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Kick'N Chicken with Mango Salsa

Reviewed: Jul. 14, 2014
Mango salsa complements the chicken perfectly adding a lively sweet and spicy flavor that would appeal to many. If you like a little more heat, simply add a jalapeno! Thumbs up approval by 4 households in our neighborhood whom we rotate weekend barbequing with! Thanks so much for the submission!
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Pesto Chicken Florentine

Reviewed: Jul. 14, 2014
Loved the variety this recipe offers to easily customize to your individual tastes. For the family, I add extra garlic for a little more flavor and have since started marinating my chicken in Chakka's Mmmm Mmmm sauce prior to cooking it. Have added different veggies depending on what needs to be used in the fridge, along with a pinch of cayenne from time to time. Peppers, mushrooms, broccoli, asparagus, etc., all have found a home in this dish at one time or another. Delightfully easy! Thank you MinerFamily for the submission!
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Corn, Sweet Onion, and Tomato Salad

Reviewed: Jul. 7, 2014
Light, colorful salad with a zippy dressing perfect for a summer barbeque! I used tomatoes from my own garden and lightly grilled corn on the cob leftover from dinner the evening before. I found the amount of onions to be somewhat overwhelming on the taste buds, but if you are an onion lover this is the recipe for you. Personally, I will reduce the amount next time I make this recipe as it was quite good. Thank you for the submission Twila, my family enjoyed it.
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Fried Broccoli

Reviewed: Jul. 2, 2014
What a unique way to cook broccoli! Wonderful crispness, great flavor and so easy to prepare! Added fresh minced garlic the last 3 minutes of cooking so the garlic wouldn't burn and turn bitter. A new family favorite and definitely 5 star!
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Mock Filets

Reviewed: Apr. 1, 2014
The flavor was good with a texture very similar to meatloaf. Overall, I found it to be too dry, and I suspect the 3/4 cup of breadcrumbs was the culprit. Perhaps reducing it to 1/2 cup may solve the dilemma... My husband and son approved of it, therefore, it will remain in the "once in a while" file. Overall, this is a solid 3 star recipe as written. Thank you for the submission POFELY.
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Rosemary Potatoes with Roasted Heads of Garlic

Reviewed: Mar. 8, 2014
Superb! Recipe is wonderful and is easily modified for many tastes. I usually use the fingerling red, white and purple potatoes for color, and 1/2 cup of white wine and 1/2 cup of chicken or vegetable stock for more complexity in the overall flavor. To amp of the level of sophistication add 4 ounces of gorgonzola cheese to the mix. It makes the most creamy sauce imaginable. NOTE: to keep your garlic from drying out, brush the top with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper and cover with a very thin slice of butter prior to baking! Your taste buds will thank you! Enjoy!!!
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Over the Fire Scalloped Potatoes

Reviewed: Mar. 8, 2014
This recipe is a staple for us while camping. Little fuss, little muss! We rotate back and forth between cream of mushroom and chicken soup depending on what's grilling... HELPFUL HINT: To cook a little faster precook your potatoes, but do not slice them until you are ready to cook - this saves on propane or briquettes. Or buy the Simply Potatoes which are already pre-sliced and ready to go. Great timesaving steps!!!
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Maple-Garlic Marinated Pork Tenderloin

Reviewed: Jan. 24, 2014
Outstanding! But to fully appreciate the myriad of flavors, please do not use olive oil in place of the sesame oil as some reviewers have done. By doing so, the flavor of the pork changes and the recipe doesn't reach it's full potential. This is an excellent recipe as written and one I hope I NEVER lose. Thank you Lesleycan for sharing!
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Easy, Cheesy Tortellini Bake

Reviewed: Jan. 20, 2014
Easy, simple recipe for a quick easy meal that can be made ahead of time and popped into the oven for those time constrained. 10 ounces of spinach seemed like overkill, so I separated the spinach into quarters and added one quarter at a time until it looked about right, which equalized to about 5 ounces or 1/2 what the recipe stated. Had Portabello mushroom sausages I had to use up, so I threw it into the mix which provided extra flavor. This isn't a "beautiful or pleasing to the eye" dish, but it does have a certain rustic element that is appealing to the taste buds. Thank you Efasse for the submission.
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Baked Halibut Steaks

Reviewed: Jan. 20, 2014
This recipe took me by surprise.... The topping was a perfect mix of flavors that complemented the halibut beautifully. Easy preparation, flavorful, healthy with a pleasing presentation; what more could a recipe possibly offer? Served with a side of Parmesan and Basil Orzo from this site for a light meal. Thank you Dakota Kelly for the submission.
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Amazing Pork Tenderloin in the Slow Cooker

Reviewed: Jan. 12, 2014
This recipe was good, though I found the flavor of the red wine to be rather sharp and somewhat overpowering. A tenderloin was rather an odd choice for this recipe as they are not as flavorful as a shoulder or butt would have been. I will try this again and tinker with the recipe as it shows great promise. 4 stars for time management, ingredients usually found in any cooks kitchen and ease of preparation. Thank you chowsito for the submission!
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Italian Breaded Pork Chops

Reviewed: Jan. 12, 2014
I try not to indulge in "fried" foods often, but am so glad I tried this as it had intrigued me for quite some time. Followed the recipe exactly (why wouldn't you, when rating it?) and it was delightful. 5 stars for a recipe that has joined my list of favorites! Thank you Elisaw for the posting!
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Chicken Tequila Fettuccini

Reviewed: Dec. 26, 2013
Found the cooking method to produce rubbery chicken, so back to the drawing board I went! 2nd time, I had leftover grilled chicken which I needed to use up and I doubled the cilantro, garlic, jalapeno pepper, stock, tequila, and lime juice which enriched the flavor. Folded in the grilled chicken as the last step and it has now joined the ranks of "favorites" in our household! Thank you Behr!
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Savory Garlic Marinated Steaks

Reviewed: Dec. 26, 2013
Am unusually particular about meat marinades as they tend to overpower the flavor of the steak and what then would be the point of eating a great steak? This was surprisingly a nice change of pace for a steak marinade and would definitely would make again, but no need to add salt as the soy sauce has enough in it to compensate for leaving it out and you don't miss it in the flavor. Thanks Angie for giving me another option!
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Mushrooms with a Soy Sauce Glaze

Reviewed: Dec. 26, 2013
Nice change of pace from regular sautéed mushrooms. Didn't change a thing and the recipe didn't need it. Wonderful as is though a note of caution: When the recipe calls for 2 tsps, it means 2 tsps and no more.... Adding to much soy sauce will ruin the flavor of these delectable fungi! Enjoy!
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Cheesy Ranch Potato Bake

Reviewed: Dec. 26, 2013
I am rating this at 4 stars as I made it EXACTLY as written. Liked this, but sure didn't love the sheer amount of greasiness that comes with using 6 tbsps of butter, hence the 4 star rating. Since my initial foray into this recipe, I have since reduced the butter to 1.5 tbsps of butter and I cannot detect any loss of flavor. HELPFUL HINTS: Use Simply Potatoes with onions for ease in preparation and homemade Ranch dressing and Pepperjack cheese to increase flavor. Thank you Jennybrianne for a different way to prepare a side dish staple!
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Fluffy Pancakes

Reviewed: Dec. 26, 2013
This recipe is aptly named, as "Fluffy Pancakes" is exactly what you get. I usually use 1 cup of milk vs 3/4 cup as this batter will thicken. Let it sit for 1/2 hour before adding to the griddle as the longer it sits, the more it bubbles, which makes a better, airy, fluffy pancake. HELPFUL HINT: Resist the urge to stir the batter as it rests or you will lose the "fluffiness"! Enjoy!
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Apple Sausage Pancakes

Reviewed: Dec. 26, 2013
The sausage pancakes were good, but what really makes this recipe 5 star is the apple cider syrup. I used Honeycrisp apple cider as the base and fresh squeezed lemon juice to cut the sweetness of the cider. Definitely will stay in the "go to" recipe box! Thanks Kathy for a great twist on a breakfast staple!
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Delicious Chicken Casserole

Reviewed: Dec. 26, 2013
I found this recipe to be somewhat bland and runny. The second time I made it, I added 1/2 cup more rice and a 1/2 cup more homemade chicken stock, changed one can of cream of chicken soup to one can of cream of celery soup, decreased the salt by half but doubled the celery salt, pepper, onion and garlic powder to add flavor. To introduce vegetables into this casserole, add broccoli or peas. HELPFUL HINT: Use rotisserie chicken from your local market on busy nights to speed the process along.
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Fluffy French Toast

Reviewed: Dec. 26, 2013
Perfect French toast and so easy to customize to one's own family preferences. For a little more "oomph", I occasionally add Grand Marnier and use a thick raisin bread... As other reviewers have noted, you need to stir the egg mixture from time to time as the cinnamon and flour settle to the bottom and let the toast soak up the egg so the full flavor comes through. HELPFUL HINTS: Try serving this with a scoop of warmed apple pie filling spooned on top or add a caramel glaze (1/2 cup butter, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup cream, 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla on a slow boil for 4 minutes) or Isybel's "Blueberry Sauce" from this site. All are equally as good and wonderful with this French toast recipe. Enjoy!
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