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Quinoa and Black Beans

Reviewed: Aug. 23, 2012
I'm experimenting with healthy cooking, and this was very good as a side dish to pork tenderloin (although it would also be a good light main dish). I had never cooked quinoa before, but it was quite easy. I rinsed it before cooking. I also used about 3/4 of a can of Rotel tomatoes with green chiles, and I really liked the addition of tomatoes. I will enjoy having the leftovers for lunch!
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Hot Artichoke and Spinach Dip II

Reviewed: Jun. 26, 2012
Really good, easy recipe. I used my mixer. Tasted great. 6 women cleaned it out within an hour.
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Sam's Famous Carrot Cake

Reviewed: Jun. 24, 2012
I have to admit that I HATE carrot cake, and this was no exception. But, I made it for my husband's birthday because his absolute favorite cake is carrot cake. I followed the recipe (using the food processor), and did everything as directed except for the nuts--my husband asked me not to use nuts. He really loved it, as did our friends who ate the cake. As for me... Well, I got tiramisu to-go from the restaurant where we ate dinner.
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Cream Cheese Frosting II

Reviewed: Jun. 24, 2012
This was my first time making homemade frosting, and it came out very well. I added the sugar gradually, tasting it, to get it to the appropriate level of sweetness. Thanks for the recipe!
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Champagne Punch III

Reviewed: May 20, 2012
I used this recipe for the first time for a large gathering of about 75 people. It was a risk to use a new recipe for such a big event, but it was a big hit! I got tons of compliments on it. Because I was trying to stretch the recipe, I doubled all the ingredients, and added additional sparkling water to taste. Great recipe!
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Perfect Berry Shortcakes

Reviewed: Apr. 8, 2012
Yum! Just made these and they came out great! I made them slightly smaller and got about 8 out of each batch (doubled the recipe so I could take these to a party). I watched them closely while cooking to make sure that they didn't overcook. I mixed some chopped spearmint leaves in with the whipped cream. Wonderful!
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Curried Coconut Chicken

Reviewed: Mar. 1, 2012
This was very good! My husband really, really loved it. It will definitely take more than the prescribed amount of cooking time, so plan accordingly. I did make a double batch of the "sauce," and probably cooked it down for 2 hours. I used slightly less sugar than called for in the recipe. All in all, this was an easy recipe, despite the cooking time. I did set off our fire alarms when I was cooking the curry in the oil!
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Eggplant Parmesan II

Reviewed: Feb. 25, 2012
A friend had a baby, and I made this to take to her and her (vegetarian) husband. It came out very well. The biggest hassle was sweating the eggplant. I don't know if I will do that again. I will pre-bake the eggplant in the oven so it will be crispy. It was good--perfect for a mix of people who are vegetarians, and people who like meat. Eggplant is a "meaty" vegetable!
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Asian Salad

Reviewed: Feb. 25, 2012
SOOO delicious! I can't wait to make this again. I used the bagged cole slaw mix, and it turned out well. I toasted the Ramen in the oven. When making for just a few people, I will not mix in the Ramen until just before serving. Otherwise, the noodles get really soggy if you want to have the salad the next day as leftovers. I will mix up the dry ingredients just prior to eating.
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Easy Batter Fruit Cobbler

Reviewed: Feb. 25, 2012
This recipe is so easy and delicious! I can whip this up so easily and quickly, and I usually have all the ingredients in the house. I've been using blackberries in it, but am looking forward to trying fresh peaches when they're in season. I like to pour a little bit of heavy cream (a few tablespoons at most) over the warmed cobbler. This is how my family did it when I was a kid, and I love it that way!
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German Spaetzle Dumplings

Reviewed: Feb. 25, 2012
I had a hard time getting these to the right texture for my spatzle maker, but I think that was just my inexperience. I added additional flour and they came out OK. I thought there was a little too much nutmeg, and I will put in slightly less next time. I served it with Hungarian goulash. Delicious!
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Morning Glory Muffins I

Reviewed: Feb. 25, 2012
These came out deliciously! I used the food processor to chop everything. I used applesauce instead of the oil and apple butter. I made them a week ago, and they're still incredibly moist. My friends loved them, too.
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Super-Delicious Zuppa Toscana

Reviewed: Feb. 25, 2012
This soup is AMAZING. It really is like the soup at Olive Garden. A few modifications--I do not use the bacon. I use a bit less cream (I just pour it in until the soup is the right color for me. It's probably 1/2 C of cream.) I use kale instead of spinach, since that's what OG does. Sometimes I use the bulk hot Italian sausage instead of the mild. I like the extra spiciness! I have made this so many times, and it is always wonderful!
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Chicken Marsala

Reviewed: Feb. 23, 2012
This came out generally well, but a few notes: I tried adding garlic while I was cooking the chicken (per another review), but it ended up burning and kind of making a mess. If you want to put the sauce over pasta, you're going to have to cook it down A LOT, and you're going to want to make WAY more sauce than the recipe calls for. I ended up using practically the whole bottle of marsala wine, and I used a lot more mushrooms. The sauce came out well. I think next time I will use oil instead of butter to cook the chicken for health reasons.
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Classic Bran Muffins

Reviewed: Feb. 13, 2012
Really good! I used whole wheat flour, applesauce instead of oil, and almost a whole cup of dried cherries (I don't prefer nuts). I usually hate "health" food, but am trying to lose some weight, and decided a healthy breakfast every morning would help get me off to the right start. I am planning to freeze 6 of them... I hope they thaw and still taste good!
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Butter Rich Spritz Butter Cookies

Reviewed: Dec. 23, 2011
The dough came out too firm and I had to add more butter to make it work with my Wilton cookie press. Otherwise they were fine.
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Banana Pudding IV

Reviewed: May 22, 2011
This pudding is absolutely delicious! I had some great banana pudding from a local barbecue joint, and I kept craving it. I found this recipe, and it is just as good as the dessert I had at the restaurant! Just a warning, this makes a VERY large quantity of pudding. I initially bought the wrong size package of Jello brand vanilla pudding (there are two sizes, one is about 3.5 oz, and the other is 5 oz, so be sure to buy the right sized box!) I had to run back to the grocery store to buy another package when I realized my mistake. I had mixed together all of the ingredients and when it wasn't firming up appropriately, I realized I'd bought the wrong package size. Anyway, this is a delicious recipe! I'll make it again! Very refreshing when served very cold.
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Marinade for Chicken

Reviewed: May 8, 2011
This stuff is unbelievable! We marinated chicken breasts for about 30 hours in the refrigerator. We had people over for a barbecue and they were raving about the chicken. It is tender and moist. I will not use any marinade other than this one for chicken!
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Catherine's Spicy Chicken Soup

Reviewed: Jan. 5, 2011
I'm sure someone has pointed this out, but the "cook time" of 45 minutes listed at the top of this recipe is clearly off. The very first step of the soup requires one hour. I was careless, saw the 45-minute estimate and planned on making this in 45 minutes for dinner. I was unable to finish in time, and we did not have this for dinner. It was really tasty when it was finally finished, but I wish the cook time at the top of the recipe would be adjusted.
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Instant Russian Tea

Reviewed: Dec. 12, 2010
This is really good, but I do caution people to add sugar gradually. Obviously the Tang already has sugar, and one of the two teas I bought was also sweetened (there was no unsweetened option for the lemon instant tea at my grocery store). I only added about 1/2 cup sugar, and it came out the right sweetness for me. If I would've added the full amount, it would have been WAY too sweet. Overall, this is a great base recipe.
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