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Living In: Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA
Member Since: Jan. 2008
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Mexican, Italian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Biking, Walking, Reading Books, Music
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Recipe Reviews 8 reviews
Thai Spicy Basil Chicken Fried Rice
We really loved this recipe! I had to make a lot of changes due to necessity/allergies but that just underscores how great a recipe this is - it is so fantastic because it holds up under heavy manipulation! I do not eat any fish/seafood (not a vegetarian, just don't like fish) so I was concerned that the fish & oyster sauces would be instantly detectable and ruin the dish for me. As the "Most Helpful Positive Review" suggested, I halved the volume of both sauces and I added 2 Tbsp. of soy sauce (I used Rongway's Soy Sauce Substitute found on this site). No fish taste at all, but great flavor. I also used 1/3 cup of peanut oil instead of 1/2 based on other commenters' advice. I used long grain white rice and made a special trip to my local local Asian market but they did not sell Thai basil. They also did not have Thai bird's eye peppers (what kind of Asian market is this???) so I planned to use Sriracha but forgot. I almost didn't make the recipe because so many reviewers were adamant about using Thai basil, but I decided that since I love Italian basil I'd give it a go. I did some research on Thai basil and read that it has a black licorice taste to it, which is a big NOPE for me, so that further cemented my decision to use Italian. My rice was nice and cold, taken straight from the fridge and into the pot...I don't have a wok so I used a Teflon-coated 3-quart stock pot and it was fine. Like I said, many changes but still terrific!

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Reviewed On: Jul. 20, 2014
Tuscan White Bean Soup
This soup is excellent! Instead of cooking the bacon with the veggies, I make a ton of the bacon topping and put a great big dollop on each bowl of soup. Oh, yum!

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Reviewed On: Dec. 14, 2012
Slow Cooker Chicken Tetrazzini
FOR PEOPLE WITH SOY ALLERGIES: If a cream of chicken soup exists without soy as an ingredient, I don't know about it - so instead of using COC soup, I do this: after cooking the onions (adding the minced garlic only in the last 30 seconds so it doesn't brown), I add the cream cheese + 2 big serving spoons of the liquid from the crock pot. I stir and cook to a creamy consistency, then I add as much heavy cream (I'm sure light cream would also work) as needed to get the sauce to the consistency that I want. My husband has the soy allergy, not me, and I love cream of chicken soup; I thought that the recipe would really be lacking without it. Glad to say that it tastes terrific! We have it all the time now; it's so easy to throw the chicken and Good Seasons mix in the crock pot before work and let it cook for 10 hours on low. The chicken just falls apart. (I also never put 2 Tbsp. butter in the crock pot, it doesn't need it.) Delicious!

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Reviewed On: Jul. 14, 2012

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