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Baked Potato Soup I

Reviewed: Oct. 5, 2011
Well the end product came out good but I had a few issues....I did not know (as it did not state) whether or not you needed to COOK the potatoes before or not. It said large baked potatoes, I figured that means those big russett types, it didn't say you should actually bake the potato, so I have no idea what the actual recipe called for. I actually used a 3 pound bag of organic yellow potatoes, peeled, chopped (and I had no idea, so threw them in raw), so this whole recipe took a while to cook through. I used butter (margarine is toxic to your system, and I can't stand the taste, butter all the way). For the milk, I used whole milk. I didn't use green onions, I took one regular onion chopped, and a clove of garlic, browned in some butter in a pan then threw it in the pot. The rest of the recipe I followed, it came out SO tasty. Everyone loved it. I made this in my Le Creuset dutch oven. I also saved a few slices of super crispy bacon for the top, crushed once I put the soup in a bread bowl.
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Chicken Jalfrezi

Reviewed: Sep. 4, 2011
I followed this exactly, with the exception of the cilantro. I could not believe how salty it was. WAY too much salt. I would suggest no more than 1/2 tsp. salt. I don't think I would make this again.
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White Chili with Ground Turkey

Reviewed: Jan. 7, 2011
I made this according to the recipe - tasted it, and this was so watery, more of a soup then a chili. I also did not care for the flavor, too much cumin - that seemed like an overpowering ingredient. I didn't want to trash this - so here is what I did to make this not only edible, but delicious. My kids were saying that it tasted exactly like 'Wendy's' Chili after I fixed it. I browned the turkey and was left with big chunks - I decided to blend it in a food processor to make the pieces uniform/smaller. I browned my onions/garlic alone. I through all of this into a crockpot, and added the other ingredients. I also think you should cut back on the chicken broth (use only 4 cups). I used two cannellini beans and one dark kidney beans (rinse many times and drain first). I added two bottles of Chili Sauce (I think they were roughly 15 oz. each, can't recall just bought them at Walmart). I also added 2 T. Chili powder. With these changes it came out really good. I am giving this one star for the original recipe (my version 4 star).
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White Chocolate Covered Pretzels

Reviewed: Dec. 21, 2009
This is the first recipe I have ever made that came out disastrous !! I wasted an entire bag (24 oz.) of white chocolate chips - since I first did a batch on the double boiler, it would NOT thin out, and actually got thicker than normal, looked like mashed potatoes. I tried it again this time adding 1-2 Tablespoons butter as I read on the reviews - Same thing !! Thick mashed potatoes consistency, it would never thin out. It would never stick to the pretzels. It was impossible. I never had this happen with milk chocolate. In the end I had a pot full of lumpy thick white chocolate, I added 2-3 T. coconut oil and it worked somewhat, but still was not what I expected. I would not try this one again.
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Banana Banana Bread

Reviewed: Apr. 9, 2007
Made this EXACTLY as stated - I checked it after the recommended baking time - it was totally raw still in the center (toothpick test) so I ended up cooking it another 10 minutes (checked again) then another 10 minutes (still raw) I must have had to add on another 30-40 minutes to get the center cooked, but by that time the outside was overcooked. It still once I took it out was undercooked in center (after slicing) - WAS NOT IMPRESSED with this recipe....
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Buttery Soft Pretzels

Reviewed: Feb. 11, 2007
These are better than Auntie Anne's or Pretzel Time!! My kids ate all 12 within 10 minutes - I couldn't believe how good these were !! I wish I had made a triple recipe. They all said they tasted BETTER than the ones at the mall - I agree ! And a lot cheaper making them yourself ! I was puzzled why the recipe called for them to be dunked in a baking soda and water mixture - if anyone knows why, please explain? I did it anyways. The changes I made = I used 4 cups of flour instead of 5. I used organic pure cane sugar and All Natural sea salt and instead of vegetable oil (I used super healthy 'Organic Virgin Coconut Oil by Tropical Traditions') and also used that to grease the bowl the dough was to rise in. After putting the pretzels in the soda/water mixture, I put them on parchment paper which I sprayed with Olive Oil spray (instead of greasing) and then I sprinkled Kosher salt on the tops of them (on a few others I did cinnamon w/Raw sugar). The oven temp. seemed way to high even at 415, so on the second batch I decreased it to 400 degrees for 8 minutes - they got browned very quickly on top. After removing them from the oven I brushed melted UNsalted butter over the tops and bottoms of them - saturating them with butter (I did not put any more salt on after the butter). Loved the recipe -- the rolling took a while,didn't have a lot of patience - I didn't roll them on the table, I just rolled them between my hands vertically until the 'snake' became long and thin.
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