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Garlic Chicken Stir Fry

Reviewed: Jun. 8, 2011
The sauce was way, way too sweet. And 2 tablespoons of cornstarch was way too much. A tablespoon would've been plenty. Also, a true stir fry would brown the chicken, take the chicken out of the pan, then cook the onion and other vegetables. After the veggies are done, that's when you'd add the chicken back in so you don't end up with overcooked chicken.
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Pico de Gallo

Reviewed: May 20, 2011
Pretty good, not bad. I would double the lime juice. This is definitely more authentic than other Pico recipes.
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Flavorful Beef Stir-Fry

Reviewed: May 20, 2011
I agree with a few other reviews in feeling that this sauce is too heavily dependent on soy sauce. It tasted ok and it wasn't too salty by any means, but the flavor was very one note. I used white wine as well.
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Stuffed Green Peppers I

Reviewed: Apr. 8, 2011
These were delicious! The only change I made was to use 1 can of condensed soup instead of 2 and to use leftover (cooked) rice. I just stirred it in and skipped the simmering. The stuffing is actually tasty on its own. If you're extra lazy, you can saute or grill the bell pepper separately and throw it into the rice mixture instead of stuffing the peppers.
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Gooey Butter Cake III

Reviewed: Feb. 13, 2011
This is as close to real gooey butter cake as you're going to get. I would, however, suggest a few changes. 1. Take out the vanilla extract in the cake mixture, but not the cream cheese mixture. 2. Reduce baking time to 35 minutes. 3. Definitely spray your pan with cooking spray before patting the cake mixture in. I found the baking time, esp. to be way too long. the middle was ok, but the bottoms and edges were burnt. I should've checked it at 35, but I let it go until 40 minutes, per this recipe. And my oven doesn't run hot.
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Fast and Friendly Meatballs

Reviewed: Oct. 31, 2010
What a great base recipe. I'm so tired of meatballs that are so silky that there's absolutely no meat texture left. This is perfect, and the turkey tastes great. I ended up adding about 1/2 to 2/3 of an onion, diced, which adds great flavor to the meatballs. The cooking time is perfect, too. The meatballs don't really brown in the oven, even with the preheated pan, but cover them in sauce and no one can tell anyway.
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Asian Lettuce Wraps

Reviewed: Sep. 30, 2010
Great recipe — tastes like the stuff you get at restaurants. I didn't use the rice...I didn't think it was necessary. Instead of tofu (I used mine in another recipe, ha), I added chopped bok choy and added it in with the carrots. I also added a tbsp of grated ginger. Tastes great!
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Chococonut Chip Cookies

Reviewed: Sep. 24, 2010
Very tasty cookies, but I gave it 4 stars because I had to add some modifications. First, I used an entire bag (the small bag) of coconut to give it more coconutty flavor. Because I could only find sweetened coconut, I went down on the white sugar and only used 1/2 cup. I added an extra 1/2 stick of butter and about 4 tbsp of milk to make it a fluffier cookie. The results were FANTASTIC! I also used mini chocolate chips. Without the extra coconut, though, the cookies would've been too overwhelmed by chocolate; I agree with many of the reviewers. I'd give this 4.5 stars, if possible.
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Sean's Falafel and Cucumber Sauce

Reviewed: Jul. 30, 2010
I feel like i'm crazy for leaving such a bad review, but honestly, I followed this recipe closely except I baked, not fried it. But the flavor should still be good. It was extremely bland and tasted mostly like onions. I even only used 1/2 an onion (I had a large onion) and I doubled the spices (because I like a lot of cumin). But it was still bland after that. Really peculiar. To eat it, I'm dousing it with yogurt sauce. I've made falafel before, as well, so I'm not exactly a novice. I would say the best thing about it? The texture. Spot on. That's about it. I was generous with my 2 stars.
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Spicy Fish Soup

Reviewed: Jun. 22, 2010
Definitely spicy! I'd recommend dicing the cod in chunks before adding to the soup. Don't add the yogurt...it just curdles. Instead of green chiles, i opted for Rotel and it's still spicy. And instead of chili powder, I used cayenne...but I used only 1/2 a teaspoon. Flavor is great (add a little salt) but my nose is running right now and I feel like I'm sitting outside in the Alabama heat!
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Kofta Kebabs

Reviewed: Jun. 21, 2010
These were quite tasty. There was a little too much cinnamon flavor for my tastes, so I might go up in the cumin and coriander next time. I might also add a little more parsley. The only things I did differently were to use all beef instead of lamb, and I baked it in the oven in the form of meatballs (350 for 25 minutes as recommended by another reviewer) and they came out great.
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Meatball Nirvana

Reviewed: Jun. 18, 2010
These meatballs are okay, but they have too much Italian seasoning in them, which makes them quite musty tasting. I probably would up the garlic (include fresh) and reduce the Italian seasoning, possibly subbing with fresh herbs. For people who like silky meatballs, this is great, but I like to have more meaty texture, which I found lacking. For this reason, I might decrease the amount of breadcrumbs and liquid just a bit.
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Sausage Pasta

Reviewed: Jan. 11, 2010
Really tasty. I'm just a single person, so I halfed the recipe. My only suggestions are to add 1/8 tsp. of salt, simmer until the broth/tomato juice reduces by half. Then stir in about 2 tbsp. of flour, or until the broth thickens. (Measurements are based on halfing the recipe.) I didn't have any spinach or basil, so I omitted that, and it still tastes good. I might add some red pepper flakes for an extra kick. The basil might have brought more depth into the flavor, but it still tastes darn good without.
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King Ranch Chicken Casserole I

Reviewed: Nov. 17, 2009
I took this recipe to a potluck and everyone loved it. I ended up doubling the recipe, but I used less chicken than called for and it was still good. I might use a can of tomatoes next time instead of two cans of Rotel - it was a little spicy. I also alternated corn tortillas and tortilla chips for different textures. The only main change I made was sauteeing the onion before throwing it in the mix. I don't know if it added that much to it, but it tasted great.
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