Reviewers often list what they did to alter the recipe. This can be very useful. Sometimes, though, it's a little overboard. Occasionally a review reads something like this fictional review of a chocolate chip cookie recipe:
"Good basic recipe, but I did make a few changes. I left out half the oil and added a cup of chunky peanut butter. I also left out the chocolate chips; my husband is allergic. I spread the batter in a sheet pan, baked it, and after it cooled, I cut into 1 x 2 inch rectangles. To die for!"
Psst, Mr. or Ms. Reviewer--you didn't make chocolate chip cookies. You made peanut butter bars!
So I usually ignore the reviews that list so many changes that the original recipe is unrecognizable, but I do often use some of the advice I've read. A Mexican casserole might be greatly improved by a can of olives, and if a previous reviewer has had luck replacing white flour with whole wheat, chances are I'll do the same.
To get you started, here are a few fantastic recipes I've discovered at All Recipes. Enjoy!
Real Hummus (Fantastic, basic hummus recipe.)
Colleen's Slow Cooker Jambalaya (Delicious, and makes a ton!)
Caramel Apple Pie (Delicious on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and 363 other days.)
Simple Scones (Truly simple, and truly delicious.)
Baked Spaghetti I I love this non-spaghetti-sauce based recipe. DON'T pay attention to the reviews that tell you to add spaghetti sauce!)