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Black Bottom Cupcakes I

Reviewed: Aug. 22, 2011
Yummy cupcakes! Recipe made about 14 large cupcakes. Baked for 25 min, but could have taken them out at 23 min- they cooked a lil hard on the top, but nothing major. The center was soft and moist and the cream cheese filling came out perfect! The only changes I made were to sub coffee for water and omit the 1/8 tsp of salt from the cream cheese filling. One warning: These little numbers are addictive- you can't eat just one!!
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Authentic and Easy Shrimp Curry

Reviewed: Aug. 5, 2011
I will definitely make this again! With the understanding that curry leaves and curry powder are not the same thing, I still substituted ½ tsp of curry powder for the curry leaves. This cook is on a budget, so I always do what’s most economical, especially if I believe I can still get a good flavor. And a good flavor I did get! I also used 1tbsp of minced garlic and 1 tsp of ginger for the garlic paste as other reviewers did. I used ¼ cup of coconut milk instead of water. Used a can of diced tomatoes that I mostly drained instead of fresh tomato. I’m glad I did not drain the can well, because I needed the liquid to make more of the sauce…which tasted great over rice. Added some celery and red bell pepper in with the onion. I served this over plain white rice and it was delish. One thing to note: this dish is not spicy as written. Anyone can enjoy it! It was perfect to me because I didn’t want it spicy, but if you are looking for a spicier dish, just adjust the chili powder.
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Chicken Breasts in Caper Cream Sauce

Reviewed: Jul. 22, 2011
Oh wee..this was so good!! Better than I expected. And it was quick to make and mostly required ingredients that I keep on hand. Here and there I will try a recipe that turns out to be a gem, and this is definitely one of those! I followed the suggestions of some other reviews and it came out perfect. However, the adjustments were minor enough that I could tell the base recipe alone would also be 5 star. I did add 1tsp of minced garlic to the butter before adding the chicken. I also used chicken tenders and pounded those with my rolling pin to tenderize and thin then out a bit. Then, after seasooning exactly as the recipe states, I lightly dredged the chicken in flour. After removing the chicken, I deglazed the pan with some white zinfandel I had in the fridge. I used 1 cup of heavy cream, instead of 1/2 a cup. Really glad I did this because I had JUST enough sauce for about 8 chicken tenders. Lastly, I added just a splash of lemon juice to the sauce. This dish smelled good and gives a fantastic presentation. Great for a dinner party or romantic dinner at home! It looks, smells, and taste restaurant quality. I would suggest cutting the salt to 1/2 tsp or even omitting it all together because the capers provide enough of a salty taste, even after draining and rinsing them. So for those that claim it is too salty, omit the salt and be sure to drain/rinse those capers really well, and don't miss out on a wonderful dish!!
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Kickin' Turkey Burger with Caramelized Onions and Spicy Sweet Mayo

Reviewed: Jul. 14, 2011
Wow! These burgers were especially tasty and flavorful. I was pleasantly surprised because turkey meat can be very bland if not seasoned properly. The only thing I didn’t have for the burgers were the jalapenos…I didn’t read the recipe thoroughly before trying to make it. I started to just omit that item, but had some green bell pepper I needed to use, so I chopped those up finely and threw them in with the other ingredients. Otherwise, I followed the recipe as stated. The green peppers gave the burgers a good flavor and didn’t make them taste meatloaf-ish at all. Boy, were they some delicious burgers! Next time I make these, because it will be a next time, I will be sure to use jalapenos .Oh, one other thing….I didn’t use the “spicy sweet mayo”. I’m sure it’s delicious, but I don’t touch mayo with a 10 foot pole regardless of how low-calorie or fat-free it claims to be. I just dressed my burger with the caramelized onions, tomato, pickle, and regular ole Grey Poupon. Great!
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Cabbage Beef Soup

Reviewed: Nov. 18, 2010
I fell in love with cabbage beef soup at Shoney's, so was glad to find this recipe. This was so comforting and hearty. Tasted delicious and was easy and quick to make. I was too impatient to use my slow cooker, so I brought it to a boil on the stove and simmered it for about an hour. Came out perfect. I used chicken broth instead of water, used 1 16oz can of diced tom and 2 8oz cans of tomato sauce. I seasoned my ground beef prior to browning and added a little celery seed and cayenne pepper to the soup. Everything else I followed as written. The cumin did make it taste more chili-like than I remember, but it was good nonetheless. Next time I may halve the cumin or try a difffernt spice, maybe coriander, and see what difference that makes. I served it over plain white rice and it was so filling and tasty! Can't wait to get home to eat more.
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Melt-In-Your-Mouth Meat Loaf

Reviewed: Nov. 15, 2010
Followed the recipe. Terribly bland. Texture was awful. Greatly dissappointed.
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Chicken Marsala

Reviewed: Nov. 15, 2010
This was a delicious and easy recipe. I give it 4 stars only because even with some modifications, I felt a little something was missing from the flavor. I think the next time, I will double the oregano. I'll put 1/2 tsp in the flour mixture and another 1/2 tsp in the sauce. Here's what I did: I removed as much fat from the chicken breast as possible and beat it flat with my rolling pin (that's all I had to beat it with- worked like a charm). Added Durkees chicken season to the flour mixture with the pepper, salt, and oregano. Browned the chicken in 4tbsp of olive oil, but only 2 tbsp of butter. I did not have to add any more oil to the recipe as others have stated. This was plenty. I removed the chicken while it was still pink in the middle and sauteed some chopped onions along with about 2 cups of baby bella mrooms in the same oil. When nearly all of the liquid was gone from the pan, I deglazed the pan with 3/4 cup of Marsala cooking wine. Did not use any sherry. I added one can of Campbell's cream of chic w/ herbs and this thickened the sauce nicely. Did not have to add any cornstarch or flour. I also added 2tsp of heavy whipping cream. Last, I added the chicken back in and let it simmer in the sauce for about 7 minutes, then turned the chicken and let it simmer an add'l 7 min. The chicken was tender and delicious. As I stated earlier, I think adding 1/2 tsp of oregano to the sauce will make it perfect next time. Or a better marsala. This recipe is definitely worth a try.
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Baked Spinach

Reviewed: Oct. 18, 2010
Actually, I give this 3 stars "as is", 5 stars after following Rivertown mom's suggestions and adding my own flair. So I averaged it to 4 stars ; )I mixed the flour, eggs, milk, and melted butter tog. Then added 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese to the flour mixture. I also sauteed 1 small onion chopped and a little finely chopped red bellpepper with two teaspoons of minced garlic. Mixed the onion mixture with the flour mixture, then added two small frozen boxes of spinach that had been thawed and drained. Placed all of this in a small glass baking dish that had been buttered. Seasoned with a little seasoned salt, black pepper,and nutmeg. Covered the top with alternating thin layers of italian bread crumbs and shredded parmesean cheese. Baked covered at 350 for 30 min and uncovered for 10- 15 add'l mins. LOVED IT!! Only thing I willl do diff next time is halve the butter. I ended up pouring some off the top cause it was kinda oily. Also tasted great the next day!
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Fluffy Pancakes

Reviewed: Feb. 23, 2010
WOW! I have found several recipes that were "keepers" from this site, but this is the first time I have ever felt "driven" to write a review. I'm typically a skeptic about recipes no matter how good the reviews are, but these are awesome....seriously! I had been using a pancake recipe I found on the food network for about a yr...not anymore. I literally ate the two pancakes I had on my plate before I even made it to the table, they were so good. And the ingredients are things already on hand. Adding a little vanilla is the only change I made. AWESOME!
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