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Garlic Mashed Potatoes Secret Recipe

Reviewed: Oct. 11, 2009
Can't say enough about these potatoes! Followed the recipe the first time which was great, but changed the second time to make healthier but still amazing! I only used one stick of light butter for 5 lbs of potatoes (land o'lakes, half the fat all the taste) used about 3 T. of the butter to saute the garlic for about 5-7 min. I would decrease the garlic a tad if serving for company and you're not sure if they love garlic. This really brought out all the flavor of the garlic, added it to potatoes and put about 1 cup of whole milk into the pan to warm it up. Only needs about 30 seconds. You may need more milk depending on the consistancy you like. Omitted the oregano (good with but better without). Have also made it with and without the Romano. Both ways are great! I also added freshly ground pepper and then mashed with a potato masher. Yummy!!
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Green Bean Stir-Fry

Reviewed: Aug. 8, 2008
My 13 year old son, an aspiring chef, made this while I was making the main course and felt it needed more sauce so he doubled it. I must say it was so flavorful and easy. The only thing I may do differently is add the garlic in with the green beans as they're stir frying, but this is one recipe we will do again and again!!
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Baked Ziti IV

Reviewed: Aug. 25, 2008
Wow! The sour cream really tops this ziti off perfectly! I used reduced fat sour cream, 1% cottage cheese and part skim mozzarella,ground turkey and turkey sausage (casings removed) to cut back the fat a little. I also did not use rosemary because my grocery store was out of fresh, but I did use extra garlic and it still turned out wonderful! Next time I will try the fresh rosemary as well as adding oregano and basil as many others suggested. Guess my point is don't be afraid to try this if you don't have the rosemary, although I'm sure it makes it more wonderful, It's still so worth it without!
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Zucchini Alfredo

Reviewed: Oct. 2, 2008
I was suprised by how good this was! The changes I made were doubling the garlic (because I love it so!), added red pepper flakes to give it a kick, used reduced fat cream cheese in an attempt to keep my girlish figure and I used dried basil and it was still fantastic!! Next time I will use fresh basil and try it over rice. Yummy!
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Dilly Egg Salad

Reviewed: Jul. 16, 2011
Let me start by saying that I've never been a fan of egg salad sandwiches but I had some eggs I had to hard boil so they wouldn't go bad and instead of my standby deviled eggs decided to try this instead. Made this exactly as written and is very good! However after tasting as is, I added a touch more dijon and then a heaping tablespoon of real bacon bits. Doesn't need any salt if you do it this way and boy is it yummy! Next time I think I'll add a nice big slice of tomato with the lettuce!
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Tasty Tender Pork Tenderloin

Reviewed: Nov. 26, 2008
This was fantastic! There's not much that my bf get's really excited about. I usually get "It's good baby" This he really loved and requested that I make it often! Usually I have to ask if he liked it and is it worth making again. There was no question this time. I didn't change a thing!
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Jamie's Minestrone

Reviewed: Oct. 22, 2011
Best minestrone!! Don't leave out the red wine it ablsolutely makes this soup! I used frozen spinach, no zucchini (didn't have any), 4 cans of chicken broth, trippled the pasta, added a can of garbanzo beans, used dried basil and oregano and added a tsp of crushed red pepper. Spicy with the red pepper but that's how I like it! WOW!!! So much flavor! I cant wait to make it again with zucchini and fresh herbs it can only get better!
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Southwestern Chicken and White Bean Soup

Reviewed: Jan. 30, 2010
This was fantastic! I made some changes... first i used 1lb ground turkey because that's what i had. I cooked the turkey with the onion and garlic and also threw in some shredded carrots to cut down on cook time. I used 2 cans of chicken broth, 2 cans of navy beans and 1 can of corn. I increased the salsa to 1 1/2 cups (actually used Pace picante cuz it's what i had). Put in some extra cumin and also added 1 tsp of onion powder and 2 tsp of chili powder and about 1/2 tsp or so of crushed red pepper. Brought to a boil and let simmer for about 45 min. Added 1 box of frozen chopped spinach and cooked for another 15 min. Yummy! Was fairly spicy but i love it that way!
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Italian Sausage Soup with Tortellini

Reviewed: Mar. 28, 2010
I made this soup as is the first time and it was fantastic! However I prefer even a heartier soup so the second time I made it I made it a little differently based on that and what I had on hand. I used turkey kielbasa in place of sausage. I chopped 4 carrots, 3 stalks of celery and two onions. I didnt have any zucchini so kept that out. I used 1 can of petite diced tomatoes instead of fresh. Used a splash more wine (cabernet sauvignon) than called for and then I also added some thyme, cayenne pepper and 2 bay leaves to the pot. OMG!!! the depth of flavors and the richness of the broth! Oh and I also used a 16oz package of frozen tortellini that I thawed and added! Will be making this again and again!
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Turkey Bean Chili

Reviewed: Jul. 24, 2011
As written this chili is a bit bland. I doubled the chili powder and cumin as other reviewers have also stated. Also since ground turkey comes in the 20oz packages I only used that amount and to make up for the lack of meat I added 2 carrots, 2 celery stalks and a yellow pepper (in addition to the green pepper) Love my veggies! I only had 3 cans of stewed tomatoes so I added 1 can of petite diced and it worked out well. I pulsed the stewed tomatoes in the food processor easier than chopping so many cans of them. If your stewed tomatoes don't have basil and oregano in them you would want to add that to the chili. My stewed tomatoes didn't have garlic so I added some minced to the chili as well. I salted the veggies while they were sauteeing so I didn't add any salt later. With all this it had great flavor and a spice level that is mellow enough for most children. I like a lot more heat so I added sriracha chili sauce to my own bowl. Very yummy!
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Andrea's Pasta Fagioli

Reviewed: Sep. 12, 2010
This was really good but way too much pasta and that's saying a lot coming from me because i like a thick hearty soup with not a lot of broth. Next time I will cut the pasta in half. Another thing I will do differently is saving the parmesan for a garnish. Adding it to the soup only resulted in the cheese sticking to my spoon every time I stirred it and taking the herbs with it! Some additions I made was adding 2 diced carrots to the onion and garlic. Sorry to the Italians who may be offended but I really enjoy the sweetness of the carrots in contrast to the acidity of the tomato. I also added crushed red pepper and some hot sauce for a little kick. With these minor changes this will be 5 stars.
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Kay's Spaghetti and Lasagna Sauce

Reviewed: Aug. 12, 2012
This is actually a really good base to go off of! I used 2 cans of crushed tomatoes because that's all I had, splenda instead of sugar and after I started making it I discovered I was out of oregano so I used 1 T of italian seasoning and 1 tsp of basil since since the italian seasoning has basil in it. I also added about 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper and it was really good! I wanted to taste it fairly natural this time and I figured for future efforts (which there will be plenty of those) I'll add things like mushrooms, black olives, spinach, carrots... I love my veggies, lol! This was a nice and thick sauce and full of flavor! So much better than the stuff in a jar and very little effort!
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Tangy Slow Cooker Pork Roast

Reviewed: Oct. 2, 2008
I made this roast as the recipe stated except for cutting the sugar in half as recommended by several reviewers and it was pretty darn good as a roast, but my favorite was taking the leftovers and making pulled pork sandwiches. I shredded the roast, added the juice from the crock pot just to make it nice and wet and then added sweet baby ray's barbeque sauce and WOW!!!
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Sweet and Sour Meatballs II

Reviewed: Aug. 31, 2008
I made these after reading all of the reviews and I was so disappointed. My 13 yr old son who eats anything and everything didn't even like them! Too sweet, too sour, too many bread crumbs. I was hoping this would be a good option for me because I like sweet and sour but I don't like chunks of fruit with my meat as most recipes call for. Oh well, on to the next. . .
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Shrimp and Feta Cheese Pasta

Reviewed: Apr. 10, 2010
Sounded like this would be tasty esp with all the great reviews but it very bland. Used a wine I never heard of that was given to me.. guess that could be part of the problem. Anyhow, even tho I increased the wine to 1/2 cup to make more sauce I had to doctor it up a lot to make it edible and the changes I made def did the trick. I used 3 fresh tomatoes (will use 4 next time) also added about 1/2 tsp ea of garlic powder and thyme, 1 tsp crushed red pepper, a generous tblsp of real bacon bits, 1/4 tsp of black pepper and kosher salt to taste. Sprinkled with parmesan cheese to serve. All this totally saved it from the trash can! My version I will make again and I may try this one again with a different white wine. If it turns out like my first try I'll just do what I did this time.
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Gnocchi with Sage-Butter Sauce

Reviewed: Jun. 9, 2009
When I added the sage it all clumped together into one big mass! I took the clump out, added the gnocchi and stirred it in what was left, then sprinkled sage, parmesan and pepper on top and stirred again. I did not care for it all! I don't get how this got such good reviews..
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Barbie's Tuna Salad

Reviewed: Aug. 21, 2011
I honestly don't understand all the rave reviews on this one. I made it as written except for using real onion and less mayo and I thought it was barely palatable. I thought the ingredients sounded a bit odd together but I had to try it since so many people loved it. I thought the dill to be an overwhelming flavor (and I love dill) and the only thing the parsley did was add more green funky color.. maybe fresh would add more flavor? The addition of parmesan did nothing for this but add more calories.. again maybe a good quality fresh grated parm would've added the zip I was expecting. I couldn't even taste the curry in this because my taste buds were overwhelmed with dill and sweet pickle. I wouldn't even attempt this again even with some changes. I didn't like it at all!
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