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Taco Seasoning I

Reviewed: Oct. 14, 2012
Really yummy! I did add a bit of water (1/3 c) after browning and seasoning the meat. Also, I've never added cornstarch or flour to my taco meat and think it's weird to "thicken" taco meat like that. Not sure - I'm in San Antonio and I'm not sure most places here thicken their meat. I've had plenty of "juicy" tacos. :) So, I won't follow those rec's. I did, however, let the meat simmer for 10 or so mins after adding the water (enough time to chop up avocado, lettuce, and tomato). I also think the recipe as written is a little on the spicy and salty side - I can handle the spicy, but my toddler can't, so next time I'm making this, I'm going to leave out the red pepper flakes, reduce the chili powder to 1 1/2 tsp, the black pepper to 1/4 tsp and the salt to 1/2 tsp.
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Traditional Gyro Meat

Reviewed: Mar. 29, 2011
Tasted ok. What I liked was that it did have the flavor of a gyro. What I didn't care for was the texture. Since it had no breadcrumbs, I didn't think it would be *that* meatloaf-ish, but it was. I also pan fried the pieces (as some reviewers suggested) but it didn't do it for me. I don't think I'll make this another time, but if I did, I would use a smaller amount of lamb meat - probably .5 lbs and 1.5 beef - because I felt like the lamb was a bit strong. Also, I thought it could have used more salt. But that could have been because I used sea salt.
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Whole Egg Mayonnaise

Reviewed: Feb. 10, 2013
The first time I attempted mayonnaise, I failed - miserably. I don't think I used room temp eggs and my emulsion broke, leaving me with a giant oily mess. (I used really expensive olive oil, to boot!) But this time, I followed suggestions and used an immersion blender and a squeeze bottle to slowly drip 1/2 cup of oil in (drop by drop, so... super slow) and used the slowest immersion speed at first. (Was thin and runny looking.) When I added the second half of the oil, I turned the blender up to the highest speed and steady streamed the other 1/2 cup of oil, while moving the blender up and down. It worked amazingly! The result was fluffy and wonderful! Some substitutions I made: 1T red wine vinegar and 1T fresh squeezed lemon juice. I also used safflower oil instead of vegetable. It has a very fresh flavor... and I like the fact I know exactly what's going into my condiment. ;) This recipe is a bit on the mustardy side for me, so next time I make it, I'll use less mustard. But, this is great base recipe you can totally tweak to make different many types of mayos! Thank you, rfmommy!
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Waffles I

Reviewed: Jun. 4, 2014
My family gobbled these up! The two things I did different was 1) I made this in my blender and 2) I soured the milk with 2 TBSP of vinegar. In my blender, I beat the eggs until they were frothy, then added the rest of the wet ingredients, combined, and then added the dry. Used the blender spout to pour the batter into my waffle maker. Easy peasy and delicious!
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Laura's Quick Slow Cooker Turkey Chili

Reviewed: Dec. 10, 2012
This turned into a "what Christina has on hand" chili and using this as a base is definitely a go. I thought it would be too spicy for my toddler, so I halved the chili powder and omitted the flakes. I still felt like it was on the hot side; hence, the 4 star rating. I also didn't use tomato soup (none on hand) and used 2 cans of diced tomatoes instead. I made it vegetarian by using Boca Crumbles in lieu of turkey and threw in a tuscan blend of dry beans/seasoning vs. kidney (again, all I had.) I cooked on high for 4 hours and thought the flavor was wonderful. :)
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Quick and Easy Pizza Crust

Reviewed: Aug. 12, 2012
Awesome, quick pizza crust for when you're in a time crunch! I added a few herbs/seasonings (garlic, onion powder, and rosemary) to the dough to season it up a bit. It was great!!
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Nacho Cheese Sauce

Reviewed: Oct. 22, 2004
This sauce is great!!! Good bye processed cheese in a box. I used this sauce over Macaroni noodles to make a quick Mac & Cheese. I saw a suggestion to use half American cheese slices and half Cheddar cheese slices and it was very yummy! I also added some salsa to the cheese sauce to make it a bit more zingy and thought it tasted wonderful!
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Apple Crumble Pie

Reviewed: Sep. 2, 2004
I thought this crumble was delicious! I did do some of the recommended changes, i.e., tossed the apples w/flour, cinnamon, & sugar *before* placing them in the pie. And I made the crumble w/ equal parts brown sugar & regular sugar. I also used Fuji apples, simply because my mother grows them and gave me far too many to eat on my own. Some of the apples aren't as soft as I would like them to be, so I would probably use a different variety or a different combination of apples next time. Overall, a wonderful recipe that I would make again!!! Oh, and the boyfriend served himself a warm piece with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and gave it an A++++!
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Potato and Bacon Salad

Reviewed: Aug. 25, 2012
I cut the red potatoes into smaller chunks prior to boiling to help cut down on the prep time. Great recipe! :)
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Hot Milk Sponge Cake I

Reviewed: Nov. 16, 2004
I thought this cake came out tasting like it had a tad too much flour, and the cake itself wasn't as sweet as I was expecting it to be (minus the topping). Perhaps I made the cake wrong. The things I liked about this cake were the ease, simplicity of ingredients, and of course it didn't take long to put together. The brown sugar topping was great but I omitted the coconut, as I am not a fan. I would definitely make this cake again, but I will be increasing the amount of sugar I use in the batter (to 1 1/4 cups) and decreasing the amount of flour (to 3/4 cups). Overall, a keeper recipe, but slightly modified for my tastes. Thanks, Sandra! :)
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