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Asian Orange Chicken

Reviewed: May 12, 2010
Overall, good recipe. A little too sweet for my taste, so if I make again, I'd use a lot less brown sugar. I also think in a pinch you could definitely get away with less time to marinade, as the majority of the flavor seems to come from the sauce it's actually cooked in. *I also wonder how this would be without dredging in flour...? A little healthier, that way. Tamed down the sweetness by serving with a basic fried rice.
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Happy Shrimp

Reviewed: May 8, 2010
Happy Shrimp make me a Happy Girl!! YUM! Great flavors - love, love, Love everything about this great recipe that a SNAP to put together. It would be an amazingly simple, amazingly delicious recipe to throw together for guests...love that! In a pinch, you could use canned tomato, but fresh is definitely better. Can't wait to make again! What a treat!!
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Pasta with Asparagus

Reviewed: May 6, 2010
Such an easy dish to prepare for a healthy and tasty dinner in hardly any time at all! I followed as directed and was very pleased with the result! The simplicity is wonderful. Clean and flavorful. Great recipe to have around...easily adapted for dinner guests by adding the suggested fruit salad and french bread (or parm-garlic French bread like we did!)
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Zucchini-Coconut Cookie Bars

Reviewed: May 5, 2010
Yum! Like others have said, it does seem a bit more cake-like than cookie. Really, just drop "cookie" from the title and it's fitting: a bar. A tasty one! I omitted the dates, simply because I didn't have them. They baked beautifully in about 30 minutes. The glaze is wonderful and I love the addition of *toasted* nuts to the top. I almost added some to the batter, and I'm glad I didn't. **Also used butter, not margarine. Good, tasty treat!
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Mom's Island Treasures

Reviewed: Apr. 27, 2010
Holy yum! I was a little annoyed by the odd measurements (7/8 cup of butter??) but dang!! That's a great cookie! A little chewy with great pieces of chocolate, coconut, and pecans in every bite... you really can't go wrong! Not as greasy as a similar recipe I made last week (chewy coconut cookies--which are yummy too!), so I appreciated that. They are a little scraggly looking, which I actually really like! Coworkers love me today!! =)
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Hearty Layer Salad

Reviewed: Apr. 26, 2010
Hearty salad, indeed! A meal by itself! A good piece of bread would be nice, as I sit here and eat it. But it's tasty as-is! I took the advice and added chopped bacon (YUM!!!). I didn't feel like opening a can of beans for this (it's a lot of beans for just two people!!) but I'm imagining them in there and they'd be great =) The dressing comes together quick and is an outstanding addition--I'm glad I didn't skip it and use stuff I have on hand. Can't go wrong with this one for a healthy, filling meal!
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Spinach and Feta Pita Bake

Reviewed: Apr. 25, 2010
! ! ! Part of the success of this recipe I'm sure has to do with quality/yumminess of your ingredients. I used Giada's recipe for sundried tomato pesto (she made it to go with penne pasta) but it worked exceptionally well for this! (Google her recipe!!) Anyhow, we made this on wheat pizza dough, added lots of spinach, didn't use the parm, oil or black pepper...didn't see it as necessary with everything else so why add the fat/calories. Love this!! Can't wait to eat the leftovers!
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Chewy Coconut Cookies

Reviewed: Apr. 25, 2010
YyYYYYYyyum!!! Perfectly chewy and delicately coconutty cookie! I love this recipe! Recipe says teaspoon-size, I used my large scoop for these and made sure to mound them up nicely. I'm not sure such a small cookie would turn out as chewy and amazing as a larger cookie. Who knows. But I found them to be incredible! And adding chocolate chips to some of them...out of this world. =) A little on the buttery/greasy side, especially right out of the oven. But the next day they seem better - if they last that long =)
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Smoked Chile Cole Slaw

Reviewed: Apr. 21, 2010
Yum-a-licious! I didn't really measure the ingredients, but followed it as-written but dropped out the cilantro (BF doesn't like) and threw in some red pepper because I had some chopped. A bag of slaw mix made prepping super easy and I didn't end up with a ton of extra cabbage. It tastes good right away but even better after letting it sit. Great side dish!
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Whipping Cream Pound Cake

Reviewed: Apr. 20, 2010
Arg. It ended up getting stuck in the pan so about 1/3 of it looks like ... but it sure tastes wonderful!! Love how perfectly moist and *flavorful* it is! The outer pieces have a delicate crispiness from the sugar, providing a slight chewiness on the exterior. It's heavenly, really. I subbed half AP flour because I ran out of cake...and skipped the almond because I was out of that too. Another thing this recipe is good for: reminding me I'm out of the basics. =) Good luck! Grease that pan well!!
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Roasted Mushroom Salad

Reviewed: Apr. 20, 2010
Unimpressed, really. I appreciate the health-factor, incredibly easy to put together... the flavors just didn't come together in any way that makes me say wow or ever have a desire to make again. I wish I could think of a way to make the recipe better (followed exactly, opting for basil in the salad and the vinegar in the dressing). Maybe sautee the mushrooms and add some sald and pepper? Would that be enough? Anyhow, just won't make again!
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Spinach and Strawberry Daiquiri Salad

Reviewed: Apr. 19, 2010
I amazingly followed the steps as written and subbed nothing... the result? YUM!! This will turn anyone into a salad-eating maniac. =) As only the fourth reviewer, I hope this one takes off! It is very deserving of 5 stars. Great blend of flavors - I would strongly suggest making both the sugared almonds and the dressing...itcomes together surprisingly quickly! You won't be disappointed!
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Crunchy Romaine Strawberry Salad

Reviewed: Apr. 19, 2010
We loved this! I'm always amazed at what ramen noodles can do to transform a salad =) especially toasted with butter and nuts (I used pecans, as I prefer them). Incredible salad! I loved how the ingredients came together so quickly and so perfectly. I eyeballed the measurements and adjusted to my liking...easier than making more dishes =) Great as a light meal. Perfect for serving to guests. If the soy sauce has you hesitating to make this, wait no longer. You'll thank Leslie over and over for sharing this treat!!
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Simple Scones

Reviewed: Apr. 19, 2010
5 stars for incredibly easy and straight-forward instructions. Perfect crumb... perfect amount of sweetness... flaky, buttery... I enjoyed this with orange zest and chopped white chocolate. In hindsight, I would've added more zest and possible a squirt of vanilla, but these will certainly go fast at work tomorrow! I brushed the tops with buttermilk and sprinkled with turbinado sugar (the milk helps the sugars stick). No need for a glaze or drizzle at all! Can't wait to make again!
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Soft Chocolate Cookies

Reviewed: Apr. 19, 2010
I am surprised by how much I love these cookies! I am usually not a big fan of chocolate cookies (I'd rather have a fudgy brownie!!) but gave these a shot with an idea I got from another reviewer... I had leftover peanut butter mousse and decided to use it as filling between two cookies... OUT OF THIS WORLD! I had to give them ALL away or I wouldn't have been able to stop eating them. Wonderfully moist yet still perfectly chewy... great chocolate flavor, which I kicked up a bit by adding some chopped chocolate to the batter. Wow. Incredible! (Oh, I should mention the cookies by themselves are tasty too!)
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3-2-1 pie dough

Reviewed: Apr. 15, 2010
Great basic recipe for pie dough - we learned this in culinary school too. Easy, flaky, delicious. Thanks for posting!
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Lemon Curd

Reviewed: Apr. 15, 2010
Simply delish! Easy to make...used cold, cubed butter and it worked just fine that way too. So good, I want to just eat it all with a spoon =) **PS: don't cut corners and use lemon juice from a bottle. Gross!!
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Cinnamon Coffee Frosting

Reviewed: Apr. 12, 2010
INSANE! I want to eat this with a spoon!! I am using it to top some ho-hum cappuccino muffins...and it is taking them over the top! I didn't want to pipe the frosting so i used less sugar, but holy cow I can see this incredible frosting topping anything from cupcakes, to cookies, to brownies... anything. Just adjust the sugar and other ingredients as you see fit. Kick it up a notch--add some kahluh! YUM!!
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Lemon Artichoke Romaine Salad

Reviewed: Apr. 11, 2010
Light, crispy, refreshing... everything I wanted in this salad, it delivered. I was surprised how much I really enjoyed this recipe-quite similiar to a lemony caesar as Kathleen states. I subbed tarragon vinegar as one member suggested and I'm glad I did. I think it would've seemed too light and watered down otherwise. I skipped the olives because I didn't have them and found that I didn't miss them. Shaved parmesan worked really well. Yum! Wish I hadn't waited so long to try it out!!
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Jellybean Bark

Reviewed: Apr. 6, 2010
Fun and Festive! I loved the simiplicity of it, but somehow it really looks impressive and inviting to eat! I did one batch of white bark with jelly beans and another batch of chocolate bark with easter M&Ms. Both looked great and were a hit. **I used Jolly Ranchers flavored jelly beans and they were good...but I missed some of the colors other brands offer. That's the thing to keep in mind... get a wide variety of colors for the best presentation. Still worked well though!
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