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Tortilla Soup

Reviewed: Nov. 30, 2010
This was absolutely outstanding! My entire extended family loved it and declared it a definite keeper! I did make a few minor changes: I wasn't able to find Mexican Recipe stewed tomatoes, so I used diced tomatoes with green chilies and I actually used three cans instead of one (partly because I ended up with about 3 1/2 cups of cooked chicken and wanted to compensate for that and partly because I took the advice of some of the other reviewers who used extra in theirs). I did also double the cumin and garlic and I did add a can of corn about 5 minutes before serving (would have used frozen but we didn't have any). I also did as another reviewer suggested and simmered it for 20 minutes first and then 10, instead of 10 and 3-5 minutes. This was truly delicious and it really hit the spot on a cold, windy night. Everyone loved how the crushed tortilla chips softened in the soup without getting soggy..added a tasty 'extra'. My dad said he has had something similar at The Cheesecake Factory and he said this one was just as good, if not better than theirs. Make this one..you won't be disappointed! Yummy!!
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Maple-Garlic Marinated Pork Tenderloin

Reviewed: Nov. 17, 2010
This is out of this world!! I have been looking for a marinade recipe for pork tenderloin that actually makes the pork flavorful and stays that way throughout cooking. This was a homerun in my book! I have made this twice in a 6 week period and this is my favorite recipe from this site thus far (and that's saying a lot because I have found a ton on here that my family really enjoys!). I did double the garlic and black pepper to help cut the sweetness of the maple syrup and instead of basting the tenderloin with the marinade, I reduced it and served it over the pork. I also mixed all the marinade ingredients together in a gallon Ziploc bag as someone suggested and put my tenderloins (I had two) in the bag with the marinade in the refrigerator for a full 24 hours, turning the bag over once halfway through. I grilled the pork for about 45 mins, flipping once halfway through. It was perfectly cooked that way..cooked thoroughly, but not overdone which can dry it out. I want to try this with some bone-in chicken breasts on the grill next. Try this recipe...you will not be disappointed!! Thanks Lesley!!
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Autumn Apple Salad II

Reviewed: Nov. 17, 2010
This was a nice change of pace for a side dish. I used green delicious apples and double the amount of dried cherries. The contrast of sweet and tart was delicious.
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Chicken Breasts with Balsamic Vinegar and Garlic

Reviewed: Nov. 17, 2010
This was absolutely phenomenal!! My entire extended family loved it, from our 22 month old son to my 89 year old grandma! I took the advice of several others and did the following: omitted the flour, sliced the chicken breasts into strips, used portobello mushrooms, added 1 1/2 teaspoons of cornstarch mixed with a little water to the sauce mixture to help thicken it and I also used 10 cloves of garlic. The sauce was still a bit too thin, so I may not have reduced it long enough..will try that next time. The chicken was so moist and flavorful and it was honestly so tender, you could cut it with a fork! Served with butter and garlic rice and fresh steamed broccoli. Yummy!
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Eclair Cake

Reviewed: Nov. 17, 2010
This is absolutely heavenly and SO simple to make!! I used french vanilla pudding and added just a touch of vanilla extract to the pudding mixture. I also followed the advice of a couple of other reviewer's and dipped the graham crackers in milk before putting in the cake and they were nice and soft after only refrigerating for 4 hours, but not mushy the next day (This only lasted 2 days in our house!!). Lastly, I put the chocolate frosting in the microwave for 45 seconds, which made it very easy to just pour on top. Delicious!!
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BLT Soup

Reviewed: Nov. 17, 2010
Our family loves to eat hot soup for dinner fairly often in the cold winter months and I am always on the look out for unique, but flavorful soup recipes. This one definitely fits the bill! I will admit that I was a little leery about the lettuce (just seemed like a strange ingredient for soup), but I was pleasantly surprised. I followed the recipe exactly as written (I did use medium Pace picante which gave it a kick) and everyone in our family loved it. Best of all, it was extremely easy to make and the most time consuming part of the whole recipe was frying all the bacon. We will definitely have this again.
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