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Virgil's "Top Secret" Pork Chop Marinade

Reviewed: Jun. 13, 2015
I enjoy trying a variety of marinades, and this is very definitely one of the best. I only had time to marinade the thick pork chops for 2 1/2 hours and that was still long enough to infuse them with a memorable flavor, surprisingly intense for such a short marinading time. I did use extra virgin olive oil rather than canola oil.
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Slow-Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

Reviewed: Jun. 1, 2015
Trying to eat healthy, I didn't complete steps three and four. No doubt, the baked ships would have been an excellent addition. That noted, this soup is an excellent combination of ingredients. It's a great fit for the slow cooker since the long cooking process allows the ingredients to combine for a long time.
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Chicken Surprise

Reviewed: May 27, 2015
When attempting to eat healthy, it's often a challenge to find heart healthy recipes. Chicken Surprise, which can easily function as the main course or an excellent side dish, is certainly a versatile recipe that falls under the healthy umbrella. My only addition was a little Cajun seasoning, which was a good choice. Next time, I'll use diced tomatoes rather than stewed tomatoes. The diced tomatoes provide smaller and more numerous tomato chunks. It seems like stewed tomatoes have five or six hunks of tomato, which means the tomato isn't dispersed well throughout the dish. I expected a very average flavor from the dish, and was pleasantly surprised. The poultry seasoning added a ton of flavor without being overwhelming.
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Mediterranean Three Bean Salad

Reviewed: May 27, 2015
I am a bean salad fan, but of all the bean salads I've had in my life, this ranks in the bottom tier. It wasn't horrible, and my wife rated it higher than me. I would prepare this again as a decent side dish, particularly as a heart healthy recipe.
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Superfast Asparagus

Reviewed: May 27, 2015
So simple and easy. Two ingredients? But don't let the small number of ingredients lead you astray. I was concerned that the Cajun seasoning may be too strong, so I didn't use much on my initial try. Next time, I'll use more seasoning. An excellent side dish, but my son had only the asparagus for supper. He said it was awesome.
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Best Grilled Pork Chops

Reviewed: Apr. 11, 2015
We thought this recipe was fine, but nothing spectacular. My wife detected the slight citrus flavor with the lemon pepper seasoning.
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Turkey Burgers

Reviewed: Mar. 22, 2015
Quite salty, but an interesting flavor. I used pepperjack cheese (low-fat), mustard, pickles, and a creamy horseradish product.
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Roasted Asparagus with Parmesan

Reviewed: Feb. 20, 2015
Really delicious. Keep an eye on the oven; it's easy to leave the dish in too long if you have an oven that runs a little hot, as I do.
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Pork Chops in Mushroom Gravy

Reviewed: Feb. 19, 2015
Excellent. My wife and son both loved this one. It's a keeper because it combines ease of preparation with great flavor.
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No-Fuss Cinnamon Cheesecake

Reviewed: Dec. 29, 2014
If the rave reviews I received on Christmas Day weren't so good, I would have probably given this one four stars. I thought it was pretty awesome, but of course, it doesn't measure up to "real" cheesecake. On the other hand, it is as advertised since it truly is "no-fuss." On that basis, I gave it five stars. My brother and son both raved extensively about it. Because I had not prepared this recipe before, I wanted to try it before serving to my family on Christmas Day, so I cut it up into bars. This was a good way to serve it. The entire cake was served in "bar" form, which made it more attractive that it was as a "cake."
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Easy Lemon Cookies

Reviewed: Dec. 22, 2014
The flavor of these cookies is fine, but not out of this world. If you are making a wide variety of cookies and wish to throw these in the mix, go ahead. As part of a cookie buffet, they are fine, but they should not be the star of their own show. The texture was good for a day or so right out of the oven, but they tend to harden after a couple of days. Maybe I left them in the oven too long. I am not a cookie virtuoso.
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Shiny Cookie Icing

Reviewed: Dec. 22, 2014
This icing recipe is amazing. It's closer to transparent than most icing, which makes whatever you are frosting aesthetically pleasing. The icing is thin, but not so thin that it slides off the cookies. It solidifies quickly. I used this recipe for Blue Ribbon Sugar Cookies, which is also available at the allrecipes website. The volume of this recipe is small, so if you have a bigger job, make sure to adjust.
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Blue Ribbon Sugar Cookies

Reviewed: Dec. 22, 2014
Man, these were a huge hit. My family of three snarfed the whole batch down in about two days. The first batch was a little thin, so I adjusted the thickness of the rest of the batches, and the rest turned out perfectly. I was not able to get the sugar to adhere to the bottom of the glass, so I just sprinkled a little sugar on top of each cookie after smashing them down. I used Shiny Cookie Icing, a recipe available on allrecipes, and it was a perfect match. I see no reason to deviate from this recipe of cookie perfection, so I will have it available every Christmas going forward.
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Marinara Meatball Subs

Reviewed: Nov. 28, 2014
What a great idea for something different on game day. I prepared these for the Nebraska/Iowa football game, 2014. We used Mr. C's locally produced spaghetti sauce, which is a sweet sauce, which we love. I'm not sure they would be as tasty with straight marinara sauce. The meatballs were rustic and delicious, though I may add more salt and pepper or other spices next time. Though delicious, with more spice they would have had more pizzazz. I did have provolone cheese available, which I put underneath the meatballs. Obviously, these sandwiches are a little messy, so we had a fork at the ready to make eating a bit easier. Make sure you purchase good bread, which makes all the difference in the world.
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Apple Crisp II

Reviewed: Oct. 20, 2014
Man, this is the way apple crisp ought to taste. So hearty, rustic, and substantial. A co-worker gave my wife a box of apples and this was a great way to use some of them. I forgot to add the water, but it wasn't a problem. I may use half the water called for next time, but even without it, the apple crisp was plenty moist. You cannot go wrong with this recipe!
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Apple Pie Muffins

Reviewed: Oct. 19, 2014
Moist and delicious. I followed the recipe as written and would not change a thing. My wife and son both gave two thumbs up. Between the three of us, the muffins lasted about a half day.
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Three Can Shrimp Chowder

Reviewed: Sep. 20, 2014
I prefer to make recipes from scratch. Typically, the recipe tastes better and I feel better for having prepared it with all fresh ingredients. That noted, this recipe includes several ingredients from cans and despite that, tastes as if it were completely homemade. Restaurants would have no shame in serving this to their customers, just be sure to hide the soup and corn cans. Next time, I will add more cayenne pepper. I nearly doubled the volume recommended, and could not discern any sense of heat at all, without adding more. I wasn't looking for a lot of heat, just a hint and it just wasn't there with the amount as written in the recipe. My whole family enjoyed this recipe and gave me several compliments.
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Cilantro Tomato Corn Salad

Reviewed: Aug. 25, 2014
This is tasty either as a side dish or as a garnish for other meat or seafood. I don't know that the butter is particularly necessary. Yes, it may add a slight richness to the flavor, but it also adds calories too. I will probably leave the butter out or reduce it next time. I used fresh tomatoes, corn, and jalapeno peppers, which really jacked up the freshness factor of this recipe. It's refreshing and delicious.
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Crunchy Oven Fried Tilapia

Reviewed: Aug. 25, 2014
I followed the recipe exactly as written, and as other reviewers have noted, the flavor was rather bland. I will follow other reviewers recommendations or add some of my own to jack up the flavor a notch or two next time. If you have a perky side dish or two, that's another way to overcome the relative blandness of this recipe.
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Maple Cajun Mahi Mahi

Reviewed: Aug. 4, 2014
This recipe is the bomb. I used the frozen mahi mahi from Costco and it tasted like fresh. Very good. And the garnish was spectacular.
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