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Pollo (Chicken) Fricassee from Puerto Rico

Reviewed: Nov. 16, 2008
Excellent dish! I'd describe this dish as extremely flavorful, moist, saucy and actually quite healthy. I served it alongside a salad. Its very filling and tasty even without a carb alongside it. I made only slight changes: 1) To make it healthier, I substituted the chicken legs for skinless, boneless, chicken tenders (I used 3 packets, so I also doubled the potatos). 2) The chicken rub calls for sazon seasoning which I did not have. So, I looked it up online and made my own version of it: 1/2 tsp dried oregano, 1/2 tsp coriander powder, 1 tbl paprika, 1/4 tsp salt, about 1 tbl tabasco sauce, about 2 tbl white wine or rice vinegar. These ingredients are some of the ingredients included in the actual sazon. Other ingredients were already in the Adobo seasoning, so I didn't bother duplicating those. 3) I thought the original recipe needed to be a bit saucier, so I added 2 cups chicken broth. This dish gave me a whole new perspective on puerto rican food and could actually turn into a staple in our household! By the way, I wanted to mention that I think you could easily make-ahead the sauce in the blender to save time. Second time I made it: I roasted the peppers, garlic and onion for about 24 min. using 1/2 the evol called for in the recipe. I did everything else the same. It was amazing!
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Pasta with Mushroom and Zucchini Sauce

Reviewed: May 23, 2008
I felt the sauce was a very creative base or foundation to which to add, making it quite versatile. If it would have called for more seasonings I would have given it a 4. I chose to add fresh ground pepper, garlic salt, a pinch of paprika and a pinch of dry mustard. It was quite tasty. Next time I would saute the veggies with evoo before putting them in the food processor for more depth.
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Sugar Coated Pecans

Reviewed: Jul. 20, 2006
Yummy and easy
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Sausage Stuffed Jalapenos

Reviewed: May 23, 2008
These were the first to go at my get-together. You will love these even if you dont normally like spicy food b/c by scraping off the jalapeno seeds, it removes alot of the heat while leaving great flavor. I also used this recipe for stuffed zucchini.
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Sour Cream Pound Cake

Reviewed: Feb. 3, 2013
After reading alot of the reviews, I took the following suggestions: 1. I DOUBLED the recipe and used a bundt pan, plus... 2. I added 2 tsp vanilla extract 3. I added 2 tsp lemon juice, freshly squeezed 4. I added 2 pinches of salt 5. I Lowered temp to 350 and baked for exactly 60 min. for doubled batch (check it early though, depending on your oven can be done within 55 min. )
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Diane's Colcannon

Reviewed: Nov. 17, 2011
Love it! Great substitue for plain old mashed potatoes. Traditional irish dish.
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Breaded Brussels Sprouts

Reviewed: Nov. 16, 2008
Great side dish for the holidays! I would like to agree with a prior review that the recipe could use less butter. I may also add garlic cloves next time instead of garlic powder to get more flavor. This is why I gave it a 4 instead of a 5. Otherwise, this dish was delicious and I will definitely be making it over the holidays with these changes. Oh and by the way, my husband, who hates brussels sprouts, said these were "pretty good!"
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Baked Salmon Fillets Dijon

Reviewed: Jul. 20, 2006
This was the best! My husband even loved, loved it and he hates salmon!
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Garlicky Summer Squash and Fresh Corn

Reviewed: Jul. 22, 2012
This was delicious. The only thing I'd recommend adding is some garlic salt. It was a teensy bit bland. I added it at the end.
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Czech Roast Pork

Reviewed: Mar. 28, 2012
This is a good basic roast recipe bc the meat was perfectly tender. However, I gave it a 3 b/c of two things: 1) You may not be a huge fan of the caraway seeds. Although it was fairly tasty and different -- its more of a one-time dish, as is. Next time I will replace the caraway seeds with a differenct herb or spice. Even if you like caraway seeds, I would highly recommend using less of them bc/ they were overpowering and the seeds kept getting stuck in my teeth; 2) The recipe did not render sufficient "gravy" . The gravy was delicious and I would have loved more of it! Note: I added potatoes and carrots to the pan after the one hour mark. They were delicious and this turned it into essentially a one-pot meal. Bottom line: I would keep it as a great standard roast recipe which you could personalize by replacing the caraway seeds with your favorite herb.
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Cranberry Sauce I

Reviewed: Nov. 17, 2011
The oj is not necessaary.
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Baked Pineapple

Reviewed: Jan. 4, 2006
Both sweet and savory. A good alternative for a traditional holiday sweet potato dish for those without much of a sweet tooth.
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Caramelized Baked Chicken

Reviewed: Apr. 2, 2012
This was basically a teriyaki chicken. I was expecting a much different flavor, so i was dissapointed. I wish the title or description would have specified this. As for the recipe itself , the flavor was well=infused into the chicken. However, the sauce didnt really carmelize perhaps bc i used skinless tenders instead. I would stick with chicken with skin if you really want that caramelization. Theere was a ton of sauce leftover in the pan so you could make rice and pour it over it. IT WILL END UP TASTING LLIKE A CLASSIC TERIYAKI RICE BOWL. Bottom line: I liked it, but didnt love it. But, if you are looking for a teriyaki recipe this will work great for you.
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Stuffed Pattypan Squash

Reviewed: Jun. 20, 2014
So tasty! I only made one small change. I added shredded mixed cheese to mixture. I will note that I used a 3 inch wide patty pan and I cooked it for only 5 min in the water, then 20 in the oven. My squash did not turn out mushy at all this way. As far as portions for 1 squash...I used 2 tbsp of onions, 1 slice bacon, 1 tbsp breadcrumbs, abt 1/4 c shredded cheese, about 1 tbsp parmesan and it looked like about 2tbs of the scooped out squash. Oh, I did put in a pinch of minced garlic, pinch of salt & pepper. This was perfect for 1 serving. It was delicious!
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Breakfast Enchiladas

Reviewed: Sep. 6, 2013
In order to prevent the tortillas from getting soggy, I "toasted" them on a pan. Then, ran them trhough the enchilada sauce. I used corn tortillas, as well. I did two at a time and sprayed a bit of pam before each. I also made this as more of a casserole, than rolled up tortillas by laying them flat like lasagna. I also added egg, like many other suggested. Gave this a 4 because I ended up making my own enchilada sauce and the diced chilis were not necessary b/c my sauce was packed with lots of flavor. The concenpt was great!!
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Classic Hash Browns

Reviewed: Sep. 6, 2013
Super easy and tasty! I think the cayenne & paprika are optional. They tasted great with just salt & pepper. I didn't shred mine. Instead, I diced them up real small. They took longer though. (About 30-35 min.)
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Jamie's Cranberry Spinach Salad

Reviewed: Nov. 20, 2012
I made this salad/dressing as is and gave it 4 stars. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because I felt the dressing called for too much sugar. So, I would recommend either half the sugar called for, or maybe a little over half, depending on your taste. I would also make the following slight adjustments: Use shallots instead of minced white onion, blend the dressing ingredients together in a blender (except for sesame and poppy seeds), then add the sesame and poppy seeds to the salad, itself. With those adjustments, I would definitely make this dressing again!
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Orange Vinaigrette

Reviewed: Jul. 26, 2012
Fantastic fat-free dressing! Tasty, refreshing! The only addition I made was to add a pinch of salt.
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Orange Jewel

Reviewed: Jul. 26, 2012
Great tasting base! I made substitutions to make it healthier. I used 3 large fresh oranges, 1 cup lowfat milk, 1 1/2 cups nonfat plain yogurt and 2-3 T of agave nectar. The recipe doesn't specify the amount of vanilla extract. I used 1 tsp.
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Napa Cabbage Salad

Reviewed: Jul. 23, 2012
I'm primarily rating the crunchy topping and veggies bc I changed the marinade/dressing quite a bit (as I had different oils/vinegars on hand and I wanted to avoid the sugar for dietary reasons. So, I omitted the sugar, added chili powder, used sesame oil in lieu of veggie oil and rice vinegar and lime in lieu of cider vinegar.The crunchy topping is a great topping to any salad, cooked collared beans, spinach, sprouts, etc..
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