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Chewy Chocolate Cookies I

Reviewed: Mar. 30, 2005
I read the reviews first, and wanted to make sure the cookies didn't flatten out while baking. I added half a cup more flour to the recipe, and they came out soft and chewy, and about as high as I'd like. (Maybe 1/4 cup more flour next time to get them really fat...) I was out of chips, so skipped that, and they were still great as basic chocolate cookies. And since they were plain on the inside, I made up for it by rolling the cookies in powdered sugar before baking. That came out well. You could add anything to this dough; the idea of orange extract and zest crossed my mind, or maybe mac nuts with almond extract.
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Seafood Enchiladas

Reviewed: Apr. 30, 2004
With a little doctoring, this was great. The 9x13 in dish called for seemed way too roomy for just 6 enchiladas, so instead they went into a 7x11 in dish, and that was more snug--the sauce stayed where it was intended to. No problem with it being too thin, as some other reviewers had trouble with. I added 2 cloves of garlic to the onion, and 1/2 cup sour cream into the seafood. I used all (one lb) imitation crabmeat (don't laugh) and it came out really nicely. The sauce needed something...so it got 1/2 tsp cumin, 1/4 tsp coriander, and a dash or two of cayenne. And before sticking it in the oven, I garnished it with a handful of sliced black olives. Very happy with this one. Yup.
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Magic Cookie Bars from EAGLE BRAND®

Reviewed: Oct. 22, 2004
Pretty good. Next time I will mix the butter and crumbs together and press into the pan to prevent it from crumbling. I also should have waited until they had chilled before slicing into them, they would have held their shape a little better.
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Avocado Salsa

Reviewed: Apr. 4, 2004
I took the suggestion of making a wrap with this for an easy dinner. I grilled a couple of chicken breasts, sliced them up, and folded them into flour tortillas with about 2/3 cup of the salsa in each. I also used, instead if the oregano, about 1/2 cup fresh chopped cilantro, and added in 1 tsp groung cumin. Very good.
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Pumpkin Pie Cake I

Reviewed: Apr. 25, 2005
I love pumpkin pie, and this is a great twist. The only thing I did different from the recipe was to mix the cake mix and butter together before topping on the pumpkin mixture. I loved the results!
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Strawberry Chocolate Mousse Cake

Reviewed: Jun. 19, 2005
I feel guilty writing a review, because I cheated on the recipe so much that what I came out with was a completely different recipe. But the inspiration and the results I got were such a success! I made a graham cracker crust with 1 1/2 cups (or 1 individual package of whole crackers) graham cracker crumbs, 1/3 cup powdered sugar, and 1/3 cup melted butter, mixed and pressed flat into a 9 inch springform. Did the strawberries as directed, being careful to cut the bottoms at a slight angle to they pressed flat againt the pan sides. Then (forgive me Eleanor) I am so lazy that I just used two boxes of packaged mousse mix instead of making my own. It pulled away from the sides of the pan perfectly, and was georgeous! Got tons of oohs and aahs. It was light and cool and perfect. Later I did it with fresh raspberries, which I think might be even better. Thank you so much for such a wonderful and impressive dessert idea!
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Kathy's Roast and Vegetables

Reviewed: May 31, 2004
Easy and satisfying. I used chuck, skipped the browning (the sauce and long cook time seemed like it would make this unnecessary, and it was), and added fresh mushrooms. The gravy was very soupy, and there was a lot of it, so at the end I took the meat and veggies out, stirred in about 3 or 4 Tbs cornstarch mixed with a little cold water, and that thickened it into a perfect, thick gravy. Which we sopped up with crusty french rolls. This was delicious!
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Cream Cheese Ranch Potatoes

Reviewed: Apr. 5, 2004
These were great. Instead of making them into mashed, I combined all the inredients in a large bowl, then tossed in red potatoes that I'd chopped into 1 1/2 inch pieces an boiled until tender. I used half the butter called for, just because it didn't seem to really need it prepared this way. You can't go wrong...who doesn't like ranch?
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Busy Night Turkey Taco Soup with Avocado Cream

Reviewed: Apr. 6, 2004
I feel a little like the odd man out after reading all the other positive reviews, but I wasn't crazy about this soup. I hoped the combination of ingredients would meld into something delicious, but it still just tasted like a bunch of canned stuff mixed together. I'm glad that so many others have enjoyed it, thanks anyway!
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Black Bean and Corn Salad II

Reviewed: Apr. 14, 2004
This is pretty good, but look at the recipe for avocado salsa by Barbara Vinson. Add a can of beans and fresh cilantro to that one, chop it a little chunky, and you've got two very simmilar recipes. I've tried both, and I like the dressing on Barbara's better...just more flavor.
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Lemon Horseradish New Potatoes

Reviewed: Jan. 29, 2004
I've made this a number of times, and everyone loves it. Since I usually have them on hand, I use medium sized red potatoes, quartered and boiled for 15-20 minutes, and then just top with the sauce. Simple and packed with flavor.
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Cheesy Spinach Lasagna

Reviewed: Dec. 12, 2005
Very good. I used no-boil pasta which made it so quick to put together, and it came out great. Also, instead of straight provolone, I subbed a three cheese Italian blend of provolone, parmesean, and mozzerella.
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S'more Brownies

Reviewed: May 26, 2005
I won't say I didn't like these, I just wasn't terribly impressed by the recipe. Take the advice of other reviewers and wait longer before adding the s'more topping, otherwise the marshmallows get too browned and the graham crackers develop a toasted/burnt flavor. This is a fast recipe, and kids will probably love it.
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Green Salsa

Reviewed: Jun. 14, 2004
This was fresh, tangy, and flavorful. I skipped the shallots, doubled the green chiles, cilantro, and jalapeno, and added 2 finely diced large avocados and a couple Tbs lime juice (for flavor and to keep the avocado from browning). Taking the seeds out of the jalapenos left the salsa without any heat at all, so as a personal preference, next time I'll just leave them in to get a little spice.
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Pumpkin Fudge

Reviewed: Nov. 22, 2005
I wanted to love this, but it didn't work! I followed the recipe exactly, but something went wrong. Oh, well.
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Bread Machine Cardamom Bread

Reviewed: Nov. 9, 2004
I made this using my KitchenAid mixer, and found that I'd made a mistake dumping in all the flour called for, it could have used maybe as much as half a cup less. It was way too stiff, and the resulting loaf wasn't as light as I prefer. I made some deep slashes in the dough before proofing in the pan, and after baking, brushed all over with butter. It was a very pretty bread, and the flavor was simple; mildly sweet. But the cardamom didn't show thru like I'd hoped.
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Chicken and Artichokes

Reviewed: Apr. 30, 2004
This was delicious! I used boneless skinless thighs instead (personal preference), left them whole, added 3 cloves crushed garlic into the mushrooms, and doubled up on the sliced mushrooms and artichoke hearts. I left it uncovered during baketime (oops), but it was just fine with the little browning. If I'd have used breasts, it probably would have dried them out. This will be a regular for me, my whole family loved it.
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White Chocolate Orange Cookies

Reviewed: May 27, 2004
These are wonderful with the delicate orange flavor. I made a few changes per other members advice. I like my cookies thick, soft, and chewy, so I used 1/2 tsp each baking soda and powder, made sure my butter was room temp, and packed the flour into the measuring cups. The latter ensures a slightly firmer dough that doesn't spread in the oven. And I did use only one cup chips...that was plenty for this small batch of cookies. (I got two dozen generously sized cookies.)
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Crusty White Bread

Reviewed: Oct. 4, 2005
Good basic white bread. I brushed my loaves with melted butter when they came out of the oven.
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Peanut-Ginger Marinade

Reviewed: Jan. 29, 2004
I've been using a simmilar recipe for years, the only differences being the use of rice wine vinegar instead of plain white, and I always use whole boneless, skinless thighs, (skipping the skewers) simply because my husband prefers dark meat. I'm too lazy to actually grate my ginger, so I just use the grated stuff from the jar (but not dried ground). Wonderful flavor!
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