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Shelby's Microwave Meat Loaf

Reviewed: Apr. 25, 2013
Truly best meatloaf I've ever had. Not just moist but super flavorful. Followed 2 tips from reviewers: 1) used glass pie pan and formed meat into a ring to cook evenly; cooked perfectly in 12 min on high. 2) used ketchup vs tomato sauce. For me increased garlic powder and black pepper from 1/8 tsp to 1/4 tsp. Changed serving size to match one pound ground beef. Other than that, followed recipe to a tee. Will not use any other recipe now. This is comfort food city. Thank you thank you!
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Honey Baked Chicken II

Reviewed: Mar. 7, 2013
Unbelievable! Great color, crispy skin and so yummy! Beautiful and tasty!
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Yummy Yam Casserole

Reviewed: Dec. 25, 2012
Very tasty. Decided to add vanilla extract, orange zest and almond extract too. Definite keeper. Thanks for the recipe!
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Chef John's Perfect Mashed Potatoes

Reviewed: Nov. 2, 2012
Best mashed potatoes I've ever made in my life. Period. I usually like to tweak mashed potatoes because I don't find them interesting. Well, now I know why. I wasn't making them the right way. No cheese, spices, or funky twists needed here. To me eating these potatoes pure were the proof that they were perfection. They were amazing. Didn't need changes. Didn't need additions. Just didn't need anything except a big helping. I already know how I'm gonna make my mashed potatoes for Thanksgiving. Thank you Chef John for opening my eyes to what mashed potatoes are really all about.
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Layered Chicken and Black Bean Enchilada Casserole

Reviewed: Oct. 23, 2012
Turned this into a canned wonder because it's all I had on hand. You would NEVER think I made this with canned goods! Two cans of canned chicken, one can black beans, add juice of one fresh lime, then blanket of spice to cover beans and chicken: garlic powder, onion powder, coriander, cumin, and a dash of salt. Stir and set aside while assemble other items to give chance for flavors to meld. In baking dish, poured half enchilada sauce can as recipe states, then for my corn tortillas (which I don't think have a lot of flavor on their own), brushed with olive oil and coriander on each side to give more flavor, then layered one layer chicken-bean mixture, then layer cheese then layer sour cream. Added one can diced tomatoes (no salt added) and one can of sliced black olives in the layering, like a lasagna. No green chilies no other ingredients. Came out amazing and quantity yielded 2 meals worth. Hurray for one dinner on table and the rest to batch freeze! And best part, super easy with no grocery shopping! Thanks for a recipe that inspired me!
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Easy Corn and Crab Chowder

Reviewed: Oct. 22, 2012
Was A-MA-ZING! Forgive changes but used what I had on hand then modified based on reviews. Like the one pot idea so sauteed 2 onions with butter. Once onions clear, added 3 cloves minced garlic and bacon bits (no raw bacon on hand) enough to cover onions plus dry dill powder and salt to taste. Gave 5 min to meld together, then sprinkled flour in batches to make roux. Used 3 cans crab meat and 3 cans corn- fyi reserved all liquid from cans to use as my liquid instead of wine. (Didn't put corn and crab in til end though). Once all flour incorporated, added my crab-corn liquid, which I heated up in microwave and dissolved 3 bouillon cubes in. Poured liquid into flour mixture, then one can evaporated milk. Let flavors meld 5 min. Then checked if needed extra liquid, which it did, and added milk as needed. Another 5 min for milk to mix. Once I liked the flavor of the base, I added a dash of cayenne for kick, then cubed red potatoes (cooked in microwave for 5 min to be al dente). After adding potatoes, give 10 min for potatoes to release their starch and absorb liquid. At that point adjust liquid. Once adjusted, add all crab, cover with blanket of dill powder, add corn, cover with dill powder, fold in gently, give 5 min. This quantity made enough to feed 12 servings so served one meal and batch froze another for a cold day! Hey, if you're gonna go through the work, why not make 2 meals' worth in one pot! My freezer is looking pretty tasty right now! And one bowl was super filling!
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Basic Crepes

Reviewed: Aug. 7, 2011
Very good- def keeper. Only modification- doubled recipe plus added 1/2 cup granulated sugar. Browned a little, crispy, and only slightly sweet. Next time might try to add more butter in recipe vs put oil in pan as thought was slightly on the greasy side. But very yummy! Thanks for the recipe!
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The Best Potato Salad

Reviewed: Jun. 19, 2011
Very well done. Followed exactly, enjoyed flavor right when I made it, knowing would get even better over time. After tasting it as written, only added some fresh Italian parsley- both for freshness and color. Perfect for me. Chunky, light, tasty and fresh. Def keeper, thanks for sharing!
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Balsamic Bruschetta

Reviewed: Mar. 28, 2010
Absolutely unbelievable. Nothing left to say: made as written. Thank you for an unbelievable dish, so easy so yummy.
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Classic Macaroni Salad

Reviewed: Mar. 27, 2010
Very good. Rated 4 not 5 since I'm not a big mac salad fan, but my husband is. Usually too sweet for me, so thought I'd take a chance on this recipe. Decided to use 1/2 sugar called for and taste- was still too sweet for me as I prefer savory pasta salad in general so decided to add some dried dill and extra salt so that did it for we. Great way to get more veggies into kids though. Thanks for a great recipe. PS- hubby and kids liked it too!
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Erin's Indonesian Chicken

Reviewed: Feb. 12, 2010
Absolutely amazing: only made one change to sauce out of necessity- had no red chile paste so used few drops of tabasco. Gave it just enough kick in the background but still ok for my one year old two year old to eat! As for what I put the sauce on: had no green beans or produce more or less, so used frozen bag of stew veggies of all things, one fresh bell pepper, and frozen peas. Sauteed veggies in some broth, added powdered ginger, garlic powder, pepper. Added cooked chicken then covered everything with peanut sauce. Topped plates with chopped green onions. Was so surprised and food tasted unbelievable. Thank you so much for giving my family a show stopping balanced meal.
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Marinated Pork Roast

Reviewed: Jan. 27, 2010
OK- made meat tender, didn't taste any ingredients other than worcestershire sauce, which I like but then why bother adding all the other things if I don't get to taste any of them? Marinated for 9 hours.
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Caramel Apple Pork Chops

Reviewed: Dec. 15, 2009
Very good, kids and hubby all loved it. I really enjoyed it too. Used one large red delicious apple on three thin pork chops. Seasoned chops with seasoned salt, pepper, onion pwdr, garlic pwdr, seared in hot skillet, Made sauce first- added some apple cider vinegar to brown sugar mixture and butter and apple slices, and added 1 TBSP of corn starch, turning it into a thick glaze which was perfect. Oh- also caramelized onions in separate pan and covered seared chops with onions, then glaze, then slightly tender apples. Then cooked in oven on 350 for about 12 min- juicy, tasty, perfect. Served with mashed potatoes and mixed veggies. Never given 5 stars before- Definite repeat.
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Ginger Pork

Reviewed: Nov. 23, 2009
very good, repeat
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Chicken Noodle Casserole I

Reviewed: Oct. 14, 2009
Didn't think I'd like a canned soup casserole for fear would be bland or too salty, but lo and behold was great (admittedly w/couple changes)! Used 4 chicken leg quarters, boiled, shredded, then added to soup mixture w/ 1 can cream of chicken soup, 1 can cream of celery soup, garlic powder, sour cream listed in recipe, ital seasoning, and finish w/ 1 can of peas. Came out as amazing baked pasta dish (used penne). Lots of flavor and ital seasoning really brightened dish. Definite repeat for all at the table tonight!
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Terry's Texas Pinto Beans

Reviewed: Mar. 5, 2009
OK flavor. Used red salsa vs green. Outcome could have been more flavorful. Will add more spices next time- Emeril has a great "southwest essence" seasoning recipe online- yummy but use only a little since spicy. Will make again though.
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Garbanzo Tomato Pasta Soup

Reviewed: Feb. 28, 2009
Tripled recipe to fill crock pot. Canned garbanzo beans I got were a little hard, but soup still came out yummy. Will definitely try again with beans. May also sub mushrooms for variety.
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Chicken Marsala

Reviewed: Oct. 29, 2008
Very yummy and easy, definite repeat. Didn't have sherry or marsala wine so used 3/4 cup vermouth and worked out very nicely. Also used ital seasoning vs oregano, added 1 onion to sauteed mushrooms, and splash chicken broth to sauce like other viewers said. Recipe is definite keeper!
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Oven Baked Jambalaya

Reviewed: Mar. 21, 2008
Used web site converter and changed servings from 16 to 8.Attempted on stove top on med heat for 25 minutes total, first 10 med(knob 5), last 15 low(knob 3). Added red bell pepper too; put cubed meat in uncooked so will have creole flavor when cooks with rice. Came out beautifully.Great recipe.Thanks!
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Best Marinara Sauce Yet

Reviewed: Dec. 14, 2007
Really yummy. Thick and chunky yet enough liquid to eat over pasta. My changes when tried, based on what I had at home: 2 TBSP dried parsley, not 4 TBSP fresh 4 cloves garlic not 1 1 medium finely diced onion not 1/3 ADD 6 tsp fresh chopped basil NO oregano 3 TBSP olive oil not 6 1/2 cup chicken broth, instead of white wine (didn't have, but next time will try with Pinot Grigio) ADD 1 bell pepper, chopped ADD sliced mushrooms- 8 oz of baby bella Brown meat with onion, 3 bay leaves, and 1 TBSP ital seasoning then cook in crockpot on high 3 hrs and serve.
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