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Original NESTLE® TOLL HOUSE® Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies

Reviewed: Dec. 11, 2011
Bummer about the chips coming in 10oz bags, not the usual 12oz. I skipped the nuts because most were being given away. Added 1/4 C extra flour to replace the nuts and because I think the Tollhouse recipes come out better with a tad more flour. I chilled the dough for a while because we were baking up a storm and the oven got backed up. Baked walnut-sized balls on parchment. These came out great! Two days later they are still soft and yummy. Just wish the cookies had those additional 2oz of chips.
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Cocoa Sleigh Ride

Reviewed: Dec. 8, 2011
Cute. My whipped cream melted so fast that my cocoa rose and spilled over the rim of the mug! Reminder to under-fill a quite a bit; I usually don't add whipped cream to cocoa-to save calories, but it's a fun, festive drink at the holidays. Skipped the cherry since we don't eat maraschino cherries in our house. I'm giving this 3 stars because it's dressed up packet cocoa, but I like the idea.
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Easy Chicken and Broccoli

Reviewed: Dec. 8, 2011
This was OK. I used brown rice and cooked it with chicken stock and then stirred it in. This dish would be much better with fresh steamed broccoli, not frozen as called for. Indeed a good meal for busy weeknights.
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Butternut Squash Bisque

Reviewed: Dec. 2, 2011
I roasted the squash in the oven first. I only added enough nutmeg to enhance the soup's flavor, not to give it a nutmeg taste. Used chicken stock because that's what I keep in my kitchen, but I will make a vegetable stock for this next time because I think it would taste better. Also only added a splash or so of the cream. VERY tasty. I will absolutely make this again!
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Butternut Squash with Onions and Pecans

Reviewed: Nov. 27, 2011
Only change I made was based on what I had on hand: dried parsley, not fresh. This was lovely! my husband really doesn't care for nuts in his food but still enjoyed this one! Will make again for sure!
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Double Cheesy Au Gratin Potatoes

Reviewed: Nov. 27, 2011
These need help! I foresaw them not having a super-powerful punch of flavor, so I minced garlic and onion and sprinkled it between potato layers. I also added Parmesan and cheddar and S&P between the layers as well. When I pulled the potatoes from the oven, the heavy cream looked a little curdled. Even with adjustments, I wasn't impressed. These were definitely rich, but flavor was lacking. Sorry, I wanted to love them but didn't.
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Pesto Cheesy Chicken Rolls

Reviewed: Nov. 27, 2011
This is a good base recipe, but it needs some tweaks. Be sure to season the chicken or it will come out rather bland. Also, it isn't the most attractive looking chicken, as it bakes up pale in color. Perhaps a breading or crust of some sort would do the trick. It might also taste better with a richer cheese. I love the inspiration though!
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White Chocolate and Cranberry Cookies

Reviewed: Nov. 27, 2011
These were quite good. My first batch came out a little on the flat and greasy side, so I stirred a little more flour into the dough and we were good to go! As a personal preference, I like the oatmeal variety better, but if you do not want oatmeal in yours, this recipe is the one for you!
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After-Thanksgiving Turkey Soup

Reviewed: Nov. 27, 2011
Perfect! I did make several changes though. After I made the stock, I halved the recipe. I doubled the carrots, and added some corn, green beans, garlic and sliced leeks. I also stirred in leftover Thanksgiving day gravy. I had heavy cream on hand so I didn't add as much as called for. Also used brown and wild rice. I seasoned the soup with a little thyme, rosemary, a bay leaf, and just enough lemon juice to brighten the flavors but not to add lemon flavor. I cut down on the butter as other people mentioned, but I just want to point out that the amount of butter and the amount of flour together are a roux and changing the ratios affects the thickening strength, so you can change accordingly. This was great, thank you!
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Baked Ziti Supreme

Reviewed: Nov. 10, 2011
Classic baked ziti. I used bulk Italian sausage, not the ground beef and my grocer didn't have the same sauce so I used Prego Veggie Smart. Also added garlic. Great meal served with garlic bread and salad. As a rule, I weight about 2 oz of pasta per person so I cook up the right amount.
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Nana's Acorn Squash

Reviewed: Nov. 7, 2011
I usually do this in the oven, but I started too late and tried the microwave-way for the first time. So very easy and came out just great! I used honey, not brown sugar as a personal preference, and gave a twist each of fresh cracked sea salt and pepper. A favorite fall comfort food, now made easier!
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Valerie's Special Sauce

Reviewed: Nov. 7, 2011
This tasted like just ranch to me. I had to keep adding Worcestershire and horseradish to get the flavors to really talk to me. Once I found a balance I liked, it was great with homemade chicken tenders.
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Campbell's® Easy Skillet Pork Chops

Reviewed: Nov. 5, 2011
I seasoned the chops with salt & pepper, browned them, and then removed from pan and tented with foil while I sauteed some onions, garlic, and mushrooms. I then added the soup and thinned it with some milk. I placed the chops back in and completed the recipe. I forgot to add the honey and I'm glad; in hindsight I don't think it would have worked. Tasted great over mashed potatoes too!
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Gnocchi in Fontina Sauce

Reviewed: Oct. 28, 2011
MMM! I added garlic and used milk, not heavy cream, adding enough to achieve my desired consistency-which was way for than 1/3 cup for a halved recipe! I also added some salt to bring out the flavors and several twists of freshly cracked white pepper. I was fated with 'you can't find something when you look for it,' so I served tortellini instead of gnocchi. I really like gnocchi, so next time I run into them, I shall have to buy them and make this again!
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Chunky Cheesecake Brownies

Reviewed: Oct. 28, 2011
My guests thought these were good, but I was disappointed. With a title Cheesecake Brownies, I would expect the cream cheese flavor to stand out more, but it just blended right in. Also, the cream cheese didn't stay in the middle; It seemed the brownie batter was too heavy and it sunk so the cream cheese layer became the top layer.
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Apricot Cheese Loaf

Reviewed: Oct. 26, 2011
I just went back for another slice, mmm! This loaf came out wonderful, studded with colorful chunks of fruit and moist with a slight sour tang of the cream cheese. I did add a teaspoon of vanilla and used unsalted butter-not margarine. Since I used dates that were pre-chopped in sugar (to keep from sticking together), I lightened up on the sugar a tad. I didn't use a cup of boiling water either, just enough to submerge all of the apricots. I will absolutely make this tasty loaf again! Yum!
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California Crescent Sandwiches

Reviewed: Oct. 24, 2011
These were pretty good! I added tomato and cream cheese. Hubby was really excited to eat his because this this type of sandwich is right up his alley, but there was just something about the bread that was a tad off for him. He still gave it a four and I agree.
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Sitta Soup

Reviewed: Oct. 24, 2011
There just wasn't much to this soup. I didn't puree the onion and (extra) garlic because I wanted texture in the soup. Sadly there was no helping the flavor. I tried to doctor it up with chopped peeled and seeded tomato, shredded carrot and some herbs and spices...but it was no use. I had even used all chicken stock and no water, knowing water is flavorless. Too blah for me, sorry.
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Creme Fraiche Chicken

Reviewed: Oct. 21, 2011
This was quite good, but I served it as a main dish with buttered carrots on the side and it was just far too rich to eat a whole serving. I think it would be better with the pasta as a side dish and the chicken served as a filet, not diced up in the sauce. Also, I do not see the need for sour cheese with creme fraiche - seems a tad redundant.
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Whipped Carrots And Parsnips

Reviewed: Oct. 19, 2011
My husband is not usually a fan of parsnips, but he rated this a 4/5! I switched that ratio so there were more carrots than parsnips, used white pepper, and added a little maple syrup, as suggested by others, but not so much to make the dish sweet. This was a nice change over mashed potatoes!
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