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Joined Date: Dec 31, 2010
Reviewed Chicken Tetrazzini
"My husband and kids went nuts for this. They were fighting over the dish - who got more, save me some, etc. I usually don't compliment the dish I cooked, but with the first bite I said 'this is wonderful'. I didn't even have to ask if they like it - I got lots of "Thank you mom!" I'll never make that spaghetti noodles/chicken/cream of mushroom/topped with cheese junk again.
Note: I skipped peas and used bell peppers (1/2 green, 1/4 red, 1/4 yellow). My newly bought Parmesan was moldy, darn it - so I used whatever cheese I had on hand with the breadcrumbs.
Reviewed Green Bean Casserole
"Very good recipe. I make this about once a month or so now, not just for holidays.
I do double the beans, onions, and mushrooms, but not the soup. I use fresh green beans and boil them in the chicken broth 20 min.
One time I was out of the French Fried Onion Rings- and topped it with cheese, frosted flakes and corn chips for crunch (none in the mix). It was still good, just not as great - so don't forget to pick them up.
"Read EVERY rating (all 1394) and watched the video. I had such high hopes for a decadent breakfast treat and did not like at all. I think it turned out as planned - I let my french bread stale the day before. It spent the whole night soaking in the mix in the fridge. I left my butter out overnight so it was soft. The dish was not soggy. I used 6 eggs and wasn't TOO eggy. We just flat didn't care for it, but I am sure there are other's that might love it. . .
My kids (19 and 22) took a 2-3 polite bites and threw it away. I thought they just didn't like the 'bread pudding' texture -then my husband finished his bowl was helping me clean up, and asked if I wanted to throw the rest away. I did.
Reviewed Banana Bread
"It was good, but not CRAZY good. My husband wanted it a little sweeter, but he has a HUGE sweet tooth. My daughter liked the cinnamon in it and thought it was plenty sweet. I think it needed some kind of crunch crust on top, even a sprinkle of sugar and cinnamon. It was a bit dense, but not too dense. Not too dry, but not super moist either. It rose well and looked great.
I added 2 extra bananas, a tsp of vanilla and 1/4 tsp of nutmeg. I also used half white and half brown sugar. My butter is salted, so I just used a pinch of salt. I was scared of the 'soda taste' a few people mentioned, so I halved the powder and soda. Am I getting too far away from the basic recipe to give a fair review?
Next time I may put in a 1/2 cup of applesauce because I am curious how much moisture it will add. The idea of chocolate chips is appealing. Now that I know I can easily put this together, I'll make again with a few extra's to jazz it up.
"So, I totally missed the video . . . sorry.
"My family LOVES this dish. No lie- the second time I made it I asked my husband to pick up the ingredients for me. He came home with everything I needed plus a bundle of cut flowers! I don't think I have ever cooked anything that inspired a gift of flowers before. It is my most requested dinner.
I know it is worse for you, but I do use regular spicy Italian sausage. We keep saying we will use a healthier option, but we love this SO much. I prefer the small rigatoni pasta over the larger kind. I just have regular paprika, and I use 1-2 tsp red pepper flakes vs jalapeno.
You HAVE to have bread with it so you can sop up the juice. The first day you eat it in a bowl, the second day it thickens up enough for a plate.
I did try to do some of this in a crock pot one time - it came out way too dry, but still tasty.
Reviewed Chunky Chicken Chowder
"I usually stick to recipes that have hundreds of reviews, but I saw her make this on TV and I have been cooking it ever since.
I've made it exactly as written, bone and all. And I have made it with boneless thighs. Either way was delicious. I usually use at lead a pound of meat or a bit more.
My son does not like potatoes - go figure? So I thicken it with twice the butter/flour mixture, and pour it over egg noodles instead.
And the second day - OH MAN. Much thicker and yummier.
Reviewed Sausage, Peppers and Onions Stoup
"New love for my family! Easy and quick to make. At the risk of sounding like I am reviewing my own recipe vs as written, I did have some variations:
I had to use bell peppers: 1/2 of a green, 1/2 of a red and 1/2 of a yellow because that was all I could find. I also did as suggested and used 1/2 spicy italian sausage and 1/2 sweet sausage. My husband picked up a different type of canned tomatoes for me! Instead of roasted he grabbed diced tomatoes with Basil, Garlic and Oregano. I also added a half can of tomato paste. I did find the cheese and tore the basil leaves to top it - but skipped the parsley. I've never used fresh basil before - I bought organic and the leaves looked 'wilted' like they had been steamed. I hope that is normal.
I needed to add some kind of pasta to make it last longer, it was eaten way too fast. Hardly any left for lunch the next day to see if it really tasted better the second day. I can't wait for another cold day in Texas so I can whip this up again.