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Chef John's Minestrone Soup

Reviewed: Oct. 24, 2012
This soup is excellent! I made as written with the exception of the beans. I couldn't find cranberry beans and I don't really care for garbanzo beans. In their place I used light red kidney beans and cannellini beans. Also, I never cook my pasta in the broth....I always cook it separate and add to the individual serving bowls. This helps the pasta not get mushy and soak up all of the broth if I want to save some for later or give some away. If I do give some away, I always give a bag of pasta to go with it! I will definitely be making this one again.
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Chicken and Gnocchi Soup

Reviewed: Oct. 1, 2011
This soup is absolutely delicious. I followed the recipe exactly; however, I did omit the cornstarch & water......it didn't need it. My grocery did not have the small gnocchi so I did cut mine in half.
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Mini Meatloaves

Reviewed: Jan. 30, 2011
This is the 2nd time I've made this recipe. I've always been a meatloaf fan, but DH could take it or leave it. Out of all of the meatloaf recipes I have used, he eats more of this one though. I had never put oats or cheese in meatloaf before, but I love the texture of this meatloaf. I just make it into one loaf and slice it up. I do add dried minced onion, garlic powder and fresh ground pepper. Best part about it.....meatloaf sandwich for lunch tomorrow! I will make this recipe over and over.
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Cranberry Apple Stuffed Pork Loin

Reviewed: Oct. 24, 2010
I made this today using a seasoned cube stuffing mix prepared with onions and celery sauteed in a stick of margarine - I added the diced apple and some chicken stock and then poured all over the stuffing cubes. I added the dried cranberries which I had plumped up in a little hot water and then mixed all together. I spread some of the stuffing on the pork roast which I had prepared according to the directions and then seasoned with salt and pepper. I then rolled up the roast and browned it in a little canola oil on all sides and then roasted to an internal temp of about 145°. I covered the roast with foil and made a gravy out of the pan juices. The remaining stuffing mix that didn't go into the roast was put in a casserole dish and baked during the last 20 minutes of roasting the pork. I've become a huge fan of cranberries in the stuffing. This is definitely a company worthy main course which I will be making again. Hubs isn't the biggest fan of pork but he does eat it. He loves stuffing so that helps.
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Coconut Cream Cake I

Reviewed: Apr. 4, 2010
I made this cake and served it today for our Easter dessert. It was really very good and my Mother just raved about it. I do want to add that I could not find COCONUT CREAM at our grocery store but I did find CREAM OF COCONUT. These are not the same thing. I wasn't sure what the difference was but then discovered that the Cream of Coconut is already sweetened. I looked online and did find coconut cream and from what I can gather it's of a thicker consistency and would need the sweetened condensed milk to thin it out. I made my cake and had decided that I would taste the Cream of Coconut before putting it on the cake which is what I did. It was plenty sweet so I did not add any sweetened condensed milk. The brand I bought was made by Goya. It soaked into the holes just fine. I added just a splash of coconut extract to the whipped cream and I did also add the tablespoon of sugar. I also toasted some of the coconut topping. None of us found this cake too sweet nor was it soggy. It was wonderfully moist and flavored. I think my my Mother's exact words were, "Oh my, I think I've died and gone to heaven". I will definitely be making this one again and again.
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Warm Dijon Potato Salad

Reviewed: Jan. 18, 2013
We really enjoyed this potato salad. I wasn't sure how I would feel about a warm potato salad that included mayonnaise, but it was very good. It was just as good cold too. I'll be making this one again.
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Salted Caramel Sauce

Reviewed: Jan. 29, 2013
Made this caramel sauce over the holidays to use in or on two different recipes, one of which is the Caramel Macchiato Cheesecake recipe also from this site. I never knew that caramel sauce was so easy to make....the video is very helpful. I will never buy a jar caramel sauce again.
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Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Cake

Reviewed: Jul. 23, 2011
Made this for a family get together last weekend. It was gone in minutes! Bonus points because I didn't have to turn on the oven. I used packaged cookies for the crust but used Wegmans yummy store-baked chocolate chunk cookies for around the sides. I used choc chip cookie dough ice cream for the first layer and then regular vanilla for the "balls" on top drizzled with hot fudge and decorated with mini M&M's.
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Butterfinger Chunkies

Reviewed: Dec. 5, 2010
I made these today hoping they would be a good addition to my cookie tray this Christmas. They are a really good cookie and it's a good thing they will be going in the freezer until Christmas or they would all be gone by then! I followed the recipe exactly and ended up adding about 1/4 cup additional flour because the dough just seemed a little wet to me. I rolled the cookies into balls with my hands. I did not grease my cookie sheets as instructed. I did not have a problem with my cookies spreading too much and I let them cool on the cookie sheets 2-3 minutes before attempting to move them to a rack to finish cooling. I ended up with about 4-1/2 dozen cookies. Not sure how you would end up with only 2 dozen unless you make really big cookies :-)
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Fish Fillets Italiano

Reviewed: Mar. 14, 2011
Excellent! I used cod for this recipe together with a can of diced tomatoes with roasted garlic and onion. I still used the onion and garlic called for in the recipe and did add just a dash of red pepper flakes, salt and pepper. I served over/with thin spaghetti and we gobbled it right up. It only took me about 30 minutes to get this on the table so this is a great weeknight meal for us.
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Salisbury Steak

Reviewed: Feb. 13, 2011
This is a great recipe exactly as written. It needs no tweaking and, if made properly, there is plenty of gravy for the patties and for mashed potatoes. If the gravy is too thick for your liking, simply add a little water. I will be adding this to the regular fall/winter rotation. Great comfort food.
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Baked Cod with Boursin Herb Cheese

Reviewed: Feb. 11, 2011
I made this recipe as written except I only made 2 servings. Also, I only found tomatoes with roasted garlic and onion. DH and I enjoyed it and I will most likely make it again. The only problem I had was once the Boursin melted it tended to want to slide off of the top of the fish taking the tomatoes with it. I decided to serve with thin spaghetti making a light sauce with the remaining tomatoes and reserved juice, extra garlic, a splash of white wine and a dollop of the Boursin. All in all a pretty quick weeknight meal for us.
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Pork Chops Stuffed with Smoked Gouda and Bacon

Reviewed: Aug. 15, 2010
I made these pork chops tonight and followed the recipe and cooking directions exactly. One of the butchers at Wegmans cut my chops to my specifications and also offered to make the pocket for me! DH isn't a huge fan of pork, but did a good job of cleaning his chop! We both agreed that we would like to try this stuffing in some chicken breasts as well. This meal is definitely company-worthy.
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Easy Pineapple Cake

Reviewed: Jul. 14, 2008
This cake is delicious as is....no additional fat is needed as others have decided to add. It's very moist and has plenty of pineapple flavor. Mine only took about 30 mins. to cook and I opted to wait until it cooled to frost.
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Oatmeal Carmelitas

Reviewed: Feb. 9, 2013
I was looking for a recipe to use up a jar of Chef John's Salted Caramel recipe that I had in the fridge and this was it! I had all of the other ingredients on hand except for walnuts, which I would not have put in anyway due to our preferances. These are delicious! I find them neither too sweet or too greasy. They are rich and decadent. I will add this to my list of goodies to bake often!
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Caramel Corn Treat Bags

Reviewed: Oct. 28, 2012
This was the first time I ever made caramel corn and I will not hesitate to do it again in the future! I popped my own corn, one-half cup kernels yielded the 4 quarts needed for the recipe. I used a disposable foil roaster that I sprayed with cooking spray and had no problems with anything sticking. The amount of caramel covered the popcorn thoroughly. I opted to add pretzels, dry roasted peanuts, chocolate covered raisins, Reese's Pieces, M&Ms, gummy worms, candy corn and little jelly pumpkins directly to the bowl of corn. It looked so cute sitting out on the table with all of the goodies in it!
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Pumpkin Muffins with Streusel Topping

Reviewed: Sep. 24, 2012
I made this recipe exactly as written...I did not change a thing. I didn't have pumpkin pie seasoning but did make my own from a recipe on this site as well. I filled the muffin cups almost to the top and I got exactly 18 muffins. I had enough streusel topping for all of the muffins. They are delicious. A nice light & fluffy muffin. I will make these over and over!
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Amish Slaw

Reviewed: Jul. 22, 2012
This slaw recipe is delicious! In my mind 1 medium head of cabbage would equal 2 16 oz. bags of the preshredded slaw mix, so that is what I used. I followed the recipe (maybe used a touch less sugar) and did add finely chopped red onion. It did not bleed as others mentioned. It's the perfect slaw recipe for a picnic. Yes, there was excess dressing in the bottom of the bowl, but cabbage does give off some liquid once it is dressed. It happens with mayo based slaws too. I just mixed it up well and used a slotted spoon to put it in my serving bowl. I made this the day before serving and it was still nice and crunchy. I will make this again. EDIT 7/26/12 - I forgot to mention that I ended up using apple cider vinegar after debating with myself whether to use it or white vinegar.
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Rosemary Ranch Chicken Kabobs

Reviewed: Jul. 7, 2011
Now I know why this recipe is so highly rated....it's because this chicken is delicious! I made up the marinade and let my chicken pieces marinate all day while I was at work. When I got home, I just put them on the skewers with some added red peppers, green peppers, purple onion and zucchini chunks. I served with rice pilaf and we loved it. The chicken was very moist and flavorful. I will definitely be making again and again.
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Banana Crumb Muffins

Reviewed: Mar. 10, 2011
These muffins are fantastic! Mine were very moist and I love the crumb topping. I had 3 nice-sized bananas so the flavor was wonderful. I made 10 muffins as the recipe states, but I think that next time I'll do 11...they rose nicely and my tops were spread a little too far over the muffin tin cups. I wrapped them individually in plastic wrap and then put them in a freezer bag. I wanted to be able to pull one out at night so that it was ready in the morning when I wanted one for breakfast. They froze nicely. I'll be making these over and over again! UPDATE: 3/27/11 Made these again and I cannot begin to say how good these are....so moist and flavorful. The crumb topping just makes them! I did go ahead and make 11 muffins this time and you know, I really think I'll stretch it to 12 next time.
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