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Sausage Pasta

Reviewed: Apr. 10, 2012
This came together fairly quickly. I used fire roasted diced tomatoes and some fresh Swiss chard out of the garden instead of the frozen spinach. I only used half of the stalks and added it in with the onions. I ended up using mild Italian sausage since that is what I had on hand but I did add a quarter tsp of red pepper flakes and cooked everything down till my chard leaves reduced then used entire box of pasta and about three quarters of a cup of cheese. This sit for a few minutes before eating and I found the cheese gave the sauce a slight creaminess and it did thicken a bit. Using fresh veggies might have made the difference. Also I might consider cutting out about a third of the sausage.
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Baked Kale Chips

Reviewed: Oct. 22, 2011
Not spectacular tasting but darn right addictive! I used less oil by drizzling around the edge of a bowl adding the kale and a sprinkle of sea salt then mixing everything until it was evenly coated. I was on the phone describing them to my husband and before I knew it I had eaten half a bunch of kale! They remind me more of toasted seaweed then potato chips
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Baba Ghanoush

Reviewed: Aug. 22, 2011
I used a 1.25 lb eggplant (when picking it should give a little when you apply pressure with your finger but it should never feel spongy) which I roasted at 425 for 25-30 minute. I put it in the oven along with dinner. I let it sit in the pan for 30 minute before peeling. I sprinkled my crushed garlic cloves and mashed them into a paste. I 3/4 of a medium lemon (1/4 was used for tzatziki). I used the recipe's measurement of tahini and olive oil. I added salt and pepper and blended everything in my food processor until smooth and creamy. Almost as good as my favorite Mediterranean place - I don't have the touch of someone who has made this for years. All in all an excellent recipe that I intend to use.
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Chewiest Brownies

Reviewed: Feb. 27, 2011
I had high hopes for these but I was disappointed. I wanted chewy, chocolatey brownies with a nice crisp/flakey top. The kind you would pay money for. I got the crisp/flakey top kinda. These were also thinner than I had hoped but I knew there were going to be when making the batter. Baked at 300 degrees for about 35 min but everything except the outer inch and a half still seemed a little under cooked. Now for the flavor. I mixed together my flour and cocoa in one bowl and in another I mixed all of the other ingredients in another bowl until the mixture was pale then added the flour/cocoa. With the amount of sugar called for I was concerned that the batter would be grainy in texture. I cut the sugar down to 1 1/2 cups and the cocoa down to 3/4 cup. The brownies were still grainy and literally tasted like sugar and cocoa. I felt guilty eating them and really wished they were richer in taste so I could at least feel like my guilt was somehow justified. Needless to say I wouldn't spend money on these but because I have them and I don't want to waste I am going to try covering them up with some ice cream.
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Barley, Lentil and Mushroom Soup

Reviewed: Oct. 31, 2010
Good but it's missing something. I'd still make it again though
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White Chocolate Fruit Tart

Reviewed: Sep. 9, 2010
I've made this 3 times now except I used all fresh berries (strawberries/raspberries/blueberries the first time and plain strawberries the other two times) because that is what was on sale. Since I didn't use pineapples I used a small can of pineapple juice to make the glaze. This has become one of my husbands favorite things that I make and I've gotten a lot of compliments from people that have been over and had some. I think I could eat the whole thing myself it's that good. I'm a glutton
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Simple Scones

Reviewed: Sep. 9, 2010
Very good and very easy to make. I made the cranberry orange version using my food processor. I cut up the frozen butter into chunks and pulsed it with the dry ingredients then added in the wet and pulsed some more till it just comes together. Dumped it on a floured cutting board, formed it into the circle and cut it into 8 pieces. I skipped the sugar on top. After these cooled I drizzled on an icing that I had made with (not exact measurements) 1/3 cup confectioners sugar, 1 tsp milk, about half a tablespoon of room temp butter and a little bit of vanilla extract. Mixed it up all up and placed it in a ziplock bag, cut a corner off and drizzled away.
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Cornish Game Hens with Rice Stuffing

Reviewed: Apr. 26, 2009
I had never made cornish game hens before. This recipe was very easy with simple ingredients that I already had on hand. It's lovely as is. I've also added some extra fresh rosemary that I had on hand into the hen cavity and added a little bit to the butter used to baste the skin. My husband loves it everytime I make this.
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Asian Rainbow Trout

Reviewed: Mar. 22, 2009
I followed another review on here and substituted sesame oil. It's very fragrant and add's a lot to this dish. Following the same review I baked this wrapped in foil. This recipe also works very nicely on tilapia. Serve this with white rice. Yum. Just like the asian restaurants I order fish at.
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Absolute Best Pancake Syrup

Reviewed: Dec. 3, 2008
Tastes almost like caramel. A little too sweet for me but that didn't stop me from eating it all up (I made 1/3 the recipe). I am definitely making this again.
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Buttermilk Pancakes II

Reviewed: Dec. 3, 2008
There turned out light and tasted pretty good. I served these with the buttermilk sauce also found on this website. This was a good way to use up some buttermilk that I probably would have thrown away otherwise. I am keeping this recipe.
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Shrimp Tempura

Reviewed: Nov. 27, 2008
This turned out okay but the tempura batter needed more flavor
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Gingerbread I

Reviewed: Nov. 27, 2008
I give this 5 stars because my bf loves this stuff. I think it needs a bit more spice. I make the lemon sauce from the gingerbread with lemon sauce recipe (posted on this website as well)
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Coconut Macaroons

Reviewed: Nov. 27, 2008
These turned out crisp on the outside and chewy in the center. My favorite. One of the only ways I'll have coconut. My bf's grandma loves these....
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Chicken a la King I

Reviewed: Nov. 27, 2008
I tried making this for my bf and he loved it so much that I've had to make it numerous times. He's used this recipes a couple times as well. This is a keeper.
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Macaroni and Cheese V

Reviewed: Apr. 7, 2007
I used more milk than the recipe called for, less than half of the bread crumbs on top a little more dry mustard and a mix of sharp cheddar and and some 4 cheese blend. I still thought this was missing something. I personally thought this to be bland with the onion giving a flavor that I am not used to in mac and cheese. Also with less than half the bread crumbs and extra milk used this was stil on the dry side.
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Cream Puffs

Reviewed: Mar. 1, 2005
my bf loved these and had to give some to his grandma. the next time i saw her she giggled and said that they were horrible which means that she liked them a lot and according to my bf she's been trying to figure out how i made the filling. my family loved these i even had my sister shove a pen in my hand and say "if you changed anything...write, before you forget!" i whipped a cup of the cream first then mixed it in with 2 small packages of pudding (one fat free one regular) and substituted the 2nd cup of cream with half and half since its what i had on hand. i looked at a couple other recipes for pate a choux on the foodtv website and decided to add 1 tbs sugar to the flour mixture which i stirred while on the stove to get rid of some excess moisture then let it sit in a mixing bowl for about 5 min before adding the eggs. after taking the shells out of the oven i poked a little hole on the side to let the steam come out.
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Raspberry and Almond Shortbread Thumbprints

Reviewed: Feb. 28, 2005
i just made these today and they were a hit with the family. my mom liked them too and asked how much butter went into them "no wonder its so rich". the dough had less flour compared to other shortbreads i've tried to make the but it was also more flavorful. the almond extract made all the difference. i made smaller sized balls and filled the hole with jam in a bag with a corner snipped off. i omitted the icing. i will definitely make these again.
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Bread Pudding

Reviewed: Feb. 28, 2005
this was my first time trying to make bread pudding. i was looking for a recipe like my bf's grandmother makes and although this isn't it exactly its pretty close. i heard that you should use stale bread but i got over excited and i used a new loaf of orowheat cinammon raisin bread so decided to let the bread soak a little longer than 5 min. i think i'll add more raisins next time (so yes i'll be making it again). my mom said that she liked it when it was more bready (but that didn't stop her from eating it!) my sister loved it and she doesn't like bread pudding she even asked me for the recipe. now the sauce....my sister came home from work one day and went straight to the fridge looking for the left over sauce so she could have it with berries, said she'd been dreaming about it all day the next day she tried to do the same thing but was devastated to find that the sauce was all gone. oh yeah, i served the sauce on the side and cut 1/4 c sugar out.
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Cucumber Sandwich

Reviewed: Feb. 28, 2005
i love this sandwich! i think it's my new favorite. the one problem with this is that my sister is always trying to steal half my sandwich and i made this everyday for about a week i liked it that much. i like to leave the avocado in slices (i love avocado) and i think it tastes better when the cucumber is sliced about 1/4 inch thick. extra cream cheese on the bottom keeps this from getting soggy. i start by putting avocado on one side and cucumber on the other then sprinking with some black pepper and a little garlic salt then start putting the other ingredients in. mmm and extra peppers sooooooooooo easy. i like using this sara lee oat and nut bread that my mom gets at least i think that's what it's called.
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