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Irresistible Irish Soda Bread

Reviewed: Mar. 18, 2006
This isn't traditional Irish Soda Bread, more like a sweet breakfast bread. I think it is better suited for a brunch or tea than St. Patrick's Day Celebrations! It was tasty, if a little bland. Adding currants makes it less bland (because it isn't like soda bread) and more like a homeade raisin bread. It was hard to reconcile the fact that the bread is both sweet and savory. If you want authentic Irish Soda Bread, check out the "Irish Brown Soda Bread" recipe on this site.
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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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Unbelievably Yummy Chicken Casserole

Reviewed: Aug. 12, 2005
My husband and daughter really liked this dish, so I am giving this 4 stars. I personally think it deserves a three. This recipe has potential. I did not make it as written, I used cream cheese instead of cool whip. I am sorry, but cool whip just doesn't belong in a chicken dish... That is what unsweetened whipped cream is for. I thought the spinach was a nice addition. I will make it again, but with several changes. I definitely would not just glom it all together in the pot! It may be easy but the globs of velveeta were kinda gross. You are supposed to make the cheese sauce seperately, then add to the casserole. This recipe needs work in order to make it into my normal cooking rotation...
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Creamy Scallop Chowder

Reviewed: Jan. 16, 2006
I thought this was delicious! While I was making the soup base, I remember thinking that it already tasted like it was made for scallops before I even added them. This is so good and rich. I added some potatoes to make a main course out of it. I used frozen scallops but next time I will use fresh because my husband didn't care for the frozen. Thanks for the recipe!
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Grandma Ople's Apple Pie

Reviewed: Nov. 18, 2006
This is by far the best apple pie i've ever had. Just an afterthought, the finished product looks nothing like that picture submitted for this recipe. It has a delicious, golden brown lattice crust glistening with brown sugar and butter. Yum, it's so good! There is however, one HUGE problem with this recipe. The submitter forgot to add a very neccesary ingredient, cinnamon! I just add it to taste in a large bowl with the sliced, peeled apples and mix to incorporate before adding to the crust.
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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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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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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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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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Sky High Yorkshire Pudding

Reviewed: Dec. 25, 2008
These are the WORST yorkshire puddings i've ever tasted. I have made delicious yorkshire pudding faithfully every time I make roast beef or prime rib, and now it's Christmas Day, and the Yorkshire pudding I am renowned for that my family loves is ruined. I couldn't find my old recipe since the site was changed. These came out hard and crunchy and it tastes like overcooked refrigerated dough biscuits, and I baked them for only about half the time it called for. I like my yorkshire pudding soft, savory, hollow in the middle with a slight crisp on the outside and spongy enough inside to soak up my roast beef drippings off my plate. If you do also, steer clear of this recipe!
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Alfredo Blue

Reviewed: Apr. 24, 2006
This is my favorite alfredo recipe on this site, although it is not exaclty perfect. As is it is much too thin, I always double the blue cheese and triple the parmesan to thicken it up. Even then it still requires some more thickening with flour, but the blue cheese definitely adds a nice flavor to it. After that, it is really delicious served over pasta with shrimp. Don't forget to add a clove or two extra of fresh minced garlic! Yum.
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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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Cornbread Casserole

Reviewed: Dec. 30, 2006
After going to a Thanksgiving potluck at our church, I tasted this. After going back to get seconds and being dissapointed to find it all gone, I was determined to ferret out the recipe! This is it. The only thing I did different was to add 8 oz sour cream and two eggs like the others said. It is so good and so unbelievably easy. This one will find its way onto my Thanksgiving table next year for sure!
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Spicy Mango Salsa

Reviewed: Mar. 18, 2006
I really did not care for this. I think it would be excellent without the ginger. It just didn't meld with the other flavors, and as two tablespoons is a ton of ginger for a small bowl of fruit, it's all you can taste and it's kind of gross. This one is still sitting in my fridge, 3 days later... I took one bite and couldn't bring myself to eat anymore of it. I might try it again sometime without the ginger.
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Urban Legend Chocolate Chip Cookies

Reviewed: Aug. 27, 2005
This cookie recipe is delicious, and I have always adored this cookie. However, I don't know why the submitter put 375 degrees. That is way too hot for cookies. I went against my better judgement and did 375. That's why i'm only giving this 3 stars. I like the Neiman Marcus cookie better, and this is very similar, but it isn't as good. That one is a five star. I ended up with 2 huge pans filled with cookies that were burnt black on the bottom and not done in the middle. Next batch cooked just fine at 325. Don't preheat to 375.
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Summer Pasta with Basil, Tomatoes and Cheese

Reviewed: Aug. 27, 2005
I thought it was going to be incredible but it wasn't. The taste of the marinade was very tasty aside from having so much garlic it overpowers everything else. And I love garlic. I love fontina, but it was gross in this dish. The marinade changed to a strange garlicky liquid after it was added to hot pasta. It is beyond me why anyone would rate this 5 stars. It would be better if the herbs, garlic, and oil were pureed and the tomatoes were peeled, but that doesn't solve the problems that the sauce is too thin to coat the pasta and the globs of cheese sticking to everything,including a horrendous cleanup experience afterward. It stuck to the dishes like wax.
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Garlic Chicken

Reviewed: Aug. 21, 2005
Scrumptious! It was like delicious fried chicken without all the nasty grease & guilt, but the garlic & parmesan added a delicious flavor! I used extra garlic, and crushed it up in the blender with the olive oil to make kind of a puree so the garlic would flavor the chicken more. I also always cut my chicken into smaller pieces. I can't believe the fat & calories are so low in regards to the taste. My husband said the chicken was awesome, and my 7 year old loved it too. It was an all around hit! I will be adding this one into my rotation of meals for sure!
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Lime Chicken Soft Tacos

Reviewed: Aug. 15, 2005
This was so fresh, colorful, and delicious. Not to mention healthy and low in fat and calories, and did I say delicious? What more could you ask for in a recipe? I love mexican food, and being in NJ I don't find good mexican food or spices easily, so this recipe hit the spot! I added extra lime, two bunches of green onion rather than two single ones, and extra garlic. Make sure you use corn tortillas, flour don't do justice the flavours. My husband loved it, and my daughter did also. There was only one problem: I ran out! So next time i'll make more. Wonderful!
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Grandma's Yorkshire Pudding

Reviewed: Apr. 24, 2006
Very, very good. A wonderful accompaniment to prime rib or roast beef. I had only about 1/2 cup of the beef drippings and doubled the recipe, but I did as others suggested and replaced the missing dripping with melted butter. Boy was it good! Tasted just like the yorkshire pudding's at the popular prime rib restaraunt chain.
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Dirt Cake I

Reviewed: Aug. 15, 2005
Very fun! I remember eating this in Kindergarten and kind of had a lifelong craving for it since. When I made this, my hubby opened the fridge and said "Why is there a pot of dirt in my fridge?" I laughed and told him it was dessert. He said he had also eaten something similar in Kindergarten... Anyway we both loved it! I actually added less Oreos as others suggested and thought it needed more. So maybe about 1 and 1/2 the original amount would be good.
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