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Quick and Easy Brownies

Reviewed: Dec. 27, 2012
Very good recipe. I decreased the amount of flour to 1 cup as others suggested and I'm glad I did. The primary reason that I baked those is because I wanted to make Chef John's Holiday Rum Balls (which I did and they are absolutely delicious!) which required stale brownies. Unfortunately, they never got there and stayed moist for ever (week later). I will definitely make them again and will play with different ingredients. This is a keeper. Thank you for sharing with us.
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Baby Back Ribs

Reviewed: Dec. 14, 2012
Absolutely simple and YES, meat does fall off the bone! I prep my ribs early in the morning or the night before. I brush my ribs with my homemade Jack Daniel BBQ Sauce and boy, is it ever good! Thank you for sharing this trick. P.S. I will post my JD BBQ sauce on this site...check it out, it is very tasty
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Holiday Rum Balls

Reviewed: Dec. 27, 2012
OMG! They were soooo goood! I did just as the recipe said and tada! This has instantly become our new Holiday treat for "grown ups". Hic !
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Spicy Orange Zest Beef

Reviewed: Nov. 25, 2012
It is very, very good although I modified the recipe a bit. By accident, instead of seasoned rice vinegar, I took white wine vinegar and I'm glad I did otherwise it would've been too tart. I used low sodium soy sauce and marinated overnight (yum). If you don't have this luxury, I really recommend to marinate for a good 4 hours and you'll see how much it can make a differance in taste. Instead of using cooking spray, I used sesame oil which inhance the taste of this dish. No salt... matter in fact, my husband and I never cook with salt and we prefer to have fun experimenting different spices...try it! About 30 seconds before I removed from heat, I added 2 tbsp. orange juice. Serve over jasmine rice....yummy! Thank you chef John for this recipe and also thank you for entertaining us with your videos.
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Strawberry Oatmeal Breakfast Smoothie

Reviewed: Jun. 11, 2013
Very delicious and filling. The first time I soaked the rolled oats in soy milk for about 15-20 minutes. It wasn't too bad but the second time it was just right. I soaked the oats overnight and the next morning, it blended well. Both times I used low fat vanilla soy milk and vanilla extract as well. My husband and I loved it! Next time I will go with Sarah Jo's technique and put oats in a blender before mixing with the other ingredients. Definitely a keeper. Thank you Astrophe for sharing.
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Grandma's Cranberry Orange Cake

Reviewed: Nov. 25, 2012
I didn't change a thing and it was superb! The cake was moist and, between my husband and I, it took us 5 days before finishing and it was still delicious, not dry at all. I didn't have cranberry liquor so instead I added regular cranberry juice. Definitely a keeper with a nice orange icing...yummy in the tummy! Thank you so much StaceyO for sharing this wonderful recipe
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Chef John's Chocolate Lava Cake

Reviewed: Jul. 29, 2013
Mmmmm, it was delicious -- even though I screwed up! In step #12, I poured too much water, a little over half, and when it was time to serve, the center wasn't as creamy as it should've been. Next time, I know this will be perfect! Thank you Chef John for such a great recipe
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Marinated Grilled Shrimp

Reviewed: Jun. 19, 2013
We didn't have any tomato sauce in the pantry when we started to make it so I took one of the reviewers substitution ideas and replaced it with sweet chili sauce. Wow! It was perfect! Mixing all the ingredients together was an amazing combination. This is definitely a keeper. We'll still try the initial recipe next time but our heart is already on sweet chili vs. tomato sauce. Thank you for sharing
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Coconut Shrimp I

Reviewed: May 20, 2013
It was too bland for us. I followed the recipe as is and nothing really excited us about it. Perhaps next time, I will add much more herbs and spices to boost the flavor. Also I might substitute beer for coconut milk. I will try again but with modifications.
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Winter Leek and Potato Soup

Reviewed: May 10, 2013
Great soup with slight modifications. I sautéed leeks and onions with 4 pressed garlic cloves instead of using powder. When simmering potatoes, I added 1 large bay leaf and pepper. We didn't add any salt and instead of using "store bought", I used my homemade chicken broth. I also used an immersion blender to make it smooth. We didn't use any Cheddar cheese but we will next time when we serve it. Thank you Sassa, it's a keeper!
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Marinated Tuna Steak

Reviewed: May 10, 2013
Wow! Absolutely delish! I made some modifications to our liking and also for two tuna steaks (husband and I). I reduced soy sauce down to 1/16 cup and added 1/16 cup of sesame oil. I added about 1/2 tsp. honey and I didn't have any fresh oregano so I substituted with 1/8 tsp. dry Turkish oregano. We grilled on the BBQ for about 2.5 minutes per side at 375ºF. They were about 1" thick. This was our first time cooking tuna steak so we were both cautious about over cooking them. We will definitely have them again. Perhaps next time, I'll grate about 1 tbsp. fresh ginger for two steaks
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Jalapeno Popper Spread

Reviewed: Nov. 25, 2012
My husband and I love to have appetizers with a nice glass of wine in mid-afternoon. It keeps us going until dinner time (7PM). This one is absolutely a KEEPER! It is so easy and quick to make. I serve this with organic tortilla chips. It is extremely tasty and I can easily serve this dish to my guests when time is limited to prepare other fancy appetizers. Thank you for this simple but incredible recipe.
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Apple Crisp II

Reviewed: Nov. 25, 2012
Love! Love! Love! My husband liked it but not as much as me. I will definitely make it again.
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Quick Chicken Piccata

Reviewed: Oct. 11, 2014
Very good! I changed a few things. First, I omitted salt as a seasoning because I used low-sodium chicken broth instead of water (more flavor). After I deglazed, I added 1 clove garlic and sautéed for 1 minute or so. I serve pasta with a spicy homemade tomato-herb sauce like I do when I serve my veal piccata which it's almost identical to this one. Once again, thank you Chef John for another awesome recipe
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Slow Cooker Creamed Corn with Onion and Chives

Reviewed: May 20, 2014
Absolutely delish! Instead of using a slow cooker, I cooked on the stove top and it came out just fine. I used canned corn and reduced the cooking time. I also added a chopped jalapeño pepper without seeds and ribs. I didn't have half-and-half on hand so I used 1/2 35% cream with 1/2 milk. I love the idea of using both methods of cooking. I will definitely make this again but hopefully next time with fresh corn. Also one more thing; I didn't add any salt (there's enough salt in the chives & onion cream cheese as it is)and it was very tasty! Thank you Terry.
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Strawberry Spinach Salad I

Reviewed: Nov. 12, 2013
Just absolutely amazing! The flavors combine well together. I chilled the dressing before pouring over the salad. This is a perfect salad for hot summer days! Give it a try, you won't be disappointed!
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Best Brownies

Reviewed: Aug. 13, 2013
These are extremely good brownies! I've made brownies before from this site and they were very good but took my chance and made these...wow! I didn't change a thing except for the frosting. I added about 1 tbsp. evaporated milk because I had a little leftovers in the refrigerator and decided to use it. The frosting came out nice and glossy...perfect! Definitely, I'll be making this again and again.
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Supergirl Summer Smoothie

Reviewed: Jun. 23, 2013
What a wonderful smoothie! I used mango instead of honeydew and cantaloupe instead of seedless grapes just because I didn't have it on hand. We choose low-fat vanilla yogurt and added about 1 tbsp. of wheat germ. I didn't put any ice cubes because I don't like smoothies with it. This is definitely a keeper. Thank you Stephanie S. for sharing
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Penne with Spicy Vodka Tomato Cream Sauce

Reviewed: May 5, 2013
Very good but... I personally think it was too much pasta for this recipe; half a lb. would've been perfect. I slightly modified the recipe by adding 2 tbsp. chopped red onion, 6 thinly sliced white mushrooms, increased vodka by a 1/4 cup, and using spicy Italian instead of sweet (couldn't find it). I browned the sausage, then drained the fat, return sausage to skillet and then sautéed garlic, onion, mushrooms and red pepper flakes, stirring until garlic browned. Also I didn't add any salt...my husband and I skip it in all our recipes. We'd rather use fresh herbs and spices instead. It is definitely a keeper but next time either I double the sauce or I cut down half the amount of pasta. Thank you Star Pooley for sharing with us this fabulous recipe.
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Quinoa Pudding

Reviewed: May 5, 2013
Very, very nice! I followed the advice of "laurieinok" and soaked the seeds for 15 minutes and then I rinsed thoroughly. I cooked this recipe almost the same except I mixed half-and-half dry raisins and dry cranberries and didn't add any salt (enough sodium don't need to add more). I served it with sliced strawberries and sliced bananas, topped with maple syrup. BTW, we, my husband and I, tried a bite with coconut syrup (good but not perfect), another bite with soy milk and brown sugar (very good but not as good as with maple syrup). Have fun, this recipe is so versatile, healthy and yummy! Thank you Graycat
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