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Quinoa and Black Beans

Reviewed: Mar. 26, 2012
This was great for a quick weeknight meal. I used a red onion, omitted cayenne (for the kids), and replaced one of the cans of beans with some leftover rotisserie chicken breast that I had on hand. I also used chicken broth, since I had a carton open. Very flavorful and a hit with the family!
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Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake

Reviewed: Dec. 30, 2011
Wonderful! I only had 6 oz. of cream cheese, so I added a little extra butter. Cook time for me was 55 min. Came out light and delicious!
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Apple Enchilada Dessert

Reviewed: Jun. 20, 2006
This was great! I prepped this early in the day and stuck it in the fridge. When we were finishing up our main course, I popped it in the oven. Everyone was thrilled with the "fresh from the oven" dessert, which I served with vanilla bean ice cream. Leftovers were great reheated as well. Be sure to use a high-quality pie filling - it will make all the difference!
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Empanadas

Reviewed: Jun. 20, 2006
This dough is super. I had no problems with the consistency or the filling. I used plenty of flour when rolling out and baked on parchment-lined baking sheets. Definitely go with parchment if you want an easy clean up! If you're like me and don't like the hassle of rolling out dough, you can also shape these into 1" balls, then press the balls flat with the bottom of a glass - much less work & mess! Finally, use high-quality preserves for your filling - it will make a difference!
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Antojitos Minis

Reviewed: Jun. 20, 2006
These were great! I cut the tortillas into 4" circles, which made it so they went up the sides of the muffin cups to make a tartlet shell. I baked the tortillas first to make them crunchy. Then I added the filling. To the filling recipe, I added a couple of links of cooked, chopped Chorizo sausage - delish! I also drained the salsa before adding it, and I had no problems with the filling being soggy. The melted cheese is what holds everything together. I added some extra black beans and omitted the chili powder, as the chorizo gave it an extra kick. These got rave reviews from my guests & I will definitely make them again!
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A-Number-1 Banana Cake

Reviewed: Nov. 14, 2005
This cake is awesome! I frosted it with Debra Steward's Chocolate Fudge Buttercream Frosting (on this site) and then pressed chopped toasted hazelnuts into the sides of the cake. It was fabulous! Instead of largely chopped walnuts, I ground the nuts in the blender, which gave the cake a great texture. I should also mention that I made this cake on a Thursday, wrapped the layers in plastic, transported them several hours in the car, frosted them on Saturday morning and served the cake Saturday night - it traveled incredibly well and was the moistest cake I've ever made. You just can't go wrong with this one, and it is now a part of my permanent recipe collection. Thanks!
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Chocolate Fudge Buttercream Frosting

Reviewed: Nov. 14, 2005
This frosting is fabulous! I used it to frost Kevin Ryan's A-Number-One Banana Cake on this site, then I pressed chopped, toasted hazelnuts into the sides of the cake. It was fantastic, and has quickly become one of our family's favorite cakes! From now on, I'm going to keep a jar of hot fudge on hand just for this recipe. Thanks!
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Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Soup

Reviewed: Nov. 14, 2005
This came out great - my husband really loved it. The only thing I would do differently next time is add half a bottle of beer, rather than the whole bottle. I like beer, but the flavor overpowered the seasonings a bit. Of course, it could have just been the brand of beer I used (a poplular Mexican beer). We'll definately make this one again!
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Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball

Reviewed: Sep. 21, 2005
This is great! I also found it to be more of a "dip" consistency, rather than a cheeseball, but that worked out great - I just stirred in the chips and nuts. I've served it with graham sticks, pretzels, and fruit. Another great idea for this dip is to make fruit pizza with it. Spread a tube of refrigerated sugar cookie dough onto a round pizza pan and bake according to the package directions. Once cooled, spread this dip over it, leaving a "crust" around the outside. Then layer sliced fresh strawberries on top. (To prep the strawberries, slice, then add a few tablespoons of sugar. Mix it up and let stand at room temp for about 20 minutes.) Fabulous!
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Antipasto Pasta Salad

Reviewed: Jun. 24, 2005
Fantastic! Finally a pasta salad that makes everyone ask for the recipe! I made several changes based on what I had on hand: 1. cavatappi rather than shells, 2. cubed mozzarella rather than asiago, 3. used one fresh red bell pepper, but no green pepper, 4. used one jar of roasted red peppers (yum), 5. used the parmesan italian flavored dressing mix & omitted the parm from the dressing, 6. added a handful of shredded fresh parm cheese, 7. omitted salami, 8., added a couple of handfuls of finely chopped fresh spinach (for color, more than anything else). I would have actually preferred some of the original ingredients, but didn't have them handy (like asiago - mmmmm). This still turned out incredibly good and I'll be making it again frequently - this is the kind of salad that I will never make the same way twice but will always be delicious! Thanks!
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Judy's Strawberry Pretzel Salad

Reviewed: Jun. 22, 2005
Fantastic! Next time I will use fresh strawberries, and I'm also going to work on lightening this recipe up so that I can eat it more often!
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Sweet and Crunchy Salad

Reviewed: Jun. 22, 2005
This was really good. Used almonds and sesame seeds rather than cashews and sunflower seeds. Used the oriental ramen, which was great. I made the night before and did not soak the noodles. I also crushed up the noodles first. Next time, I'll soak the noodles and I won't crush them - I think it will make for a prettier presentation. I also doubled the recipe, which I won't do again. I took this to a large picnic & there was still a ton left over. But I will definitely make this again!
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Lemon Bundt Cake

Reviewed: Apr. 3, 2005
This was great! I made it in 2 9-inch rounds, and frosted with the lemon cream cheese frosting, also from this site. I filled it with Rhubarb-Strawberry Fruit Spread (from Tastefully Simple), and used a strawberry and a twist of lemon rind for garnish. Delightful!
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Coconut Cake III

Reviewed: Apr. 3, 2005
This was fabulous. I followed the advice of others and used cream of coconut in place of the oil, and also added some to the frosting. I omitted the coconut from the frosting, but topped the cake w/toasted coconut. I was tempted to use untoasted coconut to have a white cake. I'm glad I resisted temptation and toasted it first - what a fantastic difference it makes! I made this in two 9-inch rounds, and the cake traveled very well. It was also great a few days later - wish we still had some left!
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Nutella® Cheesecake

Reviewed: Apr. 3, 2005
My husband LOVED this! I bought an extra large pre-made graham cracker crust, and filled it as directed. I then whipped some cream and added just a touch of vanilla and sugar, and used this as a topping. The whipped cream topping cut the richness of the Nutella filling nicely. To finish, I drizzled some chocolate topping (I used the stuff from Tastefully Simple) in a lattice pattern on top. It looked and tasted great. We'll be making "Nutella Pie" again, that's for sure!
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Pork Chop and Potato Casserole

Reviewed: Jan. 22, 2004
This actually came out quite good, however I made several changes based on previous reviews and the ingredients that I had on hand. I used a can of cream of onion soup and reduced the amount of onion by 1/4 cup. There were just two of us, so I used only two chops with the same amount of potatoes called for, but I used an 8x8 pan. I seasoned the potatoes and pork with garlic powder, salt and pepper before searing. I layered half the potatoes, then half the soup mixture, remaining potatoes, pork chops, then remaining soup mixture. I also used a 4-cheese mexican blend rather than cheddar. Cooking time was the same - the pork was moist & the potatoes were great, plus we had plenty of potatoes left over for the next day's lunch. If you like onion, you would like this variation of the recipe!
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Candied Chicken Breasts

Reviewed: Jan. 18, 2004
This was very good, & my husband loved it. I thought the mustard stood out a bit too much, so next time I'll cut the amount in half. Otherwise, I was very pleased! Thanks!
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Easy Slow Cooker French Dip

Reviewed: Jan. 18, 2004
This was great. I took bits & pieces of others' advice & ended up rubbing Worcestershire sauce & garlic powder on a chuck roast, then searing it before putting in slow cooker. Then I used: 1 can cambell's beef consomme, 1 packet lipton onion soup, 2 cups water, 2 cloves minced garlic, and 12 oz. Guinness beer (I really think a high-quality dark beer is best. You don't taste the beer at all, but even if you did, it would be the good stuff!). I used an electric knife to slice the meat. Then I strained the liquids to get a clear broth, returned broth & meat to the cooker for one more hour, then strained & skimmed the fat on the broth again before serving as an au jus. It was fabulous & well worth the effort! Thanks!
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Coffee Liqueur Brownies

Reviewed: Nov. 26, 2003
These came out great, although I did do a few things different. Like the previous reviewer, I mixed in a separate bowl and microwaved the chocolat & butter to keep things neat. I used 1 1/2 tbsp. of Kahlua, which made for very moist & chewy brownies. I nixed the powdered sugar, and instead sprinkled chopped hazelnuts over the batter before cooking. Next time I think I'll double the recipe and use a 9x13 pan. Thanks - these were great!
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Chocolate Italian Cream Cake

Reviewed: Oct. 9, 2003
After making some of the changes recommended by previous reviewers and adding some of my own, this absolutely gets 5 stars!! Definitely double cocoa in cake, also add a tsp or two of instant espresso (or coffee) to buttermilk. Add 2 or 3 squares of melted chocolate to frosting depending on your tastes (mmm...heaven). Process nuts and coconut until they're finely ground before adding to batter. Do not add pecans to frosting, rather press finely chopped pecans into the sides of frosted cake - looks bakery-quality and adds great texture. Decoratively pipe leftover frosting on top of cake and garnish with chocolate-covered expresso beans. This is a dessert to die for!!!
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