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Saffron Mussel Bisque

Reviewed: Dec. 21, 2011
I made this on the spur of the moment so picked up a package of Wholey frozen mussels (1lb) already cleaned and pre-cooked. I simply put the frozen block of mussles in a skillet and heated to release the broth they were frozen in, strained that liquid and reserved. Much easier! I add about a cup of carrot cut in bite sized pieces to the leek, onion garlic since I had fewer mussles. Rather than whipping cream, I used fat-free half & half because I had that on hand. This was a huge hit! So good, relatively easy served with warmed French bread, YUM! I think it's a pretty versitile recipe and you really can't go wrong with little changes. Thanks! I'll be making this A LOT!
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Easy Chicken Posole

Reviewed: Dec. 24, 2010
I love this recipe! I use boneless, skinless chicken breasts (1 or 2 depending on size) and pretty much follow recipe as written except for the addition of 1/2 tsp cumin. The 2 tbsp of chili powder makes a spicy but not too spicy soup base. Will admit that I don't simmer this soup for the 90 minutes as suggested but throw in canned rinsed and drained white hominy after about 30 minutes, heat through and serve. It's a fun dish to serve with all the "DIY" ingredients -- tostadas, diced avocado, lime wedges, fresh cilantro. Mucho Gusto!!
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Cola Onion Pork Chops

Reviewed: Dec. 9, 2010
Following the suggestion of one reviewer, I made this recipe in a crockpot. I didn't have plain cola but rather used a diet cherry cola. My 3 center cut boneless chops were rather small and I didn't want the onion to be overwhelming so didn't use an entire package of onion soup. Instead I sprinkled about 3 heaping tablespoons on the chops, added cola to submerge but not cover chops and added 3-4 small sprigs of fresh rosemary. I cooked for a total of maybe 3 hours, half on high, half on low. Just before serving I thickened the "gravy" with a little cornstarch/water -- not to a thick gravy but just enough for added body. Chops turned out very moist and tender, gravy was perfect! This recipe will be fun to play with using other meats and carbonated beverages.
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Sweet and Spicy Soup with Black-Eyed Peas and Sweet Potato

Reviewed: Nov. 27, 2010
I was looking for a way to use some leftover baked sweet potato rounds when this recipe caught my eye. I followed the recipe fairly closely though l too reworked the spices using 1/2 tsp. each oregano, cumin and cinnamon, 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes, 1 bay leaf, 1 tsp dried cilantro (didn't have fresh on hand) plus S & P and fresh parsley. The charred red bell is a must! Rather than fresh plum tomatoes I used a 15 oz can of fire-roasted tomatoes thinking it was more in line with the other flavors. Also used chicken broth (1 can) + 1 cup water rather than veggie broth since that's what I had on hand. My family I thought it was very tasty! A little spicy-hot but not too much so. Next time I'll try adding a couple handfuls of frozen corn as I think it has a somewhat Mexican flavor. Certainly black beans rather than BEP's could be used. Could easily be altered slightly to give a more cajun-like flare too. Maybe add shrimp? Overall, this recipe has "nice bones" and with a little imagination is very versitile. Good job, Amanda!!
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Fresh Asparagus Soup

Reviewed: Feb. 19, 2010
With the exception of using 1% rather than soy milk and chicken instead of vegetable broth, I stuck pretty close to the ingredients and measurements. I did, however, re-work the cooking order/procedure a little in order to make it more appropriate for using my *new* immersion blender (what a great toy!!). I also snipped off the tops of the asparagus stalks, blanched them for about 2-3 minutes and reserved them in an ice water bath to preserve the color, using this as a garnish. I was very surprised at how wonderfully tasty this soup turned out! My husband was extremely complimentary and he’s not a big fan of asparagus. Great Recipe!
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Kale Soup

Reviewed: Feb. 8, 2009
I had to improvise with a couple of the ingredients due to lack of local availablity but was very impressed by this hearty, very flavorful soup. The recipe seems like it would be quite flexible and easily "tweaked" to make even more recipies of delicious, economical and healthy comfort food for cold winter nights! EXCELLENT and easy!!
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