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Oatmeal Apricot Almond Bites

Reviewed: Feb. 24, 2013
These are interesting. Puffy with lots of spices, a bit on the moist side-probably from using chunky applesauce. My husband didn't seem to care much for them though.
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Make Ahead Cherry Winks

Reviewed: Feb. 24, 2013
This were lovely! I skipped the nuts because my husband isn't a huge fan and I put nuts in the other "Make Ahead" recipes, so I figured I'd give him a break on this one. These would be really nice on a holiday cookie tray, very pretty. So easy when you have a batch of the "Make Ahead Mix" already prepared!
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Pecan Caramel Ice Cream

Reviewed: Feb. 23, 2013
Too sweet, the condensed milk taste is rather strong, and the texture just isn't right. I made this in my counter-top ice cream maker and after the churn cycle, it was still rather runny so I put it in the freezer to set. After 7 hours, it still did not have a good ice cream consistency. I think we will probably be throwing the rest of this out because it's syrupy tasting and not creamy. I make ice cream quite often, but this is one recipe I will not be using again, sorry.
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Malian Ginger Juice

Reviewed: Feb. 23, 2013
tasty drink! I wasn't sure how tart is was supposed to be, but I felt the need to add more sugar. Refreshing served over ice.
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My Favorite Stuffed Green Peppers

Reviewed: Feb. 23, 2013
This needed just a hint of help to be 4 stars as it was lacking some flavor, so I'll give it the four because it IS better than a three star recipe and it's easy to fix. The issues are not enough tomato flavor, which is easily fixed my adding some tomato paste, and it needed and herb of some sort so I felt oregano would work well. Other than that, I used red bell pepper as a preference and chopped the top and cooked it with the onion. The directions don't say when to add the garlic, so I added it when the onions started to turn translucent. I'm not a big spicy person so I used less cayenne, and instead of mozzarella, I thought using Mexican cheese blend went better. I liked really the outcome with these changes!
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Dark Chocolate Peppermint Fudge

Reviewed: Feb. 23, 2013
I tasted the mix before I spread the fudge in the dish, and I felt the mint flavor was far too subtle so I increased the extract by an additional 50%. This made it just right, in my opinion. Also, I wouldn't even think of going for 5-6 mins in the microwave-the mix should be melted long before that. My biggest issue is the fudge is VERY soft. I will be storing any uneaten portions in the fridge for sure.
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Iceberg Wedge Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing

Reviewed: Feb. 23, 2013
I'm basically just rating the dressing, which tasted exactly like its ingredients: bacon grease and vinegar. Huge bacon-lover here, but I just didn't care for this all that much. Maybe my bacon produced too much grease. Glad I didn't add salt; the bacon provided enough. I would add the grease in increments to try to get a good balance.
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Chicken Noodle and Vegetable Soup

Reviewed: Feb. 23, 2013
Chicken noodle soup with no chicken??? No seasoning??? I had some leftover meat off a rotisserie chicken so I threw that in, and of course this was in desperate need of salt and pepper. I also started by sauteing some onions and a little garlic. With my minor additions, this went from bland to good. I wasn't expecting much from frozen veggies, but this is truly a simple soup recipe and perfect for when you don't have the time to spend in the kitchen. I would make this again when short on time or feeling under the weather.
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Grandma's Orange Rolls with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

Reviewed: Feb. 23, 2013
Pretty tasty! They aren't a very sweet roll, so if you like sweets for breakfast, you may want to add more sugar in the filling or perhaps in the dough itself. I added some cinnamon to the filling and I think it was a good choice!
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Jack's French Toast

Reviewed: Feb. 23, 2013
My, oh my! Husband told me to stop taking a photo of it and eat it because he thinks it's the best French toast he'd ever had! I was thinking maybe other reviewers had soggy toast because of the type of bread they used, and the amount of milk called for. I used French bread and a little more egg and less milk than called for. I also made sure my oil was really hot so the bread would fry in it, not just soak it up. I made a little blueberry sauce to top it off-just delish! Hubby rates it "Five stars and two thumbs up!"
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Healthier Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Reviewed: Feb. 15, 2013
I figured it would be even healthier to use dark chocolate and skip the shortening. I kept the chocolate over the double boiler as I worked to keep the chocolate warm and easy to work with. These were both lovely to look at and delish to eat! I washed and blotted my berries dry, then left them to air dry a bit longer so they wouldn't be damp at all and prevent the chocolate from sticking. I placed them on parchment once dipped. I had no problems whatsoever and they came out great!
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Divine Chicken with Green Beans

Reviewed: Feb. 12, 2013
This needed a few touches and it was great! First, it was lacking salt and pepper. Second, I added a touch of chicken broth along with the green beans. When the beans were cooked, I removed the cover, allowed the broth to cook off, then added the cream and Parmesan cheese. I used shredded Parmesan because I think it has better flavor. I served this as is, but it would be great with doubled sauce over rice.
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Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes

Reviewed: Feb. 12, 2013
Yummers! Even hubby gave this 5* and he's not usually a fan of nuts in his dinner or of sweet side dishes. I reserved some of the nuts and sprinkled them on top of the potatoes before the 2nd bake. Soooo good!
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Risotto with Butternut Squash and White Beans

Reviewed: Feb. 11, 2013
Pretty darn good! I skipped the tomato because I wasn't feeling it and added garlic instead. The only downside was the ingredient listing for the squash...they come in all sizes and I wasn't sure if a large squash would overpower the dish/small squash not provide enough flavor; it'd have been helpful if the squash amount was listed in ounces. My husband and I both quite enjoyed this!
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Easy Baked Ham Steaks

Reviewed: Feb. 10, 2013
It smelled sooooo good cooking and I wanted to love it, but alas, it didn't work for me. I used the smallest bake dish the ham would fit into so I wouldn't have to dilute the flavors with lots of additional water needed to cover the ham, but the flavors (although good) were still muted. As the ham baked, it curled up above the cooking liquid. I flipped it over while cooking, but it still turned out dry. Perhaps covering the bake dish with foil would prevent the ham from drying out, or double the initial brown sugar/Worcestershire/clove mix.
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Tender Slow Cooked Pork Roast

Reviewed: Feb. 9, 2013
This was super good! I did add to it though. I seasoned the roast with fresh cracked pepper, onion and garlic powders, and paprika. Around the roast in the crock pot I put pearl onions, carrot chunks, and halved garlic cloves. I used a smaller, petite roast as it is just my husband and I, so I cut the cook time down. When done, I took the cooking liquid and put it in a pot on the stove and thickened it with a cornstarch slurry. The veggies were soooo delish, I highly recommend adding them! I did find the sauce to be a touch salty, so perhaps using reduced sodium soy sauce would be better.
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Grands!® Monkey Bread

Reviewed: Feb. 7, 2013
Pretty yummy stuff! I could've done with a little bit more of the caramel sauce though. I had no probs with the dough cooking through; I halved the recipe and baked it in a 9x5 loaf pan for 35 minutes. I had 2 layers of dough chunks and it baked right to the top of the pan, perfect size! Used raisins, pecans, and 50% more cinnamon than called for because I love cinnamon.
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Claudette's Minestrone

Reviewed: Feb. 6, 2013
I went into this recipe knowing that many other reviewers pointed to it being flavorless. I started by sauteing the onions, celery and carrots in a dab of oil before continuing, to enhance their flavors. Then I added the garlic. Then the water, tomato paste and beans. When the veggies had softened up, I gave the soup a taste. It tasted like a watered down tomato, not even the veggies added flavor. So I added a few spoonfuls of organic chicken base, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. I like a chunky soup and had never heard of anyone pureeing minestrone, so I skipped the blending step. Then I added the pasta, some more water because I could tell the pasta would soak most of the broth up, and also a handful of frozen spinach. My end result was a good soup. I served it with shredded Parmesan cheese and biscuits.
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Ginger Chicken with Cashews

Reviewed: Feb. 6, 2013
This was excellent! It needed more sesame seeds so I garnished with black seeds. My only problem with it is that it was a bit salty. Next time I will use chicken stock, which is less salty than broth, and perhaps reduced-sodium soy sauce too.
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Broccoli with Mandarin Oranges

Reviewed: Feb. 6, 2013
This went well with our homemade Chinese food dinner. I liked the flavors just fine, but I went with honey, not molasses. I believe the flavor of molasses would have been too dark and heavy and we would not have liked it as much. My chief complaint is the sauce did not thicken at all and was far too watery. It seemed like cooking down half of the oranges was a waste and the juice should have sufficed for the orange flavor in the sauce. Also, I did not want to use the full amount of sesame seeds...would've been too much. Would make again, following my modifications.
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