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Sandy's Cranberry Coffee Cake

Reviewed: Sep. 13, 2014
I am not typically a big fan of coffee cakes, but, my husband is and also loves cranberries,so, this seemed a win win. I was pleasantly surprised that both my husband and I loved it! The batter is thick, but, velvety which does make it somewhat difficult to spread into a floured pan, so, I probably didn't do it justice trying to layer with the cranberry sauce. It still tasted wonderful though. I think that the glaze is supposed to have 1 tsp. and not 1 tbsp. of almond flavoring. I added about 1/2 tbsp. of flavoring before I realized and it was almost overwhelming. Luckily I stopped at 1/2 tbsp! I also used butter instead of margarine. The cake also took about 48 minutes in my oven to cook, but, ovens do vary so just be sure to test yours to be sure it is cooked. I test mine with a long wooden skewer. The cake was perfectly moist and the cranberry flavor was a nice touch. I will definitely make again.
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Grilled Rosemary Chicken Breasts

Reviewed: Sep. 10, 2014
This recipe had mixed reviews in my house. I personally thought it was wonderful and had great flavor. My husband thought the rosemary was overwhelming and detracted from the overall taste. I think if you are a fan of rosemary you will love this. Rosemary does have a strong taste, so, if you don't love it - just reduce the amount of rosemary you add to the marinade. The only thing I did different was to broil it instead of grill it. Thanks for the recipe!
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Kale with Caramelized Onions

Reviewed: Sep. 10, 2014
I had never had kale braised before because I typically saute it. I thought it was really good and had great flavor. The onions and garlic were a nice addition and the balsamic vinegar was the perfect ending. It does get softer, but, retains some of the crunchiness and doesn't get as soft as spinach. I do wish the recipe was more clear on the amount of kale to add. A bunch of kale can be anywhere from a couple of cups to 5-6 cups depending on the size of the bunch. I bought a 16 oz bag of prewashed and cut kale and ended up using about 3/4 of the bag. I just kept adding as it wilted until I thought I had a good amount in relation to the liquid. I also used an entire onion since mine was on the small side. Thanks for the recipe - I will be making this again.
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Perfect Ten Baked Cod

Reviewed: Sep. 9, 2014
This recipe is fantastic! The fish came out perfectly flaky and moist and had great flavor. Don't skip the wine! The mixture of the wine and lemon juice put it over the top! I mixed the parsley and green onion directly into the crumb mixture and added a clove of finely minced garlic. I used light butter to save on a few calories and it worked just fine. I took the suggestion of other reviewers and did not do this in two steps, but, just topped the fish with the crumbs at the start. I was cooking another dish along side that was at a different temperature, so, I cooked this at 375 for 30 minutes and it was perfect. Definitely will be making this again.
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Buffalo Chicken Wing Sliders

Reviewed: Sep. 7, 2014
I liked the idea of a buffalo chicken burger using ground chicken, but, I was not impressed with this recipe. I made the recipe as is adding only a couple of tablespoons of water and noticed it was very sticky and soft. If I had added the entire 1/2 cup of water it would have been way too soft to even make into a patty. I took half of the chicken mixture and made into patties and added some ranch seasoning powder to the other half. The flavor of the patties with the ranch seasoning was better. My family thought the flavor was good, but, the texture was not appealing. It was very soft and mushy. I don't think I will make these again.
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Cantaloupe Muffins with Praline Topping

Reviewed: Sep. 6, 2014
I wasn't sure what to think about this recipe because I had never heard of a cantaloupe muffin, but, it sounded interesting! The texture of the muffin was soft and moist and did taste like cantaloupe. The crumble topping was crunchy and had great flavor. My husband liked them very much and thought they were a nice change. I thought they were good also, but, seemed to be missing a little something for me. I will make again, but, maybe add a little more vanilla or take the suggestion from the cook's notes and add some blueberries. The only thing I did different was to add the crumble to the top of the wet muffin before I baked and didn't add after partially baking. They also only took about 22 minutes to bake, so, it is will just depend on the size of your muffin tin. Thanks for the recipe!
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Key West Chicken

Reviewed: Aug. 26, 2014
I prepared the marinade as is and tasted. The flavor was very salty and didn't have a strong lime flavor. I marinated two chicken breasts in the exact recipe marinade and made a second marinade based on suggestions from other reviewers. The second marinade I used 3 tbsp. soy, 3 tbsp. honey, 2 tbsp. veg oil., 4 tbsp. lime juice, & 2 tsp. chopped garlic. I marinated the remaining two breasts in the revised marinade. The revised recipe was by far better. The original recipe had a very strong soy flavor that overwhelmed the other flavors. The revised recipe was much more complex. I could taste the soy, the sweetness of the honey with the bright citrus flavor of the lime. As the recipe is I would rate it a two. The adapted recipe I prepared I would give a 4-5.
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Pico de Gallo

Reviewed: Aug. 19, 2014
We loved this! Tastes just like what you get in a Mexican restaurant. You can't go wrong using fresh ingredients with just a simple dressing of lime juice. The cumin isn't typically found in most pico de gallo recipes, but, was a nice addition! Perfect with the pork carnitas I served for dinner.
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Mushroom Meatloaf with Glaze

Reviewed: Aug. 16, 2014
I sauteed my onions and mushrooms before adding it to the mix since I don't like raw onions steaming in a meatloaf. I also added 2 small cloves of minced garlic & some black pepper to the mix - this is just my personal taste. After adding all of the ingredients-the mix was so wet it wouldn't even form into a loaf. I gradually added additional bread crumbs until it was just able to form into a loaf. I needed to add over 1/2 cup of extra bread crumbs. Since the recipe stated it should take about 5-6 hours I didn't check it until about 4 hrs and 20 minutes at which point I figured I would add the glaze. The meatloaf already registered 200 degrees! My fault that I didn't check it sooner I suppose, so, I strongly recommend you check well before the 5 hr. mark. I decided not to leave it in any additional time for fear that it was already a hockey puck, so, I put the loaf on a cookie sheet, topped with glaze and broiled about 5 minutes just to heat and get lightly sticky. I was surprised that even after cooking to such a high temperature the meatloaf was moist and had a perfect texture (thanks to the addition of more bread crumbs). I do think it could use some additional seasoning-maybe a little ketchup or steak sauce. Due to the changes in cooking time & the need for additional bread crumbs I would rate as a 3, but, a few changes would make it 5. Excited to learn though that I can make this successfully in a slow cooker!
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Crab Wonton Cups

Reviewed: Aug. 14, 2014
Although I did like the crunch the water chestnut added, I was not crazy about the filling. The combination of the mayonnaise and the swiss cheese made the filling greasy and heavy. I won't be making this again - I personally think the cream cheese/crab wonton fillings are much better.
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Twice-Baked Ranch Potatoes

Reviewed: Aug. 12, 2014
The flavor of these potatoes was good, but, my potato mixture was very dry. I ended up adding more milk to get the potatoes to a texture I liked. I also had to used 2% sliced cheddar instead of shredded, but, other than that I made exactly as the recipe stated.
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Spinach and Strawberry Salad

Reviewed: Aug. 12, 2014
This is such a simple salad to get together, but, it was so good! The dressing is very sweet, but, a nice complement to the spinach and strawberries. The only thing I didn't like is that it was impossible to emulsify the dressing, so, you do get a lot of the oil texture.
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Special Edition Peanut Butter Cookies

Reviewed: Aug. 9, 2014
This was a very flavorful cookie! It did take some time to incorporate all the oats into the dough and I ended up using my hands to mix everything together. The cookie does not expand very much in the oven, so, if you want a larger cookie make the dough balls bigger. Mine were a little smaller than I would have liked. Based on the other reviewer's post that the cookies were a little dry I took mine out of the oven a little earlier and they were crunchy on the outside and softer on the inside. They are definitely more like a peanut butter cookie instead of a chewy oatmeal cookie.
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Chocolate Banana Bread

Reviewed: Aug. 9, 2014
This recipe had mixed reviews in our house. You could taste banana and some of the chocolaty taste, but, it didn't have enough chocolate for me. I would increase the cocoa powder. My husband, however, thought it was very flavorful. The bread was very moist and the flavors did meld together better the next day.
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Yummy Honey Chicken Kabobs

Reviewed: Aug. 7, 2014
We loved this recipe! I made the marinade exactly as the recipe stated and marinated the chicken for about 4 hours. It was the perfect amount of flavor without being too salty. I marinated the veggies in a separate bowl the last 1-1/2 hrs. I had some extra veggies in my refrigerator, so, I reduced the amount of onion and red pepper and added yellow squash, green pepper, & mushrooms. It was a very tasty meal and I will definitely be making again.
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Favorite Barbecue Chicken

Reviewed: Aug. 5, 2014
This was a big hit in my house. I am not a fan of barbecue sauce, but, I thought this one was pretty good because it had a nice tang and didn't use molasses. My husband loved it though! It was quick and easy to get together. I did have to simmer my sauce for about 15 minutes to get the consistency I wanted. I also didn't add the chicken back to the pan because I didn't have a pan that could go on the grill. Very tasty!
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Corn On The Cob (Easy Cleaning and Shucking)

Reviewed: Aug. 5, 2014
I am a believer! It was so easy to make this and worked like a charm. The corn was perfectly cooked crisp tender and slid out of the husk without any silks. I cooked four ears for 6 minutes on one side - flipped and cooked an additional 6 minutes. So easy!
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Creamy Italian Dressing I

Reviewed: Aug. 4, 2014
This dressing received mixed reviews in my house. I thought the flavor was good, although it did have a strong onion flavor. I did only use about 1/2 cup of onion as suggested by the recipe author in her review. The only thing I didn't like was that it was very thin and didn't cling to the salad. It was just slightly thicker than milk. I used a good quality mayonnaise, so, I don't know if my onion had quite a bit of juice in it, but, it definitely needed to be thicker for my taste. My husband didn't like the dressing at all. He thought it had too strong of a onion flavor, was too sweet, & didn't taste like a creamy Italian dressing at all. I might try again, but, use less onion and sugar.
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Kay's Spaghetti and Lasagna Sauce

Reviewed: Aug. 4, 2014
The sauce was watery and lacked flavor. I ended up adding another pound of ground beef & quite a bit of additional seasoning. Even after all the "doctoring" it still seemed to be lacking in flavor. The biggest problem for us was the sauce did not cling to the spaghetti at all. I saved the sauce and plan on adding some tomato paste to the leftovers in order to give the sauce some substance and depth of flavor.
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Top Ramen® Salad

Reviewed: Jul. 22, 2014
Simple salad to put together, but, very flavorful. The topping of ramen noodles, sesame seeds, & almonds gave it a nice crunch. The only thing I didn't like was that it was slightly oily. Other than that a very tasty salad.
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