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Ghirardelli® Chocolate-Almond Berry Bark

Reviewed: Aug. 13, 2010
These were amazing. I doubted whether the cranberries were supposed to be fresh or dried, so I made a batch of each. I dare you to try this with fresh cranberries - they give it a tangy-sweet pop-crunch when you bite into them and it is truly unbelievable. I gave tins of this, peppermint bark, and peanut brittle to several people for Christmas, and this was the definite winner.
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Chocolate Cheesecake II

Reviewed: Dec. 25, 2012
This is an excellent recipe for a basic chocolate cheesecake without any fancy caramel/coffee/nuts/etc. You could, of course, adapt it and add whatever you want, but I skipped even the chocolate "shell" that other reviewers weren't super stoked about, and it was still one of those less-is-more simple pleasures. It's as easy as any (real) cheesecake can be, and the flavor and texture is perfectly rich and creamy. Definitely bake it in a water bath, or at least with a pan of water underneath, and cool it slowly and completely before serving.
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Hearty Lentil Soup II

Reviewed: Nov. 21, 2010
Very tasty! The only change I made was to increase everything by about 1/2, and that way it made 8 cups of soup or 6 good servings. I'd say the original recipe would make closer to 4 servings. You could add another can of stewed, crushed, or diced tomatoes, and maybe a regular onion instead of or in addition to the green onions if you prefer, but definitely very good as written.
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Easy Banana Brownies

Reviewed: Apr. 4, 2013
I took the advice of the original poster in her updated review, plus Pelirojo Peligroso's suggestion to increase the banana rather than the butter. So I used 1/2 c. margarine, 1 c. choc. chips, 2 eggs, 1 c. brown sugar, 2 small bananas, 1/2 tsp. vanilla, 1/4 tsp. salt, 3/4 c. flour, and 1 tbs. cocoa powder in a 6"x10" pan. They turned out great! I usually like my regular brownies fudgy, but being banana brownies, the slight "cakiness" seemed just perfect.
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Oatmeal Pancakes II

Reviewed: Oct. 21, 2013
These were good! I made them almost as directed, in the blender, with the only changes being that I used only 1/2 tsp. baking powder, 2% milk soured with lemon juice, and I added mini semisweet chocolate chips. The batter was thinner than I am used to, and they cooked very quickly, but they turned out with a nice smooth texture and very tasty!
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Greek Chicken Pasta

Reviewed: Sep. 28, 2008
This is yummy! My husband especially liked it and he is into foreign and ethnic foods. I would suggest adding a small can of tomato sauce and maybe using less than a whole pound of pasta. Either way, this is a very tasty dish.
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Carrot Cheesecake with Crumb Crust

Reviewed: Oct. 21, 2009
I tried to follow this recipe exactly but I have never seen a food processor big enough to handle this filling! I did as much as I could in mine and then dumped it in a bowl and used an electric hand mixer to beat in the cream cheese. Otherwise it was nice and easy. As for finished product, it tasted great, similar to pumpkin flavor, and the texture was firm and creamy. The top cracked, but mine usually do, and I actually think it makes it seem more homemade and authentic, and anyway the taste is far more important than appearance, and it tasted great! I'm a little ashamed to admit, but for the sake of review, six of us finished off the whole pie in one evening!
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Pork, Apple, and Ginger Stir-Fry with Hoisin Sauce

Reviewed: Sep. 11, 2010
Yummy! The applesauce gives it a unique twist on the usual homemade stir-fry. I used flour instead of cornstarch and only 4 tablespoons of soy sauce and I added some carrots, all pretty minor, and it was very tasty. Chicken could be used instead of pork, and of course, any crispy veggies could be added or used instead of the broccoli, and I'm sure it would still be very good.
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'Calabacitas Guisada' (Stewed Mexican Zucchini)

Reviewed: Apr. 22, 2013
As written, 3.5 stars. With minimal tweaking, 4.5. This is a really good side dish for Mexican main courses, like enchiladas, besides the classic rice and beans. The changes I made were adding some whole kernel corn, black pepper, and oregano to increase the flavor. I also used olive oil, quartered the zucchini lengthwise before slicing to create smaller pieces, and used a can of petite diced tomatoes instead of stewed, but that didn't make much difference. Black beans would be another tasty addition.
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English Royalty Chocolate Chip Scones

Reviewed: Jul. 10, 2013
The scones would have been 4 stars after fixing the recipe, but I, too, had to increase the orange juice to 1/2 cup (or 8 tbs.). There is NO way this would have worked with the crumbs I had at 3 tbs. of orange juice, which knocks the recipe down another star. After this correction, the scones were pretty tasty, but the texture wasn't your traditional scone texture, which isn't surprising considering the liquid is orange juice instead of buttermilk or cream. They were good enough to make 2 batches, but overall not my favorite scone recipe.
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