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Stir-Fried Vegetables with Chicken or Pork

Reviewed: Jan. 14, 2015
Stir-Fried Vegetables with Chicken Haiku: "Some veggies too done. Others were just too crunchy. Sauce didn't thicken." I wanted to like this, really I did, especially for all the time that went into cutting and prepping that many veggies. I followed the recipe as written (using chicken, and tossing in some red bell pepper for color), and found that the sauce never really clung to the ingredients (maybe needed more cornstarch or longer than 1-2 min.), and that, since all of the veggies went in at the same time, some were mushy (the cabbage and sprouts) and some where too crunchy (the carrots and celery.) I love a good stir-fry, and all of the seasoning that went into this one were spot-on, so I would be happy to make it again with adjustments.
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Bob's Little Known, Less Cared About Chili

Reviewed: Jan. 13, 2015
Bob's Little Known Less Cared About Chili Haiku: "This should've been great, but there was too much cumin. I will make again!" Bob's chili was pretty good, but 1 TB of cumin (and we really like cumin!) was just the dominant flavor here. Put some Fritos and cheese on top, along with extra Chipotle Tabasco, but the cumin was still all we could taste. A chili that next time around will be 5 stars for us, I'm sure.
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Unstuffed Cabbage Roll

Reviewed: Jan. 13, 2015
Unstuffed Cabbage Roll Haiku: "Simple and yummy, ate with buttered egg noodles. Added just a bit." Made as directed only adding 1 tsp. Worcestshire, and 2 tsp. brown sugar. Comforting, filling, and with lots of leftovers for the next day, great!
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My Simple Chili

Reviewed: Jan. 13, 2015
My Simple Chili Haiku: "4 cans tomatoes, to only 1 can of beans, was just way too much." I really, really wanted to like this chili b/c it WAS simple, and it didn't have any funky ingredient that tries to set it apart from a good humble bowl of chili (not that I'm against occasionally using a non-traditional ingredient or two in my chilis), but this was tomato overload, and I really like stewed tomatoes. Thankfully b/c they were so big and chunky, we were able to fish some out when serving, especially since my daughter was like "are there beans hiding under the tomatoes??" The flavor profile of seasoning was right on (although my husband and I tend to add Chipotle Tabasco or Texas Pete to our bowls), but if I make this again, I would use 1 lb. meat / 1 can stewed tomato / 1 can beans.
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Mushroom Pork Chops

Reviewed: Jan. 13, 2015
Mushroom Pork Chops Haiku: "There was too much 'sauce', but I guess the sauce is soup. This needed more jazz." I didn't change anything about the recipe other than using those crazy-thick pork chops from Costco (3 of them), so my final simmering step was closer to 40 min. for them to reach the proper temperature. I suppose I should've made mashed potatoes or rice as a side dish b/c there was so much of the mushroom soup/onion/sauce leftover in the pan. Also, if I were to make this again, I would do more than just S&P, and a pinch of garlic salt ... I'd use minced garlic, paprika, thyme or marjoram; not sure. The chops were tender, but the taste was a little dull.
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Baked Tofu Bites

Reviewed: Jan. 13, 2015
Baked Tofu Bites Haiku: "Ohhhh dude, this is YUM. Pressed the liquid for longer. (No sesame seeds.)" Didn't have sesame seeds, so used 1/2 tsp. sesame oil; I know it's not a proper substitution, but it's such a strong flavor that I figured it'd jive well w/ the soy sauce. I put my tofu (prior to cutting into 1/2" cubes) on a paper-towel lined plate, put another paper towel on top, followed by a plate, then a couple of canned goods to press out more liquid; left there for about 30 min. Maybe the tofu being "drier" let the marinate stick better, but irregardless, I marinated it for 2 hrs., then followed the baking instructions, but left in an extra 10-15 min. Tasted awesome over a salad, and the leftovers the next day were just as good.
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Pizza Pasta Bake with Sausage

Reviewed: Jan. 5, 2015
Pizza Pasta Bake Haiku: "Very kid-friendly. But made without the cream cheese. I'd rather pizza." Taste was good, but I think I'd rather have all of those ingredients on pizza crust in my hands rather than mixed in w/ penne pasta. Did everything as directed other than not having cream cheese, and my daughter loved it, and I thought it was yummy, but not enough to go out of my way to make again.
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Easy Spicy Roasted Potatoes

Reviewed: Jan. 4, 2015
Easy Spicy Roasted Potatoes Haiku: "OMG Salty. We could barely finish these, without broccoli." I had some naked, steamed broccoli on the side of these potatoes which thank goodness, included in a forkful, cut down some of the crazy saltiness of the potatoes. I followed the recipe, halving the seasoning for 4 medium red potatoes, and followed the directions to a T. With several other roasted potato recipes on AR, I can't imagine making this one again.
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Chicken Breasts with Balsamic Vinegar and Garlic

Reviewed: Jan. 4, 2015
Chicken Breasts w/ Balsamic Vinegar & Garlic Haiku: "'Gravy too bitter. But chicken was pretty good. Needs changes for me." If I was to make this again, I'd reduce the balsamic vinegar, increase the garlic, and reduce the thyme. The thyme and balsamic overpowered the gravy (I skipped flouring the chicken and instead added a TB of flour that I'd mixed w/ cold water into the pan at the end), but the mushrooms were quite nice. The chicken itself, having cooked it per the instructions, was done just right in texture and taste. I served it w/, as suggested, roasted potatoes, which we dragged through the mushroom sauce, but we weren't overly impressed.
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Virgil's "Top Secret" Pork Chop Marinade

Reviewed: Jan. 4, 2015
Virgil's Top Secret Pork Chop Marinade Haiku: "This was super good! And super easy to make, (but my chops were dry." By no fault of the recipe-submitter, my pork chops (that were the crazy thick ones from Costco, and that I'd marinated in this overnight) came out a bit dry - browned them fast over med-hi, then moved to the oven to finish baking, but just barely left them in too long. The marinade itself was delicious and imparted a deep, crusty brown color around the exterior of the chops, but I'm not sure that I like it quite as much as AR's "Pretty Chicken Marinade", which I also use on pork chops. But I'm glad that Virgil shared this b/c we still enjoyed it alot!
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Classic Spicy Meatloaf

Reviewed: Jan. 4, 2015
Classic Spicy Meatloaf Haiku: "Now THIS is the one, to replace other meatloaves. We loved it that much!" So maybe I have to drop the "spicy" from the title, at least for ours, b/c I used regular ground pork. (OK, but then I dipped mine into ketchup that I'd mixed w/ Sriracha sauce, so that gave it a kick!) Only other subs I had to make were crushed Saltine crackers instead of breadcrumbs and dried parsley instead of fresh, and 1 lb. ground beef to 1/2 lb. pork. Ohhhwowowow served this on Christmas Eve, and we were blown away. I froze the few leftover slices, knowing that the following days would be infused w/ turkey, dressing and holiday trimmings, and when I thawed and re-baked it wrapped in foil, I couldn't believe how delicious it still was. I have a feeling this will replace all meatloaf recipes in my recipe box, and I love that it's got more veggies in it than just onion.
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Amazing Oven Roasted Potatoes

Reviewed: Jan. 4, 2015
Amazing Oven Roasted Potatoes Haiku: "So easy to make. Just needs a little less salt. Cook time was right on." I used red potatoes (not the itty-bitty kinds) that I'd cut into eights to ensure lots of surface areas for crispiness! Other than dropping the salt by a bit (we can always salt our potatoes at the table), I kept the rest as written, and I was pleased that they retained their soft interior nibbles w/ a nice crusty, brown edges.
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Lucky New Year's Black-Eyed Pea Stew

Reviewed: Jan. 4, 2015
Lucky New Years Black Eyed Pea Stew Haiku: "Made this four years now. Why have I not reviewed it?? So very yummy!" Can't believe that I've neither reviewed this recipe, nor made it any other time of the year, other than on New Year's Day because we LOVE it. I'd give it 4.5 stars as written (which I have prepared and eaten), and 5 stars (and more) w/ some little changes. Green cabbage instead of Napa, 3-4 slices chopped bacon (saute the onion and garlic in a little of the bacon grease), no water chestnuts, canned black eyed peas. We serve ours either over basmati or mashed potatoes, but always w/ a few splashes of chipotle tabasco sauce.
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Vegetables and Cabbage Stir-Fry with Oyster Sauce

Reviewed: Jan. 4, 2015
Vegetables & Cabbage Stir Fry with Oyster Sauce Haiku: "Long recipe name! But it sums up what it is. (I added chicken.)" To make this a complete meal for us, I added some chicken that I'd marinated in Trader Joe's Soyaki, and didn't quite have the full 2 lbs. of cauliflower and broccoli, so tossed in a cubed zucchini. I probably let the veggies sit in oyster sauce over low heat for more than just "drizzle and serve" only b/c I wanted the cabbage softer than al dente, and the chicken needed to warm back up. But what a simple, delicious and healthy meal over brown basmati! Will definitely make again, but would include onions and/or bell peppers too.
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Overnight Asparagus Mushroom Strata

Reviewed: Jan. 4, 2015
Overnight Asparagus Mushroom Strata Haiku: "This looked beautiful. Perfect for Christmas morning. Leftovers better." Put this strata together on Christmas Eve, with the only difference being that I sauteed the bell pepper and the onion with the mushrooms, and otherwise followed everything exactly as written. It made Christmas morning sooooo much easier, but as far as the taste goes, we all agreed that we would've 1. preferred spinach to asparagus, 2. added a couple drops of hot sauce, and 3. included a meat, such as diced ham or chopped bacon. I was; however, more blown away by how good it tasted as leftovers 2 days later. I would definitely make this again, but with some small adjustments, and I guess that's the nice thing about this recipe is that the vegetables can be swapped in and out.
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3-Ingredient Pancakes

Reviewed: Jan. 4, 2015
3-ingredient Pancake Haiku: "Very hard to flip. Gotta eat them right away, else they're rubbery." Had a really ripe banana so decided to give these a try for my daughter and I (but I should've realized w/ just one banana and two eggs, that it wouldn't really feed two people); she wasn't impressed at all, despite my adding a squirt of whipped cream. I thought they were just OK, but much more like crepes - very thin, delicate, and way too hard to flip. If they sat on a plate any longer than a few minutes, they started to take on an unpleasant rubbery texture, so they definitely had to be eaten right away.
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Taco Mix with Black Beans

Reviewed: Dec. 10, 2014
Taco Mix w/ Black Beans Haiku: "Gave us leftovers, by stretching one pound of meat. Thought it was quite good." I ended up adding a 3rd tablespoon of taco seasoning (Bill Echol's "Taco Seasoning I" recipe from here" after tasting this, thinking the meat was still on the ho-hum side. The directions didn't indicate draining the grease from the meat, which I did anyways as well. Took recipe submitter's suggestion and used mine in a ranch, romaine, tomato salad w/ crumbled tortilla chips and cheese on top. Seriously yummy, and I've got leftovers for lunch tomorrow, yay!
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Sarah's Dry Rubbed Chicken

Reviewed: Dec. 10, 2014
Sarah's Dry Rubbed Chicken Haiku: "Reduced recipe, and used on two chicken breasts. Oh my, this is good!" I rubbed this on thick and goopy on two chubby chicken breasts, put in fridge for recommended 4 hrs., browned both sides 2-3 min. over med-hi in half butter/half EVOO, and finished off in a 350 deg. oven for 20 min. Smelled divine, perfect chicken moisture and texture, and taste was outstanding - even w/ all of those seasonings that went into it, none overpowered any of the others - they all came together so beautifully that I've recently made a triple batch of this to keep in a tuperware and use on chicken again.
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Haighter's 19th Hole Chili

Reviewed: Dec. 10, 2014
Haighter's 19th Hole Chili Haiku: "Hubs and daughter loved. To me, it was a bit 'yawn', and needed some jazz!" Halved the recipe for 1 lb. turkey, and used a can of black beans; kept the rest the same, but found that just chili powder, sugar, garlic s&p weren't quite enough to make this chili sing to me, so I added Chipotle Tabasco to mine, along w/ cheese and Fritos and was happier. Definitely liked it enough to make again, just w/ some additions.
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Easy Roasted Broccoli

Reviewed: Dec. 10, 2014
Easy Roasted Broccoli Haiku: "No need to use bowl. Just toss with oil on pan. Mmmm ... add parmesan!" This couldn't have been easier or more yummy! I bought one of those 12 oz. bags of broccoli florets from the produce department so I didn't have to cut anything - just dumped on the sheet, tossed w/ the oil (1 TB was plenty) and s&p, and 18 min. at 400 deg. was just about perfect! Adding a sprinkle of parmesan at the table was magic, but on its own, just as wonderful and simple of a side dish. I normally steam my broccoli in the microwave w/ butter, lemon juice, s&p, but this was absolutely delicious and something that I'm sure I'll do again and again!
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