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Ellen's Chicken Cacciatore

Reviewed: Jun. 19, 2013
The whole family really liked it a lot! I diced up fresh tomatoes, squash, and zucchini to put our garden vegetables and fresh rosemary to use and cooked with other veggies, but the squashes did make it more liquidy. Will make again. For fresh rosemary or other fresh herbs, use 3 times the dried amount. Any cheaper wine will give this dish a very nice flavor- same as the expensive kind. Served over linguine 'cause that's what was in the cupboard, and isn't this an Italian dish?! Yum.
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Sausage Pasta

Reviewed: Mar. 11, 2012
A family favorite! It can be difficult to find a recipe conducive to low-sodium, whole grain, turkey sausage, easy on the tomatoes, kid-friendly AND delicious recipe. This one is on our meal rotation for sure. We used fresh basil and wow. This is fantastic. Thanks so much for sharing- our lives are better for it- really.
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Slow Cooker Cranberry Turkey Breast

Reviewed: Nov. 30, 2010
I applied this recipe last year to a 20 pound Thanksgiving turkey cooked in a slow roaster, and kids and grown-ups - everybody loved it! This year I'm planning to use the same recipe. The sauce made the turkey so moist, flavorful, & sweeter than some, which was complimentary to all the savory Thanksgiving sides. Cook the turkey breast-side-down so that the juices moisten the breast. It's so nice to prep this slow-roast this turkey the night before and not have the hurry on Thanksgiving day. Use anything BUT Ocean Spray brand cranberries!! That brand is always too sour for my taste. In Texas, we have a great store brand at HEB; I used some plain jelled and some with berries, and I tossed in a few extra frozen berries I had in the freezer from the previous Thanksgiving. What a delicious holiday memory.
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Pumpkin Turkey Chili

Reviewed: Oct. 7, 2009
LOVED IT when the spicy vegetables are doubled. Try this: double the garlic, green and yellow peppers, and onion. (We have a little one who wouldn't tolerate doubling the chili powder.) Serve with chili condiments i.e. tortilla chips, cheese, sour cream or plain yogurt, chives, etc. As written, it is almost like a dip. If you like yours soupier, add the tomato juice instead of draining it and add some extra pumpkin (1/2-3/4 cup). We omitted the salt and used salt-free tomatoes because my husband has to watch his sodium. Didn't miss it! My friend, Kathryn, whose husband loves pumpkin, is trying to sneak in more veggies for the baby on the way. She and I tried it the same week, so I'm grateful to have heard her review right before cooking mine as I made changes and had a great first attempt. Took a triple batch to our small group and people LOVED it! There weren't any leftovers to take home. Don't be afraid to try this unusual combination of flavors. This has instantly become a family favorite and my husband asked me to put it on the "rotation". Also, I used the extra pumpkin to feed my toddler a vegetable he likes with his lunch.
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Swiss Chicken Casserole II

Reviewed: Oct. 7, 2009
This recipe was too rich and salty for our family, so I served it over rice and we liked it much better. But then there is both stuffing and rice- too much starch for us. I added an onion and twice as much butter which contributed to it being too rich. Is it possible to drizzle 1/4 cup of butter over the stuffing mix and get it all moist? I didn't know how. Using fresh broccoli will increase the baking time to at least an hour and 25 minutes. It was all right, but I won't be making this again. Using canned soup, even Healthy Choice, adds too much sodium to our low sodium diet- not to mention the sodium in the stuffing mix.
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Spanish Rice II

Reviewed: Sep. 10, 2009
When I made this recipe for my mother-in-law's 70th birthday dinner, one guest told me it was the best Spanish rice they'd ever had. I used chicken broth instead of water to cook the rice and cumin, as suggested. We always use brown rice because of the higher nutritional value. Thanks so much. I'm not a native Texan, so I would never have come up with this on my own!
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Cappuccino Cheesecake

Reviewed: Apr. 13, 2009
This is 5 stars for being a lower fat alternative to full-fledged cheesecake. The real thing is still the best in my opinion! The level of coffee flavor in this recipe was perfect, and the coffee yogurt on top was surprisingly just the right balance- moist and sweet enough to compliment the rest of it. I used 7 oz.(half box) of chocolate graham crackers and 7 T butter in the crust. I couldn't find plain chocolate cookies for sale in our area. Nor could I find potato starch, so I used Thai tapioca starch, which was just fine. I wonder how corn starch would have done- anyone? I accidentally poured all the coffee yogurt into the cake batter and it turned out fine. I did bake it longer than 70 minutes, but the browning on top disappeared when covered with the coffee yogurt topping. ;) When serving, I put the cinnamon shaker on the table where our Easter guests could try it out. We all decided we preferred it without cinnamon, but I'm not one to mix cinnamon with chocolate.
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