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Chicken, Avocado and Mango Salad

Reviewed: Apr. 11, 2014
This was pretty good. I served it in lettuce cups. Next time I'd add more veggies for some crunch. IDK what kind of chili sauce the recipe author used. I had some chili paste, and only added about a 1/4 tsp. which was just enough heat. I garnished with some chopped peanuts.
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Easy and Quick Halushki

Reviewed: Apr. 10, 2014
I make halushki (cabbage and noodles) all the time, but usually use turkey kielbasa in place of the bacon and add a bit of butter at the end of cooking right before serving. Today, Italy met Poland when I subbed Johnsonville® mild ground Italian sausage for the bacon. Delish! I still added 2 TBS of butter to finish. Yum. Don't forget to use LOTS of fresh ground black pepper!
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Mexican Mostaccioli

Reviewed: Apr. 4, 2014
Very easy meal. Subbed Johnsonville mild Italian sausage for the beef, Doubled up on the canned tomatoes and used tomatoes with mild green chilis and subbed mild enchilada sauce for the picante(didn't have any). Also added some onions with the sausage as it browned. The men in the house enjoyed this!
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Tropical Carrot Raisin Salad

Reviewed: Apr. 3, 2014
I didn't have the pina colada yogurt, so I used plain nonfat greek yogurt and added a bit of honey. I also used golden raisins (personal preference) and reduced fat mayo. I made a carrot cake today, and this was the perfect recipe to use up the leftover shredded carrots and pineapple!
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Apple Pie Muffins

Reviewed: Mar. 23, 2014
Nice muffin recipe. I reduced the sugar by half, and it was still a little overly sweet for us. Next time I will go with only 1/2 cup sugar. I did replace 1/2 the butter with oil and the other half with a 1/2 cup of unsweetened applesauce. Still very moist.
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Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches

Reviewed: Mar. 22, 2014
We really liked this a lot. I used boneless, skinless chicken thighs and cooked them for about 6 hours on low. I thickened the sauce with a little cornstarch slurry at the end of the cook time. It tastes good without the butter, but adding the butter gives the sauce a nice silky texture.
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Irish Shepherd's Pie

Reviewed: Mar. 13, 2014
Made this with lean ground beef and added a bit of stout beer to the gravy. We enjoyed it very much!
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Boudreaux's Zydeco Stomp Gumbo

Reviewed: Mar. 4, 2014
Great recipe! Subbed chicken breasts with boneless chicken thighs. Added frozen okra and finished with gumbo file. Reduced the amount of cajun seasoning to 2 TBS (because of the salt) but added some hot sauce for heat. Also cooked some white rice and added it to the gumbo.
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Sweet and Spicy Salmon with Grapefruit Salsa

Reviewed: Mar. 3, 2014
I had to substitute Swai fillets for the salmon, because here in Ohio, salmon is incredibly expensive right now. Swai fillets are a mild white fish, much thinner than salmon, so I decreased the bake time to 10 minutes, which was perfect. I made the rub as written, but omitted oregano, as we are not fans. The fish and the rub were quite good. I made the salsa as written, but I'm sorry, we did not like it. We could not get past the bitterness of the grapefruit. No one here likes grapefruit on it's own, but I thought maybe in cut up small in a salsa we might like it. We did not. Perhaps subbing pineapple or blood orange for the grapefruit would make it more palatable to our tastes. Fish and rub=5 stars. Grapefruit salsa=1 star.
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Pork Carnitas with Cilantro Tomatillo Sauce

Reviewed: Mar. 3, 2014
I decided to alter the cooking style and sub a 2# pork sirloin roast instead of the shoulder because it was on sale at my store. I seasoned the roast as directed in the recipe, heated up a TBS of Mazola® corn oil, and seared all sides of the roast, then threw it in the crock pot with about a 1/4 cup chicken broth and the onions. Let it cook for 8 hours, then took the roast out, shredded it with two forks and returned it to the onions and juices in the crockpot. I also could not find tomatillos anywhere around here this time of year, so I purchased a jar of salsa verde and used some of that in place of them. I'm only rating 4 stars because I had to alter the recipe due to what was available to me and can't give an honest 5 stars, but I would give it 5 stars with my changes.
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Perfect Baked Jerk Chicken

Reviewed: Feb. 23, 2014
This was wonderful! I added a bit more cayenne and made the dry rub into a paste, then marinated boneless, skinless chicken thighs for a few hours with it, and grilled them on a nonstick grill pan. Will be making this one again. And to the reviewer that thought it would taste like cajun...why? It's jerk not cajun. It shouldn't taste at all like cajun.
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RITZ "Everything" Bites with Lox and Schmear

Reviewed: Jan. 30, 2014
I did not have any smoked salmon, so I left it off, but I did top them with the cucumber and a sprinkle of dried dill. The schmear is addictive and I'm ashamed to say I ate 8oz of light cream cheese schmear all by myself in two days! Yes, this is a great recipe! Thanks Debbie from Country Girl Gourmet!
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Donna's Coconut Almond Cookies

Reviewed: Jan. 30, 2014
Excellent cookie!!!!! I was impatient, and didn't let my butter get to room temp, so I used a little less flour so the dough wasn't too dry. I also subbed half the coconut for chopped almonds! Thanks for the great recipe Donna!
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RITZ Fried Ravioli

Reviewed: Jan. 27, 2014
I wanted to avoid frying these, so I baked them for 10-12 minutes, on a rack on a baking sheet, in a hot oven (450 degrees F). Sprayed with cooking spray before baking and turned them after 5-6 minutes. Delicious. I can imagine how great they are fried!!! They did come out crisp in the oven, and had such a great flavor. My base ravioli was a sausage and spinach filled one. Great recipe Michele @ Flavor Mosiac!
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RITZ New York-Style Mini Crumb Cheesecakes

Reviewed: Jan. 27, 2014
These little cheesecakes are the perfect sweet bite! I didn't have any fudge sauce, so I decided to add some mini chocolate chips to the batter and the crumb topping. I also used plain Ritz crackers for the topping and replaced a TBS of the butter with peanut butter. Thanks for the great recipe Shelby @ The Life & Loves of Grumpy's Honeybunch!
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Pork Stroganoff

Reviewed: Jan. 24, 2014
Used cubed pork tenderloin and replaced water with white wine and increased the amount of ingredients in sauce according to the amount of pork tenderloin I used. Since I used cubed pork tenderloin, I reduced cooking time once the pork was back in sauce to a few minutes, until pork was done and the sauce was heated through. Served over noodles. Finished with dill.
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RITZ Spicy Asian Chicken Wings

Reviewed: Jan. 21, 2014
What a fantastic recipe! I changed it up and made this as a main dish for dinner. I used bone-in chicken thighs and baked them in a 425 degree F oven for 35 minutes. Spooned the sauce over top when they were done cooking. I didn't have any peppers for the sauce, so I used a healthy tsp of sambal oelek (chili paste) for spice. The sauce is just amazing! Thank you Marion@Life Tastes Good for this outstanding recipe! I will be making again and again.
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RITZ Hazelnut Gelato Sandwich

Reviewed: Jan. 18, 2014
oh wow. YUM!!! The hardest part about this recipe is the waiting. I could only find sea salt caramel gelato and the combo was nothing short of amazing! Great recipe!
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RITZ Humble Pie with Peanut Butter Mousse, created by Serendipity 3

Reviewed: Jan. 18, 2014
I modified this recipe quite a bit in order to reduce the overall fat and calories. With my changes, I was able to shave off about 150 calories. I used 8 oz reduced fat cream cheese and reduced the butter. Used Cool whip free instead of the whipped cream. It was still very tasty, but a little less of a guilty pleasure. I refrigerated it overnight. It held together beautifully even after sitting at room temp for a significant amount of time. With my changes, the filling took on more of a cheesecake texture, but we were fine with it. I will be making this again in the future with all my changes.
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Black Magic Cake

Reviewed: Jan. 17, 2014
Great recipe. I used cake flour instead of AP flour for a more tender cake. For those of you who were unsuccessful with this recipe...you need to do the toothpick test for doneness...all ovens are different. I made cupcakes and found for my oven, 20 minutes was perfect.
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