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Easy Pesto

Reviewed: Jun. 26, 2012
So super easy. I picked the basil from the garden and had all the other ingredients in house. I added some lemon juice and shredded parm. cheese too
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Fast Chicken Soup Base

Reviewed: Jun. 6, 2011
I have used this twice and it is SO EASY and prefect. I reverse it and used two quarts of water and one quart of ck stock and just simmer with the bones and skin a little longer than listed on the recipe. I add a carrot, an onion, garlic cloves and a celery stalk along with salt, pepper, oregano and basil to the broth. After you strain it you just need to add the diced celery carrots and onion and the chicken you have already seperated from the bones and simmer for another 30 minutes (when there is about 10 minutes left I add a cup of egg noodles) and you have totally delicious and super quick and easy soup from scratch.
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Leftover Pot Pie

Reviewed: Nov. 30, 2010
This is a great idea, but the recipe is a little vague in explaining the execution, and I used only in the most loose way as a jumping off point. Per reading peoples reviews I decided to do three mini potpies and froze them before baking. I sauteed fresh carrots, celery, onions, mushrooms and garlic in olive oil with a little salt, pepper, oregano, basil and rosemary. I also added some canned peas after the veggies had began to soften. I diced my leftover turkey and then added to pan with a little bit of leftover turkey gravy. I added the bottom pie shells to the 5" pot pie tins then ladled in gravy at the bottom, then the veggie/meat mix next till almost full, then topped off with more gravy and then added the top layer of pie crust. The proportions of 2 cups veggies, two cups turkey and two cups gravy was the perfect amount for the three small pies. If you already have pre-made gravy you can totally ignore the part of the recipe about water and cornstarch. I used every last bit of my Thanksgiving leftovers and am thrilled not to have any waste. This will be the start of something I do every year.
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Broccoli Cheese Soup

Reviewed: Nov. 19, 2010
A really simple soup. Per some of the reviews I sauted four cloves of garlic in the butter with the onions in place of garlic powder. I used fresh broccoli instead of frozen, real cheddar instead of "cheese food" and I used half and half in place of milk. I also added Worcester sauce. I also added generous amounts of salt and pepper. This soup was really yummy but very rich, it kept me full for hours. Next time I think I am going to add sliced mushrooms and white wine. I saw some reviews thougth the soup turned out too thin. My soup was too thick if anything, they must not have used the proper amount of cornstarch.
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Cream of Sweet Potato Soup

Reviewed: Nov. 10, 2010
I realized after I was almost finished making this that I didnt have any nutmeg so I am not sure what I am missing in this dish without it.
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Twice Baked Cheesy Potatoes

Reviewed: Oct. 26, 2010
I think this a good basic recipe but I added two grated cloves of garlic and grated onion like my grandmother used to. I also added salt and pepper and substituted cheddar for American cheese. I never tried to make "innie/outtie" potatoes (as they were called in my house growing up) since my mom always complained they were too much work, but they were suprisingly simple, waiting for the potatoes to bake is the worst part. I really prefer using sour cream it gives a great flavor and thick texture.
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Spaghetti Sauce with Cauliflower

Reviewed: Oct. 26, 2010
I was looking for a recipe to make use of a head of cauliflower and found this. Incredibly simple and healthy. A great lighter sauce perfect for vegetarians. Per other peoples reviews I added more seasonings (dried basil, oregano, red pepper flakes and some locatelli cheese as I normally do to my meat sauce). I also used one can whole tomatos and two cans tomato sauce as I just like the viscosity of my sauces better this way, but I feel the only flaw of the sause is its overwhelming tomato taste, id maybe only use one can of paste next time. Finally I added sliced mushrooms, as I'm a mushroom nut. Highly recommend this dish.
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Kickin' Collard Greens

Reviewed: Oct. 19, 2010
I add a capful of cider ving. and also a few pinches of brown sugar. In addition to the red pepper flakes I usually add some hot sauce (especially if I am making the dish sans bacon, which I do for my vegetarian friends)
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Italian Sausage, Peppers, and Onions

Reviewed: Oct. 19, 2010
I made this with a broc. rabe and provolone sausage I picked up at the Italian Market but I cant wait to make it with a mix of hot and sweet to give it some heat. I put the mix on hoagie rolls to eat as a sandwich, but I want to try it over pasta next time.
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Butternut and Acorn Squash Soup

Reviewed: Oct. 19, 2010
So YUMMY. So sweet, I think I may use a little less brown sugar next time and it was a lighter soup than expected. I used Veg. Stock instead of chicken stock since I was having a vegetarian friend over. I have already bought more squash to make another batch.
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Broccoli Soup

Reviewed: Jul. 13, 2010
When I made this soup I could not believe how incredibly creamy it was without any dairy at all. I used fresh broccoli instead of frozen. Per the recommendations I added an extra potato and when I blended it I though it was the perfect consistancy. A few other adaptions I made: I also added some red pepper flakes while it simmered. When I transferred the mixture to be blended I also added some fresh lemon juice and a squirt of spicy mustard. I left out the nutmeg as I didnt have any in house. Next time I make this soup I am going to try and make it with cauliflower instead of broccoli, as I think it will be just as good. (Edited after making this recipe with Cauliflower, it wasnt anywhere near as good as when made with cauliflower)
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Easy Mexican Rice

Reviewed: Jun. 10, 2010
Following the recommendations in some of the reviews I decided to put most of the ingredients in at the beginning and bring to a boil and than add the rice, as opposed to boiling the rice only in water. I put in a can of sauce and a can of diced tomatoes and cut the rice down to one cup. I also added saffron and chili powder in addition to the taco seasoning. I added fresh cilantro along with some diced onions, garlic and green and orange peppers in addition to the beans. This recipe made a larger amount then expected. It was slightly more tomato-y than I would have liked and I think next time I will make it a little more spicy. All in all an incredibly quick and simple recipe.
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Beefy Mushroom Barley Soup

Reviewed: Apr. 22, 2010
This soup was so delicious and so easy. I made a few changes to the recipe. Before I browned the meat I sprinkled it with paprika, montreal seasoning and salt and pepper. After I browned the beef cubes in oil I simmered it for about an hour in a cup of water and a 1/2 cup of red wine (I used cab. sav). I sauteed all the veggies in butter,except the mushrooms which I added after the broth, then added the meat, three cans of beef broth (about 6 cups) and barley. I doubled the amount of barley which I pre-soaked in a half cup of water. I also added another half cup of wine along with sea salt, pepper, paprika, dried oregano and basil. The soup had so much flavor, I think the wine was the key ingredient. I added the sour cream in the first bowl and once I stirred it in it had a really unappetizing look, I skipped it in the second bowl and thought it was better without it. YUM!
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Creamy Avocado-Ranch Dip

Reviewed: Mar. 23, 2010
I used Philadelphia Cream Cheese instead of Neufchatel cheese and didnt use celery salt as I didnt have any in house. I felt that this dip didnt have a whole lot of flavor. The consistancy was a little runny, more like a salad dressing than a dip. If I were to make it again I would only use half the sour cream and add a third avocado. All in all I liked about three bites and then it was just kind of just tasted bland. Maybe it needs more hot sauce
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Italian Wedding Soup I

Reviewed: Mar. 23, 2010
I made some changes to the recipe after reading other peoples comments. I upped the amount of carrots to 1/2 a cup (which I still think wasn't enough) and added celery and onions. I also sauteed the veggies in a bit of olive oil before I added the broth to the pot. I browned the meat balls in a separate pan before cooking in the broth and added garlic to the mixture instead of onion powder. Finally, I cooked the pasta before adding it to the soup, and I cut the orzo pasta down to 1/2 a cup since so many reviews said there was too much pasta with following the recipe at a full cup. I wish I hadn't since I felt it needed more pasta. Overall a very quick and simple soup that is quite hearty.
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Savory Kale, Cannellini Bean, and Potato Soup

Reviewed: Feb. 15, 2010
I did the recipe as described using all fresh herbs, but I added one link of hot turkey sausage and one link of mild turkey sausage while cooking the onions. Also during step where you cook the potatoes I added done sliced mushrooms. When I added the kale, I added about and extra half of cup since it didn't look like enough and added another 1/2 cup of chicken broth to balance it out. This with a baguette is an amazing meal when I'm home with a bad cold.
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Super Duper Bean Salad

Reviewed: Jul. 29, 2009
This was the first time I ever made a bean salad and it is so easy, quick and delicious. I used what I had in the house so I substituted a purple bell pepper for the green pepper and only used cans of garbanzo and kidney beans and used fresh yellow bean from the farmers market. I also used a greek salad herb mix in place of rosemary. Finally I used a small amount of red wine vingear in addition to the distilled white wine.
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Dennie's Fresh Lobster Salad

Reviewed: May 21, 2009
So simple and quick. Per other people reviews I added some fresh lemon juice to the recipe. I decided to substitute Miracle Whip instead of mayo since it is sweeter and I thought it would lend itself to the natural sweetness of the lobster meat. I also added a little pinch of Old Bay seasoning in addition to the pepper. Im still in awe over how easy it was to make a really delicious meal (I ate the Lobster salad on a croissant with some lettuce).
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Tofu Creamed Spinach

Reviewed: Mar. 30, 2009
I just made this for dinner and cannot believe how flavorful it was. I made it vegan by using soy milk, using double the olive oil instead of butter and substituting nutritional yeast instead of the cheese. It wasn't incredibly appetizing to look at (especially the mix in the blender) but don't let the appearance fool you. I am lactose intolerant and this is a perfect alternative to the traditional creamed spinach.
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Buffalo Chicken Dip

Reviewed: Jul. 18, 2008
I make this all the time. Even in smaller batches just to have as a snack for myself when watching TV. The only recommended change I suggest is to use torilla chips instead of crackers when I serve it. I have tried to make it with blue cheese dressing as others had suggested in their reviews, but I find I like it much better when I just stick to ranch as the recipe stated. Be very careful not to use too much Frank's Red Hot sauce as then it seperates from the dip and it looks really unappetizing.
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