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Chicken Marsala Florentine

Reviewed: Apr. 27, 2011
This is excellent! I really like the combination of flavors. Such simple ingredients, easily prepared for a quick meal. I sauteed extra spinach to serve with it, since we had lots on hand and love it... I opted out of the flouring and didn't add all the butter... I'm sure it would've been even more rich and delicious had I prepared it that way, but it was still wonderful!
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One Bowl Brownies

Reviewed: Apr. 20, 2011
Well, I can't stop eating these. That's a sign of a delicious brownie... though they are my biggest weakness! Perfectly chewy, fudgy... and super quick to throw together. I used cocoa powder and butter in place of the unsweetened chocolate, so I mixed the cocoa powder with the flour and added the extra butter to the butter required for the recipe. Worked well. Only comment is to make sure to smooth out the top and make sure it's really even. Some brownie batters are more runny and sort of even themselves out... this one you could see my spatula marks after they were baked. Nothing some delicious ganache can't disguise! :)
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Broccoli and Tortellini Salad

Reviewed: Apr. 17, 2011
I love this! I've had it before at summer BBQ's, but they never included the tortellini. I love what it adds to this dish! Looking forward to enjoying it as a light lunch tomorrow! --I happened to have some shaved fennel from pizza-making, and added it to this...nice addition :)
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Almond Orange Pithiviers

Reviewed: Apr. 13, 2011
I made this in culinary school today (almost exact same as a Jaques Torres recipe) - since I had puff pastry I made from scratch, I needed to find a use for it! I used almond meal/flour, so I got to skip the food processing part. I also skipped the orange zest since it wasn't in the recipe I used. Otherwise, this was the same, so I thought I'd hop on allrecipes.com and review and post a photo! It's really a fun dessert that is delish - I served it with vanilla creme anglaise and a pear that I cooked down in a simple syrup. Sounds fancy but it's really quite simple. :)
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Yellow Cake

Reviewed: Apr. 10, 2011
LOVED it. It baked beautifully and I really enjoyed the light orange flavors... yum! Delicious and perfect with a vanilla buttercream.
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Braised Balsamic Chicken

Reviewed: Apr. 9, 2011
Wonderful! We really enjoyed the flavors. I cooked the onions for a bit before I added the chicken, which I liked...more caramelized onions. I ended up using some leftover pasta sauce that we needed to use up, instead of the canned tomato. I don't feel like that drastically changed the recipe in a way that I would not be justified in reviewing the recipe... plus it's a nice tip for someone else who may be in the same position! Cooking for two can be annoying... lots of little leftovers of everything :)
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Bananas 'N' Cream Bundt Cake

Reviewed: Mar. 29, 2011
Loved it! I subbed margarine for shortening, but only because I had that on hand from a vegan recipe I was making. I omitted the nuts so more people at work could enjoy, but I think they would've been yummy in here! Certainly nothing extra needed to top this off...except maybe a dab of butter :) It baked beautifully in about 55-60 minutes, for me. Lovely recipe!
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Soft Mahi Mahi Tacos with Ginger-Lime Dressing

Reviewed: Mar. 26, 2011
"THe best fish taco i've ever had" says the boyfriend. It really was delicious. I was tempted to add more seasoning to the fish, but didn't (glad I didn't). Tempted to skip the sour cream sauce (really glad I didn't). If you taste it on it's own, the sauce may seem a little out of place... but it pairs so nicely with the salsa - I wouldn't skip it ever! And about the salsa, I added some red onion, mainly for color but also flavor. It was ok. I added some lime juice and salt and pepper...ba-bam! It was so good, I had to get rid of the spoon so I'd stop eating it before the fish was ready! Skipped the cilantro because BF doesn't like it, but I didn't miss it. I am looking forward to making them again!! This was a real winner!
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No Bake Lime Mousse Torte

Reviewed: Mar. 23, 2011
Incredibly creamy, tart, and delicious! I cannot begin to tell you the look on people's faces when they enjoy this dessert - I used it as a dessert special in the restaurant where I work, and it's been going over amazingly well. People rave! I use a tad more cream to make it a little lighter. And the only comment I'd make is to chop up the zest if you end up with longer strings...it's unappealing otherwise. I also should say I stuck with graham cracker crumbs, since some people have an aversion to gingersnaps (I personally love them and think they'd go perfectly with this recipe!) I tell people it's like if key lime pie and cheesecake had a baby...that's this dessert. Amazing!
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Striped Delight

Reviewed: Mar. 23, 2011
Oh, how I wish I had a photo of this! I made it twice: once to test the recipe, a second time to use it as a dessert special for St Patricks Day. The first time: I subbed real whipped cream for cool whip, used more cookies for the base, added creme de menthe to the cream cheese layer. Second time: again, subbed real whipped cream and made a chocolate mousse instead of the pudding, added mint extract to the cream cheese layer and tinted it green. It went over really well at the restaurant! Disguised as a rather modest dessert, this really hit a home run with everyone!
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Caramelized Bacon Twists

Reviewed: Mar. 8, 2011
These certainly TASTED delicious!! However, getting the twists to actually stay twisted was more challenging than it ought to be... I wonder if this had something to do with me using thick-cut bacon? Either way, it was fun. We ended up using them for two things at a bacon-themed dinner party: stir-sticks for a bacon cocktail, and as a creative element for our dessert shooters (maple-bacon-chocolate mousse). So fun!
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Cajun Appetizer Meatballs

Reviewed: Mar. 8, 2011
A good, basic recipe... good flavors. I have used the recommended sauce combo (preserves, bbq) and a homemade sauce... both worked just fine. It's BBQ meatballs!
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Caramel Macchiato Cheesecake

Reviewed: Feb. 23, 2011
People are raving about this as I write this review! I brought this in to work today and everyone is LOVING it. I followed the recipe, but changed the method... since I didn't want to do a water bath but I didn't want to risk it cracking, I decided to bake it at 300'. Worked like a charm. It took longer (about 75 minutes). I turned off the oven, shoved a potholder in the door to keep it cracked open, and let it cool. Set it in the fridge overnight, and voila! =) I made a caramel sauce to go with it and it looks great! **In the future, I might try using a smaller pan or adding more cream cheese to make it taller... and I might add more coffee. but it's wonderful as-is!! Glad I finally made it!!
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Insanely Amazing Jalapeno Cheese Dip

Reviewed: Feb. 21, 2011
I took a recipe that could've been extremely simple to make and made it a tad more time-consuming... I bought fresh jalapenos and roasted them in the oven... removed the skins and membranes, then diced them up... I haven't a clue if it made a difference in the recipe, but this was sure a fun and delicious dip that went over well! Will keep on hand for future parties! Also, I was using a 3-in-1 buffet crockpot to hold a few things so I just baked this in a casserole dish and then transferred it in the crockpot to hold warm. Worked perfectly!
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Dill Dip III

Reviewed: Feb. 21, 2011
Quick and simple to prepare and tastes great - dill is the key ingredient in veggie dips... makes vegetables delectable =)
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Beer Spice Cake

Reviewed: Feb. 16, 2011
Moist and full of spice! This cake was good - not outstanding. My boyfriend asked if there were bananas in it... he thought it tasted more like a heavily-spiced banana bread, vs just a regular spice cake. He is enjoying it - topped with a velvety cream cheese frosting. Not a recipe I'll go back to often, unless SPICE is the name of the game!
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Pumpkin Chip Cupcakes

Reviewed: Feb. 16, 2011
Rating just the cake: these are delicously moist, but lacking in flavor. Since they turned out so beautiful, with their perfectly puffed tops, and so moist... I will give them 4 stars. Pump up the flavor and you'll easily have a 5-star treat that isn't overly sweet. I appreciated that the cake itself wasn't very sweet - adding the frosting would've made it a perfect level of sweetness if that's what you're going for. I just wanted a plain, delicious pumpkin cupcake with chocolate chips. More cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin pie spice would get it there. I guess I'll hang onto this recipe for another shot!
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Vanilla - Chocolate Powdered Sugar Frosting

Reviewed: Dec. 29, 2010
Loving this recipe... I added some butter flavoring and I'm not sure if that took it over the top, but my boyfriend is a big fan (he says it's just a little different but somehow it's soo good). I will take that as a winner =) I bake almost nonstop, so he's had his share of taste-testing and providing feedback. I whipped this for several minutes and am excited to use it tomorrow to decorate some cupcakes and cakes!! Hoping it pipes as swell as it tastes!
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Caesar Salad Supreme

Reviewed: Nov. 6, 2010
My boyfriend really, really enjoyed this recipe! I thought it tasted wonderful too... but his vote counts more than mine =) I skipped the anchovies and meant to add anchovy paste but forgot... will add next time to give it a more "authentic" caesar flavor... but overall it was a wonderful recipe! Quick and easy!
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Aussie Chicken

Reviewed: Nov. 6, 2010
Yum! While I've never had this at Outback, my boyfriend has. He said it's not the same but it's still really good... I enjoyed it too. Served with some rye bread I had made and stored in the freezer (perfect!) and a homemade caesar salad (used Caesar Salad Supreme recipe from here) and we had a nice dinner in. =) I'd recommend using a mild seasoning salt--or even just S&P. I think that made a difference in the flavor... the stuff I used had a stronger that likely impacted this dish overall. Still, no complaints =)
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