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French Buttercream Frosting

Reviewed: Oct. 17, 2008
I thought this was a great icing recipe. I cut the batch in 1/2 and then split it for coloring. Had a good flavor - and nice texture. I like the texture of buttercreams made with shortening, but hate the flavor, so this was a nice mix for me. This will be a standard icing for me.
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'Chinese Buffet' Green Beans

Reviewed: Oct. 8, 2008
This was pretty good - I think that oyster sauce is sweet enough so I did not add the extra sugar and I did use low salt soy sauce.
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Kevin's Teriyaki Chicken

Reviewed: Oct. 8, 2008
I made this with crushed pineapple instead of pineapple juice, because I had some that I needed to use up, and it was wonderful. Not too salty, not too sweet. I'll make this again.
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Melon Trio with Sherry and Mint

Reviewed: Oct. 6, 2008
I liked this melon recipe as a 3.5-4 star when I forst made it, but then I decided to serve it with a touch of vanilla yogurt, granola crumbles and added more mint - it was fabulous and my guests loved it. The quality of your sherry also plays a big role - higher quality sherry does have a mild flavor, not the strong flavor you typically get with a cooking grade sherry.
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Lemon Coconut Squares

Reviewed: Oct. 5, 2008
These were very good. I liked the extra lemon - most recipes call for about 1/3 C instead of 1/2 C and think that I will keep that ratio for the future. I also liked the addition of coconut. If I ever need dessert with only pantry items, this will definitely go to the top of the list. Thanks for a nice recipe!
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Honey Corn Bread

Reviewed: Oct. 5, 2008
Truly the best homemade cornbread I have ever had! I did make a few changes - used 2% milk instead of half and half, and I like sweet cornbread but not super sweet cornbread so I didn't add the vanilla, and cut the honey a little bit. I make up for it by always using honey butter on my cornbread. Overall I don't know if I will ever make another cornbread recipe.
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Greek Chicken Pasta

Reviewed: Sep. 29, 2008
I was out of artichokes, but loved it anyway! I toseed in some diced cucumbers and added lots of olives. Will make this again.
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Real Hummus

Reviewed: Sep. 29, 2008
This didn't have enough oompff for me. All I tasted was the garbanzo beans - so I doubled the tahini and the lemon juice. I don't ever use canned beans I use dried beans which I have cooked and soaked, this is the first time I didn't think they translated well into a recipe. I am going to add fresh parsely to the leftovers and serve as a spread on an olive sandwich.
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Shrimpcargot

Reviewed: Sep. 29, 2008
I wish there had been even more butter and garlic, but that is my only suggestion. Also I used it with baby bella mushrooms and I made 20 for 4 people - they were gone! I got 1.
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Pumpkin Black Bean Soup

Reviewed: Sep. 29, 2008
I didn't really like this soup. I made mine with fresh ingredients instead of canned - so maybe that was why it was bland (doesn't make sense, but I'm trying to come up with a reason). The 2nd day I added much more spices to make it more of a black bean pumpkin chili - chili powder, onions, jalepenos, cumin, corn and more tomatoes and it was very good. Next time I try something like this I will not puree it, I think I would have enjoyed it better with more texture.
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Fried Plantains

Reviewed: Sep. 29, 2008
Pretty good - but not as good as the fried plantains I remember from being in the islands. I don't know what my friends mother did to them to make them sooooo yummy. But I will keep making these when I have plantains.
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Shrimp Wrapped with Prosciutto

Reviewed: Sep. 19, 2008
OK - the polenta was a 5, the sauce was a 5, but I did not like the nut and shrimp combo. I am typically very adventurous when it comes to seafood, it just didn't do it for me. I will make the sauce again, just not to put over shrimp.
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Shrimp Nicholas

Reviewed: Sep. 19, 2008
I wanted to like these so much. I made them over a month ago and have tried to figure out what I disliked - but the truth was that I disliked the flavor. I made 2 minor changes - I used roasted green peppers instead of red peppers - though I did use a sweet variety. I also used a hard turkey ham instead of prosciutto. I use the turkey ham all the time, so I don't think that was the reason either. Sorry Nicholas - I wanted to love them!
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Classic Waffles

Reviewed: Sep. 19, 2008
Classic is a good word for these. They are not fancy or elaborate, just plain old good waffles. I made a double batch and froze most of them so I can have waffles whenever I want.
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Lentil Soup

Reviewed: Sep. 19, 2008
I made this with red lentils and it came out beautifully. Just what I wanted for dinner!
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Pear and Blue Cheese Pastry Triangles

Reviewed: Sep. 14, 2008
I really liked these, but the whole process was a little strange. The flavor was good, and the guests ate them up, but the next time I make them I will use the puff pastry cups. I tried it both as written in the directions and as one reviewer mentioned stuffing the triangles. both ways didn't get enough filling for me and I ended up with huge bites of puff pastry with only the middle bite with filling. I would highly recommend this recipe, and I will make it again, just using the cups instead.
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Gorgonzola and Olive Stuffed Grape Leaves

Reviewed: Sep. 14, 2008
Dynamite! I used the leaves soaked in vinegar brine, which I prefer as they have a milder flavor, rinsed and drained them. I also had a lot to make so I flushed out the filling with some rice (not much) to keep my costs down. I used a mix of macademia nuts, walnuts and pine nuts since I had them on hand, tomatoes and onions out of my garden. These were a huge hit, everyone thrilled to see a vegetarianstuffed grapeleaf. I will make these again, and again!
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Creamy Dill Cucumber Toasties

Reviewed: Sep. 14, 2008
This was so nice and different - not to mention simple which is a must for appetizers which get so fussy! I toasted the bread to help keep it from getting soggy and a used the italian dressing to taste instead of the whole packet. Everyone loved them and I thought they were a great little bite - even the kids ate them.
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White Bean Bruschetta

Reviewed: Sep. 14, 2008
This was a very nice appetizer, and quite easy. I did make a few changes - added Rosemary and mashed some of the beans as per another posters suggestion. I used a whole grain french bread which gave it a really nice additional flavor. I also used a cream cheese/sour cream and fresh herb cheese instead of the chevre for my personal tastes.
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Chili-Lime Chicken Kabobs

Reviewed: Aug. 22, 2008
Loved it! I didn't grill the chicken, but I braised it in a cast iron skillet with garden tomatoes and brussels sprouts - it was so good I don't know if I will bother to grill it.
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