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To Die For Fettuccine Alfredo

Reviewed: Feb. 10, 2015
this WAS A HIT... I made this for my husband...this is a very very good Alfredo recipe , very easy but I do feel using less butter 1/2 of what the recipe calls for will do just fine. Because it is very very greasy w/ 2 sticks of butter. If you want to cut calories and cholesterol use smart butter or I can't believe its not butter. Also a mix of heavy cream w/ Half&half will work too.. I served this with grilled blackened chicken thighs I cut up layered on top sprinkled some red pepper flakes in it for a little heat.. This sauce is so easy to make & taste better than any Alfredo sauce you go out to eat.. Which means we will not be eating out for any form of Alfredo pasta .. this can be used with shrimp, scallops, chicken etc....
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Spanish Rice Bake

Reviewed: Sep. 23, 2014
WOW!!! this recipe is totally AWESOME.. I made this one pot dish in a cast iron skillet.. I also used ground bison instead of ground beef, it's more lean less fat. Like the other reviewers while browning your meat add the seasons , I didn't use the brown sugar, can diced tomatoes, or the chili sauce I use salsa medium & hot instead of that. Which gives you all the flavor. I also use little more cumin to taste and I added a can of Mexican corn w/ peppers, also a little taco seasoning on the beef... MMMMMMM this was perfect.. when adding the rice it is important not to do too much stirring of the rice just evenly distribute & cover with lid turn all the way down to low for simmer.. I added grated extra sharp cheese to the topping .. My friend who I cooked this for.. LOVE IT.. .said I knocked it out of the park. Remember when cooking anything seasoning is all about taste, slowly add your seasoning then taste.. add more if needed to suit the taste your looking for.
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Maria's Pepper Steak

Reviewed: Sep. 13, 2014
this recipe is really good and yes it need some changes but overall you can get good flavor from this my boyfriend..It came out the BOMB.... Now you will need to cook the strips of steak in 3 tables spoon of EVO I put lid over the skillet and tossed the strips around w/ steak seasoning & some added garlic powder.. I did this for about 15 minutes they were good and brown. I then removed the meat let the water that came from the meet to reduce down some added little more EVO an then tossed in the onions & green peppers.. cooked this down some then took the veggies out.. I then poured in my sauce mixture.. Now with the sauce.. I suggest cutting back on the RWV , since I had 2lbs of meat.. I did need to increase the sauce .. but it came out very very good when I added the meat & veggies back into the sauce w/ 1/2 cup of water mixed with a teaspoon of corn starch for thickening .. I let it simmer for 40 minutes..the meat came out so tender...you can add mushrooms to the veggies too.. This same recipe can be done w/ chicken as well if you trying to cut back on red meat..
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Honey Baked Chicken II

Reviewed: Sep. 1, 2014
This really is a simple and good recipe and just like the other reviewers said you would need to add more curry than required or you would just have honey mustard sauce... I also think you do need to add cyannne pepper and most def decrease the butter.. In fact you can substitute the better for EVOO. Add some garlic powder & slice onions over the chicken before pouring the sauce over it.. Cover with foil for the first 40 minutes of baking .. then take the cover off turn up temperature to 400 degrees .... OMG the taste is great I did this over to big leg quarters.. The next time I do it I will let the chicken marinate in the sauce in a ziplock bag overnight. Also poke holes in the chicken for a full marinade . I also suggest using a Dijon mustard or Spicy mustard ... just so you will not have THE TYPICAL HONEY MUSTARD flavor.. Also adding Gram Marsala will put a good twist on it.
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Buttermilk Pancakes II

Reviewed: Aug. 31, 2014
this is the best recipe for making homemade pancakes I did this with whole wheat flour and a little white self rising flour.. My boyfriend loved these.. the only thing I didn't do was let the mixture sit for 30min- hour before cooking... but its best to make the mixture cover an let it sit overnight for the next day to make very fluffy and tasty pancakes.
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Firecracker Grilled Alaska Salmon

Reviewed: Jun. 9, 2013
Ok this is amazing... I followed the directions as it was written... The only thing I did was increased it a little more to create more sauce because I had big slab of salmon. I did add a little honey to the sauce. after it marinated in the fridge for 3 hours I poured the Marinade in a sauce pan added a little white wine let it simmer on top of the stove. I cooked this in the oven baked at 400 for 20 minutes then turn it on High broil cooked it for an additional 10 minutes then took it out served this over rice... IT WAS SUPERB....
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Roasted Garlic Cauliflower

Reviewed: May 26, 2013
THE BEST!!..OMG this was so good..The perfect way to serve this vegetable which is so bland tasting to me.. I followed the instructions just like the video.. Except I added a little more twist on it. I did sprinkle some black pepper over the cauliflower with also a little more garlic powder..I then sprinkled dry Parmesan cheese over it, baked it for 20 minutes @ 450 degrees.. then I took it out sprinkled pieced of pepper jack over the florets put it in the over on broil.. when it melted I then sprinkled the diced parsley on it put it back in the broiler for 45seconds then it was ready to serve.
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Sloppy Joes II

Reviewed: Mar. 29, 2013
OK this is one of the most versatile & easy recipes to make. Of course I altered this recipe, I use mostly ground turkey I was wanting to use all turkey but I needed a little more than what came in the pack so I bought .75lb of 80% lean ground beef to mix in. I chopped up onion and half a red bell pepper , but in hot skillet of 2 tbs spoon of olive oil then sprinkled it with salt.. I cooked them veggies down to really carmelized and soft as my family don't like crunchy vegetables in food. I then tossed in the ground turkey which was marinated with worchester sauce. I brown the ground turkey while added in garlic powder, onion powder, and some steak sauce. After the turkey was all cooked I added in the rest of the ground beef browned & cooked it more with turkey & veggies to infuse flavor into the meat. I then added some more worchester sauce. After all the meat was cooked good I then pour contents in strainer. Now for the sauce I put in half a can of tomato paste, then used some barbecue sauce.. and I eyeballed the amount of mustard to use in the sauce so I could say I used 2 tables spoon. I then added garlic powder & steak seasoning season mix. I also added 1/4 cup of Apple cider vinegar & I used barbecue sauce (omitted the sugar element" because Ketchup or barbecue sauce carry enough sugar, all cooked over medium heat. The key to the sauce is taste as you go. I then added cup of water to make sure enough sauce. I added back the meat into sauce simmer for 20 min & serve
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Artichoke & Spinach Dip Restaurant Style

Reviewed: Feb. 24, 2013
Dip was simply amazing... I used low fat cream cheese, and low fat alfredo sauce. I mixed in grated parmesean and romano cheese w/ some mozzerella. We just put this mixture in the crock pot on high for 1.5 hour.. it was ready just in time for our party.. We served it with whole grain tortilla chips, wheat crackers, & wheat thins.
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Tilapia with Tomatoes, Black Olives and Corn

Reviewed: Jan. 26, 2013
This was excellent..I did do what another reviewer said I purred the corn, tomatoes, & I use capers instead of black olives.. I also used some red wine vinegarette in the blender ... In a pot on the stove I put a tables spoon of olive oil cut up some onions & minced garlic sauteed them down.. then added the sauce I blended together .... cooked it to a boil then I poured it in a 12 inch backing dish laid my tilapia (which was seasoned with old bay & blk pepper) on top of the sauce baked it in the oven on 375degree for 15 minutes... This came out so good , the sauce was amazing the fish didn't even taste like fish. I served this over brown rice w/ steamed broccoli the sauce was so good you could dip the broccoli in it. I will make this again.
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Apple Oatmeal Crisp

Reviewed: Jan. 25, 2013
WOW!!! I just made this because I saw the video it looked so easy and good.. I said if it didnt' taste good so what... not that expensive .. Well since we are dieting, well trying to eat healthier.. I made this with Splender Brown Surgar Blend, I also use "I can't believe it's not butter", I did cook this for about 50 -55minutes , it was not dry it was moist & crispy crust on the outside we served it with scoops of vanilla bean frozen yogurt... So this was really a healthy desert. My sister-in-law said it was the best desert she ever had.. and she is not an apple person at all.
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Perfect Pressure Cooker Pot Roast

Reviewed: Dec. 16, 2012
OK this was my 1st time ever using a pressure cooker. I really didn't think it could cook a pot roast in 45 minutes.. Since mine was 4lbs I cooked it for 1 hour. Now I did do some changes to the recipe, I rubbed in Lipton Soup & the Spicy Ranch dressing only used half a pack of both didn't want it to be too salty. I also added red wine to the broth added little more than liquid than this recipe called for but still was no more than 1/3 of the pressure cooker...OMG this turned out so good. I added the potatoes and the carrots last 15 minutes of cooking. The veggies came out perfect.. I served this with dinner rolls and Brussel Sprouts in a butter chicken broth sauce topped with crumbled bacon.. Since I did this on the fly this afternoon went to the market (Aldi) bought my Roast. I am going to marinate it overnight before browning & cooking it in the pressure cooker
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Quick Chicken Piccata

Reviewed: Dec. 14, 2012
This was so easy and so delicious. I made this for my family, I double the wine added some chicken broth because I wanted more sauce & a whole stick of butter. I bought capers that was stored in Balsamic vinegar.I will repeat this recipe again... I added chicken bullion to the sauce too along w/ some garlic & onion powder. I served this over angel hair pasta & roasted asparagus roasted & wrapped in procuitto bacon.
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Roasted Duck

Reviewed: Oct. 22, 2012
I must say I have had duck in 5 star restaurants it was always delicious. I never seen duck for sale in my grocery store until one day I was in Aldi an they had a 2.5lb duck for sale for $12 I knew that was a good price a single serving of duck in a restaurant is $15 or more. Well as simple as this recipe is it's all that's needed. I did alter a few things my rub was made with garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, & black pepper. I stuffed the cavity w/ lemon wedges, garlic cloves, & sprinkled dry thyme in the cavity. My sister inlaw had the perfect raised baking pan for the duck which I cooked covered w/ foil for the 1st 45 minutes in the bottom of the pan I put carrots & potatoes cut up. I did poke holes in the duck with a big fork so the fat can drain off into the pan which season the veggies well.. This duck was so flavorful. Next time I make it I will cook 2 ducks. This is a fatty meat, & does not need the "butter" at all it got more than enough oil.I did season the duck overnight left in fridge and took it out to air dry get room temp 2.5 hours before cooking. & the cooking time is 1.5 hours to 2 hours depending on how well you want your poultry cooked. I don't chance it I cooked my meat for maybe a little over 2 hours.
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Baked Ziti I

Reviewed: Sep. 9, 2012
This is a very good basic recipe to follow, I am sure. However I totally altered it in so many ways. I used ground turkey for which I seasoned very well in the morning w/ italian dressing mix , salt, pepper, worchester sauce, cyanne pepper, lawry's season salt, garlic powder, italian season, basil & onion powder. I did this at 9am that morning put in the fridge to marinate. I also diced up Kielbasa sausage small & added it to regular breakfast hot sausage & chorizo sausage. The Chorizo added an extra flavor to it w/o making it taste mexican. I used the oil left from that to cook down the onions , fresh minced garlic, and fresh cut parsely. I made my own sauce by added can of diced tomatoes, ketchup, & tomato paste w/ some added water to create more sauce. Like the other reviewers I mixed my pasta & sauce together then layered it w/ munster cheese, parmesan, feta, & mozzarella. I wanted my baked Ziti meaty as well as cheesy. I topped the baked ziti w/ extra sharp cheddar , mozzarella, & parmesan romano cheese which baked a nice crust on it. OMG it was so good, & it didn't feel heavy or too rich I think because I used ground turkey. You must definently cover the Ziti w/ foil while cooking in the oven so it will not dry. I did a lot of prep work because of what I added but it was so worth it.. I will do this again. it was so much food I ended up with two pans, glad I made enough sauce everything came out perfect. This was my 1st time making Baked Ziti
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Brazilian White Rice

Reviewed: Aug. 11, 2012
hands down this recipe really enhances plain old white rice. I use my rice maker to make this came out perfect.
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Good New Orleans Creole Gumbo

Reviewed: Aug. 11, 2012
5 STARS ALL THE WAY!!! But I must say this the roux is the KEY, if you don't make this right you can hang it up. 1st things 1st, to get the roux the deep brown that's authentic to New Orleans style it take WAAAAAAAAAAY longer than 20-30 minutes. Lets double it, it takes 1 hour & using a wisk & constantly stirring on medium low heat. I did adjust the heat to high when starting but was stir quickly like a madman then reduce heat to medium low. A new orleans native told me the darker you get that roux the better. 2nd - YOU MUST USE FILE POWDER .... it really brings in the flavor and authenticity of New Orleans Creole taste. Now it was hard to find but you can get it at any health food store some say (Whole Foods) but I got mine down street at Sevenanda health food store. Yes this recipe is THE BOMB!! and it does take 3 hours & 40 minutes... almost 4 hours depending on how long you stir your roux, I did at least an hour & 10 minutes. Now after adding the seafood, you can remove the whole pot from the eye because the Gumbo will be so hot it will cook your shrimp, scallops, & crab meat. I didn't add my seafood till the last 5 minutes while on the stove then I removed it from the stove. Let it cooled down naturally , then put in the fridge served it w/ rice & corn muffins... EVERYONE LOVE IT!! I made a huge pot of it in my 8 quart Dutch Oven. I'm so proud this came out so perfect since it was my 1st attempt to making gumbo.
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Shrimp Scampi

Reviewed: Jul. 26, 2012
I am giving this a 5 star because it's easy, & I did some alterations to give it more flavor & sauce that was not too thin.. First I made my own shrimp stock w/ the shells from the shrimp I pilled boiled it on high for 10 minutes, added lemon juice and Old Bay Lemon Herb seasoning. I strained the stock poured in a big cup. I cut up green onions, fresh italian parsley, & I put a 1 teaspoon & half mince garlic. I put olive oil in the pan & a little butter to cut the cholesterol. I use more olive oil than butter. I poured in 1 cup 1/2 of stock brought it to a boil added some Kocher Salt , little black pepper to wake up the flavors, sprinkled in lemon pepper to taste, & more lemon juice.... I then added some more stock becauce I wanted a lot of sauce. I notice the sauce was to thin.. So I pour 2/3 cup of the hot stock & a tablespoon of corn starch I stired it in till dissolved then added to the simmering sauce & it thicken up to a good sauce. I then poured the shrimp in the sauce it cooked in 10minutes. I used medium & jumbo shrimp in the sauce. While the shrimp was cooking I then added the 1/3 cup of Moscato white wine... mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm this was so delicious served over whole grain thin spaghetti pasta. I ate a plate of it & did not feel heavy or weigh down.. I will make this again .
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Meatloaf that Doesn't Crumble

Reviewed: Jul. 15, 2012
I made this meatloaf it was very tasty, but it was also greasy too. I am not a big meatloaf eater but I wanted to try this out. I will make it again but I will do it with ground turkey, & smoked italian turkey sausage. I will also use season panko bread crumbs instead cracker crumbs
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Best Peach Cobbler Ever

Reviewed: Jul. 15, 2012
I made this peach cobbler using two 28oz. cans of peaches... this was very easy to make. I made this as directed but I did cut the butter. If you really want to cut the cholesterol use an "i can't believe its not butter" substitute I don't think that will change the flavors at all. I did mix cinnamon in the mixture & didnt' sprinkle the top w/ sugar it's sweet enough. This really looks good & taste it's best after cool down served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. However this is not the best cobbler I have ever had my great grandmother made her cobbler & she rolled out a dough & layered it w/ fresh pealed peaches & homemade peach syrup.. it was layered like lasagna with a thin strip of dough between the layers. Its a lot more time consuming but that's the best cobbler I ever had. I wish she was still here
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