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Extreme Chocolate Cake

Reviewed: Dec. 18, 2014
Very impressive as a birthday cake for a chocoholic! It was very moist and fluffy -- not dense like so many other chocolate cakes that I've tried. I took another reviewer's suggestion and substituted espresso for some of the boiling water. It did stick to the pan even with greasing and flouring, so I will have to try the parchment paper next time. I also ran out of confectioner's sugar (oops) so used a stovetop chocolate frosting recipe instead of buttercream, which was delicious. This will definitely be my new go-to chocolate cake recipe!
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Pumpkin Pie Muffins

Reviewed: Oct. 23, 2014
These were very good...very, very moist -- almost too moist for me, actually, so I have to remember to keep them in the oven longer next time. I would also like to try adding all whole wheat flour and a little less sugar. The recipe makes a lot, so it's definitely a good one to bake for friends and still have some left for yourself!
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Vegetarian Tortilla Soup

Reviewed: Sep. 29, 2014
I didn't have everything that the recipe called for, but it was a great last-minute dinner even without the full amount of peppers, green chiles and avocado. I would love to try it next time with the right proportions and the additions that some reviewers have made: 2 cans of black beans, some lime juice, cilantro, and maybe some sour cream (and I added about a 1/3 c. beer, which was lovely!)
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Slow Cooker Lemon Garlic Chicken II

Reviewed: Sep. 29, 2014
This recipe was solid, although not magical or anything. I did modify it, as a few other reviewers suggested, because I thought it would be more boring without some additions. I doubled the oregano, added an extra clove of garlic and a chopped shallot, and used 1/2 c. white wine in addition to the water/bouillon. After removing the chicken, I added a bit of cornstarch to thicken the sauce. Next time I want to try adding some button mushrooms and serving the chicken and sauce with angel hair and arugula because it reminded me of a restaurant dish that I like!
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Red Lentil Curry

Reviewed: Apr. 12, 2013
This was a very easy and tasty way to use up the red lentils I had! I didn't have curry paste, so I looked up substitutes and found out that curry pastes aren't actually used in Indian cooking (which was the taste I was going for). So, I made a few substitutions: instead of the curry paste, garlic and ginger, I added some vegetable curry powder (in addition to the curry powder already called for) and a double dose of ginger-garlic paste (which I had in the fridge). I also did not add as much tomato paste because I use the tube stuff that you can keep in the fridge. My curry came out very thick, but I could have just added some water to make it more sauce-like. Mine was also spicy even with just a pinch of the Indian chili powder I had, so I will probably omit that next time to make it more kid-friendly (although for others it will depend on the potency of your spices...mine were straight from India and very spicy). It was very quick, easy, and my family loved it!
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Homemade Ginger Ale

Reviewed: Jan. 25, 2013
This tasted really yeasty to me, but I would like to try it again to see if I can make a tastier batch. I used about 2" worth of ginger and will double it next time. I probably didn't leave it out quite long enough, but it sounds like I would want to let some air out in that case. I used an empty half-gallon milk jug, and that seemed to work well!
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Baked Kale Chips

Reviewed: Jan. 21, 2013
I enjoyed this recipe, but have to remember to make it in small batches because it went stale before I could eat it all! I also will tear the kale into much smaller pieces next time...about half the size of a chip. Pieces that were too big were a tad soggy. As some other reviewers mentioned, the curlier the kale, the better the crunch! I just used my hands to tear up the kale and mix the oil into the kale. Overall, a healthy, guilt-free and tasty treat!
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Charley's Slow Cooker Mexican Style Meat

Reviewed: Jan. 10, 2013
I tried this recipe for a second time recently, and I'm very pleased with how it came out. It is necessary to adjust the heat to your taste, like the author says. I used one small can of mild diced green chilies and most of a small can of chipotle chilies in adobo sauce to give the dish a smoky flavor, plus a beef bullion cube and a dash of cumin as a few other reviewers suggested. I used a few splashes of chipotle hot sauce and left out the chili powder and cayenne completely. I would say mine was "medium" spicy...it had a kick but was not too hot. I cooked the meat for about 5 hours, and it was very easy to pull apart and very tender. The only thing I don't like about the dish is the excess liquid, but that's kind of a requirement to get a tender meat....I just need a better slotted spoon! It makes an amazing taco meat with corn tortillas, lots of cilantro, lime, and lettuce. I expect it to become part of my regular rotation!
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Chocolate Mint Cookies I

Reviewed: Dec. 18, 2012
I made this recipe once before and they came out wonderfully: soft, cute little cookies with a delicious topping. So, i was hugely disappointed when I made them a second time and they came out flat, huge, and stuck to the pan. I did use a butter substitute the second time, so my suggestions are: do not use butter substitutes, and use parchment paper to make your life easier. I will hold out hope that these come out next year when I make them for Christmas, but I think I'll have to give up if they don't. I don't think they're attractive enough for a Christmas cookie plate when they're so flat.
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Fat Pete's Fudge

Reviewed: Dec. 16, 2012
This came out really well even though I didn't quite do everything correctly. I didn't have quite enough evaporated milk, I used an entire bag of mini marshmallows (because I was too lazy to count them all out to substitute for the marshmallow creme), and a mix of semi-sweet, milk chocolate chips and baking chocolate for the candy/chocolate mix. I boiled for six minutes and stirred occasionally to make sure it wasn't sticking. My fudge started to set before i could even swirl in the PB, so i had to do the microwave-and-spread trick like some other reviewers. My fudge was really hard to cut, and just a little too sweet for my taste, but really smooth and something I will be happy to gift for the holidays! I will probably add even more baking chocolate next time to neutralize the sugary-ness, but I am keeping this as my standard fudge recipe!
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Sugar Coated Pecans

Reviewed: Dec. 12, 2012
I followed some other suggestions from reviewers and used 2 egg whites, 1 tsp. cinnamon, 2 tsp. vanilla, and 1 tsp. water. They actually looked better than the picture shown, and they tasted amazing (and got even better as they cooled). What an excellent holiday treat! I have a feeling this will be a new holiday (and maybe birthday, and father's day, etc.) tradition!
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Zesty Slow Cooker Chicken Barbecue

Reviewed: Jul. 20, 2012
This was amazing! I used Jack Daniels BBQ sauce as one reviewer suggested and it was just fabulous. I would think it would be great for company or a party, too, since it makes a lot. Definitely will be adding this to the rotation!
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Limehouse Chicken

Reviewed: May 18, 2012
This was okay. I thought I browned the chicken well enough before I put it in the oven, but the crust came out kind of soggy. I did use less chicken, which was probably a factor, but despite the texture, the flavor wasn't enough to knock my socks off anyway. Although one bite I took did taste like lime Trix, which was awesome.
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Busy Day Barbeque Brisket

Reviewed: Apr. 6, 2012
Great recipe even without the liquid smoke, which I didn't want to bother trying to find. The meat gets nice and tender, and the spice rub gives the flavor a kick. I need to try it with potatoes so we don't waste so much of the sauce!
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Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings

Reviewed: Mar. 6, 2012
This was a very simple comfort food recipe that's great for a weeknight. I followed the suggestions of other reviewers and added spices (cumin, seasoned salt, and pepper), wine and chicken broth in place of water, and peas for some color. Next time I'll try adding carrots too, although that does make it more similar to pot pie (which is fine by me!)
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Baked Ziti IV

Reviewed: Oct. 25, 2011
This was delicious! The herbs and sausage additions really made the dish. I didn't have the sliced provolone, sour cream, and cottage cheese, so I used a bit of ricotta and Italian shredded cheese on top. I made a pan for our neighbors, too, and they loved it!
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Chicken Tinga Tostados

Reviewed: Oct. 25, 2011
My husband loved this dish! I would have liked it more if I had gotten some shredded lettuce to go on top (it was just a tad spicy for me). I reduced the amount of onion and served the tostados topped with refried beans, tinga, sour cream, and a bit of cheese. Next time I'll be sure to get shredded lettuce, and maybe take out a few of the peppers before making the sauce. Very tasty!
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Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches

Reviewed: Mar. 1, 2011
This is one of my top 3 slow-cooker recipes now. It was fabulous on toasted kaiser rolls with a bit of lettuce - I prefer this recipe over restaurant buffalo chicken sandwiches because it's easy to eat with the shredded chicken. I used a mix of chicken breasts and thighs and reduced the butter (I might not even use the butter next time). Yummy!
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Slow Cooked Corned Beef for Sandwiches

Reviewed: Mar. 1, 2011
This is came out even better than restaurant-quality. And I even made it with freezer-burned corned beef that I probably should have thrown away! It was so simple, and with some toasted rye, canned sauerkraut and simple Thousand Island Dressing (also from allrecipes.com), it was just amazing. Reubens are one of those sandwiches I never liked as a kid, but this recipe has made me a Reuben believer.
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Thousand Island Dressing II

Reviewed: Mar. 1, 2011
I made this to go with the Slow Cooked Corned Beef for Reubens, and it was perfect. I'm not a huge fan of Thousand Island Dressing on salad, so it was nice to just be able to make a small amount. I think I can safely say I will never bother purchasing store-bought Thousand Island Dressing again.
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