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Chef John's Crab Cakes

Reviewed: Jul. 19, 2015
As a crab cake novice, I was confused on which type to use, lump or claw. After a quick google search, lump was found to be the type, it sticks together better and has the desired white coloring. Not a fan of spicy but I used chili pepper for a little kick and subbed in panko for crumbs. Lastly, mine took about 6 minutes a side, for that golden brown. Served with "Goddess" dressing from Trader Joe's. Yum-o!
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Creamy Roasted Garlic and Chives Risotto

Reviewed: Jul. 7, 2015
Due to availability, I omitted the chives and shallot, added shrimp and peas with the first round of adding broth and subbed blue cheese for gorgonzola. Adding a milder cheese won't work, you need the oomph of a stinky blue or gorgonzola. And even then, I think adding salt would be advised, which I didn't do. This needs to cook at least 20 minutes, it took about 26 for the rice to absorb the liquid. Lastly, I subbed red wine for white but if you're wanting a presentation, definitely use white. And salt!
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Splendicious Slow Cooker Spaghetti Sauce

Reviewed: Apr. 28, 2015
Way too much work for a slow cooker recipe! I just dumped everything in the crock pot (including meat) and let it simmer, omitting the cayenne and pepper for personal preference, and also leaving out the salt and oil. The tomatoes had the salt I needed and the meat had the oil needed. I used stewed tomatoes as directed but they were a bit too large so next time I would use diced, as my gut told me. Unless you like your spaghetti sauce soupy, I would drain the tomatoes and/or cut down on the sauce. To make it healthier, a used a turkey/beef combo, with some fennel added in.
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Penne with Spicy Vodka Tomato Cream Sauce

Reviewed: Apr. 18, 2015
With a couple of changes, from reviewers and myself, this could be a rich fantastic dish. Next time, I would halve the oil, or omit it all together. Was a bit too greasy. I omitted the pepper (I don't like spicy) and salt. I used full-salt tomato sauce and doubled the vodka and cream. Lastly, 1/2 link for 2!? Luckily, I at least tripled the sausage, equaling one link per person. I also sprinkled some parmesan on top. Even without some of these changes, was a very good dish.
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Candied Bacon

Reviewed: Feb. 10, 2015
Don't think that only men will flock towards this sweet salty deliciousness. I made this for a ladies brunch and it disappeared in seconds. I doubled the syrup and omitted the pepper. The only drawback of the recipe was the cooking. I was extra careful about lining up a foil-lined baking rack over a foil-lined sheet, and it spilled grease into my oven 10 minutes into cooking, smoking up my place. Besides the perfect placement of rack and sheet, turning every 5 minutes for a hour was too much work. I rescued the bacon and finished in the microwave, 2 minutes each side. Deliciousness with a lot less work!
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Spicy Tomato Chicken Casserole

Reviewed: Jan. 23, 2015
Not a fan of spicy so I used regular diced tomatoes and cream of chicken soup. I also added taco seasoning for a little kick. I didn't layer the chips and used them to dip instead, and used regular mexican shredded cheese. Didn't use it but cilantro could be sprinkled on top when done. Be generous with the soup mixture, it's a tasty healthier option to queso!
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Black Bean-Mushroom Happy

Reviewed: Jan. 22, 2015
I omitted the onions, pepper and chives and subbed breasts for thighs, sesame oil for olive and ginger powder for fresh. Instead of adding the chicken later, I added everything at once, to give more time to cook. I also just used canned drained black beans and threw in some brocolli. The sesame oil, ginger and soy sauce I added later made it "oriental" tasting. Another idea is smashing the beans with a spoon to make a paste, if you're looking to do more work with the recipe.
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Roasted Kale and Chickpea Salad

Reviewed: Jan. 20, 2015
I subbed almonds for walnuts but next time I would use walnuts, to give it a "richer" flavor. To save time, I didn't roast the almonds. I also used evoo and omitted the pepper. Quick, healthy snack. Tip-don't refrigerate leftovers, the kale loses its crispiness.
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Earl Grey Martini

Reviewed: Aug. 8, 2014
I wanted a quick drink for one, so I followed a previous reviewer and microwaved the gin, steeped with the tea for 5 minutes and cooled on ice for 15. I used honey instead of simple syrup, to make it easier. I omitted the lemon on the rim and just used water. No earl grey, used green tea instead. Green tea already has a light flavor so it was more lemon martini than tea. Next time, will use a stronger tea. Lastly, double your ingredients. This does not make 2 servings.
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Easiest Falafel

Reviewed: Aug. 6, 2014
I was trying to be more calories conscious on this one, so I omitted the oil, baked them at 375 for 15 minutes and didn't roll them in panko. They were okay, a little dry, would probably be more tasty fried. If you bake, I'd definitely recommend using a tsatzki sauce. Combined with lettuce, tomates, on a naan or pita, would definitely be a hearty but healthier meal.
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Stuffed Zucchini

Reviewed: Jul. 26, 2014
Based on other reviewers, I made modifications, including my own. I thought adding the seeds would overflow the zucchini "boat", and I was right. I had more than enough filling. I discarded the seeds and used a melon baller to get them out. I added dried basil and used Jimmy Dean sausage with sage for a little more flavor. Used bread crumbs but a lower calorie panko would work as well. I omitted the sauce, as the juices from the zucchini and cheese were enough. Lastly, I omitted covering with mozzarella, to cut down on calories and work. Goes great with white wine!
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Quick Peanut Blossoms

Reviewed: May 14, 2014
Brought these cookies to work, with many praises! I modified a little. Didn't roll in sugar (these are peanut butter, not sugar cookies!) and I stuck Reese's mini PB cups on top, for a little more peanut taste. Quick and delicious.
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Amazing Slow Cooker Chocolate Cake

Reviewed: Apr. 27, 2014
I rated this 5 stars on behalf of my friends because I brought it to a party and by the time I got to it, it was finished! I halved this recipe, because 1. Cake in a crock pot sounded a little weird, like it would burn on the bottom and 2. I substituted the baking powder (baking soda and lemon juice) and forgot the water. Made correctly, this cake would be incredible! Guests (at a cooking meetup, no less!) said it was delicious and several asked for the recipe. Let your crock pot make this incredibly easy dessert, you won't regret it!
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Mal's Maple Date Pecan Granola in the Slow Cooker

Reviewed: Nov. 23, 2013
The great thing about slow cookers is you don't HAVE to check to make sure its burning. I followed previous reviews and baked it on a piece of foil. A casserole dish works as well. I omitted the extract, hemp and chia and substituted raisins for dates (dried cranberries would work as well). I did 1/4 teaspoon cardamom to zip it up but it still was a little bland. I would add more next time, pumpkin pie spice or mace might work as well. Lastly, if you bake it, remember to spray the surface with pam or something similar. A lot of the granola stuck and I had to tear it off.
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Ghirardelli Rocky Road Cupcakes

Reviewed: Feb. 8, 2012
I also sprayed the liners with cooking spray. I made the mistake of not melting the chocolate over boiling water and just microwaved it. Oops! DON'T DO THIS. I was also scared of burning the marshmallows as read in previous reviews, so I just mixed in the nuts and marshmallows. Due to not cooking the chocolate properly, they came out crisp on top, gooey underneath, best eaten with a spoon. Tasted great but did not look like cupcakes.
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Baked Chicken Amandine

Reviewed: Nov. 11, 2011
I subbed in peas for brocolli, greek yogurt for mayo and french fried onions for crackers. Definitely keep the almonds as it adds a nice crunch. Recommend toasted bread and a glass of white wine for a nice meal.
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Chicken Paprikash

Reviewed: Oct. 3, 2011
To save time, I cooked skinless boneless chicken breast beforehand. I used noodles, as I didn't want my dumplings to fall apart in the water. I also threw some frozen peas in with the noodles, to get some veggies in the meal. I lastly used greek yogurt in place of sour cream; same consistency and it's healthier. Good lunch, but salt, pepper and paprika zipped it up.
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