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Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup with Bacon and Hash Browns

Reviewed: Dec. 31, 2013
I literally just finished my first bowl of this soup, and wow! I followed the recommendations of some reviewers, so this review may be slight misleading (sorry). Some changes: instead of potatoes, I used cauliflower, instead of chicken broth, I used veggie broth, I pumped up the spices with cumin, garum masala, and tumeric, and blended 1/3 of the soup for a more creamy consistency (since I had no starch from the potatoes). Also, Instead of adding the bacon at the beginning, I cooked the bacon in a skillet in the last hour and a half, separated the fat from the bacon, spooned a couple of teaspoons in the soup and used the crispy bacon bits as garnish for the end result. It's atypical for me to use bacon at all in a meal, but it really made this dish something special. Never had a split pea soup so tasty, and I'm proud to say I made it!
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Roasted Garlic Soup

Reviewed: Jan. 25, 2013
When I start pulling out ingredients, my family tends to roll their eyes. When they took a taste of this soup, their eyes lit up in amazement. It was really nice for picky eaters, with a healthy dose of garlic. It was loved.
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Potato Leek Soup I

Reviewed: Jan. 25, 2013
I have never had Potato Leek Soup before this recipe. I only made this soup because I had left over leeks and had potatoes at home. Glad I did, this was lovely. It was savory and nice and silky. I'll look into alterations later, but what I came out with didn't last a few hours at home. Merci.
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Slow Cooker Chili II

Reviewed: Dec. 15, 2012
I actually combined this with the Emily's Chipotle Chili recipe, and decided I would rate both. This recipe was the perfect base recipe, I followed it perfectly. However, I added chiptoles in adobo sauce and that made all the difference. I'm used to bland recipes for homemade chili and this was the complete opposite. I believe I can use this as a base for turkey chili and vegetarian because it was that good. Thank you for sharing. I topped with dumplings, because well, why not.
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Emily's Chipotle Chili

Reviewed: Dec. 15, 2012
I actually combined this with the Slow Cooker Chili II recipe, and decided I would rate both. While I didn't add the sausage, it was the addition of the chiptoles in adobo sauce that made my chili perfect. I'm used to bland recipes for homemade chili and this was the complete opposite. Thank you for sharing. I topped with dumplings, because well, why not.
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Roasted Tomatoes with Garlic

Reviewed: Nov. 27, 2012
Simple and lovely, I followed the recipe exactly, although I added pine nuts for texture. It was perfect.
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Dumplings

Reviewed: Nov. 17, 2012
Just made it, first time (thought I was messing up because I AM NOT a baker)... however this is not really baking and came out perfect. Thanks so much for the recipe, will make again (I tripled the recipe, used parsley flakes and garlic powder and melted butter into milk for fully incorporated flavor. Also made beforehand, stored in fridge until ready, however being cold, it dropped the temp of the stew and it actually took 30 min to steam). Yummy in my beef stew.
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Spaghetti Squash Saute

Reviewed: Nov. 11, 2012
The only thing I would add... Parmesan cheese.
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Mom's Cucumbers

Reviewed: Aug. 3, 2012
It's hilarious that I've been avoiding this recipe simply because it calls for sugar (I expected it to be sweet and I don't like sweet). Finally, however, I succumbed to this recipe and lo and behold it is the one I've been searching for for years... Although I add a bit more vinegar and water in order to make sure this isn't sweet, it's the perfect balance of tart, cool, and crisp. Thanks for teaching me a thing or two. (next time I'll add dill like another reviewer suggested, which was in the previous recipe I used).
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Quinoa Tabbouleh

Reviewed: Jul. 29, 2012
This was just lovely... I made a huge batch, and it came out slightly bland for my tastes. However, I remedied that by making a small concoction of lemon juice, olive oil and salt to add in my individual bowl. I will be making this so often it'll become slightly unhealthy. (btw, I omitted the carrots) Update: America's Test Kitchen advises you de-seed tomatoes, put them in a colander with salt and let them sit for 30 min or so to draw out the liquid. It's a little time consuming, but it's an excellent way to keep those tomatoes from getting too mushy... Also, remember to de-seed cucumbers as most of their water is in their seeds... This dish astounds me every time I make it, it's awesome!
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Absolute Best Liver and Onions

Reviewed: Jun. 6, 2012
I will try it again, it's maybe the slice of my liver or something, but I think it was a little tasteless, and maybe my fault it was a little too floury tasting. One reviewer called it a good base recipe. I think that's the best description. I'll update next time.
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Mushroom Orzo

Reviewed: May 25, 2012
Like every good allrecipes reader, I checked out the reviews before starting this dish, and these are my modifications (not that the original had anything wrong with it): No pearl onions, so I just cut up two small regular yellow ones and sauteed them with sliced mushrooms with olive oil and butter. At the same time, I roasted some asparagus to add, just because I love it and was using the oven anyway. When both were done I set them aside and I toasted the orzo in butter and olive oil until it was well coated, then added 2 1/2 cups of chicken stock and 1/2 cup of white wine, adding more when the liquid disappeared so that it was all absorbed and the flavors vibrant. Then I threw the veggies back in the orzo and did the Parmesan on individual plates, to taste. Yum! I get weirded out by melted Parmesan. Once, on a recipe like this, but not this one at all, I let the Parmesan sit in the heating dish and it got thick and gloopy and kind of hard and I nearly stopped consuming cheese for awhile, because I kept picturing it in my arteries.
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Lentils And Spinach

Reviewed: Sep. 30, 2011
This is amazing! My alterations were minor. I upped the spices, added more vegetable broth at the end so that it became a soup (instead of using water at all), and added mushrooms. Perfect vegetarian soup!
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Cheesy Artichoke Squares

Reviewed: Aug. 28, 2011
Except for one change, recommended by a reviewer, I followed this recipe as written. My only revision was using a mozzarella and parmesan cheese mix, it did add more oompf to the flavor. It came out tasting amazing. It didn't look very good; it was awfully pale. Next time I might use this as the base for an artichoke and spinach dip or I'll add some color somehow to avoid the lackluster finish. Otherwise, amazing!!! It was finished before the pigs in a blanket were, and they're usually the crowd pleaser. (Does anyone have a good, LIGHT version of this recipe?)
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