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Chicken Parmigiana

Reviewed: Jul. 4, 2010
Great basic recipe, which I appreciate as a struggling new cook. I followed the recipe exactly except for sprinkling some Italian seasoning on top. I think it added a little more flavor. I will reiterate what another reviewer said, the sauce you use will make or break the dish. I didn't particularly care for the one that I used (Barilla's Roasted Garlic... what I had in my pantry), but that's not the fault of the recipe! I'll keep playing around with different combinations until I find one that fits, since this recipe lends itself to being changed to your tastes.
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Herbed Chicken Nuggets

Reviewed: May 25, 2011
These were amazing! One thing to keep in mind: They are very spicy due to both the ground black pepper and the crushed red pepper. Next time I will omit the red pepper and half the black. They were easy to prepare and done quickly. However, they didn't get as crispy as I would have liked. Next time I will cook them longer or put them under the broiler. EDIT: I've made these again and they turned out much crispier. I double breaded them. I first marinated them in Italian dressing, then dipped them in the bread crumb mixture, then dipped them in the egg and then back in the bread crumb mixture. Also, I baked them on a wire rack on top of a baking sheet according to the recipe. Hope this helps!
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Mexican-Style Taco Salad

Reviewed: Jun. 2, 2011
These were fantastic!! They are kind of spicy, though, so if you don't like spicy food you should be careful of how much chili powder and pepper you add. I made a few adjustments just because of what I had in the kitchen and personal preference. Firstly, I used two cups of salsa instead of one because the meat mixture was too dry for my taste. I used black beans instead of kidney beans, black pepper instead of cayenne pepper and a bag salad mix while some ate it on soft taco shells. I will definitely make this again!
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Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Soup

Reviewed: Feb. 11, 2012
This was excellent and so easy! I decided to make it on my lunch break from work and take it an hour's drive that night. I had most of the ingredients on hand and made it in a 4-quart crockpot that was filled. I used one chicken breast and one tender (anything more would have been too much for my pot), dried onion, only one can of diced tomatoes (with basil and oregano... used Rotel sauce with chilies) and left out the beer. I used chicken bullion and water to compensate for leaving the beer out, but I would've been okay without it - just a little more like a chili. I also added a Hidden Valley ranch seasoning packet and a dash of chili powder and I think it gave it more flavor. I cooked on low for 5 hours, shredded the chicken, then drove 1.5 hours with it and cooked it on high for another hour or so. I ate it with crackers and shredded cheese. This tasted amazing and was so easy to make. It got rave reviews... Perfect for a cold rainy day! It would be great to make in big batches and freeze or to customize using different beans.
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Shepherd's Pie VI

Reviewed: Nov. 24, 2010
This recipe was fantastic! I'm eating leftovers as I type! I did make it a little differently according to things on hand and personal preference like some other reviewers. Easy to make and cheap ingredients for a struggling college student learning her way around the kitchen! I didn't use onion, beef broth or carrots. Instead I used gravy that I had on hand and peas because I prefer them. I also added Worcestershire sauce to the ground beef and it made a huge difference! Next time I'll probably increase the sauce ingredients.
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Good Old Fashioned Pancakes

Reviewed: May 11, 2011
I'm a college student, so finding recipes that are easy to make, cheap and made from real ingredients is no easy feat. This has become my default for a good breakfast or just a cheap meal. Everyone raves about them and I get requests for them at least once a week. I make them exactly by the recipe with the exception that I add a dash of vanilla, nutmeg and cinnamon to give it more flavor. Five stars!
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Egg Salad English Muffins

Reviewed: May 25, 2011
I made this today for a quick lunch and it was fantastic!. I made some adjustments based on what I had in my kitchen. Instead of Canadian bacon, I used threw some bacon bits into the mix, but I'm sure Canadian bacon would be great. I also used two mini whole wheat bagels instead of English muffins. I used dijon mustard instead of regular prepared mustard. This definitely gave it a different taste. I'd recommend using regular prepared or ground mustard.
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Easy Chicken Tetrazzini

Reviewed: Nov. 23, 2011
This is a great basic recipe that's adjustable for personal preferences. I'll make it again with a few adjustments. I agree with other reviewers that it would very bland without extra spices. I cut the recipe in half and made in an 8x8 pan - plenty for two people. With two chicken breasts and half a package of spaghetti, I had the right amount. I cooked the chicken in a pan with onion salt, garlic powder and pepper. Next time I'll boil the chicken and omit salt - it's too much with the bullion. I also used straight chicken broth as others suggested. To the soup mixture I added a generous helping of Italian seasoning and dried chopped onion - it helped a ton! Topped it off with mozzarella cheese that I had on hand (cheddar is probably better), paprika, and Italian breadcrumbs. This would also be good with some veggies thrown in.
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Baked Dijon Salmon

Reviewed: Dec. 11, 2011
This was good but could use some improvements. I didn't use butter, instead i covered the fish in olive oil and mixed the mustard and honey together. The taste was way too strong. Next time I will either increase the honey or use the butter. Also, the dread crumbs came out a little mushy. This could do well with a qucik pop under the broiler.
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Spinach Chicken Pockets

Reviewed: Jun. 9, 2012
I made this for dinner tonight with roasted mixed veggies and potatoes. I followed the recipe exactly except that I did not use cucumbers or pita bread because I did not have any. Also, I baked the chicken instead of cooking on the stovetop. I made this on a tortilla and put it in a panini sandwich maker to toast. I also only used 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise because I ran out. This was a great recipe for customization and would make a good lunch or light dinner. However, I felt that it was missing something and the mustard taste was a little strong (maybe because I only used 1 tbsp mayo?). In the future I might add garlic powder or cook my chicken with minced garlic. It needs something... Just not sure what.
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