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Fluffy Peanut Butter Frosting

Reviewed: Jun. 29, 2009
Excellent recipe! Whip for longer than you might want to--it's worth it! Add more liquid if necessary--recipes won't necessarily be exactly how you prefer them. I thought it worked out VERY well and went nicely on brownies topped with a mini-reeses. YUM!
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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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Gyoza

Reviewed: Mar. 8, 2009
To be honest, I changed quite a few things so I guess I'm just rating the idea more than anything? Instead of cabbage, I used a bag of broccoli slaw and then grated about 1/2 cup of carrots, garlic, and ginger... cooked that during the last part of the cooking time of the pork so I could get rid of some of the fat from the pork. Then I used potsticker wrappers. After the water was gone, we used a little more oil and browned them--so basically like potstickers... Such a fun recipe! Served with both the sauce as written and the gyoza sauce on this site... no preference for either. Nice to have two choices!
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Pecan-Oatmeal Pancakes

Reviewed: Mar. 8, 2009
What a great recipe! It had wonderful flavor--which may have something to do with a slight modification: I only had old fashioned oats or the flavored instant oats, so I opted for Maple & Brown Sugar (used 3 packets). YUM! Very easy to throw together and the flavors were wonderful! I didn't think it was any heavier than you would expect with an oatmeal-based pancake. Only needed 2.5 pancakes and I was pleasantly full! One thing I might suggest: don't stir in the brown sugar. Instead, put the batter in the pan, then sprinkle each pancake with a little bit before flipping over to cook the second side. It is wonderful!
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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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Toasted Garlic Bread

Reviewed: Mar. 8, 2009
So yummy! I found this as my tofu parmigiana was finishing baking... I only had some Cottage Bread (yep, a white loaf of bread from the grocery store...not what I normally buy, so I'm trying to use it up!) and it worked out WONDERFULLY! The flavors were wonderful and my dinner guest agreed. The bottom didn't toast quite as well as I would normally like, but I'm sure it's because the bread I used is just so soft. I am sure I will use this recipe again and again (with a better bread, of course!) So much better than frozens loaf many people use...
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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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Teriyaki Sauce and Marinade

Reviewed: Mar. 5, 2009
Wow! What a great, quick recipe with ingredients I had on hand! It was super easy - I actually missed the step of boiling the mirin for 10 minutes (oops!) and just simmered everything while I prepped other ingredients. It was a fabulous marinade for chicken that I used for an Asian spinach salad. Better than bottled, for sure!
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Hawaiian Waffles with Pineapple and Coconut

Reviewed: Mar. 2, 2009
Excellent flavor! It didn't even need syrup! Here's what I did though: omitted the coconut milk (stop, I know that's lame) but I wanted them lighter--so I used 1% milk. THen I sprinkled the batter with coconut (can stir in too). I used fresh pineapple... I had some extra so I sauteed it in 1T browned butter and 1T brown sugar...OMG that was amazing on top of these! The butter and sugar mixed perfectly with the juices from the pineapple to create just enough of a syrup. Wow--this was a great recipe! I didn't have any issue with "sour" tasting--was your sour cream expired?? Yum! This is a favorite!!
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Chicken Milano

Reviewed: Mar. 12, 2009
Wow. This one tops the list! Another reviewer said restaurant-quality...and I agree! It takes a little extra time to make (hands-off time though) just waiting for the tomatoes to soften and the cream sauce to thicken - but my does patience pay off!! **Here are my minor changes, just based off what I had on hand: evaporated milk instead of cream, angel hair pasta instead of fettucini - and didn't add all the extra oil to cook the chicken. I only used 2 chicken breasts for the sauce...had a little leftover. I think it would've been too little sauce for 4 people... just my thought. What a winner!! Easy and impressive dish to serve!
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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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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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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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Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies III

Reviewed: Feb. 15, 2009
These cookies will have you do-si-do'ing around the kitchen! Knocks the socks off the drier girl scout cookie version. These cookies are incredible! **Do NOT be tempted to eat the dough! Save it for the cookies!!! **Followed recipe exactly, except for the heavy cream. I was going to use coffee creamer but it tends to do weird things to frostings. So, instead I let some vanilla ice cream melt a bit...WOW! These will be a guaranteed hit at work tomorrow! I almost didn't frost them, as I thought they were great just as a little cookie. But they are even more amazing with the filling. ENJOY!!!
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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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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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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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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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Tropical Coffee Cake

Reviewed: Feb. 10, 2009
ABSOLUTE HIT! It's deliciously light and wonderful! The pineapple and coconut was fabulous together. I'm "the one" at work that brings lots of homemade treats...and this was a huge hit at work. **Future: may use as the base for other variations...blueberry, light cinnamon swirl, etc. May add some chopped macademia nuts too. I like to try new recipes, but this will be a new go-to recipe for me!
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Half and Halfs

Reviewed: Feb. 25, 2009
Normally I wait until AFTER I take treats to work to rate the recipe based on coworkers reactions; however, I know these will be a hit! I followed directions exactly, even though I was tempted to "cheat" and just make up all the dough and then divide it out, add cocoa, and wahlah... However, I stuck to it and I'm glad I did. I decided to use milk chocolate/caramel swirl chips for the chocolate cookie half just to mix it up a bit. I baked at 350' for about 10 minutes. I would've baked longer, but I let them rest on the cookie sheet (lined w/ parchment) for 10 minutes, and that was perfect. **Technique: I found just grabbing two small dabs of each dough and rolling together just until they meld together worked PERFECTLY. Easy and fuss-free. I make small cookies... lots more to share, so it made almost 90-cute just-bigger-than-bite-sized-cookies. =)
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