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Chicken Pot Pie VIII

Reviewed: Feb. 6, 2009
I can't believe it. I made a delicious crust!! And didn't have to hurt anyone! What a deal. I already had my own pot pie recipe for which I'd been using refrigerated pie crusts. This was so easy and so good, I doubt I'll ever buy those again (unless I'm pressed for time). For anyone who struggles to move a rolled out crust to the pie plate, use my mom's old trick....carefully lift from the counter with a spatula and fold in half as you go...keep lifting, fold in half again (don't press down!). Now you have an easily manageable crust to move and unfold in the pie plate.
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Brown Sugar Brownies

Reviewed: Feb. 5, 2009
Yum! I made these exactly as stated and they came out great, no surprises! Might add some butterscotch or peanut butter chips next time for some variety, but they're great as is!
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Old Time Chicken Divan

Reviewed: Jan. 26, 2009
I followed this recipe exactly. I think that it's too small to require a 9 x 13 pan. Also, I'm not sure that it's really 4 servings. That aside, I didn't care for it - it might just be that I don't like Chicken Divan, I've never had it before. The boyfriend loved it, so I'm compromising with four stars =)
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Peanut Butter Cupcakes

Reviewed: Jan. 21, 2009
These are light and fluffy, but not terribly moist (not really dry and crumbly either). I didn't think they tasted of peanut butter enough - even though the house smelled like I'd made peanut butter cookies. I probably won't make these again.
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Butternut Squash Ravioli with Sage-Brown Butter Sauce

Reviewed: Jan. 21, 2009
Not sure what went wrong here, because I followed the directions exactly. The raviolis came out rubbery and gross looking. They also fell apart in the water. If I can find a decent ravioli pasta recipe, I'll probably try this filling again - it smelled good, but I never got to try it.
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Chicken and Spinach Ravioli

Reviewed: Jan. 20, 2009
Should have listened to my gut (and the other reviewers). There was way too much water in the dough. It was completely unworkable and I had to throw it all away =(
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Best Cream Of Broccoli Soup

Reviewed: Jan. 11, 2009
Yum! We love this. We both agreed that whole pieces of broccoli were definitely in order, so I only pureed about half the broth/broccoli mixture. Also, I had some heavy cream to use up, so I used 1 cup along with 1 cup of milk. We threw in parmesan when it was nearly done cooking.
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Warm Flourless Chocolate Cake with Caramel Sauce

Reviewed: Jan. 4, 2009
I have not made this cake, but I have made the caramel sauce many, many times. I just wanted to rate the sauce, it is very versatile and easy to whip up last minute!
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Key Lime Cookies I

Reviewed: Dec. 20, 2008
Something went wrong. I'm not sure what. There was no way this was rolling into anything resembling balls, despite following the recipe exactly. I glopped it on to the cookie sheet anyways and did my best to make it ball shaped. lol. They sort of flattened out, but even after 12 minutes, didn't really want to brown. Since I had extra lime juice left (wanna get the most out of your limes? try a potato ricer!), I used some it to make an icing, using confectioners sugar, green food coloring, and light corn syrup. They tasted ok, but I probably won't make them again.
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Homemade Butter

Reviewed: Dec. 16, 2008
I have made sauces, pie fillings, salsas, you name it in my food processor. By far, that was the coolest thing to ever come out of my food processor! And as a bonus - I never have to buy buttermilk again for the small amount used in german chocolate cake! Just a tip (thanks Alton Brown!) - the salt that is optional will keep your butter from going bad. Unsalted butter needs to be stored in foil to keep it from spoiling.
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Chinese Fried Walnuts

Reviewed: Dec. 7, 2008
Yum! Very easy, if you don't do the stupid things I did! 1. READ the instructions all the way through. My first inclination was to drain them on paper towels. My first (albeit very very small) batch has tiny paper towel pieces stuck to them. 2. Don't use a SMALL saucepan. That's a good way to start your kitchen on fire (I really really didn't burn anything down, I promise). Other than that, easy recipe, delicious snack!! Thanks! *** UPDATE - I made these on Sunday and they were fabulous. On Tuesday, I had a few of the leftovers. Not so fabulous! Be sure to make small batches, what you can eat in one or two days. Beyond that, not so great! I guess these won't be part of my Christmas gift baskets this year =(
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Sweet Potato Casserole I

Reviewed: Nov. 27, 2008
This was just perfect. This was the dish I was to bring to Thanksgiving tonight. I fully prepared it at home then brought it in an insulated carrier to be reheated at our destination. Though I heard a lot of disappointment when other guests found out I didn't make the sweet potatoes with marshmallows, they were INSTANTLY won over. I even got my boyfriend to eat (and like) it, even though he said he has never liked sweet potatoes. I was looking for a recipe close to what my late mother made every year. I believe this was it. I did not use coconut because mom's recipe never had it. I did not have an orange to zest, so I used 1 teaspoon of orange juice. I'm not sure it made any difference, the orange is a very subtle flavor in this dish. Also I used two large cans of sweet potatoes instead of fresh. Cheating, I know, but it was still good. Thanks for the keeper, I will make this throughout the year!
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Cream of Mushroom Soup I

Reviewed: Nov. 11, 2008
I believe I uttered the words 'ridiculously good' while eating this. =) I followed the recipe pretty closely, with the exception of measuring the mushrooms and onions. Additionally, I wanted mushroom slices in my soup, so I sliced them all and then blended only about half. Thanks for a great recipe!
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Boston Cream Pie II

Reviewed: Nov. 5, 2008
I followed the recipe exactly and something went wrong. This cake didn't really rise, it ended up being about 1 inch thick. Well, I frosted it with the chocolate and then used the pastry cream (that I had leftover from another recipe) as a 'dipping sauce'. LOL. My guests were ok with it, it tasted fine.
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Pastry Cream

Reviewed: Nov. 4, 2008
Easy and delicious! I ran my immersion blender through it for a smoother consistency.
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Nutty Apple Crisp

Reviewed: Oct. 26, 2008
This is pretty good. I think next time, I'll substitute cinnamon in place of the nutmeg. I didn't like that it gave it a raisin or mincemeat flavor (in my opinion).
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French Bread

Reviewed: Oct. 3, 2008
Definitely keep an eye on this one after adding to your bread machine. After a few minutes, I could smell the motor starting to heat up, and I could hear that the paddle could barely move. Adding 2 T more water took care of it. It's a good thing I was observant. The bread smelled wonderful and was easy to work with, but I think it was a bit to heavy and dense for my liking. Unfortunately, I don't know how to change it, but would gladly take any advice!
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Shepherd's Pie VI

Reviewed: Oct. 3, 2008
This was good. I think it would have been a little weird to mash up the carrots as instructed. Instead I diced them and cooked them with carrots. Also, next time I make this, I'll definitely skip the worcestershire sauce - the ground beef tasted far too much like sloppy joe mix with that addition.
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The Best Banana Bread

Reviewed: Oct. 3, 2008
Great recipe, but where are the nuts?? =) I know, some of us love them, others don't! The bread was great, but next time I'll skip the advice of adding cinnamon - it gave the flavor of cinnamon red hot candies, which I don't care for.
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Sweet Grilled Peaches

Reviewed: Sep. 29, 2008
I used fresh peaches, sliced them in half and squeezed honey into the dip where the pit was and added brown sugar along with the cinnamon. I served it with ice cream. We liked it, but it was hard to deal with the peach skins when eating it. I thought it was pretty this way, but would have been easier to eat if I'd diced up the peaches.
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