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The Best Caesar Salad Dressing

Reviewed: Feb. 22, 2014
Do allow enough chilling time to maximize the flavor of this dressing. I followed the recipe to the letter, tasted, and added a little more of the anchovy paste. It was a little on the thin side, so in the future, I'll reduce the water a bit. I always have Egg Beaters in the fridge, and I liked the fact that I didn't need to be concerned about a raw egg in the dressing. Enjoyed, will make again.
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Awesome Spicy Beef Kabobs OR Haitian Voodoo Sticks

Reviewed: Feb. 16, 2014
Appropriately named because these really were awesome. I was a little concerned about the amount of cayenne, so I did cut that in half, but left the black pepper as written. This turned out to be the perfect amount of heat for us. Not sure why, but I haven't made beef kebabs for years, but they'll be making a repeat appearance often moving forward. Thanks Eating Indy for a delicious recipe.
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Huevos d'Elena (aka Huevostadas)

Reviewed: Feb. 15, 2014
Used 8" tortillas for the tostadas and followed this recipe to the letter. The only criticism that I have is that the beef filling was a little dry and needed a kick of heat (at least for our taste). I put a bottle of hot sauce on the table, so that took care of the spiciness. I used "medium" salsa, so using "hot" may have resolved the "heat" issue. In the future, I'll add more salsa, probably a chopped jalapeño to the filling or a healthy shake of hot sauce, and a poached egg instead of fried. My hubby said he'd definitely like to have this again. Thanks LEMarr for our nice breakfast today.
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Cilantro Garlic Lime Sauteed Shrimp

Reviewed: Feb. 13, 2014
Did all of the prep work early in the day, so all that needed to be done this evening was to sauté the onions and garlic, add the salsa mixture, heat and then add the shrimp…my kind d of meal. Used a red jalapeno instead of a red chile pepper (what I had on hand) which gave a lick kick of heat and added more lime juice. Delicious, easy, full of fresh flavor and tender shrimp, thoroughly enjoyed. Definitely will be made again.
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Simply Egg Salad

Reviewed: Feb. 13, 2014
I liked the creaminess that the yogurt brought to this egg salad and the little tang that came from the dijon. Nice lunch today.
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Pineapple Upside-Down Cupcakes

Reviewed: Feb. 12, 2014
First, I don't have a clue where you'd find a 12.5 oz can of pineapple (it's 8 or 20 oz in my area). I used a 20-oz can, and measured out 12.5 oz. Second, there's almost too much of everything for 12 cupcakes. I filled the muffin cups up to the top (trying to use all of the batter) which made them dome too much, and I still had enough batter left for another 2-3 cupcakes. The topping overflowed/oozed out of the muffin cup spilling onto the bottom of the oven, baking on to the top of the muffin pan, and leaving a mess to clean up. I left the cupcakes cool completely (recipe doesn't tell you what to do), put a large cutting board on top of the muffin pan, and then flipped it over. If I were to make again, I think I'd try an 8-oz can of pineapple tidbits, 2/3 cup of brown sugar, and about 5 Tbsp of butter. That way the muffin cup would be less full leaving room for more cake batter and, hopefully, using up all of it. I'm giving this 4 stars because in spite of these things, they were moist and full of flavor, but some tweaking is necessary to make this a 5 star recipe.
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Spicy Dessert Roll-Ups

Reviewed: Feb. 11, 2014
Don't cook the tortilla too long or you won't be able to roll it (I learned the hard way). All you want to do is heat it a little. I made one with 1/2 tsp cayenne, and it was W-A-Y too spicy for us; about 1/4 tsp (or even a little less) for an 8" tortilla was the perfect amount of heat for us. You'll just have to figure out what works best for you. You'll taste the sweetness first, and then the spiciness kicks in later. Great snack for the kids, too, just leave out the cayenne. This is a quick little dessert that seriously takes just minutes to make. We enjoyed it!
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Crustless Cheddar and Sun-Dried Tomato Mini Quiches

Reviewed: Feb. 8, 2014
The thyme totally overpowers the flavor of the mini-quiche, and you can't even taste the sun dried tomatoes or cheddar. Also, there was an incredible amount of liquid released by the leeks which was the first layer into the muffin cup. When removed from the muffin pan, they continued to leak, and my husband said "…this just tastes watery and wet," and that was after blotting each top and bottom with multiple paper towels. I followed this recipe to the letter, really wanted to like it because I loved how it broke down nutritionally, but it was a disappointment. Sorry, won't be making this recipe again.
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Island BBQ Sauce

Reviewed: Jan. 18, 2014
The instructions are confusing in this recipe. It calls for 1/2 cup spiced rum "divided," but the instructions just say to mix the rum (no qty?) into the other ingredients, so I added all of it. But then at the end it says to "stir in remaining rum"…what remaining rum?? I don't know, I just added another splash of rum at the end. The flavor is intense, interesting (different), and was tasty on grilled bone-in chicken breasts.
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Apricot Almond Pilaf

Reviewed: Jan. 18, 2014
Followed the recipe except for using some vegetable broth for part of the water and omitting the rose water, since I could not find it. I wouldn't say that this is my favorite pilaf, but it does have good eye appeal, and is flavorful. Next time, I think I will add some cardamon as suggested by the recipe writer, and rose water, if I ever can find it.
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Sour Smoothie

Reviewed: Jan. 18, 2014
This is appropriately named because it is really sour, too much so for me. I added a lot more honey and ice, but still didn’t reach that sweetness level that typically comes with perfectly-fresh fruit. I think this is more like a “slushy” rather than a “smoothie,” and I really missed the traditional yogurt (either fresh or frozen) that typically makes it creamy. The other thing that I wasn’t crazy about was peeling the citrus fruit which is a lot more time consuming than grabbing a handful of fruit to throw into the blender. We all have different taste preferences, so I don’t want to discourage anybody from trying this, as it may be perfect for others. I love smoothies, but there are many others on this site that I like better.
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Thai Iced Tea

Reviewed: Jan. 17, 2014
Very tasty and refreshing even on a winter day (I like hot and iced tea any time of year). The next time I go to the asian market I'll check out their tea selection, but today this was made with tea in my pantry. The condensed sweet milk does tend to fall to the bottom, so I found myself stirring frequently.
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Western Denver

Reviewed: Jan. 17, 2014
When I was first married, there was a local pub within walking distance of our apartment which had great sandwiches. We frequented it often for their “Western Omelet” sandwich (well, maybe not ONLY the sandwich) which was served on rye bread (and it was cheap, too!). Saw this recipe today and had to try this long-forgotten sandwich. As written, I think it’s too heavy in peppers and onions. I basically chopped 2 mini bell peppers, 1 small jalapeno, and added about 3 Tbsp of onions. I wanted two sandwiches, so I used 3 eggs, and cut the omelet in half which worked perfectly for sandwiches. Salt, pepper, and about a tsp of butter in the skillet also are needed IMO. If you're watching cholesterol and fat, I think Egg Beaters would work well in reducing those values. Nix, thanks for reminding me of this old favorite. Next time, I’ll be sure to have rye bread on hand.
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Chinese-Style Cheeseburgers

Reviewed: Jan. 15, 2014
Here's the good and the bad. The good is that this is a tasty burger. The bad is that this burger seriously falls apart, and the cheese cubes melt big time in your pan. The recipe says to cook on a griddle or skillet, so DON'T even think about cooking these on your outside grill, as I can assure you you'll have a disaster. I read the reviews, did add some Egg Beaters in an effort to provide a binder, and although I was able to flip the burgers, it still was not a pretty sight. I used a Calphalon grill pan which is pretty easy to clean up, otherwise, I think I would have had a mess with the baked-on melted cheese. If I were to make this again, I think I'd skip the cheese cubes (not convinced there was anything gained from this) and just add a nice slice of cheese on the top making it a real cheeseburger. As suggested, I did use Teriyaki sauce in place of the soy sauce, but I really couldn't taste it at all. But then, who really cares, it still was a delicious and moist burger.
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Adrienne's Cucumber Salad

Reviewed: Jan. 13, 2014
This tastes very similar to other dill cucumber salads that I've had (and almost identical to another on this site) which means that it's good! If you're using sugar substitutes, they will work well in this recipe.
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Loopy's Baked Apple Crisp

Reviewed: Jan. 12, 2014
I forgot to add the maple syrup, and I still will say this is really good. This may not look like your classic apple crisp, but it tastes every bit as good, and is so much simpler to make. This would be a particularly nice dessert if you have unexpected guests drop in. It just may be that my apple was a little small, but I would check the apple halves for doneness at 25 minutes (before adding granola), as mine did turn a bit mushy with a full 45 minutes of baking. Caraloopy, for your first recipe, you’ve given us a winner!
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Yummy Apple Cider Pancakes

Reviewed: Jan. 12, 2014
This recipe has potential, but needs tweaking. I followed this recipe to the letter, my review is based on the way it is written, and how they turned out without modifications. The batter was very thin, so I added a little more flour (the only change), and what I ended up with were pancakes that had no rise at all and were a bit rubbery. These pancakes were not even remotely "fluffy". On the positive side, it did have a nice, subtle apple-cinnamon flavor. This recipe definitely needs more baking soda and baking powder to get a better rise and some additional flour. I won't be making this again, instead, I think I'll just go back to my tried and true pancake recipe and add some apple pie spice.
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Chik-Fil-A® Slaw (Copycat)

Reviewed: Jan. 11, 2014
Gotta say, this is pretty darn close. My cole slaw typically has a thicker dressing, but the restaurant slaw doesn't, so this one is spot on. Followed the recipe to the letter, and this is a good copycat recipe.
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Bubba's Sloppy Joes

Reviewed: Jan. 11, 2014
This should be more appropriately named "Everything But The Kitchen Sink Sloppy Joes" with its 21 ingredients (really, for sloppy joes?). Nobody in this house likes smoky flavors, so I did omit the hickory smoked salt and the smokehouse maple seasoning. Since there was a lot of freshly-minced garlic, I also left out the garlic powder (do you really need that???). Yes, we enjoyed this, but not well enough to make again. The great thing about a sloppy joe is its simplicity, and I thought the recipe author was just pulling out every spice in the cabinet; bottom line, I really didn't think that any one of them distinguished itself well enough to justify this many ingredients. The flavor that is the most dominant is the barbecue sauce, but the rest of the ingredients in such small amounts are overpowered by the BBQ sauce IMHO. Good, yes we enjoyed it, but Bubba, I'll be movin' on. Thanks for sharing your recipe.
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Iced Cinnamon Raisin Biscuits

Reviewed: Jan. 11, 2014
Yes, these certainly were easy enough to make. Unfortunately, I found them dry and rather tough after only 7 minutes baking, unlike a moist biscuit. If I were to make again, I'd also add a little salt to the biscuit mixture. They hardly rise at all, so be sure to not roll out the dough too thinly, or you'll have something that looks more like a cookie rather than a biscuit. Sorry, kzastrow, for the unfavorable review, but these were a bit of a disappointment in this house.
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