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Mmm-Mmm Better Brownies

Reviewed: Sep. 10, 2011
I was disappointed with these. I found them to be a bit bland and the texture wasn't quite brownie-like.
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Blue Cheese Potato Salad

Reviewed: Aug. 14, 2011
This was delicious. I used white wine vinegar as that was what I had, added a little tabasco to the oil/vinegar mix. I didn't have any scallions so I just added a little dried onion for flavor. I adjusted liquid amounts to the amount of potato I had so it wasn't dry at all. Everyone loves that it's mayo free!
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Mango Chicken Bake

Reviewed: Aug. 4, 2011
This was delicious as is but with a few tweaks could be a 5 star recipe. The flavor and texture were very comforting but I would have like a greater punch of flavor so next time I will up the amount of curry paste and vinegar I put in. I would also mix the curry paste mixture into the rice before I put the chicken in - very hard to distribute the flavors afterwards. I was surprised that the mango wasn't as mangoey as I thought it would be but instead mellowed out and combined with the rice to be like a sticky rice. Maybe jarred mango would actually be better to maintain the flavor. Thank you for a great recipe!
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Greek Tzatziki

Reviewed: Jul. 10, 2011
I strained the yogurt and cucumber (after I squeezed it) but only for about 30 minutes because I was short on time. Really needs to sit in the fridge for about an hour or so. Didn't add the lemon zest and it was still great.
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Creamy Rice Pudding

Reviewed: Jul. 6, 2011
Hmmm, based on the other great reviews, maybe I did something wrong. This was not creamy at all, I may have cooked it too long or used too much rice. I'll have to try it again.
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Mango Blueberry Muffins With Coconut Streusel

Reviewed: Jul. 2, 2011
This was the second time I made them and I remembered that the first time it didn't have enough mango flavor. So, I added another half cup of mango with it's juice and decreased the blueberries. We're not big fans of coconut so I left it out. A nice change of pace from our usual muffins. I like them but my family isn't gaga over them.
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Greek Garbanzo Bean Salad

Reviewed: Jun. 6, 2011
Wow! I have been making this recipe for years and can't believe I've never rated it. It is fantastic as is and is open to all kinds of adjustments depending on ingredients on hand. More cheese is always better.
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Ginger Chili Citrus Salmon

Reviewed: May 14, 2011
This was so yummy! It looked to be a lot of marinade so I just scaled down the amount of ingredients. I also felt that much sugar was unnecessary after the honey so I just sprinkled a little on. Roasted at 400 in the oven, boiled the marinade and used as a sauce. Next time I might try baking it in the marinade. Sprinkled fresh cilantro on at the end. Delicious!
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Banana Oat Muffins

Reviewed: Apr. 10, 2011
These were pretty good - I make a similar one with blueberries from this site. I used half wheat flour, split the white sugar with some brown but may switch to all brown next time. I also added some yogurt and a little less milk. And of course, to make it less healthy...some chocolate chips.
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Mediterranean Puff Pastry Chicken

Reviewed: Apr. 7, 2011
The flavors in this were amazing. Couldn't find sun dried tomatoes so I used sun dried tomato pesto and omitted the regular pesto. This actually was a good move as some of my kids wouldn't have liked the chunks of tomato and it was very flavorful. I used chicken tenderloins so they cooked pretty fast. It would be nice to find a better way to wrap them, I sealed quite a bit and they still opened and leaked so the bottoms were soggy. I also think you could use crescent dough to make this but I'm sure it wouldn't be as good (but it would be cheaper!). I also think we prefer lots of smaller ones as opposed to several big ones. Thanks for an amazing recipe! PS Tried it with shrimp and prefer the chicken. Also, cooked on a rack over a pan so it was much less soggy - just remember to grease the rack! Can also make this with bread dough - I used leftover chicken so it was already cooked. Remember to put ingredients in upside down since it will have to be flipped over so seam is on the bottom.
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Pepperoncini Beef

Reviewed: Mar. 29, 2011
This was very tender, so much so that you couldn't slice the beef, only shred it. Don't know if there's anything to do about that, but oh well. Still delicious. Took some other reviewers advice and added some balsamic and then used water until the beef was covered. Not spicy at all but I could only find mild pepperoncini. Used the peppers in the sandwiches for the adults, yummy.
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Chicken Pot Pies with Puff Pastry

Reviewed: Mar. 14, 2011
This was good. I made it in a 9x9 casserole dish but I'm sure individual ones would be cute. I felt it was a little too runny so I'll adjust the liquid ratio next time. I baked some chicken and potatoes before I cut them up and put them in.
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Delicious Raspberry Oatmeal Cookie Bars

Reviewed: Feb. 16, 2011
Taste was excellent but it was a little crumbly. Had to cut into really small pieces and it still fell apart. Maybe the butter needs to be incorporated better.
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Bill Clinton's Lemon Chess Pie

Reviewed: Feb. 15, 2011
This was good - definitely needs to sit for a while before eating. I thought it needed to be more lemony but others were fine with it.
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Smokey Chipotle Meatloaf

Reviewed: Feb. 14, 2011
This was very flavorful. I couldn't find canned chipotles and I think that would make a huge difference. I'll have to add more notes when I make it the right way.
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Creamy Saffron Shrimp with Gnocchi and Caramelized Onion

Reviewed: Feb. 11, 2011
This was great. I increased the ingredients for the sauce a little bit. I also added some spinach which was tasty but not necessary for next time. I only added a little bit of paprika but think more would be fine. The sauce was very stroganoffish. Took some time to caramelize the onions, etc. but the flavor is worth it.
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Cantonese Style Pork and Shrimp Dumplings

Reviewed: Jan. 23, 2011
These were fabulous. I definitely need to add some ginger, it was the one spice that I really missed. I baked them at 450 for about 15 min. after I sprayed with Pam. Did one tray so they overlapped a bit but next time I would use 2 so I could spread them out. Had to use wonton wrappers but that was fine.
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Potluck Pepperoni Bread

Reviewed: Jan. 23, 2011
This was really good. I added a little bit of sauce, Italian seasoning and some parmesan. Very easy to make and very quick. It was a little greasy so it might be better to use turkey pepperoni.
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Apple Pie by Grandma Ople

Reviewed: Jan. 9, 2011
Wow, this was really good. I've used the same recipe for 20 years and I think I may change it to this one. Of course, now I need to make my regular one and compare it to this since I haven't had it in a while. The only hesitation I have about this one is the amount of butter in it. Oh, and definitely add cinnamon. *Update. I've now made this several times and there is no comparison. This pie rules them all.
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Asian Lettuce Wraps

Reviewed: Dec. 31, 2010
These were good - I felt that they needed more sauce. Made with a mixture of pork sausage and ground beef but would like to try with only pork or ground turkey.
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