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Tomato Basil Pasta

Reviewed: Apr. 22, 2015
This looked like a great Summer pasta, but I still felt like I needed a good protein to go with it. I found the Rosemary Ranch Chicken Kabobs on this site, and found a great Summer combo. This pasta is great warm or cold. Was perfect with the kabobs, and made great lunch leftovers cold the next day. Full of flavor. Just a solid Summer dish that will be in regular rotation. Made as written, and would change anything.
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Rosemary Ranch Chicken Kabobs

Reviewed: Apr. 22, 2015
This was an accidental find that turned into one of our favorites. I wanted to make the Tomato Basil Pasta from this site, and needed a protein to go with it. After a quick search, I thought I would give this a try. Perfect Summer combo really. I cooked this on my indoor grill, and it was perfect. If anything, I might cut back on the rosemary just a hair, but I probably won't even do that. Quick and easy, and full of flavor. This combo will be regular Summer rotation for us on either the indoor or outdoor grill. Do yourself a favor and don't skimp with the dried rosemary. Go fresh for Summer!
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Restaurant Style Beef and Broccoli

Reviewed: Feb. 28, 2015
I am on a roll with Asian cuisine. 3 for 3 on this site. I admit that I go through them all with cautious optimism, but they all come out better than expected. Followed the directions as written, well, upped to 6 servings. The only thing I MIGHT change is using a better grade of meat. The recipe will stay exactly the same otherwise. I encourage you to use ginger root as recipe calls instead of ground. The broccoli was like magic almost instantly turning from dull to bright green when I cooked it. Then I was concerned that the amount of sauce with the meat might overwhelm the broccoli when I tossed it back in, but it did not. Another item Panda Express won't see me ordering from them anymore.
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Chef John's Pumpkin Pie

Reviewed: Feb. 28, 2015
It's alright. Certainly pretty, because it really doesn't crack as described. Easy too. Maybe I'm just a fan of less dense pumpkin pie. I'm also not sold on the Chinese Five Spice shortcut.
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Amber's Sesame Chicken

Reviewed: Feb. 28, 2015
I don't know why Asian food scares me. This is my second recipe, and it's incredibly easy and delicious. Since it's quite a bit of chicken, make sure the oil is good and hot before throwing the chicken in. You want a good crunch, and if the oil isn't ready, you get more of a saute heating. Next time I will be a little bit more liberal with the sauce so I have plenty to flavor the rice I serve it with. Especially the honey. Do yourself a favor and toast your own sesame seeds. So easy, and the added flavor is fantastic. Just throw the seeds in the dry skillet that you are going to use for the chicken, and work it while you're cutting the chicken. When they get toasty brown and fragrant, they are ready. You won't be sorry. Who needs Panda Express when it's all this easy at home?
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Garlic Alfredo Tilapia

Reviewed: Feb. 28, 2015
This might be an example of better on paper than in reality. I'll keep this recipe around because the directions for the tilapia with cajun seasoning part is perfect. I use my home mixed Emeril's Essence, cook as directed, and serve over rice cooked with chicken broth. It's great.
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Pretzel Turtles®

Reviewed: Feb. 28, 2015
You have to rate this as a pretzel turtle, and not a real chocolate turtle. As a quick, easy DIY candy for people that like turtles, it will certainly do in a pinch. I prefer the square lattice style pretzels with the caramel fill Dove chocolates because it's a good fit, and better/more chocolate than a Rolo. Make them at least a day ahead. They are much, much better the next day when things have completely settled in.
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Tomato Gorgonzola Soup

Reviewed: Feb. 28, 2015
Snowed in, and needed something to warm us up. Tomato anything is kind of risky around here, because only one of us is particular fond of them. Same with the gorgonzola. Afraid by trying to make this appeal to everyone, I might end up with no on liking it. Decided to go all in and double it just in case. This is an example of the whole being much better than the parts individually. The creaminess of the cream cheese balances out the zing of the tomato. The bite of the goronzola balances out the twang of the cream cheese. The tomato balances out the bite of the gorgonzola. Nothing dominates. Just great compliments. I also worried that it was an awful lot of basil, but it was just right. The one thing I have to question about the recipe is, why equal parts cream and milk? Isn't that what half & half is? That's what I used, and it worked great. This is a perfect soup to warm your soul, and to dunk grilled cheese sandwiches in. Don't let any individual ingredient scare you off.
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Apple Enchiladas

Reviewed: Feb. 27, 2015
Being a southern boy, I'm not going to tell you that this is BETTER than good ol' flaky crust apple pie, but it is good. As written, it's real good. However, if you want "OMG!, I can't stop sneaking in for another bite", try this: smear 1/6 of a brick of plain, softened cream cheese on the tortilla before the apple. Chop up the pie filling a little, and mix the cinnamon right in. Use "No Sugar Added" apple pie filling. An 8X12 dish spread it out better. Reduce water to about 1/3 or 1/4c. Bake for at least 40 minutes to get a crispy top. Topping it off with anything less than Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla Ice cream while it's still scalding hot is simply a compromise. To reiterate: as written if very good, but with these changes, you might want a smoke.
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Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Soup

Reviewed: Feb. 24, 2015
OK, this is obscenely easy, and tastes great. If the most work intensive part of a recipe is chopping 1 onion, I have to try it. To make it even easier, I used frozen chicken breasts (4 at about 1.5lbs = meat lovers). Works great! Reading reviews can mess me up sometimes, and with this one, it was "beer, or not to beer". Half say use beer, and half say use broth. I chickened out and did half and half. In reality, beer is often used as a tenderizer which wouldn't be needed for a slow cooker recipe. I say go with what moves you. If you're afraid of the taste of beer, I can't imagine 1 beer leaving any flavor. Avocado, tortilla chips, and shredded cheese makes it. This is my third slow cooker, Mexican soup from this site. All 3 are great: Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla for a less hearty soup; Slow Cooker Pasole for a more meat and potatoes kind of fare; this recipe for when you want something heartier than tortilla.
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Baked Teriyaki Chicken

Reviewed: Feb. 16, 2015
Judging from the gazillion reviews, I hardly think mine is going to change anything. I'll just say that we really, really enjoyed this. The sauce was certainly better than anything you can buy at the store. I do recommend using foil to help with cleaning. I almost had to get a hammer and chisel to get that black stuff off my baking dish.
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Baked Garlic Parmesan Chicken

Reviewed: Feb. 16, 2015
It was OK. I think it falls just short of making rotation. Certainly easy, but far too crumb-y. Just kind of dry and gritty instead of a nice crust.
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Chicken With Mushrooms

Reviewed: Feb. 16, 2015
Solid recipe worthy of rotation. I will work with it in the future for added flavor, but a solid start as written.
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Dipping Sauce for Coconut Shrimp

Reviewed: Feb. 16, 2015
Perfect pairing for "Baked Coconut Shrimp" on this site. I was a little concerned because I'm not a big fan of orange marmalade, but the stone ground mustard did a great job of toning down the sweet, and the horseradish brought a nice punch to go with all that sweet of coconut and marmalade. I did go a little heavy with the extra hot horseradish which worked for us that love the heat. Not generally an aesthetic guy, but the stone ground mustard did a nice job of toning down the bright orange. I'm sure dijon would work, but if you have the time, get the stone ground. Just a better flavor here.
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Baked Coconut Shrimp

Reviewed: Feb. 16, 2015
Wanted to make something a little more elegant for Valentines day. Coconut shrimp is one of her faves, but I was very reluctant to make this version out of fear that baked would suffer in comparison to fried. My fears couldn't have been more unwarranted. These were delicious! Huge hit with everyone. Baking gave them a wonderful crunch. So much so that I can't imagine how frying them would have made them any better. Doubled the order by simply doubling everything as written. No need to mess with what works here. The cayenne does a wonderful job of taking the sweet edge off the sweetened coconut. The "Dipping Sauce for Coconut Shrimp" on this site is a must as well. The dredging process for a lazy cook like myself is a bit tedious for a double order, but I'm ready to line up and do it again.
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Slow-Cooker Posole

Reviewed: Feb. 6, 2015
Love the slow cooker tortilla soup recipe on this site, but wanted another good soup for those cold days. This looked like a great alternative. Sometimes all of the changes in the reviews make my head spin, so I made this almost as written to build my opinion. We really liked this. A thicker, spicier alternative to the tortilla soup's brothy consistency. I thought hominy was supposed to be corn-like, but found it to be almost more like a potato. A perfect mix with the pork (although chicken would be great too). The main thing I strongly recommend everyone do is use chicken broth instead of water. It's an easy change but makes soup so much better (if you haven't used chicken base, it will change your life). I poured in about 2 1/2 cups. I think pouring to the top would be too much. I used Old El Paso medium enchilada sauce, and it was excellent. However, after reading so many "too hot" reviews with medium sauce, I left out the cayenne. Even though I like it hot, I'm glad I left out the cayenne for my wife and daughter. Still had a good bite, but the cayenne would have been too much for them. Depending on your preference, I think maybe one more can of hominy would be fine. You can start with 2, and decide close to the end if you want to add another. Lime wedges, shredded cabbage and chopped onion are a must. Thinly slice radish is nice too. Traditionally, you serve the pazole, and have bowls of garnish for people to add as they like. Yummy!
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Bada Bing Pork Chops

Reviewed: Feb. 4, 2015
Decided to give this one a try on the ol' George Foreman, and SUCCESS! Huge fan of simple recipes, and it doesn't get much easier. Of course, that doesn't matter if it isn't tasty...double win. Instead of bone-in chops, I opted for a thinner, center cut, boneless chop. Cooked for about 4 minutes on medium, and it worked great. Will probably cook a little hotter next time to get some char. Marinating overnight is highly recommended. I still cooked the marinade to thicken, and gave the meat a good, final dunk before cooking. This is a tasty, easy entree. Whip it together the night before, throw it on the portable grill when you get home the next day. Dinner in minutes!
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Szechwan Shrimp

Reviewed: Feb. 2, 2015
So, now I know how my favorite Asian food spot gets such fresh food out to me so fast! This was my first Asian meal, and I couldn't be happier. It locks up two of my top priorities with a recipe, ease and taste. Bonus priority being pretty healthy to boot. I thought with how easy it was, it would have to be bland. Nope. Good, thick, tasty sauce. All you need is some regular white rice to top this with, and you're set. Got one of those steamer bags of edamame, and I had a meal that looked and tasted like I spent a lot of time to prepare.
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Chicago-Style Pan Pizza

Reviewed: Feb. 2, 2015
Big fan of Chicago style deep dish, and a bigger fan of simple recipes. This recipe has it locked up on the easy part (but I do get frustrated when a recipe has an item - olive oil - on the list but doesn't have it in the directions). I made this as shown with the necessary addition of cooking crust first for 15 minutes. I enjoyed this, but it just seemed to miss a little something. Next time I willL 1) use some fresh garlic, 2) replace about 1/4-1/2 of the tomatoes with a little bit of tomato sauce to thicken that topping up just a tad, 3) omit the fennel (only because I'm not a big fennel fan, 4) throw in a bit more salt. As for the meat, I'm sure you can swap with your favorite pizza topping.
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Pork Marsala

Reviewed: Jan. 27, 2015
I'm a simple man on a quest for good food that's easy to make. I won't sacrifice taste to appease my laziness, but easy is important. Once we reach the double digits on ingredients, I get nervous. When I set out to make this, I thought it would be a challenge...especially with that ever present fear of ending up with dry pork. My fears were unwarranted. This was insanely easy. I used thin sliced, center cut pork loin chops so I didn't have to pound it thin. I even mixed the flour and spices in a ziplock baggie, and threw the meat in so I didn't dirty another bowl. Threw in a pre-sliced package of baby bella mushrooms so I had almost no work at all. For those contemplating taking the meat out while the sauce thickens out of fear of overcooking, fear not. The wine in a covered pot apparently takes care of that. Last fear was that the marsala would be a strong flavor. Nope. It blended beautifully. Easy? Absurdly so. Taste? Delicious. That earns it a solid home on the regular rotation at our house.
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