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Cheesy Ham and Hash Brown Casserole

Reviewed: Mar. 23, 2008
Not bad. I added a lot more ham than the recipe called for. I would not use it as a main dish but it would work well for a side dish at a brunch potluck type situation. Flavors were good/average - nothing spectacular though.
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Amy's Cilantro Cream Sauce

Reviewed: Mar. 16, 2008
This was a nice addition to my recipe box. As long as you like cilantro and a bit of heat this is a nice topper for a variety of meats or to use in wraps. I added a half can of the salsa then tasted it and gradually added more. I ended up using most of the 7 oz can but didn't want to make it too hot for guests.
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Southwestern Egg Rolls

Reviewed: Mar. 16, 2008
These were just OK - I followed the recipe except that I used cilantro instead of parsley and I baked them rather than frying. They were kind of bland - not as interesting as I had imagined they would be. Maybe adding some more spices would have helped. I topped them with the cilantro cream sauce and that stuff rocks - I'm thinking that I could use that for a lot of grilled recipies. I most likely will try this recipe again but it will need a bit of help.
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Sausage Jalapeno Poppers

Reviewed: Dec. 25, 2007
This recipe is a keeper. I followed someones advice to halve and clean the jalapenos under cold water - that worked very well. I wore gloves and did not have any trouble with fumes. I cleaned the peppers the day before I needed them and waited to stuff and wrap them till the next day. I only used one pound of sausage - added a cup of chedar cheese, a little onion powder and some siracha (hot chili sauce). I had only cleaned 25 peppers and I did not have enough filling for all of the peppers - I used 2 1/2 pounds of bacon. Brushed the bacon with honey before baking - broiled the last few minutes. It was the first appetizer gone and I had several requests for the recipe. When I cleaned the peppers I removed all of the seeds and ribs - there wasn't hardly any heat so even those who don't like spicy foods were able to try them. The only downfall was the time it takes to prepare them - well over 2 hours.
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Banana Crumb Muffins

Reviewed: Dec. 23, 2007
I made these this morning for my family and they were a hit. Nice and moist and the topping adds a little something extra. I did use oil instead of butter and a few nuts and some cinnamon to the batter. I think I will use apple sauce next time instead of oil. Definatley a keeper!
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Sweet Potato Casserole II

Reviewed: Nov. 24, 2007
If you like sweet potatoes you have to try this recipe. Make sure the potatoes are fully cooked so the texture is smooth. My brother does not like sweet potatoes and said he enjoyed this recipe. I forgot to add the vanilla but it turned out great. Would be nice if calories could be cut without compromising the flavors.
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Vinegar Pecan Pie

Reviewed: Nov. 23, 2007
I followed this recipe exactly as written. When we cut into the pie it was as dry as a bone. The pecans just crumbled apart. There was no filling whatsoever. It was a mess. I had read the reviews and was concerned that it would be runny - HA.
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Beer Lime Grilled Chicken

Reviewed: Sep. 12, 2007
Nice and juicy but I thought it would have a bit more flavor. Will use this recipe again but will add more seasoning next time and much more lime juice - I think that the beer totally voided out the lime and cilantro.
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Amazing Sun-Dried Tomato Cream Sauce

Reviewed: Sep. 12, 2007
Not bad. I had to jazz it up a bit though. I sauteed mushrooms, added extra sun dried tomatoes ( not oil packed - to use the dried ones you need to soak them in boiling water for a few minutes then drain). a bit of garlic powder and onion salt. I also added some leftover grilled chicken. Without all of the add ins the sauce would have been bland.
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Very Special Spaghetti Sauce

Reviewed: Sep. 12, 2007
I would give this recipe a -10 if I could. I followed the recipe except I drained the fat before I added the flour. I bought my favorite bottle of dry red wine. I could not even doctor it up so that I could keep it. I have made lots of homade spagetti sauces and this was by far the worst. Maybe leaving out the wine would have helped - not sure..
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Pizza Dough I

Reviewed: Jul. 14, 2007
Not bad but not the best I've ever made. I added some extra seasoning - pepper, garlic powder, italian seasoning. My problem was that the dough was a little too soft and after it sat for 15 minutes it was even softer. Not quite soggy though. If I had baked it any longer the toppings and cheese would have burned. But I had to give it 3 stars for ease of preparation and the overall taste was decent.
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Cool Whipped Frosting

Reviewed: Jul. 5, 2007
I always frosted my jello poke cakes with just plain cool whip. When I saw this recipe I thought I would give it a try. It added a nice flavor to the frosting and it thickened it up a bit. I took it to a outdoor party and the frosting held up to the heat well. I used the instant cheescake pudding because that was all I had. I am wondering if anyone has tried to use the chocolate pudding and frosted a chocolate cake with it.
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Cream Cheese Frosting II

Reviewed: Mar. 17, 2007
This frosting worked out great. Not too sweet either. I only added 1/4 cup of butter. This recipe made A LOT of frosting. I considered halving it but I was making a layered cake an I wanted to make sure I had enough. I could have generously frosted two layer cakes with it.
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Sam's Famous Carrot Cake

Reviewed: Mar. 17, 2007
Great cake. I did make a few revisions though. I only added 1/4 cup of oil and I added 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce. I increased the carrot to 3 1/2 cups - after all it is carrot cake right.. I followed another persons advice and I ran the pineapple through my food processor before mixing it in. I did not add the coconut or rasins. Used pecans instead of walnuts and frosted it with cream cheese frosting and topped with toasted pecans. I am guessing that had I followed the recipe exactly it would have been much heavier. I kind of felt like adding the coconut and rasins would take away from some of the carrot flavor. But overall - the cake was a success. Thanks
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Chicken Tortilla Soup I

Reviewed: Feb. 10, 2007
This was a good soup. We did not think it was too tomatoey. However- My husband and I both felt like it was lacking something. I served it with avacado and shredded cheese. We both enjoyed the taste and texture of the avacado. I think next time I'll add more spices and a touch of fresh lime juice at the end. I will also add the cilantro at the last minute so it isn't so wilted.
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Antipasto Squares

Reviewed: Feb. 5, 2007
I made this recipe for a party and everyone loved them. I tasted it hot and room temperature. When it was hot it tasted a lot like pizza. When the squares were room temperature it was easier to taste the layers. Personally I liked them better at room temperature. I did not have a problem with a soggy bottom crust but I was cooking another dish at the same time and probably during half of the cooking time the squares baked on the lower rack of my oven.
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Delicious Ham and Potato Soup

Reviewed: Feb. 5, 2007
I would have given this recipe 5 stars but I had to tweak it a bit. I made the soup by the recipe except I used reduced sodium chicken broth. It had a good flavor but it was missing something. I added some fresh mushrooms and quite a bit more ham (maybe 2 1/2 cups total) I also added about 1/4 cup of grated parmesean cheese. Finally I added some siracha chili sauce and 1 tsp parsley. Ta-Da - awesome. Thanks for the recipe - it made a hardy meal..
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Italian Sausage Soup with Tortellini

Reviewed: Feb. 3, 2007
I made this soup and froze half of it. It is still awesome after being frozen. I am thinking about trying this recipe with spicy turkey italian sausage to cut down on the calories.
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Italian Sausage Soup

Reviewed: Jan. 29, 2007
Thanks for the great soup recipe. I did add onions and fresh mushrooms. I also followed the advice of others to use low sodium broth. It definatley had plenty of salt. I made the soup early in the day then cooled it and skimmed the fat off of the top. I drained the sausage after browning but there was still a lot of grease. I also added a can of black beans instead of the great northern. The soup was even better the next day. I have tried making this soup with turkey sausage and it was ok but it is definatley better with regular sausage. The turkey sausage was kind of rubbery.
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Kiki's Borracho (Drunken) Beans

Reviewed: Jul. 31, 2006
AWESOME!!! I did not add the beer. I did not have any and I think it may not have needed it. I seeded one jalapeno and quartered it. That added plenty of heat. However, after soaking the beans overnight I put them in the crock pot on high at 7 AM. By 3 PM the beans were still hard. I had to put them on the stove in order for them to be ready by 5-ish. This recipe was a big hit. I think it would be great with ham or chicken in it. But it made a great side dish for a mexican dinner.
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