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Roasted Pork Loin

Reviewed: Mar. 26, 2011
I used a 4.5 pound double top loin, separated into two pieces side by side. I doubled the rest of the ingredients accordingly. At 1 hour and 45 minutes the temperature was already at 160 so I immediately took it out. The pork was moist and delicious even though I let it cook just a little too long. I think it was a little heavy on the rosemary and olive oil, but the garlic was just right. The strong rosemary taste and aroma was fine for the first meal, but it didn't work so well for leftover sandwiches. Overall this is an easy and quick recipe worth repeating.
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Classic Rice Pilaf

Reviewed: Apr. 22, 2013
This was awesome, exactly as written. At first I thought I should have added more broth because it looked dry, but it turned out to have excellent texture and the rice was perfectly al dente. We enjoyed the leftovers for several days.
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Baked Brie in Puff Pastry

Reviewed: Nov. 25, 2012
This is a basic recipe that's just wonderful exactly as it's written. It's so easy, and it makes a nice presentation if you get creative with the pastry scraps.
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Easy Swedish Apple Pie

Reviewed: Nov. 7, 2012
This is much easier and way more delicious than any pastry apple pie. The crust is crunchy and soft at the same time, with the perfect sweetness to complement the tart apples. The first time I made it the apples practically disintegrated, so I cut them a little thicker the second time. I also spread the topping so that it didn't go all the way to edge. This kept it from getting too thin, hard and brown right at the edge. My search for the perfect apple dessert is over.
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Best Tuna Casserole

Reviewed: Apr. 27, 2012
Easy, fast, and delicious, but a little dry. I halved the recipe and used corn chips. Next time I'll use potato chips as called for (it could have used the little bit of extra salt) and add 1/2 to 1 soup can of water (or twice that for a full recipe).
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French Toast I

Reviewed: Nov. 19, 2011
Simple and delicious. I thought 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg would be too much, but it was just right. I used regular sliced Italian bread, so there's no need to go out of your way to find thick sliced bread.
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Chipotle Crusted Pork Tenderloin

Reviewed: Jul. 14, 2011
The simplicity of this recipe and the time from fridge to table is great. When I read the review about how hot it was, I thought my Texas boyfriend and I would love it because our idea of mild or medium is hot to most people. But I have to admit, it was way too hot. It overpowered the flavor of the entire meal. I had one smaller and one larger tenderloin, and when grilled for 20 and 25 minutes respectively, they were both just a wee bit too done, but still quite juicy. We cut up the leftovers and added them to plain rice, and that was pretty good. There are a lot of pork rub recipes out there, so I'll keep looking instead of trying to modify this one.
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Smoked Salmon Spread

Reviewed: Dec. 16, 2012
Rich, tasty, and easy to make. I only had an 8 ounce package of salmon, so I used 11 ounces of cream cheese but kept the original measurements of the other ingredients. I successfully used a pizza cutter for the salmon, as suggested by another reviewer. Clever! I've had another salmon spread with chopped cucumber. It was delightfully bright and fresh with a little crunch, so I think I might add that next time.
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Black Beans a la Olla

Reviewed: May 11, 2012
Very tasty and aromatic. It's easy to make, and a great way to use up a big bunch of fresh cilantro. We wrapped it up with steamed flour tortillas. The only reason I'm giving it four stars instead of five is because of how it looks. The colors and texture are unappetizing. But the taste is five stars all the way.
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Delicious and Easy Mock Risotto

Reviewed: May 5, 2012
Easy to make but a little bland. This is a basic rice pilaf recipe, and I think it's better with rice. It needed quite a bit of salt at the table, and it was better with some parmesan on top.
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Fish Tacos

Reviewed: Apr. 7, 2012
Even with all the cayenne and jalapenos (I used 1.5 canned), it was not as hot and spicy as I expected. But the tang of the yogurt and the overall flavor for fish tacos was very good. The consistency was just right. Instead of deep fried beer batter, I fried chunks of cod that were dredged in my favorite TexMex mix of flour, bread crumbs, cumin, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Quite good, and I will probably make it again. P.S. It's much spicier after a day or so in the fridge.
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Outrageous Chocolate Chip Cookies

Reviewed: Mar. 26, 2011
My boyfriend has forbidden me to ever make these cookies again because we inhaled nearly the whole batch and gained five pounds on the spot. In fact I had to fight him off the cookie dough when I was spooning them onto the cookie sheet. What a fantastic recipe. All the great cookie flavors together in the perfect blend, with excellent texture and substance. I baked them 12 minutes. Positively outstanding.
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Chef John's Caramel Chicken

Reviewed: Nov. 17, 2014
Chef John is the best! I love all his recipes, but this one stands out as spectacular. It's so easy, and the flavors are marvelously complex and rich. We practically licked our plates. I did not, and would not, change a single thing. This blows away any of those syrups full of junk in a bottle. Thank you Chef John.
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Green Beans with Cherry Tomatoes

Reviewed: Oct. 17, 2013
This is a great combination of flavors and it's really easy to prepare. It also makes a great presentation, and there is enough sauce left in the pan to drizzle on plain pasta. The first time I made it exactly as written, and the second time I omitted the sugar. Grape tomatoes are so sweet the sugar wasn't necessary.
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Smooth Sweet Tea

Reviewed: Jul. 27, 2013
I love iced tea but can never drink it because it gives me heartburn and I don't like the bitterness. The baking soda trick is exactly what I needed. This is a little sweet for my taste, so I'll try cutting the sugar next time, and maybe adding a little mint. Wonderful simplicity.
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Simple Scones

Reviewed: Dec. 16, 2012
Scrumptious. I made the lemon blueberry version with a light powdered sugar drizzle. I divided the dough into eight flattened balls and baked it in my Omnia stovetop oven that I use in the camper. Mmm, fresh baked scones and cowboy coffee out in the woods!
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Heavenly Halibut

Reviewed: Aug. 16, 2012
This is our favorite recipe for white fish. It's rich, tasty, and super easy. It's best with halibut, but it's also very good with cod. I double the sauce and get generous with the hot sauce because we like it spicy. Broiling it for a minute or two at the end takes it from great to fabulous.
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Apple Kuchen

Reviewed: Jun. 3, 2012
This was my favorite dessert growing up but I never got the recipe. This seemed close to what I remember so I made it exactly as written. The flavors were wonderful but it didn't bake well. After 55 minutes the apples were still too firm for a fork, and by that time the crust was too hard. I tried again, slicing the apples thin as for a pie. I also increased the butter to 1/2 cup because the crust was too powdery. And again, after 45 minutes the apples were still too firm. I don't know what I'm doing wrong. It makes me think I need to half cook the apples in the microwave first.
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Mexican Baked Fish

Reviewed: Apr. 7, 2012
So simple and so delicious. And the low calorie count is a bonus. The spicier the salsa the better, and we use our favorite Juanita's corn chips. I have a gas oven that runs on the cooler side, so I baked it for 25 minutes at 425. It even makes great leftovers to heat up in the microwave the next day.
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Ham Salad Spread

Reviewed: Apr. 7, 2012
Delicious! I used green onions, dijon mustard, and jalapeno sweet hots for the relish. I chopped the ham in a food processor, which worked great. We made rollups with flour tortillas and romaine lettuce. Very tasty.
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