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Romantic Lemon Cheesecake Pancakes

Reviewed: Feb. 21, 2012
The first time I made these they were odd, like fried cream cheese. I thought I did something wrong but I read the recipe over and over and didn't see any error on my part. We ended up throwing them out. I tried making them a second time and they came out REALLY GOOD! This is what I did for 2 servings: Whipped a batter of 4 oz softened cream cheese, 1/2 CUP FLOUR, 1 teaspoon BAKING POWDER, 2 teaspoons confectioners sugar, , TWO EGGS, 2 teaspoons softened butter, the juice of 1 lemon, 2 teaspoons fine fresh lemon zest, and 1/4 teaspoon almond extract. They had more of a pancake consistency and the flavor was way better too!
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Mena's Baked Macaroni and Cheese with Caramelized Onion

Reviewed: Feb. 21, 2012
This was pretty good. After reading other reviews, I doubled the onions and halved the breadcrumb topping. I should've let the onions cook a bit longer though-after 20 minutes, they were very soft and sweet, but not very colored. Instead of the chicken broth, I used all milk and added some organic chicken base. Next time I will add a few splashes of Worcestershire.
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Mardi Gras King Cake

Reviewed: Feb. 21, 2012
Delish! I made this festive treat for a little dinner party. I cut the recipe in half to make one cake. I made the dough in my KA, super easy! Unfortunately, I didn't have fresh nutmeg so I upped the quantity a little using the pre-ground stuff. I also beat a bar of softened cream cheese in with the filling ingredients and spread the entire mix on the dough and then rolled it up. After 20 minutes, the cake was getting too brown so I covered it with foil for the rest of the baking time. I did skip hiding the plastic toy. Many of my guests had another piece of this tasty dessert! Will make again!
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Lori's Famous Crab Cakes

Reviewed: Feb. 21, 2012
Wow! I should have made more! I used red, orange and yellow sweet peppers (I don't like green) and also used panko-style bread crumbs. My only prob was that they fell apart when I went to flip them in the pan. I had even made smaller sized cakes. I think maybe my oil could've been a little hotter. I served these with lightly dressed mixed greens, garlic aioli and roasted red pepper coulis. These were a huge hit as an app at my Mardis Gras dinner party, but I will be making them more often than just special occasions! Yummy!
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Green Bean and Mushroom Medley

Reviewed: Feb. 21, 2012
This was good but did not have that wow factor. I skipped the plain salt-would have been WAAAY too salty with all those salts! It was missing something though. Next time I would also skip the seasoning salt and add some nice herbs.
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Easy Cajun Jambalaya

Reviewed: Feb. 21, 2012
I used red, orange and yellow bell peppers since I don't care for green. Added a can of diced tomatoes and a can of kidney beans. I also added a heaping tablespoon of Cajun seasoning, as I felt it was needing a little extra something. Turned out to be a hit at my Mardis Gras dinner party with crusty bread and crab cakes with mixed greens.
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Mayan Hot Chocolate

Reviewed: Feb. 17, 2012
I thought the cinnamon was going to be overpowering but it was a really tasty, tongue-tingling drink. Good blend of flavors! Sure warms you up! Had to ding a star for instant hot chocolate mix because it has additives and other stuff in it.
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Dark Chocolate Truffles

Reviewed: Feb. 15, 2012
These were well liked, but they were a little of a pain to make. After the first 20 minutes, the chocolate just plopped on the bake sheet and flattened out, so I would let it set in the fridge longer. After the second sitting period, the chocolate was too soft to roll and made a mess on my hands. I would extend each setting time to 30+ minutes. I topped some with unsweetened cocoa powder, some with sugar sprinkles, others with chopped pistachios or toasted coconut. I think they would be better as a filling with a harder chocolate coating, then topped.
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Risotto with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Mozzarella

Reviewed: Feb. 14, 2012
Pretty good, though I did cut the cheese in half. The full amount would have been WAAAAY too much. Also added a chopped garlic clove and used chicken stock.
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Romantic Chicken with Artichokes and Mushrooms

Reviewed: Feb. 14, 2012
First thing out of my husband's mouth was what's so romantic about it, it's mono-color. It did look kinda elegant, though needed colorful veggies on the plate to liven it up, but something was off about the flavor. I would say don't add the artichoke liquid and rinse the capers before adding.
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Tarragon Green Beans

Reviewed: Feb. 14, 2012
Well, the topping was very good, but the beans themselves were watery and bland. I think gently steaming them and skipping boiling would really help this dish out. Also, maybe a bit more tarragon as it was hardly noticed. Hubby gave this just 2 stars, but I think fixing the beans could make this 4 stars, as it wasn't THAT bad.
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Fiber One® Chocolate-Peanut Butter Haystacks

Reviewed: Feb. 12, 2012
These were ok, but we had a hard time with the grittiness of the cereal. If you like Fiber One cereal, you won't mind the texture and you will love these! I did add a little extra peanut butter (organic PB), and also some dried cranberries which were a real nice touch. A few reviews stated they were melt-y so I put each serving in little baking cups.
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Spicy Beans 'N' Rice

Reviewed: Feb. 10, 2012
I cut the recipe in half and only used a can of kidney beans, skipping the butter beans. There were a lot of beans compared to the rest of the ingredients. Definitely spicy, yet not enough flavor. The recipe is missing something very important: salt! Salt helps bring out the flavor in food. Even with a little salt it was much better but still lacking. The fennel and Italian seasoning were almost entirely lost in the dish, but the cayenne was quite prominent.
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Herbed Cheese Puffs

Reviewed: Feb. 10, 2012
I took simple street and just spread the topping on whole Pillsbury Grands JR biscuits. Instead of grated cheese, I used fresh shredded. Also had to use dried herbs. My husband seemed to really like them and rated them a 5. I thought they were alright, more like a 3, so I'll give them a 4 overall.
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Red Beans and Rice

Reviewed: Feb. 8, 2012
I felt there weren't enough beans compared to the sausage, the rice servings are skimpy, and it definitely needed some sort of flavor boost. I would throw some minced garlic in with the onion and pepper saute, and also add some Cajun or Creole seasoning for next time. Smoked sausage is great, but it doesn't provide enough flavor to carry the whole dish on its own.
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Chicken Biscuit Pie

Reviewed: Jan. 31, 2012
My biscuits were too brown on top, completely undercooked and runny underneath, there was too much biscuit in comparison to the filling, and not enough sauce. Followed the recipe as written.
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Zesty Broccoli

Reviewed: Jan. 31, 2012
Good, but I didn't find it to be all that zesty. I didn't bother to drain the water, I just quickly cooked it off. Topped with a little Parmesan cheese. Hubby ate it so that's good!
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Garlic-Lemon Double Stuffed Chicken

Reviewed: Jan. 31, 2012
I let the cream cheese soften then spread it in a pocket cut into the chicken and sprinkled with shredded cheddar. I also had some cooked bacon bits I stuffed in there as well. I sprinkled the garlic salt on the chicken before coating with an egg/milk mix then the crumbs/cheese. For the melted butter, I didn't have a lemon so I used lemon pepper and herb seasoning. I did use the paprika too. This came out great!
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Golden Potato Soup

Reviewed: Jan. 31, 2012
Yummy soup, though I did make a few changes, which I feel only improved upon the recipe for my preferences. I used bacon, not ham. I cut the bacon into 1/4 inch strips then cooked till crispy. I let the bacon drain on paper towel till called for. I drained most of the grease then sauteed the onions and celery in it before proceeding with the recipe. I also used cheddar, not American cheese. Next time I will add a clove of minced garlic at the end of the saute, and increase the chicken bouillon (I will probably omit the salt with more bouillon). Came out very good.
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Saucy Pork Chops

Reviewed: Jan. 26, 2012
The maple syrup stood out much more than I expected it would and make it a bit too sweet. Toned down, this would be very good. I used real grade A dark amber maple syrup (the best!).
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