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Chicken Enchiladas I

Reviewed: Feb. 1, 2011
This were fairly good but not great. As usual, I didn't do the onion since I don't like the pieces and added a bit of onion powder instead. I did, however, do all the other stuff including the water, because I tend not to read reviews first. (I prefer just making the recipe for myself.) I ended up just letting it cook down some so it wasn't a huge concern. WAY too much taco sauce, and not because it made it too hot, but just cause it would've smothered them and made them taste like nothing but taco sauce. All that said, they weren't really spicy, and they weren't really creamy either (another good flavor option for enchiladas) - it's like something was just missing and I don't know what. But still pretty good.
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Lemon Berry Smoothie

Reviewed: Jan. 31, 2011
I'm pretty much on the side of those who said this was bland. Blueberry usually gives these a pretty good flavor kick, but not so here. Maybe it's all that milk. Because my fruit was frozen the ice was unnecessary. All that ice would really water this down. The bit of lemon was a nice idea, but it tasted exactly like what it was: lemonade mix, and I thought it very obvious.
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Easy, Tasty Chili

Reviewed: Jan. 31, 2011
One thing I'll say, compared to all the chicken chili's I tend to make, this is certainly easier - no chicken to cut up! Per my usual, onion and tomato went through the blender since I can't handle these "pieces." I thought the base of this a bit on the bland side - turkey needs something extra and it just wasn't there. I did add a bit more tabasco but any more would have added heat and not flavor. I was very liberal with the sour cream and cheese, and found them necessary additions and really helped make this.
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Best Burritos

Reviewed: Jan. 31, 2011
No, not the "best" but I thought they were fairly good and extra points for being super easy, although heating everything in the microwave would be even easier. I slopped some extra sour cream and taco sauce on top. My one big complaint that no one has mentioned: I doubled the filling because I wanted to make two. And that was just barely enough to fill a 10" tortilla. I even double-checked the recipe that it hadn't been meant for a smaller one. I cannot imagine 1/4 cup beans and slice of cheese even remotely matching a 10" tortilla, unless you just enjoy eating tortillas.
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Jam Kolaches

Reviewed: Jan. 31, 2011
Getting thinner is better because it's easier to roll them up and don't cheat on the 2" circles. The amount of jam called for divided by 2 dozen cookies is 1/2 tsp. of jam each, and it works if it's rolled thin & jam put more into the center. I was afraid to push the edges together for fear of squashing the things, but the first batch opened, so I went ahead and pressed on them a bit after that and they were fine. And really watch the bake time - these aren't something you want to overbake! They are like a shortbread and the cream cheese is very subtle. They are on the dry side and the jam helps give them moisture and flavor. In addition to the strawberry, I also did mint, blackberry and grape, and thought the strawberry and mint added the best flavor. (I think apple would be good but didn't have any.) My original opinion was about a 3.5. I'm not a super sweet freak so no issues with the lack of sweetness - just seemed a bit dry. One lady who tried them thought they were a 5 (and loved the lack of sweetness) and a guy thought one flavor was 3.5 and the other 3.8. (One lady who was *Polish* didn't try them!) That kind of all averaged out to about a 4. And I discovered they are a little better the next day - I don't know if others would agree. And they are very pretty. (I agree on the butter. I used real butter and couldn't imagine using margarine with this. And because I can't resist - the description calls these COOKIES so why expect pastry?)
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Junk Dip

Reviewed: Jan. 31, 2011
Oh my gosh, this was great! I did leave out the olives as I dislike them. I generally prefer cheddar or Jack cheese for something like this and was a bit leary of the American cheese. And I could tell it was American, but it was very subtle and just blended in with the other flavors. This is not a very spicy dip and is a bit different than some other similar ones, but it does have flavor. (And a hot salsa would spice it up if someone wants that. I used mild.) Great with tortilla chips and I wanted to just keep eating the stuff after it was gone. Unfortunately it's not something I would make often cause it's so fattening (even w/low fat cheese, milk & vegetarian beans, there's still the beef & tortilla chips), and I also try to keep cut back on the red meat. Definitely "junk" food. So sad. :-(
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Sensational Strawberry Kiwi Zing Smoothie

Reviewed: Jan. 31, 2011
OK, I guess I get to be the party pooper. Sorry MSC but didn't like this one as well. It was OK. I like strawberry (or banana) flavors to be subtle and with all that yogurt and orange in there, plus kiwi, I didn't expect this to be over-powered with strawberry by any means. But it did end up that way. I had no issues with the tartness, and in fact, I added a bit of orange juice *concentrate* to it. At least there's your other "simple" smoothie and I think I will stick to that one, thanks. :-) (I don't usually have kiwis on hand anyway.)
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Cheesy Rosemary Potatoes

Reviewed: Jan. 31, 2011
The only change was leaving out the onion altogether because I didn't think I'd like that flavor with this. But everything else as is, except a shorter cooking time. The potatoes were done after 40 minutes and the cheese had gotten over-done. The crumb topping was way too much. Between those two issues, I did not like this as much as I could have. I tried it a second time, cooking the potatoes for 20 minutes before putting the additional cheese on top, and only about half the crumb topping, and really, it still just didn't quite do it for me, and I couldn't taste the rosemary. It was OK, but there are other things I like better, such as plain butter & rosemary, or as BizzyBee said just another recipe - I'm thinking like the Cheesy Ranch Potato Bake.
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Cajun Chicken

Reviewed: Jan. 30, 2011
Pretty good flavor and a bit different. I used olive oil and was probably pretty liberal with the garlic powder (tho I don't recall) but all the measurements were as is. I boiled the leftover marinade and then kept brushing it on while grilling. Despite the date on here, this actually got made a couple of months ago, outside on my charcoal grill. Really, the only reason this wasn't a 5 is cause it wasn't enough of a wow to account for what, to me, was a hassle (pounding out the chicken and things burns easily on the grill, etc.).
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Pineapple Delight Smoothie

Reviewed: Jan. 30, 2011
I seem to not be in the minority in not liking this one. Pineapple tends to not mix very well and leave stringy stuff. (Not pulp, but stringy stuff.) There's enough liquid that I could fairly easily strain it before adding the other stuff. But in the end I could not taste the pineapple at all and it was a bit like drinking weak banana juice, and there needs to be some other kind of flavor.
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Italian Dressing Mix

Reviewed: Jan. 30, 2011
I have used the mix-only in a recipe, & recently twice made up some dressing. The mix only for the recipe worked well. First run of the dressing I made as suggested here & it was too much oil. The second time I followed the Good Seasons packet (1/2 c oil, 1/3 c vinegar & 3 Tbsp water & the packet is ~2 Tbsp). It was much better just cutting the oil that little bit. No it doesn't taste like Good Seasons, but does it have to? I used olive oil on the 2nd run, & I'd like to try balsamic vinegar. It's definitely handy having these homemade mixes around. I know exactly what's in it & I can use only what I need. My one complaint is the salt. I'm a saltaholic so that seems sad to say. I made some using the salt blends but with only 1 teaspoon of salt & that was fine, but it's a drastic cut. I also tried tasting the mix side by side w/Good Seasons & it tasted like there was less garlic & more salt. (It seems wrong when the homemade is saltier than the packaged.) So simply replacing the garlic salt w/garlic powder (w/the 1 tsp salt) might be perfect. GrandmaRossi, no. First, the calories are for the mix - the recipe is a mix, not a dressing. And even if we include the oil, a tbsp of the dressing would not be "at least" 123. If the oil is about 2/3 of the total, then *2/3* of that tablespoon of dressing is oil & hence ~80 calories. (That's not considering the sugar but per tbsp of dressing would not be much.)
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Strawberry Orange Banana Smoothie

Reviewed: Jan. 29, 2011
I'm sorry but I just did not care for this one at all. I didn't use the ice at all because all my stuff was frozen. I think that the banana was indeed too strong. I guess I felt like this could have used the yogurt - I'm really not sure.
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Parmesan Potatoes

Reviewed: Jan. 19, 2011
Thought these were good but not great. It would be nice if the measurement for the potatoes were a weight since potatoes vary so much in size. I decided to do an average of about 5 1/2 oz. (I used red potatoes and that's a large one.) I made them as is, except that I just tossed everything in a bowl and I left the peels on. Now that I've done that, I like some of the ideas I've seen in the reviews, especially using 1/2 olive oil.
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Cherry Berry Smoothies

Reviewed: Jan. 19, 2011
I made this purposely because I've been looking for smoothies with cherry - this isn't common. I have frozen cherries but not cherry juice, so I too had to buy it special. The pure cherry juice was VERY expensive, so I ended up getting one that had some apple juice as well, which was still fairly expensive. I didn't taste any one fruit in particular - it just tasted fruity, but it also wasn't that flavorful. Granted, I didn't use the pure cherry juice, but I drank the rest of the cherry/apple as is and it was not weak on flavor. (Have to wonder if the grapes somewhat weakened it.) Thickness wasn't an issue IMO, but the raspberries and grapes were both frozen, and besides of which, I don't care that much unless it's pure liquidy. I can't hack the raspberry seeds so I've started straining them, and despite all that juice this was difficult to strain. (I got a tablespoon of seeds from this!) In the end, I just didn't think it was worth it, between straining and expensive juice that I have no other use for. (I think I will instead try to create something of my own using my frozen cherries. This does at least give me some ideas as a starting point.)
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Beetle Juice

Reviewed: Jan. 19, 2011
The flavor was good - but two things. One, all that sugar. I didn't necessarily think it was too sweet, because all that lemon juice is really tart - just kinda don't like the idea of dumping that much sugar in. (I would probably experiment and see how much I can reduce and not have it get too tart.) Second, I think adding enough to make a gallon is way too weak. I don't recall how much I put in, but perhaps 3/4 that much? But add it slowly and taste.
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Fruit and Yogurt Smoothie

Reviewed: Jan. 19, 2011
I'm actually agreeing with everyone thus far? That never happens. LOL. There was just enough juice and yogurt in this to keep the strawberry subtle and not get too over-powering. (I don't like banana or strawberry either one to get too over-powering and like other flavors to sort of "calm them down" - yogurt works well for that.) It mixed up well and was easy to drink. But not a wow, so a 4.
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Spiced Potatoes

Reviewed: Jan. 19, 2011
I like spicy stuff, but this just really wasn't the best to me. Unlike others, I had no problem with the level of cayenne & chili powder -- I think it was more the paprika. Not that I would have said this myself, but somehow I understand L Deville's comment that they were way too spicy but at the same time bland. Like somehow the combo didn't come together and make a good flavor or something. I love potatoes and have made a lot of different potato dishes, and sorry, but there's just other things I'd rather make - this was just OK.
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Chicken Wilson

Reviewed: Dec. 12, 2010
Good, and once the chicken is cut-up (something I despise doing), it was easy going from there. I think the muenster is part of what makes this recipe different from others and that it's worth getting that specific cheese.
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Orange Sunrise Smoothie

Reviewed: Dec. 12, 2010
This was pretty good though it seemed the banana overwhelmed it a bit. It didn't seem very orange given its title, I think because there's not much of the juice relative to the other fruit. (Perhaps needs a bit of concentrate.) I think this is more 3 servings.
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Gordon's Berry Breakfast Drink

Reviewed: Dec. 9, 2010
Made this as is, except that my banana was also frozen. (All the better since I like them good and cold.) Most things with a fair amount of blueberry always taste sort of grapey to me so I tend to like them. This was good, though not necessarily my favorite. And it's very easy to mix up smooth, which is always a bonus. This will be going in my regular line-up. I have to agree that it doesn't really make the servings it says. I'd say more like 4, relative to what most recipes end up calling a 'serving' anyway.
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