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Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream

Reviewed: Jul. 23, 2014
The concept of this recipe is fantastic - love the blueberry sauce and the graham crust. It is a lot of extra work but I think it's worth it to make it fresh (especially with fresh-picked blueberries). The ice cream itself needs some work. I don't like cooking with pudding mix and this confirms my opinion. It was too airy and soft and the flavor was just OK. I am going to look for a true cheesecake ice cream recipe for next time. Also, cut the graham cracker mix in half - that was plenty. The amount definitely overwhelmed my ice cream maker so make sure to do half one day and the other half the next day.
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Glendora's Chocolate Fudge Pudding (Cake)

Reviewed: Jul. 12, 2014
This was great. Some of the reviews said it only needed a pinch of salt but next time I'm going to add the full amount because I felt like it could use a little more flavor. I added chocolate chips in the batter and then sprinkled some on top after I poured the water.
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Oma's Cottage Cheesecake

Reviewed: Jun. 8, 2014
Of course this isn't like real cheesecake but it is a nice, easy substitute. I don't think I will add the milk next time and I will try and strain the cheese a little more. There seem to be endless variations so it will be good to experiment.
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Chocolate Pile-Up Cookies

Reviewed: Apr. 22, 2014
These were delicious - followed the recipe exactly except for using roasted almonds instead of hazelnuts because that's what I had on hand. Definitely chop them small. I refrigerated them for an hour so I don't know if that affected the shape during cooking but they stayed pretty high and thick instead of spreading out. This was very much like a brownie cookie. It is very hard to tell when they're done since they are dark but I think 10 min is a good point for me.
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Beer Braised Irish Stew and Colcannon

Reviewed: Mar. 16, 2014
This was yummy. Next time, during the second part of the braising process, if I do it in the oven, I need to remember to stir every 15 minutes or so. The top part was pretty brown and dried out when I took it out so I stirred and put the lid back on to rehydrate so that was fine. Flavor was great.
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Orzo with Parmesan and Basil

Reviewed: Mar. 5, 2014
Mediterranean Mac and Cheese is a perfect description. My 11 year old daughter made this by herself and it was a great side dish. Yes, it was fairly plain but sometimes that's what you want. I would think there would be lots of ways of changing the flavors in it if you wanted to.
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Best Big, Fat, Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie

Reviewed: Feb. 26, 2014
I didn't have time to refrigerate these before baking so I was worried they would come out flat. They didn't at all. The cookie flavor was a little cakier than I prefer but still an overall good cookie. I followed the directions exactly except that the butter was just softened, not melted. Could probably reduce the # of chocolate chips a little.
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Garlic-Lemon Double Stuffed Chicken

Reviewed: Feb. 12, 2014
I didn't think there was anything special about this compared to other stuffed chicken.
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Best Chili

Reviewed: Feb. 4, 2014
This had some unorthodox directions so I changed the order of some of the steps to suit my cooking style. It had nice flavor but needs to be punched up a little bit. I didn't add chipotle sauce because I didn't want it to be too spicy and it was just right for kids but I think it could use a little more spice. I didn't add the can of diced tomatoes and I'm glad that I didn't because the consistency of the chili was perfect. Maybe a little more chili powder and other spices next time. I think I will use red wine next time, liked the beer flavor. I also only used one can of the kidney beans and that was perfect for us.
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Grandma Johnson's Scones

Reviewed: Jan. 29, 2014
There wasn't nearly enough liquid so I added half and half. The dough was still hard to work with and when they were baking, all of the butter separated out. My family enjoyed the taste of the end result.
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Rugelach

Reviewed: Dec. 23, 2013
I have been making this for years and can't believe I've never reviewed it. I will admit that the first few times I made it, it was very messy and difficult to do. Once you figure out what works best for you, it's a breeze. If you follow the instructions exactly as stated and use cold ingredients, the dough comes together in about 5 minutes and is very easy to handle. I use a dusting of flour to roll it out into a rectangle. I only make about half the filling. I make some with different flavored jellies and also use mini chips. I make different ones for each disc. One of my favorites...
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Gravy Stuffing Chicken Bake

Reviewed: Dec. 18, 2013
Halved the recipe - good, quick satisfying comfort dish.
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Deb's Scallops Florentine

Reviewed: Dec. 4, 2013
I use bay scallops and I don't cook it before hand. I follow the basic recipe with a few changes every time. My biggest issue is that the fresh spinach and scallops release a lot of water so the end product separates out. So I just drain it and it's still delicous, just need to figure out a way to stop that from happening.
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Roasted Cauliflower and Leek Soup

Reviewed: Dec. 2, 2013
This was delicious. I may have added too much cauliflower so mine was pretty thick but I will try adding less next time. I added a minced jalapeno which gave it a nice zing and I pureed most of it but did leave some chunks. Shaved some parmesan on top - yummy!
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Fluffy Peanut Butter Frosting

Reviewed: Nov. 15, 2013
Followed the directions exactly and it was perfect. Make sure butter is softened and add more liquid if consistency is too thiick.
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Cream Cheese Frosting II

Reviewed: Nov. 13, 2013
I add a cup of sugar when I want it a little sweeter and more spreadable and leave it as is when I want more of that cream cheese kick. Great frosting.
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Chef John's Caramel Chicken

Reviewed: Oct. 14, 2013
I followed the directions exactly but my chicken was a soupy mess after 10 minutes. I drained all of that off and just put a little more sauce in to caramelize. That worked and then I put the rest of the sauce in. My family liked it but I thought the flavor was off - just no wow factor and it had a weird flavor. Maybe it was the fish sauce?
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Heavenly Chipped Chocolate and Hazelnut Cheesecake

Reviewed: Aug. 3, 2013
This was pretty good but I would like to make some more adjustments to make it even better. I used chocolate wafers for the crust. I think I may make a different cheesecake recipe and then incorporate ingredients from this one to make a more hazelnutty cheesecake.
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Buffalo Chicken Sloppy Joes

Reviewed: Jun. 26, 2013
This is a great base recipe. I added a LOT more buffalo sauce and didn't add any cheddar. I think that would ruin the taste of it. I also added a little blue cheese dressing to the mix. I also only added 1 T of the brown sugar, think it would be too sweet to add all of it.
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Sesame Pasta Chicken Salad

Reviewed: May 19, 2013
I added some shredded carrot and I think some snap peas might be a nice addition. Cooked the chicken with Trader Joe's black pepper sauce brushed on. Added some sriracha to the dressing.
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