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Chocolate Banana Cake

Reviewed: Feb. 12, 2012
3 large mashed bananas, yellow cake mix, 1/3 cup cocoa (to make it chocolate), 1/3 cup water & the 3 eggs & 1/3 c. oil as directed in this recipe. Added 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips per other reviewers. Baked in a Bundt pan for 38 minutes till toothpick ready. Cooled & covered in Chocolate Ganache from this site. Teenagers comment: "This is so Bomb!" Have not tasted it yet, but 17 year old was calling his friends to come over here to taste it! Conversation overheard; "Dude, You need to come over & taste this Bomb Cake My Mom Made!"
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Awesome Italian Hoagie Spread

Reviewed: Feb. 12, 2012
I made this as written first....eyeballed it & thought that it would be gone is 10 seconds with my house of men. Tasted it. It was very good. 5 stars! The only sub I made on the original recipe was to use the package of mini heirloom tomatoes (I cut them in big pieces) because that was what I had on hand. Tweaked it because after I made it - it would not feed 15, which seems to be how many I cook for. Doubled everything except the mayo & added 1/2 cup (chopped them) fire roasted peppers (Trader Joe's Jar), Red Onion (chopped) Granulated Garlic - 2 heaping teaspoons) 1 tsp. Italian Seasoning, 1 can chopped stewed tomatoes with liquid (lower fat than adding more mayo). Let the whole thing sit in the fridge for an hour before the Menfolk found it & started eating it. Let's just say it should have fed 15 when made. Huge Bowl! There is about 1 1/2 cups left 3 hours later. Good Man Food & I liked it too!
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Creamy Italian Chicken

Reviewed: Jan. 24, 2012
There are 4 hungry Man/Boys (ages 17-22) at my table inhaling this. I asked; "How many stars?" They said; "Ten!" I would give this a 4 - kinda reminds me of cafeteria food. Not my thing. The man/boys are happy! I cooked this with 3 large frozen chicken breasts & knew I would be gone all day at work. It got 7 hours in the crock pot on low & I shredded the chicken instead of cubing it because it started out frozen. Added almost 1/2 tsp. of red pepper flakes & some black pepper because that is our thing. It tastes good - I would tweak it with veggies & onions next time. Good base! Thanks!
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Easy Gourmet Pumpkin Soup

Reviewed: Jan. 9, 2012
There is (was?) a wonderful Vegetarian Restaurant in Los Angeles called "Inn of the 7th Ray". DH took me there when we were dating & hated the meal. I loved it. This soup tastes like something wonderful from that Restaurant. Very Gourmet. Very Vegetarian. I give it 5 stars. The Curry adds a bite/zing that I loved. DH (Meat & Taters Guy) gave it a 4 Star rating & proceeded to put handfuls of Fishy Crackers in it so he could eat it. This would be wonderful for a Fall Meal, Cold Night. Good comfort food. I was thinking it also could be used over some kind of pasta with other Veggies. I could be a Vegetarian. DH - Not so much. It tastes very creamy - without the cream. I did not toast the pumpkin seeds (not our thing) & did not have Pumpkin Seed Oil. Delish without it.
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Slow Cooker Pot Roast

Reviewed: Jan. 3, 2012
DH's question: "Was someone drinking when they came up with this?" Don't care - it is amazing! I cringed when I read about all the "Packages" of pantry treasures that were going into this.....but....this morning, while trying to throw dinner into the Crock Pot before work, it was a "What the heck!" 8 hours in the Crock Pot on Low. Added (Tweaker Alert) 1/4 tsp. Red Pepper Flakes and 3/4 cup of water & Celery & Granulated Garlic. (Not too tweaked - I hope)! This was delicious and I will suffer my rings not fitting tomorrow. Really good! Teenager's attacked it when they showed up after 9pm. Gone. 5 lbs. of chuck roast, whole bag of baby carrots, gone. They got hamburger buns out of the cabinet & were dipping the buns into the left over gravy. It is that good. Next time, will probably stick to the 1/2 cup of water instead of bumping it up to 3/4 cup water. Totally will add this to the Recipe Box! More than 5 stars!
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Crescent Wrapped Brie

Reviewed: Dec. 19, 2011
Tweaker Alert....add a couple of tablespoons of chopped sun dried tomatoes in oil and/or some fresh pesto and some roasted garlic on top of the brie. Seal up tight in the crescent rolls. Cook a couple of hours before you need it. The brie melts when freshly cooked and if you cut into it straight out of the oven, the brie oozes like molten lava (HOT). If you let it sit for at least 1 hour - you have warm cheese that doesn't pour out when cut! Enjoy!
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Cinnamon Swirl Bread

Reviewed: Dec. 13, 2011
I wanted something that was different from my constant Banana Bread & my Pumpkin Bread! THIS IS IT! Made a double batch in a 13X9 Glass Pyrex. Recipe calls for 1 cup milk. (Tweaker that I am) I did 1 1/2 cups 2% milk and 1/2 cup Buttermilk that I wanted to use up. I put 1/2 of the batter in and covered it with 1/2 of the cinn/sugar topping and then added the rest of the batter on top. Added rest of the topping and swirled with a knife. A M A Z I N G ! 13X9 gone in a day from my teenagers & their friends. This is so good I am going to make it again today per their request. I think I will add 1/3 cup Lt. Brown Sugar to the topping today. New favorite! 10 stars and it makes your house smell amazing!
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Cinnamon Swirl Bread

Reviewed: Dec. 13, 2011
I wanted something that was different from my constant Banana Bread & my Pumpkin Bread! THIS IS IT! Made a double batch in a 13X9 Glass Pyrex. Recipe calls for 1 cup milk. (Tweaker that I am) I did 1 1/2 cups 2% milk and 1/2 cup Buttermilk that I wanted to use up. I put 1/2 of the batter in and covered it with 1/2 of the cinn/sugar topping and then added the rest of the batter on top. Added rest of the topping and swirled with a knife. A M A Z I N G ! 13X9 gone in a day from my teenagers & their friends. This is so good I am going to make it again today per their request. I think I will add 1/3 cup Lt. Brown Sugar to the topping today. New favorite! 10 stars and it makes your house smell amazing!
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Foolproof Rib Roast

Reviewed: Dec. 7, 2011
Even better if you pack the roast the day before in Montreal Steak Seasoning - pack it completely! Drop to room temperature and cook! YUM!
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Hummus III

Reviewed: Oct. 29, 2011
Used two whole cans of garbanzo beans and saved a little water from one to thin things out. Up'd the garlic to 4 cloves (yum) and sort of eye-balled everything else to makes sure I had plenty of flavor for using two cans. Very good, super easy and fast. I didn't mince the parsley, just tossed it all into the food processor! So good! Thanks for a great recipe!
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Pumpkin Pie Bread

Reviewed: Oct. 2, 2011
Followed other reviewers suggestions of reducing the white sugar a little and mixing brown and white sugar. I used 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce and 1/2 cup oil. Added a REALLY ripe banana and more pumpkin pie spice + cinnamon. Beautiful outcome, but you can definitely taste the apple element. Would make it again.
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Popularity Cookies

Reviewed: Sep. 25, 2011
You can make this with Matzo for Passover too!
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The Best Steak Marinade

Reviewed: Sep. 13, 2011
I followed the suggestions of other reviewers and eliminated the extra salt, but followed all else as written...maybe added more garlic - but that is my thing! I had four large Top Sirloins and mixed the marinade and put it in a 2 gallon baggie with the steaks for 2 1/2 hours. Was wary it would be too strong per other reviews! I will definitely make this again, but will marinade for at least 4 hours. 2 1/2 was not enough time....it left me wanting more marinade flavor. Really good marinade. Both DH and I said, "Yum!"
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Salsa Chicken

Reviewed: Sep. 4, 2011
This was just okay for me. I cooked it in the crock pot and followed the directions of other reviewers who said it was amazing. Kinda reminded me of cafeteria food. It would be 3.5 stars. It was fine. Not good or bad. It was a dinner on the table. Won't make it again. One thing I did like was the Taco Seasoning in a baggie to coat the chicken. I think I would do that again on chicken cubes, make skewers and then bbq them for a mexican flavoring. Salsa chicken was fine. Nothing great!
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Beet and Pomegranate Salad

Reviewed: Jul. 31, 2011
Followed the directions to a "T" and had some problems. At the 1/2 hr time - there was very little liquid in the bottom of my bowl of marinade. Marinaded another 15 minutes (hoping for more liquid) and used a slotted spoon to remove the beets and garlic. Only 1/4 cup of liquid strained out. I thought I did something wrong and put the beets/garlic in a strainer over a bowl to try for more liquid because the recipe indicated it would be more than 2/3 cup.. Ended up with 1/3 cup total liquid. Pressed on and mixed it with the mayo/dill/pomegranate seeds. It is VERY Pink. If you love beets - this would be terrific. I like beets very much. I liked the marinade. I did not care for the pomegranate seeds in the salad. I keep having to remove seeds from my mouth and am being very careful chewing it. Boiling the beets, cleaning them, marinading them, mixing them.....a lot of work for one small side dish. I did like the marinade very much and would try that again.
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Black Magic Cake

Reviewed: Jul. 28, 2011
4.5 stars. It is good - but not the best cake ever. I would make it again for a more gourmet crowd. My men like their cake plain. The Coffee gives it an interesting taste. It looks beautiful and smells great. Over all....very good!
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Amy's Chocolate Chip Cookies

Reviewed: Jul. 28, 2011
Used Butter instead of Margarine. Everything else was exactly as written. OMG! New favorites. I had also baked a Black Magic Chocolate Cake (AR Recipe/birthday cake needed) and topped it with Pro Ganache from this site. Had extra Ganache and dipped some of the cookies 1/2 way into the Ganache. My men are in love!
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Creamy Italian Chicken and Orzo Skillet

Reviewed: Jul. 22, 2011
Like to make my own sauces - "BUT" had a serious coupon for this cream cheese Italian mixture, so I bought it. It would be fantastic as written, as the Cooking Creme is very tasty, thus the five stars. I am a "tweaker" - so this is what I did - if it inspires you to walk on the wild side and veer off the directions. I did it as a one pot meal. Little butter and EVOO to saute lots of veggies (Zucchini/Red Onion/Mushrooms/Sun Dried Tomatoes/Yellow Squash/lots of garlic and chopped tomatoes. Saute until lightly browned. Remove from pot and set aside. I didn't wash the pot. Using whatever was still in the pot (not much) I browned a whole box of Orzo in Butter (2 T.) until it browned lightly and then added a full box of chicken broth and cooked it down until it puffed (25 minutes) Added Cream Cheese Italian blend and mixed until Orzo was covered and then tossed back in the Veggie mixture and mixed. Served with a Salad. The whole family loved. Little kids would like this too. I also added red pepper flakes - which you could not do - because I wanted a little zing!
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