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Vegetable Chowder

Reviewed: Jan. 8, 2006
Using up broccoli and cauliflower from holidays. Omitted celery, red pepper. Doubled broc., caulif., and onion. Decreased carrots to handfull for color, and substituted cheese with velveeta to be able to reheat at work. Tastes wonderful - even with all the changes. Only suggestion: decrease simmer time from 20 to 10 min or so so veggies don't turn to mush when reheating. 3/18/2007: Made again using up veggie tray from last night. Used pre-shreaded cheddar. AWFUL! The powder it was packaged with to keep shreads from sticking together kept the soup from being creamy. Gritty tasting. Should have used my own advice and gone with the velveeta!
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Lasagna Alfredo

Reviewed: Jan. 13, 2006
My whole family didn't like this. Really rich even for my step son who would live on alfredo sauce if possible.
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Slow Cooker Sausage with Sauce

Reviewed: Feb. 15, 2006
I really liked this but it was too soupy. I think I would cook longer than 6 hours to evaporate some of the liquid next time. Will try again. (Tried chicken sausage - the family didn't know the difference) Should I cut up the links when serving?
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Jalapeno Chicken II

Reviewed: Apr. 16, 2006
Very good but I'll let my husband cook it next time as I burned the bacon terribly and ruined the whole presentation. Chicken came out perfect after 8 hours of marinating in zesty italian dressing. Great combination of flavors. I think I will try to slightly roast the jalapeno's on the grill next time to make them less crunchy. They didn't really cook in the center and slipped around when trying to cut. Will try again with the help of my husband! Thank you! (Worthy of serving to friends this summer with practice)
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Day Before Mashed Potatoes

Reviewed: Nov. 27, 2006
I was a little worried about the texture as the cream cheese and sour cream made somewhat of a glue-like texture. HOWEVER, they were a HIT! After baking the next day they came out fluffy. So easy to pop in the oven rather than fumble around minutes before serving the meal. Thank you!
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Cioppino

Reviewed: Jan. 29, 2007
Perfect taste! Right amount of tomato. Wonderful broth. Added all the seafood at once. Clams were under cooked and the cod broke up into little flakes. Next time I will put the parsley in the last few minutes of simmering. 30 min made it gray. Then I will put the clams in about 5 min before the rest of the seafood. Once the rest of the seafood looks 1/2 done I will add the cod.
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Florentine Artichoke Dip

Reviewed: Feb. 5, 2007
Tried to prepare the day before and bake for the superbowl the day of. Too gunky and sticky. I guess don't try to prep ahead? It's very thick compared to some other restaurant recipes I've tried in Colorado.
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Rice Cereal Energy Bars

Reviewed: Mar. 12, 2007
WOW! These are kicked up rice krispie treats. Perfect amounts of all ingredients. Can mix up the dried fruit combos but otherwise don't change a thing. The kids are gobbling them up!!! Thanks for the recipe. What a hit. 3/16/10 Update: tried to cut down on the c.syrup and sugar and use applesauce in their place. Don't. Won't hold together. Should have taken my own advice and stick to the recipe!!!
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Chantal's New York Cheesecake

Reviewed: Mar. 12, 2007
Very light and fluffy. Very good. It produced a 1" deep split from one side of the pan to the other. Right down the middle. The worst cheesecake crack I have ever baked. hmmmm. Just cover it with something yummy! :) 1/7/09 update: I cut the recipe in half, used the same amount of crust and pan, cooked for 50 min and it turned out just as good and fluffy as the whole one I made. less guilt for the same size slice!!!
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Puffs

Reviewed: Apr. 9, 2007
Whoo! Hot! I love them! Used 355 degree oil. Will increase temp to 375 per another reviewer. Held well in low temp oven so I could make before guests came. My 10 yr old daughter (who doesn't like to cook) had a blast helping fill and seal them. Great time together and not a single one burst. Per another review, DO NOT use old/frozen wraps. Too soggy. Made 48 total. Oh, and we called them Chinese Jalapeno Poppers so the guys at the poker game would eat them. "Puffs" was too foofy for them. :)
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Banana Crumb Muffins

Reviewed: May 9, 2007
Maybe altitude made the difference here in CO, but they all fell and made big holes in the center. Followed recipe exactly, substituting only oil for butter. Moist, and tender but awful looking. A little too sweet. I tried!
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Slow-Cooker Barbecue Ribs

Reviewed: Jun. 11, 2007
So easy! So economical! These were sooo tender, juicy, and they just fell apart. Perfect sauce with just a little zip. I separated the grease from the sauce, reduced it in a sauce pot, slathered the ribs, and broiled until caramely on top. Will make this way again and again! (oh - I used country style ribs) Cooked again w/country style ribs - both times there is about 2-3 cups sauce remaining. Could cut down on recipe but I really think it's needed when simmering to fully cover all the ribs. Cook abuout 20 min longer in oven when using this cut.
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Beer Butt Chicken

Reviewed: Jun. 25, 2007
Everybody was picking the pieces off the cutting board as it was being carved just like the Thanksgiving turkey. Lots of "Mmmm's". Basted breasts by seperating skin and brushing inside like we do with garlic/herbs.Mmmmm... Hint: Make two and use leftovers with the Chicken Enchiladas II recipe...if there are leftovers!
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Chicken Enchiladas II

Reviewed: Jul. 4, 2007
Used leftover beer butt chicken from this website and cream of chicken soup instead of mushroom. No other changes. Surprisingly the green onion added great flavor vs. yellow or white onion. I make home made green chile and use it when making my burritos but this recipe was so easy and seriously tasted like restaurant quality. (I used to work in a Mexican restaurant in the SW too!) For some reason I folded in the sides when rolling - don't. Too much tortilla on ends this way. Thanks!!!
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Easy Slow Cooker French Dip

Reviewed: Jul. 17, 2007
Used rump roast. Ran out of time so I put it on high. Don't. Turned out dry. Dip wasn't as flavorfull as I wanted. Used 1 packet of french onion soup mix with 2 beef boullion cubes as I had all ingredients but the condensed soup. My husband and my extremely picky eater step son couldn't get enough of this though.
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Cucumber Sandwiches II

Reviewed: Aug. 26, 2007
Doubled the recipe. Used one fat free and one regular cream cheese. Put in a piping bag and in the fridge for 1&1/2 hour - enough to let flavors mix. (still soft enough to pipe) Used mandoline w/english cucumbers - 2 slices per serving. Dill on top. A HIT and the kids use leftovers for after an school snack!
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Mini Reubens

Reviewed: Aug. 27, 2007
Didn't want to mix all the ingredients together like other reviews suggest. Just stack the sliced meat and cut into squares that fit. I used 3 layers of meat. Also made with turkey - use mustard rather than dressing. Took to a neighborhood block party with tons of great food but these were the 1st gone (I made 2 loaves!). Easy to handle and mingle at the same time. What a great idea!
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Basic Crepes

Reviewed: Sep. 17, 2007
Let rest for 30-60 min. (I tested one before and after. Less rubbery after a rest) Added 2 Tbsp sugar to make them sweet and 1.5 Tbsp water to thin & for the Colorado altitude. For some reason this batter coats the pan easier than other recipes I have used - but not too thick. Will be my new crepe recipe. Thanks! P.S. My 11 yr old daughter helped make them to share with a european themed Girl Scout meeting.Due to the sugar, they were even great plain. I have been asked to make a double batch next time and her friends request them when they come over to play!
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Taco Seasoning I

Reviewed: Sep. 17, 2007
WHOO DOGGIE! Careful of the strength of the chili powder. I used med-hot from the Mexican food section. MUST CUT DOWN NEXT TIME! Otherwise great - used 1lb ground beef, 2 TBSP seasoning, 1/2-3/4 cup water and simmered 20min. Update: OK so chili powder is a mixture of seasonings including red chili. The mexican red chili powder I used is NOT a mix thus the heat factor. We actually like the heat of using 1/2 of each for this. Used up my last packet of taco seasoning left in the pantry and my husband commented on the lack of taste it had. Won't go back to the packet!
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Ronaldo's Beef Carnitas

Reviewed: Sep. 26, 2007
I used the crock pot, 3lbs of beef chuck, and followed the recipe omitting the foil. Set on high for 3 hours, broke down the meat in the pot to smaller chunks, cooked 1 more hour, shreadded using fork in the pot then turned to low and served to guests 30 min later with tortillas and taco shells ("taco bar" w/rice, beans, etc). Not too dry or too wet for shells. I was so busy talking to friends that by the time I went to eat...it was gone! Guess it was good as people said they were stuffed and asked for the recipe. :) I had a great PB &J! (4 stars for ease) UPDATE 2/2/09: used pork shoulder, crock pot, and enough water to fill 1/2 way, and increased spices by 1/2. 7.5 lbs fed 16.
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