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Chef John's Truffled Potato Gratin

Reviewed: Apr. 21, 2014
This is awesome. An elegant, absolutely delicious side dish that is very easy to assemble and smells amazing while baking - what more can you ask for? I used a lot more mushrooms than called for, run through the food processor to slice very thin and just a bit more cheese because it was the portion size I bought. Note: sottocenere is not cheap but you need very little to give a BIG taste punch. I also left a little of the peel on the potatoes as I like the added texture. Do let the casserole sit for 10 minutes or so to set up. Guests raved about it and nothing was left. One thing: I would prefer that the potatoes be given in pounds rather than number because size varies so much. But thanks for this great, easy recipe. It's a definite keeper!!
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Mediterranean Fish Soup

Reviewed: Sep. 25, 2013
So, so good. Made this for a casual get together for 9 (doubled the recipe) and it was a huge hit. We didn't have much left over at all. Added two potatoes small dice and a half can of white beans pureed to get a little fuller broth. Used red and yellow peppers instead of green, no mushrooms or olives - don't judge, just wasn't feeling it. I like a little spicier soup so added red pepper flakes and tabasco but the basic broth is really delicious so start with that. The orange juice added a very fresh taste but indiscernible. I used shrimp, cod, salmon and scallops, all small dice, and the flavors and textures were wonderful together. Made the broth the day before for ease and to let the flavors blend so 'day of prep' was a breeze. Try this - it's just really great. This is a very forgiving base recipe so have some fun with it.
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The Best Potato Salad

Reviewed: Aug. 25, 2013
So I started making a large batch of potato salad today - for over 70 people - and then I thought I'd like to try something new. I saw all the great reviews but I am not a fan of prepared salad dressing so using Ranch didn't appeal. But I liked all the other ingredients so gave it a try and WOW - this is what potato salad should taste like. I didn't have dill pickles but used the pepperoncini and they gave a nice taste boost. Used green onions because I like the color but everything else as written. Very very good - thanks for this!!
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Beet Salad

Reviewed: Apr. 15, 2013
On a whim I bought packaged beets from Trader Joes and was looking for something fun to use them. Hubby sprang a last minute business dinner on me so what better time to try a new recipe?! This salad is delicious. There were only 7 of us so I halved the recipe, left out the endive and added shredded carrots for color. Thanks to other posters, I used the full recipe of dressing and it was perfect. Hubby's client asked me to send him a bottle of my 'special dressing'. Gotta love that!
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Bread Dipping Oil

Reviewed: Apr. 15, 2013
This is very good as written but I like more cheese so I added about 1/2 cup Feta and blended it into the oil mixture using a stick blender, making it almost smooth. It was just delicious. I doubled the recipe and keep the remainder in the fridge, stirring it up before using as a sandwich spread. Awesome, thanks for a great recipe.
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Fra Diavolo Sauce With Pasta

Reviewed: Nov. 9, 2012
This was very good, especially considering how few ingredients and the ease of preparation. My family doesn't like big chunks of tomatoes so I just dropped the immersion blender into the sauce pan for a few seconds, giving this a bit more interesting texture. I didn't have any scallops but threw in some frozen tiny langostino instead. I had large tail on shrimp so let those sit in some boiling water for a few minutes and tossed them in at the end so they wouldn't get rubbery. I think any seafood would be great. Added the red wine per other reviewers, a tsp or so of sugar and some italian seasoning. This would be a terrific recipe for last minute guests, too, since I keep these ingredients on hand and it really looks and tastes like a lot more effort than it is. All the kids and hubby commented on the great dinner. Thanks for a new go-to recipe!
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Angel Fruit Trifle

Reviewed: Sep. 4, 2012
I often make a Kahlua and brownie trifle but the warm weather called for something lighter and this fit the bill nicely. As with all recipes, it's fun to tweak them adding your own twist and this was no different. As others mentioned, I used a sugar free Cheesecake pudding mix, made per instructions and then folded in most of the whipped topping, saving just a bit for dollops on the top. But I also took some mixed frozen berries and pureed them, pouring some on top of each layer and drizzling on the top for a pretty finish. I think the berry sauce added a lot to the fresh fruit flavor. Thanks for a great base recipe - it was a big hit at a neighborhood BBQ.
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Italian Sausage Soup

Reviewed: Dec. 8, 2011
This soup is amazing! I seldom cook with sausage and I have never made a sausage soup. It sounded a bit weird but had so many great reviews I risked it and doubled the recipe for a casual dinner for 12. I added 2 cans of kidney beans, 2 kinds of squash for color, used about 50% more sausage, half hot half mild, no added salt, low sodium broth and one chopped onion, a lot more pepper and a TBSP of Italian seasoning. I forgot to add the red wine someone suggested and next time will do that. On the side I offered cooked mini pasta and diced cooked potatoes for those who like their soup a bit heartier. If we weren't cutting out 'white food' I would have added one or the other to the soup. It was amazing and completely gone. Everyone loved it and I will be careful to make enough for leftovers next time. For this recipe, as quickly as it cooks, I think using a mandolin for the veggies gives you a much more evenly cooked result, especially for the squash and the carrots. Thank you SallyJun for a terrific recipe.
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Italian Sausage Soup

Reviewed: Nov. 15, 2011
This soup is amazing! I seldom cook with sausage and I have never made a sausage soup. It sounded a bit weird but had so many great reviews I risked it and doubled the recipe for a casual dinner for 12. I added 2 cans of kidney beans, 2 kinds of squash for color, used about 50% more sausage, half hot half mild, no added salt, low sodium broth and one chopped onion, a lot more pepper and a TBSP of Italian seasoning. I forgot to add the red wine someone suggested and next time will do that. On the side I offered cooked mini pasta and diced cooked potatoes for those who like their soup a bit heartier. If we weren't cutting out 'white food' I would have added one or the other to the soup. It was amazing and completely gone. Everyone loved it and I will be careful to make enough for leftovers next time. For this recipe, as quickly as it cooks, I think using a mandolin for the veggies gives you a much more evenly cooked result, especially for the squash and the carrots. Thank you SallyJun for a terrific recipe.
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Fantastic Black Bean Chili

Reviewed: Sep. 27, 2011
We eat a lot of chili and I really like this recipe. I make a few changes to suit our tastes: I double the meat and blend the can of tomatoes because we don't like chunky tomatoes in our chili. I add 1 1/2 tsp of Chipotle Chili powder (in addition to regular Chili Powder) plus 1 or 2 finely diced fresh jalapenos. The Chipotle powder gives it a richer, smokier taste. I usually add a chopped red or orange sweet pepper. The secret to this (for me) is simmering it for a long time so the flavors meld. This is a super simple recipe that people love. Thanks Rebecca!
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Fantastic Black Bean Chili

Reviewed: Sep. 27, 2011
We eat a lot of chili and I really like this recipe. I make a few changes to suit our tastes: I double the meat and blend the can of tomatoes because we don't like chunky tomatoes in our chili. I add 1 1/2 tsp of Chipotle Chili powder (in addition to regular Chili Powder) plus 1 or 2 finely diced fresh jalapenos. The Chipotle powder gives it a richer, smokier taste. I usually add a chopped red or orange sweet pepper. The secret to this (for me) is simmering it for a long time so the flavors meld. This is a super simple recipe that people love. Thanks Rebecca!
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Exquisite Pizza Sauce

Reviewed: May 12, 2010
WOW! This sauce is simply wonderful! We make pizza here at least once a week and I am so excited to find this recipe, especially since the ingredients are pantry staples. The dried spices I had weren't as fresh as I like so I substitued an Italian blend I use more frequently and I am very happy with the result. Thanks so much!!
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Garlic Broccoli Spears

Reviewed: Feb. 25, 2010
I've made this several time and this is very good as is. I didn't give it 5 stars because it's not 'amazing' but after all, it's only a broccoli side dish so don't hesitate to make this. I didn't measure the ingredients, which is my usual cooking style. I prefer to take the ingredients listed and then make it to my tastes so I didn't think it was 'too lemony' as others have noted. What I did do that was very fun was to use my immersion blender in the sauce since my minced garlic was too big. It made a super nice emulsion like an aoli that then blended beautifully into the broccoli instead of separating as olive oil mixtures usually do. Next time I'll do this again and not bother mincing the garlic. Super easy way to give broccoli a flavor boost - Thanks!!
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Hungarian Mushroom Soup

Reviewed: Feb. 2, 2010
I stumbled on this recipe since I had 1 1/2 pounds of mushrooms sitting in my fridge. My hubby doesn't like them so thought I'd put them in a soup and enjoy them myself. I sliced them with a mandoline and then chopped them up into chunks. I used the whole 1.5 pounds, italian parsley, nonfat milk and less sour cream and the result was completely awesome. A rich, elegant, simple soup, very suitable for a dinner party or just a great meal accompanied by a crusty bread for dipping. Even hubby thought it was amazing (remember, he doesn't like mushrooms). I think chopping them up smaller changes the texture and also makes the soup more interesting than the slices floating around. Thanks HAMM for a terrific recipe!!!
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Vietnamese Fresh Spring Rolls

Reviewed: Sep. 27, 2009
I've made these several times and they always get rave reviews. Last night I took them to an appetizer Cook Off and was thrilled to be announced the Taste winner!! This group is very sophisticated and the other selections were amazing so I was so surprised. I got so many compliments on the Hoisin Peanut sauce and also brought Sweet Chili Thai sauce from this site, using only half the sugar. Both were a big hit! I add carrots like so many here but also take all the herbs and mix them together so it's easier to layer on during assembly. More than one person asked if I bought the rolls- this recipe is that good. Thank you so much - I am always so excited to find something interesting, different and delicious and this is it! Don't get frustrated, at first rolling it can be difficult but gets easier each time.
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Beef Tenderloin With Roasted Shallots

Reviewed: Sep. 13, 2009
I often cook for large groups and am always on the lookout for recipes that are easy to make in larger quantities as well as easy to serve. This one is EXCELLENT for large groups. Much has been said in other reviews about the difficulty of the sauce. Rubbish. Make the sauce a day or two ahead of time. It will keep nicely in the refrigerator and then just add a little water to reheat it. I chose not to puree my sauce as I liked the chunkiness. I also sauteed a mixture of different mushrooms and spooned them over the meat before topping with sauce. Remember that your roast will continue cooking even while resting after removing it from the oven, usually 10 degrees or so, so plan ahead. Also, I forgot to use the tomato paste and I don't think it was missed. The sauce is completely awesome and I will definitely make this again.
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Steamed Fish with Ginger

Reviewed: Jul. 12, 2009
A very easy and delicious way to prepare almost any fish. I had never steamed fish before and wow - it was very moist and so flavorful. For me, the peanut oil seemed unnecessary so I used only the sesame oil and only regular (low sodium) soy. This will become a staple for us! Thanks!
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Jamie's Minestrone

Reviewed: Feb. 24, 2009
This is a great recipe for a delicious, healthy soup. I didn't have fresh herbs so used a bit of Herbs de Provence. We're trying to avoid white flour and I'm not a fan of whole wheat pasta so just left out the shells and added garbanzo beans and lots of extra spinach. At the end, took a cup of the soup and pureed with a small piece of the leftover rind of good parmesan, added back in and YUM!! Thanks Jamie!
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Boozy Rice with Nuts and Berries

Reviewed: Feb. 13, 2009
I was looking for a fruity pilaf recipe so thought I'd give it a try. Clearly I have reading issues because I didn't notice this is served at room temp. I used craisins, soaked in boiling water to plump, instead of raisins and halved the olive oil. It's good even without the mint but will add next time. Thanks!
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Emily's Famous Chili

Reviewed: Feb. 4, 2009
Terrific recipe! I made this for Super Bowl and it was a huge hit. I didn't have the jalapeno but it wasn't needed as this is quite spicy. Since we're all trying to cut down on carbs, I omitted the flour and so cut down the water a bit. The vinegar is a great addition and adds a lot to the depth of flavor. I just made a second batch since my hubby said he didn't get enough before it was all gone. Thanks!!!
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