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Greek Salad from an Athens cafe

Reviewed: Mar. 26, 2011
Note: in Greece, you won't get lettuce in your Greek salad.
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Rosemary Steaks with Papaya Butter

Reviewed: Jun. 23, 2011
First, a disclaimer: I'm gaga for rosemary. So much so, that I misread the recipe and added rosemary both to the butter as well as the steak. But not to worry: it's one tasty dish. I used T-Bone, rather than Porterhouse, because that's what they had at the market. I overcooked it a bit but even at that, this is a lovely way to BBQ steak. The papaya adds a subtle, but definitely wonderful, flavor to the mix. This is one of those home-run recipes that you might expect to get at a restaurant. In other words, exquisite. A comment about grilling the papaya: I simply cut half a papaya into four long slices (about 1" thick/slice). Even after coating the grill with oil, the papaya wound up sticking a bit. So keep your eye on it. But don't leave it out! It's the real hero of this recipe... although my beloved rosemary surely carries its weight.
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Ellen's Cajun Catfish

Reviewed: Oct. 8, 2010
An easy, tasty, recipe cooked with just the natural oil of the fish and pre-mixed cajun spices. Done right, this dish will melt in your mouth.
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Chef John's Smothered Pork Chops

Reviewed: Sep. 18, 2014
OMG! Delightfully delish ... and stunningly easy. My 2 bone-in chops were about 1-1/2" thick, so I adjusted the recipe slightly. I used one large and one small onion (thinly sliced), 3 glove garlic, 1-1/3 c. broth, 3 tbsp. flour, 3 tbsp. buttermilk, and 3 tbsp. water. The consistency was perfect. I also added about 1 tsp. of thyme because I'd seen it mentioned in so many other recipes. It adds a nice touch but (honestly) the recipe is fine without it. For those who don't have buttermilk on hand, not to worry: neither did I. I poured 1/4 c. milk into my measuring cup, then added about a tbsp. of apple cider vinegar and let it sit. Even at that I had to toss some of it out, but it was worth the extra (albeit minimal) effort: it adds a nice tang to the gravy. Finally, I used a cast iron dutch oven to make this in because ... well, I'm gaga for cast iron. I think it adds to whatever you use it for. This is for sure a keeper. Thank you, John!
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Ellen's Addictive Guacamole

Reviewed: Oct. 18, 2010
A duplicate of a recipe used by one of the best Mexican restaurants in Southern California.
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Sweetened Spaghetti Squash

Reviewed: Jul. 7, 2011
VERY tasty. I took it easier on the sugar than the recipe calls for and it's still delish. Great side dish.
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Zucchini Herb Casserole

Reviewed: Aug. 18, 2012
Great recipe as an entree, although I can see how it would be a good side dish too. I doubled the recipe so it would like a few days, and it was gone within 48 hours. The changes I made (other than doubling it) was to use brown rice, which I cooked in low sodium chicken broth. I also used the cheese I had on hand, which was mainly mixed Italian. And I tossed in a whole lot more oregano, rosemary, and thyme. I also used canned tomatoes. Wonderful dish. Will make it again!
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White Bean Ragout

Reviewed: Aug. 15, 2012
Delicious summer dish ... especially if you have basil and mint in your garden.
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Emily's Famous Hash Browns

Reviewed: Dec. 8, 2013
I don't usually make a big breakfast, but our grandsons are visiting so, you know, I had to make it special. I'd never made hash browns from scratch, but this recipe looked easy enough, so I opted to give it a try, using tips from other reviews. I washed about 8 small (slightly soft) unpeeled red potatoes, then dried them before shredding them with a food processor. Then I rinsed the shredded potato per the recipe, then spun them in a salad spinner, and then patted them with paper towels to get them as dry as possible. (I suspect some of the bad reviews come from not drying the potatoes enough.) I added the egg and flour, about 1 tbsp. onion powder, a tsp. of Kosher salt, and about a dozen strands of saffron (a delicious tip from an entirely different potato recipe). I used a cast iron griddle wiped down with Grape Seed Oil, and I tossed on a tbsp. of butter just before spreading the potato mix out to about 1/2" thick. (In other words, I used far less "grease" than the recipe calls for.) I flipped them after about 10 minutes and tossed another tbsp. of butter onto the griddle for the second side. They browned up nicely after another 10 minutes. The boys liked them (mission accomplished) but the real surprise was my husband of 32 years: he's a hash brown addict who says these are "hands down" the best he's ever eaten: "crunchy on the outside and not oily. Perfect. The best ever!" I don't get raving compliments like that very often. So thank you, Emily. What a treat!
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Vegetarian Split Pea Soup

Reviewed: Jul. 13, 2014
A great way to kick off Fall's soup season.
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