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Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Soup

Reviewed: Sep. 2, 2009
Delicious! I made it almost exactly as written, except I was a little worried about the beer since some reviewers said it gave it a weird taste. I only used 8oz of beer and the other 4oz I replaced with chicken stock. I am sure it would have been just as delicious if I had left it alone. Will definitely make again!
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Pina Colada Pork Chops

Reviewed: Sep. 2, 2009
I changed this recipe around to be more like an actual pina colada, and it turned out amazing! I only gave it 4 stars because of all of the changed I felt I had to make, but I didn't make it the original way. It just seems bland. First, I marinated the pork longer than what it says to do - probably about 30 minutes. I added a full lime to the marinade, and then added some limeade to completely submerge the pork chops. I used fresh coconut water, and ended up using all that was in the coconut (I wanted more coconut flavor than what the recipe called for). I added about 3 tablespoons of rum extract (I liked a lot of rum flavor too - others may want to use less). I also added a small can of crushed pineapple. Then to thicken it, I put a bit of corn starch in it, boiled it, then simmered it for about 10 minutes. The end result was fantastic. Next time I may use coconut cream instead, and maybe even some real rum.
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Greek Garbanzo Bean Salad

Reviewed: Sep. 22, 2009
Nice and refreshing! =] I made only a couple of changes. I had a carton of cherry tomatoes, so I just went ahead and used all of it. I also had a 5 oz. container of feta cheese, and probably would have used all of that too, except I wanted to save a little bit for another salad. I left out the onion, but only because I don't care for them. The only real suggestions I would make is to add more feta, and probably use less Italian dressing. I think it turned out a little too mushy with the amount this recipe called for. Perhaps add it little by little to see what consistency you are happy with.
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Garlic Butter Shrimp

Reviewed: Sep. 22, 2009
Simple and delicious! I used pre-cooked, frozen shrimp, so I didn't have to cook it quite as long. Instead of measuring out the lemon juice, I just used about half of a lemon and it tasted great. I also sprinkled in some lemon pepper seasoning. I didn't have time to make rice, so I actually just served it over Ramen Noodles (I know ... classy ... but it was just me and my husband =]) I had the chicken flavor on hand, but I bet shrimp flavor might have been even better. We both loved it! Definitely a good one to make when short on time.
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Caramel Apple Pork Chops

Reviewed: Oct. 29, 2009
Delicious! I thought this recipe sounded different, and I happened to have everything on hand. I omitted the salt and pepper (I figured it could be put on later - my husband put it on his but I left it off). I used salted butter because that is what I had. I added more brown sugar and cinnamon to taste. I do think one apple is probably fine. I only put 2-3 slices on top of each pork chop. But since I cut up more apples, I used the remaining sauce (I had doubled the sauce) and threw some extra apples in there to make a yummy dessert! =]
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Deep Dish Potato and Pumpkin Pie

Reviewed: Oct. 29, 2009
I thought this was good, however I think it could have used a little more "kick". I am thinking about making it as a Thanksgiving side dish perhaps with some chili powder, red pepper flakes, or something of that nature. Or maybe some ground turkey or sausage would be good. I did not make the crust, but I thought it would make a better side dish than a pie.
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Michelle's Coconut Chicken Curry

Reviewed: Oct. 29, 2009
This wasn't my favorite. Kind of a dull flavor. I used a fresh coconut ... not sure if that was better or worse to use. I probably would have liked it a lot better if I had used different vegetables. The cauliflower was much too bland for this particular recipe. Plus I ended up with way more cauliflower than needed. Some heartier, more flavorful vegetables probably would have made a world of difference.
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Sparkling Oranges

Reviewed: Oct. 29, 2009
Light and refreshing dish. I used half oranges and half grapefruit. I think ruby red grapefruit would have been better. Next time I think I will use a peach or apricot jelly instead of the orange marmalade to make it sweeter. With the added grapefruit, I think it took away from some of the sweetness it would have had, but I do think it was a good change with some adjustments.
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Honey-Garlic Glazed Meatballs

Reviewed: Oct. 29, 2009
I had not ever made homemade meatballs before, but these were fairly easy to make and turned out great! I omitted the onions because I don't care for them. I used the suggestion of another reviewer and lined my pans with foil (non-stick) and that worked just fine. Less mess. They didn't stick at all. I doubled the sauce because it didn't look like quite enough. I actually made these for dinner, and although they were delicious, I think it would be much better as an appetizer for a party, since they are a little rich. I will definitely make them for my next get together!
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Caramelized Baked Chicken

Reviewed: Mar. 6, 2010
This is fantastic! I followed the ingredients exactly except that I didn't add any salt (there is already a whole lot of soy sauce) and I sprinkled in some red pepper flakes. I boiled the sauce along with some corn starch, then simmered it for about 10 minutes. I poured the sauce over the chicken (I used 3.5 lbs boneless skinless breasts) and baked it for about 40 minutes, taking it out about every 10 minutes to flip and baste it. I had also pierced the chicken several times so the flavor would soak through a little bit. The sauce didn't caramelize - in fact it stayed a little thin even with the corn starch - but the flavor was so delicious it didn't matter what consistency it was. My husband and I both loved it. I will definitely make this again.
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Simple Taco Soup

Reviewed: Feb. 4, 2011
Delicious and super easy! After browning the meat, I made this in the slow cooker set to low and ate it about 8 hours later. I prefer to make soups in the slow cooker to really enhance the flavors, not to mention that it adds to the ease of this recipe. I used black beans instead of pinto beans. I omitted the stewed tomatoes and added a little more than twice the amount of water called for as it seemed a little too thick (I just filled the chili bean can twice with water). Came out perfect. My husband normally puts hot sauce on everything, but didn't even bother with this. It has quite a kick to it, but I think it was a good amount of spiciness. If you aren't big on spicy foods, I would leave out the can of green chilies, but we loved it. I topped it with shredded sharp cheddar and some crushed Cool Ranch Doritos and it was incredible. Definitely will be making this one again - and soon! =]
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Italian Chicken Skillet

Reviewed: Nov. 24, 2011
My version had a sort of Italian/Mexican fusion since I was working with things I had on hand, but it turned out quite tasty. Instead of the tomatoes it called for, I used a 10 oz. can of diced tomatoes with green chilis. I thickened the sauce with some corn starch and added a sprinkle of Italian seasoning and cayenne pepper. I ended up using probably more like 10-12 oz. of the seashell pasta and used sharp cheddar instead of mozzarella. Sounded weird, but I tasted it along the way and was pleased with the result. Perhaps I'll try it as written if I happen to have the correct ingredients as I'm sure it's good either way.
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Super-Delicious Zuppa Toscana

Reviewed: Feb. 26, 2012
Absolutely fantastic! I have made this twice now, both within about a month. The first time I used half and half instead of heavy cream, because that's what I had on hand, and the second time with the cream. Both tasted the same to me. I also used spinach one time and kale the next, and they were both very good. I omitted the onions only because I don't care for them, and I only used 3 potatoes, but they were large russet potatoes. I added the potatoes at the same time as the broth, let it boil about 10 minutes or so, then added everything else while still on high heat (including the spinach, because I liked the texture better a little more wilted) until the potatoes were soft. This is definitely one of my favorite recipes. I wonder if I could make it kid friendly but still delicious if I omitted the red pepper flakes and/or used mild sausage.
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Tantalizingly Tangy Meatloaf

Reviewed: Apr. 10, 2012
Loved the glaze! So good. I used ground turkey instead of beef. I will definitely add more seasoning to the meat next time as it was a little bland. Even some salt and pepper would have helped. I made extra glaze and used some on ham. It was delicious!
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Sloppy Joe Sandwiches

Reviewed: Apr. 25, 2012
Mmm, simple and good! I love that it includes ingredients you probably already have on hand, and still tastes delicious.
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Banana Crumb Muffins

Reviewed: Apr. 28, 2012
Delicious! I added a pinch of cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla and subbed 1/4 cup of coconut flour for some of the white. I was going to add the topping later, but they finished baking early. Still great without. I would have added walnuts but I wanted my little guy to try them.
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Baked Lemon-Basil Pasta

Reviewed: May 9, 2012
Very good! I used a whole chicken breast. I didn't realize I only had about 1 cup of sour cream, so I also halved the garlic, white wine, and lemon juice. Since I had already boiled all of the pasta without realizing I didn't have enough sour cream, I just dumped in what looked good enough. The rest of the ingredients I just guessed as well. Turned out great! Could have even used two chicken breasts to make more servings.
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Pecan-Crusted Pork with Pumpkin Butter

Reviewed: Jun. 25, 2012
Ooh, fantastic! Followed it exactly, except I had to use half walnuts as I didn't have enough pecans, and allspice instead of cloves since that's all I had. Other than that, I will probably cook it on medium heat next time because the nuts were getting pretty dark. But excellent recipe!
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Chef John's Chocolate Egg Cream

Reviewed: Jun. 25, 2012
Very refreshing!
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Zucchini Cookies

Reviewed: Aug. 26, 2012
Delicious! I made some changes, but I'm sure they are amazing as is. I substituted whole wheat for white flour, used real butter, omitted the cloves, and instead of raisins I used coconut flakes and dark chocolate chips. They are unbelievably soft, fluffy, and moist. Definite winner!
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