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Broccoli Cheese Soup

Reviewed: Oct. 26, 2007
I followed this recipe to the letter except for using fresh broccoli and only a half cup of water to disolve the corn starch. I thought it was bland. The flavor didn't jump out for me. I used quality, name brand ingredients too. I kept thinking it needed something. I think the recipe has promise, if that one missing ingredient which really brings out the flavor could be found. I suspect that the processed cheese product was a big part of the problem. It doesn't actually have much of a cheesey flavor. The product may behave well, but in the end, it is little more than yellow filler. I'll keep looking.
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Grandma's Hash Browns

Reviewed: May 15, 2007
Exactly what hash browns are supposed to taste like. Other recipes may be fun to experiment with, but when you want a sure-fire winner, use this one.
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Kettle Corn

Reviewed: May 15, 2007
I thought this was really good. The stuff you get at the fair made in the big kettles is a bit better in my opinion, but considering that I could make it on my cooktop in a few minutes I think deserves a tip of the hat. One secret I learned after the first time I made it is to have your serving bowl at the ready, and dump the contents into it immediately after taking the pot off the burner, or it will burn quickly.
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General Tsao's Chicken

Reviewed: May 15, 2007
It was OK at best, but a disapointment if you're looking to reproduce what you find at your favorite Chinese restaurant. I made it exactly as written (even the MSG). The cornstarch made the sauce gritty. The flavor seemed a bit bland. There was definitely something missing. I think the coating on the chicken came out very nice and visually beautiful. It could be saved if a better sauce were used. I'll keep looking for a better recipe.
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World's Best Lasagna

Reviewed: Mar. 10, 2006
I made this lasagna for a party, and it put me in the very embarrassing position of having to rave about my own cooking. OMG this was fantastic! I do believe it was the best lasagna I've ever eaten. I've never had any so rich and flavorful in any restaurant. It took a lot of work, and I did spend $3.60 on fennel seeds just to get 1/2 tsp., but it was worth it. As other reviewers have noted, it seemed to make a lot more sauce than the assembly part of the recipe called for. In the end, I put it all on top. It filled my 9x13 pyrex pan to the brim, making some overflow in the oven. I will definitely make again, but given the time and work involved, this will be a special occasion recipe.
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Ham Salad II

Reviewed: Mar. 10, 2006
This ham salad was just excellent. It was all I could do to stay out of it. I cut the recipe in half, and that made an awful lot. I thought the onion and pepper in it gave it a southwestern flavor, kind of like a "ham salsa". It was really very complex. The only subtle variation in the recipe I made was to use Miracle Whip instead of mayo. My only complaint is that it had a bit too much liquid in it, making it sort of runny. It would be nice if I could have added something, or dried something, to get some of the moisture out. Still, a fantastic ham salad.
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Mexican Rice III

Reviewed: Nov. 17, 2005
I have lived in Phoenix my whole life, and I can tell you that this is not like the rice you get in Mexican restaurants. It's much better. It's much more flavorful and complex. I got great praise from my guests, and the next day, I had to make another batch just for me. I did make a couple of alterations. I used an Anaheim pepper instead of the bell pepper (this was an accident, having written the wrong thing on my shopping list). I think it turned out to be a good move. Other reviewers complained that the bell pepper was overpowering, but I found the Anaheim to be just noticeable, while blending nicely with the other flavors. Since I knew kids would be having dinner with us, I used half of the jalapeno, but I think it could have handled the whole jalapeno just fine. Definitely a keeper.
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Fresh Broccoli Salad

Reviewed: Oct. 26, 2005
Very tasty salad. Sweet like a coleslaw. I followed the recipe to the letter, except that I think I put in a bit more broccoli, used red wine vinegar, and I heeded the warning of others and went easy on the onion. I found that just after I mixed it up, the onion was very strong. I made it up the evening before I was going to use it, and the next day, the onion flavor was barely noticeable. I ended up adding more onion. I think that either the vinegar or the mayo chemically "cooked" the onion and mellowed it out. With this salad, I would say that it's important that it sit for at least a few hours in the refrigerator before serving to let the onions settle down.
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Easy Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Reviewed: Oct. 6, 2005
I made this ice cream for a pot luck and everyone raved about it. There was a speaker at the meeting who mentioned the ice cream in her talk to help emphasis her point. Her talk was interupted at one point as one diner going back for seconds spontaneously blurted out, "This ice cream is delicious!" Someone told me after the meeting that it was the hit of the potluck. I used whole milk instead of 2%, and I grated semi-sweet chocolate bars on a grater. It gave a nice chocolate taste in every bite. The texture was wonderful. I'm sure I'll be making this again.
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Grandma Ople's Apple Pie

Reviewed: Sep. 20, 2004
I've made this pie three times now, and it's always made a delicious pie. However, I had an epiphany before making it this last time that greatly improved the result. I've been adding a tbs of cinnamon as was recommended by other reviewers, but made the mistake of adding the cinnamon to the sauce. The pie tasted fine, but the presentation didn't seem as impressive as people raved about. It was dark brown and unappealing. This last time, it occured to me that the cinnamon was making the pie turn dark, so instead of mixing the cinnamon into the sauce, I mixed it into the apples in a bowl before pouring the apples into the crust. The sauce I prepared as stated in the recipe. The resulting pie was picture perfect in its presentation, and cinnamon taste was just as good. So remember, if you want to add cinnamon, add it to the apples, not the sauce.
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