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Apple Pudding

Reviewed: Jan. 17, 2001
This recipe was extremely simple to prepare and easy to cook. Not only was it a breeze to make, but the best thing was that it was a delight to eat. I will certainly make this again!
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Chocolate Mint Mayonnaise Cake

Reviewed: Mar. 14, 2001
This cake was fabulous. I made it for my husband's birthday, and, although he says he hates mayonnaise and can taste it in anything, he hadn't a clue there was mayo in the mix! The second time I made the cake, I substiuted chcolate caramel bars for the chocolate mint patties, since I am not a huge fan of mint. It was even better with a layer of peanuts on top of that to make a chocolate Snickers cake! I will definitely be passing this recipe along to all of my friends and family!
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Dark Chocolate Cake I

Reviewed: Mar. 15, 2001
MY GOODNESS!! This is by far the best cake I have ever had! You would never know it was as easy to make as it is by its appearance and great taste. I added my own variation between the layers: a cheesecake filling. I dont usually toot my own horn when it comes to baking, but this cake is surely a masterpiece! Thanks soooo much for this recipe!
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Swedish Meatballs II

Reviewed: Mar. 25, 2001
This was nice, but not something I would make very often. I had a hard time making the sauce/ gravy to go with the meatballs. It ended up tasting more like creamed gravy than a sauce, which was nice over mashed potatoes, but not something I would typically serve over rice or pasta.
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Creamy Buttercream Frosting

Reviewed: Mar. 29, 2001
I used this frosting on a dark chocolate cake, and it was wonderful. It's certainly not for those who want a quick fix, but the extra time and effort is worth it, as the final result is a lovely frosting. I was worried that it wouldn't feel nice in my mouth since the consistency is that of whipped butter, but to avoid that, I just added some granulated sugar and about a teaspooon of flour to give it a grainy feel. I did, however, have to add a wee bit more sugar than the recipe originally called for, but thats probably just due to my sweet tooth! All in all, its a lovely recipe--great for any cake!
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Deep Dish Brownies

Reviewed: Apr. 7, 2001
Curiosity caught the best of me, and so I peeked into the oven after only 20 minutes to see how these brownies were faring. To my horror, they were cooking over the sides of the pan! But I decided to simply poke a few holes in the top and the mixture subsided. I thought for sure I would have to throw these away, but I'm so glad I dont go solely on appearance, because these were without a doubt the best brownies I've ever had! The bonus was that I got to eat all the "crust" that had cooked outside the pan, and no one missed it. LOL These were gone in less than 3 hours, and I am baking 3 more batches today. Thanks for the recipe! Its magical!
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Best Brownies

Reviewed: Apr. 7, 2001
I made these without the frosting, as I didnt have some of the ingredients for it on hand, but that didnt matter. These brownies were fantastic alone. I think next time I may mix some orange zest into the batter to give it a wee bit of original flavor. Great recipe!
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Chantal's New York Cheesecake

Reviewed: Nov. 5, 2001
Let's just say that I couldn't leave it alone all by itself in the lonely oven. It was calling my name to just taste a bite, and so I gave in. My husband and I are both cheesecake connoisseurs, and so we really know our cheesecake. Apparently, you do as well, Chantal. From now on, we will be skipping desert at our favourite Italian restaurant and baking our own cheesecake that we can eat for days--if it lasts that long! Thanks a bunch for this recipe. I will definitely be passing it along.
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Chocolate Frosting I

Reviewed: Nov. 5, 2001
I use this frosting for the Dark Chocolate Cake recipe found on this site, and I couldn't have found a better combination. I first made it when I was living in the UK, and I was using Cadbury's cocoa powder (a fabulous baking cocoa, far better than Hershey's I'd say), and it was so incredible. It was hard for me to keep enough frosting to put on the cake itself--I kept sticking the spoon in for a 'taste test' every few minutes. Certainly not for my mother, who is diabetic, but perfect for the rare sweet treat. Thanks!
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Banana Banana Bread

Reviewed: Nov. 22, 2002
I made banana bread when I was a child in 4-H, and my recipe once won me a blue ribbon. I bet if I had used this recipe then, I might have just won a Nobel Prize. This is probably the best banana bread I have ever tasted, and I will use it for years to come!
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Angel's Old Fashioned Beef Stew

Reviewed: Nov. 22, 2002
Wonderful, homemade taste! Very easy to make.
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Chewy Granola Bars

Reviewed: Nov. 22, 2002
This is the most versatile granola recipe ever. I have used all sorts of things in these bars, from chocolate chips to grape nuts. I also tried using boxed cereal (Honey Bunches of Oats) for a unique twist on a cereal bar. Fantastic for wee kids because they're easy to eat, and because I control what goes into them. Will make again and again.
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Granny's Brownies

Reviewed: Jan. 26, 2003
This was the perfect consistency--just what I was looking for in a brownie. Since I didn't have unsweetened chocolate baking squares, I used the recipe on the back of the Hershey's cocoa can for the eqivalent of baking squares. That probably was the stem of the lingering bitter cocoa taste, so next time (if I don't have those squares available), I will use less cocoa. I also used milk chocolate chunks to add a bit of flavor in lieu of the walnuts. I served it with vanilla ice cream for afters at a dinner I just hosted, and they were a hit. Thanks for this recipe--just great!
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Chicken Tetrazzini for a Crowd

Reviewed: Jan. 26, 2003
For Christmas, I was lucky enough to receive a Food Saver, with which I used to store almost half the Christmas turkey. A month and a day later, I defrosted that same turkey and cut it into cubes to be used in this recipe. I have tried many tetrazinni recipes in the past, trying to mock The Spaghetti Warehouse's tetrazinni, but this is in itself a great recipe. It is very versatile (of course using turkey instead of chicken and varying/adding certain vegetables). Simple, fast and great for making in big quantities then storing for later use. Will be passing this one on.
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Egg-free Brownies

Reviewed: Jan. 26, 2003
I'll be honest--I was making these brownies when I was pregnant, and because I shouldn't have eaten raw eggs while pregnant, I wanted a brownie mix that I could lick off the spoon. Sounds silly... Thats originally what drew me to this recipe, but I was really surprised when I baked them. Very simple, great flavor. Might make again even though my baby is nearly two!
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Good Old Fashioned Pancakes

Reviewed: Jan. 26, 2003
Light, fluffy and melt-in-your-mouth. Very rarely could I eat pancakes 2 days in a row, but I had to compare. Yesterday, I made a box version of pancakes, and they were tough and bland. Today, these pancakes, with a touch of vanilla in the mix, and topped with butter and butter pecan syrup, were nothing short of heavenly. Never will I again use a box mix. The great thing about this mix is that you can make it ahead of time (with the exception of course of the moist ingredients) and store it to make your own one-step pancakes. Will definitely be making again!
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Old-Fashioned Potato Soup

Reviewed: Mar. 9, 2003
This was a great soup. Not too runny, not too chunky. I will be using this soup as the base for clam chowder--great taste and excellent consistency. Thanks very much!
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Polenta

Reviewed: Jan. 1, 2005
Thanks very much for the recipe. Now I can make my own polenta at home without having to try to find it in my grocery store, and it tastes so much better! Thanks again!
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Pumpkin Polenta Cake

Reviewed: Jan. 1, 2005
This recipe is actually a good jumping-off point. I adjusted a few things... reduced the salt/baking soda by half, and added 1/2 c Splenda for some extra sweetness. I didnt have all the individual spices on hand, so I just used pumpkin pie spice (1 1/2 tsp). I didn't use store-bought polenta, but instead made my own homemade. And while I had to let it bake for longer than 45 mins (total time of 1 1/2 hours), it was a fantastic flavor and really great for my low-calorie/low-fat lifestyle. I can see a lot of things to do with this recipe, but it is a great start. Thanks for sharing your idea! Jules
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Mark's English Sausage Rolls

Reviewed: Jan. 1, 2005
My husband is from Northern Ireland and can have sausage rolls only when he visits home (about once a year). So needless to say, he was totally stoked about the idea that I could make these at home. I surprised him with them one day when he got home from work, and he was really pleased. Also, since I'm making them, I control the ingredients and can tailor them to my way of eating to make them lower in fat/calories. Thanks! Jules
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