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Michelle's Blonde Chicken Chili

Reviewed: Jun. 28, 2010
This is pretty good - just a touch on the bland side though. I did only have one can of chiles, but I'd like more flavour rather than more spice. Perhaps more garlic powder or more coriander (which I used in place of fresh cilantro). Not bad though, makes a nice dish to portion out and freeze for lunches or quick dinners!
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Spicy Pineapple Sauce

Reviewed: Jun. 20, 2010
I'd give this 3.5 stars, really, but since that's not an option, I'll bump up to 4. Not a bad sauce, nothing really amazing about it either though. Made a nice sauce for chicken meatballs for a tropical-themed potluck. Was a tad on the sweet side, but not bad.
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Spicy candied pecans & cranberries

Reviewed: Jun. 20, 2010
This made a nice little snack to give my dad for Father's Day. I added a lot more cayenne than called for it and it still doesn't seem too spicy (and I'm not even someone who likes spicy). I had these in the oven a loooong time and it didn't look like the candy coating was solidifying. I finally pulled them out after an hour and a half, and it did set up, but the candy part set up around the pecans instead of *on* them. Like I ended up with pieces that looked like peanut brittle. Maybe that's the correct outcome, I'm not sure, I just expected it to be more like other candied pecans I've made. Taste is good though, I just think I prefer similar recipes that don't call for corn syrup. Thanks for sharing the recipe Avon!
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Tiramisu Cheesecake

Reviewed: Jun. 20, 2010
This recipe makes a really nice cheesecake, however, I agree with the majority of the reviewers in that it didn't taste like tiramisu at all. I put in waaay more kahlua than called for, but it still just tasted like plain cheesecake. A really good plain cheesecake though. I like the addition of the mascarpone to the cream cheese, might do that for other cheesecakes in future. I think it'd be just fine doing 2 pkgs cream cheese (instead of 3) + 1 container mascarpone too, going to try that. The ladyfingers made a really great crust. I had a package of ladyfingers that said 5.3oz and I didn't even use the whole package and it was more than enough crumbs for the crust. I'd also suggest putting the eggs in very last (put the flour first, mix, then eggs) to avoid the tempation to overmix the batter. I also knocked this down to 325F for about 50 minutes, let it cool in the oven, and I still had two small cracks.
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Banana Crumb Muffins

Reviewed: Jun. 14, 2010
These are good, but I didn't find them spectacularly better than any other banana muffin recipe. My crumb mixture didn't really work, not sure why.. maybe my butter had softened too much. Still, a good muffin and I'd make them again.
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Simple Carnitas

Reviewed: May 31, 2010
This was good, but probably not something that will become a regular meal in our house. I think most of the little things here and there I didn't particularly care for were due to the cut of meat rather than anything to do with the recipe or the method. I know fat is what makes meat flavourful and tender but I don't much like really fatty cuts. And it was darker in colour than I usually like pork to be. But it had nice flavour, smelled amazing while cooking, and was nice and tender. And my picky brother ate it all up (with sweet baby ray's) and said it was awesome, so you know you've got a good dish if he gobbles it up. I'd make it again, but probably with a different cut of pork and with cutting back a tad on the peppercorns, the peppery flavour came through a bit too strong for me. But pretty good! I see how this gets rave reviews: easy, cheap and good.
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Baked Falafel

Reviewed: May 26, 2010
Really good! It was our first time eating falafel, and we really enjoyed it. My dad watched me mixing up the chickpea mush and was not impressed at all with what I was serving (he's pretty skeptical of any meatless dish), but he ate it all up and said it was awesome! You know it's good if you get him to say so :) I didn't bother with the cheesecloth, just patted the onion with some paper towel to take out some moisture. I also just cooked completely on the stovetop as it's ridiculously hot here today and I didn't want to heat up both the stove and the oven. But when I make again, I'd love to try the oven to make it a bit healthier (but I guess a couple tbsp of olive oil never killed anyone!) They came out great, nice and crispy, from frying. We ate them inside warmed up pitas, with tzatziki sauce, and tabouli on the side. Yum!
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Cinnamon Streusel Orange Muffins

Reviewed: May 24, 2010
These are very tasty! More dense than I thought they'd be, maybe because of something I did, but I'm not sure what that could have been. The brown sugar/cinnamon mixture made too much for 12 regular sized muffin cups - not a big deal, I just like to not be wasteful if possible. This recipe made 12 rather small muffins - I had to really scrape the bowl to finish the filling the last couple of muffin cups. Next time, I'll make 1.5 times the recipe - double would probably be a little too big. Like some other reviewers I missed a strong orange taste - I'm not a big fan of putting zest in baked goods, so I'll have a think about to improve the orange taste - maybe a couple teaspoons of orange Jell-o powder? In any case, these are pretty good muffins :)
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Delicious Black Bean Burritos

Reviewed: May 8, 2010
A really good base recipe. I was happy to find a tasty but filling meatless recipe. I increased the amount of everything except the bell pepper - I only had about 1/2 of one. I used whole wheat tortillas, added some basmati rice seasoned with cumin and garlic powder, 2 cans of black beans, an 8 oz brick of light cream cheese, skipped the jalapenos because I'm not a big fan, but added some red pepper flakes, as well as cumin and ground coriander instead of fresh cilantro. They're yummy!
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Sweet Coated Pecans

Reviewed: May 7, 2010
Yummity yum yum! I used half white sugar, half brown, and half water, half vanilla extract. And I'm very glad I put foil down on my baking sheet, because after generously greasing it, I had some sticking issues. These are so tasty!
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Mulligatawny Soup I

Reviewed: May 6, 2010
Yum yum! Very tasty, flavourful without being too spicy. I was a bit skeptical about the apple, but it works well in this recipe! I made it pretty much as written, except with a bit more onion, celery, carrot and apple than called for, and an extra tsp of curry powder (and still wasn't too spicy, so if you like it hot, you might want to add even more). I had wanted to increase the amount of rice just a little (like 1/3 cup), but it got away from me and I added more like 2/3 cups. I didn't have any extra chicken broth to balance it out, so what I ended up wasn't very soupy at all, but really tasty! I added the amount of cream called for (but used half and half), perhaps I should've added a bit less since there wasn't much broth left to mix it with, but I'm still really happy with the final dish! Thanks for the wonderful recipe!
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World's Best Potato Salad

Reviewed: May 3, 2010
This is a very good homemade potato salad! I used only 4 hard cooked eggs; I think 6 would have been a lot, especially with egg also in the dressing. The recipe made a TON of dressing - I'm not sure if maybe my potatoes were too small and I should have used a couple more, or maybe my can of milk was too big or something, but it was more dressing than necessary. Not a big deal though, I just used a slotted spoon to serve it. My dressing also came out a tad grainy, maybe because I used partly skimmed evap milk? It tasted good though. I also used one bunch of green onion because that's what I had on hand, and I like it better than raw white or sweet onion. Would've used more than one bunch if I'd had it on hand though. Also added some small diced baby carrot and green and red bell pepper with the celery.. I thought this made it a bit 'busy', but that's how my dad likes it. It takes a bit more time and leaves more dirty dishes than other potato salads, BUT it's definitely one of the better tasting homemade potato salads I've tried!
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Alyson's Broccoli Salad

Reviewed: Apr. 25, 2010
This is good - my first time making a broccoli salad and it turned out well. I was looking for a specific taste from the dressing (trying to get it to taste like a broccoli salad I've had at a deli before), and didn't quite get what I was looking for, but this was still good. It needs maybe a different kind of tang, so I might experiment with different vinegars when I make again. Also I used more raisins than called for (I like them), and I think I'd prefer it without the bacon, but that's just me. Overall, we enjoyed it!
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Sesame Pasta Chicken Salad

Reviewed: Apr. 22, 2010
This is really tasty! I felt like it was missing a little something that I couldn't figure out, and now that I've read the ingredient list again, I realized I forgot the soy sauce! duh! oh well, it's still not too bad at all without it. So far I've only had a taste of the salad, so I might try to add the soy sauce tomorrow before serving it to others. Like other reviewers, I used olive oil, and I used a bit less than specified. Added more ginger and black pepper, left out the chicken (simply because it's going to be served with other meat) and didn't use green onion because I didn't realize I didn't have any - but I think green onion would really add just that extra oomph. Toasted some cashews with my sesame seeds, and blanched some snow peas and threw those in too. A very nice pasta salad!
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Thai Pork with Peanut Sauce

Reviewed: Apr. 14, 2010
I made this for dinner tonight and we hought it was good, but not great. I'd give it a 3.5 stars, and I'm bumping that up to 4 because I made some small modifications that may have affected how I felt about the dish. I didn't really change the recipe, but rather how I served it. I bought thin, boneless fast fry chops and cut them into strips, and used all the other ingredients plus thin egg noodles to do a stir-fry. I doubled the sauce (I put a little bit less than double of the broth and coconut milk, and a little bit more than double PB and honey) partly because of the other reviews and because I was mixing the noodles right into it. I might suggest to anyone wanting to do something similar to use rice instead or a thin spaghetti rather than the very fine egg noodles, because they got kind of mushy with the sauce (but that's of course not the fault of the recipe). This had good flavour though, but I think it's missing something I can't put my finger on. Even though I added more PB than called for it, I didn't taste it too much and I like a nice peanut buttery sauce. I also added more ginger when stir frying the pork as well as red pepper flakes, but it still didn't have any kick. I'm not a spicy food person, but I think maybe that's what I missed here, a lil kick. My fave part was the crunchy peanut and green onion topping - it was nice! (I didn't have any cilantro, maybe that also would add a lil somethin somethin to this). Overall, pretty good!
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Brooke's Best Bombshell Brownies

Reviewed: Feb. 26, 2010
Oh my god, Brooke, these are the best brownies I've ever had!! I often make brownies with a little something else, like caramel brownies, or cheesecake brownies, but tonight I wanted a nice fudgy brownie, just pure chocolate, and that's what I got with this recipe! I didn't intend to make any changes, but found that I had to, simply because of what I had on hand (and what I didn't). I used about 3/4 cup butter and 1/4 cup buttery flavour margarine; 2 cups white sugar, 1 cup brown; 1/2 cup cocoa powder, 1/2 hot chocolate mix (if I'd known ahead of time I didn't have enough cocoa, I would have cut back on the sugar but it was too late - still turned out great!; had no chocolate chips so just left them out. Next time I make these, I'll do it exactly as written (except maybe the chocolate chips - I don't think these amazing brownies need them!) I baked 35 minutes, and I think they could have done with 5 minutes more. The edges were perfect and chewy, the middle was good too but more underbaked, I think I'd like to aim for getting the middle closer to what the edges were like.
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Grilled Lemon Herb Pork Chops

Reviewed: Feb. 25, 2010
Tasty marinade recipe! It smelled so delicious in my fridge all day, I was a teeny bit disappointed when it didn't taste very lemony (or very strongly at all) after cooking, but I suspect that's because I didn't baste (I baked the chops in the oven, wrapped individually in foil to keep moist, so basting would have been too much trouble). Still, wonderful recipe, and I look forward to trying it on the grill in the spring!
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Broccoli Risotto with Cream and Lemon

Reviewed: Feb. 25, 2010
This was pretty good, and not too difficult (was my first time making risotto so I was a little scared!) Since I don't have experience making risotto, I'm not sure if I ended up with the 'right' consistency, but I stopped adding broth after four cups, and it was even a teeny bit mushy. But perfectly edible and tasty. I used a little more oil and a lot less butter, forgot to put the chives in, more asiago and no parmesan - though if I make again, I think I would use just parm 'cause I always have it on hand, and asiago is more expensive than it's worth. I also added a tbsp more lemon juice plus another quick drizzle at the end, and it still didn't taste very lemony, but that's alright. Overall, quite good!
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Tzatziki Sauce II

Reviewed: Feb. 3, 2010
Very tasty! I only wanted to make about a cup or so, so I just improvised with the measurements of each ingredient, turned out tasty! Also, I didn't bother straining the yogurt (simply poured out some excess liquid before scooping into the bowl, because I was making this as a sauce for turkey burgers, rather than as a dip, so thickness wasn't what I was aiming for. After chilling for a couple of hours, it was just the right consistency for what I wanted!
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Fluffy Pancakes

Reviewed: Jan. 11, 2010
This was a pretty good recipe. I definitely had to thin out the batter with more milk, it was too thick. I had a problem with the inside not cooking through. Most of the small issues I had were due more to my stovetop and pans that dislike cooking spray, I think, so I'm still giving this four stars.
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