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Stupid Simple Roast Chicken

Reviewed: Nov. 24, 2012
I made this for our immediate family thanksgiving dinner (had the big dinner with relatives on black friday this year). My daughter said that she wanted "chicken that looks like a turkey", so thats what she got :). This is a fantastic recipe - I have maybe roasted a chicken once before and wasn't impressed, but this recipe made the chicken really moist and tender and flavorful. I ended up cooking it for about an hour and 10 mins, which might have been a little long, because the drumsticks were a little dried out by that point, but I don't really care for the dark meat anyway. The only downside was that the kitchen got a little smoky when I was cooking this (I rubbed the outside of the skin with olive oil and sprinkled with salt & pepper), so maybe an open window would be a good thing unless you have an awesome exhaust fan! I tried a variation the next night where instead of the lemons in the cavity, I stuffed some boursin cheese under the skin of the breast and drumsticks and stuck a little in the cavity and then rubbed the outside of the chicken with whatever got on my hands ended up cooking at 325 for about 1 1/2 hours to 2 hours (that time I was using my mom's convection oven, so it might take longer in a regular one). It was a bit of a messy job, but was absolutely delicious (not very healthy though, but hey it was black friday thanksgiving dinner!) Thanks for the great recipe - I never thought I would successfully roast a chicken, but this recipe really is stupid easy!
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Creamy Au Gratin Potatoes

Reviewed: Nov. 24, 2012
This was absolutely delicious! I made as written and it turned out perfectly, I chose this recipe because it skips parboiling the potatoes, which was so much simpler to me! I have previously made a cheesy potato casserole (the one with canned cream of chicken soup and sour cream etc.) when I'm craving something potato au-gratin-y, but this will be my new go to recipe, it uses simple ingredients that are not processed, and was absolutely delicious! Not light on the calories though, but moderation in everything - my motto "there are no poisons in life, only poisonous dosage", so don't eat the whole panful, but enjoy and indulge!
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Italian Dressing Mix

Reviewed: Nov. 24, 2012
I just made this tonight, and can't believe how similar it is to the store bought italian dressing packets (I usually go for good seasons myself). I used garlic powder, onion powder and celery seed instead of the salts. I gave it 4 stars instead of 5, because I think it might need a little tweaking, the taste is spot on, but there are a lot of dried flaky herbs in this recipe, so it ends up being a really leafy salad dressing, I am going to try and eliminate the parsley (because IMHO it doesn't have much flavor) and maybe reduce the oregano to 1 T and see if that is any better, also the celery seed is a bit iffy to me, I might try and leave that out next time as well. Thanks so much for this recipe, it is awesome!
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Chicken Tikka Masala

Reviewed: Feb. 10, 2013
I have had some amazing Indian food over the years and am very picky in this regard, so I wouldn't say this close to the restaurant taste as written, but is an excellent starting point...if you want a more authentic flavor try cutting the cumin in half and adding fenugreek, which comes as either whole seeds or leaves at some Indian grocers, but I think the best thing if you can get a hold of the seeds is grind them to a powder using a mortar and pestle or blender and add 1/2 tsp. at a time to your taste. The fenugreek is a must in the CTM at the best Indian restaurants, you will know as soon as you get a whiff of it. one other thing, when I make this at home I often take a pita bread, smear with butter and sprinkle on some garlic and cilantro, and just put under the broiler for a few mins 'til butter melts and pita is a little crispy (my version of the garlic nan)...these things being said thank you much Yakuta this is a great base recipe that you can take and run with to make your CTM dreams come true :)
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