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Oven Fries

Reviewed: May 6, 2009
This was my first attempt at "oven" french fries. I'm loathe to deep fat fry anything, but love the flavor of french fries, so decided to try an oven version. I have to say these were very good! I used a special "french fry" potato cutter. This was easier than I expected. The coating was just right for one potato. I used parchment paper instead of foil--this elimates all the "stuck to the pan" issues, and doesn't require extra oil or Pam. I baked them at 450 and turned half way. They were good! A couple of singed spots, but not to the point they were ruined. They are certainly not as crisp as deep fat fried, but then again, you save about a billion calories, and still have the great flavor of french fries with your steak or burger or whatever. It's a keeper. P.S. I would cut down on the cayenne. Maybe because I used just one potato, but the "kick" was a bit much for our palettes. Next time we will try the garlic salt, as recommended by other reviewers. Don't forget--use parchment paper instead of foil. No sticking! Maplegirl2005
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Creamy Broccoli Casserole

Reviewed: Mar. 29, 2008
This is sensational! After reading a few reviewers comments, I decided to use fresh parboiled broccoli, 1 clove of fresh garlic sauted in the butter, and doubled the amount of salt called for. Added 1/4 tsp of freshly ground black pepper and instead of 2 cups of milk, used 1 and 1/3. Oh, and fresh breadcrumbs instead of the cracker crumbs and only on top. Anyway, I guess I changed things up a bit. Nonetheless, this was SENSATIONAL.
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Grilled Eggplant, Tomato and Goat Cheese

Reviewed: Jan. 19, 2008
Flavors were great, but texture poor. Like cinnybear, the rounds turned mushy. I followed the recipe as written.
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Seafood Enchiladas

Reviewed: Jun. 10, 2007
OK, the only time I rate a recipe is when it absolutely knocks our socks off. This one DID! I read all the reviews and made the following modifications: I doubled the batch of sauce, making a roux of the melted butter by stirring in 5 tbs of flour to make a paste and cooking it for about 1 minute (to get rid of the "raw" flavor of the flour). Then added the cream (oh btw, I used heavy cream instead of 1/2 & 1/2). I also added 1 can diced mild green chiles, 1 tsp of chili powder, 1 tsp of cumin and 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper & substited regular salt for the garlic salt. I heated this all to a simmer then poured it slowly into the sour cream whisking constantly to avoid the curdling that others experienced. The sauce came out creamy & perfect. Other mods: I added 2 cloves of minced garlic to the onion before sauteeing. I used imitation crab meat. (This would probably be 10 stars with the real thing). And also I added 1/4 of the sauce to the crab/shrimp onion mixture before rolling up the enchiladas to keep the insides creamy & moist. The 9 X 13 pan was perfect but it made 8 not 6 burrito sized enchiladas, tightly tucked in the pan. Good idea to garnish with either olives or green onions or cilantro. I didn't and it lacked eye appeal. The taste however, totally made up for any presentation issue!!! Thank you Cathy! And thank you all reviewers who helped take a wonderful base recipe and make it sublime!
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Roasted Sweet Potatoes & Onions

Reviewed: Apr. 1, 2007
This is outstanding! Made the recipe exactly as written, and was a little hesitant, as I've only had the traditional candied type sweet potatoes--never tried a savory version. OMG. Very very good. Thank you for a great recipe.
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Wheat Germ Whole-Wheat Buttermilk Pancakes

Reviewed: Jan. 20, 2007
Nice recipe Kaykwilts!!! Tried it with both the wheat germ and without and both ways it is good. Very light, fluffy and yet extremely healthy. (P.S. I also tried it with regular whole wheat flour instead of the pastry, trust me people, you NEED to get the pastry flour--it makes all the difference). (Little add-ins & substitutions to suit my particular needs/preferences: added 2 tbs Splenda and 1 scoop of unflavored Whey Protein powder to get the protein/carb/fat ratios I need for my BFFM diet.) Who would have thought I could have pancakes on my diet? Absolutely sensational. Thanks again KayKwilts.
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