SUE1956 Profile - (18743123)

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Home Town: Clarendon Hills, Illinois, USA
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Member Since: May 2004
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Dessert
Hobbies: Gardening, Walking, Reading Books
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Recipe Reviews 46 reviews
Simple Spinach Lasagna
There are a few things with this recipe that I thought needed changing, so I just couldn't see giving this 5 stars like so many others did. First, the recipe doesn't state to "squeeze dry" the spinach, which I did, but others might not know to do so. As I was making the sauce, it just seemed as if it needed more flavor, so I doubled the onion, spices and garlic, and it was better. I used the cottage cheese as stated, which I felt was fine. However, here's where I think the recipe could be improved: Since it said to assemble this in a lasagna pan, I did just that, but then it takes much more than only 8 ounces of lasagna noodles! I used up almost an entire 13 oz. box, making this probably drier than it should've been. Next time, I will definitely use a 9x13" pan and go with the 8 oz. of noodles. Also, since it states to finish the layering with the sauce being the last layer, that's what I did, but as it bakes, the spinach in the sauce takes on this gross grayish-black color, making it pretty unappealing. Maybe a top layer of parmesan cheese would help the appearance. Anyway, I had to make WAY too many changes to rate this 5 stars.

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 20, 2012
White Chili with Ground Turkey
I totally agree with the previous reviewer. I only gave it 3 stars because the flavor was so good--I wanted to give it 1 star because I was so disappointed that the end result was not a chili but a SOUP. Way too much broth.....!! I ended up throwing another can of beans in and mixed 3 T. flour in to thicken it somewhat, but I was fighting a losing battle. There was just too much liquid ~ I would've had to add about a cup of flour or cornstarch, and I didn't want to do that. I will make it again, but I'll cut the broth in half.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 27, 2012
Peanut Butter Vegetable Chicken Soup
Sorry, but as written I didn't think this soup had much flavor. It tasted more like something you'd get in a hospital--healthy, but with no seasoning. Following other reviewers suggestions definitely helped though, since I thought this recipe had potential. I started with lower salt chicken broth, but then added 1/2 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp pepper, 3/4 tsp cumin, 1/2 tsp curry powder, 1/4 tsp. ground coriander and 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper. It now has a wonderful, slightly spicy depth of flavor that lingers on your palate a bit. NOW it's deserving of 5 stars.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 22, 2012
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