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Baked Kale Chips

Reviewed: Dec. 19, 2008
They were ok... don't know if I would ever make them again, but I did really want to try them. The texture was a little... interesting.. kind of like it explodes in your mouth, which some might enjoy but I found to be a bit odd. I tried 2 varieties of kale- the curly one was much better.
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Curry Chicken Salad

Reviewed: Dec. 16, 2008
It is pretty good. My husband loves it and I think it is just pretty good. I didn't add the pickle relish because we don't have any, but I bet that I would enjoy that flavor (I know my husband would hate it that way though and that's probably why I don't keep relish on hand!) I like the curry heat; I had to salt it to bring out that flavor a bit more. We thought it might be really good with some diced green pepper in it.
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Easy Decadent Truffles

Reviewed: Dec. 12, 2008
Made these tonight and so far they are great- the consistency was good for working with and I made 3 flavors just from a 1/2 recipe of the base truffle. I made part of the batch as just plain chocolate with chocolate coating (melted semi-sweet chocolate chips), part of the batch had peppermint extract and the same chocolate coating, and then with the rest I used some bourbon (needed extra powdered sugar to firm it up- also used a bit of almond meal for taste and texture to help with the firming from adding the liquid) and I coated those by rolling them generously in crushed almonds. We tried some before they were really ready and they were good. If something is really different in a day or two as far as flavor or texture, I might need to update my rating but so far they seem to be good! This was the first time I have made truffles such as these- a lot of work getting the chocolate coating on but the basic truffle part was easy!
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Chicken Breasts with Balsamic Vinegar and Garlic

Reviewed: Dec. 2, 2008
I have just used this as a way of cooking chicken (sometimes with veggies like zucchini & broccoli) and NOT breading the chicken. It's good! I like to cook it to a nice thick sauce.
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Chocolate Pecan Pie II

Reviewed: Nov. 28, 2008
The flavor was really good inside. I had a little bit of a hard top "shell" that formed during baking, so it was annoying to cut through, but everyone really like it. I added a little whiskey to the batter. It was kind of like a brownie pie. I might try it again some other time and try to get more of a gooey center.
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Apple Bacon Tomato Soup

Reviewed: Oct. 28, 2008
It was pretty good.. the second and third days. Right off the stove, it was a little iffy- my husband was not a huge fan but I thought it was good enough to at least eat the leftovers! I actually preferred them cold. It is always a little strange/disappointing when good crispy bacon is made soggy, but it did make for an interesting recipe that I have been wanting to try for a while.
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Hot Italian Sausage

Reviewed: Oct. 7, 2008
I skip the oil and use fresh garlic instead of dried or garlic salt. This recipe is otherwise similar to another homemade Italian sausage recipe I use. Yummy!
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French Baguettes

Reviewed: Oct. 6, 2008
I'm sorry- I wanted to love it, but I found it to be just so-so. Mine turned out kinda flat- if I tried it again, I think I might just roll them after the first rise- I think that all the rising had something to do with how flat mine were. The flavor was ok. Just not the best recipe I've tried.
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Fettuccine with Sweet Pepper-Cayenne Sauce

Reviewed: Sep. 25, 2008
I made something very similar (used this as an idea/jumping-off point)- I only used a couple of spoons of Greek Yogurt in place of the sour cream and used about 3/4 cup (estimate) of almond milk rather than broth (it's what was open in the fridge). I also added a handful of fresh basil and a tomato from my garden that needed to be picked and used. I put it all in the blender and pureed it together with some salt and extra red pepper flakes (in addition to the cayenne)- just warmed it a little in a pan and then added to the hot pasta to keep it as raw as possible. I actually ended up eating quite a bit of it as "soup" (just another taste.. and another) while prepping it! I love dishes like this that let you use lots of veggies in a whole new way.
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Chocolate Mint Dessert Brownies

Reviewed: Sep. 25, 2008
They were ok. Brought them for a friend's bday at work and really wished I had made my own brownie base, but they got eaten and tasted pretty good. But I really recommend making your own base- 4 eggs? That just made it so chewy- not in a yummy gooey way- more like a kitchen sponge.
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Peppermint Patties

Reviewed: Sep. 23, 2008
They were good, but a total mess. After much trial and error, though, I did manage a few presentable ones for Christmas cookie plates to give away. Hope it goes smoother this year!
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Flourless Chocolate Cake II

Reviewed: Sep. 23, 2008
Tasty. Could have been a little more presentable, but salvaged that with Satiny Chocolate Glaze from this site (prepared it on the thicker side- so it wasn't so runny). Served with a raspberry sauce I made by cooking the berries with some sugar/syrup. Will probably make it again.
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Quick Yeast Rolls

Reviewed: Sep. 13, 2008
I have been using this recipe weekly to make hamburger/sandwich buns. The dough stays sticky and wet throughout the process- I don't even worry about the usual process of shaping into a ball and greasing with oil before it rises- I just knead it with the dough hook on the Kitchenaid and then just leave it all sticky in the bowl to rise. It works out fine every time. When I have added extra flour to thicken the dough up a bit, it tends to produce a heavier/more dense roll. I substitute butter for the shortening, maple syrup for the sugar (when I remember to do so, I try to cut back on the water a little bit to accommodate the extra liquid) and I use home-milled whole wheat flour for all of the white flour called for. We eat them all the time and I have even begun giving them out to neighbors and friends each week as they are requested.
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Sweet and Tangy Slow Cooker Bar-B-Q Pork

Reviewed: Sep. 8, 2008
Awesome! I used a pork roast and made some minimal changes (omitted the red pepper- just didn't have one on hand- subbed maple syrup for the sugar, used regular white vinegar, and used fresh crushed garlic rather than dried). It was awesome. We had boiled red potatoes with butter as a side dish. We will definitely make this again!
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Avocado Blast

Reviewed: Jun. 25, 2008
At first I loved it and couldn't get enough, but then all of a sudden it was just TOO much avocado in one dose. I LOVE avocados but I could not stomach much of this. I think it was all the sweetness. I dipped some fresh fruit in it to try and eat it up. It was a good idea for a recipe.
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Unbelievable Chicken

Reviewed: Jun. 24, 2008
It was really good. I like this kind of marinade. When I throw stuff together on my own, I find that I use many of these same ingredients- mmm. I didn't have time to marinate and grill but I put the marinade (made a 1/2 recipe) in a glass baking dish with the chicken (sliced up 2 boneless breasts to make cutlets) and baked at 350 until done. I do that often in place of grilling chicken- the meat soaks up so much of the tasty marinade that way, and it's so fast.
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Green Bean and Bacon Saute

Reviewed: Jun. 24, 2008
I give credit for being a new way to prepare green beans. It was pretty good. Not fabulous, but pretty good. I use nitrate/nitrite-free bacon, which takes some of the scare out of using bacon.
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Caribbean Rum Punch

Reviewed: Jun. 11, 2008
WOW! I love it! I call it Pirate Punch!! I used key lime juice and some awesome organic pure maple syrup instead of simple syrup, and I used some pineapple rum we happened to have. I didn't have any bitters and I didn't add nutmeg. It is so good!!! This is my new favorite!
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Asparagus Guacamole

Reviewed: Jun. 8, 2008
WOW! I LOVE it!!! I just ate half of it warm because I couldn't stop long enough to let it chill! We're big guacamole fans and I make it often, but this is just the sort of change my taste buds needed! I made several changes, but kept the basics of the recipe- I didn't have any salsa left, so I just used a half a medium tomato, a dash of vinegar, and the juice of half a lime to cover the salsa flavors. I also added some ground sea salt and some ground cayenne pepper. I omitted the garlic. And, as I typically do with my own guac recipe, I added a small squirt of honey. But I did taste it before I made all those changes and I still LOVED it! You can hardly even tell that it's asparagus- which my husband is a fan of (since he's not usually a fan of asparagus). Awesome! Perfect with chips and a cold beer! I can't wait to serve this to guests!
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Cookies for Rookies

Reviewed: May 31, 2008
I love these. I am always able to make my own little changes (whole wheat flour, milk or water in place of the buttermilk, etc.) to fit what I have on hand. This is a great recipe!
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