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KELLOGG'S* RICE KRISPIES* White Chocolate Cranberry Crisp Bars

Reviewed: Jan. 17, 2009
I brought this to a family Christmas gathering, and it seemed to be enjoyed, mostly by the kids. I admit I made a change or two: I used orange-flavored dried cranberries and also added a bit of orange essence to the white chocolate drizzle. (Careful with the orange essence! Since its water and alcohol based, more than a couple drops will ruin the texture of your melted chocolate.) I think my problem with this recipe is that it doesn't taste cohesive - it tastes like rice krispies and cranberries and white chocolate. It's missing that element of magic that turns 'ingredients' into a harmonious dish. However, if you're looking to impress some hungry kids, this is a keeper. One note I'll give on preparation: Timing! Because of the rapid cooling of the corn syrup mixture and also the white chocolate drizzle, you have to be quick on the draw. (For example: Spread out the rice krispie mixture the second its thoroughly mixed.) It worked out for me, but I almost had a mucky mess on my hands!
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Golden Yam Brownies

Reviewed: Jun. 16, 2008
I whipped these up for a Bachelorette party this past weekend. The bride-to-be is watching her figure and I decided that for a baked good, these at least SOUND healthy. All the girls loved them! I followed other reviewers' suggestions and used 3 eggs instead of 4. Even with that omission, it came out as a dense cake. Next time (there WILL be one!)I will use 2 eggs, all brown sugar, and a pinch or two of nutmeg. DELISH!
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Egg and Cheese Puffs

Reviewed: Jun. 9, 2008
I brought these into the office for a co-workers birthday breakfast, and they went like hotcakes! I substituted turkey bacon, and topped off each puff with chopped scallions before baking. I found that they needed slightly more cooking time than recommended in the recipe - about 35 minutes to brown on top. My only complaint was that between the bacon, the cheese and the extra salt, they got a little TOO salty. Next time I'll only add a dusting, not the full 1/2 tsp.
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Guinness® and Chocolate Cheesecake

Reviewed: Jun. 4, 2008
I've made this cheesecake twice, both times with stellar results. The first time I didn't make any changes to the ingredients, and followed the instructions to the letter. It was exceedingly good. The texture was silky and crack free, the flavor was a mature chocolate with subtle stout undertones. (NOTE: When I was pouring the batter into my springform, I was nervous because it seemed too thin to set. It wasn't! Actually, I think that's why it was so silky smooth.) The second time I made the recipe, I added an extra 1/4 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder to the crust, and instead of Guinness I subbed Young's Double Chocolate Stout (a heady English Stout in a purple bottle/can that can be found in the Microbrew section of most liquor stores). What a winner! The extra cocoa powder and the Young's achieved the complex bittersweet flavor I had been looking for. This is a Five Star recipe with no changes, and (in my opinion)MORE than five with heavier stout.
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Lemon Wow Cake

Reviewed: Jun. 4, 2008
WOW is right. I whipped up this gem for Family Easter this year and it was a huge hit. Grandma had 3 slices! I used both lemon cake mix and lemon pudding mix, and followed the suggestion of several other reviewers to double the tarragon. ALL good choices! The tarragon is refreshing and adds complexity, and is still subtle after doubling. I also glazed with a simple saucepan mix of butter, powdered sugar, and lemon juice. I poked holes on top so glaze could seep directly INto the cake, then spread any excess on top. The glaze added that TANG that I crave from a lemon cake. This cake single-handedly won me the title of Official Holiday Dessert Chef in our family. No easy feat! Thanks Julie!
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Ground Beef Curly Noodle

Reviewed: Jun. 4, 2008
For what this dish consists of, it is WAY more delicious than it has any right to be. I was looking for something easy to toss together after a late day at work, and this more than fit the bill! The only real change I made was using a can of (Rotel brand) tomatoes with green chilies. It gave it just a little extra kick. I used 2 packages of noodles (with an extra 3/4c water to compensate) and about a packet and a half of seasoning - perfect! I think the key to getting the noodles to cook properly is remembering to COVER when you simmer. The steam gives them a delicious, chewy, al dente texture. The only reason I didn't rate this one 5 Stars was the lack of visual appeal. It's not pretty, but don't be fooled - IT'S DELICIOUS! I raved, Boyfriend raved, and we will make this again and again!
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