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Argentine Lentil Stew

Reviewed: Jan. 5, 2014
I really liked the apple in this stew; it added a nice flavor to it, especially when combined with the BBQ sauce. It's great that it's also super easy to make, and with ingredients that I typically have hanging around.
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Candied Almonds

Reviewed: Jan. 5, 2014
This was surprisingly easy to make and I am *so* grateful for all of the readers' comments -- thanks for the tips, everybody! Yes, it is easy to get nervous near the end of the cooking stage, but definitely wait until the sauce *completely* evaporates in the pan and crystalizes onto the almonds. And that's when you know they're done! The sauce will transform from liquid to syrup to stringy to ready. Next time, I will follow someone else's tip to bake the almonds first (8min at 400) for that extra crunch.
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Little Smokies

Reviewed: Jan. 5, 2014
I loved the ease of this -- throw all the ingredients in your slow cooker and come back a few hours later. Great! I only used as much brown sugar as I had left in my pantry, which was nowhere near a full cup. If I had to guess, I'd say it was probably 1/3 of a cup and the little smokies turned out JUST FINE. I suspect a full cup would have been way too over-the-top sickly sweet for my taste. FYI.
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Chicken Chili Soup

Reviewed: Nov. 24, 2013
I liked this, but my instinct told me to up the spices, so I did: I used 3t. chili powder, 2t. garlic powder, and 1t. cumin. Good decision! I also used what I had, including most of a rotisserie chicken; 2 cans of black beans & 2 cans of white kidney beans; and one can of Rotel for one of the cans of diced tomatoes (the other was "chili ready"). I don't care for green bells, so I omitted those. Also! The best substitution I made? Hominy instead of corn; in fact, I wish I had used *two* cans of hominy instead of one.
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Tortilla Soup II

Reviewed: Jan. 17, 2012
Relies too much on heat and doesn't provide enough flavor. I'll keep looking (and testing)...
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Mini Frittatas

Reviewed: Jan. 11, 2012
This was exactly what I was looking for! Based on my kitchen's/pantry's limitations, I used regular milk (no buttermilk), 5-6 bacon slices (no sausage), some 'for vegetables' seasoning (no thyme), four eggs (who needs just whites anyway?), cheddar jack (no parmesan) and just now realized I forgot the garlic. Oops! I also added green onions and orange bells for color, plus several shakes of cayenne for fun. These are perfect to transport and reheat or eat cold the next morning. Hooray! Thank you, Kathy Brodin. :)
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Broccoli with Garlic Butter and Cashews

Reviewed: Jan. 8, 2012
This is not what I wanted.
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Old Fashioned Coconut Cream Pie

Reviewed: Jul. 21, 2011
4.5 stars! I followed the third and final tried-and-true variations of SHEA1228 (Nov 2008). It was a big hit with my family and even I (a non-cc pie lover) liked it. But next time, I may refrain from adding the frozen coconut bits to the cream portion. It's just a personal preference thing -- analogous to orange juice with pulp vs. without. (PS - I prefer my OJ without pulp.) Good stuff; and before this, I never knew cream of coconut in a can even existed.
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Carne Guisada I

Reviewed: Feb. 9, 2011
Nahh, this ain't it.
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Broccoli, Rice, Cheese, and Chicken Casserole

Reviewed: Jan. 6, 2011
I cooked my rice (no instant), and cooked boneless skinless chicken breast in italian dressing (no canned). Overall it was fine, but a little too creamy for my taste. Just an average meal, but I might tweak it to suit my tastes a little better. Nothing fancy!
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Sunday Brunch Casserole

Reviewed: Nov. 21, 2010
This was good, but not great. I didn't have any dill, so I used cayenne pepper per others' suggestions (probably could have used more of it!). It's a very easy way to feed lots of people, but I didn't think it was super special. Maybe the potatoes were too unexciting?
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Lentil and Green Collard Soup

Reviewed: Mar. 31, 2010
I'd give this 4.5 stars -- I loved how the flavors came together. It's a mild soup that's perfect for a cool/warm spring day. The only change I made was using garlic paste instead of minced (that's all I had), which I used as directed but also added when I wilted the collards. (I didn't measure how much, sorry.) Oh, and I only had and used half a lemon. Very nice.
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Pan Fried Swiss Chard

Reviewed: Mar. 29, 2010
Garlic and bacon, what's not to love? And the added zip of the lemon was great... I didn't think it needed salt & pepper and skipped it altogether. 4.5 stars! Because even though it's delicious, I would like something a little easier on the heart. :) Sidenote: be sure to chop the chard into manageable pieces; it does not wilt down the same way spinach does, just fyi.
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Spinach Lasagna III

Reviewed: Feb. 22, 2010
This is one darn good lasagna recipe. Nevertheless, I trusted my gut on this one and followed another person’s review (no need to repeat it here, just find Mary Domaz’s review). The minor variations are excellent. But a few notes from me anyway: I used a 9oz bag of spinach, and 8oz. of chopped portabellos. I was also pretty generous with the sauce and the mozzarella (my preference). I ended up using approximately 1 and 3/4 jars of sauce, and probably 4 full cups of mozzarella. Also, when I layered the noodles, I was able to perfectly fit four noodles horizontally and one noodle vertically in my pan. All in all, I ended up using 15 noodles altogether. I baked it an hour, covered (aluminum foil), then removed the foil and left it in the oven an additional 10-15min. The pan was was really loaded down and heavy! But ultimately delicious (the lasagna, not the pan). Fed 8 of us.
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Cornbread Muffins II

Reviewed: Jan. 8, 2010
4.5 stars! Was a tad bit sweeter than I prefer, but that'll be an easy fix. It's a very simple recipe that's worth keeping. Also, don't be tempted to stretch the batter beyond a 12-piece muffin pan; otherwise the muffins probably won't rise well (or look pretty!). Sidenote: your cups will definitely be more than 2/3 full.
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Waistline-Friendly Turkey Chili

Reviewed: Jan. 8, 2010
I forgot the red bells, but don't think that matters much. This recipe is too BBQ sauce-y for my liking, and is simultaneously too sweet and has too much heat for a full meal. Definitely add/keep the sour cream to cut the heat. And did I miss the corn in the directions? No worries; I just added them in with the beans, etc. I also prefer something more along the lines of traditional chili, and this isn't it. Glad I made it, but highly unlikely I'll be making this again.
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Caramel Cake II

Reviewed: Dec. 22, 2009
I should have let the caramel cool a little bit longer before pouring it on top of the cake -- it likely would have set a little better since it becomes more viscous as it cools. I'm not a big fan of the cake because I *hate* the taste of butter, and it's all over the place with this cake. The cake itself is pretty dense and not that exciting. Definitely not for dieters. (Sorry!) But definitely for butter lovers.
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Basic Chicken Salad

Reviewed: Dec. 16, 2009
I really liked this; I was a little surprised -- esp. since I generally don't like nuts in my food. But I mashed the almonds to tiny bits, and that really helped. I also substituted purple onion for the celery (but didn't measure it). I especially loved the tang of the lemon juice. Good stuff! (PS-You can definitely get more than 2 sandwiches out of this.)
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Chicken Enchiladas V

Reviewed: Dec. 8, 2009
Great recipe! It's relatively fast, easy, and delicious. Minor variations: I didn't have any green chiles in my pantry, so I used a 10-oz can of Rotel instead (barely drained, half in the meat mixture, and half on top for some color). I used post-Thanksgiving turkey instead of chicken, olive oil for margarine, and added 1 t. of cumin to the meat. Delicious! I tried cream of onion soup once; I recommend sticking with the cream of chicken. If that's too much creamy stuff for you, go easy on top with the soup/sour cream and cheese mix.
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Slow Cooker Lasagna

Reviewed: Nov. 16, 2009
VARIATION ALERT! My gallbladder and I prefer ground turkey to sausage. I browned it w/onions, garlic, garlic powder, s/p. Then added ONE jar of sauce + 1 c. beef broth (to simmer). Meanwhile, in a separate bowl, I mixed a 15oz tub of ricotta, 1 1/2 c. of mozz, 1/2 c. parmesan, plus parsley, oregano, basil, and one egg. Starting with whole wheat lasagna noodles (6 total), I alternated layers of the above in my crock pot (wiped down with olive oil first - I had no spray), ending with meat sauce. Thanks for the inspiration! It's hot here in TX; I leave the oven off whenever possible. Presentation = great! Noodles = not so gummy. Exactly 4 hours on low. Easy.
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