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Chef John's Shrimp Fra Diavolo

Reviewed: Sep. 1, 2014
This was really good AND easily came together after a late night at work. I chose to serve it over some linguini. We liked it, but I think I'd use a little EVOO in the pan for cooking the shrimp (if not using cast iron). I realized we didn't have any white wine, so I subbed a merlot and I subbed dried parsley for fresh. THANKS for another well explained recipe, Chef John!
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Grilled Lemon Parmesan Asparagus

Reviewed: Aug. 31, 2014
DE-LIC-I-OUS! So simple and so tasty. I used bottled lemon juice, but look forward to using fresh lemon juice next time. I'm already planning next week's menu around having this as a side at LEAST once. THANKS, for the recipe!
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Blackened Steak Bites with Blue Cheese Sauce

Reviewed: Aug. 31, 2014
I'm going to give this recipe the benefit of the doubt and assume it was the blackening season I used that left an off taste in our mouths (a similar Creole blend I use to blacken tuna). I hate the smell of fried foods in our home, so we elected to grill these outside. The sauce came together in no time, but I'd probably nuke it in short intervals next time (and I used 1% milk, rather than opening a can of evaporated). THANKS, for the recipe!
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Wake-Up Casserole - Canadian Bacon

Reviewed: Aug. 19, 2014
This was a nice easy breakfast casserole; I liked the ease of using frozen hash brown patties. I used real eggs, so I added bell peppers, onions, green chilis, and tomatoes to my eggs (8). This took a bit longer to bake for me. Our guests all enjoyed it and I liked that it was easy to throw together (in a camper, even!). THANKS for the recipe!
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American-Style Creamy Greek Dressing

Reviewed: Aug. 19, 2014
This was ok, but I don't know that I'd make it again. It was easy to throw together in the blender, but it was missing some acid for me. I think some vinegar and/or lemon juice would take this a long way. I served it over hearty lettuce, grape tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion, and feta to 5 other people. No one raved, but it was certainly serviceable. THANKS for the recipe!
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Leslie's Salty Grilled Potatoes

Reviewed: Aug. 19, 2014
These were good and I really l liked the prep method using the foil to rub the potatoes w/butter/salt to keep things a bit neater. I did nuke my potatoes for 6 minutes before grilling to speed up the cooking process (and they still took quite a bit of time, even with most of the time directly in the hot coals). I skipped the black pepper per personal preference and chose not to use the optional Italian seasoning. THANKS for the recipe!
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Grilled Parmesan Asparagus

Reviewed: Aug. 19, 2014
Awesome. Cooked over an open fire grill and enjoyed every last bite. THANKS for the recipe!
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Cheesy Amish Breakfast Casserole

Reviewed: Aug. 10, 2014
This is one of our favorite make ahead breakfast casseroles. I'm generally too lazy to deal w/bacon, so I typically use diced ham as the protein in it's stead. I also add diced bell peppers to add some color and veg. Great hearty easy breakfast when we have overnight guests. THANKS for the recipe!
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Easy Chicken or Beef Marinade

Reviewed: Jul. 28, 2014
This is a nice general all purpose marinade. Easy to throw together and added some nice flavor to BLSL grilled chicken breasts with only a few hours of marinating. THANKS for the recipe!
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Home Fries On The Grill

Reviewed: Jul. 28, 2014
It was nice to grill our entire meal, but the bacon never got done (and I used thin bacon, for just this reason). The potatoes and onions were almost overdone when I waved the white flag for the bacon. Aside from the bacon issue (which may just be me), these flavors were just ok for me. I prefer roasted potatoes. THANKS for the recipe (and a cool kitchen ;) )!
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Extra-Virgin Olive Oil Dipping Sauce

Reviewed: Jul. 28, 2014
This was just ok for me. I had a hard time *finding* any of the seasonings and had to resort to pressing my bread into the plate, resulting in a super soaked bite (w/some flavor, though). I was also surprised to find it a bit salty, which is something I rarely if ever, say. This is a recipe to use your good EVOO for, for sure, as oil quality will make a marked difference. While it probably won't be a repeater at the LTH house, YOU should still give it a try for sure. THANKS for the recipe!
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Simple Yet Yummy Tortellini Salad

Reviewed: Jul. 28, 2014
I must admit, I fully intended to "add some flavor" to this after preparing according to the recipe. However, I was pleasantly surprised as it is delightful just as is! Our grocery store didn't have spinach/ricotta tortellini, so I used a four cheese tortellini instead. We also don't care for olives, so I omitted them, but I can certainly see how they'd make this even better (if you like olives ;) ). I didn't measure the EVOO, just a drizzled a bit (and I'm sure I used well less than 1/2 C). Like the submitter says in the tagline, TRY IT as written first, then adjust if you feel it needs it (and I'm a tweaker from way back, but I'm glad I listened to the tagline plea for this one). THANKS for the recipe!
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LittlePeeps' Truly Baked Potato Salad

Reviewed: Jul. 28, 2014
I'm not a fan of mayo, so typical potato salads don't appeal to me. This new recipe caught my eye w/the use of sour cream in place of mayo. I halved the recipe and chose to use cheater bacon bits rather than fry bacon. This. Is. So. Good!! It truly tastes like a baked potato. You could personalize this with any of your favorite baked potato toppings. I also chose to leave the skins on all my potatoes and chopped BEFORE boiling (seemed easier to me). THANKS for the recipe; this one's a keeper!
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Slow Cooker Green Beans, Ham and Potatoes

Reviewed: Jul. 7, 2014
I followed this fairly closely, though the fresh green beans I'd based this around spoiled, so I had to call an audible and use frozen. I don't even know what a "ham hock" is, so I used cubed smoked ham and threw in a ham shank to up the flavor. I used HEAPING tsps of all seasonings, and still found it to be bait bland for my tastes. I'm kind of a crock pot purist; if I'm using the crock pot, I don't want to do any other work, so I tossed everything in the crockpot and cooked on low for 8-10 hours. Beans were a bit mushy, but that's because I'd had to use frozen. Potatoes were perfect. If I made this again, I'd use garlic SALT instead of garlic powder and further increase the other seasonings. THANKS for the recipe!
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Mancakes

Reviewed: Jul. 7, 2014
These were just ok for us. Mr. LTH deemed them "too greasy" and neither one of use finished ours. I followed the recipe as written, save the addition of black pepper, per personal preference. I served this with a side of beer, and that was a hit, but the pancakes themselves fell a bit flat of our expectations (bacon, onions, cheddar, heat...how can you go wrong?!). Worth a shot, but won't be a repeater on the breakfast table at the LTH house. THANKS for the recipe!
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Real German Potato Salad (No Mayo)

Reviewed: Jul. 6, 2014
I made this yesterday for a get together today with friends who are diary/egg free. Based on the previous review, I was concerned w/it being to dry, so i increased the liquid ingredients. I didn't need to; it would have been fine as written; I even ended up draining a bit of the liquid this morning. I rinsed my potatoes with cold water to stop the cooking process, so perhaps this prevented a little of the soakage. My fresh dill had gone bad, so I ended up subbing dried and it worked fine (though I'm sure fresh would be even better). I think the optional bacon is a must. I nuked it, crumbled it, and added it at service so it remained crispy. THANKS, for the recipe!
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Sesame Noodles

Reviewed: Jul. 6, 2014
I made these yesterday for a get together today and served cold. I added a bag of shredded coleslaw mix, as well as some par-steamed broccoli for some added nutrients. It was a nice change of pace from the usual party sides. I can see this being made again at the LTH house. THANKS, for the recipe!
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Garlicky Lemony Hummus

Reviewed: Jul. 6, 2014
This. Is. Awesome. I made this yesterday for a get together today and it was a huge hit! It was super easy to make (I used a blender because we don't have a food processor) and has a delicious velvety consistency. I did use more garlic because I had extra cloves to use. I left out the black pepper per personal preference. I wasn't sure about the basil, but it works. It really works. This will be a repeater in the LTH house. THANKS, for the recipe!
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Dill Pickle Salsa

Reviewed: Jul. 6, 2014
I'm a big fan of pickles, so this jumped right out at me when I stumbled across it in the "Newest Recipes". I made it yesterday for a get together today with two small tweaks: no black pepper (because I loathe it) and diced tomatoes in lieu of crushed for a bit more texture, and one bigger tweak: dried parsley in place of cilantro. It was a hit! Our guests really liked it (even a self proclaimed "pickle hater"), as did we. It was easy to make and uses pantry staples so I can definitely see this being a party staple at the LTH house. THANKS for the recipe, Duboo!
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Pink Pasta

Reviewed: Jul. 1, 2014
I have to admit, I made some tweaks to this recipe and, even with the tweaks, the resounding opinion was "bland". I added garlic, salt, and crushed red pepper to the sauce and I can't imagine how bland it would have been w/out them. I did have to sub dried for fresh herbs when the fresh I'd purchased didn't last until it was time to (finally) make this. However, while they would have brightened the dish, a bit, they wouldn't have made a marked improvement. If you like blander food (and many do, that's not a "knock", at all), this is certainly worth trying. THANKS for the recipe!
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