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Cinnamon Hazelnut Biscotti

Reviewed: Jan. 3, 2007
LOVED-LOVED-LOVED'EM!! I did the 1/2 cup butter - extra cinnamon - shared the vanilla with almond extract and used almonds. I also baked them in my convection oven at 330 degrees for the same amount of time - took them out and cut them right away - not one broke - put them back in and baked them again for 10 mins. on each side - on the second side I shut the oven off after 10 minutes and just let them set there for about 15 or so minutes. They were very crisp like biscotti should be - very easy to handle during the dough stage and the taste was devine!! Used dark and white chocolate on some - and left some plain. First time I ever made biscotti - used to eat them frequently at a gourmet coffee/candy store that I managed ---these were better!! Thanks!! 11-5-14 Just finished making two batches of biscotti doing the usual almond with one batch while doing coconut/walnut with the other - I use coconut extract also. With white chocolate on top - their kinda hard to beat...unless your not a coconut fan. I have to admit - my husband and I like a biscotti at night for dessert - we may have it with a cup of chai or....nothing ;)
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Harden Your Arteries Pie Crust

Reviewed: Oct. 14, 2009
This is the only pie crust - same as my mother made - my sisters make & I make. Please remember that "lard" is natural - no artifical junk like - Crisco - shortening - corn oil - thats what will harden your arteries. Not that lard is "good" for you - but lard and butter are better than that other stuff.
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Hot Mustard Pretzel Dip

Reviewed: Dec. 23, 2007
FANTASTIC!!! I hate to say I changed something - but I did. Instead of plain vinegar - I used Raspberry Blush Vinegar" and threw in a bunch of mustard seed after cooking. If you look at the ingreds. list on "Raspberry Honeymustard Pretzel Dip" those are two of the ingreds. not shown in this recipe. I highly suggest them. Thanks for the recipe - its grrrrreat!!
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Baked Potato with Mushrooms

Reviewed: Feb. 26, 2011
I've never rated a recipe first!!! Well wouldn't ya know - I changed it - only because I don't eat regular potatoes unless their mashed with gravy on special Holidays!?! But I do serve sweet potatoes - and that's what I used. We love mushrooms and onions sauteed' on anything - so decided to give this a try and it worked!! My husband would have liked sour cream more but I was fine with the yogurt. All in all it was a very healthy - and fine tasting meal. I served it with a salad - and will make again sometime. It would probably be great with a bit of cheese on top - but I was looking for healthy and low fat. Thanks!
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Meringue II

Reviewed: Jan. 3, 2007
PERFECT! Never made meringue before!! Had to make a Lemon Pie and found comments about this one and decided to try it. I made two pies - the last piece was still in the refrig. for 6 days - the meringue was still perfect - didn't move a inch - nor weap!!Thanks!
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Homemade Vanilla Extract

Reviewed: Jul. 19, 2010
After a lot of research on this I just used a 1.75 Leader bottle of vodka and used 18 Grade A Madagascar beans in about 4 cups. 7 Madagascar beans (Grade A) and 10 Tahitian grade B beans in the other 4 cups. I had already ordered my beans on line before doing extra research. According to the experts(?) you should use Grade "B Extract" type beans for making vanilla. Be sure to scrape the seeds out of the beans & add to the vodka. I have ordered more Grade B Madascar beans and plan to make more with those. I'll see if I can tell a difference and add to my comments at Christmas. This is fun - I got cute bottles and corks from WalMart - $1.00 each. Remember that dark bottles are what vanilla come in-BUT - they sit on shelves for a long time at the store - most people put their vanilla in a dark cabinet - so I didn't worry about that and purchased clear cute bottles (4 oz.) - I'll just tell them to store it in a dark place. I think they will look great with a vanilla bean inside and they can add more vodka to it to replenish! I ordered from "Vanilla Products USA" rather than fighting with bidding. Have fun - its a great project and I'm sure I will have lots of happy friends - family & co-workers! The more beans you order - the cheaper they are! After 6 days-the smell & color is incredible! Use good beans and you won't need more that 4 (5 max.) per cup!
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Cheese and Broccoli Chicken Soup

Reviewed: Dec. 26, 2009
This was a good base for me - I wanted to cut the calories so I cut the butter to a Tbls. - no cream - & no cheese. I sauteed' a couple onions and garlic - used garlic salt - carrots - and brown rice. I just wanted to make it healthy and less fattening. I'm sure its great just as the recipe states and my way is another whole recipe - oh well - at least I didn't mess up the rating!! I only made it for a healthy choice for me to take to work.
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Microwave Popcorn

Reviewed: Jul. 23, 2011
I've been making it this way (everyday) since I found this recipe about 6 mos. ago - I do - 1/4 c. popcorn - olive oil - salt - fold once and staple once and on my microwave...78 seconds. AND - I eat the whole thing!!! Sometimes I dip a bit in homemade lowfat Ranch dressing while eating it--yum! THANKS for the recipe!!
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Pistachio Cake II

Reviewed: Feb. 19, 2009
I've made this cake for years!! It was originally called "Watergate Cake" along with "Watergate Salad" also made with pistachio pudding--remember - they called it that because it was filled with NUTS!
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Honey, Mustard, and Yogurt Salad Dressing

Reviewed: May 1, 2010
I think this was good - I will probably add a little more mustard for a better kick - twas a bit too sweet. I LOVE honey mustard for dipping chicken - thought this one would be good and much less fattening using yogurt instead of mayo. The only problem I have is it gets so watery - is it the yogurt I'm using?? Are there any suggestions for a low cal better yogurt to use that doesn't get watery?
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Edamame Bean Salad

Reviewed: Jan. 1, 2014
UPDATE: I've been making this frequently - just nice to have for a quick snack and take to work for lunch - so I thought I'd give a try to freezing it in one cup containers - works great - you would never know it wasn't freshly made!! Also - I now cook the edamame and add it to the rest towards the end of cooking time - I found the texture is more satisfying. I also use red onions and add them at the end for that bit of crunch. Another update: I wanted to use up what I still had in the refrigerator so I made quesadillas with it. All I did was add some salsa to the salad and put it with some cheese on a flour tortilla that I painted olive oil onto the outside -folded and baked at 350 for about 10 mins. - turned on the broiler and browned the tops - we LOVED them! LOVED this!! I skipped the garbanzo beans and added quinoa and avocado. This was our first time having edamame and it was a nice experience. Meanwhile I can't wait to try this salad in a wrap with spinach and chicken!! We used gluten free chips and enjoyed it a lot! Also it lasts for quite a few days in the refrigerator - warm or cold - it was a healthy way to start 2014!! Happy New Year and Thanks for the recipe!
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Naan

Reviewed: Jan. 2, 2012
I'm new to Naan - and I just love it!! We will probably use it anytime bread is called for now - like with soup - eggs - spaghetti - lasagna - dips.... I made two batches - one - the yeast (I had a jar that I had opened about 5 months ago - refrigerated and was dated 2013) did not foam very good - the other batch I made with an envelope - so I guess with no air getting to it - stayed fresher. The envelope raised the very best (needless to say I won't be buying jars anymore since I obviously don't use enough) but I wanted to fry both and see the outcome. Even though I rolled them both VERY thin - though the pkg. yeast batch was harder to roll because it had so much elasticity - they both came out tasting yummy - just a different texture. Naturally one was thicker than the other. I don't make bread very often anymore - but I think this will be my new love!! I used fresh garlic in melted butter to lather over the tops - by the way - I had to use way more butter - maybe I over did it - but it was worth it. Also used between 3 & 4 cups flour - also used yougert in the second batch - though I really couldn't taste a difference there. LOVE the recipe and will use it many times to come!! ALSO - I froze what we didn't use - warmed it up at 350 for about 1-2 minutes - I felt it tasted fresh - its so nice to have it right there waiting for you!! Thanks so much for the recipe and all the helpful comments!!
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Juicy Grilled Corn On The Cob

Reviewed: May 30, 2010
I'm anxious to try this again to see if it really is that good or if I just had some really good corn??!! This totally surprised me - and I didn't grill them - I wrapped them in wax paper and microwaved them. They were great - and I will definitely do it again!
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Chocolate Pudding Cake IV

Reviewed: Mar. 28, 2010
I make this cake all the time - it's my "funeral cake". I use 1 cup sour sream - 1/2 cup oil. Then if you want to change things up a bit - use Chocolate mint chips - peanut butter chips - heath bar chips. I also make a chocolate frosting and add peppermint ext. or melt some peanut butter and mix into the chocolate frosting..... This cake is all sorts of fun.
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Mocha Cooler

Reviewed: Jun. 6, 2011
All I can say is "God Bless You Susan Beck"!!!! I can't waite to share this with my friends at work today - we all love Mickey D's frappe's - now we can make them lower cal. and cheap!! I did add a bit extra coffee with half sugar and half Splenda - FAB!! 6/18/11 Conclusion: after making this several times already - I am now using 1/3 c. coffee - S.F. creamer & all "Stevia in the raw" - so much better for you than Splenda. With that said - 1/2 cup mix is aprox. 98 calories!! I've also been using water instead of milk - enjoying it just as much as with milk. TOTALY HOOKED!!
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High-Fiber, High-Protein Breakfast Bars

Reviewed: Mar. 31, 2013
I really haven't tried this yet - only because I have a batch of my own in the freezer right now - but I will - because by reading the recipe I can tell they will be good. The only thing I will leave out is the wheat germ - because I do gluten free. I would suggest another fiber rich source...chia seeds...1 Tbls. is 6 grams of fiber & 3 grams of protein (along with lots of other beneficial additions)...and they do not have to be ground nor will baking destroy them either. No need to buy the expensive ones sold by individuals - get them on ebay or amazon!
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Bob's Blue Cheese Dressing

Reviewed: Apr. 11, 2010
This is soooo over the top good!! The only reason I decided to make it was because I purchased some blue cheese and didn't know what to do with the remains. I've never been a big fan of blue cheese dressing but wanted to try something different. The final results after making the recipe as is.......I could eat it with a spoon!!! UPDATE: If you read reviews and decide to thin the recipe down----WAITE - till the next day. I did thin mine down too much with milk and now it is a bit watery - but I'll still eat it with a spoon!!!
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Oregon Salmon Patties

Reviewed: Aug. 2, 2011
Used some bread crumbs - hand full - dijon mustard and no butter or shortening just olive oil to saute onions and fry salmon burgers. Didn't coat them with crumbs either - they were great!! I paired them up with a salad with Blue cheese dressing - "Bob's" from this site - making it with plain yougert & lt. sour cream - Great Dinner & hopefully a few less calories!! Husband loved them also - Thanks!
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Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes

Reviewed: Jul. 10, 2011
YUM - nice change from plain sw. pot. with butter + S&P. Husband said it was a keeper also! Thanks!!
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Brownie Biscotti

Reviewed: May 30, 2011
Really yummy if you're a chocohalic!! Not my favorite biscotti - but it is what it says "brownie" biscotti - don't know why I expected anything different? If you love brownies - you will love this.
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