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Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings

Reviewed: Jun. 4, 2012
This is awesome! I was shocked the "dumplings" actually cooked as well as they did. I did use some of the other suggestions and cooked the chicken while still frozen, added lots of seasoning (cumin, paprika, seasoned salt, parsley, onion powder, pepper), used 2 cans of cream of chicken AND mushroom soup and chicken broth. I also used only one can of Pillsbury biscuits but will probably use 2 next time. The husband LOVED this meal and wants me to make it again. The only small issue is it is not very "eye appealing". It smells and tastes great but isn't very elegant to look at...silly but true! For cooking time, I cooked the chicken about 3 hours then rolled the biscuits thin and cut them into strips. Then dropped them in the crockpot and cooked on high for another 2.5 hours. Be aware the biscuits may seem raw when they are actually just super tender. Took me a bit to figure that one out! haha UPDATE 06/18/12 This time I used two cans of biscuits and more chicken broth (the biscuits really do turn into dumplings after rolling and slicing). Definitely use flour to roll out the biscuits as the extra flour acts as a thickener. I also threw in one more can of cream of mushroom. I think the chicken could use a little marinade before throwing it in the crock pot but this is delicious!
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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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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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Outrageous Warm Chicken Nacho Dip

Reviewed: Jun. 4, 2012
Yummy and fantastic! I shredded rotisserie chicken along with the velveeta, RO*TEL Habanero, 2 jalapeno peppers diced, 1/2 cup green onion and 2 tbls of hot taco seasoning (we like food with a good kick) then thew it all in a pot (the crockpot was in use already). Once the cheese melted, I mixed everything together really well and added the black beans. The husband couldn't stop eating it (we used Tostitos "scoops" chips). This is a really fun recipe perfect for any occasion. If you make it hot like I did, you may need some extra tissues for the watery eyes! haha
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Terrific Turkey Chili

Reviewed: Dec. 16, 2011
Oh Maw Gawd this chili is AWESOME. I hate coriander so I used cumin, oregano and chili powder but this was so good, an entire crock pot lasted just one day. Flavorful, hearty and just the right spice! Family LOVED it!
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Marinade for Chicken

Reviewed: May 27, 2012
Oh maw gosh this is soooo good! I did leave the chicken breasts in the marinade for over 24 hours then we grilled. The chicken had so much flavor it didn't need any kind of additional sauce. This recipe as/is does make a lot but it does hold well so I suggest using half and saving half. This is great for almost any kind of meat and possibly fish. I may try this on fish next! Yummy!
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Beef with Vegetables

Reviewed: Mar. 5, 2012
Oh this was yummy...I made a few changes due to what I had on hand but as long as you get the right kind of beef, it is tender and oh so yummy. I did not have any carrots, or ginger but did use bell pepper (red) and all the seasonings. I adjusted the seasoning for more flavor by adding more soy and oyster sauce. In the future I will add water chesnuts, maybe sprouts, multi color peppers and even tofu. A little extra cornstarch wouldn't hurt (the recipe calls for "corn flour" in step number 2). The title should be "Asian Beef and Veggies" maybe... Regardless, this was YUMMY. We served it over yellow rice (weird but it seemed to work well).
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Big Soft Ginger Cookies

Reviewed: Nov. 20, 2011
Wow! These are AWESOME! I did make them with orange juice instead of water and let the dough rest in the fridge for an hour. Rolling them in sugar actually helped get them on the cookie sheet since the sugar acted kind of like flour. These were REALLY REALLY good!
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Mexican White Rice

Reviewed: Jul. 4, 2012
This is great rice! I did make some changes which might be kind of cheating but I used Minute Rice (sorry!), diced habanero and two diced poblano peppers. I followed the liquid exactly and used two cups of the rice. I added the veggies as listed and a little seasoning salt at the end. This was super tasty and a great side dish. Maybe add a little protein and make it a main dish. The rice was tender, only slightly creamy and a little spicy. Definitely a keeper!
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Party Kielbasa

Reviewed: Feb. 3, 2013
Holy awesomeness! This is fantastic! I made this on the stove top with two different kinds of kielbasa. After the ketchup and jelly melted into a sauce resembling a glaze, I added the kielbasa and let it simmer a while. Made no other changes at all. The only suggestion I have is to cut the kielbasa creatively so they work well on toothpicks. I guess you could add a little cornstarch for a thicker gaze but it really isn't necessary. Make sure your kielbasa is one of the name brand, good quality sausages and everyone will love this.
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Grilled Shrimp and Apple Skewers

Reviewed: Jul. 11, 2012
This is surprisingly really tasty. Who would have thought to use strawberry jam and shrimp? I marinated the shrimp for about 24 hours and after grilling, they had a wonderful slightly sweet flavor. I'm not a fan of Gala apples so I used red delicious and it was still really delicious. The only mistake I made was using shrimp with the shells on (whoops!). Definitely try this one!
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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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Vegetarian Burrito Casserole

Reviewed: Jun. 29, 2012
My apologies but I turned this into NOT a vegetarian recipe. I used ground turkey but flavored it as listed in the recipe. The turkey was super delicious and making it into a casserole was a great twist. It's really more like a flat burrito but the flavor was wonderful. Instead of whole tomatoes in the can, I used crushed tomatoes and hot salsa along with some diced habanero. Definitely a keeper!
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Molasses Brined Pork Chops

Reviewed: Jun. 11, 2012
These are great! I only had about 2.5lbs of chops so I cut the salt down to 1/4 cup and only used about 4 cups of cold water. We grilled these and they were pefect! Lots of great flavor! I also made a Carolina style BBQ sauce on the side which added just the right amount of mustard/vinegar base to complement the molasses.
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Cream Cheese Cupcakes

Reviewed: Jun. 4, 2012
Super tasty! This is a fantastic, quick recipe perfect for any occasion where you need something fast and easy. The cupcakes are really cheesecake and have an amazing flavor. I added a little extra vanilla and used cherry and strawberry canned pie filling as the toppings. Apple just didn't seem right for these but they turned out fantastic and are definitely a keeper. I highly suggest using REAL cream cheese (Philadelphia), not the non-brand or low fat stuff since cooking these makes the cream cheese flavor really stand out. These are so good that we even liked them plain. Maybe next time I will try using a homemade graham cracker crust and a homemade berry topping then turning it into a pie? Regardless, these are great!
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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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Crunchy Ramen Coleslaw

Reviewed: Jun. 17, 2013
Oh maw gosh this is the craziest, tastiest, easiest coleslaw ever! I made this being intrigued and kind of smirking at the idea. Bought one of the pre-shredded packages of coleslaw (w/ carrots) and one Ramen chicken, one beef. I think that was an accident rushing through the store but it seemed to be a "happy accident". After crushing the noodles and throwing them in with the slaw, I used both the chicken and beef flavoring packets in the vinegar then tossed it into the slaw. Left overnight in the fridge and tasted next day. Both the husband and I were completely blown away by how good this tasted. Who would ever think to use those flavor packets in vinegar? GENIUS!! The packets flavor the vinegar perfectly and only dampen the tang just a bit. The slaw is so good, you will never miss mayo or sugar. No need to add any other seasoning or anything at all. The whole thing is also pretty diet friendly so no guilt. Just be careful on the amount of noodles used because they puff up from the liquid (like in the soup) and may overcome the cabbage. SUPER YUMMY! Thank you SloppyJo!
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Tangy (Not Sweet) Tartar Sauce

Reviewed: Jul. 4, 2014
Fabulous! Surprisingly wonderful! Tastes similar to restaurant tartar sauce only better. Made exactly as written except for the extra salt since pickles are already salted. Tasty, delicious and way better than anything you can buy. Try this!
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Slow-Cooker Barbecue Ribs

Reviewed: Jun. 11, 2012
Positively yummy! I only had about 3lbs of ribs (one rack) and although my slow cooker is pretty big, I don't think it could hold much more than that. I cut the rack into two and threw them in the crockpot after roasting in the oven. They were done in about 3 hours, not 6. I also made the sauce the day before and marinated the ribs in it for about 24 hours then put them in the oven and crockpot. Next time I may cut the time down on the oven but these were "fall of the bone awesome". The husband said they were better than any restaurant. The only thing he asked was if we could "heat" up the sauce a little more (we tend to prefer spicy food) so next time, red pepper flake and maybe diced habanero. This is the way to cook ribs for sure! We had trouble on the grill or oven (never got that tender) and this is the best!
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Martha's Vegetable Beef Soup

Reviewed: Oct. 27, 2012
I have to give this 5 stars although I switched it up quite a bit. It is SUPER EASY and the greatest base for a delicious soup. I used 2 and a half 32oz cartons of beef broth (not water), two packages of onion/beef soup mix, a package of baby carrots, canned green beans (what I had on hand), 3 yellow potatoes diced, 2 vegetable bouillon cubes and 1 pound of ground beef that I seasoned with seasoned salt, red pepper flake, cumin and worcestershire. Browned the beef, tossed it all into a pot then brought to a boil and turned heat to low then simmered for about 35 minutes. The soup was AWESOME. It was filling and satisfying with lots of great beef flavor. This also made a big pot (enough for a few days of leftovers). Probably the best beef soup ever (though I wonder what pot roast would add?)
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