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Authentic Mexican Tortillas

Reviewed: Jul. 15, 2003
I was just browsing in the Mexican section and found this recipe. I am Mexican and yes, as another reviewer suggested, lard is the best way to make them for "authentic" taste, but honestly, who needs all that fat??? In the beginning my mother used to make them with Lard, but since my dad found out his cholesterol level was so high, my mom started to make them with shortening. I have also always made them with shortening and I cannot imagine now having them any other way. This is a great recipe and a suggestion to you all: try the butter flavored shortening, it makes them taste great! For a great alternative, you can substitute sugar and cinnamon for the salt, makes healthier type of bunelos! Oh and for those reviewers that say these were too tough, you have to realize that you have to use extremely hot water, as hot as your hands can handle. I hope this helps!
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Awesome Sausage, Apple and Cranberry Stuffing

Reviewed: Oct. 12, 2002
I've used this several times for Thanksgiving (this is our Thanksgiving Only Stuffing) & everyone LOVES it. Follow this recipe to the T & use fresh herbs (remember to double them) for a really delicious flavoring. **I was just making my Thanksgiving list & thought I'd give some updated suggestions since I've been making this for 6 yrs. now. 1. I always use fresh herbs, the presentation, taste & aroma is wonderful! 2. I've tried different apples & have found that the granny smiths are the best, along with fuji & braeburn. 3. I can't always find turkey sausage links so one year I started using Turkey Kielbasa (I just chopped it up really fine with my food chopper) ~ outstanding! 4. I've made this w/ different types of bread. I really like the sourdough bread personally. I've found that somewhat stale baguettes are MUCH easier to work with, cause you can slice them up pretty easy w/o crust flying everywhere or w/o having to smoosh your sliced bread too much. (I usually cut the bread a few days before to let it get hard.) 5. I never stuff this in the turkey, I usually make it separately in a tray. I continuously check it because the turkey stock has dried out on me once before, which made for a nasty burnt stuffing. And one last thing, this isn't your typical mushy-glop that most people are used to, so if you don't think you'll like a dryer type of stuffing, then I'd suggest using LOTS of stock.
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Reviewed: May 7, 2003
These were GREAT! I should have doubled the recipe because it turned out they were not enough, hehe. Make sure you fry them till they are a golden brown, they don't come out as chewy. I used my Pampered Chef Easy Accent Decorator with the largest flower tip attachment, they were thin but they were so yummy and cute! Also, if you don't mess with them until they are ready to be turned, they shouldn't fall apart.
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Exquisite Pizza Sauce

Reviewed: Feb. 4, 2003
We are a big pizza eating family and this was by far the BEST pizza sauce ever. I will have to agree with those that said to either completely eliminate the honey or cut it in half. I used half of it and still thought it was too sweet so I added lots of garlic salt to take away the sweetness. I will make this recipe for years to come. Thank you very much Angie for your great recipe!!
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Kim's Macaroni Salad

Reviewed: Aug. 3, 2007
Wow! Let me start off by saying that I didn't have all the ingredients called for so I had to do some substitutions. Instead of Cider Vinegar I used 1/2 Red Wine Vinegar & 1/2 Balsamic Vinegar. I also didn't have Jalapenos, plus I had to feed this to my kids so I used Yellow Peppers instead, which are much more mild. I also didn't add all of the mayo cause I ran out, but it was only like 3 tablespoons short, which turned out perfect. Once I was done putting it together, I decided to add a little handful of cilantro since it seemed like a good match. [Great choice by the way!] This Mac Salad was OUTSTANDING. I really, really liked it & I am NOT typically a Mac Salad fan. I will definately make this again. Infact, I can't wait to make it for my family who loves spicy stuff. Thanks for the recipe!!
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Pecan Pie

Reviewed: Apr. 2, 2003
Oh my, this pecan pie was outstanding! I am not too big on pecan pie, but my husband and my mother are. I mostly made it for my husband to accompany a very southern meal. He was in love with it! I too didn't have dark corn syrup on hand so I used light corn syrup and also I used 1/4 of a cup less sugar than it calls for because personally I am not too into very sweet Pecan Pie and it turned out VERY delicious. Try it!
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Best Ever Hot Artichoke Dip

Reviewed: Dec. 18, 2003
I have made this recipe several times before finding it on the site. I love it. I do add one small can of diced green chiles and omit the almonds since my husband is allergic. It is a great recipe. Don't be afraid to add some garlic...just don't be surprised if your spouse asks you to sleep on the couch that night, haha.
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Potato Tacos

Reviewed: Mar. 15, 2006
My mom used to make some tacos similar to this when I was growing up except she used real Mexican Cheese & she sauteed white onion & added it to the potato mixture instead of putting green onions in them. I love these tacos. We also put lettuce in them and ate them with Salsa and Parm. Cheese. Salt & Pepper should be to taste too.
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Pumpkin Bread IV

Reviewed: Nov. 18, 2006
Yummy, yummy for my tummy! Rarely do I follow a recipe to a T, so here are my additions: I added 2 tsp. of all the spices instead of the 1 1/2 tsp. I also added 1 tsp. of allspice, 1 tsp. ginger, 1 tsp. pumpkin spice and my own secret ingredient, 1/2 tsp. dried Orange Peel. One reviewer said they used Rum Soaked Raisins, but since we are not big raisin fans, I decided to add Brandy Soaked Dried Cranberries instead, which turned out great! This recipe yielded 36 muffins. Also, for those of you who are lost as to how long to bake the muffins, they bake for anywhere around 22-24 mins. depending on your oven. P.S. I also just threw in a whole 29 ounce can of pumpkin puree.
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Tomato Vodka Sauce

Reviewed: Mar. 5, 2004
This was an awesome recipe. I didn't think it would go over too well with my husband who is absolutely sick of pasta, but he LOVED it! I added 1/4 cup more heavy cream and 1/8 cup more vodka because we like saucy pasta. In addition, I always make pasta with garlic, weather it calls for it or not, so I added one clove of minced garlic to this recipe, as well as doubled the parmesan cheese (you can never have too much cheese!). I am definately making this dish again. Thanks Denise for the recipe.
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Cranberry Sauce II

Reviewed: Nov. 4, 2005
I've been using this recipe for years. It's quick and simple and I don't understand why more people don't make homemade cranberry sauce. Stay away from the can-berry sauce people! :o)
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Beef Marinade I

Reviewed: Oct. 20, 2003
This marinade is "delish". I have tried it on several different cuts of meat and we love it. I don't like the flavor of the soy sauce too much so I tend to add only a tablespoon of that and then about a tablespoon or two of seasoned salt to the mixture. Also for those that use this on a grill, I have also added smoke flavoring to the mixture, and YUMMY!!
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Kettle Corn

Reviewed: Oct. 30, 2006
This is awesome! Definately a keeper. I followed the suggestions of the other reviewers and made the corn with Butter Flavored Shortening & also added about 1 tsp salt to the sugar & corn. I played around with it a lot, I found that the best pan to make it in for me was my Wok. It seemed to pop faster and better than in a pot. I also added colored icing (I read the suggestion wrong and bought that instead of the icing coloring), and made some purple and orange popcorn to give to our neighborhood kids for halloween. I am so glad I found this recipe! ****Update**** It has been 11 days since I discovered this recipe and I have made approximately 22 batches of this! I made some for the neighborhood kids I know for Halloween (6 batches) & some for my sons classroom (8 batches). The rest has been for the family & friends. I just watned to add that I also tried the O.R. Butter Flavored Popping Oil and it's the same as using the shortening. I will continue to use the shortening as it comes out cheaper. One bottle of the oil makes 4 batches. One package of 3 bars of butter flavored shortening make 12 batches and it is cheaper than the oil.
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Jalapeno Pepper Appetizers

Reviewed: Mar. 22, 2007
I just went to a Babyshower a few weeks ago where they served these. OMG, they were sooo delicious!!! The gal that made them thought she picked the wrong thing to make because she thought people wouldn't care for spicy foods...they were a hit! Everyone raved about them. I can't wait to make them!!!
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Best Chocolate Chippers

Reviewed: Dec. 18, 2003
If you like cakey cookies, stay away from this recipe. Although the "typical" chocolate chip cookie lover likes his/her cookies soft and chewy, there are some of us that prefer a crispier cookie. It is exactly as the name states: Chocolate Chippers. Why there are so many people that gave it a bad review is beyond me. I don't try recipes that don't sound like something I would like, so why would they?? Tina, I'm with all those people that think your cookies are great. Thanks so much for the recipe!! It seems like every recipe I try for chocolate chip cookies makes soft chewy cookies that just do not satisfy my cravings but this one is perfect. For those that don't like the dough so greasy, if you reduce the oil to 1/2 cup it will give you a combo of both cripsy and soft cookie. The taste is WONDERFUL! Thanks again Tina!!
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Super Fajita Marinade

Reviewed: Dec. 14, 2005
I gave this one a 4-star becuase I thought it was just okay. My husband and kids really liked the fajitas (made them w. chicken), but I didn't think they were the best I've ever had (I'm mexican so I've had some awesome stuff). I will probably make it again because I did like it, but next time I probably won't add so much lime.
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Aloha Chicken

Reviewed: Oct. 14, 2009
I am just giving this a four star because I felt that it needed some seasoning, other than that, it was a great recipe! I cut my chicken into smaller pieces instead. For the dredging, I mixed 1 cup of flour, about 2 tablespoons seasoning salt, 1 tsp. paprika and some black pepper. I also used peanut oil instead to fry the chicken so that the oil didn't burn. To the sauce, I did as other reviewers suggested and added red pepper & also added about 2 tablespoons of soy sauce cause I felt like this recipe had too much sweet in it. I think next time I will try making the chicken grilled instead of fried. It was really good, but like I said, it needed spice! I will definitely make this again. Thanks for the recipe Jenny!!
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London Broil I

Reviewed: Mar. 24, 2003
I tried this on Tri Tip but didn't have time to let it sit over night...WOW!!! This is a "keeper" in our family! Everytime I try a new recipe I ask the family if it's a keeper or not and it was unanimous! Also, I ended up broiling it in the oven.
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Three Cheese Manicotti

Reviewed: Mar. 5, 2004
I doubled the ricotta, added one more tablespoon of sour cream, 2 tablespoons fresh basil, 1 tablespoon fresh thyme and one garlic clove. This was a deliciuos dish! Everyone in our family enoyed it. They are very filling and we ended up with left overs, but who wouldn't want left over manicotti?! Also, for those that thought the filling of these was time consuming, I used the Pampered Chef Easy Accent Decorator with the biggest flower tip and they not only were quick to fill but looked "pretty" once they were filled.
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Green Bean Bundles

Reviewed: Jan. 2, 2004
I liked them, thought they were entire family, including my 3 year old really liked them. The only thing I thought was a draw back about this recipe is that I had to dirty so many dishes just to cook it. If you really, really like green beans and aren't afraid to try something new, then I would suggest you try this recipe.
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