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Award Winning Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

Reviewed: Jun. 8, 2009
I'd rate this a 4.5 because it's not the best chocolate chip cookie I've ever tasted, but pretty darn good. I still perfer the Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies III recipe from this site. I made a half recipe and it made tons of cookies. So much so I had to give away a bunch (wish I would have frozen a good portion of the dough in balls). I can slightly taste the pudding, but it's minimal. I used chocolate chunks and whole wheat flour but otherwise followed the recipe to a T. If I make it again I'll try using sugar free pudding to see if there is any difference. Everyone seems to love them, except my three year old won't touch them. Thanks for the recipe.
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Grandmother's Buttermilk Cornbread

Reviewed: Jun. 5, 2009
I just pulled these out of the oven and wanted to try it before serving (always nervous serving something brand new to guests). It was wonderful. I did make one major alteration. Since we can't buy buttermilk here (Japan) I used 3/4 cup fat free plain yogurt with 1/4 lowfat milk. Otherwise I made as directed. It is wonderful, and I'm picky about the sweetness in cornbread. It's slightly sweet but not too sweet.
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Best Egg Rolls

Reviewed: May 20, 2009
I used this recipe as a base for my egg rolls. I had some shrimp I needed to use so I scaled it down to 2 (for 4oz of shrimp) and ended up using a little more cabbage and carrot than it called for. I added 3 green onions, fresh garlic, fresh ginger, and a drizzle of oyster sauce. I chopped up the shrimp and added them raw to the mixture. It ended up making 7 egg rolls. I used olive oil in a very small skillet. I froze 4 and fried up three serving with Sweet and Sour Sauce I (from allrecipes) and were wonderful. Will make again, maybe with the pork as called for.
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Sweet and Sour Sauce I

Reviewed: May 20, 2009
I made it with a few alterations based on reviews. I used half white sugar, half brown sugar, used cider vinegar, and extra ketchup. end result isn't anything like a traditional sauce but wasn't bad. When I tasted it before serving, I thought it would mess up my egg rolls but in the end it complimented it well.
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Best Strawberry Daiquiri

Reviewed: May 20, 2009
My husband wanted something with frozen strawberries and white rum so I told him to look up daiquiris. He ended up making this recipe scaled for 4. I know he didn't measure the strawberries so he needed to add more liquid. Instead of using lemon lime carbonated sode we used fresca and he ended up using the entire can. It was wonderful! We'll make it again, especially with the fresca.
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Salmon and Rice Balls

Reviewed: May 19, 2009
I made this because we love salmon, even salmon patties from a can. I thought this would be a different recipe to try out since I had some left over white rice from the night before. I followed the recipe exactly (except for already having a cup of cooked rice on hand), with carrots, and wild caught canned salmon. The end product is pretty bland and tastes just like canned salmon. If you don't like the taste of canned salmon, you probably won't like the end product as written. We like fresh wild salmon or even farmed salmon that has been doctored up. But this needs some serious seasoning to help out the falvor. If I were to make this again I would add a little more onion and some old bay seasoning to see if that would help. Our one year old did love it, she ate an entire ball herself.
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Chicken Fajita Pizza

Reviewed: May 14, 2009
Made this the other night as written except I had an orange pepper that needed to be used. So, I used a whole orange pepper plus half of a green pepper. The salsa was pretty skimpy, I may put it on the crust first so I can spread it around or just increase the salsa. It worked fine for us since we left one end of the pizza without salsa for our two toddlers. Our three year old wouldn't touch the pizza and our one year old ate everything we put on the plate. We enjoyed the flavors. We'll make it again.
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Hot Cocoa Mix

Reviewed: May 6, 2009
****update**** I used dark unseetened cocoa powder on our most recent batch and was so much better! I'd give this recipe a 4.5 stars if I could. It's really good, but just missing something that would make it great. I add a little cinnamon and cayanne to give it something different. If you like a more rich chocholate taste, you'll need to add a lot more than listed. I'll never buy store bought cocoa again.
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Grain and Nut Whole Wheat Pancakes

Reviewed: May 1, 2009
We make these once a week. We always have leftovers and they freeze well for a weekday morning. The only thing we do different is grind up the nuts with the oatmeal. I had two small children who are very picky about nuts in their food. We can taste them but they can't see them, so it's a win win situation. We can't find buttermilk locally here in Japan so we now use just regular milk for the recipe and works fine too. However, it does taste really good with the buttermilk.
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Zucchini Miso

Reviewed: Apr. 24, 2009
Not the biggest Miso soup fan, but love all the other ingredients so I thought I should give it a try. My only concern when making this was which size nori sheet was called for. I live in Japan where there are many options so I just ended up using one onigiri (riceball) sized sheet of nori. Worked great. I think they also sell thin slices of it at the store and may try that to cut down on prep time. Made to a T except I have already toasted seeds on hand and accidently added it to the dressing instead of sprinkling on top (won't make that mistake next time). I tossed the zucchini into the dressing then scooped them out of the dressing and into the bowls. Next time I'll omit the chicken stock, it's not needed. We loved the flavors, everything just complimented each other so well. Easy, tasty, and looks great. I'll be making this for quests at some point.
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Strawberry Pie II

Reviewed: Apr. 18, 2009
Excellent! I used just over two pounds of fresh strawberries and the majority of them went into the pie whole. I mashed maybe a forth of the strawberries, added 3/4 cup sugar, and used the given amount of corn starch and water. It took only 5 minutes to thicken on the lowest setting my burner has. I let the mixure cool slightly before pooring it on the strawberries. It doesn't set too hard nor too runny, perfect. It was still pretty sweet so I may bring it down another notch on the sugar. Between 4 adults and 4 kids, the pie was completely eaten. We loved it so much we'll make it again next weekend. Strawberry season is almost over, we want to enjoy it as much as possible.
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Mendi's Favorite Orzo

Reviewed: Apr. 5, 2009
Put in fresh onion and a little garlic before adding the mushrooms. Otherwise made as directed. It tasted great, even my 3 year old and 18 month old ate it. I used some small Japanese mushrooms that hid well. Next time I'll decrease the butter because it was a little too rich for my husband and I. Otherwise, it was great. Will try again with the slight variation.
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Bruschetta II

Reviewed: Apr. 5, 2009
5 stars for taste, 4 stars for the ingredient list, 4.5 overall. First of all, I halved the almonds because I ran out. I started using my blender but it couldn't do the job so I had to get out the food processor. It makes too much pesto, but it tastes great! I ended up only using about half the pesto so I need to find something else to use it for. Next, I used two medium tomatoes and it just wasn't enough. Between the caprese salad and this I was out of tomatoes. I would increase your tomato amount if you like it more tomatoee on top. If you are using good tomatoes, omit the olive oil in the mixture. I was using wonderful tomatoes and thought the oil took away from the fresh flavor. Make it easier on yourself and make less pesto and more tomato mixture without the oil. Excellent!
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Roasted Garlic Bread

Reviewed: Apr. 5, 2009
Used half butter and half olive oil and dried parsley instead of fresh. I don't think I will ever be able to make a different garlic bread. It was to die for. Just 5 adults and the entire loaf was eaten.
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Insalata Caprese II

Reviewed: Apr. 5, 2009
Simple, elegant, and tasty. I love how this is the authentic recipe. My husband has however asked for me to make the one using balsalmic vinegar next time. Oh well, suppose we should see which one we like more. I served it to our Japanese friends who don't know how to cook Italian. Served it with Bruschetta II, American Lasagna, Roasted Garlic Bread, roasted eggplant, and My Mother in Laws Eclair Cake. Wonderful line up.
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Sweet Corn Tomalito

Reviewed: Mar. 31, 2009
The first time I made this, I made it as directed and still wasn't cooked through after 75 minutes. I had to finish it in the microwave. The next time I made it, I used the microwave (covered with press n seal). I set it at 500watts for 5 minutes then full power for 2.5 minutes. Stirring between cycles. It's so easy and tastes great. Never have left overs.
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BBQ Glazed Homemade Meatballs

Reviewed: Mar. 31, 2009
Hot dang, just finished making these and tried one. These are great, here's what I did. I had 1lb of ground turkey so I scaled it to 8 servings. I made the meatballs with turkey, old fashioned oats, and a splash of 1% milk (everything else the same). If using turkey, you may want to omit milk, they were really moist and didn't hold shape. For the sauce, I decreased the brown sugar to half and was still too sweet. I used worchestershire sauce instead of liquid smoke and doubled it. The sauce was still way too sweet so I added cider vinegar which made it sweet and tangy. More to my liking. They just came out of the oven and are delicious. I'll be serving these tomorrow at a play date but had to try it before hand. Will be making again but decrease the sugar more, keep everything else stated above!
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Stout-Braised Lamb Shanks

Reviewed: Mar. 27, 2009
Cooked as directed except I can't get fresh herbs so I just sprinkled dried parsley, thyme, and rosemary in it instead. Absolutely divine. Used a home brew porter for the beer. Will make again.
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Tar Heel Pie

Reviewed: Feb. 27, 2009
Yummy, made as directed and turned out great. It really does taste like a brownie inside a pie crust. I used a frozen pie crust since I had one on hand. I cooked it for 45 minutes since I am using a Japanese convection/microwave all in one ovenn and tends to take longer anyway. Even our guest commented on how good it was. I served either whipped cream or ice cream on top. Easy.
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Delicious Egg Salad for Sandwiches

Reviewed: Feb. 27, 2009
Not bad. A little too much mayo for our liking, so we'll cut it back in the future. My mom's recipe back in the day used regular onion and she always added pickles, which we all loved. Easy to change to your liking.
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