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Big Soft Ginger Cookies

Reviewed: Sep. 27, 2009
Not bad at all. The cloves weren't overwhelming for me as some reviewers complained, but I really like spicy gingerbread cookies. I swapped spiced rum for the water, which I really enjoyed. The flavor of these cookies was excellent, and the texture was nice and soft. I flattened them a bit as instructed, and they came out of the oven absolutely beautiful, but they flattened quite a bit while cooling - as flat as a ginger snap, though they somehow maintained their softness. Odd. I'll likely make these again, but I'd love to figure out how to make them less flat. I don't want "dough balls" as other reviewers complained of, but I'd like something with a little volume. Thanks for the recipe.
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Award Winning Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

Reviewed: Sep. 23, 2009
Amazing!! I swore by the Toll House recipe for years, but these are so much better. This is now my go-to cookie recipe! To the person who was confused by the pudding mix - add the powder to the butter and sugar mixture. No need to cook in advance.
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Spicy Baked Feta (Feta Psiti)

Reviewed: Sep. 12, 2009
Excellent idea. I drizzled with garlic infused olive oil and added cherry tomatoes and juice from 1/2 a lemon. Huge hit at my cocktail party last night. Be sure to enjoy when it's hot, as the feta hardens back up as it cools.
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Bacon Wrapped Dates Stuffed with Blue Cheese

Reviewed: Sep. 12, 2009
I made these last night for a party, and they were a huge hit. I thought blue cheese would be too potent with the other flavors, so I substituted goat cheese. I also followed recommendations to add toasted almond slivers, but they were completely lost in all the other big flavors - I'll skip this next time. I cooked mine on a grate over a baking sheet, which was fantastic for allowing the fat to drip down and keep the bacon crispy. I didn't need toothpicks because the dates were so sticky. One pound of bacon was perfect for a 10 oz container of dates. I didn't know what to expect with this recipe and tried it on a whim, and even as I was assembling the dates, I wasn't convinced that they'd be any good, but I will *definitely* make these again.
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Double Tomato Bruschetta

Reviewed: Jan. 1, 2009
I tried this out for my NYE party last night, and it was a HUGE hit. I added a lot more balsamic than called for, just because I love it. I also added a touch of sugar to round out the flavors. I used canned diced tomatoes and drained them in a mesh colander. I was asked for the recipe several times, and my boyfriend demanded that I remember this recipe and make it often. This would be amazing as a pasta sauce as well.
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Jalapeno Popper Wontons

Reviewed: Dec. 21, 2008
I tested out these babies for a party last night. They were really easy to assemble, and it didn't take long to make all 20-some wontons. I opted to bake instead of fry, and since I already had my oven set to 350, I tossed these in for about 15 minutes - which I don't recommend. I brushed them with oil as others had recommended, but they didn't crisp up like they should have. The edges got dark brown while the middle was still soft and white. Other posters recommended high heats for shorter amounts of time - that must be the key? Also, though I thought I was careful to seal them well, I got "seepage" on every single one. So they weren't very pretty, and they weren't totally crispy, but people LOVED them. I wasn't crazy about them myself, but they were one of the first things to be eaten up. I would make these again and see if I can figure out what I did wrong.
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Grandmother's Buttermilk Cornbread

Reviewed: Nov. 16, 2008
Excellent, slightly sweet cornbread. I followed the recipe to the letter, except I baked it with some extra butter in a cast iron skillet. It was devoured in one day by my boyfriend and my roommate. Great with a soup or stew.
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Italian Spaghetti Sauce with Meatballs

Reviewed: Sep. 23, 2008
These meatballs cooked in the sauce are fantastic. They're juicy and moist and after making them this way, I will never go back to precooking.
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Banana Crumb Muffins

Reviewed: Sep. 21, 2008
Yum! I tried this recipe to see what all the hype was about, and I wasn't disappointed. The muffins were very easy to make, and the crunchy topping is key. I came out with 11 large muffins. I added some vanilla and a handful of chopped walnuts. I'll definitely make these again and will make them as a loaf bread as well.
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Cinnamon Sweet Potato Slices

Reviewed: Sep. 20, 2008
Not sure what went wrong here. I used a mandolin to slice the potatoes to a uniform 1/16" and reduced the oven temp to 350 as recommended by other reviewers. The edges curled up, but the chips never crisped up. I left them in too long, apparently, and most of them burnt - but the ones that didn't burn still didn't get crispy. The unburnt chips were tasty, but it's not worth slicing a whole potato to get 5 or 6 decent (but soft) chips. This is a good idea, but I'll try another recipe.
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Black Bean and Salsa Soup

Reviewed: Sep. 20, 2008
Quick and yummy meal. I've been making this recipe for years, after seeing a similar version in a magazine. It comes together in about five minutes with ingredients most people keep in the pantry, and it can be adjusted for taste using hotter or milder salsas.
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