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Apple Bavarian Torte

Reviewed: Oct. 12, 2010
Very disappointed. I shoul've known when I opened the oven door to add the almonds this wasn't going well. Juice leaked from the springform pan & burnt. Then when I tried to remove from pan, after it cooled, the crust stuck to the bottom, & things fell apart when transferring to a plate. The crust is good & I could use that in other desserts. The filling leaves a bad taste in your mouth. It gave me a "flashback" to cheesecake, which I don't like. (very overpowering taste) The apples were hard & I did nuke in microwave, as suggested & even in small quantities.
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Honey Ginger Carrots

Reviewed: Oct. 10, 2010
Since we don't like lemon juice to overpower things I reduced the amount of lemon juice & we'd still give this a 3 as is. I will make again because hubby likes the sweetness of the honey with the carrots. Next time I will try 1/4 tsp ginger because I couldn't taste it before & try only 1/2 tsp lemon juice.
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Cinnamon Swirl Bread

Reviewed: Sep. 26, 2010
Took others suggestion & used 2/3c applesauce instead of oil, put 2 tsp cinnamon & 1/2 tsp vanilla into the batter. Was easy to make, but I think I'll try 1 tsp vanilla next time. You need the extra cinnamon to even taste it. My mistake was getting to much batter in b/4 adding the cinnamon/sugar mixture. I thought I'd gotten half batter in pan, but will use less so when swirling it mixes better.
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Bacon Wrapped Pork Medallions

Reviewed: Aug. 25, 2010
Took others suggestion & grilled. Excellent!!!! Don't forget to brown pork with the spices before grilling.
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Slow Cooker Pork Cacciatore

Reviewed: Aug. 5, 2010
Have made this twice - one as stated & one w/o the pasta sauce. We like it better w/o the pasta sauce & use 15oz can diced tomatoes. We thicken before serving over egg noodles. A small can of tomato sauce with basil & garlic could be added or small amount of tomato paste if desired, but we like it just with the can of Italian diced tomato. The second time making this I didn't bother browning anything because the pork chops were frozen. I put everything in the slow cooker as is & let it cook. On medium setting it takes 4 - 5 hours.
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Mango-Peach Smoothie

Reviewed: Jul. 22, 2010
We did as others suggested & froze the fruit. My husband, who made this, doesn't think we need to. Will make again.
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Lemon-Basil Carrots

Reviewed: Jul. 16, 2010
OK, but nothing real exceptional. Need to have the flavor brought out more.
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Pork Marsala

Reviewed: Jul. 16, 2010
Will make again, but will cut pork loin into strips instead of pounding thin. Easy to make.
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Honey Chicken

Reviewed: Jun. 21, 2010
Have tried this several times over the years, but never rated because we usually grilled it. I've decided that grilling is the best way over baking. You should do as recipe says & marinate overnight. We tried once just a few hours & not as good.
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Fabulous Fargozas

Reviewed: Jun. 21, 2010
Different & easy. I did use part mozzarella & part a cheddar blend chesse. Will make again.
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Cake Balls

Reviewed: May 22, 2010
This is a hard one to rate because it'll depend on what cake/icing you use. I'd printed the recipe out in Dec 2006 & just got to trying it. Back then many suggested German Choc cake & Carmel Pecan frosting, so that is what I used. I think using a Choc Fudge cake with Fudge icing would work great because it could maybe taste like a truffle. Mine needed many blocks of almond bark to coat all the balls & it was a mess. I froze them before coating which helped & still keep frozen now. They taste better from the freezer & after a day. I probably should've read recent reviews, but had a short circuit in the brain & forgot to. Will make again with the fudge cake & frosting & then I'd like to try maybe either confetti cake or a lemon cake with cream cheese or white icing. I'm not much of a German Choc cake person so that is why it got 3 stars - hopefully I'll give it more the next time I make it.
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Lasagna Alfredo Roll Ups

Reviewed: Apr. 28, 2010
I did use others suggestion & added cooked chicken, garlic & mushrooms. With these added, I'd give it a 5, but without, it wouldn't have much flavor so gave a 3. I won't make as a roll up next time also because it took way to much time & effort. They kept losing the filling so won't even attempt again. Making like a "regular" lasanga in layers is how I'll make this next time.
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Grape Leaves Aleppo

Reviewed: Apr. 21, 2010
VERY disappointed!!! The instructions are lacking in many ways - soak rice how long & with how much water? Also, if there is heavy stem on the grape leaf you should take it off. Since we live where you don't get Grape Leaves offered at the restaurant, I was hoping this would satisfy. The best ones I've had were from Seattle, WA. They smelt good while cooking, but lacked in taste.
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Blackened Chicken

Reviewed: Apr. 21, 2010
I'm still not sure about this. We did reduce the cayenne pepper to 1/2 tsp because we didn't want the chicken over powered. If we make again we'll use the ingredients, but cook on the grill because it smoked up the kitchen so bad. (stinky).
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Spring Lime Tea Cookies

Reviewed: Apr. 21, 2010
Needs the glaze for sure. I used the zest from the entire lime & I still don't think it is enough. My husband thought these were a 4, but agreed they needed the glaze (tried some without also). Don't know for sure if I'll make again because I want more lime taste. They do "stick" to the inside of your mouth.
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Peanut Butter Kisses I

Reviewed: Apr. 13, 2010
We decided to split the difference & give this a 3 star rating. My husband liked these & I thought it was so so. We decided to try again but maybe add some chocolate chips or put a choc kiss on top. I don't care for a heavy peanut butter taste & that was my complaint.
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Mediterranean Puff Pastry Chicken

Reviewed: Apr. 13, 2010
You can sum this up in one word, flavor. Made this just as stated & this is a real nice, easy recipe that I'd use for "special" times. I had reduced the recipe to 2 servings, but will make one minor change next time. I'm going to use only one pastry sheet, cut the chicken into strips & make the servings smaller still. My husband said you could add mushrooms, but I'll decide then. Since I know that using our oven bakes faster than time usually requested, ours was done in 30 min.
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Too Much Chocolate Cake

Reviewed: Mar. 22, 2010
Heavy cake, but so good. I dusted the cake w/powder sugar, as recommended, & that was enough. I do think next time I make this, I'll mix everything but the pudding & then mix in the pudding just before the choc chips so it doesn't get so stiff right away. Might also try mint choc chips for a change. This is good no matter what you do.
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Salmon Rosemary Burgers

Reviewed: Mar. 17, 2010
Better than other salmon burgers from this website. I used can salmon & dried rosemary & it still tasted fine. I think next time I'll add more horseradish though.
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Herb and Chicken Pasta

Reviewed: Mar. 17, 2010
Easy & quick. We cut the chicken up into chucks so the flavor could blend better with the pasta. Didn't change a thing, but did use both the Cajun seasoning & the red pepper flakes.
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