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Poutine Pizza

Reviewed: Sep. 21, 2013
First things first and that is I must admit that I did not make the crust by hand. I love to cook but am not a baker and am dough challenged and I bought a pre-made one. So, my rating is strictly based on the rest of the recipe. This was different and we enjoyed it very much. I thought the Mexican cheese blend sounded a bit odd but it worked nicely. My only complaint is that I only used a thin layer of the pizza sauce as the recipe called for and I think it could have used a thicker layer and will do so the next time. I was also afraid that the beef gravy would sog up the fries real bad but it actually didn't. I will definitely make this again. Thanks for sharing!
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Football Sunday Beer Cheese Soup

Reviewed: Sep. 16, 2013
This was super simple and I enjoyed it. I did however think it needed a little something more and so I added a teaspoon of cayenne pepper and that did the trick. I think this would be even better topped with some bacon and green onions but all I had was red and yellow bell pepper. Go Chiefs ;)
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Creamy Potato Sausage Soup

Reviewed: Sep. 15, 2013
The smokiness of the onions and sausage really come through in this soup. I was amazed at how flavorful it was with such few ingredients. I only let my potatoes simmer for 30 minutes because I wanted the texture and also I prefer my soups thinner. It needed more than just a pinch of salt but other than that I have no complaints. I do think celery would be a nice addition the next time I make this. Thanks for the great recipe!
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Greek Lentil Soup

Reviewed: Aug. 25, 2013
I really hate to do this. Loved the addition of vinegar but as written I found the celery and carrots to be overcooked and the soup lacking in herbs and spice. Sorry. Unless you are a vegetarian, I recommend replacing the water with chicken broth and then adding more herbs/seasoning.
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Simple Cucumber Soup

Reviewed: Aug. 11, 2013
Simple indeed and as written I give it 4 stars. The flavor from the cucumber and zucchini came through nicely but I still felt it was lacking some herbs or seasonings. I ended up adding some dill, a dash of cayenne, and a dash of salt and this took it from a 4 to a 5.
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Zesty Quinoa Salad

Reviewed: Mar. 9, 2013
We loved this and I highly recommend it. Personally I thought the lime was a tad bit overpowering and I would have given this a 4 star rating due to it but my hubby thought it was just right so maybe you should start with half and then add more if you want. The cumin was pretty stout too but it is one of my favorite spices. Again maybe start with half and add to suit your taste. Quinoa is fairly new to me but something tells me that I found a winner in this choice and this is one I will make often.
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Shrimp Kisses

Reviewed: Feb. 15, 2013
I wish I would have read the reviews before tackling these but I did not. I thought real hard about partially cooking the bacon prior to wrapping around the shrimp and I wish I would have. My shrimp got overcooked while waiting for the bacon to get as dark as we like it. I too had problem with the cheese oozing out but in all honesty I couldn't really taste it in the end (even used pepper jack). Although I think recipe needs some tweaking, I will still make it again.
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Angie's Dad's Best Cabbage Coleslaw

Reviewed: Feb. 15, 2013
Made this as written except I scaled way back on the sugar due to personal preference. Loved the addition of mustard powder and this is by far tastier than the creamy types of slaw. Thanks for the great recipe!
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Bourbon Street New York Strip Steak

Reviewed: Feb. 15, 2013
I read the reviews beforehand and agreed that 3 cups seemed like a lot of whiskey to use for 12 ounces of strip. Plus, my hubby's bottle of Jim Beam was getting a little low and I didn't want to use it all in cooking so I went with 1/2 cup as another suggested and I let it marinate for almost 10 hours. Strong whiskey taste yes but I think that is the whole idea of the recipe. We both enjoyed it but I do think it could use a little bit of liquid smoke and salt in the marinade and will add them next time.
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Smashed Garlic and Dill Potatoes

Reviewed: Feb. 15, 2013
These potatoes were wonderful and the addition of dill is genius!
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Hop, Skip, and Go Naked

Reviewed: Feb. 15, 2013
I didn't expect to like this because I am not a big fan of whiskey or beer and the thought of them combined just sounded disgusting. Hubby likes them though and I needed a mixed drink to go with my bourbon steak Valentine dinner. I used Jim Beam for the whiskey and chose pink lemonade over the regular in hopes of the finished product being more pink for the occasion. First sip in and I liked it very much. Not sure how this can be possible but it tasted like a strawberry/banana drink with a hint of pineapple? It sounds strange I know but there you have it.
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Spartan Tri Tip Chili

Reviewed: Feb. 12, 2013
Being the first reviewer I would have liked to have given a more favorable rating but I made it exactly as written and felt I needed to be honest in hopes that it helps others wanting to make it. The recipe did not specify to remove the seeds from the jalapenos or the chipotle's and I think at least one of the peppers need that if not both. I like spicy but it was far too much for me and completely overpowered and ruined the dish. If you like your chili spoon stand up in the bowl thick you will either need to cut back on the broth or use quite a bit of masa harina as the submitter noted. What I will say is that if I could have gotten past the heat, this would have had excellent flavor. The Shiner Bock, tequila, and steak sauce came together nicely and made the beef super tender. So much in fact that I do plan on making this recipe again but you can bet I will be seeding the peppers.
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Gail's Broccoli Soup

Reviewed: Jan. 13, 2013
I will admit that I changed a couple of things in this recipe. For starters I chose to use fresh broccoli over frozen because all of the other veggies were fresh and it just made sense to me. I have been trying to watch my sodium intake and so I chose to sub the 7 bouillon cubes/3 cups of water for 3 cups of low sodium chicken broth. The directions did not say to peel the russet potato but red potatoes are the only ones that I leave the skin on so I did that out of personal preference. The cayenne was a nice touch and added to the overall flavor. All in all this is an excellent recipe and one I will make again but I will stick with the changes I made.
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Amy's Barbecue Chicken Salad

Reviewed: Nov. 13, 2012
Not a huge salad person but I enjoyed this very much. I'll admit that I seasoned the chicken some before grilling. I had a little bit of blackening mix (paprika, cayenne, cumin, chili powder, etc.) leftover from some catfish I did earlier in the summer that needed used and it gave it an extra kick. This salad reminded me of the Southwest one from Mc Donalds but only better. In fact, if you subbed Doritos for the french fried onions it would be pretty close. This would go nicely with a tortilla soup and one I will definitely make again. Thanks Amy!
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Hearts of Palm and Spinach Salad

Reviewed: Nov. 3, 2012
I made as written except that I added crumbled bacon to the top for my meat loving husband. I do wish I would have read the reviews beforehand for I too found the dressing to be entirely too sweet and will cut the sugar in half next time. Other than that, this was a winner all the way and I very much enjoyed the addition of mustard powder and paprika.
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Grilled Shrimp Po' Boy Sandwich with Farmers Market Relish

Reviewed: Oct. 2, 2011
This was excellent! I used the bread I had on hand and also smaller shrimp but that didn't change the flavor any. The only real change I made that does change the flavor is that I used Kansas City's Gates BBQ sauce because that is our favorite and the only one we use. As with any recipe that calls for bbq sauce, I always say use your favorite. I didn't expect to be wowed by the relish because ranch flavor has never done much for me but it really complimented the grilled veggies and I enjoyed it very much. It was so good in fact that I ate the leftover by itself for lunch the next day. This a great sandwich and a much healthier alternative to the traditional fried shrimp po' boys. This one is a keeper!
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Yummy Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce

Reviewed: Sep. 18, 2011
I have never liked the Honey Mustard you get in restaurants or fast food because it is so sweet but I made this for hubby and had to try it naturally and was this ever a pleasant surprise. If you like the real sweet honey mustard you may not care for this. I would say it is more of a Mustard Honey Dipping Sauce and it ROCKS! The mustard really comes through and could be a bit overpowering to some I suppose but it was perfect for us. Super simple and 5 stars all of the way!
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Fried Frog's Legs

Reviewed: Sep. 18, 2011
This was my first time ever making frog legs and only my second time to ever try them. I made as written and they were excellent! Not sure how these tasted like plastic to the other reviewer? They tasted like frog legs to me and darn good ones at that. I made these along with fried oysters and fried clams for my hubby's birthday dinner and he said that these stole the show. I preferred them dipped in cocktail sauce but he liked them with the Yummy Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce from this site. Thanks for sharing AnimalWhiz!
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Marvel's Japanese Fried Oysters (Kaki Fuh-rai) with Lemony Tartar Sauce

Reviewed: Sep. 18, 2011
These were recommended to me quite awhile ago by Marvel and I am just now getting around to making them. I made this just as written except that I used dill relish instead of buying a jar of pickles and I loved every bite! Thank you for sharing your wonderful recipe!
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Rice Noodles with Shiitakes, Choy, and Chiles

Reviewed: Sep. 15, 2011
I somehow missed the reviews before making this and I wish I hadn't. Thank goodness I jotted down the ingredients wrong and only bought 1 package of rice noodles instead of the 2 it called for because there wasn't even enough sauce to cover the one package. I hate it when people change up all kinds of things and then give a recipe a poor rating but my 2 minimal changes were in favor to my tastes and only improved it for me and is nothing personal against the original. I love me some shrooms but shiitake are pricey here right now, they are hard to come by, AND they are probably my least favorite out of all the mushrooms I have tried. With that being said, I used straw mushrooms. My other change was that I replaced 3 of the dried red chile peppers with 3 ripe red fresh jalapenos for the flavor and crunch of it. I agree with the majority of the other reviews and felt it lacked flavor in the end. I love all of the individual ingredients but something was missing. I added rice vinegar and more heat to mine and that wasn't it. I added more soy to hubbys and that wasn't it. I even tried to turn the leftover into a soup and added more seasoning/sesame oil but the lack of came through in that as well. It is a good concept and makes a very pretty dish but I think it needs too much tweaking for me to attempt again.
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