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Spinach Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

Reviewed: Feb. 25, 2011
This is like Spring on a plate (wishful thinking..) with the baby spinach, oranges, almonds and the super-simple sweet-but-sour poppy seed dressing. Easily dressed up with additional fruits ...yum, strawberry season... or even with grilled chicken for an entree salad. Love such versatility in a salad -- much enjoyed, thanks.
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Traci's Adobo Seasoning

Reviewed: Feb. 25, 2011
I enjoy making my own seasoning blends, especially ones I've never tried but are so pricey at the store (... what if I don't like it??). Plus, making your own is a great way to control sodium -- for me, reducing the salt by half was perfect (can always add more later). Multipurpose multi-spices ... love it.... thanks so much!
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Groovie Smoothie

Reviewed: Feb. 25, 2011
The flavor of the smoothie was good using frozen over-ripe bananas and fresh berries, but I guess I'm not a lover of drinkable yogurt-based meals... I'd rather eat my yogurt with a smattering of fruit than to break out the blender. It was worth a try, though, thanks!
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Tri-Colored Pasta with Feta Cheese

Reviewed: Feb. 25, 2011
A colorful pasta salad using minimal ingredients which pack a punch of flavor. I used marinated artichokes, reserving the liquid just in case... and I'm glad I did because once this pasta sat in the 'fridge for a bit, it needed additional liquid prior to serving. This salad would also be tasty with marinated mushrooms, capers, sundried tomatoes... but it really is good just as is.
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Lemon Pound Cake III

Reviewed: Feb. 25, 2011
The batter of this pound cake is thick, but very light (I chose butter over shortening) and even withstood being baked in a muffin tin without dryness. Discovering I had no extract when everything was measured and in bowls, I made due with a lemon's worth of zest and it actually did the trick -- just a kiss of lemon in a moist cake. Next time I make this, I'm going to try infusing the milk with fresh thyme or rosemary for a savory spin.
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French Onion Soup Gratinee

Reviewed: Feb. 21, 2011
Gorgeous soup! Truly a labor of love getting those onions to caramelize (I forgo the salt for a pinch of brown sugar to facilitate browning).... but it's so, SO worth it. My (former) recipe calls for beer and no balsamic, but after making this onion soup recipe... this is now *the* only way. Thanks, Jersey Tomato, for a wonderful submission!
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Sour Cream Cucumber Salad

Reviewed: Feb. 21, 2011
Personally, I was less than enthralled with this one; it was good at first, but quickly lost its salad- appeal as well as crispness (even after salting and blotting an english cuke). But it went over very well with the rest of the crew, therefore the 4 stars. Adding a little dill lightened the sour cream dressing and made it reminsicent of a tzatziki, which was enjoyable.
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Dupre Family Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

Reviewed: Feb. 19, 2011
It's not often I take the time to make gumbo, let alone one which requires marinade time, so with this one I took care -- especially with the roux. I probably could have let it go darker (hence losing its thickening properties) than what I did, but I got nervous it would burn, so the resulting gumbo was less soupy than I would have liked (totally my error). And opting for color, I chose to use a tri-color bell pepper blend and for flavor, andouille sausage. Overall- a completely satisfying gumbo ... still not 100% convinced marinating the chicken did much to enhance an already good recipe, tho... many thanks to the Dupre family for sharing.
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Cajun Baked Catfish

Reviewed: Feb. 19, 2011
Catfish does well with bold seasoning and baking vs. frying any fish is optimal. Also a really nice blend of spice/heat with the various peppers. Folks, it appears we have a winner, winner catfish dinner!
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Lemon Orzo Primavera

Reviewed: Feb. 19, 2011
For maximum flavor, make sure the orzo is nice and toasty (takes a bit longer than the recommended 2 minutes) before adding any liquid. And unless you're a meatatarian and can use chicken stock, skip the flavorless void and use a quality veg broth (homemade is best). A nice subtle side dish when bored with rice and potatoes (again)... can be bulked-up with extra veggies, too.
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Party Punch X

Reviewed: Feb. 19, 2011
This punch has graced the buffet at every holiday gathering as far back as I can remember... as a kid I would only 'drink' the foam... Super good, a cinch to make and to customize per event/gathering. As a side note, while the rainbow sherbet IS delicious, it does produce a murky color akin to swamp water.... great for Halloween!
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Pizza Salad I

Reviewed: Feb. 9, 2011
This unique salad has great potential. The actual salad part is brilliant -- I used red leaf lettuce, frizzled pepperoni, red onion, Parmesan, olives, chopped flat-leaf parsley (would have added tomatoes... but they are little rocks this time of year). It's the dressing that fell short for me. While I kept expecting to taste a slight tomato-y vinaigrette, I got a vinegary tomato sauce. I'm actually going to play around with this one -- perhaps a red wine vinaigrette with a hint of tomato paste and lots of fresh basil... It's a novel idea and one worth trying again.
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Mouse's Macaroni and Cheese

Reviewed: Feb. 9, 2011
This is the very recipe that initially led me to AR many, many meals ago. I've made this countless times for one reason -- it's perfect! Switch up the types of cheese if needed... but... do not change any measurements - it won't result in the same ooey, gooey, melty, creamy, cheesy mac-n-chz you KNOW you crave. Would a Mouse steer you wrong??
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Kimberly's Curried Deviled Eggs

Reviewed: Feb. 7, 2011
I made this recipe as close to the submitter's original intent as possible. I had no stone-ground mustard (NOT to be confused with ground mustard, which is in dry powdered form), instead opted for a spicy brown mustard and added as the recipe suggests -- to taste. Once the filling was mixed, I found it a little dry, but an extra dollop of mayo solved that. Admittedly, I'm not a tremendous fan of deviled eggs 'as-is'.... so I smashed some up and made a pretty tasty egg salad sandwich :) Thanks Kimberly!
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Belle's Hamburger Buns

Reviewed: Feb. 7, 2011
So I went to the store today and when I turned down the bread aisle, I discovered there to be no hamburger buns on the shelves. None. Zilch. Not even the off-off brand. Nada. Seems everyone bought buns over the weekend for the Big Game.... wait a minute.... I could MAKE them. So that's exactly what I did. And they couldn't have turned out more perfect. I am a hamburger bun-making rock star! Thanks BellesAZ.
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Sweet Butter

Reviewed: Feb. 7, 2011
Since I had only unsalted butter, I added a pinch of salt to round out the honeyed spices. So good spread on top of cornbread and even better on baked sweet potatoes.
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Honey Cornbread

Reviewed: Feb. 7, 2011
This was a nice option as part of breakfast/brunch fare -- the honey lent a mellow sweetness. I think the subtle corn flavor would have popped more with the addition of some salt, tho. Enjoyable with a schmear of spiced butter.
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M's Sloppy Joe Sauce

Reviewed: Feb. 6, 2011
Any recipe that *starts* with a tablespoon of rooster sauce is a winner in my recipe book. Following this recipe exactly (yeah! another recipe for ground turkey!!), I knew this was a winner winner when the crew inhaled this as open-faced sandwiches on leftover garlic bread since there were no buns in the house. No sooner were plates cleaned and this was requested again. Thanks so much Semigourmet.
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Mexican Orzo Salad

Reviewed: Feb. 6, 2011
Superb. Love this! It's fresh, light and satisfying all at the same time. Not having all the limes called for, I made due with the two I did have and maximized flavor by zesting them before juicing and just mixed in enough olive oil to taste (also subbed flat-leaf parsley for the cilantro as I didn't want my salad to resemble a bar of Ivory.... but that's just my quirk). This is SO going in the "make often" file.
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Corn Chowder II

Reviewed: Feb. 6, 2011
Had I not added the full can of creamed corn, I probably would have liked this chowder more. It took a lot of random additions to mask that tell-tale taste. Fortunately I used frozen kernel corn... just should have used more of it and adjusted liquids from that point. Not a bad little chowder, considering it uses common pantry/freezer items (very useful during snow/ice storms) and comes together in a flash (ditto when trying to dig out after said snow/ice storm). Thanks Kathleen.
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