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Southwest Breakfast Burritos

Reviewed: Jul. 30, 2014
This recipe doesn't seem very Southwestern for me (southwest = corn and black beans in my mind), but this recipe is AWESOME. Followed the recipe exactly. Love the concept - spend a little more time up front, and have some to throw in the freezer later. Used about 1.5 pounds of sausage (hot/mild mix) and made 15 burritos. Make sure to drain the eggs and sausage well! Probably will take it down to 1 heaping teaspoon of Taco Seasoning I (to taste) and may play with adding brown rice to stretch these further. No luck with the whole wheat tortillas - they tore, will stick with white or multigrain from here out! Didn't wait for the mix to cool down before adding in the cheddar, it all worked fine. Had to microwave the tortillas in batches of 3-4 for 30 seconds at a time to make them pliable enough to wrap without tearing. 40 seconds from the fridge (in the microwave) to my tummy! I'm wondering how these will be out of the freezer - will update at that point.
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Awesome Spicy Beef Kabobs OR Haitian Voodoo Sticks

Reviewed: Jul. 30, 2014
Made 2 versions of this (hot, mild) for a BBQ this past weekend and people went nuts over it. The hot followed the recipe exactly and the mild had only 2 cloves garlic and 1/2 tablespoon of cayenne (still fairly spicy to those who don't have tolerance for spice). The only thing is that the kabobs came out really salty - will half the amount of beef bouillon next time. Used top sirlion that had been blade tenderized (from Costco) - worked perfectly. Served with roasted fingerling potatoes and a pasta salad.
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Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Reviewed: Jul. 28, 2014
Used this with butternut squash seeds. Tried what others said and dried overnight after rinsing and only needed 20 minutes to bake (follow your nose - when you smell it, it's ready!). I never used to eat roasted seeds with the shell on but these are delicious. Only needed about a teaspoon of butter for all the seeds in a small butternut squash.
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Shoyu Chicken

Reviewed: Jul. 21, 2014
I think the hubby might leave me if I did not add this to our permanent cookbook. I think it needs half or only 1/3 the amount of black pepper (and a little less ginger because I'm not a fan) but this was so delicious following the recipe exactly otherwise. Marinated overnight - the chicken was stained beautifully the next day so clearly the marinade took! Don't throw away that delicious marinade! Strained the leftover marinade and pulled out the onions; cooked it down with the onions to make a sauce. Served it with steamed broccoli (steamed then caramelized in a few spoonfuls of the marinade), and brown rice with a bit of the sauce. It was a PERFECT meal. If I wasn't already married, I would have been proposed to after this meal (he's still talking about it)...
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Rice Lasagna

Reviewed: Jul. 21, 2014
This is like a loaded rice bowl (easier to accept than a weird version of lasagna). Delicious (and probably even better with a little bit of sausage but I didn't have any on hand - it needs a tiny bit more flavor). The egg makes the dish comfortingly rich. Used brown rice made in the rice cooker instead of white and could have gone as much as 5-6 cups for a 9x13 dish (wasn't sure how big a 3 quart casserole was). Four cups barely made 2 layers. Doubled the beef and found that was just right for the 9x13. I made each layer meticulously and am now wondering if it was even worth it - the layers are preserved in the pan but once you spoon it out.....it's literally like a loaded rice bowl. Will probably save myself the trouble and make 3 layers next time and add some sauteed onions to the meat sauce for the hubby. Pretty decent cooking-out-of-my-cabinet meal though!
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Healthy Peanut Butter Fruit Dip

Reviewed: Jul. 21, 2014
Bought a bag of chia seeds from Costco and was looking for ways to use it. I'm eating this with Wheatables at the moment and it's very good. It's definitely got the yogurt tang (Dannon nofat vanilla Greek yogurt), but I think it's because of the brand I chose. Don't worry about the chia seeds - you won't really feel/taste them - they'll swell overnight. I don't know that I love the cinnamon in here, might try without that and none to little honey next time. But it's healthy (I think I can eat the entire thing without worrying) but I will spread it out over days, so that trumps everything. Definitely not the prettiest, it's a fairly ugly (ok, really ugly) dip, but your tummy won't care :). The hubby didn't care for it - it's not his thing...
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Chef John's Turkey Sloppy Joes

Reviewed: Jul. 18, 2014
I still like my beef version better but this is definitely decent for a turkey version. I'll add more cayenne next time.
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Crustless Spinach Quiche

Reviewed: Jul. 8, 2014
Made this for the husband and I to bring to work for breakfasts (30 seconds to a minute in the microwave per slice) .This was delicious even though I forgot to add the cheddar! It needs some seasoning, perhaps a half teaspoon of salt and pepper, maybe a little bit of garlic powder. Used seasoned breadcrumbs and parmesan (3:1 tablespoons to make the quarter cup) because I didn't want buy croutons just for this and it added such a nice flavor. I love cottage cheese recipes! With low fat cottage cheese, reduced fat cheddar and 4 eggs to stretch over 8 servings (and it's crustless, to boot), this is pretty healthy - this will be my new quiche base recipe!! Lined my pie pan with Reynolds nonstick foil and it worked great (no spray/grease). I can't wait to try some of the suggestions here - artichokes, sundried tomatoes, 2 eggs with eggbeaters, it all sounds good! Definitely echo the need to squeeze the liquid out of the spinach first! LOVE Gina's idea about freezing the filling uncooked.
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How to Make Perfect Polenta

Reviewed: Jul. 8, 2014
Chef John you've done it again....this was perfect as promised. I was looking for a polenta recipe that didn't call for milk or cream and this was it! Followed the recipe exactly with grits (it's all I had on hand) except that I put in the grits into cold water to avoid lumps. Perfect side for meat! And the leftovers.....glorious when fried on both sides, then covered with spaghetti sauce, cheese, artichokes, roasted red peppers - whatever you have in your fridge. I might start making polenta just for the leftovers!
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Drunk Chicken

Reviewed: Jul. 8, 2014
We didn't love this chicken for the same reason others mentioned - the poultry seasoning was a little weird. But this recipe has to stay in my recipe box forever because the technique of skewering the beercan so it stays in when you move the chicken around is just a stroke of absolute brilliance. It's the reason for the 4 star recipe.
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Peruvian Style Beer Can Chicken

Reviewed: Jul. 8, 2014
Made this without rosemary as we hate rosemary and this was DELICIOUS. Brined the chicken for about 2 hours but forgot to poke holes - poked holes and let it sit for another half hour. BTW, an olive-pic that you use for martinis works really well as a hole poker! Followed the instructions for the Drunk Chicken recipe on this site in terms of skewering to keep the can in - GENIUS! Didn't have time to let it sit in the rub very long and hope to have more time next time. We have a gas grill, and needed to light the left two burners (one was a searing burner and one was a regular burner), and then put the chicken to the right as much as we could. It was the only way we could get to 350 in our grill. I heard it was better than Super Pollo (the best in the DC metro area)...hopefully with a longer bath in the rub, I will agree next time, but it was really, really good. With this small of a chicken, I was able to bring this in a resealable bag, with as much air squished out as possible.
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Curried Salmon Pasta Salad

Reviewed: Jul. 8, 2014
I needed a dressing for grilled salmon salad (on spinach and romaine with some quinoa cooked in chicken broth and curry powder; the salmon was grilled just with olive oil, salt and pepper). This dressing was GREAT! Took forever to find a small container of plain fatfree yogurt (finally found that Stonyfield makes one) - I was about to swap lite sour cream if I couldn't find it but I'm glad I did. Made the dressing exactly as is and let it sit for about 30-60 minutes. The husband loved it and at it as it, but I also felt like it was missing something - it needed a hint of sweetness. A couple of glugs of honey really made this perfect for me. This is our new favorite summer time dinner!
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Creamy Blueberry Pie

Reviewed: Jul. 4, 2014
At the 4th of July BBQ it was a split house - the in-laws LOVED it (father in law had 2 pieces), but the husband and I didn't love the texture. Reduced the sugar to 1/3 cup for the custard and it was perfectly sweet.
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Creamy Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole

Reviewed: Jun. 24, 2014
This was delicious and I loved the egg noodles instead of regular noodles in this. Bumped this up to 3 chicken breasts, 12 oz egg noodles (forgot to add more ham which I should have), but kept the sauce amount the same with the addition of 2 tablespoons of dijon (will use more next time). Hearty and filling! Microwaved the chicken in a Pampered Chef microwave round covered baker which kept it moist and tossed with salt and pepper after chopping.
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Beth's Peach-Nectarine Muffins

Reviewed: Jun. 24, 2014
I only had 2 super ripe nectarines on hand, so I used those. They hubby LOVED these. These were good, but even after halving the sugar they were still very sweet - I'd probably go down to a 1/4 cup next time when using really ripe fruits. I'd like to try this with the peach as written next time to see if it kicks up the fruit flavor a bit. This looked like another recipe that added the oil and egg to a 1 cup measure, then to fill the rest with milk - I was going to do it then didn't. Next time I will - I needed to add more milk as the batter was really thick without it. This took 22 minutes in my oven.
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Overnight Asparagus Mushroom Strata

Reviewed: Jun. 16, 2014
At first the husband said 'english muffins, in a casserole?? I should half faith, right?' This was good and filling. The mushrooms disappeared to nothing - I would use the whole basket of mushrooms next time (8 oz). I think this needed seasoning and would carmelize the mushrooms with balsamic vinegar and/or add 1-2 teaspoons of Cavendar's Greek seasoning. There are overnight casserole recipes that don't really need to sit overnight, but this really did - at first the egg disappeared and I was worried it wasn't enough (the veggies were just hanging out on top), but in the oven, the casserole puffed up and beautifully, and the english muffins turned into a bread pudding of sorts. My husband's new favorite breakfast he said! I made this for work and it made 5 days worth for each of us. I bet this is also good with pepperjack cheese.
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Asparagus Mushroom Bacon Crustless Quiche

Reviewed: Jun. 11, 2014
This is definitely quick and easy to make but it came out really soggy (I used half and half and wonder if it's my fault, though the 4 stars is for the lack of seasoning). The asparagus came out way overcooked - next time I'd undercook them. There needs to be a little seasoning, I think that next time I'd throw a few glugs of balsamic vinegar in with the asparagus and mushrooms, and cook until it carmelizes onto the vegetables and that would be enough. The only thing about this recipe is that I wish there was less cream - I felt so guilty eating it.
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Tacos in Pasta Shells

Reviewed: May 29, 2014
This is delicious (the hubby said this is now in his top 10)! I also used taco seasoning as others mentioned, left out the butter, and mixed in a 16 ounce container of 2% cottage cheese to stretch the filling out further. I was able to make about 36 fully stuffed shells this way. The cottage cheese made the filling a little watery - I might cook it down a little more next time. The cream cheese gives it a little tang (used half a block that was leftover from something else). What a great way to use up taco meat! Also works great with turkey (that's all I had on hand).
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Spinach Quiche

Reviewed: May 28, 2014
Made this for the husband and I to bring to work for breakfasts (30 seconds to a minute in the microwave per slice) .This was delicious even though I forgot to add the cheddar! It needs some seasoning, perhaps a half teaspoon of salt and pepper, maybe a little bit of garlic powder. Used seasoned breadcrumbs and parmesan (3:1 tablespoons to make the quarter cup) because I didn't want buy croutons just for this and it added such a nice flavor. I love cottage cheese recipes! With low fat cottage cheese, reduced fat cheddar and 4 eggs to stretch over 8 servings (and it's crustless, to boot), this is pretty healthy - this will be my new quiche base recipe!! Lined my pie pan with Reynolds nonstick foil and it worked great (no spray/grease). I can't wait to try some of the suggestions here - artichokes, sundried tomatoes, 2 eggs with eggbeaters, it all sounds good! Definitely echo the need to squeeze the liquid out of the spinach first! LOVE Gina's idea about freezing the filling uncooked.
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Cucumber Salad With Thai Sweet Chili Vinaigrette

Reviewed: May 25, 2014
Made this exactly as written and it was DELICIOUS. A perfect side for a BBQ. Cool, tangy, sweet and awesome.
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