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Green Smoothie

Reviewed: Mar. 27, 2012
Typically, for the sake of my health, I manage to choke some things down that I don't really care for as long as they're healthy. (And I don't have a picky palate.) I did not care for this. I had skipped the flax and oil... tried to add some honey then some vanilla protein powder and I just couldn't do it to myself. Bummer.
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Red River Beef Stroganoff

Reviewed: Mar. 26, 2012
I couldn't see saute'ing the onions in just the butter. To impart more flavor, I browned the meat first, then set aside. I then cooked the onions, and then followed the instructions from there. Perhaps my onions were a bit TOO large, but I ended up reserving some for another dish. Also, I used fresh mushrooms, simply adding them as called for. Topped with a bit of freshly grated Parm and served over egg noodles, this was a nice week-night dinner.
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New Orleans Barbeque Shrimp

Reviewed: Mar. 26, 2012
This was awesome! I LOVED how quickly it came together and how delicious it was! I appreciated each flavor - a tad spicy, but that can easily be toned down next time. I won't lie: I did not use anywhere near the amount of butter called for, if only for the sake of my thighs. We enjoyed this over jasmine rice, a side salad, and fresh fruit. This recipe is a keeper.
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South Texas Carne Guisada

Reviewed: Mar. 23, 2012
Awesome! Tasted like it had been slow-cooked all day! I ended up using canned tomatoes cuz I used my fresh tomatoes during the week--I should've known to not add the water, so I'd skip that next time... Served on tortillas with queso fresco cheese, avocado, sour cream, beans, lettuce. This would be great for a casual, build-your-own dinner with friends or family. **Also, I had leftover sirloin from some satay skewers I made... I really liked how thinly sliced it was--I'd do that again next time too vs. cubes. Plus it cooks more quickly.
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Perfect Chocolate Cake

Reviewed: Mar. 23, 2012
I only made the cake and used it to make CUPCAKES. (Full recipe yielded about 46 regular-size cupcakes.) They were SO delicious and moist and wonderfully tender... they practically melt in your mouth. I used the recipe to make cupcakes that I hollowed out and filled with chopped reeses mixed with some homemade caramel. Topped with a peanut butter buttercream, and garnished with a mini reeses. I wish I wasn't so rushed... I forgot to take a photo! This recipe is a KEEPER!
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Chicken Scarpariello

Reviewed: Mar. 19, 2012
Next time I make this, I will not skip step one. :) Somehow I skipped right to step 2, so I missed the cutting and dredging, but it still turned out great! I actually liked the presentation (deep bias cut). I skipped the bouillon since I don't use it and instead used stock in place of the water and bouillon. Also, rather than rosemary I used herbs de provence. Perhaps it was my method of cooking, but next time I'll also add my drained noodles to the sauce and then top with the chicken... overalll, easy and quick with great results!
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Restaurant Style Chicken Nachos

Reviewed: Mar. 10, 2012
A great base recipe to use to get the creative juices flowing... I liked the idea of salsa instead of straight taco seasoning (I cooked my chicken in the garlic, vidalia onion, and salsa). Target has a great blue corn tortilla chip with flax which held up well to the toppings, lending a nice crisp all the way to the end of the pile! I added black olives, black beans, avocado, and Mexican Queso cheese. Accompanied by a side salad and beverages, we called this our Saturday night dinner!
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Caramel Macchiato Ice Cream

Reviewed: Mar. 4, 2012
I am having a hard time not eating the entire batch of this one! Oh my... :) My favorite Starbucks drink happens to be a caramel macchiato, so I figured i might enjoy this treat. I took the tip from Naples and reduced the sugar to 3/4 cup, and I'm glad I did, as the caramel contributes plenty of sweetness. I used my own homemade caramel sauce and half/half in place of the milk. This is SO creamy and delicious!
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Ricotta Gnocchi

Reviewed: Mar. 4, 2012
It seems it's been awhile since I've found a recipe that really got me excited... this was SO quick and easy, I was trying to come up with a backup plan in case the gnocchi didn't work... but I didn't need to. This recipe delivered. The gnocchi came together in about 5 minutes or less. My tip would be to check the gnocchi after it floats, as mine needed another minute or two to cook. Also, make sure you use a good quality garlic powder or the flavor may be too harsh for these delicate puffs. --The sauce was simple and flavorful; I added some leftover mushrooms and onions I had sauteed yesterday. I LOVED the fresh mozzarella in this!! I have a log of it to use up, so I was excited to try it in this dish... so pretty and gooey and yummy! I cannot say enough good things about this dish :)
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Yummy Roll Ups

Reviewed: Mar. 3, 2012
THANK GOODNESS for a loving, helpful mother who helped me prep over 200 of these little suckers for a reception. They are always a hit, and they flew outta the kitchen as fast as we could keep them plated. **I was SlightlY annoyed when I was trying to plan out how much to buy for 200, so it was a ridiculous guessing game. :) You can't buy a jar of pickles that have exactly the same size, and some brands of deli meats work better than others (some tear easier than others).
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Egg Salad Sandwiches

Reviewed: Mar. 3, 2012
A pretty classic recipe that was delicious with mini rye cocktail bread. A tip to make it SUPER quick and easy: use a cookie scoop to portion onto the slices of bread, then simply top with another slice of bread. I used freshly minced onion in place of the onion flakes.
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PB and J with Banana Sandwiches

Reviewed: Mar. 3, 2012
Yes, I did just rate this 5-stars. :) A client requested this as one of her finger sandwiches for her reception; I assumed for the kids that may be in attendance, but can I just say I think it went over even better with the adults?! I used white sandwich bread, but same idea. Good stuff.
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Seasoned Broccoli Spears

Reviewed: Mar. 3, 2012
I forget how much I loved steamed broccoli, and this recipe was perfect! I thru it together so quickly and without the "hassle" of using a steam basket on the stovetop. I loved the seasoning, which I eyeballed, and the method that yielded perfectly steamed broccoli in minutes!
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Vanilla Ice Cream I

Reviewed: Feb. 22, 2012
I love the quick (no-double-boiler) method, but recommend cooking until 180-185 degrees for the best results. AND skip the whipping part! Crazy. I used h/h in place of milk and vanilla beans instead of extract. I sampled it this morning (nice 6am treat!) and loved how creamy and delicious this turned out! My bf prefers this recipe over some others I've tried, as it's not too custardy. --I stirred in some crushed oreos to half the batch...oooh what a treat! (Note: this recipe is nearly identical to Creamy Vanilla Ice Cream.)
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Creamy Vanilla Ice Cream

Reviewed: Feb. 22, 2012
I love the quick (no-double-boiler) method, but agree with others who mention cooking longer (180-185 degrees) for the best results. I was short 1/2 cup of heavy cream but went with the recipe anyways. Also, I used vanilla beans in place of the extract. Since it wasn't quite ready last night, I sampled it this morning (6am treat!) and loved how creamy and delicious this turned out! My bf prefers this recipe over some others I've tried, as it's not too custardy. --I stirred in some crushed oreos to half the batch...oooh what a treat! (Note: this recipe is nearly identical to Vanilla Ice Cream I.)
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Delicious Raspberry Oatmeal Cookie Bars

Reviewed: Feb. 21, 2012
Ridiculously easy and deliciously awesome! I used E.D. Smith preserves for these and they weren't as sweet as I would've expected regular jam to be (more fruit, less sugar), which I preferred. I made a cherry version and a mango-peach-orange version and both went over very well with my coworkers! I didn't measure the amount I pressed into the pan for the base, as I was more concerned about an even layer and having enough of a base. --I loved the flavors and how they didn't turn out greasy, as this type of bar can sometimes be. Simply delicious!
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Salmon and Spinach Fettuccine

Reviewed: Feb. 19, 2012
Overall, a good recipe... I'd recommend making a roux (melt butter, mix in flour, cook a min or two, then slowly add milk) then add the cheese, etc. I think a little more of the sauce would've been better, but I just added a little more milk to stretch it because I was lazy. I wasn't able to get to the store as planned so I had to omit the capers, which I think would've really elevated this dish as Shane intended...so don't skip them! I DID skip the oregano as it didn't seem like it would be a good fit for the dish. A great way to use up some smoked salmon - I was pleasantly surprised. :) **I may play around with it next time and melt in some cream cheese... I thought that might be good too...
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My Favorite Blue Cheese Salad Dressing

Reviewed: Jan. 30, 2012
This recipe came together very quickly with ingredients I generally have on hand. I smashed but then very finely minced the garlic, as getting bits of raw garlic would be unpleasant! The only issue I had with the recipe is the amount of vinegar, which I would recommend starting with half the amount and adding as needed. I ended up having to add more sour cream and mayo to tone it down. Overall, great recipe that I used when serving Buffalo Chicken Wraps.
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Famous Amos Chocolate Chip Cookies

Reviewed: Jan. 30, 2012
No, they don't taste like famous amos cookies, but that really doesn't matter here. What we have with this recipe is a uniquely tasty chocolate chip cookie! At first I wasn't sure how much I like it, as my favorite cookie is chewy. Some reviewers have described these as dry and crumbly... I'd say tender and melt-in-your-mouth is more accurate. Sure, it crumbles a bit but it's not due to dryness. That could be attributed to overbaking, which I noticed I did to one sheet of cookies. Err on the side of under-baking and you'll be quite pleased with this non-traditional chocolate chip cookie!
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Butterscotch Bread

Reviewed: Jan. 30, 2012
A very pretty quick bread-it baked perfectly and didn't have me second-guessing if I should keep it in a little longer (you may be able to relate...) I enjoyed it most fresh from the oven. My bf thought it was much better with butter... which is likely because it's really not very sweet so he wanted more flavor? I'm thinking my use of half whole wheat flour may have contributed to the dryness it seemed to have relatively quickly (a day or so later). I also added a handful of butterscotch chips, which sank to the bottom, darn it! It was a nice recipe to try, but I think I'll find another recipe next time!
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