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Sausage Applesauce Appetizer

Reviewed: Oct. 20, 2012
This is....weird. First, 3/4 cup of brown sugar is WAY OVER THE TOP. Like teeth hurting kind of too sweet. I only made it because I was slightly intrigued by the combinations but there are some major flaws. First, using an Italian hot sausage was probably not the best choice. Second, I only used 1/4 cup of brown sugar and had to increase the applesauce to probably almost 2 cups. The onions NEED to be sauteed in a little butter and salt BEFORE adding them. I think maybe adding some green or red bell pepper would be better, use a sweeter or saltier sausage and do NOT use 3/4 cup of brown sugar. The first couple of bites were weird and unpleasant. Following bites were better though I still find this bizarre.
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Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Soup

Reviewed: Oct. 15, 2012
Probably the best and most tastiest recipe! I have made this three times so far and each time without the beer. This last time I used higher end thin sliced chicken breasts (no gristle), two cans of corn, chicken broth, two large yellow onions, two packages of taco seasoning (my local market has a delicious non-name brand taco seasoning packet), a little extra sea salt, Ro*Tel with habanero, hot chili beans and the rest of ingredients as listed. I did not add any cheese or the tortilla chips which really aren't needed. Definitely serve with a dollop of sour cream. It turns into a scrumptious, south-west style "chili bordering on soup" (especially the next day). The husband loves this so much he tries to come home for lunch to eat it then has it again for dinner. This last time, I had an extra cup of cooked rice which I threw in the slow cooker as well. This is a fantastic weekend recipe that is delicious when done and makes perfect leftovers. Keep in mind the chicken gets tender and easy to shred in the slow cooker so shred it after about 4 hours then mix into the soup. Yummy!
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Donut Muffins

Reviewed: Oct. 15, 2012
These are just okay as written and the only thing that makes these edible is coating them in cinnamon/sugar. However, the batter is ripe for improvements. Next time, I may add more spice (maybe apple or pumpkin pie spice) to the batter and increase the sugar but use brown sugar instead or a combination of both. Then I would create a spice glaze and swirl the glaze into the batter before baking and glaze them afterwards. As written, the batter after baking is not very pleasant until rolled in sugar/cinnamon. Plagiarized or not, the recipe needs vast improvement. I would give it only 1 star but it is very easy with very few ingredients.
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Easy Shrimp and Asparagus Quiche

Reviewed: Sep. 30, 2012
This is really good! I cooked the shrimp in a little sesame oil, salt and pepper which gave it a nice Asian flavor. I also cooked the shrimp with the asparagus and onion after the asparagus was cooked. One issue, do not put the cheese on until the last 10 or 15 minutes. At such a high temperature, after an hour, the cheese will either burn or turn into a hard brown shell. Not very pleasant. The temperature is needed to cook the quiche right but leave the cheese to the very last moment. Next time, I might not put the cottage cheese or eggs in the blender since the curds provide a nice texture. Good recipe though thanks!
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Victor's Shrimp Fried Quinoa

Reviewed: Sep. 10, 2012
Very tasty! I am not personally a huge fan of the texture of Quinoa however this is a delicious, easy and healthy way to serve it up. I used olive oil instead of canola and left out the peas and cilantro (HATE cilantro). Definitely a keeper!
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Greek Cucumber Salad

Reviewed: Sep. 10, 2012
This is a great salad as/is! I left out the olives and green bell pepper and left everything else the same. The sugar takes away some of the tang from the vinegar so it wasn't really sweet at all. Just tangy and delicious. I also added some diced avocado because it was on hand (and a squeeze of lime to prevent browning). Positively yummy!
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7-Up® Biscuits

Reviewed: Sep. 3, 2012
These are yummy! I made these using Bisquick and they turned out light and fluffy with a great flavor. I highly suggest using a greased muffin tin or even ring molds because the batter tends to spread out a bit so they look kind of flat instead of raised biscuits. Definitely easy and a real keeper!
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Chilly Day Chili

Reviewed: Sep. 3, 2012
This is almost perfect chili! It's savory and tangy with lots of flavor. The small changes I made were to use ground turkey which I cooked in fajita seasoning with a little chicken broth and olive oil. Then I tossed the turkey mixture into the crock pot with the onions and the rest of the ingredients (did not use water and for beans I used one can of pinto, one can of black beans and one can of cannelini). I also used one can of Ro*Tel with habanero and cayenne pepper with sea salt to taste. After 30 minutes, I mixed the chili up then let it cook about 3 and half hours (you could do 8 hours but it isn't necessary). It turned out so good the husband says I could win a chili competition with it! Thanks for posting a great recipe!
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Never-Never Ever-Ever Fail Fudge

Reviewed: Aug. 12, 2012
This turned out good! I almost missed the 5 minute boil/stir but caught it in time. I will say though that stirring 16 marshmallows is a good test of your arm endurance! Ouch! You would think this would be cloyingly sweet but instead, tasted like fudge! I feel like such a cheater making it this way but highly suggest giving it a try. Not sure about those that rated it 1-star and says it failed because this is really easy with very few ingredients.
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Slow Cooker Creole Black Beans and Sausage

Reviewed: Aug. 12, 2012
I have to rate this a 4-star as a good base recipe. However, with a few adjustments, definitely a 5-star. Most of the local markets here don't carry true Cajun/Creole/New Orleans ingredients so I have to make do with what is available. I used 2lbs of hot links, yellow onion, red and yellow bell pepper, beef broth instead of water, beef bouillon cubes (about 4), 3 jalapenos diced, 2 tsp cayenne and a dash of seasoned salt. I forgot the bay leaves but turns out they weren't needed. The husband LOVED this and frankly, I agree. It was flavorful and hearty with a good kick. I also made mango chutney and corn bread to go with it and the whole meal was to die for awesome. Next time, I may not rinse the black beans since they sometimes come in a lovely lime juice which might be a good addition. I did use the black beans with jalapenos though. Yummy!
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Caesar Vinaigrette

Reviewed: Aug. 12, 2012
Surprisingly with such good reviews, I found this dressing to be terrible. The olive oil overpowers everything else so it tastes like oil and nothing else. In order to make this work, I may leave out the oil all together or triple the spices, mustard and vinegars. UPDATE 081512 I tripled the spices, increased the vinegar and mustard and left it in the fridge overnight. Definitely better this time around though I still think adjustments need to be made. Decreasing the oil may make this a good chicken marinade maybe? However, I did use this over salad greens and after the changes, it did turn out pretty good.
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Hot Ham and Swiss Dip

Reviewed: Aug. 8, 2012
This is super yummy! I used full fat mayo and left out the seeds but did get the Flipside crackers which I must state are awesome. I bought the ham already cooked and diced since this was one of the quick meals I can make during busy weeks. Although this is supposed to be an appetizer of sorts, we ate this for dinner instead!
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Slow Cooker Coconut Curry Chicken

Reviewed: Aug. 8, 2012
I could only give this three stars because as written, it is pretty bland, soupy and tasteless. However, the hubby and I both love curry so I experimented and came up with what I believe is a 5-star dish. I used two cans of 13.5oz coconut milk, about 1/2 cup of chicken broth, about 1 cup matchstick carrots, diced yellow potatoes, 3 yellow onions diced, about 1 tblsp freshly ground black pepper, 1/4 cup plus 2 tblsp curry, 1 tblsp of chopped garlic and sea salt to taste. I did not dice the chicken breasts since the slow cooker makes the chicken so tender. The last hour I added the red bell pepper, about a 1 and half cups of sweetened flake coconut and the cornstarch which probably wasn't needed but did thicken it a bit more. I then served it over white rice made with milk, water and butter. These changes made this an awesome dish though probably not very low calorie. However, the flavor was perfect and reminded me of a good vegetarian Vietnamese dish (basically veggies in a coconut broth). I know I could have made this without the crock pot but am always looking for slow cook recipes to help with busy schedules. Cook on Sunday, eat leftovers most of the week. :)
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Szechwan Shrimp

Reviewed: Aug. 5, 2012
As written, this is a good 4-star recipe. However, with some additions this is a 5-star yummy. I added sesame oil, 1 tbls of honey, sesame chili oil and oyster sauce. I also doubled the sauce ingredients then used raw shrimp and cooked it in peanut oil, garlic and green onion. While the shrimp cooked, I threw the sauce in and let it simmer. The additions made this spectacular and highly suggested.
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Busy Day Barbeque Brisket

Reviewed: Aug. 1, 2012
According to the husband, this is the best brisket I ever made. I added seasoned salt to the rub and did not strictly measure the rest of the spices then rubbed it into both sides of the brisket after trimming all the fat off. I also made my own BBQ sauce (ketchup, chili sauce, brown sugar, vinegar, oregano, Worcestershire, salt, pepper, red pepper flake, cayenne and the liquid smoke). I poured the sauce over the brisket and put it in the crock pot for about 6.5 hours on low. I make this on Sundays for the husband to take to work for lunches for the week. He raved about this the second he came home and days after so this is a keeper for sure. The only thing he did was add a pickle to the meal!
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Greek Chicken Stew (Stifado)

Reviewed: Jul. 31, 2012
This sounds like it would be great but it really is bland. I doubled the wine and sliced the shallots and threw it all into the crockpot with a little broth. I also added another can of tomato sauce. I kept adding more ingredients (oregano, basil, onion powder) as it cooked because it was SO BLAND. However, after adding the extras and a good dose of seasoned salt, it turned out really good.
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Frozen Blueberry Yogurt Pops

Reviewed: Jul. 31, 2012
This is a great recipe for those watching their health and for kids. I couldn't follow it exactly and instead used plain Greek yogurt, blueberries in syrup from a can (sad huh?) and blueberry/pomegranate juice. Threw it all into the blender then poured into a 6 popsicle mold and the rest into a plastic container with a lid. With no added sugar, the pops are slightly tangy with only a hint of sweetness which was perfect. Even the picky husband loved it. I will definitely make these with the right ingredients next time (fresh blueberries) but will stick with the Greek yogurt since the tangy flavor is too good to pass up.
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Stef's Super Cheesy Garlic Bread

Reviewed: Jul. 31, 2012
Woah...this is RICH! Definitely not for the health conscious! I think one whole loaf of French bread is a little much because with this as rich and fatty as it is, a small slice goes a long way. I did add a little garlic salt along with the minced garlic. This is really tasty right out of the oven but again, a little goes a LONG way.
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Chili Chicken

Reviewed: Jul. 31, 2012
This is pretty good! I used boneless, skinless chicken breasts and marinated for over 24 hours then we grilled on charcoal. I'm sure the drumsticks would be just as good but the breasts were flavorful and slightly sweet. I think adding a little tang would be a good addition (like a tablespoon of pomegranate vinegar).
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Avocado Tzatziki

Reviewed: Jul. 28, 2012
I am a huge fan of this recipe though I did adjust as a few others did. First, I did not use any garlic, cilantro or mint. Second, I only used 1 cup of Greek yogurt instead of the sour cream. Lastly, I don't seed the cucumber because I enjoy the texture. I am on a pretty caloric strict diet so this became my meal for lunch. 1 cup of Greek yogurt, small Hass avocado, juice of one lemon, one peeled cucumber and the seasonings turned out to be about 400 calories for the whole dish. Perfect! I LOVE this and can eat it with almost anything, or like a salad. The lemon serves the dual purpose of preventing browning and adding a great tart/bright flavor. This is probably my all time favorite recipe on this site. I hate cilantro and don't use much mint but frankly, this recipe doesn't need it. Delicious, satisfying and diet friendly.
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