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Potato Chips

Reviewed: Apr. 10, 2005
I wasn't looking for this recipe. I only happened upon it by accident and thought it looked easy and worth trying. Boy, was it! I whipped some of these up for lunch (using the box grater slicer). Super easy and delicious! I too found they took more time (about 7-9 mins) even though my potatoes were really thin. I used parchment paper directly on the turntable after I scorched my fingers trying to move the plate after the first round. The parchment paper totally eliminated any sticking. I just used olive oil and salt, but will try other seasonings and sweet potatoes in the future. Thanks for a great recipe!
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Spicy Slow Cooker Black Bean Soup

Reviewed: Dec. 20, 2004
This recipe is awesome. I have made it several times, and it is really, really good. If you are pressed for time just use the canned black beans, toss the rest of the stuff into a slow cooker, (I also added a can of diced tomatoes) and when you get home, dinner! I just pureed about 1/2 the soup for a more authentic look, and served it with chopped green onion, sour cream, cheddar cheese and homemade guacamole. Also, although I am not a huge fan of spice, I found this just right with the amount of cayenne recommended and two minced jalopenos. They really mellow out in the soup and it won't be that spicy, just the right amount. YUM!
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Easy Guacamole

Reviewed: Feb. 2, 2005
Once you start making your own guacamole you'll never buy it again! I have made this many many times but with a couple of changes. I only 1/2 a lime's juice, otherwise I find it too acidic. I don't put in the tomato but I do add extra garlic (at least one extra clove) and a good sized handful of chopped fresh cilantro (makes a huge difference). I also add a tablespoon of sour cream for creaminess and a little drizzzle of olive oil to help preserve it. Leftovers do not keep well but if you make sure your container is absolutely airtight you will get a couple of days before it turns brown. Try this with Black Bean soup or your favorite Tortilla chips-YUM!
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Tortilla Soup II

Reviewed: Nov. 6, 2005
This soup was so good, and very easy to make. I used a rotisserie chicken (the whole thing, which was a bit much, next time I will add another can of tomatoes to thin soup a little) I also didn't have canned tomatoes with chilis in them ( impossible to find Rotel in Toronto) so I just used regular canned diced tomatoes and add a bunch of jalopenos from a can. I went light on the cayenne (1/4 tsp) because I was making it for my parents and didn't want it to be too spicy for them. I also took a flour tortilla, sprinkled some chili powder on it, cut it into thin strips, and baked it for a few minutes. I topped the soup with aged cheddar, sour cream, sliced avocado, cilantro and a couple of the the tortillas strips arranged artfully on top. It looked like soup at a fancy restaurant and the taste was awesome. I had it three times last week and have been craving it ever since. You won't be disappointed. Thanks!
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Cocktail Meatballs IV

Reviewed: Dec. 12, 2007
I was pretty skeptical about this recipe, I mean grape jelly and chili sauce? It sounds like an unlikely combo. But I was having 60 people for my son's first birthday and needed something easy that I could make in advance so I tried it. I used frozen cocktail meatballs (3 lb bag). They were gone after about 10 minutes, and everyone was asking for more (in spite of there being plenty of everything else on the table) They were FANTASTIC. I wish I'd made twice as many. The only changes I made were to use a whole jar of each grape jelly and chili sauce, a tablespoon or so of dijon and about the same of worcester sauce. I dumped everything in the crockpot and left in on low for about 4 hours. AMAZING. Easy and a huge crowd pleaser! I will make again for New Year's! Thanks for the great recipe!
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Favorite Old Fashioned Gingerbread

Reviewed: Nov. 3, 2008
This recipe is SO Good! Amazing tasting Gingerbread. I too upped the spices as per other reviews. I doubled the cinnamon and cloves and brought the ginger right up to one tablespoon. I also added a 1/2 cup of unsweetened applesauce for extra moisture. My husband hates gingerbread and even he thought it was delicious. Usually when I make a loaf cake I give most of it away because I lose interest after the first slice-not this time. I will definitely make again, and soon! I used a cream cheese icing on top and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar and some minced crystalized ginger. Decadent and so far beyond the Starbucks version (which is what I was trying to achieve) it's unreal. Never again will I consider spending $3.00 on one slice of that loaf when I can make this far superior one anytime. EXCELLENT.
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Asparagus with Tomatoes

Reviewed: Apr. 26, 2008
This recipe was great. Easy, healthy and delicious. I used cherry tomatoes and added a splash of white balsamic vinegar. YUM. My mother in law makes the same thing with green beans, also very good. I will make this again soon! Thanks.
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Zippy Shepherd's Pie

Reviewed: Apr. 12, 2008
I made Shepherd's pie for my husband and 16 month old for the first time tonight using this recipe...they both loved it! I thought it was good too. I omitted the tomato and red pepper, because I did not have on hand, and added some precooked ground pork sausage. I put in the full amount of curry and thought it really added something to the dish. This was fairly easy, and very tasty. My husband had seconds and asked me to make it with double the meat next time (?) Not sure I will do that but at least he wants to have it again :-) Thanks for a great recipe!
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Brown Sugar and Port Cranberry Sauce

Reviewed: Oct. 24, 2005
I made this as a Thanksgiving appetizer and served it over a round of brie warmed in the oven for about 20 mins. It was excellent. The leftover sauce was fabulous with our turkey and great on our sandwiches the next day. Extremely easy to make, and very good.
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Chinese Spicy Hot And Sour Soup

Reviewed: Mar. 20, 2010
I am one of the few who actually keeps wood ear mushrooms in the pantry, but did not have the tiger lily buds or the dried shiitake mushrooms. I will visit my local asian market to see if I can find the missing ingredients before I make again. Also, I used extra firm tofu as suggested but will try silken tofu next time for the softer texture. I will also add small shrimp as I usually see those in Hot & Sour soup in Chinatown. A good base recipe! Thanks. EDIT: I now make this soup weekly, as I have grown to love it with the following changes: 12 cups chicken or vegetable stock Handful wood ear mushroom, rehydrated in boiling water for 15 mins & drained. NO SHIITAKES. 12-15 lily buds in same water (once they rehydrate, you open them up a bit) 1/2 tsp white pepper (no more, b/c it becomes overpowering) 1 lb pressed medium firm tofu, sliced into strips 1/2 cup thinly sliced BBQ pork 1/2 cup bamboo shoots 3 tablespoons chinese red vinegar 3 tablespoons rice vinegar 1 tbsp soy sauce 1/2 cup (or to taste) sweet chili sauce 3 or so tbsp cornstarch, mixed with water, have made it with more or less, depending on how thick you want your soup 2 eggs (beaten) Make sure you put these in right after you turn the heat off, beat well and pour into soup in a circular drizzle. After a moment, stir and you will have those lovely ribbony eggy bits. If you wait too long the egg will not solidify properly and just make the soup cloudy. With changes, 5 star! Everyone loves it!
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Albondigas Soup I

Reviewed: Feb. 6, 2010
I have made this soup several times now and love it. I now make a triple batch of meatballs and keep extras in the freezer for when the craving strikes. (1 lb ground beef, 1 lb chorizo sausage, 1 lb ground turkey) I also add cilantro to the meat mixture and the broth instead of basil. I have made it with the rice added and without-I now prefer it without. This a delicious soup with great flavour. You won't be disappointed!
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Harvest Salad

Reviewed: Aug. 19, 2009
5 stars for the dressing alone...easy and delicious. I used ED Smith Jam which is a nice quality jam, which I think definitely makes a difference. The salad itself was great and I followed the recipe exactly. The only hesitation I had was with the tomatoes, I wasn't sure they would go with the other ingredients. I put them in and they were ok but next time I am going to try sliced pears or apples instead. I think either of those will be a much better match with the other ingredients. Definitely a must try, you will like it!
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Herbed Greek Roasted Potatoes with Feta Cheese

Reviewed: Jan. 3, 2010
A little bland. Best if cooked crispier and well seasoned.
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Blueberry Crumb Pie

Reviewed: Nov. 1, 2010
I have been searching for a great blueberry pie recipe and have made many pies during that search (including a Cook's illustrated recipe for which I made my own pastry dough and ground tapioca pearls, etc. It was just meh.) This pie, made with a Pillsbury crust (!) was miles better. I did add 2 Tbs of cornstarch which did make it set up too much, I will try 1 tbs next time. There WILL be a next time. My husband rushed home from a meeting the night after I served this pie because he was dying for another piece. I would definitely serve this to company. It was quick to make too with the premade crust and frozen berries. Thank you for a great recipe!!
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Bouillabaisse

Reviewed: Apr. 3, 2008
I made this exactly as stated, except that I used mahi mahi, sea bass, mussels, shrimp & scallops for the fish. The broth was so bland and watery! I was really disappointed. I ended up adding a bunch more seasoning, and some Pernod (traditional liqueur for bouillabaisse). After the additions, it was better but still not great. If it weren't for the fact that I'd made some toast rubbed with garlic and spread with rouille to eat with the soup, it would have been a total loss. It may taste better tomorrow, but who wants a fish soup that needs 24 hours for the flavour to develop? When you are going to spend a lot of money on expensive fish you want to eat it when it is fresh. Also it made a LOT. My husband ate a few spoonfuls and then said..."Honey, I know you worked hard on this recipe but it's just not good." So not worth the effort. Sorry...I really wanted to love it.
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Easy Sausage Strata

Reviewed: Apr. 16, 2011
Perhaps this was just not to our tastes, but no one in our family liked this at all. I just could not face eating it again. I'm not sure why because my family eats all of the ingredients in this recipe regularly, but put together? No one was a fan. I made this as a trial run for our Easter brunch and I'm very glad I tried this before serving it to a large group. Sorry.
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Quinoa with Chickpeas and Tomatoes

Reviewed: Nov. 3, 2010
This was ok but lacked flavour. My kids who love quinoa, wouldn't eat it. The tomatoes did not hold up well. I love all of the ingredients, but together they were uninspired and uninteresting. Sorry, I wanted to like this a lot more than I did.
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Kosher Salt Encrusted Prime Rib Roast

Reviewed: Nov. 3, 2008
I think this could have been great, but when I moved my roast half way through cooking, a lot of the crust cracked and fell off. I made the mistake of adding more salt, which was a huge error. It just melted right into the meat and made it so salty. I almost ruined the roast and as it was I had to chuck a bunch of the one side. The roast was still juicy and I really think it would have been great if not for my mistake. I also did not like that I could not use the juices to make gravy because it was just too salty. I will try something different next time, thanks.
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Cheese Ball I

Reviewed: Dec. 31, 2004
I made this for Christmas and it gave me two good sized balls. I added less of the ranch seasoning but substituted in a couple cloves of finely minced garlic, a dash of worchester and hot sauce. I think these additions took it beyond the bland that it would have been. It was even better after the first day. Great recipe!
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Avocado Stuffed Yams

Reviewed: Jan. 9, 2011
Mixed reaction here. Yes, the combination is odd, but that's not the reason to slam the recipe. Creativity is important in cooking. We just found the flavours didn't mix that well. We essentially filled the potatoes with our 5 star guac. The wife liked it fine but the hubby was less than impressed. The savoury and garlicky flavour of the guac just doesn't compliment the sweetness of the potatoes that well. I guess we're used to a more sweet pairing than this. Full points for originality though.
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