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Crispy and Creamy Doughnuts

Reviewed: Feb. 5, 2011
These are great! Honestly - first timers to this recipe - don't change a thing. If you find you want to play with it later; do so; but these are wonderful as written. I cannot count the number of times I've made these; and I ALWAYS have people wanting more; wanting the recipe; raving over them for days afterwards. There is one thing that I (almost) always do; though; that is just a tiny bit different to the instructions - that's just cut them small so what I have in the end is a bunch of doughnut holes - I use a plastic shot glass to cut them out and they're the perfect size for party finger food; and people keep coming back for more and more. Great for kids and adults. Can also coat them in chocolate ze (just add some cocoa powder to the glaze - as per personal prefernce); or for the kids you can thin the glaze a tiny bit more and roll in sprinkles immediatly after glazing. Have also done larger circles (as per normal doughnuts) and just left them whole (not cut out the hole in the center) and used a piping bag to put jam in the center. Very versalile recipe and did I mention; great?? Have done these and will do thise again and again (by popular demand of our whole little town; not to mention my family...)
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Emily's Famous Hash Browns

Reviewed: Jan. 7, 2010
We thought this recipe was ok... other than my 4 year old daughter; who would not touch it; said exactly 'hash browns yuck!'; but they went down alright for everyone else. Did seem to be missing something; though; not where near what they sell in restaurants. Grated the onion; as well as the potatoes; fried in just enough oil to cover the bottom of the pan to decrease the oily taste some said about; but still; I will be looking for other recipes to try; this one was ok but nothing spactacular at all.
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Crusty White Bread

Reviewed: Jan. 6, 2010
Wonderful! This is what we've been looking for! A light; white bread; that doesn't go stale quickly so long as it's in a bag or similar;doesn't go mouldy quickly in general; keeps it's fine flavour even past that first day or so. Not to crunchy in the crust for the kids; but has a nice bite to it; not as soft as the interior. Slices well; not crumbly; holds its texture; easy to spread marg or jam, etc. on it without it falling apart; easy to make; really; overall; a great white bread. The only differene I made to the recipe is to proof the yeast in a warm milk/water/sugar mixture rather than just the water and sugar (I always do this; though); and to add half a teaspoon of bread improver; again; as per usual when I make bread. Our staple recipe now!
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A-Number-1 Banana Cake

Reviewed: Jan. 3, 2010
Ohhh; yum! I forgot to add vanilla; though I'd planned on it) - did not put any extra spices as I'd wanted to see what it tasted like without them first. Did not add the nuts as my stepson would not have eaten it then; though it would have been a nice additions. Used two extra large bananas. Also seperated the eggs; and beat the whites to a stiff peak (lessen the amount of time to do this; use a hand beater with one beater; put the egg whites in a large cup; and put the beater on the highest speed; takes 60 seconds, tops with mine); then added the whites at the end; I do this with nearly all baked goods like cakes; etc.; lightens it quite a bit. Also added one large grated apple to the batter at the end; just before folding through the egg whites; added a nice touch of flavour. Will absolutelly make again, a huge hit with all the family!!
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Garlic Butter Sauce II

Reviewed: Dec. 28, 2009
I know other people have stated this; but I've just got to state the obvious... How is this considered a garlic butter sauce without butter in it?!?! Beryond that; especially when you do actually put butter in it (I used half butter, half oil); this is simple; basic; and yummy. I also added some homegrown leeks and onion saute'd until soft; as well as some red bell pepper and baby corn (nice colour; too!); and then at the very end added some scallops and prawns. Will defintiely make again
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Banana Pancakes I

Reviewed: Dec. 25, 2009
I made this as per recipe; and it was to 'gloopy' while flipping; as well as a bit thinner than I'd ususally like. Soo; what I'd changed was to double everything but the bananas; and add an extra half a cup of flour (totalling 2 1/2 cups); as well as a good dash of vanilla extract. With those changes; this recipe is a defintie keeper!!
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Asian Orange Chicken

Reviewed: Nov. 22, 2009
Quite nice; but for ours and our kids' taste; needed a bit more brown sugar and orange zest/juice. Considering the taste and complexity of flavours; though; quite a good recipe; will likely make it again (served it on vermacelli noodles with some added veggies (mushrooms, bell pepperss, carrots, celery, and onions.)) Would probably try it on steamed white rice next time; though. Thanks for the great base recipe! Work with it and adjust it to your own tastes...
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Cream Filled Cupcakes

Reviewed: Nov. 17, 2009
How can someone rate a recipe if they've not followed it at all?!?! Using a boxed cake mix and packaged icing for the filling and frosting - how is that accurately making the recipe at all??? This recipe; as written; is devine. Wonderful; wonderful cream filling; works great as acing itself; even; or for using for filling pretty much any sort of cake/doughnut; etc. etc; very veratile recipe. The cupcake itself is a moist; rich; chocolate cake - someone compared them to hostess cakes - I'm initially from the USA; and while we don't have hostess cakes here; it is exactly as I remember them; only the filling is a bit better. The cupcakes are nearly foolproof; the filling is easy as; and trully; though it takes a bit of time to fill them; there are ways of making it easier; and trust me; it is well worth making this recipe. I piped the filling through the top and then iced the tops - covering the hole filling the cakes left. And you can use whatver icing you want!! Wonderful overall; well loved by family and neighbors; definitely a keeper!
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Colleen's Potato Crescent Rolls

Reviewed: Nov. 6, 2009
Haven't even cooked this entirely yet; and I didn't allow it to sit for the 8 hours as mentioned; only did 2 hours in the freezer; but the dough is beautiful to work with; really easy; not sticky in the least; really seems foolproof so long as your yeast is working properly. And I rolled it out to about a 16-18 inch circle; just size wise to roll the crescents; seemed better; still cut out the 16 wedges as directed (just means for the 16-18 inch you get a few more rolls/rotations in each roll than you for the the 12); and the rose absolutely stunningly; are huge; and they've only just popper in the oven!! Done half with jsut the butter and half with garlic butter; and they smell and look devine!!
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Fluffy Pancakes

Reviewed: Oct. 9, 2009
We always make lots of extra pancakes when I make them - makes great leftovers for breakfast for the next few days, especially for the kids. REally very nice flavour to the pancakes - did use lemon juice instead of vinegar; always finds it adds a nicer flavour than using the vinegar; but has the same effect. I did find that mine weren't 'tall' as the recipe stated they would be - but that could be simply because with most pancakes I always beat the egg whites and yolks (seperately)to incorperate more air into the batter; making for a lighter and fluffier pancake - perhaps next time I'll try without doing so; see what the results are. Don't get me wrong; though; these do have a devine flavour and extremely (!!) light texture; really were quite nice; regardless of the fact that they really weren't that 'tall'; they will still go amungst our regular pancake recipes! Thanks for a quick; simple and very tasty, recipe!
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Spaghetti Carbonara II

Reviewed: Oct. 4, 2009
Quite nice; we liked it alot; my daughter thought it was ok; my stepson ate barely half; if that, of his. Did add a bit more garlic; as well as some mushrooms; some capsicum (bell peppers for those in America); and some spinach; and omitted the wine (as we don't drink any at all; didn't see the point of getting some jus to use a little bit of the bottle; as the rest would have been wasted) - I do realize all of this would have changed the flavour a bit; but we liked it as we'd had it. Great base recipe; though!
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Seattle Dutch Babies

Reviewed: Sep. 25, 2009
For simplicity, 5 stars, for taste, four; was nice; but not soemthing (excepting my husband, lol); one would eat alone; must have some sort of topping or syrup with these; but with that; these certianally don't last long!
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Popovers

Reviewed: Sep. 25, 2009
Really quite nice - mine fell in near the end; didn't puff up like the one in the picture... But that's alright; as they still tasted great; and with the dents in the middle; worked out great for filling! So even though I'd done something (What; I'm not sure...) wrong; they'd still turned out very nice; and we will still certinally make them again!
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Dutch Babies II

Reviewed: Sep. 25, 2009
Added some cinnamon with the nutmeg; as well as some sliced apples on the bottom the pan after melting the butter and before adding the batter - served with warm maple syrup; this trully was very nice... and so much easier than pancakes... Make sure to make a double batch (in two pans, not sure how it would come out at twice the thickness batter wise; haev to adjust the cooking temps/times accordingly.) Try this! Yum!
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Spinach Quiche

Reviewed: Sep. 24, 2009
I did as another reviewer recommended; and doubled the eggs; and divided the rest between two pie pans. Added fresh (saute'd) mushrooms instead of canned ones, didn't use feta (personal taste; used cheddar instead in chunks; and colby on top) and added some brocolli and spring onion too (had excess int he garden, and the kids like brocoli; but they don't like spinach; trying to come even a bit; we love spinach; grow it, kids don't like it at all); and fresh baby spinach leaves. We loved it; but failed on the kids level... ohh, well, gotta cook something for us adults sometimes; too! Thanks for the recipe; will use it again and again... perhaps trying different ingredients to get the kids to like them too; as it's a great way to use up excess eggs (as we get plenty; both duck and chicken; get about 8 eggs a day at the moment for a family of four... always looking for ways to use them up, and this fits the ticket wonderfully!)
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Fry Bread Tacos II

Reviewed: Sep. 18, 2009
The whole family went back for seconds; and all of us felt so full afterwards - we didn't use the topping; did more tradional 'taco' toppings without the beans, etc; but wouldn't mind trying twice-baked beans. Used chicken rather than beef; as we simply had more chicken. Very nice bread; though; even the bread recipe by itself is five stars...
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English Muffins

Reviewed: Sep. 11, 2009
My husbands' exact words were as follows: "Ok, I like English Muffins..... I've never liked them before; really don't like the store bought ones..." (And this is said as he'd buttering and jamming his third one); "But these..." (Pauses for a bite)... "Are realy nice!" And he's right; they are! My stepson's eating one wihtout anything else on it at all on right now; couldn't wait past getting it out of the toaster; and he's still scoffing it down! They are better if you insert a fork along the side of them and pull it apart that way; but my hubby can't wait that long; cuts it open; and it fine that way; too. I'd read through some of the reveiws; almost all of them were raving; so I'd doubled the recipe; and though there are time consuming cooking; I am really glad I did. With the dough that was left over after cutting out most of the first rounds; I'd had a bit left over (I'd run out of space on my baking paper sheet); so I'd sprinkled raisins on it; as well as some cinnamon sugar; and placed the scraps from cutting the rest out on top; pressed it in lightly; then rolled it out again; then cut that as I had to the regular English muffins. Reason being; I know it was going to be a bit denser the second roll out; I figured it'd be good to have something to break it up some; add a bit of flavour without needing to put any jam or whatever on it; and it turned out quite nicely; too; not as 'airy', obviolusly; but still; would try it again; or possibly just make a bat
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Banana Muffins II

Reviewed: Sep. 10, 2009
Quite a nice recipe - did change a bit to our tastes, used applesauce to replace most of the melted butter (made the applesauce at home using the 'sarah's applesauce' recipe); and the peels left over from the apples were cut up coarsely and added to the muffin mix for a bit of texture variation and added fibre/nutrients. Also added a bit of vanilla and cinnamon. Adding a crumb/oatmeal topping also enhances the flavour a bit. So; as written; 4 stars; with the changes; 5... Thanks for the recipe!
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Good Old Fashioned Pancakes

Reviewed: Aug. 29, 2009
I can't remember if I'd rated this recipe - and I just had to do it again just in case; thie recipe is exceptional; handles all sorts of variations; fruit; chocolate; you name it; and it turns out wonderful every time. Even with kids 'helping' to do everything from mixing to cooking - the true test - these pancakes still rival those you come across in a pancake house; really, really fluffy, tender; flavourful - wonderful. Use this over and over!!
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Easy Grilled Lemon Chicken

Reviewed: Aug. 25, 2009
We'd expected the lemon to be a bit overpowering; and it wasn't! Really very nice; am actually trying it tonight on lamb; the chicken was tender; mosit; and flavourful; really can't go wrong with this. If you don't like soy sauce as much as my hubby especially does; add a little brown sugar to cut the bite of the flavour; or use reduced-salt soy sauce rather than the regular stuff. Try this if you've got extra lemons and don't know what to do with them all or are stuck for what new to try with your chicken! Wonderful!
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