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Christmas Seafood Soup

Reviewed: Dec. 10, 2010
To turn this soup into a thickened chowder, simply use equal parts butter and flour to make a blonde roux then whisk in the milk (I used evaporated milk). When thick and creamy, stir in the tender veggies and all of their cooking liquid. To rev up the brininess, try shrimp stock made from shrimp shells instead of plain water. This soup is really quick to put together plus it's ultra filling... why wait for a special occasion to try it?
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Italian Wedding Soup I

Reviewed: Dec. 9, 2010
This is the very first made-from-scratch soup I learned how to make, so it's near and dear to my heart (and tummy). Homemade chicken stock is the way to go with this rustic soup... the bits of tender chicken coupled with teeny meatballs (I opt for ground turkey or chicken), supple orzo, braised greens then topped with salty parmesan is ethereal... nothing else like it. Try it. Your tummy will thank you.
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Black Bean Quesadillas

Reviewed: Dec. 9, 2010
I love recipes such as this -- quick, inexpensive and filling. Since half of the salsa 'topping' is already added to the smashed beans, I stirred in the sour cream then seasoned with some pepper and cumin... maybe threw in a few sliced green onions for good measure. I only made one quesadilla, so I crisped it in a pan on the stove -- the idea of baking multiple at once is great, tho.
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Emily's Famous Chocolate Shortbread Cookies

Reviewed: Dec. 9, 2010
I found this recipe when other searches for a non-cakey red velvet cookie turned up short. Got me to thinking that since red velvet cake is a chocolate cake in diguise, why wouldn't that apply to cut-out cookies as well? This chocolate shortbread recipe appealed to me because of the numerous dependable reviews and gorgeous pictures, so I knew what my end result should resemble. I simply decreased the cocoa powder by half, added a small amount of Wilton's Red-Red to desired shade then cut and baked as directed. Once decorated, these shortbread, while not as chocolatey as the original recipe, not only look gorgeous (pics in profile), they taste gorgeous too. Thanks Emily, soon your red velvet shortbread cookies will be famous as well.
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Cream Cheese Dessert Wedges

Reviewed: Dec. 9, 2010
Expecting a cheesecake-like dessert, I was pleasantly surprised to get (as others have noted) more that of a cheese danish-type dessert. And talk about EASY... 30 minutes... done....feasting on breakfast-dessert ... or is it dessert-breakfast?
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Basic Corn Muffins

Reviewed: Dec. 9, 2010
Thanks, Doug, this corn bread was a great foil to serve along side spicy red beans and rice. While the level of sweetness was right on the mark, I was missing that buttery-ness only real buttah can provide. But with its endless variations, this base recipe is one on which to rely -- over and over again.
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Glazed Meatloaf II

Reviewed: Dec. 8, 2010
This is straight-up meatloaf. Chop an onion, whirl some bread around in the food pro, beat an egg... easy peasy. The glaze may not be for those old-school ketchup purists out there (hi mom!), but who's going to complain with a mouthful of this moist and tasty meatloaf? Mom might be watching :)
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Cake Balls

Reviewed: Dec. 6, 2010
Store bought or homemade -- it doesn't really matter, this is just a super fun way to revamp, reduce or recycle cake and frosting as we know it. This craze has been around for a while and I can see why -- the flavor combinations are endless (I made cake pops with a choc/choc center, dipped in almond bark, sprinkled with crushed candy canes). ...Now I'm just thinking of all those cakes of birthdays past that eventually became stale and ended up being pitched....
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Buttermilk Oatmeal Muffins

Reviewed: Dec. 6, 2010
I expected to like these more than I did. These are just basic-not-too-sweet-dense-oatmeal muffins (nothing wrong with that) but there isn't anything really standout-ish about them. The simple addition of cinnamon or toasted pecans would really take these from so-so to so tempting.
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New Orleans Barbeque Shrimp

Reviewed: Dec. 6, 2010
Roll up your sleeves, 'cuz this is about to get messy! Not an every day dish by any means, barbeque shrimp done New Orleans-style is a finger-lickin', butter drippin', bread moppin' occasional treat. I've tried several versions of this recipe, but I didn't love the rosemary in this one; however, I did love the addition of the beer (used some of my coveted Abita amber stash). No wonder this is one of the best loved dishes in NO -- it's simply divine.
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Cinnamon Stars

Reviewed: Dec. 4, 2010
I wanted a basic thin, crisp cinnamon cookie using no other spices or flavorings. This appeared to be the one, that is until you get to the baking time. 15 to 18 minutes for thin cut-outs?? Can't be. You would have mini bricks by then. And according to some reviewers, that's exactly what happened. So, I mixed up a half batch just adding a pinch of salt along with the flour and cinnamon. I rolled and cut according to directions (even used a star cutter), placed on a parchment-lined sheet pan and baked for 6 minutes, resting on the sheet 1 minute before moving to cooling rack. Once cooled these cookies firmed up to be crisp and snappy -- just what I wanted. But the taste was a little chalky from all of the cinnamon. So to salvage the stars I did bake, I drizzled them with a simple powdered sugar glaze. Not too shabby with a cup of ginger tea... Oh, and the remaining dough I cut into larger shapes, used a drinking straw to make a hole and baked for 8 minutes to harden to use for ornaments. Even though this recipe has its faults as an edible cookie, all is not lost as it does make very attractive (and aromatic) ornaments.
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Best Brownies

Reviewed: Dec. 4, 2010
Maybe I haven't found the right brownie recipe. Or maybe I just don't care for brownies... are they cake or are they fudge? At any rate, this recipe was a cinch to throw together and even without the frosting, the crew horked these down... nary a crumb was left.
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Frosted Cranberries

Reviewed: Dec. 2, 2010
What a novel idea to use as garnish on cupcakes or around the holiday turkey. I used meringue powder instead of liquid egg whites with success. And while I only frosted a handful of berries, I can see how this process would be tedious if using the entire bag, so I'm keeping the aforementioned 'dump, shake and sift' method in mind for next time.
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Cranberry Dip

Reviewed: Dec. 2, 2010
This recipe produces a pretty good cranberry sauce, so I hated to see it just mounded over a block of plain cream cheese. To add a more savory dip-like element, I chopped some fresh rosemary and stirred it into the softened cream cheese, then lightly seasoned with pepper and a little salt. Layered in a glass serving bowl garnished with a sprig of rosemary, this dip looked as wonderful as it tasted. Thank you Elizra.
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Buttermilk Syrup

Reviewed: Dec. 2, 2010
In a word, yum. Needing to use up some buttermilk, I found this little recipe. Yes, it comes off the stove a little thick (like caramel topping... as if that's a bad thing..), but just slowly whisk in some more buttermilk to make it more syrupy for pancakes or waffles.. or your finger ('cuz you know you will sooner or later). Little tip to prevent grainy syrup: stir, stir, stir all you want BEFORE bringing to a boil; once at boil DO NOT stir for the 7 minutes. Thank you, Alissasmom, for sharing your recipe.
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Broccoli Rice Casserole

Reviewed: Dec. 2, 2010
Not really a favorite at Thanksgiving among 10 adults and 15 children. When I made it at the last minute, I thought it would be something to appeal to the masses, especially the kids. Well, the kids looked at the broccoli (eww.. green stuff) and the adults just pushed it around on their plates. And had I not used wild rice and a heavy hand with the pepper, this dish surely would have been a one-note wonder.
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Princess Cookies

Reviewed: Nov. 30, 2010
This was the perfect cookie choice for a tea party. Light lemon flavor with just enough princess-approved sparkle (when rolled in sugar prior to baking). Thank you, MRSPARKERII, for a fun fairy tale-filled afternoon.
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Tomato Gorgonzola Soup

Reviewed: Nov. 30, 2010
Big flavor in this soup. The red bell pepper added a little bit of sweetness, so I nixed the white sugar. And even using all (skim) milk along with the cream cheese, it wasn't the least bit discernible. Because I wanted a creamier consistency, I ran the immersion blender through the pot of soup prior to serving with (more!) bleu cheese-topped toasts. Thanks, Jess, this was just the perfect lunch for a dreary day.
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Cranberry Squares

Reviewed: Nov. 28, 2010
This is a super way to use up leftover cranberry sauce (canned or homemade) from the holidays. While flavorful plain, these little squares could stand up to the addition of a few chopped walnuts or almonds for some added crunch. Oh, for easy removal, line the pan with foil (spray with non-stick spray) with enough overhang so when cool, just lift out of pan, peel back foil and cut into neat little squares.
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Eat Michigan Salad

Reviewed: Nov. 28, 2010
This salad is aptly named for this past weekend's OSU / Michigan game, but aside from its clever moniker, it's delicious. I made this salad weeks ago when I wanted something different to use up some goat cheese. The salad was such a hit then, I made it again, but instead used small romaine leaves to hold all of the dressed salad components (like lettuce cups). Thank you Saveur631, not only is this salad tasty, it apparently is a lucky charm as well...
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