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My Favorite Pot Roast

Reviewed: Oct. 15, 2014
I cut back a bit on the vinegar and brown sugar (we like things less sweet these days) and added some beef broth along with the water. I had about half a bag of pearl onions in the freezer, so I added them in addition to the sliced onion (we love pot roast veggies!). Cooked in the slow cooker for 5 hours on high, and it was perfectly cooked, meat falling apart. I took out the veggies and meat, made some gravy, and then added all back into the gravy, turned to warm until we were ready to eat. I garnished with some chopped parsley for a little pop of color; it was a nice Fall meal.
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Elegant Thanksgiving Squash Side Dish

Reviewed: Oct. 15, 2014
I used golden raisins but would use Craisins® in the future. There's one confusing step to this recipe which was a bit of pain to correct. In step #3, it says to "drain and discard wine mixture," but I think this should read "drain and discard mulling spices." You want that reduced wine mixture and those infused raisins, but not the mulling spice mixture (it's already done its job). Should have used my head, but I added the mulling spices to the wine and raisin mixture, and when I realized that there were things in that mulling spice that might break a tooth, I had to go through and pick all of the pieces of the cinnamon stick, star anise, etc. (all those hard things)....aaaargh! Think what you need to do is put the mulling spices in a cheesecloth bag and tie up or even better, if you have a tea strainer, use that. This part was a hassle, but on the positive side, it does taste good.
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Banana and Walnut Brownies

Reviewed: Oct. 15, 2014
My inspiration today for making these brownies came from the fact that I had a VERY ripe banana on hand, as well as a box of Ghiradelli Chocolate Supreme Brownie mix which was past the "best by..." date (oops!). The banana not only yielded a super moist brownie but added a great subtle banana flavor, as well. Very easy, very tasty, and I would make this recipe again.
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Cheddar Apple Soup

Reviewed: Oct. 13, 2014
Followed the recipe to the letter, tasted, and thought the flavor was just a little weak and wanted the texture a little thicker. I added more cheese, a little salt, and thickened with additional flour (all may just be personal preference). This has a nice cheesy flavor, but then that layer of apple flavor follows and, finally, a little zing from the dash of the hot sauce is in the background. This would be a nice to serve as an appetizer soup for Thanksgiving. chrisdwilliams, we enjoyed your recipe, it's a keeper!
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Asian Pear and Strawberry Smoothie

Reviewed: Oct. 11, 2014
Used a Comice pear instead of Asian, and since it was perfectly ripe, didn't feel the need for any sugar and didn't miss it. Creamy, mellow, and just what I wanted for breakfast today.
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Butternut Squash and Cranberry Muffins

Reviewed: Oct. 9, 2014
Made half a recipe, and since I wanted big muffins, ended up with eight. Not sure why the recipe author has both ground nutmeg and freshly-grated nutmeg (?), but I used all freshly-grated. The other thing that puzzled me was putting fresh ginger root in a garlic press (and I have a good one) because that simply didn't work. I ended up finely grating the ginger. This does have a lot of ingredients, but the end result is good. The taste mimics pumpkin bread, they're moist, not overly sweet, and I like that pop of tartness from the cranberries. Nice recipe BITWITCH.
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Hot and Sweet Sesame Dressing

Reviewed: Oct. 8, 2014
Oustanding, wouldn't change a thing. First, I love the way the dressing thickened up so nicely, as so many Asian salad dressing are too runny. There's no dominant flavor, all ingredients share equally in an outstanding dressing, the sweet-hot-sour elements are just about perfect. Served over grilled pineapple slices today, but I can see drizzling this over grilled chicken tenders, sliced cucumbers, mixing into cole slaw, using as a dip for egg rolls, etc. Thanks BarefootMama for sharing your recipe.
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Cinnamon Apples

Reviewed: Oct. 8, 2014
I've been cooking apples in the microwave for years. It didnt say to peel the apples, but I always do. The one thing that I didn't care about with this recipe is that the apples are on the dry side. If you add a little water right at the beginning, this will help. The recipe says "diced," and I went ahead and diced them, but I simply didn't like them this small (personal preference), and will go back to cutting them into larger chunks in the future...takes a little longer, but not much. And your cooking time will depend on the power of your microwave plus the size of the apple pieces.
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Vinny's Red Kidney Bean Salad

Reviewed: Oct. 8, 2014
Interesting combination of ingredients. I know that often curry can overpower flavor, so I started with 1/2 tsp, but after tasting, added the other 1/2. Tastes very light, is loaded with protein and fiber, has a hint of curry, but no single ingredient dominates. Used albacore tuna in water, fresh parsley, and served over some salad greens with sliced hard boiled egg and crackers for a nice lunch. Thoroughly enjoyed.
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Cinnamon Toast Pumpkin Seeds

Reviewed: Oct. 6, 2014
The Bomb, just delicious! Here's another one that will be on my Christmas gift list this year. This is my first time eating pumpkin seeds, and I went with the "raw" seeds, since these were being baked for 40 minutes. Full of flavor, crunchy, with just the perfect balance of cinnamon-sugar. Thanks, GMW, for a new snack!
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Cranberry Raspberry Sauce

Reviewed: Oct. 5, 2014
Unlike many cranberry sauces, you really taste the fruit, not just sugar. The two fruits partner well, and the reduced sugar is a definite plus. Used a potato masher to lightly crush the fruit. Liked this a lot, and this will be my Thanksgiving cranberry sauce this year.
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Quick Spanish Rice

Reviewed: Oct. 4, 2014
Had to make one substitution, otherwise, followed the recipe. I found out I didn't have any bell peppers, so I ended up adding some sliced olives, and they worked well. This is moist, quick-to-make, and a delicious version of Spanish rice. Thumbs up in this house!
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Hot Tamale Pie

Reviewed: Oct. 4, 2014
Johnsonville Sausage challenged some of us to do a makeover of a recipe substituting Italian Sausage for one of the ingredients. I selected this recipe, and subbed Hot Italian Sausage for half of the ground beef which really elevated the flavor. That hot sausage combined with the poblanos was a winning combination!
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Morning Delight Quiche

Reviewed: Oct. 4, 2014
Baked in individual pie pans instead of a larger single pie pan. The presentation was lovely, and this would be perfect for serving brunch to friends or family. Although very tasty, my husband and I agreed that it had too much sausage for us. In the future, I'll probably use about 8 oz of the breakfast sausage links rather than a full package. I did use fresh (not frozen) hash brown potatoes which works great for the crust. Very flavorful quiche with good eye appeal.
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Creamy Balsamic Vinaigrette

Reviewed: Oct. 3, 2014
Liked this, but found the flavor just a little diluted. Next time, I will cut the amount of water in half which also should make it a bit creamier, and less liquid-y. Not sure, but I might find that completely eliminating the water might work best for me (personal taste preference). The quantities of olive oil and balsamic are balanced well, and I enjoyed this today on a lunch salad. I do think the recipe author is correct; you have options with this dressing. ----UPDATE 10.4.14------I'd recommend you refrigerate this dressing before using because it tasted tons better the next day, definitely more flavor!
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Peachy Oatmeal

Reviewed: Sep. 19, 2014
Used skim milk & Splenda Brown Sugar Blend to get the calories down. I did cut the peach slices into chunks because, otherwise, I'd just be cutting the slices with my spoon while eating. I cooked for a total of 4 minutes (microwave times will vary) and was rewarded with a warm bowl of oatmeal with tasty bites of peach. Very, very nice and quick and easy, too! Thanks, Marcie, for a new breakfast favorite!
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Strawberry, Pear, Pineapple, and Mint Smoothie

Reviewed: Sep. 16, 2014
Fruity and just delicious. I had to substitute a peach, and I did cut back a bit on the mint (taste preference). This is good and will go into my morning breakfast smoothie rotation. Sixsnowflakes, thanks for a tasty breakfast!
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Creamy Tomato Soup (No Cream)

Reviewed: Sep. 15, 2014
I cut back on the brown sugar a bit (personal preference) and since I wanted a thicker soup, probably used about 20% less chicken broth than recipe specified. The bread cubes do a nice job on thickening the soup, and I used my immersion blender instead of processing in a blender. Made for lunch today and was quite happy with the flavor that came from canned tomatoes rather than making it totally from scratch. Tomato soup has been one of my favs since childhood, and I'll be making this one again. Thanks geode for a nice new recipe.
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Pesto Stuffed Pork Chops

Reviewed: Sep. 13, 2014
Watch your time on this, mine were perfectly cooked at 28 minutes; when served, it was 145 degrees F, just pink in the center of the meat. If I were to do anything differently, I'd add the balsamic a little sooner and allow the balsamic to glaze more, since that particular flavor is important to this recipe. Wanted to put the chops in a honey-brine marinade earlier in the day which would have helped tenderize the chop, but time got away from me. They were a little chewy, but still full of flavor.
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Greek-Style Lemon Roasted Potatoes

Reviewed: Sep. 13, 2014
The fresh lemon juice really shines in this recipe. Followed the instructions to the letter, and I wouldn't change a thing. Thanks, koko, for a new potato dish.
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