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Southern Potato Salad

Reviewed: Jul. 1, 2012
So, so delicious. I had southern potato salad for the first time at a restaurant nearby and I couldn't figure out what was so amazing about it. Just made it at home, estimating the ingredients since I had several pounds of potatoes to use up. Added white vinegar to freshly drained potatoes and tossed. Added sugar to the dressing, which I mixed with the celery, onions and eggs before folding into the potatoes. Also, the recipe didn't call for onions, but I added them. Used garlic salt instead of whole cloves. I had to chop dill pickles because I didn't have sweet relish. I think the sugar made up for the lack of sweetness from sweet relish.
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Sangria! Sangria!

Reviewed: May 16, 2012
Incredible! We loved this recipe! Used Trentare 33 red wine ($6/bottle @ Trader Joe's), which was perfectly dry for this recipe. Left out the sugar, cherries, and carbonated water. I didn't have frozen lemonade concentrate, so I used an extra 1/4 cup of fresh lemon juice. Served over ice. Delicious!
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Dutch Apple Pie with Oatmeal Streusel

Reviewed: Dec. 4, 2011
The topping is amazing, I would absolutely use it again. The filling isn't great because like so many other reviewers said, it's very runny. I doubled the amount of flour (so a total of 4 TB flour) and I added 2 TB of cornstarch to guarantee a thick syrupy filling. That didn't happen ... After a few pieces were cut, the liquid started leaking out so there was a layer of apple-cinnamon liquid on the bottom of the pan. It didn't affect the taste too much, but it wasn't pretty to look at. I would use the same topping for a different filling recipe next time.
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Pie Crust IV

Reviewed: Nov. 23, 2011
I usually don't have much luck with pie crusts, but I needed two for Thanksgiving, so I gave this recipe my best shot. I made a double recipe, and before starting I had the shortening in the freezer all day. Without a pastry cutter or food processor, I cut up the shortening in the flour using a pizza cutter. I put ice water in by the tablespoon, adding about 2/3 cup in total, and tossing the mixture with a fork after each addition. I put the dough in the freezer for about 30 minutes before I rolled it out.
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Kimchi Jun (Kimchi Pancake) and Dipping Sauce

Reviewed: Oct. 6, 2011
My pancakes didn't really turn out like those pictured, so I'm not sure if I made a mistake or if the recipe just isn't all that great. Thank goodness kimchi is so flavorful, otherwise I'm not sure there'd be too much to these pancakes. I added a few teaspoons of white rice flour since it helps things crisp up nicely, but it didn't seem to add much crispiness. We really liked the dipping sauce, but maybe we'll give another kimchi pancake recipe a try next time.
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Mom's Country Gravy

Reviewed: Aug. 14, 2011
I didn't like it at all, but someone else at breakfast thought it was ok, so two stars. I think the main problem is using oil, but I believe in trying a recipe as written the first time around. It didn't taste like gravy I've had before, had a weird taste to it. After cooking it according to the recipe and tasting it, I added garlic powder as per another review; it helped a little. I added more pepper and some chicken bouillon, and that didn't help at all. I think it made it worse ... so I tried to season it as best I could, then served it over biscuits. It was edible, but I won't make it again. Too many other recipes for good gravy out there.
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Chicken Makhani (Indian Butter Chicken)

Reviewed: Jun. 2, 2011
Doubled the onion, garlic and ginger. Used cream instead of half and half, didn't have yogurt so I left it out. Left out cayenne. I used canned diced tomatoes because that's what I had. Once the sauce was cooked, I blended it until it was smooth. I added ground almonds as per another suggestion. Tossed in cubes of paneer instead of chicken. Also added coriander (1 tsp) and fenugreek seeds, ground (1/3 tsp) according to other reviews.
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Lemon Blueberry Bread

Reviewed: May 22, 2011
Absolutely loved it. I made it in mini bundt pans, and I wasn't sure how it would turn out, but the recipe was so forgiving that they turned out perfectly. I used raspberries instead of blueberries because that's what I had and because I love the combination of raspberries and lemon. I think the raspberries can stand up to the bold lemon flavor better than blueberries, but to be fair, I did not try blueberries. Thanks for a fantastic recipe.
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Milk Chocolate Florentine Cookies

Reviewed: Dec. 24, 2010
I did not care for these at all, I am sad to say. Even with heavily greased foil (and in a second attempt, a heavily greased nonstick cookie sheet), these cookies were quite difficult to get off the foil / pan (I tried removing them immediately after coming out of the over). To be fair, several of the cookies did come off the pan / foil with only partially broken edges, but to me, any breakage is unacceptable. I bake constantly and have never had this much trouble removing cookies from a pan. I think another reviewer mentioned "chiseling" them off ... sounds about right to me. I tried cooking them for 5-7 minutes, then 10 minutes as per other reviews. Neither time really yielded a good cookie. I was looking for something thin, crispy, buttery and delicate. These ended up being chewy, candy-like, brittle, and fragile. I really had high expectations for these cookies, and I am by no means a novice when it comes to baking. Sorry, these were not at all what I wanted, and I will not be making these again.
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Easy Tortilla Soup

Reviewed: Dec. 5, 2010
I love the idea of using chicken and rice for the base of this soup. Great idea! As per other reviews, I went without the tomato sauce and instead doubled the diced tomatoes. Add a can of black beans. Added some spices - cumin, chili powder, paprika, garlic salt, black pepper to taste. You can really play around with this recipe to suit your tastes. I'm a from-scratch kind of cook myself, but because of how well this turned out, I will be taking the shortcut route in the future for tortilla soup. Love it!
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Mujaddara Arabic Lentil Rice

Reviewed: Oct. 21, 2010
I thought this recipe was great. It was so economical and such a comfort food. As per other reviews, I added 1 tsp garam masala to the lentils just before I stirred in the rice. I also sprinkled 1/2 tsp cumin seeds and a few dashes of cinnamon onto the onions as they fried / caramelized. Serving this with yogurt was a must. We used greek yogurt, and it was amazing. The tang of the yogurt with the sweetness of the caramelized onions and cinnamon went so well with the hearty lentil and rice mixture. I fried one large yellow onion, and that seemed to be enough. Next time, I will chop the onions instead of slice them into rings because the rings were difficult to incorporate into the lentil rice mixture. I will absolutely make this again. (I also made homemade whole wheat pitas to go with this dish - they were the perfect for this meal. Used a mixture of whole wheat and AP flour, 2:1 for whatever recipe you use.)
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Dark Chocolate Cake II

Reviewed: Sep. 11, 2010
Like other chocolate cake recipes with coffee and vinegar, this one did not disappoint. I love one bowl recipes, and this one didn't even require me to take out a mixer - I just whisked by hand and that was sufficient. Also, I subbed 3 TB mayonnaise for each egg because I was out of eggs. I added 1 tsp vanilla. I also attempted to bake in two 8" round pans, and it baked over the rim (to be expected) as an FYI to others. Thanks for the great recipe!
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Spaghetti with White Clam Sauce

Reviewed: Jul. 14, 2010
Loved it. Made changes as per other reviews - only 1/4 C EVOO, 3 TB butter, 1 TB minced garlic (I LOVE garlic!), no garlic powder, only had one can of clams, and 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper. Also added a splash of heavy cream. Wonderful!
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Mint Juleps

Reviewed: Jul. 3, 2010
I have never had a mint julep before, so I have nothing to compare this recipe to ... I found this drink quite sweet for my taste. I'll have to adjust how much syrup I use next time. Secondly, WOW were these strong. I guess that can be a good thing, depending on what you're looking for. I did bruise the mint leaves in the 2 cups of water before I simmered the water, sugar and mint, as another reviewer suggested. I didn't need a strainer because the mint leaves were large enough to be removed by hand with a fork. Also, I added a few freshly torn mint leaves to each glass, in addition to a mint sprig, for extra "raw mint" flavor. Very refreshing, and pretty too. Thanks!
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Mocha Icing

Reviewed: Jun. 22, 2010
This was more of a glaze than an icing, but I guess you could call it an icing too. I left out the vanilla because I had none. I used 1 tsp instant coffee granules, 1.5 TB cocoa powder, 4 tsp melted butter, ~3/4 C confectioner's sugar, and around 1 TB 1% milk to achieve the consistency I wanted (this is the recipe scaled to 25%). I iced brownies with the glaze / icing ... wonderful!
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Original Nestle® Toll House® Chocolate Chip Cookies

Reviewed: Jun. 8, 2010
This recipe is, of course, perfect :-) To create thicker cookies, I use half whole wheat flour and half all-purpose flour. I also use 1/2 tsp baking powder and 1/2 tsp baking soda instead of just 1 tsp baking soda. Did not incorporate nuts. 9 minutes at 350 F for golf-ball sized balls of dough worked quite well - cookies were just slightly underdone. I left them on the pan for an additional two minutes, then transferred to cool on a plate. Perfect!
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Chewy Brownies

Reviewed: Jun. 7, 2010
This recipe is wonderful! I personally prefer boxed brownies to homemade any day ... homemade never have that richness, moisture, or chewiness that boxed ones do - well these have ALL of those things, and more! As per other reviews, I used 3 eggs instead of 4, bumped up the cocoa to 1/2 cup, and cut back the sugar to 1.5 cups. I added 1 cup walnuts and 1 cup chocolate chips. These brownies are amazing ... soft, slightly chewy, a little crispy on the edges, super moist. Really, really great - thanks!
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Taco Seasoning I

Reviewed: Mar. 10, 2010
Loved this recipe. Absolutely delicious with ground turkey for tacos. I added ~3/4 C water to 2 lbs of browned ground turkey before adding the seasoning so that everything mixed well. Wonderful, highly recommend.
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Black Magic Cake

Reviewed: Mar. 10, 2010
I have made this cake more times than I can count, so I thought I would finally review it. It is just amazing. I love the super dark chocolate look and taste this cake has, and how moist it comes out EVERY TIME! I never have buttermilk so I use 1 C 1% milk mixed with 1 TB white vinegar (let sit 5 min). I always use freshly brewed coffee from my mini espresso maker, which makes some strong coffee. I have baked this in both 9" and 8" round pans, and both are fine. Cooking time is longer for the 8" pans, about 40 minutes, while for me the 9" pans are done in 32 - 35 minutes. I have always frosted with a chocolate ganache ... so much delicious chocolate! Highly recommend.
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German Pancakes II

Reviewed: Feb. 28, 2010
Wasn't bad, but probably won't make again. It was extremely eggy ... I think I was expecting something a little different. When baked, there was thick "marbling" of egg throughout ... kind of quiche like in some ways. I tried mine with maple syrup, which made it better, but this recipe just wasn't for me. I gave it 4 stars because it came out well, I believe, just wasn't my taste.
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