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The Ultimate Brownie

Reviewed: Dec. 23, 2003
The flavor is there, but it was a pile of gunk. I tried to cut it into pieces, just wasn't going to happen! I took notice to all warnings, not to overbake. Wish I had! Texture was like trying to cut very thick frosting. I think the walnuts ruined it. I thought a pound was way over the top, so cut it in half. Even that was too much. I'm guessing that the oil from the nuts made it too gummy. The few peices I was able to salvage fell apart in my hands (due to walnuts). All said, you have to be a major chocolate lover to enjoy this. Should be called "Blackout Brownie Fudge". Scoop out a small piece and top with a very small portion of vanilla ice cream. Go for a walk after someone pulls you off the ceiling! Not hyper friendly - LOL!
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Chicken Cordon Bleu II

Reviewed: Nov. 14, 2003
So much grease! It didn't dawn on me until the very end of experience that a "gravy" not grease sauce was the intent. Loads of red grease. I will try this recipe again, but will compensate by skimming out grease before doing the heavy cream/cornstarch deal. The red grease probably came from too much butter & cheese fat, red came from paprika. This recipe would probably come out much better if baked (and separate sauce prepared with some of the drippings (not a pan full of greasy muck). But my grocery stores on strike ...
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Scrumptious Chicken

Reviewed: Jun. 23, 2003
Yuck! Found it very dry (due to 6oz pkg of stuffing mix). I would recommend preparing stuffing with bells & whistles (celery, onion, etc) and possibly pouring some chicken broth over stuffing mixture. Reminds me of one of those new "one bake" meals. Might even consider more than one can of "cream of chix soup." Didn't finish eating and leftovers straight to trash. Sorry Ginny!
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Chicken with Pear Sauce

Reviewed: Jun. 10, 2003
I'm sorry but this recipe did not have much flavor. Left remainder on stove and threw out in the morning. Chicken would probably be better baked, but don't know what to do with the sauce. It could go either way. More spices or add some cinammon, raisins & a tad of sugar for a sweet sauce.
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Proper English Cottage Pie

Reviewed: Jun. 5, 2003
I enjoyed it (somewhat.) My dinner partner did not. The cinnamon was overwhelming. I would try making it again, but cut cinnamon in half. The mashed potato topping was a little tasteless. Would recommend that you use your favorite mashed potato recipe. I used a frozen pie shell, did not cook well. Came out mushy. You might want to try making your own bottom crust. Don't expect pie filling to have a gravy texture. If you want that type of filling try adding some cornstarch or flour and a little more beef stock when preparing. Play with it & you might strike taste bud gold!
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Famous Butter Chicken

Reviewed: May 20, 2003
Was okay... not much flavor, but very easy to make. Used flavored ritz crackers. Used leftover breasts to make a "play it by ear" spaghetti bake. Probably won't make again, sorry.
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Chicken Suiza Cornbread Bake

Reviewed: May 20, 2003
Unless you have pre-cooked chicken on hand ... what a pain! I went to store and bought a chicken, followed "boiled chicken" recipe on this site (by the way, very good recipe); then started this meal when chicken was ready. At that point had already spent 2 hours on this meal! Anyway, I took other reviewers advice and changed the following ... 2 eggs instead of egg substitute, 1/2 cup & a big spoonful more of sour cream instead of 1 1/2, added a can of cream of chicken soup, used 2 1/2 tbl of diced green chiles & added a finely chopped jalapeno. The mushrooms were good, but next time may consider cutting in half. Unfortanatley, I picked up reduced fat jack cheese by mistake. Was like shredding plastic! Used a box of "Jiffy" cornbread mix. Unless you have helpers, prep time is more like 1/2 hour. When it was finally out of the oven (3 hours later - cuz of cooking fresh chicken) - was very tasty, but needed something more. Still can't figure out what. Anyway, much to my surprise, reheated next day & was the bomb! Some casseroles just need a day to mesh. All in all, very good recipe, very inventive & am very impressed! Just make sure you use whole jack cheese! Oh yeah, a nice salad & some hot bread would go great with this meal. Would not suggest a vegetable, rice or anything like that.
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Sunshine's Company Potatoes

Reviewed: May 4, 2003
5 lbs of red potatoes, too many! I think it might taste better with maybe 3 lbs of russet or white potatoes. All those red ones took away much flavor from the decadent ingredients! Nice try, Sunshine! Will make again with modifications.
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Brown Sugar Meatloaf

Reviewed: May 4, 2003
This was pretty tasty is you like sweet. My roommate said it was the best meatloaf ever! I followed other reveiwers and used 1/4 c br sugar & ketchup on bottom. I took the remaining sugar & sprinked it on top, then brushed on remaining ketchup. Will probably make again, but prefer cajun meatloaf!
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Allie's Delicious Macaroni and Cheese

Reviewed: Apr. 28, 2003
I took advice from other reviewers and made some changes. I used a quart of half & half (instead of milk). I added a tsp of ground mustard & tsp of worchesh sauce. I also added some onion. I kept with other ingredients (as well). I used extra sharp cheddar & peppercorn jack. I did not use the mozerella. I lightly brushed top with bread crumbs. Drizzled a little butter and topped with a little extra shredded cheddar. It was an amazing texture. Looked so & smelled so yummy! Unfortunately, it was ruined when I followed baking instructions. I thought 45 mins to an hour sounded a bit much, but followed instructions. What a mistake! I think it baked out the flavor along with the creamy texture. 20 min baking time, more realistic. If you want crunchy on top, broil for about 3 mins after 20 mins of baking. I might try making this again with major baking changes. Oh yeah, after cooking noodles to al dente (about 7 mins) make sure you rinse in luke warm/cold water to prevent further cooking of pasta. That's the secret to all pasta based casseroles!
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Crab-Stuffed Filet Mignon with Whiskey Peppercorn Sauce

Reviewed: Apr. 24, 2003
I'm giving this recipe 2 stars (for time), flavor deserves 5. BEWARE! It takes much longer than 1 1/2 hours to make. Start it about 3 hours before you plan on serving (2 1/2 if you plan on making nothing to go with it). Also, not a budget friendly recipe. Forget about using shrimp stock. This is an ingredient that you cannot buy at your local grocery store. The crab stuffing was the easiest part of recipe. It was very tasty and would advise doubling the mixture if you wish to have "genorously stuffed" mignons. The peppercorn sauce smells so good while cooking, but takes forever to simmer down. By the way, if anyone is unsure what constitutes "heavy cream", I asked several people (including dairy manager) & nobody knew for sure. Some said "whipping cream" and others claimed "half and half". I found out for sure that it's "whipping cream"! All in all, very tasty. Not quite sure it was worth the effort. Since I was the cook, thrill of eating was gone by the time I was able to sit down. The people I fed it to, loved it. I was over it! LOL! I served it with fried asparagus, baked red taters & crusty Freedom (french) rolls. Will not make again unless a VERY special occasion (extremely hot date, in-laws, etc...) All said, it really is a 5 star recipe (if you have the time).
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Lana's Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Reviewed: Apr. 15, 2003
Outstanding! The meatballs were delicious. They were almost stand alone (without the sweet and sour). Lana found the perfect combo of ingredients for meatball mixture. 2 pounds of hamburger perfect for mixture recipe, overkill for the sauce. I took about 1/3 of mixture and put it in freezer. Could tell it made too much. The sauce/glaze was incredible. Very tasty. However, would not recommend directions for cooking of sauce. Turn fire off, pour in juice/water mix, add rest of ingredients, then turn on fire. Treat it like you were making gravy (whisk, heat, etc...). If you cover it, do it only for a minute or so. Other than that, Lana - I "lei" my head at your feet for an award winning recipe!
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Anthony's Chicken

Reviewed: Apr. 6, 2003
The pasta was delicious. I used mini penne. I think that if you were to use the regular sized, cut it in half. Would make far too much pasta. The chicken was not good. Was pretty much flavorless. You might try using a seasoned flour mixture instead (if frying first), otherwise doctor up the bread crumbs and bake it on top of pasta instead of frying it. Maybe add cheese in last 10 mins of baking.
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Irish Chicken and Dumplings

Reviewed: Apr. 6, 2003
The chicken mixure was outstanding! I used bisquick for dumplings and they came out like glue. For some reason I just can't make dumplings. Great filler for a pot pie, tho! Yummy!!!!
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Peachy Wild Rice Pilaf

Reviewed: Apr. 6, 2003
Ewwww! Might taste better with white or brown rice...
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Macaroni and Cheese IV

Reviewed: Apr. 6, 2003
Interesting way of making mac n cheez. Waaay too many noodles, tho! Best to play it by ear. Don't use prepacked shredded cheese. For some reason it just doesn't melt! Will make again with a few adjustments.
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Beef Bourguignon II

Reviewed: Apr. 6, 2003
This was pretty good. You may want to cut down on the wine a bit. A little overpowering, otherwise made for a hearty meal and tasty leftovers.
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Cheese-Stuffed Chicken Rolls

Reviewed: Feb. 22, 2003
D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S!!!! Very easy to make, highly recommend to all!
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Rollups

Reviewed: Feb. 22, 2003
It was easy to make, but wasn't especially crazy about it. Added the extra cheese on top afterwards, total overkill! Don't think I'll make this one again.
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Spicy Squash Casserole

Reviewed: Oct. 13, 2002
Needed something... I know! Flavor! Claims to be spicy, NOT even! It sounded like it would be really tasty (love casseroles) but was very bland. Leftovers went straight to the trash. Won't make this again. Good dish for fussy kids, bad dish for adults.
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