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Slow Cooker Stuffing

Reviewed: Nov. 23, 2009
I tried this recipe last year and it was a big hit. The folks who ended up with soupy dressing must be new to cooking or something. It clearly says to add just enough broth to moisten at the beginning. I also think that the consistency may have something to do with the surface area of your slow cooker. This comes out better when I cook it in my oval cooker, rather than my deeper round one. I also crack the lid about half way for the llast hour of cooking. I use dried cubes from the bag and it works great every time. By adding a drizzel of broth as needed throughout the cooking process it turns out perfect every time. Have made this recipe a dozen times over the last year and it is great every time. I have modified it with some ingredient changes for the holidays. We hate mushrooms at my house, so leave them out entirely. I add a pound of browned sage sausage, and a cup of dried cranberries. Replace the save witrh two t. poultry seasoning and add about a t. of fresh ground pepper. I sometimes use vegetable stock instead of chick, but that just depends on what's in the pantry. Also a wierd addition to some folks, but a standard for years in my WASP household--two cans of water chestnuts- diced fine. They keep their crunch even after the other veggies have lost theirs. Try it--they're delicious in this.
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Pressure Cooker Italian Chicken Soup

Reviewed: Jan. 5, 2008
Dont mess with the pressure cooker. I think in this instance it is way too much work. Plus having a soup simmering in the kitchen in the winter--sending its fragrance thru the house is a huge plus. The package of sausage (sweet italian) I bought had 5 in it...the package of chicken had I kinda scaled up from there. I sued the same ammt of barley and lentils. Also the same ammt of stock. I also used a cube of Mexican chicken/tomatoe boullion and that gave the stock a richer flavor. I simmered everything together for about 3.5 hours and everyone at the house said it smelled "heavenly" (my 14 year old) Next time I will leave out the barley--I dont think it contributes anything to the soup. I will also leave out the spinach--it was kinda slimey. Some carrots in the next batch and a bean mixture instead of the 'banzos. The stock was delicious and it is a definate base for experimentation. With potatoes, I think it will be very similar to the zuppa Toscana soup at the big olive chain restaurant.
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Shaved Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Almonds

Reviewed: Jan. 13, 2008
Oh My Goodness...made these this evening. Shaved them with my ceramic slicer and nothing could be easier. Used olive oil and butter, then tossed in some REAL bacon bits at the end...Let them sit in the pan long enough to get a bit of brown/caramalized and they were delicious and nutty...even the teenaged boys who turned up their noses dove back for seconds. FOUR teens ate brussels sprouts!!! Hades has frozen over in our city. A definate KEEPER...thank you
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President Ford's Braised Eye Round Steak

Reviewed: Jul. 4, 2008
Rather than a dutch oven, I did this in my electric skillet on the counter. I added some ground pepper and a couple tablespoons of worchestershire sauce. It was delicious. The gravy was wonderfull. I may have cooked it a little to high as the meat was a tat dry, nect time I will cook it a bit lower. We served it over egg noodles the first night and my hubby raved aboout the sauce. We had it over mashed potatoes the second night and it was just a s good. Don't waste your money on expensive burgandy. I used the P. Mason jug wine and it was great--even for my husband the wine snob. Be sure to use Consumme and NOT Boullion. Will use this again for another cut of meat or maybe a stew.
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Easiest Salad Dressing

Reviewed: Jun. 11, 2008
Take out one Tablespoon of milk and add the same amount of red wine Vinegar and you have a really tasty winner. OR add lots of garlic powder...or add a couple BIG shakes of paprika. Good basic or Base for lots of jumps for any flavors you like. Add pepper and Bacon bits and you have a great bacon dressing.
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Chicken Tagine

Reviewed: Mar. 30, 2009
Very good...Nicely innovative for those of us with out the pricey Tagine pot. We hate eggplant at my house and since everyohne said it cooked down to nothing, I just didnt see a reason to add the slimey gook to the recipe. I used a large butternut squash instead--peeled, seeded and cut in one-inch cubes. It was probalby about 3-4 cups total. Everything else I kept the same. 5 Hours on high was way too long, as pretty much everything turned to mush, but the flavor was out of this world. The seasonings were spot on. Next time I will use real garlic, not garlic-salt, and will add less broth/liquid. It was on the wet side. I think I'll also try cooking this in my dutch oven in the oven as I think that it would benefit from some caramalization. Thank's for a tasty suggestion.
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Baked Brussels Sprouts

Reviewed: Jan. 13, 2008
Instead of boiling them to pre-cook a bit, try cutting into quarters and steaming briefly--keeps the taste and color better. We leave out the Blue cheeze cuz at my house we think it tastes like feet--we use Havardi and everyone raves. A surprising every-day veggie and SO diferent from our mothers oookey sprouts.
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Caron's Kickin' Quinoa Salad

Reviewed: Mar. 30, 2011
HATE Wisabi...that aside this was an awsome idea. I added a few shakes or cayene pepper, doubled the onion and celery, added 1/2 c shredded carrot. Left the Mayo the same, but used the juice from a whole lemon from my tree (would be awsome with lime too) Used this to stuff low cal pita halves for lunch. With the extra veg I get a bit healthier meal and stretch this to 3 or 4 servings rather than just 2.
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Grandma's Corn Chowder

Reviewed: Nov. 3, 2009
Great basic recipe. I omit the half and half, but puree one of the cans of creamed corn so it is smooth. This makes the texture silky without adding all the fat. I also use packaged REAL bacon bits (from Costso) to save time and mess--just add the potatoes and onion to them in a pan and crisp up a bit. There is far less bacon fat this way and we dont notice a diference in the taste. That said, however, I do add about a cup of leftover diced chickn at the end of cooking and also about an ounce of grated cheddar on top. This makes it seem like more of a "real" meal to us. I have also used some smoked ham to punch up the flavor and ALWAYS use chicken stock rather than water.
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Black Bean and Salsa Soup

Reviewed: Sep. 12, 2012
Does not have the depth of flavor that you get from cooking your own beans all day with the herbs and seasonings...BUT for a quick, satisfying meal at the last minute or after work, this cannot be beat. I use home made chicken stock (always have in the freezer) and drained/rinsed the beans as All Recipes recommends to cut the sodium.
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Bacon and Date Appetizer

Reviewed: Apr. 6, 2011
We make these regularly and also have them at a local Cuban restaurant as an appetizer. At Havana Cafe in Phoenix, az, they stuff the date with a little lsice of SPANISH Chorizo. (NOT mexican ground up chorizo-there is a huge diference). These are a huge hit whenever we make them or take folks to dinner at Havana. I do them in the oven in the winter and on the BBQ in the summer. We also sometimes used peppered backon (applewood smoked from Nueske's in WI only) they ship.
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Simply Delicious Meat Loaf and Gravy

Reviewed: May 11, 2010
Easy, Yes. Very high Fat content, Crazy-high Sodium and prety bland overall. Lots of was tastier versions here.
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Cream Cheese and Ham Spread

Reviewed: Jan. 2, 2011
A nice place to start. A HUGE hit when I made the following adjustments. I was looking for something to help use up leftover holiday cream cheese and the bits of Christmas ham. Had to make something to take to a party and this came upmin search. I trippled it for New Years, but it definately needed some zing. I added half of a finely chopped sweet onion, an small handfull of dried shallots and, to the trippled batch, about 3T of Penzey's Sunny Paris seasoning--if you don't have that use "fine herbs". Whipped all in my mixer on a medium setting with about 1/4 C of skim milk-I wanted folks to be able to scoop it on their cracker without needing a utensil. Took it to a party of about 50 New Years revelers and it was GONE. The only thing, in fact, that was totally eaten. Definately a winner.
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Sausage & White Bean Soup

Reviewed: Sep. 21, 2008
I usually make a soup every weekend. It lets us eat off it for several days, and as a working mom (with two jobs) I need all the pre-fabbed meals I can. I dont mind letting is simmer all day, so I used a one-pound bag of dried beans and turkey sausage. I soaked the beans overnight in the fridge (bag of dried beans saved $4). Browned the sausage and then took out of the pot and set aside. Since the turkey is so lean, I added a tablespoon of bacon fat to the juice and sauteed the vegies in that till they were soft. Then put in the DRAINED beans, chicken stock, seasonings, some extra pepper, a couple slices of smoked ham (because I had it in the fridge) and Garlic. Simmered on low for about 3 hours. Stirring every hour or so. Then used my stick blender to purree it a bit and tossed the sausage in and let the whole thing meld for another hour or so. Every time I came in from the pool to give it a stir, the house smelled better. My daughter had a REALLY fussy friend over and she actuallly ate a bowl at dinner (the teen who eats only PBJ) and raved. It was really good, hearty and satisfying. Served it with a crusty loaf for dipping. I will definately add this to my regular soup rotation. Next time, I may use a link of hot sausage along with the sweet that I used this time. My Sunflower market sells 14 flavors by the link in the deli, so experimentation is easy. Definately needs Garlic and maybe some potatoes next Time.
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Slow Cooker Chile Verde

Reviewed: Apr. 9, 2008
Great concept. I couldnt find salsa in cans, tho. The first time I made this I used 3 jars of Herdez green Salsa. We found it a bit bland that way. The second time I monkeyed with the R & D version. I used a large jar of La Victoria green, half a jar of the Herdez--it was leftover in the fridge--a huge sweet onion, lots of chopped garlic and a couple teaspoons of cumin. I omited the tomatoes completely and squeezed the juice of two limes in on top. I let it all cook, covered for 8 hours. Then I broke the meat apart in the sauce and let it simmer another hour uncovered to thicken up the sauce. This one was delicious and everyone at my house deemed it a keeper. We had it the first night served over basmatti rice cooked in chicken stock and lime juice. A dollop of sour cream was the only finish. For leftovers, the kids rolled the rice and beef in burritos with cheese. A super multi-tasking meal that works for my whole family.
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Tuna and Black Bean Salad Wraps

Reviewed: Mar. 30, 2011
Use a can of Tuna in oil...DON'T drain. Then you can pass on both EVOO or Mayo. Really boosts the flavor.
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Turkey Tetrazzini II

Reviewed: Mar. 9, 2009
I would give 3.5 stars as written. Good basic recipe but rather bland without modifications. Really does need the onion and garlic that others suggest. Very nicely creamy and a good sauce to "solids" ratio. I made a few weeks ago as written and then broke out again for the rest of the frozen turkey. Added one large onion (sauteed), a good spoonfull of smashed garlic from Trader Joes, a can of mushrooms (traditionally tetrazzini has mushrooms), also about 1.5 cups of diced celery (because I needed to use it up). With these additions and a topping of crushed round crackers mixed with more parm, it was absolutely delicious. I know many folks have issues with celery...I dont think it really added alot to my bake, but we like celery and it was a tasty way to use up the rest of a head that was on the cusp of hitting the composter. The sauce is great...just needed to tweak the other ingredients for flavor.
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Holiday Fruit Stuffed Roasted Chicken

Reviewed: Jan. 12, 2009
Rating at 3 stars as the ingredient list was rather too legnthy...this is very tasty, but if you don't have the ingredients in the pantry or fridge, it's pretty expensive to put together. I used fruit left from a fruit big fruit plate at work. I didnt have grapes, so used some dried currants that I wanted to use up. instead of apple cider, I used a dash of cider vinegar. Very tasty and flexible.
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Reviewed: Oct. 10, 2011
Some cool mix-ins to try. Date crumbles from the bulk dept..left over canned pumpkin (just a spoon or two) is delicious. My all-time FAVE is leftover baked squash. When I have leftover butternut squash, I put a couple spoons-full in each of several covered individual tupperware-type bowls, add the muesli mix, milk (as I HATE yogurt) and a tiny drizzle of mable syrup. Put the lids on the bowls and grab on the way out the door each morning. Tastes like Autumn!
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Fresh Broccoli Salad

Reviewed: Feb. 2, 2009
This was a big winner, even tho our Cardinals lost...Boy was I glad I TRIPPLED the recipe for the Super Bowl party yesterday. Mine was the ONLY salad/veggie at a party with a good 25 people. It got scarfed. I did modify a little. Based on a couple of other suggestions, I added extra Vinegar--DON'T!! it made the dressing turn very watery while it chilled for 3 hours. Next time I will follow the measurements. I used half Sour cream and half mayo and it was lighter and tastier too. I used Cranberries, sunflower kernals, and for this triple batch I added most of a whole bunch of sliced celery for extra crunch and a bit over 3T of Sweet Hungarian Paprika from Penzeys. Also some grinds of fresh blk pepper, and replaced half the sugar with Equal (the blue stuff) I had a really large red onion and it smelled pretty strong when I cut it, so I diced it really small, and blanched it under running water from my little boiling water tap--30 seconds max, then shocked under cold...I also used a total of only o1 lb of bacon to six big bundles of brocolli--no one complained there wasn't enough bacon. I bought the cranberries dried at my local store in bulk and the sunflower seeds that way too. Brocolli was on sale and I made a huge vat of salad (probably about 3 gallons) for under $20. Everyone asked for the recipe and even the men went back for seconds. All I had was some juice and stray sunflower seeds left. Will make again fore sure and will try All Equal instead of sugar next.
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