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Cinnamon Sugar Butter Cookies II

Reviewed: Apr. 19, 2010
These cookies are delicious! Similar to a snickerdoodle, but better being brown sugar is in the dough also, not just white sugar. I followed the recipe as written, but refrigerated the dough 30 minutes prior to rolling in balls. The dough is a bit sticky, do not add more flour just refrigerate it awhile. It's much easier to roll all the balls, then roll in the sugar cinnamon mixture, and set aside. I baked these for 18 minutes and they were perfectly crisp on the outside with a chewy, buttery center. I love cinnamon and cannot believe it took me this long to stumble across this recipe. I also made little sandwiches by filling some with vanilla frosting, which is wonderful. They are super delicious as is though. I have to remember to add these to my "favorite" list of cookies for the holidays, they are fabulous! Thanks for sharing this easy, yet wonderful recipe :)
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Beef Bourguignon II

Reviewed: Apr. 13, 2010
This is so very delicious and robust with flavor! I served this over egg noodles, and everyone really enjoyed this. I did use 1 cup red wine and 1 cup beef broth, used 1 cup diced onions (instead of jarred), and 1 cup sliced mushrooms (instead of canned). I let the mushrooms and onions cook the entire time, I did not add them in later. Very rich and filling, I would definitley make this dish again! Thanks for sharing :)
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Great Garlic Bread

Reviewed: Apr. 9, 2010
Great classic garlic bread! Only thing I had to change was using 1 teaspoon of dried Italian seasoning because I didn't have any parsley on hand. So delicious! This would be great without the mozzarella too, so if you don't have any, go ahead and make this, it's wonderful! We had this last night with pasta that had a tomato cream sauce, and the bread wasn't too "heavy" as some garlic cheese breads could be. I will use this recipe again, we really enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing :)
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Bow Ties with Sausage, Tomatoes and Cream

Reviewed: Apr. 9, 2010
This pasta dish is absolutely delicious, we loved it! I followed this recipe to the letter, and wouldn't change a thing. It's so very easy to put together in no time at all. I did garnish this with some fresh basil, and that did add wonderful flavor. I suggest topping this with a bit of grated parmesan also, but it's great without it too. I can't wait to heat up the leftovers for lunch! Thanks for sharing this wonderful dish, I will make this again for sure :)
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Caprese on a Stick

Reviewed: Apr. 9, 2010
So delicious and cute! I love Caprese salads, and make them often in the summer. I never tried making these little appetizers, and they are so easy and look so pretty on a platter. I didn't half the tomatoes I left them whole. Next time I make these, I'm going to use the marinated mozzarella balls, and use the seasoned oil from them to drizzle over these. A splash of balsamic with the olive oil is good also. Thanks for sharing this :)
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David's Yellow Cake

Reviewed: Apr. 7, 2010
I seldom rate recipes so low, but this cake was not for us. I've made many yellow cakes, one in particular from this site which is wonderful, and never had any turn out like this one did. I'm not an novice baker, and I followed this recipe to the letter, creaming the butter several minutes, adding egg yolks one at a time, beating thoroughly after each addition. This turned out dry, reminded me of cornbread. The flavor wasn't that great either. I frosted this with chocolate buttercream. One good thing I can say about this cake, it cuts beautifully, maybe because it's so very dry. I'm sorry I will not make this again.
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Creamy Mashed Potatoes II

Reviewed: Apr. 7, 2010
Absolutely delicious! I skipped baking these, used an entire package of ranch seasoning and a bit more butter. These go very well with ham, and I'm sure just about any other meats as well. I will use this recipe again. If you love ranch, you must try these :)
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Baked Asparagus with Balsamic Butter Sauce

Reviewed: Apr. 7, 2010
This is fabulous! This went over so well at our Easter dinner. I used 2 bunches of aspargus, doubled the sauce and instead of using cooking spray I used a tablespoon or two of olive oil. I roasted for about 20 minutes instead of 12, personal preference, I wanted this to be more tender and not have the "bite" to it. The balsamic butter sauce is delicious, something so simple could turn asparagus into something so elegant and wonderful! I will use this recipe again for sure, thank you :)
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Luscious Lemon Cake

Reviewed: Apr. 7, 2010
This cake is so delicious, yet very simple to make. I'm rating the cake because I did not use the lemon glaze. I used this for our Easter dessert, I made a basket cake. I doubled the recipe and used four 9 inch round pans, but only used 3 layers for the cake. They were done between 30-35 minutes at 350. It is moist, tender and bursting with wonderful lemon flavor. I wanted a lemon cake that wasn't too time consuming being I had to focus more on the decorating, and this fit the bill. I will try this for sure using the glaze because that sounds wonderful also. I frosted this with Rick's Special Buttercream from this site. Everyone loved this cake, thanks :)
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A Potato Salad Sandwich

Reviewed: Apr. 6, 2010
I really loved this!! I have so much potato salad leftover from Easter, I just had to give this a try. My salad is a very simple recipe using potatoes, mayo, mustard, relish, salt, pepper with a lot of hard boiled eggs. I skipped using the extra mayo because this has plenty. I really love the tomato with this, it's great. I will definitely make this sandwich again, as I always make too much potato salad during the summer months. Funny thing is, I used to see my Grandmother eat these all the time and never had the desire to try it. So glad I finally did, thanks :)
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Greek Saganaki

Reviewed: Mar. 26, 2010
This is very good, I love it, but you must really enjoy the flavor of feta cheese to appreciate this recipe. Only problem I have with this as written is the amount of olive oil. I used a large skillet and 2 Tablespoons is not enough for frying all eight slices of cheese. I use 5 Tablespoons and that seems to be perfect for me. Also, the temperature should be bit higher than medium heat. This has to be browned quickly, and medium heat just doesn't do the trick. It's very important to use the lemon juice over these, and serve with the tomato, the flavors together are wonderful. I used dried oregano instead fresh. This is made often with the few minor adjustments I make. Thanks for sharing this :)
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Candy Crunch Pudding Pie

Reviewed: Mar. 26, 2010
Delicious, easy pie if you love toffee! I am not a fan of toffee myself, but I made this for my boyfriend and he LOVED it! I didn't have a problem with having too much pudding filling for the crust, it all fit perfectly. I followed as written, except I used Hershey's chocolate syrup when serving instead of the melted baking chocolate. If you want this to cut nicely, and not be so messy, put it in the freezer for a half hour before cutting. I let this set for 3 hours before serving, that makes a big difference than serving immediately. I will make this again for sure! Thanks :)
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Tzatziki Sauce II

Reviewed: Mar. 24, 2010
This is really good, I've made this recipe twice already. I do think the amount of pepper is a bit too much for Tzatziki sauce, at least for our tastes. I would recommend cutting back on the pepper and adding a bit more salt also. I used a teaspoon of dried mint, I didn't have any fresh, which worked out fine. I don't have cheesecloth, so I line my colander with coffee filters, place over a bowl and add the yogurt over the filters and place in the refrigerator for 4 hours. This works perfect!! The second time I made this, I was short on time and only allowed 2 1/2 hours to drain the yogurt, and this was a bit soupy. It's very important to let this drain the 4 hours for perfect consistency. I would give this 5 stars, but the pepper is a bit to overwhelming and we didn't really taste any saltiness at all. I will make this again with those 2 minor changes, thanks for sharing :)
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Gyros Burgers

Reviewed: Mar. 24, 2010
These are fabulous! I've made these several times already, but forgot to review. I always made these using all beef, no lamb because we don't eat it, and they are super delicious! This time I took a chance and tried to make these vegetarian, and had wonderful results. I changed the recipe to 7 servings, because I had two 14 ounce packages of Gimme Lean brand vegetarian "ground beef". I followed the recipe as written otherwise, but instead of grilling (it was raining), I added 1 Tablespoon of olive oil in a non-stick skillet and pan fryed these about 12 minutes, turning several times. These tasted just as good as using ground beef, although I will make these again with beef. I served these on warmed naan bread instead of pitas this time also. We do enjoy having this with the pitas too. Topped with romaine lettuce, tomato, red onion and Tzatziki sauce II from the site. We really love these, and make them often. Thank you for sharing this! :)
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Quick Quiche

Reviewed: Mar. 18, 2010
This is delicious, we really enjoyed this for dinner. I chose to leave out the ham also. I had a problem with the baking time and directions. I followed as written, but the center of the quiche was completely raw, and looked way too brown. I had to bake it 10 minutes more. I recommend just baking this for 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees and just skip the broiler step. If you do want it brown, broil for a minute at the very end, be sure to take it out of the oven immediately. Thanks for sharing :)
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Sally's Spinach Mashed Potatoes

Reviewed: Mar. 18, 2010
This was very good! Nice change from regular mashed potatoes. I used about 3/4 of the box of spinach because it looked like way too much if I used all of it, I think it would have overpowered the dish, even though I love spinach. It seems it would be more of a spinach casserole than spinach in mashed potatoes. I used a bit more cheese and mixed some in the potato mixture and topped the dish also before baking. I will definitely make this again! Thanks for sharing :)
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Caesar Salad Supreme

Reviewed: Mar. 11, 2010
This is a very good salad, we really enjoyed it! I used packaged croutons because I didn't have any day old bread to make them. I followed the dressing recipe exact, and although it was great, I think it needed more lemon juice. The flavors of the anchovies and garlic are perfect, but to me the overall taste was the mayo. It just seemed to be missing a bit more tang. I would probably make this again. Thaks for sharing :)
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Bruschetta with Roasted Sweet Red Peppers

Reviewed: Mar. 11, 2010
This is absolutley delicious!! I followed the recipe to the letter with the exception of using a couple teaspoons of dried basil, because I didn't have any fresh, and I added 1 Tablesppon of parmesan to the mixture. Be sure to top the bread right before serving because it will get a bit soggy if sitting for awhile. I may toast both sides of the bread next time. I'll be using this recipe often, I couldn't stop eating this. During the summer I plan to roast my own pepeprs, using a blend of yellow, orange and red. This would look beautiful on a platter for summer picnics and barbeques. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe! :)
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Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Reviewed: Mar. 5, 2010
I have made these numerous times, and they are simply delicious! So sweet and tender, this recipe really brings out the flavor in sprouts. This time, I used frozen Brussels sprouts because I didn't have any fresh, and this turned out with wonderful results. Sometimes I toss in some baby carrots too, and the flavors of the two together is wonderful! Thanks for sharing :)
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Ken's Perfect Hard Boiled Egg (And I Mean Perfect)

Reviewed: Mar. 5, 2010
PERFECT EGGS! I always have problems peeling eggs, especially fresh ones. I will always use this method to boil my eggs from now on, the shell practically slipped off of the eggs! Just in time for Easter too, I'm so happy, thank you for sharing this Ken! :)
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