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White Chocolate Covered Pretzels

Reviewed: Aug. 15, 2010
Nummy! Made for a "Zombie Luau" party, and adjusted recipe just slightly to follow the theme. (I.E. my WCCP's were fashioned to look like blood-shot eyeballs.) Broke regular pretzels into ovals, poured the melted chocolate into the center, added a brown mini M&M for the pupil, and once they hardened in the fridge, I squeezed a little red food gel for veins. (See pic.) My changes were pretty minimal from Patty's 5-star, delicious recipe, so I say bust out the pretzels, chocolate, and any tasty toppings and have fun with it!
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Thai Shrimp and Cabbage

Reviewed: Mar. 26, 2012
Thai Shrimp & Cabbage Haiku: "Wicked, tasty dish. Made a couple small changes, but adored this meal!" I coarsely chopped my cabbage rather than shredding so it'd retain more bite and shape, and also stir-fried it in sesame oil. I used some red bell pepper for additional color. My shrimp were a frozen "garlic grilled" brand, so while that added extra flavor-oomph, I know next time I'd be happier w/ fresh shrimp. My only wee concern was that it was a little watery, so I think that next time I'll also mix a little cornstarch w/ water to thicken the sauce up at the end.
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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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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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Greek Salad I

Reviewed: Apr. 30, 2012
Greek Salad I Haiku: "Bright & colorful. The dressing was amazing! (Changed it just a bit.)" Scaled it back to 2 servings, but used all the same ratio and type of ingredients (beautiful salad!) I followed another review's suggestion about adding red wine vinegar and a bit of sugar to the dressing and that brought the SHAZAM to this salad. I will definitely make this again.
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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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Jambalaya

Reviewed: Apr. 7, 2014
Jambalaya Haiku: "Dis is smokin' great. I only made two changes, very slight, all good!" No file powder (have always been told that it's something you sprinkle on at serving; otherwise, it can just settle in a hot pot and become stringy), and I cooked the rice separately so that we didn't have to worry about possible smooshy, or crunchy, rice, and we just spooned into our jambalaya how much we wanted. Really amazing and can't wait to fix again!
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Baked Parmesan-Crusted Chicken

Reviewed: Jul. 3, 2012
Baked Parmesan-Crusted Chicken Haiku: "Moist, tasty chicken! I loved using the fresh herbs. I'd make this again!" I followed the recipe as written, except halving it for 3 of us, and instead of baking it in a 9X13 pan, I placed my chicken on a foil-lined rack, flipping it halfway thru to try to maximize crispiness and not lose that wonderfully-flavorful breading. End result was a fork-tender, terrific hunk of poultry, that tasted great on its own, but would be equally nice over a salad, rice, pasta, or w/ spaghetti sauce.
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Presidential Debate Chili

Reviewed: Nov. 12, 2012
Presidential Debate Chili Haiku: "Love Ranch-style beans. (I think they made this chili.) Still would've been good." Followed the recipe exactly as written, elated that it called for Ranch-style beans that I keep stocked in my pantry as often as I can get my hands on them. I truly can't think of anything that I would've done to change this chili; it was just fantastic, although it was a touch mild for us, so after a squirt of Sriracha, we declared it a win.
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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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Bek's Minestrone Soup

Reviewed: Nov. 12, 2012
Bek's Minestrone Haiku: "Shazam, this was good! (Added chicken sausage too, per the submitter.)" I followed the recipe as written, but I put everything (except the zucchini) in the crockpot on low all afternoon, and added the zucchini in the last hour so it wouldn't turn to smoosh. Only wish I'd taken Bek's other suggestion and added some pasta at the end, but with the potatoes, we were carb-content w/ this fab soup.
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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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Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

Reviewed: Feb. 20, 2012
Chocolate Zucchini Muffin Haiku: "Oh so tasty good! I took submitter's ideas, and changed a few things." I didn't feel guilty about altering/adding, as the submitter of the recipe gave some nice suggestions in his description, so I ended up doing half brown/half white sugar, added chocolate chips on top, as well as halving the oil and including apple sauce. These were incredibly moist and wonderful right from the oven, and just as great the next day lightly-toasted w/ butter. My daughter, a rabid despiser of zucchini, devoured these enthusiastically.
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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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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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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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Asian Roll Lettuce Wrap

Reviewed: May 15, 2012
Asian Roll Lettuce Wrap Haiku: "Bright and fun to eat. (Time consuming to prepare) But it's well worth it!" This meal made dinnertime so much fun, w/ all the colors, crunch, textures, and tastes - my daughter, well, not so thrilled about it, but she happily ate the meatballs, rice, and some of the carrots. On the other hand, I couldn't have been more delighted w/ this meal, although I feel like the suggested prep time's a bit off, as all the work that goes into this recipe, while totally worth the end result, would probably have made more sense for me to make for company, and not just a weekday w/ my small family. Loved it!
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Zucchini 'Noodles'

Reviewed: Apr. 16, 2012
Zucchini Noodles' Haiku: "I love zucchini! I liked eating it this way. (I didn't boil.)" I used one hefty zucchini just for me for lunch, which I sliced w/ a potato peeler, then left the strips out on a clean dish towel, sprinkled in salt, for a little over an hour, b4 following the rest of the directions (save boiling) in the skillet. Even just w/ the butter, garlic, s&p and parmesan, it was fantastic, but I went ahead and scooped on some leftover AR's "Brian's Favorite Sauce" (an Italian sausage spaghetti sauce) which put this over the top!
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Jay's Spicy Slow Cooker Turkey Chili

Reviewed: Apr. 7, 2014
Jay's Spicy Turkey Chili Haiku: "Ooo-wee it is spicy! The few things I didn't have, I will do next time!" So I was out of chipotles in adobo, and I either mis-read the ingredient list, or maybe I was just plain OK w/ having used 3 small 4 oz. cans of diced green chiles. Used a small 8 oz. tomato sauce instead of tomato soup to avoid it possibly being too watery, as we like our chili thick-thick-thick. And I sauteed the onion (along w/ some minced garlic) as the turkey browned. Even w/o the adobo/chipotles, this was a fiery chili, but not so much that it killed any taste enjoyment. W/ cheese and Frito scoops, this was killer chili, and even better as leftovers the next day.
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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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