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Spaghetti Bread

Reviewed: Sep. 14, 2013
Disclaimer: in real life, I think the recipe submitter is pretty awesome. Despite our friendship, like GW, I cannot tell a lie, so rest assured the review is legit (in fact, I stumbled upon the recipe in the newest recipes and didn't even realize it was hers until I was about to make it!). I wasn't sure what to expect with this, but we loved it! It was like spaghetti and meatballs and garlic bread all in the same easy to eat dish. I had everything in the freezer (Jay's pizza crust dough, Meatball Nirvana, and homemade sauce), so all I had to do was thaw that stuff, boil noodles, and assemble. Pretty easy. To help you from making the same mistakes I did, please note the submitter tells you to flour your work space. This is key to avoid rippage. It's helpful to rinse the pasta in cold water (or use cold leftovers) to avoid warming the dough/rippage, too. The measurements are spot on, though I did add some raw diced onion and fresh mozz simply because they needed to be used. I'm a lousy roller (and had already made the aforementioned mistakes), so mine ended up being more stromboli like than rolled. We especially liked the garlic salt on top. I think this would be a great filling snack/meal for beer drinking and watching sports! THANKS, Sanzoe, for another winner!
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Creolo Cocktail

Reviewed: Sep. 11, 2013
This was a delicious end to a hot fall day! No agave nectar, so I used a dash of sugar and I always sub Sprite Zero for club soda as it's what I have on hand. Two thumbs up. CHEERS!
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Broccoli with Buttery Crumbs

Reviewed: Sep. 10, 2013
I made this even easier by using a frozen steamable bag of broccoli (I knocked a minute off the microwaving time to ensure a bit of bite). I also couldn't make myself use 1/2C butter (I halved the recipe), so I used a bit less than 1/4C and it was plenty. I may try to use even less next time just to save some calories. We only had seasoned croutons and they added some nice flavor. I used GOYA Adobo Seasoning for the seasoned salt. THANKS for the recipe!
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Grilled Turkey Cuban Sandwiches

Reviewed: Sep. 10, 2013
This was AWESOME! I'd make the turkey breast in the crock pot a week prior for another recipe and chose to freeze some shredded leftovers just to make these sandwiches for #turkeytuesday. Using the precooked Butterball meat made these a snap to throw together for a weeknight. I used a smoked ham steak cut in pieces for the ham and chose to use yellow mustard per personal preference. This will be a repeater if we ever have leftover turkey at our house. THANKS, Butterball!
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Southern Addiction Mint Julep

Reviewed: Sep. 8, 2013
I feel like sitting on porch swing talking in a southern accent (badly; I'm not good w/accents) when i sip this! I subbed Srpite Zero for club soda and used Diet Peach Sweet Tea. I wanted a big sippin' drink, so I used a bit more of each to fill my quart canning jar "glass". It's a nice sipping drink that with 2+ shots, packs a bit of a punch. CHEERS!
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Mediterranean Turkey Pasta Salad

Reviewed: Sep. 7, 2013
I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this, given I'm not a big fan of turkey (unless I'm bowling ;) ). I chose to shred my meat, as opposed to cubing it, simply because I prefer that texture. We don't care for olives, so I subbed some chopped pickled banana peppers. I had less feta than I'd thought, so I added some shredded parm as well. No fresh parsley, so I subbed dry. While I wouldn't buy turkey to make this, I would make this if I had leftover turkey that needed using and/or recommend it to a friend w/leftover turkey. THANKS for the recipe, Butterball!
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Easy Chicken and Corn Chowder

Reviewed: Sep. 7, 2013
I'm lazy. If a recipe touts itself as a "crock pot" recipe (as this does in the tag line/footnote), I don't want to brown, sautee, or sear, that defeats the purpose of the crockpot in my world. So, rather than follow the directions and essentially cook the soup before using the crock pot to keep it warm/allow the flavors to meld, I tossed it all in the crock pot (sans celery) and left it on low while we were at work. We came home to a delicious dinner. The appearance was a tad off due to my lazy method (you could a see a bit of the butter pooling, but a quick stir took care of it), but it was tasy, nonetheless. I was a bit concerned the half and half would curdle, but it didn't (I used fat free, not sure if that made a difference or not). The only reason for 4 stars is it needs a lot of salt. I know it says "to taste", but I used at least a T or more to give it some flavor (and even MR. LTH, who doesn't generally use salt, added more at service). I think I'd prefer a seasoned salt of some sort next time. THANKS for the recipe!
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Little Gasparilla Jalapeno Cheddar Potatoes

Reviewed: Sep. 5, 2013
These were awesome! I made them as is, but had to sub canola oil for peanut oil. With a garden full of jalapenos, this will definately see the dinner (and maybe breakfast) table at the LTH house again. THANKS for the recipe!
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Quick Chicken Marinade

Reviewed: Sep. 5, 2013
This was delicious, and I'm not a big fan of chicken. This marinade imparted a lot of flavor into the meat. Mr. LTH did have some grilling issues (it ended up a bit "blackened", I assume because of the honey), but he managed to pull it out. I made the marinade in the morning before work and the BLSL breasts marinated about 11 hours before we grilled them. THANKS for the recipe!
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Simple Marinated Broccoli

Reviewed: Sep. 5, 2013
This is an interesting recipe. While it's not something I'd *crave*, I did find myself picking at it while waiting for the rest of dinner to be ready. I don't think I'd plan to make it again, but would use it if I found myself w/broccoli that needed used. I will greatly reduce the EVOO, though, because I had a pool of oil on plate. THANKS for the recipe!
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Quick Cajun Vegetables

Reviewed: Sep. 2, 2013
Super easy recipe I made even quicker and easier by using steam in the bag veggies. I forgot baby corn, so we didn't have it. This was a nice side dish for Chef John's New Orleans-Style BBQ Shrimp. THANKS for the recipe!
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Chef John's New Orleans-Style Barbequed Shrimp

Reviewed: Sep. 2, 2013
Great stuff! I halved the recipe and elected to use GOYA Adobo seasoning in place of Old Bay, simply because we don't care for Old Bay. This is a winner! I served it over Ready Rice and Beans alongside Quick Cajun Vegetables from this site. Thanks for a great dinner, Chef John!
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100% Whole Wheat Pancakes

Reviewed: Sep. 2, 2013
These pancakes were easily thrown together in minutes and were quite good. We never have buttermilk and I forgot to do the easy substitution, so ours were made w/regular 1% milk. I'll make these again to use up whole wheat flower, but they won't replace "Oatmeal Pancakes II" as my go to pancake, hence the 4 stars. I was a little concerned because my batter was not thick, as the recipe and reviews suggest, but they turned out fine, albeit a tad anemic/thin. THANKS for the recipe!
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Broccoli Garlic Angel Hair Pasta

Reviewed: Sep. 1, 2013
This is awesome! I've made other similar dishes, but none hold a candle to this one. Spot on, Chef John, spot on! This will see a lot of action at the LTH house. No changes, other than using a couple more garlic cloves because, well, why not. THANK YOU, Chef John!
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Sugared Toasted Almond Salad Topping

Reviewed: Sep. 1, 2013
Delicious! I can't stop eating them as they cool, so I'll happily eat any leftovers from tonight's dinner salads as a snack. Super simple preparation that really elevates your salad in both flavor and texture. I chose to cut the sugar in 1/2 and found that perfect for our tastes. I can't wait to toss some leftovers in some warm, buttery, salty popcorn! THANKS for the recipe!
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Cheesy Ham 'n' Hash Brown Casserole

Reviewed: Sep. 1, 2013
I must admit, I thought the lone 2 star rating (without a review) was a fluke. I've made many breakfast casseroles like this before and they've all been delicious. However, this is missing two key ingredients: butter and salt. It took everything in me not to add them when I was prepping this, but decided to follow the recipe since I'd be the first "real" review. I wish I'd added them... I made this the night before and chose to forgo sauteing the veggies for a few reasons: I'm lazy, we like veggies w/a bit of a crisp, and they cook just fine IN the casserole. Other than that, I followed the recipe, though I did halve it for the two of us (and froze the remainder of the potatoes and cream of chicken soup together for another future half). I took a small portion, and did not finish it. It tastes strongly of cream of chicken soup, which is not a pleasant flavor (most of the other recipes I've made call for the soup, too, and I've never noticed it as prominently). If you add 1/2C butter and 1 tsp of salt, this would be at least 4 stars. THANKS for the recipe; I'm sorry it wasn't our cup o' tea.
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Ham and Mac Bake

Reviewed: Aug. 29, 2013
This was exactly what 3 stars says, "It was OK". I was looking forward to this combination, but found it to be a bit sweet for our taste. Everything in this recipe was screaming for me to add cheddar cheese. I DID add the cheese, but not until after I'd sampled it as written. The cheese didn't change much, but I did prefer it WITH cheese as to without. This is definately worth giving a try to use leftover ham, it simply wasn't our taste. THANKS for the recipe!
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Brown Sugar Ham and Potato Skillet

Reviewed: Aug. 28, 2013
This would be a nice way to use leftover ham (and potatoes and carrots!). Medium wasn't cutting it for browning the ham for me, so I had to use high heat. It took about 50-60 minutes, total cook time (I'd had all of the prep done ahead of time). I wasn't a fan of the cream of mushroom soup, but I really liked the ham browned in butter/brown sugar (how could you not?!). THANKS for the recipe!
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Ham and Cheese Pasta Salad

Reviewed: Aug. 26, 2013
This was a nice way to use leftover ham. I like that it's easily thrown together w/freezer/pantry staples. I'm not a fan of the way the pasta absorbs all of the dressing, though. If I made this again, I think I'd dress it just prior to serving. I also chose to use dill relish, as opposed to sweet, per personal preference. THANKS for the recipe!
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Mediterranean Chicken Marinade

Reviewed: Aug. 26, 2013
This was a very nice "last minute" chicken marinade. I appreciate that this only needs an hour of marinating time since it can be marinated after work, but before dinner. The lemon flavor is strong, giving it a nice tang. Mr. LTH grilled our BLSL chicken breasts which worked nicely with this marinade. THANKS for the recipe!
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