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Grilled Roast Beef Sandwiches

Reviewed: Dec. 19, 2011
These were pretty good, but I like a ham & swiss combo better, but this is certainly a good thing to make if I have sliced roast beef around. Since "thin slices" isn't real definitive I used about 1 oz per sandwich. Couldn't handle the idea of chilies on a sandwich but I added a bit of the convenient powdered stuff in w/the mayo to get the kick. And I believe I used a 5 grain bread. And it was working for me like this, so I didn't even try the salsa.
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Easy Chicken Posole

Reviewed: Dec. 19, 2011
Very good stuff. I like the spice level. I thought chicken fried in a pan would be a hassle to shred, so I did it in the crock pot with the water and broth, cooked it on high maybe 2-3 hours. After that it almost shreds itself. Then I cooked the garlic w/just a bit of oil in my mini saucepan, and didn't use the onion. From there, everything was as is. Though I did only use the tortilla chips and cilantro for garnishes.
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Wake-You-Up Banana Coffee Loaf Cake

Reviewed: Dec. 19, 2011
Sorry, but this just really didn't do it for me. I don't use coffee to wake me up but wanted to get the taste as close to "as is" as possible. All I could taste was coffee and chocolate chips. Not that there's anything wrong with chocolate chips :-), but the coffee is way too strong IMO, and I couldn't taste banana at all, even subtly. (These were even over-ripe ones.) And it was a hair dry - otherwise I'd maybe just try it without the coffee.
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Scottish Shepherd's Pie

Reviewed: Jun. 23, 2011
I've never had a shepherd's pie before, so I wouldn't know the difference between Scottish and otherwise, but I hope it's true that this isn't really like it. It was OK, but nothing beyond that. I normally get that there are differences of opinion, but this time I quite honestly don't understand the 5 stars. I made it as is, except that I didn't totally mash the potatoes down, but left a lot of small hunks, which merely changed the texture a bit. I didn't have issues with it being too wet or anything, but it certainly did need something. It also did not heat up very well. Won't be making again, sorry.
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Spiced Chicken Loaf

Reviewed: Jun. 17, 2011
I made this as is except for using some onion powder instead of onion - personal preference. It had a good flavor, but the thing I didn't like was that it had a bit of a rubbery texture that was odd. Well, I didn't totally dislike it or I wouldn't be giving a 4, but it did kind of lower the level for me. It isn't something about being different than beef or something, cause rather than this being "a nice change" from beef, for me beef is the change cause I use chicken and turkey a lot. I don't recall anything having that texture. Dunno. But otherwise good.
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Mayan Couscous

Reviewed: Jun. 13, 2011
Pretty good. I like the heat of jalapenos but not the specific flavor of them (unless it's mostly covered up by other stuff) so left those out and just tossed in a bit of cayenne to put some kick back in it. Unlike many, I would never cook the onion because I don't like cooked onion in most things and preferred it stay uncooked and crunchy. I did follow the instructions but I see no reason to not just cook the couscous in a pan the normal method - seems easier, and I could use the same pan for everything. I liked this best cooled down a bit but still freshly made. Nice blend of flavors. I refrigerated some to take to work - didn't like it as well cold but it was still an easy thing to take to work and that's always a bonus.
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Veggie Breakfast Sandwiches

Reviewed: Jun. 13, 2011
I'm not a vegetarian but I also don't have to have meat all the time, and occasionally I've used soy crumbles, bean burgers, etc. (I just take things for what they are instead of thinking of them as 'fake meat'.) I've not tried the veggie sausage so I thought I'd try this variation on an egg mcmuffin. I cheated a bit in that I don't like mushrooms and prefer a crispy lettuce over 'wilty' spinach. I used the whole eggs. Not bad. The cream cheese and combination of spices put a different twist on it. For those who like mushrooms, that might really 'make it' for them, don't know. (One unfortunate issue is that the veggie sausage is very expensive and I discovered I do not like them by themselves. This might sound odd but they're not bad with mayo on them. I now still have some in the freezer so perhaps I'll just do this again next time I have cream cheese around. :-))
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Oven Fried Chicken II

Reviewed: Jun. 11, 2011
I used chicken breasts instead of thighs since I don't like dark meat. Well, the concept's good. I have a deep fryer, but the deep fryer is a bit of a hassle to wash and *way* more oil is needed for that, and I think this is probably still less greasy & fattening this way. Which is why the concept is good. Despite that, this just didn't taste like anything. I haven't had fried chicken for a long time so it was certainly something different, but it was really lacking in any real flavor. If I find a good mix of ingredients, I may try this method on it.
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Black Bean, Corn and Turkey Chili

Reviewed: Jun. 11, 2011
My changes to this were minor. Don't like hunks of tomato, onion, etc in stuff like this so my salsa goes thru the blender, and it was also homemade from a recipe on this site. And the corn was frozen and not canned, but no biggie. Anyway, this is better than some of the more recent turkey chili's I've had recently, possibly because the spices were cooked into the turkey, which I think helps the dull flavor of turkey. But it still wasn't "great" and I felt needed... something. Perhaps I just wanted more of a kick I don't know. I could try doubling the spices. (Side note that I think it's only 6 servings if they are small bowls.)
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Easy Sausage Chowder

Reviewed: Jun. 2, 2011
Mostly made this as is. Don't like cooked pieces of onion in things, so I probably either tossed in some onion powder or onion juice, don't recall. And used dried herbs (1/3 amount), but I prefer that. This didn't knock my socks off, but it was good and hearty. This was more of a creamy soup, and while I love things with a kick, creamy stuff is more of a comfort food for me. I do think I'd probably prefer ham in it though - but then you'd have to re-name it. :-) It heated up well in the microwave at work the next day. I got about 8 bowls out of this so 12 servings would be a bit smallish.
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Roasted Potato Salad with Balsamic Dressing

Reviewed: Jun. 2, 2011
When I first saw this, I liked the sounds of the roasted potato flavors, and the sound of the dressing flavors... but I disliked too many of the main ingredients. i.e. don't like olives, artichoke hearts and peppers only done certain ways (and not like this). So... I decided to try it as just a roasted potato salad with the rest of the ingredients. Normally I would NEVER review a recipe I had changed so drastically cause I don't think that's fair. But, the things I disliked had nothing to do with what I changed, so I'm rating it anyway. I'm a cheese lover but discovered I don't care for Gorgonzola! It was suggested I try Havarti, and I also found a "Mediterranean" gouda (had tiny bits of olive, dried tomato and herbs in it). I used both and I will say they both worked well with these flavors. I figured I used about 3/4 the "bulk" of the salad, so scaled the dressing to 3/4. I liked the dressing. Now, I liked the potatoes when they came out of the oven, and really, I could see making just that part for a side dish. What I really disliked was the roasted potatoes in a salad like this - i.e. potatoes alone good, dressing good, but roasted potatoes IN the salad, no. Just didn't seem to "match." I would like to try just cooked potatoes like a normal potato salad, or possibly adding the roasting ingredients to the dressing sans the extra oil. But definitely an interesting recipe.
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Pork and Bean Salad I

Reviewed: May 29, 2011
I was a bit leary of this - pork n beans w/mayo. Just sounded weird. But not bad at all. Simple. Something different. Though I did prefer it freshly made at room temperature, rather than cold from the fridge. I didn't drain the beans cause that would just make it navy beans, so I didn't really get that. I also don't have relish so just chopped up dill pickles.
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Italian White Bean and Pancetta Soup

Reviewed: May 27, 2011
This is good but not a major wow, maybe a 4.5. This is what I'd called a savory sort of flavor - it is good but could still use a little something, perhaps a bit of white pepper. It's reasonably easy to make and good on a cold day. (Never mind the date - I made this a while ago. :-)) I've never bought pancetta before - very expensive. It almost seemed like a mild version of bacon, and once cooked in the soup I doubt I could tell the difference and bacon is less expensive. This did make just about 8 bowl-size servings for me.
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Non-Balaya

Reviewed: May 27, 2011
The title of this got my curiousity up. I've never had "real" jambalaya so I have nothing to compare this to, so I don't care. :-) The flavor was pretty good and it was interesting, but somehow the texture of the smoked sausage seemed a bit odd in this. I can see from the pics it's supposed to be thick but I still had to add a fair amount of chicken broth.
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Beanie Wienies

Reviewed: May 27, 2011
Certainly nothing fancy or what I'd call "delicious," but simple, and what I was in the mood for. I had hot dogs to use up and was tired of just eating hot dogs. Could use a hair more Worcestershire just to maybe kick it up a bit. I put grilled cheese with it and it was a decent little lunch.
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Refreshing Potato Salad

Reviewed: May 27, 2011
Sorry to be the party pooper but I just didn't find anything "refreshing" about this. It seemed dry and with little flavor - mostly tasting like just eating plain potatoes. A "touch more" mayo didn't do it - I doubled it! It could have used probably double the onion to add more crunch. I didn't notice the lemon juice, even subtly. In the end, I just started adding more and more salt to it, which is not really the best thing I could be doing.
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Lemon Yogurt Muffins

Reviewed: May 11, 2011
Very good and moist! I made these as is... except that I suspected the extra topping was going to be too sweet, so I only made half of it and then put on half the muffins only. While it adds more lemon, I was also right that it's WAY too sweet that way. Those were the ones I gave away to the sugar-holics. (Which sadly seems to be everyone.) They were plenty good without the extra topping. I prefer lemon that doesn't over-power everything anyway. And yes the cooking time is a bit much. My oven is right on and mine were done in about 15 minutes. Even if they don't burn, cooking that long could just dry them out and ruin a perfectly good muffin.
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Blackberry Jam Cake II

Reviewed: May 6, 2011
I like that the chocolate is subtle. The blackberry was also subtle and I wish that flavor had come out more - that's one reason I picked the recipe. It was OK but nothing really exciting. I think I'd probably prefer like a spice cake or something. I did not use any frosting at all because I don't like super sweet things and the cake is enough. (And I don't think caramel would have been very good.)
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Burrito Pie

Reviewed: May 6, 2011
Very good. I didn't read the reviews before-hand and did not make any of the changes suggested. I think doubling up the tortillas would just make it too "bready" instead of allowing for the flavor of the meat/bean mixture. And I did mix everything together as instructed. I do not like spreading layers like this and always think it's a hassle, so I wouldn't want to spread twice. (I'm not sure I find the point in separating the beans.) I scaled this down to only 1/4 the recipe and it was plenty for me for a couple of days, including taking it for lunch. (It heats up in a microwave reasonably well.) Not sure how you'd fit the entire recipe in any casserole.
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Hot Ham 'n' Cheese

Reviewed: Apr. 2, 2011
These are very good, probably 4.5 stars. My mom used to make broiled ham n swiss, with just mayo & mustard, and I thought this recipe had some curious ingredients. I will say I think the onion is out of place. I didn't have horseradish mustard so (without having seen the footnote that didn't print) I just used part regular mustard and part horsey sauce, and that and the poppy seeds were an interesting touch. I did these in the toaster oven which was easier & less utility-using, but they did take a bit longer. I can't see this being 4 servings - I easily scarfed down 2 of these.
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