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Chicken Tortilla Soup I

Reviewed: Aug. 28, 2013
Great soup. Used the ingredients as listed, only omitting the oregano and adding a can of rotel because I didn't have green chilies. Only other changes I made were I used a rotisserie chicken and added one chipotle pepper in adobo sauce because I didn't find it spicy enough. I simmered for one hour as others suggested. Served with guacamole, cheese, sour cream and chips. Delicious and very filling.
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Best Cream Of Broccoli Soup

Reviewed: Aug. 26, 2010
Delicious soup! So easy and cheap. I used frozen broccoli and made it in the crockpot with just a few changes. I added the onions and celery and a bit of butter to the crock, then added the frozen broccoli and 5 cups of water and 5 bullion cubes on high for 4 hours. I added a bit of flour mixed with some water in the last hour of cooking. I added the extra water because I didn't have milk in the house. Instead I simply added a small container of cream cheese in the last 30 minutes. Used a masher and it was done. Will make this again! It's so simple. ETA: I've made this a few more times and half the time forget to even put the flour in. I think it's thick enough without out. Especially if you take some out and blend it up. I've also added garlic as suggested by a few people. You could also add a lot more veggies to sneak in if you wanted to. Carrots are great in this!
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Italian Sausage Soup

Reviewed: Sep. 29, 2010
I've made this many many times. There is no need to change things because it's wonderful as it is (though I never use stewed tomatoes because my family doesn't like them, just plain canned are good), but this is a very easy recipe to customize to your taste. The last time I made it I doubled the recipe, but not the sausage, and added some celery and onions. Delicious and low cal!
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Yummy Sweet Potato Casserole

Reviewed: Nov. 12, 2010
So delicious! I halved the recipe and added a bit less sugar and finally added OJ instead of milk (didn't have any) and it was delicious. For quick roasting (I used only one huge potato, admittedly if you doubled the recipe it would be just quicker to bake) peel and chop your sweet potatoes and roast for 20 minutes or until tender in your oven. I could eat this all year round. So good.
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Homemade Black Bean Veggie Burgers

Reviewed: Apr. 1, 2011
Delicious! I wanted to try new things for Lint on Fridays and this was a hit. I didn't have bell peppers so I used canned green chilis that were well drained. It gave it a nice kick. I also added two eggs as suggested and added bread crumbs until the mix came together. I also added a hand full of shredded cheese I had left. I then formed the patties and put them in the fridge for a few hours. Served them in a nice burger with the works and avocado. They are also great in a hot flour tortilla! I will make these again for sure.
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Yummy Honey Chicken Kabobs

Reviewed: Jul. 9, 2012
Tasty! Not too sweet either. I added some red pepper flakes but otherwise kept the recipe as is and marinated it for about 10 hours. Cooked in the broiler. Served it with sticky rice and some extra sauce I reserved. Delicious. Thank you.
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Baked Pork Chops I

Reviewed: Jan. 8, 2013
These pork chops are seriously amazing. I've made them many times and they are always delicious. I usually don't cook them as long as they call for because I'm always running late cooking supper. About 30 minutes to start with and then another 30 minutes with the gravy. They are also perfectly fine with just doubling the milk if you have no wine. I do think the key is frying them brown and really crispy to start with so the breading only softens and doesn't get soggy. Everyone in my family LOVES these. They aren't exactly the most healthy (especially since they are best with buttery white rice!), but so so good.
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Marinated Baked Pork Chops

Reviewed: Feb. 5, 2013
Nice sauce. Made as is with a little garlic powder and red pepper flakes. It's thick and more like bbq sauce than a marinade. Despite the sugar it's not overly sweet either. I quadrupled the recipe for about 8 pork loin chops(make it 24 servings for easiest measuring), marinated for a few hours, saved some sauce back (not from the marinade) and cooked it down and served it over the top. Very tasty.
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Puttanesca I

Reviewed: Mar. 3, 2013
Great stuff. I always use crushed or canned tomatoes and I usually use all the anchovies from a can because that's how I like it. The portions of ingredients are flexible, but definitively don't skip on any of them(especially the anchovies!) They might sound weird, but everything coming together is what makes this sauce great.
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Coconut Poke Cake

Reviewed: Mar. 24, 2013
Really quite good! It's much better after it refrigerates a day or so as well. The weak part of the cake is the cool whip, which just really has an overwhelming fake taste. I think next time I'll try fresh whipped cream or maybe even coconut milk whipped cream. You definitively do not need the sweetened condensed milk as others have noted. It is plenty sweet enough.
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Hash Brown Casserole II

Reviewed: Apr. 7, 2013
Great casserole. I've made it many times and rarely do I use all the butter it calls for. I know this isn't good for you, but a stick and half of butter is a bit much even for me! Most of the time I use cream of mushroom soup, add a bit of garlic and skip the cornflake crust. Instead I reserve about 1/2 cup of cheese and put it on top. Other than that I make it as is and it's wonderful.
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Chicken with Chipotle

Reviewed: Aug. 18, 2013
The sauce is delicious! It goes without saying to customize the heat to your liking. I made it as is (removed the seeds from the peppers though) and it was pretty much perfect. I used chicken legs and added a bit of garlic, but other than that I followed the directions completely. Great dish. I'll make it again for sure. I love the sauce so much I do want to try boneless thighs or breasts shredded and just serve it over rice or as tacos.
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Sausage Pasta

Reviewed: Sep. 6, 2013
Easy and delicious. I mostly followed the directions as written, used roasted tomatoes and added a bell pepper. I did let it simmer a bit to reduce and added fresh spinach near the end, but other than that no changes. It's really good.
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Grandmother's Buttermilk Cornbread

Reviewed: Oct. 16, 2013
This is perfect. I did only put 1/3 cup of sugar because of some reviews, but I think 2/3 would be fine. It was moist and delicious even hours later. There is nothing cake-like about this. Cooked it for 25 minutes in a cast iron skillet. Served it with spicy seafood stew. Delicious! ***************** ETA a few months later - I made this a second time with 2 cups self rising cornmeal mix (has flour in it so I did not add more flour) and milk (I never have buttermilk, so I usually just add 1 tablespoon lemon juice/vinegar and a little under a cup of milk. let it sit and use it.), the full amount of sugar and it turned out wonderfully as well. And FYI, I'm from the South and I like my cornbread on the sweet side. I didn't know true southerners had to remove sugar... I didn't get the memo! Though like I said I do not find this overly sweet. The sugar does a great job at keeping it very moist though!
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Chewy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Reviewed: Oct. 19, 2013
These are great. I halved the recipe. Only changes I made were adding cranberries (in place of nuts) and white chocolate chips (in place of chocolate chips). I had an Ocean Spray cranberry and white chocolate cookie recipe, but I didn't like the texture of them. These were much more to my liking. I also added 1/8 cup extra flour (for a halved recipe, as suggested) and melted the butter before (wanted them chewier), and omitted the salt (used salted butter). I let them sit over night in the fridge. Cooked for 12 minutes @ 350. They were not flat. They were chewy with slightly crispy ends. It made 2 dozen delicious cookies.
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Southern Praline Pecan Cake

Reviewed: Dec. 27, 2013
Great cake. Very moist and dense. It's sweet, but not any sweeter than an iced cake. I didn't add the extra pecans and it was great as is. I'll have to try it again when I have pecans. I did decrease the oil as suggested and it was fine. It's heavy so it needs to cool before you attempt to remove it. I made it a second and third time with different cake mixes. Love it with a german chocolate cake mix! With dark chocolate it kind of lost the flavor of the pecans and coconut. I also was out of oil once and instead of using oil I used 3/4 cup of unsweetened applesauce. It was great! The cake turned out lighter and far less dense. The icing actually has a lot of oil in it already so the oil is really unnecessary.
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Antipasto Pasta Salad

Reviewed: Jul. 10, 2010
So good and easy! It doesn't take long to throw everything together. I made it pretty much exactly according to the directions, but added artichokes and banana peppers and used bow-tie pasta. It's so easy to customize with what you have in your fridge. I let it sit for 24 hours and it was an amazing and quick Friday night dinner. Thank you!
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Pressure Cooker Red Beans and Sausage

Reviewed: May 2, 2014
Great recipe. I added a little thyme and oregano and 6 cups of water. Also I ended up adding the whole onion and bell pepper so I wouldn't have half lying around. I did find it needed more cooking time. I cooked it for 30 minutes. While it was cooking I browned the sausage. Let it release naturally and then added the sausage and cooked for 10 more minutes. Next time I might go 15 minutes to make them fall apart a little more for a creamier texture. I wasn't in any real hurry, but if you are you could quick release and add more time to your cooking. It turned out great. I think the whole thing took an hour. I also have a regular Wal-Mart stove top pressure cooker and that's the time I used.
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Corn Dog Muffins

Reviewed: Jul. 10, 2009
Really good! I just followed the directions on the package of cornbread, which was smaller then this recipe calls for, and it worked out well. Didn't add sugar because it was sweet cornbread mix. I made them a second time just as cornbread, cutting up the dogs really small. They were a hit.
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Creamy Pesto Shrimp

Reviewed: Oct. 5, 2008
Very good recipe. Like others, I used half and half instead of heavy cream and less butter to cut down the fat. I also used smoked gouda cheese because it's what I had, added mushrooms (that were sauteed before), onions and garlic to sauce. It was a huge hit with everyone. This is a great starter recipe. I want to try it with chicken or the crab like suggested. Thank you!
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