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Delicious Black Bean Burritos

Reviewed: Jul. 24, 2009
I made a triple recipe and customized it based on my tastes. Along with the base ingredients, I added about a cup and a half of cooked rice, a couple cups of salsa, and chili powder and cumin. Thinking that this was looking like a pretty healthy meal, I decided to omit the cream cheese and instead added just a little shredded cheddar to the whole wheat wraps I used. I also was able to cut way down on the salt. A triple recipe prepared this way made enough to feed my neighborhood, but it turned out excellent.
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Easy Vodka Sauce

Reviewed: May 13, 2009
This is a very nice sauce. I used about 3/4 olive oil to 1/4 butter mixture instead of just butter. Also,I sauteed about 4 finely minced cloves of garlic with the onions (after the onions started to get translucent). With the tomatoes was added a couple teaspoons each of dried basil and oregano and a handful of chopped fresh parsley. Seafood goes particularly well with this sauce, so on the side I sauteed 1 lb of shrimp and 1 lb of scallops in butter/olive oil and garlic. Added on top of the noodles, then covered with sauce...very addictive.
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Angel Chicken Pasta

Reviewed: Feb. 20, 2009
I liked this dish better than my family did, but overall it was just OK. The sauce tasted pretty good, but cooking the chicken this way leaves it rather bland, both in taste as well as texture. Perhaps browning the chicken first, or not cooking it at all in the sauce, would improve this dish. Adding a steamed vegetable, like broccoli, at the end improves it as well.
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Spiced Sweet Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Reviewed: Feb. 2, 2009
I followed the recipe except that I sprinkled the top with a little paprika and substituted cilantro for parsley. It really was very good and I received many compliments.
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Shrimp Fettuccine Alfredo

Reviewed: Jan. 21, 2009
About as easy as it gets...I doubled the sauce ingredients because of my family's preference for sauce dishes and used about a cup and a half of Parmesan. Since I was using pre-cooked shrimp, they were not added until nearly the end. A good base sauce, it certainly lends itself for experimenting with different types and amounts of seafood, cheeses and/or vegetables.
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Easy Tilapia with Wine and Tomatoes

Reviewed: Sep. 29, 2008
Not bad. Next time I will try some lemon juice and parsley and I will cook it on the stove. The foil packets are more trouble than they are worth given that all you are doing is steaming. The left-overs were really great.
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D's Famous Salsa

Reviewed: Sep. 27, 2008
This recipe is closest to the base I use, so I decided to share my changes and ratings here. First, I can my own tomatoes, so I simply use a quart of those (if you have a quart that didn't seal properly, then you have an immediate volunteer!) - but best to drain first. Next, I use 4-5 cloves of garlic, 1 jalapeño pepper, 1 Hungarian hot wax pepper, 1 tbl red wine vinegar, 1/2 of a red onion chopped, 1/3 cup fresh chopped cilantro, 1/2 lemon juiced and about 1/2 tsp salt. In less than 10 minutes, you have the best tasting salsa ever!
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Black Beans and Rice

Reviewed: May 27, 2008
This turned out to be a much tastier dish than I anticipated. The simple modifications I made put this over the top. I used a heaping 1/3 cup of salsa in place of the tomato sauce, added about 1 tsp or so of cumin, and salt to taste. I also used chicken stock in preparing the rice.
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Garlic Chicken

Reviewed: May 8, 2008
These turned out extremely moist and flavorful. For some reason I needed twice the breadcrumb & cheese mix, but the breasts were rather large. I added fresh ground pepper to the mix as well as 1 tsp basil and 1 tsp oregano. Five minutes before they were done, I covered with shredded mozzarella cheese and continued to bake until well melted. This was served over a bed of spaghetti and topped with a garlic-marinara sauce. I have found that lightly greasing or using cooking spray on the baking dish ensures that clean up is a snap!
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Indian Chicken Curry II

Reviewed: May 1, 2008
This turned out really well. I was somewhat concerned because of some reviews that described this dish as being bland. I did the dry-pot spice roasting suggestion, and if you try this be warned about the smoke and the strong odor. I used half of the cinnamon, half of the lemon, and more ginger and curry. Otherwise I stuck to the recipe. I cooked it for an hour which I think helped a lot. I made a double recipe for 5 people.
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Baked Garlic Parmesan Chicken

Reviewed: Apr. 24, 2008
I made a tomato sauce style Chicken Parm and used this recipe to prepare the chicken. I used both breasts and thighs (pounded thin), and the thighs turned out the best. I needed more of the garlic-oil than the recipe called for and used oregano along with the basil in the bread crumb mix. My family wants this again soon.
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Simple Tuna Melt

Reviewed: Apr. 11, 2008
Very good. I liked the idea that this recipe had of using Dijon mustard and vinegar, which is why I am reviewing this particular version of this classic. My preference is to add a little more mayo than this calls for, minced celery and minced onion, a dash of cayenne pepper, and no salt. A couple slices of tomato and lettuce are wonderful with this as well, and served on a hoagie roll.
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Restaurant Style Mac and Cheese

Reviewed: Mar. 10, 2008
Very good, the family didn't turn their noses up at this as they do with most Mac and Cheese recipes. I made this according to the recipe except that I doubled the cream.
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Italian Sausage, Peppers, and Onions

Reviewed: Mar. 5, 2008
Very simple to prepare, making this a tasty option for a weeknight meal. I served in big rolls, sprinkled the top with a generous potion of shredded mozzarella cheese, and put in the broiler for a minute or two.
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Fire Roasted Tomato and Feta Pasta with Shrimp

Reviewed: Feb. 18, 2008
I have given 5 star ratings before, but I have to say that this leads them all! Fire roasted tomatoes was pure genious especially when combined with the feta cheese. Because of the salt content in both the tomatoes and the feta cheese, I opted not to add any additional salt. It was not missed, in fact, it was perfect. For a double recipe I used 3 cans of the tomatoes and a pound and a half of the larger (21-25 count) shrimp. Will I make this again? , oh yeah.
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Guacamole

Reviewed: Feb. 11, 2008
As written, I found that this recipe produced an excellent guacamole, but way too salty. I used something like 4 cloves of garlic. Next time I will half the salt.
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Mexican Rice III

Reviewed: Feb. 11, 2008
This was very good. I needed about 50% more liquid and used much more garlic than called for.
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Cajun Baked Catfish

Reviewed: Feb. 11, 2008
This was excellent. I added a couple of finely minced cloves of garlic, used garlic powder instead of garlic salt, and added 1 tsp of Old Bay. This was served over a bed of Mexican rice (Mexican Rice III from this site).
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Cheese Fondue

Reviewed: Feb. 4, 2008
This turned out to be the most popular item at the Superbowl party. As suggested by many others, I tossed the grated cheeses with the flour and added a sprinkling of lemon juice. The wine I used was a Pinot Grigio.
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Swedish Meatballs

Reviewed: Jan. 16, 2008
I tripled the recipe for a work potluck luncheon. These turned out well and proved to be very popular. I added finely minced garlic to the meat mixture, and used 50 percent more allspice as well as adding both freshly ground nutmeg and Worcestershire sauce. Also, it should be mentioned that I used venison ground. Chilling the meatballs in the freezer worked to perfection. This was all prepared the night before the function. The meatballs and sauce were not combined until the next morning when both were added to a crock-pot to be transported and heated at work.
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