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Swedish Toscas (Swedish Almond Tarts)

Reviewed: Jun. 23, 2010
This dessert was delicious! I started by making the tart shell, but the consistency was too crumbly, so I added an extra 2 tablespoons of butter and another 1/8 cup of sugar, and it came together quite well. I used my hands to combine the dough, and the warmth of my hands made it very easy to work with. I also stuck the cupcake pan with the dough in the freezer for 5 minutes (as another person suggested), then added the almond mixture on top. I followed the recipe exactly for the rest of it, and the finished product was amazing! Can't wait to impress my guests tomorrow night!
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Apple Betty

Reviewed: Dec. 19, 2010
The topping couldn't have turned out better. I used half white sugar and half brown sugar. I used cold butter -- no need to wait for it to soften. For the person who had soupy pie, maybe the wrong type of apples were used? I used Granny Smith, and they maintained their firmness. Another person commented not to slice the apples to thin, so I left mine a bit thick and cooked an extra 15 minutes as suggested, and they turned out a bit too mushy for my taste. Next time I will only cook for 45 minutes and leave the slices as is (I used an apple corer, which produced 6 slices, then I sliced those in half.) A little too much nutmeg. I would decrease to 1/4 teaspoon next time because it overpowered the cinnamon. Reheat from room temperature at 200 degrees for a 10 minutes and serve with vanilla bean ice cream!
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Banana Bread VIII

Reviewed: Nov. 27, 2010
Delicious! I used butter Crisco for the shortening, added some cinnamon and 3/4 cup milk to the batter to make the consistency more spreadable, and it turned out perfect. Looking forward to trying with other fruits as well.
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Graham Cracker Crust

Reviewed: Dec. 26, 2010
Super easy and tasty. I think it calls for too many graham crackers for one 9" pie crust, but if you like your crust to be thick, it's fine. I will hold off on some of the crumbs next time to have a slightly thinner crust. I'll never buy a premade crust with all of those illegible ingredients when it's so much easier and healthier to make my own!
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Halibut with Zesty Peach Salsa

Reviewed: Dec. 26, 2010
OMG, this fish is delicious! My children loved this dish as much as my husband and I did! We used frozen peaches instead of fresh because they're not in season, and even the tartness of the fruit was a good contrast to the yummy fish. I can only imagine how much better it would be with in-season fruit. With the leftover bell pepper and onion, I put them on skewers, brushed them with oil and roasted them at 450 degrees for 25 minutes. Served it all over rice. My husband rated this one of my top 5 dinners!
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Lemony Garlic Shrimp with Pasta

Reviewed: Nov. 15, 2010
Kids loved it! They said my favorite line, "Mommy, I love your dinner!", so that made my day. I accidentally bought a 2 lb bag of cooked "shrimp meat" instead of raw shrimp, so they were very small, but it was still a good meal. Will make again soon!
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Vegan Chocolate Cake

Reviewed: May 10, 2010
This cake was amazing. Honestly, I've never had a better chocolate cake. Very rich, very spongy, and it baked so well. I put it in a 9" Pyrex circular glass cake pan, and it rose like a dome in the middle, did not sink, and didn't even get a single crack in the middle. It looked beautiful and tasted even better. I used another reviewer's suggestion for a vegan buttercream frosting: mixed together 1/4 cup softened margerine (mine was hard from the fridge, so I grated it with a cheese grater then added it), 1/2 tsp vanilla, 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, and a couple dashes of rice milk -- enough to make the consistency spreadable. My frosting turned out a bit watery and lumpy, so maybe sifting the powdered sugar first would have helped? It hardened a bit, but I couldn't really pile the frosting on the cake. Everyone loved the frosting/cake combination, and it was all very easy to put together. My minor changes: added an extra 1/4 cup of cocoa powder and used 1 tsp lemon juice instead of white vinegar. Delicious! This will be my go-to recipe for chocolate cake from now on! I also made this recipe into cupcakes and baked them for exactly 20 minutes at 350, and they came out perfect once again!
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Cilantro Tomato Corn Salad

Reviewed: Feb. 22, 2011
Delicious! I made tacos and Spanish rice for a dinner party, and this is the recipe everyone asked about! I sauteed the onions and garlic in the butter, then added the jalapenos,. I added two bags of frozen corn to the pan with the tomatoes and cilantro and kept it over low heat until dinner was served.
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Busy Day Barbeque Brisket

Reviewed: Dec. 26, 2010
Too much BBQ sauce made it way too rich. I used the same size brisket it called for, but I wasn't impressed.
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Spaghetti Squash I

Reviewed: Dec. 26, 2010
Served this for Christmas Eve dinner, and it was a hit. Even people who don't like squash loved it -- it didn't taste like squash at all, more like pasta instead. I used kalamata olives instead of black olives and cherry tomatoes cut in half instead of large tomatoes. It turned out to be a very Mediterranean dish, which was well received by my Italian family.
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Grilled Tri-tip Roast

Reviewed: Nov. 15, 2010
Very tasty. Surprisingly, my children actually ate this meat, and they aren't very fond of meat at all. As suggested by others, I marinated the meat overnight in 1/4 cup of olive oil, 1/4 cup of red wine vinegar, and 1 Tbsp soy sauce. Then, I rubbed the entire powder mixture on the meat. I didn't have garlic powder, so I used 3 teaspoons of garlic salt, 1 teaspoon of salt, 1 teaspoon onion powder, 1 teaspoon pepper. I baked this at 350 for 1 hr 30 min. It was juicy and tender.
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Game Day Hamburgers

Reviewed: Aug. 15, 2010
Delicious! I didn't realize how much water content the potato held until I started shredding it, and I swear it's why these burgers were so juicy and delicious. I didn't use the mushrooms because I wasn't sure if my guests would like them, and I only about 1/2 cup shredded Swiss, and I wish I had used more. I mixed all of it together with the ground beef rather than stuffed the fillings in the middle. They really came out perfect for this novice BBQ'er.
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Spinach Lasagna Rolls

Reviewed: May 5, 2010
This was decent. The kids wouldn't touch it, but my husband and I thought it was good enough to eat the left overs the following day. It needed more seasonings -- garlic, basil, oregano -- something! I even used homemade spaghetti sauce, and it was just okay. I let the spinach thaw out in the fridge during the day, and it was still cool after it cooked. I would definitely thaw and bring to room temperature if I do it again. Also, I only had about 2.5 oz of cream cheese, so I added some ricotta instead because I like the texture. Maybe that's why it was so bland? Next time I would add more of the spices required for a lasagna to make it a more interesting dish.
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Pizza Dough II

Reviewed: Feb. 5, 2012
I made this recipe in my bread machine, and it was perfect! I warmed the water in the microwave, then added 1 Tbspn of raw, organic honey instead of sugar, then added the 2 Tbspn of olive oil. I put that in the bottom of the bread machine, then started layering on top of that in this order: bread flour, whole wheat flour, and salt. Then I dug a small hole in the middle of the top of the dry ingredients and placed 2 tspns of the dry yeast in the hole. I put the machine on the "Dough" cycle, and 1 hr 35 min later I had perfectly kneaded and risen dough! It made four small pizzas that tasted wonderfully! We didn't even need cheese on top -- just tomato sauce, italian seasoning, salt, pepper, and garlic. Delicious!
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Cheese Blintzes

Reviewed: Apr. 11, 2011
My husband does not like desserts or sweets, so I thought I was safe leaving these on the stove to cool while I was away at work. He almost ate all of them by the time I got home! I'm thrilled to find a new family favorite. I wish I could figure out how to keep the bread crunchy. It wasn't soggy, but it would have tasted better if it had more texture. I brushed the butter on the bread instead of dipping it, in case that helped it stay more firm. It definitely wasn't soggy, so maybe it did help? I'll definitely make it again.
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Broccoli-Stuffed Sole

Reviewed: Jan. 7, 2011
Not good. Way too much salt. My kids and I love fish, but they weren't interested in this at all. I could barely taste the cheese. I gave it two stars instead of only one because my husband thought it was really good, so one out of four of us enjoyed it.
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Oatmeal-Currant Scones

Reviewed: Dec. 26, 2010
These were super dry and boring. I used chocolate chips instead of the OJ/water/currant combination because another reviewer said she just switched out that ingredient easily, but the end result was pretty tasteless. I gave it two stars instead of only one because my allergy-ridden son enjoyed them, but he rarely is able to eat desserts, so he doesn't know what a scone is supposed to taste like.
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Pork Tetrazzini

Reviewed: Jun. 29, 2010
The main reason I'm giving this a 5-star review is because it's very kid-friendly, and my 3- and 5-year old loved it. They had three servings. In my opinion, it was pretty bland and very heavy for a summer dinner, but since the kids ate it, I consider it a home run! The pork I used was left over from a crock pot meal I made earlier in the week that consisted of a pork roast slow cooked with beef bullion for 8 hours on low. The meat turned out pretty bland, so maybe using a better recipe to cook the meat would have made it turn out better. The bread crumbs on top were a nice touch to make a different consistency. I also used a 16 oz box of spaghetti and a much larger casserole dish (13 x 9), so we have more leftovers.
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Chocolate Oatmeal Cake

Reviewed: May 10, 2010
I had very limited baking supplies in the cupboard, and this cake met all of my search requirements. Given that fact, this cake was excellent! The oatmeal gave it a different texture, but it was a welcome one. Some of the kids wouldn't touch it when I said it had oatmeal in it, but once they did a taste test, they ended up really enjoying it. I didn't tell the adults about the secret ingredient, and only one person guessed it was oatmeal. Since the recipe didn't specify between slow cooked oats or instant oats, I used the instant oats in my cupboard, and it turned out fantastic. It almost dissolved the oats -- I can't figure out why no one could really taste the oatmeal! I added a teaspoon of cinnamon, as suggested, and it gave a wonderful flavor. I had to use Ener-G egg replacement instead of the two eggs because of my son's allergy. I also used an extra teaspoon of cocoa. Wonderful cake! Why only four stars? Because I probably wouldn't bake it again unless I had limited ingredients in the house, plus the standard store-bought frosting made it just okay, and it definitely needs a topping, but I'm not sure what kind would make it fabulous.
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Double Layer Pumpkin Pie

Reviewed: Dec. 26, 2010
I made this for my son who is allergic to eggs and nuts. The whole family raved about it. Even better than the apple pie for Thanksgiving dessert! I made it two weekends later, and it received the same reviews. Very creamy and tasty.
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