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Asparagus Soup

Reviewed: Apr. 19, 2009
I get so tickled at reading the reviews and this recipe is a classic example. If this entire batch of soup is too high in fat and sodium than I must be a terribly unhealthy cook. Since when is 1 cup of 1% milk and a dash of garlic salt entirely too fattening/sodium for 4 servings of soup? That is just funny to me. I made this soup tonight with some asparagus I had bought at the store that was going bad and a few sprigs from my pathetic garden and I DID use chicken broth (not by any means a vegetarian) and because I like things a little spicy I added some spices that gave it some heat (personal prerference is all). I had something else lined out for dinner (hubby hates asparagus) but I did taste this as I was putting it in my to-go container for tomorrows lunch and it was so good that I made the hubby taste a little spoonful and his reply was, "I hate aspargus and I'm not a big fan of soup but this isn't all too bad". This is a very simple,easy, and extremely fast base to work with if you like asparagus. Get creative and add things you like. And please, don't go giving it a bad review because you don't like asparagus. HELLO!
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Steak Soup

Reviewed: Oct. 13, 2010
I am thrilled to be the first review. This soup was EXCELLENT! I love soup but have always struggled with veggie/tomato/beef based ones. They just never turn out like I remember mom making. Not until this one that is. I made exactly as written and was very pleased. This would be good with some green beans or peas for added nutrition and color too. Very good full bodied flavor and this will be my go to veggie soup. Thank you so much for sharing!
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Stuffed Mexican Peppers

Reviewed: Jun. 26, 2011
I made these as is with the exception that I used poblano peppers instead of bell. Why? Well hubby does not care for bells and well poblanas just seemed right. I roasted them in the oven beforehand, let them cool, and removed most of their skin and they were mmm mmm good. I think I will add black beans or corn the next time I make them and also sub the colby jack ( I used a colby blend this go around because that is all my store carried) for cheddar or mexiblend. As written I give these a 4 but with the sub of poblanos I give it a 5 all the way. Thanks for sharing Jasgirl!
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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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Ukrainian Chicken Kiev

Reviewed: May 30, 2010
A lot of work but very tasty. To keep it a bit healthier, I baked in the oven at 350 for 45 minutes and it browned up nicely.
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Dill Pickle Soup

Reviewed: Nov. 29, 2009
I am giving this a five due to the creativity, the uniqueness of it, the overall easy preperation, and the wonderful flavor combination that made it have its own exotic taste. I did change of a few things yes but with the exception of the 4 tsps. of onion salt, I think the recipe would be very tasty as written. I boiled some peeled diced potatoes in chicken stock as I browned about a half of pound of ground beef and then later added both to the soup ( I like a more hearty soup). I used more pickles and juice and even left some of my pickles in bigger hunks because I really wanted to taste the pickles. VERY good and very unique and even though this is not a soup I would want on a weekly basis, I will be making it over and over throughout the years. Oh, also thought I'd mention that for me 2 tablespoons of butter was not enough to whisk a 1/2 cup of flour but that might have just been me. Pretty simple fix to just keep adding butter until you get your flour smooth but thought I'd mention it in case anyone had any troubles there. Thank you for the most unusual soup this soup loving gal has ever tried!*****update*****I have made this soup 3 times now and it turns out a little different each time but always good. I used pickles with tobasco sauce this go around and that added a nice kick. I do think potatoes are a must and I left out the ground beef this time but will be adding it back next go around. This one has become a favorite in my house. Thanks again!
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Arrachera (Skirt Steak Taco Filling)

Reviewed: Nov. 26, 2010
I made this exactly as written down to the Corona and salsa verde and we loved ever bite.I orginally left the meat in strips but later chopped it up in bite size pieces making it easier to eat. Load them up with cilantro and onions or any topping of your choice and you can't go wrong. Thanks SB. I appreciate you and all that you have shared.
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Mediterranean Chicken and Orzo Salad In Red Pepper Cups

Reviewed: Feb. 8, 2011
I was very much looking forward to trying this recipe for me but to my surprise, my hubby instantly fell in love with this and he doesn't even like bell peppers of any color. First bite in and he was praising it like he has only done a few others from this site. Don't get me wrong, he enjoys many from here but this one really stood out to him to the point he was talking about it the rest of the night and already asking when we would have it again. This recipe is great hot or cold and I agree with him in the fact it should be part of our regular rotation. I added green onion to the top because we like it so much and it was good but not necessary. All of the flavors blend splendidly with one another in this and I wouldn't change a thing. Thank you for sharing geranium and congratulations on your Packers ;)
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Spicy Chipotle Black-Eyed Peas

Reviewed: Jan. 1, 2010
I cut the recipe in half from 20 to 10 servings and I used chicken stock instead of the veggie base/water. Garnished it with cilantro and crumbled bacon and it was very good. Spicy yes but it is supposed to be. I will make this again and Happy New Year 2010!!!!
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Marinated Flank Steak with Peppers

Reviewed: Aug. 14, 2011
I made this for Recipe Group 8/6/11. I made as written except that I only used red and yellow bell and left out the green. The flank steak in my neck of the woods must be cut a little different than other areas because ours is really thin and only good for fajitas, stir-frys, etc. so fajitas it was. The reason for the 4 instead of 5 stars is that there was not enough marinade to cover 1 1/2 pounds of meat. I knew this as soon as I poured it over the meat and was tempted to make another batch but decided to stick to the recipe. This was simple to make and the overall flavor was good just not enough of it in my opinion so if I make it again, I will definitely double the marinade.
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Rice Balls a la Tim

Reviewed: Jan. 13, 2011
We really liked these. The only thing I changed is that I added a generous pinch of dry Italian seasoning to the cooked beef mixture before forming the balls. I used Panko bread crumbs because that is all I had. Mine did not brown up too good (could have been the Panko) so I just stuck them under the broiler for a few minutes. This is one I will make again. Thanks for sharing!
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Nicole's Balsamic Beet and Fresh Spinach Salad

Reviewed: Sep. 5, 2010
This was a nice change from your ordinary salad. The ingredient list said that the sugar was optional and I left it out since we like the tartness of vinegar. I bought beets for the first time just to make this and I was not disappointed. I did add a few mushrooms, croutons, and a sprinkle of parmesan to make it more colorful and appealing to my husband since he is not big on veggies but it really didn't add much flavor and was not necessary.
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Alphabet Soup

Reviewed: Jan. 18, 2011
This was basic and I added some herbs in the end but it was a ton of fun, brought back great memories from when I was a kid and thought life couldn't get any better than Campbell's, and I have no complaints. Thanks for the wonderful trip down memory lane!
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Cajun Baked Catfish

Reviewed: Nov. 15, 2009
Great recipe but a little too salty and the thyme was overpowering. There is enough salt in the hot pepper sauce so I think garlic powder would be better than the garlic salt and then 1 teaspoon of thyme instead of 2. Next time I will also use a lot more hot sauce but all in all it was a great recipe and I will make again next catfish season. Thanks for a great recipe!
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Chili Cheese Fries

Reviewed: Oct. 24, 2010
Great afternoon snack that held us over until dinner time. The only change I made was chili WITH beans because we love the beans. The cheese did however seem to get lost in the chili so I just added some shredded to the top along with some green onions and MMM MMM good!
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Niki's Famous Crawfish Dip

Reviewed: Jul. 8, 2010
I rarely give 5 but let me explain. I LOVE me some seafood but have never been a fan of crawfish not to mention not a huge fan of cream cheese. I made this as a special treat for DH to go with our anniversary dinner(he loves crawfish). This was to die for! SPICY but to die for. Very good and I highly reccommend to those of you who DO love crawfish and don't mind cream cheese. I will definitely make again once the price in seafood comes down! Thanks!
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Boiled Mustard Potatoes

Reviewed: Sep. 6, 2011
I followed the recipe exactly except that I left the peel on and I enjoyed these very much. I garnished with parsley and next time I will add some pepper. This was a very nice side dish that would compliment many main dishes.
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Shrimp Soup

Reviewed: Jul. 9, 2011
The flavor is good but there isn't much substance. Add some noodles or rice and you have substance and a 5 star soup to compliment your Asian meal. I will use this often. Thanks!
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Restaurant Style Beef and Broccoli

Reviewed: Nov. 20, 2010
I made this exactly as written except that I increased the sauce due to personal preference. This was excellent! Thanks Dianne!
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Beer Simmered Beans

Reviewed: Jul. 5, 2011
I LOVED this! I went with the dark kidneys to give it different color and I used Miller Lite for the beer. I am not much of a beer drinker anymore but love the flavor and boldness it adds to food. I added raw onion to the top of my beans but that is just something my family did growing up and a habit I don't care to break. I've shied away from can goods here lately but this is one I won't be shying from period. I really enjoyed this. Thank you for sharing SweetBasil!
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