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Caramel Apple Dip

Reviewed: Jun. 3, 2007
I made this for a reunion and it was a big hit. I, too, used the entire bag of caramels because I am not a big fan of the taste of cream cheese. I followed the recs of prior reviewers and used full fat cream cheese. I served w/granny smith apple slices, Nilla wafers, and chocolate. I used lemon juice to keep the apples from browning. This dip is good at any temp, warm, room, and cold. I will make this again.
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Garlic and Brown Sugar Cheese Ball

Reviewed: Feb. 24, 2013
"I could eat this until I die." That direct quote from of the guys I served this to pretty much sums up our feelings about this cheese ball. It works; it really works. It sounds strange, I get it, but step outside your comfort zone and give this a whirl; you won't be disappointed! This WILL become a staple on our entertaining snack menu...
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Sweet, Sticky and Spicy Chicken

Reviewed: Mar. 18, 2009
This was really tasty & easy...what a great combo! I did take the advice of others and double the sauce (for 2 VERY large chicken breasts and 2 heads of broccoli). It was a tad salty to me (which is odd in my world), so I think I will try w/reduced sodium soy sauce next time. I browned the chicken in just cooking spray to reduce the oil, though I did dredge the chicken pieces in flour, first. I chopped my broccoli very small and next time I will leave it a little larger for more flavor and better presentation. THANKS for a great weeknight recipe!
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Cream Cheese Pound Cake I

Reviewed: Nov. 6, 2010
When Grandma LTH requested Strawberry Shortcake for her 85th birthday cake, I was momentarily flummoxed (I prefer my cake sans fruit). I turned to resident culinary guru Naples for help and she steered me in the direction of this recipe and I'm so glad she did! I followed the recipe to a "T" (though I did bake in mini bundt pans, resulting in a decreased bake time...about 35 minutes) and the results were delicious! I knew they were going to rock when I couldn't stop stealing swipes of raw batter! I did not eat a strawberry topped cake, but I did enjoy the tidbits I leveled off to all for a smooth bottom. THANKS for a great recipe (and special thanks to Naples for pointing me in the right direction!)!
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Winston Punch

Reviewed: Feb. 23, 2013
This is my kind of no garnish-no frills drink (though, I did a cherry because I love any excuse to eat maraschino cherries). I enjoy a 7 & 7 as a nightcap occasionally and I enjoyed the addition of amaretto and could see myself regularly adding at least a splash of amaretto now to my 7 & 7's. I also dig the homage to the college dorm in the naming of this cocktail. Cheers, KIRALEWIS!
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Pear and Blue Cheese Pastry Triangles

Reviewed: Dec. 26, 2008
These were great! Because I am lazy, I used frozen Fillo *cups* instead of fussing w/the puff pastry triangles. So easy and so good. I filled each cup w/a little caramelized onion, finely diced pear, and blue cheese, then baked at 350 for 3-5 minutes. A great amuse bouche I will serve regularly...quick, economical, and quite tasty! THANKS!
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Roasted Garlic Bread

Reviewed: Nov. 27, 2008
As much as I hate to admit it, I'm a Cole's frozen garlic bread-aholic! LOVE the stuff, so I've never bothered to make my own before. I was hosting my MIL's b-day dinner and decided to give this one a whirl WOW! The roasted garlic flavor is SOOOO fabulous. This bread was so good, I did not eat ONE BITE of my shrimp scampi (saved it for another meal) as all I wanted was this. TY for a great recipe!
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Hillbilly Punch

Reviewed: Feb. 21, 2013
I don't know if it's the mason jar or what, but I love this! It makes me think of summer and bluegrass festivals. This is not my style of drink, at all, but I'm really enjoying it. I feel like this is a drink that could make most anyone happy (and if not, just keep drinking them...you'll get there ;) ). THANKS for the recipe, Suz G!
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Meatless Mincemeat Pie

Reviewed: Nov. 6, 2008
The pie made Gram LTH's 83rd b-day! She said it was just like the mincemeat pie she enjoyed in her childhood. I couldn't bring myself to try it, so I can't speak from my experience, but all of those that ate it said it was great! I followed the recipe to a *t*, as I had no clue what mincemeat pie was supposed to be like! TY for making Gram LTH's bday!
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Beer Cake I

Reviewed: Oct. 25, 2008
Sadly, my review is based on the taste of small bits that stuck to my poorly greased bundt pan, as I made this for a benefit bake sale. I baked the cake according to directions, though I didn't measure the beer, just guesstimated, using a bottle of Molson Canadian. For a glaze, I used the rec of other reviewers and combined Sam Adams Octoberfest beer (maybe 6oz), 1 1/3 C sugar, and 2 tbls butter in a saucepan on high. I boiled for 5 minutes, then let it cool a little and drizzled it over the cake. It was VERY thick (perhaps because I cooked too long?), so if you do this do NOT let it totally cool or it won't be drizzle-able! I then sprinkled the glazed cake w/crushed pretzel pieces. While I wasn't able to taste it all together, the bites of cake and licks of the glaze spoon tasted awesome! I tried to convince my SMIL to sell it by the piece, as opposed to a whole cake, just so i could try a slice! TY for a nice different cake recipe!
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Green Beer

Reviewed: Apr. 15, 2012
While this may seem like a "duh" recipe, not everyone automatically knows where green beer comes from, particularly the older generation who drank green beer from a keg when distributors used to inject the dye into kegs before distributing it to bars. I don't do light beer, but this worked just fine with a delicious local IPA, too. Cheers!
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Buffalo Chicken Burgers with Blue Cheese Dressing

Reviewed: Jun. 24, 2010
We thought these were fantastic! Now, I must admit, I had been drinking prior to eating them, so my review may be a bit skewed. However, everyone else who ate them also commented multiple times how much they enjoyed them. I didn't have lettuce or celery (we were camping...too lazy to deal w/fresh produce. And, I hate celery.) and they were still awesome. I just prepped another batch to freeze for later grilling. In the latest batch, I added some minced garlic and parmesan cheese to attempt to recreate our favorite wing sauce (garlic parmesan) taste. I did freeze them prior to grilling as they are quite wet and I imagine would have been a little annoying to deal w/on the grill w/out freezing first. THANKS for a fantastic recipe (one that made me expand my horizons and try ground chicken, at that!)! EDIT: The addition of minced garlic and grated parmesan cheese was awesome! We loved them as written, and tweaked to mimic our favorite wing flavors. If we're out of dry blue cheese, I'll use a little light ranch mixed some hot sauce for a topper, instead. These are now ALWAYS in our freezer for quick meals. When we don't have buns, I serve them on Lender's frozen bagels (toasted).
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Butter Cream Frosting I

Reviewed: Oct. 20, 2008
This could be my current fav buttercream frosting...I'm not positive because they all kind of taste the same, but I do really like this one. I followed the recipe to a "T" w/half and the other half I subbed almond extract for vanilla extract. Great consistency & flavor (though, the egg thing did/does kind of throw me for a loop)...TY for a great recipe!
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Sweet Italian Chicken Sausage and Tortellini Soup

Reviewed: Apr. 20, 2012
This is tough for me to rate because I don't like sausage (not Al Fresco, I just don't care for ANY sausage). Regardless, I very much enjoyed the soup. Would I make it again? Perhaps, just w/a substitution for the sausage! This is def worth making if you like sausage (for those of you wondering why I would make this if I don't like sausage, it was an All Star assignment).
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Sauerkraut Soup

Reviewed: Feb. 21, 2013
I give this five stars, w/an asterisks noting this is wonderful in cup/appetizer sizing! I wouldn't prefer it as an entree/meal, but in a smaller portion it is fantastic! I subbed smoked ham for the sausage (and sauteed it and the onion in a bit of butter), but other than that followed the recipe, though I did reduce the thyme a touch per personal preference. This was delicious and unlike anything I've ever eaten. I think it would be delicious w/some leftover mashed potatoes added to the mix, too. THANKS for the unusual recipe, KFREESE!
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Pizza with Ham, Asparagus, and Ricotta

Reviewed: Feb. 12, 2013
This was delicious! That being said, I think I prefer it as an appetizer (on a super thin crust/flatbread) rather than as a meal as it is quite rich. I followed the recipe, though I did use dough I'd already made and frozen. I was concerned w/the high bake time, but it's spot on and will be my new pizza cooking method as the result is a perfectly crisp crust. I did not have fresh herbs, so I chose to use a pinch of dried Italian Seasoning. Great stuff, Chef John!
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Grocery Store Frosting

Reviewed: Oct. 6, 2008
I am one of those people who *calls* the corner piece of cake w/all the balloons/flowers (which means LOTS of frosting), so when I saw this recipe I knew I wanted to try it. I finally made it this evening and it really is just like grocery store buttercream frosting. I followed the recipe, though I didn't measure the 10X sugar. I also added a little milk to the color I was using to frost the entire cake to make it a little more smooth (no milk necessary for the piping colors). TY for a great recipe! UPDATE: I have to agree w/the other reviewer who stated it tasted different the next day on the cake; she's not nuts, it does!!
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Guy Approved Meatloaf

Reviewed: Sep. 17, 2008
Mr. LTH really enjoyed this meatloaf (me, not so much, but just due to personal tastes-I'm not much of a BBQ flavorish fan). I made as is, except I made/cooked in a muffin tin, rather than in a loaf (cut bake time in half-about 35 min til they read 160 on a meat thermometer). The meat mixture was a little wet/sloppy and I was concerned when forming the muffins, but they turned out perfectly. If you enjoy BBQish tasting things, try this for sure! THANK YOU for a great recipe!
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Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette

Reviewed: Mar. 23, 2010
This ROCKS! I halved the recipe (enough for 2 BIG salads) and subbed dried minced onion for fresh (have I ever mentioned I'm kinda lazy?) and (even w/my mod) it was spot on. I used it for fresh veggie grilled chicken salads and I was practically licking my bowl! I wish I'd have had some fresh Italian bread to use to mop up the excess dressing in my bowl. If you're a vinaigrette lover, this is a MUST TRY! Thanks for a great salad dressing, CATHYRAE!
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Monkey Bread Muffins

Reviewed: Feb. 19, 2012
Good stuff! Simple, quick, and easy to throw together for a breakfast treat. This yielded 12 muffins for me. I was out of cinnamon, but did have a little cinnamon/sugar grinder I was able to use. I can't wait to make them again w/heavy cinnamon (not a fan of apple pie spice). I chose to top w/a simple 10X sugar/milk/vanilla glaze. THANKS for the recipe, Lindsay Deaver!
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