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Alphabet Soup

Reviewed: Oct. 8, 2005
My picky husband really liked this soup, even with all the veggies, but I found it bland. Although the V-8 added some heat, the flavored lacked body.
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Zucchini Patties

Reviewed: Sep. 10, 2005
I fondly remember my mom cooking zucchini patties each summer, and this recipe did not disappoint. The batter was very thick and easy to work with, and the flavor was good although perhaps a bit bland for some. My suggestion would be to add some herbs for more flavor; I will need to experiment some more....
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Hershey's ® 'Perfectly Chocolate' Chocolate Cake

Reviewed: Aug. 9, 2005
I think this is probably the best chocolate cake recipe I've tried from this site. However, I do prefer it with a chocolate Cool Whip frosting rather than the one included. (See Cool Whipped Frosting recipe on this site; use chocolate pudding instead of vanilla.) The recipe makes 6 cups of batter, so you will need to pour 3 cups into each pan for a two-layer cake and 2 cups into each pan for a three-layer cake. Oh, this cake won first place for me in my local fair, and you won't believe this, but somebody actually stole the cake from its display!
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Fried Green Tomatoes

Reviewed: Jul. 26, 2005
I used buttery round crackers (like Ritz) and fried the tomatoes in bacon grease, which was absolutely delicious! I couldn't stop eating them!
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Amaretto Cake

Reviewed: Jun. 13, 2005
I tasted this cake after it cooled, and my first impression was that the amaretto was too strong and the cake was soggy on top (as mentioned by other reviewers). However, the next day, the cake was perfect! Make it a day ahead for the flavors to meld.
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Grilled Chicken Breasts with Zesty Peanut Sauce

Reviewed: Jun. 1, 2005
I made only the peanut sauce from this recipe because I already had leftover grilled chicken breasts. I made several changes to the recipe to use what I had on hand: half fresh lime juice and half bottled, 1 t. ground ginger instead of ginger root, dash of cayenne (my kids don't do spicy), and 1/2 cup whipped cream cheese with garlic in place of heavy cream and minced garlic. I also used the entire can of coconut milk since I wouldn't have a use for the extra and since some reviewers complained that the sauce was too thick. The sauce was definitely not too thick this way, but it did have some odd lumps from the cream cheese. Although we really enjoyed the recipe, I would recommend using the ingredients as directed to give the sauce a fuller flavor. I had a ton of sauce left over, so I'm hoping it freezes. I can't wait to try the recipe again, this time using the marinade!
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Ricotta Cookies III

Reviewed: May 9, 2005
These cookies are great - like mini cakes! My only complaint is the icing, which I think tastes a little "fake" with the lemon extract. I experimented and found what I think is a better alternative: instead of milk and lemon extract, substitute the juice of one lemon plus about two tablespoons of water plus 2 cups of powdered sugar(I halved the entire recipe to make a more manageable quantity).
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Aunt Anne's Sesame Cookies

Reviewed: May 9, 2005
As the baker of the family, I was requested to bring Italian cookies to my Italian in-laws for Mother's Day. Yikes! However, I was told that these cookies tasted just like the ones from the Italian bakery. Success! My one recommendation would be to buy the sesame seeds in bulk so that they are cheaper. I used almost two full spice bottles from the grocery, and that was not inexpensive!
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Best Ever Party Appetizer

Reviewed: Apr. 8, 2005
Since my grocery store sells goat cheese crumbles in 4 oz. packages (and it's not cheap), I bought two and just made 2/3 of the recipe. It was still more than enough. I also used sun-dried tomato pesto in place of the sun-dried tomatoes and olive oil. I'm sure the fresh herbs would have been excellent, but I used about 2 tsp. dried basil and 1 tsp. dried rosemary since I had it on hand. I didn't think the garlic flavor really came through and will probably add a little minced garlic to the recipe next time rather than halving the cloves and removing before serving. Nonetheless, my guests all seemed to like the appetizer, and it's a nice treat if you want to splurge on the ingredients.
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Mango Tango Black Bean Salsa

Reviewed: Apr. 8, 2005
I made this recipe exactly as listed and loved it! The only reason I'm giving it four stars instead of five is that many other people tried it and liked it, but it wasn't a "must have" recipe for them. However, I will continue to make this, especially for cookouts since I think it will hold up well without refrigeration.
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Summer Squash Puffs

Reviewed: Mar. 31, 2005
I was torn on the rating for this recipe but gave it a four because my daughter, who normally doesn't care for squash, liked it. (She thought it tasted like pancakes.) However, the recipe didn't do anything for the rest of my family. I normally like squash, but I found it too sweet with the addition of the corn muffin mix.
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Caroline's Chocolate Fudge Frosting

Reviewed: Mar. 21, 2005
Excellent recipe as long as you follow the advice of the other reviewers and use no more than 1/2 cup of milk. Additionally, I added 1/8 tsp. of peppermint extract and used the frosting for the outside of a chocolate cake with Andes mints melted between the layers (see the Chocolate Mint Mayonnaise cake on this site). Delicious!
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Sauteed Portobellos and Spinach

Reviewed: Mar. 9, 2005
I used white wine and was really pleased with the results, but I still wasn't able to convince my family to eat spinach.
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Maple Crunch Cream Pie

Reviewed: Mar. 9, 2005
I really liked this pie, and so did my daughter (she thought it tasted like a coffee cake). However, the other members of my family were not so keen on it (thought it was too sweet or didn't like creamy filling in an apple pie). I suspect that a 9" crust may be too small for the ingredients because it filled my 10" crust quite nicely. Although I followed the recipe exactly, I wondered how it would taste to shortcut the streusel topping using packets of instant maple & brown sugar oatmeal mixed with the flour and butter.
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Chicken Shepherd's Pie

Reviewed: Mar. 4, 2005
I changed this recipe significantly to better appeal to my family, and we really liked the modifications. Instead of corn and peppers, I used green beans cooked with bacon and onions. I also made the mashed potatoes using whipped garlic-flavored cream cheese and milk instead of roasted garlic, butter and milk. (Much easier!)
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Chocolate Pudding Fudge Cake

Reviewed: Feb. 18, 2005
OK, I'm not willing to eat raw cake to get a "fudgy" texture. This one took 75 minutes to cook thoroughly. That said, the cake was incredibly light and moist. The chocolate chips sank to the bottom, so perhaps next time I'll try sprinkling them on top of the batter before it's baked. Easy recipe; good flavor.
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Garlic Asparagus with Lime

Reviewed: Feb. 17, 2005
Just like the pan-fried asparagus recipe on this site except for the addition of lime juice. I didn't have shallots, so I used chopped onion. The asparagus was still quite crunchy after 5 minutes of cooking time, so I recommend cooking it a little longer.
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Country Quiche

Reviewed: Feb. 1, 2005
This quiche was a BIG hit with my family -- not a crumb left! I think they prefer the milder flavor of the cheddar and mozzarella over the traditional Swiss. Since it doesn't have cream, it's already healthier than a traditional Quiche Lorraine, but you could easily substitute low-fat cheddar and part-skim mozzarella to make it even healthier. Also, without the cream, the quiche firms up faster and has a more dense texture.
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Cucumber Salad

Reviewed: Jan. 30, 2005
The yogurt in this recipe adds an interesting sweetness. Since I didn't have onion, I used onion salt in place of the regular salt, and next time I would thinly slice the cucumber rather than dicing. All in all, not bad.
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Homemade Irish Cream Liqueur

Reviewed: Jan. 30, 2005
I used 1 c. brandy instead of 1-1/4 c., a partial can of sweetened condensed milk leftover from another recipe, 1/4 c. chocolate syrup (since you can never have too much chocolate) and Cool Whip in place of whipping cream since that's what I had around the house. I don't think I've ever had Bailey's Irish Cream, so I can't compare the two, but this recipe was oh, so yummy -- dessert in a glass! I can't wait to make it for a hostess gift.
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