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Spinach Lentil Soup

Reviewed: Nov. 17, 2010
Made this twice now and tweak it to fit in an oval crock pot by doubling the ingredients. Use brown rice as others have suggested, less water and more broth. (even have used boullion cubes in a pinch with water) I saute the veggies, kielbasa and add it into the crock with the rest of the ingredients, let it roll on high 2 hours or so, and then low for another 5 hours or so. I also add to the spices a whole lot--it needs salt! I used dried basil, garlic powder, rosemary/garlic/pepper blend, a greek seasoning--you name it. Have added mushrooms also, it's open to a lot of combos of veggies. The kale idea is great, will be trying that next time. Love being able to come home to dinner and this is a great healthy recipe and will use it often. Thank you for highlighting one of my favorite legumes! =)
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Guinness® Corned Beef

Reviewed: Mar. 21, 2010
This is the BOMB! Made this in crock pot, with a 7 lb-er that wasn't even thawed all the way. did it a teeny bit different--sliced half an onion to rest the brisket on, sprinkled the spice packet that came with beef over the onion, then put the brown sugar on, and poured 2 bottles of Smithwicks in, cause it's what we had in the fridge. (not as dark or strong as Guinness, kind of a lighter version). Let the pot go on low for about 10 hours (it was a bigger brisket than recipe called for), then took the meat out to rest, took that amazing juice and cooked cabbage, carrots and potatoes in it on the stove top, just to save time. Can you say amazing?! I usually think corned beef briskjet is a little boring, bland and just sorta there...this recipe changed my mind! It was sooo flavorful, tender, juicy and super easy. Not sweet, not bitter, just perfection. =) Thank you!
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German Lasagna

Reviewed: Dec. 24, 2009
Made this the other night and followed some of the other suggestions and it was ok. Added in some onion, used fresh kraut, a little less milk than recipe called for...it just seemed to be missing something for me. Seemed a little bland maybe? I did find the next day when we reheated the leftovers, I liked it better. Probably won't attempt again, but it was interesting.
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BBQ Bacon Ranch Dip

Reviewed: Jul. 14, 2009
Made this for an appie for a dinner for 6 the other night, it disappeared! I used half fat free cream cheese, half light, and I think it could all be fat free and be fine. Used less than the whole packet of ranch dressing mix,too and it was enough. Also added a few scallions and served with Frito scoops, perfect combo. I only let it sit for an hour or so in the fridge, and it seemed like enough time. Someone wondered how it would be baked....interesting, might have to try that. I personally might like to try adding a meat layer, or add chicken in with the BBQ sauce layer.. Possibilies are endless and I appreciate the new recipe--thanks!
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Elegant Orzo with Wilted Spinach and Pine Nuts

Reviewed: Jun. 30, 2009
Had this for dinner one night, we loved it. Very pretty on the plate, flavors went very well together. Changed things to suit our tastes and what we had on hand and found recipe very forgiving. Less pine nuts and thought there was still enough, less butter and oil, and thought you could even wilt the spinach in stock or something. Used cherry tomatoes cut up, threw them in with the spinach at the last minute to warm them up, then mixed the feta right in with all of it, which made it so creamy. We did find the balsamic helped give it some zip, but it still needed a little more salt and pepper. I would like almost double the spinach tho. Thanks for sharing, we will definitely make this again!
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Asian Lettuce Wraps

Reviewed: May 11, 2009
Made a huge vat of this for a Mothers Day celebration. LOOOOOVED IT. Was very easy to do, and was well received. My Mom has gluten allergies, so it was great to bring something that didn't have to go on a bun. Did adjust some things because of kids at party, less onion, green onion and hot chili paste. Kids even ate it that way. Kept the meat filling in a crock pot, and people kept hitting it all day. My new favorite taker to a party! I also used a mixture of ground chicken, pork and beef, and really liked the texture. Thank you for this recipe! :-)
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Asian Asparagus Salad with Pecans

Reviewed: May 11, 2009
Made this for a Mother's Day celebration yesterday and it was well received. I also used splenda,less of it than what was suggested for the sugar, and added a little minced garlic in with the marinade. It stayed fresh tasting sitting on the buffet table, and leftovers are even good. Very easy, not too overpoweringly salty when you use reduced sodium soy. Thanks!
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Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings

Reviewed: Nov. 18, 2008
Never had Chix and Dumplings, but this is a new fave. Made it using suggestions of chicken broth instead of water, added carrots and celery, then fresh mushrooms later on when the biscuits went in. Cooked it longer than suggested, just because of my work day, and the chicken just fell apart, it was so tender. Added poultry seasoning, and a garlic/rosemary blend, which gave it a nice flavor. Used frozen thighs, how much easier could it be? Thanks so much, have sent it on to quite a few people already.
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Hot Mexican Spinach Dip

Reviewed: Oct. 28, 2008
Made this last night,and it was pretty good. I too found the milk to make it soupy, would lessen it or omit it and try again. Found I missed some crunch, might add some green onions, or corn and black beans as per others suggestions. We also kicked it up with Hot Sauce, as the medium salsa just wasn't enough heat. Had too cook it quite a bit longer also, but it's a great start. Some tweeking will make it our new favorite! Thanks!
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Kathy's Delicious Whole Slow Cooker Chicken

Reviewed: Apr. 1, 2008
Made this yesterday and thought it was very good, had a nice flavor. I did add some red pepper flakes to the sauce, and sprinkled a little S and P over the chicken before putting it in. My bird was 6lbs, so I doubled the recipe, but should not have doubled the olive oil, cause I was skimming the oil off the top before it was all done. I also added onion slices on the bottom of the crock pot to cushion the bird a bit, and they ended up really tasty. I made it in a round slow cooker, and don't know if this helped it stay moist from being almost submerged in the juice the whole time. Flipped it over about halfway through, and it was definitely done quicker than the suggested cooking time. Thanks!
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Steak and Ale Pie with Mushrooms

Reviewed: Jan. 15, 2008
Made this last night, and I also had problems with the amount of liquid left in the pan by the end, when following the cooking times. I added some water, but think another bottle of beer at the beginning, or the addition of beef broth would have done the trick. I also tweeked the spices, adding in ground sage, some carrots. It had a great flavor, but was a tad dry inside the crust. I also sprinkled a little shredded cheddar just before putting the top crust on, gave a nice taste. I would try this again for sure, just with some more 'gravy' inside. Thanks!
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Ham and Cheese Breakfast Casserole

Reviewed: Aug. 15, 2007
Made this for a brunch, and I was just not impressed, sorry to say. Our guests liked it ok, but I could tell it wasn't knocking their socks off. I liked the ease of assembly the night before, but I found it took much longer to cook than the recipe stated to get the doughy quality out of the middle. Which then made the top really crunchy. The swiss flavor was nice, but it just seemed to be lacking to me, even in texture. Possibly the addition of some onion, mushrooms, more spices? I might try again with some changes. Thanks!
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Basil Chicken and Pasta

Reviewed: Jan. 27, 2007
This recipe was very good. My friends enjoyed it. I cooked some diced ham and onions in a skillet and added it to the sauce. I also added more cream for more sauce. This worked out great.
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Soy Ginger Salmon

Reviewed: Jan. 14, 2007
Made this a few nights ago, had left it marinating for a little more than 24 hours. I think it's good to note that you should cool the marinade a bit before putting the fish in the bag with it. Had a great flavor, we cooked it on the grill rather than in the oven, and it was delicious. Guests seemed to enjoy it, not much left over. Even took some of the marinade to flavor some couscous that we served with dinner, very nice! I think the low sodium soy is a must though, we prepared ours with regular and it was borderline salty. (our bad) Tried to balance that with more orange juice and I think it helped. Fresh ginger is so wonderful, we were happy to find a way to use it! Thanks!
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Slow Cooker Kielbasa and Beer

Reviewed: Jan. 9, 2007
Made this yesterday and was happily pleased. I had to make a few changes, due to the amounts on hand. I had 3 lbs of lite kielbasa, 2 lbs of fresh bagged sauerkraut, (which I rinsed then squeezed out the excess water). Because of that, I used 2 bottles of Miller Genuine draft, following others suggestions that darker beers were too overpowering of a flavor. In the cockpot, I mixed about a tablespoon of grainy mustard with the beer, since I had no caraway seeds to try. Added a squeeze of honey, some fresh cracked black pepper and 3 bay leaves. Sauteed a small red onion, thinly sliced, and garlic in a pan, then added that. Then sauteed the kielbasa until just starting to brown, then mixed that in and let it roll for 6 hours on low. I found it not to be mushy at all, or the meat to be spongy at all, like some others complained of. It was delicious, very filling and great for the rainy evening. I served it in a bowl with some roasted garlic mashed potatoes and it had a really nice flavor. Will definitely make this again. (Side note--used one of those crock pot liners, which is essentially a baking bag. Easier clean up sounded great to me, but it busted! I still got juice all in the pot. Ah well, it was worth a try.)
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Avocado Citrus Salad

Reviewed: Dec. 18, 2006
Made this to go with grilled pork last night, it's one of my new favorites! Very light, all the flavors worked well together. Added a 1/4 cup or so of red onion chopped very fine and it was a nice addition. Also added a pinch more salt. Had gotten a really nice grapefruit and was looking for something new to try it in, and this hit the spot--thanks! Definitely don't make too far ahead, and I could have used more greens for the amount of dressing, it covered it pretty well.
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Slow Cooked Corned Beef for Sandwiches

Reviewed: Nov. 11, 2006
Was happily surprised by this recipe! It was very easy to perpare when you pop it all in the crock pot and just let it go all day. We ended up cooking it about 10 hours, and it was so tender, easy to shred for sandwiches. Not extremely salty, the way I usually think brisket tastes. We toasted the rolls, added swiss cheese and home made thousand island dressing from this site--Delicious! Will definitely be going to this one a lot through the colder months especially. Glad we did 2 briskets, cause one certainly would not have been enough. Thanks!
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Berry Trifle

Reviewed: Sep. 18, 2006
We've made this many times, thought I'd finally add a review. This is a killer recipe, always a hit, very forgiving. We've used-- fresh fruit, a mango & papaya blend instead of the berries, Grand Marnier, Amaretto, Coconut Rum, left the liquer out entirely, made it full fat, non-fat, used lemon pound cake, angel food cake--it's always wonderful! Very simple, makes you look like you've slaved over it. Thanks for this great recipe!
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Cheesy Breads

Reviewed: Sep. 17, 2006
Made these tonight, thought they were really good. Scaled down the recipe a bit, and still had a ton of evertyhing. Used less ranch mix, and still thought it was a bit salty. The olives add a great flavor in my opinion, but would try these without for those who don't like them. I used light mayo as well, and not as much as it called for, and the consistancy was fine for me. Was definitely easy to prepare. Thanks!
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Beefy Baked Ravioli

Reviewed: Aug. 15, 2006
Got this in my inbox yesterday, and decided to give it a try. It was very quick and easy. I did make a few modifications--added diced onion and fresh garlic to the ground turkey (substitution for beef), while it was browing, added mushrooms and lots of spices to the sauce, (basil, crushed red pepper flakes, oregano etc...). Made it in a 9 x 13, since I nearly doubled it. Cooked it 45 minutes, and it probably could have cooked just a little longer. Served it with a great bread and light salad, made a hearty meal. Would make again, possibly with more sauce. It seemed runny when I first pulled it out of the oven, but after sitting a few minutes, ended up looking like a mock lasagna. Guests liked it a lot. Thanks!
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