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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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Strawberry Pretzel Salad

Reviewed: Aug. 22, 2007
I tasted this at my monthly card club, and asked the lady who brought it for the recipe. She told me it was on this site and I found it right away. I went out the next morning and bought the ingredients. I crushed the pretzels (the mini ones) between two sheets of waxed paper and bashed them with a rubber mallet (a standard cooking tool in my kitchen). They crushed just fine that way. I know the recipe says to cream the butter and sugar together, but I figured I wasn't making a wedding cake, so I just dumped the butter and brown sugar in the bowl with the crushed pretzels and mashed them around with a spatula until they were blended. I love this dish! It really is the perfect combination of sweet and salty.
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Cheese and Chive Crisps

Reviewed: Sep. 18, 2007
These were delicious. I made them for a card party and everyone liked them. I increased the amount of hot sauce to 1 tablespoon and used 2 1/2 cups of cheddar and 1/2 cup of freshly grated Parmesan. I also added a bobble of Worchestershire sauce, just because I like it in cheese dishes. My cat is in love with these, too. With all the cheese and butter, he thinks they are the perfect kitty treat, and I can't keep him away from them. Thanks for the recipe.
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Peach and Strawberry Sorbet

Reviewed: Sep. 25, 2007
This was wonderful. I blanched the peaches briefly in boiling water to make them easier to peel. I pureed the strawberries by themselves first, then pressed them through a sieve to remove the seeds (DH doesn't like the seeds). I used a bit more strawberries than the recipe called for, probably closer to 2 cups, but I lost some of them by sieving them. The sorbet came out great. I love sorbet and now I won't have to spend a fortune for it at the grocery store. Thanks Austin!
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Mongolian Beef II

Reviewed: Sep. 30, 2007
I was looking for something that would come close to the Mongolian Beef our favorite Chinese restaurant (well, not the favorite so much as the closest) serves. This surpassed it. I added a tablespoon of hoisin sauce and 1/2 tsp of baking soda to the marinade/sauce. I also reduced the cornstarch to 1 tablespoon. I stir fried the green onions along with some thinly sliced yellow onion and green bell pepper because that's how King's Garden does it. I also didn't use quite as much oil as called for, and everything came out terrific. My daughter claimed it was much better than the restaurant's! Thanks, Kimber!
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Absolutely Ultimate Potato Soup

Reviewed: Oct. 1, 2007
This recipe was exactly what I was looking for. I used leeks instead of onions because I had some that needed to be used up. And I used fat free half and half instead of the cream. As another reviewer mentioned, I live in the southwest and cilantro is in everything, and it was not the flavor I wanted in my soup, so I used a bit of thyme instead. My family loved this soup, and the leftovers tasted even better when we ate it for lunch the next day. Thanks for the recipe, Karena!
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Roast Sticky Chicken-Rotisserie Style

Reviewed: Oct. 5, 2007
I made this yesterday, and I was very impressed. I followed the recipe exactly, which must be a first for me, and the chickens came out beautiful! They weren't sticky like store-bought chickens, but dark golden and crispy (which is not a bad thing). My family loved the chicken. Thanks.
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Garlic Brussels Sprouts

Reviewed: Oct. 11, 2007
I made this recipe exactly as written, and it came out quite good. I did have to cook the sprouts longer than stated for them to be tender. My husband and I enjoyed them very much.
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Downeast Maine Pumpkin Bread

Reviewed: Oct. 20, 2007
This was very good. I used 1/2 cup of applesauce in place of 1/2 cup of the oil as suggested by other reviewers, and it came out very moist. I made two larger loafs instead of three small ones and put chocolate chips in one of them. I also used orange juice instead of water and doubled the cinnamon. We all liked this very much.
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Pears Panos

Reviewed: Nov. 4, 2007
This was incredible! I was amazed at how wonderful the pear syrup tasted after one hour of cooking. I added the vanilla as instructed, but I didn't have Cointreau, only Triple Sec, which seems a bit harsher, so I only added 1 tablespoon. Next time (and there will be a next time) I don't think I'll add the liqueur at all. My husband and I enjoyed these pears very much. Thanks for the recipe!
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Candied Carrots

Reviewed: Nov. 20, 2007
I've been making these carrots for years from a recipe in an Allrecipes cookbook I bought before I ever heard of the website. They are delicious made as written, but a bit of hot pepper flakes or a pinch of cinnamon doesn't hurt at all.
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Pork Tenderloin with Dijon Marsala Sauce

Reviewed: Dec. 10, 2007
This pork tenderloin recipe was wonderful! Definitely 5 stars! I did a couple of things different (I can't seem to help myself). I browned and roasted the meat in the same pan, I just added a little water to the pan before putting the meat in the oven. When it was done, I deglazed the pan with a little water, poured that off and set it aside. Then I used the same pan for the shallots, and with them, I browned some garlic and mushrooms, then when the mushrooms started to squeak, I put in a tsp of tomato paste and the tablespoon of mustard, and let it brown just a tad. Then the wine and the deglazing liquid. I used fat-free half and half instead of cream. It came out wonderful! What a great recipe! Thanks, Koalagirl!
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Cod Curry

Reviewed: Mar. 15, 2008
This was terrific! I only had one 14 oz can of tomatoes, so I added a little tomato paste with the garlic and ginger, and a little water with the canned tomatoes. Otherwise, I followed the recipe. My husband and I enjoyed this very much. Thanks for the post!
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Lemon Basil Pesto Flat Iron Steak

Reviewed: Mar. 27, 2008
This was excellent! The only changes I made was to add an extra clove of garlic to the pesto and cut the lemon juice to 2 tsp because I didn't want it to be too tart. The garlic rubbed on the meat didn't do much good; it burned off while the meat was cooking, but that's a small quibble. My husband and I loved this. I served it with sliced tomatoes and roasted cauliflower. Thanks for the recipe, desi!
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