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Pasta Pomodoro

Reviewed: May 11, 2007
Excellent pasta. I prepared the recipe exactly as written, except I only used 3/4 of a box of angel hair pasta (serving 3 people), but I went ahead and prepared the entire amount of sauce. I think it is key to understand that Pasta Pomodoro does not generally come with a lot of sauce. We found that when we mixed the pasta into the sauce (as the recipe states)it came out with the right "coating" of sauce. (Granted, I only used about 1 box of pasta instead of 2.) It did need a little more flavor, so I added roasted pinenuts and some ground sea salt & black pepper as a garnish and it turned out very very tasty. My husband, who was alittle skeptic at first b/c he was afraid the sauce was alittle bland upon first tasting it, ended up loving it and going back for seconds once we added the pinenuts, sea salt & additional pepper.
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Parmesan Chicken

Reviewed: Apr. 9, 2007
THIS IS A VERY EASY DISH TO PREPARE AND WAS EXTREMELY TASTY! I ESPECIALLY LIKE IT B/C THE INGREDIENTS CALLED FOR ARE ALL INGREDIENTS I KEEP ON-HAND, WHICH MAKES IT VERY SIMPLE. I ADDED SOME GARLIC SALT, DRIED ROSEMARY, THYME, (EXTRA) BASIL, OREGANO TO THE BREAD CRUMB MIXTURE. IT GAVE IT GREAT FLAVOR. I BEAT THE CHICKEN UNTIL IT WAS EVENLY FLAT (SOMEWHERE BETWEEN 1/4-1/2 INCH) AND COOKED IT IN THE SKILLET WITH OLIVE OIL (INSTEAD OF VEGETABLE OIL) AND FRESHLY MINCED GARLIC. IT COOKED QUICKLY (5 MIN PER SIDE) AND WAS VERY JUICY. I SERVED WITH A SIDE OF ANGEL HAIR PASTA & MARINARA SAUCE. IT WAS A HUGE HIT. LOVED IT! EVEN MY 1 1/2 YR OLD ENJOYED THE CHICKEN.
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BBQ Pork for Sandwiches

Reviewed: Apr. 9, 2007
EXCELLENT! I WAS RAISED IN THE SOUTH ON PORK BBQ & MY HUSBAND WAS INTRODUCED TO PORK BBQ IN THE LAST FEW YEARS(IN TEXAS BBQ IS BEEF, NOT PORK). WE BOTH ENJOYED THIS DISH. HE REALLY LOVED IT. ALTHOUGH IT IS NOT JUST LIKE MEMPHIS-STYLE PORK BBQ, IT IS EXTREMELY CLOSE! I USED A PORK SHOULDER ROAST WITH BONE (COULDN'T FIND BONELESS) AND COOKED IT FOR 6 HRS IN THE CROCKPOT. I TOOK PREVIOUS ADVICE AND TORE IT INTO CHUNKS (INSTEAD OF SHREDDING IT). IT JUST FELL OFF THE BONE. THEN I RETURNED IT TO THE CROCKPOT WITH 4T OF THE BROTH AND A BOTTLE OF SWEET BABY RAY'S SAUCE FOR AN HOUR. IT REALLY TURNED OUT DELICIOUS. THIS WILL DEFINITELY BE A FAMILY FAVORITE. I LOOK FORWARD TO SERVING THIS TO A LARGE PARTY OF GUESTS THIS SUMMER- IT WAS VERY VERY EASY TO MAKE.
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Gerry's Chicken Enchiladas

Reviewed: May 5, 2004
Wow! We are from Texas and have eaten MANY enchiladas, but this one surpasses them all! I have never eaten enchiladas so quickly. They were so delicious! My husband, who is a native Texan couldn't get over them. He said they were far better than any restaurant. It took 3 hours to prepare them, but like everyone else has said, well worth it! I followed the recipe, except adding a can of green chiles instead of chopping 12 of them myself. I removed the lid the entire time the skillet mixture thickened. This is the part that took the longest (at least an hour on medium-low heat), but I just did other things around the house, returning to occassionally stir the mixture. Although it takes a while to prepare, it is very easy to make. I can't wait to eat the leftovers! And yes, we were able to fit 9 enchiladas in the pan and there was plenty of chicken to fill all of them using only 3 chicken breasts. Thank you for this recipe!!
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Spanish Rice II

Reviewed: Apr. 17, 2004
Really tastey rice. As suggested by some, I decreased the chili powder by half and added alittle bit of cumin. I used mild rotel. In my opinion (I can't handle a lot of spice), it still had quite a zing but I didn't have to immediately take a drink after each bite. The rice had really nice flavor. I used 1/2 chicken broth, 1/2 water. I decreased the water some, but I wish I had decreased it more. The rice was a little too liquid, and that was even after additional cooking. Good recipe. Next time I might add some chicken and make it a main dish instead of a side dish.
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Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings

Reviewed: Apr. 16, 2004
Absolutely fabulous! My husband ranted & raved about it- even said it was better than his mother's recipe. :) Being so easy to make, it will definitely be a regular family dish. I decided to saute some fresh, sliced mushrooms with the diced onions in a small amount of olive oil before adding them to the slow cooker. The mushrooms really added a nice touch. I also added a few fresh sprigs of thyme in the pot. I put the biscuit dough in the cooker for 30-45 minutes & they were just right-- a little doughy, like dumplings are. Added alittle bit of dried thyme to the mixture when I added the biscuits. It was extremely tastey! Thanks for the recipe. Oh yeah, I served this with the Day Before Mashed Potatoes recipe found on this site (however, I just made the potatoes earlier in the day & cooked them during the last 30 minutes). It was a great meal!
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Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes

Reviewed: Feb. 11, 2004
Absolutely delicious! This is a keeper. The potatoes were not cooked in a hour so I turned up the heat a bit & put a metal knife in each one. This sped up the baking process. After another 20 minutes they were ready. I found this to be a super easy recipe. I used 1/3 less fat cream cheese & it turned out great. The walnuts add an interesting contrast in texture. We liked them. My husband loved these but found them a tad bit too sweet- so I'll probably decrease the brown sugar a bit next time.
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Rosemary Roasted Turkey

Reviewed: Feb. 11, 2004
This was my 1st turkey and definitely not my last! This bird not only looked beautiful but tasted unbelievable. (And that says a lot coming from me, a non-turkey fan.) It overcooked a bit because our oven was really small (I made this in Russia) and the top of the bird was nearly touching the top of the oven. We basted it every 30 minutes to try to help it. Otherwise, it was perfect. There were no leftovers (all of our guests were Russians eating turkey for the 1st time)! Next time I make it I will have a meat thermometer and a larger oven- that should take care of the problems! My husband made an incredible gravy from the remaining juices to top the turkey which more than covered the somewhat dry meat. Definitely don't let the drippings go to waste. It's the icing on the cake, so to speak!
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Day Before Mashed Potatoes

Reviewed: Feb. 11, 2004
These are INCREDIBLE potatoes! I couldn't stop eating them! Preparing mashed potatoes is so time consuming on the day of a big meal- so I think this is a SUPER idea. I didn't have onion powder so I added some garlic powder instead. Boy was it good! After reheating the potatoes the next day, I added a dab of butter before serving and stirred it up real well. Next time I will try lower fat versions of the ingredients. I have told all my friends about this recipe. It is a favorite!
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Slow Cooker BBQ Pork Chops

Reviewed: Feb. 11, 2004
We enjoyed these low maintanence pork chops! It is great to have a recipe this easy and so good. We used a honey roasted garlic bbq sauce this time. It was okay, but I think a BBQ sauce without honey would probably taste better with the pork. The chops were moist & tender. They needed a little bit more of a zing to them, so we ate them with the small amount of BBQ sauce I left in the bottle. We only cooked 3 boneless chops and used a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature. They might have over-cooked a bit. After slow cooking for 3 hours they were under-temperature; 15 minutes later, they were way over the "done" temperature. The timing was a fairly delicate matter. But they still turned out very tasty.
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Sweet Potato Bake

Reviewed: Feb. 11, 2004
Sorry. I just realized I wrote a review for the wrong recipe! The recipe I rated below was the Twiced Baked Sweet Potatoes. Sorry for the mistake.
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Simply Steamed Asparagus

Reviewed: Feb. 11, 2004
This is my first time to steam asparagus, so compared to other methods, I really don't know how much better this one is. However, the asparagus was very good & I will make it again. I knew it was a hit when my husband ate the entire stalk of each one. Thinning the bases of the stalk with a vegetable peeler was a helpful hint.
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Luscious Spinach Artichoke Dip

Reviewed: Feb. 11, 2004
Excellent! It was very easy to make. I used all fat-free products (except for the Romano cheese, of course) and it turned out delicious. I topped it with some shredded white cheddar near the end & let it melt. It was a nice final touch. I served it with fat-free Tostito corn chips & viola! I had a yummy, virtually fat-free appetizer.
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Fat Free Refried Beans

Reviewed: Oct. 19, 2003
Thank you for a refried bean recipe than is not fattening! The beans were very delicious. They were a little on the hot side, so next time we will probably add less pepper.
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