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Pumpkin Apple Streusel Muffins

Reviewed: Dec. 8, 2012
Seriously the best of the pumpkin muffin recipes I've tried. I subbed in half wheat flour and half brown sugar, both of which I think improved an already good recipe. This recipe is practically fool-proof. I chopped the apples in my food processor, to varying sizes. The time on my oven was 35 minutes -- exactly as stated on the recipe. However, my oven seems to run slightly slow, so I would check at 25-30 minutes if you have a fast oven.
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Guinness® Corned Beef

Reviewed: May 17, 2011
This really is exceptional. You wouldn't think the brown sugar and beer would go well together, but the combination of sweet and bitter melds extremely well! I do use the spice packet from the brisket. I cut my meat into chunks, then rub all sides of the chunks with brown sugar. I may end up using slightly more than a cup of brown sugar all told. I then add two bottles of beer and braise for four hours. I make the vegetables separately. There isn't enough room in my Dutch oven for them, and I prefer my cabbage cooked differently.
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Orange Pecan French Toast

Reviewed: Nov. 21, 2010
I made this as listed, and it was exceptional. I did have to cook it 45 minutes, rather than 35, for it to reach the appropriate crispiness. I served this with raspberries and a mascarpone topping (mascarpone cheese thinned with cream, sweetened with a bit of sugar, and flavored with orange liqueur and orange zest.
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Stuffed Zucchini

Reviewed: Jul. 20, 2010
I pre-cooked the sausage with onions and garlic, added fresh basil and a bit of Italian seasoning and kosher salt. I had one large zucchini, so I cut the ingredients down to about 2/3 and it worked out perfectly!
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Comfort Soup a la Montreal

Reviewed: Jun. 26, 2010
Absolutely delicious. I added leeks and used slightly less broth (as I like my soup chunky).
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Easy Tilapia with Wine and Tomatoes

Reviewed: Aug. 2, 2009
Quite good. I used grape tomatoes, which I chopped in a food processor with a half an onion and the basil. I'm a huge fan of the sweetness of grape tomatoes, and it went very well with the grape tomatoes. I used a Riesling, which seemed a good choice. Also, I baked this in the oven at 450 for about 30 minutes; 20 minutes was not long enough.
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Emerald Green Risotto

Reviewed: Aug. 2, 2009
This was quite good. However, the amount of broth seemed a bit in excess of what I needed; I ended up having to strain the last cup or so of liquid out to avoid the rice getting mushy. Also, although I normally love zucchini, it got a bit bitter in this recipe. I also pre-steamed the green beans a bit, which was probably a good idea.
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Caramel Apple Pork Chops

Reviewed: Jul. 25, 2009
My pork chops were small. I doubled everything, and it worked out fine. I also browned the chops, then placed them in the oven, topped with the apples and sauce, then baked at 350 for 30 minutes, covered, and uncovered for 10 minutes. It gave me time to finish up the rest of the meal.
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Chicken Thigh Fricassee with Mushrooms and Rosemary

Reviewed: Jul. 8, 2009
Tasty and yummy! I skipped the olives (not a fan) and used grape tomatoes rather than cherry, but otherwise followed the recipe almost exactly. I did double it, and I'm grateful I did, because the leftovers have also been numtastic! At the end, I removed the chicken to a covered plate and boiled down the sauce for about five minutes, to thicken and concentrate the flavor. Fantastic! I served it with roasted vegetables (tossed in olive oil with kosher salt, garlic and fresh rosemary) and mashed potatoes.
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Crispy Rosemary Chicken and Fries

Reviewed: Apr. 5, 2009
This was an incredibly easy and tasty, dish. I did use real garlic, and I rubbed the rosemary/oregano/garlic/olive oil mixture on the chicken before baking. I covered the chicken and potatoes for the first 30 minutes, then uncovered for 45. I also added grape tomatoes and sliced crimini mushrooms 30 minutes in. (I probably should have drained off the fat as some people suggested, but I was too lazy.) Very, very yummy, and it smells so divine in the oven!
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Apple Cider Sauce and Pork Loin Chops

Reviewed: Jul. 20, 2008
Like everyone else, I used this recipe as a starting place. I used thyme and sage rather than poultry seasoning, and cut down on garlic powder. After browning the chops (I used rib chops) and removing to a plate, I sauteed sliced apples and onions until they'd softened, adding chopped garlic for the last couple minutes. I then added the chops back into the pan and topped with a can of cranberry apple juice concentrate (rather than apple, to give it a little more zing). I baked, covered, for 20 minutes. The chops were flavorful and moist, and the apples and onions with sauce were great over egg noodles! I served this with steamed broccoli and cauliflower, although it would also be great with green beans.
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Irish Chicken and Dumplings

Reviewed: Jan. 6, 2008
I'm giving this five stars with the caveat that I meddled with the recipe. Like others, I used chicken broth instead of water and bumped it to four cups. I also used the cream of chdicken with herbs soup to include a little more flavor and with chicken thighs instead of breasts, because they're better suited for soups and stews. The chicken thighs did take about 45 minutes longer to cook than the recipe called for. I also made the dumplings from scratch and included Italian seasoning in with the flour. I also added a couple teaspoons of corn starch when I added the peas. I was grateful for the extra broth because most of the liquid boiled away by the time it was done. It was extremely yummy!
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Rosemary Braised Lamb Shanks

Reviewed: Apr. 7, 2007
Absolutely delicious! The lamb was flavorful and falling off the bone, and my guests asked for the recipe. I didn't have the "too much liquid" problem, either, except that my 5-qt Dutch oven was simply not big enough for all of the liquid plus the lamb shanks. I only used about 2/3s to 3/4s of what was listed. (My lamb shanks were on the large side.) I just boiled it down for about 20 minutes and it made a yummy thick sauce -- very rich. I used a zinfandel, and there was no overwhelming wine taste after the liquid was reduced. Incredible!
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Apple Chicken Stew

Reviewed: Feb. 2, 2007
I made this with chicken thighs instead (which I think slow-cook better). And that way I didn't have to pre-cook anything. Turned out wonderfully! The apple taste is there but not overpowering, and it gives a nice new taste to chicken stew.
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Zesty Chicken and Potatoes

Reviewed: Jan. 3, 2006
I cooked this in a large casserole. In my case, there simply wasn't enough marinade/sauce, so although the potatoes were yummy, the sauce didn't really reach the chicken, and thus neither did the flavor. I think I will try this with a bigger pan next time, or marinate the chicken first.
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Slow Cooker Cranberry Pork

Reviewed: Oct. 30, 2005
I made this with a bone-in pork loin. Per everyone's suggestions, I used whole-cranberry sauce rather than jellied and added garlic, salt and pepper. I cooked it on high for five hours, and actually, it may have cooked too quickly. But it was still moist and very good. Perhaps the saucy flavor didn't stick as much with the pork as I was expecting, but I boiled the sauce down and added corn starch to make a thicker gravy, which was good. I have little tolerance for overly sweet dishes, and it was not overwhelming sweet for me at all.
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Golden Potato Soup

Reviewed: Dec. 12, 2004
I was looking for a good recipe for using potatoes left over from Thanksgiving, and this turned out wonderfully. But I have to admit that I usually use a recipe "just as a starting point." In this case, I made a few changes. First, I used my crock pot -- six hours on medium, adding the cheese/milk/ham for the last half-hour. I added carrots and garlic and sweated all the aromatics before adding them to the pot. I also added a can of corn (drained) and used chicken broth instead of bouillon and water; I also added about 50% more broth because of the extra vegetables. Finally, I substituted 1/2 and 1/2 for half of the milk. The final product was really good, though, and this recipe gave me a very good starting base.
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Sage Pork Chops

Reviewed: Oct. 18, 2004
Very good! The chops ended up tender and tasty! I mostly followed the recipe, except I used a cup of reduced-sodium beef broth instead of the bouillon (thus avoiding the extra salt problem -- you can always add more at the end), and I sauteed onions, mushrooms, and a couple cloves of garlic, chopped, along with the pork chops.
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Black Beans and Rice

Reviewed: Oct. 11, 2004
Fabulous and easy! I cooked this up in about 20 minutes and served it in burrito-sized tortillas with some salsa and sour cream. If it's served as a main dish, and you're hearty eaters (like us), it's more like five servings; this recipe made five big burritos for us.
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Irish Lamb Stew

Reviewed: Oct. 10, 2004
I couldn't find a lamb shoulder at my local grocery store, so ended up using a leg of lamb cut into stew meat instead. Leg of lamb, being a tender cut, is not recommended for stew. The good news is that, despite that, this stew turned out wonderfully and got two rave reviews from the lamb-loving Aussies at dinner that evening. Otherwise I deviated only slightly from the recipe. I used my crock pot (five hours on high) and added additional potatoes (six medium-sized). It turned out wonderfully! I can only imagine it would be even better if I'd had a cut of meat more suited to slow, wet cooking.
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