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Carrot Cake III

Reviewed: Dec. 18, 2007
This is a good tasting cake; however, it is a little oily. I would recommend either decreasing the amount of oil to 1 cup or using applesauce. Update: I have made this cake quite a few times andX it always turns out great. If you should half the recipe, cook it in a 9X9 pan for 30 minutes. Also, if you cook the cake in a 9X13 pan, cook it for 40 minutes. Update 2: if using a jumbo muffin tin the cupcakes bake in 23 minutes. The full recipe makes 14 jumbo cupcakes. Update 3 (half recipe): Use 1/2 cup of oil and use 1.75 cups of shredded carrots. This makes 11 regular sized cupcakes which took approximately 20 minutes to bake. Update 3: Made a traditional cake with this recipe (full recipe). The cake baked for 25-30 minutes.
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Holiday Chicken Salad

Reviewed: Jul. 24, 2010
I used rotisserie chicken for this recipe and instead of mayo I used Miracle Whip. I would certainly make this again. Update: It's much better the next day.
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Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti

Reviewed: Dec. 12, 2011
I will make this recipe again. I did make a few minor alterations (half recipe): instead of almond extract, I used vanilla extract; I chopped the nuts, I used vegetable oil instead of olive oil; I did not add the salt because the pistachios were salted; and I used about 1/2 cup of dried cranberries.
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White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake

Reviewed: Jul. 16, 2011
Very good cheesecake. Tips: Grease all sides and bottom of the springform pan. Use 2 cups of ground Oreo cookies, 2tbs of sugar and 6 tbs of butter for the crust. If you don't have half and half use heavy cream. For the cheesecake filling using 3/4 cup and 2 tbs of sugar. Although everyone's oven is different, I would definitely bake this for 60 minutes. Turn off oven, crack the door and allow to firm up (about 10 minutes).
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Cranberry Hootycreeks

Reviewed: Apr. 3, 2011
These are good cookies but they are not anything special. I would probably make them again. Also, since I slightly flatten my cookies before putting them in the oven they only need 7 minutes to cook.
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Millie Pasquinelli's Fried Chicken

Reviewed: Jan. 18, 2011
Good recipe. There is no need to salt your chicken if you plan to use the amount of season salt outlined in the recipe. I would decrease the amount of season salt next time. If cut the recipe to serve 3, I would probably only use about 1 tbs plus 1/3 tsp of season salt. This cooks in about 20-25 minutes with the heat on medium low.
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Original Recipe French Toast

Reviewed: Jan. 17, 2011
This recipe was ok. I dipped the bread in the custard, cooked it over medium heat and it was still soggy in the middle. If I were to make these again I would put them in the oven to dry out a bit. I rated this recipe not because of the sogginess issue but rather the flavor. The taste wasn't anything special. Update: If regular slices of bread and 2tbs are used in the egg mixture then it's a pretty good recipe. Changed rating from 3 to 4 stars with alterations.
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Irish Cream Creme Brulee

Reviewed: Sep. 18, 2010
I made this today and it turned out perfectly. Tricks: Slowly bring the sugar and cream to temperature. It doesn't take long, I think medium heat may be too high. Also, slowly pour the cream mixture with the egg yolks. There will be a considerable amount of foam once all of the cream has been mixed; this is where straining it before it goes in the ramekins is so important. If it is not strained there will be a nasty layer on top. Update: I think I have perfected the recipe. Instead of using 1/3 cup of sugar use 1/2 cup. Also, instead of using vanilla extract using a vanilla bean. Split the vanilla bean in half, scrape out the inside, and place both in the heavy cream. Heat the creme and vanilla in a medium sauce pan. In a mixing bowl combine the egg yolks with the sugar.
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Chocolate Zucchini Bread I

Reviewed: Sep. 14, 2010
These are pretty good. I used mini semi-sweet chocolate chips. The recipe makes about 24 regular muffins. The baking time is about 17-18 minutes. These are better the next day. Enjoy!
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Supreme Strawberry Topping

Reviewed: Nov. 19, 2011
Good recipe. I used frozen strawberries and a little more than 1/3 cup of sugar.
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Mulligatawny Soup I

Reviewed: Jun. 25, 2011
This is terrific! I used 2 cloves of garlic minced, 2.25 tsp of mild curry powder, 2 tbs of flour, about 3/4-1 cup of onion, 3 carrots, 1.5 celery and a 1/4 cup of rice. I also chopped 1/2 a apple and grated the rest of the apple. The heavy cream is not necessary. For more tender chicken, I didn't add it until after the soup has simmered with the rice. I prefer this soup with homemade chicken broth but in a pinch store bought will also work.
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Chicken Fried Chicken

Reviewed: Mar. 26, 2011
I put a little over 30 crackers in the food processor with 1tsp of garlic powder, 2 tbs of flour, 1/2 tsp of black pepper, and 1 tsp of season salt. I also dredged the chicken in flour then in egg and then teh saltine mixture. This was ok but it needed more seasoning. I'm not sure I would make this again.
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Easy Morning Glory Muffins

Reviewed: Nov. 9, 2010
These were edible. If I were to make them again, I think I would leave out the coconut. They also made more than 12 muffins.
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Seven Layer Taco Dip

Reviewed: Jun. 13, 2008
This was my first time making this type of dip and it turned out quite well. I did make a few minor modifications which I strongly recommend. The changes are as follows: 1)Add half of the taco mix to the beans and add the other half of the mix to the cream cheese and sour cream mixture. 2) Leave out the lettuce, green onions, and tomatoes. 3) In place of the letteuce, green onions, and tomatoes add guacamole. The guacomle should include onions and tomatoes mixed in (use one of the highly rated guacamole recipes on this website). 4) Layer the dip in the following order: beans (bottom), cream cheese/sour cream, guacamole, salsa, and cheese (top).
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Chocolate Mint Cookies I

Reviewed: Dec. 13, 2011
I followed the recipe to a "T" and these turned out great. I let the batter sit overnight which I think made the difference. I also used a cookie scoop to portion the cookies, then rolled the cookies in my hand and flattened the cookie slightly. The cookies only needed 8 minutes to bake.
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Black Magic Cake

Reviewed: Nov. 15, 2011
I really enjoyed this cake.  I did, however, make a few modifications (half recipe): 1/2 cup water instead of coffee and 1/2 cup milk with 1/2 tbs of vinegar instead of buttermilk.  I baked this in regular-sized muffin tins for exactly 20 minutes.  I would probably start checking around 17 minutes though.  Update: I made the cake with buttermilk and I think it was even more moist than the first time I made it.  When I halved the recipe it made six jumbo muffin size cupcakes.  They cooked in approximately 21 minutes. Update 2: If making regular size cupcakes, bake for 15-18 minutes.
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Sweet Dinner Rolls

Reviewed: Nov. 2, 2011
DELICIOUS!!! I halved the recipe and did the following: in a small bowl, add 1 tsp plus 1/8 tsp yeast and 1 tsp of sugar. Heat water to 110F and add to yeast/sugar mixture. Let mixture proof for 10 minutes. Melt butter in milk. In bigger bowl add 1 and 3/4 flour, 2tbs plus 1 tsp sugar. Mixed the wet with the dry ingredients. Since I didn't have bread machine, I kneaded the dough for 8 minutes, oiled dough and put in bowl to rise for 1 hour. After 1st rise, I punched the dough down, rolled dough into circle, brushed dough with butter,used pizza cutter to divide dough, rolled dough into crescents, dipped dough in butter and let dough rise for another hour. Baked at 400F for 10 minutes. Once finshed baking I brushed rolls with salted butter. Eat immediately!
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Baked Potato Skins

Reviewed: Oct. 29, 2011
Good recipe. The parmesean is probably not necessary. Tricks: Bake the potatoes in the oven at 400F for 1 hour. Scoop out the pulp and double the amount of salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder and oil.
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Braided Egg Bread

Reviewed: Sep. 30, 2011
I have never made challah before and I think it was a success. I did make a few updates: change the serving size to 15, proof the yeast with 1tbs sugar, substituted honey for sugar, and sprinkled sugar on top of the loaf. I did feel like recipe was missing something though.
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Homemade Butter

Reviewed: Sep. 3, 2011
This couldn't be easier to make. I simply added the cream to my food processor and let it do the work. I word of advice, make sure to strain off all of the buttermilk and rinse the butter a few times to make sure the buttermilk is gone. I would recommend using cheesecloth to strain the butter but if that is not available a fine mesh strainer will work too.
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