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Chocolate Surprise Cupcakes

Reviewed: May 3, 2012
Wow. I stayed up late to make these for the bf's birthday tomorrow and I think he's just gonna have to have a birthday sans cake-y dessert. I will not be serving these to anyone. These are truly awful. The idea is great. I followed the recipe exactly and they looked great and set up as they were supposed to, but I think they might be the worst cupcakes I've ever had. They don't really taste of chocolate, and the cream cheese filling is a disturbing texture (someone here said like scrambled eggs- I have to agree). The flavor of the filling, instead of blending nicely with the chocolate, is an odd sort of jarring, twangy flavor. But overall I think it comes down to a matter of taste. These taste cheap and of poor quality to me. I have learned my lesson, though. I won't be making any more cake-like items that rely only on huge amounts of oil and no eggs. It results in a cake that is moist, yes, but still just tastes sub-par. Not what I want in a cupcake.
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Cajun Chicken Pasta

Reviewed: Sep. 7, 2011
I picked this recipe as one of my first cooking-for-the-boyfriend attempts and I'm pretty sure he's going to be a bit worried every time I venture into the kitchen now because of it. It was just not that great, which surprised me given all the rave reviews. I think it would be very helpful if the recipe elaborated on what "cajun seasoning" should include. At my large grocery store, I could only find two choices, both containing mostly salt and "spices" (whatever that means). I picked the one that had salt, spices, red pepper, and paprika. The end result tasted more salty than anything. I used fresh veggies and non-frozen chicken, but ended up with a lot of liquid in the pan after sauteeing everything. Also, the final result didn't look appetizing at all and I would say there were not enough veggies, just a lone visible bit of pepper here or there. I used less cream than called for and the end product was still a soupy mess. The "sauce" was way too thin and didn't cling to the noodles at all, it just dribbled everywhere and made horrible splattery noises falling back into the pan whenever a serving was lifted out of the dish. I was sort of embarrassed to serve it, but went ahead as we were both starving. The bf was sweet and said it tasted good during the first bite or two, but I couldn't help noticing the leftovers in his fridge were never touched. This one has potential but didn't work for me. Needs more veggies, less salt, and less as well as thicker sauce.
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Buttermilk-Herb Bread

Reviewed: Mar. 8, 2010
Just made a loaf of this bread and am eating it fresh out of the oven! I made this recipe as an attempt at a simple buttermilk loaf, leaving out the dressing mix. I had to add a LOT more flour than called for to get the dough where I could even handle it enough to knead, so I was worried it would come out too dense, but it gave a nice, light, fluffy loaf with a good texture. Nothing fancy but good for a simple loaf.
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The Best Rolled Sugar Cookies

Reviewed: Mar. 8, 2010
THE best sugar cookie recipe I have ever found. I make these for people all the time and they are always gobbled up and everyone loves them. I think they have the best flavor and consistency. I love that they stay soft but are still firm. One friend asked me if they were shortbread, they are that delicious and melt-in-your-mouth! To those of you having trouble handling the dough: make SURE you are chilling the dough for at least an hour and maybe more before using it. This makes all the difference when it comes to being able to work with it. A good surface also helps. I use a floured pastry cloth on a table top. Use a thin layer of confectioner's sugar icing/glaze to top them off- they don't need much to set them off! Thanks for the fabulous recipe. I'll never need another sugar cookie recipe.
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Avocado Mango Salsa

Reviewed: Mar. 8, 2010
I made this to take to a party, doubling the recipe and substituting red bell pepper for the habanero. The red bell added some nice color, by the way, I'd throw one in just for that reason, even if you are using a spicy pepper, too. The guests raved about how good this salsa was! Simple and fresh with a great flavor. Thanks!
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Chicken Piccata II

Reviewed: Sep. 10, 2009
This is a super-easy recipe and the chicken comes out really tender and flavorful without a lot of extra stuff or hassle. Worked great for me, thanks for posting!
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Bee Sting Cake (Bienenstich) II

Reviewed: Oct. 24, 2008
My over-sugared American tastes found this to be a bit bland and I'm not sure I'd make it again considering all the effort involved. I somehow ended up with a very gluey dough at the beginning and had to add more flour than called for to make it workable. The amounts given also yieled tons more filling than I was able to use in the cake, so now I have to figure out what on earth to do with all the extra. I think I've about decided I'm not a huge fan of almond, and I'm wondering why the description says that this has a vanilla pudding filling...? It's almond flavor. There's no vanilla anywhere in the thing. Wonder where the name came from-- the honey flavor isn't too prominent, just a subtle sweetness. Doesn't make me think of bees very much :) Probably a good cake for some, just not something I'd want to make again.
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