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Calamari

Reviewed: Jun. 4, 2014
I bought calamari steaks and I was looking for a simple way to cook them. I am on a special eating plan so I left off the flour and added white pepper. I sliced the steaks into small strips before seasoning and only used 4-5 TBSP of oil for cooking instead of deep frying. It popped and spattered quite a bit so next time I will be sure to pat dry the calamari before seasoning.
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Red Beans and Rice

Reviewed: Jul. 30, 2013
Very tasty! Served 40 guests at a seminar with the food being a Southern theme. I am a California Bay Area girl and have never done Rice and Beans. Thought it might be too spicy, but it was a hit. Cranked up the servings on the recipe to 35. Used pinto beans (personally I don't like red), didn't soak them, used Italian sausage, fresh garlic, diced onion and 1/2 the salt according to the recipe. There were several other bean dishes and tons of other food... there was only 3-4 servings left. Dinner! Delish.
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Baked Ziti IV

Reviewed: Aug. 30, 2012
Used Ricotta instead of Cottage (I just happened to have it on hand) added 1/3 c. Balsamic Vinegar, garlic and basil to the sauce. Also used Penne instead of Ziti. YUMMY!
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Pumpkin Coconut Bread

Reviewed: Jun. 26, 2012
Very good. I love all breads. Always a hit even to those care for coconut. Yummy for breakfast sliced, toasted with butter.
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Peach-a-Berry Pie

Reviewed: Jun. 26, 2012
Use the recipe for the bottom of a cobbler. Very tasty.
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Sweet Potato Casserole II

Reviewed: Jun. 26, 2012
Fabulous! Had two new recipes for sweet potatoes and so did both by cutting this and the other recipe in half. Should have done all of it this one. Followed the recipe exactly. The sweet potato came out custard like because of the egg and milk. Delish!
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Grilled Lemon Chicken

Reviewed: Jun. 24, 2012
Delish! I only had leg quarters instead of breasts. Used 1/2 Key lime juice 1/2 lemon, doubled the garlic and a few drops of liquid smoke (I was using the overn instead of the BBQ) Put all the marinade in a gallon bag and then added the chicken. Brioled the chicken skin side down the when I turned the chicken over I basted again and set the smoke detector off...SO, I changed the oven to bake on 400 degrees and baked while basting until chicken was done (about 35 minutes more). Served with grilled eggplant and zucchini brushed with olive oil and salt and pepper.
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Real Homemade Tamales

Reviewed: Dec. 30, 2010
I just made tamales for the first time a few days ago with this recipe. They were delicious. I doubled the recipe and used rendered fat instead of lard and used 1/2 C of it instead of 2/3C called for. I used 2 cups warm chicken broth intstead of the 10.5 oz can. Half of the masa made cheese and jalapeno tamales and the other half chicken. The BP makes the dough light and fluffier. Be sure to not pack the rolled tamales too tight in the steaming pot so they have room to expand. I had two pots steaming and the one that was tightly packed turned out a little chewy but the cheese ones that were loosely packed before steamed were devine! Each recipe yeilded only 12 but I made each tamale pretty fat. Worth the time and effort.
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Bread Pudding II

Reviewed: Dec. 16, 2010
Very easy and quite yummy. I followed the recipe pretty precisely. I ran out of raisins so I used 1/2 dried cherries. I would spray the 8 inch square pan with non-stick spray since everything was totally stuck.
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Simple Garlic and Basil Pesto

Reviewed: Jul. 22, 2010
I left out the pine nuts (didn't have any) and the chili. Added 1/2 cup of the olive oil at the begining of the process since I couldn't get the basil to grind in the blender using the called for TBSP. Also used less garlic (just my taste) and added some salt. Very tasty pesto by is self, but used a cup of pesto mixed with some alfredo I had already made and served it with chicken, pasta with roasted asparagus. I froze the rest of the pesto spread out in an ice cube tray to use another day.
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Ultimate Twice Baked Potatoes

Reviewed: Jan. 16, 2009
I was originally bringing a chicken dish for a shower, which at the last minute got changed to a potatoe dish. In a pinch I started with mashed potatoes since the shower was for 75 people. I quadurpled the recipe and added garlic, pepper and a variety of different grated cheeses. It was a tremendous hit. Even though there were other potatoe dishes there this one was demolised.
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Lap Salad

Reviewed: Aug. 11, 2008
I agreed to "help" with a 40th anniversary party for 130. I ended up doing everything but the meat courses. I wanted an easy salad that didn't get mushy and didn't contain mayo since the party was outdoors. I used rice vingegar and added fresh cilantro and red cabbage for color. Like other reviewers I added the noodles about an hour before serving instead of the night before. It was a huge hit.
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Vietnamese Salad Rolls

Reviewed: Aug. 9, 2006
I dipped the wrapper longer than 1 second, added bean sprouts for crunch and cilantro. Some of them I used chicken (cooked shredded and seasoned) For dipping sauce, I used Peanut salad dressing mixed with a little soy sauce, red pepper flakes, and a splash of rice vinegar. Yummy!
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Chicken Fiesta Salad

Reviewed: Jul. 27, 2006
Very easy. A nice recipe for a "zippy" chicken salad during the summer. I used romaine lettuce and added chopped cilantro to both the onion/tomatoe mixture and the meat/bean mixture. I used taco seasoning intead of fajita mix with a little cumin added. Would put a dollop of sour cream on top next time but I didn't have any.Quick and yummy!
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Vietnamese Fresh Spring Rolls

Reviewed: Jul. 11, 2006
I added ingredients like some of the others. I used bean sprouts, chopped green onion, grated carrot and left out the mint. I love mint, but didn't have any. The prep took a little longer than anticipated, so my husband and I stood in the kitchen and ate them up as was I wrapping them. On a hot day, when it is over 100 degrees, these are a delight! Totally worth all the prep time. I used cooked seasoned chicken instead of shrimp the last time I made these. We dipped them in Tai peanut dessing with soy sauce, rice wine, and a little sesame oil.
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Honey Curried Roasted Chicken and Vegetables

Reviewed: Jun. 2, 2006
Looking for a honey curry chicken recipe...misplaced my old one. This was outstanding! I used leg quarters ( I remember the white meat getting dry in my old recipe)and roasted them for 20 minutes skin side down while boiling the carrots and potatoes. Cut the honey and the butter in half and added a couple TBSP of water, but kept everything else in the sauce the same. Flipped the chicken and added the veggies (could have doubled the mushrooms)and poured the sauce over all. Baked for another 35-40 minutes. Delish! Finger licking sauce, thanks for the great recipe.
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Millie Pasquinelli's Fried Chicken

Reviewed: May 23, 2006
Great Recipe! If you have trouble frying (raw on the inside, burnt on the outside)use Wesson oil. It keeps good heat and will cook it through, without burning the outside. I keep turning the pieces every few minutes through out the process instead of letting it cook on low for 10 minutes.
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Paella

Reviewed: Apr. 7, 2006
Yummy...omitted the celery, tumeric and added a little more garlic and a medium can of clams(drained)to the rice mixture when I added the shrimp. I used all mild sausage since my husband doesn't like "hot".
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Catherine's Spicy Chicken Soup

Reviewed: Jan. 19, 2005
Like TIGERHAWK I added cumin. I also added a little chopped cilantro, and I used pinto beans instead of kidney. I squeezed fresh lemon before serving. Delicious!
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Lazy Golumbkis

Reviewed: Jan. 19, 2005
Yummy. This is real comfort food for a rainy day. I added garlic powder and a little seasoned salt. I used brown rice instead of white. I mixed the cabbage the last 1/2 hour so it was not mushy.
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