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Roasted Vegetable Medley

Reviewed: Jan. 21, 2011
I added more vegetables: onions, sliced, mushrooms, yellow squash. I thought there would be way too many vegetables, as it filled a large cookie sheet-sized pan, but we ate them right up. What a delicious way to eat vegetables. Next time I will cut the yams into larger pieces, as they overcooked a little. Will definitely make again.
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Chicken Marsala

Reviewed: Jan. 17, 2011
My husband and I are on a special diet where we eat lots of vegetables and a little meat--very few carbs. This recipe fit the diet, tasted very good and was a nice change from plain chicken. I put the chicken pieces in a Ziploc bag with flour and salt to coat. Worked well. It was fast to make, didn't take long at all. Would certainly make again.
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Apple Walnut Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette

Reviewed: Dec. 26, 2010
I made this for a Christmas day dinner. The apple-walnut-cranberry-onion combination was good, but the dressing wasn't so wonderful. It tasted good, but the appearance of it was not very appealing. It was thick and clung to the salad leaves alright, but the red color and thick texture just didn't look very nice at all. Don't think I'd make this again.
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Apple Carrot Muffins

Reviewed: Dec. 26, 2010
We really liked these muffins. I added more apple and carrot so that they would be really healthy for my granddaughter, who loves breads, but won't eat a lot else. She liked them, and the whole family did. They were light, but very flavorful. Would definitely make them again. Update: I did make them again, using brown sugar and more raisin bran, as I thought it was so good in the original recipe. This time they were a little too raisin bran-y. So think next time I'll follow the recipe as written. Did add a few more carrots and used apple sauce, as I didn't have any apples, and still turned out very good.
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Turkey Dinner Shepherd's Pie

Reviewed: Dec. 16, 2010
This was a wonderful and different way to use up Turkey Day leftovers.
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White Chocolate Macadamia Cranberry Dreams

Reviewed: Dec. 14, 2010
These are really delicious!! The dough is quite stiff, so you have to mix the dry ingredients in by hand, but it handles really well, and you don't need to chill it before baking. I used more white chocolate chips, macadamia nuts, and cranberries. I chopped the cranberries in the food processor, which made the flavor more evenly distributed throughout the cookies. I also chopped the macadamia nuts in the food processor. It was really important to bake them just until set, as they stayed softer that way. Mine took more like 15 minutes, though, so I guess everyone will have to adjust the baking times to their own oven. I will put this recipe in with my best for the holidays.
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Almond Tea Cakes

Reviewed: Dec. 9, 2010
These were very good little tartlets. They were good as the recipe stated and I think even a little better with a tiny dab (less than 1/4 tsp.) seedless raspberry jam sneaked in under the almond filling. The almond flavor was very good and came through well. Delicious!
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Fudge Chunkies

Reviewed: Dec. 6, 2010
These are quite good, but not spectacular. The dough was scrumptious, but the flavor kind of faded upon baking. I think to get the really wonderful chocolate flavor in a chocolate cookie, you have to use a lot of the bar chocolate~~the 60-70 per cent cocoa, really expensive chocolate in bars. But these were pretty good. The set up nicely and looked attractive. Don't know if I'd make them again, though. If I do, I'd add a few more chocolate chips and nuts to make them even chunkier.
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Bacon Ranch Pea Salad

Reviewed: Dec. 6, 2010
A handy, quite good salad. Nice addition to any meal. Easy to throw together and healthy. Update: This really is a great salad~~the longer it sits, the better it gets.
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New York Cheesecake III

Reviewed: Dec. 2, 2010
To me this is the way cheesecake should be. It is firm, but melts in your mouth. My Grandmother found a recipe quite similar to this in the Better Homes and Gardens magazine many years ago, and we have loved it ever since. It was topped with a fresh strawberry glaze. So delicious!!
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Red Velvet Cake IV

Reviewed: Nov. 30, 2010
I tried just the frosting on another red velvet cake recipe. I refrigerated it overnight to firm it up, but it really was too firm to spread then. I let it return to almost room temperature, and it spread on the 2-layer cake very nicely. I used Baker's white chocolate, and the flavor was not as good as I would have liked. Think the Nestle's white chocolate morsels' flavor would have been a little better. It had kind of an off flavor, too, and I'm not sure what that was from. Probably won't try it again, unless I use a different white chocolate.
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Perfect Turkey

Reviewed: Nov. 30, 2010
I tried to do everything just as the recipe said. However, I was kind of disappointed in how the turkey turned out. Well, the turkey was alright--it looked beautiful, but the meat was not as juicy as I'd hoped, and the gravy was very salty. I turned the turkey after it had cooked 2 hours, hoping to avoid its falling apart while turning. That worked pretty well. I did stuff the turkey, and parts of the stuffing were too salty also. I rinsed the turkey well after brining, so don't know how you'd get rid of the excess saltiness. Don't think I'd try it again exactly this way. Probably will try the upside-down method, but not the brining again.
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Cranberry Sauce Extraordinaire

Reviewed: Nov. 29, 2010
I tried this for this year's Thanksgiving dinner, and it didn't really go over all that well. Hardly anyone tried it, I guess because it looked different from the usual cranberry sauce. I thought it tasted very good, though, and my husband liked it too. I couldn't find diced dried fruit, and so substituted golden raisins. I didn't add the nuts, as I didn't want it to be too much like a chutney. I don't think using the dried fruit would have made the looks much more appealing. But I was sorry that no one tried it, as it really tasted pretty good. Think I'll probably make just the regular cranberry sauce next time, but it was fun to try this different recipe.
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Dip For The Stars

Reviewed: Nov. 27, 2010
I served this at a Thanksgiving get-together at our home, and it was much enjoyed. My daughter asked for the recipe. I used almonds instead of pine nuts, which I thought worked well. I really don't like pine nuts much. But the almonds were crunchy and the flavor blended well. It does make quite a large amount, and even with 10 people, much was left over. Sent it home with one of the guests who was happy to have it. The appearance was beautiful, and it was quite easy to do. I put fresh basil leaves around the base of the dip on a raised platter, placed that on another plate, and then arranged baguette slices underneath on the lower plate. Will keep this recipe for a repeat performance.
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Big Soft Ginger Cookies

Reviewed: Nov. 20, 2010
The dough was scrumptious, but the finished cookies were less than that...darn, and they had such good reviews. They were soft, yes, but kind of too soft and gooey. When baked for the suggested 8 minutes they didn't get done and were really gooey. Baked for 12 to 14 minutes they got done, still were soft, and were better, but still just not what I'd consider a delicious cookie. Took them to a talegating get-together, and no one ate them. Their appearance isn't really that appealing either, and then when you get by that and eat one, they're just not that great. Sorry--I wanted to really love them.
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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies III

Reviewed: Nov. 20, 2010
I made these thinking they might be like the ones you get at the Fred Myer stores--kind of cakey with chocolate chips. I think because my box of baking soda was too old, they didn't turn out like they should have, though they were very good. They were not cakey, but pretty firm. Since they had lots of chocolate chips, though, they were actually delicious. (I like chocolate) Next time, I'll use my new box of baking soda and see what difference that might make. Wish me luck. Update: Used new baking powder and, yes, they were very different!! Just like I had wanted--cakey, soft and like the ones at the grocery store. What a difference a fresh can of baking powder can make!
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Burrito Pie

Reviewed: Oct. 22, 2010
Made this quite a while ago, but am just now getting around to reviewing it--I remember quite well how good it was though. It took a fair amount of time to put together. But once you had it made, it was really good for leftovers for several days. I doubled the layers of tortillas and sandwiched refried beans between them. Made a nice presentation with all the layers. Very good!
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Seven Layer Taco Dip

Reviewed: Oct. 19, 2010
I made this recipe a combination of the 7-layer dip I usually make and this recipe. Layered as such: refried beans, mashed avacado, the cream cheese-sour cream combination, taco seasoning, salsa, diced fresh tomatoes, sliced green onions, sliced pickled peppers, black olives, and shredded cheese. My family said it was the best I'd ever made, so guess it was a good combination. Will probably make it this way from now on. Thanks for the suggestions in your recipe.
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Stuffed Pork Chops I

Reviewed: Oct. 19, 2010
I tweaked the recipe quite a bit--doubled the stuffing, added more butter and chicken broth to stuffing--too much chicken broth actually, and it was way too soupy. I thought I'd ruined it, but it solidified quite a bit as it cooled. The idea was great--pork chops and stuffing. It was even better when rewarmed, as the stuffing had firmed up quite a bit by then. Actually turned out quite good. Next time I would still add more liquid to stuffing, as I don't like it dry, but not quite as much. Baked it at 325 degrees for two hours as others had suggested and worked well. Will make it again.
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Downeast Maine Pumpkin Bread

Reviewed: Oct. 10, 2010
I thought this bread was very good, but not worthy of the 5 stars everyone seems to rate it at. As written, I felt the cloves came through too strong on about the second day. Otherwise, it was quite good. Next time I would decrease the cloves--about all I'd change.
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