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Picnic Slaw

Reviewed: Jul. 27, 2012
This is terrific. Just know, that if want your slaw to resemble the photo, you are going to have to hand slice EVERYTHING....I guess, unless you have a really precision food processor. I started to use a regular hand grater, and it made it so tiny like fast food slaw. You need bigger pieces for the colorful effect.
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Cucumber Dip II

Reviewed: Jul. 27, 2012
Just some comments for a good end result. I read the comments about squeezing out excess water from cucumbers and thought..yes...splendid idea, as for it could be a runny mess. So I did this, and regardless- its a pretty chunky unappetizing looking end product. Looked like cottage cheese- I put it in the food processor, which extremely helped the dip look more appetizing and smooth, but it was pretty stiff, and I knew once it went back in the fridge it would be too hard to dip a cracker in. So I started adding some more cucumber without (de-juicing) it to unharden the dip more. So I would recommend a food processor and kind of adding undrained cucumber as you go, until you get the right texture. Also, these kinds of dips MUST sit in the fridge at least 12 or more hours to bring out the flavors. It will taste totally different from when you first make it, so make it at least 1-2 days in advance for the correct flavor.
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Picnic Potato Salad with No Mayonnaise

Reviewed: Jul. 27, 2012
This is an extremely delicious recipe. I really love the mayo type potato salads- but wanted a change-and had a party of people with sophisticated palates, Plus I had an abundance of fresh basil and chives in my garden. Here are some tips for a perfect outcome. You really have to watch the cooking time. If the potatoes over cook, they will break down to mush, like mashed potatoes, so depending on how large your cubes are, they need to come out as soon as its soft enough to eat. They need to have plenty of firmness to withstand the mixing. My cubes were approx. an inch in diameter and they were done in 10 minutes. After they cool down to the point where they aren't profusely steaming, you need to coat them with the wet dressing, this will help stop the sticky characteristics that potatoes get as they cool. I would also wait to add the blue cheese until serving. Cheese can start to get runny if mixed in. There are similar recipes on this site that add celery and pickle, and I think that would ruin this elegant and tasty dish that has such great flavors and sophistication without being too complicated.
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Slow Cooker Turkey Breast

Reviewed: Oct. 20, 2011
Just reference for anyone with a smaller weight breast. Put a 2.5 lb boneless breast in a rival crockpot on low (10hr) setting only, and it had a pop up timer which was great so I could actually see when it was finished cooking, and it took exactly 3 hours and ten minutes.
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Tropical Sandwich

Reviewed: Jun. 22, 2011
I skipped the banana and added ham for more of a substantial meal.
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Triple Cheese Spread

Reviewed: May 16, 2011
Nothing is wrong with the recipe, but it's very boring, plain tasting, and not very impressive looking for a party. Also I don't like to have shredded cheese pieces whole in a spread.
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Bagels I

Reviewed: Mar. 4, 2011
These are great. It's interesting to make different flavors and use different kinds of flours. I have mixed in whole wheat, oat flour, oat bran, flax meal, soy flour. When you add whole grains just be sure to add extra water as needed until proper consistancy is achieved. Whole grains soak up quite a bit of water.
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Kale Krisps

Reviewed: Nov. 18, 2010
Before trying this recipe, I tried just making the chips with just oil and seasoning. Although these tasted nice, having cheese over the top did things to texture that made it not as easy to eat (they kind of disintegrated) or attractive to serve. It might work better with a cheese that is more dry like Parmesan, which I may try sometime, but I think they work better with a lower oven temp. and just plain olive oil.
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Baked Kale Chips

Reviewed: Nov. 18, 2010
Mine turned out great. I tossed them in a bowl with olive oil and spices, just enough to coat, not soak. I placed them on a greased cookie pan, and baked at 330 degress for 10 minutes. They were not burnt at that time and temperature. I sprinkled them with some seasoned salt at the end also.
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Mama's Best Ever Spaghetti and Meatballs

Reviewed: Sep. 2, 2010
The meatballs will be SO bland--find a better recipe. This looked so easy, and This was my first atempt at meatballs, and I have found you HAVE to add more to them or they are tasteless.
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Cheesy Picante Quesadillas

Reviewed: Aug. 5, 2010
This turned out great. I added some sauteed onion and mushrooms. I also coated the tops with vegetable oil and after taking them out of the oven, placed them under the broiler for a couple of minutes to make them crispy instead of soft.
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Chicken Pesto Pizza

Reviewed: Jun. 19, 2010
The artichokes are good, but for a change of pace, I will use roasted red peppers, mushrooms, and red onion.....it's fabulous and looks really pretty.
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Broccoli Lasagna

Reviewed: Jun. 4, 2010
I added quite a bit of basil to give it more flavor--It really helped.
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To Die For Fettuccini Alfredo

Reviewed: Dec. 21, 2009
I just eyeballed the amount of ingredients, which I would recommend. I don't like mine soaked in sauce, so I just add enough cream to make it work like about a fourth of a cup, and half the cheese too.
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Pesto Pizza

Reviewed: Dec. 15, 2009
I made my own pizza crust, which is really so easy. I made my own pesto too with fresh basil, I'd give it a five star rating if you do that. I also added some thinly sliced cooked chicken breast strips.
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Aw-some Coleslaw

Reviewed: Dec. 7, 2009
I used half mayo, and half sour cream, instead of the milk.
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East Carolina Barbeque Sauce

Reviewed: Dec. 7, 2009
I will give it three stars since I changed a couple of things. I put a can of tomato sauce in. I skipped the butter. I only used a fourth of a cup or less of cider vinegar.
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Chicken with Herb Dumplings

Reviewed: Dec. 1, 2009
I didn't have baking mix, so used 2 cups of flour, 3 tablespoons butter, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon baking powder, and 1 egg. Used milk and chicken broth until the right consistancy was achieved.
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Oat Bran Muffins

Reviewed: Nov. 18, 2009
If you substitute any whole wheat flour in the mix you may have to add more liquid. You can use a little milk, cream or orange juice. They look really pretty if you top with a few rolled oats and brown sugar.
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Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits

Reviewed: Nov. 5, 2009
Thumbs up on this. Had to sub out a few things to what was on hand. Used some wheat germ and flax meal. Both dogs loved it. I would suggest freezing little baggies of them, and use them as needed small bags at a time---for without preservatives they will most likely get stale or moldy I would imagine.
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