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Rich and Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

Reviewed: Mar. 22, 2009
I followed a few tips from past reviews and this soup turned out to be AMAZING! 1. Used a 28 oz can of diced tomatos 2. Sauted some garlic and shallots in butter (plus white wine if you have it) and added them to the tomato juice 3. Doubled the basil - you can pretty much add to taste 4. Cut the butter in half - you can always add more 5. Used a combo of half/half and whipping cream. I made two batches and thought that the combo of the two tasted the best. However, if I only could use one it would have been the whipping cream (the half/half was too "thin" not enough richness) 6. Simmer and Season!!!! Time and seasoning go a long way so don't skip them! 7. If adding to a blender - do so in smaller portions otherwise the heat/pressure will blow your top right off! 8. GOOD LUCK!!!!
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Awesome Baked Sea Scallops

Reviewed: Mar. 22, 2009
I followed some of the past reviewers and made a few changes 1. I used bay scallops - about 3/4 lb because there was just two of us, not to mention they were a whole lot cheaper. 2. Cut the breadcrumb stuff in half . . . at least! 3. Sauted the garlic/shallots in a little bit of butter and some white wine before I put them in with the scallops Thanks everyone for your helpful tips!
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Sweet, Sticky and Spicy Chicken

Reviewed: Mar. 22, 2009
If you like a lot of sauce (as in cover your chicken, vegetables, and rice) - double it! If you just want to coat the chicken, probably leave it as it is. I added some frozen stir-fry vegetables and they were great! I would, however, watch the amount of ginger - maybe start with less and work your way up to the full amount. I found it a little overpowering.
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Reuben Casserole

Reviewed: Mar. 29, 2009
Great substitute for the sandwich! Here are the changes I made thanks to other reviews . . . 1. I made half of the recipe since it was just me eating it - I used a 9X9 square glass pan and it was perfect! 2. The upside-down method worked really well - you spray the pan with cooking spray, add the meat, kraut, dressing, cheese, and THEN the bread. 3. The bread should be sprayed with cooking spray as well. I thought maybe tossing it with olive oil would have worked nicely too. Also, I roughly chopped up the meat to make it easier to scoop out of the pan later. 4. I used reduced-fat 1000 Island dressing and used a bit more than half since I like the flavor. 5. Season the bread with PEPPER and NO MORE salt!!! The corned beef and kraut are salty enough! 6. I baked for about 25 minutes uncovered and then served it with a crisp green vegetable :) ***Addendum*** I have now made this recipe many times! 1. Tossed quite a few cubes of bread in olive oil and just threw them on top of the casserole. The bread shrinks when it bakes so feel free to pile them on there. 2. I accidentally bought pastrami and it turned out just fine!
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Restaurant-Style Zuppa Toscana

Reviewed: Mar. 31, 2009
Almost like the real thing! BE CAREFUL WITH THE SALT. Here are the changes I made . . . 1. Browned 1 lb Italian ground turkey 2. Cooked the bacon and set aside. Drained the pan of almost all of the bacon fat and then cooked the onions and garlic in that. I don't know if I would even use the bacon in the soup. I suspect that is what made it SOOOOO salty. You need to still cook the onions in the browned bits though. 3. Used 4 bouillion cubes and 6 cups of water. 4. Fat free half and half instead of cream. 5. Yukon potatoes are the best! They have the best flavor with the skins included. 6. NO EXTRA SALT. SERIOUSLY. I think the bacon might have made it too salty.
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Special Buttercream Frosting

Reviewed: Apr. 5, 2009
Here are just a few things I did differently . . . 1. I cut the recipe in half and it frosted 24 cupcakes (generously) and had about 1 cup left-over. 2. Used a hand-mixer - if you do this, make sure to add extra beating time. 3. Added one cup of powdered sugar at a time, beating until smooth after each one. 4. I added the liquids in with the last cup of powdered sugar and beat the heck out of it! 5. Make sure you have extra vanilla and powdered sugar on-hand in case you want it a bit sweeter. I ended up adding more of both.
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Mexican Mocha Mix

Reviewed: Apr. 5, 2009
Pretty good recipe! I did, however, omit the instant coffee granules because I make my own espresso. So I heat my milk (about 1 1/4 c), whisk in the mix (3 1/2 tbsp or to taste), and add 2 shots of espresso = one great mexican mocha!
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BBQ Glazed Homemade Meatballs

Reviewed: Apr. 6, 2009
Good Good Good!!! I made a few changes and it was excellent. 1. Cut the sugar in half!! It is too sweet otherwise. 2. I used 1 1/2 lb elk meat and it turned out great. 3. Made a bit more sauce to completely coat the meatball. Like 1 1/2X as much.
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To Die For Blueberry Muffins

Reviewed: Apr. 14, 2009
Very good! Made a few changes . . . 1. I used a little more than a cup of fresh diced strawberries because I didn't have blueberries. 2. Used buttermilk. 3. Substituted brown sugar for the white sugar for the topping. 4. Maybe could make less topping - I had a lot leftover. 5. Filled 6 jumbo muffin liners to the top! Make sure to grease the top of the pan as well!
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Mozzarella Puffs

Reviewed: Apr. 18, 2009
They are great when they're piping hot but just okay when they're cold. I heavily seasoned the tops with pizza seasoning and garlic powder. I also served the sauce seperate instead of putting it into the puff itself.
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Mini Cheesecake Bites

Reviewed: Apr. 18, 2009
I rated this 4 stars because I couldn't make the actual recipe - my local grocery store did not sell the puff pastry! GREAT LOOKING DESSERT! Here are the changes I made . . . 1. I used phyllo dough (mini shells) for the crusts. They were already cooked so all I had to do was let them thaw - which only takes 10 minutes. I did, however, opt to crisp them in the oven following the package instructions. 2. You probably need to make twice the amount of filling, even if using the puff pastry! I did and it filled 15 mini phyllo shells with about 1/2 c left over. 3. I piped the filling into the shells - this is way better than using a spoon! 4. Decorated with fruit and drizzled with chocolate. Yum!!!
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Clark's Quiche

Reviewed: Apr. 20, 2009
Awesome recipe!! I halved the recipe and only made one because it was just me eating it. I made a few minor adjustments . . . 1. Instead of the two kinds of shredded cheese I used just one (colby jack) and used about a cup. 2. Even with the help from the other suggestions, my filling spilled over while baking so make sure to cook it on a foil lined baking sheet.
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Teriyaki Pork

Reviewed: May 2, 2009
This recipe kind of reminds me of a Generals Chicken maybe? Either way, it's a great place to start! Here are the changes I made: 1. I made 1 1/2X the sauce. I probably could have gotten by with 1 1/4X as much but it just didn't seem like the original recipe was going to be enough. Because I had the extra sauce, I did not do the chicken broth + corn starch step. 2. I used a bag of stir-fry vegetables, 1 small can of sliced waterchestnuts, and some misc. vegetables I had in the fridge. You really can use whatever you want though! 3. I did add about 1 1/2 tsp of flour to my extra sauce to thicken it up. 4. I like spicy food so I added crushed red pepper as well. 5. Served over brown rice!
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Burrito Pie

Reviewed: May 8, 2009
This was okay - I don't know if it was better than taco bowls but maybe worth another go. I made a few changes . . . 1. I added a packet of taco seasoning (just the seasoning - no additional water) to the meat. 2. I also added a can of rinsed black beans and a can of drained sweet corn to the meat mixture. 3. I also added some peach salsa to the top before baking for some extra flavor. 4. Before serving I sprinkled some finely chopped cilantro for some extra color.
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Wild River Bloody Mary Mix

Reviewed: May 8, 2009
Great recipe! I don't know how well I followed the directions but it's a great place to start! Here's what I did . . . 1. I started with a 64 oz bottle of tomato juice so I actually dumped out (and saved!) a few ounces to try to make 48 oz. 2. I ended up adding about a tbsp of horseradish, extra pepper, extra hot sauce, and some garlic powder. 3. I actually packed the mix, a jar of pickles, some cut-up celery in a plastic bag, a jar of olives, and a bottle of vodka in a cooler and had a traveling bloody mary bar!
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Dried Cherries, Pecans and Rosemary Brie en Croute

Reviewed: May 15, 2009
Great recipe! I could have eaten the whole thing by myself! It's a little sweet but I didn't mind it. Here are a few changes I made . . . 1. Used an 8 oz brie because that's all I could find. It worked just fine! 2. Didn't use fresh rosemary - the dried stuff worked great! Used 1/2 tsp. 3. Substituted dried cranberries for the cherries 4. Rolled to only a 12 in square and it covered my brie.
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Stuffed Jalapenos III

Reviewed: May 15, 2009
These are spicy little snacks! I loved them but some of them were a bit too spicy. Here are a few changes I made . . . 1. WEAR GLOVES - otherwise you'll ruin your eyes/contacts for a day. 2. Thanks to another review, I used raspberry cream cheese instead of the plain stuff. Don't worry about getting the whipped kind, you can just beat it with a fork. IT'S AWESOME! 3. I stuffed my halved peppers, sprinkled them with BROWN SUGAR, and then wrapped them in smoked turkey bacon. The turkey bacon was perfect due to its thickness. 4. I also used a whole piece of bacon. 5. I also used chive/onion cream cheese (w/o the brown sugar step) and those were great too!
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Make-Ahead Spinach Manicotti

Reviewed: Jun. 6, 2009
This recipe turned out pretty good with a few adjustments. 1. I added about 3/4 lb spicy Italian style ground turkey (browned) to my sauce. The meat is AWESOME! I use that stuff in everything and always have a lb or so in my freezer. Where I'm from it's generally pretty cheap (on sale $2, $3 if not) and still healthier for you than sausage. 2. I cooked about half a shallot and some cloves of garlic in a little bit of butter and added them to the cheese mixture. 3. Used grated parmesan cheese instead of shredded because that's what I had! 4. Used Fat Free ricotta!!! 5. I used less water and more sauce.
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Hearty Corn Chowder

Reviewed: Jun. 15, 2009
FANTASTIC RECIPE!! I LOVED this soup! I followed this recipe almost perfectly! Here are a few things that I did: 1. I used yukon potatoes. 2. Instead of using 1 cup of water I used 1 cup of chicken broth (use REDUCED sodium). 3. DO NOT ADD ANY SALT. Wait until the bacon and sausage have simmered for awhile and THEN add to taste. 4. I used regular evaporated milk but next time I'll try fat-free. 5. YOU MUST ADD THE DILL WEED. It totally adds flavor. 6. Pepper!!! Pepper!!!
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Beet Salad with Goat Cheese

Reviewed: Jun. 15, 2009
The salad itself was good but I didn't care for the dressing. Maybe it's just me because other people seemed to like it! Here are the things I did differently: 1. Roasted the beets - Scrubbed and cut off the ends. Wrapped in foil and put on a baking sheet (this is a MUST DO). Bake at 400 F for 45 min-1 hr. Let cool and then slice 2. Used feta cheese instead of goat. 3. Made 3X the walnuts. Awesome! 4. Other than the dressing - the salad itself is good.
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