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Szechwan Shrimp

Reviewed: Feb. 9, 2010
At first, I assumed I followed the recipe exactly but I used Cayenne pepper instead of the pepper flakes. It was HOT. But, the reason for only two stars is that I felt the sauce was basically spicy ketchup. I don't mind ketchup but I don't love it. I won't make it again. If you are a ketchup lover, then you will probably like this.
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Zucchini Brownies

Reviewed: Jan. 26, 2010
Thank goodness I read the reviews before I made this otherwise I would have thrown out the "batter". The only adjustments I made were using applesauce instead of oil and using whole wheat flour instead of regular. The batter was very dry...almost like a breadcrumb texture. I had to press it into the pan. It did turn out pretty good. Not cakey nor gooey/fudgelike...just somewhere in the middle. But, you can DEFINITELY taste the zucchini in it. It's not bad, just takes some getting used to. If I hadn't have made the frosting to go with it, the zucchini probably would have been too overpowering. However, with the frosting...delicious!! I've been trying to eat healthier but these chocolate cravings have been killing me. Thanks, Marian, for providing me a middle ground. :) UPDATE: I just made these again and they were even better. The only difference was that I used frozen, shredded zucchini. I thawed it out (3 cups, BTW) and drained some of the water. Dumped it in. Oh, I also used oil and regular flour this time too. The dough was "wetter" than last time and they turned out amazingly delicious. I cannot even taste the zucchini. Probably the best brownie I've ever had.
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Absolutely Fabulous Greek/House Dressing

Reviewed: Jan. 20, 2010
Too lazy to run to the store to buy dressing, I googled "greek dressing" and it led me here. As everyone else said, it was so easy and I had everything the recipe called for. I changed the portions down to 10 and it was more than enough for our homemade chicken soulvaki pitas. I bet after letting the flavors "meld" for a few days, it will be even better. Delicious!
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The Best Rolled Sugar Cookies

Reviewed: Dec. 7, 2009
This is my first successful attempt at cutout cookies. I tried other recipes this season and they were a flop. Like many others...I doubled the vanilla and added an extra half cup of sugar. That was enough to make sweet, chewy-yet-crunchy sugar cookies. They held their shape which has been my biggest problem. I rolled them to 1/2 an inch. They did poof up a little but not enough to make them uniceable. Nor, like others said, did they have a cakey texture. My only regret is that I used royal icing and made a huge mess. Fortunately, I just dumped a bunch of sanding sugar on them when the icing was wet so they still looked great while covering the mistakes I made. I will NEVER use another cutout cookie recipe again.
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Big Soft Ginger Cookies

Reviewed: Nov. 12, 2009
The flavor of these cookies is amazing. BUT...they flattened so much that it actually looked like I had made a wall for a gingerbread house. I am disappointed because I LOVE ginger cookies. I rated it 3 stars because I'm sure I'm doing something wrong. Does anyone have any suggestions to prevent this?
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Chocolate Scotcheroos

Reviewed: Nov. 10, 2009
Like many others, I've been making this recipe for YEARS. Always a huge crowd pleaser. I have a few suggestions regarding the prep. Your life (and cleanup) will be much easier if you spray your mixing spoon and bowl (before you add the rice crispy cereal) with Pam. Also, when I press the mixture into the pan, I spray a big, fat spatula with Pam and use that to flatten and smooth the mixture. Works great.
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Cinnamon-Sugar Popcorn

Reviewed: Jun. 12, 2009
I had high hopes for this recipe but alas...The taste was great. As others suggested, I cooked everything at a low heat until thick and bubbly. I even doubled the sauce recipe because 1 cup of unpopped kernals is A LOT of popcorn. Anyway, it didn't mix well, never really coated the popcorn evenly and it still wasn't enough sauce. Perhaps the sugar never melted and that was my problem. Not sure. Oh, another thing, make sure you have a BIG bowl because you will make a huge mess trying to mix it. I will say this though, the taste is pretty darn good. Like Monkey Bread.
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Microwave Spiced Nuts

Reviewed: Dec. 3, 2006
This recipe is very easy and delicious. I made three batches and took other reviewer's advice and added cayenne pepper. Each batch got progressively spicy. These are supposed to be Christmas gifts but I'm not sure I can keep my husband out of them! Thanks for the recipe.
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