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Potato Latkes I

Reviewed: Nov. 2, 2008
Oooh! These were absolutely delicious. I've made latkes before, but these were heavenly. You must eat them while hot to get the full tasty experience. LOVE them with sour cream. 5 stars.
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7-Layer Taco Dip

Reviewed: Nov. 2, 2008
Eh. The beans came out way too salty and slightly crunchy due to the taco seasoning. It's a lot of can opening for basic ingredients - I would rather put it on a platter for people to pick & choose from, 'cause once the eating starts it can get really messy. Mexican food is prevalent where I live in CA; this recipe seemed mediocre.
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Bacon Cheddar Deviled Eggs

Reviewed: Nov. 2, 2008
These were okay. It's a lot of work for deviled eggs; I much rather prefer just eating the bacon on the side. While you can taste it, the work just doesn't seem worth it. Like others here, I added in a ton of sharp cheddar but couldn't taste it. What a waste of cheese and calories. Better to have regular deviled eggs, leave the cheese out of it, and have some bacon on the side.
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Mmm-Mmm Better Brownies

Reviewed: Nov. 2, 2008
It looks like someone may have copied this recipe and re-listed it as the "Absolutely Best Brownies," which also has a rating of nearly 5 stars. Since I saw & tried this recipe first, I'm giving it the 5 stars. These brownies are a tad sweet for me, so I like to cut the sugar by 1/4 cup, but my boyfriend raved about them. I found through experimentation that adding ground golden flaxseed meal during the dry phase or after the batter is mixed (and before the walnuts are added) gives the brownies a slightly different texture and flavor that really compliments them, especially with the walnuts since the meal is itself subtly nutty. I've made this recipe several times now and can say it's results are addictive. Love 'em. I tend to kick up the cocoa content a little more for its antioxidants, but I'm sure that messes with the ratios. Anyway, as my bf says, "these are the best brownies I have ever eaten."
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Absolutely Best Brownies

Reviewed: Nov. 2, 2008
This recipe is almost exactly the same as the one for "Mmm-Mmm Better Brownies" on this site. The only difference is that the vanilla is added at a different time. The "Mmm-Mmm Better Brownies" recipe suggests using butter in the description instead of oil; "self-rising flour" used in this ABB recipe is equal to the flour plus baking soda and salt used in the MMBB recipe. I'm very skeptical that this is an original. That said, the brownies do taste good. I like to cut the sugar by a 1/4 cup, b/c it is very sweet; I also add 1 TBSP ground golden flax seed meal to the dry ingredients to give the brownies a nice texture with a healthy bonus (omega-3s).
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Caesar Salad Supreme

Reviewed: Oct. 12, 2008
Yum! This recipe tastes just like the Caesar salad at restaurants here in CA. Like other reviewers, I used anchovy paste instead of anchovies (it comes in a tube and saves you the time of chopping them up), and added sliced grilled chicken tenders to make it a meal with garlic bread on the side. The dressing is a bit thick and there was a little too much of it despite using a whole head of lettuce, so next time I make this I may substitute some of the mayo with olive oil (not too much), and toss the lettuce with just half the dressing then add more to taste. My boyfriend gave me a huge kiss and thanked me for making this after taking a few bites (he's a sweetheart, but I'm sure the kiss was salad-inspired). Definitely will make it again!
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Tilapia with Creamy Sauce

Reviewed: Sep. 16, 2008
The fish tasted great, but I agree with other reviewers that the sauce was way too acidic and overwhelmingly lemony. Next time I make the sauce I'll reduce the lemon and just toss the remaining lemon in my water. This recipe was really easy since you're basically just tossing stuff in the oven and microwaving. If you're in a rush, that's really great. I made a very slight change by tossing in some garlic cloves with the fish in the oven, and it enhanced the aroma and delicate flavor of the dish when it was done. Some of that roasted garlic I mashed & added to the sauce. Recipe could be great, if the sauce had the right ratios.
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All-Around Good Smoothie

Reviewed: Sep. 4, 2008
Wow. This tastes fantastic! I had been making smoothies on the fly with a variety of fruits, milk, and yogurt, but wanted something a bit more filling and healthy - which is where the ground flaxseed comes in. I had never really thought of using flaxseed until this recipe, and special ordered some ground golden flaxseed specifically to try this out. Boy, was that a good move. :D Some say the flaxseed has a nutty flavor, but when I opened the package it really smelled more like a mild mango than anything else - perfect for adding to a smoothie! I did add more milk than the recipe called for because the consistency was a bit thick - it came out so good, and I will definitely be making this again. I tried it w/frozen banana and peach slices, and am totally look forward to using other fruit as well. I like the texture of the smoothie because it feels substantial. Thumbs way up!!!
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Good Old Fashioned Pancakes

Reviewed: Aug. 15, 2008
Mmmmm! These pancakes are delicious. I stayed true to the recipe except for the addition of 1 tsp vanilla that other reviewers mentioned; they came out nice and fluffy, spread evenly on my pan, and tasted great - definitely will make again. I had leftovers (my boyfriend and I can only eat so much), so refrigerated the rest and used the next day - still good!
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Fresh Fruit Cobbler

Reviewed: Jul. 27, 2008
This recipe is great in its simplicity; the batter is sweet, spongey & cake-like - you should only just cover the fruit with a thin layer of batter or else it'll take a very long time to bake. This is what happened with me - I used a 9" round pan and ended up baking for an hour instead of 30 min because the batter was still runny/raw. It probably would've been fine if I'd used a 13"x9" dish instead, so everything was spread out. I used frozen peaches, plums, and strawberries - it turned out very sweet. Maybe a more contrasting array of fruits would be better for next time, to cut the sweetness. It's a nice recipe for something to do with an abundance of overripe fruit.
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