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Sam's Famous Carrot Cake

Reviewed: Apr. 15, 2007
Bravo,this is a wonderful recipie...I took a hint from a Gourmet magazine recipie and added grated rind of a lemon. In addition, I made the cream cheese icing with grated lemon rind and lemon juice..this cut the sweetness of the cake and gave it a glorious citrus flavour!!!!!!!!!
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Ultimate Shrimp Scampi

Reviewed: Jun. 19, 2008
This recipe was great! Didn't have parsley, so I substituted coriander/cilantro leaves instead...wonderful!
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Reviewed: May 29, 2008
EXCELLENT!! I used two cloves of garlic and a green chile instead of cayenne. Simply the best Guacamole.
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Cranberry Nut Bread II

Reviewed: Nov. 30, 2007
This was great, however, I increased the butter from 1/4 to 1/2 cup and used two eggs. Amazing!!!
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Kristen's Awesome Oatmeal Cookies

Reviewed: Dec. 22, 2006
OK,OK, I"m not a baker, nor will I ever be..but this is a keeper and a great base recipie. The first time I used shortening...they were good, but the second time I used BUTTER and added dried cranberries and bittersweet chocolate chips, and they were simply OUT OF THIS WORLD!!!
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Chocolate Lovers' Favorite Cake

Reviewed: Oct. 13, 2006
This cake is better than some I've had at five star restaurants...and you can present it with a few rasperries on top. Rather than just the almond extract, I also added almond liquer. I also made a chocolate glaze with chocolate/almond liquer...totally deadly. The addition to toasted almonds to the batter, well you can imagine the response The semi-sweet chips are amazing.
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Shredded Potato Salmon Cakes

Reviewed: Dec. 5, 2004
Really, really good!!! Similiar to most recipies, this one is flexible so I used 3 eggs. Because I didn't have freshly cooked salmon (which would have been wonderful), I used 3 cans of Sockeye and used some fresh herbs..also I used lemmon pepper..and that made a big difference. What really grabbed my guests...I served this dish with Mango Salsa!!! Wow!
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Cherry Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Reviewed: Aug. 17, 2009
Excellent! I used butter because it gave a richer flavour, and because I didn't have cherries, I substituted dried cranberries which gave these cookies an amazing ZING!!
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Streusel Apple Coffeecake

Reviewed: Oct. 1, 2003
I have made this cake 3 times and it is without a doubt WONDERFUL !! To add an extra flavor boost I added the grated rind of a lemon to the batter and used double the apples. Rather than one layer, I made two and added apples to the top and covered with streusel. The result is absolutely magnificent!!! As other reviewers have commented, the baking time,however, should definately be increased another 10 minutes or so. Enjoy!!
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Tomato Chicken Parmesan

Reviewed: Sep. 26, 2003
This recipie was wonderful, however, rather than purchase commercial brand dried breadcrumbs it is much better if you have a food processor to put in a couple of slices of bread, mix with oregano, basil, salt, pepper, spices etc and some parmesean cheese. Also vegeteble cocktain, such as V8 is a great substitute rather than plain tomato juice.
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Devil Dan's Fruit-Stuffed Boneless Turkey

Reviewed: Dec. 24, 2009
I had a similar dish a few years ago at an upscale Washington DC party. When I made this, the butcher de-boned the turkey. I also used apricots and prunes which were a great addition and flavour booster. Threw in some Port wine with cider AND used fresh sage because it pairs well with celery. Also used Italian Pannetone bread, however, I think that any good fruit bread will do the trick. If you use good day-old rustic Italian bread, just throw in more fruit. I also threw in some Port wine!!! This recipe is flexible and NOT difficult yet delivers great flavour. Don't be too concerned about using the "exact" measurements...go with your heart on this one!!
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Extreme Banana Nut Bread 'EBNB'

Reviewed: Aug. 18, 2004
This morning was the 27th time I've baked this bread. To enhance the flavour I toast the walnuts, add a tbsp of vanilla & use half brown and half white sugar. Tried recipe with margarine...UGH there is no substitute for butter. I also add about a cup of high quality chocolate chips...ahhh heaven!!
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Orange Blueberry Muffins

Reviewed: Sep. 12, 2010
Ran out of blueberries so used frozen cranberries, then added more orange zest. Wonderful!!
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Parmesan Sesame Chicken

Reviewed: Sep. 17, 2004
This recipe requires some help in the flavour department. Romano can easily be substituted for the Parmesan Cheese. Bread crumbs on their own are pretty tasteless, hence the previous comments by others who rated this dish, so the addition of any of your favourite herbs/spices such as oregano, thyme, paprika, garlic etc to the bread crumbs will definately help out. Also, as others mentioned, melted butter can also lend moistness to chicken breast meat which by nature is sometimes dry. This recipe is basically good, so you should't be afraid to play around with it!!
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Broccoli Slaw

Reviewed: Mar. 4, 2011
I have made this on several occasions and by adding some fried bacon bits, sunflower seeds and a simple home made vinaigrette it is great. The bacon when combined with the raisins really explodes in flavour.
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Feta Artichoke Dip

Reviewed: Nov. 9, 2012
I've made this three times ! Last night,however, realized that I didn't have any feta so I substituted goat cheese and it was supburb. Also threw in some chopped HOT marinated chili peppers. WOW!! The dish was gone within the hour!!
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Vincenza's Pasta Sauce

Reviewed: Jan. 6, 2011
Excellent!! Please remember to throw in some red wine and chopped garlic with some Italian parsley about half an hour before sauce is finished. Then cool/and or re-heat the next day. You can "eyeball" a lot of this...fresh basil is best, and again left until the last 30 minutes.
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Balsamic Vinegar Potato Salad

Reviewed: May 14, 2004
Excellent recipie!! All you need is salt & pepper and of course the amount of Balsamic can be adjusted to suite one's taste. Rather than boil the potatoes, a much faster alternative is to just prick each potato and microwave them. Potatoes are less "soggy" and retain their moisture. Wait until they are cooler, dice them et voila...done. Far less work, not to mention heating up the kitchen. Also, you can substitute green onions and Dijon mustard...equally excellent results!!
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Waistline-Friendly Turkey Chili

Reviewed: Apr. 17, 2009
Ground turkey is by far more flavourful then ground beef. However, dried coriander does not come close to freshly chopped coriander and added towards the end, which really intensifies the flavour. Like another reviewer mentioned, if you don't have Chipole barbecue sauce you can always subsitute a few chopped Chipoles. This is a great recipe!
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Cranberry Orange Cookies

Reviewed: Feb. 8, 2013
Have been making these cookies for years! I usually add a more orange juice and for extra flavour, I throw in a dash of either Gran Marnier or Triple Sec. Another reviewer used OJ concentrate and this is also good. I usually chop frozen cranberries and lightly coat them with a little sugar for those who don't like the tart taste. Haven't tried these with chocolate chips yet.
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