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Delicious Ham and Potato Soup

Reviewed: Jan. 5, 2014
It was GOOD potato soup, but I don't understand what all the five stars is for. If you want potato soup, go ahead and make this one but it's nothing I'd say you HAVE to try. I do a lot of cooking, and I guess for me, it was a little bland. I wasn't crazy about the texture either, kind of thin with cubed potatoes! I hit it with my immersion blender for a few seconds and that helped a lot. Hubby really liked it!
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Sandy's Chocolate Cake

Reviewed: May 5, 2011
Made this cake last night and it was good. Nothing wrong with it but it still wasn't exactly what I'm looking for. I'm looking for a very dark, rich, moist cake. To me, it seemed like a lot of work to end up tasting like most other chocolate cakes, nothing wrong, but nothing extra special either. Maybe it was me.
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Raspberry Ribbons

Reviewed: Dec. 8, 2010
I made these tonight and they are wonderful! I made logs but didn't make the valley in the middle too deep. I didn't make them as wide either. That prevents the cookies from breaking when they are done. The other thing I did was roll the logs in sliced almonds. What a difference in the presentation! I'll try to add a picture. That really dressed them up. I used seedless raspberry preserves and popped it in the microwave to soften it a little before adding it to the cookies so it was easier to spread. Basically these are very easy to make and as taste as good as they look! Definately a keeper!
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Cranberry Orange Cookies

Reviewed: Nov. 17, 2010
Like everyone else, I thought these cookies were very good. I read the reviews before I started and took the advice of "Brooke Salt" and added 1 1/2 teaspoons of orange zest, cut fresh cranberries in half, addded 1/2 teaspoon of almond extract and I used slivered almonds instead of walnuts. After baking the first tray, I found out "Loves Cheese" was also right! The first tray flatted out too much unless you like really, really, thin cookies. I had the next batch ready to go in the oven and threw them back in the bowl and added about a half cup more of flour. The next thing I saw she was right about, was baking at 350 instead of 375. I am selling mine on cookie trays and don't want dark brown edges! If you like dark brown edges, bake at 375! They were sweet and didn't need frosting, but since they were going on cookie trays, I felt they needed to be dressed up a little and didn't want the added sweetness so I melted some white chocolate and drizzled on top. Now, all that being said, isn't it amazing that over 300 people rated this cookie, most of them with 5 stars and so many of us still find fault with it? :)
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Marshmallow Fondant

Reviewed: Nov. 13, 2010
I was a little worried about attempting fondant for the first time but read a lot of the reviews and decided this was the one to try. I was right! I was amazed at how easy it really was. I used the mini marshmallows, popped them in my microwave for 1 minute and stirred. Then I added clear vanilla and water and put it in my Kitchen Aid mixer using the dough hook. I added the confectioners suger little by little just as the directions said and that was it! I never even needed any butter. I don't think I would have wanted to attempt it without the Kitchen Aid mixer. I also had a countertop silpat and teflon coated rolling pin. From what I've read, I'm sure these items made it much easier! I made a three tier cake and made three batches of fondant. The white layer was a breeze. For some reason, the batches that had color, were a little more difficult to work with. Maybe it was me, but I got though it. I had a little trouble with sticking and tearing when I tried to lift it up, even with the silpat. I can't imagine what it would be like without one! I read it was better to use cornstarch and when I tried that, it worked! I also had a black layer and didn't like the white sugar or cornstarch showing on it and read to go over it with a little crisco and that worked perfectly! All in all, it was a success and I had tons of compliments! Would definately do it again.
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Banana Cake VI

Reviewed: Mar. 10, 2009
I laughed when I read the review from MizzKat because she said EXACTLY what I going to say! I cook and bake a lot and I can't figure out what the big deal is with this cake either. It was good. That's it, good. Nothing I would run out and scream from the rooftops that you need to try this cake! I wouldn't even bother making it again. I wanted to use up some bananas I had and since this recipe had so many 5 star ratings, I thought I would try it. Just like MizzKat, for the amount of work, I would want something incredible. This was not. Next time I have bananas to use up, I'll go back to my delicious, easy recipe for banana nut bread. Again, just like Mizzkat, I was thinking exactly the same thing.
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Greek Style Potatoes

Reviewed: Aug. 2, 2008
After reading previous reviews I came up with a recipe that worked perfectly for me. I agreed with the lady that said there was no way she was going to cook potatoes for 2.5 hours! I have real good chicken soup base, where chicken is the first ingredient. The first thing I did was boil the potatoes in the chicken stock. Since some people commented that the potatoes were a little bland, I added a couple chunks of garlic to the stock. Between the stock and the garlic, I knew it would give the potatoes a great start. I cooked them until they were ALMOST done. Then I drained them and put them in a baking dish. In another bowl, I added the olive oil, (NO water!)zest of an entire big lemon after microwaving it for 30 seconds to make it juicier and all the contents of that lemon. I added fresh rosemary and thyme from my garden along with some Greek oregano and fresh ground black pepper and a little salt. I baked them uncovered for about half hour stirring them half way through and they were delicious! We had company for dinner I and wanted something to go with the Souvlaki and this was perfect! They had had lot of flavor and you could taste a hint of the lemon. They were as good as I've had in the Greek restaurants and they didn't take long to prepare! I'll definately be making these again.
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Cornish Game Hens with Garlic and Rosemary

Reviewed: Oct. 7, 2007
Hen was tender but didn't have a lot of flavor even with all that garlic. I think I prefer seasoning under the skin and that's what I'll do next time.
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Thai Beef Noodle Salad

Reviewed: Jul. 12, 2007
I was disappointed in this recipe. Rice wine vinegar was definately too stong and it just lacked something. I love Thai food but this needed more than just "tweaking" in my opinion.
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Southwestern Pasta Salad

Reviewed: Jul. 12, 2007
I loved this recipe because it was different. I brought it to a picnic and it was all gone. A lot of the regular pasta salads weren't. It seemed a bit bland when I made it but I played around with the spices and added more cumin and lime juice. I think it was a hit and would make it again.
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Fudgy Chocolate Fondue

Reviewed: Jun. 12, 2006
This was awesome! Everyone loved it! So simple and yet so good! I'll make this again and again. I didn't think this would be as good as my "regular" recipe but I didn't have any chocolate so I had to go to plan B with this one. Thank God! My old recipe is out the window! I'll only make this from now on. Besides being simple, it held up so well. Yum!!!
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Cheese Fondue

Reviewed: Jun. 12, 2006
This is one of the easiest and best fondues I've ever had! My company loved it! I have no idea why anyone had any trouble with this recipe. Can't be any easier! I made mine in a pan on the stove and transferred to my fondue bowl before serving. I didn't have any trouble adding the flour to the cheese. I just used my wisk and it was fine. Pefect in fact! I did rub the inside of my fondue bowl with garlic. Later when I rubbed my bread against the inside of the bowl, I could really taste the garlic and it was even better. Next time I'll add a little more. No trouble with it thickening either. It didn't last long enough! It seems to me the complaints I read were about the cheese. My guess is, the quality of the cheese makes a BIG difference! I spent about $15 on the cheese and it was perfect. I also used a good quality white wine. I was told you shouldn't cook with anything you wouldn't drink. I think that's good advise. If you had trouble with this recipe or didn't like it, I'd look at the ingredients you used. We used whole grain baguette bread and it was wonderful! This one's a keeper! Thanks Sheila
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Chicken Enchiladas V

Reviewed: Apr. 5, 2006
Everyone loved this recipe! I felt they were a little dry so I doubled the soup recipe and added a little milk to thin it down a bit. I also spooned some green salsa over the top before baking and it added the perfect kick!!
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Molasses Cookies

Reviewed: Nov. 20, 2005
I bake a lot but maybe I did something wrong. Even after refrigerating the dough I had a gooey sticky mess even after adding more flour. I ended up dropping spoonfuls of dough in sugar and then rolling them. They tasted fine but more like a ginger snap than the molasses cookie I was looking for. However, they were very good and I'd make them again.
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Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Reviewed: Nov. 20, 2005
Easy and Excellent!
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Whipped Shortbread Cookies

Reviewed: Nov. 20, 2005
EXCELLENT recipe and so easy to make. I can't imagine how anyone could have a problem if you follow the directions! I can't imagine not using real butter. My advice would be, if you don't want to use butter, find another recipe. I do like prettier cookies for my trays and next time I'll try a pastry bag or cookie press. However, nothing wrong with them the way they are!
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Orange Cranberry Drops

Reviewed: Nov. 20, 2005
These cookies were good. Nothing I would rave about but nothing was wrong with them. They certainly weren't "beautiful". They looked like chocolate chip cookies with cranberries. They'll be good for filling up a cookie tray but won't make it to the top. The flavor is good for a holiday cookie.
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Rainbow Cookies

Reviewed: Nov. 29, 2004
I made these cookies and everyone wanted the recipe! They did take a little longer than I expected and I did think the chocolate on top overpowered the cookies but everyone loved them! I'll definately make again but next time I'll put a thinner coat of chocolate on top. It does make a lot of cookies so that does help compensate for the extra time it takes to prepare them. Be sure you cut them before they harden too much or like other people said, the cookies will crack. Another tip, almond paste is very expensive. Try to find a wholesale baking store to purchase a large container. I think the container I bought was about 10 lbs and only cost about $22. That is MUCH less than you would spend in the grocery store. I freeze it and keeps fine for a LONG time.
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Tom Yum Koong Soup

Reviewed: Aug. 28, 2004
This is an excellent soup but I made a few modifications also. First, I could not see myself eating anything made out of boiled shimp heads! I totally left the shrimp out and with the tom yum soup paste it still had a great flavor. My favorite Thai restaurant serves this with vegetables so I added them to mine also. I added a cut up tomato, baby corn, red and yellow sliced sweet pepper, bok choy and a little broccoli. Everyone that has this soup loves it!!! Thanks for the great recipe Michelle!
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Tandoori Chicken II

Reviewed: Jun. 16, 2004
This was just OK. I love Indian food but this just didn't have any great flavor. My husband and daughter didn't care much for it either. I won't be making this again.
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