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Moroccan Chicken

Reviewed: Nov. 20, 2010
One word: YUM! Followed the recipe as written and thought it had just the right amount of spices. Was even better as leftovers the following day.
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Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

Reviewed: Nov. 20, 2010
I followed others' suggestions and sauteed some garlic, onion, celery, and carrots before adding the broth. I didn't use quick-cooking rice, so I prepared it separately and omitted the 2 cups of water from the soup. The end result was pretty good, although next time I think I will add more garlic and just a tad less cream (or perhaps more broth). I generally love creamy recipes, but I thought this was almost too rich.
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Tuna Noodle Casserole from Scratch

Reviewed: Dec. 26, 2009
This was yummy. Made the following minor changes: threw in some diced red bell pepper, sauteed the vegetables in bacon fat instead of butter for a little extra flavor, and used half milk / half cream. Yes, I actually made this recipe fattier than it already was!
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Cake Mix Cookies VIII

Reviewed: Dec. 26, 2009
OK, I have to admit, the first time I made these, they turned out horrible! The package of cake mix that I used was only 16 oz., so the proportions were off, and then I left them in the oven for too long, so they got really hard. I was ready to throw away this recipe, but I decided to give it another try. I used a different cake mix (Dr. Oetker's organic chocolate cake mix), and I substituted coconut oil for some of the butter. (Coconut oil is VERY good for you, and it's also great for baking!) I threw in a mixture of bittersweet chocolate chips and white chocolate chips, as well as 1-2 tsp. of peppermint extract. I baked them for exactly 8 minutes, and they came out perfect. They taste just like thin mints! Oh, and I got a whopping 50 cookies out of this batch!
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Smoked Salmon Mousse

Reviewed: Dec. 11, 2009
This was so delicious. I omitted the roe and made many of the changes other reviewers suggested: used slightly less cream cheese, threw in a couple small cloves of garlic, added a little more cream, and used fresh dill instead of dried. I put in at least a tablespoon of chopped fresh dill, but the taste was still pretty subtle. I also used the little fillo cups, but plain old crackers work just fine, too.
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Albondigas

Reviewed: Dec. 4, 2009
I made a lot of the changes mentioned by other reviewers, but I thought this recipe was just "OK." I added two cloves of minced garlic and some cumin to the meatballs. I also used low-sodium beef broth because I didn't have any bouillon. Threw in a stalk of celery and half of a diced red bell pepper, just to use up some veggies I had in the fridge. I sauteed the onion, celery, and red pepper in a little bit of butter before adding the broth. Ended up adding garlic powder, cumin, a can of stewed tomatoes, and tons of salt because the broth was so bland. Even after those additions, my boyfriend described the flavor as "very subtle." It wasn't horrible, just not nearly as good as I'd hoped.
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Martha's Cornbread Dressing

Reviewed: Nov. 29, 2009
This was amazing. I chose this stuffing recipe simply because I happened to have a whole chicken in the freezer that someone gave us, and I wanted to put it to good use. Instead of just boiling the chicken plain, I used the "Boiled Chicken" recipe from this site. I also used the "Grandmother's Buttermilk Cornbread" recipe for the cornbread, but I was lazy with the biscuits and just used the kind from the can. The only change I made was adding a bit of chopped fresh sage in addition to the ground sage. Next time I will probably omit the ground sage and just increase the amount of fresh. Yum!
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Double Layer Pumpkin Cheesecake

Reviewed: Nov. 29, 2009
To me, this recipe is pretty bland as written. However, after making some modifications, the end result was delicious. I doubled the amount of pumpkin puree that is called for in the recipe and added quite a bit more cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. I just kept adding spices and tasting the batter until it resembled pumpkin pie filling. It was a hit with our family - even my extremely picky sister liked it!
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