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Tawny Port Cranberry Sauce

Reviewed: Nov. 27, 2014
I'm giving this version 4 stars. It is good but to make it better use a tawny port bringing out the flavor of the brown sugar more and give it caramel notes. I like Cockburns' 20 Year Tawny Port. 1/2 cup is more than plenty for the port. I also found a teaspoon of McCormick's Valencia Orange Peel did quite well instead of fresh zest. In place of a fresh orange you can use 1/2 cup orange juice. Also, put the ingredients other than the cranberries in the pot stir until the sugar dissolves. After rinsing the cranberries put them in the pot over medium heat. Stir periodically and be aware it will bubble up so a 2 3/4 quart pan worked best. I also found it best to let all the berries pop and this can take about an hour in the uncovered pot. This also helps burn off the alcohol but leaves the rich port flavor. Make at least one night before you want to use it.
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Brown Sugar and Port Cranberry Sauce

Reviewed: Nov. 27, 2014
I'm giving this version 4 stars. It is good but to make it better use a tawny port bringing out the flavor of the brown sugar more and give it caramel notes. I like Cockburns' 20 Year Tawny Port. 1/2 cup is more than plenty for the port. I also found a teaspoon of McCormick's Valencia Orange Peel did quite well instead of fresh zest. In place of a fresh orange you can use 1/2 cup orange juice. Also, put the ingredients other than the cranberries in the pot stir until the sugar dissolves. After rinsing the cranberries put them in the pot over medium heat. Stir periodically and be aware it will bubble up so a 2 3/4 quart pan worked best. I also found it best to let all the berries pop and this can take about an hour in the uncovered pot. This also helps burn off the alcohol but leaves the rich port flavor. Make at least one night before you want to use it.
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Dark Chocolate Banana Bread

Reviewed: Jul. 25, 2014
Loved the taste/texture. 2 loaves evaporated in the office within 2 hours. On a side note, greek yogurt worked well as a substitution since I was out of sour cream. Try using 1/2 cup of dark chocolate chips or pecans instead of the 1/2 cup walnuts. I might go crazy and add more nuts since it seemed less nutty or chocolaty than I would have preferred. BTW at the office the one with Chocolate chips went fastest. Also as other people have said the bread should have mashed instead of sliced banana...the riper the more flavor. 1 cup is perfect so if you like to mash the bananas and freeze them like I do just measure out 1 cup portions for when you are in the mood for some fresh banana bread. It is delish right out of the oven. I had 6 bananas that worked out to 2 1/2 cups so best to mash and measure if you want consistent results.
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Janet's Rich Banana Bread

Reviewed: Aug. 22, 2013
Loved the taste/texture. 2 loaves evaporated in the office within 2 hours. On a side note, greek yogurt worked well as a substitution since I was out of sour cream. Try using 1/2 cup of dark chocolate chips or pecans instead of the 1/2 cup walnuts. I might go crazy and add more nuts since it seemed less nutty or chocolaty than I would have preferred. BTW at the office the one with Chocolate chips went fastest. Also as other people have said the bread should have mashed instead of sliced banana...the riper the more flavor. 1 cup is perfect so if you like to mash the bananas and freeze them like I do just measure out 1 cup portions for when you are in the mood for some fresh banana bread. It is delish right out of the oven. I had 6 bananas that worked out to 2 1/2 cups so best to mash and measure if you want consistent results.
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Fabulous Football Dip

Reviewed: Jan. 2, 2008
This recipe is a hit for our breakfast potlucks at the office. We serve it with tortilla scoops. Also to make it spicier use different levels of spice of RoTel tomatoes and spicy sausage. I like the original RoTel with Sage sausage.
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Turkey 'n Stuffing Bake

Reviewed: Nov. 25, 2007
I loved this but did a couple things different. I used low sodium condensed soup. And a combination of cream of mushroom and cream of chicken soup. I then added 12 ounce of french fried onions cause I love them. Next time I will use more stuffing too.
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