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Recipe Reviews 12 reviews
Brooke's Best Bombshell Brownies
My husband is always craving brownies, but he doens't like "cake like" brownies. I like making things from scratch, not from a box. So I tried these. They are good. Extremely rich though. Maybe that's a good thing because I cannot eat these all day even if I wanted too. I made small changes- I used half brown sugar and half white sugar- but I still used a total of 3 cups- they are very sweet. I wonder how 2 cups would taste? I used milk chocolate chips vs semi-sweet because I don't buy semi-sweet. Another thought- if you are adding nuts, I suggest decreasing the amount of salt you add to the mix. I tasted the batter after adding the salt- yummy. Then tasted it again after adding the nuts-salty! I know the recipe doesn't call for nuts, but what are brownies without walnuts!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 10, 2011
Fajita Marinade I
This marinade is pretty good. I didn't add the water as others mentioned. The only changes I made were using cider vinegar in place of the water, not using liquid smoke, and adding some cumin and coriander(1/2 tsp of each). We used it on chicken breasts and grilled them. Afterwards we just sliced them up- very tender! I usually freeze our meat in the marinades so the day we cook, all we have to do i thaw the meat. After the ckicken was thawed it marinated for about 6 hours in the fridge. I also sauteed bell pepper and onion using the juices from the marinade- to decrease the amount of oil needed(it's okay to use the marinade the chicken was in since it was heated to boiling temp for a while). I kept the lid on for a while, allowing the steam to help cook the veggies. I took it off towards the end to allow them to brown a bit.

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Reviewed On: May 13, 2011
Slow Cooker Pork Chops II
This recipe is very WEIRD! The flavors just don't go well together. I followed the recipe almost exactly- the only thing I did different was add a few extra garlic cloves and an onion. Both of which I couldn't even taste. Other reviewers are correct when they say the herbs are way too overpowering. For me it was the poultry seasoning. That's all I can taste!! The cooking times are also off. Mine were falling apart after 2.5 hours on high. My husband complained about them being dry- maybe it's because the recipe calls for poking holes in the pork? I've always been told not to do that with meats because it lets the juices out. The sauce is a nice consistency, but again, it just tastes like poultry seasoning. This is an over-rated recipe IMHO, and for those who plan to try it- have a back up plan for dinner.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 13, 2011

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