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Hearty Split Pea Soup

Reviewed: Jul. 11, 2012
I've been making this recipe for over 20 yrs and getting raves. I just dump everything in the pot in no particular order, and never boil the water, it's just not necessary. I use 4 cups water and toss in 2 whole celery stalks if I have them. If not, no worries, it's still delicious and couldn't be easier. I've used leftover ham bones right from the freezer, too. Sometimes I'll use chicken broth for half the water. If I only use water I like to add 2 tsp. Penzey's ham base to boost flavor. It's all good! Thanks for submitting this, family members are asking for my recipe and now I don't have to write it down!
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Toe's Best Salsa

Reviewed: Jul. 10, 2012
Made half the recipe. This didn't have enough acid for me, so after blending I added 1 tbs lime juice. Sadly, I had to cut out all but 1 jalapeño, and that was small, because my mom can't take any heat. But the flavors were good, and this is one of those really good base recipes. I later decided I wanted a chunky salsa so added one large fresh diced tomato. On tasting it with my chips, it needed salt, so threw in a pinch. I've been making salsa crude for years and with the added tomato, lime and salt, this is exactly what I was looking for in restaurant table salsa. Thanks!
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Pepperoni Crisps

Reviewed: Jul. 5, 2012
I've been doing this in the microwave for years. Kids love them as snacks. Adults, too, since I'm always honest in my reviews, lol. Best pepperoni ever! 30 seconds in the microwave makes for perfect, non-greasy pepperoni pizza. If nuking them for a snack, 40 seconds. YUM!
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Mexican Rice III

Reviewed: Jun. 14, 2012
I can't tell if it's authentic or not, but it is similar to rice I've had in Mexico. The best thing about this recipe is that you can goof and it still works. See, I only had the one tomato, which I needed for my pork tacos, and only one can of tomato paste, for tomorrow's chili. So....ketchup! I made sure no one saw me add it, and didn't tell them what my secret ingredient was until they told me how delicious it was. I can't decide whether to hang my head in shame or hold it high, proud of being so innovative. Bottom line, this is very tasty rice! Thanks for the recipe.
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Bar-B-Que Sauce

Reviewed: Jun. 9, 2012
Unless you're cooking for one, you'll want to make extra of this sauce. Made exactly as written and found it had too much worcestershire and vinegar, so doubled up on remaining ingredients. Perfection! Enough acid for me and hubs (we like our sauce with sass), and sweet enough for Mom who likes a sweet sauce. When Mom's not around I'll increase the hot sauce to kick it up bit. So simple, so quick, so easy to modify to taste. Nice sauce!
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San Diego Grilled Chicken

Reviewed: Jun. 7, 2012
I'm always on the lookout for easy grilled chicken recipes and this one is just right. Made this tonight for the first time, LOVED it! Served with grilled sweet potatoes and a tossed salad w/Balsamic vinaigrette. The dinner was just perfect for Florida summers, and it WAS better than El Pollo Loco, as another reviewer mentioned. I'll definitely use it for a taco filling with just some cilantro, jalapeño, onion and queso fresco. Yum! Hubby suggested the marinade would make a great reduction, and I agree. And such a versatile jumping-off recipe - it could work well with a little pineapple juice or extra honey to give it an island flair. I halved the recipe for 3 people, omitted the coriander (didn't have any) and used full amount of red pepper for kick. Biggest surprise - we could taste each citrus component. LOVE THIS RECIPE! Call me goofy, but I think it would make superb fish tacos, too.
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Making Crispy Onion Rings

Reviewed: Jun. 4, 2012
Made these a few days ago and loved them! I haven't had onion rings since my gluten intolerance diagnosis over a year ago, boo. I can't abide battered rings either. These were perfect, and they DO stay crunchy, no lie! I was out of GF panko crumbs as was my health food store, so had to sub GF breadcrumbs. It made no difference at all, the crunch was ideal and they stayed super crisp, as promised. I do think I'll try baking them next time, because the house smelled like a fast-food kitchen all night. Chef John, you always deliver the goods and this one's another winner. I can haz onion rings, just the way I like them!
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Caramelized Bacon

Reviewed: May 25, 2012
Tough, chewy, and much too sweet. AND I had a sticky pan to clean. I rate it 2 stars because it sparked a better idea. Cook bacon as you usually do until crisp, then lightly drizzle it with a brown sugar/cinnamon sauce. Much better!
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Seasoning For Tacos

Reviewed: Mar. 29, 2012
In a multi-recipe taco tasting, this recipe was the runaway winner, by a mile. We all thought it had the best flavor, but could stand just a little heat. I recommend doubling the cayenne to 1/4 teaspoon. If you're tired of the high prices and weird ingredients in the packets, look no further; Easy, cheap, made with common pantry spices, this is the only taco seasoning you'll ever need. It really is the best on this site. I ought to know, I tested them!
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Seasoning For Tacos

Reviewed: Mar. 29, 2012
In a multi-recipe taco tasting, this recipe was the runaway winner, by a mile. We all thought it had the best flavor, but could stand just a little heat. I recommend doubling the cayenne to 1/4 teaspoon. If you're tired of the high prices and weird ingredients in the packets, look no further; Easy, cheap, made with common pantry spices, this is the only taco seasoning you'll ever need. It really is the best on this site. I ought to know, I tested them! ***UPDATE**** I used this last week for pulled pork tacos. Amazing! I cut a pork tenderloin into 4 big pieces, rubbed them all over with this mix, put them in a 1-qt slow cooker and poured a cup of fresh salsa over all. Cooked on low for 5 hrs. So good!
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Frizzled Onions

Reviewed: Mar. 13, 2012
So simple, so easy and soooo delicious. I can't eat gluten and these are the perfect replacement for the canned variety, way less greasy, and so much healthier, too. The thinner you slice the onion, the better the result. Try them over creamy, buttery mashed potatoes. Yum!
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Broiled Tilapia Parmesan

Reviewed: Mar. 13, 2012
This is a simple, quick and delicious take on one of our staple fish meals. We sauté tilapia or cod at least twice a week. This is the first recipe that I've found that made me want to cook it in the oven. So good, so fast! I did sprinkle a bit of Old Bay on the fish prior to broiling, but otherwise followed the recipe exactly. Thanks, Phoebe, for expanding my horizons.
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Taco Seasoning II

Reviewed: Mar. 5, 2012
This gets 3 stars for no salt, but it's not nearly as good as the worst of the store packets. It is seriously lacking in flavor and would need a lot more chili powder and other spices to make it worth eating. I'll keep looking.
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Fiber One® Chocolate-Peanut Butter Haystacks

Reviewed: Feb. 22, 2012
I made these for my husband and grandsons, because I can't eat gluten, so my review is based on their opinions. Hubs was skeptical, but pronounced them very tasty. The grands gobbled them up. They do melt rather quickly, though, so keep wet wipes nearby. Otherwise, a huge hit.
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Slow-Cooker Barbecue Ribs

Reviewed: Feb. 22, 2012
My review is for the cooking method only, which is wonderful. We used my own homemade BBQ sauce, just one rack of ribs, and couldn't be happier with the result. The ribs were done after just 4 hours in the slow cooker, but we did just cook the one rack, so that could explain the difference. This method is simple, easy and makes great ribs, with your sauce of choice.
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Tropical Lime Chicken w/salsa

Reviewed: Jan. 19, 2012
I omitted the kiwi (had none), used fresh pineapple and Riesling in place of the vinegar (again, had none). When I tasted the salsa, it was HOT! We like things hot, but still I was worried about the heat. The chicken (grilled) calmed the salsa down considerably. I served the chicken with white rice and the Riesling, hubs agreed I hit it out of the park. Thanks, Linda, you rocked my dinner. This is going into my "Easy Favorites" folder. This is company-worthy and oh-so-easy, especially grilled.
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Hot Mexican Dip

Reviewed: Jan. 13, 2012
So much better than the usual chili/green peppers/cheese version of this dip, with no more effort. I made fresh pico de gallo for the salsa, and used seeded jalapeños for the peppers. I tossed in a little green onion I had left from another recipe. It was declared a hit, and none was left. Thanks for this easy, tasty dip.
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Slow Cooker Tropical Chicken

Reviewed: Jan. 13, 2012
There are lots of good ingredients in this meal, and the flavors come through, but for my family they just didn't play well together. Another problem for me is that this was done in just 4 hours on low heat. I turned it down to Warm, but the potatoes were mush by the time we ate 2 hours later. We all tasted it, but no one ate it; none of us could figure out how to make it work for us, and we really like like Jamaican food. Thanks for the recipe, but we won't be making it again.
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Krystal's Perfect Marinade for BBQ or Grilled Chicken

Reviewed: Jan. 10, 2012
This was recommended to me by luv2cook on the Recipe Buzz today. I had about 2 pounds of pork loin sliced into cutlets. I pounded them even thinner and marinated them in this for about 6 hours, then grilled them. Delicious with rice and grilled pineapple. An easy winner that I'm happy to add to my marinade arsenal. Thanks!
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