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Thyme-Rubbed Steaks with Sauteed Mushrooms

Reviewed: May 20, 2012
I didn't make the sauce at all--I just wanted a rub, and this recipe fit the bill without the sauce. I used fresh thyme, so used closer to a tablespoons worth. Bf thought this wasn't that flavorful, but I disagree. I used extremely thin steaks that fried up in just a few minutes--good for sandwiches, I guess, but we ate them by themselves. I may try with the sauce next time, but bf isn't a big fan of sauces with wine, so I thought I'd skip. Thanks for the recipe!
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Herby Roasted Potato Wedges

Reviewed: May 20, 2012
Very nice potatoes, but yes, watch them! I think it might make a difference how big your potato wedges are. Usually, my oven needs to bake potatoes much longer than called for, but these were almost overdone at the time and temp. Temp is correct--just cut down the time and check them. Thanks for the recipe!
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Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese II

Reviewed: May 18, 2012
This is very easy. And very very rich. Too rich even for the bf, who loves mac and cheese and cream of whatever soups . . .but he was complaining about the amount of creaminess and made me add in more pasta, for a total of 16 oz (I boiled the other 8 oz since I'd already served the mac n cheese by then). To be fair, I may have added more cheese than called for since I added nacho cheese sauce (which by the way, made it flavorful, so if you are wanting a less bland cheese sauce, it fit the bill) and some leftover spreadable cheese (yes, I was cleaning out the fridge, I admit.) along with the cheddar called for. However, I did only use 2 cups of cheddar and tossed in the rest of the cheese. This really does work in the crockpot, but you really cannot just set it and leave for your workday of 8-10 hours. You need to stir it--I stirred every half hour--and you can just put in the pasta directly into the crockpot. All told, the cheese was in the crockpot by itself for about an hour and a half, then the pasta was in there for about an hour. With more pasta--which you'd definitely have to boil separately bc there's not enough sauce to coat it, I don't think--this works for us. thanks for the recipe!
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Blueberry Mojito Tea Bread

Reviewed: May 13, 2012
This is an interesting bread, and I went with it bc I wanted something different and had blackberries to use. Yes, I know, it calls for blueberries, but none of my blackberry recipes did it for me. I am puzzled by the comment that states that in a larger pan it should cook more quickly--smaller pans cook faster because there is less surface area to heat, hence the reason cupcakes cook faster than a cake. Regardless, I suppose it's counterintuitive, so it doesn't really matter why. I baked this in a single loaf pan and wouldn't recommend that--it's too much batter. I did notice that but went ahead anyway bc I was too lazy to redistribute. So, it took over an hour and a half to bake, and it overflowed, but whatever. I used lemon extract and zest and used rum instead of rum extract (I really thought I had that, but I don't!) and am glad for the turbinado sugar, which makes for a nice topping. For those not in the know (this includes myself, I had to google it), sucanat is a type of sugar processed to retain molassess. Not exactly brown sugar, but that's what I subbed. I doubled the mint and can definitely taste it. This is a unique and fun recipe. Thanks for sharing!
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Baking Mix Blackberry Cobbler

Reviewed: May 13, 2012
So this is pretty good, but it's assembled a little oddly. I looked at the directions several times, mentally shrugged, and then followed them. I'm surprised no reviewer commented on it, but it says to put the cobbler under the berries, not on top. It worked okay--I guess, but I kept thinking it wasn't done since the middle was still liquidy--that was the berries, not the cobbler. I'd reverse it next time, bc it makes a good cobbler otherwise. I did use less sugar, and splenda instead, and it worked well. Thanks for the recipe.
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Berry Applesauce Gelatin

Reviewed: May 13, 2012
Yum! I really really like this. I did sub one thing--thought I had frozen strawberries, went to the freezer, and all I could find was raspberries. So I used those instead, but it was awesome. The tartness of the raspberries really works in this. This sets up super fast--maybe due to the applesauce and frozen raspberries, and I didn't find too much liquid at all. I also thought the texture was more like thick jello with raspberries--it's hard to tell the applesauce is there. Perhaps it's bc I recently made orange gelatin cups from here, and you can definitely taste a different texture, and it wasn't like that at all. It was just jello-y but thick. We both loved this, so I'll have to keep it in the rotation, and maybe next time I'll use strawberries. Thanks for the recipe!
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Sausage Egg Squares

Reviewed: May 13, 2012
Not bad. It was a bit mushy, which bf wasn't a fan of--maybe bc we reheated it? When I ate a piece after cooking, it wasn't mushy. I thought it was a decent breakfast--good thing, since it appears I will have it for breakfast at work this week! Thanks for the recipe!
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Chef John's Cottage Fries

Reviewed: May 12, 2012
Very nice. A bit time consuming to turn each time, but worth it. I love crispy potatoes, and you can just keep baking these and turning them until you get the desired consistency. A tad spicy for me, but that's easily resolved by lessening or changing spices. I must say I've never heard of the name of these, but they are good. Definitely slice a tad thick or you will end up with almost like potato chips if you aren't careful. Thanks for the recipe!
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Elegant Orzo with Wilted Spinach and Pine Nuts

Reviewed: May 12, 2012
Very pretty! I also agree that this is somewhat bland--the balsamic vinegar makes it, so don't be hesitant with it. I added some wine to deglaze the pan since the herb and garlic mixture starting sticking, so I added a bit more flavor of my own. Bf wouldn't like this, so it's a good thing we still have leftover stuffed peppers and chicken with rice for him to have! Thanks for the recipe.
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Tomato Spinach Pizza

Reviewed: May 11, 2012
Not bad. The dough is similar to pizza dough my mom makes, so I like that just fine. The pizza is okay . . .bf wasn't impressed and while I like it, something is missing for me. Not sure what, but its a decent pizza without a red sauce. Thanks for the recipe.
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Argentine Chimichurri Bread

Reviewed: May 11, 2012
Very nice. Flavorful, that's for certain, and I didn't think it was too spicy. I thought it was rather easy too, and don't be afraid of all of the ingredients--if you cook a lot, you should have most everything. I baked in the oven at 375 for 40 minutes and it was perfect. Thanks for the recipe.
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Orange Gelatin Cups

Reviewed: May 10, 2012
I thought this was pretty good. The applesauce sort of takes over, but it's kind of cool. The gelatin still gels--just let it sit overnight if you are concerned. It turns out like jelled applesauce with a tart aftertaste. We like it. :) Thanks for the recipe!
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Blueberry Boy Bait

Reviewed: May 10, 2012
Very good. It was almost all gobbled up by the time I left work yesterday, and that's good with our group--especially since we only had a few people in the office yesterday! I liked it, but definitely think you can add more fruit. I used two cups of mixed berries from the freezer and think I couldve used 4 cups just as easily. I did mix the fruit with flour and sugar, and they sunk a little but into the middle so it was actually pretty perfect. Very light, flavorful coffee cake without too much sweetness. I did, however, discover the need for a new springform pan, which broke while I was baking this. :( Still, it baked at the amount of time given in the recipe even in a springform. Thanks for the recipe!
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Chicken and Dumplings IV

Reviewed: May 6, 2012
Pretty good dumplings. I made my own biscuit mix from a recipe on the internet (flour, baking powder, cream of tarter, shortening, salt) and added frozen carrots. I also used a chicken carcass that bf had picked relatively clean, so I cooked that for several hours to get the meat off the bones, then removed the bones and proceeded with the recipe. I added carrots and canned chicken to make it more chicken-y since the carcass didn't have a ton. I also made this in the crockpot--the dumplings took about 1/2 hour/45 minutes in the crockpot. This is very filling--I'm stuffed! And bf seemed to enjoy it since he had two bowlfuls as well as the rest of mine. Thanks for the recipe!
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Tomato Pie I

Reviewed: May 6, 2012
Pretty good, but there was something in there that didn't agree with my tummy . . .maybe the mayo, actually. I don't think it needs the mayo. I didn't really layer everything over and over; I just did a layer of each thing, and I think I like it better that way. I used a home made crust from here and used my quiche pan instead of a pie pan, and it worked well enough. the only problem I ran into was my oven is acting up and it overbaked the pie a bit. It's still tasty, though. Thanks for the recipe.
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Roasted Potatoes with Greens

Reviewed: May 5, 2012
Very good potatoes! Mine needed to bake an extra 15 minutes for all of them to be done completely, but that is fine--I usualy have to bake potatoes longer than every recipe I've ever come across. I think the only other thing I'd change in this recipe is to use olive oil instead of butter--I like the flavor of olive oil much better. Will try that next time instead. Thanks for the recipe!
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Tarte aux Moutarde (French Tomato and Mustard Pie)

Reviewed: May 5, 2012
Very good tart, but a tad much on the mustard. I also think I'd want something added to this like bacon or sausage, but that's personal preference. Very tasty! Thanks for the recipe.
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Easy Homemade Pie Crust

Reviewed: May 5, 2012
Very very easy, indeed. I ended up with enough for 3 crusts, but I tend to end up with more no matter the recipe--I think maybe my pie pans are small. I used this crust for the Tarte Aux Moutarde (perfect complement!) and the Tomato Pie I, both of which are on here. I did have to add a bit more water, but that is going to depend on your humidity anyway; it isn't the recipe's fault. The crust is very flaky and delicious. A good complement to savory dishes. Thanks for the recipe.
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Spaghetti Carbonara II

Reviewed: May 5, 2012
Very nice pasta, and easy too! I've never made carbonara, but I have had it in restaurants and liked it. I thought I'd try this since I had leftover spaghetti and wine and am glad I did. I just made one serving--good thing, too, as I gobbled it down. I used a white zinfandel that worked just fine. Thanks for the recipe!
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Bruce's Honey Sesame Bread

Reviewed: May 5, 2012
Very nice bread! I made just the dough in the bread machine, then baked the rest of the way in the oven. I subbed 1 cup of ww flour in for the white flour and it turned out great. Very nutty and wholesome. A little too many sesame seeds for me, so I'd cut them down next time and maybe sub in a few other seeds, but otherwise I enjoyed this bread. Thanks for the recipe!
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