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Artichoke Spinach Lasagna

Reviewed: Feb. 9, 2008
We make this about once a month, and have had success every time, but it's kind of a finicky recipe. We use fresh spinach, which takes a bit longer to dice up, but tastes so much better and the recipe overall isn't as runny. Also, it is SO much easier to use the pre-cooked noodles--not only for time, but because the other ones can roll up onto themselves and make a mess. Lastly, be sure to use the herbed feta cheese and the fresh rosemary...both really flavor the dish.
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Speedy Chili Mac

Reviewed: Feb. 9, 2008
We love this recipe. It's perfect for my three children, 7, 4, and 2. No one fusses about it, and we usually don't have any leftovers. Thank you!
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Italian Sausage Soup with Tortellini

Reviewed: Nov. 24, 2007
This recipe is very good. I made a couple of changes, since I had little time for cooking it midweek. First, I used the dry in-the-bag type of tortellini noodles, and cooked them in the soup COVERED for about 11/12 minutes at the very end. This cooked them just right and saved some money. I really didn't like the hassle of peeling and chopping tomatoes, since I think they would've tasted just as good from a can. Next time I'll do this and hopefully save even more time. The soup itself tasted wonderful--my children even ate all of the veggies in it because the stock was so flavorful. Excellent fall/winter soup!
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Stuffed Peppers My Way

Reviewed: Nov. 22, 2007
This was great, for me and my husband, but my children weren't really about it. I guess you can't fool them--they know they're eating bell peppers even if you cut them up! I used regular rice, cooked in a rice cooker and canned diced tomatoes. Everything else was the same, but the filling yield wasn't that large--I was left with extra pepper halves, even though I scaled correctly. The flavor is wonderful, not at all bland, but something about my scaling didn't work out. I'll try it again for sure though. The taste was worth it at least for the grown-ups!
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The Best Vegetarian Chili in the World

Reviewed: Nov. 8, 2007
This recipe ROCKS!!! I pan-cooked the veggies first, then used 28 ounces of *stewed* tomatoes, and just piled everything into a crock pot on low for 10 hours. It was just amazing. It mixed well and was ready to eat. I didn't use the corn as I don't like corn mixed in my food, but otherwise no change to the recipe. Also be forewarned: my kids *did* like it, but required sour cream to cut back on the "hotness" for them. It's a warmness on your mouth more than it's spicy, but it was still a little much (going as the recipe dictates with the chili powder) for the children (6,4,and 2).
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Best Tuna Casserole

Reviewed: Oct. 26, 2007
Yeah, this recipe is tasty but can be a bit dry. There's a really easy fix though-- just keep the tuna and/or mushroom water, and add it with the wet ingredients. It's just enough extra to keep the moisture.
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Kalua Pig in a Slow Cooker

Reviewed: Oct. 9, 2007
This recipe is really good, but be forewarned--if you use a smaller cut of meat, you need to adjust the cooking time, and it won't be as tender! I tried this twice, and the larger batch came out much better!
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Amazing Apple Cake

Reviewed: Oct. 9, 2007
This recipe was pretty good. My husband, not a huge sweets fan, really liked this one. I did make changes, however, so I'm not sure how true the 5 stars are. Rather than refined sugar, I used Turbinado (that's all I use), and rather than vanilla, I used honey (it's all I had!). I chopped up a batch of apples given to me by my neighbors, so I have no idea which type they were, using a baby food maker. This works great b/c you can basically do it in one-cup increments and adjust to your taste. I did have to cook it a bit longer than the recipe calls for (using all 5 1/2 cups of apple, I cooked in a 9x9 for 55 minutes @ 325)but it turned out great. It's dense and *very* moist, like a wet sponge. But the flavor's great, and the kids loved it!
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Slow Cooker Kielbasa and Beer

Reviewed: Feb. 25, 2007
This one's only okay, simply because what makes this recipe good or bad is the type of sausage you get. The first time I had it, I bought the real deal--big german brats. They tasted wonderful. The family loved it and wanted me to make it again. When I made them the second time, I used a normal sausage, and they were much too oily! I couldn't even begin to eat the kraut after it'd been sitting in that oil all day. Yicch! So I guess my best advice is to go for the best possible sausage, not too fatty, or you will pay for it when it's done cooking. In either case, the meat was very tender!
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Famous Pork Chops

Reviewed: Feb. 25, 2007
My family loved this recipe! I did use thick-cut, bone-in chops last time, and they were just tender enough. A simple recipe with ingredients not too fancy. Good stuff!
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Prime Rib

Reviewed: Jan. 2, 2007
Excellent recipe! This was my first stab at prime rib, and the cooking time was *just right* I used a bone-in cut, and was generous with seasoning. Key is to let it sit in the oven--tough to do! Also, have an oven thermometer so you are sure of oven's temp. It helps!
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Chicken Parmigiana

Reviewed: Dec. 23, 2006
This recipe is great! My family loved it, and there was enough sauce (which is always the complaint at my house). The only thing I changed was that I used sliced mozzarella rather than grated, just because that was all I had. Excellent!
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Antipasto Pasta Salad

Reviewed: Dec. 23, 2006
Although this got rave reviews from the people at the party I'd made made this for, I found it to be a little heavy on the bell pepper taste (and I really like bells), and not quite tangy enough. Recipe itself was alright, just not my style.
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Grandpa's Special Stuffing

Reviewed: Dec. 12, 2006
I made this for Thanksgiving, and the reviews were GREAT! I baked it outside of the turkey, and it was a bit "fluffier" that way. Excellent find!
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Easy Lasagna I

Reviewed: Dec. 12, 2006
This was a great recipe and my kids liked it, even though it wasn't Grama's recipe. The only thing I would change is to add a bit more tomato paste/sauce as it turned a bit drier than my taste. Overall excellent and easy to make!
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Chicken and Dumplings III

Reviewed: Nov. 11, 2006
I've been using this recipe for years, and my family loves it. For some time saving, I sometimes cheat by using ready-made dough. Still tastes great! Oh, and I always add some garlic--whole cloves--for the simmer. Yum!
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Asian Tuna Patties

Reviewed: Nov. 11, 2006
My family really liked this recipe, and I liked how easy it was. Only caution is that the recipe's yield is small--I doubled the recipe and still only made about 10 patties. Tasted great though!
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Beef Stroganoff III

Reviewed: Nov. 11, 2006
This recipe far exceeded my expectations! The mustard really does it! This is definitely my gold standard now! Thank you!
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