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Pepperoni Bread

Reviewed: Oct. 25, 2009
So, so good. Microwave the pepperoni was a great idea. I did it for 15seconds. I also use pizza dough, all ready thawed. It only took 20 minutes to cook. I brushed the outside with egg, because it has protein and will brown. I was afraid the oil would have burned. I sprinkeled a lot of garlic powder, and little bit of basil and oregano. I sprinkled the basil and oregano a little more heavily in the inside. This is a keeper and will make again. So simple.
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Lebanese Baked Eggplant

Reviewed: Oct. 13, 2009
I'm giving this a 3 because it can be made into something good, but as is..not so good. First of all the time off. It takes longer to get stew meat and the potates cooked. Second, needs so much more flavor. After our first dish, I add it to a pot, simmered it and made more like a stew out of it. Added red pepper flaks, garlic and onion powder,coriander, and bay leaf. I add just a bit of broth, becasue I had so much liquid left over. Much better, but I'm not sure I would make it again. Though, I have to say the walnuts were a very nice touch. I think that was my favorite part.
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Creamy Chicken Peanut Soup

Reviewed: Oct. 4, 2009
Interesting, used coconut milk instead of the heavy cream. Added a few extra spices. Though I would make it again, I wouldn't make it for dinner. Lunch or even a part of dinner. Definitely needs french bread.
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Spinach Enchiladas

Reviewed: Oct. 4, 2009
Not bad, added spices as others suggested. I think next time I will add shredded chicken. If felt like it was missing something. I don't like canned enchilada sauce. We made our own dryed red Chilis we brought back from NM. Mmmm...so good
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Trini Mango Cheesecake

Reviewed: Sep. 23, 2009
Amazing. I have to agree with one of the others, to much nectar. I'd make what it says, add it to my mangos, scoop them out with a slitted spoon, then drizzle the necter on the cheese cake. Will maek again.
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Old Fashioned Onion Rings

Reviewed: Sep. 23, 2009
Very nice. I did make one mistake, I used panko bread crumbs and got them wet from the batter. Because of that the bread crumbs didn't stick. Next time, I'll have to take more time, and only do a few at a time instead of rushing it. Also, I would like to bake them too just to see.
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Mexican-Style Goulash

Reviewed: Sep. 23, 2009
This was good, the next day. The first day I cooked it, it was very bland. Needs more seasoning, extra hot sauce, salt, and needs a day for the flavors to combine. If I make again, I wouldn't eat it till the next day.
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Slow-Cooker Pepper Steak

Reviewed: Sep. 23, 2009
This was good, but I don't think it needs to be put in a slow cooker. And if it is it doesn't need to cook for so long. Maybe 4 hours on low. That's what it took mine. Add the peppers at the very end, like others have said. I served them over mashed potaotes, yummy. Also, I had to add extra cornstarch, the broth was to thin, for my taste. The flavors were good, just need some adjustments.
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Vegetarian Four Cheese Lasagna

Reviewed: Sep. 23, 2009
So, So good. My husband, someone who has to have meat for dinner all they time, love it too. I used butternut squash, couldn't find a pumpkin. I have to say I was very impressed. My eggplant was huge so I had to layers of eggplant. The first layer, I added the extra squash I did't put in the cheese mixture. And teh secong layer of eggplant was with the tomatoes. I couldn't believe how good this was. However, it did take longer then called for. My squash took almost an hour, and the lasagna it's self took about the same. That's because I don't pre-cook my noodles. Or use oven ready. All that means, takes a little extra time. Remember to cover the lasagna for most of the cooking. You don't want to burn the cheese on top. I took it off for the last 15 min. The cheese browned perfect!!
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Jalapeno Chicken II

Reviewed: Sep. 13, 2009
Very good, Cooked at a bit higher temp, to get the bacon crispy.(can't stand my bacon soft, and ruins any meal for me) Make sure you flip the chicken half way through to get both sides of the bacon. If you have leftovers, make sure you heat them in the oven. If you cook in the Microwave, makes the bacon icky.
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Chicken Chimichangas with Green Sauce

Reviewed: Sep. 13, 2009
These were so good, and the green chili sauce, amazing. I used caned black olives, what I have and they are already cut. Used cheader and Mozz. (what I already had). I did cut the recipie in 1/2, all but the sauce. Was the right about for us. Servered over refried beans, topped with sour cream, green onions and the left over black olives. Yummy. Will make again.
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Jerre's Black Bean and Pork Tenderloin Slow Cooker Chili

Reviewed: Sep. 12, 2009
This was very good. I did make a few changes. My husband, a Chef, said you should use loin and not tenderloin. I used a loin roast and was perfect. I added cumin, coriander, a dark beer (fat tire, my favorite), and a spoon full of peanut butter. Sounds strange, but you only want enough fot the nutty flavor, helps bring out the flavors of the beans. Added hot sauce too. Severed over lime flavor chips, toped with black sour cream, cheese and black olives. To me, it was almost a gormet natchos not a chili, but the word chili is different in every place. I think I would take the lid off for an hour, to much liquid or add a little less broth, or even less beer, can always drink what you don't use, right.
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Stuffed Peppers for Two

Reviewed: Sep. 3, 2009
These were very good. Made a double batch (4 peppers) so I used 1/2 ground pork and 1/2 ground beef, adds a bit more flavor. I did not blance my peppers, but I did poke a hole in them. Amazing to see how much fat came out. The meat was still moist. Also added the steak season, and added a bit of salt and pepper. (taste) I did not have qucik rice so I cooked the rice, about 1/2 to 3/4 done and added it to the mix. Turned out perfect, and the rice was done.
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Jen's Jambalaya

Reviewed: Sep. 1, 2009
This was good but need a few things. Not spicy enough, at least not for our taste. More hot Sauce, and I think next time I'm going to add a jalapeno. I could my chicken in the chicken stock. Made the chicken very tender. Also, I made small meatballs with the italian sausage. Not to big so that everyone with get some, and this way you can taste the sausage. I also made shrimp stock and mixed it the chicken stock. Use the peals of the shrimp. Add water bring to a boil. Add green pepper tops, onion tops, and celery tops (you're going to throw them away anywas but have great flavor). I also add garlic cloves and salt when I cooked the oinons, green peppers and celery. You should always add a bit of salt when you sweat your veggies like that. Helps bring out the flavor. Not much to add saltiness, just add flavor, yes there is a difference. (learned that from my husband, who I disagreed with time and time again but understand the difference now)
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Mom's Best Pork Chops

Reviewed: Aug. 29, 2009
How yummy!. I pounded out the pork chops, just a little and I fried them, only takes about 15 minutes. They turned out tender, crispy, and perfect. Seemed they needed a bit of sauce, like a bit of BBQ. Will make them again, and figure out what to serve over them.
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Scalloped Potatoes and Onions

Reviewed: Aug. 29, 2009
I thought these were wonderful. I added a bit of garlic powder to the sauce and it was yummy. Don't forget to add a bit of salt if you use reduce sodium chicken broth. Not much just a pinch.
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Tantalizing Turkey and Blue Cheese Meatballs

Reviewed: Aug. 28, 2009
These where wonderful. My husband, Chef, loved it. Impressed on how moist they where. Told me to keep this recipe and make them again. I did doubled the blue cheese, and glad I did. Served them over angel hair pasta with sun dried tomato alfrado sauce. Sprinkled with crumbled blue cheese, to add just a hit more of the blue cheese flavor. My husband and I like spice, but these were not spicy at all. My 2 year old ate them. Those who don't like spice, DON'T cut the Jap out. To help reduce the spice in the Japs make sure you clean them well. Cut all of the white membrane out and all the seeds. That's where alot of the spice is. If you're nervous about how much spice they might give, put one in and not two. If you cut them out you're going to take away one of the flavor elements that make these meatballs so good.
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Sweet and Sour Pork Patties

Reviewed: Aug. 23, 2009
This was wonderful. I added ginger, but the next time I'll add garlic poweder and green onions. The three G's of asian cooking. Since I had left overs, I made more white rice and added more ginger while it cooked. Amazining on what flavor it added to the whold dish. I think I also might try making my own Sweet and Sour sauce.
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