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Too Much Chocolate Cake

Reviewed: Oct. 12, 2013
With all the five star ratings, I had high expectations when I made this for my dad's birthday. It's nowhere near as moist as a typical wacky cake or one-bowl chocolate cake from scratch recipe. There were lots of unfinished pieces of cake, including mine and I ALWAYS finish my cake! No one asked to take home a piece, and I dumped the leftovers in the compost next morning. Too bad because it was actually more effort than my usual from scratch recipe since I had to go out and buy cake and pudding mixes rather than using basic staple ingredients. It's back to scratch for me!
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French Pastry Pie Crust

Reviewed: Jul. 14, 2011
Had high hopes for this recipe, but it came out more crunchy than flakey. I handled the dough very little, as I've always done to achieve a flakey texture. I think perhaps there is just too much liquid in this recipe.
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Stove Top Pot Roast

Reviewed: Oct. 1, 2009
Made this as directed and was disappointed with how bland everything was. The meat just tasted like boiled meat - the seasonings didn't penetrate the meat like other recipes I've tried. Also, I don't think the vegetables spend enough time with the beef in this method. They were lacking that yummy "infused" taste. I have a friend who makes the best pot roast and she does it on the stove top, so I had high hopes for this recipe. This was definitely the least enjoyable pot roast I've ever made.
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Jelly Bean Nests

Reviewed: Apr. 9, 2009
These are darling, and were very easy to make with my 3-yr old and his buddy. The muffin tin trick worked perfectly for them. We used broken up pretzel sticks instead of the chow mein and the salty-sweet result was so yummy. I think I will be making more of these this weekend so we have them for our Easter brunch (there's no way these ones will still be around!)
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Homemade Pancake Syrup

Reviewed: Feb. 2, 2009
I was pleasantly surprised by this recipe - it worked great in a pinch when I ran out of Mrs. Butterworth's. I loved how simple the ingredient list was and may make this in the future if I run out of syrup again.
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Gingerbread Cookies II

Reviewed: Dec. 13, 2008
These held the cookie cutter shape perfectly. They also stayed nice and soft for over a week (stored in a zip bag). My only complaint is that the flavor seemed to be lacking something. I suspect that all three of the above qualities (soft and shapely yet bland) are caused by the shortening, which I usually try to avoid using anyway. So, I will keep looking for the perfect gingerbread recipe.
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Pignoli Cookies I

Reviewed: Dec. 13, 2008
Having never tasted pignoli cookies, it's hard to say how this recipe compares. But, these have a very unique and wonderful flavor. I like how the rich buttery flavor of the pine nuts balances with the super sweet of the almond paste. I am only giving the recipe 4 stars however, because the ingredients were very expensive and after spending $10 on the pine nuts, I still didn't have enough. I actually needed probably twice as much. Also, I had to use the tube kind of almond paste, but I didn't have a problem shaping them into balls after chilling the dough for about an hour. It was still messy, but kinda fun pretending to be an old world Italian mama!
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Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

Reviewed: Mar. 16, 2008
These were pretty good, but not the recipe I'm after. After reading other reviews I was surprised that mine spread quite a bit during baking and were a bit too flat for my taste, though they did stay nice and moist. I followed the recipe exactly, but I did sift the flour prior to measuring so maybe there just wasn't enough flour.
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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Reviewed: Oct. 24, 2007
I was disappointed with this recipe. The muffins lacked the super-moist texture I expect from pumpkin muffins and the flavor of the pumpkin really didn't come through either. My picky toddler liked them though and my husband said they were fine. They are fine as far as muffins go, but they didn't really taste like a pumpkin muffin to me.
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Zucchini Brownies

Reviewed: Aug. 15, 2007
This will definitely become an "old stand-by" for during zucchini harvest! I followed another reviewer's suggestion and added 3 eggs to supposedly make them denser and less cake-like, but it still came out more like cake than brownies. But, what a delicious cake it was!!! I also substituted mini chocolate chips for the nuts and added some cinnamon. And, instead of the the frosting recipe I topped it with ganache made from just about 3/4 cup chopped Dove dark chocolate and 1/4 cup butter, melted together and drizzled over each individual cut piece so it would drip down the sides of each one for more gooey, chocolately goodness. Then I put them in the fridge for about 5 minutes to set the ganache a bit. I took some over to my neighbor who looked a bit unsure about the idea of zucchini and chocolate together. Not five minutes later he was knocking on my door to tell me they were the best "vegetables" he'd ever eaten.
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Light, Crisp Waffles

Reviewed: Aug. 15, 2007
I made these for my husband's family on our recent family vacation. Everyone loved them and my mother-in-law said she's never really enjoyed waffles all that much but she thought these were delicious. I served them with fresh sugared strawberries and whipped cream and they were better than any I've had at a restaurant. I followed other reviewers' advice about the yield, so I quadrupled the recipe. It ended up making about 13 Belgian waffles. I found that I needed about a full cup of batter for each waffle in order to fill in the entire iron. Also, I didn't think they required too much effort for the end result (but that may be because I made my husband separate and whip the egg whites.)
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