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Spinach and Rice Alfredo

Reviewed: Nov. 24, 2011
Nothing to add or take away form this recipe! It was delicious and simple, just as it was written! I was tempted to add more parmesan, but found that the 1/4 cup was perfect... I was tempted to use regular black peppercorns but went with the white, and I found I appreciated what that contributed too! A great side to go with the delicious chicken breasts in caper cream sauce, also on this site.
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Roasted Garlic Cauliflower

Reviewed: Nov. 22, 2011
I've loved roasted cauliflower since I was introduced to it in culinary school... I liked the addition of garlic, even though some pieces were a bit charred by the end of the cooking time. I went the full 25 minutes, as I love the caramelization that begins to occur around that time. I added maybe 1/4 tsp crushed pepper flakes and skipped the step of adding the parm and parsley. To finish it off, I just gave it a good squeeze of fresh lemon juice and tossed it around. I eat this like candy...
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Chicken Puffs

Reviewed: Nov. 16, 2011
My boyrfriend looooves crescent rolls, so this was a quick recipe I was able to throw together tonight for dinner. While I was making this, it screeeeamed to me "add buffalo wing sauce!!!" So I did. And I'm SO glad I did! I'm surprised the recipe doesn't call to season the chicken, which I did, and couldn't imagine it without (bland, tasteless). Overall, this was good - nothing super special, but easy enough. I chose to press the seams together of two triangles, then put the mixture on top, then place two more triangles on top, sealing the edges. This worked like a charm.
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Pumpkin Snickerdoodles

Reviewed: Nov. 15, 2011
a 5-star recipe for a delicious, lightly-spiced cake-like cookie! Perfect pairing for coffee! I agree the pumpkin wasn't overly prominent in this cookie, but the subtle flavor was actually preferred. I wouldn't add more pumpkin if you want more pumpkin flavor; try adding pumpkin spice? Maybe roll in spice/sugar mixture? Next time I want to try this with brown sugar instead of white to see if that changes the flavor or texture... also, I didn't have wheat flour on hand so I just used all AP. 8 minutes was a perfect bake time at 400' for me. Simply lovely!
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Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

Reviewed: Nov. 14, 2011
I've found out that pumpkin seeds just don't do it for me... flavor-wise, these are pretty good. I found myself wanting a little spice or smokiness (perhaps a smoked paprika...which I happen to be out of...). My boyfriend is enjoying them though, as-is. Next time we'll try for a spicy-sweet combo. *I stirred every 20 minutes, setting a timer to remind me. They were done in about an hour, with no issues of burnt seeds.
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Basic Flaky Pie Crust

Reviewed: Nov. 10, 2011
I'm struggling with the rating, as I DID get a really flaky pie crust for my pumpkin pie using this recipe. It was SUPER easy to throw together and rolling it out was a cinch! But, following the recipe and just using shortening resulted in a rather flavorless pie crust... I'll try again with half butter next time, as I think that will help tremendously. And I also found that it would've been nice to have it make a little more dough... to do nice, pretty edges, but I found that it was a little short. Again, I'll give it another shot before I give up because it really was wonderfully tender and flaky!
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Frosted Walnut Brownie Pie

Reviewed: Nov. 9, 2011
So easy, my non-baker boyfriend made these for my birthday... and I've found them to be a super quick recipe to use at work when someone wants brownies (I'm a pastry chef at a restaurant...sometimes the cooks ask for a "snack"). At work we use valrhona cocoa and local butter, which makes them aMaZiNg! I'm not much of a fan of frosting on brownies so I haven't tried that part... frosting isn't necessary when you have a richly delicious and fudgy brownie!
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Zesty Slow Cooker Chicken Barbecue

Reviewed: Nov. 4, 2011
Probably one of the easiest recipes out there (aside from just dumping a bottle of BBQ sauce in with the chicken) for a quick prep... I enjoyed the tang of the salad dressing. I think I'd skip the sugar next time, as the BBQ sauce has enough sweetness...
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Blackened Shrimp Stroganoff

Reviewed: Nov. 4, 2011
This recipe was quite intriguing to me over a year ago and I *FINALLY* made it! I happened to have everything on hand except the mushrooms, so I stopped and picked some up for this quick dinner. Result: We really enjoyed this! I wouldn't change a thing about this recipe! The Cajun seasoning gave just the right kick, a perfect amount of saucy-ness...loved the flavor and color the red bell peppers added (if you must, tomato could be a good substitute). The capers are a must - it elevates the dish and, in a strange way, made it seem more special. :) I wouldn't hesitate to make this again!
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Whole Wheat Honey Bread

Reviewed: Oct. 22, 2011
Hearty, healthy, delicious bread! This is great if you're looking for those three attributes... it's not for everyone, as it's pretty dense. I wanted homemade bread (I've been on a bread-making kick the last few months) that was nutritious and this fit the bill! It reminds me of Brownberry or even Ezekiel bread. I made this by hand and found it to be quite sticky...so much honey! Excuse me while I go slice myself another piece... :)
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Grandma's Secret Pie Crust

Reviewed: Oct. 17, 2011
I was a little irritated when I realized I had to make my pie crust by hand, as it's usually so quick to do in a food processor, but I'm in the middle of moving and it was packed. HOWEVER, this was so simple! And the results were amazing! I ran a little short on the shortening, so I subbed in lard for 1/3 of it. I've had this thing of lard in my pantry for far too long--my mom swore it made the best pie crust, but I don't make many pies... and now I was able to use it. Blabbering but Wow this was so easy, so flaky, so tender... I think I may have a new go-to recipe! Used as the pastry for Mrs. Siggs Pumpkin Pie. I am so proud of this pie!!--Update 1/30: Used crust recipe to make savory pop tarts (egg, bacon, cheese). Worked like a charm!
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Pork Stew in Green Salsa (Guisado de Puerco con Tomatillos)

Reviewed: Oct. 10, 2011
This recipe was phenomenal! I loved the flavors! Tomatillos are great - but I don't find enough recipes to use them often. Very easy to make - I did everything on the stovetop, but I could see adapting it to use a crockpot. --First time, we ate this over plain Basmati rice and really enjoyed it like that. Then we ate if for dinner in tortillas, taco style... what a hit that was! This would be a great crowd-pleasing recipe, especially in the wintertime!
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Real N'awlins Muffuletta

Reviewed: Oct. 10, 2011
Reeeeeeally tasty! I made this for a catering event that had a bit of a theme... and this fit perfectly for New Orleans! The flavors are incredible together - but it's a bit messy!! I love the presentation but it's so hard to eat! Oh well, it was a hit!
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CopyCat Starbucks Classic Coffee Cake

Reviewed: Oct. 10, 2011
A great, moist coffeecake! I love the topping and found the proportions to be great to just add on top...though I see such pretty pictures of the swirl, that it would be great to try that next time.
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Carrot Cheesecake Muffins

Reviewed: Oct. 10, 2011
I say 2 stars, but my coworkers seemed to enjoy them. I just did NOT care for the clump of cream cheese in the middle of a perfectly good muffin. I thought I would enjoy them--with the sugar and zest--but I wasn't happy with the end result. I love the black-bottom cupcakes with the cream cheese, so I thought I'd REALLY love these... but it wasn't a keeper for me.
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Chocolate Cake II

Reviewed: Oct. 10, 2011
Good, not great. I have a couple other recipes that defintely beat this one out, in terms of taste and moistness and texture. I loved how quickly this one came together though. Very easy!
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Rhubarb Muffins

Reviewed: Oct. 10, 2011
These were good! I liked how moist and flavorful they were. I will say when I was scooping the batter into the cupcake liners, it seemed like there was almost too much rhubarb - but then when I ate them, it seemed like there should've been more... so I'll probably increase the fruit next time. I loved the simple, subtle flavor the nutmeg gave these muffins and I'm sure the brown sugar helped round out the flavors too. I could definitely seeing this recipe used for a number of other fruits!
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Peanut Butter and Banana Frosting

Reviewed: Oct. 10, 2011
I thought this was going to be messy/runny, but it worked out well. And the flavor was dynamite with a moist banana cake!
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Healthy Banana Cookies

Reviewed: Oct. 10, 2011
I made a half batch - they may be healthy, but everything in moderation... I kept eating them because "they're healthy"! They're good - but I could see that they're not for everyone. My bf wasn't a fan...they just weren't appealing to him. If you're a health nut or just want a treat that's a little more nutritious than a cookie, this is a great match!
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Easy Banana Brownies

Reviewed: Oct. 10, 2011
These are tasty! I was surprised how much I loved them and couldn't stop eating them! Perfect for anyone who loves the chocolate-banana combo. They were great right out of the oven. The next day, they were pretty moist on the tops... like where it gets kinda sticky and messy when you pick it up to eat it...? But I didn't care, they tasted yummy!
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