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Sweet Vanilla Cupcakes

Reviewed: Oct. 25, 2013
I followed the recipe exactly, baked for 19 minutes. Cupcakes were dry - like they were a few days old. I was looking for a Vanilla cupcake recipe that made a small batch - a dozen - this fit the bill and it did make a perfect dozen. Just totally disappointed with the final product.
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Evin's Indian Apricot Chicken

Reviewed: Oct. 14, 2012
We loved this...very easy to make! I made the following few adjustments based on previous reviews: Used 2 T of Apple Cider Vinegar (in place of 1/4 C of white vinegar), added diced celery (sauted with onion), reduced Garam Marsala by 1/4 tsp and added 1/4 tsp yellow sweet curry, and a dash of cayenne pepper. For color, I added some sliced roasted red & yellow pepper. Served with Jasmine Rice. Topped with fresh cilantro. Very pretty and so good. A great dish to serve company - that likes Indian food. I will make sure to pick up some Naan next time I make this!
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Peppermint Meringues

Reviewed: Dec. 13, 2011
Very easy to make..despite my pipping fiasco. I tried using a pipping bag but found it oh so difficult to get the merinque inside the bag. Though I doubled the recipe, I lost a bit of the batter due to the mess. I ultimately ended up using a spoon - which is a tad more difficult in trying to make them uniformly attractive. I will try again with a large plastic bag (so I can seal up the batter) and snip a corner. I used a touch of red food coloring to give a candy cane swipe of color thoughout the cookie - very pretty with the dusting of crushed candy canes. I may try to add a touch of green food coloring next time (w/ the red).
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Amy's Amazing White Chicken Chili

Reviewed: Dec. 5, 2011
Yummy! Very easy to make and so delicious - the whole family loved it. I did make a few additions: I added a can of shoe-peg white corn. Just prior to serving, I topped with shredded monterey jack, the cilantro, and then finished it off with some crushed tortilla chips (I bought a bag of red/green tortilla chips - available during the holidays). This really provides some nice color & crunch to a wonderful soup (the soup reheats nicely for leftovers too!).
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Awesome and Easy Creamy Corn Casserole

Reviewed: Nov. 24, 2011
I added this dish at the last minute because I wanted another color for our Thanksgiving Plate. It was a huge hit - delicious! Hubby said we have to keep this one on the regular Thanksgiving menu. I added a bit of sugar (maybe about 1/8 cup), buttered the casserole dish and baked for exactly one hour. PERFECT!
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Chicken and Gnocchi Soup

Reviewed: Nov. 11, 2011
A very delicious (& pretty) Soup. I made a couple adjustments: I used chicken stock (concerned about lack of flavor comments and thought this would add some depth). Added a tsp. of thyme & a pinch of nutmeg (as suggested by another). I cut up the spinach into small pieces and used only 1 cup (IMO a whole bag would have been too much). Make sure to add 1/2 & 1/2 at the very end - and slowly reheat so it won't boil. Sprinkled parmesan cheese on top with freshly ground pepper. The whole family LOVED it!
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Slow Cooker Latin Chicken

Reviewed: Oct. 3, 2011
Adopted many of the suggestions: extra broth, increased spices. I used 'medium' salsa (the kind with black beans & corn) and the final product still needed more of a kick. I served it with jasmine rice, additional fresh cilantro on top with a dollop of sour cream. Fresh squeezed lime on top is a MUST! Provided warm flour tortillas on the side. I ended up spicing my plate up with a sprinkle of green jalapeno sauce. Chicken thigh meat was sooo tender and really makes this dish special! A really pretty dish - it just needs more zing! Bonus: entire family loved it.
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Potato Casserole

Reviewed: Apr. 4, 2010
I did not have time to review the comments - which I wish I had done before making this recipe! 1st: way too much butter. I followed recipe & sauted onion in the stick of butter and added to soup/sr cream mixture. Then continued directions and it said to add remaining stick of butter (where is THAT on extra stick on the ingredient list???). It seemed too much so I only drisled a couple tablespoons. I would recommend only using a tablespoon or two to saute onion and then use only a few tablespoons over the corn flakes. I would also reduce sour cream to about 1/2 container and add a bit of milk. It was tasty but the potato to cream mixture proportion was off. A bit too goopy.
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Annie's Fruit Salsa and Cinnamon Chips

Reviewed: Oct. 9, 2009
This is absolutely delicious and very pretty too. I added blackberries to the mixture & diced everything up. My apple of choice was 'honey crisp' and I used Apricot preserves. I cut down the amount of sugar, based on previous comments. If you are serving them with the cin/sugar tortillas chips, I think you can omit the sugar all together, because the tortilla chips have enough sugar on them. You know it is a great recipe when everyone requests the recipe from you! This is one of them!
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Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Tortilla Chips

Reviewed: Oct. 9, 2009
This was excellent - very pretty too. I used everything listed in the recipe with the addition of blackberries. My apple of choice was 'Honey Crisp'. I diced everything up too. I used Apricot perserves. I put in about 1/2 the sugar amount, based on other reviewers' comments. You could probably omit the sugar all together because the tortilla chips have lots of sugar on them. Lots of compliments and lots of requests for the recipe! Yummy!
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Artichoke Chicken

Reviewed: Jun. 29, 2009
This recipe is awful. If you like a greasy dish this is it! Not to mention the flavor is bland and boring. If you must make it, add mushrooms and some more spices. Perhpas adding breadcrumbs to the top would soak up some of the grease that the mayo and parmesan cheese creates in this dish. Big thumbs down.
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Soy-Sesame Dressing

Reviewed: Jun. 17, 2009
I took other reviewers suggestion of cutting down the soy sauce by 1/2. I did. Note: I also used low sodium soy sauce. Even with this adjustment it was WAY WAY too salty! Off the charts sodium alert!!!! What a disappointment. I had to add more of the other ingrediants just to compensate for the saltiness. My suggestion would be to mix everything up except the soy sauce - then add it slowly mixing & tasting along the way until you get the right balance. Plus don't forget to use Low Sodium Soy sauce.
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Marinated Grilled Shrimp

Reviewed: Jun. 12, 2009
LOVED this recipe with the following minor change: used chili sauce instead of tomato sauce and increased cayenne to 1/2 tsp. It was a huge hit!
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Big Soft Ginger Cookies

Reviewed: Feb. 18, 2009
These cookies are wonderful! There are 2 recipes in AR for 'Big Soft Ginger Cookies' - they are almost identical in ingrediants with the exception of shortening vs. butter and one has 1 Tbs. of OJ. I made 2 batches - one with shortening and one with butter - included OJ in both. Family vote was that both recipes/cookies are excellent in both taste & texture. The cookie baked with butter comes out just a bit flatter. The cookie baked with shortening is a bit plumper. Rather than use white sugar for rolling... I used 'washed raw sugar' which is the same color as the cookie batter and the sugar crystal's are larger so it has a nice texture crunch when eating. Bottom line, these 2 recipes are both equally yummy! I am going to include these cookies in next years Christmas cookie gift boxes.
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Big Soft Ginger Cookies

Reviewed: Feb. 18, 2009
These cookies are wonderful! There are 2 recipes in AR for 'Big Soft Ginger Cookies' - they are almost identical in ingrediants with the exception of shortening vs. butter and one has 1 Tbs. of OJ. I made 2 batches - one with shortening and one with butter - included OJ in both. Family vote was that both recipes/cookies are excellent in both taste & texture. The cookie baked with butter comes out just a bit flatter. The cookie baked with shortening is a bit plumper. Rather than use white sugar for rolling... I used 'washed raw sugar' which is the same color as the cookie batter and the sugar crystal's are larger so it has a nice texture crunch when eating. Bottom line, these 2 recipes are both equally yummy! I am going to include these cookies in next years Christmas cookie gift boxes.
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Elegant Orzo with Wilted Spinach and Pine Nuts

Reviewed: Feb. 18, 2009
With the exception of reducing the amount of oil & butter,as others suggested, I made this recipe as stated. Though it is a pleasant looking dish, it was severely lacking in the taste department. I served it slightly warm. Today I tested the left-overs - cold. It tasted horrible cold. Spinach took on a weird flavor. Individally, I love all the ingrediants and thought that I would love this dish especially with so many 5 stars reviews. I was very dissappointed especially with the cost of feta & pinenuts. Thank goodness I served it to my family and not to guests. My recommendation would be to a test run before you consider preparing it for guests.
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