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Catherine's Spicy Chicken Soup

Reviewed: Feb. 25, 2010
Excellent soup! It is a very hearty soup and filling enough to eat as a meal. It seems to make more than eight servings but luckily, I can freeze it. Thanks!
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Justin's Hoosier Daddy Chili

Reviewed: Mar. 12, 2010
Love it! The chili has a nice spicy kick to it with a bit of heat at the end. I did make some minor changes - added minced garlic, corn, and diced tomatoes. I also substituted kidney beans for the pinto beans and I cut the chili powder in half. Definitely a keeper! Thanks for sharing.
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Carrot Cupcakes with White Chocolate Cream Cheese Icing

Reviewed: Apr. 30, 2010
Phenomenal!
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Chicken Souvlaki Gyro Style

Reviewed: Apr. 30, 2010
Excellent! The marinade is outstanding and the tzatziki sauce was scrumptious. Definitely a keeper!!!
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Pineapple Bacon Burgers

Reviewed: May 27, 2010
Excellent! These burgers taste great! The BBQ sauce, the pineapple, and the bacon are an incredible combination and really give these burgers a Polynesian flare. I used 1 pound of ground beef (for two people), 1 cup BBQ sauce, and I diced up some of the pineapple and added it to the meat mixture to enhance the Polynesian flavor. Next time I’ll add pineapple tidbits instead. To prevent the burgers from falling apart, I added about a 1¼ cup of plain breadcrumbs and an egg to bind. I grilled the pineapple slices separately from the burgers. For crispy bacon, I put the bacon slices onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, covered with more parchment and then another cookie sheet, and baked in the oven at 400° for about 25 minutes. Assembled everything together on a toasted bun and topped with more BBQ sauce…Perfection!
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Homemade Tomato Basil Pasta Sauce

Reviewed: Dec. 27, 2010
Yummy! So easy and so much better than store bought. I didn’t have fresh tomatoes so I used two cans of diced tomatoes per another suggestion. I also added oregano, Italian seasoning, additional garlic, and a few dashes of cayenne for a bit of kick. Blended it with the stick blender to smooth it out and voilà…delicious!
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Chicken Breasts Pierre

Reviewed: Jul. 2, 2011
I really liked it; it is very good. I cut the recipe in half for two people. I didn't have any celery seed so instead of using 1/2 teaspoon salt and a 1/4 teaspoon celery seed, I used 1/2 teaspoon celery salt. Also because I love tomatoes, I used one full 14.5 ounce can of diced tomatoes with the liquid in lieu of the 1/2 can and 1/2 cup of water. I wish I had more sauce though so maybe I'll add water or chicken stock next time. My husband LOVED it and that is quite a feat considering we have opposite tastes. That's why I'm giving it five stars. We'll definitely make again. Way to go!
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Creamed Cucumbers

Reviewed: Sep. 4, 2011
I rated this a 3 star recipe because the ratio of dressing to the cucumbers is way off. There is just too much sauce. It's almost a soup. I even cut the sauce in half based on other reviews and it was still too much. Also, it was a tad too sweet for my taste. Next time I’ll cut back more on the liquid and on the sugar. I took another reviewers suggestion of putting the cucumbers in a salt brine overnight to draw out some moisture. They absorbed some of the salt from the brine so I didn’t add the salt that the recipe called for. I made a few other changes as well. I used milk instead of condensed milk and garlic pepper salt rather than the pepper and garlic salt listed in the recipe. Like another reviewer, we don’t like onions so I used dried chopped onion instead of the green onions and onion salt. My hubby’s a picky eater and he liked it so I’ll make again but with less sugar and less sauce.
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Loosemeat Sandwiches III

Reviewed: Sep. 5, 2011
I gave this recipe four stars only because I made a few changes based on other reviews. I used chicken stock instead of water and added Worcestershire sauce. We don’t like raw onions so I added dried chopped onion to the meat. The sandwiches were good. Hubby really liked it so it’s definitely a keeper.
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Wine and Dijon Marinated Pork Loin

Reviewed: Jan. 31, 2012
I did not care for this recipe.
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Easy Vodka Sauce

Reviewed: Mar. 19, 2012
I added six cloves of minced garlic along with the onion in the butter then added 1/2 tsp. of crushed red pepper flakes along with the vodka. Added to crushed tomatoes: 2 Tbsp. Basil, 1/2 tsp. Oregano, 2 tsp. Parsley, 1 tsp. salt, & 4 tsp. Sugar. I also added 1/2 cup of grated parmesan and pureed with stick blender. So good!
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Pork Chop Dinner

Reviewed: Apr. 21, 2012
We enjoyed this recipe. For two people I used the recipe for three pork chops but didn't skimp on the sauce so the chops wouldn't be dry. Also, per another reviewers suggestion, I added one can of Rotel diced tomatoes with peppers and one jar of marinated artichoke hearts with the juice. Very good!
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Marinated Rib Eyes

Reviewed: May 5, 2012
We made this for the first time tonight and it was very good! We love it. I scaled the recipe back for two steaks and followed the recipe exactly. We will definitely make this again...maybe tomorrow! Thanks.
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Colorful Frittata

Reviewed: May 5, 2012
This recipe was good but not great. I really like Dijon mustard but this seemed to have a very strong Dijon flavor to it. Also, for two people this quantity lasted for a few days in our house. It was better the morning it was made rather than after the fact. Not sure if it's because it was fresh and hot on the first day or because it was reheated in the microwave, but it didn't seem to taste as good as the first day. We'll probably make this again but we'll reduce the amount of Dijon mustard and scale the recipe back for two people. Thanks for sharing.
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Easy Lemon and Garlic Broccoli

Reviewed: Oct. 24, 2012
I cut the recipe in half and used frozen broccoli and minced garlic from a jar. Good flavor; more lemony than garlicky. Tasted good but the browning of the broccoli was a bit of a turn off. I haven’t seen brown broccoli but the flavor was there. I will try steaming with an actual steamer next time and just add the lemon juice during the second step. I added grated parmesan at the end. I rated 4 stars only because of the brown broccoli being a bit off-putting.
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Melt-In-Your-Mouth Meat Loaf

Reviewed: Oct. 24, 2012
This is very good. I omitted the mushrooms because I didn’t have any but will make it again with mushrooms. I added minced garlic and doubled the sauce per the other reviews. Definitely double the sauce. Hubby liked it so will make it again. I was leery about cooking meatloaf in a crock pot but it works! Very moist; not burnt. Only thing is the grease collects underneath the meat so I would recommend taking the meatloaf out of the crock before layering the sauce on. Finish in the oven for 15 minutes to heat the sauce through. Not the best I’ve ever had but pretty darn good!
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Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix

Reviewed: Nov. 2, 2012
Thought it was better than the pre-packaged stuff but it didn't wow me. We thought it was good but, after reading the reviews, we were expecting it to dazzle us. Not impressive, but good.
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Fruity Chili

Reviewed: Jul. 29, 2013
Excellent! If you're looking for something sweet and spicy, this is it! I used one small white onion in place of the red onion because that's all I had and I used two banana peppers from the garden instead of one. My husband and I loved it. I may try brown sugar in place of the white sugar only because I personally would have liked a little more sweetness, but my husband said it was perfect just the way it was. Will definitely keep this one. Thanks!
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Easy Spinach and Arugula Chicken

Reviewed: Aug. 21, 2013
OMG...this is one of the easiest and quickest-prep dishes I have ever made! Love, love, loved it! I used all spinach because I didn't have any arugula. Before stuffing the chicken, I drizzled a bit of EVOO on the spinach, added garlic and Parmesan to it, then mixed well to coat the spinach. I lightly sprinkled the stuffed breast with seasoned salt and black pepper. The chicken was moist, the skin was crisp, and my husband loved it! He thought it belonged in a restaurant. It was so good and EASY! We will be making this again and again.
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Greek Hamburgers

Reviewed: Aug. 23, 2013
These burgers have GREAT Greek flavor to them. I used store bought tzatziki sauce. I didn't have any goat cheese, so I only used feta. Also, I added about a tbsp. of the tzatziki sauce to the beef and an egg to bind. In retrospect, I should have added some breadcrumbs. My burgers were on the softer side, so don't expect a firm texture like you get with regular burgers. Hubby loved the flavor, but would have liked a more firm texture. To replicate gyro style, we added a sliced tomato to the bun, beef patty on top, topped with a bit of tzatziki sauce. We don't like onions, but for those that do, an onion slice added to the burger would probably be good too. Yummy change of pace from regular burgers.
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