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Classic Tiramisu

Reviewed: May 2, 2011
This was the first attempt at tiramisu and I'm hooked. I gave a piece to my coworker and she couldn't believe that I made it. She practically melted off of her chair while eating it. I followed the recipe almost to the dot but made a few minor changes. Since I'm not a huge fan of alcohol, I used a strong black coffee to brush on the lady fingers instead. My coworkers said I have converted them to virgin tiramisu lovers. Also, definitely let it sit overnight or atleast 8 or 9 hours so that it sets properly otherwise it is too runny. The only other change I made was I cooked the egg yolks and sugar for 5 minutes rather than 10. I may decrease the sugar to just over 1 cup rather than the 1 1/4 cups next time but that's it. This is a keeper and I can't wait to make it again!
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Banana Blast II

Reviewed: Aug. 29, 2011
I had 2 ripe bananas I needed to use up and found this recipe. It was awesome. I added a dash of vanilla extract but may try almond next time to switch it up. If you add extract, you could probably decrease the sugar a bit.
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Perfect St. Patrick's Day Cake

Reviewed: Mar. 19, 2012
I made this recipe as cupcakes (24 in total) and they were AMAZING!! I don't even like beer but it gave the cake a wonderful flavor. I filled the cupcakes with the chocolate drizzle and topped with the frosting. The frosting was too thick for me to pipe onto the cupcakes so I folded in some fresh whipped cream. As cupcakes, the cooking time was 20 minutes. What a great recipe...thanks so much!!
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Mini Meatloaves

Reviewed: Apr. 12, 2012
I made this recipe as written but baked in a muffin tin for 40 mins (made 12 meatloafs). The meat was super moist but a little bland. I would probably add some herbs or spices for more flavor. Also, all I could taste with the sauce was ketchup and I'm not a huge fan. Will probably use a smoky or honey bbq sauce next time. Overall, pretty good base recipe for meatloaf!
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al fresco Roasted Pepper and Asiago Chicken Sausage Frittata

Reviewed: Apr. 30, 2012
It was good but needed less sausage or more egg. Also used chopped tomatoes instead of the roasted peppers. A pretty decent quick, easy meal.
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Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

Reviewed: May 1, 2012
I've made this as is and it's very good. I've just made it with the following changes that other reviewers have used and it came out AMAZING!! BF couldn't get enough! I sauteed onion, garlic, and bacon in olive oil. I then added some chopped celery and carrots and cooked until softened. I added that mixture to the broth, water, chicken mixture and cooked according to the recipe. (Note - I used Uncle Ben's Wild Rice Mix. Very good and healthier than the other brands at the grocery store) For the cream mixture, I decreased to 6 tbsp of butter and 1/2 cup flour. I also used 1 cup skim and 1 cup whole milk rather than 2 cups heavy cream and it was still rich, yet healthier. I also added about 1/2 cup white wine to the soup during the last 15 minutes of cooking. Next time I'll use shallots rather than onion to give it more oomph but it really is delicious either as is or modified to your liking. Hope you give it a try!!
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Overnight Blueberry French Toast

Reviewed: May 31, 2012
I made this using raspberries (using a little more berries than the recipe says) and it was amazing! The only things I did different was use 9 eggs instead of 12. I also blended 1.5 packages of cream cheese with powdered sugar and spread that over the bread. This was a HUGE hit and several people asked for the recipe. I will definitely make in the future!!
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Butternut Squash Risotto

Reviewed: Jul. 1, 2012
This was really good. I used frozen butternut squash which made the prep work shorter/easier. I only used 4 cups of chicken broth and added it 1 cup at a time. I didn't add the next cup of broth until the previous cup had been fully absorbed by the rice. After the final of cup of broth is added and almost fully absorbed, I stirred in the squash puree, parmisan cheese, and a ton of chopped fresh parsley and basil. I then covered it for the last few minutes of cooking. Every bite was delicious. However, every bite that had a bit of the fresh basil was absolutely heavenly!! Total cooking time was around 35 minutes.
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Super-Delicious Zuppa Toscana

Reviewed: Aug. 28, 2012
Very tasty! Our mouths were on fire after each bite though so I may decrease the red pepper flakes by 1/2. Also used regular milk w/4 tbsp of cornstarch instead of heavy cream and still turned out thick and creamy. I used 4 large red-skinned potatoes and that was plenty. Will definitely make again!
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Chicken Breast Cutlets with Artichokes and Capers

Reviewed: Sep. 19, 2012
This was good but not something I would rave about. I used marinated artichokes but drained before adding. I had to double the amount of butter just to get the tartness of the sauce to a tolerable level. Definitely would recommend UN-MARINATED artichokes. Added sundried tomatoes like others and I think that added to the depth of the sauce.
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Parsley and Parmesan Crusted Pork Tenderloin

Reviewed: Sep. 19, 2012
This was really good! The only reason I gave it 4 stars and not 5 is because of the mustard. I'm not a big fan of dijon mustard so I think I'll use olive oil next time. The cooking time was also off for me...took 40 mins. Will definitely make again!
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Creamy Au Gratin Potatoes

Reviewed: Sep. 19, 2012
This was great! I sauteed shallots and garlic in the butter as it was melting. Did not use onion. Also added an extra 1/2 cup of shredded cheddar. This heats up really well the next day too!!
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Brazilian Cheese Bread (Pao de Queijo)

Reviewed: Oct. 3, 2012
I couldn't find tapioca flour and somewhere on the internet it said to use 1/4 cup cornstarch and 3/4 cup regular flour for 1 cup of tapioca flour. So that is the substitution I used. I also used butter instead of oil and regular milk, not soy. Added about 1/4 cup of shredded cheddar along with the parmesan. Rolled the dough into 1.5 inch balls (made about 12). Baked for just over 20 mins. Came out good but a bit dry. Maybe it would've been moister if I were able to use tapioca flour. All in all, they were really tasty!!
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Beef with Caramelized Shallots

Reviewed: Oct. 27, 2012
This was really good. I made some changes as follows: Used 2 lbs of sirloin steak, 10 shallots, 1 tub Knorrs beef homestyle stock (couldn't find Swanson). I wanted more sauce so I used 3/4 cup of red wine and 2 tbsp of vinegar, no mustard. After it reduced, I mixed in the Knorrs beef stock. When it was incorporated into the sauce, I added about a 1/2 cup of water to dilute the strong wine/vinegar mixture. I then used cornstarch to thicken at the end. This ended up being a perfect size meal for 4 people. Pretty simple and tasty recipe!
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Melissa's Chicken Cacciatore

Reviewed: Jan. 12, 2013
This was absolutely AMAZING!! I did substitute thyme for rosemary...my personal preference. I did not add in the mushrooms or olives. Other than that, I made the recipe as stated. It was phenomenal and I will make it again in a heartbeat. My boyfriend suggested using the leftovers as a pizza topping and it was so tasty!! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!
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