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Easy Apple Coleslaw

Reviewed: Oct. 7, 2008
This was a tad sweet for me, so I would probably use less sugar next time. I also like the idea of adding apple cider vinegar, although I didn't think of that because I didn't read the reviews first. I used red cabbage, one huge braeburn apple, and left out the green onions, as I didn't have any. The salad is really pretty, although the dressing turned a little pink due to the red cabbage. I would definitely make this again with a little tweaking.
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Stuffed Jalapenos III

Reviewed: Sep. 24, 2008
When I was cutting the jalapenos, I got so much 'essence of jalapeno' in my throat that I assumed the ones I had were super spicy (garden fresh from a coworker). So I boiled them for a minute or so to take some of the heat out. They ended up hardly spicy at all, so I'm not sure if I would do that again. Anyway, I used plain block cream cheese and a half a slice of bacon on each. Granted, the bacon was thick sliced, but I can't imagine using a whole slice for each jalapeno half, as the ones I made were plenty rich with just half a slice. For those who think a half slice of bacon doesn't wrap the pepper as well, you can stretch the bacon more than you think (especially when using the thinner sliced bacon). Overall, they were a little rich for me, but tasty too!
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Gingered Pears

Reviewed: Sep. 24, 2008
I'm not giving this a five, because I didn't follow the recipe. I used red pears, not the ripest, and it still didn't take quite so long for them to soften up. Instead of water, I used tea - a spiced holiday tea that I happened to have. I then added sliced fresh ginger halfway through cooking. I chilled the pears and ate them with some warm vanilla sauce (very simple - just cornstarch, sugar, water, vanilla and butter). Very tasty! I highly recommend it.
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Awesome Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Reviewed: Sep. 21, 2008
This is a good flavored cake. The icing is a little sweet for my taste. I added a splash of milk, because it was so thick that my mixer could barely keep up with it. Then I used about 2/3 of the icing recipe for a 9x13 cake.
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Blue Cheese Dip II

Reviewed: Sep. 15, 2008
This is pretty good. I'm not sure that I cared for all the dried parsley and would probably use fresh next time. I've eaten it with pretzels and will probably try some on a salad as well. I left out the green onions, as I didn't have any.
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Chocolate Peanut Butter Wacky Cake

Reviewed: Sep. 11, 2008
Pretty good cake. It is extremely moist and rich. I followed the recipe exactly and ate it warm out of the oven. It's almost like a pudding cake. The combination of the cake and the frosting is very, very sweet.
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Caesar Salad Supreme

Reviewed: Aug. 25, 2008
I made this last week, and it really hit the spot. I put all the dressing ingredients in the food processor (leaving out the lemon since I didn't have one). And I love to make croutons this way! They're sooo bad for you, but sooo good! I used a country french bread from the bakery where I work. Today, I thinned the leftover dressing with some milk and drizzled over sliced fresh tomatoes. Holy mama! It was awesome, better than it was last week, probably from sitting for awhile. Thanks for the recipe!
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GA Peach Pound Cake

Reviewed: Aug. 17, 2008
This was really good with my changes. I halved the recipe so I could use a loaf pan, but used the whole amount of fruit, substituting about a third of the peaches with pitted bing cherries. The cake is very, very fruity and dense. I baked it for about an hour at 325. Then I topped a warm slice with vanilla ice cream and a balsamic cherry sauce that I made to use up my cherries. Awesome!
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Grilled Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich

Reviewed: Aug. 16, 2008
My mom always made these for us, and I've converted several naysayers over the years myself. Just be careful and let it cool a bit before eating, because the hot peanut butter and jelly tends to become like burning hot lava. But really yummy burning hot lava, at least.
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Marinated Cucumbers

Reviewed: Aug. 11, 2008
I normally use Adrienne's Cucumber Salad recipe on this site for fresh cucumbers, but I have gotten tons of them this year, and I wanted to try something different. I really like the herbs and spices in this one. The only changes I made were to leave out the marjoram, as I didn't have any, and to add green pepper, green onion and fresh corn. You could probably use this marinade for any veggies you want. It's not overly sweet.
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Blueberry Crumb Bars

Reviewed: Aug. 2, 2008
I really, really wish I would have used butter. They would be so much better. As is, the texture is great, but butter would have provided more flavor. I also think the filling could stand to be a bit sweeter. Four stars with butter. Three with shortening.
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Mango Salsa Salmon

Reviewed: Jul. 30, 2008
I love salmon and mango together, but this was just okay. My tomato didn't have much flavor, so that may have something to do with it. I prefer my own recipe of salmon with mango puree: salmon fillet breaded in a mix of ground toasted almonds and sesame seeds, then pan fried in olive/sesame oils; topped with a puree of mango, sauteed garlic and red pepper, rice wine vinegar, and a bit of sugar. It's great, if you wish to try it. This one's just a little boring.
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Chocolate Zucchini Bread I

Reviewed: Jul. 27, 2008
This is quite tasty. I added a few more chocolate chips than called for, but that was the only change I made. Oh yeah, and I forgot the cinnamon. Really great when it's warm from the oven! You can't even tell that it has zucchini in it - don't know if that's a good thing or a bad thing....
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Pesto Scrambled Eggs

Reviewed: Jul. 26, 2008
Yum yum! I used farm fresh eggs, homemade chunky pesto and shredded parm instead of cheddar. I used more pesto than called for. I can see that if you use a pesto that is thin (i.e. contains more oil), this could turn out a little greasy. What I had made was pretty chunky to begin with, so it didn't add an unpalatable amount of oil. Had it with whole wheat baguette, and I think it would be fabulous with some sliced fresh tomatoes as well.
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B.L.A.T. Wraps

Reviewed: Jul. 19, 2008
I'm giving this a 5, but only with the use of herbed mayo instead of ranch. I think the ranch could overwhelm this sandwich, so I made my own herb mayo with: fresh chives, basil and parsley; a bit of lemon juice; a pinch of sugar; salt and pepper to taste. Wow is it good! Seriously, try the mayo. If you only have one fresh herb to add, use basil, as the taste of the fresh basil with the tomatoes and bacon is heaven and part of what is really making the sandwich for me! Now if I only had a cold beer to go with.....
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Sophie's Zucchini Bread

Reviewed: Jul. 12, 2008
This is not the best zucchini bread I've ever had, but it's pretty good. I added carrots in place of some of the zucchini and used half brown sugar. My main problem is that I would like to give a loaf to a friend, and I can't get them out of the pans. Perhaps I waited too long to try (it's been about 20 minutes). I guess he'll be getting the pan as well!
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Basic Chicken Barbecue

Reviewed: Jul. 7, 2008
I left out the poultry seasoning and used this on boneless pork chops that I had cut in half. Took them to a cookout and everyone loved them, going back for one (or two!) more. Thanks! It made the meat very tender and flavorful. I marinated for about six hours.
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A Twist on Pasta Salad

Reviewed: Jul. 6, 2008
This was just okay as written. It seemed a little bland and quite vinegar-y. I added more chicken broth, a bit of mustard, a little more sugar, feta cheese, and carrots, and I roasted the red pepper. I also shredded the parmesan instead of grating it. With these additions, it's pretty darn tasty.
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Feta Eggs

Reviewed: Jul. 5, 2008
Yum! Thanks for the great idea! I didn't have a tomato, but I did add some fresh dill. Delicious! Normally I'm not a big fan of eggs, but I will definitely make this again.
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Green Avocado Salsa

Reviewed: Jul. 3, 2008
I'm giving this a 4 because my boyfriend really liked it. I didn't like it so well, however. I wish I had used more avocado, because, as is, I could barely taste it. I added a little cumin to improve the flavor. The ingredients don't need to be minced, since they're going into the food processor, anyway. Save yourself some time and just roughly chop them.
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