Duckie

Summer Squash and Sausage Stew
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Duckie's rating

Delicious recipe! I thought we liked things spicy, but 1/2 CUP diced jalapeno for 4 servings? Whew! We couldn't have eaten it that way! I skipped the jalapenos completely and used 1/4 t. cayenne pepper. That was spicy enough for us here in the Midwest. Next time I make this, will try adding more tomatoes for a little more tomato flavor. Can't wait to have it again. Update: I have also made this with little smokies and it is quite good.

Date-Marshmallow Waldorf Salad
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Duckie's rating

I made this salad with honeycrisp apples and cut the sugar to 2 tsp to make up for using sweet apples, then let it sit in the fridge for 24 hours before serving. The dressing didn't taste sweet when I put it in the fridge, but it picked up the sweetness from the apples as it sat overnight. It was wonderful! I'll be making this again & again.

Lemon Dijon Wings
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Duckie's rating

We added 1/4 c. honey and cut way back on the pepper, didn't have time to marinate, and baked in the oven @ 350 for 1 hour. Delicious! Bet they would be good cooked on the grill as the recipe states. Will make again & continue to tweak.

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies
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Duckie's rating

Delicious cookies! I used 1 1/2 c. Skippy's Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Spread in place of regular peanut butter. Also, per other reviewers suggestions, I used butter instead of margarine, 1/4 c. more flour, a little less salt, 2 c. oats & added 1 t. vanilla. The dough was soft & sticky (refrigerating it might be a good idea), and tasted like those chocolate/peanut butter/oat no-bake cookies. It baked up into wonderful cookies.

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Vegan Red Lentil Soup
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Duckie's rating

I omitted the fenugreek seeds, subbed sweet potato for squash, & used dried cilantro, but otherwise followed the recipe. It was bland. I added some Better Than Bouillon chicken base to it and that helped a little. I won't make it again.

Slow Cooker Red Curry Beef Pot Roast
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Duckie's rating

I used larger potatoes & cut them into small bite-sized pieces, but it still took a long time for them to cook. I used stew beef & did not brown it. One tsp of red curry paste didn't add much flavor to my full crockpot. I added another tablespoon at the end and that made the dish slightly spicy & more flavorful. Also added an extra tablespoon of cornstarch. The end result was quite good & my family liked it. Will make this again.

Scottish Shortbread IV
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Duckie's rating

Having made a few changes based on other reviews (added vanilla & salt), I can't rate this recipe down too much, but I will say it is much sweeter than shortbread normally is--almost like a sugar cookie.

Black Pepper Beef and Cabbage Stir Fry
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Duckie's rating

I have made this several times and have found it to be VERY bland as written and still so, even after adding onion & using beef broth & some sesame oil as some reviewers have suggested. I like that it is low carb & healthy so will keep working with it awhile longer. Next time will add ginger , chili flakes, and additional veggies.

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Southwest Sausage Bake
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Duckie's rating

Whoa, 4 cans of green chiles? Maybe I'll get up the courage to try it that way in the future. For the 1st time making it, I used 2 cans of drained Rotel tomatoes as datharp1 suggested, also adding part of the drained juice. I like my breakfast casseroles with potatoes, so subbed 2 thin layers of frozen cubed potatoes for the tortillas. It turned out pretty good, slightly spicy. Will make it again. Thanks for a new take on breakfast/egg casseroles.

Gumbo Style Chicken Creole
Rating: Unrated
Duckie's rating

Cooked the onions & garlic for a bit in butter (not oil), then added the peppers & cooked a bit longer. THEN added the flour & stirred well to incorporate it. Used celery instead of mushrooms, added 1.5 cups chicken broth, and 1 andoullie sausage, all suggestions by other reviewers. Served it with some quinoa. Made this way, it is more like a spicy, thick soup or stew. We liked it very much and will definitely make it again.

Southern Dill Potato Salad
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Duckie's rating

My biggest problem with this recipe was how many potatoes to put in. Red potatoes come in a variety of sizes. "10 red potatoes" isn't enough information (I did find 3 lb. red potatoes works well). The recipe, as written, is very bland tasting, but apparently a lot of people like bland. I took some reviewers' suggestions and added 1 T. sweet pickle relish, subbed 1/2 of the mayonnaise with Miracle Whip, and added 2 chopped large dill pickles, which improved the flavor significantly. Will add more dill pickles next time. This is a great base recipe that can be tweaked to your liking. It is going into my recipe file.

Apple Jicama Coleslaw
Rating: Unrated
Duckie's rating

Interesting ingredients in this coleslaw but as with several other reviewers I, too, found the dressing bland. Also thought it made 6-8 servings, not 4. My small cabbage and jicama must have been bigger than the ones Chef John used. Not surprisingly, I needed to increase the dressing by 1/2 also.

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