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Spicy Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Reviewed: Oct. 31, 2007
These are great if you follow the recommendations of other reviewers. I used three sweet potatoes (there's only two of us, and we even had leftovers), cut them like fries, and tossed them with chili powder, garlic powder, fresh pepper, kosher salt, and 2 Tbsp. olive oil. I baked them for 40 minutes at 400 degrees (flipped them halfway), and they turned out so well and so healthy!
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Manhattan Clam Chowder

Reviewed: Nov. 18, 2007
I loved this recipe, but I modified it slightly because I thought it was too bland at first (I tasted it after it came to a boil). I cooked 4 slices of bacon (as per another reviewer suggestion), and then I sauteed the onion, green pepper, and a bit of garlic in the grease. I did everything else according to the recipe, only I added a bit of Worcestershire (maybe 2 tsp.), about 1/4 cup sherry, garlic powder, onion powder, and chili powder (all to taste). My husband and I couldn't get enough. I still gave the recipe a 5 because it really is so simple, and the base is still good but easily modified to taste.
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Supreme Scalloped Potatoes

Reviewed: Jun. 10, 2007
I followed a previous reviewer's suggestions and didn't boil the potatoes. I thinly sliced them horizontally and mixed them with the other ingredients. I also lightened the recipe by using fat-free chicken soup, sour cream, and milk, and I didn't add the butter. I did use regular cheddar, though. I baked them for an hour and 10 minutes, adding more cheese to the top in the last few minutes. They came out great.
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Champagne Shrimp and Pasta

Reviewed: Jun. 3, 2007
I made this recipe exactly as specified, and it will definitely be something I will use as a standby when I'm looking to impress. Not only were the flavors unbelievable, but the recipe itself is well-written and easy to follow. Great for a romantic dinner. ***Just a follow-up: I tried to double this recipe and it ended up taking a LOT longer to reduce the sauce. Add extra time if you plan to do this.
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Key Lime Cookies I

Reviewed: Apr. 5, 2008
I added 1 12 oz. bag (2 cups) of white chocolate chips, and they made all the difference. The tastes are perfect this way, if you use key lime juice (I use Nellie & Joe's Famous Key Lime Juice, bottled). As other reviewers mentioned, the dough is "wet", so I used teaspoons to round and drop them. I made them slightly larger and baked for 15-17 minutes. They never really "brown" on top, so check the edges to make sure they don't burn.
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White Wine Chicken Soup

Reviewed: Jan. 2, 2008
This is the best chicken soup I have ever had. I admit that I played with the ingredients quite a bit, changing up the vegetables to what I had, but the base of this soup is so excellent that it seems you can do what you like. I made it with sweet potatoes, zucchini, potatoes, mushrooms, spinach, and added some thin egg noodles. It was delicious. I added an extra 2 cups of water and cooked the egg noodles separately (other reviewers mentioned it wasn't soupy enough). Great recipe!
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Chipotle Honey Roasted Peanuts

Reviewed: May 23, 2009
I absolutely loved this recipe--it was surprisingly easy (I thought it would be more complicated with all the pans), and they had the perfect taste combination. Sweet and salty, smokey with a little kick at the end. I really recommend the chipotle seasoning--definitely an important part of the recipe.
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Cajun Roast Beef

Reviewed: Feb. 2, 2008
This was fantastic. Like a previous reviewer, I used cider vinegar because I didn't have malt. I put in extra horseradish because we like spice, but it actually wasn't too spicy. Great taste, though. I cooked it for 8 hours on low, then sliced it and put it back in the original drippings. We used it in steak Po'Boy sandwiches (french bread, mayo, lettuce, tomato). Really, really great recipe.
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Cabbage Roll Casserole

Reviewed: Jul. 19, 2007
My husband absolutely loved this, but only after we added spices (on its own we found it to be very bland). We added garlic powder, black pepper, and cayenne, and that definitely did the trick--he went back for thirds! I also used ground turkey to lighten it up a little, and I took it out of the oven after 1 hour because the cabbage was getting mushy.
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Spinach and Orzo Salad

Reviewed: Jun. 3, 2007
I'm usually not a fan of traditional pasta salads, but this turned out to be a great side for a dinner I made for my boss. As per other suggestions, I added the spinach just before serving and used a balsamic vinaigrette (I made Good Seasons) for the dressing. It went really well with "Swordfish with Citrus Pesto" (Giada's recipe on Food Network), and a basic tomato salad (tomato, onion, basil, olive oil). I also substituted blue cheese to keep with the Italian theme, and I just loved the taste.
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Kitchen Sink Cookies

Reviewed: Oct. 15, 2006
These are great cookies and come out nicely every time. I used peanut butter chips rather than butterscotch, but I don't recommend substituting toffee pieces...they burned and melted and did something weird to the consistency.
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Best Italian Sausage Soup

Reviewed: Oct. 15, 2006
I absolutely love this recipe and serve it whenever guests come into town. I usually use spinach (either fresh or the bagged frozen) rather than zucchini and I have made it with only 1 lb. sausage, and it always turns out amazing. I also use cheese tortellini, as another reviewer noted. Great recipe!
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Cranberry Nut Bread I

Reviewed: Dec. 20, 2008
I just made this recipe for the first time to give out as Christmas gifts. I followed the recipe exactly (added a few more nuts), and it turned out so beautifully. It looks pretty, and the texture is perfect. I'm also giving out Giada's Mascarpone Honey spread to go with it, for a little sweetness.
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Easy Morning Glory Muffins

Reviewed: Dec. 3, 2007
I'm really impressed at how delicious these muffins turn out with all the healthy modifications other reviewers have suggested. I substituted whole wheat flour for the all-purpose and applesauce for the oil (so no oil whatsoever in the muffins). They were so moist! I think next time I will add more nuts and try substituting brown sugar for the white.
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To Die For Blueberry Muffins

Reviewed: Jun. 3, 2007
The taste and texture of these muffins were absolutely great, and I even made them with frozen blueberries. I wasn't a fan of the crumble topping (I prefer the strudel topping from "Apple Strudel Muffins" from this site), and the muffins fell apart as I was taking them out of the pan. Since there are so few, this can be a problem if you're serving them to guests (as I was).
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Indian Chicken Curry II

Reviewed: Aug. 18, 2008
This recipe has everything I want: it's simple, easy to adjust, and absolutely delicious. Both my husband and I thought it could have easily come from our favorite restaurant. I followed another reviewer's suggestions and toasted the spices before adding the olive oil and onion, and that really added to the flavor. I think next time I'll add veggies (potatoes and peas), or maybe just do vegetarian.***Update. This is officially my favorite curry recipe because I can substitute anything in. Spinach and garbanzo beans are great.
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Cuban Goulash

Reviewed: Apr. 9, 2008
Although this is the first time I made this recipe, I used the reviewers' suggestions and used 3 cans of Rotel tomatoes with chilis, added cumin, and cut the pork into tiny pieces. I thought it was good, and my husband really liked it, but we both still thought it was missing something. I liked it paired with egg noodles, and I might make it again. But first, I'd like to figure out what it's missing.
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Banana Sour Cream Bread

Reviewed: Apr. 6, 2008
Like many other reviewers, I was convinced my mom's banana bread recipe was the best. But, I had to try this one because of the sour cream--and, this one wins hands down. The cinnamon-sugar crust is such a great idea, and the texture is perfect. For those wondering how to make this with normal loaf pans (mine are 8 x 4), the full recipe fits in 2 of these, but I put some cookie sheets underneath because I was afraid the dough would spill over. It got close, but never ran over. The loaves were very pretty.
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Quinoa and Black Beans

Reviewed: Dec. 3, 2007
I thought this was missing something after it cooked, so I stirred in half a jar of salsa and that did the trick. I will also add only 1 can of black beans next time. I love quinoa, but this isn't my favorite way of preparing it. It will be a good, healthy stand-in for Mexican rice with the tweaks, though.
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Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie

Reviewed: Nov. 27, 2007
This pie was not only beautiful, but it tasted so good! I think next time I will mix the chocolate into the butter mixture rather than lay the chips on the bottom of the pan, as other reviewers suggested. Once the pie cooled, the inside didn't look appetizing. But, everything else was perfect--and I thought the amount of bourbon was great (any less and there wouldn't be as much taste).
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