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Sweet and Sour Chicken III

Reviewed: Jul. 29, 2008
Yum. I cubed the meat from three chicken breasts for this recipe, and used only green bell pepper. I also added extra garlic to suit my personal taste. Otherwise I followed the recipe precisely. The sweet and sour sauce was spot-on, but I feel like the recipe would have been a true 5 if the chicken had the classic crispy coating. I know this is a much healthier alternative, but if I make this again I'm going to add the coating! I'm willing to sacrifice a few health points for the perfect sweet and sour. :)
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Chicken Lo Mein

Reviewed: Jul. 29, 2008
This recipe was easy and very flexible--I did make a few omissions for convenience. Left out the mushrooms, green onions, and the extra cup of water, and used spaghetti instead of linguine because it was what I had on hand. I subbed in ground ginger because I don't like it fresh. Even with my changes it was a great dish. My picky sister even loved this!
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Easy Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Reviewed: Jul. 27, 2008
Wow, this was amazing! I made this with my boyfriend today and we both loved it. The recipe is really forgiving. We used whipping cream (instead of HEAVY whipping cream) and 1% milk because it's what we had on hand. It froze up just fine. I tasted the mixture before we started the machine and I was worried the vanilla was too overpowering, but once it froze it seemed to be just the right amount. Yummm!
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Chinese Napa Cabbage Salad

Reviewed: Jul. 21, 2008
I love this recipe! It is GREAT followed exactly as is, but I also think the cabbage and toasted ramen/almond/sesame mixture would be a great base for any Asian-style dressing, especially a peanut or a wasabi one. I'm going to make this again, both with the variations and with the classical dressing!
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Graham Cracker Crust

Reviewed: Jul. 19, 2008
This is a great, fool-proof recipe. Tossed the graham crackers into a blender to grind them. Mixed the ingredients directly in the pie pan. Mixed the butter in with my hands and pressed it in. I used this for a key lime pie and it holds up very nicely!
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Brazilian Lemonade

Reviewed: Jul. 19, 2008
I made the mistake of following a reviewer's advice not to peel the limes, and followed the recipe exactly. At first it was way too sour, so I added another cup of water and a few tablespoons sugar. It was just alright. But if you don't drink ALL of it at once, it sits and becomes more bitter by the minute--no more than an hour after I'd made this, the entire batch was simply ruined by awful bitterness. Maybe it was just my particular limes, but I won't ever attempt to make this again.
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Key Lime Pie VII

Reviewed: Jul. 18, 2008
Easy and yummy! I admit I was lazy and used standard limes instead of key limes, but it was just a delicious! I followed the recipe exactly otherwise and used a homemade graham cracker crust. Baked 8 minutes (no bubbling like the recipe indicated) and threw it in the freezer because I couldn't wait for it to cool and have a bite! It holds up very well and tastes perfect!
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French Breakfast Puffs

Reviewed: Jul. 16, 2008
GREAT muffins and a delicious way to start off the day. One thing to note - 6 tbsp was, for me, WAY too much butter. After I had dipped all 12 muffins, there was a LOT of leftover butter. One thing I did was use 5 tbsp of melted butter with 1 tbsp of maple syrup, just because I love maple with cinnamon! Yum!
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Asian Orange Chicken

Reviewed: Jul. 13, 2008
I thought this was okay, but not even remotely similar to the orange chicken from that "popular restaurant in the mall." I altered the recipe to use what I had on hand: apple cider vinegar instead of rice, powdered ginger and no green onions. I kept the chicken warm in the oven after pan-frying, but it still didn't stay crispy; if I were to make this again, I would omit the coating altogether. I dissolved 2 teaspoons cornstarch in 1 tbsp water and drizzled it into the sauce while stirring and it did not clump. We managed to finish the dish but "blah" is the word to describe it. But 4 stars to be fair, because I think it's just a matter of personal taste. Citrus in savory dishes just isn't for me...
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Mall Pretzels

Reviewed: Jul. 12, 2008
I mixed everything in my Kitchenaid using the dough hook attachment and let it knead the dough for 8 minutes while my oven preheated to 200 degrees. I put the dough in an oiled bowl covered with a damp cloth and turned off the oven, then let the dough rise in there for an hour. I thought 3-foot ropes of dough was way too long, even for "mall pretzels." I used 1.5-foot ropes instead and cooked 10 minutes on foil, which worked perfectly fine. I tried some with cinnamon sugar but I preferred the pretzels with kosher salt. Very soft and tasty but time consuming.
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Smooth Sweet Tea

Reviewed: Jun. 18, 2008
The baking soda really does make the tea nice and smooth--definitely no bitterness. I used Lipton iced tea bags and think 3/4 cup sugar is a tad too sweet...next time I'll probably use 1/2. Great stuff. *UPDATE* I just followed this recipe exactly using Tazo Passion Tea bags. It is EXACTLY like Starbucks sweetened passion tea, except a much better deal -- and that makes it all the more amazing! DEFINITELY TRY IT!
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Crustless Spinach Quiche

Reviewed: Jun. 17, 2008
Wow, was this one spectacular quiche. I used a full 9 oz. bag of fresh spinach (just wilted it with the onions) instead of frozen and added 12 slices cooked, crumbled bacon. Subbed monterey jack for the muenster and it was still great. This disappeared in no time.
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Peach Pie

Reviewed: May 26, 2008
I was expecting a lot more from such a highly-rated recipe. I follow popular suggestions--half brown, half white sugar and a teaspoon of ground cinnamon. These changes make for a delicious filling. I added a heaping tablespoon cornstarch for thickening and took the advice of reviewer EKM1220, and left it to cool in the oven. The pie was STILL a sopping mess...I couldn't even transfer it from pie pan to plate without it completely disintegrating. I ended up spooning out the extra juice after eating the first piece, and now it's sitting in the fridge, HOPEFULLY firming up. Great taste for the filling, but something needs to be done about the runniness...
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To Die For Blueberry Muffins

Reviewed: May 22, 2008
First off, I substituted chocolate chips for the blueberries--I wanted to make muffins with what I had on hand! This is a FANTASTIC recipe. I added 1 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla extract and used 2 whole tsp of cinnamon in the topping. Don't half the topping like some have suggested--it's the best part! I filled the cups 2/3 of the way and made 12 muffins. I'm definitely going to make these again and again; I can't wait to try the real blueberry recipe!
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Brooke's Best Bombshell Brownies

Reviewed: May 15, 2008
These are the best brownies from scratch ever! I made it with 1 cup brown sugar and 2 cups white, but otherwise followed the recipe exactly. I personally don't like them straight out of the oven; they taste salty and a little strange. But they're superb the next morning--rich and fudgy and perfect! Of course, if you're a "boxed" brownie person, no scratch brownie will equate. But for those who like good homemade brownies, these are simply the best!
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Peanut Butter Noodles

Reviewed: May 12, 2008
YUM! I used spaghetti noodles and powdered ginger because it was what I had on hand--but I'm sure udon would make it even more delicious! I had no green onions and I added extra garlic, simply because I love it. This is an AMAZING dish and I can't wait to make it again!
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Tar Heel Pie

Reviewed: Apr. 28, 2008
I really enjoyed this pie. I did use margarine instead of butter--it was all I had and I just didn't want to wait! I used a combination of milk and semisweet chocolate chips in the filling. At 40 minutes I thought it was way too gooey, but I didn't want to bake over the suggested time so I took it out against my better judgment. I didn't enjoy it at first, but by the next morning it had firmed up while still maintaining just the right amount of gooeyness. I microwave a sliver for 15 seconds and serve it with a scoop of ice cream--it's heavenly!
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Banana Banana Strawberry Smoothie

Reviewed: Apr. 28, 2008
I really love this! I added about a cup of ice. I really loved the creamy consistency, and the yogurt added strawberry flavor without pesky seeds in every swallow!
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Peanut Butter Cup Grilled Sandwich

Reviewed: Apr. 16, 2008
Yum! Simple and delicious. I just used a tablespoon each of peanut butter and chips and it was good. I love the melty creamy texture and it really does taste like a peanut butter cup when it's all hot and gooey.
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Southern Potato Salad

Reviewed: Apr. 8, 2008
This is a new favorite! First time making homemade potato salad, and it was a delicious change from the usual deli kind. I followed as is and thought it was much too dry, however, so I added about another half recipe of just the dressing and it is EXCELLENT. I will make this over and over!
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