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Morning Glory Muffins I

Reviewed: Mar. 1, 2009
So tasty! I used Applesauce instead of Apple butter, and that made them just a hair too sweet. Next time, I will use less sugar, and probably use brown sugar. I made a double batch of these, and they were eaten within a week. I have received much praise for this one!
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Chewy Chocolate Cookies

Reviewed: Mar. 1, 2009
So many of the reviews warn that these cookies come out too flat. I used some baking powder and that completely eliminated that problem. They're fluffy and tasty. I also added some white chocolate chips and they were just sinful. The only problems that I ran into were these: I made a double batch to take camping and that was a completely obscene amount of cookies, also, they did not travel well. They tended to crumble easily.
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Dark Chocolate Cake I

Reviewed: Mar. 1, 2009
For my sister-in-law's birthday, I made this exactly as directed. Used a chocolate custard filling and chocolate butter cream frosting. My husband and I hate cake. He has asked me to make him this cake for Easter, because it was so delicious!
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Microwave Popcorn

Reviewed: Mar. 1, 2009
This takes some practice, but the popcorn is way better than anything you can buy in the store. The only downside I have found is the thin layer of oil that has accumulated inside of my microwave after making this 5 times in one week. That's a bit icky, but its oh so tasty.
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Double Tomato Bruschetta

Reviewed: Mar. 1, 2009
YUM! Toasted the bread with the cheese separately. YUM! My boys keep asking me to make this again and again, but I don't mind. Its so easy and I love it.
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General Tsao's Chicken

Reviewed: Mar. 13, 2009
My husband really likes this recipe. The only caveat that he has is that it is not General Tsao's. Its delicious Chinese-style spicy chicken, but is not quite the same thing as restaurant General Tsao's. This will become a regular part of our home meals. I was also impressed with how easy it was to make!
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Rotisserie Chicken

Reviewed: Jun. 26, 2009
This recipe was so easy, my husband (who doesn't cook) was able to make this almost entirely by himself. He thought that salt, pepper, paprika and butter sounded too dram though, so he used lemon pepper, oregano and garlic too! This recipe is great as a blank canvas and you can add whatever flavors you like.
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Corn, Sweet Onion, and Tomato Salad

Reviewed: Jun. 26, 2009
This is very easy and very tasty. Make sure to cut the cilantro small. I tried to be lazy with it and left some pretty big chunks, and that didn't work out so well. Over all, though, the salad tasted excellent! UPDATE - the second, third, fourth, ad infinitum that I've made this, I've put the cilantro and the onion in the food processor. Much more evenly distributed. Delivious. We prefer to eat this as a salsa rather than as a salad.
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Gramma's Cream of Broccoli

Reviewed: Oct. 15, 2009
This is delicious, quick and easy! Thank you!
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Scalloped Potatoes and Onions

Reviewed: Oct. 26, 2009
This was absolutely delicious. I sliced my potatoes really really thin, so the 2 hours was a little long. Be sure to baby-sit a little for the last half hour or so since everyone will slice the potatoes differently.
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Chocolate Covered Cherries

Reviewed: Dec. 13, 2009
oh my gosh! These are decadent. I found that I can minimize leaving and "patch jobs" by putting the freshly dipped cherries onto a cookie sheet that I had put into the freezer for about half an hour. I also found that it was easier to make these if the stems are removed at the very beginning of the process. That seems counter-intuitive, but here's what I did. After dusting your hands with powdered sugar, get the right amount of fondant and roll it into a ball. Then press it into a disk and put a cherry in the middle, and wrap it up as well as you can. Then, roll the whole thing as if you were rolling the fondant into a ball again. This will help get even coverage. When dipping time came, I just stuck a fondue fork into the top and dipped. In hindsight, I think a skewer would have worked better, but the fork was handy. Once they were all dipped, I went over them with the semi-cooled chocolate with a pastry brush and voila. Then it was back to the freezer for 15 minutes, turned them over and went back at it with the pastry brush. Yes, these are a little time consuming. And yes, you have to wait a lot of time before you can even experience how wonderful they are, but for the love of all that is good in this world, they are so worth it!
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Honey Glazed Ham

Reviewed: Dec. 29, 2009
This was ok, but just ok. I halved the glaze, and had plenty. Used a baking bag to reduce the mess, but it was still kind of sticky. I have to say that it was nice and easy, but I just wasn't that excited about it. Update - made this again. I guess I just needed some practice, not to mention a higher quality ham! It was fabulously moist. Definitely need that oven bag though. That kept the pan perfectly clean this time, and I didn't have to baste, which left me available to visit with my guests while the ham took care of itself. Also used brown sugar instead of corn syrup and halved the amount of glaze.
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Jalapeno Popper Spread

Reviewed: Dec. 30, 2009
OH MY GOSH! This has to be the most amazing dip I've ever had. I made it for a party for a friend. I did put a lot more jalepenos in it than it calls for, probably double or triple. I just kept chopping them until I thought I had enough. I put the parmesan and breadcrumbs on top, and then baked a small amount to taste it. Baking it brings out the jalepeno flavor. That was good.... BUT, since I was making a lot of snacks for this party, I decided to make this ahead. I mixed it up and put it in the fridge and baked it the next day. Being in the fridge overnight REALLY brought out the jalepeno flavor. In the future, I will ALWAYS make it this way since it was SO much better the next day. There were only about half a dozen people at the party, but this dip was gone in about an hour. Its just about the best thing ever.
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Hasty Chocolate Pudding

Reviewed: Dec. 30, 2009
This is quick and easy and came out at just the right consistency. I will definitely try this again! Next time, though, I think I'll use a little less vanilla. It had a bit of an alcohol taste.
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Winter Squash Casserole

Reviewed: Jan. 1, 2010
This was tasty, but a little too sweet for me. I did appreciate the crunch of the almonds and the nice squash flavor. Many winter squash casseroles cover up the flavor of the squash. Since I LOVE squash, I was pleased that the flavor came through so well. The topping was very nice. Next time, however, I will reduce the amount of sugar in the mix.
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Baked Brie with Caramelized Onions

Reviewed: Jan. 1, 2010
Yum! I didn't have any apples on hand, so I omitted them. The creamy savory brie and the sweet carmelized onions were a perfect complement to each other. I think that the apples would have taken away from the dish by adding too many flavors. I added a pinch of sugar to the onions while they were cooking and cooked them for a good 40 minutes. There is a good article on this site detailing how to caramelize onions. Also added some minced garlic straight to the onions. So delicious!
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Mushroom Turnovers

Reviewed: Jan. 1, 2010
These were ok, but not excellent. I will make them again with more mushrooms, less onions, more garlic and more salt.
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Best Black Beans

Reviewed: Feb. 4, 2010
These were really good in my tacos. They weren't amazing though, just beans.
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Refried Beans Without the Refry

Reviewed: Feb. 4, 2010
Put this in the slow cooker last night, and it wasn't quite done this morning. My slow cooker is really old and has two settings: super hot and barely warm. I went with the latter. Anyway, the beans weren't cooked enough to be mashed, but were cooked enough to pack with some rice for lunch and oh my gosh are they good! Don't omit the cumin! That's what makes it for me.
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Crepes

Reviewed: Feb. 4, 2010
so easy and so so so good
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