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Cream Cheese Penguins

Reviewed: Dec. 2, 2003
These are the cutest things. I made them for a cocktail party last weekend, and I'm still getting emails raving about them. One guy took one home. Rather than whipping the cream cheese, I microwaved it and tstirred in a bit of onion soup mix to give it some flavour, and then piped it in using a parchment paper cone. I have to admit, they weren't that tasty, but the visual presentation made up for it big time. I put it on a frosty blue tray covered in saran wrap, and added a cheese ball igloo. Make sure you warn people about the toothpick (sometimes it's not that visible) My only problem is.. how am I going to top this recipe for my next cocktail party?!?
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Indonesian Satay

Reviewed: Dec. 2, 2003
I used the marinade on both chicken (as called for in the recipe) and tenderized cubes of beef, and it was wonderful. The sauce was good too, I doubled the amount of peanut butter. They didn't last long on the platter!
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Butternut Squash Soup

Reviewed: Jan. 4, 2004
When I received an immersion blender as a gift for my birthday, the first recipe I tried was this one, and all of the rave reviews are true... this is an amazing soup. The first time I tried it, I used one 8 oz package (it was too rich) The second time (I must admit, a few days later), I used half of a package (4 oz) and it turned out much better. I can't even imagine trying it with the two! Second admission.. I licked the bowl! It's that good. One thing of note: after the first try, I now always leave out the onion/butter step. I didn't like finding little pieces of onion in an otherwise smooth soup.
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Irish Lamb Stew

Reviewed: Mar. 18, 2005
The stew was fabulous. I used 4 pounds of lamb shoulder (trimmed off much of the fat), and added 1 cup of Guinness instead of the white wine. I did not have thyme, so I used rosemary instead. I also added extra garlic. You MUST make the Irresistible Irish Soda Bread (allrecipes as well). Next time, I will add more vegetables.
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Irresistible Irish Soda Bread

Reviewed: Mar. 18, 2005
Moist and delicious, I followed this recipe exactly and I don't think it could have come out better! Next time, I will add craisins for a different taste. A perfect complement to the Irish Lamb Stew (also on allrecipes)
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It's Chili by George!!

Reviewed: Mar. 18, 2005
Reading the other reviews, I did not put the tomato juice in, but put in another can of tomato sauce. I've only used my slow cooker a few times, and although I believe it brought out the flavours considerably, I think the ground beef tastes better when it is not slow cooked. Next time, I may add the cooked ground beef an hour before the end of cooking.
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Coconut Shrimp I

Reviewed: Mar. 18, 2005
I made these as an appetizer to a Valentine's Day this year. The recipe is delicious, and I would not modify it at all. To plate it, I positioned the shrimps two at a time to form a heart, and also drew hearts with a red Thai dipping sauce on the plate.
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Crab-Stuffed Filet Mignon with Whiskey Peppercorn Sauce

Reviewed: Mar. 18, 2005
The crab stuffing was fabulous... but not in this dish. I would definitely make it again. I used sirloin medallions which was better cost than the filet mignon, and tasted magnificent. Bringing the sauce down to 1 cup took a while,and I added a little bit of flour to thicken it.
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Biscotti

Reviewed: Mar. 18, 2005
I add 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla and 1/2 teaspoon of almond extract instead of the anise. I also add sliced blanched almonds.. delicious! I always get asked for this recipe whenever I make it for other people. Next time I think I will dip some in chocolate.
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Awesome Sausage, Apple and Cranberry Stuffing

Reviewed: Mar. 18, 2005
This is by far my favourite stuffing recipe. I don't think I would make any other stuffing than this! I use chicken stock instead of turkey stock. Spectacular flavours... I can never make enough. Your dinner will become stuffing with a side order of turkey... it's that good. PLEASE use double the amount of fresh herbs. This is a MUST.
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Herman Reunion Cheese Ball

Reviewed: Mar. 18, 2005
Hot pepper sauce adds a great kick. I am not a fan of pecans, so I leave them out.
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Classic Bran Muffins

Reviewed: Mar. 30, 2005
I use this recipe all the time. I substituted 1/3 cup of apple sauce for the vegetable oil, and cut down the sugar to 1/3 cup. If you dont have buttermilk, you can use one cup of milk and one tablespoon of lemon juice (let sit for 5-10 minutes). I've added apples and cinnamon; blueberries; and strawberries... very yummy and healthy!
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Chocolate Cupcakes

Reviewed: Jun. 12, 2005
Great, simple recipe. As other bakers here suggested, I filled the cups up to 2/3 instead of 3/4 (made exactly 16 cupcakes) and baked for 19 minutes. I thought it had great flavour; remember, the recipe is only as good as your ingredients; maybe it was the cocoa powder the other bakers used..?
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Absolutely Best Brownies

Reviewed: Sep. 30, 2007
I love this recipe. They turn out soooo good, and the recipe is so easy! Definitely double the amount you make - if you don't, you'll wish you did when they're all gone!
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Red Lentil Curry

Reviewed: Feb. 18, 2008
Love this recipe. Only thing I do differently is to use diced tomatoes. This recipe is a keeper!
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Pastry for Double-Crust Pie

Reviewed: Jan. 25, 2009
This is my new pie crust recipe - I will never need a new one again! Followed the recipe exactly. For cold water, I used ice water.
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Szechwan Shrimp

Reviewed: Feb. 25, 2009
Nice and quick recipe. I doubled the sauce - next time I will triple the sauce since I like a lot of sauce. Didn't have green onions, but I did have some frozen vegetables which definitely improved the dish!
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Brooke's Best Bombshell Brownies

Reviewed: Mar. 1, 2009
Yum! This is going to be my brownie recipe from now on. I made it in a 9x13 pan, and it made perfectly sized brownies. I buttered the pan, placed parchment paper in it, and then buttered and floured it which made it easier to remove once it cooled. I used 2 cups of white sugar and found the sweetness to be perfect. Next time I will try to use Splenda to see if I can make this into a low-carb dessert!
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Spinach Salad With Berries and Curry Dressing

Reviewed: Mar. 15, 2009
Made the dressing with baby spinach and sliced strawberries. Delicious!
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Bread Machine Rolls

Reviewed: Dec. 22, 2009
I am constantly asked to make these rolls when I'm hosting a holiday dinner, or bring them if I'm not! I measure them out into 30g balls, place on a pie plate (I spray with Pam) and let them rise before putting them in the oven. Makes 3 pie plates worth (8-9, with one in the middle). I also followed the advice of one reviewer, and to make ahead, I let them rise, then bake for 15-18 minutes at 250F, cool and freeze. Then I bake from frozen on a cookie sheet for 7 min in a 400F oven, keeping close watch to make sure they don't get too browned. I never use the egg wash, I found I never needed to. People will have 3 rolls with dinner, they are that good.
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