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Sauteed Garlic Asparagus

Reviewed: Mar. 21, 2010
Great recipe but a little bland. A few tablespoons of fresh lemon juice and some salt took it to five stars. Also, the asparagus was ready in 10 minutes. Ten more minutes and it would've been mush!
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Slow Cooker Chili II

Reviewed: Jan. 10, 2010
I like to try different chili recipes and have tried many, but I may stop here! This was a HUGE HIT! I did double the onion and garlic and sauté it in olive oil before adding them. I also used one can of purée and two cans of diced tomatos with peppers. Won't change a thing!
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Pork Chops to Live For

Reviewed: Nov. 23, 2009
This was tasty but bland. I added a package of onion soup mix to the milk and soup before pouring it over or I think it would've been even more bland. Great concept and the chops were so moist. I breaded the chops just as directed. Loved all the gravy. Served it with rice but it definitely needing something. Next time I think I will add some paprika and/or a few dashes of hot sauce. Also needs salt. Will definitely make again.
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Jalapeno Pepper Jelly

Reviewed: Nov. 21, 2009
This is soooo good! I just made it tonight and literally licked the pot! It made seven jars complete which was a nice surprise (or maybe not since I didn't have any that I had to put in the fridge right away!). I preserve my jalapeno peppers by roasting them in the oven, mincing them, and then freezing them. I break of chunks as I need so I just used some of these. Also, I didn't have any green food coloring so I used about seven drops of red. It looks gorgeous in the jars! I can't wait to serve this with cream cheese! Thanks for a great recipe!
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Rosy Cider Jelly

Reviewed: Nov. 8, 2009
Loved this recipe! Very easy! I used Trader Joe's Spiced Apple Cider and Trader Joe's Cherry Cider two cups each. It was perhaps a little cloudy but still very pretty and it was SO GOOD! I am making another batch today using just cherry cider. I am going to add a few drops of red food coloring as well to see the result. I got 7 1/2 8 oz jars from this recipe which was fine. I put up seven and kept the half to eat right away! Will definitely be using for gifts this year. Will also taste wonderful over brie cheese. Thanks for a great recipe!
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Slow Cooker Scalloped Potatoes with Ham

Reviewed: Nov. 2, 2009
I followed the advice of the others and layered the ingredients. I also doubled the ham and cheese and used milk instead of water. Instead of chopped ham, I used two whole bone in ham slices (each one being a separate layer). The bone gives it more flavor. I added a few cloves of chopped garlic to the chopped onion. I had two layers of potatoes, onion/garlic, ham slice and cheese (cheese being on top). Then I poured the soup mixture over the top. I used the amount of salt, pepper and garlic powder called for. Cooked on high for four hours and then turned to low until dinner time, about two hours. IT WAS DELICIOUS!!!! My husband is not a big potato fan and he LOVED this dish as did my college age son. It was a bit watery but I turned it on high for about 20 minutes with the lid off prior to serving and that took care of it plus filled the house with a wonderful aroma! Reheated the leftovers in the crock pot the next day and it was even better! I will definitely make this again and won't change a thing from the above. I don't think it could possibly be improved upon!
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Slow Cooker Cider Pork Roast

Reviewed: Oct. 29, 2009
FANTASTIC! Husband and sons inhaled it! I did pour some applesauce over the top to ensure it stayed moist. Strained the drippings and used them to make gravy. Delicious! A definite keeper!
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Oven Meatballs

Reviewed: Oct. 12, 2009
My husband and son like these but not that much. They weren't interested in the leftovers at all. I think it's a matter of personal taste.
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Lebanese Rubbed Salad

Reviewed: Oct. 2, 2009
Great salad BUT I found it a little bland. I added 2 tbsp of lemon juice and that took care of it. Also a few extra garlic cloves. My husband loved it!
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Chicken Jalfarezi

Reviewed: Oct. 2, 2009
Great recipe BUT I'm glad I read the reviews. I doubled the amount of spices and added a few dashes of hot sauce. The next day, I put the leftovers in a small slow cooker with a can of Rotel tomatoes with jalepenos and another tbsp of Garam Marsala on low for about 3 hours. It was soooooo much better then the first day! In the future, I think I will always put it in the little slow cooker for 2-3 hours before serving. It really blends the flavors. I will definitely make it again.
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Marinated Turkey Tenderloins

Reviewed: Aug. 26, 2009
This marinade is killer! Everyone loved it! It's the first time I'd every cooked tenderloins. My issue was that it was difficult to get the tenderloins to cook all the way through without burning the outside. I think next time I will use chicken breasts but the marinade is definitely a keeper. YUM!
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Savory Grilled Potatoes

Reviewed: Jul. 5, 2009
I found these a little on the bland side. My children (teens and adults) liked them but my husband wasn't crazy about them. I followed other advice and added extra parmesan and garlic because those are both things we like. They didn't come out crispy at all but I did increase the recipe size to six servings so that is probably why. I also used a disposable foil pan sealed with foil which worked great. I will definitely make them again but not in such a large batch so they can be crispy. Everyone wants to tweak things for themselves and I think the basics of this recipe are great. I will definitely make it again!
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Honey Mustard Grilled Chicken

Reviewed: Jul. 5, 2009
Great recipe! Made a mixed plate of pork loin chops and chicken breasts using the same recipe. I didn't have any mayo so I used vegetable oil instead. Used my own homemade Jack Daniels mustard. Everyone loved it! Next time I will try the Dijon. Thanks!
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BUSH'S® Beans Aloha

Reviewed: Jun. 12, 2009
Way way WAY too sweet. Not one person out of six liked them. I added about 1/2 cup of cider vinegar the next day and reserved them and they were still too sweet. They could practically be dessert! If you like your baked beans very, very, VERY sweet then this recipe is for you. It definitely wasn't for us.
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Dilly Beans

Reviewed: May 29, 2009
Oh my gosh these are good! I completely forgot the mustard seed and can't wait to make them again and include it. I also doubled the amount of dried peppers because my husband and I both like spicy things. What a great way to preserve summer's bounty of green beans! This was my first try at pickling beans and WOW! Loved it! Will make again!
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Steak Salad

Reviewed: May 29, 2009
This is a nice combination of greens. I added chilled steamed green beans. I eliminated the cheese to reduce the fat and it was still very good. The only reason I gave it four stars is that the dressing was very bland and needed some zip. I will definitely make it again but with a different dressing.
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Baked Tilapia in Garlic and Olive Oil

Reviewed: May 19, 2009
I used cod loins instead and it came out very tender and moist. I used frozen cod, put in the marinade the night before, ready for a quick dinner the next night! I followed the advice of another poster and covered it with foil for 30 minutes, then broiled for five. Other than that I followed the recipe exactly. Very good! I served it over fresh spinach (per another posters suggestion) spooning some of the sauce over the top and garnished it with tomato wedges and lemon slices. The only reason I gave it a four is that it was bland which is one of my husband's big complaints about fish. next time I will try some different ways to add flavor, perhaps add some fresh dill. I will definitely make it again.
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Vinegar Grilled Chicken

Reviewed: Apr. 23, 2009
I made a few changes but first let me say THIS WAS DELICIOUS!!! Ok the changes. I made it for two rather than four. Of necessity, I used soy sauce instead of Worcestershire and it was fine. I replaced the butter with olive oil also with no problems and less fat. Now the big change, I baked rather than grilled the chicken and used bone-in breasts which I think are juicier and are also more economical. I lined a glass baking dish with foil for easy clean up. I marinated the breasts for a full day, placed them in the dish, poured the marinade over the top, and sealed tightly with foil. I baked them at 375 for 45 minutes, removed the foil and baked for another fifteen minutes. Once I removed the foil, I basted the breasts often. After 15 minutes and when they tested as nearly done with a meat thermometer, I broiled them for about five minutes to brown and crisp the skin. These were SO juice and SO tender that my husband couldn't stop raving about them. And wow did they smell good! Next time I may try them on the grill but baking works REALLY well. This is definitely a keeper! I served them with couscous with fresh chopped tomatoes added when I fluffed it. A big hit!
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Balsamic Vinegar Potato Salad

Reviewed: Apr. 17, 2009
I didn't mind it and that's the best response it got from my family. No one else liked it at all. An odd texture and combination of flavors.
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Garlic Potato Wedges

Reviewed: Apr. 15, 2009
I love this recipe! BUT I made a few changes. I added minced garlic to the potatoes rather than roasting it. I also added chopped onions before cooking as I had no green onions. I used about twice as much vinegar as called for because my husband loves vinegar. I also returned the potatoes to the oven for about another five minutes after adding the vinegar mustard sauce. My husband is not a big potato fan but he loved these! Next time I think I will add some diced uncooked bacon to the potatoes as well before cooking.
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