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Spicy Bean Salsa

Reviewed: Sep. 7, 2006
Took this to a party for a co-worker. It was a HUGE hit! I wasn't sure how it would turn out at first, but I could not stop eating it the whole night! It made a lot, so be prepared to have a lot of it. This one will be made again and again.
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Hummus III

Reviewed: Sep. 7, 2006
This hummus was good, but I used only 3/4 of the tahini, as I thought the taste would come out too strong. It was fine without all the tahini. My friends complimented me on the wonderful appetizer.
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Spiced Sweet Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Reviewed: Sep. 7, 2006
I've made this recipe several times, and here are a few things I've noted when I make it. One, there is not enough garlic. I always double it. Then again, I REALLY like garlic. Second, there's not enough red pepper either. I also increase the red pepper a little more. I usually buy the 11-12 oz jar and use at least half. The downfall of this is that using the garbanzo beans as they are does not leave a smooth hummus like store bought. I've often substituted white beans for a can of the chickpeas when I make a double batch. It doesn't affect the taste much and makes it a little smoother. You could shuck all the skins off the garbanzo beans, but that's a lot of effort. I also sometimes add crumbled feta, which makes it even better. I usually serve this with carrots, celery and drizzle olive oil and garlic over cut pitas to toast my own pita chips. Yum!
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Chili I

Reviewed: Sep. 7, 2006
Wow! This is the BEST chili I've ever had. I received many compliments when I made it for friends. I substituted sausage for the sirloin, since that was all I had. I also used a variety of bean in the chili to add different levels of color. I'm making my second pot right now for my friends tomorrow, and I can hardly wait!
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Sesame Seared Tuna

Reviewed: Aug. 14, 2006
This was very good. I think it could have soaked in the sauce a little more. I also used light soy sauce, which did not add quite enough soy flavor. Still, it was quite tasty. I cooked it closer to one minute to get it medium rare (it looked a little too rare the first time). This one is definitely a keeper!
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Sesame Pasta Chicken Salad

Reviewed: May 14, 2006
This recipe was VERY good. I couldn't really taste the ginger, which I think would give it a nice tang. Next time I'll add more. Also, I think it could use a little less oil. Still, it was quite tasty as it was.
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Bacon Wrapped Hamburgers

Reviewed: Apr. 22, 2006
These burgers were very good. They certainly did not last long here. The only change I made was to used dried diced onions (I ran out of onions) instead of fresh ones. Also, we grilled ours with woodchips to enhance them with a nice, smoky flavor. I also used extra thick bacon, which didn't cook as crisply as regular would, so I'll use regular bacon next time. I will certainly be making these again.
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Irish Lamb Stew

Reviewed: Apr. 19, 2006
OMG, this was so yummy! I wasn't able to find any lamb, so I substitutes it for corned beef (which was on sale). It still turned out to be so good and made plenty of stew. I took the advice of others and used more veggies and less meat. I think this will be my new favorite St. Patrick's Day recipe (or really, any time I feel like it recipe!).
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Easy Sugar Cookies

Reviewed: Apr. 3, 2006
These really are INCREDIBLY easy. I wish I had taken the other suggestions of rolling them in sugar, but I like my cookies to be softer. I think I'll try that next time and see how I do!
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Seven Layer Tortilla Pie

Reviewed: Jan. 31, 2006
I made a few modifications. One, I added half a packet of taco seasoning to the pinto bean mixture. Second, I used refried black beans instead of the regular black beans in the mixture. Third, I added cumin to the black bean mixture for extra seasoning. Finally, I used mostly Monterrey Jack and Pepper Jack cheeses instead of most of the cheddar. This turned out pretty well with the changes, but was still a little dry. However, a little bit of salsa and sour cream on the top fixed that. I think I'll be making this again, and in the meantime try to think of some more changes to make it even better. I think I'll try to add some black olives and other vegetables to it.
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Cajun Crab Soup

Reviewed: Jan. 30, 2006
This soup was very good, with just the right amount of spice. My only complaint is that it was a little TOO rich and I think next time I'll substitute some of the cream for half and half or just milk. Still, I enjoyed it quite a bit.
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Mary's Roasted Red Pepper Dip

Reviewed: Jan. 24, 2006
I get requests frequently for this dip. It's so easy and delicious to make. I occasionally add pepperjack instead sometimes to add a little bit of a kick. I also double the garlic. Also, to cut back on fat I usually use lite mayo and light cream cheese. It's best served with corn chips.
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Mrs. Sigg's Snickerdoodles

Reviewed: Jan. 9, 2006
Very good cookies. They were wonderfully crispy on the outside and soft in the middle. I will be making these again. They are certainly a keeper.
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Original Irish Cream

Reviewed: Dec. 26, 2005
I gave bottle of this out as presents this year, and I received many compliments. I've had several people ask me for the recipe. I only used 1 and a third cups of whiskey in most of the batches, and in others I substituted some of the whiskey for creme de cacao. All turned out delicious. I think I've found a new home-made gift to give a lot of family and friends.
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Grampa's Brandy Alexander

Reviewed: Dec. 26, 2005
Very yummy and easy to make. I thought the brandy was a little too strong (I'm not s big brandy fan), but my boyfriend thought they were delicious.
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Creamy Orange Cake

Reviewed: Nov. 26, 2005
My mother-in-law made this for my birthday at my request. Ever since, I've made this cake SO many times. I'm usually anti-box cake, but it's just irresistible! However, I have yet to have found an orange box cake. I substitute a while cake mix and add a couple of teaspoons of orange extract to the mix. If I use vanilla pudding I always substitute french vanilla instead, but I've topped it with Jello's cheesecake pudding and it's SOOO good. You really can't go wrong with this cake if you like dreamcicles. It really is easy to make.
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Cream of Mushroom Soup I

Reviewed: Nov. 7, 2005
I've made this soup MANY times, and believe me, it's yummy as it is. However, I've had to tweak it a bit to make it even better. First, I use vegetable broth instead of chicken. My vegetarian friends appreciate this a lot. Second, I usually use fat free half and half to cut out some of the calories and fat. I have yet to notice the difference. Third, I usually take 2T of butter and 1T of olive oil and saute the mushrooms and onion first. Then I add a couple of cloves of garlic (I'm a huge garlic fan), salt, pepper and the thyme during the last minute, and then add the flour after it that to create a roux. Since I rarely use cherry, I usually add a 1/4 white or red wine (whichever I had on hand) and the veggie broth. Once this starts to thicken I add the half and half, and there you have it. Delicious!
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Brown Family's Favorite Pumpkin Pie

Reviewed: Oct. 23, 2005
I served this at a party I recently attended and got several compliments. I didn't think it was too sweet and I liked the texture of the pie. Like another reviewer, I used fresh pumpkin instead of canned, which certainly made all the difference. This recipe is a keeper!
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Best Ever Popcorn Balls

Reviewed: Oct. 23, 2005
These popcorn balls were easy to make and quite delicious. They didn't stick to my teeth nearly as much as I thought they would while eating them. I used microwave kettle corn instead of fresh popcorn, but I thought the sweetness of the popcorn added to the taste. I will definitely keep this recipe around.
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Simple Savory Pork Roast

Reviewed: Jun. 8, 2005
This turned out well. I made a few changes; I sliced four cloves of garlic and inserted them into incisions I made in the roast. I took some others advice and cooked it for 30 minutes covered and then an hour uncovered. I will make this again!
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