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Slow Cooker Pot Roast

Reviewed: Aug. 16, 2011
I've always thought that slower cooker dishes lack flavor. I put in flavorful ingredients, but the slow cooking process seems to homongenize everything and the liquid thins out the flavor. That did not happen with this recipe. The gravy was thick and rich and highly seasoned. I was very hesitant to use all those mixes, but I had them in the pantry (some for quite awhile) and I needed to use them up or throw them away. My husband had two helpings and proclaimed it "Good stuff!" Thank you so much for the post, keylimeone, this was great!
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Gary's Stuffed Mushrooms

Reviewed: Jul. 30, 2007
I loved these mushrooms. I did make a couple of changes (I can't seem to stop myself). I sauted the chopped mushroom stems with some finely chopped onion and minced garlic before adding them to the prepared stuffing mix. I also used 2 cans of real crab meat instead of the imitation, cuz I had some in the cupboard that I had picked up at the 99 cent store. I also put a healthy pinch of grated Parmesano Reggiano on top of each stuffed mushroom before baking. Had to bake these for about 25 minutes, though. They smelled wonderful while they were baking, and I took them to my card club and the ladies snarked them all up. One thing: Even though I used a 24 oz box of mushrooms, and piled them high with stuffing, I had quite a bit of the stuffing left over. The next day, I bought another 24 oz box of mushrooms and made these again for just my husband and me for dinner. If Gary only uses 12 mushrooms, and uses up all the stuffing, the mushrooms must be ENORMOUS. Great recipe, though! Will make again and again.
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Spinach Tomato Tortellini

Reviewed: Jul. 30, 2007
Oh my, but this was good. I did make a few changes (of course). My husband expects MEAT on his dinner plate, so I squeezed the innards out of a couple of large-ish hot Italian sausages and browned it up in a tiny bit of EVOO. Then I added some sliced fresh crimini mushrooms that needed to be used up. My canned tomatoes were the plain, common garden variety, so I threw in some chopped onion and minced garlic. Deglazed the pan with some white wine and used more spinach than called for. An entire bunch, actually. The DH has placed a moritorium on me buying anything new to stuff into my over-burdened freezer, so I had to use a bag of frozen three-cheese ravioli instead of the tortellini. But hey, it's the same thing, only flat, right? Also I didn't have any whole milk, so I had to use non-fat, but it didn't seem to hurt anything. This was fantastic! The sausage and mushrooms gave the sauce a nice beigey color. I'm sure it would have been prettier with the tortellini, but I had to make do. Delicious! Thanks for the recipe!
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Sweet, Sticky and Spicy Chicken

Reviewed: Jul. 28, 2010
I followed the recipe pretty much exactly. I did notice that when I poured the sauce over the chicken, it seemed to be taking way too long to reduce. I was also afraid of over-cooking the chicken, so I took it out of the pan. When the sauce reduced to a thick molasses constistancy, I put the chicken back in to coat it. I think the juices of the chicken were keeping the sauce from reducing properly and I wanted the chicken juice in the chicken, not the sauce. This came out good and we enjoyed it, but the chicken was a trifle dry. Next time I'll remove the chicken as soon as it's browned, reduce the sauce and then add the chicken back. Thanks for the recipe!
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Soul Smothered Chicken

Reviewed: Jun. 21, 2007
I just don't get all these people who insist on using boneless, skinless chicken breasts for everything. A dish like this screams out for bone-in, skin-on chicken. If you're afraid of a whole chicken, buy an already cut up chicken. The skinless, boneless breast is the driest, most bland of all the cuts of chicken. I would never use it for a dish like this, which was wonderful, by the way. I just increased the spices a tad, and we loved it!
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Uncooked Banana Pudding

Reviewed: May 28, 2007
This was excellent! I made it exactly as written except I soaked the sliced bananas in acidulated water to prevent them from turning brown. I sprinkled crushed vanilla wafters on the top because the picture with the whole cookies on top doesn't look very appealing. My husband, who loves banana anything, ate it all gone!
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Quick and Easy Cheese Bread

Reviewed: Oct. 1, 2007
I made this bread to go with some potato soup, and it was the perfect accompanyment. I took the advise of some other reviewers and increased the amount of cheese to 1 1/2 cups and the milk to 1 cup. I also sprinkled some garlic powder and a touch of cayenne into the batter. 1/4 cup of sugar seemed like a lot for a savory bread so I cut it to 2 tablespoons. Next time I'll cut it to 1 since it was still a little too sweet. After baking for 20 minutes, I sprinkled about another 1/2 cup of cheese on the top of the loaf, then continued baking. We all enjoyed this very much with our soup. Thanks for the recipe!
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Chocolate Banana Bread Pudding

Reviewed: Jun. 22, 2007
I thought the idea of chocolate banana bread pudding sounded great. Then I read the recipe and saw that there was only one measly cup of chocolate chips in the recipe. I searched further and found another recipe that was needlessly complicated, but it had one idea I liked, and that was to toss the dry bread cubes with 1/4 cup of melted butter, and then toss that with the 1 cup sugar and 1/2 cup of cocoa. I increased the bread to 6 cups, and the milk to 3 cups. I added vanilla and one more banana, then baked this in a 9 by 9 baking pan for 35 minutes. It came out beautifully, rich and chocolaty, but not really too close to the original recipe. It needed way more chocolate to satisfy my craving. Oh, I also used one whole package of chocolate chips instead of one cup.
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Orange Cake

Reviewed: Jul. 29, 2007
This was a great base recipe, but I could tell from reading it that it wouldn't have the strong orange flavor I was looking for. First, I used a lemon cake mix instead of a yellow one to increase the citrus taste. Then I used orange extract instead of lemon. To really pump up the orange flavor, I added 3/4 of a packet of orange Kool-Ade unsweetened drink mix to the dry ingredients. I put the other 1/4 packet in the glaze. After the cake cooled, I put it back in the bundt pan and poked big holes in the bottom of the cake with a chopstick. Then I poured most of the glaze over the bottom of the cake and let it soak in for about 20 minutes. I then inverted the cake onto a cake plate and drizzled the remainder of the glaze over the top. This came out great; very orangey and saturated with glaze. Delicious.
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Sesame Noodles

Reviewed: Jun. 4, 2007
Since the temperature is already hitting triple digits here in Las Vegas, I decided to serve this cold as a salad. I made the sauce as written except I added a little crushed ginger from a jar from Trader Joe's. I had 2 different kinds of chile garlic sauce; 1 Chinese and 1 Vietnamese, so I said what the heck and put in a tsp of each. I used Chinese Yung Chung noodles instead of linguine; and to make it more like a salad, I added a chopped, seeded cucumber, some edamame and some cilantro. This came out delicious!......Since I wrote this original review back in 2007, I've become more health conscious and now when I make this, I omit the vegetable oil completely, use Splenda instead of sugar, and not so much of it, bump up the dark sesame oil by a couple teaspoons, increase the chili garlic sauce and use whole wheat noodles. The dish is still delicious, but as DH said, it tastes fresher and lighter.
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My Country Style Steak

Reviewed: May 30, 2007
I had some cube steaks that had spent way too long in my freezer. I hate to tell how long they have been in there. This recipe did an excellent job of rendering my elderly cube steaks palatable. I just chopped off the freezer burned part and gave it to the neighbor's dog. (He's still alive so far.) The only thing I did different was to deglaze the pan with a little two-buck chuck Cabernet Savignon before adding the onion soup mix. And I threw in a blob of minced garlic. I followed the advise of another reviewer and substituted one cup of milk (I only had fat-free) for one cup of the water. This was absolutely delicious served with garlic mashed potatoes and Smothered Green Beans from this site.
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Beef Egg Rolls

Reviewed: Aug. 14, 2007
You all will think I'm crazy, but I cook a lot of Asian foods, including crispy won tons and lumpia (usually with ground pork), and I've never precooked the meat and vegetables before filling the skins. I didn't this time either. I just put all the ingredients in a bowl and shmooshed them together, then filled the egg roll skins with the raw ingredients. This worked perfectly, and saved a lot of bother. The deep frying process cooked the meat to a safe internal temperature; and to be doubly safe, I drained the cooked rolls in the oven on a rack set over a baking sheet at 200 degrees until the meal was ready. I used fresh garlic and ginger, and added about 1/2 tsp of 5 spice powder. These came out fine, but frankly, I prefer the taste of ground pork. When I make them again, that's what I'll use.
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Simply Sensational Truffles

Reviewed: Dec. 23, 2007
These were wonderful. I divided the mixture into 3 parts; one orange, to which I added 1 T of triple sec; one almond, with 1 T of cream de almond and 1/2 tsp of almond extract; and one mocha, with 1 T Kalua and 1/2 tsp instant coffee. I decorated the tops to indicate the flavor; chocolate jimmies for the mocha, slivered almonds for the almond and orange zest mixed with large sugar crystals for the orange. These were a big hit at holiday party.
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Creamy Blueberry Pie

Reviewed: Aug. 9, 2007
My, oh my, I loved this pie! I had a couple of bags of frozen blueberries that had migrated to the rear of my freezer; I hesitate to say how long they had been in there. But after chipping them out of their frosty prison, and rinsing the ice crystals off them, they worked just fine. I sprinkled some cinnamon over the blueberries, and I used reduced fat sour cream and added some vanilla to the filling. Also, I used brown sugar instead of white for the topping. This pie came out beautiful and delicious. I imagine it would be even better with fresh blueberries. Thanks for the recipe!
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Slow Cooker Adobo Chicken

Reviewed: Jun. 29, 2007
I used chicken thighs from which I removed the skin (I fried the skin up and fed it to the cats, they were in kitty heaven) Otherwise I followed the recipe more-or-less exactly except to add bay leaves and peppercorns as suggested by other reviewers. It tasted even better than the adobo my Filipino brother-in-law makes. My husband who grown weary of my experimenting and has been asking me to make a few dishes that "originated on this continent", absolutely loved it. I served it with garlic rice and sliced mangos drizzled with Mango/Chile Vinegar from Trader Joe's. Pay no attention to the bad reviews. This was delicious. Thanks for the recipe!
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Parmesan and Basil Chicken Salad

Reviewed: Jul. 3, 2007
This was delicious! I boiled 3 large bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts with some salt, garlic powder and bay leaves until nearly done. I have a fear of overcooking chicken white meat, so I let the residual heat finish the cooking, and the meat was nice and moist. I boned and skined the meat and cut it up small. I chopped 2 of the celery stalks very finely and added them to the chicken, and pureed only one of the chopped stalks. I also added chopped red onion to the puree as suggested by other reviewers, and used reduced fat mayonnaise and grated fresh Parmesana Reggiano. I served the salad on sandwich sized croisants with sliced tomatoes, and this was nummy! Much better than the run of the mill chicken salads with nuts and fruit. I will definitely make this again and again.!
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Italian Peas

Reviewed: Mar. 12, 2008
These peas were very tasty. I didn't want to open a can of chicken broth to use only one tablespoon, so I used water and sprinkled in a few chicken boullion granuals. I took the advise of other reviewers and topped the peas with freshly grated Parm. Very good recipe, thank you.
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Real Texas Chili

Reviewed: Aug. 25, 2007
I have been making this dish for years and I follow the recipe exactly except for adding more chili powder (more like 5 tablespoons). I sometimes have to add more broth as well. It really does need to refrigerate overnight to blend the flavors. Great served with sour cream, grated cheese and lime wedges to squirt the juice over the dish to taste. If you really must have beans, serve them on the side. This chili is the real deal. My family begs me to make it. Great recipe!
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Grilled Peanut Chicken

Reviewed: Jul. 28, 2007
I really liked this recipe. I don't usually care much for boneless, skinless breasts; I find them dry and tasteless, but this recipe made them moist and flavorful. I only cooked 2 breasts; there are only 2 of us, and I didn't want to heat up the grill for just 2 breasts, so I broiled them in my toaster oven. I always have to play with recipes, so I added about a tablespoon of rice vinegar and about 1/2 teaspoon of sugar to the sauce. I used all the sauce on the 2 breasts and they came out great; rich and delicious, and the sauce carmelized beautifully. I served them with Sesame Noodles from this site, and braised bok choy. Excellent meal.
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German-Style Beet Salad

Reviewed: Jul. 29, 2007
I would have rated this 5 stars except for a couple of small quibbles. The recipe gives no estimated time as to how long to cook the beets. 5 minutes? 20 minutes? 1 hour? This may be confusing for novice cooks. Also 2 tablespoons of caraway seeds is way too much. I used 2 teaspoons and it was perfect. Otherwise, these were delicious. I added some dill and a can of mandarin oranges to the salad as recommened by other reviewers. Also I added more horseradish because 1 teaspoon didn't give it the kick I was looking for. My husband and I enjoyed this very much. Thanks.
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