• Pickled Jalapenos

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    9-26-2018 ~I must confess I made these only because I was desperate to find something to do with an excess of jalapenos from my garden. I mean, much as I love them, you can only eat so many jal ... Read full review
  • 8-24-2018 ~Given the limitations I had to work around when making this, I can still say I couldn’t have asked for a better result. First, I scaled this down to one serving which could almost ... Read full review
  • Bacon and Eggs Potato Salad

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    Looking for a potato salad recipe that Hubs would like, I had a couple of criteria that had to be there – it had to have mayonnaise, it had to have (yellow) mustard and it had to have celery ( ... Read full review
  • Ground Beef and Chopped Cabbage

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    12-4-2017 ~ I’ve turned out some pretty good things in the kitchen strictly with the purpose in mind of using limited ingredients at hand. This was the case here. I suppose I’m unusual fo ... Read full review
  • Blueberry Zucchini Muffins

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    7-31-2017 ~While looking for a recipe for muffins calling for zucchini, this one had me at olive oil. The olive oil, along with the zucchini of course, made these incredibly moist. The zucchin ... Read full review
  • Ultimate Banana Muffins

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    3-30-2017 ~A solid performer. Given these are light and fluffy, not dense with a tight crumb like a typical banana muffin or banana bread, this would be one to remember when you want a banana ... Read full review
  • Fresh Cherry Muffins

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    8-4-2016 ~Whoa, talk about a flavor punch of fresh cherries – this is it! And to coin a tired expression, these muffins are just “bursting with cherries.” Other than substituting vanill ... Read full review
  • Bacon Avocado Salad

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    8-1-2016 ~This salad sounded awesome good to me and in spite of the fact I didn’t think Hubs would go for it I was hell bent on making it anyway. And what a hit it was, with both of us! Crea ... Read full review
  • Tammy's Turmeric Rice

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    7-30-2016 ~Great flavor, pretty on the plate, this plays a great supporting role to any grilled or roasted meat or fish. I love the addition of both the carrots and the peas, which added color ... Read full review
  • 7-9-2016 ~These were pretty – and pretty interesting too! Cilanto was a creative and tasty addition to the scrambled eggs and brought reason to putting scrambled eggs into a poblano pepper. ... Read full review
  • Baked Potato Latkes

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    7-3-2016 ~I backed off on the onion a bit as the amount called for was more than I would have cared for. Also, I did not use primo extra virgin olive oil for this - common vegetable oil did t ... Read full review
  • Vitamix® Guacamole Sarah's Way

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    5-22-2016 ~ Difficult to get as chunky as we would have preferred, but tasty nonetheless. Measurements of ingredients reliably spot on. Fun to try as an experiment but the old-fashioned "by h ... Read full review
  • 5-20-16 ~I wish there was something I could do to rid myself of my distaste for dark meat. There are so many recipes that call for it but I just can’t do it. Here too, I used chicken breast ... Read full review
  • Chicken Milanese

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    5-10-2016 ~Not being a fan of “Italian seasoned bread crumbs,” I just used bread crumbs made from a good quality Italian bread and seasoned simply with salt, pepper and fresh parsley. I al ... Read full review
  • Old-Fashioned Shortcake

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    4-24-2016 ~Weird. Everything about this is weird, both before I baked it and after. First of all, this is not a batter you pour into the pan as the instructions direct. It is a thick batter ... Read full review
  • Tuna Antipasto Salad Bowl

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    4-22-2016 ~The list of ingredients told me this was going to be good, but it exceeded my expectations. I held off with my review until Hubs weighed in and he agreed, this is no ordinary tuna p ... Read full review
  • Sadie's Buttermilk Biscuits

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    3-15-2016 ~I tried a cast iron biscuit pan for the first time today and I wasn’t entirely pleased with the results so I suspect mastering it and turning out perfect biscuits will be a learnin ... Read full review
  • Southwest Fiesta Dressing

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    2-24-2016 ~I never have plain yogurt around, Greek or otherwise, so I made this completely with sour cream. Other than that I prepared this right down the list of ingredients, exactly as writt ... Read full review
  • 2-22-2016 ~Know what Hubs said with one thumb up, the other holding onto his spoon, and his mouth full of chili? “Best chili I’ve ever had! I want you to make it again, exactly the same ... Read full review
  • Delicious Macaroni Salad

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    2-20-2016 ~The truth be told, I made some tartar sauce yesterday for a dinner that never materialized and this pasta salad put it to good use. Mayonnaise, dill pickles and red onion – all se ... Read full review
  • Chocolate Oatmeal Chip Cookies

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    2-11-2016 ~I was more or less looking for a a basic cookie jar cookie that would be great to freeze, since that ’s where Hubs goes foraging for them when he needs a sugar fix after supper. I ... Read full review
  • Baked Halibut Sitka

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    1-12-2016 ~I'm lucky to have beautiful halibut filets in the freezer we hauled back from a trip to Seattle. Hubs has always said he dislikes it, preferring firmer fish like salmon or swordfish, ... Read full review
  • Jon's Corn and Zucchini

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    1-12-2016 ~Prepare this using the ingredients in proportions that appeal to you and this is really, really good. For me that meant not measuring and just relying on what looked right to me - le ... Read full review
  • Crab Macaroni Salad

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    1-7-2016 ~Pretty darned good! As I thought over it for purposes of this review, I considered maybe a little more dill might be in order, or maybe a tad more celery. Hubs captured it best, howev ... Read full review
  • Potato Salad

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    11-27-2015 ~This is pretty much the potato salad I grew up with – and for me, that’s a GOOD thing. Familiar and delicious, I can still remember watching my mother prepare it and saying to h ... Read full review
  • Ham and Cheese Pasta Salad

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    10-23-15 ~Not too bad just as is, but even better embellished with things that sound good to you or to use what you've got in the fridge. In my case, since I was only making this for Hubs and ... Read full review
  • Shrimp Scampi with Pasta

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    No sense messing with something that on its own is pretty darn good. It's not necessary to measure precisely, just use all ingredients to your heart's and eyes' content. A squeeze of this, a ... Read full review
  • The idea of these three vegetables was appealing; however, as it turned out I did not enjoy the dish. I was neither a fan of the coriander nor the lemon juice. Especially the lemon juice. And ... Read full review
  • Bon Appetit's Meatballs

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    What I appreciate about this recipe is that the submitter knows that no matter how individual Italian cooks make their meatballs, there are always just a few, simple, ingredients. These were con ... Read full review
  • Fig and Arugula Salad

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    I generally don't care for a salad made with arugula on it own. It's just too bitter for me and typically needs to be tempered with another, milder green. Unless you choose to use this dressin ... Read full review
  • Zucchini Cake IV

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    No clue why this wasn't the prettiest loaf I've ever made. But this is some "D" good zucchini cake/bread. I did add some dried cranberries, and that was a delicious and pretty addition. But I ... Read full review
  • Pork Carnitas

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    I had every intention of photographing this. I really did. But here’s what happened – the smell of this was driving me nuts the whole time it was cooking. I mean it. By the time we sat do ... Read full review
  • While this was very good, I can’t honestly say that the addition of the zucchini blossoms made it any more special. It was pretty, for sure, as well as fun and interesting to try. But given ... Read full review
  • Lemon Cake From Scratch

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    I was very pleased with this cake initially. It rose nicely and released from the pan easily. It baked to a beautiful golden color and when cut, revealed a moist and tender crumb. On the basi ... Read full review
  • Zucchini with Egg

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    Zucchini – it’s good for breakfast too! As an Italian who grew up with this humble dish herself (using the summer zucchini bounty from Grandma’s and Mom’s plentiful gardens) I can vouch ... Read full review
  • Blueberry Crumble Bars

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    “WE’VE GOT A WIIIIIIINNER!!” So said the voice bellowing from the family room into the kitchen, where I was cleaning up after supper. Truth be told, I was surprised; I was not expecting t ... Read full review
  • Warm Blueberry Cobbler

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    After reading a couple of reviewers' remarks that this was too liquidy, too juicy, I took that as a heads up. Because of previous experience with blueberry cobblers, however, I knew this neede ... Read full review
  • Simply Egg Salad

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    Maybe the reason I enjoyed this so much was because it was “simply” egg salad. No frills. I do love variations of basic egg salad with different and even unusual add-ins. But it was nice ... Read full review
  • I struggled rating this recipe since there were two of us eating this, each with different opinions. First, the preparation: Hubs did flour the scallops, under protest, in the interest of exp ... Read full review
  • Lemon Zucchini Bars

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    Dee-licious. Moist (a cup of oil makes that a no-brainer), lemony, but not too lemony, and prettily flecked with green zucchini. I omitted the nuts because I didn't want their distracting fla ... Read full review
  • Watermelon Delight

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    Five stars all the way around, for simplicity and ease of preparation, for presentation, and for pure, refreshing deliciousness. ... Read full review
  • Jacolyn's Herbed Vinaigrette

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    While the herbs in this dressing were not my fav, I still liked that feature of the dressing well enough. The apple cider vinegar, on the other hand, I didn’t tolerate nearly as well as I fou ... Read full review
  • The produce guy at the grocery store told me yes, $5.99 a pound for asparagus is pricey, but this is some darned good asparagus – it came all the way from Washington State! (I’m in Wisconsi ... Read full review
  • Blister Beans

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    My gut instinct shouted at me NOT to include the ginger. It just didn’t seem to belong here. Hubs talked me into taking a chance on it. I was right – the ginger was just wrong. I salvaged ... Read full review
  • Arroz Rojo (Mexican Red Rice)

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    I haven’t made Mexican rice in awhile, so maybe my memory is foggy, but I’m not sure I’ve ever made a Mexican rice recipe quite this good. Rather than trying to grate a tomato, I simply b ... Read full review
  • Strawberry Kiwi Smoothie

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    Hubs called this “a real treat;” sweet, and not sort of sour as many are. (Could be because I made it with our own Wisconsin frozen vanilla custard,not yogurt, and reduced the amount of hon ... Read full review
  • Classic Spicy Meatloaf

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    I have to admit I resisted the temptation to add “this or that” to this recipe; you know, what I USUALLY put in my meatloaf. But I caught myself. I mean, what’s the point of trying a new ... Read full review
  • Loaded Mashed Potatoes

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    Adding these ingredients to mashed potatoes is not exactly creative or inspired, but that doesn’t make these any less delicious. Think about it…sour cream, cheese, bacon, chives, butter…m ... Read full review
  • Pink Flamingo Yogurt Smoothie

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    Purely subjective of course, but I am convinced that smoothies with mangoes in them are among the best. This one is particularly good and Hubs agrees - strawberries and mango are clearly a ma ... Read full review
  • Eight oz. of mushrooms for 5 eggs? A whole onion? Even more startling, 1-1/2 TABLESPOONS of Italian seasoning? For 5 eggs? Especially regarding the seasoning, one could reasonably assume thi ... Read full review
  • Not Thousand Island Dressing

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    Yes of course, on Reubens, but this is an excellent salad dressing too. No mustard seed on hand, I substituted with about the same amount of ground mustard. If I were this recipe's submitter I' ... Read full review
  • Big Bad Burgers

    naples34102's rating:
    This has such great flavor and the toppings magnificent, but Hubs and I both agree it would be much better prepared as meatloaf and then proceeding with the recipe and slicing it for sandwiches. ... Read full review
  • Of all the variations of “fake mashed potatoes” cauliflower recipes I’ve tried, this is one of the best. Most are good but most aren’t quite as sturdy as you’d want your “mashed pot ... Read full review
  • Good enough as is, but I couldn't resist throwing in some capers and chopped fresh parsley. I did, however, lose the cayenne which in my mind would have been an unnecessary distraction. I driz ... Read full review
  • Slow Cooker Spaghetti Squash

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    I wasn’t a big fan of this. Yes, it was easy, but a slow cooker cooks with moist heat, and moist heat was not the best method for spaghetti squash, at least not for me. Moist heat resulted i ... Read full review
  • In spite of its simple and few ingredients, or maybe because of its simple and few ingredients, this was deceptively and surprisingly good. Basic and simple was just what I was after today (di ... Read full review
  • Take Out-Style Fried Rice

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    So good, so simple, so colorful and pretty. As I always do, I cooked the egg separately like a crepe, then rolled it up like a cigar and sliced it into ribbons, chiffonade style. I cooked t ... Read full review
  • Luscious Lemon Triangles

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    I'm not sure why the flour and baking powder are necessary (some lemon bar recipes call for it, other don't), but no matter - these are delicious. As I always do with lemon bars, be it a 2-egg ... Read full review
  • You have to be careful monkeying around with measurements when you bake - you don't want to goof up the chemistry of the ingredients and risk a failure. You have much more leeway with cooking, ... Read full review
  • Chocolate Banana Layer Cake

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    My review is for the cake only, which I made into cupcakes The cake is delicious, subtly chocolate, more boldly banana flavored, but there's no mistaking either. Moist, soft and fluffy, milk c ... Read full review
  • Best Chocolate Frosting

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    I'm a little uncertain how to rate this, since I made a single, but significant change, so I'll just rate it...excellent! Use double the butter, softened, not melted (wanted it to make sure it ... Read full review
  • Chocolate Toffee Cookies II

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    These weren't the prettiest cookies I've ever made (they kind of look like flattened out mud pies) but man, they sure are good! Very chocolatey, thin and crispy, almost like a brownie/toffee coo ... Read full review
  • Hubs said he thought this tasted better than it looked, but I have to disagree. It's true, it doesn't present well and I think it tastes about as good as it looks. The crust is very floury ta ... Read full review
  • Green Goddess Dip

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    This made an excellent salad dressing simply thinned out with some buttermilk. I scaled this down to eight servings, and used 1/2 tsp. of anchovy paste for the one lonely anchovy. I’m not f ... Read full review
  • I’ve made these cauliflower mashed potato dishes many times but always have to be very careful when I make them so they don’t turn out too goopy. For great success the cauliflower must be c ... Read full review
  • Midwest Salisbury Steak

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    Simple and satisfying comfort food. Great gravy. I prepared this as the recipe directed with a couple of exceptions – I added a couple of cloves of minced garlic to the onions and mushrooms ... Read full review
  • Oven Baked Omelet

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    Pretty as a picture, whether it’s in or out of the individual (10-oz.) ramekins I baked this in. (These unmold VERY easily) Baked as an omelet makes the same old scrambled eggs look just a l ... Read full review
  • If you’re in search of a good lemon, buttermilk and/or pound cake, stop here. This one is all you’d hope for. Moist, great flavor, tender crumb, not too dense (the small amount of baking ... Read full review
  • Janet's Appetizer

    naples34102's rating:
    Oh, was this awesome good! We were really taken by surprise on this one. Maybe it was because there were no photos to show us what we were in for, and I'm happy to give it its first. More lik ... Read full review
  • Shrimp Scampi ala Norelllaura

    naples34102's rating:
    This was ultimately very good (five stars), but not without a good deal of tinkering, not least of which reducing the cooking time drastically- this should come together in less time than it tak ... Read full review
  • After a fairly disappointing experience recently with another, similar, biscuit recipe, this one was a wonderful reward. Whereas the previous biscuits were too heavy on the garlic and cheese, t ... Read full review
  • Oktoberfest Potato Salad

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    German style food is not something I grew up eating and even now I wouldn't say it's something that either Hubs or I have a well-developed palate for. We have been experimenting with it more in ... Read full review
  • Hubs never came across a banana bar he didn't like, including this one. This is a classic banana bar recipe, but its distinction is with the browned butter frosting which I thought was a nice c ... Read full review
  • Mom's Sugar Cookies

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    When I made these cookies today I made a very critical error - I didn't make nearly enough of them. This is one of the best cookies I've made in a looooong time, and I can only explain my maki ... Read full review
  • Warm Shrimp Salad

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    This was creative not in terms of the ingredients or preparation necessarily, but it sure offered creativity when I was looking for something light, quick, easy, healthy, and still used ingredie ... Read full review
  • I prepared this as the recipe directed, with the addition that I poured in a good glug of white wine to help the cooking process along. It did do that, but it added great flavor as well. Also, ... Read full review
  • Chocolate Almond Pudding

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    This was a cinch to put together, that's for sure. I prepared this as written save for doubling up on the vanilla and omitting the almond which just didn't appeal to me. I used a very good qual ... Read full review
  • Pasta Fredda

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    As is so typical of Italian cuisine, this was defined by its simplicity and by its fresh and quality ingredients. This Pasta Fredda, Caprese style, was good and satisfying (and a dish after my ... Read full review
  • Can't go wrong with Brussels sprouts, bacon and garlic and as this recipe's first reviewer I'm happy to report that experienced and novice cooks alike can prepare this with confidence as the su ... Read full review
  • Thousand Island Dressing III

    naples34102's rating:
    We both enjoyed this twist, this variation, of Thousand Island Dressing. The green pepper and pimento were interesting and unusual additions that contributed great flavor, texture and color. R ... Read full review
  • Just okay as is. I loved the Creole mustard and the Cajun seasoning, but this was seriously in need of some color, some punch, some zip! And I mean both in flavor as well as presentation. I ga ... Read full review
  • Brownie Cupcakes

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    Can't beat the rich flavor butter gives baked goods, this recipe's best feature in my view. They're light and milk chocolaty, which Hubs loved but I found a little wimpy in chocolate intensity, ... Read full review
  • Salisbury Steak with Mushrooms

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    As I looked over the recipe, I could see it cried out for seasoning – seasoned bread crumbs, Montreal Steak Seasoning and Worcestershire Sauce did the trick. Good, homey dish. I served this ... Read full review
  • Macho Minestrone

    naples34102's rating:
    Very good in the end, but I had to play with this a bit. First, for me this needed garlic and fresh herbs (and a good glug of red wine). Second, I found additional broth preferable to the wate ... Read full review
  • Fresh Apple Walnut Cake

    naples34102's rating:
    Kind of ordinary as is, but much improved with a good drizzle of caramel topping! I think a powdered sugar glaze would be good too, to jazz this up a bit. I made no changes to the recipe itse ... Read full review
  • Good, basic, uncomplicated recipe. Easy to prepare. Appreciated there was no heavy-handed seasoning. I left the sausage in its casing, cutting it into small sections. Also used red wine rath ... Read full review
  • Parmesan Roasted Acorn Squash

    naples34102's rating:
    Only one criticism...if sliced into 3/4" slices and baked for the length of time directed (I did 25 minutes) this was too long. I think 20 minutes would have been perfect. Other than that it w ... Read full review
  • Super Lemon Ice Cream

    naples34102's rating:
    Mmmmm, refreshingly tart, but not too tart. Just right sweet. A GREAT after dinner dessert because of it. But...I made a couple of (minor) deviations. I made a lemon-lime version, using half ... Read full review
  • Summery Bean Salad

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    In my view a bean salad is a bean salad is a bean salad. They're all good, but none really stands out from another. But THIS one? One thought says it all - the lime dressing makes THIS bean sa ... Read full review
  • Sriracha Biscuits

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    Mindful of Hubs' sensitive innards, I was hesitant to try these despite being tempted by the addition of the Sriracha. But he gave me the "go ahead." We both thought they were great, tho' for di ... Read full review
  • Hubs and I really enjoyed this tonight but I have to agree with the "most helpful" reviewer - this was a tad too "sour creamy," so if I had it to do over again, I, too, would like a meatier gra ... Read full review
  • Jaeger Schnitzel

    naples34102's rating:
    A good, basic, reliable recipe for schnitzel (pound chops to about 1/4" thickness), but I preferred to make my own creamy mushroom sauce to accompany it. (Sauté some minced onion and mushrooms ... Read full review
  • Oatmeal Cinnamon Cookies

    naples34102's rating:
    Mmm-MM! Loved these! A little sweet, a little salty, crispy on the outside, tender on the inside. I did, however, make a couple of modifications. In looking over the recipe I thought it coul ... Read full review
  • Loved this. Moist, tender, full of flavor, and adding some finely chopped red bell pepper made it pretty to boot. I don't care for sweet corn bread, so using just two tablespoons of sugar rath ... Read full review
  • Shrimp and White Bean Salad

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    While I do enjoy more heavily spiced foods on occasion, I generally prefer fresh food, simply prepared, with a minimum of distracting spices, added flavors or ingredients. But this time I was ... Read full review
  • Cuban Shredded Pork

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    I planned tonight’s meal carefully but regrettably this was not the hit I had hoped it would be. I cooked the meat (country style ribs which could tolerate the long cooking time without dryin ... Read full review
  • Caramel-Apple Crisp

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    I only took a microscopic taste of this myself but I could tell from looking over the recipe it was going to be good - and it was, so says Hubs, who was in 7th Heaven eating it. Other than addi ... Read full review
  • How could I not be tempted by a recipe with such an enticing name? I set upon to make this with great anticipation. Unfortunately, because of some problems I encountered, I can't rate this re ... Read full review
  • Exchange Gang Pasta with Shrimp

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    This recipe has been on the radar (at least mine anyway) for a loooong time and frankly I don't know why I haven't tried it until now - and I regret it. Keri, I'm impressed. You were certainl ... Read full review
  • This recipe is much like "Refreshing Limoncello Cake," from this site. I loved that one, so it's no wonder I loved this one as well. It is indeed a cake appropriate for summer, as it is not o ... Read full review
  • Mom's Spiced Zucchini Bread

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    What gives this recipe its distinction from other zucchini bread recipes is, indeed, its "spiciness" - it includes three different spices, not just the typical cinnamon. I generally (not alw ... Read full review
  • Veal or Chicken Marsala

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    Dust veal with flour, season with salt and pepper. Sauté for just a couple of minutes on each side, not eight minutes! Veal cooks quickly - do NOT overcook, the most important criteria, in ... Read full review
  • Loaded Egg Salad

    naples34102's rating:
    Not a big hit with Hubs who thought there was too much going on, especially too much bacon. I, however, enjoyed this, tho' I omitted the salt and the paprika (didn't want to turn the egg sal ... Read full review
  • Baked Shrimp Scampi

    naples34102's rating:
    I took a lot of creative license with this. I did use all of the ingredients as listed (except for omitting the cayenne entirely), but changed the execution of the recipe. Most important, I did ... Read full review
  • Garlic Vegetable Saute

    naples34102's rating:
    On the surface this looks like nothing new or special. But try adding this bit of jalapeno! It gave a ho-hum sautéed zucchini new life and zip. It, with the addition of red and yellow pep ... Read full review
  • Cool Cucumber Salad

    naples34102's rating:
    Didn't measure anything,just kind of dumped things in till it looked the way I wanted it to. I had planned to add a squirt of fresh lemon juice but I forgot. That was pure serendipity becaus ... Read full review
  • San Francisco Pork Chops

    naples34102's rating:
    Excellent flavor with a beautiful presentation. I cut back on the soy sauce and made up for it with more broth to avoid over saltiness. Also, I did reduce the cooking time drastically, knowi ... Read full review
  • Mustard Mashed Potatoes

    naples34102's rating:
    Was it going to be traditional (boring) mashed potatoes for supper tonight or was it going to be mashed potatoes with, gasp, MUSTARD in them? In the end, the mashed potatoes with mustard preva ... Read full review
  • Renee's Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

    naples34102's rating:
    I love rhubarb season! As soon as those stalks are long and thick enough, I'm baking me some strawberry rhubarb pie! I do have a favorite recipe I've used for nearly 40 years, but I always li ... Read full review
  • Fresh Corn and Zucchini Saute

    naples34102's rating:
    Once could certainly argue that this needs "seasoning," but I would argue this is perfect just as is - I like the fresh, clean, unenhanced flavor of good, fresh vegetables. ... Read full review
  • Zucchini Artichoke Summer Salad

    naples34102's rating:
    Unfortunately I think the name of this recipe is a little misleading and doesn't do the dish justice. Chicken isn't even mentioned and is a glaring omission. Still, as this recipe's first revi ... Read full review
  • Lemon Asparagus Risotto

    naples34102's rating:
    Excellent. Mellow but balanced flavor, colorful (I added orange bell pepper) and a beautiful side dish for the sauteed scallops I served this with. Just what I was looking for. I like a little ... Read full review
  • Before I even asked him for his opinion, Hubs voluntarily remarked, "These are the best chocolate chip cookies I ever ate." What?! I wasn't EVEN prepared for that! Do you know how many diffe ... Read full review
  • Williamsburg Orange Cake

    naples34102's rating:
    Nice, fresh-tasting cake, made even better with a fresh orange buttercream frosting. For my tastes the additions of nuts and raisins, traditional as they are, would not be an improvement for ... Read full review
  • Rhubarb Bread

    naples34102's rating:
    We are well into our kitchen/bathroom/laundry room remodel and not only am I missing home-cooked food, I am missing the experience of cooking and baking in general. We have returned to Naples a ... Read full review
  • Quick Beef Stir-Fry

    naples34102's rating:
    Embellish this if you like with rice wine (as I did) or rice wine vinegar, oyster sauce, hoisin sauce or ginger. Or vary the vegetables (I used celery, onion, Chinese cabbage, zucchini, red be ... Read full review
  • Lemon-Garlic Rainbow Chard

    naples34102's rating:
    Swiss chard, especially prepared this way, is something I grew up eating. I enjoy it so much I even grow it myself. For those unfamiliar with it you must try it, and the submitter has written t ... Read full review
  • Vegetable Fried Rice

    naples34102's rating:
    Some recipes, like this one, don't need to be dissected. "D" good just as is - I could eat a bowlful. The sesame oil should not be omitted as it takes this from good to great. (I used long ... Read full review
  • Amazing Oven Roasted Potatoes

    naples34102's rating:
    Good, basic and functional recipe for oven-roasted potatoes that lends itself well to personal interpretation. The size of “chunks” being relative, I cut mine on the smaller side which then ... Read full review
  • Mushroom Melt Stuffed Chicken

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    This took a little extra effort than most baked chicken dishes, but with some tweaking to suit my tastes, it was fun preparing it, and we enjoyed eating it. It was nice to have something a littl ... Read full review
  • This has the right idea but a couple of flaws. First, it should be noted that the cauliflower should be very dry before mashing or the results won’t be thick enough. Knowing this is an issue ... Read full review
  • Tasty Spicy Rice Pilaf

    naples34102's rating:
    On the surface it doesn't seem like this would be anything special...but it was. Not too boldly flavored, but not too plain or wimpy either. Just perfect in my mind (tho' I did use regular, lo ... Read full review
  • Hubs requested a salad with Thousand Island Dressing for supper tonight and, while I was really enthusiastic about this recipe, I went into it with a great deal of skepticism, thinking he would ... Read full review
  • Fluffy and Delicious Pancakes

    naples34102's rating:
    As the first reviewer of this recipe I had an advantage. Except for the cinnamon and vanilla, which submitter lists as optional anyway, this is the same recipe as the wildly popular and 5-star ... Read full review
  • I didn’t even bother with the topping, which seemed too rich and heavy for the already rich macaroni and cheese underneath it. I simply used some crushed bakery croutons (I did bake the ramek ... Read full review
  • When Hubs remarks “This is another of those dishes I really like that I’ll never see again,” you know you have something here! (Except for family favorites I rarely prepare the same dish ... Read full review
  • Playoff Meatballs

    naples34102's rating:
    The unexpected star of our NFL Playoffs "show." I'm convinced a good barbecue sauce and some finely chopped green pepper had everything to do with that. Make life easier and bake them at 400 de ... Read full review
  • Fajita Seasoning

    naples34102's rating:
    I wasn't sure about the necessity of cornstarch in this spice mix but because other, similar, recipes on the web called for it, and because I marinated the meat (I used strip steak and shrimp) i ... Read full review
  • Cheddar-Thyme Flaky Biscuits

    naples34102's rating:
    I reduced the amount of thyme and wished I had not. I reduced the amount of sugar to a mere 2 teaspoons and was very glad I did. When I removed the biscuits from the oven I brushed them with m ... Read full review
  • Seattle Nicoise

    naples34102's rating:
    This light, refreshing and nutritious salad was just what our bodies told us we needed after a couple of weeks worth of "holiday eating." Some of the submitter's twists on the classic Nicois ... Read full review
  • New Year's Fried Rice

    naples34102's rating:
    Nearly identical to Kikkoman's "Classic Fried Rice," also from this site. For the most part I followed the recipe as written (there are infinite variations you could try) except for cooking the ... Read full review
  • Mediterranean Bean Salad

    naples34102's rating:
    Fresh and flavorful, and I love the light, refreshing dressing. I used all ingredients to taste and a 2:1 ratio of olive oil to lemon juice. I added some finely chopped green pepper for a cont ... Read full review
  • Chewy Brownies

    naples34102's rating:
    These were just good enough. I prepared them in mini muffin pans with the intention of prettying them up with a rosette of vanilla buttercream frosting, festive Christmas sprinkles and a Hershe ... Read full review
  • Easy Eggnog Cupcakes

    naples34102's rating:
    This review is for the cupcake only, as I chose to use another frosting, "Smooth Buttercream Frosting," also from this site. I thought I might like this cake mix eggnog cake recipe better than t ... Read full review
  • Eggnog Cupcakes

    naples34102's rating:
    Okay, I'm convinced - these cupcakes are fragrant with the aroma of eggnog as they bake and when you bite into one you are most definitely tasting eggnog as well. The flavor is delicious but I ... Read full review
  • Satisfying. Flavorful. Nutritious. Delicious. Beautiful. And perfect as is (except I prepared this as a composed, rather than tossed, salad over romaine lettuce). That about covers it. ... Read full review
  • Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs

    naples34102's rating:
    This is an excellent "cheater" recipe for the most part. Still, it fell from perfection because the cooking time was too long. Hubs and I do far too much rib eating in our travels and one thing ... Read full review
  • Easiest Mac-N-Cheese Ever!

    naples34102's rating:
    The few weeks prior to Christmas, especially when I'm traveling, is a time when I welcome fast, easy recipes, but I still want a good meal. Mixing up some Velveeta with cooked noodles is a no- ... Read full review
  • I am not bashful about calling it as I see it, assigning a low star rating to a recipe if I feel it warrants it. I know Chef John has quite an avid following but frankly, I don’t get it. I ... Read full review
  • Parmesan Asparagus

    naples34102's rating:
    The concept was good, but I do have some criticism of this recipe. Suffice it to say olive oil is a better option than cooking spray, fresh minced garlic preferable to garlic salt, and the Parm ... Read full review
  • Homestyle Garlic Ranch Dressing

    naples34102's rating:
    Modifying this by using grapeseed oil rather than vegetable oil, fresh garlic rather than garlic powder and green onion rather than common onion, I still found this to be pretty dull on the tast ... Read full review
  • Uncle Dick's Mashed Potatoes

    naples34102's rating:
    There is absolutely nothing new, different or unusual about this recipe. Then somebody please tell me why these were some of the best darned mashed potatoes I've ever had! I mean all I did was ... Read full review
  • This is an excellent salad, easily adaptable to suit individual tastes and preferences. For me that meant substituting fresh tomatoes for the sun-dried, which just weren’t moving me in a cold ... Read full review
  • Nutmeg Cake

    naples34102's rating:
    My review is for the cake only, as I chose to use a different frosting. I made this recipe as cupcakes and what a pleasant surprise it was. This cake far exceeded the expectations I had for it. ... Read full review
  • Northern Italian Beef Stew

    naples34102's rating:
    Big and hearty, with a beefy tomato taste. Rich and robust, satisfying, stick to your ribs good. Other than coating the meat in flour first, I made no changes to the recipe. I had my doubts ... Read full review
  • Italian Sausage and Tomato Soup

    naples34102's rating:
    Given I was making a small amount of this just for Hubs and me, I didn’t measure ingredients - just eye balled them in smaller amounts…and added other ingredients as well. This is a good, b ... Read full review
  • Jennifer's Burgundy Beef Stew

    naples34102's rating:
    Unbelievable – I forgot to add the garlic AND the onion (busy day today) and Hubs and I agreed it was still “D” good! I’m sure this would have been even better with those additions but ... Read full review
  • Low-Carb Zucchini Pasta

    naples34102's rating:
    Five stars alone, just for the idea. But since zucchini doesn’t have a whole lot of flavor on its own, this needs some seasoning – just plain garlic comes to mind, tho’ I used Penzey’s F ... Read full review
  • Broiled Grouper Parmesan

    naples34102's rating:
    This was excellent. I loved it (which I guess means 5 stars!). I’m not a confident broiler, however, so after brushing the grouper filet with olive oil and seasoning on both sides with sea sal ... Read full review
  • French Potato Salad

    naples34102's rating:
    A "not bad" adaptation of the classic. I preferred to peel and slice the potatoes into 1/4" slices before cooking, preferred olive oil over vegetable oil, white wine vinegar over tarragon vineg ... Read full review
  • Pumpkin Pie Muffins

    naples34102's rating:
    Due to the fact I was a confessed pumpkin hoarder during The Great Pumpkin Shortage a couple of years back, I find myself making more “pumpkin things” than I would prefer (because I still ha ... Read full review
  • Yummy Lemon Coconut Loaf

    naples34102's rating:
    Great, moist cake with delicate lemon flavor. To please everyone I served this to I omitted the coconut. Also, because sizes of lemons vary, I hope it's helpful to note I used 1-1/2 tablespoo ... Read full review
  • Cream Cheese Pound Cake

    naples34102's rating:
    A traditional recipe for basic cream cheese pound cake with a little variety in the flavoring and a half cup less sugar. The blend of almond and nutmeg didn't appeal to me, so I just stuck with ... Read full review
  • Shrimp and Grits - a dish that has been nagging me for years to try it. Last week, while in Memphis, I finally tried it and fell in lust. But the dish was VERY spicy and on the greasy side and ... Read full review
  • Quick Cheddar Garlic Biscuits

    naples34102's rating:
    Hate to say, but I gotta say it...I made from-scratch biscuits yesterday and these Garlic Cheese Biscuits, that begin with baking mix, beat them hands down. Not even close. Never mind the comp ... Read full review
  • Tennessee Meatloaf

    naples34102's rating:
    Not outstanding, not extraordinary, but good and satisfying. Flavor is good – I used fresh thyme (the equivalent in fresh is three times that of dried) and added some celery just because I ge ... Read full review
  • Oatmeal Spice Cookies

    naples34102's rating:
    As this recipe’s first reviewer I wish I could rate it higher to give it a better start but neither Hubs nor I cared for these much. I had my concerns about these from the beginning but I res ... Read full review
  • Winter Leek and Potato Soup

    naples34102's rating:
    This is a simple, basic leek and potato soup, unencumbered by a lot of unnecessary and distracting extra ingredients. Leeks, potatoes, chicken broth and a little milk or cream is really all you ... Read full review
  • Sweet and Chunky Tomato Soup

    naples34102's rating:
    I followed the recipe loosely. Very loosely. “Eight tomatoes” was too vague for me. Eight large tomatoes? Eight medium or eight small tomatoes? When I brought in a big bowl of tomatoes ... Read full review
  • A good and reliable roasted parmesan potato recipe, and there are a million of ‘em. I chose to roast mine at 425 degrees and, because I wanted them super golden brown, didn’t turn them half ... Read full review
  • Shredded Beef Tacos with Lime

    naples34102's rating:
    I’m glad I doubled this, using a 3-pound roast, because now we can enjoy this again! The recipe has immediate appeal; still, I found I was going to play with it. Chuck is a fatty cut so I di ... Read full review
  • Excellent. Even Hubs, who is not a fan of either risotto or Parmesan scarfed this right up. Patience is key to a great risotto in my opinion. Low, slow cooking, adding the broth ladle by lad ... Read full review
  • I am of the opinion that to do anything with a lobster tail but broil it and serve it with nothing more than hot drawn butter is to insult it - until I tried this recipe. (Hubs requested somethi ... Read full review
  • Bacon Dijon Egg Salad Sandwich

    naples34102's rating:
    While traditional egg salad is always reliably delicious (and the ways Hubs prefers it), I often like to experiment with add-ins. In this variation I loved the additions of the fresh dill and ... Read full review
  • Roasted Green Beans

    naples34102's rating:
    Great flavor and texture - it was nice to do something different than the same old green beans. Because I've tried it and liked it on asparagus, I sprinkled them with Parmesan cheese before roas ... Read full review
  • Parmesan Sage Pork Chops

    naples34102's rating:
    So good my Parmesan cheese hating husband scarfed his pork chop right up and requested I not forget to make these again. That’s quite a tribute! I altered the recipe slightly so as to make it ... Read full review
  • Best Hummus

    naples34102's rating:
    Whoa! Garlic overload! Obviously garlic cloves vary greatly in size and mine must have been particularly large. I used just one good-sized clove and now as I write this it's all I'm tasting. Th ... Read full review
  • Easy Mango Banana Smoothie

    naples34102's rating:
    I pretty much welcome any smoothie that doesn't rely on one berry or another so this one appealed to me. With only plain Greek yogurt on hand, I added vanilla and a little sugar. My mango was co ... Read full review
  • Buttermilk Strawberry Shortcake

    naples34102's rating:
    I've always had strawberry shortcake made with pound cake, sponge cake or angel food cake - never with this sweet biscuit/scone like "cake."In addition to the turbinado sugar I gave them a good ... Read full review
  • Baked Crispy Potato Chicken

    naples34102's rating:
    While I find this recipe very good in theory or concept (or I wouldn’t have chosen it in the first place), in my mind it has a couple of obvious flaws. I loved the idea of soaking the chicken ... Read full review
  • Arica's Green Beans and Feta

    naples34102's rating:
    Couldn’t detect the addition of wine, even tho’ I used (substantially) more than the recipe called for. Therefore, if you’re a white wine drinker (and I am not) I would suggest you drink i ... Read full review
  • Orzo and Zucchini Salad

    naples34102's rating:
    We liked this. Light, fresh flavors, and unusually delicious served at room temperature. I adjusted the amounts of oil and vinegar, however, to the 3:1 ratio I prefer. I also added some sliced ... Read full review
  • Creamy Cucumber Tomato Salad

    naples34102's rating:
    Is this a recipe? Really? It's too basic, too simple! I like that. Nothing weird, nothing unusual, nothing that doesn't seem to fit. I don't use commercial vinaigrette and I didn't see the ne ... Read full review
  • Easy Valentine's Day Cake

    naples34102's rating:
    It isn't even close to Valentine's Day but when I noticed this recipe I recognized it as quite possibly a hidden gem of a yellow cake. While I didn't use the designated pans, it did "pan out." ... Read full review
  • Scrambled Egg Muffins

    naples34102's rating:
    This could obviously be made a lot faster and with a lot less fuss if just simply scrambled on the stovetop - but then you'd totally lose that "these are so darned cute" effect! I made these in ... Read full review
  • Stir Fried Wok Vegetables

    naples34102's rating:
    Submitter offers wide latitude with his recipe, so I took it. I used a variety of vegetables to use what I had in the fridge - bell peppers, yellow squash, bok choy, green beans, broccoli, mush ... Read full review
  • Maggie's Camper Specials

    naples34102's rating:
    Uh-oh, I thought. A dry and crumbly dough will produce a dry and crumbly cookie. I even had some difficulty keeping the the little dough balls in mounds on the cookie sheet. But when they c ... Read full review
  • Muffin Pan Frittatas

    naples34102's rating:
    Very similar to other muffin frittata recipes; this one differing in that it calls for asparagus rather than zucchini, although a variety of vegetables would work. Also different with this reci ... Read full review
  • Filled Rhubarb Coffee Cake

    naples34102's rating:
    As with any recipe we try, myself included, we have high hopes for its outcome. This, unfortunately, was one of the rare occasions I was let down. The batter looked good, but when I topped ... Read full review
  • Classic Rice Pilaf

    naples34102's rating:
    You know, I was making such a small amount of this recipe for Hubs and me that I immediately decided the oven method wasn’t practical for me and decided to just use the traditional stovetop me ... Read full review
  • End of the Rainbow Cake

    naples34102's rating:
    I cut the recipe in half to make 12 cupcakes but still used two eggs. Moist, light, fluffy, "squeezably soft" white cake. Nice. ... Read full review
  • Fairly common method of preparing roasted potatoes but delicious nonetheless - and the directions work. However, for best and even browning, turn half way through the cooking time. ... Read full review
  • Yummy Guacamole

    naples34102's rating:
    This is a basic, traditional guacamole recipe with the additions of the ingredients I enjoy and the omission of those I don't. I cut the amounts of jalapeno and cilantro in half simply to suit ... Read full review
  • I made this to put on our pork tacos tonight but neither Hubs nor I could keep our mitts off it, surprising since I had asked him how he liked it and he shrugged his shoulders and said, “Not r ... Read full review
  • Grandma's Moist Cake

    naples34102's rating:
    Hubs and I agree - this is excellent. It's quick and simple to mix up but that isn't even its strongest selling point. It's beautiful, rises nicely, not too sweet, and refreshingly moist for a ... Read full review
  • Mexican White Rice

    naples34102's rating:
    Loved this! Creamy, colorful and tasty, this was a welcome alternative to the traditional tomato-based Mexican rice. Hubs and I are not big fans of cooked carrots, but because I wanted the colo ... Read full review
  • Grandma M's Raisin Cookies

    naples34102's rating:
    I wanted a sugar cookie that called for cream of tartar specifically, as I like the light, sandy texture it imparts to cookies. I also wanted butter, not shortening, but not a combination of but ... Read full review
  • Zesty Lemon Loaf

    naples34102's rating:
    There are 5-star recipes, and then there are FIVE STAR recipes. This is a FIVE STAR recipe. Oh my goodness, what a treat! Moist and lemony and exquisitely delicious. I used a combination of ... Read full review
  • Stir-Fry Chicken and Vegetables

    naples34102's rating:
    I went about this a little differently. Rather than mixing the chicken with the soy sauce/broth mixture I reserved it until the end. I quickly stir-fried the thinly sliced chicken (easy to thi ... Read full review
  • Boiled Potatoes with Chives

    naples34102's rating:
    Novice cooks in particular will appreciate this recipe for its simple and reliable instructions. While experienced cooks may not need these instructions, they'll nevertheless appreciate it for i ... Read full review
  • Can't imagine using a pound of bacon for a head of cabbage. That said, cabbage cooked with bacon is an old classic, consistently popular because it's delicious - no doubt because of the bacon! ... Read full review
  • Best Buttermilk Biscuits

    naples34102's rating:
    I don't make biscuits often, tho' curiously I've made them twice this week. Both these and Kentucky Biscuits, also from this site, were winners. Tender, fluffy and light, these are equally as g ... Read full review
  • Wazzu Tailgate Chili

    naples34102's rating:
    You know, I don’t really like chili. I’ve always had to make it, however, because Hubs and my kids liked it. In fact my grown son, a fine cook in his own right, still says I make the best c ... Read full review
  • Grandma's Chicken Chardon

    naples34102's rating:
    Hubs and I really, really enjoyed this! I prepared this sticking reasonably close to the recipe except for using seasoned bread crumbs, more butter and lemon, and sprinkling the chicken with fre ... Read full review
  • Black Beans

    naples34102's rating:
    First of all, I took the easy way out and used canned beans. I sautéed the onions, peppers and garlic in the olive oil, then added the bay leaf and seasonings. I also gave it a good glug of c ... Read full review
  • Kentucky Biscuits

    naples34102's rating:
    Aside from adding a half teaspoon of salt I prepared these just as the recipe directs, being careful not to overwork the dough. I don't make biscuits often, so I doubt it's my biscuit expertise ... Read full review
  • Nana's Beef Stroganoff

    naples34102's rating:
    It's no wonder I liked this! With the exception of the white wine, which I really liked, this is the way I've been making Beef Stroganoff since I was a young girl in the early 60s, from a paper ... Read full review
  • Zinfandel Vinaigrette

    naples34102's rating:
    I don't think it is an unreasonable gripe that since this recipe has nothing to do with Zinfandel, which is a variety of red grape, that it is not only misleading but incorrect to call this "Zin ... Read full review
  • Lemon Cupcakes

    naples34102's rating:
    This is a beautiful cake I would not hesitate to recommend or to make again. It’s moist, not too fluffy yet not too dense. It has that wonderful richness only butter can contribute and just th ... Read full review
  • Easy Cream Cheese Frosting

    naples34102's rating:
    I’ve made cream cheese frosting countless times and have never had any issues doing so – until the last time I made cream cheese frosting. It was considerably gloppier than I wanted it, and ... Read full review
  • BBQ Bacon-Wrapped Meatloaf

    naples34102's rating:
    This was very different and very good - once some critical changes in measurements were made, at least to please Hubs and me. After decades of meatloaf making :) you grow to recognize how much w ... Read full review
  • Hubs is lucky I like him. He’s on a business trip today, getting home late tonite, and won’t have had a chance to eat all day. He told me he’s been looking forward to this dinner (I made ... Read full review
  • I cheated and took a shortcut - um, I didn't separate the eggs and do the whole beat the egg whites until stiff thing - and it still turned out great. But it was a little short on flavor. More v ... Read full review
  • Mushroom Spinach Omelet

    naples34102's rating:
    While this is not a particularly creative recipe, it's tasty and nutritious nonetheless. You leave the breakfast table knowing you did something good for yourself. Submitter directs to use egg s ... Read full review
  • In my mind this was just perfect, a delicious prelude to the Korean Saewoo Bokkeumbap (Shrimp Fried Rice) that followed it. (recipe also from this site) I don't know what it is, specifically, t ... Read full review
  • Asparagus with Tomatoes

    naples34102's rating:
    I intended to make these on another night, but Hubs nixed the idea because he didn't think he'd like this so I went with something else. But that didn't work tonight, and I'm glad I went with i ... Read full review
  • Lazy Dazy Cake I

    naples34102's rating:
    This sponge cake recipe was just what I was after for shortcake shells, so I didn't use the topping. I reduced the serving size to six, which was just perfect for my 6-shortcake pan. I was satis ... Read full review
  • Divine French Fries

    naples34102's rating:
    As this recipe's first reviewer, I'm happy to report that these were indeed "divine." I loved this recipe, with its additions of truffle oil and fresh parsley, but to ensure "french-fry crispine ... Read full review
  • These certainly weren't the prettiest potatoes I've ever made but they sure were some of the tastiest. I had to cook them longer and add more half and half but in the end, these had a wonderful ... Read full review
  • Roasted Asparagus with Parmesan

    naples34102's rating:
    I used olive oil rather than the cooking spray and set my oven timer for 10 minutes - when it came out of the oven I was discouraged. Uh-oh, I thought. Hubs will never go for this shriveled up, ... Read full review
  • I was not happy with these at all. The dough was soft so I already had concerns, but given the mixed reviews I chose to plod on and follow the recipe with no changes other than to chill the dou ... Read full review
  • Pork Tenderloin Diablo

    naples34102's rating:
    Hubs and I enjoyed this very much, served with baked acorn squash and pasta simply seasoned with garlic, olive oil and butter. The directions are spot on and any cook, experienced or not, should ... Read full review
  • I didn’t make the frosting as the ratio of 3:1 powdered sugar to butter was just too butter-heavy for my liking. The cupcakes baked nicely and after decorating them for Valentine’s Day they ... Read full review
  • I grew up in an Italian family and polenta was common. I must confess, however, that I was always disappointed when Mom or Grandma served it because I hated it. (An understatement, for sure) I'm ... Read full review
  • Roasted Rosemary Onion Potatoes

    naples34102's rating:
    For a more elegant presentation I used small new potatoes cut in half cross-wise, and topped each golden brown half with a teeny dollop of sour cream and a small leaf of fresh thyme. I wanted th ... Read full review
  • Baked Potato Dip II

    naples34102's rating:
    This let our high hopes and great expectations down. It does improve somewhat as it sets, but it ultimately left us unimpressed one way or the other. Saltiness got in the way of real flavor, so ... Read full review
  • Cindy's Awesome Clam Chowder

    naples34102's rating:
    I will elaborate, but I think Hubs' remark as he ate his first spoonful says it all. "This is really good," he said. "Much better than most of the stuff I get at restaurants. Make it again." ... Read full review
  • Salad Nicoise

    naples34102's rating:
    This simplified take on Julia Child's classic Salad Nicoise was just what I was after for a quick and healthy dinner. As a matter of personal taste I skipped the anchovies, onion and capers and ... Read full review
  • Ranch Dressing II

    naples34102's rating:
    Prepared as written this is a perfectly acceptable mayonnaise-based dip. But that's not what I wanted. I wanted ranch dressing, easily achieved by backing off on the mayonnaise and thinning it ... Read full review
  • Garlic Mashed Cauliflower

    naples34102's rating:
    I've tried many variations of mashed cauliflower and while I've enjoyed them all, all were not as "fluffy" as I would like, and in fact leaned toward the "porridge-like" side - until now. Steam ... Read full review
  • Banana Cake II

    naples34102's rating:
    Make no mistake, this is banana CAKE, not banana BREAD. It is light, fluffy and, for some reason I don’t understand, looks like a yellow cake rather than the darker, banana flecked cake I wou ... Read full review
  • My Crispy Mashed Potato Pancake

    naples34102's rating:
    Excellent - but I found one egg to be sufficient. I also made them into individual patties. ... Read full review
  • Bailey's Irish Cupcakes

    naples34102's rating:
    I wasn't a fan of these. The flavor was fine (I left out the almond extract in order to accentuate the flavor of the Bailey's) but I was not impressed with the texture. I found the batter too lo ... Read full review
  • Ann's Rice Pilaf

    naples34102's rating:
    Not too bland, not too bold, just right - and for my turkey dinner tonight that means it was perfect. Hubs and I both appreciated its simplicity. I used orzo for the broken vermicelli and chic ... Read full review
  • Homemade Chicken Gravy

    naples34102's rating:
    This is a good, basic, well-written recipe for gravy that will appeal to all those who either have never made gravy or who aren’t confident preparing it. I used the drippings from a roasted t ... Read full review
  • Avocado Ranch Salad Dressing

    naples34102's rating:
    Hubs grimaced when I told him the salad dressing had avocado in it. I should have just kept my mouth shut because he would have never known the difference. But even knowing that the terrible av ... Read full review
  • Peaches 'n Cream Pie

    naples34102's rating:
    With only slight variations, this is a wonderful, pretty, easy to prepare dessert I’ve been making since 1983. (I write this as I refer to my battered and stained 4x6" index card with the not ... Read full review
  • Just like my nonna and mother made, fresh from their gardens, often served at the table as part of the meal. As did the submitter’s arugula and beans dish, this evoked fond and special memori ... Read full review
  • I seriously questioned the unusual execution of this recipe but I followed through and was rewarded with a rich and buttery, light chocolate cake. I was so hesitant to make the beer infused fro ... Read full review
  • Artichoke Hearts Gratin

    naples34102's rating:
    I must admit, I'm not always a fan of Chef John's recipes, but I cannot sing the praises enough on this one. I have made these several times, ever since the video for them was featured well over ... Read full review
  • Paleo Omelet Muffins

    naples34102's rating:
    These go by many names and I’ve tried a number of different recipes and variations. Every time I make them they are well-received; not only delicious, but conversation pieces as well! They ma ... Read full review
  • Simple Golabki

    naples34102's rating:
    Even with some embellishing (adding more garlic, Worcestershire sauce and V-8 rather than water) this fell short for us in both flavor as well as eye appeal. Still, it was an easy one dish meal ... Read full review
  • Lobster Mac and Cheese

    naples34102's rating:
    We enjoyed this well enough, but not nearly enough for me to make it again. The execution of the recipe is unnecessarily complicated, for one thing - it should have been nearly as basic and str ... Read full review
  • Bacon Cheese Frittata

    naples34102's rating:
    Five stars for taste, ease of preparation and aesthetic appeal. So versatile! Add whatever you might put in an omelet or scrambled eggs. Great way to use up vegetables in the fridge too! In this ... Read full review
  • Classic Savory Deviled Eggs

    naples34102's rating:
    Of all the deviled eggs recipes I've tried from this site Hubs thought this one of the best. For me these were fairly average, but he appreciated their simplicity, enjoying that they didn't hav ... Read full review
  • Camille's Buttermilk Pound Cake

    naples34102's rating:
    I’m always pleased to be the first reviewer of a really terrific recipe. I made a half recipe, using it for 12 cupcakes. This cake is dee-licious - but it’s NOT a pound cake. (The amount ... Read full review
  • Slow Cooker Au Jus Pot Roast

    naples34102's rating:
    Given the broad and varied array of ingredients I expected something different, unusual. Would I taste the coffee? Would it be tomato-y? Would it instead have its own unique flavor? I probabl ... Read full review
  • Healthier Oven Roasted Potatoes

    naples34102's rating:
    I guess my potatoes weren’t so healthy because I know I used more olive oil than called for, not measuring but using enough to coat the potatoes. Since I used Baby Yukon Golds, the skin was s ... Read full review
  • Garlic Butter Acorn Squash

    naples34102's rating:
    This savory approach with squash is how I prefer it - I don't care for sugar, molasses, maple syrup, honey, or anything sweet. But while the recipe itself appealed to me, I found the baking time ... Read full review
  • Absolutely loved the choice of ingredients which made for a salad as delicious as it was beautiful and elegant. ... Read full review
  • Magical Egg Salad

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    I was intrigued about the unique combination of ingredients in this egg salad recipe, but in the end it just didn’t appeal to me. Apparently what intrigued me, the combination of sweet pickl ... Read full review
  • Garlic Cheese Biscuits

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    I suppose it doesn't seem to make sense to rave about a recipe that starts with a baking mix and includes just a couple of other ingredients. I guess maybe it doesn't count that I literally had ... Read full review
  • Spicy Black Bean Salad

    naples34102's rating:
    We really liked this but I used just half the amount of olive oil called for. Also, while I did have it sitting out for me to use, it was only after I had made the salad that I noticed I forgot ... Read full review
  • Parmesan Brussels Sprouts

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    I decided to thinly slice the Brussels sprouts and jazzed them up with some sliced, caramelized shallots. ... Read full review
  • I must be honest that as I mixed up both the cake batter and the frosting I was initially somewhat disappointed with both. The batter, due to the lemon juice, was just a teensy bit on the curdle ... Read full review
  • Simple Roasted Butternut Squash

    naples34102's rating:
    Not sure I'd roast butternut squash any other way after making this basic, non-fussy recipe. Winning recipes almost always begin with fresh ingredients and a little seasoning to enhance and comp ... Read full review
  • Fresh Mushroom Rice Pilaf

    naples34102's rating:
    This turned out to be an unexpected surprise, much better and certainly more memorable, than I thought it would be. However, I bumped up the flavor by using fresh garlic instead of garlic powde ... Read full review
  • Shiny Cookie Icing

    naples34102's rating:
    As this recipe's first reviewer I can happily report that no cookie icing gets the job done any easier, quicker or better than this. It's bright and glossy, and doesn't thicken so fast that you ... Read full review
  • Pumpkin Cake II

    naples34102's rating:
    One of many similar, but nonetheless good pumpkin cake/muffin/bread recipes from this site. This variation appealed to me in that the spice was limited to just cinnamon, a welcome change from t ... Read full review
  • Kielbasa and Cabbage

    naples34102's rating:
    We enjoyed this simple and humble dish without sugar, without caraway seed and without the crushed red pepper flakes. I served this with some parsley boiled and buttered red potatoes and it was ... Read full review
  • I’m not a food science whiz but I’ve been baking a long time and I recognized some things in this recipe of concern. So I made some changes and ended up with a darn good vanilla cupcake. F ... Read full review
  • Turkey Breast with Gravy

    naples34102's rating:
    This called for a lot of spices that in the end didn’t amount to much in terms of flavor – neither did the wine. The recipe, more importantly, should instruct you to salt the turkey breast, ... Read full review
  • If you’re a traditional bread stuffing purist don’t try this, especially on Thanksgiving when you don’t want to take any chances! I was after something different tonight and this was it. ... Read full review
  • Dark German Chocolate Cake

    naples34102's rating:
    The title, at least for me, was misleading. I guess I have a completely different notion of what German Chocolate Cake is, so when I decided to try this unrated, unreviewed recipe, I focused on ... Read full review
  • Meringue Crust

    naples34102's rating:
    I used this to make individual meringue shells for Raspberry Schaum Torte. Baked them at 275 degees for 45 minutes. Because I made these ahead of time, it gave the shells plenty of time to dry ... Read full review
  • Stuffed Porkster Chops

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    Disclaimer: I used this recipe as a basic guide, tweaking it to my tastes (which I feel is what we should all do with any recipe), using the "a little of this and a little of that" approach. Fo ... Read full review
  • With minor modifications this is a 5-star yellow cake recipe; as good as it gets! I like the moistness of shortening, but I also I like the flavor and richness of butter - so I used a 50/50 comb ... Read full review
  • Smooth Buttercream Frosting

    naples34102's rating:
    Basic buttercream frostings don't vary much in terms of ingredients; butter and or shortening, powdered sugar, flavoring (usually vanilla) and liquid (usually milk). Where they do vary is in t ... Read full review
  • I love/hate this cake, which I’ll have to call my Ugly Duckling Cake. The instructions for assembly just didn’t work for me – nor did my alternative, tho’ I believe it’s the better of ... Read full review
  • Loaded Mashed Potato Cakes

    naples34102's rating:
    Hubs’ elaborate approval and five star rating of these potato cakes was a rare occasion. Indeed, I agree with his assessment – that they were NOT soggy as some can be, they were flavorful, ... Read full review
  • Spaghetti with Bacon

    naples34102's rating:
    Perfect side dish, perfect comfort food. To tell you the truth, have this with nothing more than a tossed green salad and some good bread and you've got yourself quite a meal. Simple perfectio ... Read full review
  • Apple Crisp with Oat Topping

    naples34102's rating:
    No two ways about it - this was beyond excellent for a simple apple crisp, in spite of the fact that the topping had oatmeal in it, which I generally don't like (but Hubs does, which is why I ma ... Read full review
  • Spaghetti alla Carbonara is not difficult to make and requires just a few simple, but standard, required ingredients. It really does not vary much from one recipe to the next. This recipe is a ... Read full review
  • Pumpkin Ginger Cupcakes

    naples34102's rating:
    I tasted the batter before I baked these and my first impression was that I would be leaving a 5-star review. The flavor is great - tastes just like pumpkin pie! The cupcakes baked up nicely t ... Read full review
  • Best Italian Sausage Soup

    naples34102's rating:
    Italian vegetable soups (minestrone) lend themselves well to preparing with, and making use of, whatever vegetables you have on hand. Given Hubs and I are returning to Italy in a couple of days ... Read full review
  • Zucchini Pineapple Bread II

    naples34102's rating:
    I was after a pineapple zucchini muffin and when I chose this recipe it was because it had no spices and that intrigued me. I expected a good muffin, but I also expected it to be ordinary. Zucc ... Read full review
  • Stuffed Zucchini

    naples34102's rating:
    This was a good, basic recipe I used as a guide before tweaking to personalize to my tastes. First, after halving the zucchini I microwaved them for a few minutes to pre-cook them a bit. I bro ... Read full review
  • Sarah's Applesauce

    naples34102's rating:
    I have my grandbaby visiting this weekend from Minneapolis and wanted to make him some homemade applesauce. (I didn't even do that for my OWN kids!) So I chose this recipe, but only as a refere ... Read full review
  • This is a pretty much standard traditional buttercream frosting offering the best of what both shortening (use hi-ratio for best results) and butter have to offer - namely, the stability and pur ... Read full review
  • Fall in Love (with) Guacamole

    naples34102's rating:
    This might be a little basic, but perhaps that’s a good thing. Because if you want a good, reference recipe for guacamole with reliable measurements of the usual ingredients of avocado, onion ... Read full review
  • I’m always pleased when I’m the first reviewer of a recipe and can write an enthusiastic and positive review. I do have my criticisms of this recipe, but they’re no biggies and don’t de ... Read full review
  • Tuscan Bean 'Goppel'

    naples34102's rating:
    Given that it's that time of year, I was able to use my garden fresh tomatoes rather than the canned (not that there's anything sub-par about canned tomatoes). And in keeping with the 'Tuscan' ... Read full review
  • Aunt Kate's Strawberry Cake

    naples34102's rating:
    I had fun playing with this, seeing if I could improve upon some issues of concern. First, I thought it unusual that baking soda was in the ingredients list, but not baking powder, especially s ... Read full review
  • I have no clue what the origin of this dish is. It might just possibly be a classic ethnic dish as the recipe for this is everywhere! I like kielbasa and Brussels sprouts but I wouldn’t have ... Read full review
  • Hubs drinks a lot of smoothies, and most are just, well, a smoothie. This, to him, had definite distinction. It was flavorful, refreshing, pleasantly sweet, a litte tart, and creamy, even tho' ... Read full review
  • Very nice. Certainly suitable for your own additions or tinkering, but it's pleasant just as is...except it needed some seasoning. I seasoned it to taste with Jane's Krazy Mixed-Up Salt and so ... Read full review
  • Strawberry Peach Smoothie

    naples34102's rating:
    Man, oh man, I think Hubs set a record this morning on how fast you can slurp down a smoothie! In fact, he said the fact that it went down so quickly speaks for itself in terms of his "review" ... Read full review
  • Honey Dijon Brussels Sprouts

    naples34102's rating:
    This was an interesting departure from the typical bacon/garlic preparation and while we enjoyed it as something different, we still prefer the typical bacon/garlic preparation. I guess we just ... Read full review
  • Mushroom Stuffed Beef Rouladen

    naples34102's rating:
    No reason to compare this to “traditional Rouladen,” or to change it up to make it so – it is its own thing. That said, I modified the mushroom filling a little by simply making a Mushroo ... Read full review
  • Cajun Ponchartrain Sauce

    naples34102's rating:
    Catchy, inviting name, good sauce. Didn't have Madeira but dry sherry was a worthy substitute. I sautéed fresh minced garlic, some minced shallots and the mushrooms (an “exotic blend),” s ... Read full review
  • Chicken roasting in the oven is inarguably one of the best aromas to hit your nose. Even two chicken breasts for Hubs and me filled the air with that mouth-watering smell. I used bone-in, skin ... Read full review
  • I omitted the sugar on purpose and the basil because I forgot, but these were still delicious without either. I chose to use fresh minced garlic rather than garlic salt, but I do think that woul ... Read full review
  • Soft Gingersnaps

    naples34102's rating:
    What a find! I'm glad to be the first reviewer of this recipe so that I can bring this now formally initiated recipe to your attention with my 5-star review! I don't generally like teeny cookie ... Read full review
  • Chewy Brownie Cookies

    naples34102's rating:
    Winner! You know that delicate crackly top you get on brownies if you’re lucky? And then how underneath that a soft and chocolaty brownie is revealed? And how, if you include LOTS of chocola ... Read full review
  • Cinnamon Swirl Bread

    naples34102's rating:
    Five stars and two thumbs up from me. I made no changes to the recipe other than using an 8x4” loaf pan and after preparing it and tasting it (well, to be honest eating a good-sized slice) I ... Read full review
  • Unlike many other reviewers, my chicken and its sauce was not salty. And mine took a lot less cooking time. If you reduce 64 ounces (a half gallon!) of broth to a stew-like consistency of cour ... Read full review
  • Bow Tie Medley

    naples34102's rating:
    For those looking for more adventuresome cooking, you might want to try something different. Still, this is a simple, tried and true zucchini/pasta dish that is satisfying, nutritious and delici ... Read full review
  • Recipes for a creamy blue cheese dressing are all over the place, most calling for some variation of sour cream/buttermilk/mayonnaise. The number of choices is mind-boggling, so at some point o ... Read full review
  • Lime Bars

    naples34102's rating:
    The fact that this is simply a lime variation of a fairly standard lemon bar recipe doesn’t make these bars any less delicious. Some of these recipes, as does this one, call for flour in the ... Read full review
  • Peach Wrinkle

    naples34102's rating:
    The name of this dessert is just cute as a bug and it’s what drew me to the recipe. I was so lucky for it! This is one of THE best desserts I’ve made in recent memory. Granted, I really l ... Read full review
  • Blueberry Pound Cake

    naples34102's rating:
    I was not happy with this recipe at all until I played with it. The batter was thick, heavy; more like a buckle than a pound cake. I didn't like it and wasn't even about to attempt to fold in ... Read full review
  • Wilted Spinach and Almond Salad

    naples34102's rating:
    I’m SO excited to be the first reviewer of this recipe so that I can happily also be the first to report how excellent this salad is. I wasn’t expecting to love it, but I did. I thought it ... Read full review
  • Traditional Mexican Guacamole

    naples34102's rating:
    I do have a tried and true, favorite way to make guacamole but boredom set in and I wanted to try something new. I resisted the temptation to add the things to this recipe that I’m so familia ... Read full review
  • Caramel Spice Cake

    naples34102's rating:
    I can't speak for this baked as a layer cake, nor can I speak for the frosting, which I didn't make because, frankly, it didn't appeal to me. But baked as cupcakes with my own flavored buttercr ... Read full review
  • Crab-Stuffed Lobster Tail

    naples34102's rating:
    This was a collaborative effort between Hubs and me. As this recipe's first reviewer I wanted to make sure I stuck to the recipe as closely as possible. For the most part I did, however, I did ... Read full review
  • Lebanese Bean Salad

    naples34102's rating:
    As a recipe's first reviewer, one can sometimes be in unfamiliar territory without the benefit of others' remarks. As this recipe's first reviewer, that wasn't an issue for me. While this is ca ... Read full review
  • Kofta Kebabs

    naples34102's rating:
    Bored with the same ol' same ol,' I decided to throw caution to the wind and go for something completely foreign to me. I planned this around an entire Middle Eastern dinner! I have never had a ... Read full review
  • Perfect Strawberry Milkshake

    naples34102's rating:
    I didn’t have frozen vanilla yogurt but I think using frozen strawberries and basic refrigerated yogurt was an acceptable substitute in a pinch. The shake was good as is, but Hubs and I both ... Read full review
  • Chef John's Mushroom Gravy

    naples34102's rating:
    Not a bad start, but much better if you add some drippings from the meat you serve this with - in my case it was Chef John's Classic Meatloaf. I also added a glug of red wine (Cabernet Sauvigno ... Read full review
  • Classic Meatloaf

    naples34102's rating:
    It's unfortunate to have to rate this pretty darned good meatloaf so poorly, but the fact that the cooking time is SO way off can neither be excused nor ignored. While he does mention that the m ... Read full review
  • Excellent! Hubs and I both loved these potatoes, which I served with Classic Meatloaf and Chef John's Mushroom Gravy. It's perhaps just a matter of personal taste, but I think either olive oil ... Read full review
  • Cherry Almond Coffeecake

    naples34102's rating:
    Go check your pantry or your cupboards! If you've got a white cake mix and a can of pie filling you've got a beautiful cake hiding in there! I felt like baking today but it was late in the day ... Read full review
  • Continuing the peanut butter theme, I used Nestle peanut butter and chocolate morsels. I substituted half butter, half shortening for the margarine and added a teaspoon of vanilla. I baked them ... Read full review
  • Bacon Ranch Macaroni Salad

    naples34102's rating:
    I'm always happy to be the first reviewer of a new recipe and report that I enjoyed it and recommend it. This is not a unique pasta salad, but it's a good one, and the submitter is correct - the ... Read full review
  • Scalloped Potatoes for the BBQ

    naples34102's rating:
    We are bigger fans of dill or other herbs with potatoes than basil, so I substituted fresh dill. We cooked these in a disposable aluminum pan, turning occasionally. Golden brown, some parts cris ... Read full review
  • Simple Deviled Eggs

    naples34102's rating:
    I never saw anyone get quite so excited over a deviled egg as I did Hubs when I beckoned him to try these. And I've yet to see such an enthusiastic display...over a deviled egg. He, with the ... Read full review
  • This frosting certainly stands as is, but for my needs (I frosted "Banana Cake l" with it) I wanted it more buttery and more chocolatey - I added more of both. I beat it on low speed (2) of my ... Read full review
  • Whether this is a 3 or 4 (meaning 5) star recipe depends on who you want to believe, me or Hubs. Here's my 3-star take - this did NOT trip my trigger. It reminded me of a can of diced tomatoes ... Read full review
  • My original plan was for an egg salad recipe I had chosen that was a little fussier than this. However, after an earlier experience today with a recipe with a more "complicated flavor," I decid ... Read full review
  • Gruyere Spinach Casserole

    naples34102's rating:
    This was excellent, this spinach all deliciously dressed up! Perfect for company, but perfect for just Hubs and me too. I made it easy on myself and just microwaved the spinach to wilt it, add ... Read full review
  • Mamacita's Mexican Rice

    naples34102's rating:
    I’m so pleased to have come across this untried recipe and be the first not only to review it, but to rate it highly. This is a winner. It’s rich, flavorful and colorful, not to mention ju ... Read full review
  • Slow Cooker Guisado Verde

    naples34102's rating:
    Excellent. A little on the hot side for us, but still excellent. I used boneless country style ribs and cut them into chunks before I browned them. I used less jalapeno than called for (last ... Read full review
  • Skillet Summer Squash

    naples34102's rating:
    As this recipe’s first reviewer, I’m happy to say that while this may not be particularly unique, it is nonetheless particularly delicious. I often prepare any number of different vegetable ... Read full review
  • This was interesting to try for its novelty of the Wisconsin cheese curds, but other than that it had little else going for it. Three stars is being generous for a basic potato salad that calls ... Read full review
  • Crab Stuffed Lobster Rayna

    naples34102's rating:
    Four stars, and darned near five! I baked these, 425 degrees, about 15 minutes, using the four (6 ounce) tails as directed. They were tender, sweet and moist - perfectly done. I highly recommend ... Read full review
  • Blueberry Sauce

    naples34102's rating:
    This was not my favorite and I know I would have liked it even less had I followed directions exactly. Looking over the recipe, it appeared the blueberry flavor was going to be lost in orange, ... Read full review
  • Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

    naples34102's rating:
    In Hubs' words, "I can't really say WHAT it tastes like, but it's strangely addicting." He rated it four stars. I asked what it might take for him to rate it five stars. "I don't know, maybe ... Read full review
  • Quick Zesty Green Beans

    naples34102's rating:
    These were agreeable but certainly nothing extraordinary or memorable. After all, when push comes to shove this is still nothing more than seasoned green beans. In consideration of Hubs’ s ... Read full review
  • Sesame Beef

    naples34102's rating:
    Hubs and I really enjoyed this, just as we do most stir fries. However, the amount of sugar called for is about four times more than you need – so I did reduce it to just a fourth of what was ... Read full review
  • Breakfast In A Glass

    naples34102's rating:
    Because I used both frozen bananas and frozen strawberries (and a lot more strawberries than called for) this was so thick my Vita-Mix wouldn't even cut through it, which necessitated my having ... Read full review
  • I’m happy to be this recipe’s first reviewer and to offer this glowing review. I LOVED these; however, I used them as a vegetable side dish, not as an appetizer. I altered the recipe only ... Read full review
  • Roasted Parmesan Asparagus

    naples34102's rating:
    In my opinion, steaming the asparagus before roasting it is not only an inconvenient, unnecessary step that uses more pans, but it may even result in overcooking the asparagus once it finally ma ... Read full review
  • Perfect Pie Crust II

    naples34102's rating:
    A simply beautiful, perfect pie crust. Easy to roll out (even easier to mix since I used the food processor), rich and flavorful, thanks to the egg, butter and sugar; tender and flaky. A light ... Read full review
  • Favorite Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

    naples34102's rating:
    Great pie, great flavor with an ideal balance of rhubarb and strawberries. I also loved that it wasn't complicated by unnecessary, even distracting, spices. Still, after making this I found tha ... Read full review
  • Fabulous Fudge Chocolate Cake

    naples34102's rating:
    This is a good, dependable chocolate cake that doesn't require a lot of monkeying around with to make it so. I did use 4 ounces of chocolate rather than 3, but only because I used a Ghirardell ... Read full review
  • Decadent - a major contributor to tonight's dinner of grilled pork chops and "Bacon Wrapped Asparagus," recipe also from this site. I used unpeeled, small Yukon Gold potatoes and just a hint of ... Read full review
  • Mainely Fish

    naples34102's rating:
    I don't care for fish "en papillote" so I cooked the peppers, onions and tomatoes separately on the stove top while I roasted the fish (I used cod loins) separately at 400 degrees for 20 minutes ... Read full review
  • Cheesy Creamed Spinach

    naples34102's rating:
    Of course I had high hopes for this and thought it would be delicious or I wouldn't have tried it...but I was let down. I didn't have provolone on hand (Hubs detests it with a passion) but I di ... Read full review
  • BBQ Oatmeal Meatloaf

    naples34102's rating:
    Hubs and I loved this, tho' I did make a few changes that made this more appealing for us - I skipped the carrots as well as the sugar - can't even imagine how sweet that would have been and I k ... Read full review
  • This is just the sort of cookie I dislike so much; very similar to Nestle Toll House Cookies - flatter, sweeter and greasier than I prefer. Hubs will love 'em. As far as I'm concerned, however, ... Read full review
  • Garlic Potatoes Gratin

    naples34102's rating:
    I tried another, similar recipe recently and rated it five stars and still would. But if that recipe was five stars, I’d rate this even higher if I could. Very similar recipes, with very sim ... Read full review
  • Spring Sweet Pea Pasta Salad

    naples34102's rating:
    Not particularly unique; but still a nice, pleasant pasta salad freshened with lemon (I cut back significantly and just used juice) and kept moist with the addition of a little olive oil. In ke ... Read full review
  • Italian Sausage Tortellini Soup

    naples34102's rating:
    The beauty of this type of soup, beside the fact that it’s incredibly satisfying as well as delicious (I dare you to stop at just one bowl of this), is that it lends itself so well to adaptati ... Read full review
  • Potato perfection. I chose to slice my potatoes a little thicker, perhaps between 1/8 and 1/4 inch, and only boiled them a few minutes to ensure they would not be reduced to mush. I’d do so ... Read full review
  • Delicious Ranch Dressing

    naples34102's rating:
    I’m happy to be the first reviewer, the first, but not the last I’m sure, to report that this dressing is excellent. I had my doubts, given there was no sour cream in the recipe, but the hi ... Read full review
  • One of those rare recipes that delivers exactly what it's supposed to, with no tweaking and certainly no surprises. The submitter has it right, that this is a well-balanced combination of oats, ... Read full review
  • Salad with Artichokes

    naples34102's rating:
    Two stars, because it is a lovely salad IF you don't make the dressing as written - without adjusting the oil and vinegar measurements I'm afraid I couldn't even give it that. I can't even imag ... Read full review
  • Texas Ranch Potato Salad

    naples34102's rating:
    Not bad as a guide to build upon but I found it necessary to tweak some things to make it more palatable to me. First, out of curiosity, I weighed the amount of bacon called for in the recipe. ... Read full review
  • Cheddar Bay Biscuits

    naples34102's rating:
    Nothing not to like with these! I have never eaten at Red Lobster, so I have no idea what their biscuits taste like and cannot compare these to them. But these were goooood. So easy to make ... Read full review
  • Chicken In Basil Cream

    naples34102's rating:
    You don’t know me, but you’ve gotta believe me -this is good. I mean REAL good. I modified it a tad, starting with using the standard breading method of flour, egg and (seasoned) bread cr ... Read full review
  • Cheddar Biscuits

    naples34102's rating:
    It’s not a good thing that these mix up and are in the oven in mere minutes. Or that they’re so easy to make you could do it blindfolded with one hand tied behind your back. Or that clean- ... Read full review
  • Polish Style Chocolate Cake

    naples34102's rating:
    There were several things that appealed to me about this cake, not the least of which was that it called for 3/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa which told me this would be good and chocolaty. I also l ... Read full review
  • Sunshine Juice

    naples34102's rating:
    I don’t have a juice machine, but Hubs wanted a smoothie this morning and these were exactly the fruits I was looking for. An added bonus? – no yogurt. I wasn’t crazy about the idea of p ... Read full review
  • Maybe not the prettiest, most perfect looking dessert, but that is quite possibly part of its appeal. I made this on a whim, needing something for a last minute dessert when time got away from ... Read full review
  • This was an experiment, not just for us but also for the dinner guest we had this evening – something I would never recommend doing! I got so lucky on this! We didn’t just tolerate this, o ... Read full review
  • Lemon-Parsley Green Beans

    naples34102's rating:
    Fresh, spring-like way of preparing green beans. The cooking method and ice-water bath stop the cooking process and preserves the beans' vivid green color. I'm not able to say if the measuremen ... Read full review
  • Other than braising this on the stove-top in a Dutch oven (four hours – three was not long enough) because I started it too late for the slow cooker, I made this as is – and I can’t imagin ... Read full review
  • Italian Peas

    naples34102's rating:
    Very good for what it is - simple peas with onions and garlic. The problem here is the cooking time - 10 minutes? No; just long enough to heat through. ... Read full review
  • Garbanzo Bean and Pepper Salad

    naples34102's rating:
    Winged it on this - I just added and tossed to my liking, until it looked right to me. Left out the jalapeno because I didn't have any and added artichokes because I did. I did use the mix of ... Read full review
  • Lebanese Lemon Salad Dressing

    naples34102's rating:
    Light and refreshing. Just right for those like myself who don't like tart, tangy, heavy, sweet, balsamic-type dressings that drown the greens they're meant to merely enhance. ... Read full review
  • Restaurant Style Mac and Cheese

    naples34102's rating:
    Easier than the blue box and twice as good. Couldn't resist adding a good dab of butter and more cream. I served this in individual dishes topped with buttered bread crumbs and broiled until g ... Read full review
  • Greek Salad V

    naples34102's rating:
    Excellent salad,with an excellent, fresh and light dressing. To make it a tossed, garden salad I added Romaine lettuce. Loved the hint of oregano. ... Read full review
  • Wonderful Brownies

    naples34102's rating:
    Anything BUT standard. Rich, delicious and decadent - just looking at them tells you so. I baked half a recipe in an 8x8 foil-lined pan, 23 minutes. No bakiing powder ensures these are NOT ca ... Read full review
  • Chocolate Sandwich Cookies I

    naples34102's rating:
    I had a specific idea in mind for the cake I wanted to bake today so I had to scout around to find a recipe for the cake as well as the filling. Since I was making a chocolate layer cake with n ... Read full review
  • Between my imagination and some reviewers’ comments, I figured if this was prepared as written with a full jar of maraschino cherries it would be very sweet; too sweet for me. Dried cherries, ... Read full review
  • Simple ingredients. Simple, delicious flavors. My kind of meal. What's more, this was simple to prepare and required very few dishes. I prepared this with the ingredients exactly as written, b ... Read full review
  • Roasted Potatoes with Greens

    naples34102's rating:
    I wanted these good and golden brown, so I increased the oven temperature to 425 degrees. I gave them a stir midway through the roasting time. When I tossed in the spinach I found it wilted qu ... Read full review
  • Zucchini Raspberry Cupcakes

    naples34102's rating:
    Sturdy but moist, not too sweet brownie-like cupcake studded with a delicious combination of fresh raspberries and gooey chocolate chips in every bite. I completely forgot there was zucchini in ... Read full review
  • Ranch Dressing with Fresh Herbs

    naples34102's rating:
    Jackpot! Hubs and I both responded favorably at the same time as this hit our mouths. A most excellent, fresh tasting dressing with a perfect balance of each of its components. Other than usin ... Read full review
  • Strawberry Cake and Frosting I

    naples34102's rating:
    Excellent, excellent! And I’m so glad about it since the strawberry cupcakes I made last week were such a bust. What a difference! Everything’s right this time – the texture and crumb i ... Read full review
  • This turned out to be quite delicious but there are a number of things I didn’t follow in the recipe to make it so. I didn’t measure or follow the cooking times or technique exactly. I did ... Read full review
  • Honey Butter

    naples34102's rating:
    Good with corn bread muffins, tho' a little sweeter than I would have preferred. I only made a small portion for the two of us so I just mixed it by hand, but I'll bet this would whip up nice a ... Read full review
  • The Breakfast Omwich

    naples34102's rating:
    I only had the optional fresh mushrooms and chives to include in this but I’m telling you, I don’t know how this sandwich could be improved with the peppers. This was just decadently delicio ... Read full review
  • Microwave Potato Chips

    naples34102's rating:
    Finding myself with one, lonely potato, this provided our evening's recreation (we're easily amused). We cooked these on parchment paper sprayed lightly with Pam. Watch carefully so they don't ... Read full review
  • Wild Rice And Chicken Soup

    naples34102's rating:
    Looking over the recipe I knew it wasn’t going to be substantive enough; that I would be adding celery and mushrooms. I sautéed those ingredients together with sweet white onion rather tha ... Read full review
  • Lobster Dip

    naples34102's rating:
    Oh, my word, was this good. I used fresh lobster meat and left some of it a little chunkier than the rest. I reduced the amount of onion to only about a teaspoon and added just a teeny bit of ... Read full review
  • Tomato-Herb Vinaigrette

    naples34102's rating:
    Didn't have marjoram, didn't have tarragon (don't care for either anyway), but that didn't detract from this at all. I liked this alot; Hubs thought just ok. I did include the wine (a Cabernet) ... Read full review
  • Easy Broiled Lobster Tails

    naples34102's rating:
    I'm a real lobster purist; broiling lobster tails with anything other than butter and paprika was something new for me. I was okay with the olive oil, unsure about the lemon-pepper seasoning, bu ... Read full review
  • I had to make small modifications in order to use similar ingredients I had available. I did not use the optional maple syrup, preferred to use just the arborio rice, chicken broth rather than ... Read full review
  • Perfect Chocolate Cake

    naples34102's rating:
    This truly is a PERFECT chocolate cake I can confidently vouch for with a 5-star rating and review. This cake is so good, left such an impression on me, that I remember the first time I made i ... Read full review
  • Tomato and Bocconcini Salad

    naples34102's rating:
    Very similar to “Arugula Caprese Salad,” also from this site. If you use the ingredients “to taste,” rather than strictly measuring, I like this recipe better. The amount of onions is o ... Read full review
  • Delicious, but it’s not the bok choy. It’s not the mushrooms. It’s the unique and richly flavored sauce along with the bok choy and mushrooms. This requires a couple of extra steps but ... Read full review
  • Garlic Fried Rice

    naples34102's rating:
    The difference between this and conventionally cooked rice is not obvious other than it makes you wonder why regular rice never tasted this good. I browned the onion, added the garlic, then add ... Read full review
  • Arugula Caprese Salad

    naples34102's rating:
    A very nice, simple and somewhat different salad. I didn’t care to add the basil pesto to the dressing, so I just cut up fresh basil, chiffonade style, and sprinkled it over the salad just be ... Read full review
  • I'm not typically a fan of balsamic vinegar, but I did like this dressing. Neither overly sweet nor overly tangy, tho' I did adjust the oil and vinegar to the 3:1 ratio I prefer. ... Read full review
  • Pineapple Zucchini Muffins

    naples34102's rating:
    Not extraordinary, just uncommonly, dependably good. I basically changed nothing; just had to work with scaling down this huge recipe to better suit my needs. So I hope the following helps oth ... Read full review
  • Garlic Penne Pasta

    naples34102's rating:
    A very familiar, "everyday" dish for me - couldn't live without it! But I've never tried it with sun-dried tomatoes. Not sure I'm a fan of that addition. ... Read full review
  • Mustard Vinaigrette

    naples34102's rating:
    Vinaigrette just like I like it -light, not too acidic and NOT made with balsamic vinegar (don't care for it at all), not to mention an oil to vinegar ratio of 3:1. (Well, I adjust it to that ra ... Read full review
  • Sausage and peppers, or sausage and peppers with pasta? – nothing new to me. Adding beef broth to the mix? Never have. I don’t know if that’s what was responsible or not, or if I just p ... Read full review
  • Absolutely Best Brownies

    naples34102's rating:
    Use regular all-purpose flour and add 1/4 tsp. baking powder, and you've got "Best Brownies" from this site. No wonder I liked these. ... Read full review
  • Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette

    naples34102's rating:
    Hubs described this aptly when he called it “potent.” A little does go a long way. In all fairness we are used to, and prefer, much lighter vinaigrettes (with no sweetness) so we both may ... Read full review
  • Lentil and Sausage Soup

    naples34102's rating:
    This is a hearty and satisfying “peasant-style” soup – delicious, aromatic and so easy to make with its few, simple ingredients. And for basically just pennies a serving! I prepared thi ... Read full review
  • I included this at Hubs' request as part of our New Year's Eve array of appetizers. I wasn't enthusiastic about it but surprisingly found I was a lot fonder of them than I thought I'd be. But I ... Read full review
  • Broccoli Cheese Soup V

    naples34102's rating:
    Guests for dinner tonight and there were lots of compliments for this soup around the dinner table! I did make some changes that I believe were improvements - butter rather than margarine for ... Read full review
  • Creamy Buttermilk Dressing

    naples34102's rating:
    Given the tang of the sour cream, buttermilk and mayonnaise, I questioned the necessity of adding any lemon juice or vinegar at all, let alone the rather hefty amount called for. I left it out ... Read full review
  • Parmesan Crusted Chicken

    naples34102's rating:
    I’m generally very impressed with Hellmann’s recipes, but this time not so much. So I changed it up big time I guess. I salted and peppered the chicken breasts, then spread them with mayon ... Read full review
  • South Texas Carne Guisada

    naples34102's rating:
    I made this for my gang when they were all home for Christmas – and I was nervous. Two tablespoons of cumin seemed like a lot when I read the recipe, smelled like a lot while it was cooking, ... Read full review
  • Zucchini with Farfalle

    naples34102's rating:
    Pasta with some vegetables added is always a winner. Adding Parmesan is only a plus. I've prepared and enjoyed pasta like this all my life, but adding cream is not something I typically do. I ... Read full review
  • Coffee Liqueur Ice Cream Pie

    naples34102's rating:
    Four stars as written, but not difficult to elevate to 5- star perfection. First, half a cup of butter in the crust is excessive and I can only see that the crust would be greasy, just saturate ... Read full review
  • Tangy Dill Potato Salad

    naples34102's rating:
    Hubs said he didn’t care for this so much as it didn’t have enough “goo” in it. He also commented it was on the bland side. In my opinion he’s wrong on both counts! What he didn’t ... Read full review
  • Egg Salad III

    naples34102's rating:
    I’m of the school of thought that when it comes to cooking season to taste! What is too salty/not enough salt, bland/bold, too peppery/needed pepper varies, depending on whose palate is doing ... Read full review
  • Steak Fajita Salad

    naples34102's rating:
    I don't know if I'll honor his request or not, but this was so good Hubs asked that we have this again this weekend. He did think the dressing was a little heavy on the cilantro for his tastes ... Read full review
  • Beet Salad

    naples34102's rating:
    Beautiful and delicious salad with a regrettably DULL name. If I wouldn't have had the list of ingredients to look at I would have passed "Beet Salad" right up. And besides, there's so much mo ... Read full review
  • No Fail Pie Crust I

    naples34102's rating:
    Nice recipe with an accurate proportion of ingredients...except for the salt. Unfortunately, then, while the egg gave it richness and the vinegar (I used vodka) flakiness, it lacked taste. I t ... Read full review
  • Marilyn's Green Beans Italiano

    naples34102's rating:
    Had some bakery croutons in the freezer that got completely squished - perfect for this recipe. Not a lot to criticize or analyze on this one - prepared this exactly as written and would do so ... Read full review
  • We’re well into Stone Crab Claw season here in SW Florida and these bad boys just cry out for a mustard dipping sauce. There is another recipe on AR for this sauce that I’ve tried and loved ... Read full review
  • Green Bean and Potato Salad

    naples34102's rating:
    I just loved this and enjoyed every bite of it! I boiled the potatoes for 10 minutes, added the beans, then let it boil another 5 minutes - both the potatoes and the beans were perfectly cooked ... Read full review
  • Peanut Butter Pie I

    naples34102's rating:
    Half an hour after he was done eating it, Hubs was still talking about how “D” good this pie was. There are a lot of similar peanut butter pie recipes, but the differences in this one pay o ... Read full review
  • Pumpkin Spice Cake II

    naples34102's rating:
    Given that many GREAT pumpkin bread recipes call for a can of pumpkin, 4 eggs and 1 cup of oil, unlike most other reviewers of this recipe I did not reduce the amount of oil. I prepared it as w ... Read full review
  • Snickerdoodles I

    naples34102's rating:
    Perfect little pillows of sweet, cinnamon-y, melt-in-your mouth Snickerdoodle. I added a teaspoon of vanilla just cuz, and baked them only until set, not "slightly brown" around the edges. Thi ... Read full review
  • Spicy Apple Cake

    naples34102's rating:
    Great cake, great frosting. The cake is moist without being soggy or oil-saturated. Pleasantly autumn spiced with nice chunks of sweet apple (I used apples from our tree and I haven't a clue w ... Read full review
  • Truffle Lovers' Popcorn

    naples34102's rating:
    I'm always looking for ways to use the truffle oil I have on hand as it's not something I commonly or routinely use. I love the stuff but you can just do so much drizzling. This caught my eye. ... Read full review
  • English Pound Cake

    naples34102's rating:
    This pound cake recipe is a classic and because of that, it's common. It's the standard, really, for pound cakes - 3 c. each sugar and flour, a cup of butter, 6 eggs, 1/4 tsp. each of baking so ... Read full review
  • Interesting to try, and certainly not a bad soup. I've made countless soups similar to this but the flavor of this was different, one that neither Hubs nor I were particularly fond of. Since it ... Read full review
  • Mushroom Slow Cooker Roast Beef

    naples34102's rating:
    I've used beer with beef roasts (Guinness Draught to be exact) and I've used onion soup mix too (Beefy Onion to be exact). But I've never used the two together and I was a little uncertain abou ... Read full review
  • Creamy Mushroom Peas

    naples34102's rating:
    Creamed Peas is something my mother would make occasionally and I remember thinking it was a treat when she did. I loved 'em! But...back then canned vegetables were most commonly used, so the ... Read full review
  • This was just okay for us - kind of a "sleepy" dish. Also, most Italians, like me, generally don't add any cheese to seafood dishes and while I do enjoy it in certain dishes, I didn't particular ... Read full review
  • Hot and Tangy Broccoli Beef

    naples34102's rating:
    I find I rely on stir fries like this a lot when I’m headed out of town (again) and I need something quick, nutritious, delicious and puts to good use the produce in the fridge I don’t want ... Read full review
  • Spaghetti Squash Primavera

    naples34102's rating:
    As written the recipe needs a little work but with some minor changes it is easily improved to 4-star status. First, don't assume 12 minutes in the microwave is accurate for your spaghetti squa ... Read full review
  • Artichoke and Shrimp Linguine

    naples34102's rating:
    Lots of “mmmm-ing” going on at the supper table tonight. This may be simple to prepare, with simple ingredients, but it is a spectacular pasta dish. I followed the recipe for the most part ... Read full review
  • Chicken and Gnocchi Soup

    naples34102's rating:
    One runs out of options when attempting to describe a recipe you enjoyed a lot and then, unfortunately, every attempt begins to sound cliche. So, simply said, this soup is simply excellent...in ... Read full review
  • Italian Leafy Green Salad

    naples34102's rating:
    I didn't care for this at all. Even after adjusting the oil/vinegar ratio to a more pleasant 3:1 oil to vinegar, this was acrid, flat and tasted of little else than the basil. ... Read full review
  • Pumpkin Sheet Cake

    naples34102's rating:
    I gave this a 4-star rating because Hubs rated it as such because he really enjoyed it, but we disagree in our review. I thought this fairly standard recipe was good enough, and certainly moist ... Read full review
  • Grilled Asian Chicken

    naples34102's rating:
    This had a subtle, nicely balanced flavor, but only after I fiddled with the marinade a bit. First, I used about half the amount of soy sauce called for. I know how it can permeate delicately ... Read full review
  • Classic Fried Rice

    naples34102's rating:
    Nearly identical to Kikkoman's "Classic Fried Rice," also from this site. For the most part I followed the recipe as written (there are infinite variations you could try) except for cooking the ... Read full review
  • Cheesy Mashed Potatoes

    naples34102's rating:
    Dip? I just noticed that in the description as I went to the recipe to review it! I had no idea. For us this was an incredibly delicious baked-style mashed potato dish that paired well with ou ... Read full review
  • Minnesota's Favorite Cookie

    naples34102's rating:
    Mixed reviews again from our house. I tried one, then reserved my review until Hubs was able to try one too and offer his review, which I fully expected would be different than mine. It's an at ... Read full review
  • Easy Cajun Grilled Veggies

    naples34102's rating:
    Loved the preparation and cooking method, and the Cajun spice was an interesting change from the way I typically season vegetables. I used baby zucchini and yellow pattypan squash and eliminate ... Read full review
  • Country Pound Cake

    naples34102's rating:
    I couldn't have been more pleased. Perfect, dense pound cake texture, but still with a light and not overly compact crumb. Flavorful, with the ideal level of moistness, a result of getting the ... Read full review
  • Spicy Italian Salad

    naples34102's rating:
    Given that my mission was to clean out the fridge of ingredients I had on hand before I leave for home in the morning, I didn't do a bad job of following the recipe pretty closely. I don't care ... Read full review
  • Royal Coconut Cookies

    naples34102's rating:
    These cookies couldn't have been ORDERED to turn out more perfectly. They're thick and chewy, buttery rich and coconut-oaty. They're nicely, uniformly shaped and come out of the oven just as y ... Read full review
  • I used shallots rather than onions and loved them caramelized. As recommended by another reviewer, I used apple cider vinegar rather than the red wine vinegar and preferred that exchange. The sm ... Read full review
  • I made a number of changes, most significantly with the cooking method, and ultimately was left with just a fabulous, superior dish, 5-star quality being an understatement. I did not use chicke ... Read full review
  • Cindy's Jambalaya

    naples34102's rating:
    I had some challenges for our dinner tonight. I’m in Naples now but I’m going home in another day, so I wanted to come up with something using ingredients I already had. I didn’t want to ... Read full review
  • Cherry Chocolate Chunk Cookies

    naples34102's rating:
    What a wonderful, apparently neglected cookie recipe with only five reviews, the last nearly a year ago! This is really an appropriate cookie with fall around the corner. It’s substantial an ... Read full review
  • Beans, Greens and Garlic Soup

    naples34102's rating:
    This is an incredibly delicious and hearty soup (one I make often), especially considering its ease in preparation and its simplicity. I do love baby spinach but I love Swiss Chard even better, ... Read full review
  • The submitter describes her grandmother's cake quite accurately, and Hubs and I were both pleased she decided to share the recipe with us as we enjoyed it a great deal. It's tender, sweet and mo ... Read full review
  • Classic Bloody Mary

    naples34102's rating:
    Good, reliable formula for a basic Bloody Mary, just waiting for your own personal spin and additions, whether it's horseradish, Clamato, steak seasoning, lemon pepper, Old Bay or beef broth, an ... Read full review
  • Bacon-Wrapped Barbeque Shrimp

    naples34102's rating:
    I don't know if it was the bacon, or "Johnny's Grub Rub," also from this site, or both, but this was just spectacular. We partially cooked the bacon in the microwave to make sure it was cooked ... Read full review
  • Bacon-Wrapped Barbeque Shrimp

    naples34102's rating:
    I don't know if it was the bacon, or "Johnny's Grub Rub," also from this site, or both, but this was just spectacular. We partially cooked the bacon in the microwave to make sure it was cooked t ... Read full review
  • Bacon Wrapped Barbeque Shrimp

    naples34102's rating:
    I don't know if it was the bacon, or "Johnny's Grub Rub," also from this site, or both, but this was just spectacular. We partially cooked the bacon in the microwave to make sure it was cooked ... Read full review
  • Bacon Wrapped Barbeque Shrimp

    naples34102's rating:
    I don't know if it was the bacon, or "Johnny's Grub Rub," also from this site, or both, but this was just spectacular. We partially cooked the bacon in the microwave to make sure it was cooked t ... Read full review
  • Boyfriend Brownies

    naples34102's rating:
    If you are a true fudge-a-holic and love your brownies the same way, then you'll love these. They're fudgy and gooey all right, but for me, just a little too much so. I ate one and now I feel ... Read full review
  • Mashed Potatoes and Buttermilk

    naples34102's rating:
    I prepared this with the ingredients called for, using the measurements only as a guide, and adding some finely chopped green pepper for even more flavor and interest. The bacon, understandably ... Read full review
  • White Bean and Artichoke Salad

    naples34102's rating:
    This isn't bad with some tinkering, but it is not nearly as tasty nor as interesting as I thought it would be when I chose this recipe. I found a can of cannellini beans was 1-1/2 cups, which w ... Read full review
  • Restaurant-Style Coleslaw II

    naples34102's rating:
    It's been years since I've eaten at KFC, so I have no idea how closely this coleslaw resembles theirs. In addition, I'm not a big coleslaw fan so I guess you could say I was a tough sell. I ad ... Read full review
  • Mom's Dill Potato Salad

    naples34102's rating:
    I liked the idea of this for its simplicity but found it pretty tasteless before I did a lot of doctoring. I added a lot more dill (I used fresh), celery salt, Jane’s Krazy Mixed Up Salt, an ... Read full review
  • Grandma's Best Zucchini Bread

    naples34102's rating:
    This is an acceptable, not remarkable, zucchini bread. It is not moist enough, and a little more spice wouldn’t hurt either, although I did like the addition of the dates. Most important, I’ ... Read full review
  • New Orleans Barbeque Shrimp

    naples34102's rating:
    Except for cutting back on the cayenne in consideration of Hubs' sensitive innards, I made this exactly as written without changing, omitting or adding anything, and it was excellent. My only c ... Read full review
  • Nairobi Chocolate Cake

    naples34102's rating:
    This is an acceptable cake, but not one I’ll make again given the other, extraordinary chocolate cake recipes on this site. In addition to not being as dark chocolate as I assumed it would be ... Read full review
  • I started out with this recipe prepared to reduce the powdered sugar to 3 cups, maybe even less. I’ve made enough buttercream frostings to know the ratio of sugar to butter I prefer and this ... Read full review
  • Cheddar Onion Drop Biscuits

    naples34102's rating:
    I've tried a couple of biscuit recipes that use buttermilk baking mix and they were excellent. What I found, however, by making THIS recipe is that the mix doesn't really shave any time off the ... Read full review
  • I thought this was just ok, but Hubs particularly liked this as it is indicative of the rich, tomato-based, boldly flavored soups he's so fond of. I loosely followed the recipe, but used fresh ... Read full review
  • Oatmeal Toffee Cookies

    naples34102's rating:
    This is a soft and chewy cookie, hearty with oats and LOADED with the toffee bits and nuts. I wanted a little milk chocolate in these so I used an equivalent amount of chopped Heath Bars for the ... Read full review
  • Favorite Peanut Butter Cookies

    naples34102's rating:
    No problems, issues or criticisms. This is a basic, classic peanut butter cookie. Nothing extraordinary about it other than there are no problems or issues with the recipe - and in my mind, that ... Read full review
  • Never Fail Meatloaf

    naples34102's rating:
    Nice start with an excellent finish. I started with this recipe as the barbecue sauce and herb-seasoned croutons appealed to me. But that’s where my interest ended, as the rest of the recipe ... Read full review
  • Cheese Biscuits I

    naples34102's rating:
    I’ve never eaten at Red Lobster so I don’t know if these are “authentic” or what they’re *supposed* to taste like. What I do know is that with just a quick stir of a few ingredients I ... Read full review
  • I've been eating cabbage prepared this way all my life (love it!) but never to the point where the onions were caramelized. It was nice, but there wasn't enough of a difference that it's worth ... Read full review
  • Foolproof way to make chicken and come up with something delicious. I used a 1:1 ratio of crumbs and cheese, substituted fresh oregano for the dried, and butter for the margarine. The aroma ma ... Read full review
  • Interesting to try but I learned feta cheese and green beans are not a good combination for me. (And feta hating Hubs wouldn't even try them) ... Read full review
  • Pasta with Fresh Tomato Sauce

    naples34102's rating:
    I just loved this but I don't use or buy Italian dressing and I omitted the raw onion - straight olive oil and a little fresh minced garlic worked for me instead. Served this with "Grandma Bogi ... Read full review
  • Marshmallow Brownies

    naples34102's rating:
    After reading a number of reviews it became clear that those who really like these brownies are those, like Hubs, who like their desserts rich, gooey and intensely sweet. And chocolate doesn’ ... Read full review
  • Triple Threat Fruit Smoothie

    naples34102's rating:
    Out of necessity, using what I had in the fridge, I used pomegranate juice and strawberry yogurt instead of the orange juice and peach yogurt – happy substitutions, as both made the flavor of ... Read full review
  • Chunky Monkey Pancakes

    naples34102's rating:
    Hubs is all about Chunky Monkey Ice Cream and when I saw this recipe I knew it was going to be a winner for him. I’ve had it printed out since March of 2009 and it is now dog-eared from dragg ... Read full review
  • Icy Blender Lemonade

    naples34102's rating:
    This is an icy cold, mildly flavored lemonade. At first I thought it was too watery, and neither sweet nor tart enough. But it grew on me almost instantly. It’s *because* of its mild flavor ... Read full review
  • Parmesan Tomatoes

    naples34102's rating:
    You know, this isn't a complex dish and the preparation is simple and basic. But that doesn't mean it isn't worthy of five stars and in my opinion, this is. What a dressy alternative to just sl ... Read full review
  • Cherry Cobbler I

    naples34102's rating:
    Reading through some of the reviews for this recipe, it quickly became apparent that results were widely varied – too sweet, not sweet enough, too thick, too watery. It seems, as it is with p ... Read full review
  • Sara's Iced Coffee

    naples34102's rating:
    This was way too sweet for me. Or maybe this is an acquired taste that I just don't have. ... Read full review
  • Awesome Red Wine Pot Roast

    naples34102's rating:
    Good, but I essentially used this recipe as a guide – an average three stars as written. I modified the recipe in several regards, elevating my rating from three to four stars. I added salt ... Read full review
  • Gooey Butter Cookies

    naples34102's rating:
    Some of my “finds” on this site are only as a result of my using the ingredient search for ideas when I have something in particular I need to use – in this case it was cream cheese. If i ... Read full review
  • Simple Savory Pork Roast

    naples34102's rating:
    This is excellent, but then I might be just a little biased as I've been eating pork roast seasoned like this all my life. I did modify this, based on my own experience making and eating it. M ... Read full review
  • One Bowl Chocolate Cake II

    naples34102's rating:
    Nothing unusual, different or weird about this recipe, which is just what I wanted. This is a plain and simple, good old fashioned butter-based chocolate cake, an ideal basic and versatile reci ... Read full review
  • Carrot Cake

    naples34102's rating:
    I have made this recipe more than a few times and it has turned out consistenty and reliably well each time. Not too sweet, too dense, oily or spicy as some carrot cakes can be. The frosting i ... Read full review
  • Potato Arugula Salad

    naples34102's rating:
    My 5-star rating for this recipe speaks for itself as to how much I liked this salad. It's so refreshingly different and really delicious. This is something I'd expect to find in gourmet delis ... Read full review
  • Garlic Baked Potato

    naples34102's rating:
    I’ve baked many a potato but until now I’ve never oiled the skin first. Seasoning the outside with salt and pepper was something I’ve never done before either. As Hubs put it, this was a ... Read full review
  • Aussie Breakfast Egg Mess

    naples34102's rating:
    I wouldn’t exactly call this “a savory makeover” of scrambled eggs as the submitter describes. After all, it’s just scrambled eggs with stuff in it. I think a half cup each of onions, m ... Read full review
  • Bocconcini Salad

    naples34102's rating:
    This was somewhat of a letdown for me. With all these quality ingredients I expected something remarkable. Fresh arugula, Belgian endive, cherry tomatoes, basil and fresh bocconcini, all tossed ... Read full review
  • I've heard of Black Bottom cupcakes before but I've never made nor had them. Where have I been all my life? I'm sure the consistency of the cream cheese portion will change to that of cheeseca ... Read full review
  • Easy Delicious Asparagus

    naples34102's rating:
    In a nutshell, this is way too much lemon and Parmesan for the amount of asparagus called for. With this amount of Parmesan you sure wouldn't need any salt! I prepared this using all ingredien ... Read full review
  • Asparagus with Parmesan Crust

    naples34102's rating:
    The cooking time was ok, although I played it on the safe side and lowered the oven temperature to 425 degrees. I swear roasting asparagus is not only the easiest, but also the best way to cook ... Read full review
  • Yummy Mango-Banana Milkshake

    naples34102's rating:
    Hubs loves his breakfast drinks on weekends. Whether you call them smoothies or milkshakes, whether they have yogurt or they don’t, no matter what fruit is added to them, he loves ‘em. Me? ... Read full review
  • I tinkered with the recipe a llittle but the results sure panned out for it. I wanted a cinnamon cookie with bold cinnamon flavor so I added a teaspoon of cinnamon to the batter as well as a 10 ... Read full review
  • Bananerberry Smoothie

    naples34102's rating:
    I never would have thought to use apples in a smoothie, but why not? Unfortunately, while it certainly contributes additional nutrition, it did not add much flavor. Adding all those ice cubes o ... Read full review
  • Hot Milk Sponge Cake III

    naples34102's rating:
    Beautiful, light, moist sponge cake with just a hint of almond flavor. I thought it might be shy on butter by a tablespoon or so, but it was just fine as is. Easy to make, nearly foolproof. I ... Read full review
  • Mojito Fruit Salad

    naples34102's rating:
    Fruit is obviously refreshing and delicious on its own but adding this lime and mint dressing made it especially so. Clever title for a very creative, colorful and interestingly delicious fruit ... Read full review
  • Mama's Potato Salad

    naples34102's rating:
    Nice, basic recipe – classic American mayonnaise and mustard based potato salad, just the way Hubs likes it. But it was a little nondescript for me, so I had to tinker with it. I added the o ... Read full review
  • Zucchini Galore

    naples34102's rating:
    This is a basic way of preparing zucchini but it is dependably delicious. Just to jazz it up a little I added fresh minced garlic, a drizzle of fresh lemon juice and some chopped, fresh dill. ... Read full review
  • Momma's Potatoes

    naples34102's rating:
    Three stars if prepared as written - 30 minutes at 350 degrees is neither long enough nor hot enough to cook the potatoes let alone brown them. Raise the temperature to 450, however, and you'll ... Read full review
  • One of the main reasons I don’t generally care for yogurt smoothies is just that - too much yogurt. I’d rather eat a carton of yogurt with some fruit on the side. So what I particularly en ... Read full review
  • Hubs prepared the steaks on the grill (to perfection I might add) while I took care of the sauce. I have to admit my first impression was that I was kind of turned off by the sort of purply mush ... Read full review
  • This was some good stuff - nice recipe KeriLee! So nice to see a vegetable side dish with some real creativity and imagination. I preferred to use fresh spinach and garlic, some pepper and, beca ... Read full review
  • Mushroom Rice

    naples34102's rating:
    Let's just put it this way...I served this to accompany some beautiful veal chops and I could have eaten the whole darn pan...of this rice. (I didn't, but that's because I restrained myself) Ra ... Read full review
  • Scottley's Basic Yellow Cake

    naples34102's rating:
    Oh, my…in my experience this is quite possibly one of the better white cake recipes I’ve tried. In fact, I’d call it perfect, with no need to change anything let alone search for a better ... Read full review
  • Fried Broccoli

    naples34102's rating:
    In deference to Hubs' sensitive innards, I had to skip the crushed red pepper flakes and used some fresh ground black pepper instead. I used fresh broccoli, added a little clarified butter alon ... Read full review
  • Colorado Bulldog

    naples34102's rating:
    I'm glad we just tried a scaled down version of this in a side-by-side comparison with the Minnesota Poodle as we didn't even like it well enough to drink it beyond the first couple of sips. It ... Read full review
  • Hot Pink Lemonade

    naples34102's rating:
    This was a fun, flavorful and colorful twist on traditional lemonade. I used a mix of frozen blueberries and strawberries only because I had already packaged them that way for Hubs' smoothies, ... Read full review
  • Strawberry Kiwi Milkshakes

    naples34102's rating:
    Not our favorite. Kiwi is such a beautiful fruit it was a shame to use it in this shake where it basically contributed nothing except an off taste, to water down the strawberry flavor and to ca ... Read full review
  • Tuscan Cream Cheese Spread

    naples34102's rating:
    Exceptional. Mouthwatering good and all flavors I love that blended together SO well. I prepared this following the recipe closely, tho' I did mince, rather than chop, the garlic, reduced the ... Read full review
  • Fruity Fun Skewers

    naples34102's rating:
    Creative, cute and colorful. Also, a great addition to a buffet table where, let's face it, a lot of the other dishes are not so healthy or figure friendly. I used shorter bamboo skewers so ... Read full review
  • This recipe is not complex and not difficult to prepare, but it sure is good. I had a heavy dish for supper last night so I wanted to take it easy tonight and make something healthier. This was ... Read full review
  • Garlic Bread Mama Rita's Way!

    naples34102's rating:
    I have to say, mayonnaise is a little unconventional, but after all, this is garlic bread Mama Rita’s way…and it’s good. I used rolls from an excellent old Italian bakery in Milwaukee, whi ... Read full review
  • Spicy Garlic and Pepper Shrimp

    naples34102's rating:
    Our level of heat tolerance in this house lies somewhere between “coward” and “wimp.” So I’ll start by saying that our Spicy Garlic and Pepper Shrimp wasn’t nearly as spicy or peppe ... Read full review
  • Thai Cucumber Salad

    naples34102's rating:
    I have no regrets for trying this, but I don't plan on making it again. Even cutting back on the sugar (I used Splenda) and vinegar this was still a little too sweet and tangy for me. The peanu ... Read full review
  • Simply Parmesan Chicken

    naples34102's rating:
    Good as is, but even better with a few simple but important modifications. Rather than dipping the chicken in egg I dipped it in melted butter. Rather than "Italian seasoning" I used fresh parsl ... Read full review
  • I am unfamiliar with Southern Italian cooking so I was curious and wanted to give this a shot. I am, however, quite familiar with sautéing spinach with garlic and olive oil, so it was basicall ... Read full review
  • Hasselback Potatoes

    naples34102's rating:
    I was intriqued by the concept but wasn't very impressed with the outcome. As others have noted these were on the dry side, and I'm not sure I'm so fond of bread crumbs and Romano cheese on pot ... Read full review
  • Good for You Greek Salad

    naples34102's rating:
    I really enjoyed this refreshing salad. Light with the lemon dressing, which I just loved, while at the same time a little zesty with the boldness of the oregano (I used fresh). Just as a matt ... Read full review
  • Chocolate Martinis For Two

    naples34102's rating:
    For extra chocolatiness I used chocolate vodka and, since this was to be a "Chocolate Martini for One," I halved the recipe. Also, since I don't like my drinks too strong in the taste of liquor, ... Read full review
  • As written, that's a heck of a lot of lemon and walnuts for a pound of beans! I cut back on both by more than half and enjoyed it. ... Read full review
  • MMMMM... Brownies

    naples34102's rating:
    I've never made brownies with melted chocolate chips before so I was very curious, however, with so many reviewers pleased with this recipe I felt confident I wouldn't be disappointed - and I wa ... Read full review
  • Mango Pina Colada Smoothie

    naples34102's rating:
    Mmmmmm-mm! The aroma of this alone is intoxicating and inviting. Once you take that first sip you get exactly what you were signaled to expect - a rich but refreshing, creamy, pastel-colored, n ... Read full review
  • Berry Fruit Salad

    naples34102's rating:
    I skipped the blackberries (not crazy about them) and just added more raspberries. As is my preference, I sprinkled the fruit with brown sugar rather than white and poured a little cream over ea ... Read full review
  • Mushrooms in White Wine Sauce

    naples34102's rating:
    As written, just average. Very good, however, after tinkering with the recipe. I used olive oil and a little butter rather than peanut or vegetable oil. NO water - I wanted sauteed mushrooms, ... Read full review
  • Oven-Roasted Asparagus

    naples34102's rating:
    Optional Parmesan, garlic, and lemon juice - a definite yes to all three! This is excellent and turned out perfectly. ... Read full review
  • Artichoke Mashed Potatoes

    naples34102's rating:
    Four stars as written, as these would inarguably be on the “ho-hum” side, flavor-wise. But with a few small additions, these are easily elevated to five stars, particularly if you’re an a ... Read full review
  • House Fried Rice

    naples34102's rating:
    I stuck closely to the ingredients list, only omitting the green pepper as it didn’t appeal to me in fried rice. But I did change the cooking method quite a bit to produce a better result. For ... Read full review
  • A little more creative than most salads and certainly a lot more sophisticated and elegant. Actually, it was kind of a culinary conversation piece! I made my own Lemon-Dijon Vinaigrette but be ... Read full review
  • Tuna Salad With Fresh Dill

    naples34102's rating:
    My two star rating, I believe, speaks for itself. But to elaborate, I had a number of issues with this unappealing tuna salad. First, it was mushy and gushy…and I used only part of the juices ... Read full review
  • Aunt Norma's Rhubarb Muffins

    naples34102's rating:
    I believe between the three of us, Aunt Norma, charliebabe (the submitter) and me, these muffins made rhubarb lovers out of a number of Floridians who had never tasted the stuff before! I delibe ... Read full review
  • Beautiful, delicious and seasonally appropriate since strawberries and blueberries are plentiful and reasonably priced now. I liked the addition of the bananas, which provided a creamy contrast ... Read full review
  • Blueberry Lemon Bread

    naples34102's rating:
    Hubs said it best when he remarked that this was not what he was expecting when I told him this was Blueberry Lemon BREAD. Make no mistake - in our minds this was a tart/sweet, lemony, buttery, ... Read full review
  • Even with the substitution of salsa for the ketchup these didn't make the grade with us this morning. Basically mushy and flavorless, these would be so much better with some seasoning, some veg ... Read full review
  • Loaded Baby Reds

    naples34102's rating:
    Unfortunately, two stars if you dare to prepare this as written, but very good after significant doctoring up. Way too much cream cheese, while at the same time sorely wanting for butter, milk ... Read full review
  • Lemony Steamed Fish

    naples34102's rating:
    Had I prepared this recipe as written, I'm not so sure I would really have rated it these three stars, which I consider average. No fat? No butter, no drizzle of olive oil, nothing? And then s ... Read full review
  • Pasta Pascal

    naples34102's rating:
    Hubs and I both really enjoyed this. I used orzo rather than the angel hair pasta, only because I never can find enough reasons to use it. Fresh, clean flavors, excellent side dish for a varie ... Read full review
  • With all the flavorful savory ingredients in this recipe I had high hopes and expectations for a real taste sensation, although I must admit I was a little skeptical about achieving that result ... Read full review
  • Tropical Fruit Smoothie

    naples34102's rating:
    A little different from the smoothies I generally make for Hubs, particularly since the usual yogurt was absent. I didn't have papaya, so I substituted peaches for it. I also added a little Sp ... Read full review
  • Rhubarb Bread I

    naples34102's rating:
    Not the prettiest bread I ever made, but it sure does taste good! The topping sort of sinks into the bread making it look like it has little craters, or kind of a pebbly looking top. And it sl ... Read full review
  • Better Baked Beans

    naples34102's rating:
    Aside from the brand of baked beans I used being much too liquidy, these were pretty good! Nice flavor. I've made similar recipes and enjoyed them, but this is the first I've seen using pancake ... Read full review
  • Southern Dill Potato Salad

    naples34102's rating:
    It’s so difficult to indicate precise measurements when writing out a recipe for someone. Tastes vary, sizes of fresh ingredients vary, and sometimes we just use “a little of this and a litt ... Read full review
  • I have mixed feelings about this recipe, but as its first reviewer I’m happy to report that in the end it turned out delicious. First, 3 cups of crumbs was way off. I used half that and it wor ... Read full review
  • Flaky Food Processor Pie Crust

    naples34102's rating:
    Not my favorite pie crust by any means. Part of the problem may be that it's often difficult to teach an old dog (at least THIS old dog) new tricks - I'm much more comfortable making a pie crus ... Read full review
  • Nice, simple side dish requiring little effort and few ingredients. I thought the amounts of butter and Parmesan a little too generous, however, so I just adjusted the amounts to taste. Salt n ... Read full review
  • Grilled Pineapple

    naples34102's rating:
    Oh my, what a treat. I didn't use the hot pepper sauce or salt and didn't miss either. Served this with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and shredded fresh coconut. (I think a little rum caramel s ... Read full review
  • Gramma Bertha's Banana Cake

    naples34102's rating:
    I'm a soft touch for recipes that have "Grandma's" in the title. Grandmas had the best recipes and they knew what the best was supposed to be because they all seemed to know what they were doing ... Read full review
  • Zippy Summer Shrimp

    naples34102's rating:
    First, let me say that Hubs’ and my heat tolerance level with spices is “Coward.” That said, I eliminated the cayenne pepper altogether and we found this “zippy” enough without it. ... Read full review
  • Cheesy Polenta

    naples34102's rating:
    Polenta made with cheddar and milk is not the traditional polenta I grew up with but this was a delicious variation, particularly for more Classic American entrees. ... Read full review
  • I scaled this down to two servings since Hubs is not a tea drinker and this was just for me. I used just a basic Orange Pekoe tea and only half the honey called for and it was plenty sweet enou ... Read full review
  • Chocolate Almond Bark

    naples34102's rating:
    Mmmmmm. I used a good quality milk chocolate which made this especially creamy and good. I also used whole, roasted salted almonds, which I chopped very coarsely. I loved the sweet/salty cont ... Read full review
  • Halibut with Rice Wine

    naples34102's rating:
    This really was a nice dish and a refreshing and unusual departure from what Hubs and I might typically eat. A wonderful blend of ingredients that came together to make a delicious drizzling sa ... Read full review
  • Sesame Udon Noodles

    naples34102's rating:
    Both Hubs and I agree these are exceptional and 5-star good. BUT....use the dressing to taste! I only used half of what I made and it was plenty. Other than eliminating the snap peas I stuck t ... Read full review
  • Berry Delicious

    naples34102's rating:
    Hubs is the big smoothie drinker in this house (I could take 'em or leave 'em, personally) so what matters with a smoothie recipe around here is if it scores with HIM. Now while I was making thi ... Read full review
  • Japanese Beef Stir-Fry

    naples34102's rating:
    Outside of adding some fresh minced garlic, I prepared this following the recipe closely. And we enjoyed the heck out of it. Sometimes things don't need a whole lot of explanation or analysis. ... Read full review
  • Mango-Banana Smoothie

    naples34102's rating:
    This was creamy, smooth, refreshing, tasty and a delightfully attractive color. Still, Hubs was more enthusiastic about this than I was. I actually did have orange-mango juice on hand, and use ... Read full review
  • Hot Milk Sponge Cake I

    naples34102's rating:
    I made the cake, not the topping, and it was just what I was after - just a basic, old-fashioned sponge cake. I used the batter to make individual sponge cake shells for strawberry shortcake. T ... Read full review
  • After we travel, Hubs and I crave an old-fashioned, comfort food dinner. I was on a plane at 37,000 ft. when I came across this recipe and couldn’t wait to get home to make it. I agree with Li ... Read full review
  • Made this as directed (with no vanilla)…at first. But Hubs found this not very “purple-y,” and also missed the creaminess of similar drinks. So as written, this was only average for him - ... Read full review
  • Perfect Summer Fruit Salad

    naples34102's rating:
    Normally I don’t care for “formal” fruit salads as they tend to include a lot of other stuff beyond the fruit – like cream, yogurt, marshmallows, nuts, etc. I appreciated the simplicity ... Read full review
  • Summer Bean Salad II

    naples34102's rating:
    Once again out of consideration for Hubs' sensitive innards, I switched celery for the corn. Normally I rate recipes higher than he does but on this occasion that was reversed. He found this a ... Read full review
  • Graham Streusel Coffee Cake

    naples34102's rating:
    Certainly a pretty cake (almost a guarantee if you use a specialty Bundt pan as I did) but nothing special in taste. (Hubs had a couple of bites and left the rest on his plate. I didn't even ge ... Read full review
  • I used a different type of pan entirely, so while I can't necessarily speak for the accuracy of the baking time or temperature as written, I CAN say these are delicious, and well worth trying, r ... Read full review
  • Kiwi Strawberry Smoothie

    naples34102's rating:
    Past experience has shown me I don't care for orange juice with strawberries, and pineapple and orange juice blend is something I never have on hand anyway, so I just substituted milk and was mu ... Read full review
  • Egg Scramble

    naples34102's rating:
    Salmon and eggs for Hubs this morning, but this for me! I left out the potato, cooked up some diced bacon, then continued with the recipe, leaving out the cayenne. LOVED it - the combination of ... Read full review
  • Avocado-Mango Salsa

    naples34102's rating:
    Great as a reference or starting point, but as is the case with many recipes I adjusted the recipe to suit my own tastes. I eliminated the sugar - for me it was totally unnecessary and may have ... Read full review
  • Excellent - other than making muffins instead of bread I didn't, and wouldn't, change a thing. Just right cinnamon flavor - neither too heavily spiced nor too sweet. Loved the raisins, which co ... Read full review
  • Gordon's Berry Breakfast Drink

    naples34102's rating:
    Nice medley of flavors, however, this isn't something I'd often be able to make exactly as directed as this was a rare occasion that I had all the ingredients called for. The orange/pineapple c ... Read full review
  • Pork Marsala

    naples34102's rating:
    Not necessary to measure precisely, as I'm sure the submitter would agree. Excellent combination of ingredients resulting in an excellent dish. Rather than stirring in extra Marsala as suggest ... Read full review
  • Roasted Broccoli

    naples34102's rating:
    If I was to review this recipe strictly as written, it would deserve far less than four stars. In my opinion, the chili powder alone, let alone the sheer volume of it and combining it with the ... Read full review
  • Chicken Valdostano

    naples34102's rating:
    Rich and delicious with an impressive presentation. But then it's hard to go wrong when you're working with perfect, luscious ingredients and proper method of cooking (although I cooked my chic ... Read full review
  • Very interesting recipe, one I didn’t understand correctly until I started to prepare it. I should know better than to proceed on a recipe before reading it through! The idea of the red pepp ... Read full review
  • No-Mayonnaise Ranch Dressing

    naples34102's rating:
    This was a miss for Hubs and me - as in, we missed the slight tang of the mayonnaise! Adding a squeeze of lemon juice was a real improvement, but without it this was flat tasting - essentially l ... Read full review
  • Roasted Spicy Salsa Verde

    naples34102's rating:
    Hubs particularly liked this but I thought it was a little flat, one dimensional in flavor. I think it would benefit from some cumin and Mexican oregano. Hubs found the cooking process on the g ... Read full review
  • Cantaloupe Berry Smoothie

    naples34102's rating:
    I think this is only as good as your cantaloupe is juicy and sweet - mine wasn't all that great. To compensate I tossed in more raspberries (frozen) than called for and used peach rather than p ... Read full review
  • Shrimply Delicious Shrimp Salad

    naples34102's rating:
    Perfect for spring, perfect for a Friday night during Lent, perfect for a light lunch or supper. I just think it's perfect! The recipe is just fine as written, but I used it as a springboard to ... Read full review
  • Not the prettiest cookie ever (kind of anemic looking and the white chocolate chips started to turn color), but they had a lot of potential, so I made them more eye appealing and gave them a boo ... Read full review
  • Black Bean Soup with Bacon

    naples34102's rating:
    I recognized this recipe as having a great start, but I also knew I’d be improvising quite a bit, adding some things to make it even more appealing to me. I particularly liked the bacon, garli ... Read full review
  • Fried Rice Restaurant Style

    naples34102's rating:
    I like the ingredients, and the finished dish is fine with some cooking method changes. Start with your rice cooked and COLD. Not necessary to cook the peas at all. Don't scramble the eggs wi ... Read full review
  • Serve this cake to family or friends and you will do yourself proud, just as I did tonight. A good rule of thumb is to never try out a new recipe on guests, but this was a real winner. It is eas ... Read full review
  • Hubs doesn't like quick breads of any kind, Mom and I were unsure of the raisins. Didn't look like this bread was going to make any kind of statement at tonight's St. Patrick's Day meal. I had l ... Read full review
  • Irish Cream Chocolate Mousse

    naples34102's rating:
    No explanation for why this was a total failure for me, especially considering the reviewer preceding me had such success. The problem was particularly in the 2nd step - the egg yolk/Irish Cream ... Read full review
  • All agreed this was probably the best corned beef and cabbage dinner I ever made. I actually surprised myself. I have to detail what I did in this review so that I don’t forget what I did and ... Read full review
  • This was just excellent, but I played around with this dish a little and had some fun. I used peanut oil rather than vegetable oil and green onions rather than chives (because I had them and be ... Read full review
  • Aussie Omelet

    naples34102's rating:
    I'm glad I tried this! What an interesting and different take on an omelet which, after awhile, always seem to taste the same no matter what "recipe" you choose. Because I was a little nervous ... Read full review
  • Vanilla Ice Cream

    naples34102's rating:
    Generally I make a cooked egg custard base which, being a Wisconsinite and hooked on our frozen vanilla custard here, is my preference. But today I was looking for something simpler, easier and ... Read full review
  • Curried Shrimp Bisque

    naples34102's rating:
    I made the crab meat/sherry variation as the submitter suggested in her recipe description. I simmered the sherry with the stock rather than adding at the end - did not want the "raw" liquor tas ... Read full review
  • Amish Cookies

    naples34102's rating:
    I was SO prepared to give these a lacklustre review. "Unadorned," they are flat tasting and not sweet enough. My suggestions were to be to add more vanilla, upped at least to a tsp., a little ... Read full review
  • Blueberry Shortbread Cheesecake

    naples34102's rating:
    Beautiful dessert that came together in minutes. I liked the shortbread crust, which was a nice change from the standard graham cracker crust - I used white rather than brown sugar and it was ... Read full review
  • Spinach and Tortellini Salad

    naples34102's rating:
    Simple and classy - a "gourmet deli" pasta salad. Refreshingly different from the typical mayonnaise based pasta salads. I used refrigerated tortellini, fresh baby spinach, chopped Roma tomato ... Read full review
  • Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

    naples34102's rating:
    Decent enough as is, but with so much powdered sugar a good deal of cream cheese flavor and its distinctive tang was unfortunately lost. This might be much better with 1-2 cups less sugar for a ... Read full review
  • No Crust Strawberry Pie

    naples34102's rating:
    When I saw this recipe I just couldn’t pass it up…but after making it I wish I had. There are a couple of old adages that apply here. First, you get out of something what you put into it ... Read full review
  • I was careful to watch this very attentively, and because I did I was rewarded with beautiful crisp/tender, steamed/browned asparagus - and I didn't bother to cover it at all. Delightful, att ... Read full review
  • Chicken Salad Wraps

    naples34102's rating:
    On its face - not a great recipe. Canned chicken and nothing more than some lettuce leaves. I do think that the 3-star rating I'm giving it, which means average to me, is generous. However, I ... Read full review
  • Italian Sausage Soup II

    naples34102's rating:
    Good and easy to put together on the spur of the moment with ingredients I most often have at hand. Rather than the individual seasonings I just used a tablespoon of my favorite Tuscan seasonin ... Read full review
  • I love ribs smothered in all American barbecue sauce just as much as the next person, but sometimes, when I’m home and not getting the best of the best in Memphis (in my opinion) they get kind ... Read full review
  • Chinese-Style Broccoli Salad

    naples34102's rating:
    This was a treat – a flavorful, colorful and healthy treat. I don’t like my *cooked* vegetables crunchy, so I increased the cooking time to about 3-4 minutes. I adjusted the seasonings som ... Read full review
  • Tilapia Scampi

    naples34102's rating:
    It’s painful for me to give this recipe a 1-star rating, but necessary as written, even tho’ it has the potential to be a great dish. First of all, the amount of butter and garlic is WAY o ... Read full review
  • Lemon Thyme Rice

    naples34102's rating:
    Simple goodness. Quiet and understated, and the perfect side dish for "Tilapia Scampi," also from this site. Did not measure precisely, but to my own tastes. ... Read full review
  • Pico de Gallo

    naples34102's rating:
    Try this. You'll think you're in Mexico. Or at least your favorite Mexican restaurant. I could have eaten the whole bowl before it made it to the table for our fajitas, but I obviously had to ... Read full review
  • Simply Guacamole

    naples34102's rating:
    Hubs didn't want me to make this and deviate from MY guacamole (which has cumin, jalapeno, garlic and chopped tomato). I told him I wanted to make this recipe just as is, that you never know, y ... Read full review
  • Couldn't ask for a finer salad. Elegant and delicious. Impressive presentation. I used fresh basil for the crostinis, raised the ratio of olive oil to vinegar to the 3:1 I prefer, used a mix o ... Read full review
  • Mini Cheesecakes III

    naples34102's rating:
    This recipe has been around for a looong time -nearly as long as I have! The reason? They're easy, they're simple, they're reliable and they're "D" good. I used foil cupcake liners to eliminat ... Read full review
  • Red Velvet Cupcakes

    naples34102's rating:
    This recipe has singlehandedly and immediately changed my opinion of Red Velvet Cake. I’ve only tasted it or made it myself on one other occasion, a recipe from this site. Looking back at th ... Read full review
  • Fabulous Fargozas

    naples34102's rating:
    As always, reviews are largely a matter of personal opinion, and in my opinion these Fargozas weren't so Fabulous. First, I eliminated the sugar as I believe it would have competed with the sav ... Read full review
  • Wouldn't have this often as it's heavy and rich and clearly not the best nutrition-wise either. But as an occasional splurge in small portions this was a mouth-watering, gooey, cheesy treat to a ... Read full review
  • Allspice Cream Cheese Frosting

    naples34102's rating:
    Beautiful frosting. Delicious and spiced just right. Three cups of powdered sugar was just right for me too, not four, and my 5-star rating reflects that change. I used this frosting to frost ... Read full review
  • Beer Spice Cake

    naples34102's rating:
    I admit I pretty much chose this recipe in the fun and spirit of The Super Bowl but man-oh-man, was I in for a surprise. I baked this as cupcakes - they're not just ok, they're excellent, and N ... Read full review
  • Meatball Nirvana

    naples34102's rating:
    Hubs wanted meatballs as part of our "SuperBowl Smorgasbord." I have my own way of making meatballs, but since I was using these on their own rather than with spaghetti, I kind of wanted to try ... Read full review
  • Tangy Egg Salad Spread

    naples34102's rating:
    Reduce the mustard significantly, like maybe 1 teaspoon for four eggs (to start at least), and we've got something here - like a solid 4-star recipe. The fresh basil and parsley add color and a ... Read full review
  • Raspberry Chocolate Supremes

    naples34102's rating:
    Quite possibly one of the better, easy dessert recipes I've tried in awhile. Memorable actually. Rich, decadent and beautiful. Tender, buttery crust, creamy white chocolate filling, and the t ... Read full review
  • Fabulous Spinach Salad

    naples34102's rating:
    I appreciated the light, simple dressing and the colorful and nutritious ingredients. Beautiful. (But some crumbled bacon would have made this even better!) ... Read full review
  • Dill Vinaigrette

    naples34102's rating:
    I made a number of changes to this recipe which not only suited my tastes, but I believe made this better - olive oil, not vegetable oil, no sugar, fresh dill (although dried would have been fin ... Read full review
  • Florentine Tomato Soup

    naples34102's rating:
    Great example to illustrate how using the very best ingredients will yield the very best results - fresh tomato sauce if available, (in my case I used tomato sauce I had put up from my garden), ... Read full review
  • Yellow Cake

    naples34102's rating:
    I don't generally do this, but I decided to look at some of the reviews for this recipe, specifically, those rating it poorly. By and large I disagree with them, and can only report my own resul ... Read full review
  • Baby BLT

    naples34102's rating:
    Excellent addition to a hot/cold array of appetizers, and an attractive one too! Hubs made these and found the measurements of ingredients to be spot on for our tastes. No hassle at all since ... Read full review
  • Jack's Chocolate Chip Cookies

    naples34102's rating:
    Delightfully sweet, chewy and crispy. Unusually and pleasantly light and airy. Maybe just a little TOO sweet for me but Hubs, I'm sure, will appreciate that and "eat them till he gets sick," a ... Read full review
  • Sausage Flowers

    naples34102's rating:
    Excellent - delicious, different and a real "statement piece" on your appetizer table. Best yet, no rocket science involved to make them - no pointers needed, no changes. So easy you could alm ... Read full review
  • Crab Cakes Chiarello

    naples34102's rating:
    Looking over the recipe I knew this had everything a good crab cake recipe should - fresh chives and parsley, egg, mustard, mayonnaise, big chunks of lump crabmeat and, certainly, a minimum of f ... Read full review
  • Caesar Vinaigrette

    naples34102's rating:
    Light, refreshing dressing that lets the salad greens shine and be the star. Didn't add the Parmesan to the dressing, preferring to add freshly shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano right before serving. A ... Read full review
  • Delicious Pineapple Muffins

    naples34102's rating:
    Yes! Finally, a real, no nonsense muffin and not a heavy, sweet cake posing as one! Given some of the reviews that led me to think these muffins might be mediocre, I was unsure of what I'd end u ... Read full review
  • Greek Garbanzo Bean Salad

    naples34102's rating:
    What this recipe might lack in imagination and creativity is more than made up for in taste and presentation. I feel for any recipe submitter who has no choice but to list strict amounts of ing ... Read full review
  • Five stars - WITH some small, but certainly not minor, modifications. To rate this any lower might risk turning people off to trying it, and this roast was too good to risk that. I started with ... Read full review
  • Butter Frosting

    naples34102's rating:
    Nice, basic and dependable butter cream frosting, but just a tad on the sweet side if you use all the powdered sugar called for. I stopped at 3-1/2 cups and found it just right, although as lit ... Read full review
  • Bacon Clapshot

    naples34102's rating:
    Whoa, these are some darned good "mashed potatoes!" First, a mention of an unintended substitution - I sent Hubs to the store for turnips and he came home with rutabagas. *Sigh* Thank goodnes ... Read full review
  • Steak House Au Gratin Potatoes

    naples34102's rating:
    Hubs made dinner for us tonight and these potatoes were part of it. They were excellent. He used a slightly smaller pan than called for and sliced, rather than cubed the potatoes, but beyond th ... Read full review
  • Chicken Wild Rice Soup I

    naples34102's rating:
    Hubs and I weren't fond of this at all. Other than using rotisserie chicken and shortening the cooking time accordingly, I stuck to the recipe like science. So, against my better judgement, I ... Read full review
  • Lemon Berry Smoothie

    naples34102's rating:
    I don't use powdered lemonade mix but I liked the idea of the hint of lemon so I just added a little fresh lemon juice, which proved to be just barely noticeable anyway. I used frozen blueberrie ... Read full review
  • Great gingerbread and spice flavor, nice and moist, but... I was very disappointed at how these rose - with flat tops, spilling out onto the muffin tin. Tried 'em twice too, thinking I may hav ... Read full review
  • Low Carb Cauliflower Leek Soup

    naples34102's rating:
    Fresh, rich and delicious, and I just couldn't get over the velvety smooth texture of this. I did add the optional cream, but only half the amount called for and it seemed just right. I used c ... Read full review
  • Cherry Cream Cheese Cake

    naples34102's rating:
    Excellent and five stars with some seemingly minor, but significant tweaks. If others have complained this is dry, it's not just that there's too much flour, but too little sugar! Sugar does m ... Read full review
  • Extreme Veggie Scrambled Eggs

    naples34102's rating:
    Old, I mean experienced, cooks like me don't need a recipe for something like this, but I'm sure they'll agree with me that when you're brain dead and don't know what to make a recipe like this ... Read full review
  • Just like the submitter’s mother-in-law, our family’s Christmas Eve tradition is also a dinner of fish and seafood. It’s called The Feast of the Seven Fishes, and my guess is that Janet P ... Read full review
  • Bruschetta with Shallots

    naples34102's rating:
    Everything to like, and nothing not to. Fresh, simple ingredients with a tried and true blend of flavors. Simple and simply delicious. ... Read full review
  • Special Deviled Eggs

    naples34102's rating:
    This recipe has great potential but has some problems as written, namely that there's just too much of everything for the itty-bitty amount of egg yolks! As I began to mix this up it quickly be ... Read full review
  • Mediterranean Medley Salad

    naples34102's rating:
    Can't go wrong on this as the recipe is so versatile. Great way to put something fresh and nutritious on the supper table while at the same time make use of the fresh vegetables in your refriger ... Read full review
  • Shrimp Lemon Pepper Linguini

    naples34102's rating:
    Short and sweet...this was excellent. Enjoyed preparing this nearly as much as I enjoyed eating it. Didn't measure anything (takes the fun out of cooking!), just cooked to my heart's content. Fr ... Read full review
  • Amanda's Stuffed Peppers

    naples34102's rating:
    Hubs and I SO enjoyed this! Like eating a big, delicious meatball in a sweet pepper! We're watching carbs where we can so I cut back on the bread crumbs a little. I found I was glad I did, car ... Read full review
  • Hearty Chicken Vegetable Soup I

    naples34102's rating:
    What a unique flavor! The mushrooms, but particularly the red pepper, lend distinct and different flavors that make this soup just a little unusual and very, very good. I took the easy way out a ... Read full review
  • Spicy Bok Choy in Garlic Sauce

    naples34102's rating:
    Loads of flavor for a quick and simple side dish. Not a fan of the ginger, however, so next time I'll leave it out - along with the sugar. ... Read full review
  • Easy Garden Green Beans

    naples34102's rating:
    Great flavor, just needed to be steamed 2-3 minutes longer. ... Read full review
  • Quick Brussels and Bacon

    naples34102's rating:
    Any vegetable cooked with bacon already has great potential in my book. I used fresh Brussels sprouts, added minced garlic, and cooked them only until crisp-tender, not browned. Loved the flav ... Read full review
  • Pumpkin Cake III

    naples34102's rating:
    If someone could come up with a yellow or white cake version of this cake they should PATENT it. I mean, I can only imagine a yellow cake this light, fluffy and moist! Make no mistake, this cak ... Read full review
  • Hubs made this for us tonite and it was simple and excellent. One pound of crabmeat certainly isn't necessary for two people, however, and almost seemed like a misprint, so use only as much as w ... Read full review
  • Wisconsin Cheese Soup II

    naples34102's rating:
    A few simple changes easily elevated this 3-star recipe to 4-stars, and darned near to perfect. To begin with, as I was measuring out the carrots, I stopped at about 1/4 cup, thinking that usin ... Read full review
  • White Bean Salad

    naples34102's rating:
    As I write this review this recipe has a disappointing 3-1/2 star overall rating, yet it only has two reviews, both with 5-star ratings! Not sure why that is, but I hope the addition of my 5-st ... Read full review
  • Carne Asada Tacos

    naples34102's rating:
    I grew quite a few tomatillo plants this year and when I saw how much I ended up with I thought maybe I had made a mistake. I mean, you can only eat so much salsa verde! But then I tried this r ... Read full review
  • Cold Black Bean Salad

    naples34102's rating:
    I had to really work with this. If prepared as the recipe stands it has a few problems, at least for me, but they were easily remedied. First, three serrano peppers is a LOT of peppers, particu ... Read full review
  • Nutmeg Feather Cake

    naples34102's rating:
    As I looked over the recipe I just knew this was going to be good. First, the combination of butter (for flavor) and shortening (because butter cakes can be dry). And then the buttermilk - I do ... Read full review
  • Bacon 'n' Egg Wraps

    naples34102's rating:
    Always a quick, reliable, easy and very versatile stand-by. And for some reason I find that when I make these Hubs and I tend to eat less! I make this with three eggs and two slices of bacon a ... Read full review
  • Strawberries and Cream Shake

    naples34102's rating:
    Since the recipe called for whipped cream, I interpreted that to mean the real thing, not Cool Whip. This was guaranteed to be good as it's hard to go wrong with fresh dairy and fruit (made even ... Read full review
  • Dark Chocolate Cake II

    naples34102's rating:
    This cake is dark, rich, moist and boldly chocolate. So easy to mix up even a cave man could do it - no creaming, sifting, adding eggs one at a time, etc. Best yet, it's such a perfect recipe ... Read full review
  • I'm excited to be this recipe's first reviewer so I can happily report how good this salad is! Light and refreshing, with an interesting and delicious contrast in flavors, colors and textures. ... Read full review
  • Blueberry Smoothie

    naples34102's rating:
    Hubs and I were not enthusiastic about the nutmeg but that's just personal preference and not reason enough to dock the recipe a star - I just left it out. I used the blueberry yogurt I had in t ... Read full review
  • The recipe looked interesting and was fun to try. I'm Italian, grew up with Italian cooks and Italian cooking, and I travel to Italy - yet I've never heard of this! Curiosity hooked me right awa ... Read full review
  • Rocky Road Ice Cream

    naples34102's rating:
    After a rocky start (no pun intended), the way this turned out was a pleasant and lucky surprise! As this was churning, it just didn't want to set up as it should and I thought I might be making ... Read full review
  • Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

    naples34102's rating:
    This recipe was reinforcement and a reminder that there is just no comparison between garlic mashed potatoes made with roasted garlic and those made simply by throwing some garlic cloves in with ... Read full review
  • Vodka Pasta a la Guido

    naples34102's rating:
    Except for the butter, which I didn't use as I didn't feel it was necessary, this is a near classic version of the traditional Italian tomato sauce with vodka and cream. I omitted the red pepper ... Read full review
  • Wienerschnitzel

    naples34102's rating:
    So quick and simple to prepare, so beautiful and delicious. To give the veal some color interest I added the parsley to the bread crumbs rather than the egg mixture, then browned it in clarified ... Read full review
  • Vanilla Latte

    naples34102's rating:
    Not my "cup of tea"as I'm not a fan of these type coffee drinks, but Hubs enjoyed it for a weekend treat - both making it (he does love that espresso machine and frother thingy) and drinking i ... Read full review
  • Zucchini Pineapple Bread

    naples34102's rating:
    With very minor variations (I use 2 tsp. vanilla, 1/2 tsp. baking powder and add 3/4 tsp. nutmeg) I've been using this recipe since 1982 - because it is so superior to any other. Moist, pleasant ... Read full review
  • Cinnamon Spice Drop Cookies

    naples34102's rating:
    Way to go Rodnobi! Sure hope you notice this review of your SPECTACULAR cookies. I cannot speak highly enough of your recipe, let alone these cookies. I don't use butter-flavored shortening s ... Read full review
  • Obviously a subjective thing - I really could take or leave these and much prefer tomatoes uncooked. I don't regret trying something different but once was enough for me. Maybe it's those stew ... Read full review
  • French Silk Chocolate Pie

    naples34102's rating:
    Ohhhhhhhh, decadence. A mile-high version of the traditional French Silk Pie (see other recipe on this site). It seems to be updated, calling for pasteurized eggs or egg substitute, but I'm n ... Read full review
  • Mediterranean Chickpea Salad II

    naples34102's rating:
    Not bad at all for a last minute salad in a pinch with all ingredients almost always at hand. Not a big fan of the chopped onion, I'd rather see it very thinly sliced. I welcomed this recipe for ... Read full review
  • I made twelve, gorgeous muffins with this recipe and they were not sweet, not dry, and certainly not "cake-like." I don't like too sweet ANYTHING and even tho' I was tempted to reduce the sugar ... Read full review
  • Beautiful frosting, creamy smooth and fudgey, but I would caution that it's evident this will only be as good as the fudge topping you use. This is not a deep, rich chocolate which I liked, esp ... Read full review
  • Strawberry Cream Cheese Spread

    naples34102's rating:
    This turned out great and Hubs will love it on his morning bagel. To help guard against the runniness some have noted I used less strawberries and left them a little chunky rather than processin ... Read full review
  • Banana Nut Cake

    naples34102's rating:
    All through the process of making this cake I had planned to rate it poorly. It is not a luxurious, silky batter, first of all. In fact, it's kind of curdly, which concerned me from the get-go ... Read full review
  • Fruited Ice Cream

    naples34102's rating:
    While I make ice cream often, this is the first time I made it with sweetened condensed milk and with a higher proportion of milk to heavy cream. It most likely will also be the last time, as t ... Read full review
  • Real Strawberry Cupcakes

    naples34102's rating:
    I was so pleased with how these turned out and darned proud to serve them too. Everything about them was right. At first glance, they're pretty and inviting, just tempting you to pick one up an ... Read full review
  • Pumpkin Spice Cake I

    naples34102's rating:
    It seems to be a blur in distinguishing a muffin/quick bread from a cake/cupcake and I suppose you could call this one either. To me, what it now boils down to is this: if it's plain, it's a bre ... Read full review
  • Maple Icing

    naples34102's rating:
    Creamy, smooth and delightfully sweet and delicious, with just the right amounts of all the ingredients. I left the cream cheese and butter out of the fridge for a looong time, so it was good an ... Read full review
  • Honey's Butter Cake

    naples34102's rating:
    The fact that the cinnamon-sugar mixture turned hard and crunchy is enough to call this recipe a failure in my opinion. The cake itself is beautiful (until you cut into it), moist and delicious ... Read full review
  • Cajun Crab Soup

    naples34102's rating:
    Excellent and memorable. Hubs preferred I sub celery for the white corn and it proved to be a surprisingly delicious substitute. Also, rather than the cayenne, white pepper and thyme, I simply ... Read full review
  • There's something to be said about a salad where the ingredients stand on their own for incredible flavor, needing no more than salt, pepper and a little fresh lime juice for dressing. Fresh and ... Read full review
  • Springtime Citrus Cooler

    naples34102's rating:
    Like a lot of us, I don't drink enough water and for me that is directly related to the fact that I'm just not a plain water fan. So in an effort to drink more water I've been trying a number o ... Read full review
  • Peanut Butter Sheet Cake

    naples34102's rating:
    Since peanut butter cakes can be dry, I was encouraged to see that this recipe apparently took that into consideration by including a little oil. But it disappoints. The cake is a little on the ... Read full review
  • Salsa De Tomatillo

    naples34102's rating:
    I've always included fresh Mexican oregano and cumin when I make tomatillo salsa and was interested in the comparison without. While I did like this, I found it just a little dull for my tastes ... Read full review
  • I'm happy to be the first reviewer of this seriously good salad and hopefully get the recipe off to a flying start! I found as I was going to describe this, as "light and fresh," that the submi ... Read full review
  • Baked Omelet Pie

    naples34102's rating:
    Watching carbs, so substituted zucchini for the potato and didn't feel deprived. This is a pretty basic omelet - nothing unusual here - but the sliced tomato, which I placed on the omelet just ... Read full review
  • Licuado de Mango

    naples34102's rating:
    Can't say what accounts for all the reviewer variations in terms of sweetness, degree of flavor, thickness, etc. What I can say is that I made this exactly as written with one, large, very ripe ... Read full review
  • True Blue Custard Crunch Pie

    naples34102's rating:
    This was big on flavor but short on looks in my view, particularly the topping. Hubs really enjoyed it, however, describing it as full of blueberry flavor and pleasantly sweet, and in my book t ... Read full review
  • Honey Cornbread

    naples34102's rating:
    Well, apparently this cornbread recipe can make cornbread lovers out of cornbread haters (Hubs). Have to believe it's partly because this one is sweet, which he mentioned right away that he not ... Read full review
  • Buttermilk Wheat Bread

    naples34102's rating:
    If I didn't have a favorite Italian bread recipe I generally use this recipe could easily become a staple. I thought it was short on salt and yeast so I increased both without straying from the ... Read full review
  • Aunt Bert's White Cake

    naples34102's rating:
    Probably one of the best white cakes I've ever tasted anywhere, let alone made myself. None of the almost anticipated and dreaded Dry Cake Syndrome! They're also light and fluffy (I made cupca ... Read full review
  • Cameroonian Fried Spinach

    naples34102's rating:
    I prepare spinach like this routinely, sometimes with mushrooms, sometimes without, and always with fresh minced garlic. This was the first time using shitake mushrooms, however, and I liked th ... Read full review
  • Blueberry Cream Slushy

    naples34102's rating:
    Very good, very cold and VERY thick. Hubs enjoyed it - he said it was pleasantly tart (I forgot the sugar...) but thought that perhaps it might be better without the ice cubes, which he believe ... Read full review
  • Blueberry Zucchini Bread

    naples34102's rating:
    I made this twice. The first time it was terrible! I made a half recipe for a standard loaf but there wasn’t enough batter to fill the pan adequately, so I had to sub with a smaller pan tha ... Read full review
  • Savory Green Beans

    naples34102's rating:
    As an Italian quite familiar with pancetta, I have to say I much prefer bacon! So it was bacon I used in this recipe rather than pancetta. Low and slow heat caramelizes the shallots and that mi ... Read full review
  • I have to preface my review by revealing that I didn't do this with tuna. Tuna is best served rare to medium-rare and I don't/can't do "raw," plain and simple. So I used tilapia, which is perfe ... Read full review
  • Ranch-Style Salad Dressing

    naples34102's rating:
    Great as a starting point, but in my opinion this needs some work. First, I used only half the vinegar called for yet Hubs and I both thought it was still too tangy. Also, this is a creamy whit ... Read full review
  • What fun, Surfwrench! This isn't how I typically make sausage and peppers but I couldn't resist trying this with such a cute and catchy name and I got a kick out of how you came up with the rec ... Read full review
  • Strawberry Chantilly

    naples34102's rating:
    We really enjoyed this fresh, light and creamy dessert! Only to save calories as well as carbs, I skipped the crust entirely, which I'm sure, given the rest of the recipe, is delicious. But Hub ... Read full review
  • Roasted Tomatoes with Garlic

    naples34102's rating:
    This was another experience for me of a great recipe being born out of necessity - in this case a need to use some grape tomatoes on the verge of being on their last legs! These are great as wri ... Read full review
  • Mother-In-Law Eggs

    naples34102's rating:
    I've only had deviled eggs a couple of times in my entire life (and have only made them myself once) so I don't have much of a reference to compare these to. I do know what I like though - and I ... Read full review
  • I have minor criticisms of this recipe and made minor changes - nevertheless it is a wonderful dish Hubs and I both enjoyed. The potatoes are perfect just as written. The recipe doesn't specify, ... Read full review
  • I am the submitter of this recipe and I thought I'd add a note now that it's been published! It took making lots of coffee cakes and muffins over many years to know what I like in a recipe for ... Read full review
  • AMAJO's Creamsicle® Martini

    naples34102's rating:
    Before I could decide whether or not I liked this, it was gone! And that happened quickly. Guess that speaks volumes. Can't say that this tastes like a Creamsicle, but it was good. At first ... Read full review
  • We loved these potatoes! Beautiful rich color from the caramelized onions and deeply flavored. Definitely worth the extra effort and time it took to caramelize the onions. Just enough horseradi ... Read full review
  • Tender Italian Baked Chicken

    naples34102's rating:
    Excellent. I can't help but think that making my own fresh bread crumbs and seasoning them with my favorite Tuscan seasoning blend helped. So did using freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano chees ... Read full review
  • Creamy Mango Smoothie

    naples34102's rating:
    Great smoothie! What I liked best about this recipe is that it called for less yogurt than most - enough to give it some thickness and creaminess, without giving it that noticeable sour tang. W ... Read full review
  • Shirley Temple II

    naples34102's rating:
    Five stars for being pretty and for being fun to make and drink. However, the drink itself is not that special. I agree with another reviewer who said this tasted like fizzy orange juice and, ... Read full review
  • Curry-Coconut Shrimp

    naples34102's rating:
    Warning - if you're not a fan of either coconut or cilantro, pass this recipe by! Hubs fits into this category and rates this two stars! If these aren't your issues, however, read on. This was ... Read full review
  • A-Number-1 Banana Cake

    naples34102's rating:
    While the submitter suggests this recipe can also be used to make banana bread or muffins, I found this to be not as dense or compact a crumb as banana bread. In other words, I happily found th ... Read full review
  • After reading a number of reviews with suggestions to add butter and/or powdered sugar I at first made notes to myself to keep that in mind and do that when I made this. For whatever reason, in ... Read full review
  • I traditionally make zucchini this way but on the stovetop rather than the oven and it was nice not to have to watch and stir it. Unfortunately, I wasn't crazy about using the tomatoes with thi ... Read full review
  • Lemon Dill Rice

    naples34102's rating:
    Since in her description the submitter indicates she "likes to use fresh dill when available," I can only assume that in the recipe where she calls for dill SEED she really meant dill WEED. Dil ... Read full review
  • Almond-Crusted Tilapia

    naples34102's rating:
    I wish I could rate this higher, especially since it really was pretty good once I tinkered with it. Unfortunately, there are some problems with the recipe as I see it. First, you'll need more ... Read full review
  • Caramel Macchiato Ice Cream

    naples34102's rating:
    This ice cream is good. No - I mean, this ice cream is GOOOOD. Holy moly, I never expected it to be this delicious! I've never had the Caramel Macchiato drink (although I just may be tempted to ... Read full review
  • These baked up pretty, delicious and crackly. I followed the recipe exactly. I had no problem rolling the dough into balls or the sugar. I tend to like thicker cookies, so on the last cookie s ... Read full review
  • Lighter Avocado Egg Salad

    naples34102's rating:
    I liked this - it's SO rich and creamy! But is was a little lacklustre for me as is. It needed more flavor, color, some crunch and some contrast in textures. To begin with, I used green onion ... Read full review
  • Delicious, with wonderfully complex but balanced flavors. All the ingredients and seasonings come together and mellow into something uniquely its own. I loved the ingredients that went into thi ... Read full review
  • Shrimp Egg Salad

    naples34102's rating:
    I made this for myself this morning, planning ahead for lunch. I prepared it as the recipe directed, gave it a taste for seasoning (salt and pepper), was satisfied, so I thought, with the 3-star ... Read full review
  • Avocado, Tomato and Mango Salsa

    naples34102's rating:
    I just had a party in my mouth! I made this on a whim, basically to use up odds and ends in the fridge that oddly enough were what was called for in this recipe. I've never had this kind of sal ... Read full review
  • Watermelon Agua Fresca

    naples34102's rating:
    Such a pretty, fresh tasting, pleasantly sweet treat! I never had this before and it was a such a nice surprise to find just how darn good this was. No sooner did Hubs down his (and it was quic ... Read full review
  • Basil Pesto Bread

    naples34102's rating:
    This was just excellent and I plan to make it often given it's summer and I'll have a bountiful supply of beautiful basil and vine-ripe Roma tomatoes in my garden. I did take a short cut in that ... Read full review
  • Great Garlic Bread

    naples34102's rating:
    Four stars as written, using garlic powder and dried parsley. Five stars, using fresh garlic and parsley. I used long, crusty Italian rolls so I didn't bother to bake them. Just toasting thes ... Read full review
  • Lemon Fiesta Cake

    naples34102's rating:
    What a gem! It's not often I'm this wowed by a cake, this impressed with a recipe. Comparing it to some other 5-star cakes is almost unfair. As if the cake isn't good enough on its own, the ric ... Read full review
  • Please pay attention to all of the 5-star reviews, particularly those who made no changes to the recipe, other than maybe using regular bacon rather than maple (I used regular bacon too) - becau ... Read full review
  • River Omelets

    naples34102's rating:
    Hubs liked this better than I did, but then he was unaware of what I perceived as its flaws. I thought it was good, but I think it could be better. First, don't beat the eggs with an electric ... Read full review
  • Fresh Dill Pasta Salad

    naples34102's rating:
    Between reading the reviews and my own experience, I found this clearly is a recipe that needs to be worked with to get it to suit your tastes - and I guess I "worked" with it a lot. For me, I f ... Read full review
  • Cajun Shrimp Orecchiette

    naples34102's rating:
    While I thought this was tasty enough, Hubs enjoyed this a lot more than I did. For me, I would have liked this much better leaving out the Cajun seasoning altogether! I did prepare this a lit ... Read full review
  • Sweet Lime Iced Tea

    naples34102's rating:
    A not too strong, not too sweet tea with a subtle fresh lime flavor. And *because* it's neither too strong nor too sweet it's particularly refreshing and thirst-quenching. Nice. ... Read full review
  • Tomatillo Guacamole

    naples34102's rating:
    I was very impressed with this even before I served it. You could just tell as you chopped up the ingredients and mixed them up that you were going to be in for something good. I did tinker wit ... Read full review
  • Nannie's Hot Milk Sponge Cake

    naples34102's rating:
    This is the same recipe I've used for many years and have loved - except my recipe calls for a small amount of butter, 1/4 cup. I did not prepare the pan as it wasn't indicated to do so, and I d ... Read full review
  • Caprese on a Stick

    naples34102's rating:
    This was just the perfect addition to our breakfast plate this morning. Cheese, basil and tomatoes are not something either Hubs or I would make a point to snack on, so this was an ideal way to ... Read full review
  • Too much vinegar and Dijon as written. Back off on the vinegar to a ratio of 3:1 oil to vinegar, reduce Dijon to 1-2 teaspoons, and use only about half as much honey and this is perfect. ... Read full review
  • Spaghetti with Garlic and Basil

    naples34102's rating:
    Excellent. Didn't, wouldn't, change a thing. Dried basil just wouldn't cut it here. ... Read full review
  • Trini Mango Cheesecake

    naples34102's rating:
    Looking at the reviews beforehand I suppose would have been wise, but you shouldn't have to consult reviews in a published recipe, in my opinion, to avert disaster. The crust, okay, so you can' ... Read full review
  • Maple Nut Cake

    naples34102's rating:
    I have to respectfully disagree with the submitter's remarks that this cake requires no icing - oh yes it does. On its own it is fairly flavorless and a tad dry, even tho' I watched the baking ... Read full review
  • We have this often - Hubs is particularly fond of this side dish, particularly with a grilled steak, and it always adds such great color and interest to the dinner plate. I generally use a mix o ... Read full review
  • Jasmine Rice

    naples34102's rating:
    Perfect! I needed a simple rice, something beyond just basic cooked rice, but nothing that would detract from the main dish. I wanted it to be a tasty and attractive supporting side dish. This ... Read full review
  • Citrus-Basil Vinaigrette

    naples34102's rating:
    Too sweet. Too citrusy. Even Hubs, who occasionally likes a dressing with a little sweetness, agreed. Could be very good, lightening up on both the honey and the juices and perhaps even elimi ... Read full review
  • Chef Scott's Pico de Gallo

    naples34102's rating:
    Sorry Chef, but as I was in the midst of making this and gave it a taste I realized the lime juice provided enough acid and there was no way I could add either the vinegar or the oil. I also had ... Read full review
  • Squash Calabacitas

    naples34102's rating:
    For all that color and contrast it was like a trick on your tastebuds once it hit your mouth - where did the flavor go? ... Read full review
  • Pressure Cooker Carnitas

    naples34102's rating:
    I'm sure it's not proper or traditional, but I'm neither a carnitas aficionado nor a carnitas snob - I used what I had on hand in the freezer to make this - pork chop suey meat! And it was won ... Read full review
  • Crostini D'Emily

    naples34102's rating:
    These are an absolute staple in our house, like butter or milk (or wine)! I don't use butter, however. I brush both sides of the thinly sliced baguette lightly with the olive oil. Turn them on ... Read full review
  • Lime Cilantro Rice

    naples34102's rating:
    I cut waaaay back on the cilantro and that proved to be a good call for Hubs and me. Just before I served this I gave it a taste and thought to myself, "Uh-oh. We aren't EVEN going to like this ... Read full review
  • Easy Arugula Salad

    naples34102's rating:
    I don't think arugula is at its best on its own. It's so peppery and pungent I think that it's better combined with another, milder green. Even so, this was still rather ho-hum in flavor, which ... Read full review
  • Chesapeake Bay Pork Chops

    naples34102's rating:
    I didn't like the smell of the marinade. I didn't like the way the pork chops smelled when they emerged from the marinade. And I didn't like how they smelled as they were roasting (Hubs wasn't ... Read full review
  • Hawaiian Plantation Iced Tea

    naples34102's rating:
    Gentle pineapple flavored tea - light, refreshing, sweet enough but not *sickening* sweet. But the pineapple flavor definitely dominates. This would be better kicking up the tea to probably six ... Read full review
  • I've been eating greens prepared this way (without the wine) all my life and make it often myself - this is the standard way of cooking vegetables in Italian households. My favorite is with Swi ... Read full review
  • When I make a recipe and enjoy it so much that I say to myself, "Ooooh, I've GOT to remember this one!" that's a 5-star recipe. And this is one of those recipes. This inarguably has a definite ... Read full review
  • Pumpkin Pie Bread

    naples34102's rating:
    I made this just as the recipe directed and my review is based on doing just that, with no changes. I found this to be moist (but really, how often do you come across a dry pumpkin bread, espe ... Read full review
  • Butterscotch Cake II

    naples34102's rating:
    I'm probably not the best person to review a recipe for Butterscotch Cake since I'm not a fan of butterscotch - it's difficult to be objective. That said, I took into consideration a couple of ... Read full review
  • Superfast Asparagus

    naples34102's rating:
    Excellent, but rather than cooking spray I used olive oil. I like roasted asparagus SO much better than just steaming it - it's more flavorful and also has a real robust look to it. This could ... Read full review
  • Rhubarb-Raspberry Crunch

    naples34102's rating:
    Rhubarb and raspberry lovers you are going to love this. Sweet. Tart. Vibrant ruby red. Buttery, crunchy topping. I halved the recipe, but doubled the raspberries so that I could use the en ... Read full review
  • Baby Zucchini Salad

    naples34102's rating:
    Such a refreshing, light and seasonal alternative to the typical and heavier potato and pasta salads, and I'm pleased to be the first to review it. Nutritious and guilt-free, not only is this d ... Read full review
  • This is a soft, buttery, rich chocolate cookie that I found changes dramatically depending on how it goes into the oven. Soft, chewy, crispy, will all depend on how flat and how big the cookie ... Read full review
  • Cherry Berry Smoothies

    naples34102's rating:
    An unfortunate drawback of this recipe is that most kitchens, unless you've made a point of specifically shopping for the ingredients for this recipe, probably don't have cherry juice, vanilla y ... Read full review
  • Classic, darned near perfect peanut butter cookie. There's nothing unusual or different about these other than that this is just a good recipe for basic peanut butter cookies! The only thing I ... Read full review
  • Tomato, Basil, and Feta Salad

    naples34102's rating:
    This could easily become a summertime habit! Roma tomatoes have been particularly red and ripe lately in our groceries, and with a plentiful supply of basil in my garden I could eat this healthy ... Read full review
  • I prepared these as directed and frosted them with a deep, rich chocolate frosting I thought was a great match, "One Bowl Buttercream Frosting," also from this site. There's not much more I can ... Read full review
  • One Bowl Buttercream Frosting

    naples34102's rating:
    BEAUTIFUL frosting. Rich and creamy, chocolatey, with a silky smooth texture and great mouthfeel. Makes you want to eat it with a spoon. I upped the cocoa powder just a little as I wanted a da ... Read full review
  • Powdered sugar frosting, basic buttercream frosting, whatever you want to call it this recipe has the perfect proportions of butter to powdered sugar. I made the vanilla version and didn't meas ... Read full review
  • One Bowl Chocolate Cake I

    naples34102's rating:
    Reliable deep, dark chocolate cake. Moist and dense - but to my liking almost too dense. Unlike some other chocolate cake recipes, this is not temperamental, so you can bake this cake confiden ... Read full review
  • Strawberry Lassi

    naples34102's rating:
    I blended everything together, including the ice cubes, which I added last. I used half as much sugar (good call I think) and Greek strawberry yogurt. I also added fresh raspberries and a few ... Read full review
  • Rhubarb Strawberry Crunch

    naples34102's rating:
    I'm rating this 5-stars even though there's twice as much topping as you need! I can't imagine using all that is called for. I think I probably only used half of it! I asked Hubs to taste and ... Read full review
  • What a happy thing it turned out to be that I had so much extra topping left over from "Rhubarb and Strawberry Crunch." (I recommend that recipe highly too, by the way) If it wasn't for trying t ... Read full review
  • Mango Lime Smoothie

    naples34102's rating:
    To get the true feel of the recipe I didn't add the strawberries or strawberry yogurt I was tempted to - I made this for Hubs this morning exactly as written. And then I asked him to review it ... Read full review
  • Prize Winning Baby Back Ribs

    naples34102's rating:
    The rub was ok, although I did add oregano and thyme. But an hour is not nearly what grill masters have in mind when they say ribs should be grilled "low and slow." Hubs was right - one hour w ... Read full review
  • Hot Fudge Sundae Dessert Bars

    naples34102's rating:
    HUGE hit. Huge. Unequivocally the star of the show. This dessert brought grown men to their knees. Never mind dinner, I could have served this and this alone and I think everyone would have been ... Read full review
  • Five Layer Ice Cream Bars

    naples34102's rating:
    HUGE hit. Huge. Unequivocally the star of the show. This dessert brought grown men to their knees. Never mind dinner, I could have served this and this alone and I think everyone would have ... Read full review
  • Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

    naples34102's rating:
    Since this called for ingredients and seasonings that seemed like a great combination I was surprised when this just fell flat. I was really unimpressed. Not very flavorful at all. It wasn't a ... Read full review
  • Easy Strawberry Lemonade

    naples34102's rating:
    Here's a case where it's SO difficult to rate a recipe because of mitigating factors - personal preference, as always, being one of them. The other is confusion about ingredients, in this case, ... Read full review
  • Easy Strawberry Lemonade

    naples34102's rating:
    Here's a case where it's SO difficult to rate a recipe because of mitigating factors - personal preference, as always, being one of them. The other is confusion about ingredients, in this case, ... Read full review
  • Very Berry Blueberry Smoothie

    naples34102's rating:
    I couldn't believe when I typed in an ingredient search with blueberries, kiwi, and bananas, that anything would come up with that match but here it was! This was a quick and perfect way to use ... Read full review
  • Chocolate Pound Cake III

    naples34102's rating:
    Perhaps it's just a matter of individual palates and taste preferences that explain the wide disparity of ratings and reviews for this recipe. I can only speak for myself and as far I'm concern ... Read full review
  • Black Bean and Corn Salad I

    naples34102's rating:
    Black bean salad recipes are pretty much the same, one to the next. What drew me to this recipe was the cumin and it proved to be a nice addition. I used fresh lemon juice and olive oil rather ... Read full review
  • One of the happiest finds I've come across in quite some time. Anything I could say to describe these would be trite and cliche and still, no words would suffice. It doesn't hurt that some of m ... Read full review
  • Donut Muffins

    naples34102's rating:
    I'm curious about a couple of things about this recipe. First, why did I end up with 24, not 12, of these mini muffins as the recipe indicates? Could it be an AR misprint? Mine is a standard, ... Read full review
  • Microwave Lemon Curd

    naples34102's rating:
    If I didn't see this for myself I would have never believed it. I followed the directions exactly, used the ingredients exactly, and in two minutes flat (seriously!) I had a beautiful, sweet, t ... Read full review
  • Italian Pasta Salad II

    naples34102's rating:
    Leaving town again so it's time to clean out the fridge again too, which Hub's staff always appreciates. This salad did a good job of clearing out the vegetable crisper - I added all ingredients ... Read full review
  • Queenie, you are right! This IS a killer tomato bagel sandwich! I've been trying to clear out perishable food in the house for the last couple of days since I'm leaving town, and this was perfec ... Read full review
  • Stuffed Strawberries

    naples34102's rating:
    Five stars for a quick, easy, lovely and delicious dessert. I made just enough for Hubs and me and subbed Amaretto for the orange flavored liqueur, which I'm not a fan of. I made beautiful prese ... Read full review
  • Strawberries and banana together are a natural, so I knew I'd like this. Didn't have banana extract and I don't know that I would have included it if I did. I added 1/2 tsp. of vanilla instead. ... Read full review
  • Garlic and Basil Vinaigrette

    naples34102's rating:
    Since I scaled this down to just two servings, I was unable to prepare this using a blender as there wasn't enough there to work with! So I chopped up everything real fine, then put Hubs to wor ... Read full review
  • Irish Coffee

    naples34102's rating:
    I made this in clear, Irish coffee mugs and skipped the nutmeg. This was too strong, with a dominating taste of whiskey. The coffee almost seemed an afterthought. Reducing the amounts of whiskey ... Read full review
  • Lemon Square Bars

    naples34102's rating:
    Man, oh man, oh man are these GOOD! I was nervous to use melted butter in the crust, something I don't ever recall doing. But it worked - ohhh, did it work! This is no soggy, wimpy crust! As ... Read full review
  • Mango Lassi II

    naples34102's rating:
    I've never had a Mango Lassi before nor have I ever heard of them, so I have no idea what they're *supposed* to taste like. I made this only for Hubs this morning as I'm not a fan of yogurt bas ... Read full review
  • Rhubarb Cheesecake Dream Bars

    naples34102's rating:
    The submitter describes this as “a nice rhubarb dessert with a buttery crust, a rhubarb layer, a baked cream cheese layer, and a sour cream layer.” Even though I appear to be the lone voice ... Read full review
  • Grilled Delmonico Steaks

    naples34102's rating:
    While no marinade will ever compare to using no marinade at all, this one was particularly excellent. Given that the marinade ingredients were very similar to the seasonings Hubs uses for his gr ... Read full review
  • Blueberry Cheesecake Pie

    naples34102's rating:
    Excellent and five stars with a few changes. This recipe had a good foundation, but also had some glitches, an unnecessarily large amount of sugar being one of them. I worked with this just a li ... Read full review
  • Provincial Tomatoes

    naples34102's rating:
    I loved these as did our dinner guest, and both in taste as well as presentation I was proud to serve them. (Hubs didn't like them but he doesn't count because he doesn't like Parmesan or Asiag ... Read full review
  • Bolognese Stuffed Bell Peppers

    naples34102's rating:
    Lovely combination of ingredients creating a beautiful sauce. Almost a shame to mix it up with rice and stuff it in a pepper, but I'm not complaining! I added onion and garlic to the vegetable m ... Read full review
  • Garlic Basil Mashed Potatoes

    naples34102's rating:
    Except for the addition of the basil this is a more or less typical way of preparing mashed potatoes. The basil was an interesting addition, tasty but "safe" in that it didn't result in an extr ... Read full review
  • This is a beautiful dish, and I enjoyed the paprika even more than I thought I would. The recipe doesn't specify, but I used what I thought was an appropriate, fragant smoked Spanish paprika wh ... Read full review
  • Great Green Salad

    naples34102's rating:
    This is really a beautiful salad, with lots of contrasts in flavor and texture. The dressing alone is worth giving this salad a shot! Just an awesome, classic vinaigrette, although I did alter ... Read full review
  • Cafe Latte

    naples34102's rating:
    Hubs does love his espresso (even tho' I'm Italian, I do not!) and he enjoys making it for himself with his little stovetop espresso maker on those rare weekend mornings when he doesn't go into ... Read full review
  • Cuban Mango Mousse

    naples34102's rating:
    Quick and easy, yes, but that's not worth producing a boring dessert. The mango was so diluted with the whipped cream and egg whites that the flavor, not to mention the color, suffered. The amo ... Read full review
  • Traci's Adobo Seasoning

    naples34102's rating:
    I'm always so happy to be the first to review a recipe, particularly when I can rate it highly. I'm not very familiar or experienced with Tex-Mex or Mexican cooking and the seasonings used, but ... Read full review
  • Green Chili Eggs

    naples34102's rating:
    I enjoyed this, but Hubs not so much. I skipped the flour and reduced the amount of cheese and chilies significantly to suit our tastes. A cup of cheese and a can of green chiles to just three ... Read full review
  • Smoked Salmon Pizette

    naples34102's rating:
    I'm not a fan of smoked salmon, so I made this expressly for Hubs, since the classic smoked salmon, cream cheese, bagel, tomato and capers platter is one of his all-time favorites. I prepared th ... Read full review
  • Bordelaise Sauce with Mushrooms

    naples34102's rating:
    While this is not a classic Bordelaise sauce I couldn't have enjoyed it more. Hubs and I enjoyed this to accompany our steaks tonight and it was as if the two were meant to be together! (And we ... Read full review
  • My Crab Cakes

    naples34102's rating:
    I used maybe 3 T. of saltine cracker crumbs and I would have been happy with even less. I used the green part of the onion only, and didn't precook it. I added minced red bell pepper for color ... Read full review
  • Italian Sausage and Zucchini

    naples34102's rating:
    Now this is supper in a flash! Good, simple dish with just a few basic ingredients, good for any reason, but especially when time (and energy!) is at a premium. In the interest of preparing th ... Read full review
  • Strawberry Rhubarb Coffee Cake

    naples34102's rating:
    There are three components to this cake - the filling, the topping and the cake itself, each as good as or better than the next. This cake is perfect and mouth-watering good in every way. I use ... Read full review
  • Pasta with Asparagus

    naples34102's rating:
    Excellent (Italian!) dish. I had leftover asparagus so was able to skip the step of cooking it. I used spaghettini rather than angel air, added garlic but omitted the mushrooms. Freshly grated ... Read full review
  • Garlic Crab Legs

    naples34102's rating:
    Interesting to try for something different but Hubs and I agree on a couple of points -first, it is much easier to either steam the crab legs or, the way we generally do crab legs as suggested b ... Read full review
  • Creamy Chocolate Frosting

    naples34102's rating:
    EXcellent! I wanted frosting for brownies so I wanted something fudgy and glossy. That was easily accomplished with this recipe simply by melting the butter. Before it even made it to the brown ... Read full review
  • Zucchini and Eggs

    naples34102's rating:
    I grew up to love zucchini because of this "frittata" as we called it. It was everyday food for us, but only during summer when Grandma, and then Mom, grew zucchini in their garden. I feel for ... Read full review
  • Chocolate Coffee Kiss

    naples34102's rating:
    Ohhhhhh, this was SO nice! I used less liqueur in general than called for, Godiva White Chocolate liqueur rather than creme de cacao and eliminated the Grand Marnier altogether (never did care ... Read full review
  • I chose this ice cream so that I'd stay the heck out of it, maraschino cherry and dark chocolate not EVEN close to trippin' my trigger. Great choice because I knew it would still be right up ... Read full review
  • Zucchini Saute

    naples34102's rating:
    Outside of the Italian seasoning, this is the way I grew up eating zucchini and the way I still prepare it today. I used a very nice Tuscan seasoning blend and sweet onion rather than red. I d ... Read full review
  • Chewy Coconut Cookies

    naples34102's rating:
    I think on this one it's either you love 'em or you don't. In other words, I don't necessarily think this recipe is flawed in any way, it's just a matter of personal preference whether or not y ... Read full review
  • Vanilla Ice Cream V

    naples34102's rating:
    I chose this recipe out of curiosity because I finally wanted to try and step outside my comfort zone of the 2:1 ratio of heavy cream to half and half or whole milk that I am very rigid about. ... Read full review
  • Chilled Russian Salad Dressing

    naples34102's rating:
    So much better than store bought and so quick and easy to throw together why bother with the bottled stuff? This was exactly what I was looking for to slather on our Reuben sandwiches. When I ... Read full review
  • Very pretty and refreshing alternative to lemonade and perfect for the upcoming strawberry and summer season. Hubs especially appreciated this to grab from the fridge rather than his usuall Fre ... Read full review
  • Good and peanut buttery, for sure! Between the peanut butter chips and double the amount of peanut butter to shortening (it's usually even/steven) these are not short on peanut butter flavor. ... Read full review
  • Oatmeal Blueberry Muffins

    naples34102's rating:
    I liked these a lot, and the reason may be the same reason some other reviewers did not - I wanted a MUFFIN, not a little cake masquerading as one (although there is certainly a place for that t ... Read full review
  • Citrus Lemonade

    naples34102's rating:
    Of course this is going to be refreshing and delicious...IF the proportions of juice, water and sugar are right. Even though it was easy enough to fix, that unfortunately was not the case with ... Read full review
  • Lemon Icebox Pie III

    naples34102's rating:
    Disappointing. I thought two packages of cream cheese would be too much and I should have followed my instincts instead of the reviews (and made the other Lemon Icebox Pie recipe on this site t ... Read full review
  • Jamaica Coffee

    naples34102's rating:
    This was pretty good - it has an interesting and complex flavor - but I must be a real liquor wimp because it was a little too strong for me. I added more coffee and some half and half, and th ... Read full review
  • No Mess Squash on the Barbeque

    naples34102's rating:
    Zucchini cooked in olive oil with tomatoes, onions and garlic is something very familiar to me - I grew up with it and make it often. This was the first time I had Hubs "take it out to the gril ... Read full review
  • Chocolate Cake II

    naples34102's rating:
    Moist, delicious, deep dark chocolate cake that's so easy, so quick to whip together I thought surely I must have forgotten something! No changes and no criticisms, so this is the only commenta ... Read full review
  • Chocolate Butter-Creme Frosting

    naples34102's rating:
    Delicious, flavorful, fluffy, creamy and smooth chocolate buttercream. This is easily worked with to get the degree of chocolatiness you're looking for. I used the pre-melted envelopes of uns ... Read full review
  • Cobb Salad

    naples34102's rating:
    I travel frequently and often have Cobb Salads when I do - on planes, in restaurants, hotels and even from grocery stores. I love a good Cobb Salad, but I never much paid attention to what I kn ... Read full review
  • Spicy Rapid Roast Chicken

    naples34102's rating:
    My house smelled incredible tonight. I just knew this chicken was going to be good. I love this high heat blast at the beginning to ensure a rich, golden skin, but I was a little more laid back ... Read full review
  • Whipping Cream Pound Cake

    naples34102's rating:
    This is just one variation of a tried and true, classic pound cake with a standard list of ingredients and their measurements - 1 c. butter, 3 c. sugar, 6 eggs, 3 c. flour, a bit of flavoring an ... Read full review
  • Almond Butter Icing

    naples34102's rating:
    Great "road map" of a buttercream recipe, easily manipulated to accomodate any and all of your buttercream needs whether it's for cookies, cupcakes, or decorating. Thicker, thinner, more butter ... Read full review
  • This recipe would be perfect if it called for some, ANY kind of seasoning! Salt and pepper isn't even mentioned. However, last night I made "Chicken Seasoning Blend," also from this site, and ... Read full review
  • As this recipe's first reviewer I wish I could give it a better send-off. I considered the amount of basil suspect, reduced it by half, and it still was more than plenty. I know it would be ba ... Read full review
  • Key Lime Cake II

    naples34102's rating:
    For the most part I really like citrus cakes made with cake mixes, but there are always a couple of challenges. One is to disguise that tell-tale cake mix taste. The other is to get the cake t ... Read full review
  • Blackberry Fool

    naples34102's rating:
    With all the ingredients ready and waiting right at my fingertips I devilishly made this for breakfast this morning. I used both blackberries and raspberries but rather than mixing the berries ... Read full review
  • New Twist To An Old Favorite

    naples34102's rating:
    Great combination of healthy, vibrantly colored salad fixins and perfect with the homemade lemon vinaigrette I already had in the fridge. GREAT salad to make when your husband who hates feta ch ... Read full review
  • Raspberry Sauce

    naples34102's rating:
    A good, but rather ordinary raspberry sauce I had hoped would be a little different with the addition of the orange juice. It was not nearly sweet enough which is easy to fix, but the real dis ... Read full review
  • Creamiest Chocolate Mousse

    naples34102's rating:
    This is mousse as mousse should be, with beaten egg whites. I would have preferred this with semi-sweet chocolate, but that's a minor criticism and no fault of the recipe. It turned out perfect ... Read full review
  • Sexy Shrimp Scampi

    naples34102's rating:
    Loved, loved, loved this! The seasonings are classic and perfect but it was the cooking method that particularly impressed me. I generally prepare shrimp this way in a skillet on the stove top, ... Read full review
  • Strawberry Cake from Scratch

    naples34102's rating:
    A little sweet for me, but Hubs loved it. Pretty pink, lots of strawberry flavor. I creamed the butter, sugar and gelatin well, as directed, adding the eggs one at a time and beating well afte ... Read full review
  • Sour Cream Pound Cake

    naples34102's rating:
    Beautiful, classic pound cake, tho' I do add a pinch of salt and a flavoring as well - vanilla, almond, lemon - the possibilities are unlimited. I also use the traditional preparation method: c ... Read full review
  • Wedding Cake Icing

    naples34102's rating:
    Ideally I'd rate this 4-1/2 stars, just short of perfect because it's just a little too sweet for me. Generally for this amount of fat, whether it's shortening or butter, I prefer a ratio of 1 c ... Read full review
  • White Cake Frosting I

    naples34102's rating:
    With the exception of the powdered butter flavoring, which I didn't use, this is a fairly standard, basic and reliable buttercream frosting. Use all shortening, all butter or a mixture of both, ... Read full review
  • I'm not sure why, since all the right ingredients seemed to be here, but this was really kind of boring. I would have thought the oyster sauce, soy sauce and garlic all would have contributed gr ... Read full review
  • Buttermilk Pound Cake II

    naples34102's rating:
    Classic, reliable pound cake recipe with basic ingredients and standard measurements...3 c. flour, 3 c. sugar, 6 eggs, 1 c. butter. And the reason why the ingredients and the fairly standard me ... Read full review
  • The Old Boy's Strawberry Pie

    naples34102's rating:
    A pie that doesn't turn out is worthy of *no* stars. Not even if the topping was good, which this was. I should have expected it. A half cup of flour and a tablespoon of cornstarch is waaaaay t ... Read full review
  • Grilled Scampi

    naples34102's rating:
    Four stars as written, but I felt it could use the addition of fresh, minced parsley, fresh lemon juice, and salt and pepper. I used all olive oil, no butter, as I marinated the shrimp for abo ... Read full review
  • Paprika Chicken with Mushrooms

    naples34102's rating:
    Three stars as written since it is clearly lacking in much seasoning, however, with a little tweaking this is easily a five star dish. I sauteed the mushrooms and onion first (I used shallots an ... Read full review
  • Spicy Green Beans

    naples34102's rating:
    Very nice, tho' I did change the cooking method a bit as I've never had the best success cooking green beans in a fry pan. And in this case you were to cook the beans along with the already cook ... Read full review
  • Spicy Italian Pork Cutlets

    naples34102's rating:
    This Italian gal says.......EXCELLENT! When I'm away from home I want good, old-fashioned comfort food when I return. This hit the spot and was exactly what I needed and what I had in mind. I d ... Read full review
  • Brilliant Sauteed Broccoli

    naples34102's rating:
    In both preparation and taste this couldn't have been better. The cooking technique was just what I needed for an uncertain supper time and, since Hubs detests overcooked vegetables, it ensured ... Read full review
  • This review is just for the cake, as I opted to make a cream cheese glaze from another AR recipe. I had a spice cake mix laying around (don't even remember what I bought it for in the first pla ... Read full review
  • This review is for the glaze only. No snub to the cake recipe intended at all, it's just that I had a cake mix I wanted to use. If the cake is as good as the glaze I will be sure and remember t ... Read full review
  • Bean, Bacon and Pepper Soup

    naples34102's rating:
    Loved this, tho' I did change it up a bit by using the immersion blender on only about half of this, leaving the rest of all that beautiful color and texture of the vegetables alone. If prepare ... Read full review
  • Silver White Cake

    naples34102's rating:
    Even tho' this cake could use a little more flavor I'm still giving it a 5-star rating because its got so much else going for it. Baking white or yellow cakes is almost a gamble, particularly b ... Read full review
  • Good frosting, totally different from the basic confectioners' sugar buttercream, smooth, almost mousse-like. But I don't know what I was thinking when I mixed a hot egg yolk/sugar mixture in w ... Read full review
  • Excellent Broccoli Cheese Soup

    naples34102's rating:
    Very pleasant and flavorful soup that aside from some onion and garlic needed no other flourish. Some broccoli cheese soups are TOO cheesy - a thick, pasty goo with not only too much cheese but ... Read full review
  • Hubs and I both enjoyed this lovely and different, piquant dressing. Very richly flavored, and really dresses up the asparagus. Great blend of flavors that resemble Bearnaise sauce. I wasn't r ... Read full review
  • Baby Spinach Omelet

    naples34102's rating:
    Spinach omelets are one of my favorites and something I make for myself often, slightly varying what I put in them each time. On this occasion I sauteed chopped onion in butter, added the spinac ... Read full review
  • LuvAnn's Guacamole

    naples34102's rating:
    Just looking over the measurements of ingredients alerts you instantly that there is something majorly wrong with this recipe which would have nothing to do with individual taste preferences. ... Read full review
  • Chicken Enchilada Dip

    naples34102's rating:
    I am SO glad I didn't look at any of the reviews until after I had this mixed up. Given that the majority of the reviewers substituted sour cream for the mayonnaise called for I might have done ... Read full review
  • Truck-Stop Buttermilk Pancakes

    naples34102's rating:
    Great, reliable recipe. I always like to prepare the batter, then let it sit while I heat the griddle. The batter thickens a bit which guarantees thick, light and fluffy pancakes. Real butter ... Read full review
  • Thick, pretty and delicious. I used frozen strawberries, which I liked because I didn't have to dilute this with as many ice cubes to make this refreshingly cold. ... Read full review
  • Coffee Butter Frosting

    naples34102's rating:
    Excellent butter cream frosting! I couldn't have been more pleased. I scaled this to 32 servings (4 cups powdered sugar) for my 9" layer cake and still wish I would have had more for decorating ... Read full review
  • Gloomy Day Smoothie

    naples34102's rating:
    Oh, was this good, tho' I confess I used homemade vanilla ice cream instead of yogurt. Very tropical tasting and a pretty, pastel peachy color. Frozen mango ensured this was good and cold! ... Read full review
  • Great light but satisfying main dish salad. I didn't really play around with the ingredients other than adding some sour cream to the dressing. This is a beautiful, healthy and tasty salad, wit ... Read full review
  • RedEye Bloody Mary

    naples34102's rating:
    Hubs made this for me and it was outstanding. As he always does he used Montreal Steak Seasoning rather than pepper and, knowing my preferences in Bloody Mary's, cut way back on the lemon juice ... Read full review
  • Morel Mushroom Bisque

    naples34102's rating:
    I did a couple of things differently with this recipe that made this a whole lot easier, didn't affect the taste and just made more sense to me. Rather than use water and chicken soup base I ju ... Read full review
  • One Bowl Brownies

    naples34102's rating:
    Seriously folks, if you want the definitive, last word on the subject, BEST brownie make this recipe! (Or the other, identical, "One Bowl Brownie" recipe from this site...) I know there are diff ... Read full review
  • Easy Mediterranean Fish

    naples34102's rating:
    This made for a quick, delicious and satisfying lunch made with a combination of ingredients very familiar to me. Using Greek seasoning, however, was not something I've used often and I enjoyed ... Read full review
  • Old-Fashioned Pink Lemonade

    naples34102's rating:
    Hubs loves cranberry juice and he loved this too - me not so much. While I'm not particularly crazy about cranberry juice that wasn't even the issue. Pretty and pink but too sweet for me. ... Read full review
  • Cinnamon Cookies II

    naples34102's rating:
    This is an "okay" cookie with the potential to be better, but as written only merits three stars. Some reviewers were disappointed that this cookie turns out flat and some of the submitted phot ... Read full review
  • This is an just an excellent dressing. Change it up if you like to suit your tastes, but in my view it's simply perfect just as written. I did use low-fat buttermilk and mayonnaise, but full f ... Read full review
  • Creamy Italian White Bean Soup

    naples34102's rating:
    Only an average, 3-star recipe as written with obvious flaws, but I saw its potential to become something wonderful so I made this knowing I would be putting my spin on it. I can say for certai ... Read full review
  • Blueberry Buttermilk Coffeecake

    naples34102's rating:
    Because I've had a quart of buttermilk to make use of and have been making lots of "Buttermilk This and Thats," I've learned very quickly what an incredible, stark difference in moisture real, f ... Read full review
  • Italian Wedding Cake Martini

    naples34102's rating:
    I cut this recipe in half, as 1-1/2 ounces of liquor in a drink is plenty for me. Vanilla vodka is good. Amaretto, too...very nice. And Godiva white chocolate liqueur, which I used for this dr ... Read full review
  • Chocolate Cheese Frosting

    naples34102's rating:
    Perfect. Some tips: beat the cream cheese and butter together until light, fluffy and free of lumps. Sift the powdered sugar and cocoa powder together before adding - again, to ensure no lumps ... Read full review
  • Avocado Chicken Stir-Fry

    naples34102's rating:
    It's not too tough to "diet" when you prepare meals like this! While hubs ate his over rice and I ate mine over chopped lettuce, both of us were pleased with this simple but flavorful, healthy ... Read full review
  • Simple White Cake

    naples34102's rating:
    I've long ago learned to be skeptical of the results with white cake recipes. They can be dry, tasteless, or have what some call a similarity to cornbread. I wanted a white cake that was moist, ... Read full review
  • Doris's Shrimp Salad

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    Nice, basic shrimp salad. What was different about this for me was simply gettting away from the ubiquitous dill and adding onion and lemon juice instead, something I never do. I've learned a l ... Read full review
  • Root Beer Cake I

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    I made cupcakes with this recipe using Milwaukee's own Sprecher root beer and was thrilled with them right up until I took the first bite. In my judgement they are in flavor and crumb more lik ... Read full review
  • Orange Fizz

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    Occasionally on Sunday mornings when hubs is working in the home office with his coffee, I like to treat him to a special breakfast drink which he always appreciates. It was kind of interesting ... Read full review
  • Refreshing Limoncello Cake

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    What a lovely, delightful little cake! I was excited to see this recipe, anxious to try it, and very pleased with how it turned out. While plain yogurt is something I never buy, sour cream is ... Read full review
  • Green Bean and Mushroom Medley

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    This was just average and I'm glad I only eyeballed ingredients rather than depending on measurements. But if prepared as written there is too much onion for the amount of green beans and a rea ... Read full review
  • Seared Sea Scallops

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    Only average, even after adjusting the herbs to our liking. If a person was to use the amount of herbs and lemon pepper recommended I think they'd be very disappointed as it would be overpoweri ... Read full review
  • This is an okay, average tasting soup that on its face might be worthy of three stars. However, when you consider the effort involved (I not only roasted the peppers but made my own chicken bro ... Read full review
  • Lobster Colorado

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    Let's see...the best darned filet mignon and lobster tail money can buy, bacon and butter. Assuming you cook it perfectly, as hubs did, it just doesn't get any better than this! The directions ... Read full review
  • I make something similar, but generally during the summer when the quality of tomatoes is so much better. I also usually just roast them briefly in a hot oven. I have a good amount of Roma toma ... Read full review
  • Inwood Hamburgers

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    Other than setting the ADT smoke alarm off as I was grilling these in a cast iron grill pan, these hamburgers made for a delicious and delightful dinner! (At least the grill marks looked really ... Read full review
  • Steak purist as he is, hubs preferred his steak without this marinade and didn't use it. In hindsight I wish I would have followed suit. Thank goodness l at least used fresh garlic, but I think ... Read full review
  • Aunt Johnnie's Pound Cake

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    It's two days after Christmas and all through the house, not a creature is stirring...except for Hubs and me. With all our "holiday people" gone I'm left with an empty house and a full refriger ... Read full review
  • Bacon Popcorn

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    At his annual Christmas Potluck at work, hubs said someone brought popcorn that, believe it or not, was made with bacon grease. He raved about it and it caught my attention - it's hard to thin ... Read full review
  • Very nice dressing! Light, well-balanced flavors that enhanced the salad greens rather than overpowered them. And couldn't be simpler or quicker to make. Hubs requested a creamy salad dressing ... Read full review
  • Guyanese Lime Cookies

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    Outstanding, refreshing and uniquely flavored cookie, unlike anything I've ever had before. You can taste both the lime and the nutmeg (a spice I generally don't care for) yet the two combine a ... Read full review
  • Hungarian Mushroom Soup

    naples34102's rating:
    Hubs and I found this soup excellent, exquisite and extravagant, but unfortunately we also both agree it falls short of perfection just for the fact that it calls for about twice the parsley it ... Read full review
  • Zebra Cookies

    naples34102's rating:
    Good chocolatey cookie, but next time I'll use melted butter instead of the oil. I used a premium quality chocolate and it deserved the rich, buttery taste rather than the flatness of the oil. ... Read full review
  • Cracked Sugar Cookies I

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    They say that if the dough tastes good, so will the cookie! Took a taste and yep, I knew I'd end up with a good cookie. These are buttery, light and tender with the characteristic crispiness c ... Read full review