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The Best Lemon Bars

Reviewed: Dec. 20, 2012
Not sure if I did something wrong or what, but something was weird with how these turned out. the filling didn't set up on the crust, it like soaked through and made a wet cake type thing. BUT they taste sooo good!! 5 stars for taste alone. I'll try again and see if I can't get them to come out looking/feeling right too.
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Jeff's Hot Dog Chili

Reviewed: Nov. 14, 2012
I thought this was pretty good, not amazing. I found it a little bland even though I added a fair bit more chili powder. I liked the texture of the meat though and the consistency of it overall, and it was very easy to make. I'd make again if I wanted chili dogs. I also had this over baked potatoes and that was decent too. Thanks for the recipe.
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Apple Crisp with Oat Topping

Reviewed: Oct. 6, 2012
Wonderful! Very easy to make and tasted great. Other apple crisp recipes I've made had other stuff in the filling (water, apple juice, more sugar, etc.) so I was a bit uncertain about the total simplicity of this one, but it was great. I didn't find the filling dry or anything (though more liquidy would have been fine too). I did think 6 apples was kind of a lot for the pan size called for, but I used Gala apples which are on the big side for apples, so that could be the reason. You could stretch this to more servings too; four servings would be very generous portions. I got six servings out of my pan and we still thought the portions were quite a good size. I happened to have a bottle of caramel ice cream topping in the fridge, so I drizzled that on each serving and it was so good!
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Pumpkin Spice Bread

Reviewed: Sep. 27, 2012
This was decent. DIdn't knock my socks off, but yummy. I liked that it didn't take oil but it was still nice and moist. I do agree with other reviewers that pumpkin wasn't the most prominent flavour. I didn't have most of the individual spices, so I used about 3 tsp of pumpkin pie spice (for just one loaf).
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Old World Escarole and Beans

Reviewed: Sep. 24, 2012
This is awesome! Not much to say about it really, simplicity at it's finest. I did have to skip the bacon as the package I had was growing black spots. And I only had a 10 oz can of chicken broth, so I used that it was plenty liquidy for me. Very nice.
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Homemade Chicken Enchiladas

Reviewed: Sep. 19, 2012
This was good! Similar to how I usually make my enchiladas, but different enough to be a nice change. I intended to make the recipe as written, and I pretty much did, just a few small changes: I cut back on the cream cheese and monterey jack in the filling to try to trim the fat and calorie numbers; I didn't add anywhere near 15 oz of tomato sauce - I bought an 8 oz can and didn't use the whole thing, it seemed like it was definitely liquidy enough with this small amount and tasted tomato-ey too; I accidentally used basil instead of parsely but it still tasted good; and I can never find canned enchilada sauce and I didn't feel like making a proper one, so I used tomatillo salsa mixed with some sour cream as sauce. Thanks for the recipe! I enjoyed :)
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Baked Chicken Wings

Reviewed: Sep. 4, 2012
I was disappointed. They came out nice and crispy, that aspect was great. But they had NO flavour and I even let them marinate for an hour before cooking. I usually like 'plain' wings without sauce, but these did nothing for me. I'd certainly use the baking method again, but with more/different seasoning.
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Honey Peach Pie

Reviewed: Sep. 2, 2012
This was good, but with the ingredients called for I kind of hoped it would be a bit more different and interesting. It tasted just like every other plain peach pie I've made, couldn't tell there was honey and schnapps in it. But, it was still tasty and we enjoyed it. It was quite runny though, like the other reviewers said. I have to say as well that I followed the ingredients but not the method. I couldn't bring myself to cook the peaches for 20 minutes on the stove and then bake for 45 minutes. I can't see how they'd be anything but complete mush. I did have the intent to cook the syrup without the peaches, but laziness prevailed, and I ended up just tossing everything (cornstarch instead of flour) with the peaches in a bowl and dumping in the crust.
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Pork Tenderloin Diane

Reviewed: Jul. 10, 2012
This is pretty good! Better than I thought it would be, just reading the ingredient list it didn't sound like it would be all that exciting. It doesn't make nearly enough sauce though. I had only 1/2 a pork tenderloin, made extra sauce and there still was hardly anything to 'pour' over the pork. It tasted good though. A touch too tangy for my liking but I think I put a little too much dijon.
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Homemade Tomato Basil Pasta Sauce

Reviewed: Jul. 8, 2012
This was just ok for me. It tasted very basil-y when I tasted just the sauce, but once mixed with pasta it seemed to have no flavour at all. I also added some wine. It didn't say anywhere (nor in the reviews I read) that the tomatoes should be peeled, but I would have much preferred it that way; that's just a personal preference thing though I guess. I also wish I'd taken my hand blender to it so that it would be more 'saucy' instead of chunky, but again that's my preference. This was very quick and simple though, so I would try it again with additional/different seasonings. One last comment, maybe I just like my pasta particularly saucy but this wasn't even close to 4 servings for me. Make more if you have a big family or want some extra to freeze. Thanks for the recipe though, it was a good start for me for making my first made-from-fresh-tomatoes sauce.
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Picnic Potato Salad with No Mayonnaise

Reviewed: Jun. 3, 2012
This is really good potato salad, and I'm someone who usually likes mayo-based potato salads. I actually made this twice, but the first time I way overcooked my potatoes and they became almost like mashed potatoes and absorbed all the dressing, but the taste was still good. I made it again, properly, and I still liked it! The first time I didn't have any onions, so I added onion powder to dressing. This time I did have onion, so I used it but I think I would prefer it without pieces of onion. I don't know that this would be a good choice to make for a crowd; it's a lot of strong flavours that certainly wouldn't be for everyone. I found my first couple of bites of it very strong, but then it grew on me. I'll definitely make it again myself, I like all the strong flavours! Thanks Maridele for posting your recipe.
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Harden Your Arteries Pie Crust

Reviewed: May 12, 2012
This is not bad, but there are a couple of mechanical issues with this recipe as written. I had to add more lard, there just wasn't enough for all the flour. I used 1/2 cup lard, which is still less than the general pie-making guideline and half fat to flour ratio. I even added more than 1 tsp vinegar and needed more than 1 tbsp water. Also, I think the egg would be easier to mix in if it were pre-beaten. The recipe sounded like it wanted the egg as in added into the flour mixture and by doing this it wasn't as easy to bring together and the yolk was hard to distribute it evenly. I do agree with other reviewers that this was super easy to roll out, and I have no complaints about the taste. I think though I'll stick with my favourite recipe for next time - Grandma's Secret Pie Crust on this website. Similar to this one but comes together more easily. Thanks anyway
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Baby BLT

Reviewed: May 6, 2012
These were good but I didn't LOVE them. I'd make them again for a party though, they were pretty easy to make (though hollowing out the tomatoes was more of a pain than I thought it'd be!) I took some reviewer suggestions to add cream cheese because I didn't think I'd really care for using all mayo (I only had reduced fat mayo and it's not the great to eat a mouthful of.. ), but I think just a touch of cream cheese would have been better than using about half cream cheese/half mayo.
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Mrs. Baxton's Long Island Iced Tea

Reviewed: May 6, 2012
Excellent recipe for a favourite drink of mine, first time I ever made it myself. I wanted to make a whole pitcher's worth, so I increased everything. I couldn't find the sour mix, so I followed the top reviewer's measurements for making my own, times 3 - 3 cups water, a little less than 1 cup sugar, 5-6T each of lemon and lime juice. Then added between 1/2 to 3/4 cup of all the liquors and a whole can of Coke. Because it was in a pitcher, I just stirred, didn't shake. This gave us about 5-6 tall glasses worth of drink. I was drunk part way through just one...
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Cookies and Cream Buttercream Frosting

Reviewed: May 5, 2012
Excellent frosting for a fudgy chocolate cake, thanks metread for posting this!
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Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

Reviewed: Apr. 8, 2012
This is fabulous. I think 5 cups of sugar would be a little too sweet for most people, but it does need a fair amount to be thick enough to pipe. I added all the confectioner's sugar I had which was about 2.5 cups I think, and it was fine on sweetness but not quite the thickness I wanted. It wasn't runny, so if you wanted a spreadable frosting it would be ok, but I wanted to pipe. It would have needed at least 3-4 cups of sugar to hold its shape properly but in terms of taste you can't really go wrong, add to your liking. All that to say, very delicious! I used it on vanilla cupcakes with a raspberry whipped cream filling.
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Chicken Chimichangas with Sour Cream Sauce

Reviewed: Mar. 19, 2012
This was pretty good but I don't think I'll make it again. It took almost an hour from start to finish even though I had some already-cooked shredded chicken that I used and it wasn't tasty enough to warrant that kind of time. The flavours of the spices were good but it took forever for the liquid to boil down. And then the filling inside the tortillas ended up being kind of dry because the water that was left was making the tortillas soggy and running out of them, so I didn't want too much liquid. It could use a thicker moist ingredient like maybe salsa to put with the chicken inside the tortillas. I may use the sauce recipe part again, though.
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Mashed Potato Quesadilla

Reviewed: Mar. 13, 2012
These were an interesting and pretty yummy way to use up some potato guts I had leftover from making potato skins. The only changes I made were to cut down on the bacon and cheese to save some fat and calories, and I made them by folding the tortillas in half instead of topping with a second tortilla. They stay together better that way, easier to flip. Thanks for the idea, I'd make these again for sure!
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Banana Cream Pie I

Reviewed: Mar. 11, 2012
Delicious! The only reason I've given four stars instead of five (really it's a 4.5 for me) was that the pudding mixture didn't set firmly even after two days in the fridge. I used the 3 tbsp cornstarch instead of the flour, 4 tbsp might be better, if you're wanted to properly slice the pie into pieces; for me they didn't stay together and ran all over the plate. The taste was amazing though, I would make it again just to eat as pudding! I made a Nilla wafer crust and used strawberry slices on top of the crust because I didn't have usable bananas. They really worked with the pudding though! I also spread whipped topping on top. It was very good and I will definitely make it again, but will try to make the pudding more firm. It was pretty quick and simple to make too, not much longer than using pudding mix.
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Vegan Bean Taco Filling

Reviewed: Mar. 6, 2012
This is very delicious and so simple. I changed nothing except for using a little less salsa. Oh and I skipped the cornmeal because I didn't have any. I made no additions though and I didn't feel like the recipe needed any. I did top my first taco with just sour cream but I left it off my second taco and preferred it that way. Thanks for the recipe, I'll definitely make again - and I'm not even vegan or vegetarian!
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