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Italian Sausage Soup with Tortellini

Reviewed: Nov. 25, 2013
A perfect hearty soup for a cold fall/winter night! Beyond the usual prep time, this is fairly easy to throw together. It's also simple enough to sub ingredients or use up what you have on hand. I used 6-7 cups of water and added a combo of Better Than Bouillion beef and chicken bases. Used Johnsonville 1/2 pork 1/2 chicken sausage, shaped into tiny meatballs, which is FANTASTIC in flavor and also because there isn't any grease to drain or skim. Doubled up on basil since oregano isn't a family favorite, and also seasoned the broth with onion and garlic powders as well as a good dose of black pepper. Used a good quality garnacha wine and used slightly more than 1/2 cup. Used 1 can of fire roasted tomatoes as well as a roughly-chopped roma tomato, and even added in a handful of grape tomatoes that I wanted to use up. No zucchini on hand, so I tossed in some fresh spinach, a 20oz package of a 3-cheese tortellini, and simmered to perfection. Leftovers tonight were also great...just added some hot water to reheat. I like to add crushed roasted garlic bagel crisps to my bowl, but garlic bread is a superb side, as well as a great way to sop up the deliciousness!
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Easy Meatloaf

Reviewed: Nov. 13, 2013
Scanning the ingredients, it was obvious that I'd have to add more seasoning to appease our family's tastebuds. Easy enough, so I got down to business. Liberties I took with this recipe resulted in a perfectly done main dish: 2lbs. lean (93/7) ground beef seasoned to taste with worchestershire, sea salt, pepper, garlic & onion powders, dried chives and parsley. I sautéed a small onion with minced garlic in 1 T butter until just translucent, and added it to the ground beef. I used the called-for 1 egg, but scaled back on the milk (used 2/3 c) and breadcrumbs (3/4 c total of a mix of 1/2 c roasted garlic seasoned crumbs and 1/4 c panko). I always use the same topping for meatloaf, which I just eyeball (a combo of ketchup, prepared mustard, bbq sauce, brown sugar, garlic/onion powders, black pepper, ground mustard, and parsley.) I make extra and keep it warm in a small saucepan until serving. I baked it 50 minutes at 350 in a 9x5 glass pan and let it rest for another 10 minutes after removing it. Perfect! Served with mashed potatoes and corn, this will remain in my recipe box.
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Ranch Dressing II

Reviewed: Nov. 13, 2013
Exactly what I was hoping for as a veggie dip! I used one 5.3 oz container of plain nonfat Greek yogurt, and an equal amount of mayo. I didn't have dill the first time I made it, so I subbed an extra 1/2 tsp of chives. I love garlic so I generally add more than called for, and it's simply perfect!
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Simple Roasted Butternut Squash

Reviewed: Nov. 4, 2013
Easy, reliable recipe. Seasonings and spices can easily be changed due to taste preferences. DH and I enjoy ours more savory, but DD likes hers drizzled with maple syrup. Roasting brings out the subtle flavors in the squash and provides a lovely way to enjoy as a stand-alone side dish, or as a component in a main dish.
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No-Cream Pasta Primavera

Reviewed: Oct. 6, 2013
This was so good for a Meatless Monday night that my DH requested it again the following night! Since then, I've made this several times with perfect results each time. I use different spices when roasting the veggies (our favorite combo is onion, zucchini, grape tomatoes, and a green and orange bell pepper), but literally any veggie will be well-suited for this recipe, which is quick, easy, and healthy! Sometimes I toss some pesto in the angel hair, sometimes I don't. Either way, I love a good dose of parmesan cheese on top of mine! I serve this with garlic bread, which is our family's favorite side dish with pasta.
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Jimmy Dean | Maple Sausage, Sweet Potato and Caramelized Apple Hash with Fried Eggs

Reviewed: Oct. 6, 2013
This was absolutely delicious, and a total hit with the family! Per family preference, I roasted the potatoes, subbing a russet as I was short a sweet potato (in a bowl, toss the diced potatoes with a couple tablespoons of canola oil and season with a little sea salt, pepper, and onion/garlic powders. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and bake for 20-22 minutes at 400°). I followed the remainder of the recipe closely and as soon as the potatoes were done, I mixed them with the sausage, onion, and apples. I then made 4 "wells" and cracked an egg into each well, seasoning with black pepper. I covered the pan for a few minutes so the eggs would cook to over-easy. Perfect! The liquidy yolks were a lovely compliment to the sweetness of the maple sauasge and apples. Of course, you could fry the eggs separately to your liking and top each serving with them.Changes I'd make next time would be to add another apple and more diced onion, as we love it! Thank you, Jimmy Dean; you've got a winner here!
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Hearty Breakfast Muffins

Reviewed: Oct. 6, 2013
Such a customizable recipe, which I love! I generally mash my bananas with a pinch of brown sugar, honey-flavored Greek yogurt, a splash of vanilla and applesauce. I'm also generally inclined to add dashes of spices like cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg or pumpkin pie/apple pie spice. I decrease the oil (I like canola or coconut) and sub applesauce or extra yogurt (or sometimes both!) I give the oats, coconut, and pecans a couple whirls in the food processor, but next time I'll go for more texture. I also add a shredded granny smith apple to the mix as well. I use these as grab-and-go breakfasts, and feel good about serving them to my 5 year-old DD.
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Fresh Southern Peach Cobbler

Reviewed: Oct. 6, 2013
It was close, but not quite the cobbler I was imagining. Taste wise, it was good ( even with the 29 oz. canned peaches I wanted to use up). I did up the cinnamon because I love it in cobbler, and per popular suggestion, I increased the topping, which resulted in a more biscuit-like, crunchy topping. I was hoping for a more cake-like texture. It was good, just not exactly the "it" peach cobbler recipe I was looking for.
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Saucy Pork Chops

Reviewed: Sep. 29, 2013
Followed the recipe fairly closely, but still found myself doctoring up the sauce considerably for our family's tastes and using two onions instead of one, slicing them into rings instead. I suppose I just enjoy grilled pork chops sans sauce much better, however, DH liked this a lot. I didn't hate it, but it won't be a recipe I rush to make again any time soon, sorry.
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Black Bean and Sweet Potato Quesadillas

Reviewed: Sep. 23, 2013
Meatless Monday winner! I didn't measure any of the spices; just used to taste, and added both garlic and onion powders as well. Short on time, I mixed the ingredients all together (minus the cheese, which I sprinkled on before topping with the other tortilla) instead of layering them, which worked perfectly. I used two medium sweet potatoes and seasoned black beans which jazzed up the flavor. Super easy to get on the table, nutritious, and delicious...a winning trifecta in my book. Served with sliced avacado and the MIL's homemade salsa, this dinner was a homerun.
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Kale, Quinoa, and Avocado Salad with Lemon Dijon Vinaigrette

Reviewed: Aug. 19, 2013
Wow, this was soooo incredibly good! Meatless Mondays just got a bit more interesting in our house. I decreased the sea salt to 1/2 tsp and added a couple shakes of onion/garlic powders, dried parsley, and freeze dried shallots to the vinaigrette. Also used canola oil due to preference, as well as a wee splash of seasoned rice wine vinegar. Used de-stemmed organic baby kale and a packet of organic roasted garlic quinoa. I plated each serving separately to individualize to DH and DD's tastes. DH wasn't a fan, however, 5 year-old DD loved it and made each bite so that it contained each ingredient. For an extra boost of Omega 3, I topped each serving with a few toasted walnuts. Loved the flavors in every bite. This will definitely be a repeat and I can already foresee cravings for this outlandishly delicious and healthy dish. Bravo!
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Coffee Butter Frosting

Reviewed: Aug. 16, 2013
Light, fluffy, and silky smooth is just what I expect from a buttercream frosting, and this recipe delivered! I decreased the powdered sugar to 1 cup and added 1.5 T cocoa and 2 T strongly brewed coffee. I fully expected the need to add more coffee since I prefer a prominent coffee taste, but after a quick taste test, I was pleasantly surprised to find the flavor spot on! Since DH isn't fond of ANY frosting, I used the recipe amount for his entire 13x9" chocolate birthday cake, so there was only a thin layer, however, doubling the amount would be the way to go for a sheet cake. Kahlua would also make a fine substitute for the coffee. I will definitely make again!
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Broiler S'mores

Reviewed: Aug. 14, 2013
Who wouldn't like these?! Perfectly quick and easy, these were gobbled up as a special after-school treat for my daughter's first day of kindergarten. She loved helping me make them too!
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Roasted Green Beans

Reviewed: Aug. 11, 2013
Always looking for fresh veggies to roast, I came upon this simple recipe and couldn't believe I hadn't ever thought of roasting green beans! I had about 3/4 lb fresh beans and just eyeballed the measurements. Used canola oil in lieu of olive as a personal preference and also added both garlic and onion powders to taste. Served with another AR recipe, (Chicken French - Rochester, NY Style), my 5 year-old couldn't get enough of these green beans! Definitely a frequent repeat in our house!
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Chicken French - Rochester, NY Style

Reviewed: Aug. 11, 2013
As a Midwesterner transplanted in Colorado for the last 13 years, I'd never even heard of Chicken French. I saw a recent review, scanned the recipe ingredients, and was immediately intrigued. I followed the recipe fairly closely, only deviating slightly by doing the dredge of flour/egg/flour and pan-frying the chicken just once. I also added both onion and garlic powders into the flour. After making the sauce, I simply spooned a bit over each piece before serving so I could preserve the slightly crunchy coating of the chicken. My only preference for next time is to slightly reduce the lemon juice (I used freshly squeezed). DH and 5 year-old DD ate this up. Served with roasted green beans (also an AR recipe) and wild rice, this was a deliciously filling Sunday dinner. Thanks for sharing this regional favorite.
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Fruited Curry Chicken Salad

Reviewed: Jul. 29, 2013
Absolutely delicious! I generally make this as a scaled down treat for myself, as neither DH nor DD like curry. I look forward to roasting a chicken just for leftovers for this recipe! My favorite version is real mayo to taste, finely diced onion, craisins, and candied pecans. I generally add a tad more curry since I love it. I'm usually in such a hurry to whip this up, that I rarely take the time to dice apples or grapes, and although I love them both, I don't miss them in this chicken salad. I can never wait for this deliciousness to sit in the fridge so it gets eaten as soon as it's made! If you want to look fancy-schmancy for brunch or lunch guests, this is the recipe! Decadent and delicious, serve this on your favorite bread, bun, cracker, etc., and enjoy!
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Tasty Lentil Tacos

Reviewed: Jul. 23, 2013
With the exception of having older lentils which required more cooking time, this turned out extremely well! I, too, used homemade taco seasoning and veggie broth for our Meatless Monday dinner. Since I was serving this to our 5 year-old DD, I used an organic mild salsa from Muir Glen to taste. Meat-loving hubby enjoyed this too, and we both thought the lentils would also make a yummy filling for bean quesadillas as well. Used soft taco shells (personal preference), quesadilla queso (what I had on hand), shredded lettuce, guacamole (and a little extra hot salsa for me & the hubby), these were delicious, nutritious, and a cinch to get on the table. Will 100% make again and will happily recommend to others!
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Sopapilla Cheesecake Pie

Reviewed: Jul. 17, 2013
Even though this recipe has been in my recipe box forever, I made this on a whim tonight. As an avid review reader, I didn't have time to read many, so I made it pretty much as directed (odd for me). After reading more reviews, I absolutely agree that it needs the 3rd package of cream cheese (I added cinnamon to mine since I love it) and the topping can be reduced as well. I made my topping with 1/4 cup butter and half white and brown sugars, which I'd do again. I thought the honey would make this TOO sweet, so I cut the squares and added the honey to each individual piece. It was perfect! Will definitely make this again and again with a few minor tweaks.
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Maple-Pecan Chicken

Reviewed: Jul. 14, 2013
This recipe was on the back of the Progresso box of panko, and I've made this recipe about 20 times since stumbling across this now. Intrigued by maple syrup/mayo mixture (wait, what?!), I quickly found that this duo was a winning combo for not only my family, but also dinner company as well. Use thin-sliced breasts and season them to your own tastes or add the seasoning to the panko crumbs. Pulse the pecans a few times in a food processor so they aren't too big (they'll burn easier otherwise). Sometimes I cheat and use the honey-roasted pecans meant for salads with excellent results. Don't let the maple syrup/mayo combo stop you from trying this recipe. I typically serve with wild rice and a butter lettuce or mixed greens salad (that way I can sprinkle the remainder of the honey-roasted pecans over my salad!) This makes a lovely weeknight dinner or even a quick company-worthy meal.
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Albondigas

Reviewed: Jul. 12, 2013
Simple, healthy, and tasty! I followed the base of the recipe, but added considerable seasoning to appease family tastes. My version: 1 lb. lean ground beef seasoned with a little sea salt, pepper, onion/garlic powders, cilantro, ancho chili pepper, and cumin. Only used 1/4 c bread crumbs and 1/4 c milk and let the meat "rest" while I chopped and prepped the veggies. Omitted the salsa, but tripled the liquid, using a mix of both beef and chicken bases (that was GOOD!) I also seasoned the broth with the same spices used for the meat to impart extra flavor. While the veggies were boiling, I shaped the meatballs. Didn't need to simmer as long as recipe stated. Served with tortilla chips and sliced avocadoes, this was good! This will be a regular fall/winter rotation for sure.
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