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Moroccan Tagine

Reviewed: Jul. 8, 2009
I was very skeptical about making this dish - it seemed so vegetable-heavy, that I wasn't sure how the flavors would be. Boy, was I wrong! This got rave reviews at a dinner party I held. I made mine with a few modifications... For extra spice and middle eastern flair, I added 1 tsp cumin, 1 tsp coriander, 1 tsp dried red pepper flakes, 1/4 tsp cinnamon, 1/8 tsp turmeric, and a dash of ground ginger. I substituted diced yams for the squash since I didn't have any on hand, and diced tomatoes with mild green chiles since that's what was in my pantry. Also, I cooked this in the crock pot while I was at work. I put the raw yams at the bottom, and then layered in the rest of the veggies, raw cut up chicken, and sauteed garlic and onion. I mixed my spices into the broth, and then poured over the top. All of this was simmered on low for about 5 hours, but it was cooked through in about 3. I served this over couscous with a side of pita. YUM!
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Rempel Family Meatloaf

Reviewed: Jan. 5, 2009
WOW! This meatloaf is to die for! I rarely eat meatloaf but had a craving, and this hit the spot. I was hesitant about the cheese, but it made the meat moist and flavorful without being like a cheeseburger. I followed the directions exactly for the meat, glazed with a 3:2 mixture of ketchup and steak sauce, and baked for 60 minutes.
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Cheesy Polenta

Reviewed: Oct. 16, 2008
This is exactly what I was looking for...I was trying to mimic a cheesy polenta that I got from the deli. I altered the recipe a little bit...I ended up using instant polenta because that's all I could find. Using instant polenta made this a very speedy dish, cook for 1 minute once you add to the boiling water, milk, and salt - although I'll probably use regular polenta when I can find it, and cream, to enhance the creaminess of this dish. In addition, I substituted a blend of 3/4 cup italian cheeses (the blend had mozzarella, smoked provolone, parmesan and romano cheeses) because I prefer that to cheddar. I topped the dish with an extra sprinkle of cheese, and served it as a main dish.
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Mushroom Sauce

Reviewed: Oct. 15, 2008
This was a very versatile, flavorful sauce. I changed the recipe to change my tastes -- I sauteed 16oz of fresh sliced baby bella mushrooms and 3 cloves of garlic with the butter and onions. I omitted the peppers due to personal tastes, and substituted golden cream of mushroom soup. The result was a heartier sauce -- beefy with the portabellas and a deep flavor with the golden variety of cream of mushroom. I served over dumpling-size egg noodles, and it was reminiscent of beef stroganoff without the beef. I will definitely make again to serve over meats, or even enjoy the sauce alone as a thick, velvety mushroom soup.
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Chicken Wing Dip

Reviewed: Mar. 27, 2008
I grew up in Buffalo, and served this to my Buffalo-dwelling family, and they couldn't get enough of it! They said it was the best chicken wing dip they had ever had! (I served it with scoop-style tortilla chips). I poached a package of about 4 chicken breasts in salt, pepper, and onion before cooling and dicing for the dip. Also, I substituted blue cheese dressing for the ranch--very important as far as I'm concerned if you want an authentic spicy twist. I find that ranch dressing gives it an odd twang that doesn't jive with the hot wings flavor. : ) Will definitely make again!
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Mushroom Risotto

Reviewed: Jan. 2, 2008
Thick, creamy, delicious even before adding the cheese or butter. I used a mixture of portabella, crimini, and white mushrooms, and will probably add more mushrooms next time due to personal preference. I didn't add salt because the broth and cheese made it sauce enough. However, I added 4x the amount of garlic, 2x the amount of parsley and 1/4 tsp black pepper total. Also, I added the broth in smaller increments--about 1/4c at a time and remember to stir, stir, stir! Was asked for the recipe and got compliments like "very delicious" and "filling."
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