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Coconut-Raisin Rice Pudding

Reviewed: Nov. 15, 2011
Just finished my first bowl of this. I'm not a rice pudding fan in general, so was apprehensive...but this was delicious. I usually find it far too sweet, so in preparation halved the amount of sugar (and used dark brown). I upped the coconut and used cinnamon and cloves instead of nutmeg. It's quite runny even after making sure the temperature was at 160 as directed, and sitting for 15 minutes before serving, so I'm hoping it firms up further as it cools. Overall...simple to make with ingredients on hand and delicious.
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Phyllo Chicken Packets

Reviewed: Apr. 23, 2011
Mmmm, chicken salad in phyllo! I scaled it down for two people, but otherwise followed the recipe. Delicious, and very rich; I couldn't finish. I still have a lot to learn about mastering the art of phyllo dough, so the presentation wasn't as elegant as I'd hoped. Still, it's worth another try.
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Corned Beef and Cabbage II

Reviewed: Mar. 13, 2010
I grew up on my grandma's corned beef and cabbage on St. Paddy's Day, which she overcooked until dry and stringy. Understandably, I shied away from corned beef and cabbage for many years, until persuaded to try it well into my adulthood. It's recipes like this one that have convinced me that corned beef can in fact be juicy, flavorful and delicious; thank you for rescuing me from a bleak culinary memory!
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Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

Reviewed: Mar. 13, 2010
I've never had good luck with chocolate chip cookies; they either turn out too puffy, too flat, too cakey, too (fill in the blank here). This recipe is exceptional. It's exactly the way I want a chocolate chip cookie to be; a little crispy on the outside, molten and chewy on the inside. Especially when made with high-quality bittersweet chocolate chips instead of semisweet...wow. I'm in love.
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Blueberry Buckle

Reviewed: Jul. 4, 2009
Delicious! I made a few changes based on what I had: one cup of blueberries with one cup of chopped, peeled plums; whole wheat pastry flour instead of all-purpose, and all brown sugar. I also added a squeeze of orange juice and the zest of half an orange. The cake was very light and moist; I'll definitely make this again!
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Sam's Famous Carrot Cake

Reviewed: May 7, 2009
So moist and lovely! I baked it in one 8 inch round pan, and six mini-bundts for 30 minutes at 340. The pineapple is a particularly lovely flavor addition. I'll probably add some fresh nutmeg next time. Served with cream cheese frosting and sprinkled with toasted coconut and walnuts.
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Chocolate Cappuccino Cheesecake

Reviewed: Mar. 31, 2009
Spectacular! I had this at a birthday celebration with eight different cakes; this one got raves and disappeared in no time. So smooth, creamy and delicious. I also used espresso for a stronger coffee flavor. I can't wait to make this again!
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Applesauce Oatmeal Cookies

Reviewed: Feb. 4, 2009
Not too bad a cookie for using ingredients I had in the cupboard. Based on the reviews here, I doubled the cinnamon, used homemade unsweetened cinnamon applesauce, and zested half an orange into the dough. Without the orange, the cookies would have had little flavor. Cakey in a stick to the roof of your mouth sort of way. Not bad for a quickie, I need a cookie now fix, but not something I'll bother fixing again.
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Ten Minute Enchilada Sauce

Reviewed: Nov. 22, 2008
Truly delicious. I bought fresh chili powder in bulk for this recipe. Added a little cinnamon and a square of dark chocolate for richness. Quick and easy; it made my first attempt at enchiladas a great success. Thanks!
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Dark Chocolate Cake II

Reviewed: May 24, 2008
Very easy, very yummy. I might add a little more chocolate next time, either more cocoa or chocolate chips or both, but I'm a chocoholic. :-) Really good with Chocolate Cheese Frosting from this site.
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Cilantro Chicken Salad

Reviewed: May 21, 2008
I was looking for a light chicken salad without mayo, and this satisfied. It was delicious tossed with spinach and shredded carrots. I only shredded two chicken breasts into the lime mixture; next time I'd double the dressing if using all four chicken breasts. Added a splash of rice vinegar to the lime juice. To improve even more, I'd add a dash of sesame oil to give it a bit more Asian flavor, and perhaps a bit of minced green onion. Nonetheless excellent, and a wonderful base for ideas.
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Marinated Mushrooms II

Reviewed: May 13, 2008
These are seriously addictive and habit-forming...beware! I halved baby bella mushrooms and used white balsamic vinegar since that's what I had in the cabinet. There was plenty of juice left over that was perfect sopped up with bread. I made these for an antipasto platter, and will be making them again for snacks, gifts, lunch...well, you get the idea. :-) I never really liked the prepared mushrooms from the deli, but this recipe has converted me.
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Rich and Simple French Onion Soup

Reviewed: Apr. 15, 2008
Truly rich and delicious. By necessity, I had to use chicken broth instead of beef, basil instead of thyme, and also leave the bread out for my gluten-intolerant mother-in-law. I used a generous handful of grated jack cheese on each, and had a lovely meal accompanied by green salad. Thanks for the easy, yummy recipe!
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Lemon Posset

Reviewed: Apr. 6, 2008
Heavenly silky texture. I reduced sugar to a cup and added a little extra lemon juice. Next time I'll add lemon zest for more tang. My family oohed and aahed for this.
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Garbanzo Bean Chocolate Cake (Gluten Free!)

Reviewed: Jan. 17, 2008
My mother-in-law is gluten and lactose intolerant, so I thought I'd give this a shot on her last visit. Yum! Very cakelike, good nutty texture and taste from the beans. I think I would change it by adding a bit of vanilla, and using bittersweet chocolate, but otherwise it's great. I'm going to keep making it for myself even though she's gone home. :-) Make sure the flour you use to dust the pan is gluten-free, or even better, use cocoa instead.
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Wine Jelly

Reviewed: Jan. 13, 2008
The best way of using up unwanted, cheap wine that I've found! Delicious, and I made this for Christmas gifts, one batch with Merlot and one with Chardonnay. Very easy, even for an extremely novice jellymaker like me. :-)
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Fluffy Pancakes

Reviewed: Nov. 25, 2007
This is my new pancake standby. Really yummy with brown sugar instead of white, and a few tablespoons of wheat germ. Next time I might try whole wheat pastry flour. Easy and lovely, especially with a few berries on top. ;-)
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Rich and Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

Reviewed: Nov. 7, 2007
So rich, delicate and delicious! I made it with end of season tomatoes from my garden. Yummy with toasted English muffins! Had to make tomato juice the time-intensive way, since I forgot to buy it at the market: baked tomatoes for 20 min. @ 350, then ran them through my food mill until I had four cups of juice. Delicious, especially since it wasn't too salty, but time-consuming. :-) I didn't peel the tomatoes but will next time, since the bits of peel were distracting from the silky texture. Thanks for a great recipe!
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Costa Rican Coffee Panna Cotta with Bittersweet Chocolate-Rum Sauce

Reviewed: Oct. 18, 2007
This was my first attempt at panna cotta. It was a beautiful presentation, with a great combination of ingredients. It had a bit of a bitter aftertaste though. Maybe I'll leave the coffee out next time. :-) BTW, the chocolate sauce is fabulous for making hot cocoa!
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Gorgonzola-Pepper Pasta Salad

Reviewed: Sep. 3, 2007
This was wonderful for guests. It seemed like a little too much pasta for the amount of veggies, so I might cut that back a bit next time. Lacking champagne vinegar I used balsamic, which was tasty too. It was great the next day for leftovers.
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