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Italian Peas

Reviewed: Mar. 12, 2008
These peas were very tasty. I didn't want to open a can of chicken broth to use only one tablespoon, so I used water and sprinkled in a few chicken boullion granuals. I took the advise of other reviewers and topped the peas with freshly grated Parm. Very good recipe, thank you.
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Mediterranean Lemon Chicken

Reviewed: Mar. 12, 2008
I increased the amount of garlic, but otherwise followed this recipe pretty closely. I did throw some halved new potatoes, artichoke hearts and kalamata olives in to roast with the chicken, and they tasted great cooked in the chicken juices and the sauce. Very good recipe, NIBLETS. Thank you.
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President Ford's Braised Eye Round Steak

Reviewed: Mar. 4, 2008
Both my daughter and I felt the braising liquid was thin-flavored and missing something. I added some Worchestershire sauce, minced garlic, salt and a bit more thyme to the sauce, and that seemed to perk it up. This was okay, really just mediocre. We ate it, but no one was wowed. I don't think I'll be making it again. Sorry, but thanks for the post.
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Quinoa and Black Beans

Reviewed: Mar. 3, 2008
I've never cooked quinoa before and I have a question: Is it supposed to turn out translucent? Just curious. Anyway, I have been trying to find a whole grain that my husband likes, and I think this is it! I used chicken broth, and followed the advise of other reviewers and added some zucchini with the onions and a can of Rotel. One can of black beans seemed sufficient. We liked this very much. Thanks, Hilary!
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Apple Butter Pork Loin

Reviewed: Feb. 23, 2008
I don't understand all the rave reviews. To me this tasted like pork cooked in pureed apple pie filling. I tried adding some garlic and cayenne to give this some depth, but then it just tasted like spicy apple pie filling with garlic in it. This would take several adjustments to give it some deep flavor, and frankly I don't think it would be worth the bother. My daughter and husband liked it, so I gave it 3 stars. On my own, I would give it two.
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Chickpea Salad with Red Onion and Tomato

Reviewed: Feb. 11, 2008
I made this last night to have for lunch today and it was YUMMY! I'm on the first phase of South Beach and it fit right in. I increased the amount of the garlic and used sliced grape tomatoes as recommended by other reviewers. I added some quartered pitted kalamata olives that were hanging around, and did half parlsey, half cilantro. I served a portion for lunch with some lemon-pepper tuna mixed in, and squeezed some extra lemon on top. Perfect healthy lunch! Thanks for the post, Jen Jen!
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Roasted Asparagus and Mushrooms

Reviewed: Feb. 9, 2008
This was fabulous. I left off the rosemary because I just can't stand it, and used some minced garlic instead. We were so impressed with the way the tips of the asparagus got all delicious and crunchy! I've made it twice this week (asparagus was on sale), once with the mushrooms and once without. This is now my favorite way to cook asparagus!
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Sweet and Spicy Stir Fry with Chicken and Broccoli

Reviewed: Feb. 2, 2008
I followed this recipe pretty much exactly except for using fresh ginger instead of ground. Did anyone else notice that "4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced" is listed twice on the ingredients list? Since the directions didn't mention adding the second bunch of garlic, I assumed it was an error and left the second batch out. This was pretty good, not spectacular, but I'd definitely make it again. Thanks, Amanda1432!
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Aussie Beef and Peppers with Gnocchi

Reviewed: Jan. 27, 2008
My husband and I loved this dish! I didn't have a flank steak, so I used a flat iron steak and I pan-fried it first and then cut it in strips. I wanted it rare, and I was afraid that the strips would over-cook. The instructions read: "simmer until the sauce thickens". There really wasn't any sauce to speak of from one can of tomatoes, so I added some V8 juice to create some. I increased the amount of paprika too: 2 tsp sweet-and-smoky, and 1 tsp of hot paprika. But that's just personal preference. This dish was scumptious. DH had two helpings at dinner and then ate the leftovers for breakfast this morning. A real keeper. Thanks, Jayda!
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Almond-Crusted Halibut Crystal Symphony

Reviewed: Jan. 11, 2008
This recipe was very good, but called for way too much butter. I only put 5 tablespoons of butter in the sauce, and it came out fine. I did feel the sauce was in desperate need of a little salt. The thyme and bay leaf didn't wow me, so I added a little tarragon which I thought improved the sauce quite a bit. I don't know if this dish was really worth all the work, but thanks for the post.
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Waikiki Meatballs

Reviewed: Jan. 9, 2008
I used breadcrumbs instead of crushed saltines, and added some garlic and ketchup to the meatballs. As other reviewers suggested, I baked the meatballs for 20 minutes at 350 instead of frying them. I changed the way the recipe was assembled a bit. I made the sauce and set it aside. Then I browned the green pepper and pineapple along with some onion wedges in a little oil. When the vegetables were crisp/tender I added the sauce, let it thicken, then added the meatballs. I thought the sauce tasted a bit harsh as written, and I didn't like the color, so I added a squirt or two of ketchup and some sweet chile sauce. Served over rice, this made an adequate, filling, but not exactly spectacular meal. Thanks for the post!
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Bob's Blue Cheese Dressing

Reviewed: Jan. 4, 2008
I made this recipe thinking it would be the same as the blue cheese dressing from Bob's Big Boy restaurant. It wasn't the same, it was better! I did leave out the honey; I tasted it without it and it was so good I was afraid to mess it up. I did put in about one half teaspoon of sugar thinking just a dab of sweetness would enhance the other flavors, and it seemed to. I'm usually not a huge fan of blue cheese, but I am now! Thanks for the recipe!
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Idaho-Style Finger Steaks

Reviewed: Jan. 4, 2008
These were excellent! I followed the recipe except I didn't freeze the meat strips prior to frying them. They came out so good I can't imagine the freezing step making them any better. My husband and my brother ate them as fast as I could fry them. I'm lucky I got any at all. Wonderful recipe, EmmyJay1! Thank you.
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Green Chili Casserole

Reviewed: Dec. 31, 2007
As recommended by other reviewers, I used crushed tortilla chips instead of the fresh corn tortillas. I didn't have any cream of chicken soup, so I used a can of Southwestern Chicken Verde, which was really just cream of chicken with some green chiles added. I added some jalapenos for some bite, and because I'm not big on "processed cheese food", I used a combination of grated cheddar and pepper jack cheeses. This was okay. A decent Tuesday night meal.
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Sicilian Sausage Soup

Reviewed: Dec. 31, 2007
It was surprising to me that a recipe calling itself "Sicilian" didn't call for any garlic. I remedied that by adding 3 minced cloves of garlic with the onions. Otherwise, I pretty much followed the recipe. My husband really liked this. As for me, although it was tasty, I felt like I was eating a bowl of spaghetti sauce. I don't know if I'll make it again.
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Chocolate Rum Balls I

Reviewed: Dec. 23, 2007
These were excellent. I used bourbon instead of rum, and they tasted exactly like the ones my mother used to make. Thanks, Donna!
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Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies II

Reviewed: Dec. 23, 2007
I ended up making two batches of these cookies because I had so much chocolate and cherries left over after the first batch. I was leary of frosting the cookies before baking them; I was afraid the chocolate would run all over. But, I was pleasantly surprised. The frosting stayed on the cookies and they were delicious.
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Peppermint Brittle

Reviewed: Dec. 23, 2007
I was very pleased with how this came out. I followed the recipe exactly except to add 1/8 tsp peppermint extract to the melted white chocolate. A wonderful holiday treat!
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Simply Sensational Truffles

Reviewed: Dec. 23, 2007
These were wonderful. I divided the mixture into 3 parts; one orange, to which I added 1 T of triple sec; one almond, with 1 T of cream de almond and 1/2 tsp of almond extract; and one mocha, with 1 T Kalua and 1/2 tsp instant coffee. I decorated the tops to indicate the flavor; chocolate jimmies for the mocha, slivered almonds for the almond and orange zest mixed with large sugar crystals for the orange. These were a big hit at holiday party.
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Root Beer Cake I

Reviewed: Dec. 16, 2007
I made this cake quite some time ago and forgot to review it. I followed the recipe exactly and I really loved this cake. DH didn't like it as much as I did, he didn't feel that cake should taste like root beer, but what does he know. This is a great dessert to take to a potluck. Thanks for the recipe, Trish.
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