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Kale Pesto English Muffin Pizza

Reviewed: Apr. 7, 2014
Kale Pesto Pizza Muffin Haiku: "Made one for light lunch. (Saved extra 'pesto' for eggs.) Pizza not too bad!" I love kale in all its forms, and this was a new way to enjoy it, but I think it could've benefited from a little s&p or sprinkle of Italian seasoning. I was faithful to the recipe (reducing it to 2 english muffin halves just for my own lunch) and it was delicious and filling. The pesto that I had leftover I used in a mushroom/parm/tomato omelet the next day, and THAT was really good.
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Jambalaya

Reviewed: Apr. 7, 2014
Jambalaya Haiku: "Dis is smokin' great. I only made two changes, very slight, all good!" No file powder (have always been told that it's something you sprinkle on at serving; otherwise, it can just settle in a hot pot and become stringy), and I cooked the rice separately so that we didn't have to worry about possible smooshy, or crunchy, rice, and we just spooned into our jambalaya how much we wanted. Really amazing and can't wait to fix again!
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Jay's Spicy Slow Cooker Turkey Chili

Reviewed: Apr. 7, 2014
Jay's Spicy Turkey Chili Haiku: "Ooo-wee it is spicy! The few things I didn't have, I will do next time!" So I was out of chipotles in adobo, and I either mis-read the ingredient list, or maybe I was just plain OK w/ having used 3 small 4 oz. cans of diced green chiles. Used a small 8 oz. tomato sauce instead of tomato soup to avoid it possibly being too watery, as we like our chili thick-thick-thick. And I sauteed the onion (along w/ some minced garlic) as the turkey browned. Even w/o the adobo/chipotles, this was a fiery chili, but not so much that it killed any taste enjoyment. W/ cheese and Frito scoops, this was killer chili, and even better as leftovers the next day.
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Slow-Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage

Reviewed: Apr. 7, 2014
Slow-Cooker Corned Beef & Cabbage Haiku: "Easy & tastes great. Didn't want potato 'mush', so added later." That was the only thing that I did differently from the recipe - put the potatoes in at 4 hrs., and continued w/ everything else (cabbage w/ 1 hr. to go), then pulling the delicious meal out at 8 hrs. even though the smell invited me to want to eat it sooner than that!
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Chile Chicken Chili

Reviewed: Apr. 7, 2014
Chile Chicken Chili Haiku: "Guess we're of the few. Salsa verde overwhelmed. But easy to make." The salsa verde really took over this entire crockpot of chili making it less than enjoyable for us to eat. I followed the recipe exactly, except using a can of crushed tomatoes instead of puree (close enough, if not same), homemade chicken stock instead of veg broth, and a chicken that I'd cooked, shredded and frozen into meal-time portions ahead of time (that had produced said chicken stock.) If I made again, I would saute the onions and peppers in olive oil, adding garlic, prior to putting in the crockpot, and would sub small cans of diced green chiles instead of the salsa verde.
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Baked Chicken and Zucchini

Reviewed: Apr. 7, 2014
Baked Chicken & Zucchini Haiku: "Woah man, mind was blown! Made for just myself at lunch, wish that I had more!" Seemed like an elaborate meal for me to make just for myself for lunch but I had 1 small zucchini, 1 chicken breast, and everything else in the ingredient list (minus fresh basil, so I had to use dried; boooo!) and really just wanted something other than my usual salad or sandwich. This recipe did not disappoint, and since having scarfed my single lunch of it down, I've made it w/ the same amount of success for my family, and we've only found that it (namely the veggies) need a little S&P.
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Chicken, Spinach, and Cheese Pasta Bake

Reviewed: Apr. 7, 2014
Chicken Spinach Pasta Bake Haiku: "My favorite combo. For things in a pasta bake, no surprise, it's good!" I've made many variations of pasta bakes, but my tastebuds always fall back on wanting my classic chicken/spinach, so I was happy to try out this recipe, only Oops! I didn't have cream cheese, but that's OK, b/c I just added some extra Italian-blend shredded cheese and it still retained its yummy factor. Also sauteed garlic along w/ the onion b/c something seems infinitely askew w/ the kitchen universe when I don't smell the 2 mating in olive oil together. Had to S&P to taste, but all in all, a successful pasta bake.
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Oven-Baked Chicken Linguine

Reviewed: Apr. 7, 2014
Oven-Baked Chicken Linguine Haiku: "More like 'pasta bake', as oven's point is just melt. Still, it tasted great." I guess I'm glad that the title was misleading (in that nothing is actually "baked" and the oven's only purpose is to re-heat all the items together w/ melty cheese), b/c I enjoyed the ease of arranging this in the morning and fridging it until putting it in the oven at dinnertime. I broke the linguine into thirds b4 boiling (didn't relish the idea of us twirling noodles whilst stabbing at chicken when it came time to eat, and when I make again, I'll probably use a smaller pasta like penne or rotini) and used a can of Italian-seasoned tomatoes for the 2 c. diced tomatoes called for. We really enjoyed this alot, and will look forward to eating it again.
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Cabbage Rolls II

Reviewed: Apr. 7, 2014
Cabbage Rolls II Haiku: "Bit of work to make. But really worth the effort. Should've made double!" I followed the recipe's ingredient list exactly, only baking 350 for about an hour, partially-covered, due to not having the slow-cooker time available. The only things that I wish I'd done differently was add some minced garlic, and prep more for leftovers or for freezing b/c I felt like it was a quite a bit of work for the 12 rolls that fed 3 of us (one of whom was a 6 year old), but SHAZAM, we obliterated them all!
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BLT Wraps

Reviewed: Apr. 7, 2014
BLT Wrap Haiku: "Too dry tortilla. Zapped too long and needed 'lube.' Oh well, glad I tried." 1.5 min. in the microwave was too long and the tortilla was dry and cheese more gummy that moist, so maybe I should've done what so many reviewers changed and actually added in mayo, ranch, salsa or other form of "food lube." I neither shredded the lettuce, nor diced the tomatoes, lest the ingredients fall out of what I salvaged of my tortilla, so I guess the taste was OK, but I think I would prefer a classic BLT w/ mayo on regular bread.
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Easy Taco Casserole

Reviewed: Nov. 30, 2012
Easy Taco Casserole Haiku: "Totally easy. Swapped sour cream for mayo. Served with lots of 'stuff.'" I don't think I wouldn't liked this nearly as much w/ mayo, so I used sour cream, along w/ a Mexi-blend of cheese, rather than the 2 different types called for. One bite of it by itself was "mmm tasty", but eating w/ cilantro, tomatoes, lettuce, and extra hot sauce? Taco-transcendent!
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Carlie's Chocolate Oatmeal Waffles

Reviewed: Nov. 30, 2012
Carlie's Chocolate Oatmeal Waffles Haiku: "First thing I must note: Yay! No egg separating! Not too sweet, just right." Ahh a waffle recipe that doesn't call for separating eggs, and beating the whites! My family loved these waffles (if you could believe it, they liked them better 2 days later toasted, and w/ just butter), but I wasn't quite as wild about them; a little dense, but that's just a matter of taste. I knew making them w/ the oat, and skipping the separating of the eggies, that the end result wouldn't be a fluffy light waffle, but hey, 2 out of 3 people in my house devored them, and they were easy to make, so Success!
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Six Can Chicken Tortilla Soup

Reviewed: Nov. 30, 2012
Six Can Chicken Tortilla Soup Haiku: "Fool-proof recipe. Yea, yea, I added stuff too. (Or it'd be too bland.)" Can't argue w/ the ease of just opening 6 cans, but as w/ many of the reviews, I had to liven this up w/ some seasoning. But first off, I'm not a snob about canned chicken - the Kirkland chicken from Costco is outstanding, so I used everything the recipe called for. (Altho, my corn was the Mexi-type w/ bits of colored bell pepper in it.) I sauteed garlic, onion, and celery in a little butter and tossed that in the crockpot, along w/ cumin and oregano. Served w/ cheese, broken up tortilla chips, and cilantro - this soup completely wow'ed the friends I'd had over to dinner, who couldn't believe how easy it was to make.
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Simple Golabki

Reviewed: Nov. 30, 2012
Simple Golabki Haiku: "Such a cinch to make. (Needed more time to simmer.) Happy with our meal!" I added the onion and garlic (more than 1 clove) to the meat as it browned, and included some paprika and cayenne pepper (per another review), and the only other thing different was finding that it took longer than the stated 7-10 min. for the cabbage to be tender (at least tender our tastes, but still retaining some crunch.) Great easy entree!
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Presidential Debate Chili

Reviewed: Nov. 12, 2012
Presidential Debate Chili Haiku: "Love Ranch-style beans. (I think they made this chili.) Still would've been good." Followed the recipe exactly as written, elated that it called for Ranch-style beans that I keep stocked in my pantry as often as I can get my hands on them. I truly can't think of anything that I would've done to change this chili; it was just fantastic, although it was a touch mild for us, so after a squirt of Sriracha, we declared it a win.
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Slow Cooker Ground Beef Stew

Reviewed: Nov. 12, 2012
Slow Cooker Ground Beef Stew Haiku: "Wow, this stew's ugly! Looks aside, it tasted great! Made happy tummies." Halved the recipe for 3, but 2 of us inhaled it. It looks, well, like dog food (probably due to cream of mushroom's unappealing hue), but still, this was a surprisingly awesome stew!
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Ginger Lime Pork Tenderloin

Reviewed: Nov. 12, 2012
Ginger Lime Pork Tenderloin Haiku: "Followed exactly, all the great flavors were lost. Marinate longer?" I stayed true to the recipe, and marinated my pork tenderloin for easily 4+ hours, but we couldn't really detect any of the lime or ginger; mostly soy sauce unfortunately.
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Bek's Minestrone Soup

Reviewed: Nov. 12, 2012
Bek's Minestrone Haiku: "Shazam, this was good! (Added chicken sausage too, per the submitter.)" I followed the recipe as written, but I put everything (except the zucchini) in the crockpot on low all afternoon, and added the zucchini in the last hour so it wouldn't turn to smoosh. Only wish I'd taken Bek's other suggestion and added some pasta at the end, but with the potatoes, we were carb-content w/ this fab soup.
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Tuna Stuffed Zucchini

Reviewed: Oct. 26, 2012
Tuna Stuffed Zucchini Haiku: "On the fence with this. On one hand, it was healthy, but a bit too bland." I ended up melting grated cheddar on mine b4 eating it, in the hopes that it would be like a tuna melt, but something still didn't jive w/ me on this recipe. I'd even added garlic and a dash of Sriaracha to the tuna mixture, after reading some of the reviews, but we weren't too terribly impressed. Happy to have tried it though b/c I love zucchini in all its forms!
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Best Ever Beef Stew

Reviewed: Oct. 26, 2012
Best Ever Beef Stew Haiku: "Just had to make this, due to its boastful title. And it turned out great!" After browning the meat, I put everything in the crock-pot, reducing the beef broth (didn't want it too liquid-ey), and only adding some minced garlic. For some reason, the smell wasn't all that appetizing, but wow, it tasted pretty great, and the leftovers were even better.
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