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Beef Enchiladas II

Reviewed: Aug. 22, 2008
Really easy to make :-) I added one clove of chopped garlic, a small can of green chilis (I like spicy, but even the green chilis barely added any heat), and a packet of taco seasoning to the ground beef :-) An easy family pleaser.
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Fried Mozzarella Cheese Sticks

Reviewed: Aug. 23, 2008
Excellent! I used the marinated mozzarella medallions from Trader Joes, and garlic and herb seasoned bread crumbs. They made bite-sized mozzarella balls (that cook fast... careful), and my husband has never loved me more!
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Stuffed Jalapenos III

Reviewed: Aug. 23, 2008
Advice: I don't care how much you may think you like spicy, DO NOT LEAVE ALL THE SEEDS IN, haha. I did, and my husband had to gargle milk. That aside, when I made these they tasted bitter. I don't know much about baking jalepenos, but the actual pepper just needed something to make it taste, well, to taste good. My husband and I didn't care for them much (and we LOVE stuffed jalepenos, but usually the fried and breaded variety), but judging from the other reviews I'm willing to accept that the lack of yummyness was on the part of the cook, and not the recipe.
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Roasted Cajun Potatoes

Reviewed: Aug. 23, 2008
My husband loved it... my mom made it for breakfast the next morning... and my dad about grinned his face off (although he added Tapatio). Only thing I will do different is cut the potatoes smaller so there is more flavor on less potatoe. Also, it only took me 25 minutes worth of oven time, and I used a bit less oil.
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Bananas Foster II

Reviewed: Aug. 23, 2008
There was silence at the dinner table when I served these... no one wanted to stop eating, not even to compliment the cook! I had leftover rum cake, so I served it over that with Dulce de Leche ice cream. My husband curses my Business degree now, saying I missed my calling to become a chef :-)
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Golden Rum Cake

Reviewed: Aug. 23, 2008
I loved this. I really really did. Let me make a suggestion to take this from impressive to positively extraordinary. Serve these with bananas foster (look the recipe up on this site) and vanilla ice cream. It will take it from 5 stars to 1000.
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Banana Crumb Muffins

Reviewed: Aug. 24, 2008
SOOOOOOOOOOO Yummy :-) My husband and dad each ate 3 at once. Even my mom (who has very particular tastes) wanted the recipe :-)
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Parmesan Garlic Bread

Reviewed: Aug. 24, 2008
There is no reason to ever buy frozen or pre-made garlic bread with this recipe, EVER. An entire pound of french loaf disappeared at my table of 4 people. The freshness of the bread is directly related to how supremely excellent this tastes. The semll that eminates from the oven before you can eat it is like a cruel game your nose plays on your tongue... I love it.
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Cheesy Drop Biscuits

Reviewed: Aug. 26, 2008
If I looked like a biscuit, my husband would eat me. He is a biscuit fiend... having said that, my big biscuit-muncher liked these,but he didn't love them. "They were okay". Like other reviews said, they are greasey, and for whatever reason mine were quite flat. Flavor wasn't bad at all, but in the future I will probably buy the pop-in-the-oven variety to satiate my husbands biscuit needs.
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Super-Delicious Zuppa Toscana

Reviewed: Aug. 31, 2008
I have made this at least fifty times now. My family makes me make it at LEAST once a week. This is what I do to make everyone go back for thirds: Use the hot Italian sausage in the casings (the ground beef looking stuff has an inferior texture). I use extra red pepper flakes to make it spicier. Extra garlic makes it yummier. Finally, I substitute kale for spinach... The Kale is chewier, but it doesn't shrivel up, and adds a lot of texture. This soup has made me famous. Thank you!
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Mmm-Mmm Better Brownies

Reviewed: Sep. 5, 2008
I am of the opinion that "home-cooked" and "from scratch" baking recipes should be better than anything from a box. These were good, but just shy of amazing. In all honesty you can find a better brownie from a Ghiradelli box (which sets a fairly high standard). Having said that... the texture was nice, they are chocolate, and they are basic enough that they lend themselves to creativity. In short: Not bad, not bad at all. *edit* I made this again with the melted butter, added semisweet chocolate chips to the mix, and then put a choclate glaze (3 tbsp butter, 3/4th C choco chip, 1 tbsp dark corn syrup, 1/4th tsp vanilla, all melted and mixed together and poured evenly on top) and it was MAGNIFICENT. The batch I made when I reviewed it the first time (with the the recipe as is) wasnt' good. With the slight modifications (and the butter made a HUGE difference) they didn't even get a chance to cool before they were gone. Brother, Dad, and Husband all commented on the tremdous difference there was from the first batch.
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Italian Salad Dressing

Reviewed: Sep. 5, 2008
My husband and I both loved it. When I served it at a family dinner, the bowl was about licked clean. I can certainly see how this might not be universally popular as it has a very unique flavor and won't tickle everyone's taste buds the same, but it is a staple for me now. I found the balance between sweet and flavorful positively perfect.
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Award Winning Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

Reviewed: Sep. 5, 2008
I use my baby brother as an excuse to make these, but secretly I can't wait to make them just so I can nab a few for myself. They have the exact texture I would want from a cookie, soft and moderatley dense. Everyone wants a go-to recipe when it comes to the various baked goods, and this has certainly become my go-to chocolate chip cookie recipe. Side-note: they are the perfect consistency for ice cream sandwiches... just dallop some vanilla ice cream between two of them and pop in the freezer. Just make sure to let them set out a minute or two before eating them so you don't break your teeth :-)
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Satiny Chocolate Glaze

Reviewed: Sep. 7, 2008
I used the microwave as suggested by other reviewers, and accidently put a full tsp of vanilla... it ended up not being a biggie as the glaze tasted great. Mine came out quite a bit like what you would expect to find on a good, thickly frosted, chocolate donut. Hubby certainly approved :-)
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Vanilla Crepes

Reviewed: Sep. 10, 2008
Fantastic! I changed very few things (mostly at the suggestion of other reviewers)... I added about 1/4th cup of milk to the mix, and out of laziness I used the blender to get the mix smooth. I also used whole eggs rather than yolks. I stuffed these little guys with the suggested filling of 8 oz whipped cream cheese, 4 tbsp butter, 1 cup powdered sugar, 1/2 tbsp vanilla, and tbsp of dark corn syrup, THEN I drown them in chocolate ganache with a touch of dark rum, and finally garnished with powdered sugar and strawberries. Beautiful to the eye, and amazing to the tummy.
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Chicken Cordon Bleu II

Reviewed: Sep. 23, 2008
The sauce made this extraordinary!! I made several modifications though. I halved the chicken and pounded 1/2inch thick (sprinkled both sides with salt, pepper, and oregano), placed the ham and swiss on top and then rolled it up, dipped the roll into a mixture of: 1 clove minced garlic, 1 egg, and chicken broth; then covered the dipped roll in 1 cup panko bread crumbs mixed with `1 tsp paprika, then FINALLY, baked at 350 for 30 minutes. I made the sauce seperate, and drizzled it over chopped and baked poatoes seasoned with paprika, cayenne, salt, and garlic. The chicken was moist and fork tender, and the sauce made it amazing. My whole family went nuts for it. My husband told me I can make it anytime :-)
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New York Cheesecake III

Reviewed: Sep. 23, 2008
Flavor was 5 stars without a doubt. I do however highly suggest using a water bake; Although other users had luck without it, mine came out cracked, and brown on top and around the sides. I would also suggest a different crust or using 3/4ths of the dough rather than all of it, not because it was bad, but because there are tastier options (one user suggested chocolate graham cracker crust). Cooling over night is most definately a must. Just in terms of flavor... YUM. I wanted it when I woke up in the morning for as long as it lasted in the fridge (which wasn't long since the entire family kept sneaking slices).
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Warm Flourless Chocolate Cake with Caramel Sauce

Reviewed: Oct. 9, 2008
My picky little brother loved it. My hubby loved it, and called it chocolate pudding cake. I LOVED it. I didn't even use the caramel sauce (for some reason my family isn't big on caramel). It would probably taste great with whipped cream and fresh strawberries. For a non-frosted cake, I wouldn't want my chocolate cake any other way.
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Gary's Stuffed Mushrooms

Reviewed: Oct. 9, 2008
My dad even ate the three leftover mushrooms that sat on the counter overnight the next morning, haha. He said they were too good to let go to waste. The hubby liked them as well, but next time I will add more garlic for his tastes :-)
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