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Rempel Family Meatloaf

Reviewed: Nov. 17, 2007
This is great meatloaf! I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 because of the modifications I thought it needed. I was worried about this being too salty, and saw the submitter's suggestion in the reviews to just use the flakes of the soup mix, but I love all that soup mix flavor. I decided to increase the amount of meat to 1 lb ground beef and 1 lb ground pork. I used reduced sodium Ritz and increased all the other incredients just a tad to compensate for the increased amount of meat. To add some zip I used chili sauce instead of ketchup and a Bold and Spicy steak sauce. Then I baked on a broiler pan, which I always do when making meatloaf to get more of the surface area brown and let the extra fat drip away. Turned out fantastic, not too salty but with great flavor. This is definately one of my favorite meatloaves.
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Chicken Tikka Masala

Reviewed: Nov. 17, 2007
I've never had Tikka Masala before, so I can't compare this recipe to what it is "supposed" to be. All I know is it is absolutely delicious. I've made this several times now, and yes of course don't add anywere near the amount of salt. I'm not deducting a star for that because it does say "or to taste." I use half-n-half instead of heavy cream since I thought the heavy cream made it too rich. I like heat so I usually add at least 1 other jalapeno to the sauce. That combo of dried cayenne in the marinate and fresh pepper in the sauce is nice. So far I've only broiled the chicken and it comes out wonderful that way. Oh, and serve with Jasmine rice, my favorite with this. Nummmm.
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Easy Beef Stroganoff

Reviewed: Dec. 12, 2007
I made this just as the recipe is written and found it quite bland. I added tyme and Worcestershire and that helped quite a bit. I used the leanest ground beef I could buy since the recipe calls for it being browned in butter and not drained. Still, I thought it was very greasy and missing "something". I ate it, but I think I'll try other stroganoff recipes before revisiting this one.
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Mini Corn Dogs

Reviewed: Dec. 12, 2007
I really enjoyed both making and eating these! I used my favorite regular all-beef hot dogs and cut them in 3rds. Even though I'm a novice with any kind of dough this biscuit dough was easy and turned out tender and delicious, although none of the wraps remained sealed around the dogs during baking. Next time I think I'll add a smidgen of cayenne to the dough, maybe some other herbs too to give it a little more umph. I liked the dipping sauce too, and also used BBQ sauce as an additional dipping sauce. MMM. I bet I'll find more uses for both the dough and the sauce.
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Adobo Sirloin

Reviewed: Jan. 21, 2008
I absolutely loved this. I only had half the amount of sirloin, but did not halve the amount of marinate just to see what it made. I'm glad, it turned out fantastic using all of it, but I like it hot. Too cold to start a grill outside so I broiled the meat and ate it like a good steak. Leftovers are good too! Can't wait to try this marinate on other meats.
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Guy Approved Meatloaf

Reviewed: May 27, 2008
I really liked this meatloaf. The only changes I made: I used fresh garlic instead of powder and used 1 canned chipotle chile in adobo for the cayenne (next time I'll use at least 2). I also did not cover with foil when baking since I like the outside very brown. I always bake my meatloaves on a broiler pan with foil in the bottom for easy cleanup. It held together very well but was somewhat dry. I used a thermometer, so I don't think I over baked it but my meat was probably too lean. This recipe could be very different depending on what beef (cut and percent fat) is used and the flavor of the BBQ sauce. I also got WAY more than 3 servings out of this, more like 5-6. I'll be making this again.
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Tasty Lentil Tacos

Reviewed: Oct. 23, 2008
I can't believe how great these are! I didn't make any changes except how I served them, by making a taco salad with it in a baked tortilla bowl. I also added refried black beans to the toppings. Excellent. Reheats nicely too. Will be making again and again.
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Ham and Bean Soup

Reviewed: Dec. 25, 2008
I loved this recipe. Really fun having all those different beans. I used kielbasa instead of the brat, and used turkey ham. I also added tyme and oregano and increased the tabasco. Freezes fine. Brought leftovers to lunch and received lots of comments about how great it smells!
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Colorful Vegetable Saute

Reviewed: Jan. 17, 2009
Very nice. I did not have sesame, and did not find it necessary to add water. Added yellow summer squash. Pretty and healthy with all those veggies and nice flavor combination.
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Jenn's Out Of This World Spaghetti and Meatballs

Reviewed: Jan. 17, 2009
I prefer a stronger flavored marinara, more herbs. As written this is bland for my taste and way too sweet. Can't imagine that amount of sugar - yikes, I only added 2 tsp. I added mushrooms, sauteed along with the onions. After it cooked for a while after tasting I dumped a bunch more herbs in; basil, thyme, more oregano. Still something seems missing. The meatballs were very good, I used 93% lean ground turkey and worked great. The meatballs bumped my rating from 2 to 3.
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Green Bean and Mushroom Medley

Reviewed: Jan. 21, 2009
I love this combo of flavors. I used half the butter, and used baby portabellas for the mushrooms. The dual cooking of carrots and beans in one, then the mushrooms and onions in the other really makes this dish since you can make the texture just right. Healthy and pretty. I'll be making this often.
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Whole Grain Waffles

Reviewed: Jan. 25, 2009
I was craving cranberries, decided to make waffles and found this recipe. Added chopped cranberries to the batter and also topped with cooked, chopped cranberries and toasted walnuts. Did not want to buy WW pastry flour just for this, so used regular WW flour. Otherwise kept to the recipe exactly. Cooked soft and not crispy, but DELICIOUS!!! Very filling and healthy. I loved these.
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Southwestern Beef Stew

Reviewed: Jan. 31, 2009
I added a huge diced zucchini and a 1/2 cup of diced celery with the first vegetable addition, then a can of rinsed canned black beans along with the tomatoes. I used 3 jalapenos instead of 1, should have put in at least 4 (I like a bite). With all those additional veggies it looked like I need more than 1 can of stock so I added another can, but that turned out to be a little too much. Still tasted great but a tad too goopy so next time I'll use 1 can and a half of stock to make more of a "stew" consistency. As written very hardy but healthy. I love that combo!!! Feels good in the tummy. This one's going in the regular rotation. -- Edited to add that leftovers are great wrapped in tortillas!
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Lemon Pepper Dill Fish

Reviewed: Feb. 1, 2009
Very good! I used much less butter otherwise followed the recipe. Used Mrs. Dash Lemon Pepper seasoning, I love that stuff. Baked at 350 for about 20-25 min instead of microwaved.
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Stir-Fried Kale and Broccoli Florets

Reviewed: Feb. 1, 2009
NUMM!! I never cooked with kale before, so I was timid and did more of a saute than a stir-fry. Was afraid of burning the garlic since I didn't know how long the kale would take to cook. I saw the previous reviews about pre-steaming but didn't want to bother. I also only used 1 lime, next time I will use two, and used broccoflower instead of broccoli. Turned out fabulous!! Nutritious, pretty and delicious.
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Easy Marinated Pork Tenderloin

Reviewed: Feb. 8, 2009
Yikes, the soy sauce flavor was way too strong for me in this one, and I like soy sauce and have used it in other marinades. I followed the recipe as written, I marinated for about 6 hours. If I make this again I'll use a third of the soy sauce and not marinate for as long. Luckily I assumed I didn't need more salt so didn't add any, the soy takes care of that.
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Swiss Chard with Pinto Beans and Goat Cheese

Reviewed: Feb. 8, 2009
I was looking for a way to use up feta cheese and found this one. Followed the recipe as written here. Fun, pretty and delicious. I would have never thought to put these ingredients together, but worked great! Used 1 roma tomato, from now on I'll use two, and experiment with different beans (although the Pinto works great). Was a nice compliment to roast pork.
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Grilled Tilapia with Mango Salsa

Reviewed: Feb. 14, 2009
Oh Num! The mango was nowhere close to being ripe, so I unhappily substituted frozen. That sacrifices texture, but I figured it was the lesser of two evils. Added a second jalapeno since these were very mild, otherwise kept to the recipe. Made the salsa early in the day to give it time to think about itself. Cooked the fish on a cast-iron grill pan. Served with a black rice pilaf and green bean/wax bean medley. That marinade and salsa are both excellent and I'll be using them individually in other things, but together work very well. Did I say "Num" yet? Oh Num!
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Italian Dressing Mix

Reviewed: Feb. 14, 2009
Very good, but cut down that salt big time. Also, I prefer a higher proportion of vinegar to oil. Otherwise I really like this mix. The longer the dressing sits the better it is. I'll be using this dressing often with my tweaks, and yes would be a great seasoning for other than dressing.
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Roast Sticky Chicken-Rotisserie Style

Reviewed: Feb. 16, 2009
Come to mamma. First time roasting a chicken low and slow, but man! won't be my last. Best whole roast chicken I ever made. The seasoning mix is excellent. Omitted the white pepper since I didn't have any otherwise kept to the recipe. Next time I will crank the cayenne a tad. I had one 6 pounder, but didn't adjust the seasoning amounts and rubbed the bird the night before and left overnight in the fridge. I stuffed with a lemon and garlic in addition to the onion. Roasted until thigh got to 170, I think that was somewhere between 4 and 5 hours. Be sure to make gravy from these drippings! Num! Not sure why recipe is called "Sticky" though.
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