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Pork Chops with Blue Cheese Gravy

Reviewed: Oct. 30, 2008
Everyone seems to love this recipe - even me! (I don't care for pork in general, and especially chops - usually too dry.) We love blue cheese, so I add extra extra amounts. Also, tried with both heavy cream and half&half - better with heavy, but h&h was good, too.
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Garlic Red Potatoes

Reviewed: Oct. 30, 2008
Simply the best. I eyeball everything - though not so much with the melted butter. Loving garlic, I add quite a bit more than the recipe calls for. Turns out great every time!!!
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Chicken Pot Pie IX

Reviewed: Nov. 8, 2008
I don't think the minor changes I made to this recipe (canned vs frozen peas, fresh mushrooms, more sauce, phyllo crust) changed the recipe enough to make a less-than 5 star difference. It was delicious! Next time, I'll use store-bought pie crusts (phyllo is fun, but time consuming), which I know won't change my opinion of the taste of this pot pie. Excellent!
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My Own Famous Stuffed Grape Leaves

Reviewed: Nov. 8, 2008
I was terrified to try this, but they turned out wonderful!!! My husband is super-picky about foods like this (food-snob anyone?!), and he praised me up and down. My 11 yr old even had fun helping me roll the stuffing into the leaves.
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Nana's Mashed Turnip

Reviewed: Nov. 8, 2008
My husband loved this! My kids gobbled it down, too. I'm giving it a four-star for now, only because I used rutabaga instead of turnip - and the smell brought back icky rutabaga childhood memories. Will definitely make again - next time using turnip instead. Might earn a five-star from me then.
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Japanese-Style Sesame Green Beans

Reviewed: Nov. 8, 2008
Nicely light, easy, and healthy. My kids are weird and like their veggies, so this was a no-brainer when I read the recipe. Even so, they liked it so much, there were no left-overs. Lovely.
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Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Reviewed: Nov. 9, 2008
Wow. I strongly dislike brussels sprouts, but my hubby and kids love them, so I've been trying to find a way to prepare them so I could eat too. This was great! I can only stand the very small ones, but that's more than none!! P.S. I cut them in half to mellow the flavor (for myself). Also, I prefer them a tad blackened - though it doesn't seem to make a difference for the rest of my family.
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World's Best Lasagna

Reviewed: Nov. 9, 2008
It was ok, but not what I'd hoped for. My family liked it better than I did, although I enjoyed the next-day leftovers a bit more than fresh out-of-the-oven. Might try again, but will probably make a few changes.
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Slow Cooker Thai Pork with Rice

Reviewed: Nov. 9, 2008
My kids like this ok. Hubby doesn't care for it. I find it ok, but a bit much after a few bites. Not sure how I might change it more to our tastes, but I think I will probably give this one more try.
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Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings

Reviewed: Nov. 10, 2008
I'm giving this a four mostly because I made a few changes. I made a larger amount, so I still used the two cans of cream of chicken, then for the third can I used cream of celery. I also chopped up two stalks of celery. The base recipe felt like it needed seasonings, so I added garlic. I've never used Mrs Dash before, but thought I'd try it out. Seemed to work, but I wasn't sure how much to use. I eyeball everything, so I ended up using about a tablespoon and a half - maybe two. Next time I'll use more. I didn't add salt or black pepper, because I thought the canned soups and the Mrs Dash might contain enough. Wrong! I'll have to experiment with the quantity - probably making the sauce before I add the chicken so I can taste. Instead of covering only with water, I used about a soup-can's worth and then covered the remaining with white wine. Yum. This time around, the dumplings were a tad gummy for me. I put them in an hour before serving. I don't know if that means they should go in earlier or later, so I'll have to do some research on that. Finally, the chicken was a little dry. Either I'll break it up about a half-hour before serving (I did it an hour before this time), or I'll use thigh meat next time. Officially, this was an incredibly aromatic dish, and the sauce tasted great, but not great enough obviously.
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Clark's Quiche

Reviewed: Nov. 10, 2008
Wonderful! Except for using fresh spinach instead of frozen, I didn't change a thing. I guess my pie dishes were just the right depth, because they filled exactly right. I may try this with phyllo next time, just out of curiosity, but that would be a purely experimental change. Incredible quiche, and it was my first!!
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Alaska Salmon Bake with Pecan Crunch Coating

Reviewed: Nov. 10, 2008
My family likes this very much. I don't change a thing, though I eyeball everything. My 11 yr old and 13 yr old claim they don't like fish and usually grumble when I serve it to them. However, they gobble this up with no left overs (and I make almost double the recommended portion). - I serve this with Japanese-Style Sesame Green Beans (from this site) and linguine in an Alfredo sauce.
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Alfredo Sauce

Reviewed: Nov. 10, 2008
Pretty good. I did make one change, adding a dollop of cream cheese (since I'd seen it included in so many other highly-rated Alfredo recipes). I'll try several other Alfredo recipes before I settle on just one.
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Creamy Pesto Shrimp

Reviewed: Nov. 19, 2008
I only changed one thing - 1 cup half&half and 1 cup heavy cream (in place of 2 cups heavy cream). I did add a bit of corn starch to thicken. Was fabulous. All the family loved this -- even me, and I don't generally care for shrimp! Might experiment with a bit more pesto next time, but isn't necessary. Served over linguine with a Caesar side. Yum! Edit: I made this again, and it still ranked five stars, but I've decided I need to add even more pesto than I implied above. Either that, or it needed salt. Not sure, but one or the other - or both - is needed. ANOTHER EDIT: I made this again last night, but I didn't have time to go buy pesto. Instead, I made the sauce exactly from this recipe, but when it came time to add the pesto, I used two packets of Shillings "pesto sauce mix" I had on hand. My family loved it!! - possibly more so than with store-bought "fresh" pesto. So, if in dire straights for pesto, packets work very well, or even better. (I suspect this depends upon the quality of the fresh pesto. I plan to make my own and see if it makes a difference next time.) **Added note: My kids droop when I tell them we're having shrimp for dinner - but totally perk up when I tell them it will be "Creamy Pesto Shrimp!"
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Green Bean and Potato Salad

Reviewed: Nov. 20, 2008
If my husband loved it, it rates a five star. Period. ("Food snob.") My kids and I really liked it, too. A few changes that I don't think really made a difference on my rating: served cold rather than warm/hot ("potato salad" should be cold!); used raw beans instead of steamed (for no reason other than it seemed like it would work just as well). The main change: I ran out of balsamic and substituted red wine vinegar. It was great this way - I'm convinced it will be even better with balsamic. Definitely will make again and again. Served with "Crispy Fried Fish" and "Wisconsin Native's Beer Cheese Soup" - both from this site. (Although, I give the soup a lower rating.)
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Crispy Fried Fish

Reviewed: Nov. 20, 2008
Very very good. Used talapia instead of cod, since that's what I had on hand. Ran out of Cajun spice before I wanted to, but was still happy with the results. The corn flakes made a nice and crispy coating. Yum.
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Wisconsin Native's Beer Cheese Soup

Reviewed: Nov. 20, 2008
Good, but not great. My 11 yr old gobbled it up. The rest of us liked it just fine but weren't wow-ed by it. If I make it again, I'll puree the veggies. It was time consuming, which is why I say "if I make it again."
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Exquisite Pizza Sauce

Reviewed: Nov. 22, 2008
Yea!!! I finally found a sauce to satisfy my anti-tomato-sauce hubby! Unbelievable, but true. I followed the recipe, except I eyeball everything, so I may have added more of some things and less of others - but not by much, so this recipe gets a hearty 5-star. It's just perfectly spicy enough to make my kids notice, but not so spicy that it turned them off. Everybody loved it! Definitely will make again and again and again and...you get the point. P.S. I spread it on "Jay's Signature Pizza Crust," which was good, but time consuming for me.
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Jay's Signature Pizza Crust

Reviewed: Nov. 22, 2008
I'm giving it a five, because I've had a hard time finding a crust I like. "Jay's" is meant to be a thick crust, but I rolled mine as thin as I could get it, and it came out great. My kids like thick crust, so I may let it go next time. FYI: I used "Exquisite Pizza Sauce" from this site. The two together = YUM!
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Brie and Mushroom Phyllo Puffs

Reviewed: Nov. 22, 2008
This was incredible!! Ok, I didn't follow the recipe to an absolute T. I figured any yummy mushrooms would do, so I used shiitake and morels. Also, I didn't have the time to fold phyllo into pretty triangles, so I just molded it into my pop-over thingy, layering with melted butter of course. What I came up with was "cups" rather than "puffs." Don't know if this was better tasting, but everyone "fought" over the last two!
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