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Turkey Bolognese Sauce

Reviewed: Feb. 20, 2009
This recipe was great!! I put it over rotini noodles since that is our favorite. I substituted red wine for the white wine, chili flakes for the jalapenos (because I didn't have any), added green bell peppers and parm cheese right in the sauce. I also cut the recipe in half because it was only for my husband and me which reduded the simmering time by almost 2 hours!
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Peanut Butter Cupcakes

Reviewed: Feb. 20, 2009
These were delicious!! The only thing I did was substitute light margarine for the shortening. I topped them with my chocolate buttercream recipe. The were a huge hit at my husbands work!
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Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Brownies

Reviewed: Feb. 24, 2009
This was a super moist and yummy brownie! I only had 8 ounces of cream cheese, but it was still fabulous! Mine didn't look anything like the picture though! I substituted margarine for the shortening and used one less egg in the brownie batter. I also had to bake the first layer for about 8 minutes before placing the cream cheese layer on top!
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Honey Wheat Bread II

Reviewed: Mar. 1, 2009
This was my first time making bread, so I prepared myself for failure, but this bread turned out amazing! Yummo! However I made a few changes, partly because I had to! I thought my kitchen aid would explode! I could only use 3 1/2 cups of flour. I also increased the honey to a 1/2 cup and substituted applesauce for the oil. It did take about 25-30 extra minutes to rise. Anyways, regardless of almost killing my kitchen aid with so much flour, this bread was absolutely delicious!! It boosted my confidence for making bread!
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Chicken with Pepper Cheese Sauce

Reviewed: Mar. 1, 2009
Wow! I just made this for dinner...yummo!! I don't know how anyone could say this is not delicous! I only made a few moderations, because of what I did and didn't have in the house. I did double the sauce and why not?! It is super yummy! I used extra cayenne pepper because my husband loves spicy food and I also used pepper jack cheese since I didn't have jalapeno peppers. I did sub fat free sour cream...it made me feel a little less guilty about such a heavy sauce! Again, WOW!! I loved it!!
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Onion Chicken in Balsamic Sauce

Reviewed: Mar. 3, 2009
I just made this for dinner tonight and thought is was pretty darn tasty...a tad bit too sweet, but I will definately make it again! I dipped the chicken breasts in a mix of flour, pepper and salt before cooking them. I also sauteed the onions and garlic in a different pan from the chicken, but once the chicken had browned, I added them to that pan and started making the sauce. I took the advcice from another review and added the butter and dijon mustard! Very smart because it cuts some of the sweetness. I also added another tsp of pepper. Overall it's a good recipe!
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Turkey Noodle Casserole

Reviewed: Mar. 10, 2009
Tasty idea, but I had to make too many modifications for more than three stars! I cut the recipe in half, but still need to add 1 cup of cream of mushroom soup, plus 1/4 cup of chicken stock to create a creamy sauce. It was also very bland, so I added a 1/4 tsp. cayenne, 1/4 tsp. paprika and 1/4 tsp. cumin. I also used worcestershire sauce instead of soy because I thought it would be too salty. I used 3/4 cup of fat free sour cream to try and add more sauce to the dish. I added some italian breadcrumbs and crushed ritz crackers on the top to create more texture. It tasted really good in the end!
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Roasted Cajun Potatoes

Reviewed: Mar. 15, 2009
This was my first time to roast potatoes. They were tasty, but I gave them 3 stars because I only had to cook them for 25 minutes and they still came out burnt. The flavor was there, but way too spicy! My husband and I love heat, but I needed a lot to drink after eating them. I suggest cutting down on the cayenne pepper and grate the onion instead of chopping it. There were little burnt pieces of onion everywhere!
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Cumin Turkey Burgers

Reviewed: Mar. 15, 2009
I just changed my review after attempting them again, but I made changes. These were pretty good the 1st time, but the cumin is too much! You couldn't even taste the other ingredients. Here are the adjustments I made: finely diced bell pepper instead of jalapeno (adds moisture), 1/2 tsp. onion powder, 3/4 tsp. cumin, no soy sauce, 1 tbsp. of dijion mustard instead of the powder and 1/2-3/4 cup of panko bread crumbs. Browned them in a saute pan for 4 mins each side and then baked in the oven at 350 for 5 mins. YUMMY!!
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Rolled Buttercream Fondant

Reviewed: Mar. 27, 2009
Excellent recipe!! I was very nervous because I had never made fondant before. It was yummy too! The only thing I did was sub butter for the shortening. The only reason for not giving this a 5 was I had to used about double the powdered sugar for it to be thick enough to roll. Overall though, I loved this!! Thanks! I just changed the rating from 4 to a 5 because I just made my 1st 2 tiered cake and because of this recipe I walked away from the party with sooo much pride! Everyone loved it!!!
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Italian Sausage Lasagna

Reviewed: Mar. 28, 2009
This was pretty yummy! I had never made lasagna before so I was impressed. However, I did have to make changes. First of all I doubled the recipe, but had to add extra sauce because there wasn't enough and I had to use double the cheese even after doubling the recipe. I did add peppers and olives to the sauce as well. Overall, a good recipe that you can modify to your taste buds.
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Onion Cheese Bread

Reviewed: Mar. 29, 2009
Wow!! This was a fabulous bread! The only reasons for not giving it 5 stars was I had to bake it double the time(40 mins) and I am glad I didn't put the cheese on the top right away or it would have burnt! I plopped it on top after pulling it out of the oven and it just melted beautifully. I followed the recipe, but used a mix of cheddar cheese and pepper jack for a little zing! I also added 3 cloves of garlic and 1/4 tsp of cumin. It is delicious!!! I will surely make this again!!
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Simple White Cake

Reviewed: Apr. 4, 2009
This was a delicious cake and very easy to make! The only reason for just 4 stars is the top bubbled up quite a bit and I had to cut off some of the top to make it even. Plus I am glad I checked it after 30 minutes because the sides were starting to burn. Overall though very yummy and extremely simple!
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White Bean Chicken Chili

Reviewed: Apr. 8, 2009
Yummo!! I just made this for my husband last night and he raved about it! I took the advice of some of the others comments and also added some other things that we love. We love garlic in this house, so I doubled that. I also added 2 stalks of celery, 1 orange bell pepper and a jalepeno. I traded a 1/2 tsp of paprika for the corriander. I also took 1/3 of the beans and mashed them before putting them in, just to make the chili thicker. Like many others, I used green enchilada sauce instead of tomatillos and used canned corn. It pairs well with roasted tortillas! Fantastic recipe!!! Great job!
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Heather's Healthy Oatmeal Surprises

Reviewed: Apr. 9, 2009
These were awesome!! I made them just as the recipe said, but did add 1/2 chopped peanuts and 2 tbsps. of coffee. They were supper easy and very yummy! I think they tasted even better the next day! I am making another batch for our family game nite tomorrow!
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Rosemary Au Gratin Potatoes

Reviewed: Apr. 11, 2009
These potatoes ended up tasting good, but I gave them 3 stars because if I hadn't added 2 extra cloves of garlic, extra parmesan cheese, sauteed onions and some shredded mozz cheese on top right before the potatoes were done, I don't think they would have had much flavor. I also had to redo the rue/roux because the amount of flour the recipe called for was way too much. It just ended up being a big clumpy mess. Overall though mine turned out pretty good and I cut some of the fat by using fat free evaporated milk instead of half & half. I will make these again, but with the modifications I had to make!
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Chewy Brownies

Reviewed: Apr. 12, 2009
I followed the advice from the comments and upped the cocoa to a 1/2 cup. I also replaced the 1 cup of oil with applesauce. I put a pinch of cayenne and a 1/4 cup of coffee to enhance the chocolate flavor as well. I threw in peanut butter chips and unsalted crushed peanuts! Thank goodness I did, otherwise these brownies would have had no flavor! I think I am being generous by giving it 3 stars and that is only because they have a fantastic texture. That's not enough for me though, so I won't be making these again!
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Whole Wheat and Honey Pizza Dough

Reviewed: Apr. 15, 2009
This recipe was amazing!!! The only changes I made were adding italian seasing to the dough and I didn't have wheat germ so I add an extra 1/4 wheat flour! I turned the oven on 500 for a couple of minutes. Then turned it off and put the bowl of dough in it to rise. Super simple and very yummy!! ***I just made this again and added 1 tbsp italian seasoning and 1 tsp garlic powder to the dough...fabulous! I also made it in my bread machine which was nice to just dump the ingredients and let the machine do the work.
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Peanut Butter Heaven

Reviewed: Apr. 16, 2009
Pretty darn yummy!! I agree that they are a little thick, so next time I will make these in a 11x17 pan. I too had to cook them about 15 minutes longer than suggested. I suggest using more peanut butter with the chocolate because I couldn't really taste it. Also I didn't have enough chocolate chips, so I broke up some Hershey's milk chocolate bars and it worked! I will certainly make these again!
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Zippy Shepherd's Pie

Reviewed: Apr. 16, 2009
Very yummy, but I made quite a few changes. First of all, I used ground turkey. I didn't have soy sauce, curry powder or tomatoes, so I added a 1/4 tsp. paprika and sage, plus 1/8 tsp. of nutmeg. I didn't use frozen veggies, but I did use canned corn and green beans. (Added them right before I put it in the oven.) I chopped up fresh carrot to saute with the meat and other veggies. I added extra garlic into the potatoes and had to add an extra tbsp of cornstarch to make it thick. The recipe doesn't tell you what type of pan to bake it in so I just made it in an 8x8...alittle too thick, but very yummy!
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