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Chef John's Swedish Meatballs

Reviewed: Feb. 16, 2013
The aroma of these as I was mixing them were wonderful, and the flavor was great too. However, there are a few key ingredients left out of the original recipe post, so this is how I made my gravy: 2 T butter 1/4 cup flour 1.5 cups beef stock 1/2 cup cream 1/2 teaspoon sugar 1 teaspoon Worchestershire sauce 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper The recipe doesn't say how many meatballs this made. Making 2-3 tablespoon-sized meatballs gave me about 34 pretty big meatballs (like, spaghetti-and-meatball size versus IKEA meatball size), which needed to cook longer than the 20 minutes allotted. Mine ended up cooking for 40 minutes, and were slightly tough on the outside, and the temp only got to 150 inside with my thermometer, but they were definitely done. I think next time I will cook for a little longer at a lower temp to not have the outside so overdone. Also, the recipe called for making the gravy before making the meatballs, but I would definitely make the gravy AFTER they are cooked since it really doesn't take more than a few minutes to whisk up. The amount of gravy made with my measurements there only really coated about half the recipe (the hubby is a gravy fanatic, plus we wanted some for the potatoes too), so I'd at least double it next time since it's very thick, and doesn't stretch far. Because I was waiting so long for the meatballs to cook, the gravy got super thick, but a little splash of beef stock helped loosen it as I warmed it back up on the stove.
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Easy Carbonara Sauce

Reviewed: Feb. 15, 2013
So delicious! And so quick to make! Perfect for a wholesome week night meal. I was concerned about the lack of seasonings, but due to the saltiness from the bacon, and the seasonings from the jar of sauce, it didn't need a single adjustment, and my kids ate two servings. We served this with thin whole wheat spaghetti and it paired beautifully.
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Baked Pears

Reviewed: Apr. 4, 2013
I'm familiar with baked fruits for dessert, and am normally a HUGE advocator for butter, but the butter just sat inside the pear as it baked, and when I took it out, it splashed everywhere, and ran out all over the place when I cut it, mixing with the ice cream. The amount of cinnamon was quite a lot compared to the small amount of pear flesh that was leftover after I was done scooping out the insides, and if I made this again, I would combine all the ingredients together (after melting the butter) and then just drizzle over the pears in the dish. Maybe even cut whole pears up in slices beforehand to minimize the waste from digging through the top to get to the seeds in the center. For people not used to eating fruit, this might be a way to get them to eat it, but it's definitely not healthy nor indulgent, and the ratio of butter/sugar/spice to fruit was just way, way off for me. :(
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Christmas Pork Roast

Reviewed: Feb. 17, 2013
Despite getting the wrong cranberry sauce at the store (we got the regular ol' cranberry jelly), and not having any ginger, this was amazing! The kids LOVED the glaze (while the roast was resting, I poured it into a sauce pan and added some cornstarch to thicken it up some) and kept asking for more, the hubby kept remarking at the flavor and the juiciness of the pork, and while it was cooking, it made the entire house smell divine. This is going in the "tried & true" list for sure.
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Chocolate Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies

Reviewed: Dec. 13, 2014
I've made peanut butter blossoms before, but not with chocolate, and not rolled in sugar before baking. These were absolutely delicious! I'm not a big PB & Chocolate fan, and I think the addition of the cocoa powder to the mix really takes that strong PB flavor down, while still having an authentic flavor. The sugar helped make them a little chewy with a slight crunch that didn't complete crumble apart like other PB blossoms, and all in all, I would for sure make them again! Made a double batch in my Kitchenaid mixer bowl using the paddle attachment and had absolutely no issues.
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Peanut Butter and Banana Chocolate Truffles

Reviewed: Feb. 16, 2013
The combination of the chocolate, banana and powdered sugar were great, but I tasted little to no peanut butter. Overall, if you like the chocolate+banana combo, these are delicious!
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Vintage Lemonade

Reviewed: May 22, 2015
I didn't think you could deepen the flavor of a recipe that pretty much had one main ingredient, but it's amazing what a little lemon oil will do! Loved the intensity it brought. My rinds were fairly thin so I just put them cut-side down into a 9x9 Pyrex, layered the sugar on top, then poured the hot water over it when it was time. Because the lemons floated, I flipped them over to not get any of the bitter pith to seep into the mixture and as it sat, the aroma was amazing! Be aware of the size of your lemons too, as well as their tartness. My lemons were small/medium-sized and a not as tart, so I could have added a bit more lemon juice to balance the sugar, or else cut back the sugar a little, but when poured over ice it helped balance the flavors too, and was a wonderfully refreshing drink!
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Scrumptious Strawberry Shortcake

Reviewed: May 2, 2015
Super easy AND delicious! I skipped the cream of tarter like someone recommended and dropped the baking powder to 3 teaspoons, then pulsed the dry ingredients + butter in my food processor until crumbly and dumped into a large mixing bowl to receive the wet ingredients. Whisked the egg before adding it into the mixture with the cream, then kneaded directly inside the bowl until it came together. Instead of rolling it out, I quickly divided it into 12 individual balls, flattened on a parchment-lined baking sheet, then sprinkled a touch of sugar on top for extra crunch. The result was a crumbly, crispy, crunchy, soft, buttery shortcake that paired beautifully with fresh strawberries, as well as the "Lime and Tequila Infused Strawberries" recipe from this site too!
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NO YOLKS® Luscious Kugel

Reviewed: Feb. 23, 2015
I didn't have a 3-quart baking dish, so split this into two 1.5-qt baking dishes, and baked for only 45 minutes. It came out perfectly! Nothing was burnt or hard on top, although I wish the corn flakes were a little more crispy? Not sure if it's because I bought a store-brand corn flake or what, but I kind of wished for a little more crunch. The sweetness throughout the dish was good - not overly sweet like many desserts, and the raisins helped give it another element of sweetness that punched it up a bit. In the future, I would add some cinnamon (and maybe vanilla) to the custard mix. For never having had kugel before, I didn't think it was bad, but could definitely stand to be experimented with for a stronger flavor.
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Sarah's Applesauce

Reviewed: Dec. 20, 2014
Omigosh it's superb! This is way faster than running to the store any time the kids have a hankering for the stuff. Can't wait to try new variations using other fruits and spices in the future!
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Whole Grain Spaghetti with Cherry Tomatoes, Marinated Chicken Breast and Pesto

Reviewed: Jul. 18, 2014
I had read the reviews and saw the it was kind of bland, so decided to make the "Pesto" recipe here on the Allrecipes site, thinking that the fresh-picked-from-the-garden herbs and freshly ground parmesan would make a big difference in the outcome. It was...still lacking something. The directions felt a bit clunky to me, and it was hard to keep up with it all. Next time, I would set the pot of water to boil first, then grill the chicken, then leave it to rest while I worked on the veggies, setting those aside in a large bowl until needed. Then I would cook the spaghetti, toss it into the vegetables until well-mixed, then add the pesto to coat well. I had added the pesto first, and by the time the veggies were added, the spaghetti had absorbed everything and there wasn't much left over. Maybe that would have made a difference? Also, I added more salt than I normally do, but the depth of flavor still didn't seem strong. Individually, all the components were great. But together? It just seemed disjointed. I'll have to try again.
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Summer Fruit Galettes

Reviewed: Aug. 4, 2013
This was delicious and super easy! I had one pie crust left over, and didn't feel like making a full pie, so when I came across this recipe, I was enthralled! I halved the fruit easily, but needed a little more time for it to bake since most of the fruit was frozen, and added about 10 extra minutes to my fresh pluot, and frozen blueberry & strawberry filling. Gorgeous presentation, and a total snap to prep. Thanks!
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Pizza On The Grill I

Reviewed: Jul. 18, 2013
The dough to this was PHENOMENAL!! I must have eaten quite a bit as I was "testing" it for doneness right off the grill! The garlic folded into the dough really made it stand out, and I could have just eaten crust all night. We ended up grilling a few empty ones and cutting them into breadsticks to dip into extra marinara sauce. Deeelish!
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Barbecued Pork Kebabs

Reviewed: Jun. 18, 2015
This was incredible! It made enough to share with a neighbor and her family too and we both agreed that the flavor was strong throughout, even after only a 4-hour marinade.
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Best Lemonade Ever

Reviewed: May 3, 2015
If you like sweet lemonade, this is it! It depends on what kinds of lemons you use (Meyer vs. regular lemons), but I would mix the lemon juice + water first, then add half the simple syrup and increase from there. You'll probably need less syrup, too, if you add fresh fruit to the pitcher as well. I macerated some strawberries the night before and added about a cup of them to the recipe, so due to all the sweetness in that mix-in, I could use less simple syrup.
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Parker's Famous Margaritas

Reviewed: May 2, 2015
This was too strong/tart for my liking, but the hubby downed it easily, so we will probably make it again! I just have much more of a sweet tooth, but so long as you get a good tequila (Sauza Blue Silver is my go-to since it's so smooth and fresh-tasting) and some fresh limes, you will be good to go. If you want it sweeter yourself, you can always add some simple syrup to the mix.
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NO YOLKS® Beef Noodle Casserole

Reviewed: Feb. 21, 2015
This was SO easy to throw together! And I had most of the ingredients inside my pantry already, which made getting dinner on the table for the kids incredibly quick and tasty. In the future, I will make sure to have the noodles completely done before I started browning the meat so that everything could come together much faster - I tried to boil the water while I cooked the meat and was waiting around forever for it to happen! Lol
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Garden Fresh Tomato Soup

Reviewed: Dec. 25, 2014
I'd never made tomato soup before, but other recipes seemed more complicated, or called for ingredients I didn't readily have on hand. I found this one and have made this soup a number of times already, and it is just as quick, simple, and delicious each time! Added basil as a variation and it was fabulous. Thanks so much!
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Double Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

Reviewed: Dec. 13, 2014
These were smaller than I expected but oh so rich! Totally hit the spot for my chocolate craving (and in just a piece or two), and fit perfectly into a mini cupcake wrapper for presenting in gift boxes to friends for the holidays. I put the Nutella into a thick plastic bag, snipped the corner a little bit, and "piped" Nutella onto one cookie while smushing it down with the second cookie. No mess! Can't wait to try this with a mint-chocolate filling next time!
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Caramel Apple Cider with Salty-Sweet Rim

Reviewed: Nov. 22, 2014
I love this! Had some leftover salted caramel in the fridge, so used it to rim the cup (after heating to soften), as well as place a generous dollop inside to melt as I stirred in the hot apple cider. I had some trouble getting the caramel to stick to the rim, so I'm sure honey would be better for that, but the flavor was EXCELLENT, and the little hardened bits of spiced, salted caramel along the edges were divine! Totally an easy indulgence on a cold winter night, and I can't wait to try this rimmer method on a holiday cocktail as well!! :)
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