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Bandito Baked Beans

Reviewed: Jun. 29, 2011
It's tough to decide how to rate a recipe when there are obvious problems with measurements, etc. This is one of those recipes. I liked the idea of adding the picante sauce but the recipe calls for just two 15 oz. cans of beans which is clearly not enough to make 6 servings. I used a 28 oz. can of pork and beans, a 15 oz. can of black beans and added in a 15 oz. can of pinto beans. I didn't have any spicy brown mustard on hand so just used yellow mustard and added 1 tsp. of chili powder to spice it up. An entire onion would be far too much so just eyeball it. I used about half. I used the medium Pace picante sauce and reduced it to 3/4 cup. It gave it just a touch of heat, not too much. With these changes these were so good! Great summer BBQ dish. Check custom recipes if you'd like to see my changes.
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Turkey Bean Bake

Reviewed: Jun. 22, 2011
Adding the ground turkey makes this a very hearty side dish. Definitely some good, lowfat protein for my athlete sons! Most ground turkey comes packaged at more than a pound, usually about 1.25 so you might not want to use it all to get the ratio right. I used a 28 oz. can of baked beans as well to up the ratio of beans to meat. I was tempted to add some chili powder and cumin since it was reminding me very much of chili as I was making it but followed the recipe as written and it was good. I love the addition of the kidney and black beans.
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Heather's Grilled Salmon

Reviewed: Jun. 21, 2011
This turned out well although I was a bit disappointed that the marinade didn't carry through the salmon more. It was merely a surface flavor and felt it would have been nicer if the flavor had been stronger. However, it was very good. I had one large 2 lb. fillet so I found it easier to mix up the marinade in a large pan and place the salmon in. I flipped it around and left it, skin side up, to marinate covered in the fridge for over an hour.
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Beef Roast in Red Wine (Carni Arrosto al Vino Rosso)

Reviewed: Jun. 20, 2011
It's nearly 100 degrees today here in Northern CA and I made this dish which is definitely more fall/winter fare but we had the hankering for beef roast. I thought the recipe was good although there are a few things to note. I seared the roast in olive oil before adding to the crock pot. There is WAY too much liquid called for here. I scaled the ingredients in half and had plenty of liquid for the roast to cook in. After the roast cooked for 8 hours on low, I chose to strain the cooking liquid into a pan on the stove before adding the tomato paste. It will not thicken as stated in the recipe unless you add a thickener. I mixed up about 1-2 Tbsp. of cornstarch with a little water and mixed it in to get the desired consistency. It made a wonderful gravy for the very tender, delicious roast.
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Kickin' Turkey Burger with Caramelized Onions and Spicy Sweet Mayo

Reviewed: Jun. 17, 2011
These were great! I especially liked the spiced mayo although you can scale by half since it makes far more than you'll need. We are wimps so I cut the cayenne pepper down to 1/2 tsp. and it was just right. Hot but not crazy hot. I also omitted the jalepeno pepper from the burger but used a spicy steak seasoning. We had ours with muenster cheese. I think they'd be great with mixed greens, avocado or any other toppings you like. We also used the sauce as a dipping sauce for Grilled Chipotle Sweet Potatoes from this site.
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Grilled Chipotle Sweet Potatoes

Reviewed: Jun. 17, 2011
I thought this was such an interesting recipe I had to try it. I'm glad I did because they were very tasty. Be sure not to cook your sweet potatoes too long in the microwave or they will be mushy when you cut them and won't grill as well. Cook just till just barely fork tender and then slice them up. It didn't say to peel them first but I did. If you are cooking something else on your grill it would be hard to make these for a large family, unless you have a huge grill. I served with Kickin' Turkey Burgers with Carmelized Onions from this site and we dipped them into the sauce recipe for the burgers.
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Easy Chicken Satay

Reviewed: May 31, 2011
This is award winnning!!! I made these along with some flank steak skewers in a teriyaki marinade but these went faster than the beef. The peanut sauce is addicting! Served with Asian Chicken Salad from this site and chow mein. Don't forget to soak your wooden skewers in water before using to avoid burning on the grill.
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Omelet Biscuit Cups

Reviewed: May 3, 2011
This went over really well with my boys. I omitted the mushrooms for their sake but you could really put in anything you normally like in an omelet. My only comment is that they were quite "bready" so I think next time I'll try cutting each biscuit in half and then stretch the dough to fit in each muffin cup to get a better egg to muffin ratio. They loved as is though.
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Baked Coconut Shrimp

Reviewed: Apr. 7, 2011
Fantastic! My son chose this recipe to do a cooking demonstration in his Advanced Foods class. They turned out super tasty. So much cleaner and easier than the fried version, not to mention far more healthy. They brown up so nicely that you won't miss the oil. We sprayed the cookie sheet but also the tops of the breaded shrimps so they wouldn't stck after flipping. We found they cooked more quickly so watch them close so they don't burn. He made an orange dipping sauce that compliments them perfectly. Mix together 1/2 cup orange marmalade, 1/4 cup Dijon mustard, 1/4 cup honey, and 4 drops tobasco.
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Baked Buffalo Wings

Reviewed: Feb. 6, 2011
I made these for Super Bowl and they were fantastic! Definitely bake them on a rack on top of the foil lined baking sheet. I'm so glad that I did because the juices/sauce will blacken on the bottom and you don't want them cooking in that. I chose to do 2 flavors, buffalo and terriyaki. I used 1/4 cup melted butter, 1/4 cup Franks buffalo sauce, and 1/4 cup bbq sauce for the buffalo wings and in another bowl I did 1/4 cup melted butter and 1/2 cup terriyaki sauce. When the wings were done I felt the terriyaki wings needed more coating so I warmed some terriyaki sauce and recoated them. The buffalo wings seemed good as is but you could do the same with additional Franks/bbq sauce. This method produces wings that are easily as tasty as the fried version and the clean up is so easy! Just throw the foil away.
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Chewy Brownie Cookies

Reviewed: Jan. 27, 2011
I am getting rave reviews from my boys on these. I subbed almost all but about 2 Tbsp. of the shortening for butter with a fine result. I used 1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips and 1/2 cup semi-sweet. Omitted the nuts. I baked some as directed as cookies but did half in mini muffin tins and they turn out as perfect little brownie bites. The kids preferred the brownie bites by far over the cookies.
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Lemon Bread

Reviewed: Jan. 27, 2011
For good lemon flavor you've to add more lemon juice. I used the juice from an entire lemon. For the glaze I used 1 cup powdered sugar, 1 Tbsp. half and half, and the juice of another whole lemon. When the bread comes out of the oven let it cool a bit and then remove it from the pan and place on a plate. Poke all over with a toothpick and pour the glaze over. I like to let the bread cool just a bit so that the glaze doesn't all slide off onto the plate. It's good to glaze while still slightly warm but not piping hot out of the oven. Very good!!!
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Mama's Asian Chicken and Rice

Reviewed: Jan. 27, 2011
Wonderful! I followed as written but doubled the sauce as I was using almost 3 lbs. of chicken. It was the perfect ratio. I used the juice from one whole orange and the zest as well. Great orange flavor and the Chinese five spice powder adds that little something special to the dish. I served with white rice, roasted asparagus, and pot stickers.
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White Chocolate Macadamia Cranberry Dreams

Reviewed: Dec. 18, 2010
Delicious! I used parchment paper lined cookie sheets and chilled my dough for about an hour before rolling into small balls. Perfect for your Christmas cookie tray. I think the macadamia nuts really work well in this recipe but they are quite pricey. You could try subbing cashews or walnuts and I think either would work well.
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Pesto Cheesy Chicken Rolls

Reviewed: Oct. 25, 2010
So good and so easy. I butterflied my chicken breasts to get them thin enough. I chose to use provolone for more flavor. I dipped the rolled chicken in buttermilk and then in Italian style panko bread crumbs and placed them in a 13 x 9 pan coated with cooking spray and cooked as directed. The result was fantastic! Served with ravioli and a salad.
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Boston Cream Pie I

Reviewed: Oct. 23, 2010
I have to agree with other reviewers. The cake is dry. I would sub another yellow cake recipe or even a box cake and follow as written otherwise to get a better result. I was disappointed with the result.
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Mini Pumpkin Butterscotch Muffins

Reviewed: Sep. 18, 2010
Yummy! I think they are good as mini muffins cause they are somewhat rich with the butterscotch chips. I subbed vegetable oil for the melted butter. I just didn't want to add a whole stick of butter to the mix. Great little snacks for the kids.
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Fudgy Chocolate Chip Muffins

Reviewed: Aug. 29, 2010
I was a little short on applesauce so I made up the difference with light sour cream. After mixing together the dry ingredients I didn't think it had enough cocoa powder so I added a litte more - about 1/8 cup. The result was perfect. Check them right at 22 minutes or you might overbake and dry them out.
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Pumpkin Wheat Honey Muffins

Reviewed: Aug. 24, 2010
These are great! I used 1 cup whole wheat and 1/2 cup all purpose flour. The only other thing I did differently was that I finely chopped the walnuts and sprinkled them over the top of the muffins before cooking instead of mixing into the dough. They are absolutely delicious, great texture. A nice healthy snack to have on hand.
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Raspberry Almond Coffeecake

Reviewed: Aug. 22, 2010
I used a mixture of raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries that I had on hand. I felt there was not enough batter so I doubled the recipe and used a deep dish pie plate. I baked it on a cookie sheet but only a small amount dripped over the edge. I also subbed half the sour cream for buttermilk. Had to use about 3/4 cup buttermilk to get the right consistency. I used slivered almonds instead of sliced. Followed as written otherwise. The end result is beautiful and very tasty.
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