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Black Beans and Rice

Reviewed: Aug. 24, 2008
This recipe is pretty good...although it needs a little help. I added 1/2 teaspoon salt and served it in a burrito with fresh chopped tomatoes, cheddar cheese, black olives, salsa, and lettuce. I also needed to cook the rice longer than 20 minutes...it was still crunchy.
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Cream Cheese Blueberry Pie

Reviewed: Aug. 24, 2008
This is so good! I do recommend doubling the whipped cream filling and adding a little vanilla. DON'T miss the step of WHIPPING YOUR HEAVY CREAM before folding it into the cream cheese! Don't cook the blueberry mixture too long, otherwise it will be the consistency of jello when it cools completely and looks strange when you mix it up and spread it over the pie. You could top it off with a few fresh blueberries to make it look super nice!
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Blueberry Crumb Bars

Reviewed: Aug. 24, 2008
These were pretty good. They were easy and looked really good but were very sweet, which seemed to overpower the natural flavor of the blueberries. The bars were also a little bland. Next time I will decrease the sugar, increase the cinnamon, and add some nutmeg and vanilla.
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Best Brownies

Reviewed: Aug. 24, 2008
These were good but a little too cakey for me...I like my brownies fudgy and chewey.
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Chocolate Mint Cookies I

Reviewed: Aug. 24, 2008
These were OK. I only had 1 cup of chocolate chips so I substituted 1/2 cup cocoa for the other cup. The cookies turned out really flat...even though I chilled the dough and even chilled the rolled batter before I baked them on cool pans. The peppermint patties did not melt enough to swirl around on the cookies. I even tried to place the candies on the cookies 5 minutes into baking. This only made the cookies come out even flatter.
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Special Cereal Bars I

Reviewed: Aug. 20, 2008
I used 1 cup brown sugar and 1/2 cup white sugar, 1 1/2 cups corn syrup, 1 1/2 cups peanut butter, and 6 cups speacial K cereal. Remove sugar mixture from heat AS SOON AS it begins to boil. PRESS the cereal mixture into the pan. For the topping use 12 oz. semisweet chocolate chips, and 1/3 cup peanut butter.
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Strawberry Pie II

Reviewed: Aug. 20, 2008
This was really good. I would suggest adding some red food coloring (the kind for tinting frosting) to the cooked strawberries. Otherwise, after you cook the strawberries, they lose their color and look dull and unappetizing.
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Taco Seasoning I

Reviewed: Aug. 20, 2008
I haven't used my seasoning yet, but I've got it ready in it's jar! It looks and smells like taco seasoning...can't wait! :) UDATE: I've since used the seasoning and found it adds a very rich flavor to food. As other reviewers noted, 2 1/2 - 3 tablespoons = one 1.25 oz. store bought packet. YUM!
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Lacy Oatmeal Cookies

Reviewed: Aug. 20, 2008
These are great! Followed recipe as written except I didn't cream the sugar and butter...I combined the dry ingredients and then I added the wet ingredients and mixed everything together. And I used regular rolled oats instead of quick-cooking. I patted down the balls a bit with my fingers before baking them to ensure even baking. I baked them on ungreased silicon mats and they popped right off when I peeled the mat off the pan. They are very sweet - sort of like a very crunchy sugar cookie. Very tasty when sandwiched with whipped cream between two cookies!
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Oatmeal Lace Cookies

Reviewed: Aug. 19, 2008
These were completely stuck on the pan!! I even sprayed it with cooking spray. I had to chisel them off the pan and they broke off in little pieces and were dripping with oil. They tasted ok, but were VERY greasy. The cookies WOULD NOT release from the last pan I pulled out of the oven. I ended up pouring water over them and washing them off the pan!! I made them again, but used a silicone baking mat and they easily peeled off and looked great. I don't know how you could make these without a mat.
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Coconut Tofu Keema

Reviewed: Aug. 14, 2008
This was pretty good. I served it with rice and pita bread. I really like Indian food and this was just so so. Not really sure why it calls for so much oil. Two tablespoons would be plenty! Try the Chicken Makhani recipe off this site. Follow the "most helpful" review suggestions and use chickpeas instead of chicken (if you are a vegetarian like me). YUM! :)
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Banana Oatmeal Cookies II

Reviewed: Aug. 14, 2008
I was hoping these would be chewy like an oatmeal raisin cookie but they were more like dry little muffin tops. Tasted ok, but I was expecting them to be more like cookies. I used butter instead of shortening. Make sure you press these down with a fork before baking because they do not spread AT ALL and will be raw in the middle.
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Eileen's Spicy Gingerbread Men

Reviewed: Aug. 10, 2008
These are great! I used butter instead of margarine. I added an extra 1/2 cup of flour. Let the cookies cool COMPLETELY before removing them from the pan! They didn't spread much so it's OK to cut them as close as a 1/2 inch. I piped royal icing onto the snowflakes. I also frosted some using the Sugar Cookie Icing from allrecipes.com and the cookies that I "flooded" the frosting on became VERY soft and broke VERY easy. (I'm assuming because of the added moisture that the icing gives the cookies.) If I decorate the cookies this way in the future, I will bake them longer so they are stonger. These cookies have a great flavor!
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Chocolate Zucchini Bread I

Reviewed: Aug. 10, 2008
This is definitely more like a dense cake than a sweet bread. I used 1 cup white sugar and one cup brown sugar. I added an extra 1/2 cup of zucchini. I used 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder instead of the chcolate bars. I used 1/2 cup vegetable oil and 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce. I also used 1 cup chocolate chips and coated them in flour before I stirred them into the batter. Next time I'll use this recipe to make a layer cake instead of in loaf pans...BECAUSE THIS IS NOT BREAD...IT'S CAKE!! Very yummy though. :)
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Caramel Shortbread Squares

Reviewed: Aug. 7, 2008
So good, so easy, so beautiful. I received many compliments on these! I used a 9x9 pyrex pan. Next time I will double the batch and use a 9x13 lined with foil. YUM!!
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Mini Southwestern Corn Pup Muffins with Fiesta Dipping Sauce

Reviewed: Aug. 6, 2008
I truly have a special place in my heart for corndogs. These little guys are FANTASTIC!! I used 3 veggie hotdogs for 24 mini muffins. I cut each hotdog into 8 equal pieces. Using a small cookie scoop, I put a full scoop into each well of my silicone mini muffin pan, placed a hotdog chunk into each one, and topped them off with about 1 teaspoon of batter. I added 2 teaspoons of sugar to the dipping sauce, decreased the taco seasoning to 1 tablespoon, and added 1 tablespoon of milk to make it taste like Taco Bell's Santa Fe sauce (the sauce they so cruelly discontinued!). SO GOOD!!!
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Black Bean and Salsa Soup

Reviewed: Aug. 5, 2008
Soooo good and very, very easy. I like to stir in 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese, 1/2 cup of sour cream, 1/2 can drained sweet corn (added after pureed), garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, and a little salt to the simmering soup for some added flavor and creaminess. I use an immersion blender to puree the soup. Even my carnivore boyfriend who thinks that soup should NOT be considered a maincourse LOVED it!! YUM!!!
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Cream Puffs

Reviewed: Aug. 5, 2008
Sooooo good. Sooooo easy. Sooooo bad for you. I could eat a whole batch. :)
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Mom's Zucchini Bread

Reviewed: Aug. 4, 2008
I followed the suggestions of other users and used 1 cup white sugar and 1 cup brown sugar and increased the zucchini to 4 cups. I also substituted unsweetened applesauce for 1/2 of the oil. I baked the loaves for about 1 1/2 hours and the loaves were still soggy/slimey/wet in the middle. I think 4 cups of zucchini is TOO MUCH. If you are going to use more than the called for amount, you may consider draining the additional zucchini by placing it in a clean kitchen towel and ringing out the excess liquid. Although it looks like meatloaf, it is pretty good. Peel the zucchini if you don't want flecks of green in your bread!!
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Connie's Zucchini "Crab" Cakes

Reviewed: Aug. 3, 2008
I'm a vegetarian and I thought these would be good. I followed the suggestions of the other reviewers and doubled the Old Bay seasoning. BAD IDEA!!! These might...MIGHT...have been OK if I had kept with the original recipe.
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