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Beer Braised Irish Stew and Colcannon

Reviewed: Oct. 7, 2011
The beef was fantastic this way. Cutting up the meat was the biggest chore, and all the work is on the front end. The only change I made from the recipe was to saute the cabbage in a bit of the bacon grease instead of microwaving it.
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Baked Salmon with Tropical Rice

Reviewed: Jul. 22, 2011
I made it as directed (with brown rice). The coriander was mild and the flavor nice, but we didn't really like the texture--too crunchy. But the bigger issue was the rice. If I did it again, we'd cut the mango up very small and mix it with more rice. Instead of the tastes blending, it was just like chunks of mango mixed with rice.
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Grilled Pork Chops with Fresh Nectarine Salsa

Reviewed: Aug. 11, 2010
I substituted peaches, but everything else was the same. It went over extremely well--very nice balance of flavors in the salsa, the chops were flavorful but not spicy...if you're nervous about trying it on your kids, go for it!
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Easter Basket Cake

Reviewed: Aug. 31, 2009
Cute idea, easier than others I've seen, and I really like the handle idea. That turned out well. But the ring on top completely fell apart when I tried to frost it. I followed directions, but I was just asking too much of that cake, to have its center cut out, placed on top of another layer, and then smear frosting all over it, including the inside hole. I don't know that I'd attempt this again--maybe a smaller hole, but that'd leave very little room for candy.
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Tomato Curry Chicken

Reviewed: Jul. 5, 2010
Very nice! Easy, but tasted like it came from a restaurant. Kind of an introduction-to-curry recipe. Was good with rice, and I recommend serving sauce separately for picky children and dieters.
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Mocha Angel Food Torte

Reviewed: Mar. 8, 2009
I felt like the frosting was just too much for angel food cake--too heavy, and it was hard to slice neatly. I'd almost rather just slice the cake, and serve with a dollop of pudding and some cool whip.
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Quiche

Reviewed: Jan. 2, 2008
Great! Really appreciated how quick it was. And as others have said, adaptable. I cooked it right away at 350 for 1 hour, and that worked well. I used colby-jack to suit family's preferences, and still tasted great. using milk instead of cream works wonderful and reduces a lot of fat. I will say that I put it in a 10" pie plate, and that was too big--the quiche was thin and didn't fill all the crust.
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Basic Cheese Polenta

Reviewed: Aug. 18, 2010
Fine basic recipe, but too much parmesan for our tastes; perhaps because we used fresh-grated, the parmesan taste was too strong, and polenta didn't need the extra calories/fat. I'll cut the amount of cheese in half next time & see how that goes.
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Creamed Chipped Beef On Toast

Reviewed: Jan. 7, 2010
This is your basic, old fashioned recipe for SOS. And you know what? It's still easy, and it's still pretty well received. My non-meat-loving kids really like it, and it is sooooo fast to make.
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Slow Cooker Texas Pulled Pork

Reviewed: Jun. 27, 2009
Wow, Wow, Wow. You will not believe how good this smells cooking and the eating is even better. I will mention that someone was concerned about too much vinegar, but while the vinegar is a bit strong at first, it cooks out and gives it a really nice tang. Used Sweet Baby Ray's molasses sauce, and I am not a big pork eater but could not stay away from this.
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Sweet, Sticky and Spicy Chicken

Reviewed: Apr. 10, 2009
Very easy & quick, so great for weeknight suppers. Couldn't believe it, but my school-age children really loved it, and they are NOT adventurous eaters. I did lighten up on the spice, but it's easy to adjust something like that to taste.
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Pumpkin Toffee Cream Pie

Reviewed: Mar. 8, 2009
Looked really pretty with the toppings as instructed, and pretty easy to throw together. I did the modifications suggested to pump up the spice flavor, but it was still lacking something "special". The pumpkin flavor really dominated; I didn't taste the butterscotch.
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Quinoa and Black Beans

Reviewed: Mar. 6, 2009
Well, my young boys didn't eat it (no surprise) but my husband and I and teen daughter thought it was terrific. No bitterness from the quinoa after a brief soak (10 minutes), very easy to make and to personalize with different spices or even add other vegetables. we'll certainly make it again.
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Caramel Fruit Dip

Reviewed: Mar. 5, 2009
Following other reviewers, I added more cream cheese and less liquid from the start, but found the honey flavor was dominant. So I added more cinnamon and caramel sauce, but then it was kind of bland, and I also thought the consistency was too fluffy, not sturdy enough. So then we added Peanut Butter! And that improved the flavor and texture. Next time we might just omit the caramel sauce altogether.
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Ice Cream Cake

Reviewed: Feb. 20, 2009
Chocolate cake, Reese's ice cream, cool whip, and Reese's magic shell topping. My children were very pleased, but I still felt like it was, well, just cake with ice cream and cool whip on top. it didn't seem to really become a cohesive something else. I will keep experimenting with the recipe. Oh, also I found the ice cream messy to work with. Softening it left it melty on the outside but too hard to be cut with string on the inside. A sharp knife run under hot water worked better.
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Hot Cross Buns I

Reviewed: Oct. 31, 2007
These were very good, and not complicated. I used craisins instead of the currants, to good effect. This year (2008) I used the currants, and they were better. I got requests for the recipe from 70-year-old ladies at church, which to me is a high compliment.
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Spiced Apple Bars

Reviewed: Oct. 16, 2007
These were nice. I used 1/4 wheat flour, and regular oats for fiber, and added extra apples--all fine improvements. But they need something for eye appeal, and confectioners sugar doesn't do it. I'll try to drizzle on maple syrup icing next time.
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No-Fuss Turkey Noodle Soup

Reviewed: Nov. 28, 2014
I did actually boil the carcass, and served it with dumplings, but what I liked about this recipe was the chipotle and the sherry. Thought the addition of those kicked it up a notch and my family went crazy for it.
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Moist Chocolate Muffins

Reviewed: Nov. 25, 2014
Made it as directed except buttermilk in place of half the yogurt (what I had on hand). Very good. Two helpful notes: I could tell there was no salt, and I'd add a little next time. Also, I got more than the dozen out of this; filling the muffin cups 2/3 full meant a LOT of leftover batter. Be forewarned.
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Most Amazing Challah

Reviewed: Apr. 19, 2014
Wow. Soft, slightly sweet, very versatile--could be served for literally any meal. And looks absolutely lovely, so it makes a great gift.
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