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Unbelievable Spinach Calzones

Reviewed: May 3, 2013
Quite good - also bought Pillsbury pizza crust (which was ok - a little like crescent rolls so might try another one next time). Forgot the parmesan and felt really stupid. This needs some dipping sauce - I had leftover spaghetti sauce and that really elevated this recipe from great to incredible.
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Stuffed Shells IV

Reviewed: Apr. 22, 2013
Very good and very healthy - loved the garlic/mushrooms and onion mix (only used a quarter of an onion minced and found that to be plenty). Did not include the parsley - don't care for it and followed someone else's suggestion of adding a drained can of diced tomatoes with oregano, garlic and onions. Adding a flavored sauce (Barilla sweet peppers spaghetti sauce) added a lot so additional flavoring wasn't necessary. BTW, this made SIX servings, not FOURTEEN!
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Slow-Cooker Barbecue Ribs

Reviewed: Apr. 11, 2013
As others mentioned, loved the technique but love my Bullseye BBQ sauce. Used 3.46 pounds (1 big rack) which only made barely enough for 4 people, so I feel like the serving size was off unless 2 ribs a person is normal. I suggest spending the time to carve most of the fat up front. It will make the eating more enjoyable. The meat comes out sooooo moist and tender. Will try other's suggestions of baking with a fresh layer of BBQ sauce to carmelize the sauce on.
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Smoked Salmon Vodka Cream Sauce

Reviewed: Apr. 9, 2013
Really good but needs a pinch of sugar I think. Used a crappy jarred tomato sauce and it was fine. Halved the sauce since it makes so much and it was perfect. Topped it with a spoonful of Parmesan. Loved the heat from the cayenne. Made it two nights in a row and liked the smoked salmon much better when I tossed it in the sauce right before tossing its the pasta. It didn't overcook end maintained more of its smoked-salmony flavor that way. Though the whipping cream was a bit heavy, will use half and half next time.
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Sweet and Sour Pork Tenderloin

Reviewed: Mar. 29, 2013
We really loved this over brown rice. Doubled the recipe to make 6 lunches for me and the husband - there was a good amount of sauce so I followed the recipe exactly but went easy on the brown sugar. I didn't see when in the instructions to cut the pork tenderloin into smaller pieces? We did after the sauce was made before throwing it all over rice.
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Awesome Slow Cooker Pot Roast

Reviewed: Mar. 12, 2013
This was quite good, I was shocked how all the ingredients (there's only 3!) make a delicious gravy (and so much of it, to boot!). I did sear the roast before throwing it in the cooker, and saved the pan to thicken the gravy with a 2 tablespoon butter/flour roux later (although it did have body to it already and didn't really need it). It's pretty salty even with a low sodium brown gravy mix, I will use low sodium Campbell's soup next time (and a LS onion mix if I can find one). The hubby asked for this to be asked to be added to 'the rotation'.
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Sausage Stuffed Jalapenos

Reviewed: Feb. 24, 2013
Took these to an Oscars party Nd they were a hit. The hubby went crazy over them, he said they were the perfect bite of meatiness with the jalapeño underlying flavor. Plus the cheesiness of course.. No one even used the ranch, they had plenty of flavor on their own. Used disposable gloves when seeding the jalapeños with a spoon and filling them. Really could taste each flavor component on its own, with the cream cheese bringing it all together. This recipe is absolutely perfect as written.
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Adam's Dirt Cookies

Reviewed: Jan. 27, 2013
These were good but I wish there was more oreo flavor. It tasted like a chocolate chip cookie, without the chocolate bursts of flavor. Watch them carefully - they stink when they are burnt (as all cookies do I'm sure).
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Zucchini and Corn Topped with Cheese

Reviewed: Jan. 25, 2013
Really really liked this but thought the garlic powder kind of destroyed such a good thing. Will use fresh garlic next time.
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Beef Mushroom Barley Soup

Reviewed: Jan. 18, 2013
I wish I had access to beef stock because I thought this was just ok while my husband thought it was great. I'm sure the other reviewer is right - the stock probably makes all the difference. I had to use beef broth. I threw this all into my slowcooker after browning since I wanted the beef really tender. Cooked it on high for 2 hours and 2 for low, it probably could have gone 4 hours on high. Threw the barley in for the last hour and the mushrooms/veggies in the last half hour.
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Sour Cream Pound Cake

Reviewed: Dec. 30, 2012
Definitely a delicious pound cake. All the reviews are right - the baking temperature is definitely listed too high. Reduced it down to 350 and it was done in about 50 minutes. It's not as moist as I would have hoped but I would definitely make it again and just watch the mixing and baking time really carefully. Added a pinch of salt, a teaspoon of vanilla and the zest of half a lemon. Also reduced the sugar down to 1 cup and still found it really sweet.
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Pretzel Turtles

Reviewed: Dec. 16, 2012
These are AWESOME! So quick to make and they are delicious. If using unroasted pecans, be sure to toast them first to give them the crunch and bring out the nuttiness (275F for 10-15 minutes). These, plus the Frosted Pecan Bites and the Cinnamon Roasted Almonds (both from this site) make up our Christmas snack bags for coworkers. It took about 2 and a half minutes to melt perfectly - enough to let the pecan be squished in, but not enough to melt out onto the aluminum foil and for the caramel to explode out (making it really hard to rip apart and not stick to things). Try 1 tray first and evaluate how it all worked out before throwing in the next tray.
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Beef Asado

Reviewed: Dec. 10, 2012
If you're wondering what this tastes like, it almost tastes like a soy sauce, but much richer. You don't taste the ketchup at all, it actually was less sweet than I thought this would be. This definitely takes a bit of work and a lot of time but it's soooooo good. The beef wasn't tender after 1 hour and 20 minutes - might try throwing this into the slow cooker next time (and add the veggies at the end). I threw the crushed peppercorns, crushed garlic into a bouquet garni bag which worked great - I don't like eating peppercorns and didn't want to have to fish it out later. I crushed the peppercorns in a Ziploc bag with the meat pounder). Next time I'll throw the bay leaves in there as well - it was annoying to have to fish them out later, especially since one had broken into several pieces during stirring while it was still dry. They're no fun to eat! I can't believe how much sauce this makes - I really wanted bread but decided to serve it over brown rice. Also, instead of using 2 pots, I switched the order, and browned the meat, then the onions/garlic all in the same pot (making sure not to burn them). This way all the goodness and flavor bits all stay together!
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My Crispy Mashed Potato Pancake

Reviewed: Dec. 9, 2012
This recipe is really good! A great way to use up mashed potatoes, which we always have leftovers for. Even the skeptical hubby ended up loving it. I will try adding some curry powder next time - I think that would be really really good.
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Red, Juicy, Herb-Fried Tomatoes

Reviewed: Dec. 4, 2012
I wanted to love this but didn't - the herbs were too herby (strong) for us, and a ton of it fell off when frying. Giving it 4 stars though - if you love basil and thyme, then you will love this one (it's just not our thing). Also took a few off the pan and threw them under the broiler with some cheese - that was a nice topping.
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Sweet Potato Chili

Reviewed: Nov. 27, 2012
Just got an email from the hubby that says 'I love it - don't change a thing!' Yeah....it's that good. Surprised at how much we loved this - I thought the sweet potato might throw off the chili with how sweet they are but this is really really good; and so easy to boot! Left out the cinnamon and glad I did (I can't stand cinnamon in my chilis or savory food in general). As others mentioned, my sweet potatoes were done way earlier than 5 hours on high, I will start checking at 3 hours next time. I wasn't sure what 'stewed tomatoes with chili seasonings' was - was this chili spices or was it green chilis so I subbed 2 cans of whatever that was with 2 cans of Rotel (one hot and one original - my mouth is on fire right now! Need to remember to ease up on the cayenne if using hot Rotel next time) and it worked out well. Slightly less in volume (10 oz vs 14.5 oz), but perfect in texture/taste. This is a great way to use up that box of sweet potatoes you bought for Thanksgiving! Loved the mix of turkey/beef (I do this for taco soup too).
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Spicy Sweet Potatoes

Reviewed: Nov. 25, 2012
Thought this was a refreshing way to eat sweet potato (this is on page 4 of search results for 'sweet potato', with the other 4 pages being sweet potato casserole recipes). It took a while longer to cook. Eased up on the brown sugar as I don't love candied sweet potatoes. Great side dish to dinner with a super healthy veggie!
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Udon Peanut Butter Noodles

Reviewed: Nov. 9, 2012
Very good but didn't love how 'doughy' the udon noodles were. Will try this with a thinner noodle next time.
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Strawberry Spinach Salad I

Reviewed: Nov. 9, 2012
Thought the dressing was really really sweet.
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Fried Steak with Peppercorn Gravy Sauce

Reviewed: Nov. 4, 2012
Really good and quick but did taste processed. But if you love brown gravy mix (which I don't normally eat), you will love this.
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