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Hungarian Flourless Hazelnut Cake

Reviewed: Dec. 19, 2005
Thank goodness someone is drawing attention to the traditional Hungarian torte recipes. These flourless "tortes" are NOT easy to make and if you can master them---you will forever long for tortes and scowl at those "common" flour cakes! I grew up eating these cakes and they are splendid--as is this one. It DOES take practice to master these--and they are worth it. The secret of tortes are many, many light layers and lots of air being beaten into the batter. Bakers are no longer taught these old baking techniques as these cakes commonly used 16 to 24 egg whites each and ground nuts for batter---which equates to very expensive.
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Prize-Winning Meatloaf

Reviewed: Dec. 23, 2005
Very good basic recipe--I read the feedback so I was prepared to battle the bland. I used Mott's Garden Vegetable Cocktail, onion soup mix, lots of basil and parsley, fresh ground pepper...and my family--with the rather complex palates preferring more sophisticated foods, wanted seconds...so it's definitely a very good basic recipe--easy to dress up.
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Cinnamon Cookies I

Reviewed: Dec. 24, 2005
I chilled and rolled the dough as instructed--yields a pretty good cookie. If you're going to roll it, chilling it is necessary otherwise the dough will be too sticky to work with. These are most like cinnamon sugar cookies when rolled. They are very good--great for decorating too if one is so inclined.
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High Flavor Bran Bread

Reviewed: Dec. 29, 2005
I made this as is, only substituted butter for the oil. I would perhaps add a touch more honey next time around to sweeten the bread just a bit more. Very hearty. Even hubby liked it. Heck, even I liked it and I don't really care for very many breads.
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Apricot Lentil Soup

Reviewed: Jan. 4, 2006
This is a very nice and quickly put together soup. I found the cooking time a bit long for the simmering stage-red lentils cook so quickly--so I shaved at least 10 minutes off of the simmering time. I added much more Cumin and Thyme than the recipe called for, as well as a dash of Nutmeg which really brightened all of the flavors. Surprisingly good--inspires you to try different fruit/legume combos like pumpkin for example!
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Slow Cooker Beef Stew IV

Reviewed: Jan. 5, 2006
This recipe turned out well, but my family and I found it to be a bit on the bland side on its own. First off, I reduced the potatoes--I personally don't care for potatoes too much-plus, I felt that they were out of proportion to the amount of carrots. Towards the end of cooking-(when I realized the flavor needed a little help) I added a couple of bay leaves, extra black pepper, FRESH parsley, a dash of balsamic vinegar and it was actually pretty yummy! I would save this as a basic recipe to dress up.
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Quick Gnocchi

Reviewed: Aug. 23, 2006
I'm not sure that this recipe is really any quicker than making regular gnocchi--which is made only with boiled red potatoes and flour--no eggs--but it was actually pretty good--considering that I, like another poster--absolutely hate instant mashed potatoes. I definitely prefer how these turned out over most store bought pre-made gnocchi which I generally find to be too granular tasting and full of semolina and other weird stuff. A pretty good variation on an old favorite.
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Calzone Rolls

Reviewed: Nov. 16, 2006
First off, I was pleasantly surprised by how easy the dough was to handle straight out of the bread machine. I would definitely use some added spices etc to spruce up the recipe next time I make it but overall, it's a great recipe that everyone would most likely enjoy just as it is.
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Creamy Potato Leek Soup II

Reviewed: Nov. 16, 2006
I made this soup using 10% cream instead of heavy cream. I added a scant 1/2 tsp of tapioca starch to the cream before stirring it into the soup just to give it a little extra body. Before adding the bacon, I used a stick blender to mash just a small amount of the potatoes--I don't know if the potatoes were supposed to break down or not--but mine didn't seem to want to---so I helped them along a little bit. My whole family really enjoyed the soup and found it both hearty and filling. I certainly appreciated the simplicity.
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Warm Greek Pita Sandwiches With Turkey and Cucumber-Yogurt Sauce

Reviewed: Nov. 16, 2006
Instead of using turkey, I used a whole roasted chicken and pulled the meat apart to not quite shredded. I also added a splash of lemon juice and additional garlic to the cucumber sauce to make it just a little zippier. As a tip: You can warm pitas by toasting them directly on a (very clean) stove burner for just a few seconds per side on medium to high heat which is how a lot of people warm up their pitas at home--sounds weird but works perfectly :o) Or you can use an indoor grill for the same effect. If you're going to heat pitas up in an oven just as they are--you may want to wrap them in tin foil to help retain their moisture.
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Mexican Rice III

Reviewed: Nov. 16, 2006
Thanks so much for a great recipe. This rice turns out really well--I've made it a few times now and my family enjoys it.
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Spaghetti Carbonara II

Reviewed: Apr. 2, 2007
This recipe was good and it worked out great however, I couldn't help but feel that "something" was missing--I'm not sure what..It was indeed good though and my family really liked it. I made this recipe exactly as called for.
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Fresh Ginger Cookies

Reviewed: May 9, 2007
These are just plain super yummylicious! Thank you for sharing!
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Best Spinach Dip Ever

Reviewed: May 9, 2007
I've served this dip countless times and it ALWAYS gets rave reviews. This is absolutely delicious and very attractive served in a bread bowl of Sourdough or Pumpernickel Bread
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Southern Fried Cabbage

Reviewed: May 9, 2007
WoW, this is a real treat for a Hungarian like me. Has a very European flavor to it. Great recipe!
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Tex-Mex Burger with Cajun Mayo

Reviewed: May 22, 2007
Thanks for sharing. These turned out really, really good with lots of flavor. They are a welcome change from the traditional burger recipes and they happened to be an extraordinary counterpart to the Applesauce burgers which I also served at the same time. One hot and spicy--the other sweet and tangy. I'll be adding this one to my repertoire.
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Sean's Falafel and Cucumber Sauce

Reviewed: May 24, 2007
Once I discovered a sharp edged pastry cutter was the ideal tool to mash those pesky chickpeas--the recipe assembly was pretty effortless. I have to say that this is so much better than any falafel I've ever had from any eatery. I'm totally impressed. The only thing that I may change the next time around is to add a bit more cayenne pepper--but that's just my personal preference and not a reflection of this totally awesome recipe! Thanks ever so much for sharing this one!
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To Die For Blueberry Muffins

Reviewed: May 24, 2007
This recipe is totally yummy--I do find however that there's a lot of left over crumb topping--but that's okay because you'll want to make some more tomorrow! I make these using a Texas Muffin pan instead. The recipe yields 4 jumbo muffins. Baking time is of course increased. I've also discovered that it's a lot of fun to swap out the fruit--our family's favorite is made with drained whole cherries that I can myself using vanilla schnapps! This recipe has become a mainstay in our family. Thank you!
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Stewed Cabbage

Reviewed: Aug. 9, 2007
Made this dish the other night and followed it exactly EXCEPT I added some fresh red chili peppers and an extra clove of garlic. It was so delicious that both me and hubby finished it all on its own--without a main or side dish! Would pair great with a flavorful meatloaf, roasted chicken, grilled seafood or meat.
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Taco Seasoning I

Reviewed: Aug. 9, 2007
This is an excellent spice mix. Works beautifully!
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