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Creamy Pesto Chicken and Bow Ties

Reviewed: Dec. 1, 2014
This was definitely ridiculously easy and the hubby loved it (needed a quick lunch to take to work the next day and had 2 thawed chicken breasts), so this is an awesome cabinet meal. I can see how tomatoes would be a nice addition (fresh or canned). Seasoned the chicken breast with Cavender's Greek seasoning (will use a bit more next time) with olive oil instead of butter and 8 oz crimini mushrooms. Froze half the sauce for later and will update on how it works out after we defrost and use it!
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Apple Raisin French Toast Strata

Reviewed: Nov. 29, 2014
DELICIOUS. Used about half the cream cheese and spread it on each slice as other did. Used sunmaid raisin bread and two less eggs and fat free half and half which as someone else said went undetected.I think this could easily use half the account of butter. Might also try this without cream cheese someday... Not sure it adds anything. Two Honeycrisp apples worked great!
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Spicy Sausage and Rice Casserole

Reviewed: Nov. 29, 2014
This is good. A great little busy night casserole. Used brown rice and one pound of sausage. Tastes like a stuffed pepper and it's filling, deconstructed.
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Grilled Tofu Skewers with Sriracha Sauce

Reviewed: Nov. 21, 2014
Not sure if the jalapeno was needed but this was DELICIOUS. Really loved it.
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Crispy Edamame

Reviewed: Nov. 18, 2014
As written, this recipe is missing something. I will take other's suggestions of the parchment paper, garlic powder, and putting the mixings in the bowl before putting in the edamame. Also love the taco seasoning idea. Otherwise, this came out nice. Might keep it in there a few more minutes to get them crispier.
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Grilled Salmon, Snap Peas and Spring Mix Salad with Chow Mein Noodles

Reviewed: Sep. 17, 2014
Already had a salmon marinating and was only able to try the salad dressing - this one's delicious! Followed the recipe to a T. Served it with spinach, salmon, onions, edamame and chow mein noodles.
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Buffalo Chicken Dip

Reviewed: Sep. 11, 2014
2900+ reviews don't lie....this dip is delicious. I could eat it with a spoon....also good with Tostitos scoops. I'll follow Scott99's recommendation for the layering next time - the color is definitely unappetizing. I just boiled 2 chicken breasts in plain water for 20 minutes then shredded them.
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Mock Filets

Reviewed: Aug. 13, 2014
Yes, these are a weird 'mock steak' but amazing little meatloaves - the hubby and I loved every single bite. With the broiler on high (and ours is a strip down the middle of the oven), the little patties near the flame and the sauce got scorched 5 inches from the heat (per the recipe) and were still raw-ish in the middle (we microwaved the rest of the way). Will move the rack down a notch next time and test with a meat thermometer. I didn't have a broiler pan or casserole, but used a lined jelly roll pan with a rack in it which worked great - so much fat rendered down into it. Also, since our burner was down the middle, we needed to flank the loaves on the rack on both sides of the burner instead of right under it to minimize the scorching. Doubled the recipe and got 10 little loaves, and followed the recipe (used 93/7 beef and glad I did) exactly except for the onions. Opted to serve the onions sauteed on the side which worked great. Only had 1 cup of breadcrumbs left which was fine but will try the full amount next time. After adding in the egg, the mix almost got too mushy/liquidy, but the patties stuck together fine and were moist. Really easy, really delicious - and a perfect 'cabinet meal' for us. Thank you to the reviewers that say this freezes great - I can't wait to try that for a quick freezer meal. Only needed 3/4 of the sauce recipe.
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Brown Sugar Pie II

Reviewed: Aug. 7, 2014
This is very good but very sweet (I even cut the white sugar down to 6 tablespoons). It's like a pecan pie without the pecans, however I love pecans so I thought it was lacking. Everyone at the party loved it though. If you're into chess pie, you'll love this.
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Couscous Feta Salad

Reviewed: Aug. 7, 2014
This is a perfect summer BBQ side dish. Easy to make, tastes great. I could have eaten that alone, it was that good. Followed the recipe exactly except for the parsley (I hate the stuff). Might use balsamic instead of the red wine vinegar next time for just a tiny bit more of a kick. Loved the pine nuts in this! No problems with the dressing otherwise - I thought it was perfect (keep in mind the couscous is not seasoned at all). Thought about marinating the cucumbers in the dressing while the couscous cooled - may try that next time. Rave reviews at our last BBQ!
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Chicken Pot Pie IX

Reviewed: Aug. 1, 2014
I can't believe how easy this was, especially with a pulled rotisserie chicken (a 3 pounder, from Costco) and a frozen veggie mix. I didn't have celery seeds and used celery salt which I think tasted a little funny, and I may try the poultry seasoning next time.
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Southwest Breakfast Burritos

Reviewed: Jul. 30, 2014
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 tablespoon 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 (the plastic cup that came with the rice cooker which is around 3/4 cup) 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! Oh, and it freezes so well. Delicious!
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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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