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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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Quick and Easy Brownies

Reviewed: Jun. 8, 2009
These were easy and very good. Not quite as chocolatey as we like, but still very good. Also, if you like your brownies less cakey, and more chewy, it's not the flour that does it, it's the eggs. More eggs=more cake-like brownies; less eggs=chewier brownies.
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Grilled Fish Tacos with Chipotle-Lime Dressing

Reviewed: Feb. 10, 2010
Excellent recipe! These were easy to put together, and tasted great. I cut back a bit on the adobo sauce, but otherwise followed the recipe ingredients for the marinade and dressing exactly. I only marinated the fish for about 30 minutes - in 6-8 hours it would be ceviche. The sauce had a mild heat that was just a bit smoky, and the lime gave it a bright note. (Note: Don't make the dressing ahead of time, because after a few hours, it becomes "soured" and bitter - probably the combination of acid from the limes and the sour cream.) I served it on doubled warm corn tortillas, with a little chopped white onion, cabbage and cilantro on top. With pico de gallo and black beans, these made a lovely meal. Thanks for sharing!
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Spring Sweet Pea Pasta Salad

Reviewed: Jul. 4, 2009
Oooh, Kimberly, you outdid yourself! This was so good, even my kids who don't like peas ate it. This should get an extra star just for that! I used about half the lemon juice called for because my lemons seems especially strong this year. I also used crumbled bacon instead of ham and green onions instead of red, but ONLY because I didn't want to go the store. Next time I'll use the ham and red onion. I'm sure it will be as good or even better. Thanks! UPDATE: I've made this several times now, and its good as written, and with the above changes. I always use a little less lemon, though. I've been asked for this recipe many times!
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Mango Salsa

Reviewed: Sep. 21, 2010
Really nice salsa/relish to complement our grilled fish. I ate the rest with my favorite blue corn tortilla chips. The only change I made was to add a tiny bit of sea salt, which helps balance and round out the flavors.
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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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Easy Oven Brown Rice

Reviewed: Aug. 10, 2013
I needed a large quantity of brown rice for a few "make ahead and freeze" dishes, and thought I'd try this method. I followed the recipe exactly, and when I pulled the foil back an hour later discovered perfect brown rice - light and fluffy, all the water absorbed, and ready to use. I thought it was much better than stovetop, and even beat my rice cooker. And it doesn't get any simpler than this. Thanks for sharing!
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Chicken Noodle Soup

Reviewed: Aug. 21, 2010
I made a big batch of this to freeze for school lunches and the kids loved it! I didn't realize I was out of marjoram, so I just used Italian seasoning in place of that and the thyme. I also used a dried country-style noodle, and they were excellent in this. We'll definitely make this again.
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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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Nutmeg Feather Cake

Reviewed: Jan. 23, 2007
This was very good. I followed the recipe exactly, except I baked it in three 8" round pans, so I cut back on the time. I liked it so much, I made another batch, ending up with 6 cakes. I used the Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Frosting from this site and made three 2-layer cakes. A great way to repay a neighbor I owed a favor, and get some extra babysitting points with my kids' grandparents! :) And, of course, I kept one for me! Thanks Jayne04!
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Cherry-Pistachio Bark

Reviewed: Dec. 16, 2011
This was so easy to make! I made little bags of Christmas candy for a group outing, and decided at the last minute to make this to add to them. I lined my pan with foil and sprayed it with cooking spray, then put a thin layer of melted white cocolate on it. I sprinkled most of the pistachios and cherry-flavored Craisins on that (I already had them), then drizzled the rest of the white chocolate over it. Then I took the remaining pistachios and fruit and sprinkled it on top, pressing it down lightly. After it was firm, I just lifted it out of the pan, peeled away the foil and gently broke it into small wedge-shaped pieces. It looked beautiful stacked with the fudge and other candies in little clear bags decorated with snowflakes and a red ribbon. Thanks for the recipe!
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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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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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Scottish Shortbread IV

Reviewed: Dec. 28, 2006
I've tried several shortbread recipes, and this is my favorite! I'm now sold on brown sugar as the way to sweeten shortbread. One variation I made: I rolled and cut out small (quarter-size) rounds, placed a dollop of melted semi-sweet chocolate on the back of half of them, and then placed another on top to make little bite-size sandwich cookies. I dusted them with powdered sugar, and they were an elegant and tasty addition to a fancy tray at Christmas. Thanks for the recipe!
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Dill Veggie Tuna Salad

Reviewed: Sep. 21, 2010
Made this without the cucumber (just didn't sound good) and about 1/2-3/4 the dressing called for (personal preference on most salads), and it was very good. Of course, I love dill, so it was to be expected! I also added a little extra pasta to use up the rest of a box. My daughter asked for the leftovers to pack in her school lunch box today, so I'm sure we'll be making this again and again.
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Sausage and Bean Ragout

Reviewed: Oct. 28, 2011
Tasty comfort food-type soup for a chilly night - great with a chunk of crusty bread. I used all sausage (because I was looking for a recipe to use up a large amount) and didn't miss the beef. It was also quick and easy to get on the table at the end of a long day, which is always a winner at our house.
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Garlic Chicken Fried Brown Rice

Reviewed: Sep. 23, 2010
We really enjoyed this quick dish! This is a great way to reimagine leftovers. I doubled the recipe, added 1 tablespoon of sesame oil and some finely chopped leftover carrots. My green onions were extremely strong, so I only used 1/2 the amount called for and added a little chopped sweet onion that was also leftover from another recipe. I like that this uses brown rice, and we'll definitely be making this again.
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Toasted Pecan Butter

Reviewed: May 13, 2010
Really good! We'll be making this again for an upcoming family breakfast -- it would top pancakes or any breakfast breads beautifully.
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Bird Seed Energy Bars

Reviewed: Feb. 12, 2010
Like several others, I used half oil, half applesauce to cut the fat some. I also split the batter in half and added peanut butter and chocolate chips to one half (for the kids), and chopped cranberries without chocolate chips to the other half (for me). They taste great, with a nice chewy/crunchy texture, and make a very healthy and satisfying snack. If you're looking to replace those chemical-preservative filled bars from the supermarket, these are a good alternative.
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Microwavable Chocolate Fudge

Reviewed: Jan. 1, 2010
Just tasted like chocolate chips to me.
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