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Raspberry Fudge Brownies

Reviewed: Mar. 15, 2013
Yum! I only changed the topping - used a whole block of cream cheese (what would you do with 2 leftover oz?) and extra jam to compensate. Used homemade whipped cream. Have you ever read the ingredients on whipped topping?! No thanks... It did make a lot of frosting, but since that was the best part I didn't get any complaints. I totally realized halfway through the pan of brownies that the brownie recipe itself isn't that stellar, it's the topping and ganache that makes it. I only cooked my brownies for 20 minutes and they were still a bit dry and hard when all was said and done with. Would definitely repeat, perhaps using a different brownie recipe.
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Ham Bagels With Honey Mustard Cream Cheese

Reviewed: Mar. 15, 2013
My four year old son picked this recipe out for lunch this week, and we all thought it was really tasty! I made six bagels, three ham and three turkey. I used one block of cream cheese and 1 T. of Dijon and 3 T. of regular mustard (for the kiddos), and just whipped it all together till creamy in my mixer. Toasted the bagels first, then spread with cheese and meat, the popped 'em under the broiler for 4-5 minutes. Even the hubs was pleasantly surprised at what he thought was an odd combination of ingredients.
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Mocha Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

Reviewed: Mar. 15, 2013
Really good muffins. I (roughly) tripled the batch and used part butternut squash puree and part banana. I could really cut back on the butter this way because the squash keeps the muffins super moist and tasty. Used whole wheat flour and couldn't taste the coffee, but it didn't really matter too much as they were still delicious. I never completely follow a muffin recipe (usually because they're such an easy thing to "healthify" and throw some extra nutrition into), but this one turned out superb and my TRIPLE batch was gone in three days. Can't keep up with my four boys....
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Sun-Dried Tomato Basil Orzo

Reviewed: Mar. 15, 2013
Really light and refreshing. I changed a few things. I browned my orzo in a bit of butter in a skillet, then covered with chicken broth and simmered till broth absorbed and orzo was tender. Added leftover grilled rosemary chicken and swapped out the basil for an italian seasoning blend. Made it into a complete meal, which was (mostly) enjoyed by everyone. Not the kids' favorite, but they all ate it.
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Best Big, Fat, Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie

Reviewed: Mar. 5, 2013
These were good, but not life changing for us. They didn't stay soft for me, and I think that I should've erred on the side of under cooking instead of watching for golden brown edges before I pulled them out. They were definitely crispy most of the way through except the very middle. Luckily we don't have anything against crispy cookies in this house. I really think the keeping them soft has more to do with the gigantic size than the actual recipe, so next time I try this I think I'll go back to the regular ol' Tollhouse recipe (still, shockingly, the best chocolate chip cookie I've ever had, despite legions of variations since its conception), but try making big cookies outta that. Thanks anyways.
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Mama's Best Broiled Tomato Sandwich

Reviewed: Mar. 5, 2013
I've made this many times and it never fails to impress. I dice the tomatoes (easier on the kiddos) and use fresh parmesan and have yet to find a nay-sayer on this. Recipe does not state how long to marinate tomatoes, but I've done everything from 15 minutes to using the leftovers on more broiled sandwiches the next day and it always tastes wonderful.
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Very Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies

Reviewed: Feb. 25, 2013
Soooo awesome! I made some changes based on what I had, and to avoid consistency issues like some had. Added ground flax, omitted oat bran (didn't have any). Used sesame seeds instead of sunflower (again, didn't have any). Doubled the recipe and used two cups of fresh cranberries, which I pulsed in my mini-chopper, along with the sugar, then added to the dough. I used olive oil instead of butter and dairy free chocolate chips as I was having a dairy-free friend over to coffee. Received with "wows" by everyone, including my mother-in-law, who dropped in unexpectedly among the chaos. Among 3 girl friends having coffee, and our collective SEVEN children (all ages four and under, and two of us Moms are pregnant! Yes, we get stares everywhere we go.) there was not a cookie left. Try them! They're easy to adjust and taste great!
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Aussie Chicken

Reviewed: Feb. 25, 2013
This was delicious. I had tried the Alice Chicken recipe a few years ago and it was so-so. Don't know if I did something different this time since the recipes are so similar, but this one was awesome! I also did everything in one cast iron skillet. Browned the bacon then removed, then seared the chicken breasts in the bacon grease, then assembled everything in the same skillet and straight to the oven. Cleanup was fast and easy. Even my kids, who are not big meat eaters, loved this. My four year old ate two helpings, and that's a FIRST on meat!
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Chef John's Caramel Chicken

Reviewed: Feb. 19, 2013
Very yummy and the whole family (with the exception of the 1-year-old, but who can count that?) really enjoyed. A bit sweet for us, next time would definitely add less sugar. This was not a labor-intensive dish, but I made it so. We are extremely picky about our meat, no fat, no veins, etc. And chicken thighs make for a LOT of trimming. To make it slightly easier, I cooked the thighs in the oil first, then removed them, trimmed and chopped, and put back in the skillet. All the while I had the sauce boiling down in a sauce pan (FORGOT the no water tip, argh!). When I was done with the trimming, I added the sauce into the skillet with the trimmed chicken and boiled it all down for about 10 minutes. Doubtless if I'd not added the water this would have been caramel-y and gooey, as it was it was just saucy, but very tasty. In the future, since I did not really cook the chicken and the sauce together, I would go back to our standard chicken breasts, cooked quickly and the separately boiled sauce thrown in last. Thighs are just too much work in this house!
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Cabbage Balushka or Cabbage and Noodles

Reviewed: Feb. 13, 2013
I'm mixed on this one. I cooked five strips of bacon, then sauteed the cabbage and an onion in the grease for almost an hour, but never really reached the caramelized stage (must've had the heat too low). The only pasta I had on hand was just a little bit of home made sourdough pasta, and I didn't have real high expectations for those flavors to meld (it didn't turn out to be half bad, though). Pasta aside, I felt that I added a copious amount of salt to this, and I still wasn't really "feeling" it as I tasted from the skillet. But when I added the bacon back in (should've listened to the reviews and done a full pound. Five strips wasn't near enough!) it really did add something to it. It's definitely not a "wow" dish but there's something hearty, warm, and comforting about it on a cold rainy night. I'll probably revisit, but this time with all the bacon and maybe some potatoes as one person suggested. All three of my boys devoured this and declared cabbage their new favorite veg, so I can't complain. (Even if the veg was doused in bacon grease. I've got nothing against a healthy occasional dose of old fashioned bacon fat).
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Slow Cooker Italian Beef for Sandwiches

Reviewed: Feb. 3, 2013
Tasty, but honestly, nothing to write home about. We absolutely LOVE the Pepperoncini Beef recipe (from this site) and this didn't hold a candle. Don't get me wrong, everyone liked it ok, but I probably won't make it again. Used homemade Italian Dressing Mix (also from the site), and used a chuck roast, but kept everything else the same. Update: second day added a generous sprinkling of more Italian dressing mix and a splash of vinegar. Ate over rice with some steamed broccoli and it was pretty much amazing. Definitely the trick for me was lots of extra seasoning, then this really hit the spot!
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Chicken and Gnocchi Soup

Reviewed: Jan. 31, 2013
We all really enjoyed this. I could not find gnocchi anywhere! Sad, because we love gnocci. I wasn't really feeling up to the task of making homemade gnocchi, so I just opted to replace it with tortellini. Skipped the celery and cornstarch slurry, but did thicken it with some tapioca flour. Delicious! Everyone gobbled it down, including my currently somewhat picky one-year-old.
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Chef John's Pumpkin Pancakes

Reviewed: Dec. 2, 2012
These were good. Not sure that they were SO good that they made it worth the effort. I had no lemon zest so I had to skip it, and I didn't realize till after that I'd totally forgotten the ginger. :( Sad. I did NOT think these were spicy at all (but I did forget the ginger). I would definitely put more spice in next time. I think buttermilk would do something for these also, maybe I'll try next time. Anyways, they tasted pretty fantastic with some real Vermont maple syrup, but any pancakes taste pretty good with that stuff on 'em.
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My Amish Friend's Caramel Corn

Reviewed: Nov. 23, 2012
Really yummy, classic caramel corn. I use agave in place of corn syrup and use a little less sugar. For me it never takes longer than 25-30 minutes in the oven to get nice and crispy.
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Cranberry Sauce

Reviewed: Nov. 23, 2012
Yummy! I cut the sugar down to about 2/3 c. and that was perfect for us, it was tart still but not so tart it was inedible.
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Grandma's Italian Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Reviewed: Nov. 20, 2012
Honestly this was more of a three star for me, but hubby and kids loved it. I so wanted to like this, but I was thrown off by the egg coating, which never really crisped like "regular" grilled cheese. I felt I could achieve something tastier by skipping the egg and simply seasoning the butter I fried the sandwiches in. Has potential, but as is, not my particular cup o' tea.
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Quinoa Chili

Reviewed: Nov. 7, 2012
I didn't hate this, but it lacked the hearty tomatoe-y meaty goodness of regular chili. I like a very thick chili with lots of beans and meat, and lots of good tomato flavor. While this certainly filled the bill for thick, the veggies really thinned out the flavor, and to me, adding my expensive pound of grass fed beef was a waste, as it got lost in the huge amount that this made. I ended up adding a lot more spices, some salsa, and some tomato sauce to give this more depth, only with so-so results. When spooned over cornbread and topped with sour cream and cheese, I'm sure it'll pass muster, but really, in that case, what wouldn't? Sorry, definitely won't replace my regular chili recipe with this one, and I love my quinoa and veggies just as much as the next girl.
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Green Chile Spinach Quiche

Reviewed: Oct. 30, 2012
Tasty! I am not a huge quiche lover so I normally would've given this 4 stars simply b/c quiche isn't my favorite food. This probably was the best tasting quiche I've ever had though, so that makes it a five for me. Kids didn't dig it, but that's their loss. I made a whole wheat almond meal pie crust and it went well with this. I omitted the butter (couldn't imagine why it would need it), used fresh spinach, and added some crumbled bacon. If I ever happened to have a weird and out of the ordinary quiche craving, this would be the one I'd pick.
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Cinnamon Flat Bread

Reviewed: Oct. 29, 2012
This bread had fantastic flavor all by itself, and that was what most impressed me. I didn't have brown sugar, and to avoid the vast amount of effort that it would have taken to mix molasses into regular sugar (harhar), I just used some demerara sugar I had sitting in the pantry. Didn't measure cinnamon, sugar, or butter, just eyeballed it. Baked at 350 for about 28 minutes. I wasn't wowed by the pizza-shape (which is weird...) it just dried out a lot (and I'm certain I used at least 3T of butter, possibly more). I will revisit this recipe as I would normally make cinnamon bread - rolled up perhaps with some nuts and baked in a bread pan, since I really did think the dough portion of the recipe was delicious. I made this whole wheat and the kids were in heaven.
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Easy Chicken Gyro

Reviewed: Oct. 3, 2012
These were only so-so for us. I marinated the chicken for several hours and it was still on the bland side. I did use less oregano than called for, but that's because it can tend to get overpowering (to me), and what I used was as much as I wanted to taste. However, aside from the oregano, the chicken had little flavor. The tzatziki was good, I made MUCH less than called for, as I could imagine needing 16 full ounces. I used about 10 oz of yogurt and I'll still be eating it for DAYS, long after the gyros are gone. All in all, it wasn't awful, it just wasn't anything spectacular. Kids didn't dig it, the hubs was gone but I already know that gyros aren't his cup of tea so I probably won't make this one again. The redeeming quality of this meal was actually the bread - piadina romagnola from this site (made whole wheat ones and they were delicious).
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