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Cajun Appetizer Meatballs

Reviewed: Dec. 19, 2006
Had a party with way too much food - this was the only thing that was completely gone at the end of the night. Fantastic!!! Made three times the recipe and wound up with 90 appetizer size servings. Next time will probably add even a little more of the cajun spice and cholula sauce. (As much as I liked this as an appetizer, it seems to me that it would be awfully sweet as a main course.)
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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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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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Winter Fruit Salad with Lemon Poppyseed Dressing

Reviewed: Dec. 14, 2006
Made this for a holiday dinner party - a festive and delicious addition to the table. I added some slices of fuyu persimmons and kiwi - the colors of both were really pretty and they tasted great along with the other parts of the salad (and they are winter fruits). Used toasted pecans rather than cashews and did not use the cheese (too much for this dinner). Tossed the greens with about a third of the dressing, plated that, and then put a scoop of fruit and a few nuts on top of each plate - easy, attractive and everyone loved it!
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Fragrant Chicken Curry

Reviewed: Jan. 22, 2009
Loved it! Chose this recipe to try because of the coconut milk - and then discovered I didn't have any when I was well into making it. Used half milk and half half-and-half and that worked just fine. Topped with toasted coconut, raisins, toasted almond slivers, chutney, and chopped green onions. Served with rice and very lightly candied carrots. Delicious meal!
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Good Old Fashioned Pancakes

Reviewed: May 3, 2009
Terrific! I've looked for a good pancake recipe forever - this is it. I think it's way too thick so I added an extra 1/3c milk. Also added 1t vanilla. Absolutely no way this recipe is good for 8 servings - 3 to 4 maybe, unless your group eats like birds!
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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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Peanut Butter Noodles

Reviewed: Jul. 4, 2009
Really good and really easy - I like that combo! Took it to a 4th party and it was a hit. One gentleman had spent some time in the far east and said it tasted very much like the street noodles that he used to get from carts. I couldn't find udon noodles so used fettucini- 16 oz of it (double). But I tripled the sauce ingredients, using 2 parts chick broth and 1 part coconut milk (per another reviewers suggestion).I set aside about 1/2 cup of the sauce since several reviewers mentioned that the noodles started out really liquidy and wound up soaking up the extra sauce. That's what happened - so the reserved sauce will go on the little bit of leftovers tomorrow for lunch. Oh, and I also added a whole cucumber (scraped,de-seeded, and chopped)and two fine diced carrots. The crunch was good. Yum-o!
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Sugar Coated Pecans

Reviewed: Jan. 24, 2010
Fabulous - and so easy. I toast the nuts (and I've used all kinds) a bit first. Used 1 t. cinnamon and a bit of nutmeg too. Followed Jocyln's directions for the egg white/sugar mixture.
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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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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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White Texas Sheet Cake

Reviewed: Oct. 1, 2011
Delicious! Dense, used extra almond extract, used only about 3 3/4 c conf sugar for frosting (it IS sweet!). Very quick to make - ahhhhh!
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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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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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Texas Sheet Cake VI

Reviewed: May 28, 2007
Couldn't find the recipe I've used for years for a texas sheet cake - I'm glad cause this is waaaay better than the one I had! Very moist (the sour cream?) and I thought a great texture. Used new dark chocolate cocoa and instant coffee crystals in hot water - easy, easy, easy. Took to a big pot luck; lot of chocolate things and this was the only one that disappeared, despite being the largest pan. Try it - you'll like it!
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Margaritas

Reviewed: May 6, 2012
Fabulous! It would be 4 stars as shown, but 5 stars for how we did it. Made as directed but included a couple of additional suggestions from Cooper: added a scoop of frozen pineapple concentrate to the mix and then floated a tiny bit of Grand Marnier on top. As good as - no, better than! - any margarita I've ever had. (Making it as shown was a bit too sour for us - the pineapple was the perfect antidote. OJ would be good too but I didn't have that on hand.) It was a verrrrry good party! :)
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Southern Pulled Pork

Reviewed: Oct. 19, 2013
Loved it! Used 2 c cider vinegar in place of 2 c water. Used cajun seasoning from Winco bulk section - not so salty. Added bbq sauce on the sandwich. Had Coleslaw on the side. Delicious!!!
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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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Urban Legend Cookies II

Reviewed: Jun. 17, 2011
LOVED this cookie! Used 1 3/4 c of each of the sugars (that was plenty) and 1 1/2c of choc chips 'cause that was what I had. Did not bother with the grating of extra choc. Processed 1/2+ the oats to get fine powder and rest left as oatmeal (we like oatmeal). Next time will add a bit of cinnamon and maybe nutmeg. Took some to work - they disappeared in seconds.
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Broccoli and Tortellini Salad

Reviewed: May 28, 2012
Loved this stuff! Made as directed except doubled dressing (tho only a little more than 1/2 c sugar - that was plenty sweet). Also saved about 1/4 of the dressing to be added when serving. Next time would do only 1/2 of a red onion; even tho I really like onion, this much was too dominate. Added bacon and seeds when I added the final bit of dressing about 6 hrs later.
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