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Italian Chicken Sausage Risotto

Reviewed: Mar. 21, 2015
This recipe turned out really well! I used chicken-spinach-Asiago sausage from Sam's Club, regular white rice, and a sweet Moscato wine (because that is what I like to drink). A little salty so next time I think I'll use low-salt chicken broth instead of regular. I left out the black pepper. I followed a reviewer's suggestion to add 1/2 cup of broth at a time, simmer until absorbed, stir and add another 1/2 cup, etc. Sounds like a lot of trouble, but it wasn't. I made a salad at the same time and kept an eye on it. By the time the green salad with broccoli, green onion, and tomato was made, the risotto was about done. I usually try the recipe as written, but I didn't want to risk this not turning out well and the slow addition of broth sounded more like traditional method of making risotto. My girls do not like peas, so they'd give this two stars. The one or two bites without peas got five stars. Maybe next time I'll only toss in half a cup of peas. One cup puts several peas in every bite.
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Scrumptious Salmon Cakes

Reviewed: Jan. 15, 2015
My husband has fond memories of his grandma making salmon patties. I am usually hesitant to make anything his mom or grandma made well, but he declared these patties better than the recipe he uses! Wow! That never happens!! I did not have old bay seasoning so substituted a half teaspoon of creole seasoning (my kids do not like spicy foods) and omitted the black pepper (again, because of the kids). I'd love to try it with old bay next time. I used plain panko crumbs and added a teaspoon of Italian seasoning to the crumbs to make them seasoned. I must have made small patties because my batch produced 16-18 patties. I served the salmon with a sour cream-mayo-dill sauce and a large side salad. The kids (4 children ages 9 and under) were not impressed, but whenever canned salmon goes on sale I will definitely work this recipe into the rotation. Thank you for sharing!!
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Sausage and Sauerkraut

Reviewed: Jan. 10, 2015
After living in Bavaria for two years and traveling to Germany often for work, there are few dishes in the US that I would declare worthy of a good German beer; this recipe is definitely one of them!!! It was awesome!! More work than most of my dinners, but worth every minute. The girls (7 & under and picky) hated it of course. My son (9) thought it was okay. My husband liked it. I had leftovers for lunch the next day and they were even better than the night before. If you are looking for a taste of Germany (to go along with a history lesson or just something different) this recipe is a great one to try. I told my kids to take a deep breath over their plates before they ate - that was the smell of a traditional German restaurant, minus the stale beer. :) I made this recipe using my mother-in-law's homemade sauerkraut, store bought turkey kielbasa, and bacon. I did not add caraway seeds because I didn't have any. Turkey bacon might be a viable alternative for those with pork sensitivities. Some reviewers said they had problems with the kraut burning while simmering. I used a tall, heavy 2 quart pot on a medium-low heat and had no issues, even though the kraut seemed on the dry side at first. The apples created just enough juice on the bottom. I served it with buttered and salted mashed russet potatoes. I won't be making it any time soon again due to effort and my family's lack luster response, but it will definitely be an annual, winter time tradition.
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Potato Poofies

Reviewed: Jul. 19, 2014
They fell apart. They took forever to make. My step-mom recommended I add a beaten egg and flour to the remaining mixture. And let them cook five to six minutes before flipping. Then they worked much better. However, the taste was rather bland and not worth all the effort.
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Health Nut Blueberry Muffins

Reviewed: Jul. 15, 2014
I made these muffins for breakfast this morning and they were a big hit. Also filling - kids gobbled them up but then could only eat one (they also had egg & smoothie). Delicious!! Usually I try to make a recipe exactly according to directions before rating, but this recipe is very flexible so I wanted to share how adaptable it is. The few ingredient changes I made were accepted cooking substitutions, nothing very unusual. I didn't have wheat germ so I doubled the oat bran. I mixed vinegar with skim milk to make buttermilk substitute. No nuts because I didn't have any. And I added a tsp cinnamon to dry ingredients. The cooking changes I made were based on previous muffin baking experience. I think the recipe's instructions would be fine, perhaps just not as pretty of a muffin. Specifically, I mixed wet with dry before adding blueberries. Also dredged berries in flour before gently stirring into batter. (This technique keeps the berries from sinking to the bottom of the muffin and from discoloring the batter.). Then I let the batter sit for 8-10 minutes to allow the baking powder to work. (Used the time to clean up the kitchen). All in all, the recipe's ingredient combination and proportions were perfect and definitely a keeper!
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Mexican Casserole

Reviewed: Apr. 22, 2014
Delicious and simple and flexible. For my non-vegetarian family, I added ground beef seasoned with taco seasonings as a layer between the beans and the salsa. Also, we always substitute mashed pinto beans for refried beans (healthier). Otherwise, followed the recipe. Please forgive me for not making it exactly as written first - I usually do before reviewing - but I know my meat-loving family would reject it without meat. (Once a week egg night is as close to a compromise as we can work out.). Husband said to add to the rotation. I loved how simple it was. Could easily assemble and place in my oven with the program feature set to cook while at dance or soccer practices.
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Deluxe Corned Beef Hash

Reviewed: Mar. 25, 2014
This recipe was a wonderful use of leftover corned beef!! The hash turned out beautiful - almost too beautiful to call "hash" !! I had about two servings of corned beef left (not two pounds as called for) but still used six medium red potatoes and followed the rest of the recipe as written - including the fried eggs on top. For three adults and four finicky little ones, it was just enough. Two of my children loved it. Our pickiest eater didn't care for it, but still ate it (that is worth three stars alone!). My husband and my mom both had seconds. If there had been any leftover, my husband said it would be delicious in scrambled egg and wrapped in a soft tortilla for a quick breakfast. I made the hash in one skillet, then transferred to an oven safe serving dish and placed in the oven to keep warm. I then fried the eggs in the skillet and placed on top of the hash as they were done. I served it all nice and warm at the table family style (unlike our usual plating in the kitchen and then taking to the table). Beautiful, yummy, comfort food!!
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Chef John's Pumpkin Pancakes

Reviewed: Mar. 5, 2014
Good recipe! A lot like eating a pumpkin muffin with a pancake texture. I sprinkled chopped pecans and dried cranberries on some of the pancakes. Very yummy. Spice is strong. I'm giving it four stars to represent family input. Reactions from the kids were mixed: Easy Going 9 Year Old Son ate all of his and declared the plain ones two thumbs up. Picky Eater 7 Year Old Daughter picked at hers, despite them containing all her favorite flavors. Always Hungry But Opinionated 4 Year Old Daughter gobbled up hers and requested seconds. Touch And Go Two Year Old Daughter polished hers off before we finished saying the blessing. Husband had seconds but didn't specifically ask it be put into the rotation.
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Sweet Leftover Turkey Salad

Reviewed: Aug. 4, 2012
My family of six loves this recipe (kids aged 7 years to 15 months). We buy turkeys in November when they're on sale, keep them in the stand up freezer, and then grill throughout the year for a healthy meat that doesn't heat up the house. Some portion of every turkey gets made into this salad. Sometimes I use the sunflower/raisin combo and other times the pecan/cranberry. Both work well; just depends what is on sale at the time. Great with my husband's homemade rosemary raisin bread. Keeps well for the next day, too.
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Creamed Hard Boiled Eggs

Reviewed: Apr. 25, 2012
Made according to recipe. Turned out as described, but my family did not like it at all - even my non-picky eaters didn't like it. Must be an acquired taste or nostalgic thing.
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Baked Parmesan Perch

Reviewed: Mar. 15, 2012
This recipe was a hit with the family - all three kids & my husband liked it. My husband was late from work and we wanted to eat his share before he got home! My picky eater even asked for seconds! I was looking for something new for Lent. This recipe was so easy & healthy, I think we'll add it to our regular rotation! I used a mild fish that was on sale and I added a little dash of garlic salt and omitted the paprika. Otherwise, followed the recipe ingredients. Baked in 425 degree oven for 20 minutes so that the fish finished at the same time as the pecan brown rice simmering on the stove. No need for foil to prevent overburning. Thanks for a great recipe!
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Brandied Shrimp with Pasta

Reviewed: Jan. 1, 2012
We made this recipe on a whim tonight. Craving shrimp. Kids weren't home, so could indulge in wine in the dish. This one met the requirements, with only a quick trip to the store. Followed another reviewer's advice and used canned petite diced tomatoes, drained. Made the sauce a little more runny, but we had crusty bread to soak it up. Good recipe, but next time we'll make it with half the pepper. Also, our store was out of green onions (!?), so we used a shallot. Tasted great. Our favorite is the champagne shrimp, but we didn't have champagne and it's Sunday - no liquor sales here. This recipe will be a good stand in.
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Martha's Vegetable Beef Soup

Reviewed: Dec. 26, 2011
The first time I made this soup, I used leftover browned ground beef. To make up for no drippings, I sauteed onions in bacon grease, then added the vegetables and cooked until thawed and sizzling. Finally, I added the rest of the ingredients and followed the recipe. Except, I didn't have tomato juice, so I added 3-4 tablespoons of tomato paste. The second time, I followed the recipe exactly as written. My husband & I both agreed that the vegetables were more tender the first time. Next time, I'll add cooking the veggies a little as a preliminary step. Also, the tomato paste added a richer flavor. Not a more tomatoey flavor, but more depth.
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Champagne Shrimp and Pasta

Reviewed: Apr. 14, 2011
My husband and I have made this dish twice now and have loved it every time. This recipe is our "overnight getaway from the kids" treat! The first time, our store was out of shallots so we used green onions. The second time, we made it exactly according to the recipe. Prefer with shallots, but onion works in a pinch. We prefer a sweeter champagne to drink and since this recipe leaves at least two or more glasses in the bottle, that's what we use. Gives the pasta dish a rather sweet taste, yet we really enjoy it. While he does the cooking, I'm in charge of all the chopping. Last time, we had leftovers and ate them the next night with grilled steak and green salad. Couldn't have had a better meal at a restaurant!
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