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Ultimate Twice Baked Potatoes

Reviewed: Nov. 9, 2004
Very flavorful. Everyone loved them.
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Aunt Jewel's Chicken Dressing Casserole

Reviewed: Nov. 9, 2004
Good recipe; family loved it. Seemed a little "one-dimensional," though. Would add both a can of waterchestnuts and small can of mushroom. A couple of TBSP of pimento wouldn't hurt, either, for some color and pizazz.
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Jim Kaczmarek's Chili

Reviewed: Dec. 20, 2004
Overall, seemed like a crowd pleaser, but it came off a little "chalky," maybe because of all the spices (and not a ton of liquid). A fairly thick chili, which required a considerable amount of pot-watching, e.g., adding fluids. I ended up adding in all reserved liquids, including opening a new can of tomato sauce I like my chilis a little thinner and more basic, I guess.
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Jicama Corn Salad

Reviewed: Dec. 22, 2004
This recipe made enough for probably 12, not 8! It came out so-so; was much better the next day topped with Dungeness crabmeat moistened with wasabi mayonaise.
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Parmesan Chicken I

Reviewed: Jan. 5, 2005
Chicken was very tender, but rice was mushy. Quite salty, and the 6(!!) TBSP of butter is over the top. Won't make again.
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My Chili

Reviewed: Jan. 17, 2005
Very good chili. Even though I like a "thinner" chili, this was a little too thin for me at the beginning; it came around, though, after adding tomato paste, brown sugar and a couple of shakes of Worcestershire. I'd also cut the requested salt in half and adjust at the end.
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American Lasagna

Reviewed: Jan. 22, 2005
Very good basic lasagna recipe.
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Chicken Pot Pie IX

Reviewed: Jan. 24, 2005
Good all-around chicken pot pie. Kids loved it. I added 1 TBSP pimentos and small can of mushroom pieces. I'd like to try it with frozen peas and tiny onions next time. Will make again.
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Lima and Navy Bean and Ham Soup

Reviewed: Feb. 2, 2005
I was really excited to make this recipe, but after 8 hours (!) of cooking, at least 1/3 of the beans were undercooked. Not sure what I did wrong, though, the instructions were unclear about whether the pot should have a lid. I opted to let it cook uncovered, and I found myself adding water regularly. Maybe the beans just didn't have enough water. Also, the recipe was pretty spicy, even with mild/sweet Italian sausage. Very salty, too. (It's if the recipe almost has TOO much flavor.) Fell somewhat flat at our family dinner table. Won't do again.
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Baked Brie with Mushrooms and Almonds

Reviewed: Feb. 12, 2005
Delicious. Didn't change a thing in recipe.
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It's Chili by George!!

Reviewed: Nov. 27, 2005
Wow, this is a great recipe (although I admit to altering without trying the original). Spent all day out in the cold, only to come in tonight to a steaming crock pot full of delicious, hot chili. Quite a treat. Like others noted here, I used V8 juice instead of tomato, and I held back about 1 1/2 cups and replaced with 14.5 oz. S&W Cajun stewed tomatoes (nice flavors in this brand, including allspice). I also added 1/2 tsp. cocoa powder, 1/2 tsp. cinnamon, 1/2 tsp. garlic powder and replaced 1/2 tsp. of white sugar with 1 tbsp. brown sugar. Fed it to a group of 7, and there were raves around the table. Thanks, George.
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Herald's Impossibly Easy Cheeseburger Pie

Reviewed: Dec. 18, 2005
We found it to be too bland.
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Authentic Louisiana Red Beans and Rice

Reviewed: Jan. 19, 2006
Everybody seemed to enjoy this, including four kids. Good flavors, though it really needs salt. (I can't understand why the recipe was published w/o salt or pepper. I added 2 tsp. of salt and 1 tsp of pepper. Conservative amounts for both.) A tbsp. of sherry cooking wine seemed to help, too. I used Trader Joe's fully cooked andouille sausage. The recipe doesn't specify cooked or uncooked. Personally, I'd be uncomfortable adding uncooked pork sausage for 30 min. while on a low simmer. If using uncooked sausage, I'd consider either pre-cooking (e.g., parboil) or adding to the pot for a longer period of time.
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Best Tuna Casserole

Reviewed: Apr. 2, 2006
Good recipe but I tweaked it some. Used a big can of cream of mushroom soup (26 oz) with 3/4 cup of milk (would use 1 cup next time). Added 2 TBSP of pimentos and topped with Durkee fried onions instead of chips. Would really be good with small can of sliced water chestnuts. Good basic recipe.
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Authentic Green Goddess Dressing

Reviewed: Apr. 6, 2006
This was an excellent dressing; my guests loved it. It definitely benefits from 2 hours in the refrigerator prior to serving.
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Marinade for Steak I

Reviewed: Apr. 10, 2006
Great. Used on some center-cut sirloins, and it added tremendous flavor and tenderized. All my guests were very happy.
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Chinese Napa Cabbage Salad

Reviewed: Apr. 12, 2006
I'll admit to changing the recipe out of necessity (no ramen flavoring due to a family member with MSG allergy and using regular cabbage because store didn't have Napa cabbage), but I did not enjoy this recipe much. Even though I used the recommended sugar, it was too tart. Too many sesame seeds. Wouldn't make again.
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Spinach and Orzo Salad

Reviewed: May 7, 2006
Good....not necessarily great. Definitely needed some salt, and I would ramp up the pepper (I used black).
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Fajita Marinade I

Reviewed: Aug. 31, 2006
I used this on top sirloin and it was very good. (I also followed earlier folks' advice and replaced the soy sauce with Lea Perrins.) I was worried when I sampled the meat off the grill (don't overcook!) because it was quite spicy. It did, though, mellow out and blend well with the other flavors once the steak was smothered in onions, peppers, guacamole and sour cream within a tortilla. Will make a gain.
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Elegant Orzo with Wilted Spinach and Pine Nuts

Reviewed: Sep. 1, 2006
I'm in the "just okay" camp. Definitely needs some more zip. After the pine nuts and spinach are sauteed, my reaction was "That's a lot of oil to pour over the orzo." But, it works out fine. The problem is that it IS too bland. I'd lower the olive oil next time and replace it with red wine vinegar, tsp. of salt and 1/2 red onion. Looks pretty...has great potential...but B-L-A-H.
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