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Chef John's Roast Turkey and Gravy

Reviewed: Nov. 28, 2014
The turkey was very easy and very good. I did not have the fresh sage and rosemary, so I did not use it. I also used half the salt and did not put the butter under the breast skin. I placed it in my roasting pan and took the lid off an hour before it was done. It turned out beautifully! I did not make the gravy, but used the drippings for soup stock. However, I am sure it would have been as delicious as the turkey. I will definitely use this recipe again.
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Slow Cooker Zucchini Soup

Reviewed: Sep. 18, 2014
I made this very close to the recipe. My changes were in amounts of ingredients, not type. Used 1 lb. Italian sausage, 1 1/2 cups celery, 3 cans no salt tomatoes, 1 can salted, and no extra salt. Wonderful flavor! Next time I will either use a spicier Italian sausage or more of the spices, at least more garlic and a little black pepper. For me, a little celery goes a long way, but in this it adds so much.
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Spicy Honey Mustard Pork Roast

Reviewed: Mar. 3, 2014
I had a 2 lb. roast. I adjusted the pepper to only 1 teaspoon for a double recipe of sauce. I cooked it in the crock pot with potatoes and carrots on low for 6 hours. I will definitely make it again.
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The Best Bean and Ham Soup

Reviewed: Dec. 26, 2013
I have never really liked traditional ham and beans. That is why, when I found myself with a ham bone, I looked for something a little different. I tried the right recipe! This is great! I used straight pinto beans instead of 15 bean soup. (I am picky about my beans.) I also used left over ham drippings (2 cups) and water(2 cups) instead of canned broth and omitted the salt. I put all but the ham and two of the carrots (I was out of room) in my 5 quart slow cooker. I brought it to a simmer on high, then turned it to low. I added the chopped ham only for the last hour. It cooked for a total of nine hours. It came out full of flavor! Will definitely make again.
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English Trifle

Reviewed: Jun. 28, 2013
Took it to a small party and everyone had some. It was the talk of the table. I used a 10 inch loaf of angelfood and it was still a lot of cake. I recommend more pudding. It was almost lost in everything else. Will definitely make this again. Thanks for sharing.
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Oh-So-Good Chicken

Reviewed: Jun. 10, 2013
I made this as written, no additions. However, the cooked chicken breast I had on hand came from a smoked chicken, which did add it's own flavor. The mushrooms may seem strange with salsa, but don't leave them out. Adding a little more Mexican spice would be good, especially if you don't have smoked chicken. Black beans would also be a nice addition.
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Slow Cooker Spicy Black-Eyed Peas

Reviewed: Jan. 24, 2013
I was disappointed. Eight hours was too long to cook the beans. The consistency was terrible. I didn't have a jalapeno and cayenne is all heat, so I used 1 tsp. Chipotle powder to replace both. I also used chicken broth and water to replace the bullion cube. It had no flavor except heat! When I reheated the leftovers, I added a can of diced tomatoes, chili powder and extra cumin. I then served it over brown rice to cut heat and improve the consistency. It tasted better. I just can't stand to waste food.
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Cucumber and Dill Pasta Salad

Reviewed: Jun. 27, 2012
I tried this because I have cucumbers from my garden that need using. I rated the recipe as written. It was pretty bland. After trying the original, I made some reviewer recommended additions: doubled the dill, and vinegar, 3/4 tsp.(instead of 1/2) cracked black pepper, added red onion. This improved the flavor, but I still would only give it 3 stars. *** Sorry, was not a fan. Maybe if you replaced some of the sour cream w/ low fat mayo.
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Southwestern Turkey Soup

Reviewed: Dec. 9, 2011
I admit I did not make this as written. Sometimes you use a good beginning and make to your own tastes. I make it with Thanksgiving turkey and homemade turkey broth. I am not a big fan of cayenne pepper or avocados. I omitted them. I love cumin and tripled this. Then I added corn and black beans. Great soup!
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Chinese Cabbage Salad II

Reviewed: Oct. 15, 2011
Very good! The package of broccoli slaw was only 12 oz. I adjusted accordingly except for the ramen. I omitted the salt (it was still a bit salty for me), used only 2 oz. of slivered almonds, and replaced the sesame seeds with sunflower seeds. Next time I will reduce the oil as well. 1/4 c. for the 12 oz. slaw mix or 1/3 cup for 16 oz. However, the title should be Chinese Broccoli Salad as there is very little cabbage in it. Thanks for sharing.
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Chicken and Bow Tie Pasta

Reviewed: Jan. 10, 2011
First, a disclaimer. I changed the recipe. I used a brick of plain ff cream cheese and (per another reviewer's suggestion) added a packet of Good Season's Italian Dressing Mix. I added a cup of onion and a cup of frozen sliced mushrooms. I cut the chicken in bite size pieces and sauteed it with the vegetables. Mixed in broth and cream cheese and let thicken. Would like to try with sliced carrots and different seasoning to reduce salt.
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Carrot Zucchini Saute

Reviewed: Jun. 26, 2010
I made this by the recipe and it was very good. I like my vegetables a little more tender than crisp, so the cooking time was perfect for me. Lightly seasoned w/ no heavy vinegar taste at all. Next time I might try it with a little garlic and some fresh mushrooms.
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Sauerkraut and Tomato Stew

Reviewed: Jan. 25, 2010
This was rather potent. I agree with another reviewer, you may want to drain the sauerkraut before adding it to the soup. Add some water or broth if you need to. I didn't have a 20 oz. package of sauerkraut, so I used 2 15 oz. cans. MISTAKE! I added an extra can of tomatoes, but that didn't help much. I added sugar and more sausage to the leftovers and still had difficulty with the vinegar flavor. Stick to the original amounts of the ingredients.
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Beefy Baked Ravioli

Reviewed: Jan. 9, 2010
Good basic beginning, but I knew it would need more flavor. I used a 32 oz. bag of ravioli and 5 cups of spaghetti sauce. Added green pepper, onion, garlic, and canned mushrooms to the sauce. Used a 9X13 pan and baked for one hour. Next time I will use sausage and leave off the last layer of cheese until the last 15 minutes of baking.
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Cottage Cheese Salad

Reviewed: Aug. 5, 2009
Used 24 oz. container of cottage cheese, one large seeded cucumber, cherry tomatoes, and omitted the salt. Very creamy and delicious. Let it chill overnight for better flavor.
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Egg Salad Sandwiches

Reviewed: May 12, 2009
I am sorry, I did not stick to the original recipe. I was trying to make it a little healthier & 1 c. mayo was too much. I used 6 Tbls light mayo and 1/2 c fat free plain yogurt. I also omitted the salt. This was very good. Thank you for sharing.
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Egg Salad I

Reviewed: May 12, 2009
As written this recipe is O.K. I liked the paprika, dill, mustard, and onion flavors. I used 2 green onions, chopped, instead of the red. I did feel it was missing something, however, and it was too dry. I doubled the mayo and dijon, then I added 2 Tbls. yellow mustard. Tweeked just a little it suited my taste better. Thank you for sharing.
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Cherry Tomato Corn Salad

Reviewed: Aug. 7, 2008
8/7/08 Only three stars because it needs a little tweaking for our taste. The basil was too strong and the rest of the dressing was too bland. Marinating would improve this, which we did not do. The salad was much better the next day. I would reduce the olive oil (1T?), increase the lime juice (1 lime or 4t?), and eliminate the salt. (It makes the cucumbers weep.) Red or green onion would be good in this. Changing from basil to cilantro, you have a different salad. I will definitely make again and report. 8/24/09 Use juice from 1 lime, 1 T olive oil, 1 T dried basil, 2 sm green onions, and omit salt. Marinate several hours or overnight. Delicious! With these changes it is 5 stars.
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Black Bean Vegetable Soup

Reviewed: Jun. 18, 2008
I read a lot of reviewers recommendations on this recipe. Since I incorporated most of them and added one of my own, I am not sure that I am rating this recipe at all. This is what I changed: 2 C frozen corn, 3 T chili powder, 2 T cumin, 1 T cilantro, 2 cans stewed tomatoes (chopped), and some leftover brown rice. However, the coup de gras was the 3 C of smoked pork broth. Serve with extra cilantro and lime wedges for topping. This is great served with simple quesadillas. Very awesome!!! I will try using some chicken broth and zucchini. This recipe is versatile, mix it up.
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Tomato, Cucumber and Red Onion Salad with Mint

Reviewed: Jul. 13, 2007
7/13/06 I only used 1/2 the salt and 1/3 the oil to make it healthier still. (We will see if the left overs turn out.) I also used cherry tomatoes, quartered with seeds because that is what I have from my garden. It made a more attractive salad. I did not have any fresh mint so I used 1 Tbls. of dried crushed mint. It was wonderful!!P.S. Marinating with the salt draws out the water from the cucumbers, but I think that is the point, to make dressing. Try using 1/2 the salt and it should reduce the water.
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