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Rainbow Clown Cake

Reviewed: Jan. 9, 2012
Made this with my boyfriend's ten year old daughter, and she had sooo much fun making it. We used like four different colors and then colored the icing as well. It all got eaten, and everybody enjoyed it. We mixed whipped icing with marshmallow fluff, and put that in the middle of two layers. The easiest thing to do is make the cake accordingto the directions on the box, then follow directions in this recipe. We used gel food coloring and it worked fine, although it's hard to measure the colors. (We had a purple that was kind of muddied.) Other than that it was a great success. =)
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Banana Bread IV

Reviewed: Feb. 8, 2012
I've been searching for the perfect banana bread...very flavorful, moist, banana-ey....and this is the best out of all the recipes I've tried. It's perfect. The only substitution I make is using yogurt instead of shortening. It's healthier...changes the texture to make it a little less crumbly and more chewy like bread, but in a good way. For variations try using cream cheese or sour cream or applesauce in place of oil or in this case shortening and if you wanna play around with the flavors try adding fresh/frozen fruit (strawberry banana bread is a good combination) or using peanut butter. This is my permanent base recipe for banana bread now and good by itself or with any of my tinkering when Im in the mood for something different! Happy baking! Yummy!! Ps: walnuts are sooo good in this. Makes about 24 muffins if any one is curious, although I guess it depends on your muffin size.
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Orange Soy Pork Loin

Reviewed: Feb. 8, 2012
I doubled the orange juice, added honey and salt and pepper and simmered to make a thick sauce yummy! Great on salmon as well.
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Marinated Pork Chops

Reviewed: Feb. 8, 2012
I thought this was delicious it tasted almost exactly like the Carolina country marinade packet from McCormick except without the caraway seed. My boyfriend didn't like it as much as I did, but I love vinegary/mustardy tastes so I thought it was great. He said he wished I had marinated the broccoli in it, and used the Asian marinade I used for the broccoli on the pork chops. But like I said if you like the Carolina country marinade or Georgia mustard type barbecue sauce then this is right up your alley.
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Pork Roast With The World's Best Pork Loin Rub

Reviewed: Feb. 8, 2012
Yummy! Sweet and Spicy and really good. I enjoyed it. Keep in mind that it makes a lot though. I had about the right amount of pork and I still had plenty left over! I tasted it before I put it on the meat and was pleasently surprised by the combination of flavors. Just right!
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Cocktail Meatballs I

Reviewed: Feb. 8, 2012
I used this recipe as a base recipe, so I am reviewing it, even though I made some changes. I'm not going to go into all of the additions I made, (mostly cause I don't remember everything I added) but I do want to say this is a pretty good base recipe. I used Heinz chili sauce, which tasted like a slightly spicier version of ketchup and so with the grape jelly it tasted really ketchupy, so I would recommend adding some kind of spice to it, maybe smoke flavoring, and if you like your sauce sweeter, add more grape jelly, possibly some brown sugar. As for the meatballs, they were good, but had a strange texture to me, really mushy tasting, even though they were definitely cooked all the way through,. Not sure what the cause of the texture was or if they are supposed to be that way, but the flavor was pretty good.
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Citrus-Ginger Tuna Steaks

Reviewed: Feb. 8, 2012
The bf and I loved them, marinated a few hours and ended up taking the marinade, adding orange juice, brown sugar and a little chili pepper to make a sauce. I also used all lemon juice instead of lime juice, as I don't normally keep limes or lime juice on hand and this recipe was a spur of the moment kind of thing. I also do NOT sear, I cook my steaks all the way through. I've never been a sushi person and I don't like raw fish. They taste perfectly fine both ways I am sure, and were delicious the way I prepared them with only a slight amount of pink in the middle.
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Carrot Cake III

Reviewed: Jan. 20, 2012
I know there are a million reviews for this cake, and I don't know if anyone will care to read mine but i do want to say it is delicious. I wouldn't really change anything. I've never made carrot cake before, so i made it exactly as instructed. And it was fine! You can substitute things to make it slightly healthier, as you can any other food, but don't feel like you need to go crazy. I used a slightly different icing recipe that called for a little less sugar ( i like my icing more cream cheesy) but there is one thing I did that set my boyfriend (who is carrot cake crazy) over the edge: I coated the iced cake with heath bar bits (which are just toffee bits) that you can buy in a bag in the grocery store by the chocolate chips. They add a pleasant crunch (which were missing in my cake because I didn't have any nuts =( and tasted really good! The only other thing I would add is maybe a pinch of nutmeg. Also would recommend grating the carrots in small slivers so there aren't necessarily big pieces of carrot. Really good recipe!!! Will make it again and again.
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Cream Cheese Frosting II

Reviewed: Jan. 20, 2012
Absolutely delicious! No changes necessary! It is very cream cheesy, but this is the way I like it, so if you do like your cream cheese icing more sweet, you might add more sugar. I added a tad bit more vanilla, just because I like vanilla. =) Also try adding other flavor extracts for a change (like orange. :) I used this for carrot cake and a good tip that my boyfriend really liked was sprinkling heath bar bits (you can buy them in a bag next to the chocolate chips in the cooking aisle) over the top of the icing.
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Coriander and Cumin Rubbed Pork Chops

Reviewed: Jan. 19, 2012
My boyfriend and I really enjoyed these. He thought I was making tacos because of the smell, but we both agreed that although this was somewhat unusual for pork chops, it was a really nice change!
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Toasted Garlic Bread

Reviewed: Jan. 16, 2012
delicious! Restaurant quality!!
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Fry Bread Tacos II

Reviewed: Jan. 16, 2012
Ok, so I'm reviewing the bread, like everybody else. i was going to make the whole taco, but my plans changed. Anyways. The bread is delicious and easy to make. I haven't tried it yet for dessert, but it is good even plain, or with herbs and dipping oil. My only problem with it is that I have trouble making it flat enough. It puffs up a lot in the oil so you have to roll it out as thin as possible, and even then it seems to puff up quite a bit. Also i don't see how it could be used to wrap up a taco without breaking. It is soft, but not pliable, so I don't see how it could be used as a 'chalupa' bread. But this is just my experience. But all that said, it really is quite good!
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Mushroom and Swiss Chicken

Reviewed: Feb. 10, 2012
My boyfriend and I really liked this. It sounds really simple, but the flavors are really good. i marinated the chicken for a couple of hours, then cooked it with the mushrooms in the oven. Really very good, simple and easy and yummy, especially if you like like mushroom swiss burgers and stuff.
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Traditional Italian Sausage Stuffing

Reviewed: Jan. 7, 2012
In my personal recipe book, I labeled this as "Pizza Thanksgiving Stuffing" because it tastes exactly like sausage pizza! (And I made it for Thanksgiving.) It's got the bread, like pizza crust, cheese, tomatoes like sauce and sausage. All the makings of a pizza! And that's exactly what it tasted like, a pizza casserole. Here are my tips: Do not double the recipe. I did this because I was making for 13+ people, and didn't think one batch would be enough. Trust me. It is. Nearly everyone had some and some even had seconds. Some even took some home. There was more than enough. Probably because there were so many other dishes, everyone got filled up. I got a lot of rave reviews though, and one of the kids said they normally hated stuffing but liked mine. I omitted the olives, because I thought it sounded weird, and didn't want to offend picky eaters, however in retrospect, olives, especially black ones, would probably have worked. Sun dried tomatoes are delicious and a must, as are fresh basil. I used water, since I didn't have wine, but I am sure wine would be good too. Definitely do the shredded parmesan, because it melts much better than the grated kind. I could not find focaccia bread in my grocery store, so I had to sub with an everything loaf and a cheese focaccia bread. Were still phenomenal and I would highly recommend the everything loaf! I used 2 diff kinds of sausage and both were good! All in all, really good if you like pizza and especially for kids!
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Honey Butter

Reviewed: Jan. 7, 2012
So simple, but soo good. I've heard/seen suggestions for adding vanilla extract and or cinnamon. Haven't tried either, but I am sure they would both be good. Just remember to start with a little and build your way up until you've added enough! I made this butter and it was gone soo quickly. It was probably gone faster than was healthy, actually...
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Slow Cooker Chicken Parisienne

Reviewed: Jan. 7, 2012
Made this for a friend and my boyfriend, both with very different tastes in food. They both loved it, raving with their mouths full etc. I was worried it would taste too 'cream of mushroom soupy'; as my Grandmother would over do the 'cream of' soups in her cooking. But it really turns into a nice creamy sauce. I made it exactly as written and honestly it does not need a thing, except maybe salt and pepper to taste once it hits the plate. I think next time I make it, I will throw extra mushrooms in because I love mushrooms, and maybe a pinch of garlic powder, but it's not bland, even though it sounds seasonless. Try it. =)
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Exquisite Yeastless Focaccia

Reviewed: Feb. 10, 2012
My only problem was that I undercooked it slightly (my fault, I was in a hurry and mistimed the meal) however, it is definitely soft and chewy, and like others have said, is pretty versatile as far as toppings are concerned. Keep in mind, my bread was undercooked and still delicious, so give it a try! My boyfriend and I enjoyed it dipped in oil with herbs.
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Pecan Cream Cheese Pie

Reviewed: Feb. 8, 2012
I personally thought this was absolutely delicious and needed no changes whatsoever. I used graham cracker crust because I personally like that better, but I'm sure the regular pie crust would be fine too. My boyfriend didn't like it though, and he LOVES cheesecake. He said the texture was weird for him. It was fluffier than cheesecake due to the whippsed cream and wasn't baked so it was just really light. The cream cheese flavor wasn't quite as concentrated either so if you are looking for a cheesecake, it is not quite there, however it is still rich and yummy especially if you like nuts and caramel. (think butter pecan ice cream in a cheesecake)
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Slammin' Salmon

Reviewed: Sep. 1, 2011
Haha, ok, this dish was awesome, even though it was a disaster cooking it! I spilled the marinade and had to redo it, and then didn't actually taste this dish, because I had a slight cold when I madeit! But my fiance and his kids loved this so much I HAD to rate it five stars. I omitted the pepper flakes (kids not into spicy food) ad the green onions (didn't have any) other than that I followed the recipe as written. They raved and raved, asked for seconds, and my fiance said it was one of the best ways I cooked salmon. Again, I can't vouch for the flavor's because my nose was stopped up, all I could really taste was lemon and a little brown sugar. My fiance said that the lemon was strong, but not in a bad way. So if you're not into lemon, maybe that would be a good thing to omit. They always say to marinate the salmon no more than 30 minutes but I think it depends...I marinated mine for several hours and my fiance said the flavor went through every bite...and that it was delicious!
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Iced Mocha Fusion Shake

Reviewed: Sep. 30, 2011
This is similar to a recipe I've had for a couple years now. I've found that it tastes best if you use vanilla soy milk for more flavor and french vanilla CREAMER instead of sugar, unless of course your instant coffee is unsweetened, in which case you would need extra sugar. Doing this with the chocolate as some people have done is good. You could also add cookies (Like oreos) to make a coffee, cookies and cream shake. Or you could add ice cream!
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