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Taco Soup VII

Reviewed: Feb. 20, 2013
This was pretty tasty, but I think the title was a bit misleading. When I think "Taco" anything, I pretty much think chili powder must be there, and this recipe didn't have any. It seems like a recipe mixup maybe: the title is "Taco Soup", but the ingredient list has "dry onion soup mix", but the directions mention "taco seasoning" instead of the soup mix. As is, this is kind of a nice beef/vegetable stew (thicker than a soup, I think). I made it almost exactly as written, using 85% ground beef, a slightly larger can of corn (15.25 oz.), and for the onion soup mix I used another recipe from this site that is supposed to be equivalent to one package of it. This was pretty filling and tasty, but I bet it'd be even nicer if I'd used taco seasoning instead.
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Onion Soup Mix

Reviewed: Feb. 20, 2013
I'll give this 5 stars just because I love the idea of recipes that duplicate or at least approximate pre-packaged stuff. I've made this a few times now, for use in dishes like meatloaves and such. But just today I decided to make the soup itself, following the directions from a box of the packaged onion soup mix (maybe the last one I'll ever buy). It's not the fancy French onion soup, but it was nice and beefy and oniony. I'll hang on to this recipe for sure.
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Teriyaki Chicken Pizza

Reviewed: Jan. 29, 2013
This was a mess, mainly because there was way too much teriyaki sauce and the recipe had a conflict. This was only the second time I've ever made a "specialty" pizza. I measured out the full cup of sauce and it sure seemed like way too much, far more than the "thin layer" mentioned, but I thought, maybe it reduces or soaks in or caramelizes or something. The result was a pizza swimming in sauce. Maybe the original recipe used a very thick teriyaki sauce? Mine was pretty liquid. If only the ingredient list had said "to taste" or "as needed" instead of specifying a full cup, I would have liked this better - it's not like a 16-inch pizza is very variable in surface area. Oh, and all that sauce probably contributed to the fact that this took over twice as long for the pizza to be "done", more or less. Not a happy experience for me.
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Raspberry Squares II

Reviewed: Jan. 17, 2013
This was awesome, and a lot better than I expected. I made it exactly as written, but I was a little worried about the pastry mixture not being quite right because the butter may not have been softened enough. I did bake it for the full 50 minutes, and it barely got a little browned. I preferred to have the leftovers reheated slightly in the microwave, which made them smell and taste even better. I think I might make this again soon.
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Quick and Easy Sicilian Meatloaf

Reviewed: Jan. 12, 2013
Fabulous recipe. Not terribly easy to make, but worth it. I made it exactly as written. Actually, for the package of onion soup mix, I used another recipe from this site that is supposed to be equivalent to it. This is somewhat decadent, and not very healthy, but tastes wonderful. Even the ketchup-based sauce/glaze on top is different from a run-of-the-mill meatloaf. I highly recommend this recipe.
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Kid-Approved Sweet and Sour Chicken Sauce

Reviewed: Dec. 24, 2012
This was pretty nice, better than I expected it to be. I made it exactly as written, but I skipped the optional carrots. (I probably would have liked them, but I just didn't want to have to go buy them.) For the pineapple, I used a can of crushed pineapple. I was a little worried the sauce would be "chunky", but the crushed pineapple softened up a lot. I'm not a kid, but I ate this sauce as suggested, over meals of chicken nuggets and white rice. I thought this made quite a lot, though - those "4 servings" must be fairly large, in my opinion.
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Hazel's Meatballs

Reviewed: Nov. 23, 2012
I thought these were quite good, but maybe not the best. I tried to make it exactly as written, using mostly 93% lean ground beef, and a bit of 85% I had on hand. For the cracker crumbs, I pondered a bit what kind of crackers to use - saltines? Ritz crackers? I finally decided to just crush a bunch of saltines. I judged the meatball size fairly accurately, since I yielded 37 meatballs, but I think a slightly bigger dish (than the 9x13 mentioned) would have been better - the dish was pretty crammed. The meatballs were midway between fall-apart and dense, and the sauce was good, but maybe a little too ordinary. Worth recommending anyway, even if this isn't the best meatball recipe ever.
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The Ultimate Chili

Reviewed: Nov. 17, 2012
Sorry, but I found this recipe to just OK for chili - I've had much better. I made it exactly as written, using 93% lean ground beef, and cooking on "high" for 6 hours. I found it fairly watery (the recipe didn't say whether to drain the canned vegetables, so I didn't). I also thought the addition of celery to chili a bit odd, and the omission of onions to be a big minus. The red wine and red wine vinegar flavors might have been a plus in a better recipe, but here they didn't help enough.
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Brown Jug Soup

Reviewed: Nov. 12, 2012
I thought this was a fabulous soup. I made it pretty much as written, except that for the bouillon cubes I used 4T of bouillon granules, since its package said "1T. = 1 cube". For the frozen veggies, I just weighed out 10 ounces of each from 1-lb. packages. I enjoyed this from start to finish, and was pleased to find that it kept its consistency, albeit a bit thicker, towards the end. I highly recommend this recipe!
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No Beans About It - Chili

Reviewed: Oct. 28, 2012
This was pretty nice. I guess I usually prefer beans in my chili, but it's not a must. I was a little surprised that no water was used here, just a bit of red wine vinegar, and therefore the chili came out fairly thick. I made it exactly as written, except that I browned my ground beef on medium heat, since "medium-high" started to burn it. The flavor of this chili is quite mild, but I enjoyed the whole batch. Quick and easy!
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Maria's Cucumber Salad

Reviewed: Oct. 5, 2012
Interesting - simple, but the results were a bit surprising. I made it exactly as written, but my two cucumbers were one large and one small. I was pleasantly surprised that the lemon juice's tartness was tempered by the other flavors. I ate this by itself, but I think this would make a nice side dish for a Mexican or Southwestern meal. Worth having again.
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Garlic Penne Pasta

Reviewed: Sep. 26, 2012
This was quite tasty. I made it exactly as written, and included the sun-dried tomatoes. It was nice to see that pasta can be made very flavorful with just a bit of vegetables and spices, and no "sauce" per se.
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Sausage Gravy I

Reviewed: Sep. 19, 2012
This was quite nice, I think my first time ever making sausage gravy. I made it exactly as written (glad I started saving bacon grease recently!). I had it for three breakfasts, over biscuits. It wasn't quite thick enough to start, and I actually liked the reheated leftovers more. Maybe not the best recipe for this, but I did like it a lot.
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Salmon with Dill

Reviewed: Sep. 17, 2012
A simple, but very nice recipe. I made it exactly as written, except that the salmon portions I used added up to almost a pound and a quarter. I might cut the butter in half next time (a little too drippy for me), but otherwise the combination of seasonings was very complementary to the salmon. Worth making again!
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Greek Pasta Salad II

Reviewed: Sep. 17, 2012
This was a great salad. I made it exactly as written, and it was one of those dishes that I wanted to gobble all up right away. I made it last for a couple of lunches, though. Worth making again!
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Rubbed Down Pork Chops

Reviewed: Sep. 7, 2012
I thought this was just okay. I made it exactly as written, and even though I like garlic, I thought this was way too garlicky. I used some fairly large boneless pork loin chops, so there was lots of surface area for the seasoning, but it was just too much, in my opinion. It's a good idea, but the proportions just seemed off to me.
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Spaghetti Sauce III

Reviewed: Aug. 28, 2012
This was a pretty good recipe, but not fabulous, in my opinion. I made it exactly as written, using 93% ground beef. It came out fairly thick, which I like - watery spaghetti sauces are too common. It was nice, but it's hard to define what might make it a five-star recipe - maybe a little sugar in the mix, or a more robust mix of spices - I did find the seasonings not all that exciting, just average. But overall, I did enjoy it over cooked thin spaghetti.
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Almond Green Beans

Reviewed: Aug. 24, 2012
This was better than I expected, for a fairly simple recipe. I made it exactly as written, except that the can of green beans was .5 oz. smaller than specified, and the tomatoes .5 oz. bigger. I was polishing off a jar of Italian seasoning, so only used slightly less than a teaspoonful of that. The recipe didn't say so, but I thought that the green beans needed to be drained - I poured out a lot of liquid from that can, and the final result still had enough liquid to it. I couldn't decide what to have this "side dish" with, so I just ate the whole thing for lunch/dinner. It was surprisingly tasty, and probably pretty healthy too. I liked this a lot!
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No Salt Vinaigrette

Reviewed: Aug. 24, 2012
This isn't a terribly involved recipe, but I still think it's the first time I've ever made a dressing from a recipe. I made it exactly as written, and served it over green salad, for four lunches. It was pretty nice; the lemon juice added a nice taste to it. Worth making again if I don't want to just "wing it" on salad dressings like I usually do.
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Tex-Mex Beef and Cheese Enchiladas

Reviewed: Aug. 24, 2012
This was a pretty nice dish. I tried to make it exactly as written. My ground beef was 85%, the cooking oil was "vegetable" (soybean), and the tortillas were packaged as a little smaller 5 1/2" size. Also, since the only American cheese I could find was already in slices, I used mild Cheddar instead. I did notice a tiny mistake in the recipe: I saw no reason for the flour to be "divided" as mentioned in the ingredient list. This made a very filling dish, which lasted me for four dinners. It was kind of mild (I love spicy food), but still had lots of cheese, meat, tomato and tortilla goodness. It actually took me back decades to a boxed "Taco Casserole" dinner I had a lot when I was a kid - though the form was slightly different, the taste seemed to be almost identical. Not an awesome recipe, but I did enjoy it a lot.
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