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Welsh Cookies

Reviewed: Aug. 11, 2014
I'm not fond of an overly sweet breakfast menu so this is my kind of treat and just right on the sweetness without sprinkling sugar on top. I used all butter. I also added 1 tsp. of mace. The next time I make these I will add some cinnamon too. If you are looking for currants you might find them at Whole Foods if there is one near you. I had never tasted currants so I was unpleasantly surprised when I tasted them right out of the package and in my opinion tasted like baby raisins. I'm not a big fan of raisins but I added the currants anyway and was pleasantly surprised that I liked them in these cookies/cakes. I'm fairly sure that my husband will most probably not like these because there are no chocolate chips involved but that's a thought. Might throw in a few next time just for him. Not authentic I know but the man will eat anything with chocolate added. I think that dried cranberries might be tasty substitute for the currants. I plan to freeze half of these to have on the weekends with some chai tea.
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Slow Cooker Butter Chicken

Reviewed: Aug. 6, 2014
Both my husband and I enjoyed this. I would have given it 5 stars but I feel like the prep instructions for a crockpot meal were too labor intensive. I did follow the instructions but next time I will either throw everything into the crockpot from the beginning or if I do the skillet routine I will keep it in the skillet and put a lid on it and simmer for 30 minutes, adding the yogurt in the last few minutes.
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Naan

Reviewed: Aug. 6, 2014
This was my first time making naan. I used my bread machine using 3 1/2 cups flour and I did not proof the yeast. Dough turned out perfect. I fired up the outside grill and grilled the first naan but with the hot Texas temperature in August I just couldn't fathom grilling a dozen of these so I shut it down and grilled them inside on a Lodge cast iron grill skillet. They turned out great with lovely grill marks. Couldn't tell the difference from the one grilled outside and the ones grilled inside.
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Green Tomato Bread

Reviewed: Nov. 3, 2012
This recipe is very similar to other quick bread recipes that call for either zucchini, carrots, apples, etc. If you put enough sugar in any recipe you will most likely end up with something tasty and this is no exception. It is delicious, and unless you tell someone they will probably never guess what the mystery ingredient is. My loaves fell somewhat in the middle, but I live at a high altitude (5,000) so that happens frequently to my baked goods until I can adjust the leaving, etc. I will make this again but it may be another year because I don't think I can buy green tomatoes at the market. If I have enough green tomatoes I might try making muffins as that may solve the falling in the middle issue.
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Pumpkin Corn Bread

Reviewed: Sep. 26, 2012
Took these corn muffins to a women's potluck and got several compliments. They are about as sweet as a Jiffy corn muffin. I baked the muffins for 14 minutes and thought they were a bit dry so you might check them after 12 minutes.
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Cream Cheese Squares

Reviewed: Aug. 29, 2012
Delish! Only had one can of crescent rolls so I halved the recipe with a few exceptions. Used an 8 X 8 pan. Used 4 oz. of cream cheese & 1/4 cup sugar & one big squeeze of lemon juice. On top of cream cheese layer I added a layer of raspberry jam. I brushed the top layer of dough with butter and sprinkled with sugar only. 25 minutes of baking time was just right. Next time I might try sprinkling some mini chocolate chips on the filling. The filling options are endless. Use what you like. I do recommend that you half the cream cheese filling if you also add another filling on top like jam, chocolate chips, chocolate hazelnut spread, etc.
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Spinach Salad with Peaches and Pecans

Reviewed: Aug. 11, 2012
If you love peaches you will probably love this salad. Very summery and so easy to put together. After making this salad a few times, as is, I decided that it would benefit from another layer of flavor so I now add a couple of chopped green onions. Chopped red onion would be good too. I tried topping with chicken but did not like that so much. Chicken on the side is much better. I have made my own poppyseed dressing but, in a pinch, use poppyseed dressing that is sold refrigerated next to the salad greens.
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Baked Scallops

Reviewed: Apr. 9, 2012
Used frozen Sam's scallops (thawed). Left out the garlic powder but used fresh, minced garlic in the melted butter. Dried the scallops, then rolled them around in the garlic butter and then crumb mixture. Sprinkled the extra crumb mixture over the top. 20 minutes was right on in my oven. I will broil towards the end next time and will also try Panko breading.
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Horseradish Sauce

Reviewed: Dec. 24, 2011
I omitted the mayo & the red pepper and added salt to taste. If you use extra hot horseradish you might want to add 2 tsp., then taste, and add more if needed. I added 1 Tabl. of horseradish and it is super hot and not suitable for wimps.
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Pumpkin Pie Squares

Reviewed: Nov. 12, 2011
I made this exactly as directed. There was just enough crumb mixture to spread into a 13X9 easily. I sprinkled the entire pan with the crumbs evenly and then pressed them down with my fingers; it took a total of 1 minute. When baked the filling was about the same thickness as the crust. The crust was not crispy; it more resembled a pie crust that was not fully baked and not flaky. When I make this again I will try baking the crust until it starts to look brown around the edges and I will use pumpkin pie spice instead of the other spices. I would say that this would serve 10-12 as dessert when topped with some whipped cream and a dash of cinnamon.
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Fudge Brownies I

Reviewed: Oct. 18, 2011
Pretty disappointing. I started worrying about these when I peeked through the oven door during the last few minutes of the baking time and saw butter bubbling up around the edges of the brownies. I love butter but this recipe has too much in proportion to the flour. The brownies were too crunchy on the bottom and edges. They literally fried in the pan. I've made lots of brownies in the past 40 years and my favorite recipe is from Martha Stewart. I even like mixes better than this recipe. Will not be making again.
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Quick Tuna Casserole

Reviewed: Oct. 3, 2011
I've been making this for over 30 years. The recipe was on back of the box of Kraft Mac & Cheese. The instructions say to put the mixed ingredients into a greased casserole dish and bake in 350 oven until warm (30 minutes) and then top with shredded cheddar cheese and bake until cheese is melted. The added cheese makes a good dish great.
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Easy Lemon Cookies

Reviewed: Oct. 2, 2011
I've been making these for years. I bake them without rolling in the powdered sugar. After they are cool I spoon some lemon glaze over each cookie. To make lemon glaze mix about 1 cup of powdered sugar and enough fresh-squeezed lemon juice to make a thick glaze. The glaze makes the cookie super lemony.
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Apple, Cranberry, and Pear Crisp

Reviewed: Sep. 25, 2011
Can't go wrong with a fruit crisp, especially in the Fall. I baked this up using only pears and dried cranberries. I only used 1/4 cup of melted butter in the crumb part and about 1/2 cup chopped pecans instead of ground walnuts and it worked out great. I did have to cover the top loosely with foil about halfway through baking to prevent over browning.
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Janet's Rich Banana Bread

Reviewed: Sep. 23, 2011
Changes I made: omitted nuts, mashed bananas, blueberry Greek yogurt instead of sour cream, and added some dried blueberries to make yummy banana blueberry bread.
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Mom's Sushi Rice

Reviewed: Aug. 9, 2011
There are lots of different kinds of rice vinegar. Seasoned rice vinegar has sugar or corn syrup added. The vinegar I bought in the Asian food section of the store has no added sugar. Before you add the sugar called for in this recipe read the ingredient label to see if it has sugar. If it does you need to reduce or omit the sugar or your rice will be too sweet.
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Cherry Crumble

Reviewed: Jul. 25, 2011
I was looking for a streusel topping recipe and found this one. Instead of cherry pie filling I made the super easy Blueberry Breakfast Sauce off this site. After I put the sauce on top of the bottom crumble I added about 1 cup of fresh blueberries before topping it with the rest of the crumble. So delish! I made it again with the blueberries and added a couple of peeled, chopped nectarines. One day I might even try it with the cherry pie filling.
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Get-Well Custard

Reviewed: Jul. 21, 2011
I've made this many, many times and it has always turned out great. Those who describe it as being curdled have cooked it too long. Perhaps they didn't use the right size baking dish. The baking dish needs to be deep rather than shallow.
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Bird's Nests

Reviewed: Apr. 23, 2011
I used half butterscotch and half milk chocolate chips to try and lighten up the color of the nests. Would have used half peanut butter chips except for the fear of food allergies of the recipients. Like the lighter color and the taste is good.
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Microwave Pralines

Reviewed: Apr. 22, 2011
Let me begin by saying that my pralines came out perfect; creamy, smooth, and delicious. I have a 1200 watt microwave and it took 8 minutes total cooking time. I stirred in the pecans and 1/4 tsp. of salt about mid-way through the cooking time. I also added 1 tsp. of vanilla extract after cooking. I also did the soft ball stage test in ice water. Do yourself a favor and do not even attempt to make these until you know your microwave's wattage. Look inside your microwave for a label that will have the model number. Then do a search online to see what wattage you have. I believe this recipe is geared to around a 1,000 watt microwaves. If your microwave has less than 1,000 watts you may have to cook longer. If your microwave is more than 1,000 watts you will most likely have to cook less. I'm guessing that the people who had trouble with these do not know the power of their microwaves plus they did not do the soft ball stage test. Too bad because these are incredibly delicious if cooked right.
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