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Herb and Chicken Pasta

Reviewed: Jun. 11, 2005
This was a very good dish. It gets more brownie points from me because I am watching my calories to lose weight (I used less oil), and trying to eat less red meat. I added white wine (a mix of sherry and chablis) in favor of chicken broth used a lot more garlic, and I used fresh herbs from my herb garden (which I think are a million times better than dried!). I don't think it would have been as good without the wine and the fresh herbs. I also left out the spicy stuff for my 6 year old, but I bet with it it would have been even better.
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Irish Lamb Stew

Reviewed: Jun. 11, 2005
This stew is out of this world. Loved it, loved it, loved it! I have made it twice, once on St. Patty's day with soda bread and it hit the spot. Make sure you skim off the grease on the top of the pot (anyone who makes soups or stews should know that) and it won't be greasy. Each time I made this I had the butcher chop me up a leg of lamb. I also used much more garlic and more wine, and used less meat (about half) and less bacon, and more potatoes. This is really great for a special occasion, and well worth the expense. It is also excellent the next day.
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Award Winning Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

Reviewed: Jun. 11, 2005
These are so overrated... I thought these were just ok. My husband didn't like them, everytime I made them he said "you make the best cookies but not these ". I have made MUCH better in the past adding a few of my own special touches to the tollhouse recipe. I actually made them several times because everyone wrote rave reviews about them, but I thought they were much too sweet by far. I even reduced the pudding & sugar once and I still didn't love it. I don't like anything with a "too sweet" taste, such as buttercream icing. I don't think i'll ever make these again!
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Award Winning Peaches and Cream Pie

Reviewed: Jun. 11, 2005
I totally adore this recipe! It is soooo good, and so very sinful! It is more of a cobbler than a pie, but the "crust" is really delish. I always replace about 1/3 to 1/2 of the cream cheese with sour cream, and add a bit more sugar, and it is really good! I made this with fresh-picked apricots (home grown) for a party once and that was totally out of this world. The guests practically licked their plates! The pies were almost gone before I could get any.. When I saw how fast it was dissapearing, and tasted how good it was, I picked up the last pie and hid it! It was awesome for using up all that extra fruit! The canned is really good too. Thanks for an AWESOME recipe!!
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Mouth-Watering Stuffed Mushrooms

Reviewed: Jun. 11, 2005
These are so delicious! They are well worth the time. I used butter instead of oil, and more garlic (I love garlic). Wow! That Cayenne adds just the right amount of kick, and the parmesan makes it sinful. Will definitely keep this one on hand for an appetizer, potluck, or a party! Love it.
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Chicken Delicious

Reviewed: Jun. 11, 2005
I am giving this 5 stars for ease, and 3 for taste. It was nothing extraordinary in the taste department (although it was good), but it was unbelievably easy & fast! I used cream of chicken, not cream of celery, and omitted the celery salt because I hate celery. I also added a bit more cheese and used thighs instead of breast, dark meat is my preference. Fabulous if you are short on time, and need supper ready when you get home! I will probably make this again.
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Brisket with BBQ Sauce

Reviewed: Jun. 11, 2005
This was good. It smells amazing while it cooks. The BBQ sauce was really good, but I had to double the recipe because it wouldn't have been enough. This tasted almost exactly like the BBQ brisket at a certian popular BBQ resturaunt in San Antonio, TX I used to frequent.. But I don't live there anymore! Excellent with homeade baked beans!
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Shepherd's Pie VI

Reviewed: Jun. 11, 2005
I think this was a very good shepherd's pie! I have made it with the carrots, but once I had only frozen mixed veggies, so I popped that in the food processor to mash it after cooking and used it. I actually like that a lot better than the carrots! Not as pretty, but much more flavor, and healthier too! I also season my ground beef with garlic salt, emeril's essence, and my mashed potatoes with white pepper, butter, condensed milk (it makes it creamy), & a bit of garlic salt.
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Irish Brown Soda Bread

Reviewed: Jun. 11, 2005
This crusty, dense bread had a really good flavor. The loaves are nice to look at, as well. I chose this recipe because it seemed to be the most authentic. The others are too "americanized". I wanted soda bread, not a biscuit/currant loaf! It was also very very easy, I have never made any kind of bread before, and I was extremely gentle with it as suggested. The only thing I changed was I ground my oats, for smoother texture. I made this on St. Patty's Day with lamb stew. The bread was really addictive with butter, I couldn't stop eating it!
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Alfredo Sauce

Reviewed: Jun. 11, 2005
This tastes really delicious, but the texture sucks. Though I have made it several times, it is always grainy. I even tried putting it in a blender once! I cannot find gruyere cheese anywhere, so I have not tried that. The recipe also lacks nutmeg - a very important alfredo ingredient, which I added. Also put a bit more garlic and seasoned it a bit. Left out the parsley, I don't care for it in alfredo. This tastes great with shrimp & pasta, but the texture kinda kills it for me... I may try with a different cheese sometime. Still, i'd like to know the resturaunt's secrets for smooth alfredo... I think I will try another recipe next time!
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Braised Balsamic Chicken

Reviewed: Jun. 12, 2005
This is a great low cal entree! I served it with pasta & a salad & it was really great. However, I did have to alter it some. I added some wine (I use it in almost everything) with the chicken while sauteeing. I also used only fresh herbs & tomatoes. After following all the instructions, I just felt like it was really missing something. At that point I would have given it about 3 stars. I added about four cloves of garlic and it was exactly what it needed! What a difference. It was excellent after that. I will definitely be making this often!
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Buttermilk Pancakes II

Reviewed: Jun. 13, 2005
I think these are extremely overrated... While they were good, they just didn't knock my socks off! Maybe it was because I used the reduced fat buttermilk? Besides that I didn't change anything except to add a bit more sugar. I am also comparing them to pancakes from a fabulous pancake resturaunt back home that's been around for around 30 years, and has really incredible pancakes. They justs didn't have the fluffy texture and rich flavor i'm looking for! Maybe sometime i'll try again with regular buttermilk, if I don't find anything better.
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Salmon in the Dishwasher

Reviewed: Jun. 13, 2005
I thought this was a JOKE or something! I really thought it was rather ridiculous until I started reading the reviews.. Then I thought, what the heck, i'll try it. OMG! This is the BEST fish I have ever made!! And I am a very good cook, and have I dined at a lot of extravagant resturaunts. I didn't use the suggested spices. I used my own blend: olive oil, a bit of sherry, lemon pepper, garlic salt, fresh tarragon, oregano, & parsley, and two slices of fresh lemon on top. The herbs made it so pretty. I would have used the dill weed, but I didn't have any. Delicious!! As for the dishwasher, I just wrapped everything in the foil, stuck the packets in ziploc freezer bags, and ran it in my dishwasher with a full load of dishes, soap & all! It was unbelievably tender and juicy, and so evenly cooked. Just perfect. Amazing. My husband just stared when I told him how I made it, like "are you serious"? and NOTHING ever shocks him. He loved it! I am SO going to do this with my mother in law sometime. Just imagine the look on her face! It's funny just thinking about it. I am sold. I am never going back to my oven for salmon! Wow.
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Fluffy Canadian Pancakes

Reviewed: Jun. 23, 2005
These were just ok. I followed everything the recipe said. I thought they were really rather bland despite adding more sugar & vanilla. Texture definitlely didn't "melt in my mouth"! I will continue to look for "The perfect pancake recipe..."
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Buttermilk Pancakes I

Reviewed: Jun. 23, 2005
Perfect! Very light, fluffy, and flavorful. These melt in your mouth and taste so good with peaches, butter, and cool whip. This recipe was just what I was searching for. I have tried other highly rated recipes on the site, but they just don't compare to this one. Yummy! My child even compared them to the fabulous resturaunt (not a chain) pancakes I was looking to emulate, and said she liked them as much! Well, kids are perfectly honest! This is going to be a staple in my house. I did make a few changes to make them less fattening, though: I used reduced fat buttermilk, baking splenda for sugar, and light butter instead of oil, and they were still fabulous! I also had to subsitute 1/4 cup of milk for buttermilk since I ran out. I bet they'd be even better with the regular stuff. Great recipe.
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Chicken Piccata II

Reviewed: Jun. 23, 2005
Mmmmm.. This was very good. Tasted just like in a resturaunt! I added more lemon, fresh garlic, and some white wine. Very tasty. Served with garlic mashed potatoes and a nice green salad.
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Basic Crepes

Reviewed: Jun. 23, 2005
Very good crepe recipe! They looked just the way I remembered them from a fabulous little crepe resturaunt in San Francisco on the wharf. Very easy too! Anyone can make these. I filled them with a spinach, feta & pine nut filling I made up, then used a leftover one for fruit & cream the next morning. Yum!
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Classy Chicken

Reviewed: Jun. 23, 2005
I reviewed this and originally said three stars. But I used country dijon mustard the first time, which is really seedy and grainy. I made it again last night using the regular dijon mustard (I didn't know there was different kinds!) and it was much better. Make sure you get the smooth Dijon! I also doubled the sauce. So now it gets a four star. For this I also add mushrooms, which were yummy, more garlic, seasoned the flour, more wine and less broth, and this time I put in more zucchini since I love it. I served it over pasta, and the sauce was really good with the pasta.
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Hawaiian Hot Dog Surprise

Reviewed: Aug. 9, 2005
I made this for my daughter's birthday party. I thought it sounded kind of strange, but it tasted really good. I did NOT add 2 cups of sugar as that would have been WAY too sweet, and no white sugar. Just 1/2 cup of brown sugar and it was plenty sweet. As is this recipe would get 2 or 3 stars with that ridiculous amount of sugar... Cookies have less sugar than that! Also it was too thin. The guys and kids loved it and kept going for more... Some of the women were afraid to try it, though! I would make it again for another kids party, not for dinner though!
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Eggplant Parmesan I

Reviewed: Aug. 11, 2005
I really enjoyed this recipe. Delicious. The only thing I would change about it is it has way too much basil. I really thought that wasn't possible, since I adore basil, but it really was in this case. Maybe because I grow my own basil and it has a better, stronger flavour? I don't know. It overpowers the delicate flavor of the eggplant. 1/2 cup sure is a lot and I had to cut nice size stalks of several plants. I didn't have ricotta so used cottage cheese. Also WAY too much olive oil for the calorie concsious. Instead of adding to the pan, I only used about 2-3 tablespoons, and instead brushed the oil on both sides of the eggplant, then fried it. Perfect!
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