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Five-Veggie Stir-Fry

Reviewed: May 22, 2007
This stir fry was awful. Halfway through my bowl of rice and stir fry I started feeling nauseous. I even followed the hints found in the reviews of this recipe. My boyfriend and I ended up eating leftovers instead. Will never make again and am wary of any stir fry recipe.
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Lower Fat Banana Bread II

Reviewed: May 23, 2007
This recipe is amazing! First thing I baked in my new home and it turned out beautifully! I did use three bananas as suggested by others, and it was definitely needed. I also used a tsp or so of cinnamon because it sounded yummy. The bread came out very spongy and moist. REALLY impressed with myself. :-D Thanks for the great recipe!!!
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Strawberry Yogurt Pie I

Reviewed: Jul. 4, 2007
This pie is great! I didn't layer the whipped cream on top of the frozen pie because I felt it would be better mixed in. I didn't have the freezer taste that others mentioned, but I also took the plastic inside from the pie crust and covered it with that. It worked out really well. It was like if you had froze a bunch of go-gurts and then put them in a grahm cracker crust. Soooo delish! :)
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Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

Reviewed: Jul. 21, 2007
FABULOUS RECIPE. I made the same changes that others did and this pie came out perfect! It definitely is a very heavy dessert, but so worth the calories! If you're looking for a "feel good" dessert or a sweet treat for a girl's night in this is definitely it. I'll be making this again and again for family and personal get togethor! :)Thanks so much!
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Super Easy Chicken Fingers

Reviewed: Aug. 1, 2007
I was really pleased to find my chicken did not come out mushy! HOWEVER, I tried the honey mustard coating with the bread crumbs and not entirely thrilled with the taste. It may be the brand of croutons I crunched up and sprinkled on there. I would originally give this recipe a four, but in light of my modifications and the process was good in and of itself it gets a five. If I make this again, I may attempt my own croutons or stick with plain breading with the honey mustard coating. Overall, not a bad recipe at all!
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Baked Pear

Reviewed: Aug. 12, 2007
My boyfriend and I enjoyed the pears, but I felt the recipe was lacking. The pears were still crunchy after an hour and the specified amount of honey and butter didn't give enough syrup to continue basting it through the cooking. The flavor was nice, but nothing too intense. The sauce that was left was REALLY good over ice cream and I'm going to try to make some kind of ginger, cinnamon syrup for ice cream in the future. I may make this again because it tasted pretty good, but only if I happen to have a few pears laying around. I wouldn't go out of my way to make this.
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Pork Chop and Feta Skillet

Reviewed: Aug. 12, 2007
This recipe was SOOO flavorful! I did make some small changes to the recipe, though. I marinated the chops in the lemon and spices for about an hour in the refrigerator. I also added minced garlic and oregano per another users recommendation. The feta never actually melted, but it definitely gave the pork a nice little flavorful punch. I'll definitely be making this again! It's great for a change of pace.
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Annie's Fruit Salsa and Cinnamon Chips

Reviewed: Aug. 22, 2007
This salsa is so flexible! You can use any combination of fruits (although those listed are fabulous) and you can definitely add some cool whip to this dessert. The cinnamon chips were easy to make and great to eat on thier own. Will definitely make again and again, esp. for family parties!
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Chocolate Rum Balls I

Reviewed: Dec. 20, 2007
I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by this recipe! A friend had always said that her grandmother "baked her rum balls" and so when I realized this was essentially a "no bake" recipes, I was really surprised! I think 1/4 cup of liqour may have been too much, but my mother just couldn't get enough of these things! And they were just TOO easy to make. I think if I do make this recipe again I will try mixing other nuts, liqours, and toppings. Thanks for a fabulous recipe!!!
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Oatmeal Raisin Cookies I

Reviewed: Dec. 20, 2007
This recipe worked out fairly well. I used dark brown sugar as opposed to light brown sugar and it gives the appearance that the cookies are burnt. They taste great either way, but you'll see more dissapear if they aren't "burnt looking".
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Slow Cooker Chili II

Reviewed: Dec. 20, 2007
The measurements in this recipe were really off. I added almost 60oz of tomato puree just to get it to the point where it was more like chili and less like meat sauce. I didn't add any of the liquid that is in with the beans (I think it smells/tastes horrible) and found that it was the right (thick) consistency this way. I would definitely recommend sauteing your veggies in butter and garlic first.
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Bowties and Broccoli

Reviewed: Dec. 26, 2007
The basic recipe is good, but it's not enough. You need to add plenty of other spices...garlic powder, italian seasoning, salt, and basil were my choices. I also thought that it would be really dull with just broccoli, pasta, and spices so I spiced it up a bit with hard salami chunks and pepperoni slices. It was a huge success at our family christmas party! I sauteed the garlic as prescribed and steamed the broccoli. Thanks for the great base recipe, I just like my pasta salad with a little kick!
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Spaghetti Squash I

Reviewed: Mar. 13, 2008
Unfortunately, this dish did not please either me or my hubby. I think it may have been the overpowering onion flavor... if (a big IF) I ever try this again I will cut the onion in at least half. For some reason my spaghetti squash tasted alot like pumpkin. I also tried a different method of cooking the spaghetti squash where you put it in a baking dish with about a 1/4 inch of water and cook it for 35 minutes. My mother swears by this method and says the squash gets less "crunchy" that way. It's definitely something to try if you never have before. I think maybe I will try making spaghetti squash again but just putting sauce on it like spaghetti noodles. Thanks anyway though!
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Honey Garlic Ribs

Reviewed: Jun. 9, 2008
OH MY GOSH! What a fun and easy recipe!!! Once you add the baking soda to the garlic and honey mixture it's like a volcano! I was so skeptical when I saw that, but I figured "Hey, I'm halfway-I might as well finish" and I'm so glad I did!!! This was the best ribs I've ever had! My hubby felt the same way! I think I may end up using this for Father's Day on Sunday. Thanks soooo much for this crazy, but yummy recipe!!! The only suggestion I have for those who said it has no flavor is increase the garlic by about a little less than a clove...helps bring out the tang of the mixture. Thanks again!
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Angel Hair Pasta with Shrimp and Basil

Reviewed: Jun. 19, 2008
My fiance loved this recipe, but I wasnt as impressed. It's much better than what I usually make for a scampi so that's why this gets four stars. The garlic that the recipe calls for is NOT enough for the entire dish. If your looking for a tomato-y garlic-y scampi, this isn't it as written. I would recommend adding at least another teaspon (if not more) as you reduce the tomato, wine, basil mixture. The taste is just about right otherwise and I did not have other reviewers problem with getting the sauce to stick, although I did NOT use the olive oil in the water. I really liked the chunky tomatoes and smooth, wine tasting sauce otherwise. My kitchen smelled very much like a good italian restaurant!! It would have been perfect with that extra garlic, otherwise. Thanks for the recipe!
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Garlic Spread

Reviewed: Jun. 22, 2008
not a bad basic recipe. I added parsley, dill, and basil to the cream cheese and butter mixture. I'm loving it! I've never attempted a dip before and this was definitely a great start! Thank you so much! I'll definitely be flaunting this at parties this summer!
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Stuffed Peppers

Reviewed: Sep. 4, 2008
This recipe is very, very good, but... I think it lacks a bit of kick! I like very flavorful and depthy food and this just doesn't quite meet the mark. Don't get me wrong, I've made it at least twice since I found the recipe, but it's just missing something. Maybe some chilli powder and extra garlic? I'm not quite sure. Anyway, good recipe to start, but don't be afraid to try adding different flavors!
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Guacamole

Reviewed: Sep. 7, 2008
Magnificent recipe!!! :) The blend of onion and garlic with the avacado flavor is so amazing! I made a packet guacamole one time before this... never again! It was a complete waste of an avacado! I'm adding this to my repetoire of recipes... love it! Thanks so much!
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Cream Cheese Frosting II

Reviewed: Sep. 22, 2008
...I'm not sure what happened here, but I didn't think this frosting was anything special. I made it exactly as written and was really saddened. I'm not even sure I'm going to put them on Paul's Pumpkin bars because it's just so... blah. It's definitely missing something. More sugar maybe? It was fairly runny and not very distinctive in taste. I'm sorry, but I don't think I'll be making this one again.
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Paul's Pumpkin Bars

Reviewed: Sep. 22, 2008
This is an awesome, awesome recipe. Even just taste testing the batter, I can easily say it beats any pumpkin pie or cake that I've ever had! (But, don't tell my aunts that) I made adjustments similar to many reviewers. 30oz can of Libby's Pumpkin Pie mix...I don't think it would have been as tasty otherwise. Cut down the sugar to 1.25 cups...I think brown sugar would have been really good here. Maybe .75 cups each. I added a little extra splash of vanilla because I didnt think it could go wrong and I added a teaspoon of pumpkin spice to the mix and sprinkled cinnammon on top before I baked them. I made mine in greased and floured 8x8 pans (they won't really be bars...more like slabs). DO NOT use a different icing. I used the Cream Cheese Frosting 2 on this site and was sadly dissapointed. Give the icing recipe on here a try, I wish I had!
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