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Recipe Reviews 5 reviews
Fish Chowder
My first foray into chowders = delicious! I read several reviews and made these changes: first, I started by browning 6 slices of center cut bacon in the bottom of the pan. Since they were center cut, I still needed to add the butter for the onion, mushrooms (used more than 4 bc I had them) and celery. I used two cans of chopped clams and added the clams (reserving the liquid for step 4) and 1 can of creamed corn after step 3. I added 1 tsp of Old Bay and found that was enough. Be careful adding salt if you add the bacon and that much Old Bay. At first it doesn't seem like there's enough liquid, but it makes for a thick, hearty chowder - and with so little dairy! We served it after clams casino and before lobster for Christmas Eve - bellisimo!

8 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 26, 2011
My Chili
Really good basic chili, though I did mix it up a bit. Instead of the 4 cans of stewed tomatoes, I used 2 cans of petite decided (plain) and 2 cans of petite decided with jalapenos. I'm a mild to moderate heat kind of girl, so adding these brought the right amount of heat. I also added another can of beans. I skipped the oregano (couldn't find it in my pantry), and added 1 tsp each of cumin (a must add for chili!), cinnamon and nutmeg. Garnish with sour cream and shredded cheddar blend, plus corn bread or tortilla chips on the side - perfecto!

15 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 28, 2010
Butternut and Apple Harvest Soup
Wonderful recipe, exactly what I was hoping for from a squash soup. I used a whole butternut squash (probably an extra cup) - no reason to waste! Based on some reviews, I used a sweet potato and added 2T brown sugar and 1t cinnamon. I (shockingly) didn't have any white wine in the house, so I used apple cider vinegar instead of the wine - word of caution: you do NOT need 1/4 cup of vinegar! 1T or 2T would be plenty. It didn't ruin the soup, but it was a tad zingier than I planned. I used the cream - for the amount you're adding to such a large pot, it doesn't make the fat content go through the roof, and adds extra depth. Pleased even the skeptics in the group. Making it again for Thanksgiving Eve!

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 22, 2010

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