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Chicken Marsala

Reviewed: Aug. 28, 2010
Very easy and fast recipe. Great for nights when I don't have a lot of time. I followed the recipe with the exception of using Low Sodium Chicken Stock in place of broth and adding more of that stock in the end. Like a couple of other members, we found this a little too boozy without the additional stock. Also, I didn't think that 2 minutes of simmering was long enough to mellow out the Marsala and allow the alcohol to cook off. I will also double the sauce ingredients next time. With these little tweaks, it will be perfect for our taste.
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Delicious and Easy Mock Risotto

Reviewed: Aug. 28, 2010
Very Easy and Very Delicious! Followed the recipe with the exception of deglazing the pan with approx. 1/4 cup of white wine and then proceeding. I'm not sure where I messed up, but this did not come out as "creamy" as I had expected but it was still excellent and everyone really enjoyed it. A nice change from our regular risotto recipe, plain rice or pasta. This will be a new "go to" for a fast, easy and very tasty side dish. Thanks for sharing!
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Zucchini e Pomodori Gratinati (Zucchini and Tomato Gratin)

Reviewed: Aug. 28, 2010
DH and I really enjoyed this. Although I love zucchini, in many recipes the mild flavor gets lost or covered by stronger flavors. That is not the case here. The zucchini is just as much of a star as the tomatoes and fresh mozzarella. I also love that the ingredients are those that I usually have on hand. Very easy to prepare, pretty presentation and delicious. I followed the recipe with the exception of adding approx. 1/4 cup of italian bread crumbs to the cheese/basil topping. I will happily prepare this often. Thanks for sharing!
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Spanish Flan

Reviewed: Aug. 27, 2010
So Good!! My son is in town for a couple of days and requested this (his favorite dessert.) I have learned over the years to cook the sugar over low/med-low heat and swirl the pan a little - not to stir and it works great every time. Once the color begins to turn light brown - watch it very closely, it can go too far quickly. The foil did stick a little but no problem because after flipping, you will never notice it. Followed the recipe and thought the texture and flavor was perfect. I know this will be requested again and again. Thanks for sharing!
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S'more Brownies

Reviewed: Aug. 26, 2010
These are excellent! I was a little short on ingredients... 5 graham crackers, a little less than 1 1/2 cups of mini marshmallows and no milk chocolate candy bars. None of this was a problem. The amount of graham crackers and marshmallows worked fine and I only had 6 oz. of Baker's Semi Sweet Chocolate so I just chopped that into pieces. Everyone loved it. I followed the baking times and the first one was a little hard to cut and remove from the pan. Sprayed the knife with Pam and it was easy from there. These are really, really good! Thanks for sharing!
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Lemon Blueberry Drop Scones

Reviewed: Aug. 25, 2010
Absolutely Perfect! The minute I saw this recipe, I just had to try them but I was out of blueberries. I did have fresh raspberries and used those. Followed the recipe exactly except for the berries and everyone loved them. They were gone in one day. This is one of our favorite recipes from this site and I can't wait to make them with blueberries. Thanks for sharing!
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Ghirardelli® Chocolate Saltine Toffee

Reviewed: Aug. 23, 2010
These are sooo good! The toffee prep was a snap and this came together quick and easy. The Ghirardelli Chips put it over the top (I used closer to 8 oz.) These will be added to our holiday sweets list this year for gifts and cookie/candy trays.
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Linguine Pasta with Shrimp and Tomatoes

Reviewed: Aug. 23, 2010
Excellent. Perfect. Delicious! Followed Cindy's review/update and didn't change a thing except tossed the shrimp with the Cajun Seasoning & S/P before starting recipe and let it hang out until time to saute it. The entire family is very happy this evening - they all loved this. This is the perfect recipe to use your tomatoes and basil from the garden. So fresh tasting and the flavors just come together with each ingredient standing on it's own. This will be prepared and enjoyed again very soon. Thanks for sharing, Cindy!
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Key Lime Pie VII

Reviewed: Aug. 22, 2010
Everyone loved this pie! Super fast and so easy to throw together. Results in a creamy, not too tart, not too sweet pie with perfect consistancy. Baked for 7 min in my oven, cooled on a wire rack until room temp and then placed in the fridge until dinner. This is the only Key Lime Pie recipe needed here. Thanks for sharing!
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Bolognese Stuffed Bell Peppers

Reviewed: Aug. 22, 2010
A different taste for us but very good stuffed peppers. I've never made a bolognese without onions and garlic, so added those to the veggies. Also par-boiled the peppers for a few minutes to make sure they were tender. Hubby and most of the kids commented that they really liked this but son and I both felt that next time a little more wine can be added and the simmering time will be extended to deepen the flavors a little more. I prepared 1 1/2 times the sauce ingredients and it was the perfect amount. There would not have been enough meat mixture without this adjustment. We will make these again with the tweaks mentioned. Thanks for sharing!
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Roasted New Red Potatoes

Reviewed: Aug. 22, 2010
So simple but so good! Used kosher salt and freshly course ground pepper and nothing else is needed. Crispy outside and fluffy inside. Everyone loved these. Roasting time was perfect.
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Fresh Summer Corn Salad with Creamy Italian Vinaigrette

Reviewed: Aug. 22, 2010
Delicious Salad. This is very fresh and light and there is so much flavor from the balsamic and basil. Followed the recipe with the exception of using Vidalia in place of the red onion (person pref). Very happy with the results.
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Beat and Bake Orange Cake

Reviewed: Aug. 21, 2010
This cake and frosting are absolutely perfect in every way. Everyone loved it. The cake is light but moist and the frosting is to die for. Super fast and easy. I used the zest of 1 large naval orange in the cake and 1/2 of an orange in the frosting. The frosting measurements do not make enough to fill between the layers and cover the top and sides. I had to go back and make an adiditional 1/2 frosting recipe to finish up. But it is so worth it. Thanks for sharing!
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Comforting Chicken

Reviewed: Aug. 20, 2010
The title of this recipe fits! Very comforting and exactly what we needed this evening. Doubled the recipe and used a mix of red/yellow/orange peppers in place of green (personal pref) and low sodium chicken stock instead of water. The cooking time was perfect and we really enjoyed the chili powder and paprika. Everyone commented that this is definately a "do again". I'm sure it will be on the rotation often in the cooler months ahead. Thanks for sharing!
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Lemon Pepper Green Beans

Reviewed: Aug. 20, 2010
We love this recipe! So easy and quick but delicious. I only had a little over a 1/2 pound of green beans and that wasn't going to feed 6 this evening. So, I decided to add a few new red potatoes. I don't have a steamer, just put the potatoes in a bowl with a splash of water, covered with plastic wrap and microwaved until fork tender. Repeat with the green beans and proceed with the recipe, seasoning with the lemon pepper to taste. Worked out great! Everyone gave this one 5 stars. Thanks for sharing!
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Circus Freaks

Reviewed: Aug. 19, 2010
Prepared these for the Recipe Group and our guests enjoyed them this evening after dinner. I didn't have the time or patience for the candy thermometer so I purchased Dolci Microwave Hard Dark Choc Shell Coating. It worked great! I also crumbled the bacon. This eliminated the toothpick and made it easier for me. I spread the PB on the banana, dipped it in the crumbled bacon, pressed lightly, and then drizzled the chocolate over the top and smoothed with a spoon around the sides. Still a little messy but quick and easy. Before the chocolate set-up, I sprinkled Sea Salt, Banana Chips or crumbled bacon on each. This was a fun and different recipe and we were pleasantly surprised with the sweet/smokey/salty flavor. I will make these again. Thanks for sharing!
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Campbell's Kitchen Creamy Vegetable Medley

Reviewed: Aug. 19, 2010
Perfect Side Dish. Very fast and simple, yet really good. I doubled the veggies and used 1 can of FF Cream of Celery and 1 can of regular with 1 cup of milk and pepper to taste. Also, uncovered for the last few minutes to thicken the sauce a little. Everyone enjoyed this and we will make it again.
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Chocolate-Peanut Butter Mallow Bars

Reviewed: Aug. 16, 2010
We love peanut butter/chocolate 'anything' but think that this one would be better without the peanut butter layer, and maybe with just a handful of peanut butter chips scattered on top (we used both). The peanut butter layer just tastes out of place to us in this one and I'm not sure why. This is very, very rich so a very small piece will go a long way. I cut the servings for the kids extra small and they still left a little on their plates. I will definately try this again because the devil's food chocolate/marshmallow fluff was delicious, but with a couple of tweaks next time. We did enjoy trying a new recipe.
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Meatball Nirvana

Reviewed: Aug. 16, 2010
Very moist and flavorful! We really enjoyed these this evening. Followed the recipe and even the little ones asked for seconds. I already have plans to double or triple the amount next time so I can freeze them and have them available for busy weeknight pasta or sandwiches. Will definately be on the menu alot around here. Thanks for sharing!
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Raspberry Meringue Pie

Reviewed: Aug. 15, 2010
Everyone enjoyed this. Great combination of sweet meringue/tart berries. The crust reminded us of a shortcake/sweet soft biscuit that does get a little soggy but I believe this is due to the berry juice, still delicious. The meringue began to "run" almost immediately upon cooling down and it also collapsed fairly quickly so I found it best to plan on serving this the same day it is baked. I only had a 10" pan available today so I decided to 1 1/2 all of the ingredients. This worked fine and gave us a taller pie and thicker crust, which was great. Thanks for sharing.
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