan. 18, 2013
These are SO much better than a pre-packaged mix! Sometimes I add a few tablespoons of barbecue sauce, or a few drops of liquid smoke. I make two versions; one with ground beef, and the other with Boca for the vegetarians in the house. Yum!
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