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Cara's Creamy Stuffed Shells

Reviewed: May 3, 2006
quick, easy but needs more moisture. I added garlic, italian spices, and some parm cheese to the filling. Next time will use more (double?) the amount of sauce for the top.
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Panna Cotta

Reviewed: May 11, 2006
This was very good tho next time I'd probably use a bit more sugar in the cream. It seemed that choc sauce was overkill so I just used a blended strawberry sause - easy and really good. HOWEVER . . . the gelatin separated from the cream (two layers in the finished product)even tho I followed the directions as written. Any thoughts as to why?
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Black Bean and Couscous Salad

Reviewed: Aug. 21, 2006
Two people made enough of this salad to serve 120 and it was interesting how different they came out. One thing for sure - you should not only drain the beans of liquid but also rinse with water as half of ours looked very muddy. The same half was a bit gummy - I suspect it wasn't dry and "fluffed" before adding all the veggies and dressing. Also, doing about 1 1/2 times the dressing as suggested elsewhere here is a good idea - otherwise it's quite bland. A great choice for a big picnic.
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Mom's Best Macaroni Salad

Reviewed: Aug. 21, 2006
Made 120 servings of this salad for a large picnic - took forever to do all that chopping but it was worth it! Excellent salad. Someone described it as a cross between macaroni salad and cole slaw - appropriate description. I decreased sugar to a little more than 1/4 c and it was plenty sweet. The dressing was fantastic! Update: I've made this a number of times since my original post and I've decided you could put this dressing on cardboard and people would eat it! I've yet to have anyone who did not like it.
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Caramel Pudding Cake

Reviewed: Oct. 24, 2006
Did not care for this pudding cake - a genre of baked goods that I usually really like. It had little flavor other than sweet - "caramel" was not evident. The cakey part was too dry (it actually became a little crunchy on top tho I baked the recommended time). Perhaps if there was some oomph added to this it might be ok - but then I'd rather just go with a different recipe.
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Slow-Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

Reviewed: Nov. 2, 2006
Two words here: terrific and quick. Made last night in a crock pot - only took about 10 minutes to put it together and let it go on high for about 5 hours. Used a turkey cutlet (a lot cheaper than boneless,skinless chicken breast)and put it in the pot in big chunks and raw. While it cooked the meat took on the flavor of the broth. Used no water - all chick broth. Had some with crushed tortilla chips as the only topping - really good. Later had some with a bit of sour cream, some avocado slices, and crushed tortilla chips for the topping - even better. Try it - you'll like it!
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Sweet Corn Bread

Reviewed: Dec. 11, 2006
Made these as mini-muffins for a soup party. Made them a week ahead and froze them - turned out great, probably due to the sour cream. Doubled the recipe and got 6 dz. Not as sweet as I expected - but that was ok. Like a previous reviewer about half of the corn meal I used was not ground fine (used what I had)and they turned out a bit gritty - and while that was ok I would prefer to use a finer grind next time.
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Winter Fruit Salad with Lemon Poppyseed Dressing

Reviewed: Dec. 14, 2006
Made this for a holiday dinner party - a festive and delicious addition to the table. I added some slices of fuyu persimmons and kiwi - the colors of both were really pretty and they tasted great along with the other parts of the salad (and they are winter fruits). Used toasted pecans rather than cashews and did not use the cheese (too much for this dinner). Tossed the greens with about a third of the dressing, plated that, and then put a scoop of fruit and a few nuts on top of each plate - easy, attractive and everyone loved it!
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Cajun Appetizer Meatballs

Reviewed: Dec. 19, 2006
Had a party with way too much food - this was the only thing that was completely gone at the end of the night. Fantastic!!! Made three times the recipe and wound up with 90 appetizer size servings. Next time will probably add even a little more of the cajun spice and cholula sauce. (As much as I liked this as an appetizer, it seems to me that it would be awfully sweet as a main course.)
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Party Italian Wedding Soup

Reviewed: Jan. 3, 2007
Loved this soup - perfect on a cold rainy night! I added a couple of tablespoons of pesto to the meatballs - they were fantastic. Used a 48oz can and 2 14oz cans of broth - might just use 2 large cans next time as the flavor was plenty intense enough to handle the extra liquid. Next time would NOT use chopped spinach as it made the pot look like it was covered in grass clippings! (Using regular and chopping it myself would give a much better look to the dish. The accompanying photos definitely do not have chopped greens in them.) Definitely going into the rotation - wonderful flavor.
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Viennese Torte

Reviewed: Feb. 20, 2007
This tasted fantastic, looked beautiful, is a bit different, and was not too difficult to make - what more could you ask for in a recipe?! Took it to a German themed potluck dinner and all enjoyed it. Only difficulty was in getting the wax paper off the bottom of the cake while keeping the top (the meringue part) from cracking into pieces. I wound up running a long handled knife between the cake and the paper and then using 2 spatulas to transfer the cake to the serving plate -could have used a third hand! Served with a few raspberries, mainly for the color. I don't love packaged pudding mixes tho that part turned out ok; however next time I'll probably use my old family recipe for pudding. Also next time I might sub almond extract for the vanilla in the cake base.
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Wacky Cake VIII

Reviewed: Feb. 23, 2007
Just average for me. It was moist and given that it has no eggs or dairy it was ok. But it really had no depth or richness. I prefer something with a bit more oomph to it - some kind of wow factor - and this didn't have it.
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Texas Sheet Cake VI

Reviewed: May 28, 2007
Couldn't find the recipe I've used for years for a texas sheet cake - I'm glad cause this is waaaay better than the one I had! Very moist (the sour cream?) and I thought a great texture. Used new dark chocolate cocoa and instant coffee crystals in hot water - easy, easy, easy. Took to a big pot luck; lot of chocolate things and this was the only one that disappeared, despite being the largest pan. Try it - you'll like it!
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Oatmeal Waffles

Reviewed: May 31, 2007
Made them once as shown; that's the rating I gave. Second time added about 1/3 c fine chopped walnuts, and 1/2 c dried cranberries; and used 1/2 c oat flour for 1/2 c of the regular flour. I'd give that a 5 star rating as it had more pizzaz. Either way, it's an easy and delicious alternative to the norm.
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Bailik (buy-lick)

Reviewed: Jan. 9, 2008
Not a favorite but I might repeat - it's just that there's so many things to try that I often don't repeat even the ones I really liked.
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Sparkling Holiday Jam

Reviewed: Dec. 18, 2008
This stuff is wonderful - and it really does sparkle! Made a batch this morn in about an hour - so easy. Used frozen strawberries (full bag: 40 oz) and fresh cranberries. Had about 3/4 cup of seedless puree of raspberries and added that too. Also added about 1/4 c lemon juice and 2 cups short of the full 5# of sugar. Great texture.
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Fragrant Chicken Curry

Reviewed: Jan. 22, 2009
Loved it! Chose this recipe to try because of the coconut milk - and then discovered I didn't have any when I was well into making it. Used half milk and half half-and-half and that worked just fine. Topped with toasted coconut, raisins, toasted almond slivers, chutney, and chopped green onions. Served with rice and very lightly candied carrots. Delicious meal!
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Debdoozie's Blue Ribbon Chili

Reviewed: Jan. 31, 2009
Have made this recipe a couple of times and thought it not only easy but very tasty. And, as with any chili recipe, it lends itself to experimentation - or just adjusting to what you know your family will like. What I really have a hard time with is when someone rates a recipe without EVER having tried it - and giving it only one star to boot. If you look at a recipe and know that it has features that you don't like - then go on to the next one. It is completely unfair to give a really poor rating to something that you KNOW you aren't going to like and even more importantly have not even tried. That's mean spirited.
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