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Easy Creamy Vanilla Fudge

Reviewed: Jan. 9, 2011
I've never made any kind of fudge before, I don't think, and I've hardly ever even tasted vanilla fudge either, so I may not be a good judge of this recipe. It was pretty quick and easy, and tasted okay to me. The vanilla flavor was fairly noticeable, and this was on the sweet side. I was a little surprised that the fudge had a slightly grainy texture to it (I guess the sugar transformed somehow). In little portions, it lasted me for over ten days. I probably won't make this again (I think I much prefer chocolate or even peanut butter fudge), but I can at least say this is worth a try.
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Fast and Easy Hamburger Casserole

Reviewed: Jan. 3, 2011
I kind of understand why this recipe got so many negative reviews here (more than most recipes I've seen, I think). The recipe is quick and easy, and has that comfort-food feel, but it's just a little weird, I think. I made this exactly as written, using 85% lean ground beef, "98% fat free" soup, and the biscuits were 10 buttermilk ones. Also, it took about 17 minutes to get the biscuits to be a bit "golden brown". This made two fairly big dinners for me, and I did gobble it down, but I wouldn't say it's especially tasty. I should note that the advice to soften the cream-cheese and mix it well should really be emphasized. I thought I did a decent job of it, and even mixed the dish some more while baking (just before putting the biscuits on). Even after all that, the finished dish still had little bits of cream cheese visible. I'm not a huge cream-cheese fan, and I wish it'd been fully melted and dispersed throughout the dish. I've only bought refrigerated biscuits a couple of times in my life, and one of the best things about making this was that I discovered a very nice brand of them. This was a slightly interesting recipe, but I don't think I'll be making it again.
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Apple Cake IV

Reviewed: Dec. 13, 2010
This was pretty good. I guess this kind of cake is an old standard, but I don't think I'd ever had it before. I made it exactly as written, using Granny Smith apples, unbleached flour, sea salt, and sunflower oil. What was unusual was that it tested "done" with a toothpick at only 50 minutes. I live at a high elevation, and baked goods recipes often take longer than written. This cake was pretty moist, and had good amounts of apples, cinnamon and chopped walnuts. Nothing fancy, but a nice dessert, especially when warmed a little in the microwave.
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Chocolate Cupcakes

Reviewed: Dec. 5, 2010
I've made this about three times now. The first was for myself, and to share with neighbors. The next two were for a group I belong to. I guess the consensus is around a 4-star rating. I made the recipe exactly as written, except that it took about 19 minutes to bake since I'm at a high elevation. This was the first time I'd ever baked cupcakes from scratch. I'd planned on frosting them, but they came out so moist and chocolaty that I ate/served them as is. They are very good for basic chocolate cupcakes; but others who prefer dryer cupcakes might want to adjust the recipe.
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Sesame Beef

Reviewed: Dec. 5, 2010
This recipe made a very good dish. I must admit I was a little bit disappointed, but only because I had very high expectations, I guess. I love this kind of dish at Chinese restaurants, and had never made anything quite like this. I made the recipe pretty much as written, using sunflower oil instead of generic "vegetable oil", and marinating the steak for about 24 hours. For the steak, I used a little over a pound of bottom round. This also marked the first time I'd ever cooked with sesame seeds. Marinating time aside, this gets points for being a very quick and easy recipe. I had half of this on a bed of boiled white rice, to soak up the sauce. For the other half the next night, I just spooned up the extra sauce, which was very tasty by itself. I do recommend this recipe; I just wonder what it would take to transform it from "very good" to "fantastic!"
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Cafe Latte Milkshake

Reviewed: Nov. 17, 2010
I made this several times since I had some ground coffee to use up. I rarely drink coffee, so I actually brewed it and let it get cold just for this recipe. This was quite tasty, but I wouldn't exactly call it a milkshake - it was quite liquid. It's more like a mocha "frappucino", I'd say. I made it exactly as written, but I guess a lot more ice cream would be needed to make it more milkshake-y. But, as is, it's a pretty nice drink. Thanks!
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Hodie's Sloppy Joes

Reviewed: Nov. 12, 2010
This was a very good recipe. I've tried several Sloppy Joes recipes, and there's not very much variation in them, I find. I made this almost exactly as written, using light brown sugar, and a little more ketchup than specified (I measured out too much and couldn't exactly put the excess back into the bottle). It was quick and easy, and was decently thick. Perhaps a tiny bit too sweet, in my opinion. But it was all quite tasty, and the serving count is dead-on - it fit onto 6 (smallish) hamburger buns. I can recommend this recipe.
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Rachael's Chicken

Reviewed: Nov. 8, 2010
For such a simple recipe, this was fairly tasty; thyme is always nice with chicken. I made it exactly as written, but I found the "sauce" to be way too much in quantity. Unless you let it simmer on medium-low for a loooong time, to reduce it a lot, it'll be much more than "just enough sauce", I think. But, for what it is, I'll give this a better-than-average rating for simplicity and taste.
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Chili I

Reviewed: Nov. 8, 2010
This was quite tasty, albeit a quite simple chili recipe. I made it exactly as written, using 93% ground beef, dark red kidney beans, and sea salt to taste. One complaint, though, is the "2 quart saucepan" - I found that to be too small. The recipe didn't say whether to drain the beans, but I drained (but not rinsed) one can, then wondered if there would be enough liquid in the chili, so left the other undrained. The chili almost filled the saucepan, and while cooking, it leaked quite a bit of liquid through the saucepan's cover. I think even if I'd drained both cans of beans, some leaking would have happened. A bigger saucepan is necessary, I think. This made three fairly big bowlfuls for me. The spices were basic (and not very hot, to my taste). Still for such a simple recipe, I thought the proportions of ingredients worked out nicely. As is usual with chili, I thought the reheated leftovers the next day were even better (and thicker). For a quick-and-dirty, mild chili recipe, I think this is a pretty good choice.
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Jackie's Spinach and Apple Salad

Reviewed: Nov. 5, 2010
This was quite a nice salad - not awesome, but very good. I don't think I'd ever even heard of maple syrup being used in a salad dressing, but it worked nicely here. I made the recipe exactly as written. The only change I might make, if/when I make this again, would be to go ahead and chop the apples instead of using slices in the salad. This lasted me for 3 fairly big salad lunches (a little soggy at the end, but that's no surprise). Thanks for a simple yet very tasty salad idea.
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Fluffy Scrambled Eggs

Reviewed: Oct. 17, 2010
There are lots and lots of scrambled egg recipes out there, but I gave this one a try because I had the exact number of eggs to use up. The eggs did cook up pretty "fluffy", but I think using so much milk added a slightly funny taste to the dish. I had half one morning, and I though the reheated half the next morning tasted a bit better. Pretty good stuff overall, though. Thanks!
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Pasta Peas

Reviewed: Oct. 5, 2010
I'm glad most reviewers liked/loved this, because I'm in the minority. I thought this was just barely OK. It wasn't anything bad, just - blah. I made it exactly as written. But in my opinion it could definitely stand to be made tastier. Those "6 servings" turned out to be pretty big - it made 9 bowlfuls for me. I don't have kids, but the thought did occur to me that this might be a pretty kid-friendly recipe, for what it's worth. But for me, it didn't impress at all, and I most likely won't make this again.
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Chicken Francese for One

Reviewed: Oct. 1, 2010
Very tasty stuff. I've never had Chicken Francese, and from what I can tell by reading about it, I guess this recipe isn't very authentic. But for what it is, I enjoyed it a lot (but split over two dinner meals). I made it exactly as written, using the high-end time of 7 minutes for browning the chicken. I agree with the number of reviewers who said that the parmesan in butter and lemon juice never came together as a "sauce". (I thought parmesan is supposed to be one of those not-very-meltable cheeses, anyway.) It turned out to be browned, crunchy parmesan in lemon butter. Mind you, I'm one of those who likes browned crunchy things, so between the nicely-done chicken, covered with the "sauce", such simple ingredients tasted great to me. This would be worth making again, especially if I don't have much time to make a meal. Thanks!
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Pork Chops with Tangy Honey Sauce

Reviewed: Sep. 29, 2010
This was very tasty - better than I expected, but not totally awesome. I made it exactly as written, except for extending the baking time past 30 minutes. The sauce was a little thin, but nothing bad. It had a good teriyaki-sauce kind of flavor, though I don't know if such small amounts of ground ginger and black pepper made a noticeable difference. Overall, this recipe is worth making again sometime - I'll just bake it even longer.
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Mango Lassi II

Reviewed: Sep. 17, 2010
This was a very pleasant surprise. I wouldn't say it's "absolutely heavenly" like the description says, but it was very tasty. I had some plain yogurt to use up, and I don't like the taste of it very much at all. And I'd never bought fresh mangoes before, so seeding them was an experience. I was skeptical about the mangos and sugar adding enough sweetness to hide the bitterness of the yogurt, but they really did. I was also skeptical about the results being liquid enough to drink, but they really were - perhaps this was because I used 1 cup of ice by weight (8 oz.) instead of using a measuring cup. I'd been seeing lassi recipes for a while, and had never had one, so this was a great introduction, and I just may make them again sometime.
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Rudechack's Franks and Noodles

Reviewed: Aug. 19, 2010
This was all right - nothing special. I made it exactly as written, using sea salt in the pasta water, medium egg noodles, and light brown sugar in the sauce. Looking at the ingredients, I thought the recipe sounded slightly odd, and it proved to be so. It tasted okay (and I'm glad I used good-quality beef franks), but I don't know if I'd make this again.
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Crab Bisque

Reviewed: Aug. 14, 2010
Okay, so this is pretty much the opposite of a made-from-scratch bisque (which I've made before) - canned soups and not even real crab. Still, for what it is, I thought it was pretty tasty, and very easy to make. I made it exactly as written, and have one minor complaint: a whole bunch of green onions is way too much, in my opinion - half that amount would suffice.
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Enchiladas

Reviewed: Aug. 3, 2010
I've made this twice now (just started eating the second batch). Maybe I'm easily pleased, enchilada-wise, but this is pretty good for being a simple recipe. I made it exactly as written, using 6-inch corn tortillas. The first time I used Pace's "hot" version and shredded cheddar. I like "hot" foods, but it just didn't seem quite right here. The second batch, I used Pace's "medium" sauce, and "Mexican blend" cheese. These options made it noticeably better. Great stuff!
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Mike's Favorite Grilled Cheese

Reviewed: Jul. 20, 2010
I've pretty much made this before I knew it was a recipe on this site. This time, I followed the recipe exactly, using unsalted butter and Honey Wheat bread. I found the results to be OK, nothing special. First, I thought there was too much butter - 1 T. might've been enough. Second, the "medium-high" heat seemed to be too much - the edges of the bread quickly turned black, before the cheese was fully melted. This is a simple sandwich, I know, but that was my particular experience. Thanks anyway.
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Better Peanut Butter Sandwich

Reviewed: Jul. 18, 2010
I just gave this a try since I had all the ingredients on hand. I made it exactly as written, using Honey Wheat bread and plain (non-cinnamon) applesauce. It did taste pretty good, but I think I still prefer (berry) jelly with my peanut butter - decades of experience is hard to change! Thanks for the idea, though.
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