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Hodie's Sloppy Joes

Reviewed: Nov. 1, 2011
Good as is, almost exactly what I was looking for - a simple, basic sloppy joes recipe. But when I tasted it while cooking, I decided to add 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce. Then it was perfect. I made a half batch, so for those making a full batch, you may want to add 2 tsp of Worcestershire sauce instead.
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PHILADELPHIA Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake

Reviewed: Oct. 18, 2011
Finally a pumpkin cheesecake that tastes of pumpkin but has a cheesecake texture!
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Pie Crust I

Reviewed: Oct. 18, 2011
I used butter rather than shortening. Otherwise, it was exactly what I wanted - a basic crust.
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Slow Cooker Carolina BBQ

Reviewed: Sep. 11, 2011
I have a different recipe for North Carolina BBQ that I like much better. In the end, I added regular old bbq sauce (i.e. turning it into something completely different) to this to make it enjoyable.
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Tzatziki Sauce II

Reviewed: Jun. 14, 2011
I used Greek yogurt, so I didn't drain it. I only had dried seasonings, so that's what I used. I also didn't stick it in the fridge to chill before serving. Despite this, it turned out AMAZING. I put it on chicken that I'd cooked with Greek seasoning and topped it with tomatoes and lettuce in some flatbread. My husband couldn't stop making sounds of joy while eating it. However, I do wish it were a bit thinner in consistency, since I used it as a sauce rather than a dip. Next time I want it as a sauce I may try normal plain yogurt (non-drained).
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Cinnamon Nut Coffee Cake

Reviewed: May 1, 2011
This was great because I wanted to make something, and it used standard pantry ingredients. However I was out of walnuts, so I used pecans instead, and I don't think I'd have wanted it any other way! It was great. Since the recipe doesn't specify, I also used half light brown sugar, half dark brown. To make it healthier, I used 1/2 cup apple sauce (one of the ones you'd put in a lunch) instead of butter in the batter, and I used 1 cup all-purpose flour, 1/2 cup whole wheat flour. I baked in an 8x8 dish for 40 minutes. I can't imagine having tried a larger dish, as it was I needed to coax it to the sides for each layer. It was about the perfect amount for my pan. We couldn't wait for it to cool completely, and it was amazing warm. I've had a piece since and moisture was fine. A tad dry only on the cut side, since that was exposed to the air. Still used butter in the topping - which makes way too much, I used about 2/3 of it. Definitely recommend the recipe!
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Baked Honey Nut Chicken

Reviewed: Apr. 17, 2011
My husband loved it, but it was a little too sweet for my liking. I cut the recipe in half and it was perfect for coating 4 chicken breasts. I tried half with peanuts and half with pecans. My husband liked the pecan version better. Note to others, you'll need a big jar of honey if you are making the full amount.
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Super-Simple, Super-Spicy Mongolian Beef

Reviewed: Apr. 17, 2011
My husband thought it was amazing... I thought it had a subtle taste of Chinese kitchen floor. But I think that was the Hoisin sauce we used... either that or the mushrooms in the frozen oriental blend I added. I don't like mushrooms, and although I didn't eat any, I suppose it could have flavored the rest of the meal. Either way, it was best the first day and the taste of kitchen floor increased as it got older.
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Blueberry Buttermilk Coffeecake

Reviewed: Apr. 17, 2011
I used brown sugar in the crumble topping, made a half recipe, and baked it in an 8 x 8 dish for 55 min. Otherwise all else was as is. It was very yummy! Between myself and my husband we polished it off in 2-3 days. He wanted me to instantly make another. We were eating it for desert, with the crumble topping, it was plenty sweet enough. The cake part came out just like my reduced fat muffin recipe from Joy of Cooking (in other words, it was good). It was not dry at all, nice and moist!
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Savory Kale, Cannellini Bean, and Potato Soup

Reviewed: Apr. 2, 2011
Not overly flavorful, but it tasted fresh and healthy.
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Apple Crisp

Reviewed: Mar. 19, 2011
What I ultimately made ended up being completely different, but that's because the recipe as written wasn't working out well. I used 2 medium apples and laid them in a 5 x 7 casserole dish (I have no custard cups). But when I made the topping, it was WAY too much butter and wouldn't get crumbly (hence the 3 stars), I ended up just dumping flour and oats in until it became the right consistency - I also started off using half flour, half oats 'cause my husband prefers that combo. The larger amt worked out well since I had more surface area to cover with 5x7. In terms of the apples getting soft, slice them very thinly and try microwaving them for a few minutes first. That'll help with overall bake time. With the 5 x 7 is also works well for cooking in a convection toaster oven - more energy efficient then too!
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Slow Cooker Chicken Creole

Reviewed: Mar. 17, 2011
My husband would give it 5, I would give it 3. He loves it. I'm mixed. I made it exactly as described in the recipe, and it didn't need extra liquid. It's not supposed to be a soup. I would say that it definitely had flavor as is, but then also didn't...? It tasted a bit like a roast chicken from the super market, meaning that it tastes of chicken but not like bland chicken. I just couldn't categorize the flavor I was tasting. Because I was worried (reading reviews made me paranoid), before I dished up for everyone else, I also added a couple drops of Tabasco but I'm not sure it needed it. You can taste the Tabasco, but then you can taste the original meal flavor as a separate entity along side it. It's a very odd experience. But I will say that my mouth got saturated with it very quickly and I found I couldn't eat much. It made me crave things that were mellow flavored and sweet, like a cinnamon bun. Weird, no?
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Beer Braised Irish Stew and Colcannon

Reviewed: Mar. 17, 2011
I made it pretty much exactly as written, except after braising I put it all in the crock pot on high for 4-5 hours. Only other change is that I cooked the bacon in the microwave rather than a pan, and it was low-sodium bacon. Used a can of Guinness. Came out gorgeous - not bitter. Husband says it's a 5 star meal. One reviewer commented that it'd be better with more veg, and I agree - another couple carrots would be good. I'm glad I didn't reduce the broth, because I really like lots of broth with the colcannon. Husband prefers less broth, but that's easy enough to do when serving - just use a slotted spoon. Surprisingly the colcannon wasn't as nice on its own (I tried it out of curiosity). The cabbage stands out too much with its inconsistent texture. But with the stew, it's incredible.
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Marrakesh Vegetable Curry

Reviewed: Mar. 12, 2011
I really liked this and had no idea it would make so much. I used extra zucchini because my sweet potato was small and I could only get a baby eggplant. I also used one red and one green pepper (hubby doesn't care much for red pepper). As suggested by others, I doubled the spices. It was almost too much for me on the first day, but mellowed and blended the next and was gorgeous. I used slivered almonds because it's what I had. Overall I loved it and thought it was a great way to get veg. I don't usually care for chick peas but they were really nice in this. My husband wondered where the meat was.... I don't like lamb (which from reviews I gather is traditional), so I may add chicken or beef next time, just to make him happy.
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Gumbo Style Chicken Creole

Reviewed: Mar. 12, 2011
Definitely spicy as written. The only change I made was to add a can of chicken broth and left out the mushrooms (don't like them). Next time I will add sausage too (upon husband's request) and celery. So that you understand what I mean when I say it was spicy enough, I like medium buffalo wings (especially if ordering at Duffs in Buffalo, those tend to be a little spicier than standard medium and it pushes my tolerance edge a bit, much like this recipe) and for Thai I tend to order at a 3 (on a scale of 1-10).
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Mulligatawny Soup I

Reviewed: Mar. 7, 2011
Absolutely amazing, I used canola oil rather than butter and only 1 tbs. I did not add cream since I am dairy averse. I also left out the cilantro because I don't like it. I was sad that I didn't get more meals out of it!! But I don't actually suggest doubling the recipe for leftovers because the apple loses its flavor and texture the next day. It's still really nice, but more than one day may be pushing it.
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Coconut Curry Chicken

Reviewed: Feb. 26, 2011
Smelled great, but then the chicken just tasted of chicken and curry sauce flavor was weak. :( I was hoping for something similar to what you'd get at a Thai restaurant (I used red curry paste), but it wasn't even close.
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African Sweet Potato and Peanut Soup

Reviewed: Feb. 26, 2011
I would double the cayenne, but my husband liked it as is. To me the flavor in general seemed a bit weak, although it smelled nice. Perhaps best if served alongside a red pepper flake shaker, so that each may adjust the heat.
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Vegetarian Kale Soup

Reviewed: Feb. 26, 2011
I put too many beans in mine, but it was still good. Nothing to rave about, but I did like the flavor. Husband hated it, I think it was the kale. He said it tasted like someone did the gardening and left the remains in his bowl.
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Slow Cooker Kielbasa Stew

Reviewed: Feb. 24, 2011
It's better the second day when the flavors have a chance to blend more. But it's not as good as just sauerkraut and kielbasa served up with rye bread.
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