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Ray's Chicken

Reviewed: May 9, 2006
A great recipe. I subbed apple cider in for the white vinegar, the other half of the lemon for the lime juice, fresh rosemary for dried, and added a bit of lemon zest to the marinade. I marinated bone-in chicken breasts for 6 hours and then grilled them. They were moist and very flavorful. It did take a little time to put together (not too long, though) but it was worth it.
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Beef Barley Stew

Reviewed: Oct. 11, 2009
I used this recipe as a backbone but adjusted to taste. I cubed and browned three pounds of blade roast, then sauteed a pound of mushrooms on top of the fond the meat left behind. I then sauteed 2 diced onions and most of a head of garlic. I added the browned meat back into the pot, dumped in 8 roughly chopped carrots, added a can of diced tomatoes, 2 cups of lamb stock I had made for another recipe, one cup of shiraz wine, about a half cup of pearl barley, three bay leaves, and probably close to a tablespoon thyme. I did not add any flour to thicken it, completely forgot the celery, and chose to omit the vinegar as it was stupendous without it. The lamb stock added a very nice richness to the stew and browning the meat added a tremendous depth of flavor.
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Lamb and Winter Vegetable Stew

Reviewed: Dec. 24, 2008
This stew was fantastic. The sour cream really added a nice smoothness and flavor. The winter veggies are also a little bit different from the traditional carrots and potatoes. All together, a wonderful addition to my recipe book.
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Buttermilk Pancakes II

Reviewed: Dec. 9, 2008
We've been making this recipe for years, and always a delicious outcome. I grew up on bisquick pancakes and other dismal diner fare and thought I'd never meet a pancake I actually looked forward to eating. These are, bar none, the absolute best pancakes I've ever had. A note - the dry mix can be made up ahead of time - you can mix up a big load of the dry ingredients and then just weigh out one batch's worth when you want pancakes even faster.
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Moroccan Lentil Soup

Reviewed: Dec. 5, 2008
We liked this soup. I did change the spices to the Moroccan mix suggested in the reviews but I suspect it would be equally delicious with the garam masala. I also used dried beans instead of canned as I prefer them. I also added a lot more veggies and garlic as we like very thick soups. Excellent all around.
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Creamy Italian Dressing II

Reviewed: Dec. 4, 2008
Great dressing base! I used red and white wine vinegars and no citrus, added olive oil instead of veggie oil, added a pinch of salt, and used fresh basil and oregano from the herb garden instead of dried herbs. Eyeballed everything, turned out very tasty! I look forward to trying it with parmesan like others have suggested; the suggestion of tomato paste is also intriguing.
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Smoky Barbecue Sauce

Reviewed: Jul. 22, 2008
I generally do not like bbq sauce. At all. Not even a little. So when a soup recipe that otherwise looked delicious called for bbq sauce, I had none to hand since I do not buy nor generally use the stuff. What to do? Allrecipes to the rescue (once again). This recipe for bbq sauce was awesome. I used fresh garlic as I've no dried and a dash of cayenne because I don't have hot sauce. It was sweet, smoky, and right tasty. Also easy peasy. The soup turned out great and I used the leftover sauce to great effect on shredded chicken for bbq chicken sandwiches. My husband may even get me to acquiesce to bbq sauce on barbecued meat if we use this sauce.
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Sesame Pork Tenderloin

Reviewed: Jun. 7, 2008
I added more garlic, used fresh ginger cut into matchsticks, and added a squirt of honey and a spoonful of brown sugar to the marinade. I rolled the meat into the honey/sugar mix instead of pouring it over the meat, this gave it a good coating but avoided the burning sugar mess on the bottom of the pan. The foil stuck to the rack, so I will try spraying the foil with Pam next time. I didn't toast the sesame seeds, assuming they would toast in the oven but they didn't so I'll toast 'em next time. I got rave reviews from my husband, my parents, and my MIL. Great and easy peasy recipe.
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Apple Cake V

Reviewed: Jan. 20, 2008
Yum! I made this cake for my husband's birthday and he said it's his new favorite cake. Looking at the modifications others had made, I changed the recipe a bit. I added 2 scant cups of sugar, probably 1 3/4 cups, decreased the oil to 1 c. olive oil (in the baked cake the olive flavor was not noticeable), and whole and crushed toasted pecans instead of walnuts. I also added some cinnamon and nutmeg, probably 1 tablespoon and 3/4 teaspoon respectively. I whisked the wet ingredients together before adding them to the dry ingredients in the mixer bowl. The batter was the consistency of a quick bread batter. I used a greased and floured bundt pan instead of a 9x13 pan and had no problems removing the cake from the pan. I did have to bake the cake longer due to the bundt pan, a total of 70 minutes. The glaze recipe does make a whole lot of topping, but my husband loves caramel and we spooned the pooled caramel from the plate over our slices. We really enjoyed this cake and I will definitely make it again.
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Harira

Reviewed: Nov. 16, 2007
This recipe is a bit of work, but so worth it. However, if you like thin soups, this is not for you! It is incredibly thick and hearty. The spicing is tasty; I'd never used cinnamon in a savory dish, but it works very well. We've eaten this with the pasta added, but I agree that it probably could be left out as there's already so much going on in the soup. It does need salt added, especially if you've added garbanzo beans that you've cooked from dried beans instead of the can. My husband likes lamb and loves this recipe. We've made it many times.
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Caramel Apple Pork Chops

Reviewed: Oct. 18, 2007
We used very thin pork chops and then deglazed the pan with Calvados (apple brandy) before we made the sauce. Tripled the sauce and served over rice made with a bit of pork stock. It was excellent! We will definitely make this again.
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Broccoli with Garlic Butter and Cashews

Reviewed: Feb. 4, 2007
This was incredibly simple and tasty. I subbed apple cider vinegar and added some arrowroot starch to thicken the sauce. I think that pecans would work well also in place of the cashews. Tasted great served next to orange juice and lemon grass poached salmon over gingered rice.
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Chicken, Fennel and Mushroom Soup

Reviewed: Jan. 7, 2007
Amazingly quick soup. My husband adored the buttermilk taste. I added sauted celery and onion to increase the vegetation of the soup.
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Roasted Vegetables

Reviewed: Aug. 13, 2006
I've made this several times in the last six months and each time it's been fabulous. You can use almost any veggies or tubers. Summer squash work well. If there's a worry about overcooking, the veggies can be cooked partway at a lower temperature.
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Grandma's Peach French Toast

Reviewed: Jan. 7, 2007
I added the extra egg and milk as others suggested, diced my challah bread, and used a mixture of frozen blueberries and peaches. The bread cubes were soaked and tossed in the egg/milk mixture before being put into the dish. The resulting dish was fabulous in taste! We were very happy with it. If I were to use canned or sweeted frozen fruit in the future, I might reduce the amount of sugar, but it was perfect with unsweetened fruit.
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Bry's Chocolate Lamb Chili

Reviewed: Jun. 10, 2006
We really liked this recipe and I will certainly make it again. The cinnamon and the cocoa powder add a very subtle and Mexican flavor to this simple and quick dish. I used two cans of kidney beans and drained the liquid out of the cans as I don't like the flavor or consistancy of the liquid. I did add a little water to the pot to replace the bean water. I also added some frozen corn at the end, but this can certainly be left out without.
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Lemongrass and Citrus Poached Salmon

Reviewed: Feb. 4, 2007
This was simple and tasty. We used a Riesling wine and thickened some of the poaching liquid afterwards with arrowroot starch to make a sauce. Served over white rice cooked with chicken broth and chunks of ginger and with the broccoli with garlic butter and cashews from this site.
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Vietnamese Style Vegetarian Curry Soup

Reviewed: Aug. 3, 2006
This was a wonderful and complex soup, very forgiving of the substitutions I made. I used a combination of Maharajah and Thai curry powders, used the zest of one lime for the Kaffir lime leaves, added soy sauce instead of fish sauce, added about a tablespoon of sugar, and added a chile pepper instead of the red pepper flakes.
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