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The Perfect Basic Burger

Reviewed: May 27, 2008
I was somewhat hesitant to try this recipe after seeing that it had only 3.5 stars (I know, 3.5 - I don't like wasting food). However, I tried it, as I wanted a plain burger that I could top with ketchup, mustard, onions, and pickles - in other words traditional toppings. I'm not one for fish burgers or anything gourmand-like like that. To the user that said that this burger was tasteless, I would say that the burger would be tasteless by itself and with no condiments. However, I added a slice of cheese (let it melt a bit under the burger patty), pickles, ketchup, mustard, a couple slices of onions, and wow. It was great. Let me just say that I won't be going to Burger King for a while. This burger tasted great - it tasted so juicy and meaty! I had one for lunch and one for dinner. Deelish.
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Chewy Coconut Bars

Reviewed: Jan. 6, 2009
This is a good recipe, but it is missing a few things. First of all, 1/2 cup of coconut is definitely not enough. I made these for a party, and I asked for everybody's opinion, and they all asked me why I called them Chewy Coconut Bars, as they could not taste the coconut. So, next time, I added 2 1/4 cups of shredded coconut, decreased the packed brown sugar by 1/4 cup, used 2 cups of milk chocolate chips (semisweet works fine too, but not as sweet. I substituted milk chocolate because I did not have semisweet on hand), used 1 cup of toasted chopped pecans, and substituted margarine for the shortening (I didn't have any shortening). That time, everyone raved about the bars. Thanks for the recipe though!
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Creamy Banana Bread

Reviewed: Aug. 17, 2007
I used 1/3 cup of applesauce instead of margarine, used an 8 ounce package of fat free cream cheese, mashed 3 bananas, used 1/2 cup of applesauce with 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda mixed in instead of 2 eggs. I also omitted the pecan mixture, and instead chopped up 1/2 cup of walnuts, and threw them in the banana bread mixture.
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Cajun Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

Reviewed: Mar. 18, 2008
I don't really measure my green peppers, onions, or celery when I make gumbo anymore, unless it is a really fancy recipe. I just eye it. For this recipe, I used 1 medium/large green bell pepper, 1 medium onion, and 3 celery stalks and chopped them up. I also used 1 pound of browned smoked turkey sausage, 1 pound of diced, cooked chicken breast, 1/2 pound of large shrimp, 1 can of clams, and 1 can of crabs. The only problem I had with this recipe is that it said "Creole seasoning to taste." A little vague, don't ya think? So, for my seasoning, I used 1/2 t. dried basil, 1/2 t. dried thyme, 1/2 t. dried oregano, 1 t. of ground black pepper, 1 t. of cayenne pepper, 3/4 to 1 t. of salt, 1 t. of paprika, some file powder (add according to your taste) and 1 t. of pepper sauce.
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Coconut-Cream Cheese Frosting

Reviewed: Mar. 26, 2009
AMAZING RECIPE! Since I didn't have any coconut flavoring, I used some extra shredded coconut. Absolutely delicious! I use this on many cakes - carrot, white, yellow, coconut cake, coconut pound cake - everybody loves it! If you are looking for an all around good frosting that can be used on many cakes, this is the one! It is FABULOUS! You must try it.
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Pumpkin Cranberry Nut Bread

Reviewed: Feb. 11, 2008
I used whole wheat flour and some applesauce and oil instead of margarine. I also used an egg substitute, as this bread was supposed to be vegan. I also once made this bread following the recipe exactly. The bread turned out great both times!
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Bubba's Jambalaya

Reviewed: Feb. 10, 2008
I used brown rice, 3/4 a pound of cooked, cubed chicken breast, 1 pound of sausage, 1/2 pound of ham, and 1/2 pound of shrimp. Very yummy!
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Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Reviewed: Apr. 23, 2009
What a great and simple recipe! I have found this to be very versatile - I have successfully added 1 cup of either frozen berries, frozen diced peaches, or chocolate chips without ruining the texture or taste of the coffee cake. However, it is great when plain too! This is definitely my favorite coffee cake recipe, as I can always slightly modify or add something to it and still end up with great results.
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Very Berry Muffins

Reviewed: Apr. 23, 2009
Sorry, but the original recipe isn't very good. As stated by a couple of others, it is too bland. To liven these up, I instead use: 1.5 cu. whole wheat flour, 2 t. ground cinnamon, 1/2 c. sugar (white or light brown), 1/4 to 1/3 c. of chopped walnuts, and sprinkle the tops with turbinado (raw) sugar instead of using the recipe as stated. Sometimes, if I have maybe a tablespoon or so of leftover sour cream, I will fold that in last. The sour cream makes the muffins really light yet tender. The overall result? Yummy muffins! However, because I had to heavily modify to recipe to make the the muffins tasty, I'm sorry to say that I could only give it three stars.
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Spaetzle and Chicken Soup

Reviewed: Oct. 4, 2007
The best chicken spaetzle ever! Soooo delicious. My father likes the dumplings very hearty, so I added about the dough in 1/2 and added 1/4 to 1/3 a cup of extra flour. Very hearty, but more like dumplings than spaetzle. The dumplings that followed this recipe were yummy. Be sure to roll the dumplings into somewhat small balls. Grease your ice cream scoop, and the balls should be 1/2 the size. I made the mistake of using the whole ice cream scoop and they soon turned out like baseballs. This is also a somewhat time consuming soup, but the soup is still worth the effort.
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No Fail Pie Crust III

Reviewed: Feb. 16, 2008
This recipe makes the absolute best pie crust I have EVER tasted. I used a food processor and frozen butter and it turned out fantastic! I was able to make two double crust pie crusts. My berry pies turned out great.
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Apple Cranberry Bread

Reviewed: Feb. 11, 2008
I used whole wheat flour instead of all purpose flour the second time I made this, and it turned out fine. I also used an egg substitute (using 1/4 cup of applesauce + 1/4 t. baking soda for every "egg" substituted) the second time, and it also turned out fine. What made me give this recipe three stars was because it was sooooo dry! I would recommend adding 1/4 a cup of milk or soymilk to moisten it up and to make the mixing easier.
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Bacon-Topped Brussels Sprouts

Reviewed: Mar. 23, 2008
I used fresh brussel sprouts instead of frozen, used the bacon grease from frying my bacon instead of butter, used salt and garlic powder instead of garlic salt (I did not have any garlic salt), and cut the bacon into small strips instead of crumbling it. Went well alongside my red garlic mashed potatoes, honey glazed ham, and strawberry shortcake.
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Honeyed Ham Glaze

Reviewed: Mar. 23, 2008
I was out of dried minced onion, so I used 1 t. of onion powder instead. I didn't glaze the ham, I just served the sauce alongside. The only problem was that the sauce was a bit too sweet. So, I added a bit more of mustard, and it was fabulous then. Even my mother, who usually doesn't like glazed or sweetened meats, enjoyed this with her baked ham.
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Apple Raisin Coffee Cake

Reviewed: May 21, 2009
As written, this cake is bland and dry. However, when I modify it, it is fab. I follow the recipe to a T, except I always use 1/3 c. of applesauce + 2 T. of oil instead of using 1/2 c. of shortening and use 2t of cinnamon instead of 1 t. The applesauce and oil give the cake a moister texture, and lower the fat and calories at the same time! I also add a streusel on top. The recipe is as follows: 3/4 cup packed brown sugar 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 3 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted and cooled 1/2 cup chopped walnuts Mix the sugar, cinnamon, and walnuts in a bowl. Add the melted and cooled butter or margarine, and mix until smooth and somewhat pasty. Crumble on top of coffee cake mixture. When done, the topping becomes crispy, crunchy, and delicious. Thanks for the recipe!
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Strawberry Limeade

Reviewed: May 27, 2008
I followed the recipe to a T, except I used whole frozen strawberries (I'd have to thaw them to be able to slice them) and used 6 small ice cubes. It wasn't sweet enough with 1/4 a cup of sugar, so I stirred in a bit of honey into each cup before serving, and it turned out great. Without the honey, the limeade was missing some flavor.
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Seafood Gumbo

Reviewed: Feb. 11, 2008
I added some squid and 1 pound of turkey sausage. I also substituted black pepper for the white pepper powder (a little carton of white pepper cost 4 bucks, while black pepper costs 69 cents. See my point?). I also served long grain white rice on top of this. It was great.
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Berry Trifle

Reviewed: Oct. 11, 2008
I'd give this recipe five stars if it did not get soggy so quickly. However, this is a great recipe. I do not drink alcohol, so I always use a bit of orange juice or a bit of berry syrup (Smucker's makes one I believe) instead. I have discovered that the oj or berry syrup maximizes the flavor of the berries, whipped cream, and custard. I would recommend starting with just a little oj or berry syrup on top of the pound cake, as the cake got soggy for me the next day (and that was when I did not even put a lot of it on). This is a great crowd pleaser, but I would be hesitant about making it a day ahead - you might have a watery, gooey, mess. I will say that if you put it in the refrigerator for four to six hours after you are done assembling it, it looks and tastes divine (that is the best time to serve it for sure). This is one of my favorite desserts to serve at parties! It is a huge crowd pleaser (and it serves a TON of people too, so that's even better. ;) less work for me!).
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Cornbread I

Reviewed: Aug. 17, 2007
I did not have buttermilk so I mixed 1 cup of skimmed milk with 1 T. of vinegar, and I also added 3/4 cup of flour. Like many others, I also only used 1/2 t. of salt. Then, I added about 1 T. of oil to the recipe, too. I did not let the shortening melt in the pan. I instead used a 9" cake pan, and greased that with oil. Then I poured the cornbread mixture. I did not mix the mixture with the oil on the pan. My cornbread was ready in about 20 minutes. Yum!
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Get a Husband Brunswick Stew

Reviewed: Feb. 28, 2009
None of my family members liked it. I really disliked the sweet taste of the soup. Second of all, besides having a bad taste, it was very bland ingredients wise. I definitely wouldn't make this again as a soup - however, I think it has potential as a dip. If I decreased the liquid, added more salt, and changed a few things here and there, I think this would be a decent dip.
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