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Ultimate Macaroni and Cheese

Reviewed: Dec. 26, 2013
I liked this but mine turned out a bit too dry- and I also added a couple packages of frozen broccoli, cauliflower-carrot mix the wife wasnt too impressed with. I think next time I'll take the one reviewers advise and use a smaller but deeper pan. Tasty though- I will try again!
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My Best Clam Chowder

Reviewed: Jun. 2, 2012
this was my first clam chowder and it turned out awwwwwwwwesome! only thing i did is add some sauteed in butter portobello mushrooms which i figured would have the same texture as the clams- couple sprinkles of thyme mentioned by others- and i did buy 2 chopped, 1 minced and one can of whole baby clams- and i think i was a little over the 2cups on the potatoes- and left out the carrots- it was absolutely great! and last- it did seem a little thick at the end and i just added a dash of milk- thanks Pioneer Girl
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Egg in a Boat

Reviewed: Aug. 27, 2011
MY MOM MADE THESE FOR US STARTING 50 YEARS AGO- THE PROPER NAME IS "EGG IN A BASKET"! HARUMPH! THEY ARE GOOD- ESPECIALLY THE CENTER WHICH HAS TO BE COOKED IN THE SAME PAN, THEN DIPPED IN THE YOLK - MADE THEM FOR MY KIDS STARTING 30 YRS AGO- I THOUGHT WE WE'RE 1ST!! TILL I READ THE NEXT REVIEW- HEY! DID YOU TEACH MY MOMS MOM?
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Sweet and Spicy Chicken Satay

Reviewed: May 2, 2011
very good- we really enjoyed this- and as usual tweaked it a bit- i didnt have condensed but had evaporated milk, had to substitute regular yellow powdered curry for red paste, and found peanut sauce , crunchy peanut butter and coconut milk in another version, and since i had them i added a fat tablespoon of jif crunchy- maybe a tablespoon or so of the coconut cream and thai peanut sauce, and last- a big clipping of some fresh chives we have in a planter on the patio- - i heated all that in a saucepan and drizzled over the chicken in a tupperware bowl and set it aside- then sauteed some crimini mushrooms in margarine, and pre boiled some mild italian sausage- and added those to the tupperware bowl, and last- a big fat green pepper cut into shish-ke bob size chunks- [did i say tweaked a little?} oh well, i always do that- it turned out superb!
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Italian Sausage Soup

Reviewed: Jan. 16, 2011
this was awesome- and very easy to make. I added a head of bok-choi chopped up, and used std green beans {not even sure what great northern are} and i used johnsonville sweet italian sausage which i boiled first, drained to get rid of some fat/grease, and sliced into inch thick chunks. I could also see adding celery or any one of your favorite veggies-to add a twist each time you make it- definitely a KEEPER.
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Broccoli Cheese Soup

Reviewed: Oct. 10, 2010
This was an easy and awesome recipe- my first time for this kind of soup- as per others I doubled the velveeta, and used some left over heavy cream to thicken up the 2% in the fridge- my twist was adding a second bag of broccoli/cauliflower mix, and a small handful of frozen peas---- then i saw a bag of diced ham and thought why not? In hindsight I'd make the ham chunks larger than the prepackaged ones, and maybe even ANOTHER 3rd bag of broccoli/cauliflower mix. It seemed like you couldnt add enough stuff to this and change the basic excellent flavor of the main sauce. Also- excellent next day over rice, or maybe baked potato. On day one we bought some fresh italian bread and just dipped-- definitely playing with this recipe again thanks!
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Hearty Italian Beef Stew

Reviewed: Jan. 27, 2008
This was a very good and easy recipe- i think I made about 10 servings for $25---how cool is that? Now for my tweaks- I think I doubled the celery- and added some canned whole, and another can of sliced mushrooms. Added a couple more cloves of garlic, and sensing it wasn't as "saucey" as I wanted I looked in the pantry and found a can of chopped tomatoes- but it was the mexican style for making salsa w/ jalepenos- i think it was a 6oz can----that's how I roll- look in the pantry- if it feels good-DO IT! My wife complimented the tiny "bite" it added as something new-but it was miniscule compared to the size of the pot o'stew. I also added a small handful of instant barley- good filler, and I think its good for you right?.
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German Potato Salad

Reviewed: Sep. 30, 2007
Excellent recipe! Very much like grandma and my mom Arndt made as I grew up in chi-town! I noticed it doesnt say what kind of potato to use- and our family always added hard boiled egg- so heres my twist. I used 2 ea. 3-lb bags of yukon golds, and steamed them with the delicious skin intact. Like everybody else i used more bacon so i could get more sauce. Other than that I pretty much followed the recipe {doubled}. I would add a hint when you make the sauce put your face down in there and sniff- it should smell vinegary but not overpowering- if so add some sugar. Oh, also- forget the water and make it michelob beer to thin it {or your brand?} enjoy! Tom
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