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Best Big, Fat, Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie

Reviewed: Dec. 15, 2011
These are awesome cookies. I started out with flat cookies in my first batch but ended up with perfect cookies with the subsequent batches. I followed the recipe using melted butter and eggs straight from the fridge. I did not bring the eggs to room temp first. I mixed the dry ingredients in by hand and did not over mix. I refrigerated the dough for an hour before baking. I wanted to get more cookies out of this dough, so I used a Tablespoon to drop perfectly round balls of dough onto the cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. These made large cookies. The first batch I baked for probably 12 minutes and they went flat. All other batches I cooked just a few minutes longer and kept checking them and pulled them out when they looked almost done. I think they baked about 15 minutes but mainly I let them bake until they looked almost done and they were perfect. I let them cool and then put them in air tight containers. They were delicious. Since every oven is different you may have to make several batches adjusting the cooking time to to find the perfect baking time for your cookies in your oven. Don't give up! The end result is worth the effort.
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Asian Lettuce Wraps

Reviewed: Dec. 12, 2011
This has a fantastic flavor. I have made it twice now, once with ground beef and once with ground chicken and prefer the ground chicken in this recipe. In no way is this bland. I like bold, spicy food and added extra garlic chili sauce to spice it up and offset the sweetness of the hoisin sauce. I made the recipe as written except used 1/2 tsp ground ginger instead of pickled and increased the chili garlic sauce to about 3 TBL and added shredded carrots and broccoli slaw to increase the vegetables in the dish. This would also make a great filling for egg rolls. Thanks for a great recipe.
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Antipasto Pasta Salad

Reviewed: Dec. 12, 2011
This is an excellent pasta salad. I agree with other reviewers that this is best served the next day. The asiago cheese with the balsamic vinegar, salami, and olives make an excellent flavor combination. Don't skip the asiago! That unique bold flavor really makes this recipe stand out. I followed the recipe using the shell pasta and cherry tomatoes along with roasted red bell peppers and kept everything else as written, except for using extra parmesan. Next time I think I would add extra asiago cheese.
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Chicken Enchilada Slow Cooker Soup

Reviewed: Dec. 6, 2011
This is an easy excellent tasting soup. I mostly followed the recipe except I used an extra can of diced tomatoes with green chilies because I didn't have a can of green chilies. Also, I added paprika and extra cumin but left out the chili powder. The flavor was fantastic. It would be great served with cornbread. Thanks for a great recipe.
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Soft Chocolate Cookies

Reviewed: Dec. 4, 2011
I have made these a couple of times now. The first time with peanut butter chips to give to our neighbors and they received rave reviews. The second time I made them with dark chocolate and mint morsels for Christmas and they were awesome. It is like a brownie cookie and has been probably the most popular cookie that I have made.
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Mrs. Sigg's Snickerdoodles

Reviewed: Dec. 4, 2011
It was good. However, it didn't knock my socks off like I would expect a recipe with 3000 excellent reviews. It had a good, pleasant flavor. My batch did go flat. I think I probably over mixed it after adding the dry ingredients. I will try it again sometime in the future.
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Omi's Almond Butter Cookies

Reviewed: Dec. 4, 2011
YUM! These were delicious. The cookies tasted fantastic. I followed the cookie recipe as written and it was very easy to follow. The only change I made was using melted semisweet chocolate chips instead of dark chocolate since that is what I had on hand. The cookie was better than the chocolate. However, next time (and there will be a next time) I will try it with a good quality dark chocolate to use for dipping the cookies. Thanks for sharing a great recipe.
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Jalapeno Popper Spread

Reviewed: Nov. 25, 2011
This is a quick, easy, spicy dip. I halved the recipe but used a full can of green chilies and jalapeños as we like it spicy. Also, I used half light sour cream and half light mayonnaise. Also, I doubled the cheese and mixed half with the mixture and used the other half on top. I heated it in the microwave and everyone loved it.
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Chicken and Herbs

Reviewed: Nov. 17, 2011
This was good and certainly quick and easy. I used boneless skinless chicken breast tenderloins and added a little chicken broth and reduced the baking time to 25 minutes. I normally use boneless skinless chicken breasts. However, this is a recipe that I think would probably taste better with chicken with the skin. While it was good it was not great. I think next time I would marinate the chicken overnight and grill it instead of baking it.
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Hoisin-Ginger Beef Skewers

Reviewed: Nov. 13, 2011
This is good but a little too sweet for us as written. I added a little more sriracha to compensate. While I love asian dishes this was good but did not wow me. I let it marinade for about 8 hours. I think if I try it again I would let it marinade overnight and use a little less honey.
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Balsamic Green Beans

Reviewed: Nov. 13, 2011
Saveur, we loved your green bean recipe! I have made it 3 times now, including for Thanksgiving dinner and the family wants to repeat these green beans for Christmas. The first time I used turkey bacon and it was good for a lower fat alternative, the second time I made as written with pepper bacon and cooked the bacon with the onions. However, the pepper was overpowering and the onions cooked faster than the bacon. So, I think I got it right (for us) the third time on Thanksgiving. I used center cut bacon and sautéed the bacon first until almost done and then added onions, garlic, a little pepper (some family members can't take a lot of pepper) and the full 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar. It caramelized beautifully and had a great flavor. This will definitely be on future holiday menus. It is WAY better than the green bean casserole.
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Turkey Tenderloins

Reviewed: Nov. 13, 2011
This was an easy and delicious turkey recipe. Surprisingly, this was a hit with my husband and me. I say that because I had my doubts when I was reading the recipe but I tried it because of all the excellent reviews and they were right. Based on other reviews the only change I made was to reduce the rosemary to 1 tsp and add 1 tsp of poultry seasoning. I used a package of 1-1/4 lbs turkey tenderloins and marinated them overnight. The turkey had a great flavor. It did however take a few minutes longer to broil but it was definitely worth the wait.
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Wyoming Cowboy Cookies

Reviewed: Nov. 13, 2011
Yum!!! This delicious oatmeal, chocolate chip, toasted coconut and pecan cookie recipe is a winner. The toasted coconuts and pecans give it a wonderful nutty flavor. I followed the recipe with a couple of suggestions by reviewers. First, since I used sweetened coconut, semi sweet chocolate chips, and added toffee chips, I reduced the brown sugar to 1 cup and white sugar to 1/4. It was still plenty sweet. Also, since I added the toffee chips I reduced the chocolate chips to 1 cup and there was still lots of chocolatey flavor. Lastly, I checked the cookies after 8 or 9 minutes and they were done. They were, as another reviewer described, crispy on the outside and slightly chewy on the inside. Also, it made probably more like 48 cookies for me instead of 36. My family loved these cookies and specifically requested them for Thanksgiving. I highly recommend this recipe.
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Curried Honey Mustard Chicken

Reviewed: Nov. 9, 2011
Wow! "Honey this chicken is Excellent!" according to my husband when he called me on the phone to tell me how much he liked this chicken. I had fixed it the night before so this was the reaction the second day. And it could not have been easier to make. This is pretty amazing considering my husband and I would tell you that we don't like curry. Of course, this recipe made liars out of us! I followed the recipe except substituted reduced fat margarine for butter and used less of it. Otherwise followed the recipe. I'm sure it would taste even better with real butter (although it is hard to imagine it tasting better). I think the only reason to change it would be to try to lower fat and calories. I don't think there is any reason to change it because of taste. This will definitely become a regular go to recipe for us. For those that don't like curry go ahead and give it a try in this recipe. I bet you will like it in this combination of flavors. Thanks for sharing such an awesomely delicious, quick and easy recipe.
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Taco Seasoning I

Reviewed: Oct. 28, 2011
I can't believe I have not rated this before because I have made it many times. It is my go-to recipe for taco seasoning. I follow the recipe as is except I leave out the salt because we are trying to reduce our sodium intake. I think it tastes better than the packaged seasoning. Thanks for a great recipe.
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A Gang-Up Gouda Apple Bratwurst Breakfast Casserole

Reviewed: Oct. 28, 2011
I made this for the October 2011 Gang Up Challenge using the specified ingredients. However, I substituted bratwurst for bacon and potatoes for flour. The ginger and sage spiced bratwurst combined with the creamy melted gouda made this dish awesome! It is a delicious hearty dish that is perfect for a special occasion breakfast.
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Spicy Garlic Lime Chicken

Reviewed: Oct. 23, 2011
Obviously this is an extremely popular recipe and now I know why. It was delicious and couldn't be easier. I followed another reviewers advise and left out the butter and added chicken broth and lime juice to the pan. Yum! Will definitely make this again.
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Baked Tomatoes Oregano

Reviewed: Oct. 22, 2011
I made this as part of the "Oldest recipe in your recipe box" challenge. This one has been sitting in my box unmade for five years. I'm glad I made it. It was very good. Sometimes the simplest easiest recipes using fresh ingredients are delicious. This is one of those. It could not be any easier. It looked and tasted delicious. I used panko bread crumbs instead of fresh and parmesan cheese instead of romano since that is what I had on hand. This would be great to make on a weeknight as a side dish. I certainly won't wait so long to make this one again.
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Absolutely Fabulous Greek/House Dressing

Reviewed: Oct. 22, 2011
Wow. They are not kidding. This dressing IS fabulous! Both my husband and I loved this dressing. I scaled it down to 4 servings and slightly increased the oil to equal the amount of vinegar. The only other change was to use fresh minced garlic instead of garlic powder. This dressing is so versatile. It was outstanding on a penne pasta salad with feta cheese, black olives, red and green bell peppers, tomatoes, onions, italian parsley and a little crushed red pepper. Also, this dressing makes a fabulous marinade for chicken. I marinated overnight, browned the chicken and then baked it at 350. I highly recommend this one. It is a winner. I will be making this dressing frequently.
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Spicy Red Snapper

Reviewed: Oct. 18, 2011
After trying Red Snapper Veracruz at a local mexican restaurant, I wanted to recreate the sauce. This recipe was the closet as it had the basic recipe. With some tweaks I was successful in closely matching the flavor of the Mexican restaurant Veracruz sauce. I used a can of diced tomatoes and chilies instead of stewed tomatoes and left out the red pepper flakes and added an extra tablespoon of capers and a 1/4 teaspoon of mexican oregano. It was delicoius. I will make again.
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