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Rich and Simple French Onion Soup

Reviewed: Aug. 25, 2003
I LOVE French Onion Soup!! My hubby and I use to have to go to one of our finer restaurants in town (that is not kid-friendly so we had to find a babysitter too) to get the best onion soup in town but thanks to Lori Levin, I can make it myself! I sliced about 5 large onions and cooked them for about 40 minutes over med heat, stirring them once in a while. Then I added 1 minced garlic clove in for about one minute before adding 1/2 cup white wine (a bit more than 2 tbsp!). I let it cook until almost dry then I sprinkled the onions with flour and cooked that (while constantly stirring) for about 3 minutes. Then I added 5 cans of beef broth and cooked for about 20 minutes. I used grated Gruyere and this was absolutely the best french onion soup I have ever had and I can't believe I made it myself!! Thanks Lori!!
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Grilled Sausage with Potatoes and Green Beans

Reviewed: Sep. 15, 2006
This is so good! I make this recipe about twice a month. I use canned green beans (2 cans) and sauté the green beans in a little olive oil with fresh minced garlic (4 or 5 cloves – we love garlic). I then add the green beans with oil and garlic on top of the sliced onions (I use 2 onions), potatoes and smoked sausage and roast in a roasting pan at 425 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes, stirring a couple of times. I also omit the water and do not cover the pan. I tried this method and it seemed to steam the dish and we like ours browner and caramelized. Thanks Tonya for a very awesome dish.
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Awesome Pasta Salad

Reviewed: Aug. 29, 2003
I am so picky when it comes to pasta salad! This is Awesome!! I followed the advice of MC_MA_OF_3 and dried the pasta on a clean dish towel. I also substituted the green peppers for pepperonchinis. I added red onion and sprinkled with parmesean cheese! Yummy!! My husband absolutely loves it. He ate 2 huge bowls last night and took another huge bowl to work with him today. Thanks so much Desiree for sharing your AWESOME Pasta Salad!
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Crispy Fried Chicken

Reviewed: Aug. 25, 2003
I am eating the leftovers right now and this chicken is even better cold! I have been making fried chicken for 10+ years and I have never been able to perfect the technique until now! I added garlic powder to my chicken after dipping in the flour and dipped my hubby's in Texas Pete hot sauce (mixed in with the buttermilk) because he likes it hot. I am a southern girl so I take my fried chicken seriously! So good with gravy too! Thanks so much Elaine!!
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Mexican Layered Dip

Reviewed: Sep. 22, 2003
I am giving this 4 stars because I made a couple of changes that I probably should not have. We started eating it immediately after I made it and it was way too rich (change #1)! So we decided to stick in the refrigerator and try it again the next night. By this time it was too watery because I had used a can of diced tomatoes w/green chiles (change #2) that I thought I had thoroughly drained but it was a soupy mess! May try again after chilling the 2 hours as stated in the recipe. Thanks Rusty.
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Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches

Reviewed: Sep. 9, 2003
I used this recipe as a base. I fried my chicken breast, then coated in Frank's Hot Sauce to which I added 2-3 tbsp of melted butter. No broiling here, since I never have any luck with broiling. Of course, mine was messier and I just had to add blue cheese and blue cheese dressing on top! Thanks Lisa for a great chicken sandwich! My hubby has requested this for lunch the last two weekends in a row!
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Cooking Light magazine's Chicken Parmesan

Reviewed: Aug. 25, 2003
This dish is excellent! I used chicken tenders and dipped the tenders in flour first. I also added parmesan and chopped garlic cloves to the breadcrumb mixture. After browning the chicken for about 3 to 4 minutes on each side, I put them on a cookie sheet in the oven at 350 degrees for about 5 minutes to finish cooking. Then I placed a little of the sauce (which I made) on the chicken tenders, topped with shredded provolone and Parmigiano and put it under the broiler to melt the cheese. I coated hot, cooked pasta with the remainder of the sauce. Definitely a keeper!
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Microwave Corn on the Cob

Reviewed: Dec. 2, 2003
Yummy!! We love corn on the cob and this is the easiest and fastest way to prepare it! When we aren't able to grill the corn because of cold weather this is the recipe we love! For us, 2-3 ears of corn is done in exactly 8 minutes. I made 10 ears of corn for Thanksgiving and cooked for 14 minutes. Perfect! Thanks Cheri for making something so good, so simple!
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Basic Baked Spaghetti

Reviewed: Sep. 17, 2003
Quick and Easy! I used your recipe as a base and made the following changes: ground pork instead of beef, added onions and garlic sauteed in olive oil, and black olives and also definitly more sauce (I added 2 jars). For cheese, I used fresh romano, mozzarello, and parmesan. So good! Be sure to cover the dish and take the foil off during the last 10-15 minutes to brown. My hubby told me it was the best spaghetti he has ever had! Thanks so much Wendy!
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BLT Salad

Reviewed: Aug. 25, 2003
I told my hubby that I was making a salad and baked potato for our dinner. Boy, was he surprised!! He loved the BLT salad and the dressing was spectacular! I don't care for mayo, and now I am craving that dressing! I used thick sliced bacon and made my own croutons with a sour dough round... yummy!! My husband is already asking for this again and he never eats salads! Thanks D. L. Mooney!
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Black Pepper Beef and Cabbage Stir Fry

Reviewed: Jan. 20, 2005
Really good as is but I made a few changes for our taste. I used top sirloin cut into strips. I added 1/4 t. red pepper flakes, and for the sauce, I mixed 3 T. soy sauce, 1 T. rice vinegar, and 2 dashes hot chili oil together and poured it over all. We like it a little spicy. I only needed to use 1 t. cornstarch mixed with 1 T. water. Thanks for a great recipe Pearlie!!
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Red, White and Blue Slaw Salad

Reviewed: Oct. 9, 2003
Loved it! My hubby is very particular about his cole slaw, and I have never liked it until this recipe!! I used Marzetti's Slaw Dressing which is tangy and I am a huge blue cheese fan so I gave this a try. I am very glad I did! Thanks Marcy for an awesome slaw salad!!
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Cheesy BBQ Chicken Breast Sandwich

Reviewed: Sep. 9, 2003
Yummy! I made a couple of changes but this is a very quick and easy recipe. I omitted the green peppers (we don't care for them) and used sliced red onion (not cooked). I topped with bacon slices and mozzarella! So good!
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St. Louis Toasted Ravioli

Reviewed: Aug. 25, 2003
We had this the other night and we absolutely loved it! My hubby and I are not too crazy about cheese ravioli, my hubby prefers meat, but I wanted to prepare exactly as directed. We will try the Meat Ravioli next time. Thanks Barb for a great meal!
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Crab-Stuffed Filet Mignon with Whiskey Peppercorn Sauce

Reviewed: Dec. 22, 2003
The whiskey peppercorn sauce is awesome! I used what I had on hand - a nice thick sirloin in place of the filets and skipped the crab stuffing and mushroom mixture and it was fantastic! I used a little corn starch to speed up the thickening of the sauce at the end. The way I prepared it only took about 30 minutes! I will make this a regular and will add the mushroom mixture the next time. Thanks Sue Z. for a wonderful, divine recipe!!
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Montreal Peppered Steak

Reviewed: Oct. 27, 2003
I guess I am the odd "woman" out on this one! I didn't care for it at all and I love all the ingredients. I couldn't even eat mine. However, I am giving it 3 stars because my husband was able to eat his but he asked that I not make this again. Thanks anyway McCormick.
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Homemade Crispy Seasoned French Fries

Reviewed: Oct. 9, 2003
These are great! It is a little messy but well worth it! I seem to always make a mess anyway... I used a frying pan and drained the fries on a rack over a sheet pan so they wouldn't get soggy. My hubby never eats fries but ate most of these while I was still fixing dinner. Thanks Cassie - you are a genius!
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Garlic Croutons

Reviewed: Oct. 9, 2003
The best! I used a little more butter than called for and used the microwave to melt it. I then put the bread crumbs in a tupperware bowl with the butter and fresh garlic and gave it a shake - so easy! In fact, my hubby requests more salads now that I make these croutons. Sourdough is our favorite. Thanks Cathy for great croutons! You're a genius!
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Cajun Style Burgers

Reviewed: Sep. 23, 2003
While these burgers were juicy, my hubby and I didn't think they were all that tasty. The burgers didn't taste bad, we were just expecting more. The burgers totally fell apart and we weren't able to eat them as burgers. The sauce was really nice and we enjoyed that. Thanks for the recipe Gail but I don't think I will make the burgers again.
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Restaurant-Style Buffalo Chicken Wings

Reviewed: Sep. 11, 2003
Awesome! I made 3 lbs. of wings, and my hubby ate all but a couple of wings. I have also found that just deep frying the wings naked - without flour, then draining on a rack and placing in a serving bowl with Texas Pete Wing Sauce is just as good (hotter which is what we love!) and much quicker. So good with chunky blue cheese dressing and celery. Thanks Kelly for a great tasting recipe!
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