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Banana Oat Muffins

Reviewed: Jun. 3, 2009
These were good muffins, but I thought they could have used a little more flavor. I didn't have quite a full cup of bananas, so that may have been the problem. To make up for it, and to get my sons to eat them, I threw in some chocolate chips. I will make them again, though I'll probably tweak them to fit our tastebuds.
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Grain and Nut Whole Wheat Pancakes

Reviewed: May 25, 2009
These were excellent! I always get the Harvest Grain pancakes at IHOP, and I thought I'd try these to see if they were similar. The real test was feeding them to the kids, since they usually only eat buttermilk pancakes. Well, four kids, a stack of pancakes and silence at the table means they were gobbling them up! They loved them, too, and I felt good about feeding them something more nutritious. The only change I made was to add a dash of vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg, and I used pecans instead of walnuts because I had them on hand. I did put the pecans in with the oats in the food processor to grind them up finely so the kids would eat them. These were excellent, light and no baking soda taste at all!
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Mashed Potato Cakes

Reviewed: May 23, 2009
Yum! My mom made something like this when I was a kid, so I thought I'd try this recipe, and I was very pleased with the results. The only thing I changed was I coated the cakes in a combination of bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, salt and pepper, and lightly fried them in butter and olive oil. Oh, and I left out the water, but just because my potatoes were pretty creamy. They were very delicate to work with, but worth it. We all really enjoyed them. Thanks for the recipe, Eva!
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Garlic Cheese Quick Bread

Reviewed: May 23, 2009
I'm giving this 4 stars instead of 3 because I think I baked mine a little too long, and it could be better. It was rather dry, even with butter on it. If I make this again, I'll add more garlic, and bake for fewer minutes.
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Blueberry Nut Oat Bran Muffins

Reviewed: May 22, 2009
I was looking for a healthier alternative, and decided to give this a try. They turned out moist and flavorful. I used half cake flour and half whole wheat flour for a little more fiber. I also used blueberries and blackberries, just because I had some fresh blackberries I wanted to use up. My blueberries were frozen, so I reserved a couple of tablespoons of flour and tossed them with the berries. (It keeps them from turning your dough purple and sinking to the bottom.) I didn't have granola, so I pulsed 1/3 cup pecan halves, 1/3 oats, 1/3 cup brown sugar in the food processor and topped the muffins with it. Very good and I could feel great about feeding them to the family.
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Nonna's Tuscan Salad Dressing

Reviewed: May 19, 2009
This was excellent. Even my picky kids liked it. As I was preparing dinner, my daughter was dipping the salad veggies in it and snacking! The only change I made was that I used half balsamic vinegar and half apple cider vinegar because that was all I had. No more store-bought Italian dressing for us! This is going to be a regular on our dinner table. Thanks for submitting it.
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Hot Fudge Pudding Cake II

Reviewed: May 18, 2009
Good chocolate flavor. However, it was way too sweet and had too much chocolate "sauce." Next time I make it, and I plan to try it again, I will cut back on the sugar mixture that is sprinkled on top and use less water. It was a lot for a 9x9 pan. I placed it on a baking sheet, because my pan was so full, I thought it might overflow. It rose just to the edge of the pan. I would recommend serving this with homemade whipped cream (1 c. heavy whipping cream, 1 T. sugar and 1 t. vanilla whipped on high until soft peaks form) or vanilla ice cream.
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Strawberry Romaine Salad I

Reviewed: May 13, 2009
Yummy! This was a lovely salad. I think I'm going to serve my version of this at a tea/luncheon I'm hosting soon. The only changes I made were using low-fat mayo and cutting back on the sugar, plus only adding about 1/2, maybe 3/4, of the dressing. I don't like salads that are swimming in dressing. I also don't care for poppy seeds, but wanted some crunch, so I toasted a few pecans (olive oil, pinch of brown sugar and cinnamon), gave them a rough chop and topped the salad with them. I may have this again tomorrow!
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Favorite Banana Blueberry Quick Bread

Reviewed: May 9, 2009
The whole family liked this. It had great flavor and texture. However, it took quite a bit longer to bake than was stated in the recipe. I added a touch of vanilla, and I used old-fashioned oats instead of quick. I put the oats and pecans in the food processor and pulsed until they were coarsely ground. Most of my kids won't eat nuts, but they don't even know they're in it this way. It may have contributed to the longer cooking time, though. All in all, it's a great recipe, and I'm sure I'll be making it again.
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One - Two - Three - Four Cake II

Reviewed: Apr. 29, 2009
This was one of the best cakes I've ever made. Frosted with milk chocolate frosting (sift together 6 T cocoa with 2 1/2 c powdered sugar, cream 1/2 c butter, add 5 T whole milk or cream, 1 t. vanilla and cocoa/sugar mixture and beat the heck out of it - if too thick, add more milk), it made a lovely birthday cake for my mom. The only thing I added was 1/2 t. salt because I used unsalted butter. The cake flour gives it a fine, soft crumb, so be sure to use it.
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Cranberry Crumble Coffee Cake

Reviewed: Mar. 22, 2009
I had frozen some extra homemade cranberry sauce (cranberries, brown sugar, oj and vanilla) from the holidays, and decided to use some to make this coffee cake for friends. The only thing I changed was I added a little orange juice to the batter (to go with my homemade sauce), and used pecans instead of almonds -- just a personal preference and I had them already. To avoid having the sauce sink to the bottom, I made sure to put a thick layer of batter in the bottom of the pan, then the sauce, then a thin layer of batter and the topping over that. I loved this cake! It was moist and pretty and would make a lovely gift wrapped and tied with a ribbon. Thanks for the recipe!
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Chocolate Texas Sheet Cake

Reviewed: Mar. 18, 2009
I was looking for a recipe like this to satisfy a childhood memory. My mom always made this when we wanted brownies. I didn't know what a boxed brownie tasted like until I was grown up. So good!!!
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Mock Filets

Reviewed: Mar. 18, 2009
My whole family loves these - we make them instead of hamburgers or meatloaf. To those who think the name is misleading, the ingredient list will tell you it's basically meatloaf. The size and bacon wrapping give it the name. One note, though, use good quality ground beef. It definitely makes a difference.
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Yummy Sweet Potato Casserole

Reviewed: Mar. 18, 2009
I made this at Thanksgiving and forgot to review it until I ran across it again just now. My MIL always makes the marshmallow-covered version, but I was cooking for my parents and wanted to try something else. Well, it was a big hit. The only change I made was to ease up a bit on the sugar and add a little cinnamon and nutmeg to the sweet potato mixture. It was so good, we even ate up all the leftovers!
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Chocolate Cream Pie II

Reviewed: Mar. 18, 2009
This was very good, and reminded me of the pie my aunt used to make for the holidays when I was a kid. I used just a tad less cocoa than the recipe called for, and 4 TBSP of cornstarch, and it was perfect. And I agree with sandjo, if you are going to make chocolate pie from scratch, take a few minutes to make your own whipped cream - no fake whipped topping! I just put heavy whipping cream into my Kitchenaid, add vanilla and sugar and let it whip. (If you let it go too long though, it will quickly turn into sweet butter.) Updated 11/24/11 - I've tried other chocolate cream pie recipes, but always come back to this one. Everyone who tries it requests it again or asks for the recipe. One friend even commented that she didn't think she could ever eat a chocolate pie made with pudding mix again after this far superior one!
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Heather's Cilantro, Black Bean, and Corn Salsa

Reviewed: Sep. 15, 2008
This is very good, and a nice change from traditional salsa. I've made it several times, and the only changes I make are to replace the Italian tomatoes with a Mexican version (with green chiles or jalapenos) and add a couple of fresh tomatoes, finely chopped and maybe a little salt. I also omit the oil. It doesn't seem like it needs it, and it cuts down on the calories/fat. It tastes even better the next day, so it's a great make-ahead dish, just put it together without the avocado, and then add that right before serving.
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Mountain Dew™ Cake

Reviewed: Apr. 2, 2007
This was very good. My father is a big Mountain Dew fan, and I made it for him recently. He said it mainly tastes like citrus, but he thought it was very moist and delicious. I didn't make the frosting, though. I just mixed a little powdered sugar and MD, and glazed it while it was still warm. It was perfect.
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Peanut Butter Mini Muffins

Reviewed: Jan. 23, 2007
I thought these were great. They were moist with a nice peanut butter flavor, perfect with a cup of tea or coffee. The basic recipe is identical to the Orange Mini Muffins on this site, just the individuals flavors (P.B, instead of O.J, etc.) are different. If you like this recipe, you might like that one, too. I made both as part of a muffin basket, and everyone loved them.
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Orange Mini Muffins

Reviewed: Jan. 23, 2007
I made these to include in a muffin basket. They were so good! I tried a second recipe for mini muffins developed by a professional chef, and these were way better. Thanks, Amy!
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Thumbprint Cookies I

Reviewed: Jan. 23, 2007
These were very good. I changed them up just a little, because I wanted the kind with icing in the "thumbprint" rather than jam (nostalgic for cookies Grandma made when I was a little girl). Then, I realized I like the cookie better with more even distribution of the icing, so the next batch didn't get "thumbprints" at all -- I just drizzled the icing over the little cookie balls. These were one of the best-liked cookies on my holiday trays.
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