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Roasted New Red Potatoes

Reviewed: Sep. 1, 2013
Love this recipe! I've made them this way many times over the years. You can also use regular potatoes. Just cut them in half length-wise then each half, cut length-wise again into three or four long wedges. Proceed with tossing them in the olive oil and seasonings. I like to mix it up by adding garlic powder sometimes and even old bay seasoning for a bit more zip. Just go with the herbs and/or seasonings you and your family enjoy!
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Chicken Parmesan

Reviewed: Sep. 1, 2013
It was superb! I didn't change one single thing and it was a huge hit at a small family gathering! Thanks Chef John - you rock, as always!!
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Rotisserie Chicken

Reviewed: Aug. 27, 2013
Ummm . . . no. I am a 'from scratch' kind of cook most of the time, but even I realized early on that this was a huge waste of time, money and effort. Rotisserie chicken from the supermarket is fairly inexpensive and quite juicy and delicious. From now own, that's where I'll get my rotisserie chicken and spend my time in the kitchen on recipes that I can make better than the local supermarket.
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Easy Slow Cooker Meatballs

Reviewed: Aug. 25, 2013
Four stars as written (as everyone has repeatedly said, waaaaay too much bread crumbs called for in original recipe!). I cut the bread crumbs down to 1/2 cup and added another 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese. Also, any dish with tomatoes screams for basil. It must be used in this recipe. I added 1 1/2 teaspoons of dried basil (fresh would be even better!), a DASH of oregano (this herb is very overpowering, so unless you really love it, only add a dash or you will be unhappy). The parsley called for is also a bit excessive. I cut it down to 1/8 cup. I doubled the garlic and onion and used lean, ground turkey. One last thing, add a dash of sugar or a cap full of whiskey to your tomato sauce. (If you use whiskey, remember it is a CAP full, not a cup full! lol. I hate the smell and taste of whiskey, but it blends in with the sauce and you will never know it's in there, but it does mellow out the sauce beautifully!) Okay, I know this was a LOT of changes, but this recipe as written has not gotten glowing reviews, and these are some changes that will take the whole dish from a bit bland and mushy to tasty and delicious with a fabulous texture to the meatballs.
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Orange Smoothie

Reviewed: Aug. 24, 2013
As written, it has too much vanilla extract (and I love that stuff!), but cut that back to 1/2 tsp. and you will have it just about right. Also, if you have it, use Mexican Vanilla in place of the stuff you buy in the grocery store. You will not believe the difference that will make in ALL your recipes. I also used an overripe banana in place of the sugar and I used almond milk. Kept the whole thing light and guilt-free while be very refreshing and delicious!
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Apple Cinnamon White Cake

Reviewed: Aug. 24, 2013
I made two batches of this recipe. One I made just as written and it was delicious! The second one I made exactly as written with one substitution: I used 1/2 cup of unsweetened apple sauce in place of the butter. It too was absolutely delicious and the butter (and all those extra calories) was not missed one little bit. So I give this two thumbs up whichever way you choose to make it, but I will be making it with the apple sauce to keep it healthy and light but just as delicious!! If you want to take this recipe uptown just a bit, add some chopped walnuts - yum!!
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Easy Lemon Bars

Reviewed: Aug. 19, 2013
These are excellent lemon bars! But after making them per the recipe, I did tweak future batches. First, I now leave out the cream cheese filling and substitute lemon curd. Adds a great burst of lemon to this bar and makes this easy dessert even easier since I use jarred lemon curd! Second, please don't let this try and brown on top, even slightly. You will have dry bars. Just bake until the top is set, and you are good to go! Moist, delicious and super lemony!
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Blueberry Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Reviewed: Jul. 29, 2013
Unfortunately, I did not like this very much when made exactly as written. But the second time I made some adjustments and LOVED it. Instead of 1 cup of butter, I used 3/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce and 1/4 cup softened butter. Instead of 2 cups white sugar, I used 1 cup. I kept the brown sugar amount the same. I used double the amount of blueberries called for and used a dash of nutmeg along with the cinnamon. I also added 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. Oh, and I also used walnuts in place of pecans, but that's just because that's all I had on hand. Delicious!!!
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Amazing Slow Cooker Chocolate Cake

Reviewed: Jun. 29, 2013
Moist and delicious exactly as written! You can tweek this a bit if you like with chocolate chips (or peanut butter chips - yum!) or even some nuts. I substitute unsweetened apple sauce for the oil and I use almond milk in place of the regular milk. It comes out so moist and delicious!! It helps to put a paper towel over the crock pot top (don't let it fall down onto the batter) and let the lid of the crock pot hold it in place. This will absorb excess moisture and keep your cake perfect.
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Simple Garlic Shrimp

Reviewed: Jun. 6, 2013
Delicious!! You don't have to change a single thing (but I did! haha - I just added a bit less butter, no biggie!). I served this over angel hair pasta and it was fantastic. Next time, I'm going to throw in some steamed broccoli and maybe some mushrooms just to jazz it up a bit. It doesn't need it really, but I think most dishes are better with mushrooms! haha
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Oh-So-Good Chicken

Reviewed: Jun. 2, 2013
This is such a yummy dish! And it's just perfect for "customizing"! For instance, we love black beans, so I added some to the dish. If you don't like them, don't add them. Do you like diced chiles? Throw them in! Don't like mushrooms? Leave them out! :-) Make this YOUR dish by adding (or even subtracting) from the ingredients list. In addition to adding the black beans, I also used a bit less sour cream, added a can of southwestern style corn (by Green Giant) and used brown rice instead of white. Yum!!
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Perfect Breakfast

Reviewed: Jun. 2, 2013
Pretty good! If you want to cut calories, simply eliminate the butter and spray your pan with either butter flavored or olive oil cooking spray. If you don't like cooking spray, simply use about a half teaspoon of butter. Give this one a try - I made mine with honey wheat toast and it was very good, healthy and nutritious!
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Famous Pork Chops

Reviewed: May 30, 2013
Love these! Been making them for years! You can use the breading of your choice (bread crumbs, Ritz cracker crumbs, saltine crumbs, etc. - don't be afraid to experiment!!), and I would suggest the following simple changes: Use garlic POWDER instead of garlic salt (more garlic flavor, less unneeded sodium), and for the butter part -- take 3 to 4 tablespoons of butter and place in an oven proof dish. Place in hot oven and allow to melt completely and even begin to sizzle a little. THEN add your breaded chops to melted butter, flip over (so both sides are "buttered" and bake as recommended. This will give you a nice, crunchy coating when done baking and avoid the sogginess some folks have mentioned. (Part of the reason some of you are finding your chops are coming out soggy is because of the way the original recipe states to add the butter, but even more so, it's how much butter is called for - wayyyy too much, causing your chops to simmer in butter instead of browning in it.)
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Easy French Onion Soup for Guests

Reviewed: Apr. 22, 2013
My husband absolutely loves french onion soup and he thought this recipe was delicious!! Chef John, you've done it again!! Thanks! I didn't change a single ingredient (which is rare for me, I'm adventurous in the kitchen, but I know a winner when I see it and I don't mess with it!).
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Baked Asparagus with Balsamic Butter Sauce

Reviewed: Apr. 8, 2013
As written, four stars, but it quickly goes to five stars with two changes. 1. As many have stated, flip flop the balsamic vinegar and soy amounts, and 2. brown the butter first. It seems like a small thing, but it makes a huge taste difference to the finished dish. Oh my goodness, with these two changes this dish is soooo delicious!!
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Lovely Linguine

Reviewed: Apr. 1, 2013
I ditched the thyme and used basil instead - yummy! This is meant to be a very light dish, so if you are looking for hearty, look elsewhere. But if you want a light, tasty dish that you can put together in a very short time, this is a great dish for you. I thought it was very good for what it is. If it's too light for you as a meal, make it as a side dish to something heartier.
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Special Buttercream Frosting

Reviewed: Mar. 30, 2013
This is actually quite good and super easy, I actually use Mexican Vanilla that I order online and it is my secret ingredient for all my baking. It truly makes all the difference to use quality vanilla extract.
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Tiramisu Layer Cake

Reviewed: Mar. 30, 2013
I loved this recipe! Tiramisu is my favorite dessert and now I can make it so easily and so deliciously at home! Like so many others, I doubled the coffee and kahlua and it turned out perfect
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Doreen's Ham Slices on the Grill

Reviewed: Mar. 28, 2013
Super delicious! I love the sauce, but just be aware, if you are using a fully cooked ham slice, you only need to sear each side on the grill which takes just a minute or two per side (or in other words, just long enough to get grill marks on the ham).
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Easy Egg White Omelet

Reviewed: Mar. 11, 2013
Pretty good as written, but more veggies (vary them according to what you like) makes it better. And just for the record, I've never gotten why folks buy and use egg beaters. All you have to do is use a real egg - just separate the yolk from the whites and use only the whites. This is basically all egg beaters are, except they throw in guar gum and xanthan gum and flavoring - yuck! If you want a heartier omelet, use two egg whites and one whole egg. Most people can handle one yolk, and that's where the iron is, if you're looking to add some iron to your diet. Enjoy!
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