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Asian Orange Chicken

Reviewed: Feb. 1, 2013
delicious! I did use a little less brown sugar (3/4 cup) and used flour instead of cornstarch for thickening -- and I let it simmer away for a while because it was still too watery for my tastes. I just wish I had made a double batch, since my currently picky kids even ate the leftovers. will definitely be making this again!
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Avocado-Shrimp Salad

Reviewed: May 12, 2011
Delicious as is, although I usually leave out the onion (due to laziness/husband's preference) and add cilantro (because we looove cilantro). This has become a warm-weather standby for me, and I'm usually not a shrimp person. I think it's GREAT on warm corn tortillas, although my husband prefers to eat it out of a bowl.
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Easy Guacamole

Reviewed: May 12, 2011
Yep, it's easy! If I'm in a rush or feeling particularly lazy, I'll leave out the onion and garlic. I'll use grape tomatoes a lot, too -- I just chop them in half or quarter them, depending on size. Oh, and I always add cilantro; I don't measure it, but it's more than a pinch and less than a full tablespoon.
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Tangy Slow Cooker Pork Roast

Reviewed: May 12, 2011
My husband LOVES this recipe -- I love that it's so easy to make and takes so little prep. My modifications, because what is an allrecipes review without them, lol: I don't use the sugar, I season the meat with salt and pepper instead of adding it to the liquid, and I add a bit more garlic powder and hot sauce than the recipe demands. The first time we ate it, I thought it could use more seasoning but my husband insisted that it was perfect the way it was, so I haven't added anything else.
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Monkey Bread I

Reviewed: Sep. 15, 2010
Monkey Bread is a Christmas morning tradition in our house, and this is my favorite recipe yet. (We don't add the walnuts and raisins, though.) I'll be using it again this year.
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Crunchy Oven Fried Tilapia

Reviewed: Sep. 15, 2010
We like a little more flavor in the crispy coating, so I usually use either seasoned bread crumbs or add more herbs. The times that I haven't had cornmeal in the house I've just doubled the bread crumbs, still good. Also, I spray the top of the coated fish with a little of my cooking spray to help the coating stay intact -- I doubt this is 100% necessary, but I do it out of habit now. Those are pretty much the only tweaks for me; this is an AWESOME recipe that sort of gives you the feel of fried fish without the mess of an inch of oil. Love it.
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Greek Pasta Salad II

Reviewed: Jun. 16, 2010
This recipe needed a little punching up, but it was an AWESOME base to start from, thanks! I sauteed some green onions with the garlic (in a couple of tbsp more oil than called for) along with a bit of crushed red pepper, then added fresh spinach to the pan and cooked until it was wilted. Added the contents of the pan to the bowl of drained pasta and then added cheese/dill/salt/pepper per instructions.
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Cucumber-Watermelon Salad

Reviewed: Jun. 20, 2009
Nice summer salad with an interesting taste. I used regular cucumber since I had extra in the fridge. My husband wasn't a fan, but I enjoyed it -- even better the next day. I might use a little less vinegar next time.
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Oaxacan Tacos

Reviewed: May 16, 2009
Deliciosoooo. I threw the peppers and onions in with the steak, just to make it easier to make the taco because we were feeling lazy, and we added some chopped avocado on top of the meat, before the lime juice. SO GOOD.
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Chicken Lo Mein

Reviewed: May 1, 2009
Had to make do with what we had: I only used one (giant, ha) chicken breast, used regular spaghetti noodles, and baby bella mushrooms instead of shiitake. Still delicious! My husband, who thought he hated lo mein, ended up eating most of the leftovers. (This is one of those meals that is even better the second day.)
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Hot German Potato Salad III

Reviewed: May 1, 2009
I will admit, I was a bit wary of this recipe, since I generally hate potato salad. I needed to use up some potatoes, though, and I figured it was different enough from the potato salads that come in plastic boxes that I might like it. I LOVED IT, it tasted great as a side when we had grilled steak, and it was just as good reheated the next day. The only mod I made was to leave out the celery seed, but that's only because we didn't have any.
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Potato Leek Soup III

Reviewed: May 1, 2009
Way too much butter in the original recipe, for sure. And it could use a bit more seasoning. Great basic recipe to play around with, though -- thanks, Julie!
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Cobb Salad

Reviewed: Apr. 17, 2009
This was GOOD, so good I took leftovers for lunch the next day. (The avocado browns overnight, naturally, but it doesn't squick me out, although it bothers my husband. MORE LEFTOVERS FOR ME.) I think this recipe would be heavenly as-is, but even with the substitutes I had to use it was five-star worthy. I used cheddar instead of bleu cheese, a romaine lettuce mix instead of iceberg, and I left out the green onions because we didn't have any.
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Quick Chick!

Reviewed: Feb. 15, 2009
Edible but bland. It was good to learn that chicken could be cooked this way in the slow cooker (I'm figuring out how to use mine), but I won't make it again.
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Russian Mushroom and Potato Soup

Reviewed: Feb. 13, 2009
I could not believe how good this soup was, oh man. I didn't have half-and-half, so I used sour cream (I should have used less sour cream than 1 cup or less flour, in hindsight, the combo made the soup too thick). DELICIOUS. Even my mushroom-iffy husband loved it. Definitely going to make this one again!
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Spaghetti Carbonara

Reviewed: Feb. 13, 2009
I've been having strong cravings for Spaghetti Carbonara, but because I'm pregnant I was nervous about eating it the way I'm used to, with the eggs just heated through, so this recipe was perfect. I did add pepper, like a few other people mentioned, and I took out about half of the bacon grease that was in the pan before adding the butter. Delicious!
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Easy Italian Chicken II

Reviewed: Feb. 13, 2009
This recipe gave me the basics when I wanted to know how to cook chicken I'd marinated in a store-bought jerk marinade. Most of the marinated chicken recipes I found involved grilling, so this one helped me as far as figuring out the time needed to cook the chicken, something I'm kind of hopeless with. I did turn the temp up to 375°F instead, since my chicken breasts were superthick, and an hour was the perfect amount of time.
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Yummy Pork Chops

Reviewed: Feb. 8, 2009
Easy enough for my husband, a non-cook, to make, and they turned out tasty. We did have super-thick pork chops so we had to modify the cooking time. The finished product is a little lighter in flavor than I'd like, but the flavor that's there is good.
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Extra Easy Hummus

Reviewed: Aug. 8, 2005
this is the first time I've ever made (or had) hummus -- it's great! extremely easy to make and delicious, and it gets even better after sitting in the fridge overnight. even my two-year-old picky eater ate some of it!
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Mac and Cheese II

Reviewed: Aug. 8, 2005
this is a very good basic recipe. like other reviewers, I added some spices (salt, onion powder, ground mustard, worcestershire sauce) and topped with bread crumbs. also, instead of elbows, we use bowtie pasta. sometimes I'll add some good cubed ham to the mixture before putting it in the casserole dish, too.
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