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Chef John's Sweet Potato Casserole

Reviewed: Nov. 9, 2014
I have made this for our holiday meals for two years now. It has been specifically been requested for our family get together for Thanksgiving again this year. I make it exactly as written except that I use a little more vanilla extract and I have to use a gluten-free all-purpose flour. I use King Arthur's multipurpose flour and it comes out great. I usually use the pistachios, but have also used pecans and both are delicious. We love it. The pinch of cayenne may sound weird to some, especially if you're new to Chef John's recipes, but don't question it, just do it.
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Beef and Rice Stuffed Bell Peppers

Reviewed: Nov. 3, 2014
I made this today for lunch and it was a BIG hit. I actually assembled it yesterday afternoon and refrigerated it overnight. I made it as written except for slightly less salt. It was excellent! In the past I have made these where you blanch the peppers first and brown the ground beef. I thought this was so much easier, even though it does take longer in the oven. The garlic and parmesan cheese gave the dish a wonderful flavor. I'm looking forward to making with half sausage, half ground beef next time. The only thing was that I had to cook it longer than the recipe states. My peppers were large and I have a gas oven which always tends to take longer. I even bumped the temperature up a bit for the first half hour, but it still took just shy of two hours. Thanks for the recipe!
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Vegan Creamy Italian Dressing

Reviewed: Aug. 24, 2013
I thought this dressing was great, but I did modify it some. I'm not a mayo person so I used sour cream. Instead of sugar I used a little of my raw honey because I keep bees and it is so good! I thought 1 clove of garlic (pressed) was perfect. I was out of oregano so I used a rounded tsp of Italian Seasoning Blend and I highly recommend it. In addition, I added a little Celtic sea salt and ground pepper. Can't wait to have a salad with dinner tonight!
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Slow Cooker Italian Beef for Sandwiches

Reviewed: Dec. 18, 2011
I made this for Sunday dinner today and my family raved about it! I followed other reviewers suggestions and used beef stock (2 cups) but I also added 1 cup of red wine (Merlot) and it was fabulous. I also left off the salt. Even though my stock was homemade and wasn't salty, we still didn't miss the salt. I only had 1 packet of Italian dressing mix (Good Seasons Garlic & Herb), so I added all the other seasonings - but used less pepper and onion powder instead of onion salt. This is definitely a keeper! Thanks for a great recipe.
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Creamy Italian Dressing II

Reviewed: Nov. 15, 2011
I thought this dressing was great, but I did modify it some. I'm not a mayo person so I used sour cream. Instead of sugar I used a little of my raw honey because I keep bees and it is so good! I thought 1 clove of garlic (pressed) was perfect. I was out of oregano so I used a rounded tsp of Italian Seasoning Blend and I highly recommend it. In addition, I added a little Celtic sea salt and ground pepper. Can't wait to have a salad with dinner tonight!
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Hamburger Soup

Reviewed: Oct. 29, 2011
First snow of the season today so this soup sounded good. It is delicious! I made is as written except for the roux and I used a quart of home-canned tomatoes. I can think of some interesting variations that I want to try like maybe adding some elbow mac to it (like Mema used to do) and maybe browning the meat with taco seasoning, adding corn, and garnishing with tortilla strips for a tortilla soup (& some cornbread). Can't wait to have it again!
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Spinach and Orzo Salad

Reviewed: Sep. 10, 2011
This was super delicious! I made it last weekend for a bbq and it was a big hit! Thanks Christine R. for the recipe. I've been doing a similar salad with the mini-bow tie pasta by Barilla, but I loved the orzo too.
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Michelle's Quinoa Salad

Reviewed: Jul. 20, 2011
A refreshing, healthy salad.
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Unbelievable Chicken

Reviewed: Jul. 2, 2011
Wow! This is unbelievable. I marinated 2 breasts and 4 thighs in this marinade today and my husband grilled them for dinner. Stupendous! I did reduce the brown sugar to 1/3 cup and the salt to 1 tsp. I also made another batch with even less sugar and salt to use as a salad dressing! Yummy!
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Juiciest Hamburgers Ever

Reviewed: May 29, 2011
I made these last night and they were delicious! I used 1 lb deer burger and 1 lb 80% ground beef (bec. that is what I had on hand). I added only the egg yolk as another reviewer mentioned and a slice and a half of torn up stale bread. They turned out perfect. I added just a sprinkling of salt and pepper to each patty before putting them on the grill. Will definitely make these again!
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Baked Garlic Green Beans

Reviewed: May 9, 2011
I made this with fresh green beans and balsamic vinegar instead of cider as others mentioned. I doubled it but I would recommend not going exactly double with the vinegar as it was a touch strong (maybe 2 tsp would have been just right). I blanched the green for 5 minutes first and used 2 garlic cloves. Nice to have something different for green beans. Very good!
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Creamy Caramel Flan

Reviewed: May 9, 2011
I made this as per the recipe and it turned out great. We had a family dinner for Mother's Day and it was a BIG HIT. Two things I will do next time: have custard cups ready and I might try the blender trick that another reviewer mentioned (put the batter in a blender as a last step before baking). I used my stand mixer and it turned out fine, but I thought it looked a little "grainy." I don't have a 10" round dish so I used an 8" Pyrex round dish, like for apple pie, and I had batter leftover. I quickly caramelized more sugar and put it and the batter into a couple of individual pyrex custard cups and baked as recipe instructs with water in the pan (no cloth though). Those worked great too. I heated my baking dishes in the microwave before putting the sugar in since it does harden quickly. But of course, as you bake it the sugar evens out anyway. It turned out perfectly with only a coating of sugar left in the baking dish but there was plenty on the flan so I didn't care. I served it with fresh sweetened strawberries and homemade whipped cream. Wonderful recipe! Thanks Jo!
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Lemon Chicken Piccata

Reviewed: Mar. 25, 2011
CAUTION! It is hard to stop eating this! I made this with 1/2c Pinot Grigio and 1/2c chicken broth, 2 garlic cloves, a dash of sugar in the sauce (with the capers) and only 1 Tbsp of butter at the end and it was wonderful! I served it with green beans, salad and baked sweet potato. De-lish!
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Penne with Spicy Vodka Tomato Cream Sauce

Reviewed: Mar. 21, 2011
I made this for dinner tonight and it was delicious. I left off the salt (the sausage is plenty salty) and used just enough olive oil to lightly coat the pan (around the pan twice). I didn't have whipping cream so I used half and half and it worked fine. Cut way back on the red pepper flakes for the kids - just added a dash, although hubby and I would have liked more. Definitely a keeper.
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Slow Cooker Italian Beef for Sandwiches

Reviewed: Mar. 13, 2011
I made this for Sunday dinner today and my family raved about it! I followed other reviewers suggestions and used beef stock (2 cups) but I also added 1 cup of red wine (Merlot) and it was fabulous. I also left off the salt. Even though my stock was homemade and wasn't salty, we still didn't miss the salt. I only had 1 packet of Italian dressing mix (Good Seasons Garlic & Herb), so I added all the other seasonings - but used less pepper and onion powder instead of onion salt. This is definitely a keeper! Thanks for a great recipe.
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Slow Cooker Italian Beef for Sandwiches

Reviewed: Mar. 13, 2011
I made this for Sunday dinner today and my family raved about it! I followed other reviewers suggestions and used beef stock (2 cups) but I also added 1 cup of red wine (Merlot) and it was fabulous. I also left off the salt. Even though my stock was homemade and wasn't salty, we still didn't miss the salt. I only had 1 packet of Italian dressing mix (Good Seasons Garlic & Herb), so I added all the other seasonings - but used less pepper and onion powder instead of onion salt. This is definitely a keeper! Thanks for a great recipe.
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Broccoli, Leek, and Potato Soup

Reviewed: Mar. 10, 2011
Delicious soup, but I would caution you to start with a smaller amount of pepper. You can always add more, but it would be a waste to add a tablespoon and no one will eat the soup! I used 1/2 a tsp of pepper and my kids who don't like a lot of pepper are eating it, though my daughter says it is a little peppery for her. Great on a cold rainy day like today! I also left out the bacon, coriander and fennel seed because I didn't have those items on hand, but it is yummy anyway.
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Antipasto Salad II

Reviewed: Feb. 6, 2011
I made this today for Superbowl Sunday. It is delicious! I didn't have fresh tomatoes (I don't buy them out of season) but I did have a jar of sundried tomatoes so I chopped up a few of those. The touch of sweet is nice. I also used some sharp swiss cheese (not really Italian but we like it). Delicious! Will make again. Thanks Katie!
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