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Member Since: May 2010
Cooking Level: Beginning
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Nouvelle, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Gardening, Walking, Reading Books
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Recipe Reviews 11 reviews
Slow Cooker Italian Beef
I discovered this recipe a year or so ago, and it has become part of my regular meal rotation. My boyfriend LOVES it. I'd give it five stars except that I've discovered a few changes that for me make it even better. I chop an onion in half and add it to the slow cooker along with about 6 peeled garlic cloves. I use about double the broth and about a quarter the amount of pepperoncini, if even that. When it is finished cooking, I strain the liquid and put it in a pot. I boil it to reduce it until there is about 2 or 3 cups of liquid left. This makes the au jus just outstanding. A secret: I have actually usually made this with pork instead of beef, because pork tends to be cheap where I live and I often buy a large pork loin that I can get 4 or 5 meals out of. It's equally good with either meat. Toasting the buns in the oven and buttering them is a MUST. One last tip: I don't like to let this cook too long. I find it much tastier when the meat stays together in slices. If it cooks long enough to be shredded it is too soggy.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 17, 2013
Carl Reiner Cookies
Excellent. These cookies are so, so easy to make and taste wonderful. I'll be making these often from now on. The great thing is that they are not picky. If you overcook them a little, it's no big deal. No special techniques are necessary, just mix the ingredients together and put them in the oven. The one thing I don't like about them is that they are so rich, I can only stand to eat one or two before I'm full. Actually though, healthwise, that's probably a good thing.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 22, 2011
Vegetable Salsa Soup
Yummmmmm. I changed this recipe a lot but followed the spirit of it--you can really add/omit anything you want to that tasty broth. I added red beans and rice to make it more filling, omitted celery and carrots and added onions and zucchini. I love Mexican inspired soups and this hit the spot on a cold rainy day. Still only 140 calories per serving even with my additions. Downside--a TON of sodium. Try low-sodium chicken broth and (if such a thing exists) no salt added salsa.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 19, 2010

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