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Sauteed Patty Pan Squash

Reviewed: Aug. 24, 2015
This was a tasty little side dish. Very fresh, easy to prepare, and beautifully colourful. The parmesan was a nice touch! My only complaint is that my husband & I found the flavours a wee-bit bland. The first time making it, I really wanted to stick exactly to the recipe... Going forward I will probably jazz it up with a bit more seasonings. Over all though, yummy!
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Yummy Honey Chicken Kabobs

Reviewed: Aug. 15, 2015
Wonderful recipe! So simple, but so, so good! Really the perfect kabob marinade. You do not have to stick to just onions & peppers for the veg--- zucchini, pineapple, & mushrooms are great additions. Modifications:: I added a few extra garlic cloves, as well as a 1/2 a teaspoon of cayenne because my husband & I like it spicy.
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Rosemary Ranch Chicken Kabobs

Reviewed: Aug. 15, 2015
I wasn't particularily crazy about the flavours here. Not sure if it was the ranch dressing... or the rosemary... or the combination. But this missed the mark for me. I think it would be better suited for someone with a preference for milder flavours.
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Real Strawberry Frosting

Reviewed: Jul. 11, 2015
I really loved the idea of this frosting, but it just didn't come together for me. I followed the suggestion of others and strained the reduced puree a bit to remove the majority of the seeds. Other than than, I followed the recipe exactly. What I was left with was frosting that was FAR too thin and FAR too sweet. I couldn't bring myself to add more icing sugar to it, as it was already almost inedibly sweet. So, to thicken my only option was to add cornstarch. The cornstarch did the trick, but the frosting was still muuuuuch too sweet for my tastes.
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The Best Ricotta Pancakes

Reviewed: Jun. 14, 2015
I've had excellent ricotta pancakes in the past (at a favourite brunch place in San Francisco) & I was really hoping that these would compare... but unfortunately they missed the mark. The only alteration to the recipe I made was adding a tsp of vanilla paste. Over all, they were okay. Edible, for sure. But the consistency was just too gooey for me. I think that if I were to ever make again, I might stick to making really SMALL & thin pancakes.
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Italian Sausage, Peppers, and Onions

Reviewed: Mar. 16, 2015
This was a solid recipe. I followed it almost exactly to the T-- with the exception being that I used spicy italian sausage rather than sweet & I sprinkled with parmesan when serving. It was very simple, but very tasty! We served over plain semolina pasta. My husband wasn't thrilled when he saw me cooking it, but was quick to comment that it was actually really yummy and a very pleasant surprise. This is a fabulous, nutritious, easy weekday meal.
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No Fail Pie Crust I

Reviewed: Mar. 14, 2015
Wow. WONDERFUL recipe. So simple and easy, but yields a fabulously flakey, tender trust. Such a delight!
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Apple Pie

Reviewed: Mar. 14, 2015
I have very mixed feelings about this recipe. I really enjoyed the flavour (the lemon zest adds a wonderful special something!)... but it was just so darn RUNNY! I followed the recipe exactly as written, and my pie turned out incredibly soupy. I used golden delicious apples, which are normally wonderful for baking with... Perhaps next time I just need to double the amount of flour the recipe calls for?
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Sandra's Butter Tarts

Reviewed: Jan. 18, 2015
This was just okay for me. To save on time, I used frozen/prepared mini tart shells. I then followed the recipe exactly, and found it be a bit bland. Perhaps this is best used as a 'base' recipe, to which you would add your own raisins and/or walnuts? As is, it just misses the mark. I wouldn't rule out this recipe in the future, however if/when I make again, I will certainly try adding some extra goodies to jazz it up. Tip:: Pop the shells into the oven for 5 minutes or so BEFORE filling them, so that the shells can get a bit of extra cooking time (they'll need it).
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Fish Tacos

Reviewed: Jan. 15, 2015
I do not own a deep frier, so I fried our fish (mahi mahi) in a pan with about 1/2 inch of vegetable oil and the results were FABULOUS. I had never attempted fried fish tacos at home before, and have to admit that I was a bit nervous… but I was so pleased with the results! Even my husband who swears up and down that he doesn't like fish, loved these. He ate SIX! A few tips:: I added some seasoning to the batter itself to kick up the flavour a bit. Just some cumin, cayenne, salt and pepper. You could really jazz it up however you like. The fish was really tasty and could easily have been eaten on its own.
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World's Best Lasagna

Reviewed: Dec. 24, 2014
Yum!! I used spicy italian sausage rather than sweet, and I think that it's what made this recipe. So, so, so good. And even better the next day after the flavours have had all night to mingle :)
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Black Magic Cake

Reviewed: Dec. 24, 2014
This was the first time that I EVER made a cake from scratch! I was really nervous going in, but ultimately was blown away by how easy it was… and how tasty the final product is! Word to the wise-- The batter, before baking, is VERY thin. Don't be alarmed!! It will bake up into a wonderfully fluffy, decadent chocolate cake. This cake is quite airy and fluffy--- if you're looking for a more dense, hearty cake this recipe is not for you.
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Awesome Ham Pasta Salad

Reviewed: Dec. 24, 2014
All in all, this was a fabulous recipe! Easy, yummy, and full of goodies!! A great addition to any potluck or BBQ.
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Brigadeiro

Reviewed: Dec. 24, 2014
Nope. I followed this recipe exactly and it absolutely DID NOT come together. I even chilled the concoction in the fridge overnight and, still, it was just goo (firm goo, but goo none-the-less). Maybe I didn't cook it all for long enough?
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Sweet, Sticky and Spicy Chicken

Reviewed: Nov. 24, 2014
Liked this very much! Though, I would advise to also follow the advice of reviewers and change the method slightly:: I heated the sauce in a small sauce pan, while sautéing my chicken pieces in a separate pan. When chicken was 3/4 done, I added the heated (and, by that point, thickening) sauce & cooked the chicken the rest of the way like that on low heat. The result was perfectly saucy, sticky, spicy-sweet chicken bites. Super easy too! Absolutely lovely with rice and steamed broccoli. Will definitely make this again ( & again, & again)!
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Slow Cooker London Broil

Reviewed: Oct. 10, 2014
I followed this recipe to the T, and got very good results. All in all an extremely simple, tasty, & tender crockpot recipe. I'm deducting one star though because I think that the flank would really have benefitted from being flipped over at least once during cooking (the top side, got a bit dried out). Also, next time I will follow the advice from other reviews and add some chopped up onion and probably a couple of dashes of worchestershire. Over all though, even as-is, this is a solid recipe.
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Sausage Pasta

Reviewed: Sep. 24, 2014
I am generally more of a 'creamy sauce' fan, but I have to say…. I am so glad that I stepped out of my comfort zone a bit and tried this recipe. It was wonderful! Super simple & quick, but the flavours are absolutely fantastic. I followed the recipe almost exactly, with the exception of adding just a touch of salt.
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Chocolate Zucchini Cake III

Reviewed: Sep. 19, 2014
Wow. Amazing cake! Dense, moist, and incredibly delicious. My husband said it was the "best cake ever" and this is a man who says that cake is his favourite food-- so it's tall praise! I did end up making a few adjustments… - Cut back on the sugar by 1/2 a cup - Cut back on the oil by 1/4th of a cup - Omitted the cinnamon & walnuts completely - Added about half a cup of shredded coconut. Watch your baking time. The recipe says 50 minutes, but ours was done in about 30 min. I will absolutely be making this again. And again. And again!
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Chocolate Eclair Dessert

Reviewed: Apr. 25, 2014
This was alright, but not great. I made it thinking that my husband would love it (he loves 'creamy' desserts) but amazingly, it's one that didn't get finished. After a week of it sitting in the fridge, half eaten, it had to be thrown out. My husband and I didn't love the use of canned icing. The top layer became quite sticky & thick after being in the fridge for a day or two. Also, the filling mixture REALLY overpowered the graham crackers. It was all just too sweet, too soggy, and too artificial. Probably won't make it again.
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Easy Morning Glory Muffins

Reviewed: Mar. 29, 2014
My husband has been asking me to make 'Morning Glory' muffins for some time now… Confession:: I had never even heard of them prior to meeting my guy! Finally I decided to try them out. Over all, a very good recipe. Easy & full of fairly healthy ingredients. A great hearty 'breakfast muffin'. One star deducted because I found that the amount of sugar that this recipe calls for it a bit excessive. I reduced to 1 cup.. but could have easily gone down to 3/4 a cup without missing any sweetness. Also, 2 tsp of cinnamon is just not early enough for a muffin that is this hearty. I brought mine up to 3 tsp, and added 1/2 tsp of all spice as well. With those few, basic modifications though, this recipe was a hit. Will definitely make again.
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