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Jenn's Out Of This World Spaghetti and Meatballs

Reviewed: Sep. 29, 2006
The meatballs were fabulous, but the sauce was almost inedible! Maybe I did something wrong, but the sauce was thick, pasty, and waaaay too sweet. I might try to meatballs with store-bought sauce next time...
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Penne with Spicy Vodka Tomato Cream Sauce

Reviewed: Sep. 29, 2006
Definitely one of the best recipes I've ever made! It comes together very easily and pretty quickly too. I usually use spicy Italian sausage and reduce the red pepper just a bit...Delicious and unusual, I make it almost every other week. Thanks for the recipe!
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Burmese Chicken Curry (Gaeng Gai Bama)

Reviewed: Sep. 29, 2006
I was not wowed by this...it wasn't thrilling. It was a lot of work for not much...zing. Sorry, I guess I don't have the vocabulary to describe that better. :)
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Cheese Ravioli with Three Pepper Topping

Reviewed: Oct. 18, 2006
I thought this was good, but not great. I made half of the recipe and added one clove of garlic with the peppers, added one tsp of cornstarch + water into the broth to thicken it, and added a few shakes of garlic powder and onion powder while the broth was cooking. It still seemed pretty bland and was runny. It's a good way to get some veggies and I love bell peppers, it just wasn't an exceptional way to do ravioli. Would definitely need more garlic and red pepper to salvage.
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Home-Style Vegetable Beef Soup

Reviewed: Oct. 18, 2006
This recipe was great! I was skeptical because it was so simple, and I'm used to seeing recipes that use several different spices, etc., but it was fabulous as is. I didn't put any corn in because it seemed out of place, and the potatoes took a little longer to get tender than the recipe says. I used canned green beans and they worked fine. It's nice to have a recipe you can throw together and walk away from, and it turns out delicious and filling. Thanks!
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Chicken Tortilla Soup I

Reviewed: Oct. 18, 2006
I loved this! It was fairly easy, very flavorful, and definitely hearty. Like another reviewer, I skipped the hominy and increased the corn accordingly...I almost doubled the amount of black beans, and used chopped pickled jalapenos instead of green chile peppers (all I could find!). Don't skimp on the chips and cheese! My boyfriend and I ate waaaay too much of this. :) Yummy!
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Addictive Sweet Potato Burritos

Reviewed: Oct. 23, 2006
I have to say I was a bit disappointed, given all of the rave reviews...I thought the bean mixture was fabulous, that combination of flavors was delicious...but the sweet potatoes seemed out of place. They actually seemed, well, too sweet! And the amount of bean/sweet potato I ended up with didn't seem like enough to fill burrito-sized tortillas. Also, it's pretty time-consuming. I think this recipe would make great bean burritos, but as is it was kinda weird.
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Chicken and Dumplings III

Reviewed: Oct. 23, 2006
This is one of my all-time favorite recipes. Even though it's super-easy, it still tastes wonderful! Like many others I boil my chicken in 2 cups of chicken broth (plus extra water to cover). I save all of the liquid that I end up with because my boyfriend likes the end result to be just-this-side of soupy. I also use breasts instead of thighs because he's not a fan of dark meat. Delicious, simple, and very comforting!
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Irresistible Pecan Pie

Reviewed: Nov. 28, 2006
I realized, after making this pie and reading all of the reviews, that I actually DO like syrupy, sweet pecan pies. :) This pie gets 3 stars just on personal taste; this isn't what I expect from pecan pies, and whether or not that's a good thing depends on the individual preference. I put in half as many chopped and whole pecans as called for, and left out the crushed all together, and it was still an amazing amount of pecans. I only added a teaspoon of flour and that was enough for me. I used a Pillsbury crust, but considering this was my first time ever to make a pie, this was pretty easy and turned out nice. This is a great recipe if this is what you're looking for. I think I'll try something different next time.
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Turkey Pot Pie I

Reviewed: Nov. 28, 2006
This pie was delicious, but, as most reviewers have noted, was completely lacking in that wonderful gravy that usually comes from cutting into a warm pot pie. I did miss that. And I only used two potatoes instead of three, and that was plenty. So as far as pot pies go, it was mildly disappointing. BUT it was still a delicious dinner and even better for lunch at work the next day!
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Ginger Salmon

Reviewed: Feb. 12, 2007
This wasn't horrible, but I didn't think it was fabulous. It kinda tasted like I'd just put a lot of mustard on some salmon. I'll probably keep looking for a salmon recipe.
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Honey-Pecan Chicken Breasts

Reviewed: Feb. 13, 2007
5 stars +! My boyfriend and I loooove this recipe. I've made it both as stated and as other reviewers have suggested, by removing the chicken and cooking the honey/pecans separately, and I agree that the latter method is preferrable. I usually put the pecans in a baggie and roll over them with a rolling pin; however, don't pulverize them! I like them somewhat coarse so I can really enjoy the crunch. I serve this on a bed of wild or brown rice; the texture is a nice contrast to the nuts. Don't skimp on the cayenne! Sooo yummy!!
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Pennsylvania Coal Region Barbecue

Reviewed: Feb. 13, 2007
I really liked this recipe...I tend to prefer a sweeter Sloppy Joe than Manwich, and the vinegar in this gave the sweetness a nice zip. I was a little put off by the onion-to-beef ratio however; if I make this again I'd use way less chopped onion than it calls for. Also, the portions are totally off! I made 1lb. of ground beef's worth and it just fed two of us, I have no idea how it's supposed to be enough for 8!
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Pumpkin Pie I

Reviewed: Feb. 14, 2007
Fabulous! Just the right texture, creamy and delicious. It's not very spicy so if you like it with more cinnamon, etc. definitely kick it up a little. Took mine 10+60 minutes as another reviewer mentioned, probably could have been a little longer too. Just be patient. Wonderful recipe!
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Zuppa Toscana

Reviewed: Feb. 15, 2007
This was delicious. I made it for Valentine's Day (it's my bf's fave from Olive Garden) along with Garlic Parmesan Breadsticks also from this site. BF said it was "exactly right". It took a little bit of time, but was fairly straightforward. I tried to brown the Italian sausage with the bacon and onion, like some reviewers suggested, and had a hard time getting the bacon to crisp up at all (maybe because my pot was too small.) But I still got the good bacon flavorings and found I didn't need to add any crumbled bacon after that. Made with 5 skin-on red potatoes, 1 quart chicken broth and about 2 cups water (needed more liquid with some many potatoes). Delish!
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Chocolate Ganache Icing

Reviewed: Feb. 20, 2007
If you are a fan of dark chocolate, this icing is heavenly! I accidentally used unsweetened chocolate and added a little over a half cup of sugar to make up for it (any less and it was much too bitter). It is by no means overly sweet, very very rich and dark. I melted this all in a makeshift double boiler (oven-safe bowl floating in boiling pan of water), took a while but came out very creamy. Decadent!
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Focaccia Bread

Reviewed: Feb. 20, 2007
I have barely any experience with yeast breads, so anything wrong with this is probably my fault. The dough didn't rise like I was expecting, and I think I overworked it a bit. The end result was a bit tougher than I had hoped, but still pretty yummy. Boyfriend made panini sandwiches with this; I think it would be better eaten on its own, there's so much flavor in there already it really doesn't need anything else added to it. A great recipe that will probably only improve as my cooking skills do!
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Dark Chocolate Cake II

Reviewed: Feb. 20, 2007
Fabulous. I tasted the batter before I poured it into the pan and almost ate the whole bowl. Made this in 2 9" round cake pans, used Dark Chocolate Ganache Icing from this site because I really wanted this to be a dark, not overly sweet cake. It would probably still be delicious with a lighter, sweeter icing (guess I'll have to make another one to test!) Cake itself was moist, rich, and lovely. Considering I'm a pretty inexperienced baker, I'd say this recipe deserves every star I can give it!
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Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Reviewed: Feb. 20, 2007
Soo yummy...I used regular chocolate chips (about 3/4 so there'd be enough in every pancake), and added about 1/3 cup of milk when I decided the batter was a bit too thick after my first attempts. Could probably use a bit more liquid than that, actually. Other than that, fabulous. The syrup is wonderful on this too! Trust me, you will try to eat more than you should when you take your first bite of these!
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Morning Glory Muffins I

Reviewed: Feb. 21, 2007
Oh my gosh, delicious...I made these almost exactly as stated, except 1c all-purpose and 1c whole wheat flour, and didn't have any wheat germ. The only problem I had was that the apple butter mixture didn't seem to be enough to moisten all of the dry ingredients, I stirred as best I could but there was some leftover flour. Probably making it with 1c applesauce instead, like everyone else has suggested, would take care of this problem. The batter seemed really really dense so I was nervous, I only got 12 muffins out of it, and it took much longer to bake than stated (maybe 30 minutes), but they came out FABULOUS. I usually just make muffins for the boyfriend, I'm not a muffin eater myself, but I could eat these every day. Used golden raisins, which was nice, and I LOVE the crunchy nuts on top. Moist and tasty and healthy, what's not to love!
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