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South Texas Borracho Beans

Reviewed: May 14, 2014
I think this is one of those recipes where you just have to adjust the seasonings to suit your personal taste. I thought it was a little bit on the bland side, so I added more jalapeños, cilantro, and a shot of hot sauce (again, personal taste). We love bean dishes, and we enjoyed this one.
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Plantains in Butter Rum Sauce

Reviewed: May 14, 2014
Good on its own or equally good served over ice cream. Doing this totally covered in the microwave does not give the "alcohol" a chance to cook off, and that's the only thing I disliked about this recipe. It is very quick to make, delish, and if that alcohol taste bothers you a lot (and it may not), you always could just cook it off on top of the stove to get only the pure rum flavor, add the plantains, and then into the microwave to finish it off. Also, I had enough butter-sugar syrup to cook another plantain, so you may want to keep that in mind if you need additional servings. Do not overcook the plantains or they will turn to mush.
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Sesame Ginger Sauce

Reviewed: May 5, 2014
Sorry, just didn't care for this at all...too much dijon and too much soy sauce. I tweaked it to make it work for dinner, but won't be making this again.
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Spicy Chicken Marsala

Reviewed: May 5, 2014
This was tasty, but there are a few things that I would do differently in the future. First, if you’re browning boneless chicken breasts for 8 mins/side (total of 16 mins), you really do not have to then simmer it for one hour. That much time actually changes the texture of the chicken breast, making it a little stringy and dry. I would cut back that time DRAMATICALLY. Also, the sauce is sooooo good on its own that I will skip the half-and-half and parmesan in the future, and just serve the chicken with the rich tomato-marsala sauce. You’ll save a lot of calories and fat by eliminating that parmesan sauce (2 cups is way too much parmesan), and I think the dish would have MUCH better presentation without it. I don’t think that the parmesan sauce added much flavor, and it really didn’t develop into a smooth and creamy sauce. As I always do, I try to make a recipe as written the first time, and the only thing I did differently was add some mushrooms, they're an important and traditional ingredient for chicken marsala. This is quite a different combo of ingredients, and I will make this again, but with the modifications mentioned above. One final comment, the recipe name is a bit of a misnomer because there really isn't anything in it that makes it spicy.
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Kugeli Comfort Potato Dish

Reviewed: May 1, 2014
This recipe is a fair amount of work if you slice all of your veggies and shred your potatoes and cheese, and you will have quite a cleanup to do. As I always do with shredded potatoes, I filled my salad spinner with water, put in the potatoes, gave them a good whirl, emptied the water, and then spun them again to get the water out. There is a typo in this recipe which says to bake for “...55 hours” (assuming that should be 55 minutes)...sent a note to AR customer service. I didn’t understand what purpose it served sprinkling on just a little more cheese at the end and then baking for another 5 minutes, so I put it all on when it first went into the oven. I baked for a total of 55 minutes, and it was just a little dry; would start checking at about 45 minutes in the future. No complaints about the taste, it was good, but it’s too much work for a weekday side dish.
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Kim's Summer Cucumber Pasta Salad

Reviewed: May 1, 2014
We love dill cuke salads, and the dressing on this one is very similar to what I typically use. I did use Truvia instead of sugar and fresh dill (twice the amount of dried in the recipe) simply because I had it on hand. I do like the additional texture that the pasta brings to this salad, and I can see adding some chopped red bell pepper for a little color and grilled chicken which would turn this into a nice (and make-ahead) summer main course.
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Pie for Breakfast Shake

Reviewed: May 1, 2014
Used vanilla Greek yogurt and sub'd wheat germ (it worked well) when I couldn't find my flax seed. My berries weren't frozen, so I did add some ice to the blender. Really did taste sort of like strawberry pie, and it also left me feeling full (lots of fiber in this one). Thanks wisweetp, this one will go into my breakfast smoothie rotation, we really liked it.
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Skillet Apples with Cinnamon

Reviewed: Apr. 30, 2014
Reminiscent of the way my Mom cooked apples when I was a kid. Very nice.
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Savory Summer Squash with Bacon

Reviewed: Apr. 29, 2014
I spiral cut the squash instead of cutting into bite-size pieces but, otherwise, followed the recipe. Just a really nice side dish loaded with fresh flavors. Delish!
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Easy Tomato Vinaigrette

Reviewed: Apr. 29, 2014
Flavor didn't measure up to my expectations, and I won't be making this one again.
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Rum and Raisin Banana Smoothie

Reviewed: Apr. 29, 2014
This was a breakfast smoothie, so I sub’d rum extract for the rum (too early in the day for booze), and it worked fine. This is surprisingly tasty, and these flavors all partner well with each other. I did add a bunch of ice to it because a frozen banana did not make it slushy at all. For my taste, I will probably add more nutmeg in the future. I drink a lot of smoothies, this is a good one, and must say that this tasted totally different from any that I’ve ever made.
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George's Woo Hoo BBQ Sauce

Reviewed: Apr. 28, 2014
We used this on grilled bone-in chicken breasts, and they were delicious. This had just the right amount of zing, and the lemon really brightened the flavor. Next time, I will cut back on the brown sugar, but I'm finding we're liking things less and less sweet these days, so that's a personal taste preference.
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Banana Roll French Toast

Reviewed: Apr. 28, 2014
This is like a cross between a crepe and french toast, and I love the eye appeal you get with the rolls. I used reduced-fat cream cheese, white bread (didn't have any wheat on hand) and did put a little butter in the skillet along with the oil. The filling is loaded with luscious and creamy banana flavor with a hint of cinnamon and just enough sweetness. A definite remake in this house with nice enough presentation for company brunch. Thanks, Glo, for this wonderful new recipe.
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My Chicken Spaghetti

Reviewed: Apr. 27, 2014
Honestly, I wasn't convinced that the Velveeta cheese on its own would work, but this turned out to be pure creamy, cheesy, mellow goodness. The only liberty I took with the recipe was adding some buttered fresh bread crumbs as a topping, and I'd do that again. Thanks S, you made a Velveeta believer out of me with this recipe...enjoyed!
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Rum-beer Float

Reviewed: Apr. 27, 2014
This was pretty good, but I expected to taste more of the spiced rum. We did add more rum to each drink, nobody was complaining, and the glasses were empty, so I'd say it was a success.
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Easy Cherry Tomato Corn Salad

Reviewed: Apr. 27, 2014
Really enjoyed this for lunch today along with some cheese, crackers, and fresh fruit. I don't think I would make it with anything BUT fresh corn; that crunchiness really is part of what I think makes this salad taste so good. The lime-basil dressing is the perfect complement to these veggies, and that occasional pop of jalapeño wakes you up. Very nice salad cookbookangie.
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Fresh Green Bean Salad

Reviewed: Apr. 27, 2014
This salad's simplicity allows the fresh vegetables to be the star. The recipe didn't say what type vinegar to use, so I used white balsamic and added some fresh dill which always partners well with green beans. I steamed the green beans for 2 mins and 20 seconds in the micro on high which left them perfectly crisp. This was a welcome change for a nice side salad with dinner. This didn't knock-my-socks-off, but I did enjoy it.
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Carrot Cake Smoothie

Reviewed: Apr. 27, 2014
I knew that the spice amounts would be too much for me (personal preference), so I literally cut them in half, and those flavors still were prominent. Cinnamon, allspice, and ginger are very strong spices, so I'd recommend that you start out modestly and then add more if necessary because once they're in there, you can't take them out. I didn't use any frozen fruit, so I did add ice, I like my smoothies thick. This is one of those "outside-the-box" smoothies, and I like the fact that it's not loaded with additional sweeteners, the fruit takes care of that.
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Smoked Sausage-Potato Hash

Reviewed: Apr. 26, 2014
I turned this into a tasty 2-ingredient recipe by substituting Johnsonville® Italian Mild Sausage Links for the smoked sausage and used a bag of frozen potatoes which already had the peppers and onions in them. We gave it a pretty healthy shake of hot sauce to spice it up a bit. This recipe is a candidate for scrambling a couple eggs into it or topping with a poached egg.
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Classic Deviled Eggs

Reviewed: Apr. 26, 2014
This is a good, old-fashioned deviled egg with a little chopped celery and red onion to give it some crunch. Nothing not to like here!
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