SooperMom

Homemade Beef Stew
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This has become my go-to recipe for Beef Stew. My family loves it, and the flavor is even better as leftovers on day two. I increase the beef to 3 lbs., increase the beef bouillon to 10 cubes, and double all the spices (rosemary, pepper, parsley). I also use more cornstarch for a thicker stew. It's fantastic. Nothing better than a bowl of this stew and some crusty french bread on a cold winter night.

Monte Cristo Sandwich - the Real One
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I doubled the meat on this recipe, but the ratio of bread/batter to meat/cheese still seemed off. Also, I had to use three toothpicks per quarter, and they still tried to come apart while deep-frying. The flavor was OK, but they were a little greasy. The kids used grape jelly rather than currant, and they seemed to like it. I have another Monte Cristo recipe that involves pan-frying in butter, and I like it better than this recipe.

Chef John's Stuffed Peppers
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This was surprisingly good. I used red bell peppers rather than green, and brown rice rather than white, but otherwise followed the recipe closely. It's a time-consuming recipe, but I'm sure I'll get faster as I cook this more often. It's definitely going into a regular rotation in my cooking repertoire. Delicious!

Chef John's Macaroni and Cheese
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I followed the instructions with no modifications or additions, and I was underwhelmed with the results. I brought it to our neighborhood block party, and ended up coming home with an almost full pot. I used sharp cheddar for the cheese, and maybe it would have been more flavorful if I used a combination of other cheeses. Oh, well. I'll continue experimenting.

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Cranberry Brie Bites
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SooperMom's rating

These were very easy to make and very tasty. I used sliced almonds rather than walnuts because I like almonds more, and that's what I had in my pantry. You do need to be careful that the pastry comes up fully on all sides or the jelly will get under the pastry and burn on the bottom. I had a few random ones that had to be thrown out because of a burnt bottom. I used jellied cranberry sauce, but any flavor jam or jelly would be good. I'll definitely make these again.

Simple Artichoke Dip
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SooperMom's rating

This is a bland version of what should be a very tasty dip. Just add 1 package of shredded mozzarella (2 cups) and 2 teaspoons garlic powder to this recipe and you'll have creamy, garlicky perfection.