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Simply Traditional Lasagna

Reviewed: Oct. 10, 2007
Had to cook this without the olives due to some picky eaters in the bunch I was feeding. I think it is probably a TON better with them. Used regular old lasagna noodles (without cooking them) and added a little extra water to make sure they cooked. This turned out lovely - I will definitely make it again. Plus it seems like a great recipe for playing with - add spinach to the marinara sauce, using different meats and cheeses, adding onions, etc.
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All-Day Apple Butter

Reviewed: Oct. 30, 2007
Mmmmmmm yummy! I had just gone apple-picking and had tons of apples to use up; this recipe was a great way to do that! Just set it in the Crockpot before going to bed and finished it in the morning - so easy! Cooked down nicely, although mine needed an extra hour or 2 in the cooker to get rid of some excess liquid in the mixture. Took a whisk to it when it was all done because some of the apples looked a little chunky and it came out wonderfully! Planning to use these for stocking stuffers at Christmas :)
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Raspberry Coconut Layer Bars

Reviewed: Nov. 27, 2009
These are to DIE for! So rich and lovely! I have made these twice now, and have given out the recipe many times. People love them! They look impressive, too - someone asked me if I had gone to a bakery to get them. They do take a VERY long time to make because of having to wait for things to set and chill, so make sure that you make these a day or 2 ahead of when you need them - they are not something you can whip up the morning before a party. Just a tip - I had some trouble getting the chocolate to melt to a consistency where it would drizzle prettily. My solution - I heated a pan of water to almost boiling and then turned off the heat. I put the white and semisweet chocolates in different Ziploc bags and placed them in the water to melt. Once they were all melted, I cut off one corner of the bag and voila! Chocolate drizzle!
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Slow Cooker Cream of Potato Soup

Reviewed: Sep. 25, 2008
This is so easy and so yummy! No leeks at my local market, so I used a Spanish onion instead, and added some sauteed carrot and celery after I mashed up the soup - no blender so I used a potato masher before adding extra veggies. I can imagine this would be amazing with some bacon or smoked sausage, as the contributor suggested. A little cheddar cheese on top is great, too!
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Cranberry Drop Cookies

Reviewed: Dec. 11, 2006
These cookies are pretty good - nice and colorful with the bits of cranberry. I found 375 to be too hot, and the first batch burnt - 325 degrees for about 15 minutes worked much better. I think if I make them again, I'll add a but of ginger, cloves, or nutmeg - they need a bit more zing!
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Almond Chocolate Cookies

Reviewed: Dec. 11, 2006
A nice, cakey cookie - the flavor is wonderful! I added some slivered, blanched almonds for some crunch.
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Mom's Apple Crisp

Reviewed: Oct. 14, 2007
Flavor was great with this recipe, although I found the whole cup of water used at the end of the recipe left my apples swimming in the bottom of the dish. I think next time I will use less water. I also loooove cooking spices, so I added ginger and nutmeg to the crisp topping, and it was yummy!!!
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Spicy Beef Filet in Oyster Sauce

Reviewed: Mar. 20, 2008
Hard to pinpoint why I wasn't crazy about this recipe - I think I wanted more of an oyster sauce flavor but the pepper in it was pretty overwhelming. I know that's why the person who submitted the recipe likes it so much, but I would tone down the pepper next time (and I like spicy). Served it with some nice steamed veggies over brown rice and it made a very nice meal.
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Almond Crusted Chevre and Grape Truffles

Reviewed: Dec. 16, 2011
These are quite tasty little balls of yum. However, they are vastly impractical, leading to my poor rating. I think I paid around $12-13 for all the ingredients for this recipe (and omitted the port because I am not buying a whole bottle for 2 tbsp), and only got 11 little truffles. Not to mention they are labor intensive and messy! I do like other reviewers ideas of making this into a cheese ball, however. And this is just an opinion - not to offend the foodies - but I really think this might be just as tasty with plain cream cheese. If you really want to try this one out, skip the $20/lb chevre and go for the Philly.
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Colored Sugar

Reviewed: Mar. 17, 2011
Simple and easy! This worked fabulously. Took about 9 drops of liquid color for really vibrant colored sugar. Thanks for sharing!
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Irish Cream Truffle Fudge

Reviewed: Mar. 22, 2010
Made this recipe as is for my fiance's parents' annual St. Patty's Day Party. This recipe made a TON of fudge and it was wonderful - creamy and smooth, but did it ever pack a punch with all the liqueur! You took your first bite and when you inhaled you could feel the fumes! Most of the people at the party (grown-ups) liked it, but several people couldn't eat a whole piece because it was too strong, and it is DEFINITELY not for sharing with the little ones. Next time, I will try using maybe 1/2 cup of Irish cream and 1/2 cup of regular cream to make the flavor a little more gentle. I don't want to mess with the consistency, because that was just perfect, but it may need to be toned down just a little...
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Pollo Fajitas

Reviewed: Nov. 3, 2011
The best thing about this whole recipe is that it is QUICK! 20-25 minutes maybe (aside from the marinating) to throw together. Perfect for a quick, reasonably healthy weeknight meal! That being said - I think next time I'd play with the marinade. Maybe minus the soy sauce and add some lime juice and little more spice. But it's a perfectly serviceable base to work from and make it your own! Thanks for sharing!
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Prize Winning Baby Back Ribs

Reviewed: Sep. 9, 2011
This was my first time making baby back ribs, so part of my disappointment may come from that and I won't blame the recipe. The flavor this recipe created was awesome, we just found that the meat was drier than we would have liked. Will probably try again and hopefully not overcook the meat...
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Chicken Chow Mein

Reviewed: Sep. 9, 2011
This was a pretty good, basic recipe - I am sure it could be customized to your own taste. As it is, I found it a great way to clean out leftover veggies - throw in some mushrooms, beans, frozen mixed veggies, it all works. I think next time I make it, though, I will try to use Asian veggies like straw mushrooms, water chestnuts, etc. Having authentic chow mein noodles made a big difference with this recipe, I think, and also I used a little sesame oil instead of the butter to add some nice flavor to the recipe. Overall, a keeper. Thanks for sharing!
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Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Wings

Reviewed: Nov. 30, 2008
Just OK for me. I made these for a party and was looking for an appetizer I could use the crockpot for to get them done early. By the time my guests showed up (about 5 hours on low) the wings were cooked and flavorful - the sauce was thin, but the wings had absorbed the flavor and were pretty yummy. By the end of the party, though (10 hours or so on low) the wings were overcooked and the meat had fallen off the bones. If I made these again I would take them out before they overcooked, and then maybe bake them in the oven a little so they aren't quite so mushy. And maybe add a little honey for sweetness, and more hot sauce. And definitely buy wingettes if you can find them. Worst thing about this recipe is hacking up the whole chicken wings! Blech!
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Mushroom Lentil Barley Stew

Reviewed: Nov. 30, 2008
This has many good reviews, so maybe this recipe is just not to my taste... I made a whole pot, had a few bites, and decided that this was just not for me. I love muchrooms, but something about this is just too mushroom-y and earthy. And I agree with other reviewers - way too much pepper! I would recommend cutting the black pepper in half. Most of the broth boiled off or was absorbed by the barley and lentils, leaving a very thick, hearty stew. But this is not for me - I won't be making this again.
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Nutmeg Logs

Reviewed: Dec. 11, 2006
Nice delicate flavor - almost like a shortbread texture, but with a nice nutmeggy taste. I got about 40 cookies from this recipe. One thing I wished I had done - I made them for Christmas cookies, and I wish I had rolled them in colored sugar for a festive touch!
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Candy Cane Fudge

Reviewed: Nov. 15, 2013
Easy and delightful recipe! I used 18 normal-sized candy canes - 12 crushed and mixed into the chocolate/condensed milk, and 6 crushed and sprinkled on top. Doubled the mint extract because I wanted it extra minty; a few drops of red food coloring and it's peppermint candy pink! So cute and festive! Only problem I had with the recipe was the instruction to melt over medium heat - I assumed the condensed milk would keep the chocolate from burning, but it didn't. The candy doesn't taste burnt at all, but there are little brown flecks in it. Please use a double boiler to melt the chocolate!
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Alyson's Broccoli Salad

Reviewed: Sep. 9, 2011
Broccoli is not my favorite veggie, but this was fantastic! Had to modify it a little bit based on what I had on hand - even health-ified it with light mayo and turkey bacon - and it was still fantactic. Almost like broccoli slaw, but with some added kick. Brought it to work for lunch several days, and people were very interested in what I was eating and asked for the recipe. A lovely summer salad!
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Easy Salsa Meatloaf

Reviewed: Sep. 9, 2011
Great recipe when you haven't made it to the market and want something substantial for dinner with what you have on hand. That being said - this was only all right. I made it with turkey, which may have been the problem in itself. But I think I will be moving on to find a better meatloaf recipe...
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