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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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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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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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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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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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Best Fried Green Tomatoes

Reviewed: Jul. 9, 2009
These came out really well. I cut them a bit thinner than 1/2 inch. They tasted just like my mom's!
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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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Cowboy Caviar

Reviewed: Apr. 18, 2010
This was fairly easy to make and it came out pretty well, but I put on a whole cup of Italian dressing and it was WAY too much. It was swimming in dressing. I put it in a colander to drain the dressing and after that the salad was much improved. Otherwise, it was quite good.
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Burgundy Pork Tenderloin

Reviewed: Jul. 21, 2009
I thought this came out really well, but I made a beginner's mistake. I decided to double the gravy recipe. The pork ended up almost entirely submerged in the wine. It ended up taking MUCH longer to cook, like an extra hour. I liked having extra gravy, so if I make this again, I will just plan on cooking it a lot longer than the recipe says. I also added some sliced fresh mushrooms to the liquid with the onions and celery, and they were delicious. I served with mashed potatoes and a side of maple-glazed carrots (from this Web site).
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Quick and Easy Clam Chowder

Reviewed: Feb. 4, 2009
This is amazing. I was pretty skeptical of how a bunch of cans could taste just like clam chowder I've had in fancy Boston restaurants, but it really does work! I made it overnight one night while my in-laws were visiting, and we had it for lunch several days. They loved it! I added one large potato, cut into bite-sized pieces. I also did not drain either cans of clams -- I dumped them both in, juice and all.
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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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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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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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Asian Lettuce Wraps

Reviewed: Aug. 28, 2010
These were really awesome! We love to get them at P.F. Chang's, and while I don't think they were quite that good, they were close! They were also really easy to make. The grocery store was out of the recommended types of lettuce so we had to use iceberg and it was fine.
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French Onion Soup Gratinee

Reviewed: Feb. 4, 2009
This has become my famous soup. Every time my husband and I have French Onion at a restaurant, he says, "Yours is much better than this one." I am terribly slow at slicing, so I bought a mandolin. It helps a lot. Also, it really is worth the time it takes for the onions to truly caramelize. A few times I've jumped the gun and it hasn't tasted as good.
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Butternut Squash Soup

Reviewed: Dec. 2, 2008
I made this recipe according to the directions until, like other reviewers, it came to the cream cheese. I put in one box, half the proposed amount, and I still found the cream cheese taste to be really overpowering. I wish I would have put in 1/4 of the amount and then added more to taste. Also, like others mentioned, the finished soup was extremely thick, like a dip. I probably added another 3 or 4 cups of chicken stock to thin it. All in all, I would make the recipe again because it's really easy, but I will make some major tweaks. Oh, and here's a note for the other beginner cooks out there: one butternut squash is more than enough to make the soup. You do not need to purchase multiple squash. 6 cups sounds like a lot, but a squash goes a long way.
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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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