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Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Reviewed: Jul. 19, 2015
Grilled Cheese Sandwich Haiku: "My daughter made this, part of mini 'chef lessons', I'm so proud of her!" My 7-year old took a summer afternoon, devoid of any activities or plans, and asked me to pull up recipes that she could try out on her own. This was her lunch and I let her loose in the kitchen. How could a simple and classic grilled cheese sandwich be any less than 5 stars? Some of the joke reviews gave me the giggles, but some of the more snarky ones -- well, c'mon, we all have to start somewhere; i.e how to make baked potato, scramble eggs, make Ramen ... She declared it the most delicious sandwich she ever had, and she followed the recipe as it's written except using honey wheat bread instead of white.
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Beets on the Grill

Reviewed: Jul. 19, 2015
Beets on the Grill Haiku: "Very new for me, to eat beets not 'from a can', I'd do this again!" My beets were monstrously huge, so I used two, and cut them into quarters so they would be done in 30 min., alongside the chicken that I was already grilling. Flipped the foil-wrapped beets a few times to ensure even cooking. I loved them, daughter liked, husband hated, baby somewhere in b/t, but I think alot of it is just vegetable preference; beets are just beet-y, no matter how you prepare them, but I found this way to be fun, easy, and efficient enough, since I was already running the grill.
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Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream

Reviewed: Jul. 9, 2015
Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream Haiku: "Peanut butter rocks. Add banana? Magical! My favorite combo." I used honey-roasted peanut butter that I ground at Whole Foods and sprinkled some honey-roasted peanuts on top when I ate it - heaven! After processing the banana and peanut butter; however, I put the mixture back into the freezer for awhile so it wouldn't be so custard-y.
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Zucchini Spaghetti

Reviewed: Jul. 4, 2015
Zucchini Spaghetti Haiku: "Really just a sauce, albeit, a tasty one. Just WAY too much sauce." 3 zucchini weren't nearly enough for this recipe, and I had to quick make a pot of noodles to supplement the much-needed filler. Maybe if the tomato sauce can was an 8 oz. instead of 15 oz. or if the recipe specified the zucchini in a cups' quantity instead of just "3 zucchini." Truly, the meat/tomato sauce WAS great tasting, but after mixing the zucchini noodles into it (the current photo for the recipe has the sauce just spooned on top of the zoodles), they just disappeared altogether.
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Sweet and Spicy Green Beans

Reviewed: Jul. 4, 2015
Sweet & Spicy Green Beans Haiku: "Used frozen green beans, but I wish that I'd had fresh. Didn't steam either." Just plopped my frozen green beans into the heated skillet for enough time to warm them through til al dente. Used Sriracha sauce for the chili-garlic sauce - such an easy, delicious side dish! What sauce that remained the pan tasted really great dribbled onto rice w/ dinner.
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Sausage Stir Fry with Bow Tie Pasta

Reviewed: Jul. 4, 2015
Sausage Stir-Fry w/ Bow Tie Pasta Haiku: "A keeper indeed. Made mine like a casserole, did ahead of time." I didn't change a thing about this recipe other than prepping in advance and putting it in a large round Pyrex dish; w/ a little Parmesan and mozzarella sprinkled on top, I put it in oven at 350 for about 25-30 min. just to melt the cheese and re-warm it through. UMMM Wow, I know that my method defeated the quick purpose of the "stir-fry", but we really loved this meal!
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Easy Slow Cooker BBQ

Reviewed: Jul. 4, 2015
Easy Slow Cooker BBQ Haiku: "Added liquid smoke, (like the cook's notes suggested) Little dry rub too." Rather than just sprinkling the S&P on top of the vinegar-bathing pork, I liberally rubbed my (nearly 6-lb) pork w/ salt and pepper that I'd mixed w/ a little garlic powder and onion powder. Mine fell apart when I poked it w/ a fork at 8.5 hrs, so I put it back in the slow-cooker on the "warm" setting w/ Yuengling BBQ sauce for another 1.5 hrs b4 serving w/ salad for dinner. We were really surprised at how good this was, based on the simple ingredients and even simpler prep, but I can imagine that the brand and type of BBQ sauce could greatly influence this recipe's success.
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Richard and Suzanne's Famous Red Beans and Sausage

Reviewed: Jul. 4, 2015
Richard & Suzanne's Famous Red Bean Sausage Haiku: "Suzanne & Richard, you are heroes in our house, we loved this that much!" Other than reducing the red pepper flakes and using smoked sausage instead of andouille (7-yr old doesn't have quite the taste for heat just yet), oh and changing the servings to make it only a single can of beans, I kept the recipe as written. The bacon grease and bay leaf were really the only seasoning called for, and yet they provided plenty of flavor to this awesome and simple dish. I would've liked the additional spice, but even made a bit more tame, this meal was righteous!
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Savory Garlic Marinated Steaks

Reviewed: Jul. 4, 2015
Savory Garlic Marinated Steaks Haiku: "Made for Father's Day, marinated rib-eye steaks for about two days." Sometimes a good hunk of beef should be prepared near-virginal w/ a little EVOO, S&P, and sometimes a so-so piece of meat really benefits from a long tender bath in a marinade. My husband and I agreed that a nice rib-eye didn't need quite this much over-kill. The marinade itself is very, very flavorful and I will absolutely use it again (perhaps reducing the balsamic vinegar a tad), but just not on a good steak.
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Hot Dog Mummies

Reviewed: Jul. 4, 2015
Hot Dog Mummies Haiku: "Gourmet food, it's not. But serve to younger diners? They'll scarf them down!" This recipe is as basic as it gets, and my 7-year old and her slumber party pals enjoyed helping put them together and eating them in a most kid-friendly fashion, w/ buttered green beans. Would be a cute, fast supper b4 trick-or-treating.
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Joe's Special Scramble

Reviewed: Jul. 4, 2015
Joe's Special Scramble Haiku: "Halved the recipe. Sprinkled w/ Parmesan cheese. Weird, but oh so good!" Other than scrambling my eggs into the spinach mixture rather than cracking them into indentations, I followed the recipe as written. Very similar to Chef John's version, both ways to make Joe's Seriously-wacky (is it breakfast or dinner?) Scramble are really great. It's not pretty to look at, but nom-nom good!
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Grilled Chicken and Herbs

Reviewed: Jul. 4, 2015
Grilled Chicken & Herbs Haiku: "I liked this okay. Maybe better w/ fresh herbs. Still, I'm glad I tried!" I felt like each bite of my chicken resulted in pieces of dried herb getting stuck b/t my teeth. It smelled great while grilling, and I liked that it wasn't a dark soy-based marinade, but I felt like it could've benefited greatly from a punch of citrus, or cayenne, along w/ fresh herbs. I did enjoy eating it as part of my light salad lunch!
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Family Favorite Slow Cooker Turkey Chili

Reviewed: Jul. 4, 2015
Family Favorite Turkey Chili Haiku: "Thought this would be blah, but it turned out really good. Better leftovers." I really expected this chili to be dull, due to it not having cumin or oregano, along w/ so little chili powder, so I tasted it at the halfway point and it was great ... even better when we served it that evening, but even BETTER the next day. Followed the recipe exactly as written, even neither draining nor rinsing the beans which I always do. W/ cheese, sour cream and Fritos, it will surely become a family favorite. (OK, mine needed some Sriracha.)
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Oven-Baked Cheese Crackers

Reviewed: Jul. 4, 2015
Oven Baked Cheese Crackers Haiku: "Cinch to make this snack. But more like cracker 'nachos.' Kids gobbled this up." DD had some buddies over and they requested nachos, but I was out of tortilla chips so I made this recipe. Step 3 was a little misleading, almost implying that each cracker recieved an entire slice of cheese folded into quarters, but I just tore each slice in 1/4ths and placed the piece on the 24 crackers. 3 min. 33 sec. was just right. I sprinkled my crackers w/ Texas Pete, and the kiddos just scarfed theirs down.
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Fiesta Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken Tacos

Reviewed: Jun. 28, 2015
Fiesta Slow-Cooker Shredded Chicken Tacos Haiku: "Mine shredded at 5, left the chicken there on 'warm' up til dinnertime." The chicken breasts I used were smaller, so maybe that's why they were done more quickly than the recipe suggested, but a quick fork-jab at 5 hrs and they fell apart, so I shredded them and put them back in the slow-cooker w/ the taco seasoning/chick broth "juice" on warm setting until we served them w/ your typical taco toppings. Thank goodness for a nice variety of garnishes to liven up the flavor, b/c the 3 TB of taco seasoning really didn't make the chicken all that flavorful. But the prep was such a snap that this recipe certainly deserves stars for ease; it just needs a flavor-bump.
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Broiled Grapefruit

Reviewed: Jun. 28, 2015
Broiled Grapefruit Haiku: "Always eat mine cold, but this was a nice, new change. I'd do it again!" My MiL sends me boxes of Texas ruby-reds and I usually obliterate them just sliced around the perimeter and thru the segments w/ a sprinkle a Splenda. I just had so many this time around that I wanted a more dessert-ey feel - enter this recipe! I didn't spoon sections out into a bowl, only to put back in the rind - just loosened around the edges and wedges and topped (swapping white for brown sugar Splenda) and 5 min. was just perfect for a nice gooey brown top to emerge.
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Whipped Banana "Ice Cream"

Reviewed: Jun. 28, 2015
Whipped Banana Ice Cream Haiku: "Great 'dessert' for kids. I re-froze after blending, so it'd be more firm." Used 1 banana and ran thru the mini-cuisinart, scraping the edges down b/t pulses. It got to the texture of soft-serve ("Magic!" declared my eldest daughter, while the baby adored the 1st lick of the spoon) and I put it back into the air-tight container where I'd originally had the frozen bananas. Just as the cook's notes indicate, mix-ins possibilities are endless. With the simplicity of its single ingredient, it's wonderful, but I've made it again w/ a little vanilla extract, chocolate chips and Nutella. /swoon.
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Grilled Pork Tenderloin

Reviewed: Jun. 25, 2015
Grilled Pork Tenderloin Haiku: "DANG, this was so good. And as easy as can be. Marinated mine." I treated the garlic powder, S&P like a dry rub, then poured the BBQ sauce into and over the pork tenderloin in a large ziploc bag for 4 hrs. Grilled as instructed and was rewarded w/ a crazy tender, moist, perfect hunk o' pork.
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Grilled Parmesan Asparagus

Reviewed: Jun. 25, 2015
Grilled Parmesan Asparagus Haiku: "The timing's too long. But this was still delicious. I'll do this again!" Had the grill fired up for Fathers' Day steak (for the Dad) and pork tenderloin (for me and the girlies) so I figured I'd try a grilled asparagus recipe. I really liked this, but wish I'd had a grill basket or the patience to thread the asparagus on skewers (as some reviews suggested to do) b/c flipping each one just didn't work out so well. Glad that I checked on the possible flipping at 10 min. b/c mine were done at that point anyways. Yumm-o!
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Spicy Baked Tofu

Reviewed: Jun. 25, 2015
Spicy Baked Tofu Haiku: "I just love tofu, but it needs to be drained more. (Extra-firm is best.) Can't imagine only draining the liquid for a mere 5 min., when I usually set my tofu (this recipe doesn't specify what kind, but I prefer extra-firm for marinating and baking) b/t paper-towel lined plates, weighed down w/ heavy cans or cast-iron skillet. This marinade is wonderful, and flavorful but could really benefit from the addition of minced garlic and maybe some sesame oil; I sprinkled mine w/ toasted sesame seeds and green onion. Super nommy as written!
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