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Zippy Chicken Coleslaw

Reviewed: Oct. 29, 2011
Fantastic! Very good and different than the norm. I did have to nearly triple the dressing but added extra chicken (I used pulled meat off a whole chicken did not cook as stated in recupe) so that could have dried it up a bit. Dressing was very tasty, used 1 chicken packet and 1 chili packet which gave it just enough kick. I will make this often, a good potluck dish or summer dinner.
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Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings

Reviewed: Sep. 23, 2011
VERY good, in fact this was excellent. I will make this often. I had no idea chicken and dumplings could be so easy. I did use a small can of chicken broth and one can of water instead of all water, and did add garlic and some chopped carrots and celery, and only used about 1.5 cans of biscuits and there was still plenty of dumplings. I am excited for the leftovers for lunch! The recipe said 8 servings, although after dinner last night for just hubby and I there is really only 1 good bowl leftover. When I make this again I will double it so we have enough left over for a couple more meals.
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Super Easy Chicken and Dumplings

Reviewed: Sep. 20, 2011
I did not make this myself but provided the recipe for a co-worker, who made this for a family gathering. She indicated 5 stars! Everyone loved it and she said it was super fast and easy to put together, with chicken cooked can be put on the table in under 30 minutes. I am looking forward to trying it myself this week!
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Black Bean, Corn and Turkey Chili

Reviewed: Sep. 10, 2011
Still in crock pot but it's already 5 star delicious. Pretty much stuck to recipe but added white beans and more broth, and heavy on the spices. Going to let it simmer in the slow cooker all day for this nice chilly fall weather. Great use for ground turkey and panty items as well. This one's a keeper!
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Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches

Reviewed: Aug. 31, 2011
These were OK. They dried out quite a bit even after adding more sauce, and also adding ranch and cheese to the sandwiches. Kind of bummed, was super excited to try these and they sounded great, but did not turn out so great. I like the concept of the slow cooker pulled chicken, and will try something similar again but I will not make this recipe again as is. I am surprised everyone else liked it so much, I like chicken wings and DH loves them, so I thought this would be a sure hit but it was not.
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Turkey Veggie Meatloaf Cups

Reviewed: Aug. 10, 2011
Awesome and tasty! Mine turned out just barely a tad mushy (fresh out of the oven only), which I think is my fault since I nearly liquified the veggies in the food processor, which the directions clearly state NOT to do. I did use breadcrumbs instead of couscous b/c that's all I had on hand. Leftovers re-heated GREAT in the microwave and were not mushy at all. My DH has been cringing all week thinking about this meal, NO ONE thought it would taste good and EVERYONE loved it. I can't complain a bit, this was delicious and I will make these often. I had enough to do a full cupcake pan (12 or 15?) plus I have a pan of 9 in the freezer. I did add 2 cloves fresh garlic when processing the veggies, and some salt and pepper, and did a 1/2 ketchup/1/2 BBQ/worshestire/red pepper flake topping instead of plain BBQ sauce, we like to spice things up in my house. Served with pierogies and veggies.
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Todd's Famous Blueberry Pancakes

Reviewed: Jul. 7, 2011
I thought they were great, dad did not like them. I asked for pancakes while visiting the parents and they were out of mix so we pulled up this recipe, added a tad of vanilla. Mom said she'd add more sugar next time too, but maybe b/c my dad accidentally added to much salt? I don't know how you can go wrong with these or why someone who likes pancakes wouldn't like them. I honestly think he was being difficult since they were out of his fave mix. Said these needed buttermilk but if they didn't have pancake mix they obviously didn't have buttermilk sitting around. I assume if you want that buttermilk taste you could sub the reg milk for buttermilk. I think these are great in a pinch, who needs mix if you can make it yourself?
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Ratatouille Bake

Reviewed: Jul. 7, 2011
This was amazing. Very good and very flavorful. Was nervous about the no meat/tons of veggies, but it was very tasty and really easy and quick to prepare and clean up. I will make this often. Subbed a yellow squash for eggplant (do not care for eggplant) and a red pepper for green. I also did 2 layers since I made so much ravioli, and did a pepperjack layer and then a mixed shredded mix/parm layer on stop. The pepperjack gave it a nice kick every few bites. You can definately add meat to this, next time I may try kielbasa or pork sausage. I imagine you could even do a turkey sausage too. I normally love meat but did not miss it in this meal although my husband did. This meal felt really good to cook and eat since it's so full of veggies, and was very filling and satisfying.
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American Chop Suey II

Reviewed: Jun. 21, 2011
This is my great-grandma's goolash recipe :) She lived through the depression so I have lots of these easy, Campbells soup recipes from that time, and remember how often her and my mother made these meals when I was little. It's wonderful, cheap and easy. You cannot sub the soup for marinara sauce, it is NOT the same thing. * Also, you kind of have to appreciate this meal for what it is, a basic and cheap, depression era meal that serves a big family for pennies, this is not a gourmet meal. If that is what you are looking for please spare this a bad review and look for something else.* I usually season my meat with season salt, pepper and garlic, maybe some other stuff if feeling fancy but that will do. Sometimes add a can of diced tomatoes or peppers as well. I usually save just a little of the tomato soup for the leftovers, as they tend to get a little dry, so I save just a little to spread on top before sticking in the fridge.
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Torta Rustica

Reviewed: May 11, 2011
This was delicious and gets 5 stars for the leftovers. Fresh and cooled, same day, this gets 4 stars. I was so worried it would get soggy over night if made the day before, so I woke up early Easter to assemble and bake this for brunch. It was really delicious and easier to make than you think (I prepped all the night before, assembly in the morning was quick and easy would recommend this for everyone). BUT BEWARE- I asked everyones advice and came to a conclusion it would be soggy leftover and best eaten same day, BUT it was sooo much better the next 2 days. The flavors were not melded when eaten on Easter, and although it was good, it was much better after sitting a day in the fridge and slighly warmed up. The flavors really came out after a day or so, and I wish I had made it the night before it would have been much more flavorful for the in-laws I was trying to impress. Was still good, but much better the next day. I did use the whole jar of peppers, was not much so I assume only using 1/2 is not enough. Take a risk and use all the red peppers. I also added provolone and did an Italian 5 cheese blend instead of just mozzarella.
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Creamy Dill Cucumber Toasties

Reviewed: May 11, 2011
Fantastic! I made these for the Royal Wedding party I attended, and everyone loved them. I could eat the whole batch by myself although would never get the chance! I did use the whole season packet and I think it was really flavorful, although some salt-sensative people may have found it salty, I thought it was perfect. I also did 1/2 mayo and 1/2 sour cream since that's what I had on hand. Can't really say if that affected the taste much but boy was it good!!! I made with mini bagels to make my transport easier, however I am sure they are even better on the french bread. This recipe can be adapted into several things, I think I am going to try making turkey pinwheels with the spread and cucumbers. Yummy a must try!
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Slow-Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

Reviewed: Jan. 26, 2011
First I thought this was a bit bland but after cooking all day and sitting in the fridge over night it was MUCH better! I used less water and added more cumin and chile powder, and also black beans, but did not have a bay leaf. This soup definately gets better each day it sits, as a lot of tomato things do. My intention was to re-create a tortilla soup I had in Mexico and I totally failed...not because it was not tasty it just wasn't the same. When I had my first bowl I was really dissapointed but I think it's b/c I was looking for a specific flavor and did not accomplish it, rather than it not being a good soup. I chose this recipe from reviews that claimed it tasted the most authentic, but unfortunately I do not think this was anywhere close to the taste I got in Mexico. Don't get me wrong this soup does taste great, just not what I was looking for. In Mexico they had avocados and chunks of queso fresco, so of course I had to buy these items. They was great but maybe next time I will skip the expensive cheese (or make my own) and stick to whatever cheese I always have in the fridge. Also do not skimp on making your own tortilla strips, this was one of the best parts and it's probably cheaper too than buying chips. I sprayed mine on both sides and stacked 4 at a time and cut thin with a pizza cutter and baked. Also added fresh cilantro on top (a must!) with a touch of sour cream.
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Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

Reviewed: Jan. 18, 2011
Fantastic and super easy! I have everything on hand to make this whenever the black bananas come calling! I had no yogurt so I just used applesauce with a little milk and it turned out perfect. I doubled the recipe but seems as though I didn't get nearly 32 muffins... maybe I filled the batter too high. I also added a few choc chips to the top of each muffin before baking to make them extra decadent and chocolatey and they turned out great! More dessert like than muffin with the extra chocolate. Everyone loved them!
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Slow Cooker Corn Chowder

Reviewed: Dec. 30, 2010
Excellent. Only made minimal changes; first I did add a can of creamed corn to more creamy corn flavor. I was hesitant to add all the water called for b/c of other reviews, but I did add enough to cover slightly and ended up adding a bit more since there was so much stuff in the crock, it really needed the liquid to be a soup instead of ham and veggies floating in a teeny bit of water! Also added just a bit of garlic but other than that wonderful flavor, I don't think it was bland at all (making sure you have adequate chicken boullion, salt and pepper) it tasted exactly what I was hoping a corn chowder would taste like, corny and creamy! I also did add diced carrots with the celery, I thought they were on there but when I went to make it apparently there are no carrots called for. Added barely a t of cornstarch, maybe 1/2 t, before done just to make sure it was nice and creamy, not overly thick. I will definately make this again and again! Was a breeze to throw in the crock in the morning and have a great hearty chowder when I came home. Also did not peel potatoes, completely unneccessary and a waste of time I think.
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Cheese Soup with Broccoli

Reviewed: Oct. 4, 2010
The best brocolli cheese soup! A lot like Paneras. Followed the recipe to a T except I added 2 cloves fresh garlic when cooking the onions in the butter because I love garlic and it goes in everything but dessert! Awesome, and was not too cheesy as I was expecting it to be.
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Slow Cooker Chicken Stroganoff

Reviewed: Aug. 30, 2010
I thought this was great and easy. I will try reduced or fat free ingredients next time to reduce fat. *** Also, cooking in butter only will not dry it out, I came home after cooking on low for 4 1/2 hours and it was not dried up or burnt, actually gave it a good "roasted" flavor I don't think would have been accomplished by adding stuff before cooking. ***SUPER DELICIOUS UPDATE 1/7/11: I wanted to jazz this up a bit, so I started my chicken in the crock, then after maybe 2 hours added a can of drained, diced italian tomatoes in olive oil. After another 3 or 4 hours I added cream of mushroom soup instead of chicken, and chive and onion cream cheese instead of plain. Also added just a splash of white wine swirled around in the mushroom soup can. Cooked on high for a good 30 minutes, stirred and ate over egg noodles. Man was this really good! Original recipe is great I just wanted to spice things up a bit and it worked out wonderfully. Hubby even left me a note (works late, eats dinner after I am in bed) on how wonderful dinner was and that he really enjoyed it! He is the (amazing) cook in the family, so leaving a note on how great dinner was really says a lot about how great the meal turned out. If he is impressed it is definately a success!
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Szechwan Shrimp

Reviewed: Jun. 25, 2010
Amazing, best shrimp recipe on the planet. Very easy and quick, and who doesn't usually have all these ingredients on hand? I doubled the sauce and served over white rice, wanted to add some veg but never did, will try some stir fry veggies mixed in next time. Will make again and again and again! Would be good with chicken too for my non-seafood eating hubby!
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Apple Bavarian Torte

Reviewed: May 18, 2010
I was super excited to try this recipe, but was bummed by the results. I give this 3 stars based on mine, but since I altered the recipe based on other reviews I had to provide an extra star for making (unneccessary) changes. I think it would have been better written as is. I decreased the apples and doubled the cream cheese filling as recommended by so many, but wasn't nearly as impressed as I was expecting. Not enough apples and too much cream cheese, almost like a bland apple topped cheesecake (made with above changes). I think it would have been much better, and the apple torte I was hoping for, by leaving a thinner cream cheese layer and loading up more apples on top, probably exactly as written. This is the first time I made a recipe based on recommended changes, and then found it was probably better as is written. This was for in-laws Easter brunch... I am the dessert master queen and try to live up to my expectations every time I make them something and was almost dissapointed to be serving this the way it turned out. * PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A GOOD RECIPE, I SHOULD HAVE TRIED AS IS FIRST BEFORE MAKING CHANGES. I will try again as written and make a better review then, probably better!
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Gourmet Sweet Potato Classic

Reviewed: Dec. 17, 2009
Excellent! Was a total hit at Thanksgiving, and as my first time making anything with sweet potatoes. Very sweet, almost good enough for dessert. This will be my go-to recipe whenever a sweet potato casserole is needed!
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Ham and Broccoli Bake

Reviewed: Nov. 9, 2009
Wow did this turn out better than expected! Much tastier than your average casserole type pasta dishes. I will atribute part of that to the sauce I used, Roasted Red Pepper Alfredo rather than plain alfredo. I think this really make this a hit and added much more flavor than traditional plain alfredo sauce. I also mixed in just a bit of the cheese that was supposed to stay on top. This was super delicious and hubby (who strays from casseroles AND alfredo sauce) gobbled it up fast and had seconds before I was done with my first bowl. I HIGHLY recommend trying different flavored sauces to give it more flavor, and will be trying this with other meats and veggies soon.
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