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Red Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Reviewed: Feb. 28, 2012
This is a great recipe. I did make a few changes: used milk instead of cream, cut the butter down a little bit, and omitted the sugar. I think it's key to avoid overcooking the cubed red potatoes, so they don't end up too watery/mushy. Also use a good steak seasoning that's not too overpowering. I use Emeril's all natural steak rub, and get better flavor results with that then my Penzey's chicago-style steak seasoning. I also don't bother using a blender at the end, since I like to keep the texture of the red potato skin intact. This is a really good place to start if you want to make restaurant style creamy garlic mashed potatoes.
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Best Baked Chicken

Reviewed: Feb. 9, 2012
This is a nice twist on classic breaded/baked chicken. My husband & 2 year old loved it. Maybe it's just my oven, but 40 minutes would be too long for this to bake uncovered, so I covered it for 30 minutes, then removed the cover for the last 10 minutes of baking. This left it crunchy/chewy but not burned.The flavor is really good and it's easy (but messy!) to make. it's a good comfort-food staple and will go into my weeknight rotation.
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Glazed Dijon Carrots

Reviewed: Jul. 7, 2011
Fantastic, delicious, simple dish. The sauce is wonderfully sweet and salty at the same time. Love this! Makes me want to eat carrots all the time!
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Brown Sugar Meatloaf

Reviewed: Jun. 13, 2011
Wonderful. Even my husband who hates meatloaf, lived this. I made it as directed with one minor change - I added a little shredded cheese to the meat mixture. It is slightly sweet, but in a good way. I think the ginger is what gives this a flavor edge. The ginger flavor is subtle but really enhances the flavor of the meat and balances out the ketchup flavor. I made this with mashed potatoes; I had made mushroom gravy as well, but didn't really need it as the meatloaf is so juicy. This is simple to make, a definite keeper for the weeknight rotation.
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Best Ever Blueberry Cobbler

Reviewed: Jun. 13, 2011
It's not bad, but certainly not the best ever. I followed the recipe exactly, and it turned out tasting like a really good blueberry muffin. No crisp to it, which I would like in a cobbler. The filling is very runny and bubbled up on the sides, not looking too attractive (but certainly flavorful~!) The topping is easy to make, has a simple & yummy taste, not too sweet. I liked this but wouldn't make it again soon; I'll try other cobbler recipes first.
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Black Bean and Couscous Salad

Reviewed: May 19, 2011
This was surprisingly delicious. I made a few small changes out of necessity: I only had one can of black beans; I didn't have any onions so I substituted minced garlic; didn't have cumin so I substituted mild yellow curry powder. I used Israeli pearl couscous which needs to simmer for about 10 minutes (vs the 5 minutes in the recipe instructions.) The flavors balanced really well. The dressing alone is very tangy, but mixes perfectly with the sweet red pepper and corn. Others have mentioned doubling the dressing, but I followed the recipe and I thought it was more than enough - just perfect. The salad does taste better after it chills overnight. This would be a standout crowd pleaser for a summer picnic or potluck. Thanks for the recipe!
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Rice Balls a la Tim

Reviewed: May 16, 2011
I admit, I was shocked how awesome this turned out! I followed the recipe except I only had brown rice, doubled the mozzarella, and added a little more ground beef. I refrigerated them for about an hour. Cooked 1 hour at 350F and they were crispy and delicious. So flavorful! I didn't even need the extra sauce on top, but my husband liked it. I was a little skeptical at first but this reminded me once again to always try something new. This is also very budget friendly. Will go into my permanent weeknight rotation.
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Strawberry Spinach Salad I

Reviewed: May 13, 2011
Very good. I love the crunchy texture. The dressing is nicely balanced, not too sweet. needed a little salt, I thought. It's a LOT of dressing though (granted, I only had 8-9oz of spinach, not the 10oz which the recipe calls for.) I had to go buy poppy seeds specifically, but it was worth it, they really do add to the flavor. If you like this, there's a similar recipe on this site - an almond, mint, cucumber, strawberry salad - that's equally good, served with spinach. This is a definite keeper.
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Strawberry-Cucumber Salad with Almonds and Mint

Reviewed: May 10, 2011
Loved it. A great combination of flavors. Very easy to make, healthy and refreshing. It's hard to imagine a more summery dish than a strawberry, cucumber, mint salad. Perfect for a picnic or lunch on a hot day. I think the dressing is nicely balanced but it does need salt.
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Thai Beef Noodle Salad

Reviewed: May 10, 2011
Loved it. I followed the recipe, with these exceptions: I forgot to add the orange juice into the dressing; I didn't have any peas or zucchini so I left them out; used regular soy sauce (not the low-sodium kind). The flavor of the dressing is excellent. I found minced ginger in a squeeze tube in the supermarket produce section. This really does taste better the next day after the dressing has been left to soak into the noodles, beef & veggies. In particular, the broccoli got softer overnight which I preferred, texture-wise. It;s got just the right amount of garlic, not overpowering at all. I didn't think it was too much vinegar. Loved the sesame seeds as a garnish. This didn't taste exactly "Thai" to me but it's a wonderful combo of Asian flavors. It's easy and refreshing, a great summer dish.
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Baked Penne

Reviewed: May 4, 2011
I've tried several of the Phila cooking creme recipes, and this is one of the better ones. It's a simple, straightforward comfort food classic. Obviously not for those of us on a diet! The baked penne turned out very delicious. I would make this again.
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Chicken Primavera with Pasta

Reviewed: Apr. 18, 2011
I really liked this, didn't find it bland. This was my first time using the cooking creme and I will definitely look for more recipes for the other flavors now. I did use some frozen stir fry vegetables, but also threw in whatever I had leftover sitting around (a few stray mushrooms and shredded carrots.) It is a great way to use up extra veggies and to have a veggie-heavy meal which is really hearty. This would probably be good without the chicken, just as a vegetarian dish. The main thing I liked about this dish was its simplicity and quick prep time. A definite winner. Side note: at first I couldn't find the cooking creme in my local supermarket. I looked for it next to the cream cheese, which seemed like the most logical place for it. But in my store it was actually located next to the butter.
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Ham and Noodle Casserole

Reviewed: Apr. 8, 2011
This dish surprised me. I wasn't expecting anything great, but this turned out to be really delicious. I followed the recipe exactly except I didn't have any onions, so I left them out. A reviewer below noted that this is like "ham helper." I agree, but I doubt most users are expecting gourmet or haute cuisine from this! For what it is, which is simple comfort food and a great way to use up leftovers, it is wonderful~!
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Beef Spring Rolls with Carrots and Cilantro

Reviewed: Apr. 7, 2011
This was EXCELLENT! I had never worked with rice paper before, but it's not difficult. You just have to work quickly before it becomes too soft (it's harder to peel it off your work surface when it's softer.) This is a really quick, easy recipe. The prep work of shredding carrots is the only part that took any real time. At first I was tempted to add something like lettuce, because the ingredient list is so simple, but I found it's just perfect with these three simple ingredients (beef, carrots, cilantro.) I would highly recommend this, it's delicious.
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Pistachio Cherry Squares

Reviewed: Apr. 5, 2011
It's easy, yummy and presents well. I think the flavors of cherry and pistachio (two of my personal favorites) are very complementary. That being said, I did make a few modifications. First of all, I only had one tub of cool-whip on hand but the recipe calls for two. I just used the one tub (half in the cream cheese mixture, the other half for the topping above the pistachio layer) and it was enough. I also only had one can of cherry pie filling and that seemed like plenty to me. I would make this again.
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Spinach and Bacon Chicken

Reviewed: Apr. 5, 2011
This was good, just not exceptional. I have learned to read reviews before making a dish on this site, but I didn't have time this time. I wish I had, because I definitely would have reduced the wine, using half chicken broth instead. The wine flavor is very strong.I also agree the sauce is a bit thin. I served it over angel hair pasta and it was pretty soupy. I also added a little garlic. If I had had mushrooms, would have added those too as they would certainly complement this dish. This reminded me of something I would have ordered at the Olive Garden. A good way to use chicken that's not totally boring.
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Famous Butter Chicken

Reviewed: Apr. 4, 2011
It tastes great, but how could it not, with all that butter!? Also, the cooking time was too long. I checked it periodically and it was done in 25-30 minutes.
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Cajun Cake

Reviewed: Mar. 15, 2011
I loved the sauce. I used brown sugar instead of white on the advice of previous reviewers. The sauce is buttery and rich and perfect with the pecans in it. The cake itself turned out a bit dry and bland, so it's a good thing the sauce is so awesome. This got a very mediocre "meh" reaction from those who tried it, so I won't be making it again, but I personally liked it.
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Luscious Four-Layer PHILLY Pumpkin Cake

Reviewed: Mar. 15, 2011
I'm sure this review won't be terribly useful, but it might make someone laugh. This cake turned out to be my first official cooking disaster. My cat got up on the stove and turned the dial to 500F while it was baking. I finally smelled it burning and probably just in time to prevent a fire! The cake was ruined, but I had already made the frosting in the background and it was delicious, so I used it on some store-bought pound cake. I will try this again soon as the batter smelled fantastic & it was easy!
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Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff I

Reviewed: Feb. 24, 2011
Meh. It's easy, yes, but bland. I wonder why cream cheese instead of the usual sour cream in stroganoff? I might try this again with sour cream, but the cream cheese just didn't quite work in terms of texture or flavor. I served it over egg noodles. The meat was very good, but overall the dish lacked flavor.
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