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Lemon Cream Cupcakes

Reviewed: Feb. 29, 2012
Unfortunately, I didn't like these cupcakes. Like reviewers before have said, they were extremely dense, more like a pound cake or muffin, and actually collapsed a bit on cooling. I've never seen a cupcake do that. They were rather bland as well, even though I did add more lemon zest and juice as other reviewers recommended. A disappointment, I'm afraid.
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Pumpkin Black Bean Soup

Reviewed: Nov. 22, 2010
It drives me crazy to see people give a recipe 5 stars, only with adjustments that make it very different. This means if someone makes it to recipe, they are getting something totally different than what you've actually eaten. 3 stars to the original recipe, and 5 to the adjustment recipe. I've made it to recipe and with adjustments, and to recipe was just not great. Adjustments: Used green onions and less butter to start. Need either less broth or more beans, as 4 cups to 3 cans = watery mess. Used diced tomatoes with green peppers, substituted veg broth for beef, and omitted the ham. Used apple cider vinegar instead of sherry. These adjustments made for a terrific soup. I'm sorry to say, the original just wouldn't cut it in my kitchen.
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Easy Curry Couscous

Reviewed: Oct. 22, 2010
This was spicy and good, but missing a little sweetness to me. I added a bit of brown sugar. Next time, since it reminds me of pineapple fried rice, I think I'll use pineapple juice and chunks for the sweetness, and maybe throw in some cashews.
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Deviled Eggs

Reviewed: May 25, 2010
Way way too salty. Completely inedible. The other reviewers seemed to wisen up in time, but I try to make a recipe as it's written the first time. So yes, reduce salt by at least half. I tried to salvage them, but I ended up feeding it to my dog.
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Italian Ricotta Cheesecake

Reviewed: May 4, 2010
I had high hopes - but I hated the texture! It wasn't very sweet on its own, and topping was absolutely necessary. I like my cheesecake sweet and untopped, so this wasn't the recipe for me.
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Fantastic Black Bean Chili

Reviewed: Nov. 11, 2008
This recipe improves mightily with additions. On it's own, I found it was too sweet, too much oregano and too much tomato taste. It was bland and very disappointing, given it's reviews. Reviewers, please rate the recipe as written. Reviewing your own mods confuses the heck out of it. My (vegetarian) mods: + 1 tbsp cumin 1 tsp salt 1 pinch chili flakes sub veggie crumbles for ground turkey
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Chocolate Chip Peppermint Cookies

Reviewed: Apr. 24, 2008
Good taste - didn't care for the texture. As I was making these I thought the recipe called for too much flour and not enough egg or even any milk, but I usually follow the recipe the first time. I was right. Other reviewers have commented on baking them less or eating them right away, but I think cookies should be transportable snacks. One hour in my bag and they were crumbled to bits. I might use them as a crust for a pie, but as cookies they're a bit of a failure.
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