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Living In: Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Member Since: Dec. 2004
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Cooking Interests: Baking, Italian, Southern, Healthy, Dessert
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Recipe Reviews 74 reviews
Chef John's Minestrone Soup
Hubby and I loved this! Couldn't find cranberry beans, so used pinto beans, and 28 Oz diced tomatoes, but otherwise followed the recipe as written. (Did use a little less salt, and a little less red pepper flakes.). Great flavor, and, like most soups, just gets better the next day. I did not find that the ditalini soaked up too much broth overnight, even though I cooked it in the soup. It did make a lot ... have eaten 4 big bowls, and still have lots left, but that's not a bad thing!

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Reviewed On: Nov. 10, 2014
Garden Fresh Tomato Soup
Hmm. Did not have fresh tomatoes, so used two 28 oz cans diced tomatoes, and adjusted the servings to 9 (2 cans equaled about 6 cups, drained slightly). Rest was made as written, although because of the canned tomatoes, did not add additional salt - definitely didn't need it! Like others, the cloves confused me, but the video indicates cloves the spice, not garlic cloves, so I stuck with that. (3 whole cloves = 1/4 tsp ground, for those who wondered.). Left the soup a little chunky, which we liked, but hubby and I both thought the clove taste was a little odd, and a little strong. Will likely try this again, but will probably use garlic and basil instead of cloves.

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Reviewed On: Oct. 26, 2014
Smoky Grilled Pork Chops
Oh, yummy! Only change I made was using soy sauce instead of Worcestershire, only because I discovered at the last minute I was out. (These two things, while similar in appearance, are NOT interchangeable, and I'll definitely use the Worcestershire next time!) I rubbed the paste in well on both sides, let set for about 10 minutes, and then rubbed it in again and let set for 10 more minutes. Before grilling, I did gently wipe off some "clumps" with my fingers, as I wasn't sure what a heavy glob of that paste might taste like. My chops were only about 1/2 inch thick, and we cooked about 7 minutes on each side on a medium gas grill, and they were done perfectly. Hubby and I both loved these, and will definitely make them again soon!

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Reviewed On: Aug. 6, 2014

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