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Easy Blender Salsa

Reviewed: Jul. 24, 2011
Easy Blender Salsa Haiku: "Oh yes, it's easy! (I used a can of Rotel, and a garlic clove.)" Tossing these ingredients in the blender and pouring the salsa into a bowl alongside tortilla chips, and Blammo, super-easy, tasty salsa.
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French Onion Dip From Scratch

Reviewed: Jul. 24, 2011
French Onion Dip From Scratch Haiku: "Holy awesome dip! Loved and devoured with zeal. I'll make it again!" I sauteed my onions (2 c. worth) for around 30 min., up'ed the sour cream to 1 1/2 c. and reduced the mayo to 1/2 c. Served w/ kettle chips, and this dip was a hit - I don't think I'll ever do the packet dip, or canned stuff again, having found this delicious onion dip.
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Marinated Pork Tenderloin

Reviewed: Jul. 18, 2011
Marinated Pork Tenderloin Haiku: "Bit too sweet for us. (Used fresh onion and garlic, instead of the dried.)" I followed the recipe as written, subbing fresh minced garlic, and diced onion, for the dried; I'm also glad that I reduced the brown sugar to 2 TB, b/c it was still too sugary. I liked the suggestions about boiling the marinade into a gravy to serve alongside the tenderloin (w/ some fluffy mashed 'tators too), but said gravy was, in my opinion, like putting caramel sauce over a savory dinner b/c I thought it was just too sweet. The tenderloin itself was perfectly tender, moist, and fantastic, but I would definitely reduce the sugar even more next time around.
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Basil-Garlic Grilled Pork Chops

Reviewed: Jul. 10, 2011
Basil Garlic Pork Chop Haiku: "Not my favorite. I'd have preferred cilantro, over the basil." I followed the recipe exactly, (marinated for about 4 hrs.) and wasn't blown away by the grilled results. I noticed that several of the reviewers said that they replaced the lime juice w/ lemon, which, maybe it something that I would've liked better. (Either that, or swapping basil for cilantro.) But as the recipe's written, I just didn't feel that the lime jived w/ the basil for my tastebuds.
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Blueberry Pancakes

Reviewed: Jul. 5, 2011
Blueberry Pancakes' Haiku: "Meh, these were okay. The reviews are so scattered! Doubt I'd make again." I was really surprised by how erratic the reviews were for this recipe, and couldn't quite pinpoint an oft'used alteration or addition that stood out as something to improve it, so I simply followed the recipe as written (as I feel that most should do w/ AR), but wow, were we ever disappointed in the breakfast results. The pancakes, as many said, tended to burn, yet remain squishy in the middle. To ensure that they were cooked thru resulted in an overly-crisp exterior, w/ molten blueberries exploding inside. I think I'd rather make the "Fluffy Pancakes" from here and add a handful of blueberries next time.
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Spinach Ranch Salad

Reviewed: Jul. 5, 2011
Spinach Ranch Salad Haiku: "Surprisingly good! I followed the recipe, and really liked it." I had some leftover shredded chicken, so it wasn't really small chicken pieces mixed in, but otherwise, I used all the same ingredients, and found this to be a nice combinations of flavors. (I dribbled ranch on at serving, b/c I don't like a pre-mixed salad that's swimming in dressing.) I think hunks of tomato would be a nice addition, but still, this was a salad that worked well as a side salad, or in a larger portion, for a full meal.
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Inside Out Ravioli I

Reviewed: Jun. 30, 2011
Inside Out Ravioli Haiku: "Oh my, this was good! A great make-in-advance meal. Needs some seasoning." I made this as a "dry-run" for a friend who's about to have her baby (as a possible entree to take over to her once she's come home from the hospital and doesn't want to cook), and we liked it alot, so I'll definitely make it for my chum. When I go to make it for her, I plan on adding some additional herbs/spices (basil, thyme, oregano) and suggesting that she top it with extra cheese half-way thru the baking time. The only changes that I'd made were to use more spaghetti sauce and slightly less pasta, as well as a bag of fresh baby spinach instead of frozen, but the end result was super-tasty and very filling.
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Baked Chicken and Zucchini

Reviewed: Jun. 29, 2011
Baked Chicken & Zucchini Haiku: "Bright colors, yummy! Great use for garden veggies. I would make again." This was a simple and lovely dish. Lots of liquid at the bottom, so I wish that I'd made some garlic bread to soak up all the juice. I followed the recipe as written, except halving it, and using Italian-seasoned breadcrumbs, and 3 of us, 1 of whom was a small child, ate the whole thing. It would've been nice if the author had clarified as to what heat the skillet should've been for browning the chicken, b/c I wasn't really sure how much it should be cooked prior to it going in the oven. This entree was a fantastic reason to start yanking tomatoes, zucchini and basil from my summer garden, and I'll be glad to make it again, although I think next time, I'll increase the basil, and add some minced garlic.
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Spaghetti Sauce with Meatballs

Reviewed: Jun. 28, 2011
Spaghetti Sauce with Meatballs' Haiku: "Way too watery. Didn't cling to the noodles. Taste was fairly good." Only changes that I made while preparing this sauce was to use all-spice instead of cloves and add some fresh basil; otherwise, I'm glad that I halved the measurements b/c I wouldn't be too thrilled to have that much leftover. (Also passed on using veal in the meatballs.) The texture was more like salsa, and slid right off the noodles, so if I made it again, it would have to be altered to produce thicker results.
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Shredded Chicken Tacos

Reviewed: Jun. 21, 2011
Shredded Chicken Tacos Haiku: "I love Goya things. And their recipes don't fail. Gobble, tacos good!" I've made these several times now, both as directed, and once (w/ not nearly as tasty results) w/ boneless, skinless chick breast. The combinations of ingredients is fantastic, and of course, using non Goya products won't affect the flavor all that much, but what I find essential to this recipe is both using the split chick breast, as well as Adobo and cilantro. Ate the chicken tonight piled high on tostadas w/ cheese, tomatoes, lettuce and cilantro and I'm already anxious to make this recipe again.
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Penne with Chicken and Asparagus

Reviewed: Jun. 20, 2011
Penne with Chicken & Asparagus Haiku: "Thought this would be bland. But was pleasantly surprised! (Don't forget the parm!) As I was preparing this, all I could think was, "wow, this is going to be a yawn-inducing meal", but we ended up liking it for its simple, clean elegance. I used homemade chick stock that I'd had frozen, along w/ additional minced garlic that I cooked alongside the chicken, but otherwise, was faithful to the recipe. With a sprinkle of parmesan and crushed red pepper at serving, this was a nice light pasta dish, a tasty alternative to heavy, creamy, or tomato saucy, pastas, especially during the hot summer.
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Grilled Asparagus

Reviewed: Jun. 19, 2011
Grilled Asparagus Haiku: "Asparagus win! Easy to make, tasted great. So good on the grill!" Followed some suggestions and tossed my asparagus in a bag w/ the EVOO, and S&P and let sit in the fridge for a few hrs. prior to grilling. I liked the idea of skewering them perpendicular (for ease of flipping), but didn't make the effort b/c I was timing the asparagus w/ AR's "BBQ NY Strip" as well. Turned out to be a fantastic dinner. Really, can a man's tummy be happier than when it's presented w/ steak and asparagus? Oh wait, I forgot the baked potato - next time!
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BBQ NY Strip

Reviewed: Jun. 19, 2011
BBQ NY Strip Haiku: "This was too salty. But otherwise, a good steak. I would make again." Husband requested steak and asparagus for Father's Day, so I chose this recipe, as I got some strip steaks on sale, and these are ingredients almost always on hand. I was a little nervous about using that much steak seasoning, as I'm guessing that's why the salty factor was out of control, but he obliterated his plate (fat included *gag!*) so we'll settle for 4 stars, as it was a flavorful, easy marinade that made for a tasty, grilled dinner. (Oh and sauteed baby bella mushrooms and onions smothering the top was another tasty addition.)
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Slow Cooker Chili II

Reviewed: Jun. 19, 2011
Slow Cooker Chili II Haiku: "Well, it was easy. I wouldn't make it again, without some changes." Prepped this b4 work in the morning (bonus for quick and easy) and dumped it in the crockpot. Came home and my first thought at the aroma was, "did I make spaghetti sauce?" b/c it didn't smell like chili at all. More points for my pre-schooler eating her whole bowl, but that's b/c it was bland as bland can be - overly tomato-ey and lacking in that punch that makes chili, well, chili. Husband and I could only eat our's doused in Sriracha, cilantro, and cheese. If I make this again, I'd seriously increase the seasonings, drop the celery, and swap tomato puree for diced tomatoes w/ chilis.
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Perry Family Barbeque Sauce

Reviewed: Jun. 18, 2011
Perry Family BBQ Sauce Haiku: "Why did I make this? Without reading the reviews. Way too watery." Ugh my eyes were burning when I put the ingredients in the pot - sooo much vinegar. After a little while, I added more ketchup, some molasses, a squirt of lemon juice, and some garlic, in the hopes that the flavor would tame, and it would thicken up. No such luck, so I put in a cup of shredded, cooked chicken that I had, hoping it would absorb the "sauce", but even after another hour, it was still too watery. When I went to make a sandwich with it, the bread disintegrated, so to save the chicken, I just added bottled BBQ sauce. Fail sauce. :(
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Andrew's Favorite Grilled Pork Chops

Reviewed: Jun. 14, 2011
Andrew's Favorite Grilled Pork Chops' Haiku: "Terrific, moist chops. (Couldn't taste the rosemary.) Use good orange juice!" I marinated our pork chops (on the more slender side) for nearly 24 hrs. in the exact ingredients and ratio as Andrew directs. At about 10 min. per side on the grill, they were perfectly done, and really tasted great; however, I'm almost glad that I couldn't detect the rosemary, b/c I think that an herb w/ that pronounced of a flavor wouldn't jive so well w/ OJ and soy sauce. In any case, we're looking forward to using this marinade on another occasion b/c it was quite good.
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Spicy Spicy Ranch Dressing

Reviewed: Jun. 4, 2011
Spicy Spicy Ranch Dressing Haiku: "What a funky dip! Good for 'Baked Zucchini Fries.' I'll make this again!" I scaled this waaaay back b/c we only needed a bit of sauce to dip our AR's "Oven Baked Zucchini Fries" in, and used Sriracha instead of Tabasco, and Texas Pete instead of Frank's. (Also used my fave Ranch dressing, Naturally Fresh Lite Ranch.) The seasoning and sauces provided a nice punch to the Ranch, and I'm anxious to try it again for dipping other things into ... I'm thinking Fried Pickles or dribbled atop a baked potato.
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Oven Baked Zucchini Fries

Reviewed: Jun. 4, 2011
Oven Baked Zucchini Fries Haiku: "These were just okay. (Spicy Ranch Dressing dip helped.) Bit too soggy." I made as directed, (except I didn't see any reason to peel the zucchini), but found that 15 min. in the oven wasn't long enough for them to brown up, so I flipped 'em, and kicked it to broil. I adore zucchini in all its prepared forms and flavor additions, but these were a bit wiggly for me. I did; however, make AR's "Spicy Spicy Ranch Dressing" for dipping, and that was nummy.
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Spicy Garlic Lime Chicken

Reviewed: Jun. 4, 2011
Spicy Garlic Lime Chicken Haiku: "This was pretty good. I'd rather more spice, less lime. Otherwise, not bad!" I made this and found the lime to be too loud and the seasoning to be too quiet. When I make it again, I think I'd prefer to reduce the lime, increase the seasoning, and grill the chicken instead.
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Slow Cooker Turkey and White Bean Chili

Reviewed: Jun. 3, 2011
Slow Cooker Turkey & White Bean Chili Haiku: "Took some time to prep. (Way more than 20 minutes.) But well worth the wait!" I halved the recipe, only having a 14.5 oz. can hominy, but it was definitely time-consuming to cook and shred the turkey breast, and blend the beans/broth/hominy. (I don't have an immersion blender, so I just dumped the cans in my regular blender, then poured it into the crockpot.) I was a little disappointed that the Cajun seasoning and serrano pepper flavor didn't come thru very strongly, but bonus points for that - my spice-averse-yung'in was able to devour her bowl. I think if I make this again, I'll wait til I have some leftover chicken or turkey to shred, increase the spices, and wait to put the cilantro in at serving. (It virtually disappeared into a faint afterthought.) Otherwise, a very tasty chili w/ a glob of sour cream, green onions, and a handful of crushed tortilla chips in the bowl.
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