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Pork Chops and Sauerkraut

Reviewed: Oct. 11, 2009
Awesome recipe! I followed the directions with the one exception that I added approximately three tablespoons of unsweetened applesauce and an extra tablespoon or two of apple juice. I did not add brown sugar as some other reviewers have recommended as I think the apple juice adds sweetness. I used one 15 ounce can of sauerkraut and just drained it before throwing it onto the skillet to be sauteed. This has a very Germanic flavor and is such a perfect recipe for pork chops. I recommend using mashed potatoes as a side dish.
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Smashed Sweet Potatoes

Reviewed: Jan. 26, 2010
These are excellent smashed sweet potatoes. I omitted the marshmallows and bourbon. Instead of juicing an orange, I just used a quarter cup of orange juice. I also roasted the potatoes before blending in the butter and spices. Then I only baked them for about ten minutes. Tasted so incredibly delicious. Thank you - I will use this recipe again.
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Garlic-Buttered Green Beans

Reviewed: Jan. 26, 2010
These are a great preparation for green beans. I used fresh crimini mushrooms. Instead of using powder garlic, I used fresh garlic, which I always prefer. Thanks for the recipe!
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Tortellini Soup I

Reviewed: Jan. 24, 2010
This soup is absolutely delicious. I love it! I used a bit more beef broth just to make it more brothy and I used fresh basil instead of dried basil but otherwise I followed the recipe to a T and is is great. Full of flavor and depth - very hearty and satisfying. I will definitely make this again!
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Ten Minute Szechuan Chicken

Reviewed: Jan. 19, 2010
This was a great recipe. I added a bunch of veggies to it: broccoli, carrots, bell pepper and mushrooms. Tasted great and fresh. Thanks very much!
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Chicken Scarpariello

Reviewed: Jan. 9, 2010
This is a great, simple, tasty chicken recipe. If you want to just throw a chicken dish together in a half hour when you don't have many ingredients on hand, this is a great choice because it utilizes ingredients everyone has around the house. I accompanied it with broccoli and a sweet potato. Yum!
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Chicken In Basil Cream

Reviewed: Dec. 31, 2009
Fabulous recipe. I only made very slight modifications. I cut the chicken breasts into thirds and then breaded and cooked them in butter. I used slightly more cream than recommended. But if you thicken the sauce enough it comes out wonderfully. I served it over penne pasta. Yum!
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Roasted Beets 'n' Sweets

Reviewed: Dec. 31, 2009
This is delicious. Be sure to roast the beets for fifteen minutes before adding the yams as beets take a long time. I used fresh minced garlic instead of garlic powder (fresh always being preferable in my opinion). But the yams, beets, and onions go together excellently.
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Authentic Thai Cashew Chicken

Reviewed: Dec. 3, 2009
This is great. I did modify slightly to add vegetables. I used fresh organic veggies and organic free range chicken from Trader Joes and this definitely tasted like a healthy meal. The veggies I used included broccoli, snow peas, one yellow squash, one red bell pepper, one yellow bell pepper, shredded carrots, crimini mushrooms, and an onion. I did things in a slightly different order than listed in the recipe. I heated the chili paste and then also minced some fresh garlic in the vegetable oil. Then I added the chicken. I cooked it until no longer pink and then added the broccoli and onion. I let those sautee for a few minutes before adding all the other vegetables. In addition to the sauce ingredients listed, I also added a heaping tablespoon of peanut butter, the juice from one lime, and some fresh cilantro. I omitted the sugar entirely as I did not think it was necessary. This was fresh and tasty. I accompanied it with jasmine rice. Thank you for the recipe.
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Chicken Pot Pie IX

Reviewed: Dec. 3, 2009
This is a perfect chicken pot pie. Tastes delicious! I made relatively few modifications: 1) instead of milk, I used 1/2 and 1/2; and 2) in addition to celery salt, I added poultry seasoning, garlic salt, and onion powder to the milky chicken broth. I also sprayed the bottom of the pie dish so the crust wouldn't stick. This was perfect - thank you for the recipe.
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Asian Coconut Rice

Reviewed: Oct. 22, 2009
I liked this rice very much. It does create a quite subtle coconut flavor. With regard to proportions, you basically should do what works for you. I used 1 and 1/2 cups rice (washed), one 14 ounce can of light coconut milk, one cup of water, a pinch of salt and 1/2 teaspoon of sugar. It came out perfect. Next time I will top it with toasted coconut like the last reviewer recommended. I paired it with a stir-fry dish.
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Lime Chicken Soft Tacos

Reviewed: Oct. 20, 2009
Delicious soft taco. I made the following changes: (1) Like many others, I omitted the oregano and used fresh cilantro instead (I'm pretty sure that the oregano referred to in the recipe is Mexican oregano, which has a very different flavor from Mediterranean oregano, which is what most of us are used to and have in our cupboards); (2) Instead of monterey jack cheese, I used crumbled cotija cheese (it crumbles very easily - you just slice it and it crumbles up immediately); (3) I added a dash of chili powder to the cooking chicken to add a little heat; (4) I increased the lime juice to 1 and 1/2 limes and also increased the quantity of garlic and green onions. So satisfying.
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Caramel Apple Pork Chops

Reviewed: Jan. 26, 2010
Phenomenal pork chops. I did modify it after reading the comments as follows: instead of cooking on the stovetop, I seared for just a minute and then baked in the oven at 375 degrees for forty-five minutes. I browned the apples in butter and cinnamon and nutmeg (I also added a dash of pumpkin pie spice) before putting it in the baking dish with the pork chops and let them all cook together. Also, I added a few tablespoons of unsweetened applesauce to thicken the mixture. I used Granny Smith apples. I forgot to add the pecans at the end but it tasted great without them. These pork chops were just delicious. As recommended, I paired them with the smothered green beans and smashed sweet potatoes. Awesome dinner!
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Soldier Buttons

Reviewed: Oct. 20, 2009
This is a positively scrumptious cookie and it's very easy to make. I have the following recommendations. (1) The recipe calls for one cup of butter. Normally, when I am baking a cupcake or bread, I will substitute unsweetened applesauce for butter. I do not recommend that for this cookie, as it will not replicate the texture of the butter. I did, however, use 1/2 cup butter and 1/2 low calorie margarine. In terms of calories, butter and margarine both have around 35 calories and 4g of fat per teaspoon (however I did use Smart Balance, which is lower in calories and fat). I did this because butter adds the creamy texture but margarine keeps the cookie from deflating or spreading out too much and I wanted to maintain the hole in the cookie where the strawberry preserves were. (2) I created the hole in the cookie by sticking a butter knife in the top and rotating it (you can use your finger to perfect the well). (3) I stuck the dough in the freezer for twenty minutes before rolling into balls (the size of my cookie balls was between 1 inch and 1 and 1/2 inches). (4) For the quantity of jam to use, I used a very full (rounded) 1/4 teaspoon of strawberry preserves per cookie. I baked for 12 minutes and the cookies came out perfectly. I followed the quantities specified and wound up with 30 cookies. The flavor of this cookie is buttery and delicious. I love them. Thank you for the recipe!
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Erin's Indonesian Chicken

Reviewed: Oct. 19, 2009
Thanks for the recipe. My boyfriend is half Indonesian and he grew up eating Indonesian recipes so of course I wanted to make sure I did his culture proud. He said this dish was just like one his mom used to make. I think this recipe can be simplified without affecting the taste. I skipped the step of steaming the green beans. Instead, once I had the sauce going, I threw the green beans in and they seemed to cook enough on their own. After the green beans were in there for a couple of minutes, I put the chicken back in and mixed it all up to finish cooking. I make my own version of rice. Finished off by garnishing with chopped green onions. This was great. I'll keep my eye out for more Indonesian recipes now that I know I can competently make them.
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Quick and Easy Pancit

Reviewed: Oct. 18, 2009
This is an awesome dish. I loved it. Tasted just like something I would order in a restaurant. I pretty much followed the recipe exactly, but I also added a few chopped mushrooms and green onions as well. Also, I only used a 6 ounce container of rice noodles and I still wound up with ample noodles. I think that if you used a 12 ounce package of noodles that the proportions would be way off - you would have waaaaay too many noodles. I think the next time I make this recipe, I will also add some bean sprouts, as I think those would also work with this recipe. Thanks for the recipe!!
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Pesto Pasta with Chicken

Reviewed: Oct. 14, 2009
Delicious and not difficult. After reading the reviews, I also added a red onion (I usually throw in onion and garlic whenever I can). I used spaghetti just because that was what was available. I also used the oil from the sundried tomato jar (as another reviewer suggested). I toasted the pine nuts before adding them at the end.
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Chinese Spicy Hot And Sour Soup

Reviewed: Oct. 14, 2009
I'm so glad I found a recipe for hot and sour soup. I always love getting it in restaurants but never knew what ingredients created those spicy, sour, savory flavors. This recipe gave me the answer. I love hot and sour soup when I'm sick. Like everyone else, I didn't have tiger lily buds or wood ear mushrooms. Instead, I upped the quantity of shiitake mushrooms (I used raw mushrooms instead of dry) and also threw in a few raw crimini mushrooms. I used a full eight ounce can of bamboo shoots (drained). I'm not sure if I did the egg thing accurately, I don't think I did, but the flavor still came through. Mmmm, I love that spicy sour flavor - it is so satisfying. Now I can make this recipe at home for myself - Thank you!!
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Mouth-Watering Stuffed Mushrooms

Reviewed: Oct. 11, 2009
Wow, these are wonderful. I found that I did not need the entire 8 ounce package of cream cheese. I followed the recipe for the filling with the exception of only using about four ounces of the cream cheese. I baked them for twenty minutes at 350 degrees and they came out perfectly. This is the type of dish one would expect from a professional caterer - you will amaze guests at a dinner party with these delights. Thank you so much for the recipe - these are delicious!
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Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

Reviewed: Oct. 8, 2009
Pretty great cookie. The cookie is a little cake-like, but not so much that it's distracting. I did what another reviewer suggested and added 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar. I will say that I was able to throw these cookies together in no more than ten minutes, so the recipe couldn't be easier. And they came out delicious with a nice texture - crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. I opted not to include the walnuts (personal preference). Maybe next time I'll add a little spice and see how that comes out.
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