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Frosted Cranberry Drop Cookies

Reviewed: Dec. 12, 2008
The cookie itself is 5-star quality, but I rated this 4 stars because I did not care for the frosting. It turned out to be an unappealing beige color, not white, and was more like a heavy buttercream frosting, more suitable for a cake. The cookies are tart and do need a little sweetness on top - after frosting only a few cookies and throwing the rest of the frosting out, I made the glaze from the "Iced Pumpkin cookies" on this site and that did the trick. BTW, those pumpkin cookies are easy, delicious and perfect for the fall holidays as well.
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Dark Chocolate Cake II

Reviewed: Nov. 10, 2008
I followed the recipe exactly, used Ghirardelli cocoa, and was just not that impressed. Did not have a very intense chocolately flavor. It was very easy to make, just as easy as a mix, but tasted about the same as a mix, too.
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Blueberry Buckle

Reviewed: Aug. 3, 2008
Four stars because the flour needs to be adjusted to 1 1/2 cups, but otherwise a delicious recipe. Added a little cinnamon to the flour mixture. Made once with blueberries (toss with a bit of flour to keep from sinking) and once using fresh peaches. Yum. Also subbed buttermilk for regular milk one time, worked fine.
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Buttermilk Parmesan Potatoes

Reviewed: Jul. 8, 2008
Good recipe, but a little bland as written. I would recommend increasing cheese and/or adding herbs like dill or rosemary and more garlic. I will try again with these changes.
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Zucchini Patties

Reviewed: Jun. 24, 2008
Very good, and versatile. I made mine a bit more Southwestern in style, only because those were the ingredients I had on hand. I used cheddar cheese instead of mozzarella and added a cup of frozen corn (defrosted) since I didn't have quite enough zucchini and tossed in a couple cloves of minced garlic. Served them with salsa -- they were a nice hearty side dish with grilled turkey tenderloin. They weren't bad warmed up the next day, either. I have also made these with just corn, scraping the kernels off of a couple leftover ears. They reminded me of Grandma's corn fritters.
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Grilled Shrimp Scampi

Reviewed: Jun. 3, 2008
Very basic, but delicious. Hubby raved. Since we don't care for the heat of the red pepper flakes, I added about 2 T of soy sauce and 1 rounded tsp. of dijon mustard to boost the flavor a bit. Grilled in a grill basket which works great for shrimp and veggies...
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New Red Potato Salad

Reviewed: May 23, 2008
As written, this recipe is simple, straightforward yet excellent potato salad. The proportions of potatoes to dressing on this recipe are very good, so it is easy to use it as a base and then change it up depending on your preferences. Add in bacon or fresh herbs for a more little pizzaz.
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Mexican Lasagna II

Reviewed: May 15, 2008
Very good base recipe. After reading many of the other reviews, I added about 1/2 cup of salsa and one can of diced tomatoes to the beef mixture, as well as about a cup of frozen corn. Then I was afraid it would be too juicy, so I simmered for about 20 minutes to reduce the moisture. Stirred in one can of refried beans. This is a great idea, the beans just dissolve into the mixture and thicken it up. A good way to sneak beans into the diet of my picky kids.
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Rhubarb Cake I

Reviewed: May 12, 2008
Very well received at Mothers day luncheon...Used 3 1/2 cups rhubarb and cut the sugar back to just one rounded cup. Very moist. I liked the brown sugar topping.
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Gorgonzola and Wild Mushroom Risotto

Reviewed: Mar. 9, 2008
I bought a tray of wild mushrooms from BJs, cremini, oyster and shitake, and I wanted a recipe that would highlight them. This did the job. I gave the recipe 5 stars because I think its a good one, but I think that I just don't enjoy risotto as much as I thought I did. For my own personal taste, I would give it about 3.5 - 4 stars -- don't think I will make again because I am too lazy! Also, the leftovers were kind of gloppy and not so appetizing. Again, not the fault of the recipe, just maybe I am not a risotto girl...I bought "Truffle and porcini infused oil" which was the closest thing I could find to "truffle oil" and I did not taste anything unique.
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Pure Maple Candy

Reviewed: Jan. 28, 2008
I give this 3 stars because the directions were off, not because of taste. The taste was very good, how can you go wrong with pure maple syrup? Here is what happened. I used just 1 1/2 cups of syrup because that was all I had, but it took no where near 5 minutes of stirring to change color and get creamy, more like 30 seconds. I kept stirring, thinking it this couldn't be the creamy consistenecy the recipe was talking about, since it was no where near 5 minutes. Dopey me, I was left with stiff, unmanageable maple sugar. No way it was going in a mold, I put it in a small rectangular dish hoping to cut it into little cubes to serve. But, when I went to cut it, the whole thing crumbled. Now it is a mess of crumbled maple sugar, although it is very tasty. Much of this was my error, I realize, but beware of the stirring time...
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White Bean and Lamb Soup

Reviewed: Jan. 23, 2008
Great base recipe, very flexible. Used a few substitutions --canned cannelini beans and a can of diced tomatoes. Also used kale instead of spinach. Browned the lamb, drained the fat and threw everything in the crockpot on high for 3 hours. Topped with goat cheese which melted into the soup completely and gave the broth a tanginess and creaminess that was awesome.
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Banana Pancakes I

Reviewed: Dec. 22, 2007
Very good -- I doubled the recipe and used half white whole wheat flour and half all purpose. Subbed applesauce for oil (but had to use cooking spray between each batch even on a non-stick griddle). Tossed in a tablespoon of flax seed meal for health reasons. Then added chocolate chips to the last half of the batter and the kids loved these, of course.
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Cod with Italian Crumb Topping

Reviewed: Dec. 13, 2007
Very good basic recipe. I decided against the egg white after reading the reviews recommending mayo and lemon juice. However, found that I was out of mayo, so I used Greek-style yogurt instead with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice -- worked great and even more healthy!
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Winter Vegetable Hash

Reviewed: Oct. 14, 2007
Delicious and flexible, I substituted a few things based on what was in the house -- I used regular mushrooms, no peppers, half an acorn squash instead of a whole, and dried sage. Next time I think I will double the kale since it is the most healthy thing in there and it shrinks down so much. Hubby loved it, and he is not a fan of kale or squash. I think it was all the olive oil and butter and a liberal dash of salt that brought the flavors together so well. I'll be keeping this in the recipe box.
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Restaurant-Style Zuppa Toscana

Reviewed: Oct. 10, 2007
I made this before I read many of the reviews and it looks like most people made this with Italian sausage instead of the smoked sausage that it calls for in the recipe. I think I will try that next time. Overall, the recipe was tasty, but I used smoked turkey sausage, which had a mild kielbasa flavor and it got a little lost in the soup. I would have liked something with a little more zip. This was my first time cooking kale and I was pleasantly surprised at the nice texture and flavor -- since it is so healthy, I thought for sure it would taste bad!
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Ginger Glazed Mahi Mahi

Reviewed: Aug. 21, 2007
Simple, delicious, figure friendly - even the picky kids ate it. Will make again and will try this marinade with other types of fish, maybe even scallops or chicken.
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Grilled Marinated Swordfish

Reviewed: Jul. 25, 2007
This was very good -- not an overpowering marinade, but tasty and I imagine it would be good on salmon or other fish as well. However, I found I wanted a little something else though...Maybe next time I will serve it with a fruit salsa or something like that. This time we just had rice and a salad and just a little something was missing.
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Annie's Fruit Salsa and Cinnamon Chips

Reviewed: Jul. 22, 2007
I was worried that the apple would turn brown if this was made in advance of the party, but that is not a problem. The sugar and preserves coat the apple so it stays white and crisp. I added a tablespooon of amaretto for an adult party and that was a nice twist. Also used Stacy's cinnamon pita chips, less work and very good.
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Clam Bake

Reviewed: Jul. 22, 2007
Very good base recipe -- I doubled the recipe and used a 12 qt. stock pot to cook it in. I was a little concerned that the broth might need a little something more so I added a bottle of clam juice, a half of a lemon, cut in chunks, and about 5 whole, peeled cloves of garlic. Also used baby Yukon gold potatoes which were fabulous.
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