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Living In: Dallas, Texas, USA
Member Since: Oct. 2011
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Healthy, Dessert
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Boilermaker Tailgate Chili
More like 4.5 stars, as I've got pretty high chili standards. We make and eat a lot of chili, and have made this several times. This is one of our favorites...especially when we have time to make it. It has really good, complex flavor and like all chili, tastes even better the 2nd day after the flavors have a chance to meld together. It does take some time to make, with all the chopping and prep, but have fun and enjoy the process! I Made this along with Wazzu Tailgate Chili, and we kept flip-flopping as to which one we preferred. This will stay in the rotation. I admit this next statement isn't a news flash, but really, the quality/brand of the ingredients makes a huge difference as to the flavor. Chili Powder is a BIG one. I use Morton's and Bassett and Penzy's mostly. I get Italian sausage from an Italian market where it's made fresh. Canned tomatoes are really affect final outcome and I've found Muir Glen Organic and Hunt's have the best flavor (to our taste buds). If you like big chunks, the MG is the way to go. For people who prefer a smoother, less chunky texture, Hunt's petite diced is a good option. "Heat", is a personal thing, so adjust accordingly. I can't to a lot of heat, so I cut the proportions of the hot ingredients accordingly and omitted the hot sauce, otherwise, I could tell from the recipe, it would've been too hot for me. Really a great chili, beans and all.

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Reviewed On: Mar. 1, 2015
Cherry-Blueberry Pie
Great, easy pie. Maybe it's just me, but I was expecting a bit more "WOW!" after all the rave reviews. Don't get me wrong, it's a really good pie, but not memorable. Still, if you're considering this, give it a go. METHOD: Aside from using my own pie crust, I followed the directions as written. I used Comstock cherry pie filling and a half good quality frozen blueberries and half fresh blueberries. WOULD I MAKE IT AGAIN? Yes, but will increase the amount of pie-filling as my taste buds begged for more punch. I will also use Morello Cherries in a jar from Trader Joe's. Perhaps with those minor changes, I'd give it a "5".

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Reviewed On: Dec. 4, 2014
Brown Sugar Smokies
Simple ingredient list. Easy to prepare. Kinda messy to make, but Oh so worth it! Hard to eat just one. I was looking for something to serve a group of friends coming over to watch football that would put some meat on their ribs and satisfy hunger without serving an entree'. Frankly, I wasn't sure how well they'd be received as I was thinking they might be considered "man food" by my all-girl group, but these babies were inhaled. Bite-sized, and easy to pick up and eat without having to use a plate or utensils...met all my criteria for a successful hors d'oeuvre.

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Reviewed On: Dec. 4, 2014
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