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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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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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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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Speedy Homemade Salsa

Reviewed: Mar. 24, 2012
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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All-Around Good Smoothie

Reviewed: Jan. 4, 2012
I love this. First time I made it as written, but have since have made it my own. I don't do milk well, so used this wonderful orange mango juice. Costco sells these big bags of frozen fruit - mango, papaya, strawberries & pineapple. I throw a handful (or 2) in with the banana, plain greek yogurt and protein powder. Don't always add the flax seed because I don't like the texture. As other reviewers, I drink it on my morning commute.
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Baked Salmon II and a Half

Reviewed: Apr. 2, 2011
This is such a versatile recipe. I was looking for something to do with some steelhead and this fit the bill with a few minor adjustments. First off, 6 tablespoons of olive oil is WAY too much for only 12 oz of fish. I cut it down to 2 tbls. and it was plenty. I used dill weed instead of basil, only because I wanted that flavor, and left out the parsley because I didn't have any. I also didn't wrap this in foil. After marinading for about 1/2 hr (in my vacuum sealed marinader), I put it in a baking dish, poured the liquid on to and baked it (uncovered) in a 400 degree oven for 20 minutes. It came out perfect.
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Baked Salmon II

Reviewed: Apr. 2, 2011
This is such a versatile recipe. I was looking for something to do with some steelhead and this fit the bill with a few minor adjustments. First off, 6 tablespoons of olive oil is WAY too much for only 12 oz of fish. I cut it down to 2 tbls. and it was plenty. I used dill weed instead of basil, only because I wanted that flavor, and left out the parsley because I didn't have any. I also didn't wrap this in foil. After marinading for about 1/2 hr (in my vacuum sealed marinader), I put it in a baking dish, poured the liquid on to and baked it (uncovered) in a 400 degree oven for 20 minutes. It came out perfect.
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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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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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Melt-In-Your-Mouth Meat Loaf

Reviewed: Mar. 22, 2011
I didn't even realize this was a slow cooker recipe, it is so similar to one I make, with a few tweaks. I replace 1/2 lb ground beef with sage sausage (eliminate the ground sage). Like some other reviewers, I used fresh onion, but also added some minced garlic, and fine chopped red pepper. I used Italian bread crumbs. I bake in 350 oven for 1 1/4 hrs (time is approx.). Now, this is the biggest change. I don't use the topping listed at all. Instead, I take 1 can golden mushroom soup (we like it better than regular in this), put it in a 2 cup measuring cup and add enough water to make 2 cups and mix. About 1/2 hr before meatloaf is ready I pour this over it. Instant gravy. The juices from the meatloaf mix with it and it's so delicious. Of course, we have to have mashed potatoes to serve the gravy over.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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