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Japanese Cucumber Salad (Sunomono)

Reviewed: May 28, 2015
This was oddly addictive. I loved the toasted sesame seeds and it went well with the mild cucumber flavor. I used baby seedless cucumbers and sliced them with a mandoline slicer. I skipped step 1 and didn't peel or deseed and simple sliced them. I didn't let them sit salted first. No, I just tossed the dressing with the sliced cucumbers and tossed in the sesame seeds and let this sit in the refrigerator for two days before eating it. I loved this! I thought it needed something a little more though like onion to take this up a notch. It is a solid recipe as written though. I did cut this down to use 2 cucumbers and it made plenty for 2 servings. This had a sweet and tangy flavor. A little sour but not really. More mild and really really good. I'll happily fix this again.
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Spring Strawberry Salad with Chicken

Reviewed: May 28, 2015
This was artisan type salad and as good as restaurant quality from my own kitchen! I made homemade raspberry vinagrette dressing from a recipe I found here. I don't know how much spinach a bunch is, but I used approx. 4 cups of baby spinach prepackaged from a clamshell. I grabbed 2 big handfuls so I really didn't measure but it filled a 7 cups salad bowl very loosely. I toasted some slivered almonds since I didn't have the candies nuts. I used Feta crumbles for the cheese. This was soo delicious that I nearly ate the whole thing. I cut this in half to make only 1 serving. This was perfect for my brown bag lunch! It sure felt fancy with this tasty salad.
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Raspberry Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing

Reviewed: May 28, 2015
This was delicious. Very tangy and fruity and slightly sweet without really being sweet. I only made enough for 1 salad, but wish now that I had extra for another meal. I used 1/2 regular dijon mustard and 1/2 honey to make my own honey dijon, and garlic powder instead of fresh garlic. This was sooo Yummilicious!
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Joyce's Simple Pizza Sauce

Reviewed: May 28, 2015
Fast and easy and the family liked it. What more could you ask for?
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Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Reviewed: Apr. 23, 2015
Meh. Just okay. I love brussels sprouts but this did not do it for me. They were overcooked and the only flavor was on the outer leaves that were roasted. This looked better than it was. The sprouts were bland and needed something. Maybe if I had cut them in halves they would have had more flavor overall? My husband tried one, but he isn't a fan of brussels sprouts so gave this one a thumbs down. Sorry for a poor review, but it wasn't my thing. I enjoyed trying out a fun new recipe though, so thanks JAQATAC for sharing!
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Torsk

Reviewed: Apr. 23, 2015
Super fast and easy but this did have a sweet taste which seemed weird. Fish shouldn't be sweet. My mouth was puzzled. My hubs never said a word and he is usually the pickier diner. I used cod that was still frozen despite "thawing" in the refrigerator all day. Even though I only boiled it for barely over 3 minutes, it took a long time to get frozen fish to a boil, and then it started falling apart when I removed it and attempted to pat it dry for the last step. It was a decent dish, but we simply aren't fond of fish that hasn't been breaded in cornmeal and fried. I was trying to prepare healthy meals for us, but we both voted we'd prefer fried fish and would rather not have it at all unless it's fried. It's just a texture thing I suppose. The recipe itself was fine but neither of us compared it to lobster even "mock lobster". My husband loves lobster but this didn't make the cut for a cheap substitute even when served with the melted butter and lemon. I topped mine with plenty of squeezy lemon juice.
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Maria's Rice

Reviewed: Apr. 23, 2015
This was super fast and easy to throw together and get in the oven. After that, it's all just waiting. This was actually delicious and had a fantastic onion flavor and no doubt it was not the healthiest dish on my plate but it was my favorite. I used unsalted butter. I even went back for a second serving. I loved Maria's Rice!
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Simple Baked Chicken Breasts

Reviewed: Apr. 20, 2015
I made this this evening and was in a bit of a hurry and didn't need an intensive recipe with a long list of steps or ingredients. This fit the bill perfectly and it turned out tasty too! I used skinless boneless chicken tenders and Geoffrey Michaels Cajun Breakdown seasoning. I used a lot more than a pinch though as I sprinkled it liberally over both sides. I sprinkled these with kosher salt before cooking. This was simple, took a little over 30 minutes, and was tasty too. That makes this a winner in my book. I skipped adding any water to the pan since my tenders will still not completely thawed out. Nothing stuck to the bottom and it wasn't necessary. This is a great easy recipe, thanks Always Cooking up Something!!!
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Port Huron-Style Coney Sauce

Reviewed: Apr. 11, 2015
This reminded me a lot of Cincinnati Skyline style chili with the flavors of cinnamon and allspice. I haven't eaten a coney in Michigan so I can't say how this compares, but I was looking for a coney sauce like my favorite Greek Coney Island place back home makes. This is similar in texture, but not quite the same flavor as the Economu's recipe. I really liked this quite a bit and added a very generous amount to my coney dog. I used a wire whisk to break the meat up and it worked great. I didn't know exactly what beef base was, so I used a beef bullion cube. I didn't need to add the crackers to thicken as mine was already thick. I cut this down to make 2 servings and used approx. 1/3 lb. of ground beef. I didn't have garlic powder but found some grated garlic in my fridge, so that is what went in the pot. I will definitely fix this again. I only let this simmer for 2 hours and it was fine. We were too hungry to wait any longer.
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Isaac's Juicy Chicken

Reviewed: Apr. 8, 2015
This was simple and super easy. It didn't say whether they meant the prepared Ranch dressing in the bottle or the dry mix so I used the dressing in the bottle. I used some plain panko bread crumbs that were unseasoned and since my bonless skinless chicken breasts were huge I butterflied them and then flattened them with a mallet and then my cooking time was only 30 minutes for this dish. I ran out of breading and had to make more for the last couple of pieces. I had just barely enough egg/ranch mix left for the last piece so the next time I fix this I will adjust and make more of both. I couldn't taste the ranch dressing and this really turned out well. My husband liked this. It isn't going to replace good old fashioned fried chicken, but it was good and I'll fix this again.
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Wonderful Short Ribs

Reviewed: Mar. 31, 2015
This was a really simple dish to put together and then it was was just waiting after that. This had a red pepper flavor and a little heat to it. I was expecting a barbecue flavor and this wasn't. It was a bit tomatoey and had heat and wasn't bad at all. I browned my short ribs first and then cooked these as directed. When this was finished the bones had fallen right off the meat and this made a nice sauce. I liked the sauce over rice very much. The meat wasn't really that tender and I still had to use a knife to cut mine. I don't know why as it simmered for almost 3 hours and the bones fell out. We liked this okay but aren't big fans of short ribs so we won't be fixing it again. I think the addition of some garlic would have given it more depth of flavor and another dimension. This was really easy to fix, it just wasn't our thing. Thanks for the recipe.
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Coco-Cola Cake III

Reviewed: Mar. 17, 2015
Fantastic cake. Not your same old same old chocolate cake at all. This was rich, fudgy, and delicious. This was moist and chocolatey. The cake was really good, but the icing was really fudgy and even sweeter. I didn't have nuts so I proceeded without them. This reminded me of Texas Sheet cake. My husband called it brownie cake and had 2 pieces. I added just a pinch of salt to the icing as my butter was unsalted. I didn't have buttermilk so I used the sweet milk/vinegar method to make a substitute. All I had was a British malt vinegar, but it worked and the flavor was not affected. I had to bake this just a few minutes longer as the center was still jiggly at 35 minutes. I will make this again, it was really easy and tasty and was just as I remembered from my youth. Thanks for the great recipe!
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Simply Lasagne

Reviewed: Feb. 28, 2015
This turned out well for me. I actually used this recipe to make cheese stuffed manicotti instead. It was supposed to be lasagne but when I went to my pantry what I thought was a package of lasagne noodles was manicotti so that is what I worked with. I simply stuffed the cheese filling into the uncooked pasta and then put them in the baking dish and dumped the sauce over it and topped with the rest of the shredded cheese. I followed the baking instructions and this actually turned out well. I was skeptical since the pasta was uncooked, but yes this works and it was a timesaver as well as easier to stuff the dry pasta. I used a can on Hunts spaghetti sauce and subbed small curd cottage cheese for the ricotta. I had to personalize it and added a pinch of basil and some oregano to the cheese mix and some garlic salt and freshly ground black pepper to the beef as it cooked for flavor. I cut this recipe in half and used 6 manicotti noodles. Easy peasy!
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Easy Cola Chicken

Reviewed: Feb. 14, 2015
This was easy to put together and turned out a dish that my husband enjoyed. For me it was okay but bland and plain and the sauce was watery. I used bone in skin on chicken breasts and since they were huge I baked this a bit longer than an hour. I do plan on fixing this again only simmering the sauce a while to thicken it a bit first. This had a mild barbecue flavor and it's quite a decent recipe and simply needs a little tweaking to make it grand. I think I'd personally prefer this in the crockpot and then shred the chieken and serve it as bbq on a bun instead. My husband was quite satisfied with this as it is.
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Cindy's Coleslaw

Reviewed: Feb. 4, 2015
I used an 8 oz. bag of coleslaw mix and cut the ingredients in half. I used white wine vinegar instead of cider as it's what I had. I added in a hefty pinch of garlic powder (family not-so-secret secret), about the same in kosher salt, and lots of freshly ground pepper. This was so delicious that it only fed 2 adults. In fact my husband has seconds and wanted more and there wasn't any. The next time I will fix the entire batch for only 2 of us and stretch it over two days. I only let this sit about 3 hours while the ribs baked. I stumbled onto this recipe by accident when I couldn't find my usual one and this one had my name so I had to try it... sooo glad we did! This went perfectly with bbq baby back ribs. This is a great basic recipe and it's easy to personalize and make it your own. Loved this!!!
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Easy Salisbury Steak

Reviewed: Jan. 13, 2015
I skipped the oven and did this on the stovetop since my family didn't want to wait 45 minutes for this to bake. The meat patties came out very tender and moist and I got 6 good sized portions from this. I am not sure I liked the oatmeal part instead of bread crumbs but I am the only one here who is texture picky. I didn't have cream of mushroom soup (all I had was a cream of chicken mushroom which didn't sound good) so I used a can of beef consomme and added in some flour to make a brown onion gravy. My husband loves salisbury steak and this passed his taste test. I only tolerate it (texture thing and it's too much like meatloaf) but it had a decent flavor. I didn't care for the moist meat patties but that's back to my texture aversion so no reflection on the recipe. This turned out fine and I'd make this again. I would stick to doing the stovetop method the next time too unless I already had the oven going for another dish. I had this from patty to pan and on the table in less than 30 minutes.
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Sausage Balls

Reviewed: Dec. 28, 2014
These were really good but the mix was so dry I had a hard time getting it to come together so I ended up adding 1 egg and it was much easier to work with. These were simple and easy and I used Jimmy Dean hot sausage and they had a nice heat without being really hot. I dipped mine in syrup but my husband suggested syrup as they seem to just need a sauce for dipping like gravy? Very good, I will make these again.
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Fried Pork Chop

Reviewed: Dec. 18, 2014
Simple, easy and just like grandma used to make. The only thing to make this better is to cook them in a cast iron skillet like she did. This is recipe perfection. My husband was in pork chop heaven. Thanks for the fantastic recipe!
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Peanut Butter Cornflake Crunch Bars

Reviewed: Jul. 1, 2014
This was just like we used to get in elementary school. It was and still is a great little treat. Easy to make and great flavor too. This had too much cereal for the sugar/pb mix so the next time I will cut back to 8 cups of cereal instead. I've only ever made or had these as a drop cookie, so the bar concept was new and faster, but I like the clusters better.
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Taco Bell® Seasoning Copycat

Reviewed: May 2, 2014
This was very similar to Taco Bell Home Originals seasoning. It did have the same flavor although it wasn't identical, it was close enough to call this a copycat recipe indeed. We actually liked this better than the packaged mix and much better than the take out from the fast food joint. I added this and about a cup of broth to the pan with the raw meat and then broke the beef up to look like a meat soup, then simmered until the liquid was gone. I didn't have boullion granules so I used a cube and changed the garlic salt to plain garlic powder so it wouldn't be too salty. This is mild and while it had some warmth from the cayenne, it isn't spicy at all. We ate tacos, tostadas, and nachos from this for several days and this was fabulous. My husband said this is his favorite taco beef recipe so make this from now on!!! I agree, this is really good and I will be using this now as my go-to taco filling. Thanks for the winner!
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