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Hamburger Steak with Onions and Gravy

Reviewed: Jan. 20, 2014
Super Yummy!! I made one substitution and one addition. I also doubled the gravy and made 1 1/2 meat patties (made 7). It was a day where I had to run out to do an errand late afternoon so I cooked the onions slowly in olive oil and threw in 8 oz. of sliced mushrooms that I had near the end (the addition). I made the patties while this cooked and put them in the fridge while I let the onion mix cool and ran out. I then took the onions out of the pan, browned the patties, took them out and rhen deglazed the pan with white wine (the substitution-no sherry). I think red wine would work, too. I put the onion mix back in and followed the gravy instructions. I returned the patties as directed. I served with mashed potatoes and steamed broccoli. The gravy was DELICIOUS. Hubby said very little during dinner-he was eating up!
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Braised Balsamic Chicken

Reviewed: Nov. 11, 2013
Yummy! I stumbled across this recipe while searching for another. It was easy, healthy and delicious. I wasn't sure about the vinegar but took a chance and so glad that I did. I subbed 2 cloves of minced garlic for the garlic salt (not a fan of garlic salt) and used chicken breast tenders. The sauce was exactly as written. I thought we'd have leftovers but hubby had 2 big servings and proceded to pack the leftovers for lunch with just a bit left over. I served it with rice and a wedge salad. I think this would be great with pork tenderloin or chops, too. Will definitely make again. Thanks!
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Super Summer Salsa

Reviewed: Sep. 9, 2013
Delicious! I made this to take to a party. It was so easy, too. I cut the sugar to 1/4 cup and this was plenty (the rice vinegar is kind of sweet, I think) added a can of petite diced tomatoes with jalapenos (drained), a bunch of chopped cilantro and about a 1/2 TBSP of olive oil. (I was going to add a chopped avacado but it wasn't quite ripe). It was devoured. The bones of this recipe are really great and you can add to suit your personal tastes and guests. I am going to try it with other vinegars to see how it is. Thanks for this recipe!
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Bow Ties with Sausage, Tomatoes and Cream

Reviewed: Aug. 15, 2013
This was very good! (I must confess that I am not a huge pasta fan but my husband loves it.) To make it a bit more healthy I used whole wheat penne, fat free half and half, Italian chicken sausage and stirred about 9 ounces of baby spinach into the sauce. The sauce was really good. I liked the spiciness but my husband thought it a bit hot so I will decrease the red paper flakes next time. I will definitely make again. Would be good with any added veggies, too, like mushrooms or zucchini. Thanks.
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Molly's Chicken

Reviewed: Jun. 23, 2013
I'd like to say that I kind of messed up. I purposefully cut up a vidalia onion and a bunch of carrots to put under the chicken. It was hot today and I didn't want to deal with the stove or grill. I placed the chicken (2 pounds of skinless thighs) on top of the veggies and decided to double the sauce to serve over egg noodles. By mistake I opened a can of diced Italian tomatoes instead of the sauce. I put those in the sauce and then also put an 8 oz can of tomatoe sauce, too. I thought it was very good, particularly for the ease of the recipe. Picky son ate it up. Te chicken was very tasty and tender! I think next time I will add some cornstarch to thicken the sauce and I will cut back a bit on the soy sauce. I think this would be equally good with stew beef or pork. Thanks, Molly.
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Chef John's Sloppy Joes

Reviewed: May 14, 2013
Delicious!! My son came home from college tonight and I made these to welcome him home. I wasn't sure how good they could be with such a simple bunch of ingrediants but they were great. I had them simmering and ready to go while I waited for him to arrive. I popped the buns into the oven to toast while the car was unpacked and served it with a ceasar salad. Voila...he was as happy as a clam and wolfed them down with lots of yumms and comments about not eating caf food. Hubby had 2! There is chocolate cake to complete the night. I made as written but subbed red pepper for green (personal preference) and just one cup of water. This will be my go to recipe. I liked all the ingrediants. Thanks, Chef John. Added: I have made this with ground beef, turkey and chicken. Made it with and without the peppers. Made it scaled with 1, 1 1/2 or 2 lbs of meat. It always comes out great! Serve with toasted buns, a salad or roasted veggies....delicious.
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Flank Steak with Mushroom Sauce

Reviewed: Dec. 8, 2012
This was very good...husband loved it. A few comments: I am not familiar with flank steak. The recipe said 1 flank steak. The one at the meat market was 2 lbs. Not sure if this is typical but thought maybe it could have used more sauce. Also, shallots are expensive and next time I will try regular onion. The beef broth was very tasty, but also not cheap. I may try to replicate it with bouillion and soy sauce with a bit of worcesteshirer. Will make again.
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Blueberry Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Reviewed: Aug. 3, 2012
This was good but not great. I read the reviews and had higher hopes. I cooked it for 60 minutes and thought maybe it was too long as it was well browned but it was very spongy on the lower half when cut and fell significantly when cooled (Maybe too much butter?). It was also TOO SWEET! I love sweet but it left a sweet aftertaste-weird. My kids liked it. I don't think I'll make this again, sorry.
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Honey Mustard Grilled Chicken

Reviewed: Jun. 3, 2012
The perfect combination of yummy, easy and quick. My teen son loved it. It was cold and rainy so I baked it covered in the oven. Very tender chicken. Served it with baked potatoe, asparagus and cornbread-yum! Would be great with rice or egg noodles to serve the sauce on. I'll try it on the grill per request of my son. It would also be good with pork chops. Thanks!
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Oven Pot Roast

Reviewed: Apr. 1, 2012
This is a great recipe!! Simple good food. My husband and 22 year old son grin and salivate over this like puppies! I love that it cooks away and I can get some things done and the house smells so good. Here is what I do. Brown the meat as directed in dutch oven (use olive oil, usually), use a sirloin roast, I use the wine to deglaze the pain. I mix a cup of low sodium beef both with the soup and a full envelope of the onion soup and pour over the roast and mix with the deglazed wine still in the pan. Cook for 2 3/4 hours, add potatoes, carrots and celery cut in large chunks and a 3 more cups of low low sodium beef broth and cook in oven for another 1 1/2 hours. I seem to need the extra broth for liquid both for the meat and the veggies. The result is a tender meat and great flavor in the meat, veggies and gravy. My husband sops up the gravy with bread and smiles. There is no need to try another potroast recipe. Many thanks!
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Nonie's Best BBQ

Reviewed: Mar. 31, 2012
Total comfort food and a great Saturday night supper. Brought me back to food served when I was growing up...simple good food. Made exactly as written except I subbed a medium minced onion for the 2 tsp (which I assumed was dried). I'd call this Sloppy Joe's. I may have given it 4 stars, though still loved it, but husband and son had 2 helpings and lots of yumms so I changed to a 5. It was a bit sweet but not overly so. Served it with toasted whole wheat buns, sweet potatoe fries and a green salad. It would be equally good over rice or with egg noodles. I will make it again and may eliminate the white sugar and add another TBSP of brown or may sub some tomatoe paste in for some of the ketchup. Thanks for the recipe!
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Basil Pork Chops

Reviewed: Mar. 21, 2012
I thought this was great. Pork was very tender. I'd rate the taste as 4.5 and ease as 5.5 so that makes a 5. Made as written and thought the sauce was not sweet-just right. Used my fingers to pat the coating. I did add a small onion cut in half and then sliced very thin and thought it added something to the dish. I think you could add mushrooms, too. The base recipe is fine, though. It is great to have something quick and good for weeknight dinner. Thanks!
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Grandma McAndrews' Irish Soda Bread

Reviewed: Feb. 18, 2012
Delicious!!! I just made 2 loaves after making a quick to disappear loaf a few weeks ago. My husband called it the giant scone! I love the simplicity, taste and tenderness of the bread. I have made other loaves of soda bread which I love but this is the most straight forward. Just finished a warm piece with a bowl of spicy chili-sounds odd but, really, a perfect match!! Update: I wanted to add that I made some last night to give in holiday gift bags. I divided the dough to make 2 smaller loaves...perfect size for gifts. The dough is very sticky and I just kind of mounded it and use a butter knife to kind of smooth it a bit. They baked up very well at 30 minutes, nice and golden. Awesome bread and great for toasting.
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Classic Goulash

Reviewed: Dec. 18, 2011
Easy and delicious comfort food. My husband and sons love this. I have made this a number of times with two minor changes: add a finely chopped red pepper and substitite one of the TBSP of soy sauce for a TBSP of Worcestershire sauce. This makes a large amount-great for pot lucks or football games. Top with a bit of shredded cheese. Serve with garlic bread and a salad.....yuuummm! Could try ground pork or turkey to change it up or even veggie crumbles to make it vegeterian. Thanks!
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Mashed Potato Soup

Reviewed: Nov. 26, 2011
Excellent and so easy! Have a ton of leftover mashed from Thanksgiving. I did double the recipe (to feed more than 3) but added an extra cup of mashed. I started by fine chopping 2 celery stalks I had to use up (so skipped th celery salt) with a chopped onion and 3 cloves of garlic (we love garlic) and sauted with olive oil in a soup pot until softened. I added the potatoes, milk, salt, pepper and 2 packets of chicken bouillion, warmed it up and it was ready. I didn't like that it was lumpy (maybe because my potatoes were so cold to start?) so I popped in my immersion blender to the pot and gave it a blending. There were still some bits of celery and potatoes but not as lumpy. This was so quick and easy. I did eat about 1/3 of a bowl and loved it. I then added some shredded cheese to the bowl and stirred. I must say, even though I am not a big cheese fan, that the cheese raised it up a notch and it was quite delicious. Two thumbs up from both my picky and non-picky sons. Will definitely make again and share the recipe with all of my relatives. A great recipe with little effort. Thanks!!
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BBQ Glazed Homemade Meatballs

Reviewed: Nov. 10, 2011
Delicious!! My son said "Make this again". For the meatballs I used regular oats and milk as that is what I had. The sauce was a bit of an adventure as I wanted to make 1.5 times the recipe and I didn't have enough ketchup (about 3/4 cup). I ended up adding a bit of barbecue sauce and then a small can of tomatoe paste and a can of water. Used about 1/3 cup of onion, 2 cloves of garlic and 1/2 cup of brown sugar. Was still delicious in spite of my patching it together. Thanks!
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Sweet Potato, Carrot, Apple, and Red Lentil Soup

Reviewed: Oct. 24, 2011
Delicious and healthy. I made as instructed except used 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil instead of butter and twice the minced ginger. I mashed the soup instead of pureeing it (make sure the ginger is minced small if doing this)I cooked it a day in advanced and warmed it. It was thick so I added some lowfat milk. It made a big batch and was surprisingly delicious. Perfect with a salad and garlic bread for a cool fall day dinner. Yuum-thanks!
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Grill Master Chicken Wings

Reviewed: Jan. 16, 2011
POSITIVELY YUMMY!!! I have been searching for a chicken wing recipe and this is the one. First of all it uses easy ingrediants and you can prep it ahead of time. I marinaded overnight and cooked in the afternoon. I flipped the plastic bag a few times last night and a few this morning. The second point is that you can cook them on the grill or in the oven depending on the weather/season. I cooked them per a previous recommendaton at 400 degrees for 40 minutes (lining pan with non stick foil). They browned beautifullyand looked just awesome. They were cooked just right. Make sure that wings are facing up. Third point is that they are delicious and the sauce gives it the perfect spice. The house smells great, too!! Thank you Grillmaster!!
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Sesame Green Beans

Reviewed: Dec. 26, 2010
DELICIOUS!!! Despite being simple and easy it was great. Made exactly as written but I tripled the recipe to serve with a Christmas buffet. Very well received-even by my picky teen and I had to eamil the link to my sister-in-law. Warning, though, to be careful. I wanted the sesame seeds well toasted and reached the exploding sesame seed stage. I just threw in the green beans and no more exploding. Also, I like crispier beans so I'd decrease the covered cooking time to about 5 minutes. I am making a smaller batch today to go with prime rib! Thanks for the recipe.
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Portobello Mushroom Burgers

Reviewed: Aug. 19, 2010
WOW...Super yummy, super easy, super healthy (the perfect trifecta!!). My son's vegetarian girlfriend gobbled it up and declared the best portobello ever! 2 minor changes due to supply issues: 2tsp Italian seasoning vs. separate basil and oregano; thin sliced mozzarella vs. provolone. Cooked it in a griddle pan on the stove. No buns but served with a side of garlic bread and "Summer Tomato Salad" from this site. Definitely a keeper. Much thanks!
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