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Deluxe Mashed Potatoes

Reviewed: Jul. 21, 2008
Great recipe for a side dish to a main entree. I used a 1/2 cup of french onion dip instead of the sour cream. Gives it just the zip that it needs. It also may eliminate the need for chives depending on your taste... I also sprinkled the top with buttered bread crumbs and parm cheese with a hint of Italian dressing mixed in... Baked the same amount of time.
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Simple Garlic and Basil Pesto

Reviewed: Jul. 21, 2008
I just made a very similar version of this pesto minus the chilli powder. Considering the positive feedback here, I may try it next time. To my recipe, I added heavy cream for variety and it was divine! So creamy and tasty. I used penne pasta for this dish and topped with fresh tomatoes, toasted pine nuts, and freshly grated parm cheese. Reserve a cup or so of the water in which you boiled your pasta. Mix water little by little to the pasta and pesto as the starch in the water helps the pesto adhere to the pasta. YUM!
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Homemade Chicken Soup

Reviewed: Jul. 21, 2008
This recipe is very tasty though it is also very basic - which is perfect for the beginner chef. Once you begin to "doctor" your own recipes, you will see that the more flavors you add to chicken broth, the better. For example, why stop with carrots and celery? In addition to these things, I add a potato, tomato, fresh basil, fresh parsley, red peper, onion, etc... Make sure to be generous with the salt as stock can be quite bland unless seasoned appropriately. I even use a couple of bay leaves and a couple of peppercorns during the cooking process. Bring the liquid to a boil, then turn the heat down and simmer. I use a lid on my soup to keep evaporation to a minimim, though I "vent" the lid with a wooden spoon during cooking (kind of props up the lid) so that it isn't completely sealed shut... Add water 1/2 way through cooking if necessary. Boullion is OK, but not necessary if you have the appropriate blend of chicken, veggies and herbs. Serve with rice or your noodle of choice. Never cook noodles in the broth - always in a separate pot because the starch will ruin your soup. The more you times you make this recipe, the more you will enjoy it - as it is definitely a process of trial and error. ENJOY!
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