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Chicken and Spinach Ravioli

Reviewed: Mar. 29, 2005
My first attempt at ravioli! The recipe was easy to follow and quite delicious... the filling had a wonderful flavor. I made a simple tomato sauce for these, and the combined dish had a very fresh taste. It was well-received.
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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Reviewed: Aug. 14, 2004
I could not have found this recipe at a more perfect time!! While on a VERY late-night baking spree to make muffins for selling at the farmer's market the next morning, I was browsing for a normal chocloate chip muffin recipe to try. Instead, I found this, and the idea of using pumpkin seemed perfect. Earlier in the day, a can of pumpkin had rolled from my cabinet as I put away groceries... an omen? The weather had been unseasonably cool here in Tennessee (in the 70s instead of in the 90s as it usually is in August), and it feels just like October. The thought of offering pumpkin muffins in the cool of the morning during the farmer's market was very appealing. And eating one warm from the oven was wonderful... perfect, even. I actually spoke aloud to myself (at 1:30 am, mind you), "Wow, these are terrific." The only change that I made was adding more spices, because I love the smell and taste of a very nutmeggy, cinnamony, clovey pumpkin product. I sold several at the market, and they did seem to appeal to those who also felt the tinge of autumn. In fact, I sold more pumpkin chocolate chip muffins than I did of the other two flavors, blueberry and apple-cinnamon. And as I gave the remaining two to my mother ans sister afterward, I could see their tangible joy at taking a bite of fall in August. Thanks for the great recipe!
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Creamy Caramel Flan

Reviewed: Jun. 13, 2004
This was my first flan, and was received very very well! I could not have been more pleased with its turnout... except I noticed that much of the caramel was left in the pan, hardened and stuck to the bottom, after the flan was chilled and inverted. That was probably my fault anyway, being a first time caramel sauce maker! But even so, it was wonderful. This flan was far better than my very first flan I had tried just nights before at our local (and usually delicious) Mexican restaurant... I can only describe what I had there as "eggy" and lumpy in texture. I thought as I ate it that I could probably do better myself, and this recipe certainly helped me achieve that! What I produced using this recipe was smooth and velvety, creamy and delicious. I used a variety of sizes of ramakins, from a 6 inch diameter for a "multiple person" flan to about 2.5 inches in diameter for wee little personal flans (adorable). All were easy to cook in the water bath, despite the size differences, and when I unveiled them by turning over the ramakins, I was amazed at what I had made! A truly wonderful recipe, whether "authentic" or not. I have nothing to compare it to besides my awful experience at the local restaurant, and the image I have in my mind of what it should taste like. And to me, this recipe yields a dessert which tastes like flan should taste!
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Cheesiest Potato Soup

Reviewed: May 20, 2004
This soup was indeed delicious! But I can't leave well enough alone, so I did make a few changes (or should I say, additions) to the recipe, including a few slices of bacon which I fried until crispy (for topping), and the reserved bacon drippings which helped cook the onions. I also put in about 1/2 cup diced celery and one small diced carrot to the onions. Like some other reviewers, I also only removed half of the potatoes to be pureed, since I wanted some chucky bits left. I also put in more broth, just to make it a little "soupier." But, it would have been great without these additions! I received highest reviews from my mother when I surprised her with a freshly made, hot bowl of this for lunch. She immediately called me back to exclaim, "Best potato soup ever!" And she is a wonderful cook, and grew up eating potato soups made by other great cooks as well! I couldn't have been happier! I wish I had made double the amount! I have tried various potato soups before... some which were passable, and some which were great, but this is the best yet. This is a sure-fire recipe, and would be great as is or expouned upon. It was delicious topped with crumbled bacon and chives, and I look forward to eating the remainder at supper tonight. Thanks!
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Cream Cheese Candies

Reviewed: Dec. 2, 2003
This was an excellent recipe, which made a tasty and smooth candy. I had trouble with the pliability of another similar recipe on this site... but this one was quite easy and I was able to mold it into shapes using candy molds. I did add some chocolate coating to mine when hardened, but they would be fine without that. The texture was terrific... very "melt-in-your- mouth" good! Thanks!
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Pumpkin Roll III

Reviewed: Nov. 2, 2003
This made a delicious and beautiful cake that pleased everyone who tried it!! It was fairly easy to roll, and I only ended up with one crack which I disguised by tucking under. There was extra filling left over, but it was tasty and I used it for something else, so no harm was done there!! The cake was moist and wonderful. I changed nothing in the recipe, and shall make it again!
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Granny Kat's Pumpkin Roll

Reviewed: Nov. 2, 2003
This cake was far easier to prepare than it sounds... it was thin enough to roll fairly easily. The filling was delicious, and the presentation was handsome. I did add a bit of cinnamon and some nutmeg to the cake batter, as I like a spicier pumpkin cake, but I am sure it would have been great without this addition. I have already been asked to prepare this again, and have given out the recipe to a cousin. It received many compliments!!
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Broiled Tilapia Parmesan

Reviewed: Oct. 2, 2003
This was a tasty and quick way to cook this fish! It was my first tilapia cooking experience, and I will be doing it again. The flavors didn't quite penetrate all the way into the flesh, but the speed of the recipe made up for that! Next time I might salt and pepper the whole fillet before cooking, or brush with butter and lemon juice.
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Favorite Hot Cocoa

Reviewed: Oct. 1, 2003
I don't care at all for hot chocolate, but cool weather is here suddenly and my husband requested some. Since I have never made it for myself, I don't really know how... until I found this recipe! He said it was great, much better than the packaged kind. Huzzah for this easy recipe! And you know what... I bet you could add rum, almond, peppermint, or some other flavoring instead of the vanilla for a different flavor.
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Crab Canapes

Reviewed: Jun. 21, 2003
This WAS an excellent appetizer! I peeled apart layers of huge flaky layers bicuits as a base because they were so easy to separate. I also added a big handful of tiny precooked salad shrimp in place of part of the crab, just for variation. The original recipe was great, but I halved it and added paprika and cayenne pepper to half. It really jazzed it up! The "hot" canapes and the original were both eaten right up. Everyone admitted that they were very rich, so only a few can be eaten. So, it is great for a large gathering...
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