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Tater-Dipped Eggplant

Reviewed: Jul. 26, 2007
I made these as an appetizer the other day but used zucchini instead of eggplant and red-skinned (rather than plain) instant potatoes. I also used only about 3 tablespoons of butter because that's all I had and they came out great. My friend and I devoured the whole pan and she had warned me ahead of time that she didn't like zucchini at all. They came out great -- very flavourful, not too buttery or greasy. I'm definitely looking forward to trying this again with the eggplant!
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Stuffed Peppers

Reviewed: Aug. 13, 2007
It's hard to fairly rate this as I altered it quite a bit as well. I used brown rice and sausage and I blanched the peppers first, plus I used some leftover homemade tomato sauce. I steamed them for the first 1/2 hour or so using some tin foil, then poured a little balasmic vinegar into the pan and sprinkled the peppers with some grated Parmesan for the last ten minutes or so of steaming. Came out nice and moist with a good texture to the peppers, but could have used a tiny bit more zing. Next time I may add some more garlic or maybe some jalapenos. Excellent basic starting point, though! Am looking forward to perfecting my own version of this.
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Habanero Pepper Cream Pasta

Reviewed: Nov. 25, 2007
I absolutely loved this!! Having never cooked with habaneros, I was a little sceptical that one small pepper could pack so much punch. Glad I only used the one, though -- it was perfect! I tossed the sauce with some bowtie pasta, chicken, and spinach and then garnished with some sweet orange bell peppers. It was beautiful and very, very tasty. Will defintiely make this one again.
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Becki's Oven Barbecue Chicken

Reviewed: Nov. 27, 2007
This was yummy!! My only addition was a little Tabasco for spice, plus I used some jalapeno mustard instead of just plain. I also scaled back a bit on the ketchup as others recommended. SO good! I didn't have any wings on hand so I just used some boneless, skinless breasts and marinated them for a few hours before cooking. They were delicious and I'm definitely looking forward to using this on wings in the future.
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Amish Slaw

Reviewed: Dec. 18, 2007
This was just what I was looking for in a slaw recipe. My college boyfriend's stepfather (from North Carolina, 10 years ago) made an incredible good, tart slaw that I adored but could never quite get right. I saw this and knew it had to be close. I eased up a little on the sugar and let the finished product sit over night and it was excellent. (Doubly good when served on top of pulled pork as a sandwich.) Thank you so much for sharing!
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Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Reviewed: May 17, 2008
These were FABULOUS. I, too, added some sour cream and they were perfect, just like I've had in restaurants. There was a fair bit left over which I'm looking forward to make into potatoe pancakes. Will definitely use this recipe again.
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Shrimp Scampi Bake

Reviewed: Jun. 7, 2008
This was FAB. I had no idea scampi could be so easy! I made it as directed (though I tossed in a healthy shake of Cayenne and used extra garlic 'cause I love it so) and have to admit I was a little concerned when I sampled the sauce prior to baking. It tasted very lemony to me but when it came out it was perfect. Poured the whole lot of it over some pasta and served with a salad and warm, crusty rolls. We polished off every bit of it and sopped up all the extra juice with the bread. Will DEFINITELY make this super-easy dinner again.
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Easy Garlic Broiled Chicken

Reviewed: Jun. 7, 2008
I thought this was okay. I made it per the recipe, though used chicken breasts instead of thighs. There was nothing wrong with it, but it just wasn't anything exciting. The flavours were okay -- I found it fairly mild so it would probably be good for kids. It WAS easy, but I've made dishes just as easy that I liked better.
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White Bean Chicken Chili

Reviewed: Nov. 6, 2008
It's always tough for me to rate recipes when I've mucked about with them, but this one definitely gave me a great starting point. Though I found fresh tomatillos, I went for a jar of salsa verde anyway. I also used fresh jalapenos and poblano peppers (one of each) in place of the green chilis. Used some fresh tomoatoes AND a can of diced (with added spices) and a can of corn rather than fresh. Boosted the cumin, added some tabasco, and most of a can of Mexican-style lager. Also used more beans -- half great Northern, half white. It was quite spicy, but very good. Would definitely make it again, maybe experimenting with different peppers and beans. This freezes very well, too.
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Roasted Winter Vegetable Soup

Reviewed: Dec. 4, 2008
This was incredibly delicious. Instead of making the rosemary oil, I just tossed two big sprigs of it into the stock while it simmered. It pretty much fell apart so I just pulled the stems out before adding the veg. I also read the recipe wrong and didn't simmer the vegetables in the stock, just blended them in small batches in the blender with a ladleful of broth. Mixed the whole lot back into the pot and simmer it for a few minutes to blend. Came out great!! This does make an almost obscene amount of soup, though. I should have halved it. Hopefully it will freeze well!
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Slow Cooker Turkey Breast

Reviewed: Dec. 4, 2008
This was good, but I think I left the breast in too long a it wasn't as moist as I expected after all the reviews. (I even added some apple juice and some butter in the beginning, too.) I also found it a little bland -- should have used more spices. But I definitely liked freeing up the over for other things! I would make this again, but would spice it much more and probably watch it closer to make sure it didn't overcook.
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Fluffy French Toast

Reviewed: Sep. 4, 2009
Very good! The flour does keep it from being too soggy and it comes up fluffy and fabulous. I added a splash of spiced rum and a bit of nutmeg to the batter but it would have been good without it too. I'll be using this one recipe from now on for sure.
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Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Soup

Reviewed: Nov. 11, 2009
That was delicious! I'm not a bit onion person so I only used half of one and then added some healthy shakes of chipotle powder. YUM. I took the leftovers into work and everyone wanted to try it when the smelled it reheating in the microwave. I've already been instructed to bring this to the next potluck. Thanks!
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Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Reviewed: Nov. 16, 2009
This definitely gets extra stars for ease, except for cleaning the caramelized tonic (pop/soda/whatever) out of my crock pot, of course! I bought a shoulder instead of the tenderloin and did a light rub of Cajun spices before hand, though I don't think it needed it and wouldn't bother next time. I flipped the knob to low and took a nap but when I got up I realized I hadn't plugged in the cooker! I cranked it up to high for a few hours to compensate. It was a bit of a struggle getting the meat off the bone -- don't know if that was due to the high heat or what -- but it was definitely tender. After draining the root beer and fat I had to hand-shred the meat and then mixed it in with some very spicy BBQ sauce (Stubbs Spicy) and added a splash more root beer to mellow the heat. Served it with tart slaw and a sweet baked beans and it was very good. I'll be making this again soon for a football party but will use a boneless shoulder if I can find it, won't bother with the rub, and will use the proper setting. The sauce you chose really makes this recipe, I think. The tonic just keeps the meat nice and moist while cooking. Thanks for a super-easy recipe!
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Cranberry Walnut Relish I

Reviewed: Nov. 26, 2009
This was delicious! I followed others' suggestions and used half marmalade and half apricot preserves. I made a full recipe for four people and we polished off every bit of it. My guests said it was easily the best they'd ever had. I'll definitely make this again -- next time I'll just have to make a double batch so there will be some leftover to put on turkey sandwiches!
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Spicy Sweet Potato Chips

Reviewed: Dec. 13, 2009
Good, but not great, in my opinion. A nice sweet/spicy flavour, nothing spectacular. Might make again as a snack, but probably would cook sweet potatoes another way for guests.
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Brown Sugar Meatloaf

Reviewed: Jan. 24, 2010
Though the glaze was absolutely delicious (I did add some worchestershire sauce) This was way too onion-y for me. Maybe using soup-mix instead of the called for small onion would be better. I didn't taste the ginger at all, either. I wound eating it as an open-faced sandwich with some spicy BBQ sauce to cover the onion flavour. Don't know if I'll make this again; may try for a different recipe.
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Roast Pumpkin and Feta Risotto

Reviewed: Nov. 26, 2010
My boyfriend and I are both big fans of risotto and so I decided to make this for him the other night. I followed this recipe exactly but I must say, we were very disappointed. We both found the risotto to be a one note dish with no depth of flavour at all. Can't recommend this one, sorry.
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Mango Gazpacho

Reviewed: Jun. 18, 2011
Delicious!! I was looking for a nice summer soup to serve to my vegetarian boyfriend and this looked like just the thing. I followed the recipe exactly except for the jalapeno -- astoundingly, when I went to the store here in New Mexico I couldn't find one (???) and so bought a Fresno pepper. I think the jalapeno would have changed the flavor for sure, but we got the heat we needed from the Fresno. All in all a very tasty soup that only gets better the longer it sits.
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