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Awesome Honey Pecan Pork Chops

Reviewed: Oct. 18, 2008
I thought this was pretty good but my 2-year-old loved it and as he's picky, especially about meat, this will definitely be a repeat. I think all that honey made it kid-friendly, although I found it a smidge over the top.
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Delicious Raisin Nut Banana Bread

Reviewed: Oct. 14, 2008
Good twist on the old banana bread. I ended up baking this for 62 minutes in the end as the middle just wouldn't cook. After all that, the outside was a bit chewier than I would have preferred, although the middle tasted great. I did use Basic 4 cereal since that's what I had on hand with flakes and raising (and nuts and dates, which were also nice).
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Buttermilk Pancakes I

Reviewed: Oct. 11, 2008
Needs SALT! I had to throw out the first two pancakes before I realized this. Also, they aren't very thick. I was wanting something a little thicker.
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Bierrocks II

Reviewed: Oct. 10, 2008
The filling is perfect! I'm not a fan of frozen bread so I made my own (which worked out well since I think I needed my 1.5-lb loaf anyway). I used a white bread dough but I think next time I will try wheat. Don't be afraid to experiment with the dough, there's no reason to use frozen, especially if you have a kitchen aid. :=) This is going on my favorites!
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Chocolate Cut Out Cookies

Reviewed: Oct. 8, 2008
For a simple, kid-friendly cut out cookie, this was perfect. I was looking for a rainy day activity to do with my 2.5-year-old and this worked great. It's easy for kids to help with (even young ones) and tastes good with milk. It's not an amazing company cookie or anything, but for my goals I'd do it again! ETA: I forgot to mention that I did have to use the powdered sugar/cocoa mix to prevent sticking that another reviewer suggested.
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Slow-Cooker Pepper Steak

Reviewed: Oct. 8, 2008
This did not work for my family. It was edible, but that's about as far as I'll go. With so many reviewers liking this, I'm wondering if I did something wrong, but the meat was tough and overcooked. I think that after I cut it into strips and browned it, it just didn't need 6 more hours of cooking. It might have been better if I'd just stuck with the skillet and thrown the veggies and sauce right in. The green pepper certainly didn't do well after 6 hours in a slow cooker. They were kind of gross. This also needed a lot more flavor. I added a bucket of salt at the end.
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Turtle Cake II

Reviewed: Sep. 22, 2008
Very good but not excellent or amazing. I had no problems getting rid of this at my party -- it was moist, had a decent texture, and I love chocolate. But I wanted more caramel flavor. I went with the suggested modification and regret doing so because I think the texture was off. But either way, I don't think 14 caramels was enough for this cake. I also wasn't thrilled with the icing. It was good, but not great. I am going to keep looking for that out of this world cake.
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Heavenly Chocolate Mousse

Reviewed: Sep. 20, 2008
Decadent! I served this for a dinner party and everyone absolutely loved it. BUT a word or warning -- this is not an easy recipe. I would say it is at least an intermediate recipe. Some reviewers have reported consistency problems and there are many ways I can see that having happened, even following the instructions, because there are a few details the recipe leaves out. First: to properly whip heavy whipping cream, start with a chilled mixing bowl and whip it until it is a very fluffy, almost buttery consistency. Do not stop mixing too soon. We used a hand held electric mixer to do this. Second, the proper way to melt chocolate is *slowly*! If you don't have a double boiler, I recommend using a saucepan on the stove over low heat. This will take a while, but the microwave can actually be a harder way to melt chocolate because you have to be careful not to do it too quickly and you have to take it out many times to stir. I also want to emphasize the importance of getting the temperatures right...try to follow these to the letter. I highly recommend having a candy thermometer to get the eggs, sugar, and water to exactly 160 degrees. Finally, I just thought I'd mention that we added some chunks of high quality milk chocolate and a sprinkle of powdered sugar for a nice presentation and a good compliment to the dish.
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Black Bean and Corn Quesadillas

Reviewed: Sep. 9, 2008
Loved it...wouldn't change a thing! The mix of textures and flavors was perfect. The brown sugar made it a little sweet, the salsa and red pepper flakes a little spicy, the cheese did not overpower the other flavors. I will definitely be making this one again.
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Tiropitas

Reviewed: Sep. 4, 2008
This was just ok. It tasted fine, maybe could have used a bit of spice in the cheese/egg mixture. I probably won't make it again, mostly because my husband and I were both still hungry after having second and third helpings of this.
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Simple Whole Wheat Bread

Reviewed: Sep. 1, 2008
I've made this bread twice now. The first time I followed the recipe exactly and it was very good. The second time, I added more honey (abou5 1/3 cup) because I really like a sweet wheat bread. The thing I like about this bread is that it's very adaptable. You can make it more or less sweet, add sunflower seeds, add oats...it's a great base for a wheat bread and it's the one I plan to use from now on.
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Tuna Melts

Reviewed: Sep. 1, 2008
Very good recipe. I have to disagree with the reviewers who say there is too much mayo. I started out using half because so many said it was way too much and I could just tell that it was too dry, so I added the other half and it was excellent. I wonder, though...the recipe tripped me up for a minute because it said 1 12-oz can of tuna fish. I have never bought a 12-oz can of tuna fish in my life. I didn't know they were sold in anything but 6-oz cans. So at first when I thought I read 1 cup of mayo for 1 (6 oz) can of tuna my eyes popped. I did use light mayo to cut calories and added a dash of garlic salt. Will make again.
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Slow Cooker Chicken Stroganoff

Reviewed: Sep. 1, 2008
If I could give this 4.5 I would. It is excellent and very close to perfect as is, but I added mushrooms just because I had them leftover from another recipe and wanted to use them before they went bad and I think that without the mushrooms, it really would have been missing something. Otherwise, I highly recommend following the recipe as is. I noted some people adding soup or other liquids right off the bat but the chicken browned beautifully in just a little butter and seasoning. It was so tender and moist!
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Tourtiers (French Pork Pie)

Reviewed: Aug. 30, 2008
This was an amazing dish! It smelled wonderful all afternoon and the taste was incredible. It is easy to make, even though it takes half a day to make (most of the time you don't need to tend to the dish). I followed the instructions exactly and wouldn't change a thing!
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Tilapia with Tomatoes, Black Olives and Corn

Reviewed: Aug. 27, 2008
Tilapia is a cheap, flavorless fish but is one of the few ways that my family can afford to have the recommended 2-3 servings of fish a week. I have decided that the primary goal of any Tilapia recipe is to provide volume and flavor despite the fish. This recipe manages to do that. I did throw in a few veggies I had on hand and needed to use -- mushrooms and spinach -- as well as some basil and oregano. I served it in a bowl over rice to soak up some of the liquid. It worked, which is all I can ask.
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Grilled Lemon Chicken

Reviewed: Aug. 25, 2008
I did as the other reviewers suggested and marinated this overnight. It was quite good. Simple. Easy. Will definitely do again.
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Chicken Penne Italiano

Reviewed: Aug. 20, 2008
I only thought this was ok. I could probably add extra spices to make it better, but I'm not feeling particularly motivated to do it for this recipe.
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Black Bean and Artichoke Burritos

Reviewed: Aug. 19, 2008
I didn't care for this. It had remarkably little flavor, which isn't something I'm prone to saying since I'm not into super spicy foods. I read the other reviews and decided to add some rice, which made for a nice texture. I tried adding sour cream and salsa and that made it better but it just tasted like sour cream and salsa -- not like beans or artichokes. It wasn't inedible or anything but I won't make this again.
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Meat Filled Manicotti

Reviewed: Aug. 16, 2008
As writen, I have to give this a 4....maybe even a 3.5. I was specifically looking for a manicotti recipe that used cottage cheese since I'm not fond of ricotta. This was good base, but to really get that exceptional taste I'm looking for I will be doing a lot of tweaking. Right off the cuff, I added onion, garlic, and basil. These ingredients seemed to really be missing. Next time, I also plan to cut the beef in half. The biggest problem I had with the recipe is that it was too beefy. A little beef adds interest, a whole pound overwhelmed the flavor so that I could scarcely taste anything else. I also plan to add spinach and mushrooms just for fun. I think I can turn this into a 5 star recipe after a couple more tries.
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