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Chicken and Garlic

Reviewed: Mar. 7, 2012
Even with the juice of a whole lemon and lime, this was kind of plain -- and dry served over rice. If there were some way to make a sauce of these ingredients, it might be yummy because the flavors are good. Watch your chicken closely because overcooking will make this dish even more dry.
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Caesar Salad Supreme

Reviewed: Feb. 5, 2012
I followed this recipe exactly, but neither I nor my Caesar salad-loving family members liked this. The dressing is very thick, too garlicky, and there is WAY too much of it. Even when I added a second large head of Romaine, the salad was overwhelmed.
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Southwestern Egg Rolls

Reviewed: Feb. 5, 2012
I followed this recipe to a T -- except -- baked instead of fried. They were restaurant quality, very yummy. Be sure to use THIN flour tortillas, not the soft/puffy variety. To bake, place rolls on a baking sheet covered with parchment if you have it. Coat rolls with cooking spray and bake on center rack at 450 for 10-12 min., checking halfway through, until dark golden brown. I doubled the filling recipe and made 8 rolls using 8-inch tortillas, adding avocado slices to half of them before rolling. Sliced finished rolls in half on the diagonal to serve. Worked out very nicely.
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Spinach-Stuffed Flounder with Mushrooms and Feta

Reviewed: Jan. 21, 2012
As-is I think it's a great idea for a healthy dish, but needs seasonings -- 3 stars. Using suggestions of other reviewers, it is 4 stars. Next time I will try cooking it on the stovetop (covered skillet) to see if fish turns out more moist.
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Candy Cane Fudge

Reviewed: Jan. 17, 2012
Vanilla baking chips are not available in my area; I only found them online from one seller but used white chocolate instead. In that case, people who don't care for white chocolate (like myself) probably won't like this as much. But it's so pretty and a nice touch at Christmas. Stir the candy cane powder and shards into the fudge, swirl in red food coloring (rather than stirring it in completely), then press the larger pieces of candy cane into the top.
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Chantal's New York Cheesecake

Reviewed: Jan. 17, 2012
Absolutely delicious, classic recipe. Turns out great made with half Neufchatal cream cheese. We eat it plain or topped with canned pie filling (cherry or berry) or homemade fudge sauce. Mine comes out with a huge crack even after following directions, but no matter -- I've made it twice and the flavor and texture are incredible; everyone loves it.
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Bright and Zesty Broccoli

Reviewed: Jan. 17, 2012
I really wanted to like this as it is an easy and quick way to give a twist to regular ol' broccoli. But my family did not care for it. It had a bitter taste (maybe from cooking the orange zest?) and was too spicy (we are "mild heat" type of folks).
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Fudge Sundae Sauce

Reviewed: Dec. 26, 2011
Good --not too sweet -- and very easy. Made half a recipe. Take care when reheating as too much heat will make it too thin.
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Sugar Cookie Frosting

Reviewed: Dec. 24, 2011
This frosting reminds me of low-end bakery frosting, with the taste and texture of shortening.
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Pumpkin Waffles with Apple-Cranberry Relish

Reviewed: Nov. 26, 2010
I wish I could concur with other reviewers but I can't on this one. I followed the waffle recipe exactly. What I liked about this recipe was the use of WW pastry flour and pumpkin, and the spice seemed like a nice touch. In reality, I found them to be bland, very little pumpkin or spice flavor. They tasted very "eggy" to me. I needed more flour because the first few waffles were golden on the outside but not cooked in the middle. The cranberry relish is a unique touch, but couldn't make up for the waffles. I don't think I'll make this again as nice as idea as it is.
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No Bake Sugar Free Cheese Cake

Reviewed: Sep. 27, 2010
Hmmm, I like the alternative but diabetic people should be aware that this recipe is not sugar free. Graham crackers have 7g of sugar per serving, Ingredients in graham crackers typically include sugar and high-fructose corn syrup.
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Peach Coffee Cake II

Reviewed: Jun. 20, 2010
This is a good recipe and a nice side dish at breakfast time, and looks delicious. The cake was light and moist and the peaches tender -- everything you'd expect a coffee cake to be. But like some others I found the overall recipe lacking in flavor. Part of that (I think) was because my peaches were bland, but mostly I think this recipe needs spices added to the batter and/or sugar/spices added to the fresh peaches. If I make it again, I'd be tempted to make extra topping and add a layer of topping under the peaches. Canned peaches might actually be better because of the extra sugar/syrup would add flavor. I used my stand mixer and mixed the batter really well till light. Be sure not to put too much batter on the bottom half (layer will seem thin but that's OK) or you won't have enough to stretch over the top. I found that using dinner knives (one to spread the batter and the other to scrape stuck batter off the spreader) did the trick in mostly covering the peaches. Love the topping and it was a satisfactory amount for me. By the way, using fresh peaches, this takes much longer than the 20 minutes indicated to prepare. I used a glass pan sprayed with coating (no flour) and the cake came right out.
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The Best Rolled Sugar Cookies

Reviewed: Feb. 13, 2010
You will like this recipe if you are after a thick, chewy cookie like the ones you can often purchase piled high with frosting that are appealing to the eye. Kids will love these. If you are after a cookie that has good texture and flavor, this isn't your recipe. I added the extra teaspoon of vanilla but that didn't do much for the flavor, which is bland. The texture was chewy -- not bad per se -- just not what I think a delicious sugar cookie should be. Also, the surfaces of my finished cookies were crackled, not good if you plan to use a glaze or thin icing. However, I used 1/2 cup extra sugar so that might be the reason; therefore I didn't take that into consideration when rating but it's worth mentioning for others to consider. You can achieve a thick, tender cookie with just about any sugar cookie recipe if you roll the dough thick and are careful to slightly undercook the cookies, similar to the process in this recipe. But other recipes will give you more texture and more flavor.
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Bacon Gravy for Biscuits

Reviewed: Nov. 8, 2009
I really wanted to like this because my family loves sausage gravy and we love bacon. But we did not care for this at all. The gravy itself was not flavorful and adding the bacon bits just made it very salty overall without adding much flavor. When adjusting the seasoning, taste spoonfuls WITH the bacon, not just the gravy, because the bacon has a huge effect on the overall saltiness. I used 2 T. fat, 2 T. flour and about 1.5 cups skim milk to achieve the right consistency. Let gravy "simmer" between stirring to get it to thicken up. I was hoping to get more flavor payoff for the fat+salt price you pay with this recipe. We would have preferred eating our bacon and biscuits solo (more flavor, less trouble and mess). It's a fun idea but didn't work for us.
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Glazed Chicken Wings

Reviewed: Sep. 27, 2009
These are yummy and super easy. Be sure the wings are dry to the touch before you start, especially if using thawed frozen wings, or you could end up with watery sauce that doesn't stick.
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Santa Fe Rice Salad

Reviewed: Sep. 27, 2009
This recipe is so different from the typical salad, and I loved it. It is such a beautiful, healthy, delicious dish. I used brown rice and that was terrific (although I'm a white rice rice lover and want to try that next). I would advise serving the avocado on the side if you're not sure about the tastes of those who will consume it. I made this for a potluck that required gluten-free and vegetarian dishes -- not an easy thing to accommodate -- and it was a hit. My gluten-free aunt continues to rave about this salad months later.
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Margaritas

Reviewed: Sep. 27, 2009
This recipe is about as easy as they come -- with my regular Kitchen Aid blender I don't even crush the ice first. These Margaritas are not too sweet, not too tart, and they will get rave reviews from your friends! What more could you ask for in a drink?!? This recipe is a keeper.
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Unbelievable Chicken

Reviewed: Sep. 27, 2009
This is an easy recipe for a cook-out. I thought the flavor was great but this recipe didn't get any wows from my guests and my husband wanted to put barbecue sauce on it! So good flavor but I think the dish overall comes across as a bit plain for some.
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Classic Macaroni Salad

Reviewed: Sep. 27, 2009
I followed this recipe pretty much to the letter except used a lower-fat mayo and I doubled the recipe for a party. This salad has an interesting flavor but was too sweet for our tsste, and mine turned out a bit soupy.
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Baked Doughnuts

Reviewed: Jul. 11, 2009
I made these based on the instructions that said a cookie sheet would work (I don't have a donut pan) and the first few reviews, which were all positive. I wish I had read more reviews because I too found these (a) not at all donuts; (b) nearly flavorless. They smell wonderful but they taste bland and are not very sweet. Because the batter was so thin, I ended up making muffins -- makes about 16 of them. My kids at them after I added some Cinnamon Bun Icing from this site.
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