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Dark Chocolate Cake II

Reviewed: Dec. 18, 2011
Clearly I'm the odd one out here but I really didn't care for this cake - it only gets three stars because folks at the part I took it to sought me out to compliment me on the cake/icing (though I am convinced they were just being nice!) My cake sunk in the middle, even after I baked it til the toothpick came out clean and never once moved the oven tray until it was time for it to come out. The cake itself was extremely dense. I used the chocolate cream cheese recipe from this site, as recommended by some, and found that it simply compounded the richness and thickness of the cake. Maybe I'm just not the chocoholic I thought I was!! I will try another recipe before I try this one again (though I'm fully prepared to admit I did something wrong here), as I prefer a still moist but overall spongier, lighter cake. If I made this again I'd suggest a lighter, more whipped or mousse-like icing, perhaps raspberry-flavored, maybe peanut butter. And a tall glass of milk!
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Chocolate Cheese Frosting

Reviewed: Dec. 18, 2011
The taste was both satisfying and intriguing; *chocolate* cream cheese was new to me! I used both the cinnamon as well as 1/2 teaspoon cayenne and only 3 cups sugar as opposed to 4 and only 3 T milk. I whipped the cream cheese, butter and vanilla first, per folks' suggestion. My disappointment came with the texture, which is really just personal preference and not anything the recipe ever promised to be: thick, sticky and a bit too cocoa-powdery, even after 12 hours. I haven't made too many homemade icings in my time so wasn't sure what to expect and had hoped for a little more fluffiness. I think next go I would whip some heavy cream first into soft peaks and try folding it in. The recipe produces plenty -- I had about 3/4-1 cup left after icing a 9*13.
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Pumpkin Bavarian Cream Tart

Reviewed: Dec. 13, 2011
I followed the recipe to a T, opting to stick to the one packet of gelatin. It was certainly soft -- a bit custard-like -- but solidified enough that I was able to slice it up 16 ways handily. This is my first try at "Bavarian cream" so I'm not sure what I was aiming for, but I was nervous that another packet of gelatin would make it too Jello-jiggly. When I asked my husband whether I should pop it in the freezer he told me "no" ... both times I asked. He liked the texture. At any rate, the pie was a huge hit at the office Christmas party, even after an enormous buffet lunch, and the only thing eaten in its entirety! Thanks for a great recipe.
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Pumpkin Turkey Chili

Reviewed: Nov. 18, 2011
Pretty good - the pumpkin definitely adds creaminess but definitely follow others suggestions re: added spice and veggies. Added can of drained sweet corn and nutmeg/cinnamon (we actually just used several strong dashes of pumpkin spice) made all the difference.
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Garlic Cauliflower

Reviewed: Nov. 5, 2011
When I tossed the sauce the garlic bits landed more on the side of the bowl than on the broccoli, but they'd mostly imparted their flavor anyhow. Be sure to get those bits tender and pour over your veggies right away. Excellent, easy way to dress up your side!
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Quinoa Side Dish

Reviewed: Nov. 5, 2011
I've loved quinoa ever since discovering it and this recipe does an awesome job of bringing out the nutty flavor. Next time I might press the garlic instead of simply chopping it and try either less onion (my small onion probably yielded 1 C) or red onion. Really complimented our steak with whiskey sauce well.
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Dirt Cake I

Reviewed: Sep. 29, 2011
4 stars because the dessert isn't as visually appealing as, say, a strawberry and cream topped pound cake - folks were a little hesitant to dig in. But those who did all gave it 4 thumbs up and wanted the recipe. I lessened the sugar by just less than half (so I used somewhere between 1/4 and 3/8 C powdered sugar) but otherwise, recipe was great as is. Would have been fine with the full half cup but when you have all the Oreo and cream in there, you just don't need it.
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Angie's Dad's Best Cabbage Coleslaw

Reviewed: Sep. 23, 2011
We preferred this to the last recipe we tried on this site (Colorful Coleslaw with a Kick.... or something like that), probably thanks to the vinegar. We halved the sugar but next time I would only use 1/4 C. As some have mentioned there is more sauce than you really need but I don't mind letting it soak in the fridge. We didn't have carrots so replaced it with half shredded zucchini (which my husband really enjoyed though I didn't notice it) and half shredded broccoli stalk, which I didn't notice outright but probably helped combat some of that sugar! Would try again just sans some of the sweetness.
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Turkey Veggie Meatloaf Cups

Reviewed: Sep. 23, 2011
Light, moist, not crumbly = delicious! I pressed two cloves of garlic to add to the mix and threw in a teaspoon of cayenne, which definitely brought the heat. Could have used a couple shakes of salt and turns of the pepper mill. I topped half with ketchup (what I am used to topping meatloaf growing up!) and half with Bull's-Eye Original. I preferred the lighter flavor of the ketchup, hubby preferred the BBQ (though he noted it can be overwhelming, so no need to overdo it.)
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Colorful Coleslaw with a Kick

Reviewed: Sep. 18, 2011
Beautiful! And so nice to have an alternative to a may-based slaw. However, it definitely lacks a punch, even with extra hot sauce -- it needs more lime or the addition of vinegar.
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Rice, Asparagus and Cucumber Salad

Reviewed: Jul. 9, 2011
Loved this - made a wonderful accompaniment to our broiled swordfish. I only had spicy brown mustard so used two heaping tablespoons of that and omitted the dry mustard. We thought it was delicious just like that; I don't know whether the dry would have put it over the edge but we enjoyed it so much this time that I'm not sure I'll try it the other way! I used olive oil instead of veggie. And I'm just now realizing I forgot salt and pepper -- though I must note that my salt-heavy husband didn't notice either. Thanks for a great recipe!
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Broccoli Salad

Reviewed: Jun. 16, 2011
Light and refreshing. Helps that I love broccoli... I fully support the blanching followed by salad spinning to remove the water - the sauce is already a bit runny with that OJ. I added salt and pepper and both my husband and I thought that was a sufficient enough addition to the recipe. No, it's not overly flavorful but just the right amount of tasty (this coming from a couple who likes their salt and spice). Served it with horseradish mashed potatoes and roasted pork. We'll definitely make this again!
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Strawberry Spinach Salad I

Reviewed: Jun. 12, 2011
We used only 1/8 C sugar and it was still pretty sweet - no need for anymore than that! Stuck with the white vinegar and it tasted great. Definitely wait to put the dressing on the salad and definitely add some cheese (we went with feta). Also added some red onion and went with walnuts instead of almonds. Very versatile recipe.
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Carrot Cupcakes with White Chocolate Cream Cheese Icing

Reviewed: Jun. 10, 2011
Took these to work and everyone raved about them - as others have said, it's a nice alternative to a dense, greasy cupcake. I halved the icing recipe also but in general would next time lessen the sugar and use less orange.
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Creole Chicken I

Reviewed: May 29, 2011
Other than dips and chili, this is the best slow cooker recipe we've run across! My husband doubled the tomatoes and accidentally used tomato sauce (and a bit more of it) than tomato paste, but overall, completely delicious. Sausage really makes the dish. We used what we had in our fridge, an apple turkey sausage - yum. Served over rice but would be good over pasta as well. He added about 2T paprika, teaspoon garlic powder, and teaspoon cayenne, which I think is probably what made the dish.
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Pasta Salad with Homemade Dressing

Reviewed: May 2, 2011
I only made the dressing portion. I threw together whatever I had in the fridge (which included steamed broccoli - nice touch!) and tossed it. I might have done with a little more salt since we didn't have any sausage in our mix, but overall, very nice, light taste.
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Slow Cooker Rosemary and Red Pepper Chicken

Reviewed: Mar. 3, 2011
Not bad, but not so good either. It lacked flavor and the chicken was a little dry (and we'd used thighs). Next time I'd add a can of diced tomato (as I now see others suggested) and use chicken broth instead of vermouth. I'd add more veggies, too - more pepper, maybe some banana peppers, and probably some mushrooms. I would double the oregano, add more rosemary, and put the salt in earlier in the process.
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Overnight Asparagus Mushroom Strata

Reviewed: Mar. 1, 2011
Yum! We loved it. It was maybe a bit bready, so next time I would either increase the milk/egg a bit or leave out that extra English muffin that the recipe says to crumble in between. I also would do closer to 2 C mushrooms. The asparagus was in some cases still a bit tough, though not enough that I'd go to the trouble of steaming it first or anything. For our second helping, we added sriracha sauce.
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Slow Cooker Cashew Chicken

Reviewed: Feb. 3, 2011
The taste of the fish sauce wasn't a problem for us (we splash it into our Thai curries all the time), but the overall flavor of the dish can be described as nothing if not distinct! I found it a bit too sweet for my taste - not sure whether this came from the sugar ... or maybe the cashews? I also don't like my nuts cooked and soft, so next time I would just add them at the VERY end. The chicken thighs were extremely tender - guess that's what a slow cooker does! Soaked up the flavor well. We served it over rice noodles and with some steamed broccoli, both great accompaniments. But in the end though, I probably would not make this again. It's been leftover in the fridge for a week now, which isn't a good sign in this house!
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Zucchini Brunch Bake

Reviewed: Oct. 24, 2010
Delicious! Much better than the photo suggests. :) I made a number of changes, but I bet it's just as good as is. I used Italian seasoning instead of seasoned salt, fresh parsley instead of dry (so doubled it), 1/2 C Colby Jack instead of a 1/4 C Swiss, only 1/2 Bisquick, mostly milk instead of oil (but a little oil), and grated one zucchini instead of slicing both. Also added a 1/4 tsp of dill weed and 1/4 tsp of ground mustard. Wound up cooking it for about 40 minutes in an 8in pie dish. Both of my guests talked about it throughout the meal and asked repeatedly for the recipe. One commented how she now knew what to make for brunch for her vegetarian roomie.
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