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Dannon Blueberry Coffee Cake

Reviewed: Jul. 24, 2011
It's a keeper. This was delicious and since my goal was to take something to my dad's house, I knew that this would be too much for him and my step mother. Instead of baking in a bundt pan, I poured half into a 9x9, and the other half into an 8x8 pan. Baked both at the same time for about 50 minutes and it was perfect. I did use frozen blueberries from last summer and have a lot left, so I can bet that this will be made at least one more time within the week.
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Apricot Chicken Provencal

Reviewed: Jul. 17, 2011
This was the saving grace to our meal tonight and really, really good. Instead of legs, I used bone-in breasts as that is what I had. I also didn't have apricot jam, so I subbed peach for it. I did however have the fresh apricots. The one major thing I did that wasn't specified in the recipe was, after browning the chicken, there wasn't really any kind of liquid in the pan to deglaze with so, I added about 1/3 C of white wine to deglaze the pan and then added the preserves and apricots. Cooked on a very low heat so that the fruit would stay in tact and not burn or break down. Ended up using about 3 T. of the Herbe's de Provence rather than the 4 as stated in the recipe. I will make this again.
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Broiled Summer Squash With Radish

Reviewed: Jul. 17, 2011
This was just okay. I really think this would be far better sauteed in a pan rather than roasting in an oven. I was cooking chicken in the oven and put this in the oven also. They cooked for approx 40 min. covered and then under the broiler for about 5 or 6 min. They were still very raw and crunchy, but the thing I objected to was how much water there was in the dish once I uncovered them. At least if it were pan sauteed, they wouldn't have been swimming in liquid. Overall, okay flavor, but still missing something.
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Buttermilk Biscuits

Reviewed: Jul. 17, 2011
Rarely, do I give a bad review because I'm adept enough to know what might work and won't. Sorry to say, this just didn't work. First off, it makes far too many. I scaled back to make 10 using the serving calculator. Somehow, the ingredients were still off and there was no way that this would roll out. I had to add an additional 1/2-3/4 C of flour to even bind it. It was still a loose dough and opted to make drop biscuits rather than rolled & cut. They came out doughy and not flaky or even tender. Baked an additional 5 minutes in a 400 oven. I agree with the last reviewer.....almost 4 years ago, that it was a waste of ingredients. Sorry, but I'll stick to my tnt recipe.
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Chocolate Pancakes

Reviewed: Jul. 16, 2011
Loved these pancakes! Easily made with on hand ingredients and a little different twist to ordinary pancakes. My daughter chose to embellish hers with chocolate chips and raspberries and used a maple syrup. I on the other hand, topped mine with Coconut syrup and topped with fresh raspberries. Completely wonderful and makes a ton of pancakes. They rise up to be nice and fluffy and will most definitely make this again. Many thanks for sharing this in the personal recipe exchange.
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Pasta Pearls and Olive Salad

Reviewed: Jul. 14, 2011
Love this salad! It has great Greek flavors that my whole family loves. The few changes I made was to add some sliced cucumbers and halved grape tomatoes. It gave it the crunch and the freshness that I associate with salads. The feta and olives are perfect. Unlike a lot of salads, this one actually got better after sitting for a day or two. If your pasta absorbs too much of the dressing, which really is a very minimal, add more. I also did give it a good shake of red wine vinegar to wake up the flavors. As written, it's a 3. With my tweaks it's a 5. Therefore, I'm settling on an overall rating of 4.
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Dinner time in Nuremburg

Reviewed: Jul. 9, 2011
I have a friend from Germany and we're always trying to outdo one another. This was my attempt at German night. I felt like whatever I did, it would have to be pretty authentic otherwise I would never hear the end of it!
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Jan's Pretzel Dogs

Reviewed: Jul. 5, 2011
Made these for a 4th of July get together with friends. When I was asked to bring hot dogs, they left it up to me as to what to bring, thinking I was going to stay traditional.....hee hee....These were a huge hit, even from the "non hot dog" eaters. I made 20 out of this recipe and still had extra dough. Didn't bring any home and for the first time, I do believe that the hamburgers took a back seat. Thanks so much WFDM for such a great recipe. I'm making more to stock the freezer.
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Caramel Macchiato Banana Bread

Reviewed: Jul. 3, 2011
Oh wow, oh wow, oh wow...this is such an easy thing to put together with readily accessible ingredients. For someone that loves coffee as much as I do, this is just the ticket. I ended up doubling the recipe because I knew a friend of mine would love it as much as me and I was right. I did up the coffee a bit because I love a good strong cup of coffee and wanted to make sure that it came through. It did. Also, my glaze didn't set up as nicely as Diannes, perhaps I needed to boil for another minute or two but nevertheless, it was an ooey-gooey, caramelly drippy icing that tasted wonderful. Thanks so much for a great recipe. UPDATE: Day 2, the icing did set up and dried so that it wasn't as sticky and drippy as before. Also, as with any quick bread the flavors really came together and the banana was more pronounced on day 2. Most definitely will be made many more times.
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Rhubarb and Strawberry Pie

Reviewed: Jun. 26, 2011
Perfectly wonderful pie. My only complaint was I felt that 1 pound of rhubarb and 2 pints of strawberries would be too much filling for a 9" pie. I'm glad I listened to my gut. I was able to get the pie and a couple of tarts out it.
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Lemon-Marinated London Broil

Reviewed: Jun. 25, 2011
Sorry to say, it wasn't the best marinade I've ever had. I did marinate all day long and hoped it would impart more flavor. It lacked something, to give it some zing. Thought for sure with the lemon it would be fine but unfortunately it just didn't do it. I squeezed some fresh over it at the table and that helped. Might play with it some more.
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Easy Slow Cooker Squash

Reviewed: Jun. 25, 2011
Wasn't real sure about this one when I saw how few ingredients there were but I did have a small piece of the processed cheese that needed to be used up. Instead of boiling the squash and onions as the directions stated, I put them in a glass bowl and covered loosely with a cover and put it in the microwave for 4 minutes. It was a perfect. Drained well and added to my crockpot. I did also season with salt, pepper and a sprinkle of dried thyme then added the cheese cubes and butter. Cooked on high for 30 minutes, and low for 45. Excellent and different.
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Blue Cheese Coleslaw

Reviewed: Jun. 25, 2011
I'm pretty sure this recipe was inspired by a BLT. It is one of the best coleslaw recipes I've had. It's not the casual run of the mill, sweet version. Far from it. I love the mellow, understated taste of the blue cheese and the boldness of the bacon. One that I'm sure I'll be making again. Thanks so much for a great recipe.
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Tabouli Primavera

Reviewed: Jun. 22, 2011
Easy, delicious and reminds me of my childhood. This is really a great base recipe that is adaptable to all sorts of individual likes and dislikes. I didn't use the carrots that this recipe called for and subbed fresh parsley and fresh oregano for the basil. The olives I used were chopped Kalamata instead of the ripe olives. For the amount of bulger called for, the lemon juice and the olive oil need to be increased. I free poured and probably used close to a 1/4 C oil and the juice of 1 1/2 lemons. Left the salt out because there is enough salt in the feta. As written, I would give it 3 stars, with a few alterations it would be easily a 5 star recipe. I compromised with 4.
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Pad Kee Mao

Reviewed: Jun. 20, 2011
This was a fast and easy to put together, filling, tasty meal. I didn't use the wide noodles, because the thin was what I had. Also added a few veggies that needed to be used up such as a carrot, a couple of small red and yellow peppers and a few mushrooms. I also reversed the directions and cooked the veggies and meat prior to the noodles. The sauce was wonderful. I didn't feel the dish was hot at all and could have had more peppers added to it, but for my daughter, it was perfect so based on that, if you want more heat you can always add more to individual plates.
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Fabulous NO ICE CREAM Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream

Reviewed: Jun. 16, 2011
This is a fabulous creation. My daughter and I had the pleasure to be served this at the recipe creators home one evening. It literally took 5 minutes from start to finish. What I was most amazed by is how creamy and smooth the final product was and how each of the flavors stand on their own in this pretty versatile and fun to make frozen treat. Once made up, adding some fun things like chocolate chips would be great too.
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Real Strawberry Frosting

Reviewed: Jun. 16, 2011
with permission from the author of this recipe, I'm rating these cupcakes based on taste and not on actually making them..... YET. She made these and delivered some to my daughters and me. The taste is absolutely wonderful. They are very creamy with a bold strawberry taste that doesn't disappoint. I love that she uses only 4 simple ingredients and during fresh strawberry season, there is no reason to use artificial ingredients, or extracts that leave a funny taste, when you can make something as tasty and as easy as these.
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Strawberry Rhubarb Coffee Cake

Reviewed: Jun. 4, 2011
What a great thing to have for a lazy early summer morning on the patio with a cup of coffee. Made it exactly as written except subbed the milk/vinegar trick for buttermilk as I was out and added about 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon to the crumb topping. I also used fresh strawberries in place of the frozen, again....it's what I had. Really delicious and easy to put together. Made the house smell great!
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Rhubarb Meringue Squares

Reviewed: May 31, 2011
This is another recipe that has been in my RB for quite some time. Having an abundance of rhubarb I was searching for something new and different to make. BINGO!! Rather than make these into squares, I opted to do it in a tart pan and cut it into slices. Taking the advice of another reviewer, I used the two egg yolks in place of the 1 egg in the crust and also added the few remaining strawberries I had in the fridge to the cooked rhubarb. Absolutely delicious and beautiful dessert. Thanks for sharing and I will most definitely make this again.
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Orzo and Wild Rice Salad

Reviewed: May 30, 2011
loved this salad. I made it for a function at work and it was loved by all. I did sub out the currants and instead used golden raisins. Upped the vinegar and dijon mustard. I dressed it shortly before we ate so that the pasta and rice wouldn't absorb all of the dressing and get lost. I will make this again for summer backyard BBQ's. It's very good.
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