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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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White Texas Sheet Cake

Reviewed: Dec. 12, 2010
First, let's be clear about what this is: It's a white sheet cake. I was reading some complaints about it being flavorless, but white cakes aren't supposed to taste like anything but sugar. If you want something else, try a spice cake. I've also seen complaints that it's falt, but it's a sheet cake. It's supposed to be flat. I'm giving this cake 5 stars because it is excellent at what it is -- a moist white cake and a vehicle for icing.
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Satiny Chocolate Glaze

Reviewed: Jul. 5, 2009
Simple and yummy. Tips: When cooking with chocolate, the quality of the chocolate will hugely impact the quality of the finished product. In other words, USE GOOD CHOCOLATE! I used giradelli chips, but you could also use your favorite kind of baking chocolate in squares or chips. But a warning, there is no point using good chocolate if you're then going to use a microwave. Microwaving breaks down chocolate and hurts the chemical composition. If you don't have a double boiler, use low heat on the stove. It will still take only a few minutes to make this and the result will be far better.
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Alaska Salmon Bake with Pecan Crunch Coating

Reviewed: Dec. 3, 2008
I love seafood and this recipe is headed straight to my top 5 seafood favorites! I recommend making it just the way it's written the first time. I see a lot of reviewers suggesting a bit more of this, less of that, and I understand that we all have our own preferences, but really this was very good as written and the perfect baseline, even if you do tweak a bit.
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Blueberry Drop Cookies

Reviewed: Jul. 27, 2008
Wonderful cookies that are sort of a cross between a cookie and a muffin. One suggestion...refrigerate overnight. The first time we made these we refrigerated overnight and they turned out wonderful. The second time we started them in the morning and baked in the early afternoon, letting the dough sit for about 4 hours like the recipe said. They didn't come out quite as good....still good but a little soggy. I plan to make these again and prepare the dough the night before.
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Thanksgiving Asparagus Casserole

Reviewed: Jan. 4, 2009
I did modify this slightly by using fresh asparagus (I can't stand this particular veggie from a can) and it was all right. The cheese sauce came out a little thicker than I would have liked although the flavor was good.
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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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Apple Ladybug Treats

Reviewed: Jun. 27, 2011
Fun snack kids can make almost entirely by themselves. (After an adult cuts and cores the apples.)
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Tomato Bread I

Reviewed: May 30, 2009
Very good bread; nice change of pace. For those who don't often bake bread, I recommend that instead of using the vague "warm to the touch" method of determining when the tomato juice and water are hot enough, get out a thermometer and let it get to 110 degrees (or whatever your package of yeast recommends). Getting the temperature right is the key to a good rise. I didn't use a "warmed bowl" and don't see why that would matter if you get the liquid the right temperature. I might use a bit more salt next time -- I often use 2-3 teaspoons for two loves of bread.
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Beef Mushroom Stroganoff

Reviewed: Feb. 7, 2009
This didn't taste much like the stroganoffs I'm used to. I usually love to cook with wine, which is why I tried this recipe, but it was overpowering and possibly out of place.
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Healthy Banana Cookies

Reviewed: Jun. 27, 2011
Surprisingly good, and the kids love them. I wasn't sure these would work out at all, but I tried them out of sheer, morbid curiosity. They don't really taste like cookies to me. I'm not sure what they taste like, but they're not bad and I can't argue with the "healthy" part. The kids like them more than I do, but that's probably a good thing.
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Chunky Peanut Butter Cookies

Reviewed: Dec. 5, 2011
I made these twice. The first time, I followed the recipe exactly, but found the dry roasted peanuts left a weird taste. My husband's first comment after taking a bite was, "Did you use wheat flour?" That's not quite what it tasted like, but I could see why he thought so. Today, I eliminated the dry roasted peanuts and used all extra crunchy peanut butter. (So 2 cups for a full batch.) They were wonderful.
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Hearty Vegetable Soup

Reviewed: Feb. 12, 2009
Made this as is and it was great. I'm sure you could make changes here and there for variety or to taste but it's vegetable soup. It's forgiving like that.
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Sirloin Steak Dianne

Reviewed: Feb. 1, 2009
This is good but not outstanding and for the complexity and the cost of the meal I was expecting more. The sauce smelled wonderful and tasted good but to be honest, I liked it better on the mashed potatoes than on the meat!
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Bacon Popovers

Reviewed: Nov. 22, 2008
Wonderful! We did take the advice to add cheese but just a tiny bit -- 1/4 cup cheddar. The only change I would definitely make past that is to increase the salt...not sure how much yet but I'll start by doubling it and go from there. These have a subtle flavor, but I would not call them bland. I wouldn't add more bacon or it might be too greasy. Instead, I might add onions, peppers, and/or mushrooms in the future (pre-sauteed). This is a good base that I plan to have some fun with.
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30-Minute Minestrone

Reviewed: Nov. 20, 2008
Good, quick, and easy. I did put 3 or 4 times the amount of elbow macaroni in to make it more of a main dish soup. I've started making my own soup at home since my husband is working from home and it seems yummier and more cost effective to make a pot of soup than to buy cans. This one is my second favorite so far (my favorite is a chowder though, so maybe not a fair comparison). I followed the advice of adding the spinach at the last minute so the leftover spinach isn't limp and so even my leftover soup was very yummy. When reheating, I had to add a bit more water to the bowls because the macaroni absorbed it.
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Pork Chops Deluxe

Reviewed: Oct. 22, 2008
Delicious! The only thing I found was that I wanted less meat and more sauce/rice. I made the full recipe, intending to serve 3 people for 2 nights and I ended up finishing off the sauce and rice and having leftover meat. Next time, depending upon how many I want to serve, I will either cut the meat in half (to serve 3) or double the sauce/rice (to serve 6).
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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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Greek Shrimp Dish From Santorini

Reviewed: Aug. 9, 2008
This was quite good. I'd give it 5 stars if it didn't take so long to make. I served it over Orzo and it had a wonderful flavor.
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German Pancake with Buttermilk Sauce

Reviewed: Jun. 18, 2011
The pancakes were terrific and the sauce divine. I would just say -- don't use a small saucepan for cooking the sauce. It boils over.
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