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Spicy Slow-Cooked Beanless Chili

Reviewed: Dec. 19, 2014
Really good; probably my go-to beanless chili.
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Bacon Cheddar Spread

Reviewed: Dec. 19, 2014
Really good. I used peppercorn ranch dressing. I recommend finely shredded cheese, not the more coarser shred.
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Ultimate Green Beans

Reviewed: Dec. 19, 2014
Very ok. Can't put my finger on what was missing. Just...nothing special.
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Spinach and Orzo Salad

Reviewed: Dec. 19, 2014
This was ok. A bit strong on the olive oil, and overall bland. If I make this again I'd add dried cranberries for color, and perhaps chicken and/or walnuts for protein if it were going to be a "meal salad." The orzo didn't dry out well--the salad was kind of wet and seemed slimy.
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Chef John's Macaroni and Cheese

Reviewed: Dec. 19, 2014
This was very good. My only issue is that I'd first changed the serving size, and didn't realize that the directions applied to the original serving size (even though the warning was on the recipe). Hey, I have chemo brain + I was rushed to make it. Anywho, had I made this perfectly, it would have been amazing (the cheese wouldn't have been sticky and gooey). I would make this again, albeit correctly, and I recommend it.
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Easy OREO Truffles

Reviewed: Jan. 1, 2013
This had ingredients I love: Oreos (I crushed them in a food processor), cream cheese and chocolate chips. But together? Pretty yucky. I made these axactly according to the recipe, right down to the brands. I took it to a party, and word got around they weren't worth it. I'm surprised, and glad I tried these. But again? No thanks. I'm an experienced cook and baker, and this is one of those rare times my review isn't even close to the majority's.
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Chocolate Cavity Maker Cake

Reviewed: Dec. 29, 2012
Four stars for taste, but the baking time was waaaaay off. My oven is accurate (I've checked), so I was frustrated that this cake took nearly 2 hours to bake. I kept checking it after an hour, at which point I covered it with aluminum foil. I think the cake is supposed to be gooey, but it was downright uncooked until about 95-100 minutes. I'd make it again b/c my brother thought it was the best. chocolate. cake. ever. I'll just allow more time for baking.
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Marie's Easy Slow Cooker Pot Roast

Reviewed: Dec. 18, 2012
I'm a nanny, and I made this for "my" six kids. They all liked it a lot. My crock pot runs hot, so the cooking was done after about four hours on "low". I'd make this again. I didn't change the recipe at all, nor would I the next time I make it. It's a good, solid pot roast. Thank you, Marie.
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Turkey Tenderloins

Reviewed: Mar. 13, 2012
I tried this exactly as the recipe stated, and hated the marinade. Crazy salty, even though I used Kikkoman's lower sodium soy sauce. And the taste of soy was overpowering. I couldn't figure out how to salvage it, so I threw it out and did something entirely different with the tenderloins. So glad I tasted the marinade before putting it on the meat. This is one of those very rare times that I have a significant difference in opinion from the majority reviewers. I was counting on this recipe's working for me, b/c I was serving it to guests. Oh, well! Still glad I tried it.
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Bacon-Wrapped Potatoes

Reviewed: Dec. 12, 2011
What did I do wrong? I'm an accomplished cook, and made these as the recipe states. The bacon didn't cook, even after more than 90 minutes in my oven (it's not broken and I check the temperature accuracy regularly and often). I had to finish off the bacon by putting the potatoes in a hot fry pan, which took another 10 minutes. Crazy! And the end result wasn't worth it. No thanks! I'll separately make bacon to go with my conventionally made baked potatoes. This was not good. Big waste of time.
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Slow Cooker Turkey Breast

Reviewed: Nov. 24, 2011
This finished for me in five hours, and it was very dry; so maybe 4.5 or 4 hours wuld have done it. Beyond the dryness, the flavor was not so good. Too salty, too onion-y, not like the turkey breasts I've enoyed before. Not making this again. And if you DO make it, audition it before Thanksgiving; I wish I had. This was the turkey I served on The Big Day, and it was lacking. My husband thought it was ok, but full disclosure: he eats anything.
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Slow Cooker Stuffing

Reviewed: Nov. 24, 2011
Didn't work at all for me; I made it exactly as written. I won't ever make this again. I checked on it after four hours and it was so, so well done as to appear and taste almost burnt. Maybe if I had checked at 3 hours. Still, this recipe isn't going to happen for me.
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Cream of Mushroom Soup I

Reviewed: Nov. 21, 2011
Very good. Probably would get 5 stars if I had sherry to add. A bit time consuming (even thought I bought presliced 'shrooms), but worth it. Next time I'd add a little minced garlic for a kick. Didn't make that much; about six cups. I recommend it.
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German Sweet Chocolate Cake I

Reviewed: Oct. 23, 2011
Airy , like angel food but not so spongey. The day I made it, it was ok; not as sweet as I'd expected (or would have liked). The next day, after refrigeration, it was FABULOUS. Husband said best G.C. cake he'd ever had anywhere. I used 2c + 4T cake flour instead of regular. The frosting made a lot. I used sweetened coconut, though the ingredients didn't specifiy sweetemed vs unsweetened. Glad I made frosting before making the cake b/c as another reviewer said, it takes a long time to cool. I expect my guests will like it. Also, mine took 45 minutes to bake. I kept checking, and it really wasn't finished until 45 minutes. The prep time was 35-40 mins.
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Country Green Beans

Reviewed: Oct. 18, 2011
Very good. I used chicken broth instead of water, bacon instead of ham, and sauteed the onion in the bacon drippings. I recommend this recipe. Thanks.
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Creamy Potato With Rosemary Soup

Reviewed: Oct. 17, 2011
Very good. Not sure what it would take to make it "outstanding" and feel like I couldn't get enough. The serving size is about 3/4 cup. Bacon is a nice garnish; maybe next time I'll add some swirled cream to each serving. This took me an hour to make from start to finish. I increased the garlic, and the cayenne (which is very subtle) and you definitely need salt and freshly ground pepper. I'm glad I tried this. Not sure what the orange round things are in this photo, though; I'd love for someone to explain. This photo looked nothing like what I ended up with. Not even the green stuff. What IS all that, anyway??
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Ultimate Twice Baked Potatoes

Reviewed: Oct. 5, 2011
Excellent. I might next time put a bit of bacon in with the potatoes, and put the rest on top. But anyway, I made this exactly as written, and we loved it. Will make again. Maybe next time try to finish under the broiler to kind of melt the cheese and crisp up the top; and maybe fill the potatoes through a pastry bag to make it look nicer than a flat mound. But YUM!
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Marinated Pork Chops

Reviewed: Oct. 5, 2011
Incredible. I marinated overnight, and made the recipe exactly as written. Just outstanding. Thanks so much!
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Apple Avocado Salad with Tangerine Dressing

Reviewed: Oct. 5, 2011
Wow. That dressing was amazing. Like others, I used drained mandarin oranges from a can (20 oz) and even so, it was to die for. I never woudl have thought of a salad like this. Thanks so much. Just beautiful! And easy!
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White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake

Reviewed: Sep. 11, 2011
My guests raved and said it was the best c'cake EVER. I used seedless rasp preserves; next time I'll use >3T in the middle part (3T is perfect for the top). 12 oz bag of white chocolate chips wasn't quite enough, so I had to use part of a second bag, but now I'm not sure I had to make up the few ounces. Wrapped in foil and put in waterbath, and had it bake for an hour, then turned off oven and let it sit for another hour; didn't crack, and was perfectly level. Used Oreos (an entire package, around 2.5 cups) an that's the only way to go! Melting the white choc chips + cream was time consuming on stovetop, so I switched to microwave and even when it was done, I had to whisk it to get it all smooth. That was the toughest part of making this. I forgot the parchment paper and was ok without it, but next time I'll use it--that's as smart as using seedless raspberry preserves. Thanks for this recipe. Beautiful!!!
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