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Spicy Garlic Lime Chicken

Reviewed: Mar. 10, 2012
This was very good! I did make a few changes though: doubled the spices but made the mistake of not increasing the lime juice. After I browned the chicken, I removed it from the pan, sauteed some onions and garlic, then added a little chicken stock and cooked it down for a few minutes before adding the chicken back in to finish cooking. I spooned the sauce over the chicken when serving. Nice and spicy but not too much-I don't care for much heat. I will make this one again for sure!
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Fabulous Cilantro Pesto

Reviewed: Mar. 10, 2012
My husband thought this was good, but I just did not care for it. I usually really like cilantro, but when it comes to pesto, I think I'll stick with the classic basil and pinenut pesto. The consistency and balance and everything seemed fine, it just didn't tickle my tastebuds. Thanks for the recipe though.
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Sausage and Sauerkraut

Reviewed: Mar. 7, 2012
This was my first time working with sauerkraut. I found the white variety in a jar. It didn't take long before some of it got scorched to the pan so I lost some of the sauerkraut, onions, and apples because of that. It didn't have much liquid to bake in the oven with either. Even with my little snags, it still came out pretty good served over mashed redskin potatoes. Next time I will try the slow cooker and add some apple juice as another reviewer suggested.
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Best Brownies

Reviewed: Mar. 3, 2012
My new go-to brownie recipe! I just added some semi-sweet chocolate chunks and they were perfect! Very rich, so you only need a little! I love fudgy brownies so I made sure to follow the advice to not overmix. Also decorated the tops with my own mocha icing: 3/4 Cup of confectioners sugar 1/4 Cup cocoa powder 2 tsp instant coffee granules 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 TBSP butter, softened to room temperature 1 TBSP milk Mix very well and pipe on using a small tip. Makes more than enough to decorate an 8x8, would be enough for a double batch!
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Fluffy Pancakes

Reviewed: Mar. 3, 2012
Just needed a little vanilla extract and came out perfect! I made them slightly smaller than 1/4 cup because I prefer a smaller pancake when I cook them myself (easier to flip!). Make sure you enjoy these with real maple syrup, it would be a shame to use those corn syrup squeeze bottles over these wonderful pancakes. These would also be good with some lemon zest +/or extract, yum!
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Mediterranean Breakfast Quinoa

Reviewed: Mar. 3, 2012
WAAAY too salty for me Smelled really good though. I'm pretty sure this would be a 4-star recipe with less salt. Unfortunately, I ran out of apricots so I will have to wait to try it again. Just a note: quinoa should always be rinsed until the foam dissipates before use or it may taste bitter. I may also add golden raisins and a pinch of ground cardamom when I try it again, I'll have to taste it as written first, with less salt that is! UPDATE: Add a 3rd star without all that salt! But I think the quinoa would cook better in water and maybe stir in a little cream right before serving. The flavors are lovely, especially with a little bit of ground cardamom.
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Cinnamon Sweet Potato Chips

Reviewed: Mar. 2, 2012
Burnt after 10 minutes. Need to alter cooking temp or time or both! Wish I could leave a review for the taste but they were to charred to tell. Perhaps will try again and update review.
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New England Clam Chowder III

Reviewed: Mar. 1, 2012
Scaled recipe down because 80 servings would've been way too many left overs. Butter/flour amounts are off, directions don't include the chicken broth, there was too much celery compared to the onion. Along with red potato, I also added some shredded carrot because I had half of a large carrot to use up. I found the chowder to be a bit thin and we were not impressed with this recipe, though because of my additions it was nice and chunky. Not bad, but not for us. Thanks for the try.
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Fiber One Cereal Bars with Chocolate Bottoms

Reviewed: Feb. 28, 2012
Hello, recipe creater here. I think these would come out much better in a the 9x13 dish as they come out rather high and thick in an 8x8. Might want to melt more chocolate for the bottom though. DO NOT forget to pre-cut before setting as bars becomes difficult to cut once set.
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Cheese's Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Reviewed: Feb. 28, 2012
I have to give this 4 stars because I made several improvements to make this turn out 5 star-fantastic! First, 1 oz of elbows per person just wasn't going to cut it. As a rule, I use 2 oz per pasta per person for main dishes. I used shallot instead of onion, used less butter because my kielbasa cooked out quite a bit of grease, and made several additions along with the cheese: I almost doubled the cheese, which I grated, I used garlic salt for the salt, white pepper for the pepper, added a squirt of Dijon mustard and just a little extra milk since it got thick with the extra cheese. I did use the full amount of bread crumbs, but I mixed them with a little melted butter first and it came out just great. The end result was very good. Hubby gave it 5 stars, noting the smokyness of the kielbasa compliments the tang of the sharp cheddar well! I won't be making this all the time (I love meatless M&C way too much), but next time I have some kielbasa to use up I will surely consider this recipe again!!! Thanks glittergirl and Auntie Cheese!
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Cinnamon Roll Coffee Cakes

Reviewed: Feb. 25, 2012
Recipe group selection. Tasty! I had to add quite a bit more flour than called for, and I still think I should've added more. I also added some cream cheese to the filling. I halved the recipe and it still made a ton of bread.
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Garlicky Potatoes

Reviewed: Feb. 24, 2012
Quite good, but needs more garlic (I minced it super fine so the rawness wasn't so in-your-face!) and a little more salt, maybe some white pepper. My husband really enjoyed them. Will make again, thanks!
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Sloppy Joe Meatloaf

Reviewed: Feb. 24, 2012
Came out mushy. Flavor was ok, but not as intense as I would have liked. Better with some extra sauce served on the side. Too much bread crumbs maybe?
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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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