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Grilled Shrimp Scampi

Reviewed: Mar. 30, 2013
The first time I made this I followed the recipe exactly and thought it tasted too much of lemon. This time I substituted white wine (a sauvignon blanc)for the lemon andthe flavor was wonderful. We served the shrimp on top of a Caesar salad and it was a great addition...my husband said the shrimp were very tasty (those are strong words for him). I didn't put the ingredients in a blender and it was still great. Enjoy.
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Grilled Shrimp Scampi

Reviewed: Mar. 30, 2013
The first time I made this I followed the recipe exactly and thought it tasted too much of lemon. This time I substituted white wine (a sauvignon blanc)for the lemon andthe flavor was wonderful. We served the shrimp on top of a Caesar salad and it was a great addition...my husband said the shrimp were very tasty (those are strong words for him). I didn't put the ingredients in a blender and it was still great. Enjoy.
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German Sausage Chowder

Reviewed: Mar. 22, 2013
Loved the idea of cabbage, potatoes and kielbasa but it was lacking in flavor. Used chicken broth instead of bouillon and added about a teaspoon of caraway to add flavor but it just didn't come together like I expected. Sorry.
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The Best Meatballs

Reviewed: Jan. 25, 2013
Sorry to do this but I did change the recipe a bit. I used 1# of gr. beef and 1/2# of mild Italian sausage. Used an Italian herb mix, parsley, garlic and dried red onion. To that I added 1/2 c. bread crumbs (made from several-day old sturdy white bread) which I mixed with 1/4 c. of milk. Let the bread crumb/milk mixture sit long enough to let the crumbs absorb the milk before adding to the meat mixture. Added 1/2 c. grated parmesan and 2 eggs, a teaspoon each of salt and pepper. Mixed everything up well and used my cookie scoop to make perfect size meatballs. Baked in the oven (350 degrees) for 30 minutes. This made 23 meatballs (a little smaller than golf ball size). Perfect! Thank you, Geanine, for submitting this recipe, without it I wouldn't have had good meatballs.
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Honey Rosemary Carrots

Reviewed: Jan. 22, 2013
These tasted great! Started out using enough water to nearly cover them and then poured all off except for about what recipe called for (thought they'd need more water, but they don't). Used dried rosemary because it's what I had, cut baby carrots on a diagonal and followed the rest of the recipe. Served them to company and they were a big hit! Try them...you'll like them:)
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Simply Divine Meat Loaf with Spinach

Reviewed: Jan. 6, 2013
This was just okay. Followed directions except for substituting oatmeal for Italian breadcrumbs as other reviewers had suggested. The taste of the spinach was a detractor from the overall meatloaf flavor and the dried onions ended up looking like little worms in it. Hubby, who loves spinach, didn't like this meatloaf, nor did I. Will go back to my old standby,
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Strawberry Spinach Salad I

Reviewed: Dec. 8, 2012
This dressing tastes very similar to Marston's San Pasqual salad dressing (CA) and also to Babe's (chicken restaurant chain in TX. I made it using 1/4 cup of sugar as others had mentioned but wasn't quite sweet enough and the flavor of the olive oil was too predominant. Added the additional 1/4 cup of sugar and that did the trick. Used freeze-dried red onions and omitted the poppy seeds and sesame seeds. Also, used apple cider vinegar instead of white which gave it a bit more zing in the flavor area. Next time will try a white balsamic vinegar (just to keep the color lighter). Will use this instead of paying big bucks for same/similar dressing. Thanks Tozenuf!
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Romaine and Mandarin Orange Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

Reviewed: Dec. 1, 2012
Wonderful salad...although I did change it up a bit, but wouldn't have thought of these combinations, so thank you. Used romaine lettuce, fresh clementine sections, bacon and french fried onions (the kind in a can). Instead of making the dressing, I had Ott's Poppy Seed dressing on hand and used that....marvelous, simply marvelous.
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Mexican Cornbread II

Reviewed: Dec. 1, 2012
This was the tastiest corn bread I've ever made. Have been in search of an easy, moist cornbread for years and finally found it. Normally don't like to use boxed mixes, but happened to have a Jiffy mix on hand so it worked out great. Will keep this on hand for future use. Thanks Bea.
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Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes

Reviewed: Nov. 25, 2012
Passed this recipe on to a family member who made them and said the family loved them and they will definitely make them again. Am looking forward to trying them for Christmas!
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Cindy's Jambalaya

Reviewed: Nov. 21, 2012
Loved this recipe. I had to make some changes, but then that's what recipes are for, aren't they? Made my own cajun spice using one from Allrecipes to which I added thyme, oregano and bay leaf. Didn't have green pepper but did have freeze-dried red pepper so reconstituted that. Added ham in addition to other meats/seafood. Also, instead of using olive oil, I chopped 1 slice of bacon, browned it and used that oil to cook everything in. It was dee-lish!
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Hungarian Mushroom Soup

Reviewed: Sep. 8, 2012
Second time making this recipe and love it just as much as the first time. Hubby mentioned that this would be excellent as a pasta sauce...agree with him. The only change I made was to use smoky paprika only because I didn't have the plain paprika on hand. Even with that change, it is an outstanding soup!
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Exotic Mushroom and Walnut Pate

Reviewed: Aug. 14, 2012
Enjoyed the taste immensely...will be even better when I have all the mushroom varieties. Only had crimini mushrooms, just shy of 1 cup walnuts so added almonds, only had freezed-dried shallots, dried parsley and thyme. So, added a wee bit of chardonnay to compensate for the dried goods and processed it in my mini-prep processor (it got pretty full). Was short on time so put it in the freezer for about 10 minutes to quickly cool it. Even with all the drawbacks, it was tasty and everyone enjoyed it. Will try it again with correct ingredients and sitting time...am sure it will be over the top!
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Kentucky Biscuits

Reviewed: Aug. 14, 2012
Was looking forward to these and was dissappointed with the end result. The batter was very wet so had to work in extra flour.,,biscuits didn't raise much (my baking powder is new) & they were doughy inside even though I baked them for an additional 10 minutes.
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Old Fashioned Potato Cakes

Reviewed: Aug. 10, 2012
Used this as a base to expand on....this is what I did/had on hand. Had about 1 1/2 cups mashed potatoes from the previous night to which I added about 2 Tblsp. green chili sour cream, 2 Tblsp. chopped onion, the egg, a tsp. of a salt/pepper seasoning mix and about 1/2 cup flour (sorry, didn't measure exactly but added enough to make a somewhat thick (not pourable) batter) and two strips cooked bacon which I had chopped before cooking. I used the remaining bacon grease, added a bit of cooking oil (not evoo) and about 2 Tblsp. Smart Balance to cook the cakes in. Used a medium-size cookie scoop to measure and dropped them into the med-hot pan. When I flipped them, I squished them down. Will serve with more sour cream. Have already tried them and they are DElish! Enjoy!
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Drunken Peach Pie

Reviewed: Aug. 9, 2012
I followed the ingredient list (except subbed corn starch for flour and only had 5 peaches), but did not pre-cook the peaches nor did I bake it at 425 degrees. Made my own crust and baked it at 350 degrees for 55 minutes (I'm at altitude so it took a bit longer). I've gotten rave reviews and the peaches were cooked to perfection. (Used 1 tblsp. + 1 tsp. corn starch).
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Honey Peach Pie

Reviewed: Aug. 9, 2012
I followed the ingredient list (except subbed corn starch for flour and only had 5 peaches), but did not pre-cook the peaches nor did I bake it at 425 degrees. Made my own crust and baked it at 350 degrees for 55 minutes (I'm at altitude so it took a bit longer). I've gotten rave reviews and the peaches were cooked to perfection. (Used 1 tblsp. + 1 tsp. corn starch).
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Bacon Jam

Reviewed: Jul. 29, 2012
I had been reading about Bacon Jam on different websites (especially for gourmet hamburger topping) and found a site that sold it...but wanted to make my own and was thrilled when I saw this recipe! I reduced the recipe to 8 servings, used white balsamic vinegar (didn't have sherry vinegar), used powdered coffee (Starbucks Via) instead of brewed coffee and added water for substitute), also didn't read recipe directions at end and added ketchup with rest of ingredients and let it cook. Used an immersion blender while it was still warm and couldn't wait to taste it. WOW is all I have to say. Hubby & I are both thinking about all the different ways we can use this. It has a nice amount of sweetness, spice and bite (from cayenne) to go on just about anything. Next time I'm making the full recipe!!! Thank you so much, Cheryl! It's awesome!
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Salmon Chowder

Reviewed: Jun. 30, 2012
This is a wonderful chowder. Followed it nearly exactly except added a tsp. of minced fresh garlic instead of garlic powder and then emulsified the onion, celery, pototes and carrots in the chicken broth (after they had cooked). This gave the soup a nice creamy texture. Then added the creamed corn and milk, heated through, and added 1.5 cups cheddar cheese and allowed to melt and heat before adding the salmon. I had left over salmon that I had cooked on the grill in a butter/french dressing/lemon mixture (on foil) that added a lovely flavor to the chowder. Also added about 1/4 tsp. liquid smoke. Wonderful, wonderful is all I can say.
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BBQ Pork Salad with Summer Fruits and Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette

Reviewed: Jun. 2, 2012
This salad was great! Hubby even loved it. I did have a leftover BBQ'd center cut pork loin chop but didn't have grapefruit, oranges or avocado so instead used red grapes (cut in half) and apple (thinly sliced) and a small amount of thinly sliced red onion along with the sliced almonds. The dressing really made this salad. Next time will try with white balsamic vinegar.
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