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Shrimp Francesca

Reviewed: Jan. 5, 2012
This was good but for me, not as amazing as the other reviewers made it out to be. I guess there's some ease in assembling it in a baking dish, but I think I would rather saute all the ingredients. I did not use as much butter as it called for and I'm sure that affected it but I just don't think we need to have a whole stick of butter in one dinner! The bread crumbs didn't seem to add anything at all. Loved the artichokes and my family liked it but I think there are better ways to put this dish together.
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Spicy Garlic Lime Chicken

Reviewed: Jan. 4, 2012
This was good but I didn't think it was anything spectacular. The spice mixture didn't jump out at me but I enjoyed the limey taste. I did add some chopped jalapenos and finished with some tequila. The rest of the family enjoyed.
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Pecan Pie V

Reviewed: Dec. 28, 2011
I soooo wanted to like this better than my traditional pie but unfortunately, I didn't.
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Chile-Lime Turkey Patties

Reviewed: Dec. 5, 2011
These were gobbled up - would probably be just as good with beef or chicken.
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Spinach Brownies

Reviewed: Nov. 22, 2011
This is a terrific base recipe. I used a frozen pack of spinach that I cooked and squeezed out. Added some roasted red peppers and feta cheese. Also added some pepper flakes and garlic powder. Only used 3 tbsp of butter and glad I did because it would have been way too greasy otherwise. Melted butter and then added minced onion to that. Next time, I will add artichokes. The only thing that surprised me was how thin they came out. Don't know if this was a function of how I cooked them or not. Still delicious!
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Jamie's Minestrone

Reviewed: Nov. 15, 2011
This was great. Took some advice from others - used all chicken broth but had to add some water as it did get too thick. Used large can of crushed tomatoes instead of sauce. Added red wine, some red pepper for zing and about half a lemon to brighten it up. Waited to add the beans until the end so not too mushy. Great basic recipe.
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Chili-Toasted Pecans with Dried Cherries

Reviewed: Nov. 6, 2011
You don't have to make the full amount - just guesstimated the proportions.
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Asparagus with Lime and Ginger

Reviewed: Oct. 10, 2011
This was really good. I roasted the asparagus but that takes some more oil so the end result was a little more oil than I normally like so next time I will steam them.
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Kale and Chickpea Soup

Reviewed: Oct. 2, 2011
This was pretty good and loved the fact that it was so healthy. Something seemed to be lacking in the flavor department so I may need to experiment with some spices. Depending on the chorizo used, I may also add some tabasco.
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Linguine with Seafood and Sundried Tomatoes

Reviewed: Sep. 28, 2011
I hesitate to review this because I didn't make it exactly the way stated in the recipe due to ingredients I had on hand. That being said, I would imagine it to be a good, basic recipe but nothing that would be extraordinary. Used fresh lemon basil in place of the zest and that gave it a fresh flavor but I can see it being brighter with the zest. I'll try it again the right way and leave a final review.
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Pleasant Pork Chops

Reviewed: Sep. 26, 2011
This was a nice change to the usual chops - nothing out of this world but a good, solid, comfort food meal. Followed the suggestions of others and used wine and broth. Cooked for about 30 minutes and will probably increase it next time. Served with hot, buttered linguini.
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Banana Crumb Muffins

Reviewed: Sep. 14, 2011
Added vanilla and some cinnamon. Forgot to add nuts but will do that next time. Very moist and not too bananey. Also, don't usually have time to make the topping so just sprinkle with some cinnamon sugar.
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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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Mixed Berries with Mascarpone-Limoncello Cream

Reviewed: Aug. 31, 2011
Had this at Tonya's house for book club. Deceptively simple looking but so delicious!
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Stacked Burrito Pie

Reviewed: Aug. 21, 2011
Kids really liked this - I used ground turkey and just put it in a 9x9 pan.
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Rustic Swiss Chard and Mozzarella Tart

Reviewed: Aug. 20, 2011
This was great - definitely try and refrigerate crust for a little while first. Could probably use other vegetables in this also.
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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. Salt the chicken before you put it 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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