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Mexican Style Meatballs

Reviewed: Dec. 4, 2007
Although I prefer standard Italian-style meatballs over this for meatball subs, it was certainly a nice change of pace. My family tried it both in buns and then over rice instead the next night. We definitely liked it over rice the best. I suppose it could also be served standalone as an appetizer with toothpicks....but then you'd waste all of that yummy sauce. I think it works best as a meal over rice (mashed potatoes would be good, too).
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Linguine with Spinach and Brie

Reviewed: Nov. 23, 2007
Sorry, my family did not care for this at all. I followed the recipe as written - with only the addition of a chopped tomato as suggested by another reviewer. I found it to be very bland. We love brie - so I was excited about using it in a pasta dish having never done so. But, it quickly melted down once added, and there was really no trace of it that could be tasted on the linguine. The only indication of it was the little pieces of skin, which was just sort of strange. I love all of the individual ingredients - but this is missing something. Perhaps more of a pesto instead of plain olive oil - and small chunks of brie sprinkled on top of each serving instead of mixing it in.
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Fried Apple Rings

Reviewed: Nov. 11, 2007
This was pretty good. Although, I would have preferred brown sugar in place of the white. Overall, a solid (and simple) recipe that I will continue to tweak to my tastes and make often.
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Broccoli and Cauliflower Casserole

Reviewed: Nov. 11, 2007
This was decent - but there seemed to be something missing. First of all, it was way too runny and made a mess of my oven. It either doesn't need the milk - or needs a beaten egg or two mixed in. I don't think it's too much cheese like some other reviewers have suggested. I wasn't crazy about the butter cracker topping, either. I think bread crumbs would have sufficed. Just a so-so recipe with some obvious flaws for us.
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Pork Chops with Vinegar

Reviewed: Nov. 11, 2007
Outstanding. I love vinegar, but even my husband (who does not like it as much as me because he had to clean with it as a child!) loved this dish. The vinegar is not too overpowering - just very mellow. The anchovy roux is delicious - and I've never considered myself a fan of them. I was really surprised by how much we liked this dish. Can't say enough about it. A must try for everyone who comes across it!
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Autumn Apple Salad II

Reviewed: Nov. 6, 2007
This was very good. The vanilla yogurt really helped to tame the tartness of the granny smith apples I used. Loved the cranberries and cherries, too - but the delicious toasted almonds is what made the dish something special.
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Beef Noodle Casserole

Reviewed: Nov. 6, 2007
This was tasty - pretty much what I thought it would be like. Just your average casserole. Nothing wrong with it at all - yet, nothing too exciting about it either. It's not a recipe I will keep - just because there are so many other similar ones to try. Might as well move on and keep preparing new ones for variety. I followed this recipe as written. I was worried about the jalapeno because I have two small children. But, it did not make it too spicy and my one year old gobbled it up. A very satisfying meal for my family.
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Pork 'n' Bean Salad

Reviewed: Nov. 5, 2007
Very good, but I found it to be even better by making the following changes: increase the beans to 32 oz, 1 package of grape tomatoes cut lengthwise instead of the chopped tomato, 1 cup of chopped celery, 1 whole green pepper chopped up and 1/2 cup of chopped sweet onion. Mixed it all with 6 tablespoons of mayonnaise. Makes a little more this way and is less wasteful. Still only serves about 6 adults. Chock full of crunchy veggies. Terrific!
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Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas

Reviewed: Nov. 4, 2007
Yum! Adding this one to the permanent recipe folder, for sure. It was excellent - the whole family enjoyed it...kiddies and all. Cheesy, creamy and flavorful. I love how soft the tortillas came out - they almost melt in your mouth. The strong presence of the cilantro really made this dish special. Thanks for sharing!
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Cheesy Ham and Hash Brown Casserole

Reviewed: Nov. 4, 2007
This recipe was pretty good - I wasn't jumping up and down over it...but it was cheesy and a warm, comforting dish. My husband mentioned that he thought it was missing something - like a crunchy topping. And, I agree. We love our hash brown casserole recipe with a cornflake topping - and adding some ham to it would (in our opinion) make a better casserole than this one.
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Original Homemade Italian Beef

Reviewed: Nov. 4, 2007
After trying this recipe, I came to the conclusion that I just do not like Italian Beef. I'm a huge fan of "Spiedies" - so I thought this would be a slow cooked take on that using beef. But, my family really didn't care for it. Found it to be too salty and not good enough to even try again with modifications. For beef, I think I'll just stick with barbecue briskets.
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Green Bean and Feta Salad

Reviewed: Nov. 4, 2007
Sorry, we did not care for this recipe at all. Way too much vinegar - and we love vinegar-based recipes. My family ate just a few bites.
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Chicken and Red Wine Sauce

Reviewed: Nov. 4, 2007
This recipe was just OK for us. It sounded good, but we found it to be a little too sweet and mellow for our taste. It is not something I would want to make again.
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Broccoli With Lemon Almond Butter

Reviewed: Nov. 4, 2007
I followed the recipe as is - and found the broccoli to be a little too tart for my taste. The lemon juice really overpowered the dish...it could do with a lot less. Perhaps just the zest. I also think the almonds would have been better toasted rather than blanched. A little on the tasteless/soggy side. I would not want to make this recipe again as written.
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Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Reviewed: Nov. 4, 2007
This recipe is similar to the one that I use - except mine calls for 2 tablespoons butter and 1/2 teaspoon of salt to every 2 cups of seeds. Then, during the last 10 minutes of cooking time, I sprinkle generously with cinnamon sugar. This just seemed a bit bland compared to what I usually make - didn't care for it as much. Mine are sweet and salty. Also, I think it takes much longer than 45 minutes to cook and dry out the seeds completely - at least it did for me. I also tried boiling one batch of the seeds in salt water prior to baking like other reviewers have suggested - but did not like the texture/taste/color of doing that. The seeds turned gray and I just thought they tasted... strange. The seeds actually retain a lot of flavor if not cleaned too much. Guess I'll stick with my own tried and true recipe!
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Chicken with Red Grapes And Mushrooms

Reviewed: Oct. 19, 2007
My husband and I really enjoyed the flavor of this dish. The grapes were something out of the ordinary and a nice surprise. Chicken can't go wrong cooked in any kind of wine (and the color did not bother us a bit). But, I found the cream sauce to be too watery. It needs to be a bit thicker. I did try to "reduce cream for 3 minutes" as stated in the recipe - but it never thickened up. Maybe a little corn starch would have helped? Other than that, we thought it was very good. Thanks for sharing!
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Slow Cooker Pizza

Reviewed: Oct. 16, 2007
Sorry, we did not care for this at all. The pasta was too mushy and the texture was just not appetizing to us. I think we are pretty particular about pasta being al dente and can not tolerate it any other way. I will have to steer clear of recipes like this in the future. I did like how the pepperoni cooked down and got so soft - but that was the only thing I liked about this recipe, I'm afraid.
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Sweet and Sour Meatloaf

Reviewed: Oct. 13, 2007
This is a very good recipe. Similar to "Sweet-and-Sour Meat Loaf" also found on this site that is made in the microwave. I made them both. For this one, I tried it once as is - and then made some changes to make it just right for me (using some things from the other recipe). I upped it to 2 pounds of ground beef, added 4 tbsp. ketchup, 2 tbsp. yellow mustard and 2 tbsp. onion soup mix to the mixture. I increased the minced onion to 2 tbsp. and left the tomato sauce out of the mixture altogether. I increased the cooking time to 1 hour for a crustier loaf around the edges. For the sauce, I used the whole 15 oz. can of tomato sauce, 4 tbsp. cider vinegar, 4 tbsp. brown sugar and 1/2 cup white sugar. I left the mustard out of the sauce. I drizzled just enough over the loaf to glaze and returned to the oven for an additional 15 minutes. Then, we had plenty of sauce to use as a "gravy" for our mashed potatoes (which was out of this world) and more for the meat if desired. This is a sweet and tangy recipe for sure - so you really have to have a taste for it. This recipe provided a great base for me to get to what I was after. Thanks so much!
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Sweet-and-Sour Meat Loaf

Reviewed: Oct. 13, 2007
Excellent. I followed the recipe as is - only doubling it for a bigger loaf and serving the sauce on the side instead of pouring over the top. We also drizzled the sauce over our mashed potatoes - and that was fantastic! A very moist loaf that made great sandwiches the next day. Cooking it in the microwave was really a time saver. It was appreciated, although I think I prefer oven-baked so you can get that crustiness on the sides. Very good though, thank you!
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Sensational Sirloin Kabobs

Reviewed: Oct. 13, 2007
Very good. The marinade was delicious and it flavored the meat well after sitting overnight. The pairing of beef with pineapple is wonderful - and the mushrooms and green peppers were also welcomed to create a healthy entreé for my family. We will be making this again. Thanks for sharing the recipe!
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