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'Unstuffed' Cabbage with a Kick

Reviewed: Feb. 20, 2014
I made it as the recipe called for (without the heat for my toddler), but it was a little bland. So, I doubled the spices and added more salt and pepper, and it turned out pretty good. My husband and I added some red pepper paste on the side since we left out the cayenne and red pepper. It was just like a spring roll but without the roll...which my husband doesn't like and they take a lot of extra time, so this worked out perfectly! I couldn't fit it all in my skillet, so I did boil some of the cabbage in a different pot, then added it as it cooked down, but I ended up leaving some of the cabbage out. We'll make this recipe again with doubled spices. Thanks for a good cabbage recipe!
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Traditional Chilaquiles

Reviewed: Oct. 7, 2013
My whole family loved this recipe and it was a great way to use our tomatillos. We found it to be a little dry, though, but it was fine after we added some salsa at the table. If I make it again, I'll probably double the tomatillo sauce. I used pepper jack cheese but substituted cheddar cheese for the monterey jack, and I wouldn't do that again. The cheddar got pretty tough.
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Indian Chicken Curry (Murgh Kari)

Reviewed: Feb. 1, 2013
I totally made this in the slow-cooker and it turned out great! And that made it a little healthier because I didn't use any oil. I just put the chicken in the slow cooker, added the water, then all the ingredients except the oil. I substituted fresh ginger (used powdered) and a garam masala substitute I found online, cause I was out. We are big Indian food fans (we lived there for several years), and this recipe is definitely a keeper. :)
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Best Italian Sausage Soup

Reviewed: Dec. 14, 2012
My husband & my 1 year old both loved it! I didn't have any bell peppers & I used marsala red wine & a little bit of vermouth. I would have like it better if it had been thicker, so next time I will thicken it with corn starch. I sauteed the onions & garlic before adding them, but everything else I put in the slow cooker raw. I also added some raw spinach leaves, since I didn't have spinach pasta, and we served it over plain fettuccine. I followed another users advice and added the zucchini almost at the very end so it wasn't soggy, and I added 6 small zucchini, would have added more had we had it. Will make this again.
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Spinach Basil Pesto

Reviewed: Sep. 17, 2012
We love this pesto, especially how easy it is to freeze in ice cube trays and just pull out a serving when I don't feel like cooking...which isn't often. :)
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Indian Chicken Curry II

Reviewed: Sep. 13, 2012
My husband is an excellent cook and he RAVED about how good this was after I cooked it! I didn't have coconut milk, so I grabbed some sweetened coconut flakes and added about a half cup and then 3/4 cup water...I had to add a little more water as it cooked off as well. I also used ground chicken instead, simply because I was out. It had some good kick to it! So if you don't like spicy, add less cayenne pepper. But we loved it the way it is!
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Traditional Kentucky Burgoo

Reviewed: Aug. 1, 2012
It was good, but nothing special. Just tasted like a normal stew. I had some leftover raw chicken, pork, & beef from other recipes earlier this week, so it worked well to throw them all together. I added only 1/4 the BBQ sauce it called for, kind of wish I hadn't added any. It really just adds sugar to the soup. It's not a bad standard stew recipe, though.
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Tuscan Sausage and Chard Soup

Reviewed: Jun. 8, 2012
Different, but good. The sausage & swiss chard complement each other well. I added a jalapeno instead of the red bell pepper to give it some kick. It went great with crispy, homemade bread.
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Beef Chimichangas

Reviewed: Apr. 18, 2012
These tasted great! However, as another reviewer said, getting those corn tortillas soft was MUCH harder than the recipe led on. After ruining several when they tore apart, I finally added more butter and turned the heat up more. They finally got soft. I also couldn't fit a whole 1/3 cup in each one and still close it all the way. I ended up using less in each. But, once I got it figured out, my husband & I loved eating them!
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Butternut Squash Soup

Reviewed: Dec. 5, 2011
I followed the advice of others and baked the squash first. I added 1 1/2 cans of chicken broth instead of water and boullion and only one package of cream cheese. It turned out great! Just wish I had doubled the recipe, as it didn't make enough for too many leftovers. And definitely some homemade bread to go with it is great!
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Jean-Pierre's Cod Fish Soup

Reviewed: Nov. 30, 2011
I was looking for a new variety of fish soup, and this really hit the spot! It's delicious! We didn't have the cheese to go on top, but the baguettes with the topping really were not lacking without it. We only used 1 teaspoon of red pepper flakes, which had a great kick. Any more would have been a mistake. Instead of half-of-half, we mixed 1/4 cup cooking cream & 1/4 cup 1%milk. We didn't have cod, so we used tilapia filets, instead. Turned out great. For this amount of fluids, we used 2 lbs. of tilapia. WARNING: When blending hot fluids, don't seal the blender lid shut tight. I did this, and it exploded all over the kitchen, burning me in the process. I now know, leave the lid cracked and cover with a towel. Thank for the amazing soup!!!
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Blueberry Pumpkin Muffins

Reviewed: Jul. 7, 2011
My whole family loved these! I cooked my own pumpkin, pureed it, and used a whole cup, as I love fresh pumpkin! I added only a half cup blueberries (only because I was short), but another half cup of strawberries to make up for it, and will definitely use all 3 fruits again. I made them a bit healthier by using 3/4 cup whole wheat flour (no white flour), 3/4 c whole oats (blended to flour like quality in the food processor), and brown sugar instead of white. My husband isn't wild about nutmeg, so I'll leave it out next time, as he said he could taste it too much. But he still loved them! I tripled the batch and took them camping to share with our friends.
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