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Five Star Cheesecake

Reviewed: Oct. 1, 2009
I chose this cheesecake recipe because it only calls for 3 pkgs. cream cheese, which I preferred over some of the other recipes that called for 4 or 5! pkgs. I wanted a classic cheesecake, and this fits the bill. Texture is very creamy. I did use another recipe for the crust (1 1/2 C graham cracker crumbs, 1/3 C melted butter, 1/4 C sugar - bake for 10 minutes). I've made other cheesecakes in the past, and have had problems with cracking or sinking in the middle. This one looks perfect, due to the water bath. I did have trouble with water leaking into the springform pan (I ended up making the crust twice because the first one was ruined), but will experiment a bit more with the technique to get it just right. I read online to use a plastic turkey oven bag instead of the foil. No leaks! I served the cheesecake with a seedless raspberry sauce I made from frozen berries and sugar. This made an excellent birthday cake for my BF.
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Best Baked French Fries

Reviewed: Jan. 28, 2013
Cripsy and delicious! I cut back some on the olive oil, and didn't notice any difference. Also added one teaspoon onion powder. You really can't taste the sugar. I've tried many other recipes that are baked instead of fried, and this one really delivers. I was very impressed with my oven fries! Definitely going in the permanent file.
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Sweet Potato Bake

Reviewed: Apr. 5, 2010
This is a yummy dish. I put everything in my stand mixer and let the machine do the work for me. My dad later told me that he bakes his sweet potatoes, which is much easier than cutting them (they're so hard!) and boiling, and it also makes for a firmer texture. Also, I made my dish the night before since I had so much cooking to do. I wish I would have waited to put the pecan topping on just before cooking instead of letting it sit overnight - I think it would have been better that way. My man and 2 year old son loved this, of course - it tastes like dessert!
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Antipasto Squares

Reviewed: Dec. 29, 2011
I'm not normally a fan of crescent rolls, but these little sandwiches were tasty. I served these on Christmas Eve as an appetizer, and the men especially liked them. Boyfriend said these tasted like pizza, which is a high compliment coming from him. I prebaked the bottom layer of crescent rolls before I layered on the meats and cheeses. At the last minute I decided against pouring the egg mixture over the top of the filling. That just sounds so strange to me. I did beat one egg and brush the top of the unbaked crescent roll crust. I'll make these again - probably for men who are watching football.
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Feta Cheese Ball

Reviewed: Dec. 27, 2010
This was delicious, and it tided everyone over before our Christmas dinner. I halved the recipe, as we only had 8 people, but kept the 4 oz. of feta. Served with Sun Dried Tomato and Basil Wheat Thins, this was a big hit. It almost tastes like Boursin, which is wonderful. I loved that I already had everything to make it, and it was a cinch to throw everything in my Kitchenaid mixer and let it do the work. This ones goes in the permanent file!
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Spicy South of the Border Spinach Cheese Dip

Reviewed: Jul. 12, 2010
I made this for my Bunco party, and was asked for the recipe several times. I loved that it was so easy to make, and actually made quite a bit. The dip was delicious and spicy - a welcome change from the traditional spinach dip with the mayo, water chestnuts, etc. I did substitute two cans of Rotel for the tomatoes and chilis. I may use mild Rotel next time, depending on who's eating. It was great, but definitely too spicy for kids. Also used only 8 oz. of a Mexican shredded cheese blend and it was plenty. I also added a few cloves of minced garlic. The tiny bit I had leftover reheated nicely in the microwave the next day. I'll definitely make this one again, probably sooner than later because I'm still craving it!
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Paul Bunyan Burgers

Reviewed: Sep. 9, 2010
We love Paul Bunyan burgers! We just eat them as hamburger steaks, without the cheese and bun. I like mine with a squirt of ketchup, but boyfriend likes A-1. I have made these many times, and have tweaked the recipe a little. I quit adding the bacon, because it didn't add that much flavor and it was just more calories and work. I use a can of mushrooms, lots of chopped garlic, a little Cajun seasoning, Tabasco, and a few tablespoons of bread crumbs to keep it all together. Boyfriend says it's like meatloaf on the grill. Yum. Everyone, including toddler, likes these.
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Perfect Turkey

Reviewed: Apr. 6, 2010
I'm torn between a 3-star and a 4-star review. I was delighted that my first ever turkey turned out so moist and flavorful, but it was just too dang salty. I even used less than the amount of kosher salt called for, and made sure to rinse the bird very well after brining, but it was just too much. I made a very rich turkey stock from the bones, but the excess salt was overpowering. I may try this again after reading more about brining, but perhaps I would skip that step next time and just try to baste often.
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Wild Rice with Cranberries and Caramelized Onions

Reviewed: Feb. 5, 2010
I made this dish this morning for a ladies lunch. I needed a quick side and had all ingredients on hand. I followed the directions exactly, but wasn't too pleased with the results. I actually didn't even serve it and I threw it out. I think the onions were just overwhelming or something. The ingredients didn't really complement each other. Not a success for me, though other reviewers seemed to have liked it.
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Honey Mustard Dream Delight Pork Chops

Reviewed: Jun. 11, 2009
Yum. These have become a summer standard at our house. I don't put quite as much spice on the chops as the recipe calls for. In fact, I just mix up a batch of the rub and keep it in jar in my pantry so I always have some on hand. Also, I just use whatever mustards I have on hand, but the honey and horseradish are a must.
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Italian Sausage Soup

Reviewed: Jan. 24, 2011
We really liked this. Made as written, with the addition of an onion and 2 more cups of broth. Man said he would eat again, which surprised me given the recipe is veggie-heavy. Grated Parmesan on top is a must!
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Eggplant Mixed Grill

Reviewed: Sep. 9, 2010
This was delicious. Doubled the marinade. You could really use whatever veggies you have on hand. I'm not sure I like eggplant, but the yellow squash stole the show.
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Apple-Feta Tossed Salad

Reviewed: Nov. 21, 2011
I have to agree with other reviewers - this vinaigrette was barely tolerable. I added the 2 T oil, even though it wasn't in the recipe. Still way to tangy. I also had issues with the walnuts. I made as directed the first time, and they burned before the 15 minutes were up. The second time I didn't bake them after cooking them in the skillet. That worked better, but they just tasted like butter. This was very disappointing to me, as we were having a ladies' lunch and my pregnant friend, who hosted, requested I bring a yummy salad. Sadly, this was not it.
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Freezer Caramel Drizzle Pie

Reviewed: Jul. 11, 2011
I made this for the 4th of July, and it was pretty darn good on a hot summer day. Definitely decadent and very rich - everyone enjoyed it although some couldn't finish their piece it was so rich. I made one 9x13 instead of two pies. I also made my own graham cracker crust by using 2 C graham crumbs, 1 stick of butter, and 1/3 C sugar. I would do it this way again, just because it seems easier to me than making two pies - easy to transport and serve. Also, be careful when toasting the pecans and coconut. I was distracted by my three-year old and burnt the first batch, and had to start over (not unusual for me). Like another reviewer said, one of the guests suggested chocolate in addition to the caramel. Yum.
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Roasted Red Pepper and Goat Cheese Frittata

Reviewed: Jun. 28, 2011
This was interesting. I love quiche, so I've always wanted to try a frittata. I just happened to have everthing on hand, and while it was good, it was rather bland. I added onion for extra flavor, and even more basil than the recipe called for. I think I'll try a frittata again, although maybe without the potatoes next time.
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Death by Chocolate Mousse

Reviewed: Aug. 10, 2010
Yum, this is so decadent and delicious. I used a prepared chocolate crust, and had enough mousse left over to fill four parfait cups. I actually preferred the mousse on it's own, but the pie topped with whipped cream (and chocolate shavings!) was pretty darn good too. This is incredibly rich, so some people had a hard time finishing their pie. I used the food processor method, and it was so easy.
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Grilled Romaine Salad

Reviewed: Aug. 10, 2010
I had a similar salad at a nice restaurant when visiting Miami, and had always wanted to try this at home. This was very good. I cut down considerably on the olive oil in the recipe - I only used 1/4 cup for the roasted tomatoes (which were wonderful) and probably a 1/2 cup for the dressing (which was the best balsalmic dressing I've ever had). Otherwise I used the amounts called for. Also, the romaine definitely cannot stay on the grill over high heat for 5-10 minutes. I put it on, flipped it almost immediately, and took it off. Just enough to get a nice char on the leaves, but it was probably less than a minute or two total. Everyone enjoyed this salad, and one person even asked for the recipe.
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Absolutely The Best Shrimp Scampi

Reviewed: Jan. 24, 2010
I've been looking for a great scampi recipe, and I think with a little tweaking this might be it. I followed the recipe to a T, with good results. I'm not sure the flour is completely necessary, and next time I would definitely double the sauce. I think I'll try this one again...
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Rhinelander Lentil Soup

Reviewed: Dec. 30, 2009
I have to admit I was very leery of lentil soup - I'd never had it before but just happened to have some lentils in my pantry that needed to be used. I did make several changes to the recipe, but it turned out just delicious. I did not use the olive oil, as the bacon drippings provided enough grease to saute the veggies in. Left out the flour and nutmeg, and substituted 28 oz. crushed tomatoes for the potatoes. I also added just under a cup of red wine. Such a rich flavor, and very economical to make. The soup is so hearty, my meat eating man even enjoyed this. I'm hooked on lentil soup!
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Blue Bacon Stuffed Mushrooms

Reviewed: Dec. 28, 2009
These were phenomenal. I made the recipe just as written, and the filling was enough to stuff 16 oz. of fresh button mushrooms. Perfect complement to our Christmas feast. My sister said they were the best stuffed mushrooms she had ever had, and my picky man said they were his favorite dish of the meal. Delicious! This one is going in the permenant file.
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