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White Chocolate and Cranberry Cookies

Reviewed: Dec. 28, 2009
These were fantastic Christmas cookies. Not too sweet or too heavy. Great addition to my Christmas cookie baskets this year.
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Chocolate Mint Cookies I

Reviewed: Dec. 28, 2009
Awesome! Very rich, very minty! We loved these.
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Sugar Cookie Icing

Reviewed: Dec. 28, 2009
This Icing is fantastic. I decorated 3 dozen Christmas cookies. It dries hard, and fast. I did use vanilla instead of almond extract. I did find it easier to mix the sugar into the milk and not the other way around. It's easier to control the thickness. When applied in a thick coat to cooled sugar cookies, this icing is bright and quite impressive. Really brightened up my cookie boxes.
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The Best Rolled Sugar Cookies

Reviewed: Dec. 28, 2009
Yum. I did increase the sugar by 1/2 cup, and add a bit of extra vanilla. Very good sugar cookies. I didn't find them bland, but I think they might have been without the extra sugar. Topped them with icing.
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Brooklyn Girl's Penne Arrabiata

Reviewed: Dec. 14, 2009
This was good, but I to change a few things due to a lack of ingredients. I didn't have any fresh basil on hand, so I used 1tsp of dry basil leaves in the sauce, and another 1/2tsp in the breading mixture. No eggs either, but I had some sour cream, so I watered it down a bit and used that to dip the chicken in before breading. Worked really well, as my breading stuck to the chicken even after I mixed it in the sauce. Dirties a lot of pans, but fairly easy to make. and I like the little bit of kick from the red pepper flakes. I really want to try this again with the fresh basil, I'm sure it makes this pasta even better.
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Traditional Mashed Potatoes

Reviewed: Dec. 8, 2009
These are perfect, simple mashed potatoes. I had a few extra potatoes, so I increased the butter to 6tbsp. After draining, I returned my potatoes to the hot pan for a couple of minutes to evaporate the excess water before mashing.
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Butternut Squash Supreme

Reviewed: Nov. 29, 2009
This was good, but not great. I did enjoy it, and maybe if it hadn't have been stacked up against all of the other excellent Thanksgiving dishes, the rating would have been higher. Peeling the butternut squash was time consuming and labor-intensive, so after all the effort, maybe I was expecting more.
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Pennsylvania Coal Region Barbecue

Reviewed: Nov. 22, 2009
I'll admit, I like Manwich. It's a lazy-night-staple in our house. This is so much better, and really just as easy. I like the sweet/sour taste. I used a whole large onion, as we love onion, but followed the recipe otherwise and everyone ate it up and went back for seconds. I won't be buying sloppy-joe mix anymore, as I always have these ingredients in the house, and all this requires is chopping an onion. Thanks for a great twist on a boring-old favorite.
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Buttery Corn Bread

Reviewed: Nov. 19, 2009
This was fantastic cornbread! I followed the recipe exactly (except I added a squirt of honey to the batter) and it tasted great. Sweet and light. Looks impressive too. The bread rises up tall in the pan, turns golden brown on top, and has a perfect crust to give it a crunch. My one and only complaint is that I like my cornbread "corny-er". Next time I try this, I'll reduce the flour and add more cornmeal. The bread is a bit sweet, but we love sweet cornbread, and I served this with a really spicy chili, so it created a nice balance. I'll be making this again, and with just a minor adjustment, I think I've found the PERFECT cornbread recipe. Thanks!
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Caramelized Baked Chicken

Reviewed: Oct. 13, 2009
We liked these, but the sauce was a bit thin, and I would have liked it to coat the chicken more. The flavor is nice and the chicken was very tender and moist, but the flavor of the sauce didn't really penetrate into the chicken. Next time, after mixing the sauce, I'll boil it and then allow it to reduce a bit, for a "stickier" wing. I'll add 4 cloves for a bit more flavor, and some extra seasonings to the chicken before adding the sauce. A good recipe, could be great with a few small alterations.
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Cheesy Pork Chops with Spicy Apples

Reviewed: Oct. 12, 2009
We all really liked this. I thought the flavor combinations were really exciting. The apples and cheese are a nice balance. Next time, more onion. I did adjust the recipe to cook on the stove due to the weather. Here's what I did: Cooked the onions first, then added then added the apples and cooked uncovered for about 5 minutes. Removed the onions/apples from the pan and added the pork chops. Browned well on each side, then covered and simmered for about 10 minutes in some white wine vinegar and more balsamic vinegar. Once the pork chops were almost done, I added the apple mixture back into the pan, topped with the cheese, and covered again until the cheese melted. Served with sweet potato fries and green beans. A really nice meal.
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Honey-Garlic Glazed Meatballs

Reviewed: Sep. 29, 2009
I save my 5-star reviews for life-changing meals. That said, this is a 4 1/2. Delicious and so simple. The meatballs are the perfect texture (and I'm picky about my meatballs) and the sauce is AWESOME! I did add an extra 3 or 4 cloves of garlic to the meatball mixture. I'm sure the recipe's fine without it, but we love garlic, so there's never too much. Only complaint: a touch too much salt. I'll cut back to 1tsp next time, as the soy sauce in the glaze has quite a bit. Overall great! A definite keeper!
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No-Fuss Cinnamon Cheesecake

Reviewed: Sep. 15, 2009
I don't know, maybe after reading all of the rave-reviews, I was expecting something more... No one disliked it, but no one was "raving" either, and I thought it tasted more like a sweet, breakfast danish than a dessert cheesecake. Also, it didn't end up with much visual appeal either, which might not matter to some, but I like my food pretty. I followed the directions exactly, served after chilling in the fridge. It tastes good, but a little blah... I do like the idea of adding a pie filling. If I try again, I'll add a layer of pie filling, reduce the sugar, cut the butter in half, and serve with coffee for breakfast.
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Spanish Rice Bake

Reviewed: Sep. 14, 2009
This wasn't bad... the flavors were good, but a little too bland and in the end, I can't help but compare it to a tasty "Hamburger-Helper". There were elements I really enjoyed. The chile sauce and fresh cilantro are both great additions, and next time I think I'd up the chile sauce or add some chili powder to spice things up a bit more. Needed more cumin and onions too, and maybe some garlic. I followed the recipe exactly, but I had a hard time getting my rice to cook and absorb all of the liquid in the pan. A good recipe as written, but not great for me. With a few changes, I think I might try this again.
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Shish Tawook Marinated Chicken

Reviewed: Sep. 8, 2009
We loved this. The only change I made was substituting a Tzatziki sauce for this sauce (I really hate all things mayo). I really enjoyed the sweet, earthy flavors and the chicken was really tender. I only had time to marinate for about 4 1/2 hours, so I really can't wait to try it with the full 8 hours. I served the chicken with the Zucchini with Dill Weed recipe on allrecipes, and stuffed everything into pita pockets. One of the best meals I've made in a long time. Rave reviews from everyone.
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Zucchini with Dill Weed and Garlic-Yogurt Sauce

Reviewed: Sep. 8, 2009
We all really liked this. It's such a light dish, but very flavorful. I didn't have quite enough fresh dill, so I added a bit of dried as well. I did have some trouble getting my rice to cook. I cooked as instructed for almost 20min., but my rice was still hard, so I added a bit more water, turned the heat back up, then *covered and simmered for 10 more minutes. My zucchini still weren't over cooked, and it turned out perfectly. Next time, I'll just add some extra water, and cover the dish half way through the 20 minutes. I served this with a Tzatziki sauce (this sauce, plus some lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, and pepper) and the Shish Tawook Chicken recipe from allrecipes - all shoved into pita pockets. A wonderfully-different meal.
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Good Old Fashioned Pancakes

Reviewed: Aug. 24, 2009
These were very good pancakes. And so easy, I don't know why I've been making boxed pancakes my whole life... Light and not too sweet. I doubled the recipe and got about 20. I followed the recipe as close as I could, but I only had salted butter, so I cut the salt back to about 1/2tsp (1/4tsp per batch), and they didn't seem at all salty. Also, I have no sifter, so I took the advice of another reviewer and let my batter sit for a while before cooking (about 20 minutes). Added a touch of vanilla, cooked on a griddle, and served with maple syrup. Yum!
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Garlic Chicken And Grapes

Reviewed: Aug. 19, 2009
We really enjoyed this. I was unsure about the combination of grapes and garlic, but it was delicious. The grapes cut through the sauce and add a perfect amount of sweetness to the dish. The only changes I made was adding the sauce to the baking pan 5 minutes before the grapes and doubling the garlic (we love the stuff). Simple and different.
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Banana Pudding IV

Reviewed: Jul. 17, 2009
Awesome banana pudding! My mom and grandmother have made the same banana pudding my entire life, but even they confessed: this is better! The only complaint: needs more bananas. I used 5, but still think it needs more. With the exception of the extra banana, I followed the recipe exactly. The cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk make the pudding rich, and really add something. Banana pudding is a southern staple and this one is a keeper.
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The Best Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Reviewed: Feb. 27, 2009
This was a bit too sweet for me. I tasted the sauce and added some extra soy, vinegar and a little dry mustard and ketchup while cooking to try to cut through the sweetness a bit, but it wasn't enough. The flavors are good and I think with some changes this might be great, but as is, it was just okay for us.
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