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Strawberry Cheesecake

Reviewed: Nov. 9, 2011
Gorgeous. Rave reviews
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Oatmeal Whole Wheat Quick Bread

Reviewed: Aug. 9, 2011
This is scrumptious. Definately will make again - dense and nutty and satisfying. Added 1/2 cup flaxseeds and 1/4 cup sunflower seeds. Don't bother grinding the oatmeal. 6-8 servings. Baked 20 min in a loaf pan lined with parchment paper - easy clean up. Will try other nuts and seeds and dried fruit next time! Or maybe olives and rosemary and sundried tomatoes...endless possibilities
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Hot Pizza Dip

Reviewed: Feb. 7, 2011
Taste-wise, pretty good. But this dip was very watery (the pizza sauce, I think, is hte culprit). I made it in a pyrex and baked it til bubbly for a deeper warmth and taste. Don't get me wrong, the guys loved it. But I probably wont make this recipe again.
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Award Winning Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

Reviewed: Dec. 10, 2010
Cut the recipe in half but used 1.5 tsp vanilla and 0.5 tsp salt, white milk and dark chocolate chips, dash of cinnamon. Golf ball sized dough balls took 15 minutes, cooled to perfection. Chilling the dough before baking made scooping the dough easy and kept them from over-spreading. These are toothsome, scrumptious, chewy cookies, slightly more cakey than some recipes I've made.
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Beaker's Vegetable Barley Soup

Reviewed: Dec. 8, 2010
Very good for a simple soup. Flexible recipe - throw whatever leftover veggies you need to use. Add quick-cooking vegetables near the very end to retain color. This turns into monochrome mush if overcooked.
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Banana Crumb Muffins

Reviewed: Jul. 24, 2010
Phenomenal. I've made many banana breads over the years and this one stands out. Moist but light. Crumb topping clenches the deal. Used 4 bananas because that's what I had. Also added 1 tsp cinnamon to the batter and 1/2 tsp vanilla. Made 6 large muffins (21 minutes) and 1 small loaf (27 minutes). Don't waste your time trying other recipes, this one is IT!
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Authentic Louisiana Red Beans and Rice

Reviewed: Jul. 1, 2010
Simple, easy, satisfying, and perfect for feeding a crowd. I sauted the sausage and veggies to a light brown for added flavor before adding them to the beans. Note: this recipe feeds 8 HUNGRY MEN. I doubled the recipe for a crowd of 14 and ended up with enough to feed an army. Still, I'm not complaining as this recipe is easy on the purse and is really tasty.
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Pecan Pie V

Reviewed: Dec. 4, 2009
Taste = delicious. Texture = difficult to slice and a little too moist. Still, I prefer this to traditional recipes.
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Cake Mix Cookies IV

Reviewed: Oct. 27, 2009
Acceptable. I went the snickerdoodle route and was disappointed. Chocolate chips might have redeemed these "cookies," but I think next time I'll just take the extra 5-10 minutes to use flour, sugar, etc.
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Missy's Candied Walnut Gorgonzola Salad

Reviewed: Oct. 16, 2009
The walnuts make this so special. I used dried cherries and chopped up a tart green apple. Splendid. This will be in heavy rotation at our house this fall!
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Adobo Chicken with Ginger

Reviewed: Jun. 22, 2009
Very good. I made this in the crock pot - just removed as much of the skin as possible, threw all the ingredients in, and cooked it on low for 6 hours. Fall off the bone scrumptious. At 5 hours, I pulled the chicken into pieces so it could all simmer in the sauce. Easy and smelled heavenly. 2/3 cup vinegar seems excessive. For the liquids, I used 1 c chicken broth, 1/2 c vinegar, and 1/4 c soy sauce. Would do the same again. This is definately a recipe I will make again.
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Creamy Rice Pudding

Reviewed: Dec. 14, 2008
Good as is. I especially liked a second vamped up version with 1/4 tsp cardamom and 1 can light coconut milk + 1/2 cup cow milk. Topped with pistachios and toasted coconut. I used leftover brown rice. I'll make extra rice forever! :) By the way, my egg curdles every time. It isn't a big deal since this isn't a smooth custard dessert, but still a bit unsightly. I tried stirring in a bit of the hot rice mixture into the egg/milk mix and always add slowly, stirring CONSTANTLY, but no good. Just a fair warning. Maybe allow the pudding to cool a bit before adding, then slowly heat back up after having incorporated the egg? It's worth a shot!
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Split Pea Soup

Reviewed: Dec. 12, 2008
Cut the recipe in half, just right for 4 hearty servings. Used a Honeybaked Ham bone. Boiled it before adding that stock to the sauteed veggies and ham. A quiet settled over the table as we began to eat, followed by a chorus of "whoa"...that usually is a pretty good sign :)
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Grandma's Gingersnaps

Reviewed: Dec. 7, 2008
Delicious. But I like a SPICY cookie, so to this recipe I added 1/2 tsp cayenne, 1/4 tsp allspice, and 1/4 tsp cardamom. **Roll the cookie dough in TURBINADO SUGAR before baking for added taste/texture.**
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Hasty Chocolate Pudding

Reviewed: Dec. 6, 2008
I will never make chocolate pudding from a box again. This is AMAZING and SO EASY!! Followed recipe exactly. Easy to customize for single servings (to keep yourself from eating 4 in one sitting!!). And by the way, this is so yummy warm, you'll have to exercise serious self-restraint to allow it to cool. IDEAS: cinnamon and cayenne for Mexi-pudding; cardamom and pistachios for Indian-pudding; peppermint extract (half as much as vanilla - it's stronger) and crushed peppermint for a Christmas pudding; Kahlua instead of vanilla for a grown-up pudding; a tsp peanut butter (after cooking) and crushed peanuts; or even orange zest (after cooking). The possibilities are dazzling. Note: DO keep an eye on this as it cooks as it WILL BOIL OVER if you walk away. It's practically inevitable. :)
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Artichoke & Spinach Dip Restaurant Style

Reviewed: Nov. 29, 2008
Wonderful. I love using the Alfredo sauce instead of the mayo/sour cream combo. I skipped the roasted garlic step (I'm sure it enriches the dip, but I was short on time and I'm not a huge garlic fan). Also, I used a frozen creamed spinach. Added a pinch of nutmeg and a generous twist of fresh black pepper. Big hit, will make again.
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Cha Cha's White Chicken Chili

Reviewed: Nov. 22, 2008
I have used this recipe before and been quite pleased. This go-round, I had cooked a turkey (**heads up to everyone who will have leftovers after Thanksgiving!**) and had lots of meat (and bones) to use up. I boiled the carcas for 30 min or so and was rewarded with a savory broth. I used this along with 3 cups breast meat and the end result was SO GOOD. I also followed other reviews: green chiles only, cheese only to top. Also added a small can of corn for a mild sweet note. Definately consider this as a post-Thanksgiving treat!!!
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Pumpkin Bread

Reviewed: Nov. 9, 2008
First I made the Downeast Maine Pumpkin Bread from this site. Good, but not 2,000+ 5 stars good. This was my next endeavor. The butter imparts an excellent flavor and I will continue to use butter instead of oil, but this is still almost cakey, and I'm looking for moist. I'm still searching for that perfect recipe. I highly recommend this recipe though, just expect a cake-like consistency.
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Easy Tuna Casserole

Reviewed: Nov. 6, 2008
Good start, but needs more. I added a can of mushrooms, a can of peas, 2 stalks celery chopped, 1/2 milk, and plenty of hot sauce and old bay seasoning. Comforting and easy. Next time will add green onion on top to serve.
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Tomato Barley Soup

Reviewed: Nov. 4, 2008
A nutritious soup, but needs a little help: maybe some sauteed ham as a first ingredient and a can of kidney beans or garbanzo beans. A dollop of pesto on top. Or serve with crusty baguette smeared with goat cheese. Something. Otherwise, just another healthy soup, forgettable.
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