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Wasabi Encrusted Tuna Steaks

Reviewed: Apr. 29, 2007
I thought this recipe was delicious! There are only 2 of us, so I cut the recipe in half. Even with only 1/2 pound of wasabi peas, there were a lot left over. Next time I will only buy 1/4 of a pound. (I can buy them in bulk at a local market) I used a food processor to crush the peas. I had a hard time with the coating; a lot of it stuck to the pan, and some of it burned. Luckily my husband likes that burnt flavor. After the steaks were cooked, I sprinkled some of the unused crushed peas over the steaks to bring back some of that wasabi kick. The sauce was delicious. I didn't have any saki, so I used Chinese rice wine. This was all-in-all a terrific way to cook tuna. My husband loved it. He has spent some time in Japan and really enjoyed the flavors. I will definately make this again.
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Cream Cheese Basil Summer Squash

Reviewed: Apr. 29, 2007
This was an excellent recipe. I used 4 cloves of garlic (we really love garlic in this house) and microwaved the squash as directed. I took the advise of some other reviewers and drained the cooked squash well after it was done. I added some sauted onions with the cheese, and only used half the amount of cheese. I also used Neufchatel instead of full-fat cream cheese, and fresh basil instead of dried. This was wonderful and my husband and I gobbled it up. I'm going to go and buy more squash so I can use up the rest of the cheese. Great recipe!
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Sunday Best Fruit Salad

Reviewed: Apr. 29, 2007
This was a terrific fruit salad. I only made a couple of small changes. I thought the peach pie filling was a bit bland, so I added some cinnamon and vanilla as suggested by others. Also, mangos were on sale, so I added 2 of them. My kiwis weren't very ripe, so after layering them on top of the salad with the strawberries, I sprinkled a little sugar over them. Everything came out great. I plan on taking this salad to my next card-club meeting. When fresh peaches come into season, I may use them instead of the apples, and use apple pie filling instead of the peach.
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Fig and Lemon Chicken

Reviewed: Apr. 30, 2007
I followed this recipe as closely as I could. I bought a 9 ounce package of dried figs and that was plenty. 1 1/2 pounds would have been way too much. I used boneless, skinless chicken thighs because that was what I had in the freezer. My only complaint was that the sauce took a pretty long time to reduce to the right consistancy. My husband and I really liked this. A bite of chicken and a piece of fig on the same fork was wonderful. I will definately make this again.
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Sauteed Garlic Asparagus

Reviewed: Apr. 30, 2007
This was wonderful. What's not to like? Garlic, butter and asparagus. Yum! I added some freshly grated Parmesean cheese as suggested by others and it was terrific.
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Orange Cilantro Rice

Reviewed: Apr. 30, 2007
This was very good. I like cumin, but 2 tsp seemed like a lot so I cut it down to one, and I'm glad I did. I also cut down a bit on the orange juice. I served it with Fig and Lemon Chicken from this site, and the two dishes went together very nicely. I will definately make this again.
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Fantasy Pie

Reviewed: May 1, 2007
I did not like this pie. I followed the recipe exactly and I took out the pie after 60 minutes of baking as per the recipe. It was terribly overdone. The pecans were so hard I could barely chew them and the raisins did not blend with the other flavors. I checked my usual pecan pie recipe and the recommended baking time is only 50 minutes. I can't imagine how awful this pie would have come out if it were to be baked for 90 minutes. The only reason I gave this two stars instead of one is because my husband said that it was "all right". But then he doesn't mind burnt stuff. Will definately never make this again.
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Italian Beef in a Bucket

Reviewed: May 2, 2007
This came out great. I followed some of the suggestions and added 4 cloves of garlic, sliced and a bag of frozen pearl onions that were languishing in my freezer and I'm glad I did. My husband really liked it as well. We're having the leftovers tonight for dinner. I will be making this again.
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The Best Lemon Bars

Reviewed: May 4, 2007
I took the advise of some other reviewers and added 1/4 tsp salt to the crust. I used 2/3 cup lemon juice, 1/3 cup flour and 1 tsp lemon zest in the filling. I think that "2 lemons, juiced" is a very inacurate measurement; my lemons were kind of dry, and 2 of them would never have been enough. This is a 5 star recipe with the changes, but the original only rates 3, so I rated it 4.
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Deep Dish Layered Salad

Reviewed: May 4, 2007
This was a very good salad. The vegetable ingredients can include anything you have on hand. I threw in some cucumbers which I seeded to get rid of the excess liquid. (They needed to get used up before they turned to slime) This made a lot; great for potlucks and family gatherings. Next time I will add more curry to the dressing, but then I love curry.
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Cinnamon Swirl Bread

Reviewed: May 4, 2007
I used brown sugar instead of white for the topping, and increased the cinnamon to 1 tablespoon. This came out very good. I like to eat this topped with "Sunday Best Fruit Salad" (from this site) for breakfast.
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Cheesy Sausage Zucchini Casserole

Reviewed: May 4, 2007
I didn't really care much for this recipe. It was ordinary at best. Not enough rice, and for some reason, the zucchini didn't taste good to me. I couldn't finish my portion, but my husband ate all of his. It's probably not the fault of the recipe, it just didn't appeal to me for some reason, even though I generally like all the ingredients.
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Chinese Chicken Salad III

Reviewed: May 7, 2007
I didn't have any trouble with the wontons, I just kept an eye on them and tossed them around every 5 minutes or so, removing any that were getting dark. Next time I'll try adding a little oil to the wontons. The salad was very good. I added some seeded, diced cucumber (I had one in the fridge that needed to be used, fast). And used shredded cabbage instead of romaine. DH liked it, but said it wasn't as good as my regular Chinese chicken salad. I liked it a lot, though.
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Snake Alley Noodles

Reviewed: May 7, 2007
Bland and tasteless. Not worth doctoring, not when I have so many other good Asian noodle recipes.
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Fruit Cocktail Cake VII

Reviewed: May 9, 2007
This was perfect, exactly what I was looking for. I have one quibble; the recipe doesn't state when to add the vanilla. Since it was listed with the topping, I put it in after the topping boiled. I also put a tsp of vanilla in the batter, just because I like it, and it didn't seem to hurt.
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Singapore Noodles

Reviewed: May 9, 2007
I followed the advise of another reviewer and added fish sauce and sesame oil. I substituted chicken broth for the water, and added more of it. First I browned the pork and chicken separately, and removed the meat from the pan. Then I browned the curry powder and some red chile flakes in the remaining oil before adding the vegetables and broth. I parboiled the carrots. I added some bok choy with the bean sprouts, and put the shrimp in at the end and returned the meat to the pan just before adding the noodles. This came out beautifully. My husband and I both loved it and I'm having the leftovers for breakfast.
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Seafood Bake for Two

Reviewed: May 9, 2007
I didn't have any scallops, so I left them out. I also didn't have any Old Bay seasoning, so I mixed another Tblsp of butter and the garlic with some panko breadcrumbs and some seasoned salt, lemon zest and pepper and sprinkled this mixture over the fish and shrimp. It was delicious. Halibut is $10 a pound on sale here in Las Vegas, and I was looking for a recipe that would do it justice. This was it. Next time I'll make sure I have all the right ingredients. Excellent recipe!
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Orange Cream Fruit Salad

Reviewed: May 12, 2007
I didn't have any problem with this being too runny. Reduced the milk to 1 cup and added a dibble of vanilla, and a drop or two of orange extract to the dressing. I soaked the apples and bananas for 10 minutes each in the pineapple juice (a trick I learned on this site) to keep them from turning brown. I also added a 16 oz bag of frozen, pitted cherries, thawed, for color. I can't imagine why anyone would think this had cheese in it, the color is a very mild, pretty orange. Very good fruit salad.
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Hoagie Bake

Reviewed: May 12, 2007
I'd rate this 5 stars if I didn't have to make changes. I left out the egg because I thought it sounded yucky. I briefly microwaved the salami and pepperoni to render some of the grease. I didn't have any swiss cheese, so I substituted a good quality deli sliced American cheese. Sprinkled the meat with some oregano and sliced hot pepperoncinis to make it more hoagie-like. My husband and I really liked the finished dish. He thinks I should use some tomato sauce next time to make it more like pizza, but I think that would defeat the purpose of a "Hoagie Bake". I was looking for a way to use up a pound of dry salami I had in the fridge, and this was perfect. Will definitely make this again.
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Strawberry Pie II

Reviewed: May 12, 2007
I should have listened to some other reviewers and cut back the sugar to 3/4 to 2/3 cups. This was a tad too sweet for me. I used a homemade graham cracker crust and spread some cream cheese flavored with sugar and vanilla over the baked crust. (Some of my strawberries had turned bad since I bought them. Just one day! and I needed the filler) The glaze thickened fast and turned an unappetizing Pepto Bismol pink, so I added a package of unsweetened strawberry Kool-Ade as suggested by a reviewer, and the color improved. DH couldn't wait for the pie to set, so we cut into it after only 1 1/2 hours of chilling. Very good pie! Will make again with less sugar.
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