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Slow-Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

Reviewed: Jan. 27, 2015
Absolutely amazing. I made it with very few adjustments. I used homemade chicken broth instead of canned and used twice the amount and only 1 cup of water. I also used homemade stewed tomatoes (which I chopped). I added some black beans, too (my family loves them). I threw the chicken in the pot whole and left it all day on low, pulled it out and shredded it when I got home, added it back in with some cilantro (I used a lot of cilantro - we really like it - about 1/4 of a cup). Gave it a good stir, got the bowls out and served it with a good squeeze of lime (a MUST! Do not skip. I know for Americans this sounds strange, but you will LOVE it.), and little shredded cheese on top (personal preference), a small dollop of sour cream for some of us. My family adds crunched tortilla chips, but I like it without them. This is really amazing soup and so easy to make.
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Chili Rellenos Casserole

Reviewed: Nov. 23, 2014
I have now made this recipe twice. Once, exactly as written and the second time based on some input from other reviewers. I would give this five stars either way. There is nothing wrong with the original way it is written. Dishing it out and serving it alongside beans and rice, it was a great meal. If you make it in a smaller dish, the casserole is a little thicker, and I do like that, as well. Servings seemed a little more substantial. I did find that, making it in the smaller dish, I didn't need as much milk. I did not cook it longer (as others have suggested you do if you make it in a smaller dish), and it was just fine. The second time around I made it in a smaller dish, eliminated the second milk and added one more egg. I liked it eggier, I must add. So if I make it either way, I will add the additional egg. And I will always use enchilada sauce instead of tomato. Either way you make it, be sure to let it sit for about 10 minutes to let it firm up. This is an amazing recipe and I'm so glad I found it. One other change I will do next time is use more Monterey Jack cheese than cheddar, because that feels more like the real thing to me. Thanks for the recipe!
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Chicken Wild Rice Soup I

Reviewed: Feb. 25, 2014
I have now made this twice. The first time I made it exactly like the recipe stated. The second time I made some minor adjustments based on reviews and our family tastes and, of course, we liked it better. I doubled the curry and used one more cup of broth and cut the cream to one cup. I also added more salt, added a little thyme and left out the almonds. We love it and I will make it again and again. I gave this five stars because I believe it is such a great recipe - and everyone should feel comfortable making a few minor adjustments based on your own tastes. I also want to add that I think any kind of rice can work. We used a wild rice blend and it was wonderful. Heats up beautifully for leftovers too - just add a little more broth because it thickens up, of course. Highly recommended!
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Kielbasa and Cabbage

Reviewed: May 21, 2011
After making this more than 10 times, I think I can review it well!! I have made many variations of this recipe (after reviewing what other people said), but the original recipe is still 5 stars. My family also likes it when I add a potato - this just adds a certain texture to it. And to make it healthier, I've used turkey kielbasa, which is also good. The only thing I do differently on a consistent basis is to double the meat. I recently made this for my father who's German grandmother used to make something very similar. Its now his favorite dinner. Great recipe!! Thank you for sharing it!
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Beef Stew with Ale

Reviewed: Mar. 10, 2011
This stew is FABULOUS! However, the last reviewer is right...the portions are WAY off. I can feed four adults well and have one small serving left over for lunch the next day. I couldn't find celeriac, so used just celery instead and added parsnips - just because my family loves them. I have made this three times now and have used various kinds of beer (whatever I have on had - ALWAYS at least one can or bottle of something dark). It has been great every time. Thanks for sharing!!
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Zippy Egg Casserole

Reviewed: Dec. 25, 2010
I have tried about 50 different egg casserole dishes and this is FAR and ABOVE the BEST! I only made one small adjustment - I sprinkled the onions on top of the sausage instead of adding them into the liquids (otherwise they just sink to the bottom). I took it out of the fridge 30 minutes before popping it in the oven. Bake time was exactly 1 hour and 10 minutes. Came out perfect. My family cannot get enough of this and I get asked for the recipe EVERY time I make it. This one is a keeper!!
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Double Tomato Bruschetta

Reviewed: Aug. 1, 2010
This is one of the best bruschettas I've ever eaten. And I made it!! I followed the recipe for the tomato mixture exactly as is, except, because of a bountiful tomato crop, I used regular tomatoes instead of romas. It was still fabulous. If you do this, just make sure you get rid of some of the juicier parts of the tomatoes - romas are very meaty - so I used very meaty tomatoes and used less (since they are bigger). I served it on bread rubbed with garlic and olive oil and broiled for just a minute to make them toasty. No need for cheese. But next time I may add a little fresh parm on the top. But its definitely not needed. Great how it is!!
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Cabbage Soup II

Reviewed: Apr. 24, 2010
I used this recipe to create one of my family's favorite soups EVER! I made the changes based on my family's needs and it turned out great. We have a diabetic in the family, so I left out the barley (to decrease carbs) and added 1/2 of a chopped rutabega (for some potatoe-like texture). I would HIGHLY recommend this! I used 6-7 cups of chicken broth, not cans, just to cut back on opening so many cans! And, most importantly, I added A LOT of cracked black pepper, as one reviewer noted. The pepper completely makes this soup. Its wonderful!
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Meat-Lover's Slow Cooker Spaghetti Sauce

Reviewed: Apr. 24, 2010
This is wonderful! I am upset at the one reviewer who discounted it because of the miniscule amount of sugar. I, too, am a foodie...and adding a little sugar to tomato dishes, as most foodies would know, is a great way to cut back on the acidity and blend the flavors. I did add more veggies to my sauce, but otherwise I wouldn't change anything!
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