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Hidden Treasures....in our boxes, what we have collected, but soon neglected #4 
Nov. 2, 2011 8:04 pm 
Updated: Nov. 4, 2011 1:46 pm
Hey Y'all!! Another week has gone by and we all or most celebrated Halloween. Here in Cave Junction, I thought it was going to be be something little, really wasn't sure about the turn out for Trick'er Treat'ers, in our little town. But boy was I wrong...Shoot, I had no idea we even had a suburb...and my sister laughed at me. And WOW, it was amazing. I do what I have done every year but last year, sit in the vehicle, and tote hubby and the kids, let them get out and walk while I move the vehicle around and get them to all the hot spots. This year was great. I never laughed so hard inside my truck at all the costumes.
I saw, MC Hammer, with a boom box, wearing the signature gold shimmer parachute pants and jacket. It was quite a site. I tried not to be SO suspicious in taking a photo, that I got caught and thought. BETTER NOT! But the costumes were all really neat. I saw a lot of home made get-ups too. But anyway, This week was a little slow on participants, but that's okay. It was a rather busy week for everyone. So those that are not familiar with my blog...here's how it got started.
How this got started was, I noticed like a lot of us, collecting recipes in our boxes...making a few here and there...but then after getting over a 1,000 in my box I realized...I've not made that many. And look at what I saved. So instead of working forward...I went backwards to the beginning and thought...I really should make this or that. And then I started seeing why I saved the recipes. Such abundance of recipes sitting there being neglected..watching others make the same things but not even touching them...so now's the time to stop the madness and start cheering on the under dogs in my box...
So now every Wednesday, I'll be posting a weekly blog focusing on those poor neglected recipes. If you'd like to join in...go for it. All it requires you to do, is look into your Recipe Box starting from the oldest date in your box and making those that are sitting in there....pretty simple. Recipes wanted are un-made, and un-reviewed by you. Once you've made your oldest recipe, email me @ (mis7up@yahoo.com) with your screen-name, a link to your recipe selection, your review, and a photo of your recipe. A photo isn't required but it does help with seeing what you have made...good or bad photo, it doesn't matter. Have your stuff to me by midnight every Tuesday evening and I'll post a blog the following day. And maybe just maybe, our recipe boxes will be full of recipes we've made and not recipes neglected. It doesn't matter if the recipe is another member's personal recipe or Kitchen Approved. Someone will thank you. So here's where I start. Mine 1st...and I was a mess with it. But it did turn out right and I have to give props for the help.
So I shall begin, I'm mis7up
I did the Mall Pretzel recipe, it's been sitting in my box since 2008. And it's about time I did this. I was really wanting to make this for some time, but was really really worried about getting it right..a sort of intimidating recipe. But better late then never.
My review is as follows:
I tell you what. I'm so glad these are called pretzels, because I sure did get turned around and twisted up in the recipe a couple of times LOL...recipe is excellent. I goober in a few spots but it sure wasn't the recipe...it was the baker...aka ME! ;-) so next time and I hope some take the advice on what not to do in this recipe. So not add all the flour at once... ya might not need all of it. Use what is left if any for the flour board to knead on. Also do not forgot if your warmer box has a proofer button to forget to add a little water cup for moisture reasons...just learned my oven had one and totally didn't clue that in, when I pulled my dough out of it with a slight crust. And also don't roll your dough on a flour board when you pull it out of the proofer either...it won't be able to roll out into a rope like strip when you need to. ;-) I also brushed my pretzels with butter and sprinkled salt on BEFORE I put in the oven to bake...not reading that part of the recipe resulted in a beautiful pretzel because when I saw that part and went opps, I then did it the way the author said...and didn't have the same pretty affect not did the salt stick on like the 1st baked batch...so because of my little goobers, I ended up making pretzel nuggets, brushing them with butter and the salt, made them so easily pop-able. My kids LOVED these!! They were awesome even after my foo-barbs. I will SO make this again and again!!! What a keeper!
Next up we have sueB
She also had her recipe in her box since 2008 and when I saw that she was doing this, I couldn't wait to see how it turned out for her and it really looks delish. I love Cranberries. So this maybe on my Thanksgiving table this year. Thanks Sue
Her recipe review as follows:
These were easy to make. I didn't want to crack pecans so I just used that amount extra of oatmeal. They are delicious! What took me so long about getting around to making them? I saved the recipe in early 2008!
Next up we have, Big Shot Mom
She's had this recipe in her box as far back as 2009. These poor poor recipes ;-)
But that's okay this one got made too. And though she didn't have a photo and I didn't have one either, I decided not to steal one from the recipe, But that too is okay, I saw the photos on the recipe of others and it too looks great. Can't wait to try this one as well.
Her recipe review as follows:
I bake bread and rolls very frequently and I must say I am very impressed with this recipe. I made my dough with 1/3 of the flour whole wheat and added an extra rise. This dough is so easy to work with and bakes up light and flavorful. I was a bit concerned they may be too sweet but they are perfect. I made half the dough into dinner rolls and half into a coffee cake with an almond filling. The dough is so versatile, use your imagination and have fun. Thanks for a great recipe.
Sherri has had this one in her box longer them I have any of mine...2007
Good Lord, Girlie!! But ya did it!!! WOO WOO ;-)
Her recipe review as follows:

This recipe has probably been in my box since 2007, and I’ve glanced at it a few times when needing a party dip but always passed it over for a dip I’ve already made and knew would be a hit. Thanks to Mis7up’s Hidden Treasures I finally tried it. I have to admit I made it with light mayonnaise and 1/3 less fat cream cheese, but I never use the regular stuff and no one ever notices. I tried to follow the recipe exactly as written even though the amount of mayonnaise and mustard seemed excessive to me. Once all ingredients were mixed together and it was ready to bake, my husband and I taste tested it and we both agreed it needed some more spice, after all this was a pepper dip. The first thing that came to mind was jalapenos, so I kicked it up with some chopped pickled jalapenos, and another garlic clove, and a bit more minced onions.
I had six people here to help with eating the dip, we used corn chips and tortilla chips to dip with. The consensus was that the mayonnaise and mustard flavors over powered the other flavors, even the jalapenos and red peppers. My youngest son really liked it, only saying it needed more jalapenos. I would make the suggestion to cut the mayonnaise and the mustard in half, maybe even eliminating the mustard completely, seemed more of us didn't like the evident sharp tang of the mustard. I also think the many reviews that said they used a pepper jack cheese in lieu of plain Monterey jack cheese would be the better choice of cheese for that extra spicy kick. With those changes I think this could be a 5 star recipe.
I want to thank all that emailed me this round. And anyone that didn't get on this blog, will the following Wednesday. Just remember, we are only human ;-) And we humans need food. Lets not neglect these delish recipes and start making them to show others. Even if the recipes are not so great...still submit them...good or bad ;-)
Nov. 3, 2011 4:36 am
I like the idea of going in search of the recipes we thought so wonderful at one time that we never made up. I have almost 10,000 recipes, and keep adding new ones. My AR recipe box is like all of my cookbooks. I have many more recipes than I will ever try, but I want to collect them. When I want to try something new, I know where to look for exciting recipes!
Nov. 3, 2011 5:30 am
what a fun idea...I am going to try to participate next week
Nov. 3, 2011 11:22 am
Great idea, will try to resurrect some recipes from my box (sitting since oct 2009)Thank you for the inspiration!
Nov. 3, 2011 11:58 am
the pretzels look really good.
Nov. 4, 2011 4:20 am
Had to come out of lurkdom to say how much I like this idea. I love seeing what we've had stashed away in our recipe boxes. Thankyou for doing this.
Nov. 4, 2011 10:23 am
thanks y'all I love looking at what others have in their boxes too. And KingSparta..thanks. They were yummy!
Nov. 4, 2011 11:31 am
Hello neighbor,I live in Selma and saw your post,thought I would reply.I too don't use hardly any of the recipes I see but still love to collect them. I have used a few and liked the results but now can't remember which ones I tried.I have colleted well over 100 recipes and have only tried a few but will go through them and eliminate those I probably won't use. Best to you, CL in Selma
Nov. 4, 2011 11:56 am
well howdy neighbor!!!! glad you stopped by. You are just a stone throw from me ;-) I'm all about trying recipes. With hubby and 4 kids...I have to remember what we didn't like so that I don't have repeats ;-) Have had that happen a few times. ;-) we'll have to chat more offen ;-)
Nov. 4, 2011 1:46 pm
I think this is such a great way for us to really see what we have saved and make sure we don't forget to make an attempt to try most of our recipes. Some of my oldest unmade recipes are more for special events, but you have inspired me to consider some of them for the holidays.
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I had found a recipe for a Pretzel Pie(like Pecan Pie), thought it looked good and I didn't follow the recipe when it said unsalted pretzels. I just grabbed the normal stuff with the salt on it, made the pie, and my dad and husband were painting with thrist. And making weird pickle sour expressions, when I realized the pie was over salted. Oopppss! I never made it again.
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