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Alfredo Sauce

Reviewed: Nov. 16, 2013
I had a block of imported parmesan cheese so I shredded that and added extra clove of garlic. Even with a lot of whisking this still came out grainy. The parm flavor was way too strong but that may be due to the imported block I used. Otherwise it was easy. But I don't think I will be making this recipe again.
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Chocolate Frosting I

Reviewed: Sep. 29, 2013
I had to tweak this recipe as I went. First, I added a bit more than 1/2 cup cocoa powder. Then I realized there was definitely not enough for my 2 layered 9in-round cake so I added another 1/4c of butter (instead of margarine, by the way). And boy was I glad I slowly added the powdered sugar. Even after increasing the butter and cocoa powder, I still only used maybe 1.75c of the sugar and it was plenty sweet. I did have to use a whole 1/3c milk (but that is with me doubling the butter). 2 stars for the base, but with my adjustments, 4 stars. I will continue to look for other recipes that do not need so much tweaking!
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Four Egg Yellow Cake

Reviewed: Sep. 29, 2013
This was my first time making yellow cake from scratch. It was a bit dense, not really light as I wanted it. It also sunk in the middle and tasted a bit egg-y for me. I did cream the shortening and sugar for 5 minutes, beat in the eggs one by one, and kept the milk and eggs at room temperature. Maybe it was because I continued to use the mixer after the dry was added. I do see how other reviewers could relate this to cornbread - while it does not taste like corn bread, the consistency was very similar. Other people liked it, but I think I will be trying another yellow cake recipe in the future.
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Black Bean and Corn Quesadillas

Reviewed: Feb. 2, 2013
This was very good. I didn't change anything, but next time I will just dump the whole 15oz can of corn. And definitely I take the other reviewers' advice - I sprayed the tortillas and put it in the office at 400 for 10minutes and broiled it for couple more. Yummy!
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Korean Spicy Chicken Tenders with Sweet Apple

Reviewed: Jan. 27, 2013
This was pretty good. Next time I will add more apples (maybe use a whole one) and cut the apple pieces larger (I think I diced instead of leaving them in chunks). Definitely find the gochujang sauce!
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Slow Cooker Lemon Garlic Chicken II

Reviewed: Jan. 27, 2013
I did not have time to brown this so I threw everything (except butter) in the crockpot. I added onions and mushrooms. I added extra garlic cloves, oregano, and some white wine. I used enough chicken stock to cover the chicken. Cooked my frozen chicken breasts on low for about 4 hours. I also thickened the sauce at the end on the stove to make a gravy mix with cornstarch. Despite these changes, the chicken was still dry and bland. The sauce was okay. I do not foresee myself making this again.
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Addictive Pumpkin Muffins

Reviewed: Dec. 17, 2012
I halved the recipe, but should not have since it was so loved! The only complaint I have is that it is a bit sweet for me, but everyone else did not mind. Also, I did do half whole wheat flour and left out the nuts. I always use lining but after reading the reviews that they stuck to the liners I sprayed my pans really well and stuck them straight in. Only 1 stuck and broke apart. I kept all the spices the same -they were just right! Easy and delicious, highly recommended!
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Blonde Brownies I

Reviewed: Sep. 23, 2012
I agree that this batter came out like cookie dough. I did not want to make a big cookie so I added some heavy cream that I had on hand and from the reviews, cut down on the brown sugar by 1/4 cup. I baked it in my 7x5 Pyrex glassware. Instead of chocolate chips and walnuts, I threw in some old chopped Butterfingers. I did only bake it at 325 (since it was glass) and baked it for about 30-35 minutes. It rose really nicely and was not thin or cookie-like. Excellent blondie!
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Slow Cooker Carolina BBQ

Reviewed: Aug. 18, 2012
My grocery store only had picnic shoulder so I used that. It cooked in the crockpot for about 10-11 hours on low (and it really did not stink the house up THAT much!) After the shredding it into the sauce, I let it cook on low for another 1-2 hours. It was pretty yummy. But next time, I will try to make more of the sauce for the side.
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Aw-some Cole Slaw

Reviewed: Aug. 18, 2012
It does not taste like KFC coleslaw to me at all, but it was pretty decent to put over pulled pork sandwiches. I used a 14ounce coleslaw bag mix, did not use that much milk (probably only 1-2 tsp), added a pinch of celery salt, and placed it in the fridge for 24 hours. It was a bit runny for my taste. But my husband, who usually despises coleslaw, put this coleslaw on every pulled pork sandwich he ate, which is a pretty big feat!
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Spicy Hot Chicken Legs

Reviewed: Aug. 10, 2012
Halved the recipe since it was just for me and my hubby. I did not add as much butter but kept the Frank's Hot Wing sauce at 5 ounce. We love things spicy! I also rubbed the chicken with a bit of cayenne, pepper, garlic, and onion before placing it in the sauce. Didn't crispen in the oven, but I didn't leave it in that long because I do not like dry chicken. Best served with some starch - rice or potatoes.
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Microwave Tacos

Reviewed: Jun. 4, 2012
Like other reviewers I was mainly looking for the taco seasoning. I am a bit scared to cook meat in the microwave (worried about the texture). I actually used 1 lb turkey, cooked it stove top, drained a bit of the grease, and added the seasoning mixed in water and let it cook on lower heat for about 5 minutes. I actually doubled the cayenne for that little kick too!
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Oven Fresh Seasoned Potato Wedges

Reviewed: May 3, 2012
First time making wedges. This was pretty good, not as good as what I've had in some restaurants, but good and easy enough to make again. Make sure you spray the foil well so it does not stick.
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Spinach Lasagna Rolls

Reviewed: Mar. 13, 2012
This was okay. I did not have cream cheese so used ricotta instead. It's very plain. I added garlic powder, oregano, and italian seasoning to the cheese mixture. I think I would have preferred regular lasagna.
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Garlic Bread Fantastique

Reviewed: Mar. 7, 2012
I minced the garlic and just sort of eye-balled the seasonings. Came out great!
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Best Ziti Ever with Sausage

Reviewed: Mar. 5, 2012
Used sliced sausage sauteed with diced onion because that is what we had on hand. Next time, we would put some oregano, garlic, and red pepper flakes.
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Stovetop Granola

Reviewed: Feb. 26, 2012
This is a good base. I've been making granola bars for a very long time and wanted some broken up granola for my greek yogurt. I toasted the oats in the oven (accidentally burned them, oops!). I substituted applesauce for the butter, raisins for cranberries, and flaxseed for almonds. I also added in some peanut butter. This turned out very very sweet, which was not a bad balance for the tanginess of greek yogurt. But still, I would cut the sugar either in half or maybe even leave out completely the next time. I think the honey and dried fruit alone would sweeten it up just fine.
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Simple Cajun Seasoning

Reviewed: Feb. 5, 2012
Tasted fine to me in my jambalaya. I did half the salt.
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Cindy's Jambalaya

Reviewed: Feb. 5, 2012
This was a good base but if I had made it the way it was written it would have been way too bland for my taste. I added in a handful of sliced jalapenos, tabasco sauce, and tripled the Cajun seasoning. Only problem was my rice for some reason did not all the way through, but I don't think this was the recipe's fault.
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Pumpkin Bread II

Reviewed: Dec. 11, 2011
First time making pumpkin bread and this was amazing. I substituted with some whole flour, brown sugar, and applesauce. I slightly increased all the spices too. I had something to bake at 350 so I just used that temperature and it was done after 60 minutes in the oven. This was fluffy and light and yummy.
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