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ShoppingJen


ShoppingJen
 
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Living In: Texas, USA
Member Since: Jan. 2002
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Mexican, Southern, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy
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Recipe Reviews 42 reviews
Herb Watermelon Feta Salad
As the recipe is written, for my family's taste, it rates 4 stars. After making it as written once, I tweaked it to suit our tastes better--I omitted the basil and cilantro (I LOVE both of those herbs, just not in this salad) and I use white balsamic vinegar (it is not as overpowering in this salad). With just the mint, it is wonderful! I have also made the dressing with and without the lime juice based on what I had, and we like it both ways. This is a wonderful recipe--summer-y, fresh and unexpected. This is always a hit when I take it to get-togethers, especially with the people who thought they'd hate it.

7 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 26, 2013
Spicy Bok Choy in Garlic Sauce
This is really a great tasting side dish. It is so easy, fast, and delicious. The recipe says it takes 30 minutes total time. It has never taken me more than 15 minutes though. I use pre-washed baby bok choy which helps cut down on prep time. I've made it exactly as written with oyster sauce, and without using more soy sauce and a couple of dashes of fish sauce. I like it both ways. As written, it's wonderful! We love this dish!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 19, 2013
Grilled Pork Chops with Balsamic Caramelized Pears
Made this tonight and the family loved it! As for the brine, the salt and sugar will dissolve in room temperature water if you simply stir it for a bit before adding the pork. I used coarse salt and sugar in the raw (also large granules), and had no problems at all after stirring it. I found no need to add any salt to the chops before grilling--brining is sufficient after 1 hour. I'm sure dried rosemary would work in a pinch, but fresh rosemary is really added so much flavor. I tried to keep the onions in a wedge, but they fell apart as they browned. I didn't see this as a problem though. Only alteration I made was to use peaches instead of pears--yummy!!! Cut into large wedges so they wouldn't fall apart or get mushy. We loved it, and it will be in our rotation.

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Reviewed On: Aug. 31, 2012
 
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