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Chocolate Trifle

Reviewed: Dec. 24, 2007
I took other reviewers' advise and modified the original recipe, using vanilla flavored cool whip, chocolate chunk brownies, and whipping up heavy whipping cream instead of cool whip to lessen the sweetness. What a disappointment - it wasn't nearly as good as what people said. WAY too sweet. The brownies were hard, I think if I were to make it again, I would use regular brownies instead of the chocolate chunk ones, the chocolate pieces were rock hard. Maybe my mistake was modifing the original recipe, I may try again, this time following the recipe to a tee. There are far better desserts out there.
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Hollandaise Sauce

Reviewed: Apr. 29, 2005
This is WAY too buttery for my taste. It's more like a butter sauce and the color is butter yellow, not light cream like a true hollandaise. My husband liked it though, probably b/c he LOVES butter. If you're looking for a great hollandaise sauce, look elsewhere!
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Creamy Pesto Shrimp

Reviewed: Jan. 13, 2005
Delicious!! I cooked the shrimp separately and added to the sauce at the end. Also added mushrooms and spinach. Even my picky 5 yr old liked it!
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Chocolate Bar Fondue

Reviewed: Jan. 12, 2005
This was SOOOO good! After reading the reviews, I made some modifications. Used Ghiradelli milk chocolate chips and omitted the water. Instead of using instant coffee powder, I just added a little bit of strong vanilla coffee from the pot, and it was really good! It's great without the coffee too. We dipped strawberries, bananas, graham crackers, marshmallows, pound cake, and cheesecake. YUMMY!!
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Crab Rangoon III

Reviewed: Jan. 3, 2005
I was a little hesitant about trying out this recipe b/c of the mixed reviews, but with some tweeking, it turned out really good! I added some finely chopped green onions and used only half of ONE can crab meat for a stronger cream-cheese taste. Some people also commented that the filling was too mushy and fell apart in the oil. You can avoid this by squeezing out all the water in the crabmeat before adding to the cream cheese mixture (also results in less crabby taste). And when you moisten the wonton wrapper edges with water, you get a tight seal. None of mine fell apart in the oil... I tried various different folds and liked the triangular fold the best. This is pretty darn close to restaurant-quality!
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Mrs. Sigg's Snickerdoodles

Reviewed: Dec. 22, 2004
Pretty good but not the best. You'll be disappointed if you're looking for snickerdoodle cookies like Paradise Bakery's. This one's flatter, harder, and doesn't have that texture.
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Dora's Christmas Cookies

Reviewed: Dec. 8, 2004
These cookies are easy to make but it has no taste. My daughter loved decorating them though.
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Warm and Spicy Autumn Punch

Reviewed: Nov. 27, 2004
Despite the fact that it looks impressive, I really didn't care for this b/c (1) pineapple juice is too overpowering (2) as it sits in the crockpot, all the spices and stuff settle down on the bottom and don't look too appetizing. I much prefer a hot apple cider over this; it just has a weird taste. None of my guests went back for seconds and at the end of the night, I ended up throwing it down the garbage disposal. Definitely won't make this again... not worth the trouble.
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Charline's Sweet Potato Casserole

Reviewed: Nov. 24, 2004
This was a hit at my Thanksgiving dinner... everyone absolutely loved it. I left out the coconut flakes b/c I'm not a big fan of coconuts. Also omitted the corn flakes... just topped the casserole with pecans/brown sugar/butter mixture - it was delicious.
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Green Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette

Reviewed: Nov. 24, 2004
I was disappointed - this was a very mediocre salad. Cranberries made the dressing a little too tart and bitter. There are far too many better salad recipes out there...don't waste your time with this one. (unless you make major modifications to the original recipe)
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Cranberry Sauce I

Reviewed: Nov. 24, 2004
This was SO good, and SO simple to make! I'll never buy canned cranberry sauce again!
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Kabob Marinade

Reviewed: Nov. 2, 2004
This wasn't my favorite, a little too sour for my taste. Next time I'd definitely reduce the lemon juice. I marinated chicken breasts and tiger prawns. The prawns turned out too salty - not the best marinade for shrimp.
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Asian Flank Steak

Reviewed: Nov. 2, 2004
This was really good. I only had time to marinate it for 5 hours, but the meat was still tender and flavorful. I also ran out of cornstarch so substituted flour, and the sauce turned out fine. It has kind of a "sweet and sour" taste that you'd find in a Chinese restaurant. I served it with steamed rice, grilled veggies, and an Asian salad - a very good main dish!
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Award Winning Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

Reviewed: Oct. 28, 2004
I originally was going to halve this recipe but decided at the last minute to make the entire batch. So glad I did, b/c they were being eaten up as they were coming out of the oven! I thought 6 dozen was way too much, but it turns out that it's not enough! LOVE this recipe - the instant vanilla pudding mix is the awesome secret ingredient!! Thanks for a GREAT recipe that my family will enjoy for years to come!
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Banana Crumb Muffins

Reviewed: Oct. 28, 2004
I didn't think these muffins were all that great... not bad, but not great. The streusel gives it a nice touch though.
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Curried Coconut Chicken

Reviewed: Jul. 27, 2004
Delicious!! I didn't have any tomato sauce so used only the canned, diced tomatoes (drained). After reading the reviews, I only added 2T sugar. And I added 2 potatoes and a carrot (cut into big chunks) prior to adding the coconut milk. After tasting it, it needed more sugar, so I kept on adding sugar until it tasted "right." It ended up to be 6T sugar, double what the recipe calls for! (And I don't typically like sweet food) So I looked at the coconut milk, and it was unsweetened, with less than 1 g of sugar. Maybe this was the reason why it needed extra sugar? This tastes pretty close to our local Thai restaurant's "Curry Chicken." I'm glad that I didn't add the tomato sauce, b/c it tasted perfect without it.
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Baked Vegetables I

Reviewed: Jul. 24, 2004
This wasn't that great. I didn't care for the dry onion soup taste.
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Margaritas

Reviewed: Jul. 20, 2004
Delicious! Better than any store-bought Margarita Mix!
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Baingan Bharta (Eggplant Curry)

Reviewed: Jul. 20, 2004
Baingan Bharta is my favorite dish at our local Indian restaurant so I was excited about making this at home. However, this didn't taste anything like the restaurant dish. One taste and it went down our garbage disposal. Biggest problem was that the yogurt made it really sour... Maybe if you use the authentic Indian yogurt and curry it may work out better.
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Shrimp Etouffee II

Reviewed: Jul. 20, 2004
After reading the reviews, I made this on stove-top... had some reservations about microwaving shrimp. This recipe is easy & quick, but it doesn't taste all that great. It's TOO thick & rich.
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