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Slow Cooker Vegetable Beef Soup

Reviewed: Sep. 24, 2012
This was good. I took others advice and used a few carrots and potatoes. I only left it in the crockpot for 5 hours because everything was cooked and I turned the heat down to low because it was boiling even while on low. My first impression was that the Worcestershire and soy sauce dominated the flavor, my husband seemed to think the same. On day two that flavor resolved. I would make it again but might try it without the soy and Worchestershire. Thanks for the recipe!
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Maria's Pepper Steak

Reviewed: Sep. 21, 2012
Very nice! My husband kept asking me if it was difficult to prepare...I guess that's because he wants it again? Anyhow, I took others advice and prepared the peppers first, meat second, and then married with the sauce and added corn flour. I will definitely prepare it again. Thanks! Oh, I may add some ginger and red pepper flakes the next time, that might add a nice boost. Thanks!
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Chinese Restaurant Almond Cookies

Reviewed: Sep. 21, 2012
These were very easy to prepare and require very few ingredients. They taste very nice - I took others advice and tripled the almond extract. I will certainly make them again. Thanks!
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Princess Cookies

Reviewed: Sep. 19, 2012
These are lovely lemony cookies! I was running low on ingredients so I only made half a batch using one full lemon worth of zest and juice - wonderful taste! Also, I don't have a blender at the moment so I just made them like I would any other cookie, popped them in the fridge for a few minutes to harden the batter and it worked perfectly. These were easy to prepare and the recipe is very forgiving. I will definitely make them again!
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Grilled Fish Steaks

Reviewed: Jan. 28, 2011
Well...it's good, but it didn't blow me away. In all fairness, it might have been the fish I was using. I bought a huge bag (actually, my husband picked it) of fish in the frozen section, not a good idea. Fresh fish is 100x better. Anyhow, this was super easy to prepare and there certainly wasn't anything wrong with it, but I've had better fish. Ah, try it, who knows, maybe you'll love it!
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Coconut Bread

Reviewed: Jan. 28, 2011
This bread has a pleasant mild flavor. I can imagine that it would be nice next to a coffee or tea. I followed the recipe exactly except that I used 1/2 c. milk and 1/2 c. of sour cream because other reviewers mentioned that their bread was dry. Mine is certainly not dry. It's got a nice brown crust and it's moist on the inside. That being said, be sure to really prep your pan well because I didn't do it well enough and my bread stuck to the bottom of the pan. Also, the hard sugar top it a nice addition. Normally, I would skip adding extra sugar, but I tried it and it's nice. Happy baking!!
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Orange Almond Biscotti II

Reviewed: Jan. 19, 2011
I'm having a hard time rating this biscotti...it's actually okay but I probably won't make it again. Unfortunately, I can't decide what exactly is bothering me about the flavor. I can say that it was very easy to prepare. One of my logs was ultimately bigger than the other and therefore I discovered, while slicing it, that the dough was still raw. I cooked those slices a bit longer than the others and they were absolutely fine in the end. I also like the consistancy of this biscotti. It's hard, but not so hard that it's tearing up your palate. Next time I'll probably try it without the orange and with more almond extract. Anyhow, happy baking! Update-I made this again but I replaced the almonds and orange with approx 3/4 c. coconut and 1 tsp of vanilla. I like them more than the first batch, but I think I know the underlying problem now. The background tastes like egg. I'm going to search for a recipe with fewer eggs, which is a shame because the consistancy of these are very nice - hard but once they're dipped they soften perfectly. So the search continues...
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Chicken Pot Pie I

Reviewed: Jan. 19, 2011
I love pot pie!!! Okay, I'm only giving this recipe 4 stars because with a few additional ingredients it becomes much tastier - some thyme, oregano, fresh ground pepper. Also, rather than canned veggies I've found that frozen veggies retain more flavor. I just pop them into the microwave and defrost them, add the soup (I use two cans of whatever combo is available,) spices, throw together a crust and this dish is yummy!!
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Fudgy Chocolate Cream Pie

Reviewed: Jan. 17, 2011
Not bad! It's very rich. I only used 1 c. sugar because another reviewer mentioned that it was too sweet, otherwise I followed the recipe exactly. I used the eggs whites to make meringue and popped it in the oven for 10 minutes. I was finished preparing the entire pie, including making and baking the crust and meringue in less than an hour. What more can you ask for?!? Thanks for the recipe!
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Coconut Cream Pie VI

Reviewed: Jan. 14, 2011
Yummy!! This pie is great! I'm particularly happy with it because it's not loaded with sugar and it doesn't leave an unpleasant taste in your mouth. It's very nice. I did make a few changes according to other's suggestions. I only used 2 tsp of vanilla and I did add a bit more coconut. I used the egg whites to top the pie with meringue ("good meringue" recipe off of this site, but with only ~1/4 cup of sugar) and it turned out wonderfully! Thanks for the recipe!!
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Good Meringue

Reviewed: Jan. 14, 2011
Wow! I had no idea how easy meringue is to prepare! I took the advice of another reviewer and used ~1/4 cup of sugar and it tastes and looks great! I baked it on 200 C for about 9 minutes. Wonderful! Thank you so much!!
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Stuffed Beef and Black Bean Tamale Pie

Reviewed: Jan. 6, 2011
I love this!! It was so easy and the flavor actually resembles tamales! I threw it together in minutes, topped it with cheese (left out the onions) and it was great!! Oh, I had to substitute kidney beans for black beans because there weren't any available and I made the corn bread mix from scratch (it's much better than the boxed cornbread and only takes ~3 minutes to prepare.) I will make this again for sure, thanks! This was my first new recipe for 2011 and it's a keeper!
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Christmas Stollen

Reviewed: Dec. 20, 2010
Okay...I followed the recipe exactly (even after reading all of the reviews) just to see if it would work and it doesn't. The dough didn't rise and I'm positive that the yeast was active because I tested it. Then I stuck it in the oven to see if that would do the trick. Frankly, it looked great in the end, the top was golden brown. I topped it and then we cut into it later. It was raw in the center, a tasty thick raw dough. Take the advice of others and just continue for it to rise or else you will be throwing out several pounds of sweet gooey fruity dough. That being said, it does have great potential and I will continue the mission...but next time I will figure out how to make it rise!
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Mama's Italian Wedding Soup

Reviewed: Dec. 19, 2010
We enjoyed this. I followed the ingredients exactly. The only change I made was cooking the meatballs in a pan before transfering them to the soup. It was surprisingly easy to put together and is going fast!
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Chewy Crispy Coconut Cookies

Reviewed: Nov. 23, 2010
I followed the recipe exactly and these turned out well. I'm sure that I will make them again. That being said, I would recommend waiting until they are cool to eat them because the cornflakes became super chewy giving the impression that each cookie had a piece of wax paper hidden in it...that was a new experience! Thanks for the recipe.
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Crispy Coconut Chicken Fingers

Reviewed: Nov. 21, 2010
This was good. We enjoyed both the chicken and the sauce. The only reason why Im not giving it 5 starts is because the picture is not realistic, those sticks must have been fried. I tried to spray them lightly with oil and I broiled them for a moment in the end, but they still weren't so attractive. Otherwise, they were really good and I'm sure we will eat them again sometime. Thanks!
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Zucchini Pie II

Reviewed: Oct. 27, 2010
This is difficult to rate...it tastes like apple pie, but I wouldn't make it again. I'm happy that I made it once, it was interesting and I would recommend it for that reason. Otherwise, if I want to eat apple pie then I'll make it with apples. Nevertheless, thank you for the experience!
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Marinade for Chicken

Reviewed: Oct. 27, 2010
This was simple to prepare and I'm sure we will use it again. Thanks!
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Beef Cabbage Hash

Reviewed: Oct. 27, 2010
I'm sorry, but I was really disappointed with this recipe. Normally, I'm a fan of poor-mans food but this one just didn't do anything for me (and my husband didn't even take one bite as far as I could tell.)
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Fresh Apple Cake II

Reviewed: Oct. 27, 2010
Well...this has potential, but it's not there yet. It was soggy towards the bottom of the pan. I would recommend decreasing the amount of apples and making them as small as possible - maybe it will decrease the amount of moisture. Just a note - this is almost the exact recipe I use for carrot cake from allrecipes.com and that is an amazing cake!
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