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Spanish Rice Bake

Reviewed: Jun. 11, 2008
This has become a staple in our home, we have it every 2-3 weeks. I typically try and use brown rice because it's healthier and sometimes use the Asian style chili sauce for its sweetness (to suit the kids' taste). We love this, thank you! **updated comments: why dirty 3 pans? Make it in a dutch oven or similar cast iron pan, brown the meat in it, throw all the other ingredients in, let it cook and then throw the whole thing in the oven. 1 dish to wash!**
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Smothered Mexican Lasagna

Reviewed: Jun. 23, 2008
This really is a delicious and versatile recipe. This is the 3rd time I've made it now and this is how we've decided we like it best: 2 10 inch tortillas & then 1 halved tortilla on each side (straight side to the edge of the pan). Half the meat mixture (2 lb ground turkey, diced yellow onion, taco seasoning, 1 14.5 can diced tomatoes & 1 can rotele), 2 cups shredded monterey/colby. Another layer of tortillas. Next is the ricotta with 1 egg and 1 4 oz can chilies whipped together and a can of corn over the top. Another layer of tortillas. Rest of meat with 2 small cans sliced black olives. Another layer of tortillas. 8 oz sour cream + 8 oz salsa mixed over the top of that, topped with 2 cups of mexi-cheese and sliced green onions on top. Bake as directed. This makes enough to feed myself and 3 growing boys with plenty to take into work to share. Thanks so much for the ideas and the recipe!
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Touchdown Chili

Reviewed: Aug. 16, 2008
I know some people are hesitant to try recipes that have only been rated by a couple folks, but this one you must try! The combinations of the pepper/hot and the brown sugar, along with the bitterness from the vinegar and beer...there are so many hearty flavors that truly make this delicious. I didn't change a thing! Thank you!
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Awesome Red Wine Pot Roast

Reviewed: Sep. 28, 2009
Very very very good! My only changes were to use beef broth instead of water and I doubled the broth/wine to about 2 cups. Great balance of spices. I also made some brown gravy to drizzle over the top of all the meat and veggies at the table. Will definintely use this again and again.
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Tacos in Pasta Shells

Reviewed: Feb. 10, 2009
I subbed a bit because I stubbornly refuse to measure ingredients. I used the full 8 oz of cream cheese, ground turkey and threw a can of rotele in with the meat. This gave me enough stuffing for the full box of shells. The entire family really enjoyed this dish and I'll definitely add it to the rotation. Thanks!
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Chili Colorado

Reviewed: Nov. 17, 2008
I really enjoyed the concept of this recipe. I started out following the instructions 100%, but as time passed and the flavors began to meld, I updated it a bit. That's not to detract anything from the original recipe, it's just catering to our personal tastes. I doubled the recipe (3 lb pork butt) - it was very easy to dice the roast into smaller chunks by throwing into the freezer for a couple hours prior. After doubling all the other ingredients I found it a bit bland so I *again* doubled the amount of spices (so 1/2 cup chili powder, etc). Then I realized it was the perfect soup/stew to clean out the veggie drawer! In went chopped carrots, my leftover lone zucchini, a couple stalks of celery. About a half hour before it was done I threw in what was left in the orzo box - probably a cup or so. I tell you what, I challenge you to find a more hearty meal than that. So while I did stray from the exact recipe a little, we found something that is sure to be a family favorite for years to come! Fantastic base recipe (the meat is to die for) that is wonderful to cater to your family's taste buds. Sorry for the long-winded review. ;)
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Speedy Homemade Salsa

Reviewed: Dec. 18, 2008
5+ Stars! My 16 year old had to put together some homemade salsa at the last minute and we had all the ingredients (except used petite diced tomatoes, 3 jalapenos and red wine vinegar instead of the cider). I thought it'd be decent but it actually blew us away! Let it chill overnight, WOW! Will never buy store salsa again. :)
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Quick and Easy Grilled Potatoes

Reviewed: Jun. 13, 2008
I tried these tonight and they were really tasty! At the end of the grilling time I put a handful of shredded cheese on top and closed the grill for a few minutes. Just like a loaded baked potato!
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Mexican Goulash

Reviewed: Nov. 10, 2010
Very good. Did make a few changes. Used closer to 2# of ground beef, drained with the chopped onion. Didn't drain the corn or the beans. Added a tiny can of diced chilies. Also added about a cup of beef broth. Brought all of that to a boil and then dumped the elbows in uncooked. Let it simmer for 15 min or so and then added the cheese. Mmmm. I actually used the Mexican flavored Velveeta. Gave it a nice kick but still creamy. This way it is a one-pot meal! We enjoyed this very much and will make again!
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Garlic-Cheese Flat Bread

Reviewed: Nov. 26, 2008
This was fantastic! I skipped the butter and drizzled olive oil instead. I also skipped the cheddar and subbed a handful of mozzarela. Perfect to dip in soup! Will make often.
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Candy Cane Popcorn

Reviewed: Dec. 27, 2009
I would give these 10 stars if I could. I tried the almond bark stuff but it didn't melt nicely so I melted white chocolate chips...mmmmmm....
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Wisconsin Blue Ribbon Chili

Reviewed: Feb. 17, 2011
Definitely easy, and very mild. I personally added a lot more seasoning but I was using a full lb of pasta, so that may be why it needed more flavoring. I forgot the red bell pepper so I went without. I also added in more chili powder and some cumin. A+ for ease!
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5 Minute Microwave Cornbread

Reviewed: Mar. 7, 2010
I'm sorry but we didn't care for this at all. It really did cook up in 3 minutes which was amazing!! But the texture didn't feel right to us and it probably could have used some more sugar (we tend to enjoy sweeter cornbread). I am glad I tried it though!
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No Tomato Chili

Reviewed: Oct. 29, 2008
I really didn't like this at all, which makes me sad because I really wanted to! It was just way too tangy for us to eat. Maybe it would be better to us if I just used 1 jar of the chili sauce but it was too bitter. Sorry. :-(
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Lasagna Toss

Reviewed: Feb. 27, 2011
Very good. This made a ton. I used broken lasagna noodles instead of penne and a bit more sauce, but I was using a full pound of noodles.
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Not so Sloppy Joe Casserole

Reviewed: Jun. 11, 2008
This casserole was delicious! Instead of the usual (robotic) "thank you Mom, this is good" I got "Wow! This is really good!" Hearing that usually makes my day and makes all the hard work worth it. I didn't change a thing. Thanks. :) **update** I've made this 3x now and we prefer the DelMonte brand sauce. It's got a little more "zing" I guess than the Manwich brand. Manwich seems a little bitter or something.
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Rigatoni Surprise

Reviewed: Jan. 26, 2010
Definitely different but very good! I was concerned about the lack of spices so added a handful of chili powder and then probably 1/3 cup of sweet chili sauce (in the Asian section). We all enjoyed it but I am rating 4 stars due to the changes. I don't like it when people change recipes and then vote them 5 stars.. Ha.
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Slow-Cooked Ham 'N' Broccoli

Reviewed: Jun. 30, 2009
This was SO easy and quite good! I didn't want to go to the store, so I had to leave out the celery and water chestnuts. Also, I was using a 16 oz jar of Ragu cheese sauce so I doubled the other ingredients, including a 32 oz bag of (still) frozen broccoli. It was probably finished in about 3 hours but I just kept it warm for the rest of the day, occassionally adding some broth to thin it out. Thank you for the simple supper that we ALL enjoyed!
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Easy Paella

Reviewed: Aug. 30, 2008
I am not sure what paella is supposed to taste like, but this was fantastic! Following other reviewer's advice I browned the chorizo (removed from dutch oven), then browned the chicken (removed from dutch oven), then browned the garlic/peppers/onion. Poured in the stock (never realized this was so much richer than broth!), rice, spices and mixed the meats back in. The lemon zest was key. Simmered for about 1/2 hour covered and threw in the shrimp about 10 minutes before serving. Subbed 2 packs of sazon instead of saffron. Yum! Very hearty and full of flavor. I love one pot dishes!! Thanks!
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Ham and Cheese Puffs

Reviewed: Dec. 24, 2008
Quite good! I made these for a Christmas Eve party and they were gobbled up fast! I admittedly didn't measure any of the ingredients but used all the same ingredients. The best part is that you can eat these room temperature so you don't have to worry about serving them hot. Will definitely use this again. Maybe try cheddar next time. Turkey. Etc. Thanks for a versatile snack!
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