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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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Double Tomato Bruschetta

Reviewed: Feb. 19, 2009
I really really enjoyed this. I didn't change a thing. Did it exactly as stated. If I were to try and make it better, I would play with garlic salt rather than salt and garlic cloves for a stronger garlic flavor. Loved it!
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Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings

Reviewed: Feb. 13, 2009
My oh my was that filling. I made only one modification, and that was to substitute chicken broth for water. I really enjoyed it. Hubby gives it 5 stars too!
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Chinese Cabbage Salad I

Reviewed: Feb. 5, 2009
Other than substituting almonds, I followed the recipe exactly. The dressing needs no modifications. Everything about this recipe is fantastic. Stick to it, and you won't be sorry.
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Chicken Chilaquiles

Reviewed: Oct. 30, 2008
I LOVED LOVED LOVED LOVED it. This is the kind of food that makes me really happy... it is thick, flavorful, a little spicy, and so easy to make. I baked the tortillas just because I didn't have the patience to fry them in oil, and I served it heaped on a plate with a slice of cheddar cheese and an over-easy egg on top of the whole lot. My hubby gave it 4.5 stars, taking half a star away just because he wanted more spice... considering he hates corn tortillas like he hates the flu, the meal must be pretty good. For a morning or evening meant to be spent in sweats in front of the t.v, I couldn't ask for a better meal. Hint: shredding rotisserie chicken is probably the way to go... it is always moist and yummy :-)
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Salisbury Steak

Reviewed: Oct. 30, 2008
Everyone loved this. haha, I made a bit extra, so by the end of the meal my husband had eaten a pound of meat. I know it isn't fair to rate a recipe based on modifications, but I gave this a 5 based on the suggestions of others. I doubled every ingredient in the sauce except for the ketchup, and I addded a can of cream of mushroom soup with garlic. I used Italian style bread crumbs in the patties, and I added a handful of diced onions. After browning the patties, I placed them in a foil-lined casserole dish and baked at 375 for 45 minutes with the gravy spooned on top about halfway through. The result was really yummy... even to the fine taste-buds of the picky little brother.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Too Much Chocolate Cake

Reviewed: Oct. 18, 2009
I made this for a whole bunch of foodies at a gourmet-style BBQ for my hubby's work. It was a MONSTER hit. Apparently it was still getting compliments the next day at work. Very moist and very elegant. Perfect with coffee on a cool Autumn night in front of a fireplace...
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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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Pesto Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Reviewed: Jan. 21, 2012
What a clever way to spruce up a good ole standby! Even though this is just incredibly simply, sometimes that is all it takes to add some wow to your meal. I added turkey and tomato just to see how snazzy I could get, and it was great!
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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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Best Bread Pudding with Vanilla Sauce

Reviewed: Jun. 20, 2013
My buggy LOVED it. Not a huge fan of the vanilla sauce... but I haven't tinkered with it much yet. I may try to find something different to pair with it.
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Best Ever Hot Artichoke Dip

Reviewed: Nov. 13, 2011
This recipe was fantastic! For some kick I added a can of diced jalapenos. Rather than serve it as an appetizer I made open-faced sandwiches with it. I broiled some sliced ciabbiatta bread then layered on the dip, peppered shredded chicken, and mozzarella cheese before broiling the cheese to a nice bubbly brown. I added a slice of tomato to the top and sprinkled with dried parsley for some color. It was a HUGE HUGE delicious hit!!
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