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Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff I

Reviewed: Jun. 4, 2011
5 stars for a great easy recipe for the busy on-the-go parent! Doubled the sauce!!! Added 1/2 tsp of fresh minced garlic, 1/2 packet of dry Italian-style salad dressing and 1/2 packet of Lipton's dry onion/ beefy/ mushroom soup mix to give the stroganoff extra flavor complexity. Subbed low sodium beef broth for the water, and low sodium worcestershire for the regular. Added sauteed mushrooms 1/2 hour prior to the finish and stirred in sour cream to taste prior to serving! Helpful hint: Check the intensity of your crockpot as some are "hotter" than others and you may not need to cook the stroganoff the full 8 hours as the recipe lists. Thanks Jessica - great recipe!
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Rempel Family Meatloaf

Reviewed: Jun. 4, 2011
Wonderful meatloaf! To avoid the saltiness that many reviewers have noted, try using 2.5 tbsp of dried minced onions in place of the dry onion soup mix. As I was out of ketchup, I subbed chili glaze (small round bottle) which gave the the meatloaf an additional kick, and used the glaze noted in "Connie's Jan 2009" review. Very tasty!!!! Reviewers Please Note: If you can find cheese crackers such as Carr's cheese melts (gourmet crackers), they truly make this recipe go from wonderful to over the top! Thanks Connie for a great submission!
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High Temperature Eye-of-Round Roast

Reviewed: Jun. 4, 2011
Tender, juicy, absolutely superb!!! 5 stars with no modifications for a cut of beef that is known for it's toughness! For my family's personal taste, I created a paste of fresh garlic, dried minced onions, fresh cracked black pepper, hickory smoked sea salt (from William and Sonoma), tsp of liquid smoke and olive oil. Spread the paste on the roast and let it come to room temp (an hour +) before popping it into the oven using the exact directions stated in the recipe!!!! Came out beautifully..... Sliced the remainder of the roast extremely thin and used the leftovers the next day in french dip sandwiches. To prepare the Au Jus: mix 1 tbsp minced garlic, 1/2 tbsp rosemary, 3 bay leaves, a cup of low sodium soy sauce, 1 tsp peppercorns, 6 cups of low sodium beef broth and bring to a low rolling boil for 30 minutes or so. Strain and serve with the sandwiches - try this recipe I GUARANTEE you will not be disappointed! Thanks LynB for the submission!!!
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Spicy Garlic Lime Chicken

Reviewed: Jun. 1, 2011
This recipe is five stars as written, but to spice it up, I doubled the spice mixture, increased the cayenne pepper to 1/2 tsp. Right before finishing the "sauce" I added 1/2 cup of chicken broth per another reviewers suggetion, a "turn" of margarita mix, a splash of tequila, 1.5 tbs of honey and let bubble for two plus minutes. Perfect mix of sweet and spice!!!
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Chicken Cordon Bleu II

Reviewed: May 29, 2011
This recipe is definitely worthy of 5 stars as is and have made it numerous times to validate the rating. However, I couldn't resist experimenting..... For a little variation, I added fresh spinach, laying it down against the chicken, then the ham, and lastly the cheese to lock it in so it doesn't ooze out as many reviewers have notedl! Also, instead of adding the paprika to the bread crumbs, I added it to the gravy along with a 1/2 tsp of garlic salt. NOTE: To cut down on the fat, I put the chicken straight into the oven, skipping the browning and made the "sauce" on the side. Absolujtely wonderful!!!! HELPFUL HINT: For those of you that live in the state of Texas or the South, try the "Four Sisters and a Brother" roasted garlic bread crumbs! www.4sistersandabrother.com. It absolutely made this dish and, no, I have NO affiliation with this site, they just make an amazing product that I can order on-line that enhances the flavor of this recipe....
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Absolute Mexican Cornbread

Reviewed: Apr. 4, 2011
Oh my!!! Way too much butter.... A 1/2 cup of butter was sufficient and the bread was still moist. Added diced red peppers, 1/2 tsp onion powder and corn OFF the cob that had been grilled. To give the bread more complexity and a little more zip, use Pepperjack cheese in place of the Monterey Jack.
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Pork Chalupas

Reviewed: Apr. 4, 2011
Be prepared to feed an army! This recipe feeds A LOT! I am rating this a 3 star due to the excessive salt the first time I made it. 2nd time I made it, I soaked the beans overnight and then proceeded to follow the recipe using pork roast loin to help cut down on the fat. Added an extra tablespoon of garlic powder, 1/2 tablespoon of ancho chili powder and 1/4 cup of dried minced onion and let it cook adding 1 tablespoon of garlic salt in place of the regular salt at the end. Thought it was going to have to much liquid, but after shredding the meat and adding back to the crockpot, it was just perfect! TWO SIDE NOTES: 1.) Adding a potato while cooking will take the gassiness out of beans! 2.) Adding salt BEFORE the beans finish cooking guarantee they will remain hard - wait until the end to add your salt!
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Guinness® Corned Beef

Reviewed: Apr. 3, 2011
The second time I made this I added a 1/4 cup of whole black peppercorns, 2 cloves garlic and 2 bay leaves (remove bay leaves prior to serving) and cook per the instructions. Absolutely fantastic and definitely better than the written recipe - Make sure your beef is covered and for those wondering, the flat cut works best for this recipe!
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Irish Chicken and Dumplings

Reviewed: Mar. 29, 2011
Very, very bland! Before adding the dumplings, I tasted the "stew" and couldn't believe how bland it actually was..... I used chicken broth, in place of the water (next time I'll use chicken stock vs broth for more flavor), added another can of cream of chicken w/herbs, 2 tsp of onion powder, 1 tsp of garlic powder, 1/2 tsp of garlic salt, 1 tsp of black powder and 2 tsp of poultry seasoning. Helpful hint: DO NOT "drop" your dumplings to close together ~ to cook properly they need room to breathe and the liquid needs to bubble up between them. Better with the listed changes. This recipe has potential, but definitely needs spicing up!
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Cheesy Potato and Corn Chowder

Reviewed: Mar. 19, 2011
For such a short list of unassuming, everyday items, this recipe is outstanding! Every cooks dream for a quick easy meal!!! Helpful hints: Use olive oil (better for you) in place of the margarine and "simply" diced potatoes with onions if you are pressed for time. I used 1/2 and 1/2 and the country sausage gravy mix (as that's all I had). Added corn that I had grilled during the summer and froze for stews and soups in the winter... Wow, the smokey flavor using the frozen corn from the grill infused the soup with that little something extra chefs strive for! On a side note: I was rather skeptical of using the Mexican style Velvetta, but the creaminess of the cheese is what smoothed the flavor out and gave it the extra spice to keep it from being bland... Simply wonderful!
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London Broil II

Reviewed: Mar. 18, 2011
Using a london broil vs flank steak (as the recipe indicates) I added 2 tsp of lemon juice to assist in the tenderizing process, then marinated the meat for three days. Definitely more tender than a regular london broil using the marinade.... Next time I'll up the garlic and omit the oregano which overpowered the other flavors in the marinade. Will make again with modifications.
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Zesty Slow Cooker Chicken Barbecue

Reviewed: Mar. 7, 2011
Outstanding recipe! Added 3 cloves of minced garlic, one tbs of liquid smoke and Sweet Baby Ray's Hickory and Brown Sugar BBQ sauce! To avoid the wateriness of this dish that other reviewers have noted, try using chicken that has not been frozen and adjust your cook time accordingly. Served on rolls with carmelized onions and choice of cheese with a side of sweet potato fries.... My family of men LOVED this dish!!! HELPFUL HINT: Use the leftover chicken on Texas Chicken Quesadillas found on this site. Outstanding way to use up the leftovers!
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Angel Chicken Pasta

Reviewed: Mar. 7, 2011
Wonderful easy dish that translates well to a slow cooker. Used 1 package of Garlic Herb Italian Dressig mix as that's all I had. Cut back on the butter to 1/8 cup. Added 1 tsp of minced garlic and 1 8oz package of mushrooms. Sauce was a little thinner that I anticipated, but nothing a nice golden roux couldn't correct!. This is a great recipe to make ahead or freeze: Prepare recipe as directed. Transfer to a 13- x 9-inch baking dish, and let cool completely. Can be frozen up to three months. Thaw before reheating. To reheat, cover tightly with aluminum foil, and bake at 325° for 45 minutes. Uncover and bake 15 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Easy, uncomplicated, simple ingredients that will tantilize your tastebuds upon the first bite.
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Absolutely Ultimate Potato Soup

Reviewed: Feb. 27, 2011
Good base soup to build on for personal preference. I felt the soup definitely lacked flavor, but wasn't sure if it was me, so I asked hubby to taste it. Immediate response; "terrible"! Thought he was kidding me, but alas, he was not.... Back to the stove top it went; added chicken boullion to give the soup more complexity and depth, extra garlic, white pepper (better with cream bases than black pepper), leeks, celery, garlic salt, tsp of hot pepper sauce, dried parsley and a tad bit more tarragon. Didn't need to puree the soup as the potatoes melted away. Ultimate potato soup with additions!
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Famous Pork Chops

Reviewed: Feb. 27, 2011
Very disappointing. Little flavor and soggy chops! This recipe requires too many modifications to prevent it from joining the ranks of "just another pork chop" which unfortunately as written, it is......
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Mouth-Watering Stuffed Mushrooms

Reviewed: Feb. 14, 2011
Wow, these are ever so good exactly as written!!! For my family's personal preference, I added the following.... 16 oz of ground sausage, increased the Parmesan to 1/2 cup and the garlic to 1.5 tbsp, and then rolled the top of the stuffed mushrooms in the Parmesan cheese and Italian seasoned Panko bread crumbs prior to baking. Created a great little crunch with wonderful oozy goodness underneath. Absolutely divine!!!
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Artichoke Bruschetta

Reviewed: Feb. 14, 2011
Wonderful, quick, easy appetizer that looks and taste both professional and elegant. After reading through numerous reviews, following are the most common listed changes: 1.) toast the crostini; 2.) add a clove of minced garlic; 3.) less mayo - 2 vs 5 tablespoons; 4.) add tomato; 5.) reduce the red onion to 1/4 cup finely minced or substitute shallots; 6.) top with cheese prior to baking. With or without the changes, this appetizer is wonderful!
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Fra Diavolo Sauce With Pasta

Reviewed: Jan. 24, 2011
5 stars for simple ingredients that contribute to a flavorful pasta dish. For ease I substituted diced tomatoes for whole peeled tomatoes, added 1/2 cup of white wine, 1/2 tsp of oregano and cut back on the red pepper flakes to 3/4 tsp, brought the mixture to a boil, and then simmered until the sauce thickened and reduced down, around 30 - 40 minutes. Added the shrimp and scallops to the sauce the last 5 minutes and let the heat cook the seafood (saves an additional pot to clean). Any type of seafood, mussels, clams, etc., would do well in this dish. Prior to serving stir in Italian parsley (flat leaf parsley) and 3 tbsp of fresh basil. Buon Apetito!
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Baked Asparagus with Balsamic Butter Sauce

Reviewed: Jan. 18, 2011
Not only healthy but good for you! A MUST: Brown the butter for the full richness of this side dish!
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Asparagus with Parmesan Crust

Reviewed: Jan. 18, 2011
Unbelievably good..... loved this recipe! Made it on the grill the 2nd time as it was summer and didn't want to heat up the house using the oven. So much better with the smoky taste from the grill. One a side note: Use a good balsamic vinegar and Parmigiano Reggiano cheese as you can definitely tell the difference!
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