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Hot and Sour Chicken Soup

Reviewed: Feb. 19, 2012
Great recipe! Everyone thought it tasted restaurant-quality and couldn't believe it when I told them how easy it was to pull together. I gave it 4 stars because there were a few things I think it was lacking. For one, it definitely needed a bit more kick. I upped the red pepper flakes from 1/4 tsp to 1/2 tsp and it still wasn't quite right. I think next time I'll add chile paste and hopefully that'll do the trick. Also, I think it needed a 1/2 tsp to 1 tsp of salt. Or maybe next time I will just marinate the chicken in some salt and pepper-- as it is in the recipe, it tasted a bit bland compared to the deliciousness of the soup. Overall though, this was great and I can't wait to make it again with these minor tweaks!
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Good Old Fashioned Pancakes

Reviewed: Jan. 22, 2012
These were decent pancakes but nothing amazing. I added extra milk because the batter felt too thick for my taste, and also a teaspoon of vanilla extract and a half tsp more sugar. They were fluffy but not moist, so I think I may add more butter next time around. Also, I'd advise using maybe half a tsp of salt rather than a whole tsp.
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Garlic Chicken

Reviewed: Jan. 18, 2012
A good recipe to have in your arsenal, but be prepared to play around with it a bit. I upped the garlic and parmesan, and also added some herbs to the breadcrumbs based on some reviews here, but it still didn't give it quite the kick I wanted. Next time I think I'll use Italian seasoned bread crumbs and fiddle around with that a bit more. I also think it would really benefit from having some kind of sauce served with it. This would probably be really great with a fettucini alfredo or a chicken parm recipe.
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Gyros Burgers

Reviewed: Jan. 18, 2012
This recipe pleasantly surprised me; really simple to make and really flavorful. My one suggestion would be to actually blend the onion and garlic before adding it to the meat to make it smoother. I definitely made my burgers way too thick this time, so making sure they are thin is also a plus. I served this with homemade tzatziki sauce (made using the tzatziki sauce I recipe here), in a pita with lettuce and onions and it tasted 100% like a gyro, but way more filling. Super tasty. Next time, I'm looking forward to taking some reviewers advice and blending the meat, baking it like a meatloaf, and then slicing it thinly. My mouth's watering just thinking of it!
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Guacamole

Reviewed: Jan. 18, 2012
LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS GUAC! Best I've ever had, easy. So wonderfully fresh, simple, fun to make, and a total crowd pleaser. I added extra garlic and cilantro, diced my tomatoes and red onion on the chunky side, and mashed the avocados smoothly. The crunch of the onions is perfect, but the key here is the lime. It really adds a special something. My first attempt, I made it with just a pinch of cayenne, and my second I tried to up the spiciness by adding more: still delicious, but it wasn't the kind of spice I was looking for. I think next time I'll play around and add finely chopped jalepenos as some reviewers have suggested. Either way: two thumbs up! I foresee myself making this many, many, many more times.
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Tzatziki Sauce I

Reviewed: Jan. 18, 2012
I used non-fat Greek yogurt to make it thicker, and also added finely chopped cucumbers as a few other reviewers recommended. The cucumbers are a must, but it actually felt a bit too thick with the Greek yogurt, and could have used some extra olive oil to thin it. As a garlic lover, I have to disagree with those who said it was too garlicky-- I thought that was spot on, but I also had to add more fresh dill and a smidge more pepper to give it an extra lift (I'm used to strong flavors, I guess). Alone it was tasty (albeit super tangy) but felt like it was missing something that I still can't quite put my finger on, so I'm reluctant to give it five stars, but I'll definitely make it again and play around a bit. I will say this though: it PERFECTLY complemented the gyro burgers I made from another recipe here and I'm looking forward to making it with another lamb burger recipe I have in the future!
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