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Quinoa Chili

Reviewed: Mar. 22, 2011
I LOVED this. I doubled the recipe so I could take dinner to a friend as well and it turned out to be a HUGE pot of food enough to feed both of our families dinner twice with more for a lunch as well! Because kids were going to be eating it I skipped the jalepeno and only added half the chili powder. It was not spicy at all, but it was still full of flavor! I did have to add some liquid, and I used a can of chicken broth (or half a can for a single recipe). I will definitely be making this again. EDIT: Now that I have made this a second time I will say that I believe that the flavor is much improved by cooking the quinoa in chicken broth (or vegetable broth if you prefer) instead of water. I think I did this without even thinking about it the first time because I almost always do when cooking grains. This time I didn't bother with it, and the flavor was not as good. I remedied it by dissolving some "Better than Bouillon" in a couple of tablespoons of water and stirring this into the finished chili.
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Roasted Tomatillo and Garlic Salsa

Reviewed: Sep. 21, 2011
I'm not sure if it's fair of me to rate this because I changed it a little, but I feel I must because I loved what I ended up with so much! Basically I followed the recipe but instead of the 3 jalepenos I used 1 jalepeno and one poblano pepper, and cored and seeded both of them, to create a mild salsa. When roasting I put the pan on the middle rack and did not preheat, because I thought that would help the tomatillos have time to soften before burning. When one of them split open is when I removed them. I also added about 1/8th cup of chopped red onion to the blender. WOW! I was blown away by the delicious flavor!
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Southwest White Chicken Chili

Reviewed: Feb. 3, 2011
This was decent, especially for a recipe calling for condensed soup. I give it four stars mostly because it was so easy to put together. If I were rating solely on flavor it would be a 3. I did not use all the chili powder it called for because my kids would not have eaten it, I only used about half a teaspoon to add flavor without spice, and I added some white pepper so it would not be bland. My husband and I added sriracha hot sauce at the table. I also substituted celery for the green pepper because that is what I had on hand.
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Red Lentil Curry

Reviewed: Oct. 26, 2010
This is so easy and delicious and absolutely an excellent bargain for dinner. I don't usually have curry paste around the house so I've just been adding a couple tablespoons of curry powder instead (we have a big bag of that because we love it). We've been eating this with cottage cheese and it is wonderful!
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Turkey Meatballs with Vegetable Sauce

Reviewed: Nov. 9, 2010
We really loved this but I can't give it five stars because I don't think we would have liked it as it was written. I salted the meat, about a half to one teaspoon. I also added some pepper to the meat, and half of an onion, chopped very fine. I would consider at least the salt and pepper necessary. Additionally, because I didn't have vegetable soup I used a can of cream of chicken, and a can of milk, with vegetable "better than bouillon". Because the milk wasn't as thick as the soup I had to thicken the sauce with flour before serving. In the end, it was wonderful! I have to say though, that there is plenty of room for this to be yucky if you don't substitute with the right things, as some people have mentioned. Use discretion; if the soup you have doesn't seem like it would be good over noodles as a sauce, don't use it in this recipe. Also, I would suggest doing as I did and using milk and bouillon thickened with flour if you want to get away from the canned soup taste.
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'Welcome Fall' Roasted Chicken and Butternut Squash

Reviewed: Oct. 6, 2012
This recipe needs changes to come out good. The chicken was done before the potatoes. I had to set the chicken aside for 20 minutes while the veggies finished cooking. Also there was too much liquid. I loved the seasonings on the veggies but the chicken was plain. If I were to try again I might just cook the vegetable portion with less liquid and do chicken in a skillet with more seasoning.
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Janet's Rich Banana Bread

Reviewed: Sep. 1, 2011
I took this to a women's breakfast and got a ton of compliments from a group who usually don't say much about the food, so I guess they liked it. I thought it was very good as well. I made only one change, which was to substitute flavored yogurt for the sour cream since I didn't have any sour cream.
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Smothered Beef Short Ribs

Reviewed: Aug. 12, 2011
Wow. The flavor of these ribs and the gravy was sooo good! Even my picky 4 year old who cried when I made him taste them hummed merrily while he finished everything on his plate. I made the recipe exactly as directed but added additional carrots which I am glad of because of how delicious they were. I used boneless short ribs and trimmed off the fat as much as possible. Not something to help you lose weight, but I didn't think my gravy turned out too greasy. I'll make this again next time I buy short ribs.
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Simmered Swiss Steak

Reviewed: Nov. 9, 2010
We didn't really like this. Although I followed the recipe, the steak did not turn out tender at all. In the future, if I want to cook a cheap cut of beef I think I will look for another recipe or go with the old standby of chuck in the slow cooker.
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Chicken Calvados

Reviewed: Oct. 11, 2011
Amazingly delicious. We had this over steamed rice, and spinach with lemon juice on the side. I didn't change a thing except I did not take the time to go buy apple brandy. In its place I used half cooking sherry and half apple cider. The sauce, apples, and mushrooms with the rice was the best part, in my opinion.
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PHILLY Make-Ahead Spinach Phyllo Roll-Ups

Reviewed: Oct. 4, 2011
I felt like the ratio of filling to dough on this was a little off. By the time I used a third of the filling in three sheets it was SO full. If I did it again with the same amount of filling, I would make four rolls and/or increase the number of phyllo layers to give a better balance. Also, I used spray olive oil instead of butter because I thought it would be easier and healthier. It worked just fine...just hold the can way back to give a light coat. We actually ate this as a main course instead of an appetizer, alongside a lemon carrots and rutabaga recipe found on this site. The whole family enjoyed it, including the little ones.
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Scallops One - Two - Three

Reviewed: Oct. 9, 2012
Well, they were enjoyable enough, but only because I LOVE scallops so much. The bacon and scallops do not cook at the same rate, so I ended up peeling off most of the bacon and leaving it on my plate because who wants to eat bacon fat that isn't crispy?
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Chex® Pumpkin Pie Crunch

Reviewed: Mar. 23, 2012
This was delicious and everyone at the party I took it to loved it.
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Ham and Cheese Crescent Roll-Ups

Reviewed: Oct. 12, 2011
We make these a lot, usually as a late night snack, or instead of sandwiches for lunch. Sometimes the cheese doesn't stay in so well, so for a cheesier roll up, make a long roll by sealing all the edges into a single sheet, place ham and extra cheese along one side, roll up as a single log, seal the ends, and cut into pieces after baking. It usually needs an extra couple of minutes in the oven this way.
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Lemon Carrots and Rutabaga

Reviewed: Oct. 4, 2011
I have never eaten rutabaga before, but sometimes I get tired of our usual veggie lineup so I decided to give it a try. I'm so glad I did. The entire family enjoyed this dish. I don't like dill so I substituted tarragon for it. Delicous!
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Zucchini Pie

Reviewed: Sep. 1, 2011
This is my favorite recipe for a fast easy dinner. Our family of 4 (with 2 young kids) eats a whole pie for dinner without leftovers. I make this without the dill as I don't much like the taste of dill. A small onion or half onion is a nice addition, sauteed with the zucchini and garlic.
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Crispy Barbequed Tofu Slices

Reviewed: Aug. 26, 2011
This wasn't bad, but it wasn't great. I'm not vegetarian but I cook with tofu sometimes because I like it. This recipe was a little tedious especially trying to dip slimy tofu into slimy egg without crushing the tofu. It was a delicate process and took me longer than I expected it would. I baked the tofu a little first to firm it up, breaded it, baked it a little more so the flour wouldn't come off when I added the bbq sauce, then baked it with the sauce until the sauce was caramelized into the tofu. The texture was pretty good once they were done. To me, as far as flavor goes, the tofu didn't seem to go well with the bbq sauce. Because of the trouble I probably won't cook it again, but it wasn't a total bust since my kids did like it.
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Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Soup

Reviewed: Sep. 23, 2010
I didn't get this in until after lunch, so I cooked it on high for 4 1/2 hrs. instead of low for 7. I wasn't home in the middle to cut up the chicken but it wasn't needed. When I did get home at dinner time the chicken literally fell apart, I just pulled it apart with a couple of forks to shred it without even taking it out of the slow cooker. We ate it right away and it was excellent so I feel safe to say this doesn't need to be a two part recipe.
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Slow Cooker Coconut Curry Chicken

Reviewed: Dec. 6, 2012
It was OK. Not really as much flavor as I would have liked. I'll try again with some modifications to see what I can do because it's not a bad base. I wish I could give it 3 1/2 stars.
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Savory Crescent Chicken

Reviewed: Oct. 9, 2012
I cubed leftover cooked chicken thighs seasoned with salt and pepper, but because of the reviews stating this recipe was bland I also added 1 Tablespoon of curry powder and 1/2 teaspoon of tarragon to the cream cheese mixture before stirring the chicken in. Pretty tasty. The filling could be tweaked in any number of ways to make different flavors based on what you like. Easy and quick if you have leftover chicken.
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