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No-Fuss Pumpkin Cake

Reviewed: Jun. 28, 2007
I thought for sure I had a yellow cake mix in the cupboard, but no. So used a spice cake mix instead. Otherwise I followed the recipe exactly and this came out great. What a simple way to make cream cheese frosting! Thanks for the recipe!
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Broccoli Salad I

Reviewed: Jun. 27, 2007
I have been making this salad for years. A friend of mine brought it to a potluck and I got the recipe from her. I usually increase the broccoli, I don't really measure it, but I think it's about 6 cups. I cut the raw bacon into small pieces with kitchen shears, then fry it all at once, stirring occasionally, until pretty crisp. My cats go nuts, hoping I'll drop some. I have to move quick if I want some salad, between my husband and the cats, this goes quick. I made some Monday and it was gone Tuesday morning. Just bought some more broccoli and bacon to make it again. Great recipe!
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Kielbasa Cabbage Skillet

Reviewed: Jun. 25, 2007
I am recovering from extensive foot surgery and have been craving comfort food. This really hit the spot. I did make some changes, though. I blanched some cubed potatoes and added them with the onion (I used a whole one). I left out the green pepper, not because I don't like it, but I wasn't in the mood. I used a whole kielbasa, and a whole head of cabbage, because I wanted lots of leftovers. My husband can't cook, but he can chop, so I made him cut up the vegetables, because I'm not supposed to be on my feet for long. I also used nearly a whole stick of butter, but hey, I need the calories to heal, right? This was scruptious! Exactly what I was craving, and we loved the addition of the potatoes. Oh, I also added some garlic and some red pepper flakes. Very tasty! Thanks.
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Chocolate Banana Bread Pudding

Reviewed: Jun. 22, 2007
I thought the idea of chocolate banana bread pudding sounded great. Then I read the recipe and saw that there was only one measly cup of chocolate chips in the recipe. I searched further and found another recipe that was needlessly complicated, but it had one idea I liked, and that was to toss the dry bread cubes with 1/4 cup of melted butter, and then toss that with the 1 cup sugar and 1/2 cup of cocoa. I increased the bread to 6 cups, and the milk to 3 cups. I added vanilla and one more banana, then baked this in a 9 by 9 baking pan for 35 minutes. It came out beautifully, rich and chocolaty, but not really too close to the original recipe. It needed way more chocolate to satisfy my craving. Oh, I also used one whole package of chocolate chips instead of one cup.
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Sirloin Steak with Garlic Butter

Reviewed: Jun. 21, 2007
OMG!! I can't believe I never thought of this. I am a huge garlic lover; I put it in everything except dessert and coffee. This was fantastic! I seared a top sirloin, let it rest, then sliced it and poured the garlic butter over the slices. It was like I died and went to garlic heaven. Wonderful recipe! I can't thank you enough! (to other reviewers: this is not a marinade, it's a sauce. Read the recipe!)
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Soul Smothered Chicken

Reviewed: Jun. 21, 2007
I just don't get all these people who insist on using boneless, skinless chicken breasts for everything. A dish like this screams out for bone-in, skin-on chicken. If you're afraid of a whole chicken, buy an already cut up chicken. The skinless, boneless breast is the driest, most bland of all the cuts of chicken. I would never use it for a dish like this, which was wonderful, by the way. I just increased the spices a tad, and we loved it!
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Red Rooster

Reviewed: Jun. 21, 2007
At first I was disappointed in this drink after all the good reviews, then I realized I bought cranberry juice coctail instead of straight cranberry juice. My bad. I'm sure it is terrific with the right ingredient.
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Peach Cobbler Dump Cake I

Reviewed: Jun. 21, 2007
This was pretty ordinary. Two cans of peaches didn't cover the bottom of my baking dish, so I rummaged around in the cupboard and found a can of mango slices which I added. Other than that, I made no changes. This was certainly edible, and as my husband says "Hey, it's dessert." But I probably won't make it again. There are too many other intriguing recipes on this site.
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A Nice Slow-Cooked Pork

Reviewed: Jun. 21, 2007
This was very good. I didn't have a problem with too much liquid. I used one can of chicken broth and 1 cup of sherry. After the dish was done, I poured the cooking liquid into a sauce pan and thickened it with cornstarch mixed with sherry. I added carrots and garlic. I really dislike the flavor and aroma of rosemary, and one whole tablespoon of dried rosemary seemed like an awful lot. I picked up a package of fresh "pasta" herbs which included fresh sprigs of rosemary, thyme and oregano. I used several springs of thyme and oregano, and only one of rosemary. That was plenty to flavor the pork with just the slighest hint of rosemary without overpowering the dish. I would have rated this higher if it weren't for the overuse of dried rosemary. Otherwise, this was quite good, and my husband and I enjoyed it.
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Toll House Pie I

Reviewed: Jun. 17, 2007
This pie was very good. I followed the advise of some other reviewers, and cut back the butter to 1/2 cup. When I was rummaging through my freezer looking for a bag of walnuts that was hiding in there, I found a bag of Heath toffee chips, so I threw in about a half a cup of those too. Added a tsp of vanilla, too. My kitchen timer can be playful, and sometime during the timing process, it started counting backwards. That sly little dickens has done this before. I didn't notice it until I smelled the pie getting what I thought was a little too done. I whisked it out of the oven immediately. It was still very good, but I would have liked it a little more gooey. My husband kept asking "When can I eat this pie?", so I let him go at it while it was still hot. We both liked it very much. It was not the recipe's fault that the pie was a tad overdone. Will definitely make this again and keep an eye on my capricious timer.
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Avocado, Tomato and Mango Salsa

Reviewed: Jun. 15, 2007
This was a very good recipe. I did add a can of black beans as suggested by another reviewer to give it more body, and left out the oil completely. It didn't seem to need it. It took awhile to convice my husband to taste it; the mangos scared him, but once he did, he couldn't stop eating it.
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Shrimp, Broccoli, and Sun-dried Tomatoes Scampi with Angel Hair

Reviewed: Jun. 10, 2007
This was good. I added sliced mushrooms. Also I used way more garlic than called for. I don't consider 1/2 tsp to be anywhere near enough garlic for a dish to be called "scampi". Added some white wine while cooking the garlic and mushrooms. This needed a bit of pasta water at the end to moisten it up a bit. I'll probably make it again, but next time with less oil and butter.
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Chili Dog Casserole I

Reviewed: Jun. 9, 2007
This was good. Exactly what I expected. I used more hotdogs than called for, 2 cans of chili, and only half the amount of bread. And I put the mustard on the hot dog buns. Not gourmet fare, but tasty. I will make this again.
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Taqueria Style Tacos - Carne Asada

Reviewed: Jun. 6, 2007
While tasty, the meat did not taste anything like authentic taqueria meat. I used flap meat as others suggested, and I was pleased with the results. The onion relish everyone is raving about was just onions and cilantro with a squirt of lime juice. Certainly nothing spectacular. I made the salsa as directed, except I threw in a couple of big tomatillas. They were on sale for 67 cents a pound. The salsa was good, but it tasted a lot like commercial bottled salsa. All in all, this was way too much work for such mediocre results. I won't make it again. Anyone who lives in the southwest and has access to the real thing will not be impressed.
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Sesame Chicken Wings

Reviewed: Jun. 6, 2007
These were great. I didn't use the white onions in the marinade. I threw in a packet of Knorr's "Hot and Spicy Bake Mix" that I found at an international market. After I took the wings from the marinade, I poured the liquid into a sauce pan and boiled it down until it got thick and syrupy. I used it to baste the wings. I loved these wings. My husband liked them too, but he still prefers my own chicken wing recipe.
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Sesame Noodles

Reviewed: Jun. 4, 2007
Since the temperature is already hitting triple digits here in Las Vegas, I decided to serve this cold as a salad. I made the sauce as written except I added a little crushed ginger from a jar from Trader Joe's. I had 2 different kinds of chile garlic sauce; 1 Chinese and 1 Vietnamese, so I said what the heck and put in a tsp of each. I used Chinese Yung Chung noodles instead of linguine; and to make it more like a salad, I added a chopped, seeded cucumber, some edamame and some cilantro. This came out delicious!......Since I wrote this original review back in 2007, I've become more health conscious and now when I make this, I omit the vegetable oil completely, use Splenda instead of sugar, and not so much of it, bump up the dark sesame oil by a couple teaspoons, increase the chili garlic sauce and use whole wheat noodles. The dish is still delicious, but as DH said, it tastes fresher and lighter.
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Citrus Garlic Shrimp

Reviewed: Jun. 4, 2007
Wow! I submitted this recipe to Taste of Home over 6 years ago for a contest. (I didn't win) I was amazed to find it on this site. It has now been published in Quick Cooking magazine, the Quick Cooking Annual cookbook, the new big Taste of Home cookbook, and now on this site. I'm thrilled! Try it, you might like it!
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Tummy Dogs

Reviewed: Jun. 2, 2007
My Dad used to make these when I was a little kid. Only he used Velveeta and he didn't pre-cook the bacon, so they were a gishy, greasy mess. I loved them anyway. My adult palate likes this version better. Great recipe! I should have thought of it my self!
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Parmesan Spinach Balls

Reviewed: May 30, 2007
My husband and I loved these. I only had plain bread crumbs so I added some italian herbs (oregano, thyme, basil). I took the advise of other reviewers and sauted some garlic and yellow onion in the butter and omitted the green onion. These smelled wonderful while they were baking. I took them to a potluck of about 40 people, but few people ate them. A friend of mine (who ate 6) said people just didn't know what they were. Next time I'll label them. This made my husband happy, though, because he got to eat the left-overs. These things were terrific and my friends don't know what they missed
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Smothered Green Beans

Reviewed: May 30, 2007
This was terrific. Green beans, onion, garlic and bacon. What's not to like?
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