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Chantal's New York Cheesecake

Reviewed: Apr. 2, 2009
This was great. I topped it with the Supreme Strawberry Topping from this site (VERY good). I did modify the crust to include sugar and cinnamon, and left out half of the flour, as per some other reviews. And put a pan of water on the rack below it in the oven. Otherwise, I just tried not to overmix and followed the instructions. Now I don't know if I peeked into the oven one too many times or what, but it couldn't have been cooling for more than a couple hours when it cracked like the Grand Canyon. Maybe I should've greased the sides or ran a knife around it. Oh well, I've never understood the anti-crack mania, since I'm just serving it to family here at home and it tastes just as good! The one issue I did have: the middle of the cheesecake tasted better than the outer part! It was all good, but the middle was just noticeably better -- more moist and sweet. Don't know how I could've overbaked it or anything, since I followed the instructions .... Oh well, I'll probably make it again, next time I get the cheesecake urge.
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Supreme Strawberry Topping

Reviewed: Apr. 1, 2009
Delicious! Just made this to top Chantal's Cheesecake. I followed the suggestions of another reviewer: chopped all strawberries; cooked 2/3 of them, breaking them up while cooking; combined cooked and uncooked. Yummy and easy! Had to make myself stop eating it so I would have enough for that big ol' cheesecake.
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Restaurant-Style Prime Rib Roast

Reviewed: Dec. 28, 2008
This turned out well for us. I was nervous about cooking a $40 piece of meat. I followed the directions exactly. The only problem was that our roast got a little overcooked. I calculated it at 140 minutes, since our roast was 7 lbs, and even took it out 20 minutes early when the meat thermometer said 125. It sat for maybe 20 min before we cut it and ended up being more of a medium well - mostly brown with a pink center. Not the medium rare we were going for, but delicious nonetheless. We had it with horseradish.
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Iced Pumpkin Cookies

Reviewed: Nov. 24, 2008
I just finished making these, excited by all the great reviews, but am really disappointed! The cookie is bland and the icing overpowers it. I even added a tad more sugar and pumpkin like some of the other reviewers suggest. These were edible but I definitely won't make them again. (Unless I forgo the baking ... the dough was fifteen times yummier than the baked cookie.)
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Cola Pork Chops

Reviewed: Sep. 25, 2008
This was OK, not bad, just not terribly exceptional. May not make again.
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Marinated Spicy Pork Chops

Reviewed: Sep. 25, 2008
We really liked this! My husband thought it had a little too much soy sauce. Will likely make again.
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Best Steak Marinade in Existence

Reviewed: Aug. 15, 2008
This was really good! Will make again! It's not cheap though, once you consider the quantities of all those ingredients it calls for.
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Blueberry Cream Muffins

Reviewed: Oct. 13, 2007
I made both these muffins and the Blueberry Orange muffins from this site. Four out of five people preferred this recipe. I found these muffins to be richer, tastier, and better looking. I did tweak the recipe slightly, based on others' reviews -- my goal was more to make a good muffin than to be able to review this recipe exactly as written, but the changes were minor and the results were good enough to review! My changes were: added 1 cup of blueberries, 1/4 cup of sugar, a little orange zest, cinnamon, nutmeg, and a cinnamon sugar topping. I recommend stirring the sour cream into the liquid ingredients before adding them to the dry ingredients. I had started out adding the sour cream separately as the recipe indicated, but soon felt like that would lead to overmixing, since the sour cream gets lumpy when added by itself. I did have problems with some muffins turning out underbaked in the center -- so a light touch on the mixing and as long a baking time as possible is recommended. Anyway, I love them and so did everyone else! Will make again.
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Blueberry-Orange Muffins

Reviewed: Oct. 13, 2007
These muffins were good but not outstanding enough to make again. I made both these and the Blueberry Cream muffins (there are two Blueberry Cream muffin recipes on this site - I made the one that takes sour cream) at the same time. Only one person out of five preferred these muffins, saying they had a better aftertaste and the other recipe was more doughy. Also, the appearance of these muffins was sort of yellowy and knobbly, not quite as attractive as some muffins. All in all, a good recipe, but I will not make again because there are better.
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Bow Ties with Sausage, Tomatoes and Cream

Reviewed: Aug. 16, 2007
My husband and I really liked this. I didn't follow all the proportions exactly but doubt that made too much difference in the end result. Recipes like this are pretty forgiving. I would make it again if I happen to have cream on hand like I did this time, but probably wouldn't go out of my way to buy the ingredients just to make it again. The only reason I give it a 4 instead of a 5 is because I like my 5s to mean something and this recipe didn't knock my socks off.
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Chocolate Banana Bread

Reviewed: Aug. 15, 2007
Excellent! Moist and tender. Made exactly as written.
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Rick's Special Buttercream Frosting

Reviewed: Aug. 7, 2007
And so ends my quest for the perfect strawberry frosting. I needed a fluffy yet substantial frosting for a child's birthday cake, and I modified this one in the following ways to make a great (IMO) strawberry frosting: reduced the powdered sugar slightly, substituted butter for half the shortening, substituted a couple tablespoons of pureed strawberry for a couple tablespoons of the whipping cream, and added several tablespoons of strawberry Nesquik. Also substituted a little almond extract for the vanilla. Yeah, it doesn't sound like much of the original recipe was left, but it really was a great base ... all I did was tweak it a tad based on the reviews and added my strawberry flavoring. Recommended! Will make again. Does have a fatty shortening-like feel, but it's nothing you won't find in any store-bought decorated cake frosting and so much yummier!
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Favorite Banana Blueberry Quick Bread

Reviewed: Jul. 16, 2007
I'm rating this a three because it was just OK. Like others have said, it took forever to bake and turned out very moist. It'd definitely edible but not my favorite for some reason.
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Mexican Rice III

Reviewed: Jul. 8, 2007
Good, but nothing to rave about. Made pretty much exactly as indicated. Like others say, this is NOT Mexican rice like you would find in a southern Mexican restaurant. Maybe this is what Northerners consider Mexican rice.
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Shredded Beef Enchiladas

Reviewed: Jul. 8, 2007
Very good, but nothing to rave about. We did tear up our tortillas too, instead of rolling up individual enchiladas.
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Orange Breakfast Rolls

Reviewed: Jun. 23, 2007
Just finished making and eating these. I doubled the batch for 12 rolls, which filled a 9x13" pan. These were delicious; my husband and I both enjoyed them. I may make them again. The time consuming part was rolling out each of the rolls into strips, and then letting them rise, which took well over an hour.
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Easy Hummus

Reviewed: Jun. 6, 2007
I have to qualify this by saying that I am not a hummus expert -- I've only had hummus from the store a couple of times. This was my first time making my own and I picked this recipe because I couldn't find tahini. Made it pretty much as indicated, though I substituted red pepper flakes for the jalapenos (didn't have any) and added the tiniest bit of olive oil in hopes of getting the texture creamier. Anyway, it turned out OK, but not great, especially with veggies. Pretty good on tortilla chips, but tortilla chips don't need any help tasting good.
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Caramel-Filled Chocolate Cookies

Reviewed: May 28, 2007
Now THESE were good! I picked the recipe because it was a little different from your average cookie. Easy to make and the caramel on the inside was great. I left off the last step of dipping in nuts because I didn't have time for that. I think they would have been even better with some mini chocolate chips added into the batter, since mini chocolate chips make EVERYTHING better!
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Hot Artichoke and Spinach Dip II

Reviewed: May 28, 2007
Very good. Doesn't matter if you don't like artichokes. Added some finely chopped onion to mine.
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Bandito Beans

Reviewed: May 15, 2007
My first time making baked beans, I chose this recipe because it seemed foolproof and used a slow cooker. I followed it pretty much as written, except for halving the sausage (though I wished later that I hadn't because it would have been meatier), and I substituted a can of navy beans for the limas because it seemed a bit weird to have all those green vegetably beans in there. And I cooked it for about 10 hours instead of 5 hours -- a girl's gotta work all day, after all! Turned out fine though and I got several compliments.
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