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Black Bean Soup with Bacon

Reviewed: Sep. 15, 2011
I know some people will be irritated with my review, since I REALLY tinkered with this recipe big time! But... here goes! -I think a lot of flavor would be lost if I nuked everything, so I did this on the stove. Taking some comments from Naples review, I picked up a poblano to add to this...and what the heck, I thought, a small sweet potato would be yummy too! I added the poblano and potato with the mirepoix/holy trinity. Once the veg cooked down, I added beef stock (canned) and tomatoes... fresh from the farmers market which I diced. With all the extra veggies and since I was halving the recipe, I only added one can of black beans (which I put in after the tomatoes simmered a bit). Here's where it may get weird: I had about 1/2 cup refried beans leftover from a different recipe and stirred them in. You'd never guess they were in there... I swear, but it made for a thicker broth. I didn't puree anything. Let me tell you how awesome this turned out! :) If you've read this far, hopefully you'll give the recipe a shot, even if you find yourself tweaking it too! It's delish! Trust me when I tell you: it's fantastically delicious!
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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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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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Almond Rhubarb Coffee Cake

Reviewed: May 17, 2009
This was barely out of the oven for 10 minutes and I had to try it. YUM! I did just half a recipe (1 whole egg, everything else worked out) and then used the whole topping recipe (of course!)...adding maybe 1tsp cinnamon to both the cake and the topping. Wow, this is easy and outstanding! I'm excited to share it with coworkers tomorrow! (PS: if serving as dessert, would be excellent with a dollop of fresh whipped cream...yum!)
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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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Baked Asparagus with Balsamic Butter Sauce

Reviewed: May 13, 2009
Amazing. I was SOOO dreading typical asparagus recipes with just butter or a squeeze of lemon juice or parm cheese, etc. I am now SOOOOOOO happy I found this recipe! Wow! It has such rich flavors--between roasting and adding the flavorful sauce--it really takes on a great flavor that I really enjoy. It could easily be an impressive side dish, or as others have said, great with steak. UPDATE: Yup, I still love this recipe =)
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Cottage Cheese Chicken Enchiladas

Reviewed: May 13, 2009
Yum! What a great way to use cottage cheese that was bought in bulk and there's no way for one person to finish it =) I followed pretty close to the recipe and had great results. (Prepared chicken in skillet, cooked covered, slowly...seasoned w/ salt, pepper, and cumin. Then used whole wheat tortillas.) Will have to report back on how well they freeze. I froze most of it for a later date...***UPDATE: reheated it is amazing. I made some freezer meals for my BF and he couldn't stop raving about this one. Made again tonight. I don't brown the meat with the onions/chiles or it becomes to easy for it to dry out. This is a HUGE hit with us. Enjoy!
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Marshmallow Treats

Reviewed: May 12, 2009
Yum! I recommend baking in a slightly smaller pan or just not spreading it out all the way... it will result in a thicker, tastier bar. --I also followed a recommendation to dampen hands and then press mixture into pan. Oh my goodness that is SOO much easier than any other method I've tried in the past--wish I would've known sooner!! =)
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Chocolate Mint Cookies I

Reviewed: May 2, 2011
We have a winner. Although mine ended up being flat, they were still deliciously chocolatey and chewy... just they way I wanted them! Rather than using water, I used creme de menthe... yum! And to deviate even more from the recipe :) I used mint and chocolate chips in place of the semisweet and then just used a few chocolate chips on top...let them melt and swirled just like the recipe states. I wanted to review it still since I don't feel my modifications were off so much that they didnt warrant a review. I loved these and they are hit with my coworkers too!
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Oma's Rhubarb Cake

Reviewed: May 25, 2009
This was wonderful! Such a great recipe for rhubarb--I halved the recipe and baked in a 9" cake pan and it turned out fabulous. I upped the amount of rhubarb just because... what a hit at work! So moist and the great flavor of rhubarb is nicely complimented with the sugary crumbles on top. Yumm....
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Peanutty Pie

Reviewed: May 3, 2011
A delicious indulgence! I am a pastry chef and decided to make (a version of) this for a weekly special - it's gone over VERY well! Here's what I did to modify it a bit: graham cracker crust and added approx 1/2 c chopped peanuts. I also used heavy cream, and left it unsweetened since I felt it seemed sweet enough. It ended up being perfect without the extra sugar--not overly sweet at all! I topped it with the chocolate topping but added some chopped Reese's PB cups to make it prettier. Lastly, I used most of the filling in one pie, because I wanted a decent mound of filling since it was a restaurant dessert... at home, I'd think this is plenty for the two pies. **Definitely one I'll keep around!
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Phoenician's Key Lime Pie

Reviewed: May 17, 2011
Followed recipe exactly as written and LOVED the subtle flavor of the toasted almonds in the crust... the filling is amazing...tart, creamy goodness. Heavenly!
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White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies IV

Reviewed: Apr. 26, 2009
These were a HUGE hit! Perfectly chewy and delicious, well-written recipe, pretty quick and easy to prep. I doubled the recipe and used an 11 oz bag of Ghiradelli white chocolate chips and a few handfuls of chopped macadamia nuts and it was good. Would recommend keeping the chunks of nuts a little larger (mine got a little small so there wasn't as much noticeable crunch). Great recipe!
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Red Velvet Cupcakes

Reviewed: Jun. 13, 2011
Mmm....yum. mmm... very moist and flavorful. this recipe has more cocoa powder than other recipes I've recently tried and you can definitely taste it. Most other recipes also call for two entire bottles of red food coloring, but this one proves to be a good, vibrant red color without the extra coloring. Saves me $3/bottle - definite perk! Mmm... did I mention these cupcakes are devilishly moist and delicious?!
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Scrumptious Penuche Frosting

Reviewed: Jun. 19, 2011
Ridiculously sweet, and really not my thing... but I made this to top cupcakes for a client...and she said it was delicious and perfect, so there you go! The instructions are well-written, which is helpful. I will add a tip: if you're icing LOTS of cupcakes (I did 4 dozen), part way through icing it will start to crystalize... simply stir in a bit more cream/milk to get the right consistency again and you're good to go!
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Strawberry Coffee Cake

Reviewed: Jun. 19, 2011
18,300+ people have been waiting FAR too long to try this recipe!! (That's how many people have it saved to date...). This recipe is insanely easy and produces delicious results I look forward to sharing with my coworkers tomorrow. I'm surprised how little butter there is in the cake... it's so moist and flavorful. My only slight modification is using some streusel mixture I had leftover in the freezer, which was the same minus pecans. Excuse me while I go sneak another sliver...
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Dilly Rolls

Reviewed: Jun. 19, 2011
LOVE this recipe! I tried it months ago and need to use up some cottage cheese that my bf left me with before heading out of town... these are on my radar. Worked perfectly and I can't wait to make another batch!
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Creamy Smashed Potatoes

Reviewed: Mar. 28, 2009
OH MY! These are divine! (Did I just say divine? Yes! I did!) They were a hit at my dinner gathering...everyone liked the slightly different texture the baking gave it. I followed the recipe exactly, adding just a few bits of butter to the top before baking. What a wonderful side dish! Don't make them TOO far in advance or the top will get crackly and a little dry. **I LOVE the subtle onion flavor. I usually use garlic, so this was a great way to get me to change it up. =)
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Dried Cherries, Pecans and Rosemary Brie en Croute

Reviewed: Mar. 28, 2009
Loved the combination of flavors--the rosemary is slightly unexpected but goes so well with the other ingredients. **I actually used this recipe to try making smaller, bite-sized appetizers so people wouldn't have to dig into the brie, they could just take their own. Shaping into squares/rectangles doens't work =) the turn into circles anyways..and I added a little decorative piece on top (they ended up looking like boobs, so embarrassing, but everyone laughed). They all REALLY liked the flavors and just the ability to grab one and eat it (ended up being 2-3 bites). It was putzy to do each individual one but a fun twist I put on the recipe, and worth it because people thought it was cool. Forgot to take pictures, unfortunately, but will make again and photograph. =)
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Cajun Chicken Pasta

Reviewed: May 6, 2009
Excellent recipe! Even using evaporated milk (plus 1-2T cornstarch to thicken) in place of the heavy cream, it was delcious! Otherwise, I followed the recipe exactly... great blend of flavors and the vegetables were cooked perfectly for this recipe following the times specified. This makes more than two servings! Probably closer to four, depending upon how much you eat, of course. Wonderful--not too spicy! Would be a good dish for company. Oh--I guess I did serve it with Farfalle... =)
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