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Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Soup

Reviewed: Dec. 11, 2007
I made this for dinner the other night and the only change I made was to cook the soup on high for about 5 hours (instead of low). After I cubed the chicken and added it back, I turned the temperature down to low. The end result was a really yummy soup, but both my DH and I found that it was the cheese, sour cream and crushed tortilla's that really made this dish. As a side note, this makes a lot of soup, so if you're eating leftovers, the soup gets really thick once it cools, so you might want to consider adding more liquid (chicken stock?).
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Crunchy Romaine Toss

Reviewed: Dec. 5, 2007
Yum - I made this as a side to a frittata for dinner last night and it was really tasty! I followed the advice of other reviewers and used almonds instead of walnuts. The only other changes I made were to omit the salt from the dressing and I used about 1/2 packet of the soup base seasoning from the noodles (I also cut the entire recipe in half). Lastly, I steamed the broccoli for a few minutes as DH and I aren't huge fans of raw broccoli. It still had lots of bite, but just took the 'edge' off the rawness! The end result was really yummy...the only downside was trying to keep our hands off the noddle/nut combination until dinner could be served!!
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Spinach and Potato Frittata

Reviewed: Dec. 5, 2007
I made this frittata for supper last night and we really enjoyed it. I did make some minor changes though; instead of using red potatoes, I used white (diced them instead of slicing), I used shallot instead of green onion; for added richness I used 10% cream instead of milk (an unnecessary substitution as it turns out). The only change I made was to use about 1/2 box of frozen chopped spinach instead of fresh. The meal came together very quickly without a lot of fuss and in the end it was very tasty.
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Whipped Shortbread Cookies

Reviewed: Dec. 1, 2007
If I could rate this recipe higher than 5 stars, I would! This was my first attempt at shortbread and I must say...I'm pretty impressed with myself right now. I made one change to the ingredients in that I added about 2 tsp of pure vanilla extract, but I followed the advice of my fellow Canadian ktardi when it came to the method. The only place I deviated from her advice was that I whipped the cookie dough for only 7 minutes (instead of 10) during the last cycle of mixing. I also baked my cookies at 350F for 9 minutes, and they were perfect! The only 'complaint' (if you can even call it that), is that the cookies are incredibly fragile, so they're not really portable, nor are they appropriate for gift giving.
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Skillet Pork Chops with Potatoes and Onion

Reviewed: Nov. 26, 2007
My DH gives this dish 3 stars, but I would have given it 2. While I'm not certain what I was expecting, the dish was very, very bland in the end. The only change I made was to season my chops with some garlic powder and pepper and I used about 1/2 can of beef broth instead of the water/bouillon combination. The end result wasn't offensive, but it was pretty boring and lacked any real flavour. On the plus side, my two year old really liked it and ate it all up (could be because he wouldn't eat his lunch though!)
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Best Ever Muffins

Reviewed: Nov. 26, 2007
Love this recipe. It totally gets five stars from me because it's super quick, simply, uses ingredients I always have on hand and you can add practically whatever you want to the mix. Really great...thanks for an awesome recipe!
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Mashed Potato Quesadilla

Reviewed: Nov. 22, 2007
I made these the other night for my husband and I for dinner. We were looking for something comforting and a little unhealthy...this fit the bill perfectly! It does indeed taste like perogies and even more so once they cool. The only change I made to the recipe was reduce the amount of cheese by about half. It could have used slightly more cheese, but not 2 cups. Anyway, we really liked this dish, but probably won't make it very often because the the fat and calories in it.
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Black Bean and Corn Quesadillas

Reviewed: Nov. 22, 2007
I made these quesadillas tonight for my husband and I and they were absolutely fab-u-lous!!! We loved them! I did change the recipe a little, so here's what I did: I sauteed half a medium onion in olive oil, added a large clove of minced garlic and about 1 tsp of jalepeno puree. Once the onions were translucent, I added about 1/2 can of black beans (drained and rinsed) and 2/3 can corn. Once these ingredients were heated through, I added about 1/3 cup of salsa, 1/2-1 tsp cumin, salt and about 1 1/2 Tbsp brown sugar (would have been better with only 1 Tbsp though). I heated this through and turned the heat off for a half an hour or so (I don't think this step is integral to the dish though!) I used 6" flour tortilla's; I sprinkled one tortilla with Tex Mex blend cheese, added the black bean mixture, added a bit more cheddar and topped with another tortilla. I sprayed the tops of the tortilla's with Becel spray and baked at 350 degrees for 15 minutes and then broiled for about 2 minutes. The end result was three very tasty and healthy quesadilla's which I suspect are going to become a staple in our house. Just delicious - thanks for a great recipe!
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Slow Cooker Creamy Potato Soup

Reviewed: Nov. 7, 2007
Well I made this soup for dinner yesterday and for the most part, I followed the directions. I did deviate slightly from the recipe though, so here's what I did. The night before, I sauteed the onions (no bacon) and added to the slow cooker along with the potatoes, broth and spices. I popped this in the fridge and turned it on low early the next morning. I got home 9.5 hours later and was shocked that my potatoes weren't quite cooked! So I turned the cooker up to high and added the remaining ingredients. I only used 1 cup of half and half (other reviewers complained of the soup being too thin) and before I added this mixture, I microwaved it to heat it up so that my potatoes would continue to cook. We added bacon and cheese to the soup once we started eating. The end result was a really thick (almost pasty) soup which definitely needed additional liquid. It was ok - but was remarkably better the next day. I will probably make this soup again, but only because it's quick and convenient (there are other soup recipes we like more!)
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Kung Pao Chicken

Reviewed: Oct. 29, 2007
I made this for dinner last night, and it was pretty darn good; I changed a few things though. I didn't want to open an entire bottle of wine for just a few tablespoons, so in the marinade, I used 2Tbsp of water and a packet of chicken bouillon. For the sauce, I just used water. I doubled the amount of sauce and only used about 13 oz of chicken; I still ended up adding about 1/2 cup of water. The only other change I made was that I didn't have any hot chili paste, so I used spicy Asian chili sauce instead. The end result was really good, but it had no heat, so next time I will try using the chili paste.
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Autumn Spice Ham Steak

Reviewed: Oct. 24, 2007
I made this tonight for supper and it was SO good! I give it 5 stars because not only is it delicious, it's perfect for weeknight meals because it cooks in no time at all. I changed the recipe slightly in that I put the butter, ham and apples in together and when the ham was browned on both sides, I removed it. I sauteed the apples and then added about 1/3 cup of real maple syrup, 1 tsp of cinnamon and about 1/2 tsp of allspice. Once everything was heated through, I added the ham back to the pan for a few minutes. The end result was really good; I will make this dish again for sure.
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Chili Dog Casserole II

Reviewed: Oct. 22, 2007
Given the fact that you can throw this together in under 5 minutes, it was pretty darn good! I used 6 weiners only, and given that I only had 10" tortilla's I just cut each one in half. On the downside, the flavor of the cheese was really lost and I think next time I will try rolling each hot dog in a cheese slice, then the tortilla, top with chili and bake. I know, I know...cheese slices are gross, but this is what it is!!
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Dixie Pork Chops

Reviewed: Oct. 13, 2007
In all honesty, I changed this recipe so much that I probably shouldn't even be reviewing it; but here is what I did. First I dried my chops (they sear much better this way) and salt and peppered each side. Once they were seared off, I removed them from the pan and added 2 sliced, peeled apples, 1/2 large sliced onion, salt, pepper, 1/4 tsp each dried savory and allspice and 1/2 tsp each of cinnamon and ginger. Lastly, I added the zest of about 1/2 large orange. Once the apple onion mixture was soft, I transferred to the baking dish which contained my chops and I added 1/4 brown sugar. Then I deglazed the pan with 1 cup of chicken broth. I thickened the sauce with flour and poured that over the chops/onions. I baked the dish covered at 350 for 45 minutes and the end result was delish! It was a little sweet for our taste, so next time I will reduce the amount of brown sugar, but apart from that, I wouldn't change a thing! ;)
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Raisin Oatmeal Mix

Reviewed: Oct. 11, 2007
This was pretty good, although next time I make it, I will change few things. I will increase the amount of brown sugar for starters (it wasn't really sweet enough for me). I did increase the amount of raisins the first time around and will do so next time; I omitted the apples altogether. I did add some fresh nutmeg, no idea how much because I just grated it over the bowl - I would significantly reduce this because the flavour was overpowering (to may 1/2 tsp) and I will increase the amount of cinnamon. For the most part, this is a very good recipe (and a great idea) and I will make it again for sure.
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Cheddar Baked Chicken

Reviewed: Oct. 10, 2007
My DH made this for supper tonight and it was fantastic! He made a few minor changes though; first he added garlic powder to both the flour (about 1 Tbsp)and bread crumb mixture (about 1 tsp). He also added about 1 Tbsp of onion powder to the flour mixture. The only other changes were that he crushed up the rice cereal and reduced the amount of cheese to about 1/2 cup (we used three small chicken breasts). The end result was very moist, flavorful chicken. Too bad there are no leftovers!!!
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Cream of Asparagus Soup I

Reviewed: Oct. 8, 2007
Wow - I can't believe how good this soup is!! I made a few minor changes (following the suggestions of other reviewers); here is what I did. I used 2 1/2 cups of water and 2 1/2 cups of chicken broth (reduced sodium) along with 2 packets of powdered chicken bouillon. I also sauteed the onion and celery in about 3 Tbsp of butter and 1 Tbsp of olive oil (adding a bit of sea salt to help draw moisture out of the vegetables). I also omitted the soy sauce (because I forgot to add it). Lastly, I reduced the amount of cream to 1/2 cup (I used 10% BF cream). Once everything was cooked I used my immersion blender to puree everything; the end result was absolutely delicious...company worthy for sure!
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Richard's Chicken Breasts

Reviewed: Sep. 18, 2007
My DH made these chicken breasts for dinner last night and the end result was pretty disappointing. He followed the recipe almost to a "T". The only change he made was to add triple the amount of marsala wine (dry) to deglaze the pan. With 8 chicken breasts, there is no way that 1/4 cup of wine is enough fluid to deglaze a pan big enough to fit 8 chicken breasts! Secondly, he did not use mozzarella cheese because we find it relatively flavourless, we used havarti instead. Good thing we did because apart from the dried rosemary, the cheese was the only thing we could taste. On the plus side, the dish got two stars because the chicken breasts were indeed moist and juicy, but the flavour just wasn't there.
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Oatmeal Pancakes

Reviewed: Sep. 16, 2007
If I could rate this recipe higher, I would ! They were so tasty! My DH and I made these for breakfast for our family this morning and the end result was so good. We doubled the recipe and it made 11 pancakes (using 1/3 cup as a measuring tool). The only thing we changes was to use whole milk instead of buttermilk (we didn't have any on hand); we used 2 Tbsp of sugar and about 1/2 tsp salt. My DH suggested that next time we should use brown sugar for added flavour, and I agree. I also think that a bit of cinnamon would go a long way in this recipe. For an added twist, I expect that I will also add some mashed banana or raisins at some point when I make these again as I expect they will become a regular occurrence in our house. Thanks for a great recipe!
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Apple Chutney

Reviewed: Sep. 15, 2007
My DH made this chutney as a side dish with some pork - the end result was really good although he did end up tinkering with it a bit in the end to better suit our taste. It was good and made a nice, big batch.
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Creamy Apple Cinnamon Raisin Oatmeal

Reviewed: Sep. 13, 2007
We doubled this recipe so that we would have some leftovers to take to work the next day and that worked out pretty well. The end result was marginally better than just plain oatmeal, but I wouldn't say the recipe is spectacular...but it is a good way to get a few more nutrients into your kids first thing in the morning.
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