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Refried Beans Without the Refry

Reviewed: Feb. 19, 2012
I've made this about 5 times since finding recipe a few month ago. So simple, just put everything together in morning and its ready after work. I do like a bit more spice and flavor so I use 2 seeded quartered jalapenos and 1 tbs cumin and reduce salt. This makes a lot of beans and there is only 2 of us. I make bean dip out of the leftovers. I finely chop 1 jalapeno and 1/4 to 1/2 an onion and sautee in olive oil. I add this to warm beans along with some chopped tomato and cubed velevetta cheese. I also add leftover taco meat or ground beef I have on hand. I've been told its the best bean dip ever!
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Chicken Asparagus Roll-Ups

Reviewed: Apr. 9, 2012
I made this tonight for dinner. I asked my husband what he thought, he replied "yummy" in between bites. I had to make 2 substitutions, tyme instead of tarragon and swiss cheese instead of provolone. I only used juice and zest of half the lemon. I spread a thin layer of seasoned bread crumbs on cutting board, brushed sauce on and laid sauce side down into crumbs. Brushed inside with sauce before adding cheese and asparagus. I baked at 350 for 30 minutes. My oven is touchy so I rarely set it above 350. Turned out moiste, tender and flavorful. I only used 3 pieces of chicken and had about a 1/4 cup sauce left over. Edit- I made this for a second time tonight using strained greek yogurt instead of mayonnaise. I thought it was a great way to save calories(greek yogurt 130 cal per cup, mayonnaise 640 cal per cup, light mayo 320 cal cup). Didn't work out as planned because the yogurt lost a lot of water and made the bottom of my chicken soggy. It was still good, but I will stick to light mayo from now on.
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Chocolate Strawberries

Reviewed: Feb. 19, 2012
These were so easy and delicious! I used 1 bag ghirardelli semi sweet premium baking chips and one bar ghirardelli intense dark (60%). I bought 2 packages regular strawberries, threw the few mushy ones to the chickens. I melted chocolate and dipped as directed. I did use the fork method as described by another reviewer to add fancy white chocolate stripes to my berries. I had a little dark chocolate left over so I poured it onto the wax paper next to the berries (ghirardelli is to expensive and yummy to waste) and let it cool into a dark chocolate glob, lol. My husband loved these for valentines day desert. I sent the leftovers to work with him to give to his boss and coworkers. Everyone loved these and were impressed that they were home made!
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Potato and Cheddar Soup

Reviewed: Jan. 16, 2012
This is pretty much the same recipe I got from my high school foods teacher years ago. The first time I made it I did not have enough milk so I used 2 cans cream of mushroom soup and about 1 cup milk. I leave the skins on, peeling off only impurities. I also saute the onions in a little olive oil with fresh crimini mushrooms and garlic. This soup is really versitile, if I have fresh carrots and celery on hand I add some in. My husband raved about this soup! He not only went back for seconds, but thirds as well. Great cold weather dinner soup.
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Pumpkin Black Bean Soup

Reviewed: Jan. 5, 2012
My husband and I both really liked this soup. Mine did turn out darker than in the picture but the taste made up for it. I followed another reviewers advise and added 1 1/2 tbs cumin, 1/2 tsp cinnamon and 1/4 tsp nutmeg. I also added 1/2 tsp cajun seasoning. All I had was white vinegar, I thought it might be to strong so I skipped entirely. This was even better the next day. My husband is still talking about it 3 days later. I will make this again.
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Fried Morel Mushrooms

Reviewed: Apr. 30, 2012
I just got my second batch of morels for the year today! Rather than salt water, I soak mine in hot tap water for 10-20 seconds. It kicks the bugs right out. I then soak in cold water for a few minutes. While still wet I slice in half lengthwise and toss into a ziploc with whole wheat flour and fresh ground black pepper. I knock off any extra flour before frying. I think the egg overpowered mushroom to much. I fry in just a little olive oil, but thanks to the reviews I will try butter tomorrow.
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Chicken in Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce

Reviewed: Feb. 19, 2012
I made this for Valentines day dinner and it was a big hit. For starters I didn't make in the croc pot nor did I use soup. I grilled 2 chicken breasts and seasoned with mccormic perfect pinch mediteranian seasoning. I cooled them and chopped. Used small container heavy cream and cooking wine for sauce. Added everthing else as directed to pan on stove top. Simmered 20 minutes and served over whole wheat rotini. I did leave out capers because I couldn't find any in my local grocery store. I rinsed the olives and artichokes before chopping and adding. Very good the hubby loved this.
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Mediterranean Meat Pies (Sfeeha)

Reviewed: May 21, 2012
Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!! The meat tasted exactly like the meat from my favorite Lebanese bakery. I could only find ground lamb frozen in 1lb package, so I used the full pound with 1 pound of ground beef. I added a little bit of garlic and some ground allspice. I had to substitute lime juice for lemon, but it didn't seem to matter. My pastry work needs some practice, but I can't wait to make these again!
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Slow-Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

Reviewed: Mar. 4, 2012
Mmmm.... yummm! I made a little different based on what I had on hand. I used 1 can tomatoe sauce and 2 diced fresh tomatoes in place of the whole canned tomatoes. I also seeded and diced 2 fresh jalapenoes instead of canned chillies. Skipped the chicken broth (to eliminate sodium) and just used 2 extra cups water. I increased cumin to 1 tbs, added 1 cup dry black beans and 1 cup frozen corn. Per 1 reviewer I added 2 sliced corn tortillas at the beginning to add some tortilla taste and to thicken. I put the chicken in raw and shredded after 3 1/2 hrs, then let it cook for another 3 1/2 hours till the beans were done. The enchillada sauce blended well and gave a great flavor. Some reviewers said theirs turned out thin and watery, but mine was thick and hearty. I think the tortillas helped and adding dry beans probably soaked up some extra juice. I squeezed the juice of 1 lime into the pot before serving and garnished each bowl with fresh avocado and a bit of sour cream. Definately make your own tortilla strips. This was oh so good. I can't wait to have leftovers for lunch.
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Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Soup

Reviewed: Feb. 1, 2012
This turned out great! I didn't have all the right ingredients because I had planned on a different dinner tonight. The only substitutions I had to make was cajun seasoning + cumin instead of taco seasoning. I had 1 can of diced tomatoes with chilis and 1 plain. I also used only dry black beans because that's what I had on hand. I used 2 bottles of Leinenkugels fireside nut brown. I sauted the onion in olive oil with some minced garlic before adding to the crock pot. I didn't have any corn, but will make sure to pick some up next time I make this. Turned out awsome, my husband went back for seconds. Thanks for sharing! To sarah, some of the other reviewers mentioned using chicken stock in place of the beer.
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Tender Pork Spare Ribs

Reviewed: Sep. 29, 2011
This recipe was wonderful! I made this in my crock pot and it was fall off the bone tender and flavorful. I only made 1 rack for my husband and myself. I used 1/2 C brown sugar, 1/4 C cajan seasoning and 2 tbs smokehouse maple for the rub. I Used 1 bottle honey wheat beer for a little extra flavor. Garlic, honey and mustard as directed. I set the croc pot to low and let it cook for 3 1/2 hrs. I was very pleased with how simple this recipe was. I will be making this again!
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Baked Kale Chips

Reviewed: Jun. 26, 2014
Wow!! I ate the whole first pan of these all by myself! I love kale and this is my new fav way to prepare it. I better plant more :)
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Sam's Famous Carrot Cake

Reviewed: Feb. 1, 2012
This was my first time making carrot cake, I made for my husbands birthday. I made according to recipe with 3 small changes. I substituted half whole wheat half all purpose flour. Half apple sauce half oil. I didn't realize I was low on sugar so had to use 1/4 cup brown sugar, the rest white sugar. Mine was done after 45 mins, so keep an eye on it. I like this cake, but the carrots seemed to long. Next time I make I'll put in food processor for a second. Also seemed a little to chunky. I'll prob try 3/4 cup of raisins, coconut, and walnuts next time. Seems like it could use a little more spice. Overall a very tasty and moiste cake. Thanks for sharing grandpa Sams recipe.
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Easy Key Lime Pie I

Reviewed: Sep. 24, 2011
I modified this recipe based on the reviews. I used 2 cans sweetend condensed milk, 4 egg yolks and 1 cup key lime juice. I baked for 30 minutes @ 350. Pie did not set up properly and was very tart. I think it would have been better with 3/4 cup lime juice and at least 5 egg yolks. This was my first attempt at key lime pie. Hopefully my next one will turn out better.
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Chicken with Mustard Sauce

Reviewed: Apr. 2, 2012
this turned out really good, the sauce had the perfect mustard flavor. I had to use garlic in place of shallots and dry white cooking wine instead of vermouth. I did make the chicken a little different. I rubbed whole raw breast with mild mustard, dipped in bread crumbs, browned in pan then baked while I prepared the sauce. I added a pinch of fresh tyme to the sauce and served over whole wheat pasta. I have been looking for a good mustard chicken recipe since having some at a friends wedding last fall. I've finally found my recipe.
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Stuffed Pepper Soup IV

Reviewed: Feb. 27, 2012
This was pretty good, but the rice absorbed all the broth. My husband went back for a second bowl and the broth was all gone. I think next time I will add more broth. There seemmed to be way more rice than meat, so I will probably reduce rice to 3/4 cup next time. Unless I was reading the recipe wrong, it sounded like 1 cup of dry rice which makes a lot of cooked rice. Overall it was pretty good. I will make again.
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Mujaddara Arabic Lentil Rice

Reviewed: Feb. 19, 2012
I made this hoping to mimic the lentils and rice from my favorite lebanese bakery. This was pretty close and was very good but seemed to be missing something. I read the reviews and did see the suggestion to add cinnamon and allspice. I did add a bit of cinnamon but I didn't have any allspice. I visited the lebanese bakery yesterday and mentioned that I had tried to make this but it was missing something. She just smiled so I knew she wasn't going to give up any secrets. I will try the allspice next time and maybe try replacing some water with vegitable broth. Also I diced the onions and mixed them through. Overall this was really good and I am so excited I can now make this for myself when I can't get out to buy it. Thanks for sharing and thanks for all the helpful reviews.
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Campbell's® Creamy Dijon Chicken with Rice

Reviewed: Feb. 9, 2012
This recipe seemed to be missing something. Not that the flavor was bad, but I couldn't taste the mustard. I even added extra mustard. I followed recipe exactly except adding extra mustard and adding fresh carrots and broccoli. I let it simmer a little longer to cook the veggies. Maybe with the addition of some fresh herbs we could call this herbed chicken.
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Black Bean and Salsa Soup

Reviewed: Sep. 16, 2012
I thought this was really good and simple. I did make it more complicated by using dry black beans (rinsed, soaked and cooked) and making home made salsa and low sodium organic vegitable broth. I also made at least double the recipe because I love home made soup and having leftovers. Served with cheese quesadillas. This would prob be a very good dip if cooked down more or by omitting some broth and adding cheese. Thanks for the recipe.
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Extreme Veggie Scrambled Eggs

Reviewed: Sep. 1, 2012
I have been making this for years. I call it a scrambled omlet. So simple, just throw in whatever fresh veggies you have on hand.
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