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Garlic Mashed Potatoes Secret Recipe
I just made these tonight for the first time, and my mashed potatoing is now changed for life. I'm always trying to figure out how to make mashed potatoes flavorful and creamy. Usually it comes down to using the right amount of milk and a hand mixer. The recipe's author commented that butter should be mixed in before anything else, so I did that, and the texture was amazing! The potatoes were fluffy and creamy and so easy to mash. I changed the flavor a bit, using garlic powder because I don't like raw garlic much and didn't want to take the time to cook some. I also used grated Parmesan instead of Romano (it's what I had), and chives instead of oregano. I also had powdered buttermilk on hand, so I put two teaspoons of that per pound, and it added a nice subtle twist to this classic. The key is butter first! Try it, you won't be disappointed.

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Reviewed On: Aug. 1, 2011
Chicken Tikka Masala
So this dish is my husband's absolute favorite Indian dish. So he asks me to make this at home to satisfy his cravings without having to go to a fancy Indian restaurant. I confess, I've been making this for a while with all kinds of short cuts or or trying to blend it with a recipe from an Indian recipe website. I would sometimes skip the marinade or grilling steps, combining the sauces, cooking the chicken in the sauce itself, and not letting the sauce thicken. I now realize this was a big mistake. I finally followed the recipe, with a few tweaks, and it was incredible. I prefer using boneless, skinless thighs for more moist chicken pieces. I also use evaporated milk for a creamy lower fat option. If you can find turmeric, cardamom, and garam masala, feel free to use both of those to taste in the marinated and the sauce. Lastly, cayenne pepper or Mexican spicy tomato sauce make a simpler, smoother source of heat for the sauce. Heat is the one thing I'm still learning to balance, especially since my husband likes more heat than I do.

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Reviewed On: Jun. 24, 2011
Summer Chicken Burgers
This was a perfect taste of summer. I don't have a grill, or even a place to put one, so I did the whole thing on the stove. Whoever said to include bacon was 100% correct. I cooked the bacon, then left the grease in the skillet and cooked everything else in the bacon grease. As the chicken was close to done, I stacked onions, bacon and then cheese on top of the breast and let the cheese melt. Like others, I combined the mayo and avocado, plus some garlic powder, for a creamy, tangy finishing touch. As for the chicken itself, I took one chicken breast and cut it in half so that I had 2 thin chicken patties (only made 2, just me and my husband). I then lightly sprinkled seasoned salt on both sides of the chicken. I think seasoning provides a little more interest to the flavor without overpower the other flavors in the "burger." I'm sure garlic powder, cajun seasoning or adobo powder would all work well too. Cooked in the bacon grease, the chicken was so juicy and flavorful. I served it with sweet potato fries, corn on the cob and raw broccoli. It totally hit the spot.

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Reviewed On: Jun. 13, 2011

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