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Black Magic Cake

Reviewed: May 5, 2013
First of all- this is IDENTICLE to a recipe from the Barefoot Contessa (Beatty's Chocolate Cake)... having said that, this is a very good cake. Nice and moist without tons of fat, due to the coffee and buttermilk. My boyfriend loved it- said it wasn't too sweet- unlike a lot of cakes. It's a great base for a delicious creamy chocolate frosting.
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Dark Chocolate Bacon Cupcakes

Reviewed: Apr. 27, 2013
I made these at the request of friends. Very contemporary flavor combo. I love bacon dipped in dark chocolate, so I thought I would like these. They were pretty good. The batter was great, but in the finished cupcakes I could not taste the bacon as much. They were all consumed the first day I made them, so I did not experience the "chewiness" some reviewers complained about on the second day.
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Liver Pate

Reviewed: Mar. 29, 2013
This recipe is a great starting point. I use less butter, more sherry (or dry white wine), and a squeeze of lemon juice. Also, no mace. Thanks.
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Red Beans and Rice

Reviewed: Feb. 11, 2013
This was just ok. I made it to go with my boyfriends jerk chicken, which was really nice and spicy. I needed to add chili powder, cumin, and cayenne pepper to make it taste alright. Also cooked the rice in chicken stock for more flavor. Needed to cook it quite a bit in order to get the beans as soft as we thought they should be.
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B Muffins

Reviewed: Sep. 12, 2012
These were alright, but my family can't seem to enjoy any other bran muffin after I made the Classic Bran Muffins on this site.
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Bran Muffins III

Reviewed: Sep. 12, 2012
These are not my favorite bran muffin for a breakfast or snack because they are not very sweet, but they are good with soup or salad-with some butter for a splurge (how I get my daughter to eat them). I have added a few tablespoons of brown sugar. If using baking soda it is important to have an acidic ingredient , such as buttermilk, to activate the leavener. These muffins are a little small, but so full of fiber. Thanks!
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Health Nut Blueberry Muffins

Reviewed: Sep. 6, 2012
These are pretty good. I chose this recipe to help me use up some things I had around, but I am surprised by the flavor in such a healthy muffin. I replaced the white sugar with brown, and added cinnamon, nutmeg and extra blueberries. definately a lot tastier than I expected and very moist from the added brown sugar and blueberries. My berries were frozen and I just added them to the dry ingredients right out of the freezer, then stirred in the wet ingredients, no colors bled at all.
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Banana Bread French Toast

Reviewed: Sep. 5, 2012
While I really liked this, some others I served this to were not as crazy for it. I think it was the sweetness factor. Some people really feel the need for lots of syrup on their French toast and this recipe is pretty sweet on it's own. I did add a touch of pure maple syrup to mine and enjoyed it very much.***Well, I made it again and one person said it was the best thing he ever put in his mouth!***
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Cake Mix Cookies IV

Reviewed: Sep. 4, 2012
I am so surprised by these! I normally don't care for cake mix cookies, so I was really making them for my daughter (who loved them). I made these with a mixture of oil and butter and added some vanilla extract. Then I rolled them in cinnamon sugar using some very high quality Vietnamese cinnamon from Penzy's (the best!) Made yummy snickerdoodles, a bit sweet though. I think the cinnamon sugar masked some of the cake mix flavor. The texture was soft, moist, and just slightly gooey. 9 minutes was perfect for my oven.
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Zucchini Pie

Reviewed: Sep. 4, 2012
Made a few changes and found it delicious. Did very little measuring, just chopped a large zucchini and onion, added lots of fresh tomato and plenty of asiago cheese. I also added Italian seasoning and garlic salt. Used greek yogurt in place of the oil, then added a small amount of oil. Wasn't sure I liked it until it cooled a bit, now I can't wait to try it on my vegetable loving friend. my daughter didn't care for it until I added pizza sauce to hers, but I loved it without. The Italian seasoning, garlic, tomatoes and extra cheese did make it taste a bit like a pizza, only more healthy. Thanks,
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Oatmeal Chocolate Coconut Chewy

Reviewed: Sep. 4, 2012
These are great cookies. I made these because I wanted to use up some oatmeal and coconut, but may have found a reason to buy more! My friend and his son were crazy about them (and they can both be very picky). I used sweetened coconut because that is what I had (it was a very mild coconut flavor). Also used a mixture of semisweet, bittersweet, and milk chocolate chips to use up some old bags. Pecans instead of walnuts for the same reason. I love recipes that call for regular rolled oats because they are so full of healthy fiber. These were chewy and moist and addictive. The perfect texture. Can't wait to try them with regular coconut so they won't be as sweet. Thanks!!.......Just wanted to add that I took these to culinary school one day and the professors LOVED them. I used Ghiradelli bittersweet chips that time.
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Fig Spice Cake

Reviewed: Aug. 29, 2012
Yum! I cut the recipe in half,except for the spices, and added a little nutmeg. Put the figs in the processor and left out the nuts. Baked 20 min in an 8 inch glass baking dish. My daughter and I had some warm and it was great, but just as good for the next couple days. So moist:)
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Guacamole

Reviewed: Aug. 24, 2012
delicious. Added more lime, onion, and tomato. BF said best guac ever....over and over. We loved it!
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Gazpacho

Reviewed: Aug. 20, 2012
My boyfriend made this for me. It was delicious. He added a bit more garlic and tarragon and let it sit for a few days which definately added a lot to the flavor. It was very flavorful and extremely filling, perfect if you want to watch calories. So fresh and healthy too.
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Lemon Zucchini Bread

Reviewed: Aug. 15, 2012
This is yummy. I added the zest and juice of one whole lemon and threw in some extra zucchini, the extra moisture caused the need for a slightly longer baking time. I love the freshness that the lemon adds. Thanks.
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Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Muffins

Reviewed: Aug. 9, 2012
These are pretty good. The rolled oats are very chewy in them. They are pretty sweet and very filling.
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Double Chocolate Cherry Muffins

Reviewed: Aug. 9, 2012
These were just ok to me. Probably won't make again.
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Mom's Zucchini Bread

Reviewed: Jul. 23, 2012
Very good zucchini bread...even when subbing in some applesauce and whole wheat flour. I double the zucchini and do drain it...it is still extremely moist and never dries out a bit.
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Orange Chocolate Muffins

Reviewed: Jul. 18, 2012
These were really yummy. I used greek yogurt and mini chocolate chips(weighed to 3oz)with a bit extra orange zest and juice. We loved them (my daughters and I). They were done in 15 miutes. wonderful flavor and texture and only about 170 calories. Thank you!
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Spinach Basil Pesto

Reviewed: Jul. 9, 2012
We did like this, but found it too salty (which is unusual for us-we're salt lovers). We reversed the amount of basil and spinach because we had loads of basil, but after tasting it with the salt, we kept throwing in more lemon juice and basil and spinach. We didn't add any more cheese because that was also salty. May just be our taste preferences, but next time we will add a tiny bit of salt at a time. We also added a higher ratio of lemon juice to oil-partly because we like lemon and partly to reduce the fat. We also prefer a thicker pesto so did not add all of the liquid. In the end we loved it.
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