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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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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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Cuban Black Beans I

Reviewed: Apr. 3, 2012
Cuban Black Beans' Haiku: "Oh gosh these were good. Husband says, 'best beans ever!' (I followed naples.)" I used naples' review as a go-to, since I only had a can of black beans (oh, and no red bells, just green.) Pretty much did as written, and something about that combo of seasoning and the balsamic vinegar just made these so unusual and delicious! Ate them hot, sniggled a cold leftover bite, had more leftovers warmed in a tortilla w/ cheese - everytime just as good as the last.
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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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Glazed Ham

Reviewed: Dec. 20, 2011
Glazed Ham Haiku: "Oh my gosh, this rocked. Served to guests who ate it up. Sad, no leftovers!" My ham was "done" in about 5 hrs., so I prepared the glaze, didn't debone, and left it covered tightly in the oven on very low for another couple hrs, basting often. Let it rest on the counter, covered, for another hr., again w/ lots of basting, prior to serving. There wasn't any carving necessary, as it fell into wonderful chunks, which my guests happily devoured. Very good, easy glaze which made an otherwise dull (but inexpensive) shank ham super tasty!
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Cowgirl Stew

Reviewed: Sep. 25, 2012
Cowgirl Stew Haiku: "Yee-haw this was great! I just love Ranch-style beans! (I used the crockpot.") The only minor adjustments I made were reducing the ground beef to 1 lb. and the potatoes, and adding a handful of chopped carrots too. Oh, and the recipe didn't specify what type of canned tomatoes, so I went w/ stewed, which worked out well b/c my young daughter thought this was amazing, so long as I scooped out the larger chunks of tomato, which was easier that way. Dumped everything in the crockpot b4 work, and wow, was my nose assaulted w/ the most awesomest of aromas when I returned home. Can't wait to make this in a larger batch to freeze for chillier winter nights.
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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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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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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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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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Taco Salad III

Reviewed: Sep. 28, 2011
Taco Salad III Haiku: "Deceiving salad. Healthy? No, but tasty? Yes! (Separate, to save.)" OK, so I changed a few small things, but I'd stress not mixing everything together, so that if you have leftovers, they won't soggify. My only changes, due to what I had, were to use black beans, romaine lettuce, and spicy-nacho doritos, as well as tossing in a handful of corn. Mmm I love how I trick myself into thinking "salad for dinner! No guilt!", but end up devouring a mountain of this, b/c it's just so good.
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Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

Reviewed: Mar. 4, 2011
CC Banana Muffin Haiku: "Muffin or cupcake? There's a fine line with baked goods. These are very sweet!" So WOW, these are amazing, but they toe the line of being an icing-less cupcake because, to me, they're really decadent. Maybe it's b/c I'm a savory breakfast eater and don't gravitate towards the sweeter spectrum of a.m. treats, but there's no denying that these are delicious. I didn't have yogurt, so I used 1.5 c. mashed bananas and a splash of milk. Otherwise, I followed the recipe exactly, and got a dozen puffy-domed, hulking, golden, chocolatey divine "muffins" that, well, were nibbled on all throughout the day and well into dessert time.
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Grilled Chicken Marinade

Reviewed: Jun. 9, 2015
Grilled Chicken Marinade Haiku: "I LOVE grilled chicken, will try any marinade. And this one was yum!" Even though I sample as many different recipes for marinating chicken, I usually end up falling back on AR's "Pretty Chicken Marinade", but I liked this one almost as much. For not having to chop anything, and for typically having these ingredients on hand, it was easy and the end result chicken was flavorful w/o screaming "herbs!" or "soy sauce!"
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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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Easy Cajun Jambalaya

Reviewed: Nov. 8, 2011
Easy Cajun Jambalaya Haiku: "Holy cow, this rocked. I made several small changes, but still, man, so good!" I dumped everything in the crockpot on low b4 work in the a.m. (less chick stock, no rice), and we served it w/ rice at dinnertime. I also added about 1 TB of AR's awesome "Creole Seasoning Blend", but the heart of the recipe remained the same. Husband enthusiastically proclaimed it a "keeper" after 1 bite, and I couldn't agree more. Fan.Tas.Tic.
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London Broil for the Slow Cooker

Reviewed: Jun. 4, 2015
London Broil for the Slow Cooker Haiku: "DANG this was super. Fall-apart and delicious. Great use for cheap meat!" Only thing that I did differently was rub the meat (mine was 2.5 lbs.) w/ a leftover half-envelope of dry onion soup mix that was sitting lonely in the pantry. My husband wanted to strain the liquid after 7 hrs. into a pot w/ some cornstarch to thicken it more into a gravy, but we ended up being just as happy pouring every bit of the mushroomy-juice over the meat and our side of mashed potatoes.
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Lucky New Year's Black-Eyed Pea Stew

Reviewed: Jan. 4, 2015
Lucky New Years Black Eyed Pea Stew Haiku: "Made this four years now. Why have I not reviewed it?? So very yummy!" Can't believe that I've neither reviewed this recipe, nor made it any other time of the year, other than on New Year's Day because we LOVE it. I'd give it 4.5 stars as written (which I have prepared and eaten), and 5 stars (and more) w/ some little changes. Green cabbage instead of Napa, 3-4 slices chopped bacon (saute the onion and garlic in a little of the bacon grease), no water chestnuts, canned black eyed peas. We serve ours either over basmati or mashed potatoes, but always w/ a few splashes of chipotle tabasco sauce.
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Sausage Stir Fry with Bow Tie Pasta

Reviewed: Jul. 4, 2015
Sausage Stir-Fry w/ Bow Tie Pasta Haiku: "A keeper indeed. Made mine like a casserole, did ahead of time." I didn't change a thing about this recipe other than prepping in advance and putting it in a large round Pyrex dish; w/ a little Parmesan and mozzarella sprinkled on top, I put it in oven at 350 for about 25-30 min. just to melt the cheese and re-warm it through. UMMM Wow, I know that my method defeated the quick purpose of the "stir-fry", but we really loved this meal!
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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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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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