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Rock_lobster

But it wasn't a rock ... I like food
Spinach, Ham and Cheese Omelet
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I can gobble an omelet for any meal, anytime of the day. So versatile to one's taste, and soooo tasty. This recipe is 5-stars as written, 5+ stars w/ a couple additions. Splash of milk to the eggs. I also add a little diced onion, bell pepper, & tomato to the spinach/ham mix. Sometimes I swap Italian Cheese for Mexi-cheese, & drop salsa on top. I served this SHCO yesterday morning w/ the "Fluffy Pancakes" recipe on here, & the family, in between shoveling bites, were like mumbling, munching zombies in breakfast heaven.

Fluffy Pancakes
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It's Saturday night, 8 p.m. & I was overcome with an intense craving for pancakes. Enter kris' "Fluffy Pancake" recipe ... & I am in pancake heaven. Can I leave 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 stars for this recipe? The divine aroma is still drifting through my kitchen and lingering in my nostrils & I.Want.More. As other reviewers suggested, definitely let the batter "rest" for 20-30 min. prior to dribbling the pancake mana of the gods on your griddle. The resulting pancake is of a texture that I will describe in one word. DROOL.

Tuna Pasta Salad with Dill
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Mmmm Brains' Pasta! Made this for a "Zombie Luau" party and molded the pasta salad to look like, well, brains. 5-star recipe, more stars with a couple additions: 2 ribs chopped celery, dash of curry powder, splash of Vinagrette salad dressing, and 1/2 diced bell pepper. (I like a little more color and crunch in pasta salad.) Don't forget the pickle juice - what a great way to use that pickle-ey liquid left in the jar! Oh yea, and if you want brain-ey pasta like mine, a couple drops of red food coloring.

White Chocolate Covered Pretzels
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Nummy! Made for a "Zombie Luau" party, and adjusted recipe just slightly to follow the theme. (I.E. my WCCP's were fashioned to look like blood-shot eyeballs.) Broke regular pretzels into ovals, poured the melted chocolate into the center, added a brown mini M&M for the pupil, and once they hardened in the fridge, I squeezed a little red food gel for veins. (See pic.) My changes were pretty minimal from Patty's 5-star, delicious recipe, so I say bust out the pretzels, chocolate, and any tasty toppings and have fun with it!

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Tuna Pita Melts
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Shazzam are these good!! Followed recipe exactly, 'cept added a little diced celery and red onion, black pepper and minced garlic to the tuna. Did 1/2 the pitas w/ cheddar, & other 1/2 w/ jarlsberg, the latter gobbled up more quickly. My 3-year old blurted out, between big bites, that these were "tasty fish pizzas!"

Stuffed Peppers
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Lovely way to serve all the bell peppers popping up in the garden in the summer! But they definitely need to be blanched in boiling water 1st. Brown beef w/ minced garlic and some diced onion. Instead of 2X tom. sauce, I used 1 can tom. soup. Also whilst they're baking, they need a generous sprinkling of shredded cheese! A little bit of work goes into these, but they're well worth it b/c they look so pretty all lined up like delicious meaty, cheesy, pepper soldiers.

Blueberry Spinach Salad
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Perfection! Don't change a thing! Sometimes I'm of a heavy-kitchen-hand (more ingredients = better?), but not in the case of this salad. Simple, sophisticated, and absolutely delicious. I served this at a BBQ, alongside standard grill-out fare, and imagine my surprise to see folks going back for seconds, and thirds, of a SALAD, over the other dishes.

Asian Style Country Ribs
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Amazing marinade, good for chops, chicken etc ... Unfortunately, I thought for all the wonderful flavor that went into the marinade, that most of it cooked off during the 8-9 hours in the crockpot, and I was left with some fairly bland ribs. 5-stars for the marinade, 4-stars for the recipe. And 6-stars for anything that calls for Sriracha, my family's favorite go-to condiment!

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Best Fruit Dip
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Fluffy, fabulous, fantastic, fruit dip! I could dip anything into this stuff, even just my face! Followed the suggestion of using Strawberry Cream Cheese, 2 TB OJ, and 1 c. Cool Whip, and it was a divine dessert that elicited many lip-lickings during its disappearance.

Proper English Cottage Pie
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If you're looking for tummy-rubbing, comfort-food, look no further than Cottage Pie! I love making this recipe, and the only changes that I've made are adding peas (my British bud always put peas in his Cottage & Shepherd Pies), & I've gotten to the point of just using instant mashed potatoes (I know, I know, Laaaaazy) but for a quick, wonderful family meal, it totally works, and totally disappears in a puff of "mmm."

Sean's Falafel and Cucumber Sauce
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/gasp! SALTY! I followed Sean's recipe exactly except I used 1/2 the breadcrumbs, & baked at 375 deg. for 35-40 min. flipping once. These would've been mouth-watering-ly-perfect had the recipe not called for 1 tsp. salt. (or that much breadcrumb?) Maybe my family & I have a weaker tolerance for salt, but wow, the flavors in these falafel were to die for ... but alas, they were drowned in a salty sea.

Tomato Zucchini Casserole
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/drool! This was so good! Amidst a sea of "tomato zucchini this-or-that" recipes on here, I came across this one, &, joy that I did! I didn't have plum tomatoes (used diced in can), & I didn't have shredded cheddar (used mozzarella), & I hid a little layer of pepperoni in the middle. We skipped the breadcrumb topping and just stuck w/ ooey-gooey cheese. I don't think my changes would've altered my giving Deltaqueen's recipe 5-stars, b/c it was, as Homer Simpson said, "groin-grabbingly transcendent."

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