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Joe's Special Beef and Spinach Scramble

Reviewed: Jun. 13, 2014
Joe's Special Beef & Spinach Scramble Haiku: "God, this is ugly. But holy cow it tastes epic! Made it four times now." My daughter asked, "is this dinner? Breakfast? I can't tell!" to which I responded, "sweetheart, this is HEAVEN." Awful to look at, but I remedied that slightly the 3rd time that I made it by adding 1/2 chopped red bell pepper to the onions. The parmesan and the fresh herbs really add something, as I tried it once w/ dried herbs and cheddar cheese and wasn't nearly as thrilled. Really, as written it is fantastic, but our vote (besides it being a no-question-about-it-Five-Stars) is that it needs 1. Color and 2. 1 more egg. Oh and we love to eat it w/ crusty French bread and a side of steamed squash for some reason!
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Prize-Winning Chili

Reviewed: Jun. 13, 2014
Prize-winning Chili Haiku: "Did a little swap. (But stayed true to recipe.) Good, just not awesome." Not a fan of the pinto bean, I replaced those w/ kidney beans; otherwise, was faithful to the recipe as written and thought it was a little more "yawn" than "yay." Sriracha sauce to the rescue!
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Melanie's Chicken Biscuits Casserole

Reviewed: May 9, 2014
Melanie's Chicken Biscuit Casserole Haiku: "No raw onion, please! Saute it first with garlic! (Peas & carrots too!) Spot-on reviews b4 me knew this would be better w/ sautéing the onion w/ garlic in a little butter first, as well as how a chicken/biscuit combo just sings out for a pea and carrot partner, so I did just those 2 things. I ended up mixing about 3/4 c. cheese into the casserole mixture, rather than sprinkling any on top of the raw biscuits. These came out pretty tasty and not time-consuming to put together, if you have either a rotisserie chicken to yank apart, or some leftover shredded chicken already on hand. I'd make again, for sure.
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Wicked Easy Chili

Reviewed: May 9, 2014
Wicked Easy Chili Haiku: "No doubt it's 5 stars! What made it so magical? I have no idea." Instead of the jalapenos and reg. diced tomato can, I used a can of Rotel, and was otherwise entirely faithful to the recipe. Can't say that I can put my finger on what made this chili so outstanding, but for all the chili recipes that I've tried, I can't recall the last one that elicited so many mumbled "mmmmm's!" and resounding agreements on 5-stars from my husband, daughter and myself than this one.
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World's Best Turkey Chili

Reviewed: May 9, 2014
World's Best Turkey Chili Haiku: "Not quite the 'world's best', but that doesn't mean not great! (Less corn, more spices!) We thought the corn was overkill, and maybe using 1/3 - 1/2 c. frozen corn would've sufficed over an entire 15.25 oz. can. I used an AR chili seasoning blend instead of the overly-sodium-fused store packets, but still felt that this chili was lacking a little je ne sais quoi, which resulted in me topping mine w/ healthy squirts of Texas Pete, cheese, cilantro, and Fritos. Thanks for the recipe, John Chandler!
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Turkey Veggie Meatloaf Cups

Reviewed: May 9, 2014
Turkey Veggie Meatloaf Cups Haiku: "My changes were slight. But these were out of this world! Colorful and great." I actually wasn't that thrilled w/ the BBQ sauce on top, and was glad that I chose to only put it on half of the muffins, which, incidentally, I got 12 large ones out of the recipe, as I filled to the top rather than the 3/4-full as listed in the directions. Didn't have couscous, so used oats instead, and by all means, they needed s&p and some fresh garlic. 3 of us ate all but 1, and that leftover one made for an awesome room temp late-night meatloaf sandwich!
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Quick and Easy Mexican Chicken

Reviewed: May 9, 2014
Quick & Easy Mexican Chicken Haiku: "Flavor was alright. But the texture? Not so good. Could've been better." Maybe if the chicken had been rubbed down w/ a more varied Mexican-themed sprinkle of seasoning (or as suggested by some reviews, taco seasoning), or maybe if the chicken had skipped the oven and continued cooking in a salsa-bath in the skillet, or if maybe the chicken went right to oven w/o being browned first (too many maybes, I don't think I'll make it again either way) ... but ultimately following the recipe resulted in a chicken that tasted good based on my having used a quality salsa and cheese and eating it over a salad, but the texture of the chicken was just too rubbery on the outside, and not moist enough on the inside.
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Pacific Cuban Black Beans and Rice

Reviewed: May 9, 2014
Pacific Cuban Black Beans & Rice Haiku: "Better than 5 stars. Even my 6 year old loved. WILL make this again!" I halved the recipe for 3 of us, and only swapped chorizo for smoked sausage, and picante sauce for salsa; otherwise, everything else remained as the recipe submitter wrote, and We. Loved. This. Served over brown basmati (would've loved to have had the time to take Fancy Nancy's suggestion of adding cilantro and lime juice to the rice!) and there was not a single bite of leftover.
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Johnny Marzetti Casserole

Reviewed: May 9, 2014
Johnny Marzetti Casserole Haiku: "More like 4.5. Near perfection comfort food. Just needs seasoning." I wasn't prepared to like this so much, thinking it basically a jazzed-up version of Hamburger Helper, but ended up very surprised at how great it turned out to be; the only thing that it called out for was a heavier hand in the spice department; Italian seasoning, basil, oregano ... I just grabbed what my hand found in my cluttered cabinet (well, w/in reason, I certainly didn't put in anything that wouldn't jive w/ the flavors like curry or cloves!) and sprinkled it in. Definitely a keeper for me!
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Italian Chicken Marinade

Reviewed: May 9, 2014
Italian Chicken Marinade Haiku: "Sure, chicken was moist. But the flavor was lacking. Won't repeat this one." I marinated my chicken for a little over 6 hrs., so there was plenty of time for dressing-penetration; threw it on the grill, and was very glad that I served it on a salad b/c the salad veggies, dressings and croutons jazzed up what was otherwise a pretty dull piece of chicken. Definitely a star or two is deserved for no steps really involved to make this, but I think I'd prefer the steps/ingredients of AR's "Pretty Chicken Marinade" to the simplicity of this.
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Contadina® Garden Vegetable Pasta Bake

Reviewed: May 9, 2014
Contadina Garden Vegetable Pasta Bake Haiku: "Wouldn't mind more vegg. So I added zucchini! No mushrooms for me!" Didn't have mushrooms, so I replaced w/ zucchini; hey, they're growing in my garden, so they're relevant to the recipe's title! I halved the recipe for 2 adults and 1 child (very little leftovers) and used a 15 oz. can of crushed tomatoes, rather than pureed. Made it a day ahead, so I let it sit on the counter at room temp a little over an hr. b4 topping w/ cheese and putting it in the oven for closer to 25-30 min., as I wanted to ensure even heating, but not mushy pasta. A very colorful nice dish!
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Whitney and Ashley's Flawless Roasted Vegetables

Reviewed: May 5, 2014
Flawless Roasted Vegetables' Haiku: "Stirred mine more often. Added red potatoes too. Did for 30 min." I used all same vegetables, but started out w/ just red potatoes in the oven for the first 15 min., added the others, and stirred on occasion so that I'd get some nice, even brown spots b/c brown spots taste better on everything! Great way to make a colorful side dish, and it complimented a pork tenderloin that I roasted alongside it. Oh, and I didn't use any lemon juice til leftovers the next day, where, to my surprise, the veggies tasted just as good, if not better, at room temperature (not sure the lemon jived though.)
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Best Pork Chop Marinade

Reviewed: May 5, 2014
Best Pork Chop Marinade Haiku: "Taste was delicious! Used a tenderloin, not chops. Easy, no fail, good." Didn't have mesquite seasoning, but otherwise, used all the ingredients as written, marinating a 2 lb. pork tenderloin for 6 hrs. b4 searing and finishing off in the oven, and then serving w/ a roasted vegg medley recipe that I'd found on AR as well. Very tender and flavorful, and surely just as tasty of a marinade on chops, roast, chicken etc..
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The Ultimate Chili

Reviewed: May 5, 2014
The Ultimate Chili Haiku: "I'm with Crabby here. Red wine vinegar, no thanks. Killed the taste for us." Everything should've been perfectly good in this chili (and I try to aim to make a new chili recipe nearly every week, so I'm always on the prowl for new and unusual ways, or ingredients, for preparing it), but the red wine vinegar was just too much for us.
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Zippy Shepherd's Pie

Reviewed: May 5, 2014
Zippy Shepherd Pie Haiku: "I make the same way, but cinnamon, not curry. But this was still good!" An old British pal of mine told me that it's referred to as "Cottage Pie" when it's with meat and not lamb, and he also taught me of the magical transformation that occurs in said pie when a little bit of cinnamon is added. This recipe is darn near identical to the one that I make on occasion, but it's curry instead of cinnamon, so I thought "let's try it with a different spice!" We were delighted with the results, even having gone the cheater way with instant mashed potatoes on top. Very filling, very tasty!
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Zucchini Brunch Bake

Reviewed: May 3, 2014
Zucchini Brunch Bake Haiku: "SO close to 5 stars! A few things should be reduced. But darn, this is good!!" First time made this as directed, and found the zucchini hunks too chunky, the biscuit mix too bread-ey, and the oil, well, just too oil-ey. Went back and read reviews, and changed accordingly; i.e. grated the zucchini and wringed out liquid, halved the baking mix, reduced the oil and added milk (oh, and for a carnivore, added some leftover cubed Easter ham), and ohhhwowohhhwow, this was good! After it sat at room temp., eating a square was like picking up a savory "brownie", and microwaved the next day, just as good. Can't wait to make again w/ a whole slew of veggie, meat and cheese variations that I have in my mind grapes!
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Classic Texas Caviar

Reviewed: May 3, 2014
Classic Texas Caviar Haiku: "I should've made more! I bet leftovers are GREAT, alas it's all gone!" Had a spontaneous BBQ and made this as written (served w/ Tostitos Scoops), and while I've made varied recipes of Texas Caviar in the past, this one blows them all away. I watched as 4 and 5 year olds, and 30 and 40 year olds alike dug into the bowl w/ delight, afterwards demanding the recipe. I can only imagine how could it would taste the longer that it sits in the fridge, so next time I'll be sure to make a larger batch!
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Northern Italian Beef Stew

Reviewed: May 3, 2014
Northern Italian Beef Stew Haiku: "Won't make this again. Too much effort, costs too much. And tasted way 'meh.'" I was surprised that this could smell so outrageously good, and yet the taste was so bland. I followed the recipe exactly w/ the exception of using stew meat (that I'd rolled in s&p & flour b4 searing) and just couldn't get over that the richness (smell, and $$$-wise) of all of those ingredients coming together could result in such a yawn-worthy taste.
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Jim's Salmon Patties

Reviewed: May 3, 2014
Jim's Salmon Patties' Haiku: "These were just okay. Two things didn't jive with us. But we're glad we tried!" My only sub was Ritz crackers for saltines, otherwise, I followed the recipe as written, and formed and put the patties in the fridge for a few hrs. b4 cooking in the hopes that they would hold together well (they didn't.) That being said, that was our 1st disappointment - that they didn't quite retain their shape. We also didn't like the taste of Worcestershire and lemon juice in them, preferring some of the more "basic" salmon patty recipes that we've made on AR. Still, a sprinkle of Texas Pete hot sauce and a side salad, and we finished them all b/c I don't think the leftovers would've held together at all.
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Crock-Pot® Chicken Chili

Reviewed: May 3, 2014
Crockpot Chicken Chili Haiku: "This didn't 'wow' us. Green salsa overpowered. Soupy and so-so." I will try any variation of chili, and this recipe's only non-disappointment was that it was easy to have in the crockpot b4 work, but upon serving, we realized that the entire jar of salsa verde was just too strong, and that, coupled w/ the broth made it entirely too watery for us, resulting in using a slotted spoon. Happy to have given it a try though!
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