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Cuddle Up Chili

Reviewed: Aug. 7, 2014
Cuddle Up Chili Haiku: "Pretty good chili. Glad I halved recipe. It still made a ton!" I kept the 1 lb. of ground beef, but halved everything else, along with using some garden jalapenos instead of canned, and we liked it, but found that there were too many competing flavors in its ingredient list. No question, it was a tasty chili, but one that I would make some adjustments to when making again, such as reducing, if not eliminating, some of the seasonings.
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Comida China

Reviewed: Aug. 7, 2014
Comida Chicken Haiku: "This meal surprised me. Didn't change one single thing. Ended up awesome!" I boldly bought oyster sauce, a condiment that I've never had around b4, in anticipation of trying out this recipe, and I'm delighted that I did, b/c we ended up absolutely loving this meal! I can only imagine that swapping out a variety of vegetables would yield just as delicious results, so no question, we plan on making this again.
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Beef Caldillo Stew

Reviewed: Aug. 7, 2014
Beef Caldillo Stew: "Like winter beef stew, with spicy Mexican twist. Leftovers better." The only minor adjustments that I made to the cooking method was to sear the beef first, then putting everything (potatoes included) into the crockpot late morning so that it'd be ready at dinnertime. Oh and I didn't have the Herdez Casera (but did have the Herdez Verde - we LOVE Herdez products!!), so I subbed Kirkland medium salsa, which, at 1 whole cup's worth, made this really spicy. It toned down (and thickened up) by the next day, and the leftovers were fabulous!
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Burgundy Pork Tenderloin

Reviewed: Aug. 7, 2014
Burgundy Pork Tenderloin Haiku: "No need to brown first. Tender, great the way it is. (Added some mushrooms.)" I would normally consider searing a pork tenderloin b4 putting in the oven, but went w/ the recipe as written, except adding mushrooms, along w/ halving the wine and subbing beef broth. This couldn't have been easier to put together, and came out tasting so wonderfully elegant! The wine/gravy/vegg mix from on top of the pork tasted outstanding spooned over mashed potatoes. Can't wait to make this again!
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Smoked Sausage Casserole

Reviewed: Jul. 12, 2014
Smoked Sausage Casserole Haiku: "Okay, this was odd. Only made for one reason: had that chili sauce." So doing an ingredient search on AR for anything including Heinz Chili Sauce yielded this recipe that conveniently had other items that I typically have around, but why did I not actually think about that combination of ingredients before starting to put this together? I browned the sausage w/ the onions (prefer smoked sausage a little more "done") and wouldn't have wanted raw onion bites floating around a casserole, but followed everything else, although nothing seemed to improve what turned out to be the most peculiar, unappetizing casserole I think I've ever prepared. We picked at our plates, and tossed the leftovers. Sorry for the less-than-thrilled review but my husband was in a fit of giggles when I served this, it was just THAT weird.
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Green Pepper Rice

Reviewed: Jul. 12, 2014
Green Pepper Rice Haiku: "Nice change from plain rice! Didn't change one single thing, 'cept changed the servings." Dropped rice to 1/2 c. and reduced the servings/ingredient ratio accordingly. We enjoyed it alongside AR's "Tender Italian Baked Chicken" and a salad, a tasty way to add some color and flavor to plain rice!
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Cynthia's Famous Chili

Reviewed: Jul. 12, 2014
Cynthia's Famous Chili Haiku: "Dropped the pinto beans. But the rest I kept the same. What's up with spices?" It was hard to tell if the spices were accidentally duplicated in the ingredient list, but I didn't see much point to seasoning the ground beef w/ all of that, followed by adding everything to the pot while measuring all the spices out again, so I just added it all at once after the meat was browned and drained, which incidentally, the recipe doesn't indicate to drain. I can't say that this chili blew our minds, but I thought it would be way more flavorful w/ all of those spices, not to mention also including a McCormick packet of chili seasoning; if anything, the packet plus the 1 TB seasoning salt made this awfully salty, so we didn't get as much enjoyment over dragging Frito Scoops through it. Maybe w/ some changes here and there I'd make it again, but otherwise, won't live on as a famous recipe in our house.
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Easy Chicken and Broccoli Casserole

Reviewed: Jul. 12, 2014
Easy Chicken & Broccoli Casserole Haiku: "Didn't use almonds. Mayo instead of yogurt. Did the rest the same." Not an elegant meal that I'd serve for guests but easy and comforting, most definitely.
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Schwarma

Reviewed: Jun. 27, 2014
Schwarma Haiku: "This was a neat meal. Fun to decorate pita! Subtle marinade." Wish that I'd been able to marinate overnight (it was more like 6 hrs. for mine) and I also wish that I had a proper broiler pan (improvised w/ foil.) The one thing that was beyond difficult was flipping the chicken half-way thru the 5 min. broil when it was "thinly-sliced" - maybe I shouldn't have cut SO many thinly-sliced slices, but I just couldn't flip them all, and ended up getting more frustrated (and all of us ready to chow down!) than anything else. But as far as taste and presentation goes, it was really fun to stuff the pitas w/ the cucumber, onion, tomatoes and chicken, and drizzle in Ranch. I think I'd like to try the marinade on just chicken breast next time, and put on the grill.
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Ma Hunsicker's Spaghetti Sauce

Reviewed: Jun. 27, 2014
Ma Hunsicker's Spaghetti Sauce Haiku: "Halved the recipe. And didn't have celery. (When to add the wine?)" Other than using some dried celery flakes instead of celery (would've preferred the real thing, but didn't have any), I was faithful to this recipe. Red wine was listed on the ingredient list, but never mentioned in the directions, so I ended up stirring it in at step 3. Let it simmer for the recommended 3 hrs, and yes, it required frequent stirrings during that time. Served over 1/2 spaghetti noodles, half "zoodles" (zucchini cut into noodle-ey strips and sautéed in a little olive oil). Good sauce, and once my tomato garden explodes later this summer, I may swap the canned out for fresh and make triple batches of this to freeze.
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Grandmother's Polish Cabbage and Noodles

Reviewed: Jun. 27, 2014
Grandmother's Polish Cabbage & Noodles Haiku: "So simple, so good. Swapped ham out for kielbasa, coz it brings the 'yum!'" Recipe submitter mentions using kielbasa (that I'd pre-browned w/ the onion b4 adding the cabbage) in place of ham, and not having farfalle, I used the remnants of 2 boxes of wagon wheels and twirlies to finish them off. The kielbasa really adds a nice dimension of flavor to the cabbage, and I think that the butter (while seemingly of a decadent amount to use) really makes this great too. Very humble, very comforting - hated that when serving it we needed a sprinkle of salt and pepper, but otherwise, a meal we'll gladly have again.
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Penne with Sausage and Broccoli Rabe

Reviewed: Jun. 27, 2014
Penne with Sausage & Broccoli Rabe Haiku: "Cough, sputter, gasp! This was one spicy entrée! Kicked me in the @$$!" Kroger didn't have broccoli rabe so subbed broccoli, and I added some red bell pepper for color, but kept everything else the same, but woaaaah, I love spicy food and every bite of this bit me back. We loved it though, so I'd give it 5 stars next go-around when I halve the red pepper flakes, or use regular Italian sausage.
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Fantastic Black Bean Chili

Reviewed: Jun. 27, 2014
Fantastic Black Bean Chili Haiku: "Shoulda read reviews, and added more tomatoes. Needed cumin too." I really, really try my best to stay faithful to a recipe as written, and the only thing I had to drop was one can of beans from this, but gosh, if I'd only read the seemingly-consistent call in reviews for more tomatoes or cumin, maybe we would've enjoyed this more. As it was, we needed quite a bit of cheese, hot sauce, and Fritos to get thru eating this at dinner, and the leftovers were sadly tossed.
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Traditional Chili with Ground Turkey

Reviewed: Jun. 27, 2014
Traditional Chili with Ground Turkey Haiku: "Can't believe how good, this chili turned out to be. Easy and delish!" I halved everything except the 1 lb. turkey due to only having 1 can of red beans (meh, we don't like pintos) and an 8 oz. can of tomato sauce. The only ingredient that had me nervous was the thyme, but I was faithful to the ingredients, dumped it all in the crockpot while I was at work, and then we served it with cheese and Frito Scoops. Umm wow, deceptively sneaky good chili that my 6-year old gave a very exuberant "5 Stars!" to.
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All American Meatloaf

Reviewed: Jun. 27, 2014
All-American Meatloaf Haiku: "Didn't top with cheese. But followed the recipe. American ... how?" (Maybe the cheese should be American haha, but we're not fans of melty cheese topping meatloaf, so skipped that and followed everything else exactly as written.) I've never made a meatloaf w/ oats b4, so big plus for moisture, but big thumbs-down for it not holding together very well, which didn't translate into pretty slices, nor good meatloaf sandwich leftovers. Unlikely that we'll make it again, but it was nice to try a new recipe.
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Three-Cheese Chicken Penne Pasta Bake

Reviewed: Jun. 27, 2014
Three Cheese Chicken Penne Pasta Bake Haiku: "So mine was 'two-cheese. Oops, no Neufchatel on hand. But hey, it was good!" Other than not having the cream cheese, I followed the recipe as directed (OK fine, my hand may have been heavier w/ this addition of spinach b/c we love it, and I added salt/pepper) pondering to myself, "how is this going to be flavorful when the only seasoning is dried basil?" but for as simple as the ingredients (and prep!) were, it turned out surprisingly tasty!
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Fasoliyyeh Bi Z-Zayt (Syrian Green Beans with Olive Oil)

Reviewed: Jun. 27, 2014
Fasoliyyeh Bi Z-Zayt Haiku: "I can't pronounce that! Hahaha but this was GREAT. I'll make again, yep!" So along w/ several other reviewers, I can enthusiastically say that I don't think I'll prepare green beans any other way again. These were THAT good. What made something so simple, so ... magical? I don't know, but we loved them, and ate them alongside rice and AR's Schwarma for a most marvelous meal.
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Ground Beef and Cabbage

Reviewed: Jun. 13, 2014
Ground Beef & Cabbage Haiku: "Needed some more oomph. The seasoning was lacking. But still a good dish." Did this recipe as written other than not chopping my cabbage too finely, along w/ adding a clove of garlic, but still felt that it could've used more spices. I think I prefer the AR recipes that are similar but have kielbasa instead of ground beef, or where the cabbage is sauteed in bacon grease simply for the dynamite flavor that they impart onto cabbage, but I'm still glad that I tried this.
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Black Bean Tacos

Reviewed: Jun. 13, 2014
Black Bean Tacos Haiku: "A nostalgic meal. Cheap meal I made in college. Still a win for me!" I used to make the nearly identical thing in my dorm room, but prepared it entirely (don't laugh...) in the coffepot of my coffee maker. Finding and making this recipe on the stovetop and eating it more like a "grown-up" still brought back memories b/c it's easy, budget-friendly, healthy and tasty. We ate ours in romaine lettuce "boats" w/ toppings and loved every bite.
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Strawberry Raspberry Smoothie

Reviewed: Jun. 13, 2014
Strawberry Raspberry Smoothie Haiku: "5 stars from daughter, but only 3 stars from me. Let's make it a 4." Too thin, too sweet. (Frozen raspberries usually are already sweet, so the 1 TB of honey and the sugar in the vanilla yogurt was too much, in my opinion.) Also had to add ice b/c the consistency was like those pre-bottled grocery store smoothies, very watery and thin, so the ice thickened it up a bit. Pretty good though and certainly customizable to any taste and any fruit, or flavor of yogurt, that one has on hand; a nice way to start the morning (and wake up the late-sleeping husband by brrrrzzzzting the blender.)
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