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Coconut Chicken Stir Fry

Reviewed: Feb. 3, 2013
So, I have to admit, I probably can't give this recipe a totally fair feedback because I did change it up a little. I doubled the recipe to start. I doubled everything but the pepper flakes. I used coriander instead of cinnamon and just did a dash of cinnamon. I did 4 times as much curry powder as stated because out of all the reviews I read, people stated that it needed it. I personally think that is where it went wrong for me. Not positive but something was just a little bit off for me. My fault, not the recipe... To remedy this I added a bit more honey to cut the over spiced taste. I also added some frozen peas for more veggie and color. All that being said, my husband absolutely loved this. My oldest son said it was good. My youngest and I liked it well enough to eat it. So I have to try this again but follow the recipe completely with no wavering... good enough to give it another shot. :) I am trying to cut back on my carbs a little so I had mine over roasted cauliflower with just a small spoonful of rice on top, sprinkled with cilantro. My family ate it over rice with a little cauliflower on the side... :)
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Quick Enchilada Sauce

Reviewed: Jan. 28, 2013
The only think I did different with the sauce was I added 2 finely minced chipotle peppers in adobo sauce for a smokey flavor and a little heat. Used on top of homemade burritos. My family really liked this, will use it again!
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Cheesy Chorizo Frittata

Reviewed: Jan. 21, 2013
It's a miracle... my son will NOT eat tomatoes if it isn't in salsa or ketchup but he ate this!!! Two pieces in fact!!! Everyone else loved it too! I doubled the recipe because my chorizo was a half a pound package, so I cooked it in a 9x13 dish for 28 minutes. Worked fine. I have to admit, it tells you to cook the veggies in the dripping but I just can't let that much grease go into my families stomachs ,so I drained as much as I could from the skillet, put the chorizo on a few paper towel so they would soak most of it up and left only, maybe, a teaspoon of the drippings in there to cook the veggies in. It tasted great and I felt much better getting rid of all that fat. I also have to say I didn't use KRAFT cheese, I used the brand that I had. I will make this again because it resembles a dish my hubby always gets at Mexican restaurants.
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Simple Roasted Butternut Squash

Reviewed: Jan. 18, 2013
Simplest and most delicious way I have EVER eaten butternut squash! My kids aren't fans of this particular squash but I don't care, my husband and I adored it! :)
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Grandmaw Cain's Beef tips and Rice

Reviewed: Jan. 18, 2013
I was looking for a way to use beef stew meat other than in stew or stroganoff and came across this recipe. It was pretty easy and good enough. My problem was the meat didn't quite get the chance to cook long enough to be tender. It wasn't terribly chewy but not quite the way the way I like it to turn out. Will make this again however, if I can figure out a way around that one small chewy problem.
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Campbell's® Slow Cooker Savory Pot Roast

Reviewed: Jan. 8, 2013
So I changed this up maybe a little. I added a whole onion, a few stalks of celery, a pinch of garlic, a tablespoon of minced fresh parsley & a can worth of low-sodium beef broth (the cream of mushroom can)because my in my experience, slow cookers need liquid to do their job. I didn't use Campbell's brand onion soup mix but what I have on hand. Cooked on high for 4 1/2 hours. I don't generally like pot roast but this was pretty good.... my youngest son absolutely loved this and asked why I don't make pot roast more often. :)
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Seven Layer Dip I

Reviewed: Dec. 11, 2012
This was totally up my familys alley. I didn't do a whole lot different. I wanted to season the ground beef so I added Montreal Steak Seasoning and fresh cilantro to it while it cooked... Also my family dislikes guacamole so we used pickled nacho jalapenos in it's place.
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Stuffed Shells IV

Reviewed: Dec. 10, 2012
These were absolutely delicious! Only thing I did different was I only had a 16 oz. jar of sauce, so I added a can of diced tomatoes to it along with a pinch of Italian Seasoning and Hot Pepper Flakes to add a little heat. My family raved!!! Thanks for this fairly easy and tasty recipe, I will be making it again! :)
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Apple Crisp I

Reviewed: Nov. 22, 2012
This was my first try on something like this and I must say it was good. Especially if you like cinnamon. My dish could only hold about 7 sliced apples and I didn't use the full amount of the cinnamon/sugar sprinkle on top, eyeballed it I guess you could say, otherwise it seemed like it would have been too much. The crisp part was very good, a bit sweet but a great contrast to the apples. Served it with whipped cream, would be great with vanilla ice cream. Not to mention, overall, this was pretty darned easy! Yummy! Was a hit for our Thanksgiving dessert along side that traditional pumpkin pie. :)
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Mushroom Stuffing

Reviewed: Nov. 22, 2012
I made this for my vegetarian sister and it was pretty good. Not my favorite stuffing recipe but definitely tasty. I changed it up just slightly... I used roasted garlic bread loaves purchased from Costco. Tore it into pieces and let it dry out for almost 24 hours. I then proceeded with the recipe. I used baby bella mushrooms for the shroom part. I added a teaspoon of dry sage along with the poultry seasoning stage, because stuffing just isn't the same to me without sage (personal preference :). I used vegetable broth instead of chicken broth to honor the vegetarian eater and I didn't measure how much... I just added it slowly until it seemed to be appropriately moistened. I think I used about 1 1/3 cans. Turned out quite well. :)
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Zucchini Pineapple Bread II

Reviewed: Nov. 18, 2012
Good, REAL Good! I changed it up ever so slightly to try and make it a little healthier for you. I used half applesauce and half oil. I used walnuts instead of pecans because that is what I had. I used 1 1/2 cups sugar instead of 2 and I am glad I did, it was VERY sweet even with the cut down of sugar. Next time I might push it down a little more but there will be a next time for sure. I may even try putting some coconut in it like a few other reviewers suggested on the site. My hubby loved it and my snob against zucchini kid both loved it immensely. It was incredibly moist and tasty.
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Southern Pulled Pork

Reviewed: Nov. 14, 2012
I followed the recipe almost exactly except I had about 1 3/4 cup beef broth in my fridge that needed using so I used that in place of some of the water. I just added enough water to get to 4 cups. I served this on toasted hoagie rolls, drizzled with a little sweet & spicy barbeque sauce and topped with coleslaw. The meat alone was fantastic and made some amazing sandwiches!
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Quick and Easy Chicken Noodle Soup

Reviewed: Nov. 11, 2012
Very good, easy and quick! Only thing I different was I added the carrots in with the celery and onions to saute and topped it with some chopped flat leaf parsley! Yum!
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Chef John's Baked Eggs

Reviewed: Nov. 5, 2012
I scaled this recipe up for my family of 4 and used a 9x11 dish to cook it. It took a little longer for the eggs to get to the right consistency (about 15 minutes) but it turned out well. I used minced fresh basil and flat leaf parsley as the fresh herbs. I also went to 3 stores and could not find Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese so I ended up using a Parmesan-Romano blend... worked well too.
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Debdoozie's Blue Ribbon Chili

Reviewed: Oct. 16, 2012
Ok, So I did a few things differently but it turned out great anyway. First, I had 4 different homegrown chiles that needed using because they were getting soft and shriveled. So I added them in with the onion and burger. I also added a big pinch of minced garlic during that step. I used 2 (15 oz.) cans of tomato sauce because my guestimation was off which lef t me with 3 cups of tomato sauce rather than 2 1/2. I also did a booboo with the salsa, I had a 28 oz. jar of medium heat, Pace Picante Sauce and I was telling myself "eh, I'll eyeball that 8 oz. (1 cup)" Um... yeah, ended up with about 2/3 of the jar in there. So to compensate, I measured the seasoning as directed but added the entire packet of (low sodium) chili seasoning. As it simmered, I have to admit it started smelling like boiled Pace Picante.... TOTALLY my fault, not the recipes. So I started brain storming on what I could do to off set that a little. I ended up adding 2 heaping tablespoons of brown sugar, a pinch of salt and a few dashes of cayenne pepper. Totally did the trick and the family loved it. Turned out slightly sweet with a nice underlying heat. Served with a little reduced fat cheddar, light sour cream, fresh onion and cilantro as toppings. Super Easy and a must make again recipe! Oh! And since it was really saucy (because of my messed up measuring) I added a can of pinto beans and a can of black beans to the mix. Still was very tasty and we got plenty for leftovers or perhaps the freezer.
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Slow-Cooker Posole

Reviewed: Oct. 11, 2012
Before tonight I have never tried posole so I cannot contest on it's authenticity but my whole family really enjoyed it. Not only was it filling it was the perfect meal for those of us that seem to be coming down wit h something. I didn't stray too much from the recipe but I do want to comment on what I did differently. First off, I didn't have a pork loin roast, so instead I had some country style boneless pork ribs that needed using so I cubed that up. I skipped the browning step all together, just threw that meat into the slow cooker completely raw. I used 2 seeded jalapenos and 1 (8 oz.) can green chilies. I used mild enchilada sauce and added about 1 3/4 cup of water. It smelled SO good cooking all afternoon and I couldn't wait to try it. I read many comments and topped it with a variety of items that people suggested.... shredded cabbage, chopped onion, chopped cilantro, sliced radishes, light sour cream, avocado and a wedge of lime. Only thing I think I would do differently next time is adding some more hominy, we really liked the hominy in it. Will make this again, FOR SURE!!!
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Best Steak Marinade in Existence

Reviewed: Oct. 4, 2012
I was looking for a steak marinade that I use for fajitas. Because I knew I wanted it for fajitas I changed just a couple of things... I used oregano instead of basil, lime juice in place of lemon and fresh garlic instead of the dried garlic. My husband raved about the steak so I will use this again for fajitas or just a nice piece of steak.
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Asian Lettuce Wraps

Reviewed: Oct. 3, 2012
These got rave reviews and now I understand why! They are phenomenal! I didn't have pickled ginger so I used fresh and that is the only thing I did different. I used 93/7 ground beef and used low sodium where I could. Used Boston Lettuce which were the perfect little cups for this divine meal. Yummy! I can't wait to make these again.
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Slow Cooker Beef Stew IV

Reviewed: Sep. 27, 2012
Oh My! This was delish!!! I made a few very small changes though. I added maybe a just the smallest splash more of wine than said, okay okay, I used a half of a cup :).... I used a whole bag of baby carrots and used baby red potatoes, quartered instead of 4 large russets. I also added about a teaspoon of minced garlic. I used a can of beef broth mixed with the onion soup, which measured to about a cup and a half and used water to get the required 2 cups. I cooked it on low for 6 hours, never did the high part nor the addition of flour at the end because it was thick enough. In the last 30 minutes I added about 2 cups of frozen green peas because I just like peas in my stew. :) My guests said that it was probably some of the best beef stew that they have ever eaten. Sounds about right to me! Yummay!
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Kofta

Reviewed: Sep. 25, 2012
My family and our guests loved this... Delish! I have to say that for one I didn't fire up the outdoor grill, I used my indoor one. I didn't put them onto skewers either, not necessary with the grill I used... Waste not, want not, right? I did follow the advice of another reviewer (Serena) and changed the recipe a little. I minced garlic and onion. Instead of oregano, I used parsley. I also added paprika. I wish I could tell you how much but I just eyeballed it and put as much as I thought would be good. lol Served this with the Quinoa Tabbouleh recipe from this site. Yummy in our tummys! :)
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