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Portobello Sandwiches

Reviewed: Jan. 3, 2006
The good news is: our fire extinguisher works. I put the mushrooms on the top rack by the broiler, set the timer for four minutes and at three heard a *poof* from the oven. I opened the door to flames shooting out and licking the cabinets above. After our fire extinguisher put out the flames and I'd cleaned up, I finished up the sandwich, and thought it was pretty good. Then my daughter pointed out that the mushrooms I'd just eaten had been sprayed with a fire extinguisher. The poison control center assured me that the f.e. has mostly baking soda inside and that I shouldn't feel any ill effects. But the man laughed at me, so I have to add the caveat to the recipe: leave off the extra baking soda by not letting your 'shrooms catch fire in the first place. Other than the fire marshall warning, these were pretty yummy sammies.
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Quinoa Pilaf

Reviewed: Jul. 25, 2008
This is a tasty, basic pilaf, open to many variations. I'm always on the lookout for new ways to cook quinoa because it is so super good for you and this is a nice, straightforward way to prepare it. I echo the sentiment of the reviewer who said to follow the directions and **RINSE** quinoa before cooking. It has a natural coating that is very bitter and must be rinsed off. It takes one minute, but means the difference between yummy and inedible.
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Peanut Butter Bars I

Reviewed: Oct. 24, 2003
A hit, a major hit. Our guests loved this, we loved this, my children asked me to make it again this week. Since we only have dessert once a week, that is a big compliment! To make mixing easier, I put the pb in the pan with the butter and let it "melt" along with the butter. Then I added both to the graham crackers and powdered sugar. Otherwise, I followed it exactly. Thanks!
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Italian Dressing Mix

Reviewed: Oct. 24, 2003
I'll make it again, but cut waaaay back on the salt next time. I mixed it in an old "Good Seasons" bottle--you know the kind with the little lines on the side for oil, water and vinegar? I noticed the lines measured up perfectly with the measurements given as long as I add the dressing mix first and then the vinegar, the water and oil (in that order). That makes it easier for those of you who have those bottles: no measuring! Anyway, it was too salty for us even though I used celery seed instead of celery salt. Maybe cut the salt in half, too? Just personal taste, otherwise great.
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Make Ahead Lunch Wraps

Reviewed: Oct. 25, 2003
Reading the ingredients I wondered how in the world this could have been so highly rated by so many people, because it seemed so ordinary. I tried it anyway, and my family loved it. I cut everything in half except the tomatoes and subbed mexican style stewed toms for the tomatoes and chilies because the tomatoes and chilies are too spicy for my smaller children. They asked to have it again so I made another batch and froze them. Even my toddler ate a whole one!
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Creamy Dill Dip

Reviewed: Sep. 24, 2004
My mom has made this dip since before I was born and I love it. If you make it the night before you don't have to rehydrate the onion, just dump it in still dry and hard. It'll soften just fine. You can thin it with milk for salad dressing. For those not in the know, "Beau Monde" is a seasoned salt made by Spice Islands brand. There is a sub for it here on allrecipes but I've never tried it. You might want to if Spice Islands brand isn't available in your area. You could sub a different seasoned salt for it, but it is very strongly flavored so the dip won't be the same (not to say bad, just different).
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Easy Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Reviewed: Dec. 8, 2003
I was unsure about red peppers in hummus, normally a favorite sammie filling for me, but I gathered up my courage and dumped them in anyway and am I glad! My children ate this up, my eight yo said she likes it better than our usual recipe and my toddler decided to forego the pita bread altogether and just eat the hummus with a spoon! I put it in sammies with kalamata olives, chopped fresh red pepper, chopped cucumber, feta cheese with lemon juice, olive oil and balsamic vinegar sprinkled on top. One problem with the instructions: the intro says bring to room temp before serving but the directions say to chill until ready to serve. Maybe you are supposed to keep your house very cold? :)
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Most Excellent Sandwich

Reviewed: Oct. 12, 2005
I liked this, but it needed something, so the next time I spread mayo on the bread first (you have to use whipped cream cheese in that case, though, because the regular, even at room temp, sticks to the knife not the bread) and I spread mashed avocado over the cream cheese. I liked jack cheese better than mozerella and thought it was better with the sprouts added last (after it came out of the oven) because warm sprouts didn't do it for me. Without changes, four stars. With changes, five.
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Upside Down Turkey

Reviewed: Dec. 6, 2004
I will never go back. This is the only way to cook a turkey! My guests were very impressed and we fought over the leftovers. I've made it four times and we never have to throw out any leftovers. It all always gets eaten. I've noticed you don't have to use all that much butter: 1/4 cup is fine. I also add veggies to the cavity and the roasting pan. Brining the bird gives the thighs great flavor, so I do that too. Even without those changes, though, this a delicious turkey.
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Vanilla Ice Cream VII

Reviewed: Jun. 10, 2003
This was so rich, we could barely eat a scoop apiece! It was tasty enough, but I'd cut waaaaay back on the eggs next time. I made it for my daughter's eighth birthday party and some of her friends didn't even finish theirs. Mixed with chocolate, malt, and nonfat milk, it makes terrific shakes, though, which is how we used the leftovers.
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Amazing Brown Rice Salad

Reviewed: Dec. 15, 2005
With a good, sweet dressing, this is a pretty good salad. If your vinaigrette is savory instead of sweet, I don't think it would be as good. I used a brown-wild rice blend because it looked more festive, but brown would taste good, too, I'm sure.
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Grandma's Salad Dressing

Reviewed: Nov. 12, 2003
It does taste like my grandma's dressing, but I didn't really like it all that much when Grandma made it either. It's very sweet and the ketchup is rather strong. It reminds me a lot of those French-Catalina dressings that were all the rage at church potlucks in the seventies. I don't want to rate it too low, because *you* may really like that sort of thing. Only a bozo (like me) wouldn't expect sweet with that much sugar in the recipe! If sweet orange-hued french dressing floats your boat, you may love this. It just wasn't for us.
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Russian Pancakes - Blini

Reviewed: Jan. 20, 2006
The batter was thin. I mean, THIN thin. Too thin, so that I couldn't spread it into a nice round shape in my crepe pan they way I do with crepes. I guess I expected crepe batter consistency. Anyway, the first was a disaster, so I added some flour to thicken it up and that worked well. Then they were fine, though they were really more like crepes than blini, as authentic blini are made with buckwheat flour. We tried these because buckwheat is so strongly flavored, but next time I'll just make plain ol' crepes.
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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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Overnight Coffee Cake

Reviewed: Sep. 4, 2003
This was really tasty and easy to make because I could mix it up the night before. It was a little confusing to my 8 year old, though because step one has you pour the batter into a pan and then step three has you prepare the pan ("how do you prepare the pan once the batter is in it, mom?") I didn't follow the rest exactly as written, either: I subbed in half fresh-ground whole wheat pastry flour to make it a little healthier, used pecans instead of walnuts because we don't like walnuts much and used soured goat's milk instead of buttermilk because that's what we had. The texture is moist and light, the flavor cinnamon-y and the topping crunchy and sweet. We'll make it again!
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Kristy's Lasagna

Reviewed: Jun. 2, 2003
We love this! This is one with which I don't tinker a bit. I follow it exactly and it always gets rave reviews. I've been making it as my exclusive lasagna for over a year now with never-fail results.
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Rice with Goodies

Reviewed: Dec. 29, 2005
I didn't expect to like this so much! My husband, children and parents all loved it. I did make a few changes, as follows: used a brown & wild rice mix which added to the "rice cooking" time in step one; left out mushrooms and peas; used chicken instead of turkey; doubled everything except the chicken I tripled; subbed pine nuts for the almonds and fuji apple for the granny smith. It was and pretty with a good mix of flavors, colors and textures. Maybe not fancy enough for company, but a great way to use up leftover poultry when you get tired of the post-Thanksgiving ritual of sandwiches, enchiladas and soup.
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Austrian Peach Cookies II

Reviewed: Jan. 31, 2006
Ooooh, these are darling! They look just like little peaches and impress everyone! However, I didn't get them right the first time. All that ball rolling got the dough too warm and they flattened in the oven too much to work as peach halves. When you roll the dough, put it into the freezer for twenty minutes. Then they only flatten to hemispheres, which is just what you want. The other change I made was the stems. Using plastic seemed fakey on such a fancy little cookie, so I used a gumdrop cut into a triangle and then stuck it into the end of the "peach" with a whole clove. They were adorable and fun to make with the children, who delighted in rolling them in colored sugar.
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Best Chicken Salad Ever I

Reviewed: Aug. 9, 2003
We loved this! We also loved it with mango chutney instead of relish and a bit of curry powder. Just a variation, but we were happy with both. It tastes great on greens with raspberry vinaigrette, too, for a change of pace.
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Amish Friendship Bread II

Reviewed: Dec. 5, 2005
This was extremely sweet. We much prefer the ordinary Amish friendship bread recipe on this site.
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