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Busy Day Barbeque Brisket

Reviewed: Mar. 15, 2009
This recipe was okay, but be careful. It has potential, but a few alterations are KEY. The liquid smoke is like any other seasoning...you can always add more, but you cannot take it out!! 1/2 tsp is WAY too much. Put in a few drops, taste it after it's cooked and if you feel it needs more, then by all means... I cut the cumin in half (again, too smokey) and make sure your BBQ sauce isn't "smokey" too (a mistake I made). 1 TBSP of paprika was a bit much...it overpowered much of the brisket. I would make this again, but definitely make those alterations. The only way I could eat this brisket was if I drained it as much as possible. If I would've made those changes (above), then the juice would've been wonderful. Hope this helps...
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Louisiana Sweet Potato Pancakes

Reviewed: Sep. 4, 2009
What a great idea!! I can't believe I haven't made these before! I made a few alterations and probably will again the next time I make them. I used sweet potato puree from Trader Joe's (saved a TON of time) and used 1 cup of whole wheat flour and 1/2 cup of regular. The batter was very thick and didn't "lay" on the hot pan so I increased the milk to at least 2 cups if I wanted any movement on the pan. I also subbed in cinnamon for the nutmeg and added about 2 tsp vanilla (yum!). I also cut the salt in half (I can always taste it in pancakes). But one word of advice: note that the finished pancakes are EXTREMELY moist due to the milk and s/p. So I ended up burning several of mine thinking they weren't done yet :P They were, but the pancake does not develop the firmness of a traditional pancake. When done, it even "gives" when you press on it. And it will not "bubble" nearly as much as a regular pancake, too, so check it sooner than later to flip. Since there is no sugar in the batter, you have a bit more freedom to have fun with the toppings. But I just topped it with some organic whole milk french vanilla yogurt. My kids loved it! It looked like icing! :) I may put in a 1/4 cup sugar next time and just top with butter (they are super tasty and don't need much!). But overall, I will definitely be making these again...way healthier than regular pancakes and a fun treat for the fall!
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Fluffy White Frosting

Reviewed: Feb. 9, 2010
Wow... after reading all of these amazing reviews, I must be culinarily challenged! ;) I cook and bake a ton, but for some reason, this frosting was very very tricky. I followed the instructions to a tee seeing as I've tried a recipe like this before and had to dump two tries! But the first one of this one that I tried, I had to dump. I increased the speed of the mixer the second time around and it came out fine, but not as "stiff" as I was hoping (like the picture shows). And not sure if this was a given to everyone else, but I didn't refrigerate it overnight (but I covered it!) and it was soup the next morning. Bummer. But when it first came out, I was pleased. But it certainly wasn't a "frosting," more of a marshmallow cream...which isn't a bad thing, just prepare yourself for that. :)
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Caroline's Chocolate Fudge Frosting

Reviewed: Feb. 9, 2010
Excellent frosting, but I think the ingredients are a bit off. I followed the recipe to a tee up until the milk... I can't remember if I added 1/4 or 1/2 of a cup at first, but either way, it was borderline too much!!! So please start with much less milk (less than 1/4 and then slowly add it from there. Had I added the full 3/4 cup, it would've been soup, not frosting!! Yes, it thickens as it cools, but not that much. You can always add more, but you cannot take it away! My rule, anyway... But the taste? Holy cow... incredible!! Had I added less milk, it would've been a great turn out for just a fudge dessert! I keep licking my fingers and trying to find reasons to eat it. Fabulous taste. But it's not the texture that's fudgy, it's the taste! Excellent. But as mentioned, I just wished I would've added less milk to start out as I wanted it a bit firmer. But overall, I will make this again for sure, but may add another block of unsweetened chocolate to the butter since it was really sweet and I tend to err on the side of the dark chocolate-type things. :)
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Peanut Butter Bars I

Reviewed: Dec. 7, 2010
Just like other reviewers mentioned, this was lacking in some serious peanut butter taste. The "filling" was too sweet, but the consistency was great. Next time, I will experiment a bit and try to decrease the powdered sugar and increase the peanut butter. I love this idea, but it definitely needs tweaking. Oh and for easy cutting (per other's suggestions), I covered and let chill for 15 minutes, cut, then wrapped and let chill more. If you let chill longer than that, the chocolate topping solidifies and as you cut, it will break and not have a clean line on top.
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Chicken with Quinoa and Veggies

Reviewed: Apr. 26, 2011
Amazing, just amazing. My first try at quinoa and even my boys (5,3,1 & hubby) loved it. I thought for sure I would have to bribe them, but they just loved it (and me!). I am making it again tonight, but will make a few changes. First of all, I added chopped baby bella mushrooms and I can't imagine this dish without those. Incredible. But this time I am adding asparagus & yellow pepper to the mix. Instead of a traditional tomato, I halved some cherry tomatoes. So much flavor! I doubled the quinoa for my crew and will again. I also use more than 4 oz of the feta cheese--almost 8 oz for all the extra veggies I add. Instead of cooking the chicken with the veggies, I cooked it ahead of time by just putting a bit of evoo on it and then some garlic salt. Turned out fantastic. But this time I am going to use a rotisserie chicken and just add the meat in with the veggies like last time. I need to cut out time from this recipe wherever i can because it does take a while with lots of chopping. But it's so worth it! Not sure the lime made a huge difference, but will add it anyway just 'cuz I have it. This is definitely a keeper!!!
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Feta Cheese Turkey Burgers

Reviewed: Aug. 24, 2011
Absolutely fabulous. Incredible. If you like these types of ingredients/flavors, you will love it. The turkey is "neutral" enough (but still healthy) that the spices and cheese just pop. Will make it again and again.
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Slow Cooker Oats

Reviewed: Jan. 27, 2013
I thought it was good, but should've read the reviews before I made it for the fam. I LOVE SCOs, so this was perfect for us. Consistency is so much better than the rolled oats. But the changes I would make (same as other readers) is to double the recipe to avoid the blackening (didn't do much for the presentation or the taste!), put the raisins in AFTER it's done, may try it on "warm" setting for a little longer instead of "low" to see if that helps the burning. And lastly, will try to make it with half of a kind of milk and water... almond, coconut or cow's milk for a creamier texture. But other than that, I loved it. Perfect for our Sunday mornings when we have to get out the door and get to church on time with 4 little ones!!
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