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Three Bean and Artichoke Salad

Reviewed: May 26, 2014
Very mixed reviews in my house. I thought it was a nice twist on a traditional sweet three bean salad. It is tangy and tart and a nice complement to the artichokes. My husband did not care for it at all and thought it was too acidic and needed some sweetness.
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Banana Strawberry Oat Bread

Reviewed: May 26, 2014
I was looking for a healthier version of a quick bread to use up some bananas and strawberries. I thought there were several problems with this bread. I thought it would have a lot of flavor with the bananas, strawberries, cinnamon,& vanilla, but, I thought it was lacking something. I think it may need some extra cinnamon and maybe even a touch of salt to bring out the flavors. It was a little drier than most quick breads, but, it did use less oil. Maybe adding a little applesauce would help. My husband thought it needed to be sweeter also. I guess that would defeat the healthier side of it if more sugar was added though! Maybe a mixture of brown and white sugar? The previous reviewer suggested putting the bread into one loaf pan. Although it does make shorter loaves I think I would keep them in two pans. It took 25 minutes to bake in two pans it was perfectly golden on top. I think if you put it into one pan it would burn on the top and bottom before it is cooked. I would not make this again - there would be too many changes to it for me to make the recipe to our liking.
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Peanut Butter Strawberry Smoothie

Reviewed: May 18, 2014
Unusual combination for a smoothie. It did give you a similar taste to the flavors in a peanut butter & jelly sandwich. My husband was a fan because he loves peanut butter. I thought it was just ok. I prefer a fruitier tasting smoothie. This is a very thick smoothie due to the yogurt, so, if you like it thinner you will need to add some additional milk or maybe some juice. I did use splenda instead of brown sugar, but, other than that made exactly as the recipe stated.
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Spicy Lime and Dill Grilled Fish

Reviewed: May 15, 2014
This recipe was so quick to put together and great being able to cook the fish in foil packets on the grill. It is a great summer recipe. I added the red pepper flakes to the butter when it was still hot, so, it was really infused with the red pepper. If you don't like it too spicy - wait for your butter to slightly cool or use less red pepper flakes. I also used light butter. It worked perfectly and the flavor was great. I used fresh dill instead of dry because I had some to use up before it went bad and the fresh herbs were a great compliment to the fish.
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Creamy Strawberry Fruit Dip

Reviewed: May 15, 2014
This was very easy to put together and had a nice strawberry flavor. I did add the 2 tbsp. of cream cheese, but, in the end I thought it tasted more like a strawberry flavored cool whip. It was nice and fluffy and good dipped with strawberries. I started with half the sugar based on suggestions from other reviewers and it was plenty sweet, so, I didn't add the remaining amount.
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Quick Cream Cheese Fruit Dip

Reviewed: May 15, 2014
Very simple and easy dip to serve with fruit. It does have a very strong cream cheese flavor, so, I think it would be better with a flavored cream cheese like strawberry or honey. It would also be good with a little lemon or almond extract added. I used 1/3 less fat cream cheese to save on some calories.
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Spicy Lime and Dill Grilled Fish

Reviewed: May 14, 2014
This was very simple to put together and had great flavor. I added the red pepper flakes to fairly hot butter, so, it really infused the butter and gave it a kick! If you don't like it too spicy, I would let your butter slightly cool. I used 3 tbsp light butter and 2 tbsp regular to cut down on some of the fat. I also used about 2 tbsp. of fresh dill instead of dried. Keep an eye on your fish because it is easy to overcook a flaky white fish. Very flavorful and I would make again.
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Marianna's Marinated Pasta

Reviewed: May 14, 2014
I liked that this recipe was simple and tasted fresh with the herbs and lemon, but, there were several things I would change. I ended up adding more lemon after tasting it because the flavor diluted from the pasta water. As other reviewers stated the pepper ratio does not appear to be correct. 2-1/2 tbsp of pepper would be pretty overwhelming. I ended up using about 1-1/2 tsps. I also reduced the salt amount to our taste. I tried some warm and some cold the next day as the recipe stated. We actually preferred the warmer pasta. Probably would not make this again.
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Lemony Zucchini Salad

Reviewed: May 12, 2014
This recipe was a light, refreshing, summer salad. We really enjoyed the brightness from the lemon juice and lemon zest. I am not a fan when a recipe says juice of a lemon or 1/2 a bunch of parsley because the amounts can vary depending on the size of your ingredients. My general rule of thumb is 3 tbsp. of lemon juice for an average sized lemon. 3 tbsp. was the perfect amount for my salad. My parsley bunch was very large and 1/2 bunch would have way overwhelmed the salad. I used about 1/4 of my bunch that equaled to about 1/2 cup chopped. I would start out lower on your parsley amount and adjust to your taste. Nice side dish that I would make again. It would also be great with some cherry tomatoes added in.
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Corn Zucchini Skillet

Reviewed: May 5, 2014
Very simple recipe, but, a nice change to my standard zucchini, squash, & onions with the addition of fresh corn. I added just a touch of cayenne pepper to the seasoning and only used a sprinkle of cheese. I did not boil the corn it all - just threw it in the pan with my other vegetables and sauteed until crisp tender. Yum!
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Cumin Rubbed Chicken with Avocado Salsa

Reviewed: Apr. 20, 2014
Can I give this seven stars? We truly loved this recipe! I have to admit I was a little unsure if we would like this since the chicken had so few seasonings, but, it was very flavorful. I pounded the chicken out to about 3/4" of an inch for even cooking and cooked on medium for about 12 minutes total. The salsa was the perfect accompaniment. Don't be hesitant of using the cucumber in the salsa, it really works well with the other flavors. I served this with cilantro lime rice and black beans. Fresh and flavorful!
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Amazing Muffin Cups

Reviewed: Apr. 19, 2014
This was a big hit in my house! I made exactly as the recipe stated, but, used freshly grated potatoes that I rinsed and dried well instead of frozen hash browns. Mine took closer to 18 minutes to cook, but, were moist on the inside and crispy on the outside. I did spray my muffin tin with a little cooking spray because I was afraid they would stick. This would be wonderful to make for a crowd. I would cook the sausage the night before so that step was done and double the recipe to make 24. Thanks for the recipe, Johnsonville!
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Amish White Bread

Reviewed: Apr. 13, 2014
Absolutely perfect! This is the first time I have made white bread and I found a winner! The recipe was fail proof for me - it rose perfectly and baked in the exact time of the recipe. I used rapid rise yeast because that is wheat I had in the house. I actually added the yeast to the sugar and then added the water. I was afraid the water would cool down too much if I mixed the sugar and water first. I ended up using not quite - 5-1/2 cups of flour to get to the correct consistency. I have a hard time distinguishing what sounds like "hollow" to check for doneness, so, I just checked it with an instant read thermometer. I took out about 190 (based on what I read on the King Arthur flour site) and it rose to about 198 degrees. I will definitely be making this again!
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Hash Brown Casserole II

Reviewed: Apr. 13, 2014
Perfect side dish for just about any protein, but, I served with grilled "Unbelievable Chicken" from this site. I made as the recipe stated, but, only used 1/4 cup instead of 1/2 cup butter in the potatoes. I also used green onions instead of regular onions and we like the flavor and texture much better than a similar casserole I had made in the past. Based on other reviews I cooked a little longer - about 50 minutes and the potatoes were perfectly cooked. Big hit with the family! My niece packed up all the leftovers to take back to college with her for her dorm - that is winner in my book!
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Jalapeno Popper Cups

Reviewed: Apr. 8, 2014
So simple to make, but, packs a flavor punch! I made exactly as the recipe stated, but, substituted ground Johnsonville Italian Sausage for the bacon. The sausage worked perfectly with the cream cheese and jalapenos and really kicked these tasty jalapeno cups up a notch. I used Cholula for the hot sauce. If you can't find phyllo cups you can use regular phyllo and form to your mini muffin pan or even pie crust would be great. I will definitely be making these again.
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Turkey Reuben Burgers

Reviewed: Mar. 25, 2014
Quick recipe to get together and very tasty! The burgers themselves didn't have a strong flavor profile, but, they were very moist and worked very well with the sauerkraut. The only thing I did different was to add a little thousand island dressing to the bun so it wasn't dry and used whole wheat buns instead of whole grain bread. I would make again, but, would probably add some additional seasonings to the turkey.
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Fresh Mushroom Rice Pilaf

Reviewed: Mar. 24, 2014
I love mushrooms, so, I thought I would get this a try. Honestly I wasn't expecting a wow flavor because it didn't appear to have too much seasoning in the recipe. Boy, was I wrong! The flavor was very good and had a wonderful mushroom flavor that infused the rice. I didn't have any chicken bouillon, so, I used part chicken broth and part water. I also used fresh garlic instead of garlic powder. The only thing I would do differently is add something a little fresh at the end like some fresh parsley or a sprinkle of green onions. Thanks for the recipe!
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Sweet Sriracha Chicken

Reviewed: Mar. 23, 2014
With some minor tweaks, we loved this dish! I added 2 tbsp. of sriracha instead of 2 tsps. because we love the spice. I also added a little cornstarch slurry to the end to thicken the sauce because it was a little thin. It had the flavor profile of orange chicken at the Chinese restaurant without being battered and deep fried. The chicken was tender, but, a little dry. I will definitely make again, but, cook the chicken a little less time.
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Sweet and Spicy Salmon with Grapefruit Salsa

Reviewed: Mar. 17, 2014
I have to agree with previous reviewers that the rub is wonderful and an easy five stars! It was easy to get together and used ingredients that I had in my pantry. I was torn on the salsa though. I made one version as the recipe stated using grapefruit and a doctored up version using mandarin oranges, lime juice, salt, pepper, & olive oil for my husband who cannot have grapefruit due to an interaction with medication. I liked the freshness of the grapefruit salsa, but, I was not crazy about the flavor with the salmon. It was a little too tart for me. My husband really enjoyed the orange salsa with the fish. I tried a bite and have to agree I preferred the sweeter salsa. I believe the salsa recipe is a good start and you should adjust it to your taste. Thanks for the recipe Mazola!
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Nana's Southern Coleslaw

Reviewed: Mar. 17, 2014
I made exactly as the recipe stated and this recipe was just a little too sweet for us. I also thought the dressing was a little too thin. I will try this again because I thought the flavor profile was good, just too sweet. Next time I will cut back on the sugar and omit the milk. I think it will be thin enough for my taste using just the buttermilk. If you like a sweet coleslaw though, this is the recipe for you!
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