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Easy Corn and Crab Chowder

Reviewed: Sep. 6, 2007
First of all, I used all the flour & thought it was fine that way. I guess I expect a chowder to be thick and not like a soup. I've made it twice and did it the same both times. Good flavor. But I have issues with the recipe itself. Potatoes do NOT get done in 30 seconds in a microwave. And they need stirred. Next time I'll just boil them in water as it seems easier. And I can use the same pan I make the chowder in. Speaking of which, this is also a waste of pans. I cooked the bacon in the same pan & just set it aside on a plate. (Easier to wash than another pan. And extra bacon grease can be wiped out easily enough before moving on.) So same pan all the way through and much easier to deal with. And bouillon cubes don't really dissolve in cold milk that easily. Easier to use the grandule kind and dump in w/everything else & it'll dissolve fine. I think the end results are well worth it, but it's *not* a last-minute supper as one person said. Too many steps involved. The taste got a 4 but I dumped it to a 3 due to the convoluted recipe.
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Zesty Tuna Salad

Reviewed: Dec. 29, 2003
I don't get it. I hate having to give bad reviews, and I quite frankly don't understand some of the high ratings... this is called "zesty"? I thought this was the most boring tuna salad I've ever had. It was extremely dry and completely tasteless.
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Chili Soup

Reviewed: Apr. 11, 2004
This was pretty good. Being called "chili" soup I expected something a bit spicier but was also fine as is. Very filling, and more like about 16 servings in my opinion. And easy, though I cheated and use small canned potatoes.
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Cream of Chicken Soup From Scratch

Reviewed: Jan. 2, 2010
Guess I get to be the first party pooper for this recipe. This is one of the worst things I've ever made on here. It should be made clear that it's *condensed* soup - people also just plain eat cream of chicken soup. One shouldn't have to discover this from reading a review. But, I just switched gears & dug up a super easy recipe using the condensed soup, so that wasn't a huge deal. But then it got worse. First, I don't see how one can "whisk" the flour & milk - it's VERY thick and did nothing but get stuck in my whisk, which was difficult to get out of there. The "milk mixture" (more like "flour glob mixture") should NOT be whisked into the hot milk. You put liquid into globby stuff, not the other way around. So I put a little of the hot milk into the flour glob, adding more, until it was a consistency that I could put that in the pan. And no way to avoid lumps. And that's considering I can make almost anything with ZERO lumps, but this was more like big clumps. And after this big mess and hassle, it doesn't taste a thing like condensed cream of chicken soup, which has a fairly strong flavor. It had NO chicken flavor, and tasted like peppered flour, more like something I'd dredge chicken in. Speaking of flour - WOW!! Lot of flour! The recipes I used it for were boring - tried adding some chicken bouillon but didn't help much. Still tasted like peppered flour. It would be less hassle and take less time making the trip for the real thing!
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Cheesy Chicken and Rice Casserole

Reviewed: Dec. 7, 2006
Made this as is, and as is, it's OK but not too exciting really. Though it was easy. Bliss makes a very good point -- people see all those stars and assume the recipe is good, because people give stars for CHANGES they've made. (There's a lot of five's around this place for salvaged recipes.) I didn't see the point of the breadcrumbs at all -- they added nothing and just created more work.
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Tuna Melts

Reviewed: Apr. 7, 2007
Used Italian bread since that's what I had, and fat-free Miracle Whip which is what I call 'mayo' :-) (I used the amt called for & liked it that way.) Nothing extraordinary, but good, very simple and quick. If I happen to have the bread around, this is great for when I'm being lazy or need to use up some tuna or something.
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Spicy Turkey Burgers

Reviewed: May 7, 2005
Made a few minor changes, like I don't like chili peppers and will add some red pepper powder if I wanna keep it spiced up, but mostly left as is. First time I discovered they burned fairly easily grilling them, so next time I just fried them in a pan. Not-burned these are great! :-) I liked the spiciness cause it's the only way to give turkey umph. Just put on a bun with a bit of mayo and loved it. Will make again.
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Chocolate Syrup

Reviewed: Jun. 16, 2010
I made this simply because I rarely use chocolate syrup (in fact, I don't think I've EVER bought a jar myself) and I needed it for a recipe. I wanted to be able to make a smaller portion and not have that jar going to waste. (I scaled it down.) What I did like about it was that it seemed to have more of the dark chocolate taste instead of being so sweet. However, I don't know what effect that had on the recipe I was trying to make. (I used the rest up on ice cream.) And it never thickened. Cook time, 5 minutes? I stood there and stood there and stood there, stirring and stirring. It never really did a thing. I didn't want to end up with burnt chocolate flavor so I just gave up and took it off the stove. Tossed it in the fridge to use the next day and that's when it thickened up. Would've saved a lot of time (and my feet and arm) had I not tried getting it to thicken on the stove like it was supposed to.
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Simple Summer Smoothie

Reviewed: Oct. 9, 2010
This had a good flavor, but a couple of points. One, it was a bit on the tart side, and therefore I don't really consider the honey optional. I'm not sure more honey would help. It seems to need more or less of... something else, don't know what. I notice many leaving out the cherries. The bigger problem is that it's hard to mix. The ice is needed since there's very little liquid. As to the person with the old blender - not sure it's the blender - there just isn't a lot of liquid to mix the fruit smooth. I managed, and the ice was pure liquid by time I was done, but it's definitely easy getting it smooth with more liquid.
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Ham 'n' Cheese Biscuit Twists

Reviewed: Aug. 7, 2007
Thought these were pretty good but not "fabulous." I rolled it out as said, felt it would be difficult to twist them, so rolled it thinner. Even so, they came out rather puffy (and not like the picture). So if you want less puffy, these need rolled much, much thinner.
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Curry Chicken Salad

Reviewed: Aug. 7, 2005
Used regular onion since that's what I had, and I don't keep pickle relish on hand so just cut up some pickles into tiny pieces. I like curry in small amounts and this was subtle rather than overwhelming. I would have used for sandwiches but there were nowhere near enough mayo to keep this together for bread. So I ate just as a salad, and it was pretty good (but not great). I think it would work well in pita and I'd like to try that. I also agree that smaller pieces of chicken work better.
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Patio Shrimp Salad

Reviewed: Sep. 20, 2004
Sorry, I wasn't too thrilled with this. It was OK, but I won't be making it again. It seemed I didn't like the tomato juice with this combination.
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Hobart's Chicken and Red Bean Soup

Reviewed: May 3, 2008
Sorry, but I just thought this was kind of boring. I don't specifically recall, but I'm sure I started adding more spice to get some flavor back into it... but I also always rate the recipe, not my fixes.
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Aunt Mary's Chocolate Cake

Reviewed: Nov. 18, 2006
I thought this was OK but didn't think there was anything special or exciting about it. I felt it was more of a snack cake, thought it was plenty sweet enough on its own and didn't frost it -- that would've just been too much. It would be very nice if ingredients could be listed in the correct order - much easier to make sure everything's gone in that's supposed to -- and to keep me from panicking when it lists adding eggs and I don't see them... oh wait, they're up at the TOP of that list.
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Mexican Roll Ups

Reviewed: Feb. 16, 2006
This was pretty decent and easy to make. A little heavy on the cumin (and I like spicy), and not very filling. I thought they were a bit better heated. I have to say I don't understand the concept of the wax paper - this does *not* make them fun to eat, and in fact, just makes a big mess trying to peel back the paper and keeping all those fillings intact. I just rolled them up with no paper and ate them from the end like any wrap.
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Simple Macaroni Salad

Reviewed: Nov. 8, 2009
Sorry, but I thought this terribly boring. I don't quite comprehend the concept of rating THIS recipe by substituting so many things that it's an entirely different recipe. But THIS recipe certainly doesn't "have it all."
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Navy Bean Soup

Reviewed: Feb. 21, 2007
This was pretty good and I like a good homemade bean soup. (I also rarely have a ham bone around so I take advantage of it when I do.) But it did take some time to make. I had canned Northern beans so I used an equivalent amount of those instead of dry and didn't add them until that last 30 minutes. I also reduced the water since the dry beans would have soaked some of that up but I was just guessing there. (I added it slowly and somewhat went by taste after it had cooked a while and then added some more.) Even though good, I don't see that it is better than other navy bean soups.
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Marinated Cherry Tomato Salad

Reviewed: Jul. 6, 2005
Sorry, but this just didn't really do it for me. I've had much better marinated tomatoes. And if I tweaked it to the degree many people did, I'd say they just changed it into one of those better recipes I've made.
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Easy Cinnamon Fudge

Reviewed: Feb. 16, 2004
Sorry this is a bit long... I had a fight with myself over the rating for this one. It didn't set for me, even after putting it in the freezer. After sitting for a few days in the fridge it got as far as not being runny but still never set -- no way I could cut it. However, without thinking, I used lower fat margarine and thought perhaps that was the problem, but I see that a few others had this same problem. Perhaps it needs real butter and some people don't use it? I also thought it a bit too sweet, even for fudge. But, the flavor was fabulous -- I'm not a big fudge fan and have never made it but was curious what cinnamon fudge would be like. Since it didn't set right, I just occasionally grab a spoonful. :-) IF I decide to try it again I will use real butter and see what happens. As for a few comments I saw about the sugar not disolving -- I had no problems with this. I *always* sift confectioners' sugar -- maybe the recipe should explicitly state to do this.
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Gator Smoothies

Reviewed: Nov. 18, 2006
Used grape Gaterade. It was OK but was not all that flavorful since sports drinks are big on nutrients and mild on flavor. (And expensive.) I thought using about half that amount of ice would make it better but I haven't tried that.
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