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Slow Cooker Beef Stew I

Reviewed: Mar. 28, 2010
My husband said this is the BEST stew I have ever made. Even 4 stew skeptics (kids under the age of 9) devoured it. I also floured the beef, using top sirloin, not stewing beef, browned in a bit of oil and butter, then put them to the side and sauteed onions, adding carrots, then celery, then garlic in that order (leaving a 2 minute gap between each addition), also deglazed with red wine, then threw everything into the crock pot. I put it in the fridge then pulled it out in the morning and put it on before I left for work. I think the top sirloin is way better than the stewing beef, came out extremely tender and not dry at all. Also, I diced the celery so it pretty much dissolved into the stew, without being mushy or anything but you still got the flavour of it.
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Chicken Pot Pie IX

Reviewed: Nov. 15, 2009
Boiling the veggies and chicken in 2 cups of chicken broth and reserving the liquid to use when making the sauce makes for an AMAZING sauce. My family loves this too. Sometimes I use the pie crusts if I have them, most of the time I use the Pillsbury Crescent Roll and ONLY put it on the top of the chicken "stew" in a pyrex. Tonight my husband made artisan bread bowls and we are serving the "stew" in the bread bowls. This really is a great recipe and deserves 5 stars, just make sure to boil the chicken and veggies in chicken or turkey stock.
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Sandy's Casserole

Reviewed: Sep. 24, 2009
Very good recipe. I used baby shells instead of elbow macaroni and the pasta came out perfectly cooked. I also used the 1 can cream of mushroom and 1 can of cream of chicken and omitted the mushrooms because my kids don't like them. This recipe turned out really good and tasty. Oh, and I didn't have canned chicken so I used canned tuna!!! I think next time I will double this recipe, four kids ate the whole thing!!
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Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Soup

Reviewed: Jun. 12, 2009
I pretty much made this as the recipe stated and it was amazing. I only had to change a couple of things based on what I had in the pantry. I used Romano beans instead of black beans, and 1 can of Furmano's tomatoes-28 oz (from the States), 1 can of Primo Recipe Starters diced tomatoes with basil and garlic-not 28 oz, maybe 20 oz. (sounds gross, I know, but it's all I had and it worked) and a small can of Herdez salsa with green chilies-210 grams (7 ounces). That's what I had on hand and the dish was a hit. Will definitely make again. Not sure why people thought the beer gave it a weird flavour, maybe they didn't cook it long enough???
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Grilled Gyro Burgers

Reviewed: May 28, 2009
These actually turned out pretty good. I didn't know what to expect after some of the previous reviews, but i can certainly see why a few small tweaks were necessary. I used 2 pounds of beef (1 lean, 1 medium), kept the yogurt mixture the same, added some panko bread crumbs and minced garlic, and my burgers stayed together on the grill!! No crumbling or falling apart. My husband and I thought maybe next time we might TOAST the buns, or pita or whatever we use. We used regular hamburger buns and the sauce made them kind of soggy by the end of the burger, but toasted might be a good thing!!! Will try next time for sure! Also, kids loved these burgers, even with the yogurt sauce! A couple of 8 year olds, a 5 year old and a 3 year old. Anyway, all in all, a pretty good recipe, most people would probably want to tweak it anyway.
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Chicken Souvlaki Gyro Style

Reviewed: Feb. 25, 2009
This was truly excellent. I only did the chicken and used store bought tzatziki just because i had it! The chicken was moist and really delicious. All four kids (all under the age of 8)plus my husband loved it! Very tasty, we will make this again for sure.
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Ian's Potato-Vegetable Soup

Reviewed: Feb. 11, 2009
The only change I made was to saute the onions, celery and carrots first in the olive oil, then add everything else once they are soft. Oh, and I also didn't use the salt, I just salted to taste, 1 tablespoon seemed like an awful lot. I think next time I will try frying up some bacon, then saute the veggies in the bacon drippings, kind of like a "Baked Potato" soup with all the fixings! Overall a very good, simple, quick recipe.
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Bolognese Sauce

Reviewed: Jun. 2, 2008
This is a very good recipe for bolognese sauce. Of course, as with most recipes, a little tweaking made it superb. I also fried the bacon first, then removed it from the pan and fried my onion, celery and shredded carrot in the bacon fat. When they were soft, I added the pork, beef and garlic. Then I followed it exactly as it was. I remember watching Emeril on the Food Network and he always fried his "mirepoix" (celery, onion and carrots) when he made his sauces and it really made the flavour much better. Very tasty recipe.
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Asian Chicken Salad

Reviewed: Mar. 27, 2008
This recipe is really awesome. The only change I made was to add the store bought "wonton strips", most grocery stores sell them now in the produce section. My preference is the "garlic/ginger" ones, they go really well with the flavours. Also, I add a couple of handfuls of the bagged coleslaw you find in the salad section of your grocery store. Wow, what a nice mixture (usually red and green cabbage and some slivered carrots). Sometimes I add the toasted almonds, but if I don't have any on hand, this is still an amazing recipe. And I have to agree with the previous reviewer, do not omit the sesame oil. It really is a great addition, not just to this salad, but to many other Asian inspired recipes!! Great dressing!!
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Camper's Potatoes

Reviewed: Jun. 30, 2007
Awesome recipe. Don't change a thing. Made it according to the recipe, threw it all into a baking pan, covered it with foil and threw it on the barbecue, indirect heat, WOW! Fantastic! We will definitely try this one camping over the coals. Tasted delicious.
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George's Greek Fried Chicken

Reviewed: Nov. 24, 2003
This was awesome. Very quick and easy to make, we used chicken drumsticks, served it with rice and a vegetable--perfect!! Very, very tasty.
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Apple, Cranberry, and Pear Crisp

Reviewed: Sep. 7, 2003
This was my first attempt at a crumble/crisp and WOW!! It was fantastic, I served it for company and my husband said it's even better than his mother's!!! Her crumbles are delicious so I took that as quite a compliment! Would defintely make again, it was extremely easy to prepare too!
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