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Kyle's Favorite Beef Stew

Reviewed: Dec. 28, 2011
This recipe started as a disaster, but turned out fantastic! My fault, i made the rookie mistake of not reading the recipe before diving in. I did not realize all the steps involved so did not prep everything beforehand like i should have. I also left the strap that prevents the top from rattling under the pot itself, where it melted and filled the house with the aroma of melted plastic. Then after browning the meat there was a solid layer of beef/flour tastiness that i was pretty sure would never come off the bottom of my fav stainless steel pan. However once i deglazed the pan with wine for the mushrooms it was presto! clean. Once i got everything in the crockpot my stress level decreased and soon the house smelled great, like beef not plastic. The only changes i made was to add 2 large unseeded jalapenos, diced, to the onions and garlic, and beef broth instead of water with the soup mix, although i did boil it over so it was not quite 2 cups. Also used baby portabella. Cooked for hr on high then 6 on low, put it in the fridge overnight since it finished at about 9:30 at night. So yummy the next day for lunch! Not my most stellar day in the kitchen, but it all turned out great and is some of the best beef stew i've ever had! Definitely a keeper, and next time i won't be such a mess!
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French Onion Soup Gratinee

Reviewed: Oct. 23, 2011
This was really good. I used some homemade broth left over from the slow cooker french dip recipe on this site, along with 1 can store bought, and a large container of chicken broth. I used only 1/4 cup wine as another reviewer suggested. I added the balsamic along with the broths instead of later as the recipe stated, not sure if it made any difference. I would recommend letting this sit overnight to let the flavors meld, it was much better the next day reheated for lunch. I used havarti and swiss cheese on top, it was a good combo.
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Dannon BLT Salad

Reviewed: Oct. 22, 2011
This was a great way to use up some bacon we had in the fridge. I chopped up bacon to make it easier to cook, used cherry tomatoes cut in half and romaine lettuce. I also added avocado, green onion, shredded carrot, and some pepperjack/sharp cheddar mix. Skipped the croutons as i served it in a whole wheat wrap. The dressing was fantastic, so simple but great flavor. I used greek yogurt so i thinned it with a little milk and added garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, roasted garlic sea salt from a grinder, fresh ground black pepper and a dash of mongolian fire oil (not as hot as it sounds!) My husband was impressed, said he never would of thought to have a blt in this way and practically ate the dressing with a spoon!
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Easy Slow Cooker French Dip

Reviewed: Oct. 22, 2011
This was delicious as written, although as usual i tweaked it a little. I used guiness, which the husband was excited to drink the rest of the 4 pack. It definitely added a depth of flavor, don't skip it. I cooked about 3 lb rump roast with onions, carrots, celery, and garlic as well as the broth, beer, and worcestershire sauce. I seasoned roast well with garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, and roasted garlic sea salt grinder. Cooked overnight, about ten hours total on low. Shredded beef and returned to juices for about 30 min. I removed the carrot and celery chunks, they were super soggy, but served beef with onions. Served on french rolls with horseradish sauce and cheddar melted under the broiler. A little crispy onions on top and it was awesome! I took the extra juices and made french onion soup as another reviewer recommended, will see how it is for lunch tomorrow. Great easy recipe, will make again!
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Easy Salsa Meatloaf

Reviewed: Oct. 20, 2011
I made with ground turkey and a spicy green chile salsa. Very good, although i ended up adding about twice as much bread crumbs, and a mexican cheese blend. I also cooked some garlic, onion, and jalapenos together and added to ground meat. About a tsp of cumin was added, as well as more cheese on top of loaf. Cooked at 375 in a loaf pan (dark coated) for about 45 minutes. Served with horseradish sweet potatoes and green beans. I added more salsa on top, my husband used the traditional ketchup.
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Sloppy Joe Sandwiches

Reviewed: Oct. 20, 2011
These were great! i doubled the recipe and also cooked the hamburger with onion and garlic, then made as is with i tsp chile powder and 1 tsp vinegar added. Next time i will also cook hamburger with jalapeno. Served with cheese and crispy onions, yum! Tasted a lot fresher than regular canned manwich, will be my go to recipe from now on!
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Spanish Rice Bake

Reviewed: Oct. 16, 2011
I feel a little unfair rating this since i change so much, but here it is. I use ground turkey, onions, jalapenos, orange bell pepper, canned black beans(drained and rinsed), canned corn(drained), mexican tomatoes, and (hot) salsa in place of chile sauce. I add more cumin, paprika, oregano, and some chile powder. I leave out the brown sugar and worcestershire sauce (although i used w. sauce the first time i made it and it was fine). I cook it as stated in a cast iron dutch oven on the stovetop and simmer for 30 min. DO NOT lift lid before 30 minutes so rice can cook, and make sure it is on a low setting or bottom will burn. I then take off heat, stir, and top with mexican cheese blend (or sharp cheddar). Pop it in the oven until bubbly and add cilantro. My husband usually puts sriracha on top too, but he puts it on everything. So in the end this spanish rice turns into mexican rice, but this recipe was the inspiration and basis for my delicious additions. Thanks, we make this pretty often.
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Taco Seasoning I

Reviewed: Oct. 16, 2011
My go-to for mexican food, i use this whenever we need a quick burrito/taco/mexican rice bake meal.
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Apple Stuffed Chicken Breast

Reviewed: Oct. 16, 2011
As written this seemed a little bland. I used green apples, jalapenos, 1/2 italian bread crumbs and 1/2 panko, shallot, parsley, spicy poultry rub mix, spicy italian herb mix, salt, pepper,extra sharp cheddar, and an italian cheese mix (the smoked provolone made a big difference). I seasoned outside with salt, pepper, and more spicy poultry rub. Quickly browned in olive oil and baked at 350 for 30 min. Made gravy as recipe stated but added a lot more seasoning. Served with rice and butter brown sugar carrots with onions. It took a lot of tweaking from written recipe but it was good. Also had a lot of leftover stuffing which we mixed with the leftover rice and sauce left from carrots. Made for lunch today by butterflying breasts and filling with rice/stuffing mix. I made a dijon mustard sauce based on Dijon Chicken by Marilyn Holmes on this site. Better with the dijon sauce.
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Creamy Vanilla Pudding

Reviewed: Oct. 16, 2011
A little sweet for my taste, but a great base recipe to work with. Next time i might whip the egg whites and fold into pudding, and maybe add some white chocolate chips. I also prefer tempering my eggs just to be safe. Overall a great beginner recipe.
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Oven Baked Garlic and Parmesan Fries

Reviewed: Oct. 7, 2011
I added garlic powder instead of fresh, spicy italian herb grinder, chile powder, and some spicy poultry rub mix. Also used basil oil (and enough just to coat). I used red potatoes and they came out very crispy. So yummy! My husband said they were better than the bag fries we usually cook.
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PJ's Sweet Potato Mash

Reviewed: Oct. 7, 2011
So good! I added more horsie sauce, as we like things spicy and cut down on the honey. Used milk instead of cream and added a little non fat greek yogurt. I served it with crock pot turkey breast, homemade gravy, stuffing, and cranberry sauce (poor man's thanksgiving) and my husband said the sweet potatoes made the meal. Will definitely make over and over again, interesting combo instead of butter and brown sugar.
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Chicken Meatballs and Spaghetti

Reviewed: Jun. 29, 2011
I use ground turkey and up the italian seasonings, garlic, and parm cheese. A high quality parmesan is a must. I test fry a mini meatball before cooking and add seasoning accordingly before shaping the balls. I bake in a 375 oven for about 30 minutes, easier than panfrying. The sauce recipe is great too, although i tweak it. I saute some onions and garlic in basil olive oil before adding canned tomatoes ( i usually buy the garlic and oregano seasoned, the more flavor the better!) and add more seasoning (I use a spicy italian herb grinder) and red pepper flakes (we like it spicy!). I let it simmer for a long time (an hour or so) to let the flavors meld. So good, we make this about once a week, and any leftovers are even better the next day!
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Dijon Chicken

Reviewed: Jun. 29, 2011
i love this recipe, although i tweak the sauce for my tastes. I use dry vermouth instead of white wine, country dijon (course mustard), add a shallot with the garlic, add a little bit of honey and spicy italian seasoning and fresh ground pepper. I always double the sauce because its so good. I also use panko breadcrumbs with a little parmesan cheese as the coating and it is delish. Great with garlic mashed potatoes and green beans or butter brown sugar and onion carrots.
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Chicken Tikka Masala

Reviewed: Sep. 21, 2010
I am not real familiar with indian food but this is fantastic and easy! I use fat free greek yogurt, and garam masala spice mix, cumin, and a pinch cayenne. I skip the skewers and bake the chicken in the oven. I add two jalapenos and more garlic to the sauce, add more cumin, and use fat free half and half instead of cream (or regular half and half). And definitely cut out most of the salt and add as needed. I tend to taste it as it is cooking and see what needs to be added, although the heat of the peppers tends to increase as the flavors meld and i have definitely made this too spicy even for our fiery tastes (my husband was seriously sweating, but its good for the metabolism!) If it turns out too spicy serve with an extra dollop of sour cream or greek yogurt, and top with cilantro. We serve this over rice with store bought naan bread (i like whole wheat or garlic flavor) that we heat in the oven brushed with olive oil. Yummy, better than any canned sauce you'll buy!
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Asian Salmon

Reviewed: Sep. 14, 2010
Best salmon i've ever made! I also added fresh ginger to the marinade, and subbed shallot for the onion. I used a spicy ginger teriyaki sauce instead of soy sauce. Next time I will double the sauce but cut the oil in half. I served this with basmati rice with saffron and napa slaw made with napa cabbage, rice wine vinegar heated with a little sugar, jalapenos, and ginger. I also added toasted sesame seeds on top of it all. So delicious, i will definitely make this again soon!
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