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Kim's Summer Corn Salad

Reviewed: Aug. 3, 2007
As written I have to give this recipe 3 stars. I liked the basic idea, but I had to change the ingredients. First of all, I used fresh corn, cooked and cut off the cob. I used frozen peas instead of canned because....Yuck! Canned peas are icky. I used grape tomatoes, cut in half instead of large tomatoes to cut down on the liquid, and seeded the cucumber for the same reason. I also made a vinaigrette instead of mayonnaise. My husband said he didn't think he would like a corn salad, but he really liked this one. Although I made several changes, I thank you for the recipe!
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Salsa Cube Steaks

Reviewed: Aug. 2, 2007
My oven is broken, so I took another reviewer's suggestion, and prepared this in the crock-pot. I used peach/pineapple salsa and onions and green peppers. The meat was nice and tender, but I thought the flavor was just ordinary. Maybe it would be better if baked. My husband really liked this, but I wasn't crazy about it. Thanks anyway.
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Spinach Tomato Tortellini

Reviewed: Jul. 30, 2007
Oh my, but this was good. I did make a few changes (of course). My husband expects MEAT on his dinner plate, so I squeezed the innards out of a couple of large-ish hot Italian sausages and browned it up in a tiny bit of EVOO. Then I added some sliced fresh crimini mushrooms that needed to be used up. My canned tomatoes were the plain, common garden variety, so I threw in some chopped onion and minced garlic. Deglazed the pan with some white wine and used more spinach than called for. An entire bunch, actually. The DH has placed a moritorium on me buying anything new to stuff into my over-burdened freezer, so I had to use a bag of frozen three-cheese ravioli instead of the tortellini. But hey, it's the same thing, only flat, right? Also I didn't have any whole milk, so I had to use non-fat, but it didn't seem to hurt anything. This was fantastic! The sausage and mushrooms gave the sauce a nice beigey color. I'm sure it would have been prettier with the tortellini, but I had to make do. Delicious! Thanks for the recipe!
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Gary's Stuffed Mushrooms

Reviewed: Jul. 30, 2007
I loved these mushrooms. I did make a couple of changes (I can't seem to stop myself). I sauted the chopped mushroom stems with some finely chopped onion and minced garlic before adding them to the prepared stuffing mix. I also used 2 cans of real crab meat instead of the imitation, cuz I had some in the cupboard that I had picked up at the 99 cent store. I also put a healthy pinch of grated Parmesano Reggiano on top of each stuffed mushroom before baking. Had to bake these for about 25 minutes, though. They smelled wonderful while they were baking, and I took them to my card club and the ladies snarked them all up. One thing: Even though I used a 24 oz box of mushrooms, and piled them high with stuffing, I had quite a bit of the stuffing left over. The next day, I bought another 24 oz box of mushrooms and made these again for just my husband and me for dinner. If Gary only uses 12 mushrooms, and uses up all the stuffing, the mushrooms must be ENORMOUS. Great recipe, though! Will make again and again.
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Orange Cake

Reviewed: Jul. 29, 2007
This was a great base recipe, but I could tell from reading it that it wouldn't have the strong orange flavor I was looking for. First, I used a lemon cake mix instead of a yellow one to increase the citrus taste. Then I used orange extract instead of lemon. To really pump up the orange flavor, I added 3/4 of a packet of orange Kool-Ade unsweetened drink mix to the dry ingredients. I put the other 1/4 packet in the glaze. After the cake cooled, I put it back in the bundt pan and poked big holes in the bottom of the cake with a chopstick. Then I poured most of the glaze over the bottom of the cake and let it soak in for about 20 minutes. I then inverted the cake onto a cake plate and drizzled the remainder of the glaze over the top. This came out great; very orangey and saturated with glaze. Delicious.
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German-Style Beet Salad

Reviewed: Jul. 29, 2007
I would have rated this 5 stars except for a couple of small quibbles. The recipe gives no estimated time as to how long to cook the beets. 5 minutes? 20 minutes? 1 hour? This may be confusing for novice cooks. Also 2 tablespoons of caraway seeds is way too much. I used 2 teaspoons and it was perfect. Otherwise, these were delicious. I added some dill and a can of mandarin oranges to the salad as recommened by other reviewers. Also I added more horseradish because 1 teaspoon didn't give it the kick I was looking for. My husband and I enjoyed this very much. Thanks.
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Grilled Peanut Chicken

Reviewed: Jul. 28, 2007
I really liked this recipe. I don't usually care much for boneless, skinless breasts; I find them dry and tasteless, but this recipe made them moist and flavorful. I only cooked 2 breasts; there are only 2 of us, and I didn't want to heat up the grill for just 2 breasts, so I broiled them in my toaster oven. I always have to play with recipes, so I added about a tablespoon of rice vinegar and about 1/2 teaspoon of sugar to the sauce. I used all the sauce on the 2 breasts and they came out great; rich and delicious, and the sauce carmelized beautifully. I served them with Sesame Noodles from this site, and braised bok choy. Excellent meal.
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Kielbasa Alfredo

Reviewed: Jul. 27, 2007
I normally shy away from recipes that call for canned soup or bottled sauces as an ingredient, but I was intrigued by all the good reviews this recipe got. I should have followed my instincts. Maybe it was the brand of alfredo sauce I purchased, but it was a well-known, high-end brand. I should have tasted it before I dumped it into the pan. It had no flavor that came close to alfredo sauce, and the texture was gluey, almost gelatinous. I tried to fix it by adding some milk and some sauted onions and garlic, but it was no use. My husband ate his, but then he'll eat anything. I definitely will not make it again.
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Autumn Spice Ham Steak

Reviewed: Jul. 25, 2007
This was delicious and very easy. I followed the recipe pretty closely except I peeled the apples and added a squirt of horseradish sauce to the maple syrup to cut the sweetness a tad and add a bit of bite. My husband loved it and there were no leftovers. Thanks for the recipe.
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Frosty Pineapple Salad

Reviewed: Jul. 17, 2007
I loved this stuff! I added a small package of instant coconut pudding, because coconut/pineapple is one of my favorite ice cream flavors, and this just seemed to cry out for it. The buttermilk added just the right tang. This was very good.
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Parmesan and Basil Chicken Salad

Reviewed: Jul. 3, 2007
This was delicious! I boiled 3 large bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts with some salt, garlic powder and bay leaves until nearly done. I have a fear of overcooking chicken white meat, so I let the residual heat finish the cooking, and the meat was nice and moist. I boned and skined the meat and cut it up small. I chopped 2 of the celery stalks very finely and added them to the chicken, and pureed only one of the chopped stalks. I also added chopped red onion to the puree as suggested by other reviewers, and used reduced fat mayonnaise and grated fresh Parmesana Reggiano. I served the salad on sandwich sized croisants with sliced tomatoes, and this was nummy! Much better than the run of the mill chicken salads with nuts and fruit. I will definitely make this again and again.!
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Cheddar Baked Chicken

Reviewed: Jul. 2, 2007
The only cereal I had on hand was Coco Pebbles and I didn't think those would taste too good, so I left out the cereal. Used Panko instead of regular dried bread crumbs and a mixture of dried herbs. I also used bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts (horrors!) and this came out great.
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Army SOS Creamed Ground Beef

Reviewed: Jul. 1, 2007
I have never cared for the taste of plain, unseasoned ground beef, so I liberally seasoned the browning beef with garlic powder, Lawry's season salt and pepper. I also added a half an onion, diced, to the beef. I really didn't measure the Worchestershire sauce, just let some bobble on out of the bottle, but I'm sure it was more than 1/4 teaspoon. I also added a cup of frozen peas with the milk. I served this over refrigerated jumbo whomp biscuits from a cardboard can. Very comforting and good. Will definitely make again.
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Screaming Potatoes

Reviewed: Jul. 1, 2007
I made this for dinner last night and guess what? It tasted like, um.....cooked potatoes! I followed the recipe exactly and they never made a peep. Not even a whimper, much less a scream. They'd have to sing a little song and do a little dance before I'd bother with this again.
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Pan Fried Halibut Steak with Light Green Sauce

Reviewed: Jul. 1, 2007
I don't like it when recipes don't give specific measurements like "one lemon, juiced", The amount of juice one lemon contains can vary greatly. Mine must have been extra juicey because I thought this was way too lemony. My husband raved about it though. The halibut was very good after I scraped most of the sauce off of mine. If I make this again, I will add the lemon juice one tablespoon at a time.
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Grilled Corn on the Cob

Reviewed: Jun. 30, 2007
I couldn't really tell the difference between this and corn cooked on the stove. Next time I grill corn, I won't wrap it up so much that the taste of the BBQ can flavor the corn.
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Restaurant-Style Coleslaw I

Reviewed: Jun. 30, 2007
This was great! I couldn't get enough of it. I added some celery seed as suggested by other reviewers. I'm going to make this for my Dad's 85th birthday party. Thanks!
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Slow Cooker Adobo Chicken

Reviewed: Jun. 29, 2007
I used chicken thighs from which I removed the skin (I fried the skin up and fed it to the cats, they were in kitty heaven) Otherwise I followed the recipe more-or-less exactly except to add bay leaves and peppercorns as suggested by other reviewers. It tasted even better than the adobo my Filipino brother-in-law makes. My husband who grown weary of my experimenting and has been asking me to make a few dishes that "originated on this continent", absolutely loved it. I served it with garlic rice and sliced mangos drizzled with Mango/Chile Vinegar from Trader Joe's. Pay no attention to the bad reviews. This was delicious. Thanks for the recipe!
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Caribbean Sweet Potato Salad

Reviewed: Jun. 28, 2007
I doubled the recipe except for the cucumber, because I only had one, and put in some chopped celery. The dressing seemed too limey to me so I added a small blob of mayonnaise and about a tablespoon of sugar, which did the trick. I really liked this, but my husband, who generally likes just about everything didn't care much for it. He expects his potato salad to have white potatoes, hard boiled egg, and a rich mayonnaise dressing, like his mom used to make. Now I'm sorry I doubled the recipe. Thanks, though, I thought it was tasty.
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Baked Fish with Shrimp

Reviewed: Jun. 28, 2007
I left off the shrimp because all I wanted was a fish recipe to use up some red snapper I had in the freezer. I followed the suggestions of some other reviewers and added some pressed garlic and rehydrated dried onion flakes to the butter before adding the flour. I also added a splash of sherry to the finished white sauce. I only had one pound of fish (there are only 2 of us) and since it is over 100 here in Las Vegas, I baked the fish in the toaster oven so as not to heat up the kitchen too much. I sprinkled some paprika on the sauce-covered fish before adding the cheese, and placed a couple of thin lemon slices on each fillet along with a sprig of thyme before baking. This come out delicious and my husband really liked it! Exactly what I was looking for. Thanks!
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