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Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies

Reviewed: Sep. 8, 2011
I really wasn't that impressed with this recipe. The taste is good enough, nothing I'd rave about. But the texture just wasn't right for cookies. Beyond cake-y. When I was dropping the cookies onto the baking sheet, I thought to myself that it felt way more like muffin batter than cookie dough, and they baked up like muffin blobs, not cookies. I think replacing the oil with butter and creaming it with the sugar like most cookie recipes would improve these texture issues. They didn't spread AT ALL, so they're not that visually appealing either. We'll eat them, but won't be making again.
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Honey Vanilla Ice Cream

Reviewed: Sep. 3, 2011
This is the first ice cream I've ever made and we liked it! We really didn't taste any honey at all in it and I hoped we would. It was a really good vanilla ice cream though, tasted just like Haagen Daaz vanilla bean ice cream. I made it exactly as per the recipe. It was easy enough but more time consuming than I thought, but like I said it was my first time making ice cream so I don't know if it was any more time consuming than other recipes.
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Peach Amaretto Upside-Down Cake

Reviewed: Sep. 3, 2011
Very good! I was worried that I'd screwed it up a bit as it took quite awhile longer to cook the cake through and then when I flipped it over the top seemed really wet and soggy. After cooling and sitting out for the afternoon though, it firmed up more and while it was a little gooey (not sure if that's how it was supposed to be) but definitely really tasty. I made it in a springform pan as I didn't trust my ability to turn it out of a pie plate in one piece and I think my pie plate would have been too small anyway. I guess I should have played with the oven temp to cook it properly due to my pan change but it still came out great and everyone loved it! Thanks for the recipe, sueb
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Broccoli with Garlic Butter and Cashews

Reviewed: Sep. 1, 2011
This was good. I found it just a touch strong on the vinegar and would have liked it if the sauce was a bit thicker to better coat the broccoli. Needed a little more garlic too :) I cooked the broccoli in the microwave to save a little time (and so I didn't have to wash another pot!) I ate this as my main dish, with a piece of crusty bread on the side. I would definitely make it again with a few little tweaks. Thanks for the recipe!
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Black Bean and Corn Quesadillas

Reviewed: Aug. 26, 2011
Not bad at all. A bit too sweet, I think if I make again I would skip the sugar, as the corn is already pretty sweet. Could have used more cheese to glue them together better, mine were really messy and didn't stay together very well but that could just be me, I seem to have that issue with quesadillas! I baked instead of fried and broiled the tops for a couple of minutes to brown nicely. We enjoyed them as is, but I think something like cream cheese to hold the filling together a bit better would be a nice addition.
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Mexican Rice II

Reviewed: Aug. 26, 2011
This was pretty good. I would have liked more seasoning, like coriander, or just taco seasoning. It was also a tad mushy, I think it could do with a bit less chicken broth. The only change I made to the recipe was to use olive oil instead of veg oil, and a little less of it. Update: I actually liked this a little more the next day, when I ate some leftovers. Some of the mushiness dried up in the fridge overnight and it had nice flavour, though still not very Mexican-y.
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Chicken Marsala

Reviewed: Aug. 24, 2011
This fell pretty short for us, it was just really bland even after adding extra seasoning to the flour coating and sauteeing onion and garlic with the mushrooms. Unlike other reviewers, I didn't think it was marsala-tasting enough. I'm not sure what would improve this. I love chicken marsala but this recipe really didn't do it for us.
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Spicy Beef & Broccoli Chow Mein

Reviewed: Aug. 10, 2011
Really good! I didn't intend on making any changes, but.. I thought I had oyster sauce and I didn't, so I googled for possible subs and ended up adding a bit more of soy sauce and hoisin, plus some fish sauce. I think I should have added a touch of sugar as well as the fish sauce made it a bit bitter. And I just now realized I totally forgot the vinegar! Oops! And I used sweet chile sauce instead of hot. Still very tasty and I think I even got the right noodles! I didn't think so when I bought them but my final dish looked like the one in the picutre :)
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Chocolate Cream Pie II

Reviewed: Aug. 5, 2011
I was really looking forward to making this and there really isn't anything wrong with it, I just ultimately found it a bit boring. Tasty though. The chocolate filling is VERY sweet - a bit too sweet and I never say that. I didn't have the time or inclination to make a pastry crust, so I made a chocolate cookie crust, and I made my own whipped topping, flavoured with vanilla and lightly sweetened with confectioner's sugar. I also didn't have quite enough milk so I used 1 cup of cream. Good but not sure it will be a repeat recipe for me.
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Rachael Ray's Official Website :: Fancy Mac 'n Cheese with Garlic Butter Breadcrumbs

Reviewed: Jul. 24, 2011
Weblink to Rachael Ray's Fancy Mac and Cheese recipe... one of my fave homemade mac and cheese recipes! It's well worth spending the money for the cheeses, though you can play around with the amount of each that you use. Love the breadcrumb topping too.
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Rachael Ray's Official Website :: Ranch-Style Chicken Chili

Reviewed: Jul. 24, 2011
Weblink to Rachael Ray's ranch chicken chili - this is really good! If you like ranch flavoured stuff, give this a try! I can never find poblano peppers, so I've used green chiles in a can and it's still tasty.
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Felix K.'s 'Don't even try to say these aren't the best you've ever eaten, because they are' Chocolate Chip Cookies

Reviewed: Jul. 22, 2011
These are fabulous. I wouldn't say the best I've ever had but really darn good and I would definitely make again! The only change I had to make was that I didn't have quite enough butter so I made up the difference with butter flavoured shortening. Yum!
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Fluffy Pancakes

Reviewed: Jul. 18, 2011
Solid pancake recipe, we enjoyed it. No way in heck this would serve 4, unless it's maybe 4 two-year olds. It was just me and my brother eating and he asked where the rest of the pancakes were! I would suggest warming the milk a bit, or at least letting it come to room temp. As soon as I added the pretty cold milk, the shortening was no longer melted, it firmed right back up. No big deal though, I went ahead and added it to the dry ingredients and it all worked out ok.
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Grandma's Polish Perogies

Reviewed: Jul. 6, 2011
These are yummy but a touch bland. The potato mixture tasted great when I mixed it up, but the final product didn't seem to have as much flavour. I did saute them in butter after boiling, and let some shredded cheese melt over top before eating. Not a big deal though, easy enough to add/change the filling flavour with whatever you want. The dough recipe and method worked out great. It was super easy, if a bit time consuming (though not as time consuming as I was expecting, actually). Thanks for the recipe, I had fun making my own perogies! Not sure I'll make this often as I do like the frozen ones, but it was a nice project for a day off. :)
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Frozen Strawberry Cheesecake Sandwich Cookies

Reviewed: Jul. 2, 2011
Made these for Recipe Group. They're pretty good but I didn't find them amazing. Probably won't make again as I don't think I love them enough to go to the trouble of making again. I skipped the pecans as I might be sharing with a friend who has nut allergies, and instead of pureeing strawberries, I used strawberry jam (and cut way back on the sugar in the filling). The cookies on their own were tasty as well.
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One Bowl Chocolate Cake III

Reviewed: Jun. 30, 2011
Excellent. I was a bit concerned we wouldn't like it as much as my usual go-to chocolate cake (I didn't have all the ingredients called for in that one, or I would have made it) but it was really good, thoroughly enjoyed by all! I made the layers and froze them for two days, then frosted and left in the fridge another day and it was very moist when it came time to eat it. Just the right amount of density too. I frosted with Chocolate Fudge Buttercream Frosting from this site and filled it with Cinnamon Coffee Frosting also from this site. I used 8 inch pans and it worked wonderfully (I actually found the layers to be a bit thin, despite my using smaller pans). Edit: I've made this a bunch more times now, and paired with peanut butter frosting, it is amazing. A.MA.ZING. I made cookies n cream frosting with it too once and that was good as well.
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Cinnamon Coffee Frosting

Reviewed: Jun. 27, 2011
This was good, not as great as I was expecting though. I can't think of anything that's wrong with it, I guess maybe I just set my expectations very high based on the rave reviews I read. I will say that I don't see how the recipe as written could frost a whole cake. Maybe just over the top of a single layer, but not all over a layer cake. I made a half recipe and barely have any at all - it's ok because I made it just to put between the layers of a cake, but if I were wanting to frost all over an 8 or 9 inch layer cake, I would double this. 1/3 cup milk would also be WAY too much. I added less than 2T and it was a bit more runny than I wanted. Tastes good though.
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Chocolate Fudge Buttercream Frosting

Reviewed: Jun. 27, 2011
The taste of this is VERY good but I made some adjustments to the measurements. I used all butter because I don't really care for frosting with shortening (and in this case you're not needing to produce a white frosting anyway, so why not use all butter for a better taste?) I used less than 1 cup of the fudge topping (used my 1 cup measuring cup just didn't fill it all the way, so not sure how much I added; around 2/3 to 3/4 cup). The frosting was pretty thin so I added no milk at all, and then added almost another cup of sugar. This made it quite sweet, so I'm glad I didn't use all the fudge. It may have been okay without the extra sugar if just smearing on a cake, but was way too thin for piping. But I'm pleased with the final taste!
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Sesame Noodles

Reviewed: Jun. 12, 2011
This was okay but not one of my favourites of this type of dish I've tried. It was very vinegary and the sesame flavour wasn't very noticeable to me. I added bean sprouts to the garnish as I had some to use up. I may use this recipe again to play with the ingredients/amounts, but I wouldn't make again as is.
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Chinese Chicken Salad III

Reviewed: Jun. 9, 2011
This was very good but I did make some minor adjustments. I marinaded the chicken in soy sauce, hoisin, chile sauce, brown sugar and sesame oil before it was grilled. In the marinade and dressing, I used a sweet chile sauce because I didn't have hot chile paste. I really liked the crispy wonton pieces but 16 wonton wrappers would have been overkill. I used 6 and it was more than enough. And they REALLY don't need to be in the oven 20 mins. I did them at 300 for about 7 mins and they were nice and crispy and golden brown. I used a little less carrot, but added bean sprouts because I really like them and look for reasons to use them. Also added cashews for a little more crunch. The dressing was nice, I did add about 2 T orange juice to thin it a little. My parents said they felt it needed a lot more dressing, but my serving had plenty for my tastes. If you like your salad swimming in dressing, maybe increase it a little. All in all, we really liked this! Thanks for the recipe.
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