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Fresh California Salsa

Reviewed: Jul. 5, 2003
I reviewed this a couple years ago, but decided to upgrade my rating. I just made this with some garden tomatoes a friend gave me. I don't really measure anything. I threw the garlic, onion and cilantro in the food procesor and pulsed it a few times, then added the seeded chopped fresh tomatoes. Salt, lime juice and a 1/2 tsp of cumin and this is the best one I've made. Oh, I did up the jalapenos to 3,seeded, but w/ the membrane. We like it hot. Garden fresh tomatles make such a difference in the flavor.
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Easy Beef Stroganoff

Reviewed: Feb. 26, 2004
I was looking for a recipe similar to the Rice-A-Roni stroganoff that was recently discontinued. With a few modifications, this recipe fit the bill. I sauted the onion and hamburger together, adding a couple cloves of minced garlic, leaving out the butter. Just as the hamburger started to brown, I added a can of sliced mushrooms and continued to cook. Once the hamburger was brown, I deglazed the pan with some dry sherry, then, instead of adding flour, I added the beef broth, brought it to a boil and added 1 cup of minute rice and half the sour cream. Brought it up to just boiling, covered, reduced heat and simmered 10-15 minutes until the rice was done and it started to thicken. Right toward the end, I added the rest of the sour cream. My husband loved it. It will definitely be made again.
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Garden Veggie Pizza Squares

Reviewed: Feb. 26, 2004
I've made a similar recipe for several years now. I add 3/4 c light mayo to the cream cheese and dressing mix and instead of carrots, I use cauliflower and top it with mushrooms and grated sharp cheddar. I am required to bring these to every potluck at work. There is never any left.
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Alyson's Broccoli Salad

Reviewed: Apr. 20, 2004
I took to a potluck at work and it was the first thing gone. I didn't have any raisins so I substituted 'Craisins' (sweetened dried cranberries) and used dry roasted salted peanuts instead of sunflower seeds. Everyone wanted the recipe - and it's so easy.
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Bill's Blue Cheese Dressing

Reviewed: Jul. 30, 2005
I have made this several times over the past year and it is by far one of the best blue cheese dressing recipes I've found. My husband and I both love it. I've made it with Danish Blue, Stilton, and Gorgonzola and all were tasty. I did lighten it up by using light Sour cream and light mayo, but after a few days, it turns sort of runny (haven't figured out why yet)- still tastes good though. I also added a 1/4 cup fresh grated Regiano parmesan cheese that really enhances the flavor.
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Christmas Breakfast Sausage Casserole

Reviewed: Dec. 25, 2005
Not sure how anyone could give this a low rating and say it was bland. This is the best, even without the changes. Per several other reviewers, I upped the eggs to 6 and used Maple Sausage (Jimmy Dean). I mixed in 1/2 cup each chopped green onion and red pepper and added about 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes for a little kick. We just gobbled it up this Christmas morning.
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Balsamic Bleu Cheese Salad

Reviewed: Nov. 17, 2006
I've been making a similar salad to this for several years and I've been asked to bring it to potlucks. I only use mixed greens, and don't use the lemon juice. However, I do had a thin sliced apple (fuji, gala, etc). This really adds to the flavor. I do season the balsamic dressing with a little salt & pepper. EXCELENT!!!
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Magic Cookie Bars I

Reviewed: Dec. 9, 2006
I started making these several years ago. Our FAVORITE combination though is to use all butterscotch chips and slivered almonds. I use 2 cups graham cracker crumbs too for a thicker crust, chips, coconut, nuts then top with the condensed milk. Everytime I've taken these to a party or potluck, they disappear faster than the chocolate ones.
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Classic Macaroni Salad

Reviewed: Jun. 30, 2007
I love this recipe and have made a variation of it for years. Instead of mixing up the mayo, vinegar, and sugar though, I mix the about 1/3 mayo with 2/3 salad dressing and cut back slightly on the mustard. I too add an egg and because I think celery is what tends to make the leftover salad watery (well, if you have leftver), I leave it out and use celery seed instead. I also like to use red pepper instead of green and add a cup of cubed sharp cheddar cheese. This is a very versatile salad and always go over big with family and friends.
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Garden Pasta Salad

Reviewed: Aug. 19, 2007
I didn't have any Italian dressing, so I used Cardini's Caesar salad dressing and left out the parmesan, since it's in the dressing already. It turned out really great. Salad had lots of flavor and a nice crunch.
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Thai Peanut Chicken

Reviewed: Dec. 2, 2007
I've been making this for a couple years now and it's always a hit. Like most, I double the sauce, but still find it needs a little more spice, so I triple the cayenne. I also use crunchy peanut butter since that all I usually have, an leave out the dry-roasted peanuts. I use peanut oil instead of olive oil. We like lots of veggies, so I also add red peppers, or sugar peas. Topping it with fresh cilantro seems to be just the right finishing touch.
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Best Tuna Casserole

Reviewed: May 31, 2008
I've been making almost the same recipe for years. It's my husband's and my favorite standby when we really don't feel like cooking. Couple things I do - I have oven safe cookware, so I use my large skillet put everything together in it and just put it in the oven. I too only use one can of soup, but add a cup of milk. Plus, I used Penzy's toasted onions instead of chopping my own. Since I don't care for the peas, but my husband does, I leave them out and he gets them on the side. I save some of the cheese (use sharp cheddar for the best flavor) to put on top with the Fried onions instead of potato chips. We have this at least once a month or more.
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Adrienne's Cucumber Salad

Reviewed: Jun. 22, 2008
MAKE IT 0 POINTS: I've made this recipe for years, but with a couple adjustments. I use equal amounts of vinegar (I use cider vinegar), water and Splenda, instead of sugar because I follow Weight Watchers. This makes it 0 points. I don't salt it either. The liquid can be used for another batch, but it won't be quite as strong. This is great with garden fresh cucumbers and the Walla Walla sweet onions we get in the Pacific NW, but any good sweet onion will work.
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Shrimp and Feta Cheese Pasta

Reviewed: Feb. 16, 2009
This was exactly what I was looking for. The only things I changed was to use 1/2 cup white wine as suggested in previous reviews AND I used a Lemon, Garlic and Oregano Feta cheese that I happened to have on hand, which really added to the flavor. Also, since there's only 2 of us, I cut the amount of pasta in half and it was the perfect amount for the recipe. My husband loved it and I will definitely make it again. Want to try different flavors of feta.
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Pesto Chicken Florentine

Reviewed: Aug. 23, 2009
This has quickly become a staple receipe in our house. I do replace the packaged sauce with Classico Alfredo and use 3 Tablespoons of pesto and double the spinach. Last time I made it, I added fresh sliced mushrooms and instead of chicken, I made it with shrimp, which I had sprinkled with some Essence (Emeril Lagasse recipe, but without the salt). I added the shrimp after the spinach had wilted some, cooked it a couple minutes then added the sauce and pesto. Shrimp works great. I serve it with a french rolls and salad. It's on our regular menu from now on.
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Linguini with White Clam Sauce

Reviewed: Feb. 7, 2010
My husband fixed this, made a few slight modifications and it was the best dinner. He used a 28 oz can of whole clams. Put the reserved juice in a pan and reduced it slightly while sauting the garlic and onions to give it even more clam flavor. Used fat free half and half instead of milk and dry sherry instead of white wine. Added 1 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes. Left out the parsley, since I didn't ahave any and this didn't need the additional salt and pepper. I didn't have enough regular linguini so added some multi-grain that I had bought. It was really good. Topped it with a sprinkle of parmesan. This is going in our regular dinner rotation as it's so easy to make.
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Speedy Homemade Salsa

Reviewed: Feb. 27, 2010
This is the perfect salsa because it can be tweaked so well. We like cilantro, so I use the whole bunch of cilantro leaves, 2 jalapenos - I remove the seeds and membrane, which is where the heat comes from , from 1 of the peppers, which leaves it plenty hot. I too used lime juice instead of vinegar. I also didn't drain the tomatoes. This time I was out of cumin, so had to leave it out. Still turned out great. One other thing - if you are putting this into your food processor, you do not need to chop or mince anything. I processed everthing but the tomatoes, added them last, pulsed it until they were just blended in but still chunky.
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Chicken Enchiladas I

Reviewed: Mar. 31, 2010
I followed the advice of several previous reviews and replaced the green pepper with chili's, cut the tomato sauce in half and completely left out the water and used a really good enchilada sauce from our local Trader Joes. I also decided to poach the chicken in broth and herbs as on other reviewer suggested. I think though that I used more chicken than was needed. I only used 2 breast halves but they were really big and I had a LOT of filling. Knowing a weight on the breasts would be helpful (my 2 probably totaled about 1 1/2 lbs). Now here's where I had the biggest problem with this recipe (and several others I looked at on this website) - Enchiladas are made with CORN tortillas. I heated 12 corn tortillas in the microwave for about 1 minute then dipped them in the enchilada sauce which I had spread some of in the bottom of the pan, filled them and rolled them up. Topped with more enchilada sauce and a mix of cheddar and pepper jack cheese and baked as directed. These were restaurant quality enchiladas. I served them Spanish Rice recipe from this write and my hubby loved them. I will definitely be making these again. They would be great to take top the office potluck.
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Southern Ham and Brown Beans

Reviewed: Sep. 3, 2010
These were the best pinto beans we've ever had. I only made a few minor changes. First, because of the problems with gas that beans can cause, I added the beans only to the water, brought to boil and let sit for 1 hr, then drained them. I didn't have any ham hocks, but did have some ham in the freezer and used about 1 lb of that. I sauteed the ham, onion, and garlic slightly before adding the beans AND, instead of all water, used 1/2 water and 1/2 low sodium chicken stock. My husband loved them. This is the only way I'll be fixing pinto beans from now on.
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Seven Layer Bars

Reviewed: Nov. 21, 2010
I would have given this 5 stars but for the directions. Put the butter in your pan and put the pan in the oven while it's heating to melt. Pour the graham cracker crumbs into the pan, but mix the butter and crumbs together and pat down, or use a small roller. I use one 12 oz bag of chips, then the coconut, then the nuts. I pour the condensed milk over it all. My husbands favorite combination is butterscotch chips and slivered almonds. It's always a hit when I take them to work.
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