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Reviewed: Jan. 5, 2012
Excellent flavor. Sauteed in EVOO/butter.
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Lime Cilantro Rice

Reviewed: Jan. 5, 2012
Eep! I've been making this for months and forgot to review it until now. Anyway, this rice is so good. Very light and yet still lots of flavor. Excellent flavor profile for all kinds of dishes, from Mexican to Island to Asian. It's just really bright and as simple as plain rice. Try it! My little twist is to give the rice a VERY quick sauté in 1/2 Tbsp. evoo before cooking. It makes it extra light and fluffy.
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Homemade Laundry Soap

Reviewed: Jan. 4, 2012
I finally used up all the store stuff and made a batch of this. I have an He-type front-loader, and was worried about it leaving bits in the dispenser. Well, it did, until I read the little print in the dispenser that says "Remove For Powder". DUH! Now it's working as it should. I've washed everything from delicates to sleeping bags and it all comes out great. Thanks, B'Nana! You're the bomb!
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Memphis Rub

Reviewed: Dec. 25, 2011
Very good on ribs and couldn't be simpler with everyday pantry ingredients. thanks for sharing.
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Balsamic Glazed Carrots

Reviewed: Dec. 17, 2011
We like our carrots tender, but not cooked soft. This recipe is perfect. I followed instructions to the letter and the carrots were delicious. The recipe is so simple and delicious. What more could you want? The only reason to par-cook or steam is to make the carrots softer, a matter of personal taste. I must disagree with the reviewer who said the sugar isn't necessary, it balances the acid from the vinegar but still allows nicely. I served these as a side with Marie's Easy Slow Cooker Pot Roast from this site. Dinner was a hit. This is my new favorite glazed carrot recipe. Thanks for a perfect recipe!
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Marie's Easy Slow Cooker Pot Roast

Reviewed: Dec. 17, 2011
Best pot roast ever. I've been making pot roast forever, but never added soup mix, usually just a little water and wine. I rubbed Montreal seasoning on the beef before browning, but think it wasn't necessary. I used the fabulous Dry Onion Soup Mix recipe from this site. My roast was about 5 pounds and wasn't done in time for dinner (6 hours low, 1 hour high), so with my timing mis-calculation, I stuck the crock in the fridge overnight, and reheated it on low today, then on warm when it was done. It didn't suffer at all, came out moist and fall-apart tender, picture perfect. I quartered red potatoes and added them the last hour of cooking. They were just right. After removing the potatoes, I strained the liquid and used a fat separator to de-fat the liquid. I was left with a perfect jus to pour over the meat and potatoes. I served it with Balsamic Glazed Carrots, also from this site, for an easy side. With a glass of Beaujolais, dinner was a hit. We'll use the leftover meat to make BBQ beef sandwiches tomorrow. Yum! As you see from my timing problems, this is a forgiving recipe. Try it! *UPDATE* Made this for the 2nd time just today, making only 2 minor changes that greatly improved an already yummy recipe. I seared the roast in a stainless steel skillet, deglazed the skillet with a splash of cabernet sauvignon, then sprinkling the soup mix over the roast in the pot. These 2 simple changes made it a company-worthy roast. My 3lb roast was done in 6 hours.
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Jeannie's Kickin' Fried Fish

Reviewed: Dec. 13, 2011
A hit! I'm not the biggest fish fan and have nothing but praise for this easy recipe. I cooked this tonight using Panko crumbs to which I added Italian seasoning. Everything else was per the recipe. All of the spices blended beautifully, and even though I used liberal pinches of red pepper, it wasn't at all hot. It was just nicely seasoned, perfectly cooked and wonderfully crunchy. A definite winner, I'll make this spice blend part of my regular fish rotation. Thanks, crabbyjean! Update: I've made this many times now, and have found that letting the fish rest for an hour in the fridge makes the coating stick even better. I make a big batch of the coating mix using gluten free panko crumbs, Italian seasoning and all the spices so I always have it handy. It's great for coating chicken, too. BTW - I now love fish!
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Mexican Pizza I

Reviewed: Dec. 5, 2011
Mexican. Pizza. Does anything else need to be said? I've been making these for years, sometimes frying, sometimes baking the tortillas before assembling. It's all good! Just please, respect the dish. No store-bought tostada shells, unless they're the real deal.
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Dry Onion Soup Mix

Reviewed: Dec. 3, 2011
I was saddened to learn that due to gluten allergies I could no longer enjoy my favorite California Dip, which everyone knows is just Lipton onion soup dip. There isn't another brand that comes close for superb onion dip. I'd rather pass than eat another. So I was skeptical, but decided to make this anyway, thinking it might be good enough. Well, it wasn't good enough. It was spot on, exactly the flavor of Lipton. Perfect as is, nothing to add or delete. I'm a very happy camper! I'm off to search for recipes that call for onion soup mix...
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Waikiki-Style Meatballs

Reviewed: Nov. 29, 2011
What a terrific change-up over the usual Italian or BBQ meatball recipes. Where has this been all my life? I made it on the stovetop tonight (baked meatballs and simmered them in the sauce while rice cooked) and was rewarded with smiles all around. Only one change, red pepper for green, because that's how we roll. I used apple cider vinegar because the recipe didn't specify and it just seemed right with the other sauce ingredients. It was a good choice, adding another layer of flavor to a simple, but so very tasty dish. I usually think of ways to improve a recipe as I'm eating it, but with this I was thinking of variations, like adding soy sauce to make it teriyaki, or a little cayenne to give it a kick. I would definitely use the sauce baked over chicken breasts, too. With less cornstarch it would make an island-inspired stir-fry. And it would be so good with pork tenderloin. Oh, the possibilities... The meatballs were delish, too, and such a solid simple recipe that, like the sauce, there are many possible variations, by adding different spices. I made gluten free breadcrumbs in the food processor and they worked perfectly. Next time (and there WILL be one) I might use crushed pineapple so I get a little pineapple in every bite, but that's just a matter of personal taste. This really is a very good recipe. Thank you, Sammie, for adding 2 new guns to my kitchen arsenal. You rock!
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Chili Con Queso Dip II

Reviewed: Nov. 28, 2011
My go-to queso dip for over 20 years, always a hit. I like it smooth, so I process the chili in my food processor. I've added salsa to the chili, blended with a stick blender before adding the chili/salsa to the cheese. A pinch of chili powder isn't enough. If you like it hot, you'll need at least 2 teaspoons, maybe more. This recipe is so easy to tweak to personal tastes, there's no reason not to try it. It's pretty much impossible to screw it up. We even make it a meal sometimes!
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French Onion Green Bean Casserole

Reviewed: Nov. 26, 2011
Why are there only 5 stars? This recipe deserves 10! So much better than the canned soup version. Everyone declared it a hit, and hubby said it was the star of the meal. Made this exactly per the video instructions, and will do it again next year. I assembled it the day before, brought it up to room temp. while the turkey baked, then added the topping and popped it into the oven while the bird was resting. Gluten free Panko crumbs worked perfectly. Do use good quality Parmigiana-Reggiano cheese, it matters in this recipe. Kudos to Chef John for updating a very tired classic. Thank you!
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Caramelized Pork Slices

Reviewed: Nov. 26, 2011
Oddly, with such wonderful ingredients, the flavors never really came together, even though I marinated the pork most of the day. Instead, it was bland. I think this would be much improved if the pork were grilled and will try that next time because we're big fans of grilled pork tenderloin.
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Honey Soy Tilapia

Reviewed: Nov. 16, 2011
I baked this for my mother last night. Very easy, but somehow we felt the marinade didn't compliment the cod we used. We both agreed this would be an excellent marinade for chicken, so I'm giving it 3 stars and calling it a keeper. Thanks for sharing it!
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Easy Spaghetti with Tomato Sauce

Reviewed: Nov. 7, 2011
I give this 2 stars because it is easy, but that's the best thing about it. This sauce took a lot of tweaking to come anywhere near something my family would eat. I'll stick with sauces that use fresh onions and garlic, and more spices. The slight amount of additional time is worth it. Thank you for taking the time to post the recipe, it just wasn't to our taste.
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Toasted Chili Chili

Reviewed: Oct. 28, 2011
This is seriously hot chili, and that's a good thing. Since the recipe doesn't specify color, I used a red bell pepper. I can't stand the texture of cooked tomatoes, so used paste and water. I like the heat, used all the jalepeno, browned with the red pepper for extra dimension. I can't wait to see how it tastes tomorrow. Thanks for a most excellent recipe. It's a keeper!
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Easy Texas Chili

Reviewed: Oct. 28, 2011
This is seriously hot chili, and that's a good thing. Since the recipe doesn't specify color, I used a red bell pepper. I can't stand the texture of cooked tomatoes, so used paste and water. I like the heat, used all the jalepeno, browned with the red pepper for extra dimension. I can't wait to see how it tastes tomorrow. Thanks for a most excellent recipe. It's a keeper!
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