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Chicken Enchilada Soup III

Reviewed: Dec. 7, 2007
Karen, I want to thank you so much for this recipe. It's been a while since a new recipe wowwed me like this one did & my beau just raved about it. Awesome stuff, he said. As usual, I made some adjustments & additions but the recipe, as written, proved to be a great foundation. I took a chance & found a more than adequate substitute for the 'gritty' masa to thicken the soup. Other recipes mentioned using torn up unfried corn tortillas (I used about 5 small tortillas-probably few more next time). I don't have a need for any extra masa so the tortillas worked beautifully. They practically dissolve, giving a lovely texture. Be sure to add additional cup or so of liquid. It can be stock, water, V-8 or beer, of course. I may try tequila...I encourage all of you non-gritties to please give this recipe another chance nixing the masa for tortillas. Trust me & Karen. According to our tastes, I added sauteed onions, chopped fresh jalapenos, black beans, corn & I added some red cayenne pepper, about 1/3 tsp. Be careful-cayenne is hot so add sparingly. It really wakes up the flavor & it makes your tummy warm & happy. Souper Recipe (ha)! 5 Yums Up!
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Cheesy Zucchini Casserole I

Reviewed: Jul. 31, 2007
I love this recipe! I put in two zucchini plants this spring and thinking that I just may be overwhelmed by squash, and instead I wish I had planted another. This recipe is so simple and tasty. I like to vary the bread and found that chewy breads such as french or italian, lend a wonderful texture. Try differernt cheeses too. Monterrey Jack or Muenster are great. Other than that, I don't change a thing except maybe less onion. This casserole, along with a salad, has become one of my favorite meals. What makes it even more special is when I go to my desert garden and pick a lovely, fresh zucchini just for this dish! Plant some zucchini and you will be well rewarded.
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Tater Tot Bake

Reviewed: May 3, 2006
This was one of the first things I made for my new beau & let me just say that it made one helluva impression! He has a voracious appetite & likes anything I make, but he absolutely raved over this casserole. I scaled it down a bit (very easy to adjust) & I used up partial bags of frozen green beans & corn. And of course, I added mushrooms. Next time I won't cover the tater tots with the sauce as many of you recommended. Thank you for the great recipe & thank you for scoring me some major points with my beau!
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Sweet and Sour Chicken I

Reviewed: Nov. 17, 2005
Thank you Linda for ending my search for restaurant-like sweet & sour. Yours is so much better! What really impressed me was the batter for the chicken. I haven't had much luck with this before. I made a lot of messes and was never satisfied with the results until now. It was so easy to work with. It completly covered the chicken pieces & stayed intact when frying. As some of the others, I don't use self-rising flour so I had to add baking powder & salt to regular flour & the result was excellent. I used "Uncle Bill's Sweet & Sour Sauce" found on this website cause I had frozen pineapple juice that I need to use up. Now I am pondering all the wonderful things I can batter & fry like mushrooms, zucchini, onion rings (remove thin skin before battering), thick pickle slices (try it!), fish filets, shrimp...
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Freak'n Good Ribs

Reviewed: Aug. 1, 2005
This didn't work well at all. The marinade overpowered the sweet succulent flavor I expect from ribs-they tasted nothing at all like pork. I made no changes except to cut in half for the two of us. I wasted expensive baby back ribs on this and the reason for the one star is because my hubby ate them. Still seeking perfect ribs...
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Cowboy Mashed Potatoes

Reviewed: Jul. 14, 2005
I never met a potato recipe that I didn't like, but this one is off the scale! When I am stumped for a side dish, I turn to this one. I highly recommend serving these spuds along with steak and a salad-very yummy meal! I made no changes except for scaling down the servings and I use whatever potatoes I have on hand. My hubby says he gives this five stars too so, I guess that makes it a 10 star recipe!
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