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Slow-Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

Reviewed: Jan. 15, 2012
Loved this soup! Dump all ingredients in a crockpot and go ... perfect kind of recipe in our busy household. I used a can of petite diced tomatoes, a can of shoepeg corn (didn't have frozen on hand), and skipped the cilantro. Served with bowls of crushed up Tostitoes. sour cream, and shredded cheese so everyone could add what they wanted (of course, I used all 3 ... delicious!) Super easy! Will definitely make again.
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Pot Roast Dips

Reviewed: Jan. 15, 2012
I made this last night for a card party, and there was NOTHING LEFT. It was a big hit, and several people asked for the recipe. I absolutely will make this again! The only changes I made was using low sodium beef broth instead of water, Lipton 'Beefy' onion soup mix instead of the regular onion soup mix, and slices of provolone instead of shredded mozarella. Next time I will use smaller sandwich buns ... I served this buffet-style where everyone built their own sandwich, and everyone took too much meat to fill their big hoagie buns. It was slim pickings for those unlucky enough to be at the end of the line! I'm planning 1/2 lb per person from now on. Even though it looks like a lot of meat when it first goes into the crockpot, the meat is heavily marbled so will shrink substantially as it cooks. Besides, I want LEFTOVERS!!
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Beef, Bean and Barley Stew

Reviewed: Feb. 24, 2009
We loved this stew! It was just a little bland, so here are the changes I made: I doubled the spices (pepper, oregano, basil, rosemary, and caraway). I used a full cup of barley and added enough water to compensate. I used pre-shredded cabbage, about 2 c. packed. Then all I did was brown the beef and onion together, then tossed everything else in a (large) crockpot and cooked it on low all day. Super easy and turned out great! I also added a can of garbanzo beans just for fun. My husband and I both think that a can of sweet corn would be a great addition as well -- I'm adding that next time. It's a keeper!
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Beef Barley Stew

Reviewed: Feb. 14, 2009
This stew is outstanding! We love soups and stews, and this one moves very close to the top of our list. The only changes I made were chopping the mushrooms very finely (to help disguise them from my husband who "hates" mushrooms), reduced the wine to 1/3 cup, and used a whole can of beef broth (instead of 1 cup -- just for convenience). I also doubled the barley to 2/3 c., and therefore increased the water to 2 cups. I did NOT need to use the flour/water to thicken -- it's plenty thick this way! And don't be afraid of the balsamic vinegar -- sounds weird, but it added that little something extra that makes this stew even better! I followed Step #1 as described, but then threw everything into a crockpot and let it cook all day. Absolutely wonderful -- I'm making a double batch next time!
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Barbie's Tuna Salad

Reviewed: Sep. 17, 2008
I was a little disappointed. I made the recipe as stated, but cut back on the parsley & dill by half. I thought it was OK, and my husband was definitely NOT thrilled. Interesting flavor blend, but have had better recipes. Will not make again -- sorry.
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Ham and Bean Soup

Reviewed: Mar. 30, 2008
OUTSTANDING! This is one of the best soups we've ever had, and we LOVE soup! I made just a few minor changes -- I added a 15 oz. can of black beans for color, and doubled the amount of ham. I used the leftovers from our smoked Easter ham, cubing most of it, but also ground up some of the ham for texture. I also doubled the vegetables. My husband's a hunter, so we have a LOT of venison polish sausage -- I used that instead of the bratwurst, cut into small cubes. My husband has made me swear this will ALWAYS be in our freezer!
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