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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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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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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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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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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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Chocolate Decadence Cake I

Reviewed: Mar. 28, 2010
Scrumptious!! Like chocolate silk! I wanted to make a dessert to bring to my sister-in-law who can't eat gluten and came across this. It was so easy and tasted great! I used bittersweet instead of the unsweetened chocolate as that's what I had on hand and I think it worked fine. I baked it in a springform pan as that was the only 10" I had so I put foil under the pan to keep the water from seeping in and it worked. They loved the dessert!!Great recipe!
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Mexican Lasagna

Reviewed: Mar. 14, 2010
I loved this and used the concept to make a really yummy dish. I had a bit of time to play with the recipe today and I did modify. First, I chopped a red pepper and medium onion to a small chop and sauteed it till soft in a bit of EVOO and then added 3 cloves of finely minced garlic and cooked for another minute or so. Then I addded the ground beef and browned until cooked and not pink. (I always make my tacos strating just this way. It is an easy and inexpensive way to add flavor and nutrition for my vegetable avoiding teen son). I then added the taco seasoning and a can of fire roated diced tomatoes with green chilies (Trader Joe's) and (because I like it a bit saucy) a 4 oz. can of tomatoe sauce. I also added a can of drained black beans and simmered for a bit. The ceramic pan was lightly greased with EVOO. I used the flour tortillas and put 4 on the bottom, half the beef mixture, a sprinkling of grated Mexican cheese, another layer or tortillas (3-but to kind of fit), beef and chesse then top with the tortillas, a layer of medium corn/black bean salsa and a layer of cheese. The total amount of cheese used was the 2 cup package and I used probably a cup of salsa. I baked for about 30 minutes and allowed it to sit for a bit. It was delicious and the chilis gave it just the right zing. I thought the amount of beef (1 lb) with the added veggies was just right. It made a good sized dish and we'll have leftovers. Thanks for this recipe!
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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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Luscious Lemon Cake

Reviewed: Feb. 28, 2010
I love this recipe (perfect for those last minute requirements) and have made it for a number of years with slight variation. I have used both yellow and white cake mixes and typically use the white one. I bake in a bundt and cool enought to remove. I place on a plate and poke numerous deep holes with a long serving fork or a skewer. I then slowly pour the hot glaze over it. Don't worry if some pools at the base. The trick to making this cake is to make it ahead (the night before or early morning). This allows time for the glaze to absorb into the cake and make it so moist and flavorful! The ideas for frosting and toppings listed in the comments are intriguing and I'll try some new additions now. Thanks!
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Easy Corn Chowder II

Reviewed: Nov. 27, 2009
Delicious! I doubled the recipe and added 2 diced carrots (which I needed to use up) and some diced ham. I sauted the carrots, onions and celery in a bit of olive oil to start with, added the ham and then the rest of the doubled ingrediants. I skipped the water step and added a 3rd can of milk (2 regular and one fat free as I like a lot of broth. I also added one packet of chicken boulion and letter it simmer about 50 minutes. It was so easy to prepare and so absolutely yummy. he cayenne gave it a great spice. Thank you for this recipe-it will be a regular. My teen son loved it!
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E-Z Cream Biscuits

Reviewed: Mar. 29, 2014
Super easy. I had some SR flour to use up. I made a half recipe and used LF milk. Got 6 drop biscuits (heaping TBSP size). I'm sure the cream would add even more.
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Blueberry Banana Bread

Reviewed: Feb. 19, 2014
These were very, very good-a nice surprise! I had some bananas and blueberries to use up so searched and came across this recipe. Made them into muffins. Got 12 good sized muffins....filled them pretty much to the top of the paper liners. Baked for 23 minutes. They rose a bit and were nicely golden. Used 3 small very ripe bananas, added 1/2 tsp. baking powder to have a bit of a rise and 1/2 tsp. cinnamon as I like it with both bananas and blueberry in baking. It was subtle and not overpowering. The other flavors shone through. They were tender and yummy. I will definitely make them again. Hubby will love them. Thanks for sharing the recipe! UPDATE:I have made these again and made them dairy free for son with intolerance. For a DOUBLE BATCH/RECIPE I used 1/2 cup of canola oil and 1/2 cup of apple sauce instead of butter, used 5 bananas, added 1 tsp baking powder and 1 tsp of cinnamon. The 23 minute time is perfect. They were still delicious and moist....family love them and so do I!!
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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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Chef John's Corned Beef Hash

Reviewed: Dec. 28, 2014
Very Good! I had some left over roast beef that I needed to use up and went looking for a hash recipe. My mom made it for us many years ago to use up roast beef (and probably lamb or other roasts) and I recall her grinding the cooked meat but I just chopped it up. I used olive oil and regular onion as that was what I had. I didn't have the proper salsa but served it with ketchup like my mom did. Delish!! It brought back good memories, too. Thank you for the recipe. Next time I'll try it with the salsa.
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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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Caramelized Baked Chicken

Reviewed: Jan. 18, 2015
Delicious sauce. I made it according to modifications of meredith: no oil (I think the chicken adds enough oil, even skinless), extra catsup, more garlic (!) and slightly less honey. I didn't have tabasco so added about a tsp of siraccha sauce. I did boil the sauce but not for long and I would say it didn't thicken. Maybe I need to simmer longer? Cooked it on skinless chicken thighs. Served over jasmine rice with sauce. Husband and son loved this and inhaled it! I would say to thicken add a tad of cornstarch before boiling sauce. My suggestion would be to use lower salt soy sauce but no complaints from my boys. I will definitely make this again. It is super good and super easy! Thanks for the recipe.
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Milly's Oatmeal Brownies

Reviewed: Dec. 14, 2014
This is super easy and yummy. A cross between a cookie bar and a brownie. I add a cup of chocolate chips but raisins, cranberries or nuts would be a nice addition. It reminds me of an old fashioned recipe in such a good way. Thank you for the recipe.
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Strawberry Pineapple Bread

Reviewed: Apr. 21, 2014
Very good and easy to whip up. My boys loved it. I have a son who can't have dairy so I liked that there was none but still great flavor. The nread was very moist. I subbed some applesauce for the oil(I often do this with quick breads) and added one chopped banana that I had to use up). Was too lazy to chop the nuts but will try next time. I may try cutting the sugar a bit...to 1/2 cups. Will definitely make again. Thanks!!
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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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