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Basic Ham and Bean Soup

Reviewed: Nov. 5, 2006
I made a lot of changes... used a big thing of chicken broth instead of water, and 1.5 big cans of canned white beans. Sauteed 4 cloves of garlic with more celery (with leaves!!) and carrots and the onion, 2 ham hocks, then added 1/2 can of tomato paste (cause that's what grama did!!) the broth and beans.Totally delish!!!
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Dog Biscuits II

Reviewed: Dec. 16, 2005
Two enthusiastic paws up! My dog eats a home-prepared diet, and he loved these! I omitted the salt, added some fresh garlic, and a sprinkly of parmesan at the end!! Easy to make, (easier when dough is chilled a bit,at least for me) and will be great gifts for all my dog loving friends. Thanks for sharing
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Au Gratin Potatoes II

Reviewed: Dec. 26, 2005
I took some significant liberties with this recipe, and the result was AWESOME! I used Simply Potatoes brand refrigerated potatoes... needed more than one bag, so buy 2. I also used gruyere cheese, as I'm not a big cheddar fan. Added about 1/4 extra cup of pecorino/romano, a clove of pressed garlic, and salt and pepper and onion powder. Topped with canned fried onions and bacon bits. Cooked in a big 9 x 13 pan, because we like the well done parts best. RAVES ALL AROUND!!!
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Hummus III

Reviewed: Jan. 3, 2006
ohmygoodness! So yummy! I couldn't find tahini, so I subbed about 1.5 tsp of sesame seeds. Also cut back on the lemon juice, and did need the reserved liquid from the beans... I just used one can of beans as it was almost 2 cups (not quite). Quite delicious.
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Lentil Soup

Reviewed: Jun. 15, 2006
This is THE BEST lentil soup recipe I have found. The only thing i did different was use a big can of chicken broth instead of the water... it was a little less than the liquid called for, but I like a thicker soup, so it was perfect for me. FABULOUS!!! Thanks for sharing.
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Cousin David's Slow Cooker Brisket

Reviewed: Aug. 21, 2006
Tastes just like the brisket my mom made when I was growing up. I used the "homemade" chile sauce (ketchup, etc) and lined the crockpot with onions. Very delicious!!! A little on the sweet side, but that's how i like it! I used a 1.5 lb flat cut brisket, and it took about 5 hours on low.
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Mom's Favorite Baked Mac and Cheese

Reviewed: Nov. 3, 2013
WOW!! Full disclaimer, I don't really even like mac n cheese, but my hubby wanted something for football night with the boys, so I made this. HOLY WOW. Only thing I changed was to switch out the American for an Italian blend. And I added one clove of garlic. YUM!!! Would be sooooooo good with a little chives and bacon on top. Pretty easy to make, also. THANks!
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Baked Scallops

Reviewed: Jul. 18, 2007
The best!!! Easy, quick, and most importantly, my husband couldn't keep from shoveling it in!! I added 5 minutes of broiling time at the end to crisp it. Also used Progresso bread crumbs. Can't wait to make this for company and impress my friends!!!
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Jamie's Cranberry Spinach Salad

Reviewed: Nov. 25, 2005
A winner I will definitely make again!! I halved the spinach, but kept the almonds and cranberries in the same amount, because i like all the "stuff." I made this for thanksgiving, and it was really appreciated by those "healthy" eaters in the bunch. Very yummy, different, and makes for a nice colorful presentation.UPDATE - Just made this again for Easter and it was DEVOURED. Added feta this time, definitely enhances the salad!!
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Chickpea Curry

Reviewed: Oct. 10, 2007
I am not a huge fan of Indian food, and I’ve certainly never attempted to make curry on my own, but this stuff is delish! I used only one can of drained chickpeas, and added one big red potatoe (cubed), 2 big sliced carrots, half a green pepper plus one can of broth. As suggested, I mashed up some of the chick peas and halved the pepper. This is easy to make, tasty, cheap and not bad for you... What else can you ask for. Plus considering that many reviewer has adapted this recipe to suit their personal tastes, it’s also flexible. OH... I didn’t have any cumin! Will definitely make again. My husband will never eat, but it’s perfect for me for lunch! THANKS for sharing.
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Make Ahead Lunch Wraps

Reviewed: Jan. 29, 2008
Just polished one off for lunch, and it was delish! I omitted the rice and corn, just lightly rinsed the beans (didn't want to rinse all the seasoning away) and then heated the beans in a little olive oil, adding fresh garlic and some diced onions and Balls Cajun seasoning. Added fresh cilantro, and added a little cheese to each burrito as I made them. This recipe is the bomb, and ideal for customization. Thanks for sharing... will make again and again and again. I'll never buy another pricey frozen Amy's burrito!!!
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Make-Ahead Turkey Gravy

Reviewed: Nov. 27, 2009
Best gravy ever! I used drums as they were out of wings. Also added some garlic and Balls cajun seasoning. Didn't need to use all the flour, and I used Wondra. PERFECT!
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Broccoli with Garlic Butter and Cashews

Reviewed: Feb. 22, 2010
So insanely good, and pretty adaptable too! Great on salmon as well.
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Shrimp and Okra Gumbo

Reviewed: Jul. 15, 2010
I give this 5 stars because my fave recipes are the one s that lend themselves to customization. Here are my mods: Instead of tomato I used one can of tomatoes w/peppers/onion/celery. I used about 4 tblsp. tomato paste. 7 cups of water, to which i added better than bullion chicken (according to direx) I also used red pepper instead of green, and I used tons of celery leaves. OH and some shakes of Texas Pete hot sauce. And bay leaves. Let sit overnight in frig, added shrimp to boiling gumbo for 10 minutes. DATS GOOOOOOD!
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Bread and Celery Stuffing

Reviewed: Nov. 20, 2010
This is my old standby, pretty much what I grew up on. I like to add some garlic, a little bit of diced mushroom, an egg and LOTS of celery leaves. PERFECT!
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Turkey in a Bag

Reviewed: Nov. 25, 2010
Wow!! Hands down best, most moist and tasty turkey ever!! I coated the turkey under and outside the skin with a paste of butter, garlic salt, onion powder and pepper, then put it in the bag with celery and onion. A 14 pound turkey done in just over 2 hours. AMAZING!
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Sausage and Peppers for a Dozen

Reviewed: Sep. 4, 2011
I'm giving this 5 stars WITH some modifications. No need to slice the sausage, save time and leave it whole. I did flip half way thru so it would get brown on both sides. I also drained and blotted up all the grease. I skipped the sauce and added pepper, garlic salt and onion powder. Next time I will add the veggies a little later. They became too soft and melted down to almost nothing. Overall a biG time saver when feeding a crowd.
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Crescent-Wrapped Brie

Reviewed: Dec. 21, 2007
Easy, impressive and fabulous. I topped with rasberry preserves and pecans, and it was to die for!! Can't wait to try with pesto next... YUM
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Sweet Potato Casserole VI

Reviewed: Nov. 25, 2005
I don't think 5 stars is enough... this was a HUGE hit at Thanksgiving!! I made it exactly as directed, with one exception... at the end of the baking time i cranked up the oven to 400, moved it to the top rack and let it brown till sizzling... made the topping deliciously crunchy. it was to die for !!!!!!
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Brisket with BBQ Sauce

Reviewed: Nov. 3, 2013
WOW!!!! So easy, so delicious. Followed direx exactly. Only difference is that I added a clove of garlic to the sauce. I also put a little beer and beef broth in the pan after the first 2 hours. I made two 2.5 pound briskets, put them in a pan, and covered tightly with foil. About three hours total.
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