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Best Beef and Broccoli

Reviewed: Mar. 4, 2005
I don't know if I should really be rating this as I made major changes, but I kept the same basic idea and it was delicious, so here goes... I thought this was really good. The changes I made were to put the round steak (whole, not sliced) into the slowcooker along with the cream of broccoli soup, water, and soy sauce. Cooked it on low for 10hrs and when I got home from work, added the chopped broccoli florets into the pot... let those cook for about 45 minutes, and voila! Dinner was served (and it was yummy too!). I would have followed the recipe, but I was just too lazy and afraid that the steak would take too long to get tender (DH and I are starving by the time I get home from work and an hour to an hour and a half is an eternity on an empty stomach!). But anyway, thanks Linda for the inspiration for a new meal in our rotation!
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Mexican Casserole

Reviewed: Nov. 1, 2005
mmmmmmm!!!! This was SO good! It highly exceeded my expectations. I was mainly only cooking it because DH has been bugging me about cooking more mexican, but it was surprisingly good for being so simple. I followed other reviewers' suggestions and made the following changes: added 1/2 packet of taco seasoning, sauteed onions while the ground beef was browning, used 1/2 can of mexican Rotel (DH isn't a fan of tomatoes, hence the 1/2 instead of whole can), put cheese on all the layers (didn't need 4 full cups), sprinkled chili powder instead of using 2 full tbsp, and put a very thin layer of meat mixture on bottom of dish. I used flour tortillas because that was all I had and chili beans because I couldn't find ranch at the store, but I'd like to try it with the corn tortillas next time. And it's just as delicious the next day! DH even ate it as leftovers and that is a rarity. Thanks so much! It's definitely becoming a regular. :)
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Chayote Squash Side Dish

Reviewed: Jun. 9, 2009
YUM! I received some chayote squash in our church's Angel Food Menu Latin Veggie box, and didn't have the first clue what to do with them - this recipe was perfect! Had everything on hand, even some limes to swap out for the vinegar. SO easy, and SO good. Even my little ones tried/ate a few bites (the red pepper flakes were quite spicy, though - might want to leave them out if you're trying to broad your children's vegetable horizon)
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Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes

Reviewed: Nov. 15, 2005
These were really great... my first time making "successful" mashed potatoes! ("successful" as in we actually liked them and they didn't taste bland) In my opinion, what made all the difference in the world was the addition of onion salt... though... I didn't have any onion salt so I used garlic salt (ok, so what made all the difference was that the recipe *said* to use onion salt, which gave me the idea to use the garlic salt) ;-) Anyway, they were really yummy and I only used about 2.5lbs potatoes, 1 package cream cheese, and half a cup of sour cream (plus the pepper and garlic salt of course). They were even good the next day! Thanks!!
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Blueberry Boy Bait

Reviewed: Oct. 26, 2005
This was absolutely delicious! I used a whole 8oz bag of frozen blueberries (defrosted, of course) and added a sprinkling of cinnamon sugar on top and it was just soooooo good! Definitely a crowd-pleaser! :) (p.s. my hubby kept saying that it wasn't cooked all the way, but it's just the egg whites -- they're *supposed* to be kinda gooey) -- UPDATE: 7/24/06 -- I just made this again for my extended family (twice)... the first time I used fresh (dry) blueberries and they didn't sink but I came to the conclusion that I actually liked them to sink. The second time I used fresh (wet) blueberries and it was perfect... er... except for my mistaking the oregano for cinnamon! Yep, that's right, I sprinkled oregano on top. When I realized my mistake (after banging my head on the pantry door a few times) I doubled up on the cinnamon and added a sprinkling of sugar. It was still yummy :)
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Crawfish Etouffee Like Maw-Maw Used to Make

Reviewed: Apr. 4, 2008
Great starter recipe - I left out the cumin/worchestire and in its place added some Tony Chachere's. My picky children (3yo & 15mos) gobbled it up! Thanks for the recipe!
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Skillet Chicken Picante

Reviewed: Feb. 12, 2005
This was pretty good. I'm giving it 3 stars because the hubby said it was "too tomato-y" and I partially agree...it could use a little bit more substance. At first I was worried that the sauce wouldn't thicken because 20 minutes had passed and it was still fairly liquidy, but I just kept it on the stove a bit longer, which worked out with the timing of my side dish. But we added cheese *and* sour cream to the burritos which gave it a bit more "oomph".
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Allana's Excellent Potato Soup

Reviewed: Dec. 19, 2007
SO DELICIOUS! And incredibly easy too. When I make it the next time, I'll cut the potatoes a lot smaller and add more ham. It definitely does not need a lot of salt - I lightly sprinkled seasoning salt, and it was still fairly salty (not too much, tho). But very delicious and very easy! Hubby thought I spent beaucoup time in the kitchen when really I had not! (it mostly cooks itself)
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Amy's Spicy Beans and Rice

Reviewed: Feb. 12, 2005
This was really good... I too drained about half of the liquid, but I later wished I'd kept all of the liquid because I personally don't like semi-dry beans and rice. But it was a very good recipe! The only other change I made was to omit the black olives because the hubby doesn't like them (oh, and I used two jalapenos from a can because I couldn't find fresh!). Thanks for the recipe!
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Southern Potato Salad

Reviewed: Oct. 1, 2004
Mmmmm...I'm from southern Louisiana, and this was just like my daddy's! (and I don't give that compliment out too often) I used two stalks of celery and chopped them in a food processor. Also, I forgot about the salt I put in the boiling water for the potatoes, and stubbed my toe on the cajun seasoning (in place of "salt and pepper to taste") as a result. Eh well...a night in the fridge and that problem was solved! Yum!!
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Italian Sausage, Peppers, and Onions

Reviewed: May 26, 2005
This was absolutely delicious! The only thing I didn't have was the basil. I followed everything else to the T (except I used "hot" italian sausage, not sweet). But it was a delicious dish, smelled great while cooking, and was fast and easy! Couldn't have been more pleased!
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Crispy Turnip 'Fries'

Reviewed: Apr. 13, 2010
5 stars because of the health factor! Yummy, would definitely satisfy a french fry craving. I omitted the paprika, and probably could have decreased the oil (not sure if I really used 3lbs of turnips, though).
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Chocolate Mousse Pie

Reviewed: Dec. 11, 2007
This was pretty good - pretty rich, but good. I think it's one of those recipes where it comes down to the little things, i.e. the flavor of the instant coffee, whether or not you add the almond/vanilla extract. I didn't have the almond extract so I left it out - would have been interested to try it or even the mint flavored extract.
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Cinnamon Snack Mix

Reviewed: Jul. 14, 2006
I made this a few years ago as a homemade gift for my grandmother... she LOVED it! She made me give her the recipe and has been making it on a regular basis ever since. I don't remember the changes I made other than to add a sprinkling of cinnamon and to stir halfway through (and I believe I actually used the ramen noodles). Thanks for the recipe!
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Baked French Toast

Reviewed: Jan. 19, 2006
Yum! This was very good. I made a few changes per previous reviews (1 cup of milk, 1 cup of half-and-half), and I also broiled the bread (unsliced) for a few minutes per side. I've never had crispy french toast, but with all the "too soggy" reviews I thought a slight crisp to the bread wouldn't hurt. I brought the dish to a ladies' bible study group and they all loved it! A few even asked for the recipe. Oh, and I sprinkled some powdered sugar on top. YUM! :)
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Barlow's Blackened Catfish

Reviewed: Nov. 16, 2005
I followed this recipe to a "T" and I did not like it at all. The only thing keeping me from giving it 1 star is that the hubby liked it enough to eat most of his fillet. I'm from South Louisiana, grew up eating cajun food, and something about this just wasn't right. I think it was the italian dressing, but if I make this again I'll use 1tsp of all the spices and possibly substitute Tony Chachere's cajun seasoning for the cayenne pepper (and of course, figure out something else to use in place of the italian dressing).
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Monte Cristo Sandwich - the Real One

Reviewed: Mar. 23, 2005
This was FANTASTIC! I thought it was almost exactly like Bennigan's famous Monte Cristo, although the hubby thought there was "something different" (I think it was the brand of ham/turkey that I used). I followed the recipe to a T, deep fried it, and served it up with some powdered sugar and raspberry jam/preserves. Talk about good! My only problem was that by the third sandwich, I was scraping the bottom of the bowl for the batter, so I would probably double the batter mixture next time (luckily, I was only making three sandwiches).
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Perfect Pressure Cooker Pot Roast

Reviewed: Mar. 20, 2005
delicious! I don't have a pressure cooker, so I eliminated step one and threw the meat (still frozen) into the slow cooker on low for 10 hours with all the ingredients plus a cup of water. At the end of cooking, the sauce was a little thin so I thickened it up with some cornstarch and voila! Dinner was served...and it was delicious at that! Thanks for the recipe!
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Slow-Cooker Pepper Steak

Reviewed: Nov. 30, 2004
Excellent! I bought the "sirloin strips for stir-fry" and cooked on high for only an hour and a half and it was delicious! Meat was cut small enough that it didn't take that long. It was a bit on the salty side (and I omitted the tsp of salt), but I'm sure a switch to the low sodium broth would help that. Hubby loved it too!! (oh, p.s. I used 3 tbsp cornstach & 6tbsp soy sauce per another reviewer's suggestion; the consistency was perfect, but maybe less soy would also lower the sodium content) Update to original review: I've made this at least 4 more times since, and it seems like only the first 2 times it came out soooo delish. The last two times it was just "okay" -- not sure exactly what I'm doing different, but it's apparently one of those recipes that is highly dependent on multiple factors (i.e. cooking times, cut of meat, etc.), so if you loved it, be sure to cook it the same way every time!
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Ramen Cabbage Salad

Reviewed: Jun. 9, 2009
This is so yummy and versatile. My grandmother adds green onions and peas, and I added almond slivers as well. I also beg to differ on the comment that it doesn't hold well! It might not have the quite the same crunch the next day, but it's still delish :) (p.s. we add salt & pepper to taste also)
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