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Easy Cheese and Garlic Scones

Reviewed: Dec. 26, 2009
Given the title of the recipe, I would have expected it to call for much more cheese and garlic. I started out with the suggested half cup of cheese but quickly realized that it wasn't going to shine thru the way I wanted so I ended up using a cup and a half. Two tablespoons of butter was doing nothing in terms of the flour resembling bread crumbs so I increased that to five tablespoons. I also increased the garlic, added in some cayenne for kick and because I happened to have it in the house, I used buttermilk in place of the plain milk. With some personal tweaking, these scones certainly have the potential of being a five star recipe and I thank you ANGG for a great start to something my family devoured with their Christmas dinner!
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Coffee Bonbons

Reviewed: Dec. 26, 2009
OMG this is one seriously delicious cookie with just the perfect amount of coffee flavor and melt in your mouth texture. The only thing we did was to add a bit of warm water to the instant coffee granules to dissolve rather than add them in dry. Absolutely wonderful and one that will make an appearance every year on my Christmas cookie tray. Thank you so much!!
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Patti's Mussels a la Mariniere

Reviewed: Dec. 11, 2009
Oh yum!!!!!! We're garlic freaks so I used a whole head, more wine than suggested, chicken broth and just a bit of fat free half and half. You can certainly serve this over pasta, but better yet, serve as is with a salad and a nice loaf of crusty bread to sop up all of the delicious goodness! Thank you!!
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Cheddar Pull-Apart Bread

Reviewed: Dec. 11, 2009
In reading the reviews and seeing that some found this bread to be bland, I took the liberty of adding a bit of onion into the dough along with additional cheddar cheese and some garlic and onion powders. The end result was so good and enjoyed by my whole family. Thank you!
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Taylor's Piroshki

Reviewed: Dec. 11, 2009
Absolutely delicious! My friend Rob made, reviewed and turned me on to these yummy treats that we all ended up loving! Being that he's the Piroshki King, he suggested that a nice variation is adding in a bit of shredded cheese. I made these appy size and they were gobbled up. Thank you Taylor's Mommy!
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Ashley's Chocolate Chip Cookies

Reviewed: Dec. 11, 2009
I've never met a chocolate chip cookie I didn't like and this was no exception! So good! Instead of chocolate chips, I used chocolate chunks. YUM and thank you!!
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Russian Tea Cakes III

Reviewed: Dec. 11, 2009
Amazingly similar to my Oma's Vanille Kipferls with the exception of the confectioners sugar instead of granulated. If making these ahead of time, you may have to give them another roll in the powdered sugar to brighten them up as it has a tendency to yellow as the cookies sit. A quick and easy recipe that results in a delightful and delicious, tender cookie your family and friends will love. Thank you Emma!
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Sesame Thumbprint Cookies

Reviewed: Dec. 11, 2009
I've made many a thumb print cookie and thought these looked really yummy with the addition of the sesame seeds. However, while mixing I found that the dough appeared to be very dry and crumbly which made me a little nervous. I had tripled the recipe so I'm not sure if that had anything to do with it, but to be on the safe side, I added in two eggs which added enough moisture to work with the dough. Two tablespoons of sesame seeds wasn't nearly enough for even a single batch, so I increased that by quite a bit. The end result was a beautiful little festive looking cookie that just melted in your mouth. Delicious and thank you!
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Lobster Dipping Sauce

Reviewed: Nov. 30, 2009
Nothing is better than butter except when you add garlic and lemon! Not a fan of the cilantro so I subbed with parsley. So good and thank you!
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Golden Pork Chops

Reviewed: Nov. 30, 2009
I seasoned my chops with garlic and onion powders and black pepper but no salt due to the high sodium that's already in the soup. I browned the chops and then placed them in the slow cooker with lots of mushrooms. Just before serving, I removed the chops and added some sour cream to the gravy. So good and thank you!
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Maryland Crab Cakes I

Reviewed: Nov. 21, 2009
I had a craving for crab cakes last night and boy did these ever do the trick! I used Old Bay Seasoned Bread Crumbs instead of bread and a little more worcestershire sauce. Absolutely delicious John and thank you!!
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Fluffy Pancakes

Reviewed: Nov. 8, 2009
These babies are melt in your mouth delicious and truly the best pancakes I've ever made. The only thing I did differently was substitute lemon juice for the vinegar. Excellent and thank you Kris!
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Spooky Witches' Fingers

Reviewed: Nov. 7, 2009
Most adorable idea!! I also made a thumb and various sized fingers so it looked like a hand was coming out of my cake. The rest of the cookies were snacked on and so good. Thank you!
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Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

Reviewed: Oct. 28, 2009
Very good soup especially on a very chilly and rainy night. Like some others, I felt the soup needed to be bumped up with more seasonings and to make life a bit easier, I just used my microwave to cook the rice by itself. I had carrots and celery on hand, so that also went into the mix and I think peas would be another nice addition in the future. I only used three tablespoons of butter and one tablespoon of evoo to make my roux and the soup came out to a perfect consistency. Fat free half and half replaced the heavy cream and no one was the wiser. A sprinkling of some shredded cheddar and a little paprika topped it off nicely. Delish Stephanie and thank you!
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Kyle's Favorite Beef Stew

Reviewed: Oct. 24, 2009
Altho I don't eat beef, I always do taste and I must say I totally agree with all of the rave reviews. This was by far the best beef stew recipe I've ever used. The only addition I made was to use a can of tomato paste which eliminated the need to thicken with the cornstarch. Hearty, comforting and so delicious. Thank you Heather!!
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Filet Mignon with Rich Balsamic Glaze

Reviewed: Oct. 22, 2009
Very happy to have read many of the reviews before making this dish. I took others advice and added garlic and a bit of brown sugar. I started the sauce in a separate pan to begin the reduction process and once the filets were browned I then added it in. For the size of filets I had, the cooking time was right on target; browned on the outside and a nice layer of pink on the inside. I don't eat red meat so I can't comment on the dish, but for those who do in my family, this recipe was a winner! Thank you Linda!!
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Praline Pumpkin Pie II

Reviewed: Oct. 12, 2009
I would so love to give this a five star rating because it was really loved by everyone at our post pumpkin picking party yesterday, however, not one person even noticed the praline part of it. From all of the reviews this was what I was most excited about so I was just a tad disappointed it wasn't more prominent. I do plan on making this again, however, I'll increase the amount of nuts and rough chop them rather then grind them too finely. The filling was perfection however, and I thank you MFDay!
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Slow Cooker Swiss Steak

Reviewed: Oct. 8, 2009
Was not overly impressed with this recipe. I noticed that others remarked about the sauce not thickening so I used tomato sauce instead of diced. It thickened up very nicely but had to add some broth to then thin it out a tad. I found this to be so bland and repeatedly added more seasonings to achieve some kind of flavor. I finally threw in a packet of onion soup mix and a little gravy master to kick it up a bit. The carrots made the dish sweet enough so I eliminated the brown sugar. End result was good tho and thank you Cook!
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Baked Potato Soup III

Reviewed: Oct. 7, 2009
Well, I'll admit that due to lack of time, I cheated and used Instant Mashed Garlic Potatoes. I used a half cup of butter/flour for the roux and can't say that I really measured the milk; just kept adding until it looked right. It was just a tad bland for my taste so I added in some seasonings and a few drops of liquid smoke to help compliment the bacon. This is an incredibly satisfying soup and one that's going to stay in my recipe box. Thank you Carol!!
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Zesty Hamburgers

Reviewed: Oct. 5, 2009
Definitely needed more seasonings, but overall, pretty good. I liked the horseradish addition and thank you Sue!
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