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Chef John's Pumpkin Pancakes

Reviewed: Nov. 10, 2013
This was a very good recipe. I needed something that I could do with a class of second-graders in small groups. In order to use fewer spices (that I would have to carry back and forth), I subbed pumpkin pie spice for the other spices and eliminated the lemon zest (too messy). We did also need to use extra milk; the batter would have been hard to pour without it. The kids (and teachers) loved the pancakes with just a little powdered sugar on top. Thanks for the great recipe!
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Cauliflower-Cheese Soup

Reviewed: Aug. 9, 2013
This was exactly what I was looking for - a quick and easy soup that did not have to simmer for a long time. Using stock instead of water, as others had recommended, I had this soup ready in fifteen minutes or so, and my family ate it up! I would definitely consider doubling, even for my family of four, if using as a main dish.
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Stir Fried Bok Choy

Reviewed: Mar. 9, 2013
We do a food co-op and got a head of bok choy and no idea how to prepare it. This recipe gave a great, quick method to cook it, as well as enough description for me to cut/prep it easily. I do not have Chinese five-spice, but added 2 T. Thai sweet chili sauce instead. Wow! I did add green peppers and omitted the onion; I think that would have been a bit much with the onion-y flavor of the bok choy. My kids were not fans, but the hubby LOVED it. Thank you so much for a great starting point!
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Honey Soy Tilapia

Reviewed: Feb. 16, 2013
My family did not love this recipe. We love the garlic alfredo tilapia, but I had been making it very regularly and wanted to try something new. I didn't marinade for very long at all, and still the soy flavor was overpowering and not to our liking.
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Hot Vanilla

Reviewed: Mar. 3, 2007
Was OK. I liked it for something a little different, but couldn't get any of the rest of my family to drink much. Probably great for those who really enjoy steamers, just not our favorite thing. I also had some trouble with the cinnamon clumping together. Very simple recipe, however.
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Best Lemonade Ever

Reviewed: Mar. 3, 2007
Fantastic! There's nothing like homemade lemonade. Cooking the sugar changed the flavor ever so slightly, and I am so pleased with the result. I made lemonade until my family was sick of it, though it's the middle of winter. I'm not patient enough to refrigerate the syrup, so I simply added a lot of ice in place of some of the water. Really enjoyed it!
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Broccoli Crawfish Cheese Soup

Reviewed: Nov. 2, 2006
Absolutely loved this one, and so did my family, including my two boys, ages 5 and 6! Used Old Bay spice and went lightly with the pepper sauce. One little issue, though. The description at top of recipe when you print it says that you use cream of mushroom and celery soups. I didn't pay enough attention to the actual ingredient list and used cream of mushroom soup. Wasn't too fond of the mushrooms in this, but it still worked. We also used fresh crab, instead of crawfish or shrimp, from a recent crabbing trip in Oregon. Fabulous dish! By the way, I'm not at all experienced with Cajun food, but this had just the right amount of kick for me!
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Quick Szechwan Sauce

Reviewed: Oct. 2, 2006
I am only giving 4 stars because I tweaked this quite a bit, and there aren't very specific directions. It was extremely easy and quick, and my boys (ages 4, 6, and 32) all loved it! I added 1T soy, 2T oyster sauce, and subbed some prepared dijon-style mustard for the peppers. (I had it on hand and didn't want the sauce too spicy.) Because I used frozen veggies, I added between 1 and 2T cornstarch to thicken the sauce. Very happy with the results from this very basic recipe. Can't vouch for the authenticity of the taste, but definitely a keeper at our house.
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Connie's Zucchini "Crab" Cakes

Reviewed: Aug. 10, 2006
Very good, but I'm also not likely to mistake it for crab. I don't have the patience or the forethought to allow the zucchini to drain for long, so my patties were a little damp. Also didn't make sure the oil was hot enough for the first batch. I'll still use this recipe when I have an abundance of zucchini, and my sister also loved the taste of the patties. Wonder if anyone has considered serving them on a bun as a veggie-burger? Seem to taste much like the gardenburgers my sister gets. My husband and boys unfortunately avoid these like the plague.
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Aggression ( Oatmeal ) Cookies

Reviewed: Aug. 10, 2006
We LOVE these! They are basic, but very good. I watch other kids often and this is a recipe they can all enjoy. No fighting over who does what when they all get their own bowl to work with and get to choose their own add-ins. Mashing the ingredients is a little tough for my younger guys, so I have softened it considerably (and on occasion melted it) to make it more workable. Fabulous results. I turn to this recipe frequently on a chilly evening or drizzly day. THANK YOU!!
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Sour Cream Lemon Pie

Reviewed: Aug. 10, 2006
Beautiful and delicious! I also followed suggestions to decrease milk to 1 & 1/2 cups and increase lemon juice a bit. Had no trouble with it being too runny - be sure you continue to cook for the specified amount of time and you will be fine. Mine got very thick and would probably have been fine with the full amount of milk. I made another lemon pie (Bill Clinton's Lemon Chess Pie from this site) for my husband to take to work because I had slightly burnt the shell on this one (not paying attention), but I should have sent this one; it was MUCH better. Next time, I'd make a double batch. My only gripe: what do I do with the egg whites that are left over? I don't feel inclined to make meringue. :-P
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Bill Clinton's Lemon Chess Pie

Reviewed: Aug. 10, 2006
This pie was very simple to make, set up well, and cuts nicely. But it had very little lemon taste and was a bit too sweet for my taste. (I did cut the sugar by 1/2 cup.) For curiosity's sake, I looked up "chess pie," and found it has NO connection to chess, but may have developed from a cheese tart. Or, when someone asked, "Hey, what kind of pie is this?" the answer was, "It's just pie," which became "jus' pie" and finally corrupted to "chess pie." In my opinion it's OK, but it's just pie, not really a spectacular lemon pie.
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Tantalizingly Tangy Meatloaf

Reviewed: Apr. 21, 2006
Maybe a bit too sweet for some, but definitely a hit with my family! This is the first meatloaf I have been able to get my choosy five-year-old to eat, and he now asks for it and takes second or third helpings! My husband likes it also, and I have learned to not think of all meatloaf as boring and bland. Thank you, we love it!!
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Spiced Beef Stew

Reviewed: Feb. 27, 2006
My husband LOVED this, and the kids even seemed to enjoy it. Great for a cold evening! I made it in the crockpot, subbed more broth for the beer, and used frozen veggies instead of canned. I have been looking for a basic, classic stew recipe for a long time. (Still learning the basics of cooking) I am SO happy to have found it!
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Chocolate Dipped Mocha Rounds

Reviewed: Feb. 27, 2006
Not great, not terrible. Probably won't make this again. The rounds weren't very flavorful, and really not good at all without the chocolate dip. The dip was great, very simple. May be better with a little more sugar? Mine also turned out a little crisper than I like.
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Chicken Alfredo

Reviewed: Feb. 27, 2006
Great alfredo sauce! I read that it could be bland, so I cooked up the sauce in the same pan I had seared the chicken to make use of some of the juices and used fresh pressed garlic. I had no problem with blandness, and I have never had such success with an alfredo sauce! The heavy cream and parmesan sauces always clump up on me, and I liked the cream cheese sauce flavor better. Plus, I was able to make with only a few ingredients I already had on hand. (Much less expensive than fresh parmesan.) I used only broccoli for the veggies, and my family loved it! Also, no problem with sauce being too thick, although I didn't really measure the milk, just added until it looked right. Great recipe!
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Coconut Shrimp I

Reviewed: Feb. 27, 2006
I was thrilled with this recipe! We don't drink beer, so I substituted Pepsi, and it worked beautifully! (I would normally sub. water, but it didn't seem like it would have enough flavor.) The shrimp were very sweet, which is how I like them. I used a combination of apricot-pinapple preserves, honey, and dijon mustard for the sauce. Just as good and MUCH less expensive than ordering at Red L*****r!
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Cinnamon Sweet Potato Slices

Reviewed: Feb. 11, 2006
This was an excellent side dish! My two boys (4 & 5) both ate it up, and my husband loved it as well. I added a little more butter than called for. Great recipe!
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Broccoli and Cheddar Soup

Reviewed: Jan. 23, 2006
I absolutely loved this recipe. I've tried many variations on broccoli cheese soup and this has been the biggest hit with my family. Both my boys (ages 4 & 5) asked for second helpings! I did make some changes; couldn't find chicken broth in my cupboards, so substituted 1 can cream of celery & 1 can cream of mushroom, then added water to make 1 qt. Next time I'll try as written, just to see how it compares. I like mine thick, so I used full measure of flour and loved it! Thanks for a wonderful recipe! Just what I've been looking for!
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