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Chicken Tortilla Soup I

Reviewed: Mar. 20, 2010
I don't like to review recipes based on the substitutions/additions that I made, but it was difficult to even consider giving this less than 5 stars! For all the chicken tortilla soup recipes out there, I came to this one b/c I had most of the items on hand. I had every intention of making a ton so that I'd have leftovers to freeze, but alas, it was all gobbled up!! I'll go ahead and mention what I changed, but in all honesty, I imagine this recipe as written is just as wonderful as all of the suggestions that all of the other reviewers made. I omitted hominy and used only a can of Mexi-corn. I sauteed 1 chopped bell pepper w/ the garlic and onion, and used a 28 oz. can diced, not crushed tomatos. Passed on the oregano and instead added a packet of taco seasoning. I also shredded the chicken, rather than dicing. I had my soup in the crock-pot on low for 8 hours, and added a healthy handful of cilantro in the last half-hour, along with a generous splash of sherry. (Sherry + black beans = THE YUM!) Anyways, THANK YOU for a wonderful recipe, regardless of my wee changes!! *Munch munch slurp slurp. I
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Rosemary Ranch Chicken Kabobs

Reviewed: May 8, 2011
Rosemary Ranch Chicken Kabobs: "Rockin' chick kabobs. Tender, ranch-ey, grilled perfect! Love the rosemary." I'd never made a marinade with a creamy dressing before, so I was a little put-off by the unattractive color of it, but wow were the results awesome! (I used my fave, Naturally Fresh Lite Ranch.) I added some zucchini, bell pepper and red onion to the skewers and dribbled what was left of the marinade over them. The chicken was definitely the star of the meal though - truly amazing.
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Hearty Pasta Tomato Soup

Reviewed: Aug. 15, 2011
Hearty Pasta Tomato Soup Haiku: "Heaven in a bowl! Made a ton, I'm glad I halved. Sad, no leftovers!" Phew, good thing that I knocked the recipe in half, b/c it's unlikely that it would've all fit in my crockpot. I started it in the morning, on low, adding only an additional cup of broth, which I'm happy that I did, b/c otherwise, it would've been a bit stew-ish - came home from work to a mouth-watering aroma. I left it on low, tossing in the tortellini w/ about 45 min. to go, and it came out amazing. I didn't feel guilty about the richness of the sausage or tortellini, b/c while there wasn't much of either in the soup, the taste was perfect, and balanced beautifully by all the wonderful veggies. Not the most attractive color soup, but my belly didn't care - tasted SHAZAM!
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Heather's Cilantro, Black Bean, and Corn Salsa

Reviewed: Jul. 24, 2011
Heather's Cilantro, Black Bean & Corn Salsa Haiku: "So super yummy. (I forgot avocado.) Colorful & great!" I halved the recipe, but now wish that I hadn't b/c I'm sure this is one of those salsas that just gets better over time as the flavors mingle. I didn't intend to omit the avocado; just completely spaced on buying one, but I'm sure this would be even better w/ it. It's perfect in those tortilla chip "scoops", but just as tasty gobbled w/ a spoon. Just a fantastic summery recipe that I know I'll make again.
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Chef John's Italian Meatballs

Reviewed: Apr. 26, 2012
CJ's Italian Meatballs Haiku: "I can't believe it. These beat 'Meatball Nirvana' And they held up too!" So my biggest praise for these meatballs is that after I made a double-batch, w/o changing the recipe, I froze them into weekly portions, but after thawing a handful of them in sauce last night, I couldn't have been more delighted that they held their meatball shape and didn't fall apart! So I don't know what of CJ's method, or ingredients, resulted in a firm (oh yes, and scrumptious!) meatball, but I think this recipe has replaced AR's 'Meatball Nirvana' in our house from now on.
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Pan-Fried Falafel

Reviewed: May 10, 2012
Pan-fried Falafel Haiku: "Followed recipe, but didn't use all that oil. Taste was super-great!" I've found that when making falafel or black bean patties, that it's much easier to patty 'em up in plastic wrap and freeze them for as long as needed until ready to prepare. They hold together much better, and go easily from freezer to skillet. Oh, and while I used all the ingredients and followed the directions, I didn't use all that oil, as it didn't seem necessary; they browned up nice and crispy just fine w/ just a light coating of EVOO in the pan. Ate mine w/ Sriaracha; TASTY!
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Baked Chicken and Zucchini

Reviewed: Apr. 7, 2014
Baked Chicken & Zucchini Haiku: "Woah man, mind was blown! Made for just myself at lunch, wish that I had more!" Seemed like an elaborate meal for me to make just for myself for lunch but I had 1 small zucchini, 1 chicken breast, and everything else in the ingredient list (minus fresh basil, so I had to use dried; boooo!) and really just wanted something other than my usual salad or sandwich. This recipe did not disappoint, and since having scarfed my single lunch of it down, I've made it w/ the same amount of success for my family, and we've only found that it (namely the veggies) need a little S&P.
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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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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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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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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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Simple Sweet and Spicy Chicken Wraps

Reviewed: Jun. 2, 2011
Simple Sweet & Spicy Chicken Wraps' Haiku: " Epic wrap supreme! But would it be as good cold? Five stars and then some!" I would love to be able to make these wraps and take them to work for lunch everyday, but I'm not sure the chicken and tortilla would be quite as good cold. Putting that aside, this wrap was outstanding! I have a feeling that every sandwich I make for now on will include the cayenne/mayo/honey/cucumber instead of plain mayo. And yes, I know alot of people are snobby about canned chicken, but it was on sale, and worked wonderfully in this sandwich for me. My biggest problem was piling so much on my tortilla that I couldn't roll it neatly and I ended up demolishing my plate w/ sticky, sweet spicy fingers. Scrumptious!!
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Stir-Fry Spinach Salad

Reviewed: Aug. 24, 2011
Sitr-fry Spinach Salad Haiku: "Outstanding salad! Would be just as good on rice. Colorful and great!" Such a fantastic salad; unfortunately my can of pineapples turned out to be crushed, not chunks, so that bummed me out. Tossed in a handful of honey-roasted peanuts for some crunch and didn't use vinegar, since it was only mentioned in the directions, but not w/ an amount in the ingred. list. We absolutely demolished our salads, and I'm anxious to make it again, but not even necessarily as a salad, but possibly as a stir-fry over rice w/ additional vegetables.
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Beef Bourguignon II

Reviewed: Jun. 2, 2011
Beef Bourguignon II Haiku: "What are canned onions? (I used frozen pearl onions.) Elegant, great dish!" My only regret w/ this meal was that I didn't have any egg noodles to serve it over, so instead, we licked our bowls and spoons clean and obliterated the whole thing. I'm anxious to make it again, although probably not on a 99 degree afternoon, since it goes from hot stovetop to hot oven for several hours, but holllly cow, this rocked! Oh and what in the heck are canned onions, b/c I know that it's not those little fried onion-ey things that folks use for casseroles. I used frozen pearl onions to absolutely fantastic results. DINNER WIN!
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Pretty Chicken Marinade

Reviewed: Jan. 16, 2010
Pretty Chicken Marinade Haiku: "Oh yes, it's pretty. But the flavor is heaven. Deep, divine, and /drool." I make this marinade weekly and cook the chicken in a med-heat pan, or occasionally on the George Foreman. I've found that 3-4 chicken breasts are fine with the marinade recipe halved. I skip the liquid smoke unless I'm grilling. The ingredients' ratio freaked me out the 1st time I made it, but I'm a believer in the wonderfulness that is Pretty Chicken now.
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Fluffy Pancakes

Reviewed: Aug. 14, 2010
It's Saturday night, 8 p.m. & I was overcome with an intense craving for pancakes. Enter kris' "Fluffy Pancake" recipe ... & I am in pancake heaven. Can I leave 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 stars for this recipe? The divine aroma is still drifting through my kitchen and lingering in my nostrils & I.Want.More. As other reviewers suggested, definitely let the batter "rest" for 20-30 min. prior to dribbling the pancake mana of the gods on your griddle. The resulting pancake is of a texture that I will describe in one word. DROOL.
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Tuna Pita Melts

Reviewed: Aug. 15, 2010
Shazzam are these good!! Followed recipe exactly, 'cept added a little diced celery and red onion, black pepper and minced garlic to the tuna. Did 1/2 the pitas w/ cheddar, & other 1/2 w/ jarlsberg, the latter gobbled up more quickly. My 3-year old blurted out, between big bites, that these were "tasty fish pizzas!"
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Mexican Tinga

Reviewed: Jun. 1, 2011
Mexican Tinga Haiku: "Terrific tinga. Simple, spicy flavor's great. Don't change a ThingA." I followed the recipe exactly, although I think I may have used 1/3 can of chipotles, knowing that otherwise, this would've had a bit too much of a punch for us. I thought that I'd serve it w/ a selection of toppings (grated cheese, shredded lettuce, chopped tomato, avocado and what-not), but truth be told, this was absolutely perfect served simply as written - w/ a plop of sour cream on top. Cannot wait to make these again!
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Fruit Dip II

Reviewed: Aug. 15, 2010
Fluffy, fabulous, fantastic, fruit dip! I could dip anything into this stuff, even just my face! Followed the suggestion of using Strawberry Cream Cheese, 2 TB OJ, and 1 c. Cool Whip, and it was a divine dessert that elicited many lip-lickings during its disappearance.
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Tomato Zucchini Casserole

Reviewed: Aug. 15, 2010
/drool! This was so good! Amidst a sea of "tomato zucchini this-or-that" recipes on here, I came across this one, &, joy that I did! I didn't have plum tomatoes (used diced in can), & I didn't have shredded cheddar (used mozzarella), & I hid a little layer of pepperoni in the middle. We skipped the breadcrumb topping and just stuck w/ ooey-gooey cheese. I don't think my changes would've altered my giving Deltaqueen's recipe 5-stars, b/c it was, as Homer Simpson said, "groin-grabbingly transcendent."
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