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Queen Bee

Queen Bee
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Living In: Washington, USA
Member Since: Oct. 2006
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Asian, Indian, Mediterranean
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Genealogy
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Recipe Reviews 21 reviews
Chicken Pot Pie IX
A good recipe with just a few tweeks needed. I sauteed the onions and garlic together and boiled the chicken and carrots just until tender... 15 minutes is way to much! I added the peas in the last couple minutes just to blanch them so they retained their texture. I did add some additional seasonings - more salt & pepper, a little hit of cayenne pepper, and some poultry seasoning. It really needs this additional flavor. Some said it was too dry but mine turned out fine. It wasn't soupy or dry but I didn't cook down the sauce for a long time either. Next time I'll toss in a few potatoes too. With these changes I'd give it 4 stars.

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Reviewed On: Feb. 22, 2014
Zippy Shepherd's Pie
This recipe needed a lot of work to make it edible. First, there was at least twice as much broth as needed. It was very soup-like and I had to add more and more cornstarch. It was way too much 'gravy' and I had to drain most of the liquid. And I couldn't taste any of the seasonings so had to add more of everything to build any flavor into the dish. Also 1 lb. of potatoes is like one large russet potato - not enough to even cover the meat, so I had to double (or more) the potatoes. I like shepherd's pie but this recipe wasn't properly vetted... prepare to make a lot of adjustments.

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Reviewed On: Feb. 18, 2014
Kyle's Favorite Beef Stew
3 stars as this was good, but not great. I followed the prep directions pretty closely except I used the beef-onion flavor dry soup mix instead of the regular dry onion soup mix. I also added 1/3 cup tomato paste at the end as it was and a bit 'stodgy' and needed some acid to balance and brighten the flavors. I stirred in some frozen peas at the end for color. I agree with some of the other reviewers that there are some unnecessary steps you can eliminate, such as adding the soup mix to boiling water first. I might even skip sauteing the onions and mushrooms and just put them straight into the pot. Note: this took only 4 hours to fully cook after setting the crock pot to low. Once finished there was a lot of liquid. I would add less water next time and only add more as needed. I would also stir in some fresh parsley at the end of cooking to freshen up the flavor.

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Reviewed On: Dec. 26, 2013
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