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Amazing Pork Tenderloin in the Slow Cooker

Reviewed: Mar. 21, 2006
WOW! This is the best thing I've ever made in the crock pot! I almost always make a recipe exactly as it states the first time, and then make my modifications. After reading a couple of reviews that complained about it being bland, I decided that I was going to put slivers of garlic in the roast before cooking it. I LOVE garlic, and ended up using half a head (yeah, that's not a typo) throughout the roast. If you've never done it before, all you do is stab the roast and shove a clove or half a clove in the slit. This way the flavor permeates the meat. Anyway, I used LOW SODIUM soy sauce and everything else as stated. It was done and super tender after the four hours, but I cooked it on low for about another half hour then kept it on warm until my husband came home. I decided to add a little corn starch to thicken the juices, and man, was this roast incredible! I could cut the meat with my fork! Everyone should absolutely try this once!
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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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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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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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Slow Cooker London Broil

Reviewed: Mar. 18, 2006
FANTASTICALLY EASY! Seriously this is the ONLY recipe that truly takes 5 minutes of prep time. I mean, how long does it take to open up a couple cans of soup and a soup packet? Anyway, I've made this several times using a top sirloin roast and it always comes out tender and falling apart. I cook it on low for 10 hours and I flip the roast over once during cooking. This helps get that dry soup mix into the gravy, others suggest mixing it into the soup first. After making it the first time exactly as the recipe states, I double the canned soup-but not the dry-so there will be extra gravy. I made this for my sister and brother in law and they couldn't believe it was a top sirloin roast (which tends to be a little tough). They loved it. It not only tastes delicious but it is the quickest dinner you will ever make! Love it!
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Garlic Stuffed Roast

Reviewed: Sep. 30, 2004
This was full of flavor and VERY EASY to make. However, we found it to be too salty. In the future I think I would add beef broth (I would pick low sodium) like another reviewer did, in order to cut down the concentration of the dry soup mix. Or, you can cut back on the amount of dry soup mix you put in. Either way, I certainly will be making this again! I just need to tweak it a little to my taste.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Red Wine Flavored Beef

Reviewed: Mar. 18, 2006
Just OK in my book. I made it with one cup of Sangiovese wine and used one cup beef broth instead of the water based on other reviews. I also put fresh ground black pepper, garlic powder, and fresh chopped rosemary on both sides of the roast per other's reviews. I used the whole packet of dry soup mix, I like lots of flavor, and cooked it on low for about 6 hours. I did seem done at about 5, but my husband wasn't home yet and I figured it would just get softer as time went on. At the 5 hour mark I tasted it and it seemed BLAND. I couldn't believe it. It tasted like it needed some depth. I dug out a jar of beef demi glace, added a few spoonfuls, grabbed my jar of dehydrated slivered garlic and threw some in and dumped in a jar of sliced mushrooms. It really needed a lot of doctoring up in my opinion. The demi glace (from Williams Sonoma) really is what made it MUCH better. It did fall apart nicely, I used top sirloin roast, but even though it seems obvious based on the ingredients, you end up with 2 cups of liquid in the pot. If you want gravy you're going to have to thicken it. I personally want my crock pot recipes to require as little effort as possible so putting the liquid in a pan and thickening it seemed like too much at that point. Maybe you should put the liquid in first with a little thickener and THEN add the meat. Anyway, I served it over egg noodles and it was good but I clearly had to deviate from the original recipe, thus the three stars.
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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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