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Churros

Reviewed: Feb. 20, 2014
Worked great-- make sure you pipe the dough very thin or your insides won't cook all the way. Also, I used my Fry Daddy for a perfect oil temp and it sped the process up a bit. :)
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Artichoke Tetrazzini

Reviewed: Feb. 13, 2014
Good base recipe, but I did make some changes to make it more flavorful. As is, the artichokes are not the centerpiece and it is not pretty to look at in the dish-- kind of grey and bound together by the cheese which was added too early and clumps everything up. I added more flour to make it a little thicker, used homemade chicken stock in place of canned, added pepper, whole,cream top milk in place of half in half, and twice as many artichokes (and used the juice in place of some of the stock so you wouldn't waste the artichoke flavor.) I also put the cheese in last as other reviewers did to not have it be such an integrated dish. Finally, I put about three big handfuls of baby spinach in the bottom of the pasta dish and put the final, hot noodles with sauce over that and then gently folded the spinach (now wilted) in. Worked great and added a bit of freshness to a pretty heavy dish. (You should also not cook the linguini until tender, since once you put it in the hot sauce it will overcook. I kept my linguini very al dente and let the sauce cook it the rest of the way.)This is very rich so I'd serve it with something acidic, like a tomato or fruit salad with nothing cheesy or creamy on on the salad.
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Kettle Corn

Reviewed: Nov. 7, 2012
Easy and super fancy pants. I make little paper cones and served these at a catering gig. Got a pimptastic tip. Thanks!
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Slow Cooker Split Pea Sausage Soup

Reviewed: Nov. 7, 2012
Ok taste (good base for a pea soup...), but too watery. Not a great consistency. Next time less water and some kind of thickener (and maybe more potato too) would help next time. Also, bacon was mushy. Next time I will use the drippings and crumble the bacon on top.
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Cake Balls

Reviewed: Nov. 7, 2012
Made these for a kid's party. Easy and a hit. Felt like I was cheating. Next time I will add some kind of "spirit" to make them adult rated. Mmmm (hic)...
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Sweet Corn Cake

Reviewed: Nov. 7, 2012
A sweet creamy party in my mouth that I search for at Mexican eateries. Seriously, I think I ate half of it before I got it onto a dish. I used fresh corn that I cut from the cob which makes all the difference. Other than the corn, no changes.
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Nicole's Balsamic Beet and Fresh Spinach Salad

Reviewed: Nov. 7, 2012
Great recipe. I started it before I realized the beets were canned. Canned beets are yuk. I roasted some fresh yellow and red beets (which doubled the amounts of beets) and used those in place of the canned beets. I also encourage tossing the salad immediately before serving with the spinach in place of drizzling the dressing on. I topped with a dollop of goat cheese (why not?)and some warm, toasted pecans.
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Savory Rosemary Bread Pudding

Reviewed: Oct. 29, 2012
This didn't work for me. Rosemary was overpowering. The consistency was great and the flavors besides the rosemary were excellent, but the rosemary just killed everything for me...
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Boilermaker Tailgate Chili

Reviewed: Oct. 29, 2012
Great chili for someone new to making chili. Chili from scratch is a bit of a process to get all those layers of flavor in there. I made it once as is and then I edited it a bit the second time-- left out the sugar and beef bouillon, but added semi sweet choc chips, a whole zucchini, 2 tbs of roasted dark chili powder, and a 1/4 cup of cornmeal to thicken things a bit. I also doubled the garlic!
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Whole Wheat Blueberry Pancakes

Reviewed: Nov. 20, 2010
Pretty good. I used a couple of tablespoons of brown sugar instead of the art sweetener. I also put in a couple of tablespoons of coconut milk to keep them from getting too dry. Excellent!
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Cola Sauerkraut

Reviewed: Mar. 14, 2010
I was looking for a kraut recipe with a twist for St. Patty's day. Thanks for this one! It's great. I'll used it again-- i used kraut from a local deli, but that was the only sub. Came out, rich, tangy, a little sweet. The color is suspect at first but you forget about what it looks like once you eat it. This has a lot of butter so I may try to edit the butter down a little bit next time.
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Thousand Island Dressing II

Reviewed: Mar. 14, 2010
perfect! Just what I was looking for. The ratios were great. No need to adjust anything.
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Pecan Tarts

Reviewed: Jan. 27, 2010
Excellent. The perfect holiday food.
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Mini Cheddar Loaves

Reviewed: Jan. 27, 2010
Excellent! I've made these a few times, and although I usually don't fiddle with the recipes-- I did a lot of fiddling and these work with lots of different cheeses and herbs added too! A staple during the holidays to have around to give as gifts! Love this one!
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Crazy Cake

Reviewed: Jan. 27, 2010
The best vegan cake I've found yet. I don't eat vegan, but I friends who do, and I find myself wracking my brains trying to find desserts that don't have eggs and butter in them. This is it! Once you turn it out of the pan, I recommend covering it with plastic wrap or foil while it still warm. It moistens it up and melds the flavors really nicely. It can be a little dry if you leave it uncovered to cool. I think this is because of the lack of eggs as the binding agent to help hold the moisture in. Fantastic! Finally a vegan dessert that meat-atarians will eat too!
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Korean BBQ Short Ribs (Gal-Bi)

Reviewed: Jan. 27, 2010
Fantastic! I have made these at least a dozen times since I found this recipe.
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Good Old Fashioned Pancakes

Reviewed: Jan. 27, 2010
Excellent! I've tried lots of recipes for fluffy pancakes and this is my fav. I would not change a thing. Be sure to sift your flour and bring ingredients to room temp. Makes a big difference. I didn't have time to do this the last time I made this and they were not as fluffy-- more chewy. I'll take the time to sift next time.
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Easy Lasagna I

Reviewed: Jan. 27, 2010
This a great,easy lasagna-- which is what I was looking for and what it was advertised as. If you fiddle with it too much it gets better, but it loses the "easy" quality because you add more steps. As a basic, quick and dirty lasagna recipe, this is the real deal. Simple and quick, cheesy and tasty. Nothing flashy or surprising -- just a good, solid recipe for when you want a good pasta dinner, and are willing to cut a few corners with canned stuff to get the job done. I missed garlic and onions (the cornerstone of a good lasagna) which is why it didn't get five stars from me. I followed exactly, but next time I will brown the garlic and sweat the onions in the pan before I add the ground beef. It adds a step but still keeps it simple.
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Super-Simple Bacon, Spinach, and Artichoke Dip

Reviewed: Jan. 27, 2010
This was exactly what it advertised-- a quick and easy recipe for a creamy artichoke dip. Nothing spectacular, but if you are going for fast, frugal, and easy easy easy-- this is your dip. Perfect for what I wanted: football food for the game. I followed the recipe exactly, but next time i will try to fill the need for something zippy by adding some chipoltle, jalepeno, or other spicy pepper-- or maybe some cayanne. It was rich and filling, but a little boring and "premade" tasting because of the lack of seasoning or fresh ingredients. Thumbs up for ease of prep though.
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J.P.'s Big Daddy Biscuits

Reviewed: Jan. 27, 2010
When I want to spend the extra time to do a biscuit the right way I use this recipe. It takes a bit longer than others but it is consistent and the results are impressive. If your hard to please mother-in-law is in town. This is the recipe you want to use.
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