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Chocolate Ganache Icing

Reviewed: May 10, 2004
DELICIOUS rich and chocolately, and sooo easy to make! I made mine w/o the brandy as it was for a cake for my mom, and she hates alcohol. Still tasted great!
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Pico De Gallo

Reviewed: Jun. 3, 2004
Very good, but needed a little tweaking. First of all, 2 sprigs of cilantro is not NEARLY enough for my family. I used 2 tablespoons of cilantro, chopped in the food processor. I also only used about 1/4 of a white onion and 3 green onions, added the juice of 2 limes, and used 2 cloves of fresh garlic instead of powder. (This was for a double batch BTW.) That said, it was an awesome pico! Everyone loved it, even my 2-year-old. With the adjustments to make it more authentic, it's definitely a keeper. Thanks for the inspiration, Paula!
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Chinese Roast Chicken with Gravy

Reviewed: Sep. 2, 2004
Scrumptious!! I made the following modifications after reading the reviews: I reduced the soy sauce to 1/2 C and the sesame oil to 1/4 C, I also added 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper and 1/4 each garlic powder and ground ginger to the soy sauce before brushing it onto the chicken. I added about 1/2 C of chicken broth to the pan to prevent the burnt taste that several others have complained about. My bird came out perfectly cooked and beautifully browned, and the gravy is heavenly! I would recommend the leftovers for a Chinese chicken salad... would've tried it myself but we had none! I do have lots of leftover gravy as the kids weren't interested in it, so I think next week I will brush the gravy over chicken breasts and oven bake them. Thanks for the recipe Lisamarie, it's definitely a keeper!! P.S. Serve it over Egg Fried Rice by Krista B from this site... you will be glad you did!
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Mongolian Beef I

Reviewed: Mar. 22, 2004
Made it for my family and my dad had 4 helpings! Instead of just putting 1 T of soy sauce over the beef strips, I marinated them in 1/2 C soy, plus the garlic and cornstarch. Then before I stir-fried it, I strained off most of the excess soy sauce. Worked fine, but I did have to add a little extra cornstarch at the end to get the sauce to thicken. This is definitely a keeper, thanks for the recipe!
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Easy Spaghetti with Tomato Sauce

Reviewed: May 14, 2003
Delicioso! I was a little leary of using onion flakes and garlic powder but it tasted just as good as fresh, with a lot less hassle. The sauce freezes well, too. I usually make up a double batch of the sauce and throw half in the freezer for an easy, quick meal another night. Thanks for posting this one!
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Roasted Herb Chicken and Potatoes

Reviewed: Nov. 14, 2004
This was pretty good. I liked the flavor of the marinade on the chicken, but didn't care for how the potatoes came out. If I use this recipe again in the future, I would skip the potatoes, stuff the onion inside the chicken's cavity, and just baste the bird with the marinade.
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Easy Minute Steaks

Reviewed: Jul. 29, 2003
Delicious, easy, and inexpensive... who could ask for more? I season mine with garlic salt and fresh-ground pepper, then when they have browned I just pour the soup in the skillet, put on the lid, and let it simmer over low heat for at least an hour, if not several. Comes out wonderfully tender and leaves my oven free to bake some potatoes for a side dish.
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Steak Fingers

Reviewed: Jun. 23, 2003
It's a good basic recipe but definitely needs a little personalization to make it more exciting. I recommend adding the salt & pepper (and any other spices you'll be using) onto the meat before pounding it, the flavor comes through much better that way. I'm also considering adding a splash of Worcestershire sauce to the coating mixture next time I make them. I will be making them again though... they are much better than the pre-made kind with processed beef product.
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Chicken and Bow Tie Pasta

Reviewed: Jan. 21, 2005
Awesome meal! I swapped the cream cheese for sour cream as I thought my family would like it better. I also changed the prep method a little, I cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces and sauteed it with the garlic, then added in the veggies and stir-fried them for a few minutes before adding the broth. My sauce didn't thicken very well, but that was the only problem. The flavor was heavenly, this will be made again!
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Cornish Game Hens with Rice Stuffing

Reviewed: Nov. 2, 2004
Delicious! I made a few modifications to the recipe. I used a regular 4 lb. chicken, and added rosemary, oregano, and black pepper to the outside of the bird. I also substituted celery for the almonds in the stuffing (don't care for almonds) and added a clove of minced garlic. The stuffing is good enough to serve as a stand-alone side dish. This made a wonderful meal on a chilly autumn evening, thanks for posting it!
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Texas Beef Soup

Reviewed: Apr. 20, 2004
Very good! I did make a few changes ro the recipe, most notably that 2 1/2 C of liquid looked very inadequate in the bottom of my 6-qt. slow cooker, so I ended up using 3 whole cans of beef broth + 1 C water. With that, 1 can of spicy V8 was still plenty hot enough to give me a little heartburn (and I love spicy foods.) I also used frozen mixed veggies instead of canned, and an hour before the end of the cooking time I added the V8, 2 cubed potatoes, and a can of diced tomatoes. P.S. I just made this for the second time using 2 lbs. of meat and more seasoned salt/pepper and I AM IN LOVE with this recipe! Thanks a million!
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Easy Chicken Taco Filling

Reviewed: Aug. 7, 2003
I give it one star because my family ate it, but otherwise it was a disaster! The poor little veggies had practically burned away to nothing while the chicken was still half raw in the middle. It took some quick thinking to even keep them at an edible level.
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Cubed Steak and Wild Rice

Reviewed: Jun. 25, 2004
Good base recipe, I will make it again with a few changes. First of all I think I will leave the steaks whole next time, as the presentation wasn't very attractive. I also will substitute some or all of the water for beef broth. I'm glad I read the previous review because I would have included the spice pakcet from the wild rice mixture and it would have been WAY too much garlic flavor. Overall we enjoyed it, though, even pleased 2 out of 3 kids. Thanks for the recipe!
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BLT Pizza

Reviewed: Nov. 9, 2004
AWESOME, so quick and easy and soooo delicious! I had some Ready Bacon on hand, so I just snipped it into 1/4" pieces with my kitchen shears and tossed it on. Doubled up on the bacon, tomatoes, and mayo. When I went to make the dressing, I whisked together the mayo, 1/2 tsp. of garlic salt, and 1/4 tsp. of pepper with a little bit of water to make it easier to coat the lettuce. Pleased all of the adults and 2 out of 3 kids. This is gonna be a new family favorite! Thanks AMYAME!
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Flat Dumplings

Reviewed: Mar. 11, 2004
I don't know if I did something wrong but these did not come out with any kind of consistency for rolling out, the batter was very sticky (as my 2-year-old described it, egg-gloppy.) So I dropped it in by spoonfuls. The dumplings did have a nice flavor, but they were pretty gummy even at the point when they were as done as they were going to get. May try again, but I was a little disappointed in them tonight.
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Steakhouse Black Bread

Reviewed: Jun. 1, 2004
Made a very good bread, although not *exactly* like my favorite steak house. I am giving it four stars only because by following the recipe as written, the dough came out of my bread machine very sticky and I had to knead in another 1/2 C of flour by hand to make it workable. I think this affected the flavor and texture of the bread somewhat. I plan to make another batch very soon and I think I will just let it bake in the bread machine (as it doesn't care whether or not the dough's sticky. ;) Perhaps without so much extra flour and handling, the flavor/texture will be closer to what I was hoping for. All in all a great recipe, though, thanks very much for posting it.
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Maria's Chicken and Dumplings

Reviewed: Mar. 11, 2004
This was pretty good, a bit bland, but I did have to add a lot of liquid so that might have something to do with it. My toddler ate enthusiactically so I can't complain, but I think I will try a different recipe next time I'm in the mood for dumplings. I am keeping this one on file, though; with a little personalization it could be great.
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Chicken Chow Mein

Reviewed: Jan. 21, 2004
This is a good base recipe. I found the sauce a little bland, I think it needs about twice the soy sauce and perhaps a bit of chicken bullion powder for a more intense chicken-y flavor. I also just used a canned asian vegetable blend instead of fresh veggies as I was in a hurry. Tasted fine like that but I am looking forward to making it again with a few alterations and fresh veggies. Overall it made a great meal!
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Beef Caldo with Spinach

Reviewed: Oct. 23, 2004
This recipe wasn't my cup of tea, but the rest of the famliy gave it two big thumbs up. It does make a very hearty meal, especially on a cold rainy night. We ate it with grilled sourdough bread. I might making try it again with some more spices added, I just found the flavor to be somewhat weak compared to the way it smelled and I anticipated it tasting.
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Quick Calzones

Reviewed: Jun. 14, 2004
This recipe does not work as written. The pastry doesn't bake completely in ten minutes, leaving the texture very gummy. It is also hard to work with when stuffing/sealing the calzones, and doesn't taste very good with the pizza ingredients. All in all it was not worth the aggravation, even the kids would not eat it. Sorry.
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