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Spinach and Strawberry Salad

Reviewed: Mar. 17, 2003
This is very simple, but has a great flavor. I used white balsamic vinegar and added chopped pecans to the salad. Everyone raved.
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Asparagus Rolantina

Reviewed: Mar. 28, 2003
My husband gave this 5 stars. He kept stating that it was "awesome asparagus". He loves asparagus, but felt this was extra good. I found it to be good, but very rich. As usual, I altered the recipe slightly. I used much less melted butter and didn't have prosciutto available to me locally. I substitued smoked turkey. I served this as a main dish with a tossed salad and crusty bread. It was a simple dinner for just my husband and I. By reducing the butter and using smoked turkey, I cut the fat of the recipe. This was a plus for us, as we are trying to lighten up our meals.
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Instant Pistachio Salad

Reviewed: Mar. 30, 2003
Very good, but sweet. My husband loves how the pudding coats the crushed pineapple and (after chilling overnight) has the taste and texture of pistachios. Personally, I prefer vegetable salads, but there are never any leftovers with this.
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Slow-Cooker Pepper Steak

Reviewed: Apr. 1, 2003
This is very easy and has great flavor. I did not add additional salt (soy sauce is high enough in sodium), and did add a few dashes of red pepper flakes along with red and yellow peppers (in addition to the green). My husband ate it up! If I can't find him while shopping at the mall, he is always at the food court eating pepper steak. Now, I have an effortless way to serve it at home, even when I am too busy to cook.
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Chrissy's Sweet 'n' Sour Tomato Salad

Reviewed: Apr. 19, 2003
I have made this 3 times with rave reviews. I have always replaced the vegetable oil with olive oil and added thinly sliced English cucumbers to the mix. Last time, I also added some sliced black olives. You can really adjust the ingredients to suit your own taste and what you may have on hand. Tomatoes are not exactly in season here on the northern plains, and I found that romas offer the best texture, color and flavor right now. I can't wait to make this with flavorful garden tomatoes. I do recommend following the recipe suggestion to serve at room temp.
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No-Fuss Cinnamon Cheesecake

Reviewed: May 7, 2003
I baked this tonight and planned to serve it tomorrow evening. My husband returned home from a meeting and insisted on having a piece shortly after it came out of the oven. Even warm, this has a really rich creamy flavor. I am sure that it will be even better when cooled and chilled properly. Easy, but yummy. ***UPDATE***Yummy when chilled, also. Keeps well when covered in the fridge...not that there are many leftovers!
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Bud's Potato Salad

Reviewed: May 10, 2003
Very good potato salad. I like the sweet and tangy flavor of the marinated potatoes. I used green onions, instead of regular yellow or white, because I had some on hand that needed to be used. I also added some chopped boiled egg to the salad (because that is one of the the things I like about my own recipe).
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Gourmet Cucumber Chicken Salad

Reviewed: May 10, 2003
This is excellent. I used red grapes in addition to the green. I couldn't locate the creamy cucumber dressing at my local (and often inadequate) grocery, but used cucmber ranch, instead. I forgot to add the mandarin oranges, and it was still great. I served it at a luncheon on lettuce leaves, and ate the extra in grainy bread sandwiches. Yum! I will make this again!
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Sausage Flowers

Reviewed: Mar. 16, 2003
My husband and I tried these and really liked them. The only problem I had was that although I drained and rinsed the sausage, the appetizers still tasted a little greasy as they cooled a bit. I am not really a fan of sausage, anyway, so that could have contributed to my 'picky-ness'. I think that this is a great idea, and will try other fillings. Seasoned and grilled chicken would be wonderful. Beef taco filling would be good. Or, even doing a crab rangoon filling and topping with sweet and sour might be worth a try. What about all diced veggies (peppers, onions, mushrooms, etc.) that have been tossed with a little seasoned olive oil and topped with parmesan after baking? The possibilities are endless.
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Bow Ties with Sausage, Tomatoes and Cream

Reviewed: Jun. 2, 2003
Yum! I thought that I had Italian sausage in the freezer, but I found polska kiebalsa. I sliced and diced the kiebalsa and used it anyway. I did not add the oil. I also drained the fat from the pan after sauteing the onions. I did not drain the tomatoes and used less cream. Still, the flavors were awesome. My husband even ate the leftovers. He NEVER eats leftovers.
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Anniversary Chicken I

Reviewed: Jul. 1, 2003
I must admit that I was very sceptical. I have often been disappointed by recipes that have hundreds of great reviews. However, this chicken had a very good flavor and was certainly 'dressed up' enough to serve to guests. I used no oil (just a little water in the pan), much less cheese and real bacon (crumbled...I just can't do those 'bit' things). I would make this again. It was certainly easy and could be multiplied for a crowd.
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Green Beans with Cherry Tomatoes

Reviewed: Jul. 1, 2003
Yum! I loved this side dish. The flavors meld perfectly. Really colorful and flavorful. I will try it with frozen beans when fresh are not available.
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Orzo with Mushrooms and Walnuts

Reviewed: Jul. 1, 2003
I have made this several times as a side for many different dishes. It is always well received. I sometimes omit the walnuts. It is just as good without.
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Famous Butter Chicken

Reviewed: Jul. 10, 2003
I was sceptical about this. I have often been disappointed by highly rated recipes. However, this chicken had an excellent flavor and was very moist. I added extra seasonings (paprika, onion powder, etc.) to the cracker crumbs, skipped the egg (rinse your chicken breast with water to help hold the coating), and used less butter. I served with some sauteed vegetables (onion, peppers, mushrooms, zucchini in a little olive oil...and a couple of large spoonfuls of my homemade salsa at the end), and crusty rolls. Husband loved it. He commented that in cooler weather it would be great with a side of alfredo pasta or mashed potatoes. The bonus for me was that this was so easy. I will keep this in mind for those times that I have a million things demanding my attention...I will burn off the calories, then.
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Watermelon Fire and Ice Salsa

Reviewed: Jul. 11, 2003
I made this for our 4th of July cookout. I also made my famous (and most-requested) fresh tomato salsa. At the end of the evening, there was none of my tomato salsa left and just a bit of this. Considering that guests included a lot people who are generally weary of new things, I thought this recipe was a success. Personally, I really liked the flavor. I combined the ingredients the night before and drained before serving. While my original recipe may get more a workout, I am sure this will be made again before the summer is over.
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Grilled Onions

Reviewed: Jul. 15, 2003
Everyone who has tried these onions loves them. They are so easy to prepare, too. Our home is in a perpetual state of renovations and without air conditioning, at the present time. Cooking these on the grill outside really is great when the summer temps rise.
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Chicken Enchilada Dip

Reviewed: Jul. 23, 2003
Yum! I used less mayo and 1/2 monterey jack cheese and 1/2 cheddar and leftover grilled chicken. I also heated it in a mini-crockpot rather than baking the dip. Everyone loved it. I did consider adding Rotel tomatoes or enchilada sauce, but am glad that I kept it simple. We loved it just as is.
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Lemon Chicken II

Reviewed: Jun. 2, 2003
This recipe is very similiar to my favorite oriental restraunt. Following their lead, I cut my chicken into bite-sized pieces prior to marinating, breading and frying. I used much less sugar in the lemon sauce and added pineapple tidbits and mandarin oranges (both drained). I steamed broccoli flowers, red pepper strips, julienned carrots and zucchini slices. We layered rice, chicken and the vegetables on our plates and topped with the sauce. Yum! I will be making this again.
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Black Bean Hummus

Reviewed: Mar. 14, 2003
I made this to share with a friend. She loves humus. I love black bean dips. We both thought this was excellent. I live in a rural area, and didn't have access to tahini. I found (on another website) a suggestion to substitute natural peanut butter. The flavors worked well. I will be making this again. Thanks.
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Baked Potato Dip

Reviewed: Jul. 27, 2003
Very good and so very easy. I don't care for the onion soup mix type of chip dip. When crunched for time, I usually just pick up some French Onion dip at the grocery. But, this is so much better, and doesn't take any real prep. Our small gathering devoured it.
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