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Chicken Parmesan

Reviewed: Mar. 23, 2014
Great recipe. Chicken is very flavorful and moist. Added a little garlic powder to season the chicken. Only used 2 cups of panko bread crumbs with 1/2 cup of shredded parmesan and it was perfect proportions. 2 more cups of panko would of been a waste. Instead of using tomato sauce, I used marinara sauce. Made lots of the marinara sauce so that I could serve this along with a bed of spaghetti with sauce. Liked the idea of sifting the flour over the chicken. Will use that tip on future recipes! I ended up with 6 chicken cutlets. The breasts spread out when pounding, so, I cut them in half. Then, I also had two boneless skinless thighs as that is what my BF prefers. Turned out fabulous!
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Manicotti Alla Romana

Reviewed: Mar. 2, 2014
This was a hit! I read a lot of the reviews and decided to tweak it to our taste. Used fresh Hot Italian sausage with a bit of hamburger in it. Saved some of the meat mixture to put in the red sauce (my BF is a carnivore). Used a little less garlic (we love garlic, however, this seemed a little excessive). Put fresh grated parmigiano reggiano in the ricotta blend. Made a homemade alfredo sauce in exchange of the white sauce in this recipe. Then topped with fresh mozzarella. It was a labor of love and we enjoyed every bite!
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Shrimp Scampi ala Norelllaura

Reviewed: Jul. 17, 2011
My boyfriend and I were unimpressed as it was very bland in our opinion. I even added extra red bell pepper, garlic and butter to try to make it taste better plus some Italian Seasoning as one reviewer recommended. The recipe doesn't call for salt and pepper, however, I finally started adding some to try to make it tastier. My boyfriend said it could still stand more salt. Not sure why there is no salt and pepper in the recipe? It definitely has room for improvement. Pretty sure I won't try it again and will move on to another recipe.
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Florentine Stuffed Chicken

Reviewed: Apr. 8, 2011
We love this recipe....so please don't consider this a negative response....however, you will need to cook this longer than indicated....(depending on the size of the breast) to bring the temperature to 165-170 degrees. We love it...have made it several times (always peel off the skin), however, didn't marinate the chicken in advance(as some indicated) but I think it would enhance the flavor of the meat. I use either fresh (saute if fresh) or frozen spinach (drained and squeezed)...add fresh garlic and whatever else I have on hand such as sundried tomatoes, mushrooms, garlic, crushed red pepper (I'm thinking artichoke hearts would be awesome). I did add sea salt and fresh ground pepper each time, however, always add a variety of ingredients depending on what I have on hand. I actually had to cover my chicken breasts for awhile with foil to get them to the desired temperature. You want an internal temp of 165-170. Serve with whatever pasta you want. I served with orzo and it made a nice presentation. If you have leftover "spinach mixture" you can either put on top of the chicken breasts or mix in with whatever pasta you decide to use. Serve with a salad and good bread and you have a meal that willl be nice enough to present to company. Enjoy!
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Stuffed Pork Chops

Reviewed: Oct. 15, 2010
Excellent recipe! Phenomenal on a barbeque grill, as the added smoke gives a nice essence to the pork chops. Give it a try! You won't be disappointed! I prefer using the real bacon pieces made by Oscar Meyer, Hormel or store brand (packages found in the produce aisle or by salad dressings and croutons), rather than the fake Bacon Bits). I use unsalted butter, however, if you use salted butter, you may want to adjust the salt in the recipe accordingly. Also, we put ground black pepper on the outside of the pork chops along with the seasoned salt. Enjoy!
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Greek Chicken

Reviewed: Aug. 18, 2010
I'm sorry....I'm not trying to be mean, but truthful, as I'm a pretty good cook.... however, am always looking for new recipes. I had higher expectations of this. Thought it was absolutely medicore. Nothing spectacular....will probably feed the leftovers to the dogs, as me and my boyfriend have no interest in eating it again. Not sure how it won a recipe contest.....either the feta and/or the olives were over powering.
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Insanely Amazing Jalapeno Cheese Dip

Reviewed: Sep. 10, 2009
Made for a tailgate party and the recipe was for by several people. I baked in a casserole dish until it was bubbly and slightly browned on top. Used 1/2 cup of mayo and 1/2 cup of sour cream. Also added a minced fresh clove of garlic to the dip. I took fresh sliced sourdough bread and lightly brushed melted butter with a little fresh minced garlic. Cut into bite size pieces and put on a cookie sheet and baked until lightly toasted. A keeper! Will double the recip next time. BTW...as another reviewer mentioned, do not use the canned parmesan cheese. Either grate yourself or get in a bag in the dairy department of your grocery.
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Southwestern-Flavored Ground Beef or Turkey for Tacos & Salad

Reviewed: Sep. 10, 2009
Had all the ingredients on hand for a quick dinner. I cut down the recipe to 1# of ground beef, therefore, didn't want to open a whole can of tomatoes for this one recipe. I had some homemade salsa on hand, so used it instead. Didn't really see the need for the cornmeal, so didn't add it. BF liked it, so looks like we'll be having this again. Much better than the package stuff.
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Vegetable Wild Rice

Reviewed: Aug. 2, 2009
Flavors were great! I used fresh rosemary and thyme from my garden. I'm rating it lower because there is way too much liquid in this. My gut instinct from the beginning was that it was too much and I should of cut back, instead followed the recipe. Rice was soggy. I've never heard of a rice recipe, where you drain it at the end. I think if the liquid proportions were correct this could be a great recipe, as the flavor was very good.
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Baked Salmon Fillets Dijon

Reviewed: Jul. 13, 2009
It was okay, in my opinion. I have a favorite salmon recipe, which I didn't have time to marinate, so thought I would try this one out. I won't be making this again...it was just so, so.
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Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

Reviewed: Jul. 5, 2009
They were pretty good. I also think they are a little too sweet. I used semisweet morsels and refrigerated for a few hours. I measured by the spoonful, rolled in a ball and then slightly flattened on the cookie sheet. They all came out to be about the same size. Baked for 11 minutes on parchment paper.
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Spicy Honey Mustard Pork Roast

Reviewed: Apr. 26, 2009
Maybe our tastes are a little different, but my boyfriend and I weren't too impressed. I had high hopes for this recipe since it got such good reviews. We were going to a potluck and I was looking for ideas for a pork roast. I was actually a little embarassed to bring it. After it was done cooking, it just didn't seem seasoned enough. I added more salt...a little garlic powder and some parsley to let set for awhile before serving to spice it up. There were plenty of leftovers, so I'm guessing the other people weren't too impressed either. Sorry for the bad review, but I'm just being honest with my our opinion.
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Shepherd's Pie VI

Reviewed: Feb. 6, 2009
I had certain ingredients that I wanted to use before going bad, so decided to use this recipe. After reading reviews, I didn't want to chance a "bland " dish, so decided to take some of the suggestions. Here's what I did: First I boiled carrots (threw in extras) in salted water. Later mashed them with some butter. Boiled potatoes (threw in extras) in salted water. Later mashed them with salt, pepper, butter, sour cream and two roasted cloves of garlic. Added shredded cheese to potatoes. Sauted finely chopped celery and small onion. Then added lean ground beef seasoned well with salt, pepper, two cloves of garlic minced along with Emerils Essence and some worcestershire sauce. After draining grease, I put meat in a small rectangular cake pan sprayed with Pam (2qt). Put frozen peas and corn (defrosted in micro first) on top of meat. Mashed carrots on top of veggies. Mashed potatoes on top of that. Then added more cheese and diced green onion on top before baking. It was really good comfort food!
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Three Cheese Garlic Scalloped Potatoes

Reviewed: Jan. 4, 2009
Very rich, but very good recipe. I probably liked it more than the rest of my family. Next time I will still butter dish, but leave out additional butter. Enough fat in the cheese and cream. Fat was starting to rise on the casserole dish while baking. I took a paper towel and tried to soak up as much as I could. Needed to cook longer than specified to finish cooking potatoes. Very good with ham.
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Pizza Dough III

Reviewed: Jan. 3, 2009
Very good. I didn't have bread flour on hand, so used all-purpose. Added some italian seasoning and garlic powder. Added more flour, as it was too sticky without added flour. Turned on oven to 200, then turned off. Put dough in turned off oven for about 40 minutes. Dough just about doubled. Had no problems rolling out on floured counter and rolling pin. Put dough on pizza pan that has the little holes already in the pan. Then put some fork holes throughout the dough and prebaked for 10 minutes at 400 degrees. Pulled out of oven and then added sauce, pepperoni and cheese. Put back in oven to brown. Pizza dough had a great taste. Was not crispy, but the taste made up for the difference. A pizza stone would probably make a crispier crust. Used Easy Pizza Sauce I from this site. It was a good combination.
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New York Cheesecake III

Reviewed: Jan. 3, 2009
Very good cheesecake and this was my first time making one. After reading the reviews, I decided to make a few changes based on what I had read. Used slightly less than 1/4 cup of heavy cream and then added 1/4 cup of sour cream which I added with the eggs at the very end (to not overbeat and add too much air). I also added a little sweet lemon with some zest and some vanilla to the creamed mixture. When making the crust I used a heaping 1/3 cup of sugar (a little more than stated) plus a dash of cinnamon and a splash of vanilla in the crust. I baked the crust for only 12 minutes. It came out great. Glad I didn't opt to use a graham cracker crust. I did have one small crack. Not sure why, but it didn't look too bad and the taste was great. Based on the reviews, I decided to bake at 215 and I left it in about 10 minutes longer. Since it was my boyfriends bday, I wanted to make it extra special. I used some of Costco frozen berry blend to make a nice sauce. First I made a simple sugar sauce on the stove. Then added a big handful of thawed berries. Smashed them in the simple sugar sauce with a potato masher. Added some of my moms homemade grape jelly. Cooked a little longer before adding some cornstarch that I mixed with cold water. Cooked until thick. Added more mixed berries to this mixture before putting in the fridge to chill. I put this on top of the cheesecake and then a dollop of homemade whipped cream. Yummo! Looked like a professional dessert!
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Slow Cooker Spicy Black-Eyed Peas

Reviewed: Jan. 3, 2009
Very good. My boyfriend who said he didn't like black eyed peas, is now a fan. I used chicken stock instead of water and a boulion cube. Also added a splash of tabasco sauce and a pinch of crushed red peppers (we like spicy foods). Made it in the crock pot before I went to bed for a yummy meal on New Year's Day. Try it..you'll like it! :-)
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Bill's Blue Cheese Dressing

Reviewed: Jan. 1, 2009
Great recipe. Been making it for several years. Used 5 oz of blue cheese because that's what was in the container and I hate to waste. Used fresh garlic instead of powder and also added fresh parsley, some fresh lemon juice and a splash of apple cider vinegar. Yummy!
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Stir-Fried Vegetables

Reviewed: Oct. 17, 2008
Great recipe. Wanted to use what I had on hand rather than going to the store. I used Costco's frozen stir fry vegetables (which I defrosted in a strainer to remove as much water/ice as possible)and it turned out fabulous. Also, used all chicken broth and no water. Added a little crushed red pepper for an added zing. Let it sit in the chicken broth for awhile. Was out of ground ginger, so grated some fresh ginger and it turned out fabulous.
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