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Oven Baked Garlic and Parmesan Fries

Reviewed: Jan. 2, 2015
I had a craving for garlic-parm fries, but due to all the kids being sick with a cold, haven't been to the store in 2 weeks so my pantry was slim and I didn't have all the ingredients on hand. I had to sub garlic powder and dried parsley for the fresh and I only had grated Romano cheese, no parm. Otherwise, I followed this as written. Even though I had to improvise a few of the ingredients, these came out tasting superb. I can't wait to make them again once I do have everything called for.
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Healthy "Italian Mac and Cheese" with Carrot Puree

Reviewed: Dec. 12, 2014
I made this for a two year old and 8 year old for lunch and both of them ate it up. The only change I made was to use Barilla veggie pasta - the elbows made with carrots & butternut squash. Helped me sneak even more veggie-ness in there. Personally, I could taste the pureéd carrots, but it wasn't off-putting at all, and the kids didn't mention it. I will make this again for sure.
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Farfalle with Roasted Winter Vegetables & Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese

Reviewed: Dec. 4, 2014
I'm not really a fan of butternut squash, but roasting veggies makes them all delicious so I gave this a try, minus the kale because the husband refused to eat it. It's a bit time consuming with the separate roasting of the sprouts & squash, but worth it in the end if you have the time. You could also roast the veggies the night before and hold them in the fridge until you're ready to put the dish together. The Barilla Plus Farfalle was great. With all that protein this dish is a great choice for a meatless Monday meal. 5 out of 5 kids in my house ate this, so it's a winner. The sprouts are the star of this one, so if you love them, then you'll like this meal.
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Grilled Chipotle Skirt Steak

Reviewed: Dec. 2, 2014
Mouth-gasm! Made as directed and wouldn't change a thing. Sliced it thin and made burritos. Ah-may-zing!
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Pico de Gallo

Reviewed: Dec. 2, 2014
So yummy. I have been making a version of this for years, but never added cumin before. It gave it a great little kick of flavor.
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Salted Caramel Nut Brittle

Reviewed: Nov. 24, 2014
I was very nervous making this because my candy thermometer broke last Christmas and I haven't replaced it yet. If you don't have a thermometer you just have to watch it closely. Once it turns the pretty golden-brown color you have maybe 2-3 minutes left before taking it off the heat. This brittle recipe is so delicious. Addictive even. I didn't have cashews or sesame seeds on hand, so I left those out. I also added just a tiny sprinkle of Himalayan pink salt to the top with the pumpkin seeds & almonds. I was hoping to make little gift bags using this to give to my Thanksgiving guests - but it's not going to last that long, will have to make another batch!
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Easy Flank Steak Fajitas

Reviewed: Nov. 23, 2014
Super easy meal and my husband and his football buddies loved it. The Reynolds foil made this very easy to clean up and I even had the guys use foil sheets on their plates, so no dishes to wash. The seasoning was great, all we added was a dash of Tobasco sauce when serving. Will make these again.
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Beef Stew VI

Reviewed: Nov. 19, 2014
I have been looking for this recipe my whole life! My grandma made the best beef stew - but she never wrote down her recipes, they were all in her head. When she died she took her recipes to the grave with her. I have never been able to replicate the stew until now. This recipe is just awesome! I did take the suggestions of other reviewers and coated the beef with flour & pepper before browning and I like my stew on the thicker side, so I tripled the corn starch. So, so good. I will be making this again and again.
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Upside-Down Double Apple Coffee Cake

Reviewed: Nov. 2, 2014
I really like the idea of this recipe, but it needs some tweaking. I prepared this exactly as directed and as Baking Nana stated in her review, the cake is very dense and the consistency is rather unappealing. It had decent flavor, not quite sweet enough for my tastes. I did use a Honeycrisp apple, which was very sweet and that part was excellent. Although this recipe needs some work, my kids still enjoyed it and the whole thing is already gone.
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Polish Kielbasa and Pierogies

Reviewed: Oct. 27, 2014
I subbed sliced Johnsonville Italian Sausage in place of the Kielbasa, because my store didn't carry it. :( Even so, this turned out FANTASTIC. It was a great make-over of the polish version and my daughter and I devoured it for lunch.
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Johnsonville Classic Meatballs and Spaghetti

Reviewed: Oct. 27, 2014
Yes, this is a simple recipe, but it's delicious and a real time saver. I usually make beef meatballs, but these sausage meatballs were great. I used my own homemade marinara sauce in place of a pre-made jar of sauce. I put a whole bag of Johnsonville Italian Sausage Meatballs into my slow cooker, covered with the sauce and set to low for 6 hours while I was busy doing other things. When it was time to eat, I only had to quickly boil some spaghetti and broil some garlic bread for a quick and very satisfying meal. I served this for a quick dinner for out of town guests after a funeral everyone remarked how good it was. If you're short on time, give this a try.
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Slow Cooker Beef Barbacoa

Reviewed: Oct. 21, 2014
THIS WAS AWESOME! I used tomato paste instead of sauce and I swapped the chile powder for 5 dried chipotle meco peppers that I had run through the food processor with the tomato paste. This tasted exactly like tacos from Chipotle Mexican Grill. I will make this again and again. Just fantastic.
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Peppercorn Roast Beef

Reviewed: Sep. 25, 2014
What a wonderful meal! I followed this exactly as Chef John wrote it. It was my first time using green & pink peppercorns, they were so flavorful and pretty. We do like our meat a bit less pink, so I cooked this to medium-well. The meat was simply amazing. I served it with baked potatoes and sliced, honey glazed carrots. Don't skip the pan sauce, it really makes the meal.
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Beef Pot Roast

Reviewed: Sep. 21, 2014
This was a great, simple meal. I did add in some basil, rosemary, parsley, and a dash of red pepper into the veggies. Cooked this at 50% power for 3 hours in my infrared oven and it came out tender, juicy, and just perfect. Loved it!
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Chef John's Barbecue Chicken

Reviewed: Sep. 21, 2014
So finger-licking good! Made this on a whim at 9:00 p.m. and it was just fantastic. I prepped this exactly as directed and it was perfect. Flavorful, juicy, and exactly what you want in BBQ chicken. Loved it!
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Flank Steak a la Willyboy

Reviewed: Sep. 21, 2014
This was awesome. I've made lots of different flank steak recipes, but the flavor combo in this marinade really hit the spot and made the meat delectable. Will definitely make this one again.
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Roasted Herb Chicken and Potatoes

Reviewed: Sep. 14, 2014
I made as directed, but also added in two big carrots chunked up. I made this in my infrared oven and started breast side down, turning half way through the cooking time and stirring the veggies. The meat was juicy and flavorful and everything was roasted to perfection. A great, easy meal for a lazy Sunday lunch.
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Chef John's Broiled Chicken

Reviewed: Sep. 13, 2014
This was SO GOOD and so easy to make. I added a little bit of fresh cracked black pepper and a pinch of rosemary. Lunch was awesome. Thanks, Chef John.
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Slow Cooker Beef Stew I

Reviewed: Aug. 14, 2014
I made this just as directed and the flavor was good, a little bland. Needed lots of spicing up. I was disappointed in how thin the consistency was. I like a bit thicker stew. I'll have to tweak it next time.
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Beef Barley Vegetable Soup

Reviewed: Aug. 14, 2014
This was pretty yummy soup. I added in some lentils and extra veggies, lots of freshly cracked black pepper and Himalayan pink salt. Great lunch!
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