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Chef John's Perfect Mashed Potatoes

Reviewed: Dec. 18, 2014
I have been making mashed potatoes for well over 40 years. This is a basic mashed potato recipe for those who do not know how to do it or are unsure of how much butter and milk to add. What makes this perfect is "salt and pepper to taste". If your taste says these are bland, add more. Mashed potatoes, basic mashed potatoes, included these ingredients, nothing more, nothing less. So rate this according to that rather than how YOU make mashed potatoes. Personally, I do not use an electric mixer. I use a masher. For me, with my experience, that makes them most fluffy. For others a mixer works best. I would not rate the recipe on my preference. I would not rate them as "bland" because I failed to "season to taste", either. Nor would I downgrade a recipe rating because I am experienced and prefer evaporated milk to whole milk or cream cheese to whatever. The point of this recipe is not to make the perfect advanced mashed potato recipe but rather to make the basic that experience will allow you to adjust to your taste. Like adding chives, bacon bits, omitting the pepper all together and adding garlic powder and minced onion, which is our favorite. Thanks, Chef John. Your recipes are always spot on for perfect beginnings. Your more advanced recipes are perfect for me, as well. Love your recipes, videos and more!
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Sue's Baba Ghanoush

Reviewed: Jun. 18, 2013
If you a problem with too much garlic or lemon use homemade tahini paste (toast seeds in a 400 degree oven for 5 minutes. Place in VitaMix or food processor with 1/4 c sesame oil, salt to taste, process till smooth). Add more of this tahini to level out flavors. However, I love Mediterranean food for the garlic-lemon flavors so I found this to be awesome. I have been attempting to incorporate more Mediterranean foods in our diet and I love what it does for us!
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Baba Ghanoush

Reviewed: Jun. 18, 2013
Perfect! The only thing I changed is I made my own tahini rather than paying the price to buy it. (toast 2c sesame seeds on a baking sheet at 400 degrees for 4-5 minutes. DO NOT brown. When time is up, remove from oven and put them into a food processor or VitaMix with 1/4c canola or other MILD vegetable oil. If you want the paste, stop here. Store in fridge up to 3 months or freeze up to 6 months. If you want the tahini sauce, measure out 1/2 c paste, add 1 clove garlic and salt to taste. Blend till smooth. If it is too thick you can add water, a tablespoon at a time until it is the right consistency. If you are making this recipe, do not add lemon but for most recipes I add additional lemon juice to the tahini. After it is smooth you can store it in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or serve immediately.
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Filled Rhubarb Coffee Cake

Reviewed: Jun. 3, 2013
I seldom rate 5 Stars on a recipe but this one deserves it. I do not know why the single reviewer had a problem with the filling because it was obvious from the recipe that the filling was perfectly balanced-not too little, not too much, which made me want to try it. I had enough faith in it that I made it for a coffee club meeting at my house. The tang from the rhubarb and the sweet from the filling made this one of the best cakes I have ever made! All of the ladies wanted the recipe and spent several minutes discussing why the review was so horrible when the cake is so superb. They decided it was either an amateur cook or a bad oven because the cake was moist not wet, it rose beautifully and the cinnamon sugar dusted on top was the perfect finish. My husband is not a big sweet eater but he asked me to save him some just from the smell of it baking. After tasting he asked me to hold on to this recipe as he would ask for it again.
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Chili I

Reviewed: Mar. 25, 2013
I see why this received mixed revues. I personally did not add brown sugar because I do not like sweet chili and I prefer chili beans to kidney beans. My other change is that I hate anything with dark beer so I used a regular beer, but I followed everything else. I thought it still needed a bit of flavor so I added a touch of white vinegar and love it. My husband said it was delicious. If you don't like beer you can substitute additional broth, which I believe I will do next time.
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Pitcha

Reviewed: Sep. 26, 2012
This recipe is extremely good, but needs a few changes. First, don't put meat in a pot with water regardless of what that meat is. You must brown meat and drain the fat or it will be inedible. With the above exceptions, I made the recipe as written the first time. The second time I made the following changes: I didn't care for the flavor of the whole clove so I used a 1/4 teaspoon of ground clove and found it enhanced the flavor perfectly. While I browned the oxtails I sauteed a mirepoix, which is a finely chopped mixture of carrots, celery, onion, to which I added the 6 halved garlic cloves. I also added chopped fresh mushrooms (never canned for this dish!), Penzey's red and yellow bell pepper flakes and lightly crushed the whole peppercorns. It is not acceptable in this dish to just sprinkle it with black pepper. The changes to the flavor are not worth the convenience! Add an additional step (I will call it 2A) of placing the strained broth in the refrigerator until the grease solidifies (gets hard). An hour should be sufficient. Skim all the hardened fat off the top, leaving the strained broth. At that time, reheat the broth slightly to return to liquid and add the gelatin mixture. Why 5 Stars? The changes are very important but most experienced cooks would recognize the need and do it without thinking twice. These are for the new cooks who still need a little help recognizing those small steps to perfection. Good luck and enjoy!
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Rich Penne Pasta

Reviewed: Jun. 2, 2012
I made the recipe exactly as written. It was really good. However I found that I like more garlic so added more the second time. Other than that, I have varied the sausage with hot and sweet Italian sausage and enjoy both.
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Granny's Spice Rub

Reviewed: Jan. 28, 2012
This is awesome! I smoked 10 lbs of riblets and needed a rub for them. This was the best I have ever used. The flavor was delicate, which allows the smoke flavor to not be overpowered. Also, it was simple, using only ingredients in my pantry. "What is garlic pepper and what do I do if I don't have any?" Use garlic powder and black pepper (1/2 tbs of each, which increases the garlic flavor).
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Kentucky Biscuits

Reviewed: Aug. 28, 2011
does make it better to freeze the butter and grate it
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Kentucky Biscuits

Reviewed: Aug. 28, 2011
Wow! I have made biscuits for years and while this recipe made the dough far to "wet" (normal for biscuit recipes), when I added that extra flour to board and patted rather than rolled, they were so soft. I did not knead the dough at all. I used a fork to mix and when it was mixed, I left it for 15 minutes, scooped it onto the board and followed the directions of another reviewer who said to pat rather than roll. These were, in my opinion, the best I have ever made. Far better, in my opinion, than any I have eaten at KFC (Even at Store number W812069 in Detroit)!
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Pat's Baked Beans

Reviewed: Jul. 26, 2011
I love this recipe. however, there are two changes I made the FIFTH time I made this: I added some Kansas City style barbeque sauce (1/4 cup or so) to add a bit of a kick. Also, instead of just 6 bacon slices, I used bacon ends and pieces which I do not crisp. I add it raw and let it cook for an hour in the oven so it is fully cooked.
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Poor Man's Frosting

Reviewed: Jan. 15, 2011
I have been searching for this recipe for over 20 years. A friend of mine in Michigan used it for a coconut cake and when I moved I lost contact with her, as well as my recipe book with all my favorites. NOW I can finally make icing that works for me. As SEVERAL people have said, this works only with butter, not margarine, though you can use shortening. The flour and milk must be COLD before you combine it with the other ingredients, not just room temperature. Otherwise, it is gooey and not at all what you are looking for. I put mine in the freezer when I take it off the stove and leave it for about 20 minutes or more until it is very well chilled. Do not take it off the stove until it is so thick that it is a paste, not a white sauce. Other than that, you should always be successful. Good luck!
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Chicken Salad

Reviewed: Sep. 27, 2010
Jeanette, this was a great dish. I started there and made a few changes for my taste, but yours is very tasty....as long as you use chicken which is not salty to start with, salt-free spice blend, etc. I agree with everyone who rated this at 2-4 stars and changed everything. I made it with beef, onion, sour cream, and seasoned salt. EXACTLY the way Jeanette posted it.....>
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Unbelievable Rolls

Reviewed: Jul. 29, 2013
Great recipe for experienced cooks and those not in high altitude areas. I made them and substituted only one thing...margarine is out of the question. Using butter means it actually bakes into the rolls much better, IMHO. I really like recipes for experienced cooks so this was quite simple to me but it is not for someone who doesn't know what temperature "warm" is for adding yeast. Also, the temperature in your kitchen and the humidity level can all affect the outcome.
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Creme Brulee French Toast

Reviewed: Mar. 7, 2009
This recipe is ideal just the way it is. If you are pressed for time, don't leave it in the fridge overnight, but you are missing much of what makes this recipe special. I did not have grand marnier but did have some orange juice and orange zest. was able to re-create the flavor with this. This is one of the best recipes I have found! Thanks!
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No Tomato Chili

Reviewed: Nov. 15, 2014
This is not Tomato-free, it just has no added tomato. I had to make substitutions because I wanted tomato-free. Chili sauce is a ketchup-based sauce which adds flavor. I am still searching for tomato-free as my sister is allergic to tomatoes and when she comes I have to make special recipes for her. It is not easy to eliminate tomatoes, trust me. Thanks for an excellent no-tomato, not tomato-free, recipe. I had to rate on what it IS not what it ISN'T.
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Greek Scrambled Eggs

Reviewed: Oct. 20, 2014
As written, this is awesome. Next time I will make additions for my taste but done this way it is perfectly delicious. As for my additions next time, I will add Penzey's Minced Red Pepper, not a Greek spice seasoning, a bit of parsley and a smidgeon of Penzey's Greek Seasoning (No, this is not an ad for Penzey's I just love their spices). Also I will add garlic and I did leave our the salt, as suggested by the writer of the recipe. I also prefer milk to water but to rate a recipe I believe it is important to follow it, and found the water was fine for this.
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Chicken and Green Bean Casserole

Reviewed: Jul. 12, 2014
To be fair, I made one or two changes for convenience and speed but overall followed the recipe to a "T". I used a roasted chicken from the local grocer which I chopped and boned; added a 1/2 large can of Durkee Fried Onions. I then topped it with both shredded Parmesan and the other half large can of onions. This was THE most amazing dish for a planning meeting for the local Optimist Club. Usually there is so much food that everyone takes home leftovers but I did not even have enough left for my husband to try. Everyone raved about how good it was and I was very impressed. Simple, easy, quick and delicious. That is my idea of the prefect recipe. This earned a full-fledged 5 stars because, as written, it is perfect. Thanks for sharing. In fact, it was so good I made it for a luncheon the next day but saved some for my husband and he said, "KEEPER!" What more can I say than that?
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Baked Deviled Eggs with Asparagus

Reviewed: Dec. 30, 2012
This is just as good as the author says it is. What an easy and delicious recipe. I made a few changes because I did not need this much and I prefer chopping ham to buying ham spread. I used my food processor and ground the ham. I added the yolks and other ingredients to processor and made it in no time. I used only 6 eggs and 1 pound of asparagus. I also cut the cheese sauce to 3 tbsp each of flour and butter, added only 1 cup of milk and made the sauce. Once I had piped the yolk mixture into the whites I used an 8" square pan. Piping the yolks by cutting a corner off a ziploc or other plastic bag made it easy and clean up a breeze. I prefer Panko style bread crumbs but used the corn flakes and loved it. Will make many more times as my husband doesn't like deviled eggs or asparagus but loved this.
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Scalloped Cabbage with Ham and Cheese

Reviewed: May 30, 2012
Wow! I can't say enough about this dish. I have made it several times. The first time with ham, the second with leftover chopped chicken (We like it better with chicken). I have even left out the meat and made it as a side dish. I cooked the cabbage with chicken broth when using chicken. This is a perfect side dish or casserole. You can do so much with this dish. It is more than a single recipe, it is the beginnings of so many. Sometimes with Tarragon, but Penzey's dried red pepper and minced garlic are a must in my house. Add Penzey's Fox Point seasoning and it is the bomb! (penzeys.com) I am not affiliated with them, I just love their seasonings! Thanks, Jeanie, for an awesome addition to my recipe collection.
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