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My-Hop Pancakes

Reviewed: Sep. 5, 2011
Yum! A great-tasting, fluffy pancake! A SIGNIFICANT note though: Don't leave the lumps--my fault for not SIFTING my flour, I guess, but we ended up with some clumps of flour. Gross! While we were eating, my boyfriend asked what was different about this recipe... as I listed the ingredients, I realized I forgot the sugar! Delicious without it! :)
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Luau Punch

Reviewed: Sep. 5, 2011
Ridiculously sweet, but that's punch! The flavors were great and worked perfectly for a tropical-themed wedding reception food spread. Everyone really enjoyed this! I used ginger ale and sierra mist for the soda, making a really nice flavor combo. My sister suggested mixing in a can of tropical OJ concentrate (like orange-pine-banana, etc) but those are more expensive and the bride wanted to keep it lower cost. However, if you were doing a small batch or two, the flavor-twist OJ would be a great idea! I made a batch to test this and then frost the remainder in a bundt pan to use as the ice ring...I tossed in a few maraschino cherries for some eye-catching colors. Beautiful and tasty.
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Teriyaki Tuna Steaks

Reviewed: Aug. 30, 2011
My boyfriend went from turning his nose up to albacore tuna...to enjoying it in this tasty marinade! I would've liked a bit more flavor...perhaps let it marinate longer than an hour. Maybe use fresh ginger next time too, to pack more punch. Overall though, this is a flavorful and delicious recipe!
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Robbi's M&M's® Cookies

Reviewed: Aug. 29, 2011
Beautiful in appearance; flat in flavor. Tasting the dough, I crossed my fingers that the cookies would be better. Normally, I make mysef sick on the dough :) not the case here. :( The cookies, while pretty and perfectly baked, lack any flavor...aside from the chocolatey treasures hidden throughout. I decided to look at some reviews of the best chocolate chip cookie recipes on AR (based on reviews) and found that it must come down to the shortening! I'd rather have slightly flatter cookies but FLAVORFUL cookies, so I'll tray again with butter. Maybe pop in the fridge for a bit before baking.
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Blackened Tilapia with Secret Hobo Spices

Reviewed: Aug. 29, 2011
Overall, a great blend for fish. Quite spicy, which doesn't bother me, but just a heads up in case you wish to tweak. I used walleye and skipped the bread... I'm not sure what juices it would soak up and it just didn't sound appealing to me. Served with a spinach-garden veggie salad. Quick and easy!
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Creamy Peppercorn Dressing

Reviewed: Aug. 29, 2011
I had to modify a bit based on what I had on hand, but it's really a great recipe to use as a guideline. I didn't have mayo so I used plain non-fat yogurt. I also didn't have any lemons but stil wanted the tang...so I used about 1T powdered buttermilk. Maybe those edits sound weird, but this is really tasty!!
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Linguine Pasta with Shrimp and Tomatoes

Reviewed: Aug. 24, 2011
Overall, a good recipe for all those fresh tomatoes I picked up at the farmers market. I found this to be QUITE watery, so next time I'd either cook it down a bit more and let the juices evaporate, or I'd seed some of the tomatoes. I took the suggestion and added fresh basil, which I would highly recommend! I tend to lean toward healthy cooking and cutting fat where I can, but I found the butter in the sauce really adds a richness that I surely would've missed! I loved the cajun seasoning on the shrimp, giving the dish a bit of extra flavor and just enough zing. Served over whole wheat linguini.
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Halibut with Tomato-Basil Sauce

Reviewed: Aug. 22, 2011
Stellar!! I was slightly unsure of adding the olives to the top, but since I had some olives around I decided to go for it and glad I did Roasted tomatoes (fresh from the garden!) and garlic makes this top notch; so simple to do, just takes a tad more time. I suppose you could roast them at a lower temp and time them to be done about the same time as the fish... I did find a little pinch of salt and pepper in the tomato sauce was necessary to really pull all the flavors together. --Subtitutions: I used panko and mahi mahi, but otherwise followed the recipe. Lovely dish, would be perfect for dinner guests!
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Mrs. Sigg's Snickerdoodles

Reviewed: Aug. 21, 2011
With so many reviewers before me, there's really nothing I can add: these cookies are awesome! My boyfriend is a snickerdoodle-lover; therefore, he's extremely picky about them. Many are too eggy or just "ok" but he thought these were perfect! I found it interesting how much puffier these cookies were by using a slightly larger scoop. If you use OXO brand cookie scoop, it's the small one. But I went up a little in size (not quite medium...not sure exact size, not OXO...) and it made a puffier, beautiful cookie. The small scoop was still perfectly round and cute, just flatter. This one is a keeper! **Two days later, my bf says these are the best ever and I have to remember this one (I like trying new recipes so I forget what I've made). Here's my note to myself to never forget this recipe!! :D
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Raisin Bran Chewies Cookies

Reviewed: Aug. 21, 2011
I've made cookies with various cereal added (corn flakes or rice krispies), but never before have I added Raisin Bran...and never before did I think I'd enjoy these so much! The 3 other photos, I'm sorry, but they do not do these cookies justice! A medium cookie scoop made these cookies beautiful! With a great flavor to match! I snacked on a bowl of cereal about an hour before making these and wanted to kick myself, because I only left myself with 2 cups of cereal. So I improvised and used 1 cup old-fashioned oats and about 1/2 cup Craisins (no nuts). These cookies hit the spot: I was surprised by the complexity of this cookie, between the flavor and texture... a sure winner with the coworkers tomorrow! --I noticed there seemed to be a fine ine between underbaked and a bit more done than I'D personaly like, so keep an eye on them and SLIGHTLY underbake if you like to make sure it stays a bit chewy.
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Oven-Crisped Potatoes

Reviewed: Aug. 21, 2011
Simplicity at it's finest! I loved everything about this recipe: slicing potatoes, chopping onion, baking...eating... This recipe is a super easy side dish that came at the perfect time: my boyfriend bought waaaay more potatoes at a Farmers Market than any two people should ever eat. :) This recipe takes typical roasted potatoes to another level! A little sprinkle of salt, and this recipe was perfect for me!
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Grilled Chicken Over Spinach

Reviewed: Aug. 21, 2011
Quick to throw together with things I had on hand! I really enjoyed how each of the ingredients for the chicken played into making the dish delish! Fresh thyme and oregano from my herb pots mingled very nicely with the garlic and a touch of heat from the cayenne! I almost forgot to add the vinegar--didn't even see it when I read through the recipe! Like Naples reviewed, I popped this in the oven (I had oven-crisped potatoes in there already, so why not... plus I don't have a grill at my condo). Plated beautifully with the sauteed spinach! Used a bit of white onion in place of green because I forgot to grab a bunch at the store. We really enjoyed this with oven-crisped potatoes on the side.
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Fish Tacos

Reviewed: Aug. 15, 2011
Every time I've had fish tacos in the past, it's always had a citrusy/fruity component. I didn't have anything on hand to make that work, but I did have the standard taco fillings around...so really, I was just glad to know that it was "acceptable" to eat fish tacos this way! I used mahi mahi and walleye (we preferred the meatier mahi over the flakier walleye). I also added a bit more seasoning (garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, S&P) and ended up having a scorching hot pan to blacken the mahi mahi; that was an unplanned addition of flavor! Other modifications: used shredded lettuce and flour tortillas. (If you haven't had uncooked tortillas that you just cook in a dry skillet for a few minutes...wow, they are SO good! They are available at CostCo by me. It says to not freeze, but I open the bags, separate each with wax paper, then freeze...for convenience. Works slick.)
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Black Beans a la Olla

Reviewed: Aug. 11, 2011
I love side dishes that I can throw together on a wim with things I keep around... and an added bonus is that the flavors only get better the longer it simmers. So I decided to prepare this to go with Chili-rubbed pork with apricot bbq glaze...I got this started while I prepared the rest of the meal and dinner was ready in now time. I skipped the cilantro, as my bf thinks it tastes like soap... This paired very nicely with our pork and basmati rice. Makes fabulous leftovers for lunch too!
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Chili Rubbed Pork Tenderloin With Apricot Ginger Glaze

Reviewed: Aug. 11, 2011
An impressively delicious recipe my bf and I really enjoyed! I loved the flavors in the spice rub--very flavorful and just the right amount of spice. I also loved the glaze, as I had everything on hand. My modifications included using pork chops, cooking on the stove, and omitting cilantro (my bf is among those who think it tastes like soap). --Sometimes I slack off with sides, but decided to make black beans alla olla, which has been in my recipe box for quite some times. Paired quite nicely with this and basmati rice.
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Raisin Puffs

Reviewed: Aug. 11, 2011
An extremely accurate name for this recipe! --except I did use craisins since I wanted to use them up... so Craisin Puffs. Overall, a good cookie. They baked up very nicely and were deliciously firm yet cakey cookie. It is very lightly flavored...too lightly flavored. I think an extract or liquour could boost thie flavor a bit. Or a touch of lemon zest... My bf suggested using cherries, which was interesting since others have subbed dried cherries. --Perhaps using a liquid other than water to plump the fruit... that would probably help. ANyhow, it will be a fun recipe to play with! What a happy recipe to find when I wanted to bake cookies but found myself without brown sugar!
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Creamy Banana Bread

Reviewed: Aug. 11, 2011
I enjoyed this recipe, though I could've used more banana flavor. Loved the addition of the pecan mixture on top - will have to do that with banana bread recipes I make in the future. --Otherwise, nothing really set this apart from other recipes for me.
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Blueberry Buckle

Reviewed: Aug. 9, 2011
I made this as a dessert and it went over SO very well - a coworker asked for the recipe to make for a party, and she said it was a hit there too! A nice, light lemon glaze went over this to make it a little more dessert-like. I used butter in place of shortening... what a pretty treat!
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Jill's World-Famous Coffee Liqueur Brownies

Reviewed: Aug. 9, 2011
I've never before experienced a headache from sugar or chocolate...until this morning. I made these brownies last night and were too warm to sneak a bite so I had to wait until morning. I put them in the fridge so they'd be more solid and easier to cut. --Disgusting as it sounds, I probably ate three brownies around 8am this morning. I couldn't stop "nibbling" while I cut them! Brownies are my BIGGEST weakness and wow, did these suckers win me over! I subbed cocoa powder and butter for the squares of chocolate (3T cocoa +1T butter for each ounce). I also omitted the nuts and chose to bake at 350 since that's where my oven was set. They baked in about 38 min. Sinfully rich and decadent. The lackluster top could've been prettied up with a very thin glaze, but it didn't need it and it was easier to pack/ship them without it. Good thing I mailed 95% of these off or I'd be hitting them gym til they close tonight... :)
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Sizzling Sherry Shrimp with Garlic

Reviewed: Aug. 8, 2011
Queen of Random Dinners here! :) this was super quick to throw together for the protein component of our dinner tonight. My boyfriend picked up (a little too much) corn on the cob for me from a local farmers market, so I made some of that and was looking for things we had on hand that I could make up to go with it. This fit the bill! No measureing, just looked over the ingredients and went with it. I have a great smoked spanish paprika that I love to use and it really shined in this recipe. I opted for lemon juice, simply because I keep forgetting to grab some sherry... lovely recipe!
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