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Slow-Cooked White Chili

Reviewed: Aug. 23, 2012
Slow-cooked White Chili Haiku: "I reduced the beans. Coz wow, that would be alot! Leftovers.AWESOME." My daughter (young, and starting to get the same weekly-chili-urges that I do) made a big fuss when she saw this. Really irate meltdown b/c it didn't look like traditional chili. I let her sit there squeaking, turned away to do the dishes (as I'd already inhaled my bowl), and to my glee, hear her shoveling away b/t "mmm" noises, as she realized after a nibble that this chili was fantastic. To make this even easier, please no tsk-tsk, I used 2 large cans of chicken from Costco (it's really good stuff, and I know alot of AR folks are snobbish about canned chicken), and also used 1/2 chopped yellow pepper, and 1/2 chopped onion, instead of dried. As faithful as I could be to this recipe, I have to say that I loved it (even better the 2nd day) and look forward to making it again.
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Tex-Mex Squash Bake

Reviewed: Aug. 23, 2012
Tex-Mex Squash Bake Haiku: "I made this in half. And swapped out Parmesan too. Didn't think it'd jive." For the flavors going into this, I was skeptical about using Parmesan, so I went with a Mexi-blend of shredded cheese instead. Halving the recipe (using black bean) made an ideal amount, but it got a bit dry in the oven, without having any moisture (diced tomatoes or tomato sauce, maybe?) It tasted good, and I was happy to use a pile of zucchini that my garden recently exploded with, but I think next time I'll just let it warm in the skillet mixed together and just let cheese melt on top at serving. Oh and it was nummy to scoop it up with a blob of salsa onto a tortilla chip.
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Spicy Slow-Cooked Chili

Reviewed: Aug. 23, 2012
Spicy Slow-Cooked Chili Haiku: "Halved the recipe. And it fed 4 perfectly. Glad I skipped 'cook's note.'" So I followed the recipe, halving it, and upon coming home from work to the wafting wonderful aroma of chili, despite it being a sticky hot summer day (I'll make chili once a week regardless of the time of year - just check my reviews and pictures - I'm a Chili Freak!), considering following the cook's note about adding more cayenne pepper. Took a nibble and passed on the additional spice, b/c it was plenty spicy and pretty tasty.
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Simple Turkey Chili

Reviewed: Aug. 23, 2012
Simple Turkey Chili Haiku: "I used the crockpot. Smelled divine when I got home. And tasted great too!" So oops I didn't have a 28 oz. can crushed tomato, and used diced instead, so my chili was a little on the thick side, which is fine w/ me b/c I love Frito Scoops in a goopy chili. This was the perfect heat - not scorching, but still flavorful. Glad that I tried this chili out!
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Spicy Black Bean and Corn Burgers

Reviewed: Aug. 23, 2012
Spicy Black Bean & Corn Burger Haiku: "Spicy, spicy yum! Oops, I forgot the flour. But liked these a bunch!" I used all the ingredients as written, but usually when I make bean (black or garbanzo) I form them into patties, then freeze them, as they go right from freezer to hot skillet and hold together cooking beautifully. That being said, I must've missed the coating them in flour part, but still ended up really liking the flavor of these alot.
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Best Marinara Sauce Yet

Reviewed: Aug. 1, 2012
Best Marinara Sauce Yet Haiku: "Gee, it was 'the best!' With a boastful name like that, I just had to make!" I followed the recipe, only adding an extra garlic clove along w/ 1 TB sugar, and wow, this was a great sauce! Nice texture to cling to noodles; not too runny, not too thick. I froze half, and actually just thawed and ate that, and found that the frozen sauce was better than the 1st time around batch, so next time, I'll make double to have even more to freeze. Thanks Jackie for a splendicious sauce!
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Sausage Cabbage Bake

Reviewed: Aug. 1, 2012
Sausage Cabbage Bake Haiku: "I was so surprised, at just how good this turned out. (But it made a TON.)" I lol'ed when I had to dig out my most massive bowl to mix all the ingredients together, b/c I swear this would serve more than 6, at how much it made. After mixed up, I split it off into 2 dishes, freezing one, so I'm crossing my fingers that the frozen one will translate to just as amazing as the one that we ate. Only used 1 lb. sweet Italian sausage (didn't have the halves of reg. and hot), and took a review's suggestion of 8 oz. can tom. sauce, and adding a 14.5 oz. can of diced tomatoes. Switched "seasoned salt" (never had that around) for Creole seasoning. Wow, just wow - this just blew my mind at how good it was; makes me want to find more ways to use cabbage. Hubbie put feta on his, and I added Sriracha sauce, but as it is, it was really nom nom good.
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Quick Chili I

Reviewed: Aug. 1, 2012
Quick Chili I Haiku: "Nearly gave it 5, a great chili, and yes, quick, but not quite awesome." I followed the recipe, except after browning the beef, garlic, and onion, I put everything in my crockpot on low while I went to work. Oh and I only had 1 lb. of meat, so I halved the recipe, and used just kidney beans. (Not a big fan of pintos anyways.) Nothing bad to report on - it was a very nice, tasty chili, but not earth-shatteringly good. I would make it again, but would consider adding, Idk, beer instead of water, or chipotle peppers, or something else to give it a special nudge.
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Omelet in a Mug

Reviewed: Aug. 1, 2012
Omelet in a Mug Haiku: "Fool-proof recipe. (But use Tons of cooking spray.) Super-fast and good." I worked at a bagel joint years ago, and this was how we made the eggies for bagel sandwiches. Really can't go wrong w/ the ease of this method when you need a quick breakfast. I used 2 eggs, rather than splitting out the whites, and added a sprinkle of chopped green onion. Guess my microwave's a power-house b/c mine popped and splattered a bit, but thankfully, I'd used a heavy hand on the Pam-squirter, so the mug wasn't difficult to clean. Hard to rate this any less than 5 stars, not just for its ease of prep, but for the countless ways to change around the ingredients to suit one's taste.
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New York Pushcart Onions (For Hot Dogs)

Reviewed: Aug. 1, 2012
New York Pushcart Onions (For Hot Dogs) Haiku: "Cinnamon scared me. But this turned out really good! Made my hot dog yum!" I scaled back for serving this on 3 hot dogs, a little nervous about the inclusion of cinnamon, but I followed the recipe as written (using Sriracha for the pepper sauce), and was really thrilled w/ the results! Too bad eating it didn't transport me from my Georgia patio to the streets of New York though.
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Texas Caviar I

Reviewed: Jul. 24, 2012
Texas Caviar I Haiku: "Words cannot describe, just how amazing this was! Was a party hit." I chilled mine longer in the fridge than 2 hrs. which made it better (and even better yet, hrs. after our party ended and we went sniggling at what few leftovers remained.) We ate our's w/ Fritos' Scoops, and couldn't have been happier w/ the results. Just. Wow. Really. Wow.
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Garden Delight

Reviewed: Jul. 24, 2012
Garden Delight Haiku: "Wavered on my score. Closer to a 3.5. Thought it was okay." I skipped the monterey jack cheese all-together, and served this alongside a bowl of feta for anybody wanting a sprinkle - I was surprised that none of my party guests were interested in trying this, and one finally fessed up that it was the celery that put him off. W/ the time spent chopping, and letting it "marinate" longer in the fridge for the flavors to meld, I don't know if it'd be worth making again, but I actually enjoyed mixing the leftovers w/ romaine lettuce as an actual salad, since the vinegars and dressing mix jived really well that way.
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Fruity Fun Skewers

Reviewed: Jul. 24, 2012
Fruity Fun Skewers' Haiku: "Can't rate less than 5! Perfect and adorable! I changed up the fruit." Such a charming way to serve fruit! I loved the one reviewer's suggestion about soaking browning-susceptible fruits in lemon-lime soda, but I ended up skipping that type of fruit all-together and went w/ cantaloupe, strawberries, kiwi, pineapple, and red grapes. (Endless possibilities for color combinations depending on a party's theme, or whatever - really a fun way to set out fruit, and these were inhaled by kids and adults alike! Sad to say though, that the fruit dip I served w/ them wasn't touched.)
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Super Easy Fruit Dip

Reviewed: Jul. 24, 2012
Super Easy Fruit Dip Haiku: "Well, yes it's easy. But to us, was just whipped cream. More yogurt maybe?" Served this in half a scooped out cantaloupe at a party alongside "Fruity Fun Skewers" and barely a dent was put in it. I wanted an alternative to the fruit dips that consist of marshmallow fluff and cream cheese and thought this would be a win, but honestly, it tasted just like whipped cream. I used French Vanilla yogurt; maybe if I doubled the containers, or subbed a flavored yogurt like some reviewers did, it would've been eaten up, but I ended up tossing it all out.
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D's Famous Salsa

Reviewed: Jul. 24, 2012
D's Famous Salsa Haiku: "Wow, big thanks to 'D', Crazy easy to make this. Eaten up real fast!" Not much else to say other than 5-stars as written, no changes, pulsed mine longer for a smoother salsa, and it was unreal how good this was. I wouldn't have minded a jalapeno (or several) thrown in for a kick, but I served this at a party w/ some younger palates in attendance, and every age devoured it w/ zeal.
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Cajun Chicken

Reviewed: Jul. 24, 2012
Cajun Chicken Haiku: "This was really great! Marinated longer time. Ate mine on salad." So in all honesty, I was surprised at how good this was, due to its fool-proof ease. I reduced the servings to 1/5, as I was only doing a few chicken tenderloins (which I did on George Foreman), and Wow, again, I was amazed at how tasty this chicken was since the ingredients were so simple. Definitely looking forward to making this again!
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Super Chicken Casserole

Reviewed: Jul. 24, 2012
Super Chicken Casserole Haiku: "Not remarkable. It's comfort food at its core. Needs some broccoli." Only had half a bag of frozen peas & carrots, so I made up for the difference w/ some quickly-blanched, chopped broccoli. (Figured why not, since cream of broccoli soup was in it.) Didn't have the stuffing, so I took another review's suggestion and crushed up seasoned croutons. Oh and my pasta was penne, not elbows, but close enough. Not a wow-inspiring meal - it was good, but not earth-shattering. With a little jazzing up (Idk, minced garlic, additional spices or veggies), it'd be a nice casserole to make in bulk and freeze, but at dinnertime, we weren't terribly impressed w/ it.
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Ham and Fresh Basil Pinwheels

Reviewed: Jul. 24, 2012
Ham & Fresh Basil Pinwheels' Haiku: "I used less cream cheese, and 'spinach-herb' tortillas. These disappeared fast!" I used 8 8" spinach tortillas and kept the rest of the ingredients' amounts the same, other than reducing the cream cheese drastically - I can't imagine going thru 8 oz. - it would've been like biting thru a layer of cream cheese as its own ingredient in the sandwich, rather than just the tortilla-lube. Definitely worth the splurge to get good quality deli ham, and not pre-packaged stuff. I served these at a party, and they were a delish hit.
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Martha's Spanish Rice and Sausage

Reviewed: Jul. 24, 2012
Martha's Spanish Rice & Sausage Haiku: "So good, so simple! (Added tomatoes and beans; really loved this meal!) I'm always skittish about smooshy rice or crunchy rice preparing it as directed in this recipe, so I mixed some already cooked rice in, and my only other minor change was adding a chopped tomato from my garden, and some black beans, since the recipe submitter mentioned serving w/ beans. Truly terrific results!
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Stephanie's Freezer Spaghetti Sauce

Reviewed: Jul. 3, 2012
Stephanie's Freezer Spaghetti Sauce Haiku: "Fresh tomatoes, yay! Why not use all fresh herbs too? Not quite thick enough." Tomatoes abound in my garden right now, so while plucking those, I grabbed handfuls of oregano, basil and parsley too, and I took the extra time to quickly boil and peel the tomatoes. Stayed faithful to the rest of the ingredients, and my only complaint was that even w/ the tomato paste, it was still a thin sauce that didn't cling to pasta at all. The taste was great, but I like a little more thickness to my sauce.
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