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Slow Cooker Beef Stew I

Reviewed: Nov. 9, 2013
One of the things I really about this site is reading the revisions & changes other cooks have made. I understand that in a sense you are rating a different recipe but if everyone posted their own recipes instead of posting their changes, this would be a very different site. What I do agree with is NOT giving a recipe low stars when you didn't follow the recipe as written. I'm giving this recipe five stars even though I have not yet made it because you can't post without rating.
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The Best Bean and Ham Soup

Reviewed: Oct. 28, 2013
I gave this 5*'s even though I haven't made this yet but I had a question I hope someone can answer. The directions read to cook the beans for 8 hrs. & then for another 2 hrs.- can this be right? With soaking 8 hrs & cooking for 10....well that just seems excessive to me but I do want to get it right! Any feedback would be greatly appreciated!
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Gorgonzola Pear Pasta

Reviewed: Oct. 4, 2013
I really liked this recipe but I did find it a bit bland as written so I made a few changes after. One pear is definitely not enough for our taste. I added four additional pears but I used my electric skillet to brown them in olive oil. I also added chicken breasts until they were nicely browned. Afterwards I de-glazed the skillet with a little white wine & added that to the pot. I know I used more Gorgonzola but I just kept adding & tasting until it tasted right to me. I also added extra heavy whipping cream because it needed it. I have to say the toasted walnuts was my favorite part. I dry roasted them in the same skillet, tasting until they were crispy & sweet. Oh! I almost forgot I also browned asparagus & added that as well. Yum! Our guests were impressed & it was quite easy to make. I know I will be making this again!
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Stuffed Pepper Soup I

Reviewed: Oct. 4, 2013
Thank you for this recipe!My dad used to make this. He & I were the only ones in the house who liked it so he didn't make it very often. Now that he's in his 80's he never makes it but I still dream about it! I asked him for the recipe once & he wrote out "hamburger, mango's(we always called this mango soup),rice. Cook most of the day. Later he told me if it was too thick to thin it with tomato juice. I knew that wasn't all the ingredients but it's been so long I couldn't think what else was in it. I have a big pot on the stove right now & I can't wait till it's done!5 stars because of fond memories but I will update when it's done. I'm looking forward to taking Dad a big bowl of it!
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Wild Rice Casserole

Reviewed: Feb. 24, 2013
I'm giving this a full 5 stars because it was THAT good! Fortunately, I read the reviews and realized I was going to have to make some changes, otherwise, I think I would have been terribly embarrassed in front of my company tonight! I used sweet Italian sausage because I just prefer it. Removed from casings, fried & crumbled. Five chicken breasts, cooked in the grease from the sausage, removed to plate with sausage. Add olive oil to pan drippings and fry chopped onion with sliced bella mushrooms(not canned!),adding garlic towards the end. I then added 1 can of golden mushroom soup,1 can of cream of chicken soup, at least 3 cups of fat free, low sodium chicken broth, 2 boxes of long grain & wild rice with both seasoning packets. I mixed in the meat after the other ingredients were well combined. I added the slivered almonds to the mixture instead of on top, spooned all into a large casserole & refrigerated overnight. The next day, I let casserole warm as the oven came to 350 degrees & let cook covered for about 1 1/2 hrs. An extra person showed up for dinner so I microwaved some brown rice and stirred it in. Then I topped with french fried onions & browned uncovered for about 15 minutes. I got rave reviews! Dish was nearly licked clean! I don't see how the original recipe could feed 8 people! I had 9 with nearly nothing left. Next time I think I will add another box of rice. Some reviewers thought this dish too salty but I did not think it was at all.
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Butternut Squash and Turkey Chili

Reviewed: Oct. 20, 2012
OMG! This might be the best chili I have ever eaten! I'm not sure I would call it chili but whatever you call it it is wonderful! I made a very few changes per readers suggestions by using allspice(which I must say really adds a lovely flavor to this dish!), I also used a can of pureed sweet potatoes as a thickener & I used canned tomatoes with chilies in it, I also caramelized some of the squash just because I thought it would be yummy - other than that I followed the directions as written. I will be serving this to company tomorrow evening .... hope they love it as much as I do!
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Slow Cooker Green Beans, Ham and Potatoes

Reviewed: Jun. 4, 2012
This was so flavorful! I made the recipe as written except that I put 2 envelopes of dried veg. soup in - for some reason I thought this recipe called for that & it was already in the slow cooker when I realized my mistake. I had trouble with the ham hocks (which I had never even SEEN before) & I had to send someone back to the store for ham. Next time, I will put the ham hocks in for flavoring but I will not try to get meat from it! Also, I put the potatoes in as directed but they were still very firm when I served the meal, I will put them in earlier next time. I put the garlic powder, onion powder, seasoning salt on the table for those who wanted it, along with red pepper flakes. Oh!, I also cooked in low sodium chicken broth. This was so good& I will definitely be making it again & again with the changes I mentioned. Four stars because of the ham hocks but this is a five star recipe!
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Beer Braised Irish Stew and Colcannon

Reviewed: Mar. 13, 2011
Since I often cook for company I am always looking for new recipes & since it is almost St. Patrick's Day I was looking for something Irish. I had never heard of Colcannon & thought it looked interesting even though I thought cabbage in mashed potatoes a bit unusual, I was game. Made it last night to serve tonight but since I had never had it before, my husband & I had it for dinner last night. YUM! It was delicious & the meat was so tender! I did make some changes out of necessity. Had no beer so I used molasses instead & it was SO good! Tonight I added peas ( because I was afraid there wouldn't be enough - for leftover's tomorrow!) & it was wonderful! Everyone ate it up! I liked it better without the peas but I still give it 5 stars! I will be making this again & again!
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