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Good Old Fashioned Pancakes

Reviewed: Jul. 31, 2010
This was a good base recipe but the batter came out rather thick. I ended up adding a bit more than 1/4 c. of milk. After making the first pancake I also added 1.5 tsp. of vanilla extract and and extra tablespoon of sugar. It turned out well. The second time I made it with these adjustments and added fresh summer blueberries and it was much better. Great basic recipe you can tweak to your liking.
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Best Italian Sausage Soup

Reviewed: May 9, 2010
This was pretty good. My first time making soup and it turned out well. Def use sausage. I used plain Italian seasoned sausage but I think next time I will spring for the sweet sausage just b/c I love the taste. (Italian seasoned was on sale this week) I used 1 can of whole tomatoes and one can of diced to even out the big and little chunks. I love tomatoes so the big ones were a treat. Def wait to put the noodles in until ready to serve and if you aren't gong to eat the whole pot, leave them out. They do suck up the broth. I also added a 1/2 bag of baby spinach for more veggies. I didn't need to add salt since the broth had salt, the tomatoes had some, and the sausage was seasoned. Be careful if you do. I tried the suggestions of adding parmesan when serving--- a wonderful idea. Another way to add flavor w/o too much salt!
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Charley's Slow Cooker Mexican Style Meat

Reviewed: Apr. 30, 2010
So easy, flavorful, and delicious. I used Tapatio Mexican hot sauce, used a can of tomatoes w/ chiles in place of just the water, and beef brisket. First time making a big cut of meat in the slow cooker. It turned out great. Since i used tomatoes, the flavor was even better the next day. Made tacos and beef enchiladas but I could see how making a spicy beef sandwich on crusty bread would be a great idea. Highly recommend.
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Joey's Peanut Butter Cookies

Reviewed: Feb. 9, 2010
Ehhhh. I really wanted to like them. They were not terrible and I'm sure someone would eat them but I ended up throwing it away!!! Didn't care for the texture (crumbly as others mentioned) and they didn't rise or spread AT ALL.... in a bad way. I'm no expert baker but I'm guessing due to using solely baking powder. I thought the chocolate chips I added would be enough acidity to activate it in the oven but it did not seem to be the case. The only reason I really chose to make this was b/c people said it was really peanut buttery and b/c I only had one stick of butter on hand--- and a lot of peanut butter. This was a disappointment for sure. There has GOT TO BE a better recipe out there for peanut butter cookies!
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Spaghetti Squash I

Reviewed: Jan. 31, 2010
Fantastic flavors + EASY + HEALTHY + inexpensive. I wanted to try something different and carb consious after my holiday binge. This recipe will stay in circulation year round for sure. It tastes so fresh and light w/o sacrificing flavor. Like spa food or something. I ate it alone the other day and it was very filling. Today I plan to bake or grill some lemony chicken to pair with it. I made as is except I cooked my squash for 45 mins (a little longer) and used canned diced tomatoes (drained) and garlic powder. I've never cooked spaghetti squash before (although I've eaten it plenty of times). It was definitely an interesting experience. I love how the insides just come apart into strands. It was fun! :)
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Crustless Spinach Quiche

Reviewed: Jan. 2, 2010
I've made this a few times with slightly less cheese and it always comes out great! I used FRESH spinach (trimmed of stems of course) by sautéing w/ a tiny bit of olive oil and with the onions (saute onions first!). Then, I put it on a plate to cool. Once cool, I gently squeeze out some of the juice and add to the egg and cheese mixture. Then I add 1 teaspoon of flour. I think this helps keep the quiche from being "watery." I've found frozen spinach to come out watery a few times (but if you squeeze it enough it will be fine). My mother suggested that I use melted butter to coat the glass pan and sprinkle w/ parmesan before adding the egg mixture. I liked that idea. If you use a smoked cheese like smoked gouda, it gives the quiche a meat-like flavor that I like. A tip of what not to do (in my opinion) is add black olives--- I usually
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Mexican Rice II

Reviewed: Nov. 29, 2009
This rice turned out pretty good considering the fact that I am a terrible cook. W/ some tinkering I think it will be a 5 star. For one, my rice came out a tad bit too wet but I think if I reduce the broth by 1/2 cup since you are adding 1/2 cup tomato sauce it will turn out better. Also, I didn't have time to puff the rice or whatever, I just threw it all in a pot and used dehydrated onions. Still super yummy! I used it as the base to a "naked" burrito bowl. And, don't forget if you are out of garlic salt, substitute 3 parts salt to 1 part garlic powder.
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Eggplant Parmesan II

Reviewed: Oct. 5, 2009
Easy, cheap, good! I didn't have italian seasoned bread crumbs so I made my own w/ some plain + italian seasoning + garlic + parm then I mixed in some panko bread crumbs for extra crunch. It was super good and made my tiny apartment smell soooooo good. I hope it made my entire floor hungry! I used Culinary Circle's Florentine Style Pasta Sauce and it was perfect. I did not salt the eggplant or whatever others suggested (I don't have time for it and I don't want the extra salt) it came out perfect w/o it since I seasoned the bread crumbs well. I also chose to keep the skin on and prefer it that way.
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Honey Mustard Dressing II

Reviewed: Aug. 30, 2009
Surprisingly yummy. I didn't feel like going to the store for dressing so I whipped it up with ingredients I already had and was pleasantly surprised. I used it as a salad dressing on top of 50/50 mix of baby spinach/baby mixed greens, sunflower seeds, crumbled white cheddar, croutons, and bacon bits. Very versatile. I can see how people say it would be good for dipping. And, it had a great consistency--- not too runny, not too thick. I suggest doubling the recipe. It will be used fast.
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Curried Honey Mustard Chicken

Reviewed: Jul. 28, 2009
4 stars b/c it's EASY, QUICK, & requires MINIMAL INGREDIENTS--- most of which you can find in your pantry everyday. I followed the recipe as is (marinating overnight) except using 4 chicken breasts. It turned out well for a quick & easy meal. I am not an experienced cook so this was a good easy one for me. The chicken was juicy and flavorful. I will make it again but next time (as others mentioned) I will not use as much butter. After baking, the butter/oils separated from the honey mustard sauce quite a bit so it became rather greasy looking (it did not taste greasy at all). It was not terrible but I prefer less oil. I served it with white rice and steamed plain green beans. It was good. I think peas would be even better.
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White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies III

Reviewed: Feb. 9, 2009
I'm not a "sweets" person but these were delish! I did not have any almond extract, so I just compensated w/ more vanilla. Used white choc chips instead of chunks/chopping. Great recipe for those, like me, who want something "different" but tend to be culinary-challenged. The only negative thing I would say about this is that my cookies spread and were on the buttery side--- I'm not genius enough yet to know how to fix the problem. And, personally, I like more nuts!!! Hope it helps. But really, they are great "as is."
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