Connie Profile - (18954311)


Home Town: Downers Grove, Illinois, USA
Living In: Surprise, Arizona, USA
Member Since: Feb. 2006
Cooking Level: Expert
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Recipe Reviews 8 reviews
Collard-Kielbasa Soup
I am trying to figure out how the heck anyone made this soup with only 1 quart of water! I ended up using about 5 times that- even after the collards cooked down the soup resembeled just a big pot of moist veggies. I ended up having to transfer the whole thing to a much larger pot just to accomodate the extra water I had to add just to make this look like soup. Since the water diluted all the flavor from the kielbasa ( I also had cut that down to one package like a previous review recommended),I had to throw in a bunch of beef bouillon cubes to give the broth more flavor. Also, I would recommend just cooking the bacon separately, removing the bacon from the pan then sauteeing the onion, garlic and green pepper in the bacon grease. I wasn't able to get the bacon crisp cooking it with the onion and pepper, which added a lot of extra moisture. All in all I like the ingredients and concept, but the recipe definately needs tweeking to get a decent bowl of soup.

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Reviewed On: Nov. 4, 2012
Simple Garlic Shrimp
This was ungodly delicious! I made this exactly as stated except for adding a little more garlic, because I am a garlic fiend. I served it over sphaghetti squash. My only complaint is that it should state "1 serving" as I could have finished the whole thing off myself. I made this in a cast iron pan which gave the shrimp a nice little crust. Don't skip the caper brine, it gives the dish a nice depth of flavor!

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Reviewed On: Oct. 2, 2012
Kielbasa Stew
This was great. I substituted tomato paste and a can of diced tomatoes for the tomato soup. I also added a little more cabbage ( it was a package of pre-shredded cabbage for coleslaw). I added a smidge more water to compensate for the extra cabbage, and threw in a package of dry onion mushroom soup mix for fun. I thickened the stew with some wondra flour/water before adding the sour cream, and served it over instant mashed potatoes. Very comforting! I will definately make this again.

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Reviewed On: Aug. 8, 2011

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