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Strawberry Shortcake Updated

Reviewed: Aug. 14, 2012
This was a tasty treat. I wasn't able to come by the cardamom pods (sadly), so I had to use a small amt of ground cardamom. I also reduced the lemon to 1 tbsp. After whipping up the cream I did not like it without sugar, so I had to add about 1/4 cup of confectioners sugar. Because of the lemon and lack of sugar in the whipped topping, I went with 4 stars. It was easy to make. I did not assemble the whole cake at once as I didn't want it to get soggy. It worked well to serve piece by piece. The cake is definitely not made to be eaten alone, so be sure to have enough strawberries and whipped topping to go around! thanks for a lovely - 'grown up' dessert.
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Philadelphia Style Roast Pork Sandwiches

Reviewed: Aug. 12, 2012
I like this sandwich with the pork, spinach and the manchego cheese is so different and a nice change of pace. I did reduce the rosemary to just 1 tbsp - I think 3 tbsps is quite a lot - rosemary is very strong. I think if I made this again I would replace the rosemary with thyme. I did not care for the red pepper flakes in the spinach. Next time I would cook the spinach in the olive oil with the garlic. I would leave out the red pepper and the chicken broth. Thanks for a great new sandwich idea.
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American French Onion Soup

Reviewed: Aug. 10, 2012
Thank you for a tasty recipe! This was yummy. It's definitely not a traditional french onion, but it was a nice change of pace! I think my onions were a little big, because there were a lot in there, but the broth was soooo good! Easy to make too! It's a keeper!
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Carbonara Quesadillas

Reviewed: Aug. 9, 2012
I'm sorry this just wasn't for us. I made it as stated in the recipe, but the flavor combo didn't work for us, and it was a lot of trouble to make - It didn't look very appetizing after mixing in the alfredo sauce either - I think I would leave that out of the mix and just add some on top of the filling (or leave it off all together), but I won't be making this again.
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Kiwi-Lime Pork Ribs

Reviewed: Aug. 8, 2012
This was delicious! Thank you for sharing your yummy recipe. I did make some changes to suit our tastes. For the sauce I cut the salt way down. 2 tablespoons sounds like a lot to me (I would like to ask the recipe submitter if that is maybe a typo), so I used 2 teaspoons and that was a good amount for us. I also reduced the chili powder by 1/2 and that was plenty for us-I felt 2 tablespoons would make the sauce taste like chili powder only. I tasted the sauce before pouring it over the meat and it was wonderful, so I was happy with the changes I made. I would suggest checking the temp of the meat about 45 mins into the cooking time - the meat was a tad overcooked, but it was still a big hit with the fam! This paired perfectly with garlic sauteed spinach and mashed potatoes. Did I mention the sauce was delish! I think I will try adding a third kiwi next time!! yummmm
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Spicy Ginger Chicken Wings

Reviewed: Aug. 6, 2012
Thank you for a tasty wing recipe! We really liked this. These are FULL of flavor! I did make some adjustments for our tastes. First I could only fit 1/2 the wings in my pan for searing, so I cut the butter (i did use butter instead of margarine) way down. I used 1/4 cup butter and cooked the chicken about 4 minutes on each side. I didn't need any more butter to cook the 2nd batch of chicken - there was enough fat in the pan. In the sauce I used 3 serrano's but I did seed them first. I also cut the ginger down to 1 tbsp. I LOVE ginger, but I thought 2 tbsp might be too strong for our tastes. I did have the other tbsp on hand just in case to add it if needed, but I didn't use it. I reduced the sauce down until thick. It took a little longer than 7 mins though. Maybe about 15 mins but it was worth it. I think next time I will cook it down even longer for a thicker sauce with a stronger flavor. Either way - we really LOVED these and will make them again. The star of this recipe is the sauce - it is soooo gooood! Reduce it down until it tastes the best to you. I left out the msg and the sesame seeds too
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Chocolate Strawberry Cake

Reviewed: Aug. 5, 2012
I made this exactly as stated in the recipe. I'm sorry it wasn't for us - it turned out dry and we didn't care for the flavor.
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Memaw's Lemon Sunshine Cake

Reviewed: Aug. 3, 2012
Memaw knows how to make a lemon cake! Moist, delicious, and oh so lemony! Easy to make too! Thank you for sharing!! I didn't make any changes at all!
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Mushroom and Spinach Ravioli with Chive Butter Sauce

Reviewed: Jul. 18, 2012
Made this exactly as stated in the recipe and it was delicious. It was labor intensive - I definitely see a pasta roller in my future! Thanks for sharing!
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Apple Crisp II

Reviewed: Jul. 13, 2012
Delish! Thanks for sharing. This was really easy, and I had everything on hand. I had some apples I really need to use up and this was perfect. I halved the recipe because there are just 3 of us, but it disappeared right away. So it looks like I'll be making it again!
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Blackened Tuna Steaks with Mango Salsa

Reviewed: Jun. 30, 2012
I am not a fish eater, but it was suggested I try tuna steaks. This was my first time eating them and they were delish. Thank you for the recipe. I gave it 4 stars because I halved the heat in the recipe and it was still a little too spicy. The salsa is delish and paired nicely with the spiciness of the steaks. Thank you for giving me another option as I attempt to add more fish into my diet!
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California Grilled Veggie Sandwich

Reviewed: Jun. 28, 2012
I liked this sandwich. Thank you for sharing. My husband, on the other hand, did not like the sandwich - he loved the veges, but he felt the spread was too garlicky and wasn't a fan of the feta. Changes I made: I did not grill the veges. I roasted them in the oven. I cut up all the veges and put them on a foil lined baking sheet. I salted and peppered them and tossed them in 2 tablespoons of olive oil with a pinch of sugar. I roasted them in a 450 degree oven for about 25 mins. I used a Tuscan Garlic loaf I purchased from the bakery at my local grocery store. Otherwise I made it as stated and kept it as an open face sandwich.
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Grilled Shrimp Tacos

Reviewed: Jun. 26, 2012
This was delish, quick and easy! Thanks for sharing the great recipe!
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Roasted Vegetable Orzo

Reviewed: Jun. 25, 2012
Really loved this recipe. Thank you for sharing! I made it without the asparagus simply because it wasn't on sale, but the dish was still so good. I also didn't want to throw wine down the drain, so I adjusted the cooking method for the orzo. I lightly toasted 1 cup of orzo in 2 tablespoons of butter and then added 1 1/4 cups water with a 1 teaspoon of chicken base and a 1/2 cup Sake. I brought that to a boil. Covered. Reduced the heat and let simmer for 15-20 mins until the liquid was absorbed. Then i added in the veges and the Parmesan. It was delish! I will be making it again and again and can't wait for asparagus to go on sale!
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Neapolitan Cupcakes

Reviewed: Jun. 23, 2012
Thanks for the great recipe! These really do taste like neapolitan ice cream and they are so pretty!
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Chef John's Pavlova with Strawberries

Reviewed: Jun. 22, 2012
I made this just as stated in the recipe, and it is a beautiful dessert, however, the pavlova is just too sweet for our liking.
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Mango Chicken Bake

Reviewed: Jun. 22, 2012
I made this dish exactly as state in the recipe. The flavors in this dish are really great which is why I am giving it 3 stars, however, there are lots of changes I would make next time. I feel 1/2 cup rice is not enough. I would up that to 1 cup for sure and leave the water alone so it doesn't turn out so runny. There was way too much liquid. I would also add the cilantro after it is cooked - all the flavor is cooked out by adding it before baking. I would probably add extra mango as well. And when searing the chicken thighs - I would not use so much oil! You will render fat from the chicken - there is no need to add more. I would slap it in the dry pan and sear it nicely to lock in flavors. If I try this recipe again with my changes I will edit and update.
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Tropical Pork Chops

Reviewed: May 12, 2012
Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe! My husband and I really enjoyed it. I was sure to caramelize the chops really well before I added the sauce. I replaced the water with the pineapple juice from the canned tidbits. I checked for doneness after 10 minutes of simmering, and my chops were ready to eat! I was so happy to, because they were smelling yummy! I served over rice. Next time I will use fresh pineapple!
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Pico De Gallo

Reviewed: May 5, 2012
Easy and very tasty! I did add lime and used fresh garlic. Thanks for sharing!
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Eggs Benedict

Reviewed: May 5, 2012
This wasn't to our liking. Too much lemon. I added some sugar to counteract the lemon - it definitely helped, but I would recommend you significantly reduce the lemon in this recipe. You can always add more if needed. I would start with 1 tablespoon. You don't need to do this in a double broiler either - just do it on low and stir constantly.
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