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Chef John's Perfect Mashed Potatoes

Reviewed: Mar. 2, 2014
Followed recipe as written, and it was fantastic. I usually cut the potatoes into smaller pieces, but the technique shown here really improved the texture of the potatoes. Will keep this recipe for many meals!
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Broccoli Cashew Salad

Reviewed: Mar. 2, 2014
This is the closest I could find to the salad at the local grocery store; we tried to reverse-engineer the salad, and this recipe is fairly close to our guess; fantastic as a side dish or as lunch. My husband loves this, too.
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Ground Beef Shepherd's Pie

Reviewed: Jan. 28, 2014
I don't think I did things the right way for this. I hadn't made anything like this before, but I inherited a Dutch Oven and thought this might be a great dish to try. It turned out to be a gooey, greasy mess. I don't think I should have left the lid on during the entire baking portion, I probably used ground beef with too much fat, and even though I made a ton of mashed potatoes to go on top they didn't create the correct ratio of beef to potato to veggie. Overall, it was a bland-tasting, yucky, gross-colored first effort. My husband was a great sport, saying that it "wasn't too bad". I'm giving this a 3 because it seems many of the recipes I use through this site are bland, but the bulk of the problem was my error in preparation.
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Easy Beef Stroganoff

Reviewed: Nov. 25, 2013
I'm giving this a 3 because, when I prepared it as written, it was a bit bland. For the next time through, I'll do what other readers have done and add a few more spices. It was a nice start, much healthier than the boxed, processed items we usually eat. We love beef stroganoff, and this was a good base. Served this with egg noodles, warm corn muffins, and steamed broccoli.
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Beet and Cucumber Salad

Reviewed: Oct. 26, 2013
I used bottled beets; I was in a hurry and didn't want to make a huge mess. The flavors were bland, and my husband thought the eggs gave the salad a "weird consistency" with the cukes and beets. I thought it was good, but I would try to amp up the flavors somehow if I made this again.
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Rosemary Ranch Chicken Kabobs

Reviewed: Jul. 16, 2013
My husband (who gripes about eating chicken) loved this. It was easy for him to grill; I doubled the recipe for the sauce and used it for basting. We grilled veggie chunks - zucchini, green pepper, cherry tomatoes, and basted them with the sauce, too. I served this with the Zucchini-Cornbread Casserole as did another cook, and it was fantastic. Chopping all the chicken took time, so I might try cutting it into strips next time.
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Zucchini Cornbread Casserole

Reviewed: Jul. 16, 2013
I used more zucchini (5 cups) and baked it a little longer; we didn't mind that it was a bit mushy in the center. This was a hit with both the husband and the in-laws. I included 2 tablespoons Panko mixed with 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil as a topper before baking. I will include this with the easy-to-make items for family dinners.
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Grilled Mongolian Pork Chops

Reviewed: Jul. 5, 2013
I did not have all of the correct vinegars or ingredients for this, but I was interested in the direction of them. I used a raspberry-pomegranate vinaigrette dressing as the bulk of the marinade, some veggie oil, and S & P. My hubbie was very skeptical, thought it would be too sweet, but he was singing a different tune when he tried the end product. I used 5 boneless pork chops and served the dish with a spinach and cucumber salad. Very tasty meal!
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