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German Chocolate Cake Frosting II

Reviewed: Jan. 2, 2014
I made this exactly as written and it turned out great. It was not thickening and I read through the reviews here and rather than mess with thickening agents, I upped the heat as others advised. It worked like a charm. I think I will use half brown and half white sugar next time to add some depth to the flavor but my kids were trying to talk me in to letting them have a small bowl of it to eat like pudding. I made 3-8" cakes and put 1 cup of this on each layer and frosted the outside with a thick chocolate cake as some mentioned it not sticking on the sides of cakes well. I didnt dam the edges but had little ooze issues. We havent cut and eaten this cake yet as it is for our 11th anniversary tomorrow night, but it looks amazing, tastes great alone and was a total sucess. Thanks for a great recipe.
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World's Best Lasagna

Reviewed: Sep. 19, 2013
we have used canned sauce for lasagna for years but I was in charge of food for a pre-wedding dinner and opted to go from scratch. I'm really glad I did. I doubled the recipe to have enough for 12 safely if everyone had seconds. Several did and we still had about 6 peices left over. But we didnt mind. Not only was I able to ensure that the meal was gluten free. (for the groom) But it was so much better. I used fresh basil vs dried and added more than called for. We love basil. And I dont think it was too much. The crowd was so impressed that the whole thing was from scratch, too. I usually cook this was but lasagna is so time consuming anyhow that I skip the sauce. One alteration that I made (as is a traditional family thing) was I boiled 6-8 eggs to hard boiled, mashed them up and mixed them into the ricotta mixture. It bulks that layer and adds a nice flavor. It is just how we have always done it. It feels incomplete without it. Anyhow, great recipe, great meal and great memory.
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Honey Vanilla Pudding

Reviewed: Oct. 23, 2012
I made this as a quick simple dessert for a cold night. My family enjoys warm pudding and I had these ingredients on hand. However, if I had made it per the instructions it would have been sweet warm milk, not pudding. Being that have made pudding before I watched and added 3 whole beaten eggs very very slowly and cooked until thick. I will also say that I made a batch for 6 vs 4 so if I were making a smaller pot I would use 2 eggs. I also used regular sugar for the honey and drizzled a bit on top after pouring into bowls. It was a hit, even my picky eater said it was really great. I will make again but will recommend using eggs and a wire whisk to any who take this recipe on.
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Homemade Maple Syrup

Reviewed: Sep. 12, 2012
My kids are on the Feingold diet, which eliminates anything artificial (flavors, colors, preservatives) and the high grade maple syrup is very expensive for a household of 6. We have been using a recipe just like this for the past year minus the maple flavor. We buy 1 bottle of the high priced, good stuff and will add just a tablespoon to this recipe just before bottling. My whole family prefers it now to the chemical tasting, artificially flavored, commercially prepared stuff. Who doesnt like warm, homemade syrup on top of made from scratch pancakes with eggs that your hens laid and a glass of raw milk from your local dairy farmer? Nobosy, that's who! We all want our food as close to nature as possible. Do yourself a favor and give this recipe a shot, you won't regret it.
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Cowboy Oatmeal Cookies

Reviewed: Sep. 12, 2012
I had never seen a cookie that called for oil so I was going into this hoping to find a nice, chewy cookie with some good flavor. I added walnuts as well as a bit of unsweetened coconut flakes. I put them on stoneware pans and made them a lot smaller than i usually will, about 1" balls. Then I took them out at 8 minutes rather than the suggested 10-12. I left them cool for 5 minutes on the pan before moving them to the wire rack to cool. The taste was perfect and the warm cokie texture was what you would hope for. But the real test was this morning, would they still be soft after sitting and cooling all night? I left them covered, btw. So it's 8am but I just had to know so I snuck a cookie with my coffee. Sure enough! Nice and soft and chewy like I've been trying to accomplish for so many years. I'm keeping this recipe and modifications in my arsenal for good! Thanks so much.
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Flourless dark chocolate cake with almonds

Reviewed: Aug. 3, 2012
I should have taken a picture! We tried a flourless cake at a fancy restaurant so naturally I had to try my hand at it. Its dense and cold and dark and rich. Just like chocolate cake should be, but without the carbs of flour. Great with a small scoop or vanilla ice cream.
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Grilled Salmon II

Reviewed: Aug. 3, 2012
If we have salmon, we have it like this. There is nothing better than this. We make it exactly like the recipe states and even ppl who 'dont like fish' enjoy this marinated version. Thanks for a great recipe to set our salmon apart.
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Beef Stroganoff III

Reviewed: Aug. 3, 2012
We have eaten stroganoff for years but it was always the package seasoned kind. We found out that the kids cant have anything artificial or with preservatives so there was a long time that we didnt eat any. When we found this recipe and tried it the were so excited they each ate 2 and 3 bowls! I was afraid the wine would make it so tangy for them but they didnt even notice. And bonus, no behavioral problems from the nasty packaged garbage!
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Chicken Enchilada Casserole II

Reviewed: Aug. 3, 2012
Made this many times. Have finally gotten smart and make double and freeze a casserole to eat later. It took me awhile to find a cream of chicken soup that didnt have artificial flavors or preservatives (for my sensitive kids) but the effort was worth it as this is a favorite recipe around our house.
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Avocado, Tomato and Mango Salsa

Reviewed: Aug. 3, 2012
I had a couple mangos getting ready to go so looked for other ways to use them as we were mangoed out. This was so yummy! not spicy and a pretty complex flavor with the cilantro. Will keep this recipe for those mangoful summer days.
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No Tomato Pasta Sauce

Reviewed: Aug. 3, 2012
It's sweet and a nice change of pace. We were checking our family for salicalyte sp?) intollerances and needed a tomato free spaghetti sauce. Its a bold pink color and ppl watching you reheat and eat your leftovers are gonna give you funny looks but I truthfully didnt mind it. I could go either way, traditional or beet sauce. We call it 'Beetsghetti' at our house and even the kids like it. Great way to sneak in new flavours in a familiar way.
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Master Pizza Dough

Reviewed: Aug. 3, 2012
I have used this many times with consistent results. I love yeast dough and love not waiting for it to rise twice even more. The right amount of sweetness to use for a calzone and ideally flavored for breadsticks with a hint of rosemary. Perfect for our family, Thanks!
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Janet's Rich Banana Bread

Reviewed: Aug. 3, 2012
This is the only recipe I will ever use! The sour cream really makes this stellar. The nuts and the perfect golden crust... The moist texture with the heavenly scent.... Its hard on the calories but just too good to resist. Keeper!!
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Super-Delicious Zuppa Toscana

Reviewed: Aug. 3, 2012
I made a triple batch of this for a large gathering. It was a soup salad event. There were 4 soups total and this was the only one that was scraped clean out of the pot! I actually didnt have bacon so I added a spash of liquid smoke and you would never know! I had so many rave reviews and had to share the recipe over 4 times! I spent a ton of money at the restaurant that makes this just for this soup, now I dont have to. Yay! No more wasting money. I can feed ten people for the cost of one trip easily. Thanks
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Creamy Coconut Cake

Reviewed: Aug. 3, 2012
I had the worst craving for coconut cake and found this recipe. My kids can't have any artificial flavors, colors or preservatives so this took some modification. I used a family recipe for the white cake and baked that. I skipped the sweetened condensed at the advice of many reviewers. I used a condensed coconut cream and added a bit of heavy cream to it and poured that over the punctured cakes. I also cut each of the 2 cakes onto 2 to end up with a 4 layer cake. Make a cream cheese, whipped cream frosting and put that in between each layer. The top and sides I frosted and put the flaked coconut as well as toased crushed pecans all around. My kids are pretty picky but were in love with this. Husband isnt a huge coconut fan but even he had to admit it was stellar. It did hold better and have a better texture after being chilled overnight so I would recommend making it a day early. Definately a favourite!
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Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Soup

Reviewed: Nov. 17, 2011
My large family adores this recipe. I love how crazy simple it is. I use a 16 oz jar of salsa in place of the diced tomatoes w chilies. I have always used broth in place of the beer as I never have one around. But this is the easiest thing ever. I throw in the cans of beans and all the other stuff onto the crock pot w frozen chicken breast filets and by the end of the cycle that chicken is just falling apart and perfect to shred up into the soup. On the rare day there are leftover, they reheat very well.
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Tangy Shrimp and Scallops

Reviewed: Apr. 20, 2010
So yummy! I used cheap frozen shrimp and they were even great. I havent tried the scallops but seeing as they get less than favorable reviews I may skip it altogether. I did this late one afternoon and by the time DH was home and grilled them they had marinated for hours and they were so delish! Pair it with some cous cous and broccoli and zucchini and a light white zin and you have a fine meal fit for even the most refined tastes. WOuld make a great horsedoeurevs as well. Enjoy!
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Flavorful Chicken Rolls

Reviewed: Apr. 19, 2010
I made this for a cooking competition at my husbands job and took 1st place. I put some of the 'quick and easy alfredo' (also allrecipes) and it was amazing. The first time I made this my whole family; including my 18 month old and 6 year old; were just totally in a food euphoria. My son asks for it every night! And he is picky. I have us fresh and frozen spinach and i like te frozen just as well and the convenience makes it easier. Ran into a lack of feta one night and I will tell you that was a bummer. You must have it! it is bland and dull without it. I use reduced fat feta, reduced fat cream cheese, turkey bacon, skim milk and whole wheat bread crumbs that I season and the results are great. I am so glad I ran across this recipe as it now graces our dinner tabe 1 night a week now.
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Quick and Easy Alfredo Sauce

Reviewed: Apr. 19, 2010
I have made this several times already and the whole family is crazy about it! I even entered into a cooking contest using it over these great chicken rolls that I found on here, that are more like spinach stuffed chicken, and took 1st place! I use half garlic salt and half garlic powder as we like the flavor and saltiness of it. Since I found this recipe no one wants to eat italian at an restaurant anymore. It is worth it to be slow about getting the ingredients mixed and melted just right as the ending result is sooooo rewarding. And I use my stainless steel pans and they never burn or anything you just have to know how to control the temperature. For those who said this was mediocre and a waste of time, you obviously have missed something or are used to that nasty grocery-store jar sauce. This is just like the sauce from our local Italian hot spot. A-mazing! Thanks so much!
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Sweet Potato Butternut Squash Pie

Reviewed: Mar. 30, 2010
made a double batch and froze half. Made the 2nd today and threw it in the blender. Was much better. Didnt change a thing minus omitting the marshmallows and my family loved that this healthy dessert. The sweet potatoes are all the sugar you need and I dont feel guilty letting my 18 month old eat it up. Will make again. Perfect with homemade whipped cream.
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