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Swedish Meatballs I

Reviewed: Jan. 4, 2011
What would we do without condensed soups?! The sauce in this was so good and no one would know how easy it is. I made this entire dish pretty true to recipe with few minor modifications. I thought it turned out great but I may experiment more with the meatballs for more of a flavor pop next time. Served this with mashed potatoes and it made a great comfort meal for a cold winter day.
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Creamed Spinach II

Reviewed: Dec. 27, 2010
I started with a roux of butter, garlic, onion, and flour, then added the soup and spinach and cooked for about a minute and then threw in a handful of shredded parmesan, and a 1/2 inch slice of cream cheese. Since I prepared this before dinner I put it in a casserole dish and sprinkled Italian bread crumbs, parmesan, and asiago on top and put it in the oven for about 10 minutes. It was pretty good. It didn't blow my mind but I suppose it would take a lot cheesier and fattier recipe to do that. This one was still moderately healthy so I thought it was a good compromise.
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Low Sugar Mocha Nut Cake

Reviewed: Mar. 15, 2010
Uhh... it was bad. *shudder* I followed this recipe to the letter but then cut it in half with a leveler, filled it with sugar free chocolate pudding, and frosted it with a mocha buttercream frosting. The only good part was the frosting (which was the sugary part that my mom couldn't eat). It was extremely dry even though it sucked up all pudding filling, and it tasted like chocolate flavored baking powder. Part of me wants to make a bunch of revisions and try it again, but I don't even think it's worth it. I spent so much time making and decorating this for my mom's birthday and it was so disappointing. Oh well, it's the thought that counts, right?
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Whitechapel Shepherd's Pie

Reviewed: Feb. 14, 2010
This is a good basic comfort food meal. I used ground beef instead of the lamb, and like many other reviewers, I doubled the tomato sauce and probably could have used more. The filling was quite good, but I really regret using boxed mashed potatoes on top. I haven't made boxed potatoes in a long time and they just didn't taste that great to me (little flavor, watered down), especially with all the milk to thin them out a bit. I tried to salvage them with more seasoning, but oh well. Luckily the rest was good enough to cover them up a bit. But with all the pans on the stove (three pans and a casserole dish all said and done) I don't know if I'd want to take the effort to make them from scratch.
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Chicken Soup

Reviewed: Feb. 5, 2010
I really enjoyed the simple flavors of this easy soup. I sauteed some onion and celery with the carrots, zucchini, and garlic a bit before adding the liquid. Then added some egg noodles in at the end. Will definitely make again - excellent payoff for the effort.
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Peanut Butter Bars I

Reviewed: Feb. 2, 2010
Yumm... I made this with half the butter and it tasted obscenely good. I don't why you'd ever want to add all the butter. I did, however, add another big glopping tablespoon (probably several tablespoons if measured out) of peanut butter to the mixture to make up for one less stick of butter. The mixture combined well in the mixer, set up well, and held up well when cut. Definitely an instant favorite. I was originally looking to replicate my grandma's old recipe and this did the trick. I would have given it five stars but I can't fathom eating two sticks of butter.
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Spinach Enchiladas

Reviewed: Jan. 23, 2010
Pretty good, but I found the filling on the bland side and will add a little more seasoning as some of the other reviewers have done. I made half with red enchilada sauce and half with green and much preferred the green enchilada sauce - the flavors just agreed more with the spinach. I also added a little finely diced chicken which I had poached earlier for some other recipes. It didn't add a lot to it, but was an easy protein addition if you need it.
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Buche de Noel

Reviewed: Jan. 2, 2010
This was not as difficult of an undertaking as I thought. It turned out beautifully. However, my number one tip would be to combine about a quarter of the egg white mixture into the yolk mixture before folding it all together. This lightens up the the consistency of the yolk mixture (which is still quite heavy even when whipped) and makes combining the whites and yolks a bit easier. You really have to be careful not to deflate your eggs. I've seen this done by Martha Stewart, Bobby Flay, Alton Brown, etc. I also added just about a quarter cup of cake flour at this point, just to give it a little more substance. I put a little less cocoa in my whipped cream, and then made a chocolate ganache icing to spread over top. Way delicious.
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Apple Crisp IV

Reviewed: Jan. 2, 2010
Delicious! I've made this twice now with radically different results, but both were good. The first time I thought it needed more apples and less sugar, and the second time I used a huge heep of apples and needed a bit more sugar. Just be mindful of the type and sweetness of the apples you're working with and adjust accordingly. Another something noteworthy: both times I've made it, I've reduced the amount of butter by a third and it still worked into the struesel fine and tasted great. I haven't missed that stick of butter even with a larger batch.
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Chocolate Ganache Icing

Reviewed: Dec. 28, 2009
Very easy. I did not use any type of liquor and it worked just fine.
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Pecan Pie VII

Reviewed: Nov. 26, 2009
I've never been a huge fan of pecan pie (too rich and sweet and guilty feeling!), but I saw this recipe and wanted to give it a shot. I love it! It's much lighter but still flavorful. I told my non-pecan pie eating family that they still had to try this and they loved it too. I was making several other pies at the time, so I already had the crust prepared and the filling was really easy to throw together. I'm converted now and I'll definitely make it again.
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Dutch Apple Pie with Oatmeal Streusel

Reviewed: Nov. 26, 2009
This is Dutch Apple at its finest. I am a nut for adding small bits of healthy into my recipes, so I used a crust with part whole wheat flour, and I loved that this streusel called for oats. I left out the nutmeg, allspice, and lemon zest (picky parents). I love apple pie in all forms, but this is one of the best. I will make this one over and over and over again.
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Impossible French Apple Pie

Reviewed: Nov. 26, 2009
You can't beat this recipe in terms of simplicity. Eliminating a few steps from the traditional apple pie gives this pie a great bang for your metaphorical buck. I was making several kinds of pie at once so didn't pay particular attention to the apple to biscuit ratio, but in the future, i think I'd pile some more apple in there. It was a bit bready, but not in a bad way - the biscuit mix really complemented the apples and it tasted fresh and light. I used pecans instead of walnuts (I think walnuts add a bitter note, while pecans are light and toasty) and cut down the sugar a tad. This pie was a hit. I will make it again for sure.
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Tortilla Chip Casserole

Reviewed: Oct. 29, 2009
Excellent and very easy casserole! I browned some lean beef with an onion and spread that over the chips instead of the chicken and it was great. I'll be making this again for future potlucks.
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Creamy Rice Pudding

Reviewed: Oct. 28, 2009
Couldn't ask for a much easier recipe for rice pudding than this! I was trying to make a healthier version so I used brown rice, skim milk, and used part white and part brown sugar. It turned out great and better than you'd think with a brown rice. I just made sure to cook the brown rice with a little extra water and cooked it until it was as tender as I wanted the final product, but it still soaks up some milk as well. Per some other reviews, I also added the sugar later, and tempered the egg mixture with the cooking pudding. I added a dash of nutmeg and cinnamon, and regular and golden raisins. Wonderful!
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