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Josephine's No-Bake Granola Bars

Reviewed: Apr. 14, 2014
The principle was great, but this way FAR too sweet for my family's taste. I use natural PB without any sweeteners, and I still think even leaving out the brown sugar entirely would be plenty sweet enough. I'll try it again without the sugar, but as written, I think it's only just 'ok'. Sorry. :-(
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Easy Cheese Ball II

Reviewed: Sep. 21, 2013
Rating this as it's written, I'm giving it just 3 stars because it's WAY too salty (and I love salt). Cut the dressing mix amount in half, and this goes up to 4 or even 5 stars, depending on the cheeses selected. I rolled the leftovers into small 'tubes', wrapped individually in plastic wrap, and put them in the freezer for stuffing into chicken breasts. They were FANTASTIC and a great way to avoid waste.
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Energy Balls

Reviewed: Mar. 21, 2013
In general these are pretty good, but I had to add some softened butter to get them to stick together, which made them lose a little of the 'healthy' appeal. A nice treat when you don't want to end up feeling too guilty, though!
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Spaghetti Carbonara II

Reviewed: Feb. 4, 2013
Only four stars as is because there was too much pasta and the sauce was a little gluey. Personally, I'd reduce the pasta by about a third AND make sure to keep aside at least a cup (maybe cup and a half) of the cooking liquid to add. Also, juice of half a lemon really helps. Overall, though, it's a really nice base that just needed some tweaks for our personal preferences. Easy and very tasty!
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Black Bean Brownies

Reviewed: Jan. 9, 2013
I can't speak to this recipe exactly as written because I hate coffee flavor. Having said that, when I substituted coconut that had been soaked in amaretto....Heavenly! I followed others' suggestions and added 1tsp baking powder and upped the coca to 1/3C. Everyone absolutely inhales these every time I make them. Also, fresh raspberries on top before baking is DIVINE! Even though I didn't stick exactly to the recipe, I'll give it 5 stars anyway, because people deserve to have this option for brownies. Thanks for the great alternative!
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Easy Chicken Enchiladas

Reviewed: Jan. 9, 2013
I'm giving this five stars because although it wasn't anything 'special', it was tasty enough to get everyone in my household to eat, which is nothing short of miraculous! Half the amount of cream cheese was enough for us, but that's all down to personal preference. Also, I used black beans because that's what I had, but they were great, too. This is a great base to start from, and could be modified with whatever ingredients in the house. It will definitely be part of our regular rotation!
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Cinnamon Rolls III

Reviewed: Nov. 13, 2012
I don't know what happened, but these turned out very heavy for me. The rolls were almost glue-y and the cinnamon mixture hardened way too much. I've made the 'Clone of a Cinnabon' many times and thought I'd try this one (I liked the idea of the vanilla pudding mix lightening the dough a bit) but it seems I'll go back to that recipe now. Don't get me wrong, even a 'bad' cinnamon roll is still a cinnamon roll....so we will certainly finish these! ;-) There's just not the level of enjoyment as with the 'Clone' version. I'm sorry, I wish I could be more positive about this!
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Creamy Rice Pudding

Reviewed: Oct. 30, 2012
Yum! I used arborio rice normally for risotto (all I had at the time) and it worked perfectly. I also used a combination of white and brown sugar because I personally prefer that, but there's no reason only one kind of sugar wouldn't be fine. Oh, and soaking the raisins in some rum or amaretto beforehand never hurts. ;-)
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Lentil Soup

Reviewed: Jul. 3, 2011
This is one of my favorite recipes, by far. I personally like the consistency of pureed lentil soups, so that's how I prefer to eat this. If you don't mind adding in a little more fat, using bacon and its own grease for frying the vegetables at the beginning is great, as is going half/half with water and chicken stock. Worcestershire sauce is also a good substitute for vinegar if you prefer. Lots of options to modify to your own personal tastes, but this recipe is also great just as it is. Thank you so much for posting it!
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White Chili I

Reviewed: Jul. 3, 2011
This is a fantastic base recipe that can be adapted for numerous variations. I tend to double the spices, mash this slightly, and then use it for tortilla filling. It's so much lighter than the traditional beef/cheese fillings. Yum!
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Zucchini and Potato Bake

Reviewed: Jul. 3, 2011
Absolutely delicious. Even the picky eaters in my house love this. It's a great go-to vegetable side dish for numerous meaty main courses.
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Cranberry Rum Punch

Reviewed: Jul. 3, 2011
This was the biggest hit at our Halloween party last year! Put the sugar in the cranberry juice early and shake it up every now and then so it fully dissolves. I think I may have used slightly less rum than this calls for, but alcohol levels are a matter of personal preference anyway. It's always best to start small and add more if needed. This will definitely be showing up again and again in our house!
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Clone of a Cinnabon

Reviewed: Jul. 3, 2011
So yummy! They ARE a little harder than the 'real' things, but then again, I imagine that's the lack of science-project-type ingredients, so I can forgive that. Every time I make these, people absolutely swoon over them. And yes, I definitely make sure to use both margarine and butter where called for, and a little grated orange zest in the icing takes it to another level altogether!. This recipe is now my go-to recipe for special breakfasts (birthdays, Christmas, etc) because I make it all in advance up to the rising stage, then cover in Saran Wrap / cling film and leave in the fridge overnight. Whether taken out for half an hour before baking or put straight into the oven as it warms up, they are fantastic. I can't say enough how yummy these are!
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Easy OREO Truffles

Reviewed: Jul. 3, 2011
These were delicious! I made them into footballs for a Super Bowl party, but I have to say, even with freezing them, it was near impossible to get a true football shape. If you're happy with just round balls, they're fantastic. Anything trickier than that requires some clever ideas....or at least cleverer than me! Overall though, these are amazing. Rave reviews from everyone that came to watch the football with us.
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Ghirardelli® Individual Chocolate Lava Cakes

Reviewed: Jun. 12, 2011
This didn't work at all for me, and I'm not sure why. I'm a pretty good cook and I followed this perfectly, but every single one of them stuck, half were burned within 7 minutes, and the lava centre wasn't lava at all, just slightly moister than the rest. Having said all that, they tasted nice enough for my family to eat the non-burnt ones straight from the ramekins, but I wasn't able to serve them for our dinner party like I was hoping.
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Cheesy Quiche Crust

Reviewed: Jun. 12, 2011
Much tastier than plain flour/shortening crust. I needed to add a few extra TBSP flour, but flour amounts always vary to some degree anyway. I also like to add about a tsp total of dried herb combinations (basil, oregano, rosemary, thyme) to get a cheese/herb crust. This recipe is a keeper!
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Quick and Easy Alfredo Sauce

Reviewed: Jan. 17, 2011
This was very good, although it was less 'creamy' than I was hoping and the parmesan still felt a little grainy, even after thorough cooking. In the pan, the sauce looked very watery. Once it got on the pasta, though, it thickened up much more than I had expected...put more on than you think! I agree with other reviewers, this makes a lot of sauce; half this recipe was comfortably enough for 3 people. Overall satisfying on many levels; easy, inexpensive, quick, and tasty!
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Memphis Rub

Reviewed: Nov. 8, 2009
I have NEVER liked ribs ..... until this recipe. shockingly, I can almost eat as much of these as my rib-loving husband! I used Adolph's meat tenderizer instead of the MSG (it was what I could get) and let them marinate 24hrs in the fridge. Then covered about and hour and a half in a moderate oven. Heaven! Everybody I serve these to ask for the recipe, and nobody walks away unhappy. Thank you for changing my life-long opinion on pork ribs!
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Baked Halibut Steaks

Reviewed: May 25, 2009
This is a really lovely way to dress up fish, and so simple, too. A big hit in our house that's sure to show up again and again on the dinner table!
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Roasted Chicken with Risotto and Caramelized Onions

Reviewed: May 25, 2009
Absolutely beautiful. Yes, I used only half the amount of vinegar, but that's just a personal preference--the only 'right' amount is the amount you like. Also, if you let the vinegar cook out a minute or so, it reduces and becomes sweet, which gives the almost a raisin-y type taste. Again, whatever's your personal preference. (the cooking times will always vary, as brands of rice vary) All in all, a hit with both myself and my husband!
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