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Greek Pasta with Tomatoes and White Beans

Reviewed: Jan. 5, 2010
This pasta dish is simply delicious! I followed the recipe to the letter, but had to double this. I did make a few changes with the cooking process, only because of personal preference. I used 1/4 c olive oil with 3 cloves crushed garlic in a large saucepan and slowly simmered, basically infused the oil with the garlic. I then added the diced tomatoes and simmered for 10 minutes, no lid on the saucepan. I used baby spinach so there wasn't any need for chopping and stirred that in until wilted. Last, I added the beans and only heated through about 3 minutes because beans have a tendency to break up and turn to mush if cooked too long in certain sauces, that's why I decided to save them for last. I did add half the feta to the pasta mix before serving for some added flavor, and I also topped the dish when served with some crumbled also. I will make this again as I love Mediterranean flavors and this hits the spot! I may add some chopped Kalamata olives next time, which would really compliment the flavors in this dish. Thank you :)
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Cheese Onion Garlic Bread

Reviewed: Jan. 5, 2010
This bread is very good but has too much of a mayo taste for us. I will try this again for sure but cut the mayo in half, because the overall taste, again, to us was mainly mayo. The onion/garlic mix that's spread on before the cheese mix is great. I chopped the onion very fine and added crushed garlic to the butter mix and simmered about 5 minutes at medium low heat. Do not brown the onion mixture. The onion and garlic almost dissolved and became a part of the butter once cooled and it really is a wonderful spread. I will use this recipe again , but as written the mayo is very prominent. Thanks for sharing :)
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Easy Cheesy Cream of Broccoli Soup

Reviewed: Jan. 1, 2010
Very good hearty, rich soup. I had used 2 - 12 ounce bags of frozen vegetables. The one bag was a blend of broccoli, cauliflower and carrots, the second bag was an Italian blend that consisted of broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, red peppers, and lima beans. I doubled the soups, milk, and cheese and this really turned out fantastic in such little time using quick ingredients. I had to use the veg's instead of broccoli because that's all I had in the freezer and I needed to double this. I read some reviews commenting on the processed ingredients, and that using fresh would be better, but that's not the point and the recipe shouldn't be rated for those reasons in my opinion. This is a wonderful base for many other additions as well. I served this for lunch with biscuits and garnished with bacon bits and everyone loved this and couldn't believe how easy it was to make. It turned out like a thick, cheesy rich veggie chowder and I will make this again. I think children would really enjoy this also. Thank you for sharing this :)
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Pasta With Garlic And Creamed Spinach

Reviewed: Jan. 1, 2010
This is absolutely delicious, and super easy to put together! I had to use rotini pasta because that's all I had, but it turned out great. I made this as written and we had this for supper with some garlic bread. I will use this recipe again for sure, and the two of us ate so much of this. This would be a wonderful side dish for many entrees as well. Thanks for sharing Christina :)
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moosegator approved mashed taters

Reviewed: Nov. 28, 2009
I would rate these 10 stars if I could. These potatoes are truly excellent, delicious, and were the hit at my Thanksgiving dinner!! The balance of flavors are wonderful, I followed this as written. I made this and another mashed recipe and these were the winner by far. There was one scoop left and my brother claimed it to take home! Thank you Gderr, these are my go to mashed potatoes from now on :)
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Black Magic Cake

Reviewed: Nov. 2, 2009
This cake is exceptional! Wonderful crumb, beautiful presentation as well as taste. This will be my go to recipe for a chocolate cake, don't let the name fool you. This is the ultimate chocolate cake recipe. i will use this often for sure, thank you :)
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Halloween Eye of Newt

Reviewed: Nov. 2, 2009
These were very good and a very cute concept for Halloween! Everyone loved them and they are so very easy. I used a toothpick dipped in liquid red food coloring to make the "veins" for the eyes. I also put some egg mix aside not tinted green to make the pupil. Thanks for sharing this cute idea :)
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Broccoli and Sausage Cavatelli

Reviewed: Oct. 29, 2009
Simply delicious pasta dish! This is quick to prepare but has wonderful flavor, perfect for a busy weeknight. I followed the recipe as written but I added 3T butter to the olive oil mix, only because I prefer some butter in garlic & oil pasta dishes. I also added some sliced roasted red peppers for some color, and they really complimented the dish. I will use this dish often, thanks for sharing :)
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Cheesy Green Onion Bagel Dip

Reviewed: Oct. 29, 2009
This dip is very good and so very simple! It is a nice base for other additions as well. I chose to bake half the recipe to see how it would turn out, so it took 20 minutes at 350 degrees. The flavors blended nicely and the texture was great. It does set up quickly, so this would be nice in a crock pot to keep it warm. It is delicious chilled also. I served this with toasted onion bagels cut into bite size pieces. Ths would be a great appetizer for breakfast or brunch also. Next time I may add some diced red pepper. Thanks for sharing I will use this again :)
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Hot Artichoke and Spinach Dip II

Reviewed: Oct. 27, 2009
Delicious dip! I really could eat this with a spoon, well, actually I did have a few spoonfuls. I made as written except I didn't realize I didn't have any mozzarella, so I had to top this with sharp provolone, which worked just fine. Next time I will be sure to use the mozzarella though. This is the closest I have had to what's served in a restaurant. I served this with tortilla chips and garnished with diced roasted red peppers. They really complimented the flavors in the dip very well. I will use this recipe often, thanks for sharing :)
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Ozarks Potato Salad

Reviewed: Oct. 26, 2009
I really enjoyed this potato salad, such a different flavor. I do love Miracle Whip, only with certain foods, never thought of potatoes though. Only change I made was to add an extra egg, otherwise made as written. This is a very nice change from the basic mayo based salad. It's sweet yet savory and is really nice. Thanks, I will use this again :)
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Hot 'n' Spicy Buffalo Chicken Salad

Reviewed: Oct. 23, 2009
Excellent salad, this truly deserves more than 5 stars in our book! We had this for dinner last night and couldn't stop eating it. I made as written, but added a few grape tomatoes that I had to use up, and some sliced hard boiled egg. The dressing is great, as I'm not a big fan of blue cheese, but mixed with the ranch it's just wonderful. My boyfriend doesn't like salads much at all, and he went back for seconds. He said if he were to get this in a restaurant he would be pleased. I knew right then that this is a keepper. I could eat this at least once a week and not get tired of it. Thanks Celeste, this one is a real winner. We will definitley make this often :)
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Unbelievably Easy and Delicious Vegetarian Chili

Reviewed: Oct. 19, 2009
Super excellent chili recipe!! I love this, it's so delicious! I followed the recipe as written, and I was so skeptical being there isn't that many ingredients, but I was so wrong. So easy to make, especially during a busy weeknight. I topped this with shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream, green onions and black olives. I served this with cornbread also. We loved it, and will be making this again for sure. Thank You :)
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Absolute Mexican Cornbread

Reviewed: Oct. 19, 2009
Very good cornbread, although I did make changes per other reviews. After reading the recipe, I thought the cup of butter and sugar was too much. I was looking for a more savory bread to serve with chili. I read many reviews and decided to use 1/2 cup of butter, and 1/2 cup of sugar. I used 8 ounces of Pepper Jack cheese shredded, and omitted the green chilis. I topped the bread with jalapeno pepper slices before baking. Everyone really enjoyed this. I will make this again with these changes. As written, I think this recipe would be too greasy and sweet for me. Thanks for sharing :)
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Baked Ziti II

Reviewed: Oct. 13, 2009
This is a good base recipe for baked ziti. I'm glad I decided to use the entire 32 ounce container of ricotta cheese, because I don't think it would have been cheesy enough just using the 24 ounces. Therefore, I used 2 eggs instead of one. I also added about an extra cup of sauce, which really made this nice & cheesy and not dry at all. I had some leftover mushrooms & a cubanelle pepper I chopped & sauteed before adding in this also, which was really good. I also added some Italian seasoning to the cheese mixture. I would make this again, this recipe is very versatile for adding other ingredients of your choice. Thanks :)
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Jay's Signature Pizza Crust

Reviewed: Oct. 9, 2009
Really good pizza crust, a bit too chewy for my personal taste though, but others really enjoyed it. I followed the recipe as written. I will make this again, but I am still looking for a particular type of thinner, crispier homemade pizza crust. Thanks for sharing this :)
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Cheesy Ranch Potato Bake

Reviewed: Oct. 9, 2009
These potatoes are very tasty, I followed the recipe as written. I left the skins on and cubed the potatoes a bit larger, so they took about an hour and 15 mins to bake before adding the other ingredients. I greased my baking dish with olive oil, and after I added the dressing and cheese, baked for about 10 minutes more. I think next time I may add some finely diced onion & fresh parsley to the potatoes as they bake because I felt it lacked some flavor. Thanks for sharing :)
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Easy Baking Powder Drop Biscuits

Reviewed: Oct. 1, 2009
This is a super delicious biscuit recipe. Wonderful base for many other additions, it's very versatile. I doubled the recipe and removed some dough to make plain ones before I added other ingredients. I added 2 cups of shredded Mexican blend cheese and 1/2 cup of diced jalapeno peppers (from a jar) and 1 1/2 tsp. of garlic powder. I brushed them with a bit of melted butter out of the oven. They are fabulous! I tried them plain, without any changes, and they are delicious also. I will use this simple, but great recipe often. They went very well with the soup we had for dinner. Thank you for sharing :)
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Flounder Mediterranean

Reviewed: Oct. 1, 2009
This is absolutley delicious! I have made this several times, but forgot to review. I often use canned diced tomatoes instead of fresh tomatoes, and it turns out fabulous. I have also used dried basil instead of fresh, which works well also. It's simple, light but yet very robust with flavors. This recipe can be used for halibut and tilapia as well. Thanks for sharing, I love this dish :)
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Fried Mozzarella Cheese Sticks

Reviewed: Sep. 25, 2009
Truly Excellent! I followed this recipe exact, except I coated these 3 times, because we prefer a thicker coating. I let them set up (dry) about 20 minutes between coatings. I left the sticks whole, I didn't cut them in half. I was told these are the best mozzarella sticks anyone has ever had from any restaurant. I was asked to make several batches so they could be frozen for later use. Triple breading these is time consuming, but so worth it. I didn't have any problem with cheese leakage either. I served these with marinara sauce for dipping. I can't wait to make these again very soon. Thank you :)
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