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Ahi Poke Basic

Reviewed: Mar. 14, 2012
Fabulous!!!!! OHHHH my! this was just yummy yummy! I've never done a raw tuna dish like this before. I've eaten dishes that was raw, but this was my 1st attempt and I'm in heaven. I totally had to stop myself from eating so much because I was making it for my daughter. I even had my husband sample it BEFORE I told him what it was...hehehe and he LIKED IT! I only made a half batch because where I am at, raw tuna steaks comes frozen & is slightly expensive and I truely wanted not to waste it. And it's totally not a wasted recipe. I did add the red pepper flakes and crushed them with the macadamia nuts with my chopper. There's nothing in this recipe I'd change. TY TY, it's a keeper.
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Red Velvet Cake III

Reviewed: Mar. 7, 2012
I'm rating this cake in the middle of the road. I'll explain. The cake being a box mix, mixed with other ingredients and not home made from scratch was still really good. Not that hard to make or follow to a T. I rate the cake a 5 star. I can't rate the frosting with the cake very well to what I was expecting. While it was also easy to assemble and ease of the ingredients. I didn't like the fact, that it didn't taste like cream cheese frosting with the listed ingredients. My daughter liked it but to say it was cream cheese frosting, I honestly can't. It was a pudding frosting. It didn't have the right style of flavor of a true cream cheese frosting....even with the cream cheese in the frosting. The pudding mix, totally over powered and masked the flavor intended for a red velvet cake with traditional cream cheese frosting. Sorry. It really didn't do justice to my taste buds and I wasn't thoroughly impressed with it. I am sorry I didn't like the frosting flavor at all. I'll make the cake again but not the frosting.
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Rich Chocolate Frosting

Reviewed: Feb. 16, 2012
Talk about rich! wooziers, I've harped before about not being able to make frostings with butter due to the area I was living in & that's true, with Oklahoma's humidity, I couldn't make a frosting that was butter based because it would be come oily & flat, if I dared leave it out on the counter or travel with the frosting anywhere. So being that I'm now in Oregon. I needed a frosting that was rich as it sounded & light n' fluffy & could easily hold up to the moisture & humidity in the area in which I live. This was the 1st butter based recipe I've tried in a very long time & me likie! I was concerned with the high amount of baking cocoa because I don't like that chalk like residue left behind & this recipe was fabulous, it didn't flatten, it set nicely & didn't have the residue left behind like other recipes have before. I sifted my cocoa & confectioner's sugar together prior to mixing it in, to make sure it was overall well blended. I also grabbed the whipping cream in place of the milk out of pure habit, not realizing until half a cup was already in the mixture when I looked down. I actually won't change that either. Instead of replacing the milk mid way, I chose to just keep with the heavy whipping cream. It build a nice fluff and body to recipes verses milk and I don't think I'll go to using regular milk the next time I make this, because there WILL be a next time. I loved the end result, it worked well with topping a cake and a batch of brownies. TY
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Seafood Alfredo Lasagna

Reviewed: Feb. 14, 2012
My family loved this recipe. I goobered but it all worked out in the end. 1st, sent hubby to get lasagna noodles, he came back with the no boil ones....So I had to figure out how to accomendate the recipe for that. I know, that you need sauce on the bottom of the pan or the noodles will get hard and crusty. So I used a 3rd jar for that reason, just to sauce the bottom. I also goobered with the ricotta and used a 32 ounce container, but it didn't make much difference on that part. Other then needing an additional egg. The part on Step 3, I divided the layers with noodles in between the ricotta and the Alfredo mixture, It didn't state to, but I did. So there was extra noodles in my dish. However, the Alfredo mixture was as stated with the 2 jars. The opened jar I used to sauce the bottom, I used to sauce the very top before adding the cheese. It was delish. My husband was very questionable about trying it, gave him a small portion and he went back for 2nds and said it was really really good. I totally tried to make this to a T. But when you got curve balls coming at ya, you have to go with the flow...I don't think I went to far off base. But the noodles were perfect. From what family said and my girls and hubby enjoyed thoroughly. My son....I didn't except to eat it, so I made him a special plate of spagetti.
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Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Reviewed: Feb. 14, 2012
I always make chocolate covered strawberries. Especially for Valentine's Day. This recipe was totally easy. I just hadn't done it with chocolate chips and shortening. SO I thought what the heck...I'm in the mood ;-) Easy Peasy! My family loved them. I have no complaints. Great recipe.
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Fiber One® Chocolate-Peanut Butter Haystacks

Reviewed: Feb. 14, 2012
I really don't want to rate this recipe, but I must review it. The cereal to me tasting it before making this recipe, tasted sweet and fine. But it resulted in an issue with an allergic reaction, I'm sorry to say. It's my fault for not reading the ingredient list before ingesting them. I would recommend, reading the ingredients on food, if it's new to you. I can't eat the cereal because of the one ingredient. However, the recipe is easy BUT my other down fall for the recipe in it's self was, having them set up in the refrigerator because it was taking way to long to have the chocolate/peanut butter mixture dry but when taking them out and transporting them to a nursing home down the road from my house, they did like a melting factor. They didn't completely melt apart but were totally messy when I got them there. Not something I was to happy about handing them over to the folks staying there. I feel maybe the peanut butter is it's down fall, less peanut butter to the ratio of chocolate. I will say, I honestly won't be making this again because of the ingredient in the Fiber One cereal, and I find a Bran cereal alternative to use....even though it didn't taste as sweet and no allergy. I was still able to try them with the alternative and successfully made a haystack that didn't fall apart when finished by adjusting the PB and I felt comfortable with the natural bran alternative to give to my family whom can't have aspartame as well.
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Easy White Chili II

Reviewed: Jan. 28, 2012
Very very delicious. I used chicken portions that I had that needed to be used instead of chicken breast meat. And for those that don't have a 48 ounce can of beans in your pantry, it's roughly 3 standard size cans. The dish was successful easy, and overall flavor was really good. My little nit-pick on the recipe was it was a bit runny. It was more like a thick soup and not like a chili. I did mash down the beans in the final step as directed and still found it liquidy, so I added an additional 15.5 ounce can of navy beans and mashed them as well. It helped it a lot better. But reguardless of the additional can. This is a simple and pleasing dish that I will make again. So thank you Bill.
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Emergency Salsa

Reviewed: Jan. 28, 2012
Talk about a quick fix. My family goes threw salsa a lot, as much as I make try and make fresh and can it for later...I always seem to run out. Well, I wasn't prepared to not have any on hand when making a white chili recipe when I totally needed Salsa and was all out...shocking! I went to my dad's recipe and then went "great" when I was also out of whole canned tomatoes, fresh tomatoes and fresh jalapenos...So seeing the Rotel right on the shelf...I though...well?? why not. I took the Rotel and followed through with the recipe, minus of course the fresh jalapenos too. I added additional amount of cumin and had cilantro on hand and mmm talk about good. It was slightly runny after I drained the rotel and pulsed in my mixer, and that I didn't mind it being that way, a couple little stirs and it was what I needed. Others can add a 1/4 tsp of a thickener if they like or just drain the cans longer until no more liquid is seen draining. My husband loved it and finished off the leftover batch from what I was needing salsa for. Seriously, it was done in a couple of minutes and it packed a punch. Even using mild cans of Rotel. And coming up with this quick fix in a pinch, saved my dinner.
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Graham Cracker Fudge

Reviewed: Jan. 27, 2012
Well...it taste like chocolate and graham crackers, and not a bad deal. Looks like grainy fudge and was good. This was too easy to make. I reached for everything and followed to a T, but nothing bad. I didn't have milk chocolate chips, it was dark chocolate...okay a no biggie, I didn't have regular graham crackers, they too were chocolate grahams. SO just because of a minor flavor change, it still worked. I used my Ninja chopper and crushed the grahams into fine crumbs. The only time I got worried was when I mixed the crumbs in with the chocolate mixture. Make sure with this tip...keep mixing to incorperate the crumbs fully. I lined an 8x10 pan and poured right in. It started setting immediately. Hubby says they were just fine. I tasted 2 pieces and I thought the same. I could totally see decreasing some of the crumbs and adding an addition of nuts as a spin off recipe. But all in all, a nice basic recipe that can totally be a stepping stone for other fudgy recipes with other ingredient combinations.
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Fluffy Two Step Cheesecake II

Reviewed: Jan. 27, 2012
When I first made this I was very bias, thinking it was just okay. I still think the recipe above all was very easy, very nice, light but fluffy thick. Not thick as in dense heavy. The thickness of the cream cheese mixture hold very well and doesn't fall flat. This recipe reminds me of the instant no bake Jell-O brand cheesecake pie. Over all, very good. I had to re-rate this because I was a little bias at 1st to the box...then came back after a day or so and re-evaluated my previous review. While the flavor came through with the cream cheese. It is light in flavor, it needed that over the top pa-zazz. Where the box has more of a malted milk cheesecake flavor and the graham cracker crust in the box is very sweet and wet. This is lighter, with fresher ingredients and the crust is nice and dry. This a winner as far as the easiness to assemble and only having just 4 ingredients to work with. However, in the box brand, I don't have to have or want extra toppings because it's way sweeter and much more dense.....this one screams "top me with flavors" which is what I did. I made fresh blueberry and strawberry sauces. So, after thinking very clearly and honestly and seeing my family's reaction to this cheesecake topped with berry sauces. I choose this one verses the box. The berry sauces totally won me over with making this recipe again and again.
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Instant Hot Cocoa Mix

Reviewed: Jan. 26, 2012
I thought this was a nice recipe. I was concerned at 1st about the over all use of Splenda being so much. But after I mixed it up and then made me a cup, being that a standard packet suggests around 6 ounces of water. So taking in that the recipe is or says 24 servings, if you do the 2 tbsp of mix, you can work the batch out to about 34 servings. I didn't find the mix at all sweet to the point that it was excessive. It was rather mild. So I can justify the splenda ratio to the recipe. It really really wasn't overly sweet at all and that's what the marshmellows are for ;-) TY, this is a recipe I can see about keeping on hand for myself.
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Tangy Mustard

Reviewed: Jan. 26, 2012
This mustard is really good. I had a feeling I was going to like this very much. I special ordered the all the seeds. And it was rather easy to make...but I goofed on the 1st batch. I forgot the honey and it was totally a hot firecracker. It still has a bite even with the honey but it's all good. Now I choose to make 2 batches because I have a kid allergic to apples and I wanted her to be able to enjoy the mustard and not be told, sorry can't eat it. So I made a batch with Distilled White Vinegar and that's the one I forgot to add the honey. And it was flaming. The 2nd batch with the Apple Cider vinegar is the one I added a sugar free honey and it was also when I realized I forgot the honey on the 1st. I pulsed and grinded the mustard down as far as I could. We love it....You can totally leave out the Oriental mustard seeds if need be, that's where this recipe gets it's heat. I'm totally tickled stumbling across this recipe. It's a total keeper and it also helps with other ideas for mustards. Pelicangal, I salute your recipe. If I can make my family mustard verses buying it in the store. I've saved some money. Because the seeds in bulk, the ingredients that went with it, sure makes up the difference. I don't mind making fresh, when it's this easy. TY!
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Mama Palomba's Spaghetti Sauce

Reviewed: Jan. 23, 2012
Very easy to put together from start to finish. I will say I foobarb'ed with the Italian Sausage links, I used Hot Turkey Polish Sausage instead. Even though it worked out well. I'll have to try to use the italian sausage links the next time. Ours had a bit of a bite to it was, just a little acidic. However, my littliest one said she like stagetti night and was prouf of it ;-) Thank you LindaT.
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Creamy Linguine with Clam Sauce

Reviewed: Jan. 23, 2012
Very very delicious! I have to say the sauce was really good. The combining of clam juice & wine reduction with the alfredo sauce made the ingredients marry so well. It really pulled the clam flavor all the way through the sauce. I thought at first it was going to be really runny but as it turns out, it wasn't. The red pepper flakes gave it a nice heat at the end, but isn't totally neccessary at all, especially with minor children. The only thing I felt that needed more of...was the clams. my cans were 6.5oz cans not 10 oz so for the clams it's self I used 3 cans and only because it look like sauce with a few pieces. And I totally watched how much reserved clam juice I needed because the cans were a total of 13oz, not counting the 3rd can of reserved juice. But however, I'd make this again in a heartbeat. Very well paired with whole grain Linguine noodles. TY grainie.
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Sola's New Year's Soup

Reviewed: Jan. 19, 2012
This was very simple and easy to do. I very much like it. I didn't have frozen bell peppers, so I measured out 10 ounces of fresh and that equaled 2 large bells, seeded and cut into strips. The flavor of the salsa really inhanced the stock and I didn't add anyother seasonings besides the chili powder and pepper. We thoroughly enjoyed this very much. I didn't really see that after adding the rice, that it was neccessary. But you could as easily added barley, brown rice, or oatmeal. But I'll leave the rice out next time. TY was delish.
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Milk Chocolate Peppermint Bark

Reviewed: Jan. 18, 2012
I made this at Christmas time and totally forgot to rate it. I normally do some sort of peppermint bark at Christmas and decided this year to do it this way. It was easy, set up great. It looked so pretty when I had all the pieces chucked and in little pretty gift bags. This recipe is soo easy. And it's totally hard to make a flop with this, unless you dropped it on the floor in the making process. LOL. But do give this easy, tasty and simple recipe a try.
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Vegetarian Southwest One-Pot Dinner

Reviewed: Jan. 18, 2012
This recipe really...flopped for me. I'm so sorry but there is something totally missing here. And it is the liquids. I love cooking beans in a slow cooker. But when you have to cook beans for nearly 22 hours, there is something totally wrong with the way a recipe is written. And to start this recipe by extra 12 hours ahead too because of a bean soak. You shouldn't have to go to so much trouble. I started this a bean soak on a Monday night before going to bed about 8. Following morning put everything together about 9am, by 11:30am smelling good, but beans are crunchy. 2pm, same deal, by 4pm, still flustered...by 6pm adding a 28 crushed tomatoes(only to see that the can is mismarked and it's actually tomato sauce) by 8pm adding 2 cups of water and then at 11:30pm adding another 2 cups of water and beans are partly crunchy with some, stightly soft on others. I was at the point of not wanting to get up every couple of hours to check on the status, I went to bed. By 7:30am now Wed morning. The batch looks like mushed chili, still smells good, tastes ok beans are firm but soft....the over all batch isn't that appealing and if I decided to add rice and cheddar, it's going to look like glop. I'm not overally pleased with the outcome because of the shear frustration of the amount of time to get this recipe complete. I went back and looked and talked to others over my frustration and this recipe needs more water to do as the author states. I won't be making this again. I'm sorry.
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Grandma Gudgel's Black Bottom Cupcakes

Reviewed: Jan. 17, 2012
This recipe has been sitting in my recipe box for 3 years and 4 days...wow! I have made another recipe like this. And didn't realize until I went back into my hidden treasures and discovered this. The recipe was totally simple and easy. I will have to say, that 1st make sure you cream the cream cheese very well before adding the egg, sugar and salt. Because your cream cheese will be lumpy if you don't. I also used mini semi-sweet chips and it worked out nicely. The chocolate batter was devine, so we thought and this is a total keeper. When they were done, the cream cheese batter was ligtly soft and not thick, still creamy and not overly sweet. It was totally spot on. The cake, pulled threw with a perfect balance of chocolate flavor. I was totally surprised. My cake was completely done and very moist and I found, the kids were gobbling them up. I don't know why, I hadn't tried these sooner. TY!
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Bachelor's Stew

Reviewed: Jan. 16, 2012
My family basically. Killed this ;-) Following basic instructions and ingredients to a T with the exception of not having beef chuck, I had Pork Stew meat to use and this recipe compliments using such ingredient. The only suggestion in using pork stew meat, is to cut out the salt out, as I have found out. But it was a fabulous...and so we thought. I can't say anything negative. Meat was nice and tender, the veggies were succulant, the over all flavor was comforting and soothing to the soul. This is a total keeper in my house. I nearly doubled the recipe but chose not to and it easily feed family with no leave overs. TY.
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Green Chile Beef Tacos

Reviewed: Jan. 13, 2012
I changed nothing in this recipe as far as what the recipe called for to make. I decided instead of using jar green salsa and taco seasoning. I'd make mine fresh and use equivalent measurements it asked for to stay true to the recipe. What I found that others were talking about how, 4 hours wasn't enough time to cook the meat. And will agree to that. There is no way 5 pounds of meat being a chuck roast will cook in a slow cooker in 4 hours. Mine was done in 7. I feel there was too much broth mixture in when it was done, I did shred the meat and place it back in the broth, but I strained out about a cup and a half of the broth and reserved it to the freezer for another time. The meat held no flavor as it was in the broth. My family said it was fine but I thought it was ok. Sorry, it's not something I'll be making again.
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