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Beef Barley Soup

Reviewed: Jan. 22, 2008
My family and I were actually moderately disappointed in this recipe, given the outstanding reviews. We thought it turned out lumpy, grey, bland, and a bit greasy. The flavor was good, however - it just needed a bit more kick! I had made a big double batch so after having some for dinner I doctored the rest. I took veggies (2 leeks, 4 carrots, 3 zucchini, 1/2 green bell pepper, and a 6oz package sliced baby portabello mushrooms) and sauteed them in a bit of butter until tender crisp. Then I added enough water and simmered them 20 minutes. I added this to the soup along with a dash or two of cayenne, 2 tsp dried parsley, and a couple cloves of garlic. It turned out quite good! I would make this again, but I would make it the 'doctored' way. I would also definitely use cubed meat or stew meat instead of ground, to avoid the lumpy grey look. It is great as something quick and easy on a hectic winter evening; but if I'm bothering to make soup I would rather take the time and make it really great instead of tasting no better than prepackaged. Thank you for sharing it!
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Chocolate Toffee Crunchies

Reviewed: Dec. 2, 2007
Oh, WOW! This is sinfully rich but absolutely delicious. And, so quick and easy! I will be making it every year from now on and my husband has requested that I make these all year long, not just at the holidays. I used 1.5 times the amounts called for in the recipe, as I felt the amounts given would not fill a 13 X 9 pan. My adjustment worked fine and the slices / bars turned out just wonderfully. This is very candy-like, in a category with fudge rather than cookies I would say, but still incredibly delicious and has a nice buttery crunch. It was a huge hit with everyone who tasted them. Thanks!
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Grilled Chicken Adobo

Reviewed: Nov. 30, 2007
Excellent flavor and a real hit served with rice and pineapple! One thing is to make certain you don't use TOO big a pot. I halved the recipe and used my stock pot to fit 6 thighs plus the fluids. Well I should have stuck with a regular pot, because at about 25 minutes of cooking time on the stove, the pan boiled dry. Ths left the chicken a little dry especially on the outside, and without any sauce. BUT the flavor was so intensely good, and the inside meat was so tender, that I am sure a different sized pot that actually kept fluid at a better level would solve this problem. Great recipe, thanks!
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Squash-Apple Bake

Reviewed: Nov. 16, 2007
Oh, MAN! If I could give this more than 5 stars I would! I made it and by mistake doubled the amount of butter / sugar blend on top. (I started out doubling the recipe and then decided it wouldn't all fit in my pot!) I used a covered ceramic crock so I wanted everything to fit. I was skeptical when I put it in the oven as it looked a little weird - chunks of dry squash and apple with globs of oily sugar on top is what I thought. But it turned out SO GOOD, if a little wet! I spooned out the squash and apples and served them in a dish and my family inhaled them! It was sweet and a great texture, a nice presentation, and really lovely flavor. Intensely good and satisfying. I will be making this - in the correct proportions - for Christmas with the extended family and I am sure it will be a big hit!
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Butternut Squash Bisque

Reviewed: Nov. 16, 2007
I messed around with the recipe a bit and the results were terrible! Here is what I did so you can avoid the mistakes I did. I had only one butternut squash, so I used it and rounded out the recipe with an extra carrot (I used a total of 4 smallish ones) and a large potato. I used 1/2 a white onion, and chicken stock instead of veggie because that is what I had on hand. I added about 1/2T of chopped garlic, a dash of cayenne, and a couple good pinches of curry spices (one custom blended called kashmir krush, it's kind of like garam masala.) I also used almost a full cup of half and half in place of the cream. The result was a gloppy, tasteless mess! It was way too thick, salty, and had heat without any real flavor at all. You could taste the curry, and taste the nutmeg, but it is like the spices were competing and canceling each other out. Mostly it was bland and flavorless, except a bit salty! I'd try it again I think without the garlic / curry / cayenne, and go for a sweeter soup. Maybe a dash of molasses or something to brighten it. But as I made it it was pretty blech (and we normally LOVE squash and LOVE curried anything.) Don't mess it up like I did!
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Russian Mushroom and Potato Soup

Reviewed: Nov. 11, 2007
I do not have words to describe how amazing this soup is. LOVELY!
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Lazygirl's Ground Turkey Stroganoff

Reviewed: Nov. 11, 2007
I don't know that I would make it for holiday company or anything, but this recipe turned out GREAT and so quick and easy! Everyone in my family loved it, from my super picky husband to my toddler and 4 year old. It was really good and took less than half an hour to make with stuff I had on hand. Perfect for weeknight rush dinners. I used dried onion flakes as they were what I had, and I added some extra onion powder (we like onion!) I also added a fair amount of minced garlic and some parsley flakes, put it over linguine and topped it with a handful of crushed fried onions, and really it was soooo delicious! Don't be stingy with the spices or I think it would turn out too bland. But as I made it it was perfect for our family. For using ingredients I'm likely to have on hand, ease of cooking and speed of preparation time, plus a nice filling protein punch with great flavor, it gets 5 stars from me!
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