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I got this cocktail recipe by Chuck Taggart on the gumbopages.com website. This drink is strong, but it is refreshing on a hot day. According to Chuck, "this drink was supposedly invented at a New Orleans joint called Santina's Saloon in the mid 1800s...The traditional spirit for this drink is brandy or Cognac, but bourbon has been known to be substituted." I used brandy, and Patron citronage for Cointreau. DH said simple syrup and sugar syrup are the same thing.

Recipe #503878

From the Fox13now.com website credited to Jennifer Burns of Dan's Market. I made a half batch of this egg salad for lunch today. Actually, I used 4 eggs (what I had on hand) and halved the other ingredients. I used pickle relish for the dill pickle. Be careful with your cajun seasoning. I read somewhere that paprika should be the highest proportion in a good Cajun seasoning. Other types can be heavy on the salt (like the one I used) so my salad was a little salty when tasted on its own, but fine once I put it into a sandwich. I did not use salt and pepper to taste. I served on toasted English muffins with tomatoes, but skipped the lettuce. Prep was very fast for me because I used an egg cooker. The recipe does not reflect time to hard boil the eggs.

Recipe #503874

This recipe is from the Whole Foods site and the one that they posted as going over their mini crab cakes recipe. I served it over a vegan recipe that I posted for Recipe #503810. Warning: I found this to be very spicy (and I like spicy). You may wish to start with 1 tsp of hot pepper sauce, try it, and add more to taste. I made this in my mini food processor. I'm not that good with eyeballing measurements, but I would say the yield looks like about 3/4 cup to me or so.

Recipe #503808

I made this tasty "meatloaf" for dinner tonight. It is from the Vegandad.blogspot.com site. DH said, "this is pretty good for being vegan." Next time, I will make more sauce, maybe even double it. I found that I did not have any "excess" sauce to spoon over my loaves. Also, I had a little less than 1/2 cup of brown sugar on hand, which was fine for our tastes, as I don't like things too sweet. I may even cut back to 1/4 cup next time. The recipe did not say to use prepared mustard so I used dried. The cayenne is to taste, but that part keeps disappearing. I grated the onion in my mini food processor as I was tired of using the box grater after the tempeh. I served with mashed potatoes and roasted broccoli.

Recipe #503699

DH and I enjoyed this decadent recipe for brunch today. I did not have store bought Creole mustard, so we used Recipe #38148. We skipped the reserving of the egg yolks to scatter on the finished dish as it was just us eating and we didn't really care about the garnish. I used my egg maker for the hard cooked eggs. From southernfood.about.com

Recipe #503340

This recipe differs a bit from the others already posted in that it contains egg and simple syrup. I enjoyed this today with my Sunday brunch. It is from the Nola Cuisine website. I didn't have freshly grated nutmeg for garnish so I sprinkled a bit of ground nutmeg on top and it was still good.

Recipe #503336

DH and I made this winner from the BistroKatie.com website. She says it is an adaptation from Isa Chandra Moskowitz's "Appetite for Reduction." According to the author, chiffonading the collards (stacking them one on top of the other, rolling them up and slicing the roll) is one of the easiest ways to chop them, which is what we did. This was healthy yet very flavorful and spicy. DH indicated that he was surprised by how much he liked it, helped himself to two servings and indicated that he would like to have this again. We served over Recipe #373373 for authenticity.

Recipe #503234

Made this yummy spicy salad for lunch today. DH and I liked it a lot. It's from the BistroKatie.com blog. Cook time includes cooling time for the bulgur.

Recipe #503232

DH and I made this recipe last night. It is from the Once Again Brand of products listed in an ad in the Vegetarian Times. I was really glad we tried this recipe. We really enjoyed it. Do use a nice store bought or homemade tzatziki sauce on top of the burgers as they benefit from the added moisture. While the ingredient list looks long, most go right into a food processor and it does not take long to prep at all.

Recipe #503095

I made this really easy recipe from the Vegetarian Times website. It says it is from the March 2012 issue. This was perfect for a weeknight and I bought pre-cut butternut squash to save time. Next time, I would make it a little spicier by adding more curry paste, but that is personal preference. I would also simmer the butternut for longer for a softer consistency. I made this in my Dutch oven and served over black forbidden rice as the recipe suggested for nice color contrast. The recipe says that most Thai green curry pastes (unlike red and yellow) are Vegan, particularly the one made by Thai Kitchen, which I used.

Recipe #502872

From www.TopSecretRecipes.com I love P.F. Chang's Mai Tai. DH found this recipe on Top Secret Recipes. We think this is pretty close, and really delicious. This is the way we make our mai tai's! Enjoy!

Recipe #299648

DH and I took advantage of the nice weather yesterday and made these grilled lamb chops for dinner. The recipe is from Bobby Flay's "Boy Gets Grill" cookbook. While the recipe calls for baby lamb chops, Bobby says you can use regular lamb chops, too. DH and I used lamb loin chops and halved the recipe to suit 4 chops (the sauce, when halved, made enough for 6+ chops). Follow the recipe's proportion for the garlic. I am always heavy handed with the garlic since we love it, but it was a little strong in the sauce when I used more than required. Prep time includes refrigerating the sauce.

Recipe #417115

This easy, flavorful recipe comes from the December/January 2010 "Taste of Home" magazine. According to the recipe description, even those who do not like blue cheese will like this mild sauce. DH hates blue cheese, but was willing to give this recipe a try. He liked it. We used a little more butter than the recipe indicated as we found we needed some more to give the roux a good consistency. We also sprinkled our pork chops with salt and pepper, rather than just pepper.

Recipe #448699

A delicious recipe DH and I tried from Williams-Sonoma, which is perfect for a busy night, as there is virtually no prep! The mustard cream sauce is very flavorful.

Recipe #336075

DH and I made this recipe from Feb 2009 Bon Appetit and thought it was really good. The recipe recommends using grass-fed steak and to serve the steak rare. Prep time includes time for the steak to rest.

Recipe #353579

A favorite recipe of ours from About.com. We use Absolut pear as we found it worked better in this recipe than other pear vodkas we tried. St-Germain is an elderflower liqueur from France.

Recipe #492644

From the May 2011 "Real Simple" magazine. DH and I made this quick and easy recipe for dinner tonight and thought it was a great weeknight meal. I used frozen ravioli, homemade from a local Italian bakery and used the Pecorino cheese. We did not need to use any of the reserved cooking water. Serving size says 4, but DH and I ate the whole batch ourselves.

Recipe #460215

DH and I made this easy tasty recipe submitted by Kim Caputo in the Aug/Sept 2011 "Taste of Home Magazine." The only change we made was to top with freshly grated Romano cheese. We also used fresh linguine. We will be having this again!

Recipe #460937

DH and I loved these potatoes from the Williams-Sonoma website. We served with fish. I used salted butter.

Recipe #494564

DH and I made these margaritas last night, which I found in the April 2009 edition of Bon Appetit. They are credited to the bistro, Stack, inside The Mirage in Los Vegas. I thought these were really good. I liked how they were not overly sweet. Using a good tequila is important. I used Don Julio in my first one (that DH brought back from Mexico several years ago) and when it ran out, I tried it with Hornitos Plata. I could definitely tell the difference (the Don Julio being smoother), but both were nice. DH suggested using a Reposado. Enjoy.

Recipe #361343

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