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Crystal Palencer

Crystal Palencer
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Living In: Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Member Since: Aug. 2003
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian
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Recipe Reviews 11 reviews
Smoky Potato Cheese Soup
I made this last night for dinner, and it was pretty good. I used about 2 tbsp butter to saute my onions, and added about 1 tsp minced garlic. I also tossed in my sausage with this mixture to cook it up some and release some of it's flavor - it smelled divine. I used 8 small-medium potatoes cubed, but probably could have used another 2 or 3 after seeing what I had once they were crushed. I used a 32 oz carton of reduced-sodium chicken broth and after adding it, felt there wasn't enough liquid to cook the potatoes, so added maybe another cup of broth - a mistake. By the time the potatoes were cooked and crushed, the soup didn't thicken, even with the cheese added. I wound up mixing about 3 tbsp cornstarch with 1 (12 oz) can evaporated milk (2% lowfat) and using that to thicken the soup. It was very thick, which was fine for my husband - he loves it that way. My son liked it, but doesn't care for smoked sausage, so ate all but the meat. All in all it was a very good soup, and will add it to my list of regulars. It was nice to have a change in pace for meat - we usually stick to pork chops, chicken breasts and ground beef. The sausage was a different but good choice. Next time I might try using red potatoes, and making a roux with butter and flour, and adding my milk to that, then the milk mixture to the soup. The crushed potatoes give it a strange texture - not bad, but not as smooth as I would have liked.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 15, 2010
Split Pea and Ham Soup I
I actually made this about a week ago for my mother and grandmother. I personally can't stand peas, but my husband picked up a couple bags of split peas cheap and my mom loves split pea with ham soup and had not had it homemade recently. I purchased a ham bone from Honey Baked, however it was frozen, so I just dumped it in a large pot, covered it with water, and let it boil for about 20 minutes. It thawed nicely. I removed the bone and saved it for beans, but used most of the ham in the soup. I added about 1 1/4 bags (both were 16 oz bags) of split peas, let it cook for about 1 1/2 hours, then added the remaining 3/4 bag and let it cook for another 1 1/2 hours. My mother and grandmother raved about it. Made me feel prettuy good fixing them something they enjoyed so much.

18 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 30, 2006
Curried Chicken and Brown Rice Casserole
I made something very similar to this last night, from a different recipe. The ingredients are mostly the same, except: used 15 oz can stewed tomatoes, 1 tbsp brown sugar, 1/4 tsp ground ginger, no garlic, no bay leaf, only 1 tsp curry powder and 1 c regular long grain rice (Uncle Ben's white). Was actually quite good. My husband loves spicy, and I enjoy it too, at times, but our 4 year old isn't too hot about it. The 1 tsp curry powder was perfect for us. My son loved the chicken and rice. Only thing I found was that I needed 2 cans of tomatoes and about 2/3 c more water - threw it all in a small stockpot and cooked on the stove. I think I "simmered" at too high heat to get the rice done (20 minutes, just like the box says). All in all, very good. We also decided it needs some sort of vegetable, haven't figured out what yet...

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 24, 2006

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