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Chicken and Gnocchi Soup
Every time I make this rich, creamy, delicious soup, people beg for the recipe! For those who think it's bland, I found 1 1/4 tsp. salt and 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper to be just right. (I also like to add 1/2 tsp. ground turmeric, which imparts a lovely golden color and a subtle hint of flavor, but it's totally optional.) The cornstarch slurry does make for a very thick soup. If you find it gets too thick, and you prefer a thinner soup, skip or reduce the slurry. You can also thin a too-thick soup with more broth or milk. BTW, Trader Joe's carries potato gnocchi in the dry pasta section for a fraction of the cost of grocery story prices.

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Reviewed On: Apr. 25, 2015
Black Bean and Corn Salad II
Positively ambrosial! We can't get enough of this fresh, flavorful salad--it's that good. Perfect alongside BBQ, grilled or roasted meats, or sandwiches. Also tastes great whether dressing is added in advance or just before serving. (You might try cutting the olive oil in half. Saves calories, and you can't tell the difference.)

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Reviewed On: Jun. 18, 2012
Pumpkin Black Bean Soup
Needing a recipe for which I had all ingredients on hand, I snapped this one up right away. Unfortunately, it's one of those that lacks "oomph" when you follow directions to a T, but definitely warrants an upgrade with a few simple seasonings. After discovering that most of the raves came from cooks who doctored the recipe, I wanted to see how it came out as intended. Meh. It was bland and a bit too vinegary -- somewhere in the order of 2.5 stars. The addition of 1 tsp. each cumin and chili powder, plus letting it sit several hours before serving, helped bunches. And next time I'll only use 2 Tbsp. of vinegar. Thus doctored, I'd elevate it to a 3.5. I'm eating leftovers as I type, and it's even better a few days later, as it has thickened up nicely. I'd make it again--it's a good wintery soup. But it's not getting 5 stars from me. I save that for recipes I adore.

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Reviewed On: Jan. 18, 2011
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