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Slow Cooker Italian Beef for Sandwiches

Reviewed: Oct. 15, 2010
My family loved this! My only modifications were to use 2 packets of dressing mix, 2 cups of reduced sodium beef broth in place of 2 of the cups of water, and omit the salt. The beef had a really nice flavor, great on sandwiches or even by itself.
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Amazing Pork Tenderloin in the Slow Cooker

Reviewed: Jul. 16, 2009
This made a delicious gravy! I used a pork roast (top loin), not a tenderloin. (Tenderloins are expensive and really not necessary for a slow cooker recipe.) Followed the recipe exactly and took another poster's suggestion to add a corn starch/water mixture to the crock after removing the meat to thicken the gravy. The meat was very tender & the gravy was the best part!
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Strawberry Spinach Salad I

Reviewed: Feb. 16, 2009
Delicious! I made a few changes to the dressing based on other reviews: toasted the sesame seeds first to make them more flavorful; omitted the poppy seeds because I didn't have any on hand; used balsamic instead of white vinegar; reduced the sugar to about a tablespoon. The strawberries are naturally sweet on their own, balsamic vinegar is sweeter than white vinegar, and I also added some pecans that I carmelized in a hot pan with a sprinkle of sugar, so with all that sweetness, I didn't want the dressing to be too sugary-sweet. For the salad, I used baby spinach (I think it tastes better in salads than regular spinach leaves and it also looks prettier), sliced strawberries, blue cheese crumbles, and the pecans. The dark green of the spinach and the bright red of the strawberries makes for such a nice presentation. Brought it to a dinner party & it was a huge hit!
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Beet and Pear Puree

Reviewed: Dec. 1, 2008
Absolutely delicious! I was intrigued by the reviews & am so glad I tried this! The combination of flavors and the way they blend together is amazing. I had to make a few substitutions: couldn't find a vidalia onion so I used a sweet onion (not a regular yellow onion). I also couldn't find cranberry vinegar, thought I had some raspberry vinegar at home but didn't, so I used balsamic. And in place of butter I used a Smart Balance 50/50 stick (half butter, half SB) to cut back on the fat. Otherwise I followed the recipe. This is a very unique side dish, very rich, wonderful texture, and you can taste the different flavors as you eat it, but in a subtle way, as they meld together beautifully. Finally, I thought it a shame to toss the beautiful greens from my beets, so I found a recipe for beet greens & got another side dish out of those!
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Artichoke Chicken

Reviewed: Mar. 27, 2007
Made this last night (with some changes) and hubby and I liked it a lot. Chicken was very moist & the topping was delicious. Picky 5-yr old & 2-yr old sons actually ate the artichokes while our adventurous-eating 6-yr old daughter scraped them off - go figure! To reduce baking time, I pounded the chicken breasts to make them thinner, and I put them in the oven for the 5-10 minutes it took me to assemble the topping, to give them a head start on cooking. To reduce the fat content, I used less than 1/2 cup of light mayo & about 1/4 cup of Parmesan plus lots of garlic powder, a generous squirt of fresh lemon juice, and some pepper. We did not find the mayo taste overpowering, maybe because I used less & it allowed the artichoke flavor, enhanced by the lemon juice, to come through. Also mixed some bread crumbs with a little olive oil and sprinkled that on top for a nice crust. Fast & easy to prepare on a worknight and will definitely go into our rotation.
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Beaker's Vegetable Barley Soup

Reviewed: Mar. 5, 2007
Delicious!! Great to find a hearty & filling meatless meal - I served it with crusty bread for dinner. (We eat meat but this is a nice change.) I was out of bay leaf and curry, but it was wonderful without them. I used an extra can of veg. broth and it was still a very thick soup. My 6-yr old helped me - she basically made it by herself except for some of the chopping. It makes a lot, so now I have several individual portions in the freezer to take to work for lunch. Will definitely make again. Thanks!
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