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Vietnamese Fresh Spring Rolls

Reviewed: Dec. 30, 2013
These taste EXACTLY like the ones I order from the restaurants. I've made them a couple times a week for the past month... my mom LOVES them! The first time I made them, I found Thai basil at an Asian grocery store but all the times after that, I bought regular basil from any grocery store and it worked just fine. Adding extra cilantro doesn't quite give it the same flavor so for them to taste more authentic, be sure to use regular basil. I also added shredded carrots and julienned cucumber for added color and crunch. One additional hint as to rolling them up: with the lettuce on the far side, fold up the side closest to you over the ingredients, then fold both the uncovered sides towards the center. Lastly, using the lettuce to hold everything steady, continue rolling the spring roll up towards the top of the wrapper and voila... perfectly rolled spring rolls!
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Boilermaker Tailgate Chili

Reviewed: Nov. 7, 2013
I've been looking for a good chili recipe and I can finally stop the search. I've followed the recipe almost to a tee. The only substitution worth mentioning is that I used chicken broth in place of the beer. I started out using 1/2 cup, the same amount as the beer, but I like my chili a little soupier so I added the whole can. That was three days ago. I was asked to make it again so I made a double batch today... that's A LOT of chili but I have no doubt every last bit will be eaten! SOON! Thanks for the recipe!
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Beef Stew VI

Reviewed: Jan. 6, 2011
Delicious stew with Chuck's suggestions of coating the meat first and adding ketchup, A1 steak sauce, and Worcestershire sauce. However, and this is why I rated this recipe 4 stars, the cubed potatoes and 1 inch pieces of carrots and celery weren't tender even after 3 hours on the stove. Not including the prep work, the cook time, itself, took 4 1/2 hours. Next time (yes, I plan to keep this recipe), I'll dice the potatoes, slice the carrots, and chop the celery. I'll also add corn and peas. Still, a very good stew!
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Fluffy Hot Chocolate

Reviewed: Dec. 2, 2010
Very good. Add a dash of peppermint extract and it tastes like Christmas in a Mug!
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Downeast Maine Pumpkin Bread

Reviewed: Mar. 21, 2009
Based on following the directions for the original recipe, I honestly tried to "love" this bread as much as everyone else but as written, it doesn't have much of a pumpkin flavor. It's rather bland. Because I figured so many 5 star reviews couldn't be wrong, I tried it again, this time using everyone's suggestions. Still, it lacked a true pumpkin flavor. To make this 5 stars for me, I scaled the ingredients to 36 servings but used a 29 ounce can of pumpkin puree minus 1/2 cup. Now THAT is a great pumpkin bread with a true pumpkin flavor! By the way, I used the remaining 1/2 cup for the Double Layer Pumpkin Cheesecake recipe found on AllRecipes.
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California Roll Salad

Reviewed: Dec. 2, 2006
Being of Asian descent, I've eaten lots of traditional sushi rolls so I had my doubts about how this salad would compare. Was I pleasantly surprised – it tasted like the real thing without the time consuming work of making and slicing the rolls… easy and delicious! I used romaine lettuce so I didn’t have a problem with soggy lettuce… or maybe it was because we finished the salad before the lettuce had time to wilt. I used wasabi paste and tried to stir the ingredients for the dressing with a fork but the mayo wouldn’t combine with everything else so I put everything in a small jar and shook it all up. Great recipe!!!
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Mocha Nut Butter Balls

Reviewed: Oct. 7, 2005
I was thoroughly disappointed with this cookie. I followed the directions exactly as stated yet it was too bitter and just didn't taste right. I've NEVER thrown anything away but I couldn't figure out a way to tweak this recipe to improve the flavor so they all ended up in the "recycle bin". For those wanting to try this, the flour/butter/sugar ratio doesn't seem to work (it's too dry and not sweet enough) and I feel 1/4 cup cocoa powder is a bit too much (it's too bitter) - maybe start with 2 tablespoons and add more as needed. Also, as suggested by another reviewer, 2 teaspoons of coffee is probably enough. Good luck.
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Chicken, Garlic, and Sundried Tomato Pasta

Reviewed: Nov. 10, 2003
May I just say "OH MY GOSH!!!" This is absolutely delicious! I've made it twice in three days. The first time was for a dinner with friends so my family only got to taste it but because it was so good, they asked me to make it for them. Everyone really enjoyed the dish. I only had rotini noodles the second time but it still turned out yummy. It was a bit salty so I added milk the first time and cut back on the salt the second time. I added diced fresh tomatoes to the sauce and shredded parmesan cheese on top just before serving. Thanks for the recipe Damon, your wife is a very lucky woman. :}
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Chocolate Lovers' Favorite Cake

Reviewed: Jul. 8, 2003
I wanted a dessert recipe to bring to a picnic and found this one. Because of all the positive comments, my expectations might have been a little too high. This was okay but it didn't "WOW" anyone. The batter was very thick, almost like a mousse but heavier, which resulted in a very dense cake. For convenience, I made cupcakes with the batter (which shouldn't have made a difference as cake pans may be substituted for one another). Yes, it was chocolatey but where I was looking for spectacular, this was only average.
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Banana Sour Cream Bread

Reviewed: Feb. 3, 2003
How do I even begin to describe how wonderfully delicious this bread turned out? Everyone went wild for this bread! They've always looked forward to my baked goods but now, all they want is this bread. VERY moist, GOOD texture, EXCELLENT flavor. I, believe it or not, doubled the recipe as I had a lot of loaves to give away and used only 4 cups of sugar as the ripe bananas were naturally sweet. I ended up with 16 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" mini loaves and 3 9x5 loaves. The mini loaves are perfect for freezing as whenever you have a taste for banana bread, one little loaf is just enough to satisfy the craving. Thanks, Esther, for the recipe.
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Black Forest Mini Cheesecakes

Reviewed: Aug. 4, 2002
Holy Cow! I've made this twice and I don't think you can make this wrong. Both times, they turned out VERY well - creamy, chocolaty, absolutely delicious! Everyone LOVED them! Definitely a recipe to keep on hand for a quick, tasty dessert!
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Chicken Enchilada Casserole II

Reviewed: Jul. 25, 2002
"Phenomenal!" was the word one of my co-workers used to describe this dish. It was very good. I served it with Camp Cornbread, which also turned out well. Yummmmm!
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Cranberry Scones

Reviewed: May 11, 2002
As other people mentioned, I had to add some extra flour because the dough was too sticky. I also used dried cranberries (5 ounce bag) as fresh ones were out of season. I added a little water to the dried cranberries so that the sugar would stick. The scones turned out better than I thought they would as I was scraping the still sticky dough off my counter. My brother, who is quite stingy with compliments, said "they were good," which is top rating coming from him. Thanks for the recipe.
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Peach Parfait Pie

Reviewed: Apr. 14, 2002
The crust was the best part. The peaches were frozen so the ice cream was difficult to eat because the peaches were hard to cut into. Maybe chop the peaches into chunks? This was basically peach ice cream in a shortbread crust - not quite a "parfait." I might try it again, but with whipped topping chilled in the fridge.
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