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Seven Layer Dip II

Reviewed: Mar. 5, 2004
Classic party dip and great snack. I grew up on this as the ubiquitous New Years Eve Dip but haven't made it for years. The taco seasoning mix in the sour cream is a very nice touch, so don't skimp on that! My children are having this for dinner tonight, they like it so much. Thank you!
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Taco Soup I

Reviewed: Mar. 4, 2004
Even my pickiest child liked this one. I added corn and a little extra liquid because it was too thick to call it soup at that point but otherwise followed the recipe. And we really liked it! My favorite part is how quickly it went together. Thanks Darla!
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Greek Pasta Salad with Roasted Vegetables and Feta

Reviewed: Mar. 4, 2004
A yummy salad! We liked it warm better than chilled and I recommend it that way. I used all red peppers because they were on sale and the yellow and orange ones were outrageously expensive.
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Easy Biscuit Mixture

Reviewed: Mar. 4, 2004
We didn't get as many biscuits as the recipe said because we kept sneaking bits of dough-yum! We used it for a topping on pot pie (with basil added) and as regular biscuits. It is really yummy with butter instead of shortening and buttermilk for the liquid. For the person who said the recipe is missing something, milk or water: this isn't a biscuit recipe, it's for biscuit MIX, like bisquik. You can't just dump it in a pan and get biscuits! Use it like you would a mix, and you'll do fine.
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Chicken Jalfrezi

Reviewed: Mar. 2, 2004
Excellent recipe! You would expect with all those spices that it would be too strongly flavored, but it really isn't. I added all the spices with the onion at the beginning because I didn't like the raw flavor of them added later. The cilantro, however, as a fresh herb, *must* wait until the end or it disappears. You can make it all ahead except for the cilantro--add that when you reheat it. It tastes great over steamed brown basmati rice. Thanks for a keeper of a recipe, Alia!
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Fresh Asparagus and Chicken Casserole

Reviewed: Mar. 2, 2004
We liked this a lot, but I was concerned about the abundant liquid other reviewers warned of, so I sauteed the asparagus before adding it to the casserole. It wasn't runny at all. I also added salt, but how much depends on how salty your chicken broth is. My children all thought it was great and nobody stopped with just one serving!
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Chocolate Peanut Butter Squares

Reviewed: Feb. 18, 2004
I love all the pb square recipes I've ever tried, so maybe I'm easy, but this gets five stars for sure! I mixed the pb in with the butter on the stove becuase it was hard to mix in otherwise. The heat melts it a bit and eases the mixing. We nibbled on this for days.
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Chocolate Pudding Fudge Cake

Reviewed: Feb. 18, 2004
Good tasting cake, very dense and rich. I am sure it was done but it sunk after about an hour and seemed undercooked inside then. Next time I will cut down the number of chocolate chips because they add to that denseness. To get it out of the pan, I greased it (the pan) with shortening and dusted it with cocoa, then ran a cake-testing stick around the edges of the bundt pan. As it cools, the cake sort of pulls away from the edge of the pan so that helped.
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Orange Pumpkin Loaf

Reviewed: Feb. 18, 2004
I've had pumpkin breads I liked better. This didn't have as much flavor as I'd hoped it would have. I added nutmeg and cinnamon but it still seemed to be missing some sort of kick. I'd make it again, but not until I played around with the recipe.
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Moroccan Chicken

Reviewed: Feb. 18, 2004
If it were just me, there'd be four stars, but my children didn't like this. I think the orangey color put them off and the zucchini was sort of mushy (maybe I cooked it too long; be careful!). I thought it tasted really good but not quite as spicy as I like so I boosted all the spices a bit toward the end. I also added more salt.
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Beef Barley Vegetable Soup

Reviewed: Feb. 18, 2004
This is a great dish to make ahead, for a homey comforting stew on a blustery day. I put the roast in the slow cooker with the quart of water and bouillon cubes to cook it, then cut the cooked meat into cubes. I sauteed the veggies and added the rest of the ingredients, including the cubed meat, broth and uncooked barley. I brought it to a boil and then simmered it for 20 minutes or so until the barley was done. I didn't have to add water, but it was thick and stew-like. If you want soup proper, following my method will require more water added when you cook it. Either way, the leftovers will need water added, and maybe some salt by then, but leftover this tasted even better than the first time. I warn you, it looks like canned soup but it tastes a lot better!
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Mandarin Chicken Roll-Ups

Reviewed: Feb. 18, 2004
My family really enjoyed this. I used smaller tortillas because I have four children under eight and the 10" tortillas are too big for them to manage. I also wrapped them in plastic to keep the filling in place. When I cooked the chicken, I sprinkled seasoned salt on it first, but that was my only taste-able change. Those were my only changes. The fruit gives a nice sweet tang to the salty cheese and the cashews add a nice crunch to the chewy chicken texture. We'll have these again!
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Bittersweet Chocolate Pound Cake

Reviewed: Jan. 5, 2004
This was a fine cake, but not wonderful. It was a little dry (I baked it for the minimum time) though after a night wrapped in plastic in the fridge seemed to give it a little better texture. I think we like cakes with a bit stronger flavor. I'd thought with a half pound of chocolate and a cup and a half of coffee that it wouldn't be so bland. The glaze helped and maybe a handful of chocolate chips stirred into the batter would be nice, but just the same, I think I'll stick with the very dense "chocolate lovers favorite cake" on this site.
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Special Buttercream Frosting

Reviewed: Dec. 31, 2003
When my daughter asked for white frosting on her birthday cake I was disappointed because I basically think sugar without chocolate is a waste of sugar, but was I surprised at this frosting! It was GREAT! It makes a lot, even cut in half we had plenty leftover after frosting a two-layer eight inch cake, so be warned! I also didn't use any shortening, only (salted) butter, so I left out the salt, which was perfect for us. If your butter is unsalted, then shake away. Overall, a terrific buttercream recipe!
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Chai Tea Mix

Reviewed: Dec. 17, 2003
We are addicts, really, now. This takes me back to my college days and Mr. Toots in Capitola, CA where I first had chai. My eight year old mixes it up for me when the weather is cold. Even my toddler likes to drink this stuff from a bottle (when I let her!) I love this recipe! I do use two tablespoons per mug, but the amount would really depend on the mug size, wouldn't it? Experiment to see what works for you.
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Best Beef Dip Ever

Reviewed: Dec. 17, 2003
This was the one meal my husband ate during his bout of the flu and that is quite a compliment! We all liked this every time I've made it. I like it with horseradish mixed with mayo spread on the buns, but my children like it plain dipped in the juice. If you aren't really super diligent about fat removal before you cook the roast, you end up with a lot floating on top. I skimmed the fat before serving the au jus because it grossed me out. That isn't the fault of the recipe, it is just the way roasts are!
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Jay's Signature Pizza Crust

Reviewed: Dec. 17, 2003
This was the best homemade pizza we've ever had! And I have attempted dozens. Really excellent! I used half whole wheat flour instead of all white, but that was my only change. I did split this into two pizzas, which fed my family of six, and I baked them on a pizza stone (one at a time) for a nice crispy crust. I don't know if I'll ever go to a pizza parlor again, the only draw now being that at home I have to wash the dishes!
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Exquisite Pizza Sauce

Reviewed: Dec. 17, 2003
I cut the honey in half. Otherwise, I followed the recipe and I wouldn't change a thing. I used "Jay's Signature Pizza Crust" on this site with this sauce (and provolone, olives, garlic, feta and italian sausage) to make the best pizza I've ever made. I've tried dozens of recipes from dozens of sources and never had one we liked half as much. Yum!
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Bran Flax Muffins

Reviewed: Dec. 17, 2003
I'm glad these make a lot because we snacked on them all day! I followed the recipe except I used half whole wheat pastry flour and half regular white flour. They were great! We didn't butter them or anything and the whole family liked them.
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That Addicting Salad

Reviewed: Dec. 17, 2003
It was alright. Addicting? Well, I'm the only one who had seconds, but even I wasn't particularly thrilled. It was just alright. I thought there was way too much dressing for the amount of veggies.
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