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Split Pea Soup with Rosemary

Reviewed: Dec. 15, 2011
This is SO GOOD! I cooked the bacon and then reserved it, because I hate rubbery bacon. Followed the directions with the exception that I didn't measure the rosermary, just eyeballed it (and was generous). After the one hour of simmering, the consistency was soft but with texture-very nice. I added the bacon back in and just gave a few bursts of my immersion blender to help chop the bacon and blend a tiny bit of peas. This soup was a hit with my kids and boyfriend, and I will make it a regular in my soup rotation. It's AMAZING!
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Anniversary Chicken I

Reviewed: Apr. 3, 2010
This was absolutely delicious! I didn't measure the cheese-just eyeballed it-used 2 pieces of bacon and 2 green onions per breast, and measured the teriyaki and ranch (used low fat). Since my measurements were a bit different I only gave it 4 stars. Plus, I used REAL bacon, and not yucky bacon bits from a can. REALLY TASTY, and I'm making it again tonight.
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BBQ NY Strip

Reviewed: Feb. 7, 2010
This is a good marinade that adds a nice flavor to the meat, but doesn't overpower it. It can vary a lot since it doesn't specify what 'steak seasoning' to use though. I used Emeril's steak seasoning. I will certainly make this again. It's easy and tasty.
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Shaved Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Almonds

Reviewed: Oct. 18, 2009
Sounded great but was NOT exciting. It made way too much (and we eat large portions of veg), needed to cook A LOT longer than stated, and I had to add oil while cooking to help wilt it. It's possible that since I used center cut bacon that was the problem, but I will not be making this recipe as written again. I too had to doctor this up to eat it and was left with a big ol' container of leftovers that nobody ate.
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Orange Herb Roasted Chicken

Reviewed: Aug. 26, 2009
This was the best roasted chicken I've ever had! I made some preparation changes, but kept the basic recipe the same. I mixed the butter, garlic and herbs together and then put it UNDER the skin like others suggested (we don't eat the skin, so I wanted the flavor to be on the chicken itself). I then cooked it upsidedown, covered in foil until the last 35 min or so. Came out great! I will absolutely make this again.
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Simple But Awesome Lemon Pepper Pork Chops

Reviewed: Aug. 26, 2009
Followed the directions except used 1/2 the oil. The pork chop was swimming in oil and butter. Certainly won't make this again, and I love pork chops.
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Maple-Garlic Marinated Pork Tenderloin

Reviewed: Jul. 23, 2009
Made it as direceted. I didn't think I'd like this, but made it anyway because I thought the kids would like it. I took the advice of another reviewer to up the sauce by 50% so I could use it as a glaze after. I think it's really important to this recipe that you cook it on the grill. It was really tasty, but I think the glaze is what made it. I tasted the pork without the extra glaze and it was good, but not outstanding by itself. I would make this again.
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French Lentil Soup

Reviewed: Jul. 20, 2009
EXCELLENT AS WRITTEN. Makes a ton and freezes well. Healthy too!
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Diego's Special Beef Stew

Reviewed: Jul. 17, 2009
I MADE IT AS WRITTEN, and it was good. Next time I will add more wine. It will NOT feed as many people as it says. I made it scaled for 6 servings, and it barely fed my husband, two kids (ages 2 and 5) and me. I didn't think the rosemary was overpowering at all either. I will make this again with the addition of more wine, but will scale it for more people.
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Peach Muffins

Reviewed: Jul. 9, 2009
As written, the recipe is two stars. It tastes like flour. I sprinkled brown sugar on the top for fun, and it was still bland and not very sweet. It really needs some extra flavoring, and I even used a generous 1 cup of fresh peaches! I will make it again, but I will add probably 1 1/2 tsp of vanilla, 3/4 cup of sour cream, and 1 1/4 cup of sugar. Oh, I forgot, I didn't include the nuts since my son is allergic. I don't think this really affected the flavor of the batter. It needs some tweaking for sure.
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Tenderloin with Spicy Gorgonzola-Pine Nut-Herb Butter

Reviewed: Mar. 14, 2009
INCREDIBLE!!! I can only imagine how good it would taste if I had enough fresh herbs on hand. I only had 1 TBS of fresh thyme, and had to use 2 tsp dried. I had all the fresh rosemary, but had to use all dried parsley. I was a little heavy on the garlic, but followed the recipe otherwise. SOO GOOD!! I'm sick right now because I put tons of butter on my fillet mignon... :)
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Strawberry Balsamic Chicken

Reviewed: Mar. 12, 2009
Was certainly different, but it tasted strongly of cinnamon. I scaled the proportions for 2 chicken breasts and followed the directions exactly. I marinaded it for 3 hours because that's all the time I had. I didn't omit or change anything. Looked really pretty, even though I forgot to slice the chicken at the end. I did drizzle some GLAZED balsamic vinegar on top because we like balsamic, but I'm not sure I'll make this again. Both my husband and I gave it 3 stars.
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Honey Roasted Red Potatoes

Reviewed: Mar. 8, 2009
3 STARS AS WRITTEN...5 STARS AFTER CHANGING THE PROPORTIONS. I made it as written with 1.15 pounds of potatoes-I weighed it, but with double the sauce. When I stired it halfway through, I tasted a potato and it was pretty bland. I ended up adding about 2 TBS more honey, and 2 TBS more of the dry mustard. THEN it was great. Nice and different, not just roasted potatoes with rosemary. I followed other's suggestions and used a dark non stick pan and then broiled for about 5 minutes at the end. My suggestion is to put your potatoes in a ziplock bag then use that to get the sauce all over them. I also tried marinading them in the sauce for a bit first, but it wasn't great until the extra seasonings were added and it was broiled.
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Blake's Best Steak

Reviewed: Mar. 8, 2009
Just OK. I wanted a simple steak recipe that would let the steak flavor come through, but even after using more garlic than called for and more rosemary, it still didn't have much flavor. I followed the prep. directions exactly, and my neighbor who's a chef said he cooks steaks like this too. He suggested I throw a sprig of rosemary on the back of the grill so it will 'smoke' the meat. Like another reviewer said it almost tasted like you grilled the steak plain. I might try this again with something other than rib eye.
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Creamy Slow Cooker Marsala Pork

Reviewed: Mar. 5, 2009
I will absolutely make this again, but it only gets 4 stars because I doubled the spices and changed the cooking method of the mushrooms and onions. I did brown my pork chops, then cooked them for 5 hours on low, but I think they would have been done in 4. I sauteed the mushrooms (used two containers of fresh because I like them), onion, 3 cloves of garlic (once clove would never be enough for me), olive oil and a half cup more of marsala until the onions were translucent. Then I added that to the pot the last hour. My husband and I LOVED it. I served it with roasted red potatoes seasoned with rosemary, olive oil, salt and pepper. Super yummy, but I changed the proportions of the ingredients and cooking method so only 4 stars.
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Glazed Corned Beef with Lentils

Reviewed: Feb. 12, 2009
This tasted really good, but I had issues. I followed the recipe, even though my roast was only 2.12 pounds (which I'm sure was some of the problem). My roast was pre marinaded in the pickling spices, so I omitted them and just dumped the juices from the meat into the pot. I also couldn't resist adding cabbage to the pot, because I love corned beef and cabbage. I figured I'd add it to the lentils later (which I didn't end up doing, I just ate the yummy cabbage!). My lentils are STILL cooking as I type. I used the brown kind since that's what was at my grocery store, but different kinds of lentils cook up differently, so I don't know what would be best. I also had to add ALL the broth to my ONE CUP of lentils-which makes a TON! I included the carrot and some of the onion to my lentils and then mashed it in. The lentils taste great, but they're taking a real long time to cook. I will make this again, but I'll try and tweak the cooking times so I have a moist roast. This was also my first time making corned beef, so I'm giving some credit to the recipe since I'm inexperienced.
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Slow Cooker Pork Chops II

Reviewed: Feb. 12, 2009
I try never to review a recipe unless I made it as written, but I just couldn't bear to put 1/4 oil in this so I substituted white wine. Everything else I did was as written but I doubled the sauce so I would have extra to put on the roasted red potatoes I made. It smelled really good while it was cooking, and even my 5 year old said that! It was very tender when finished, but the juice it was cooking in was blah and thin. I then had to start doctoring it up. I tried thickening it, but that didn't help much. I added salt, tried a little more wine, and nothing I did made it great. My husband and I both didn't really care for it, but still ate it. I would have given this 2 stars, but since I changed the recipe I gave it some extra credit. I won't make this again.
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Slow Cooker BBQ Pork Chops

Reviewed: Jun. 18, 2007
VERY EASY! I used enough BBQ sauce to COVER THE PORK CHOPS. I used boneless, and they turned out great! So tender, this is the way they should be. I cooked it on high for 4 hours per the directions and had no problems. Again, I did add extra BBQ sauce, so maybe that's the difference.
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Marinated Flank Steak

Reviewed: Mar. 28, 2006
Well, I give the MARINADE four stars. The flank steak was too tough, so next time I would use a more tender cut. I even marinaded the steak for more than 24 hours in hopes of making it more tender and I made sure I poked it really well with the fork. The marinade made a nice colorful presentation though, so I think it would do well for guests if you had a nice cut of meat. I did add a little extra basalmic vinegar since my onion was big and I needed a little more juice. I also was a little heavy handed on the garlic and capers, but I think all in all I kept the basic proportions of the marinade the same. I just did a little more than the stated amounts. I will make this again, but I will find another cut of meat.
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Mexican Casserole

Reviewed: Mar. 24, 2006
Very tasty, but as many other reviewers said 1/4 cup of salsa is just not enough. I had planned on using 1 cup, but even THAT wasn't enough and I ended up using the whole jar. I mean really, why add water when you can add more salsa? It's also important to pick a good salsa as this dish is strongly flavored by it. Anything from Pace is really disgusting in my opinion, and nothing like a real salsa (I live in Southern California and have had my share!). I used Vons/Safeway brand roasted tomato with cilantro flavor. It's pretty good and cheap. Anyway, I needed to use up some pre cooked chicken breast strips (Foster Farm) so I just diced those and skiped the first step where you fry the chicken in the oil. I also used the whole packet of taco seasoning, but I found one that said low sodium so I bought that. I didn't bother to measure the cheese or chips, I just put enough on to layer it. So the flavor of this was really good, but the cosistancy was just that of beans and salsa. I think it would be better with some pasta in it, like macaroni pasta, or rice. Just something to give it structure. I certainly could have used less salsa, but 1 cup wasn't enough to wet the mixture of chicken, beans, and corn so I'm not sure what the solution is. It was very easy to make, very tasty, and just needs each person's slight tweaking to make it great.
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