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Mom's Best Macaroni Salad

Reviewed: Aug. 21, 2006
Made 120 servings of this salad for a large picnic - took forever to do all that chopping but it was worth it! Excellent salad. Someone described it as a cross between macaroni salad and cole slaw - appropriate description. I decreased sugar to a little more than 1/4 c and it was plenty sweet. The dressing was fantastic! Update: I've made this a number of times since my original post and I've decided you could put this dressing on cardboard and people would eat it! I've yet to have anyone who did not like it.
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Debdoozie's Blue Ribbon Chili

Reviewed: Jan. 31, 2009
Have made this recipe a couple of times and thought it not only easy but very tasty. And, as with any chili recipe, it lends itself to experimentation - or just adjusting to what you know your family will like. What I really have a hard time with is when someone rates a recipe without EVER having tried it - and giving it only one star to boot. If you look at a recipe and know that it has features that you don't like - then go on to the next one. It is completely unfair to give a really poor rating to something that you KNOW you aren't going to like and even more importantly have not even tried. That's mean spirited.
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Soft Sugar Cookies III

Reviewed: Sep. 7, 2009
There are at least 17 reviews on here and most of them reference that these are soft cake-like cookies. The TITLE of the cookie is "Soft . . . " So why ae people still complaining about soft cake-like cookjies in their reviews??? For goodness sake, people, what are the reviews for if not to warn you away from things you're probably not going to like? (Of course there's other reasons to read the reviews too.) Anyway, I thought these were really good - soft as I expected and wanted. Not bursting with lots of flavor but I know that too from the reviews - and that's what I was looking for. Good cookies that were perfect with the spicy peaches that went with them!
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Blue Ribbon Curry Chicken

Reviewed: May 15, 2011
I've made lots of curry before and this one is excellent - and VERY easy. It's very accepting of almost any veggie you'd like to add - my faves are thin carrot strips, fresh green beans, and even potatoes. Also a great use of a rotisserie chicken from the store. Easy to make more or less hot and/or spicy according to your family's preferences (I've changed via amounts and types of spices: more or less curry, cumin including toasted cumin seeds, hot pepper flakes, etc). And since I have most of these things in my cupboards all the time anyway - voila! I did use milk tho cause no 1/2-1/2 in the fridge. My favorite part of curry is the toppings so I always have some combination of the following: toasted coconut, sliced green onions, banana slices, toasted almond slivers (my favorite), raisins or currents, chutney, or chopped peanuts. My family loves this stuff!!! EDIT: used coconut milk tonight - makes a really delicious and creamy sauce.
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Cheese and Sausage Appetizers

Reviewed: Jul. 30, 2010
Have made twice now. First time - good. Second time - reallllly good! Differences: mixed raw sausage (hot, not mild) and 1/4# (1 stick) of butter into dry ingredients. Used a bit more cayenne. Served w/ both a spicey salsa and ranch dressing so people had a choice for dipping. We all thought these were terrific! Because of the raw meat to start with, both times I cooked at about 375* for about 22-23 minutes. (On the second batch I purposefully froze about 6 of them in a single layer to see how they would do. Had those this eve. Baked them in a 425* oven for 7-8 minutes and then lowered to 375* for another 15-16 minutes. Worked great!)
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Chocolate Cornstarch Pudding

Reviewed: Feb. 6, 2011
Very thin - despite the fact that I added an egg yolk for extra richness (which was the only change I made). Good as a sauce - not as pudding.
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Party Mimosa

Reviewed: Aug. 22, 2010
Serves 15? Are you kidding me?? No way! Unless most of the people present hate one of the ingredients. I had five for brunch and we drank the whole thing - it was fabulous! Didn't do anything different, tho my juice combos were a bit switched around just because of what I could find in the store. By the way, I found the juices (for example, apricot nectar and pineapple/mango) in the Hispanic section. Floated fruit in the first glass and it looked beautiful; after that, nobody cared. :) This is so much more flavorful than regular mimosas - try it, you'll love it!
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Bailik (buy-lick)

Reviewed: Jan. 9, 2008
Not a favorite but I might repeat - it's just that there's so many things to try that I often don't repeat even the ones I really liked.
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Pesto Pasta with Green Beans and Potatoes

Reviewed: Mar. 9, 2009
I love this website and use it a lot. I've been irritated more than once when there is a long string of people who have rated a recipe really high and then someone gives it a one star - I just don't see how that can happen. You should have a sense of what you're getting when you try a recipe and if it has things about it which you know you don't care for (eg, it's spicy and you like bland)- then don't bother cause you're going in with a negative attitude. Well, this is a long way of saying I reallllly did not care for this recipe - and I don't know why. It is adventuresome - interesting mix of ingredients, all of which I like individually. Partly I think it was the potatoes - their texture was weird with all the other ingredients. I used frozen green beans and I added some chunks of white chicken meat - other than that, followed exactly as written. This just did not work for me.
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Apricot-Nut Spread

Reviewed: Jan. 16, 2011
Absolutely delicious! As a recently diagnosed diabetic I'm on the lookout for low-carb recipes and this has to be my favorite one so far - with 0 carbs! I was a huge carboholic (thus . . . diabetic) and love to bake and enjoy sweets. For this I added about a tablespoon of agave syrup and had it on a multigrain muffin. Love those breakfast dinners! My friends enjoyed it as much as I did - and they have no carb worries. Next time I will simmer the apricots in the water to speed up the process - and probably add the sweetener at that point.
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Viennese Torte

Reviewed: Feb. 20, 2007
This tasted fantastic, looked beautiful, is a bit different, and was not too difficult to make - what more could you ask for in a recipe?! Took it to a German themed potluck dinner and all enjoyed it. Only difficulty was in getting the wax paper off the bottom of the cake while keeping the top (the meringue part) from cracking into pieces. I wound up running a long handled knife between the cake and the paper and then using 2 spatulas to transfer the cake to the serving plate -could have used a third hand! Served with a few raspberries, mainly for the color. I don't love packaged pudding mixes tho that part turned out ok; however next time I'll probably use my old family recipe for pudding. Also next time I might sub almond extract for the vanilla in the cake base.
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Breakfast Biscuits

Reviewed: Feb. 8, 2014
I enjoy its versatility. If I have the time I make my own biscuits; if not the tube things work ok. Love the comment about wrapping in parchment and serving to a crowd!
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Microwave Spiced Nuts

Reviewed: Dec. 23, 2011
I've made about six batches of these this year already and am getting ready to make another - they're wonderful! I start w/ pre-toasted nuts (using walnuts 'cause they're the cheapest) which I buy in bulk. When they come out of the microwave I spread them out and immediately sprinkle them lightly with kosher salt. Absolutely delicious! Also, when I buy nuts of any kind I always toast them as soon as I get home, put them into storage containers (zip type baggies) and keep them in the freezer. Nuts keep forever that way and are so much better when toasted.
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Cottage Cheese Pancakes

Reviewed: May 22, 2011
EDIT: I've now made this 6-7 times in the last few months and have made it much better for us with minor changes. I follow as directed but add 1 t. baking powder and a splash of milk. To cook I start with a hot pan and turn the temp down to med at best, cover w/ the lid slightly ajar, and cook more slowly than a usual pancake. This produces a terrific, low carb, high protein pancake that is not quite so flat or blintz like. I usually get 5 pancakes, about 5-6" across. ORIGINAL REVIEW: Delicious - and very low carb. Four servings? - no way! I should have known when I looked at the ingredient list that this was not going to be enough for 4 - it was 2 servings at best. The commenter who compared them to cheese blintzes was right - they have that consistency, which we happen to like; we did not find them to be fluffy at all (which was ok). We like pancakes and usually have them over the weekend - this is a new and different one that everyone liked.
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Panna Cotta

Reviewed: May 11, 2006
This was very good tho next time I'd probably use a bit more sugar in the cream. It seemed that choc sauce was overkill so I just used a blended strawberry sause - easy and really good. HOWEVER . . . the gelatin separated from the cream (two layers in the finished product)even tho I followed the directions as written. Any thoughts as to why?
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Garlic and Herb Cream Cheese

Reviewed: Sep. 4, 2012
Did pretty much as directed - strong (garlic) cause did not let set long enough. Had mellowed out by next day. Used only 1/2 of butter. Used mainly as a spread on crackers. Also great on sandwiches (meat ball subs - yummo!) and grilled chicken - instead of mayo. Excellent!
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Peanut Butter Cupcakes

Reviewed: Mar. 6, 2011
Doubled the recipe and got 60 cupcakes. Used a bit more peanut butter and a bit less shortening than called for - wanted more peanut butter flavor and I got it! Frosted w/ chocolate buttercream frosting and topped with 1/4 of a smallish peanut butter cup - not the regular "big" size and not the miniatures either. (Only place I've seen this size was Walmart and they were 8/$1.) Baked them in the morning and frosted them in the afternoon; ate them the following day and they were VERY well received. (Made an equal number of red velvet cupcakes - these peanut butter ones were most popular with the kids and the RV with the adults - interesting, tho I suppose not surprising.)
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Party Italian Wedding Soup

Reviewed: Jan. 3, 2007
Loved this soup - perfect on a cold rainy night! I added a couple of tablespoons of pesto to the meatballs - they were fantastic. Used a 48oz can and 2 14oz cans of broth - might just use 2 large cans next time as the flavor was plenty intense enough to handle the extra liquid. Next time would NOT use chopped spinach as it made the pot look like it was covered in grass clippings! (Using regular and chopping it myself would give a much better look to the dish. The accompanying photos definitely do not have chopped greens in them.) Definitely going into the rotation - wonderful flavor.
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Slow-Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

Reviewed: Nov. 2, 2006
Two words here: terrific and quick. Made last night in a crock pot - only took about 10 minutes to put it together and let it go on high for about 5 hours. Used a turkey cutlet (a lot cheaper than boneless,skinless chicken breast)and put it in the pot in big chunks and raw. While it cooked the meat took on the flavor of the broth. Used no water - all chick broth. Had some with crushed tortilla chips as the only topping - really good. Later had some with a bit of sour cream, some avocado slices, and crushed tortilla chips for the topping - even better. Try it - you'll like it!
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Quick Chicken Piccata

Reviewed: Mar. 2, 2013
Loved it! Double the sauce, tho, and at least double the capers - maybe more.
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