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Whipped Shortbread Cookies

Reviewed: Dec. 19, 2008
This is the absolute best whipped shortbread cookie recipe ever! Every year at Christmas time I get asked to make these over and over again, and I have been asked for the recipe countless times. I have made them drizzled with milk, dark, and white chocolate, and covered with coloured sugar and silver dragees, but I still prefer them just with a maraschino cherry on top. I always add about a teaspoon of almond extract to the dough for a little more flavour. These absolutely just melt in your mouth! My favourite Christmas cookies!
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Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Reviewed: Dec. 19, 2008
These are a wonderful cookie! The dough is good enough to stand on it's own as a plain peanut butter cookie. I had more dough than peanut butter cups, so I made some with an unwrapped caramel in the center instead, and if you are looking for something a LITTLE less rich, that turned out tasty as well. I made a batch to put on my Christmas cookie trays that I give out, and I'll have to make more, as these were eaten up! Delicious!
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Easy Baklava

Reviewed: Dec. 19, 2008
I always thought that making baklava was a time-consuming and difficult thing to do, but these were surprisingly easy! Definitely well worth the cost of the phyllo dough and nuts. The first batch I made with walnuts and pine nuts, the second batch I will make with pecans and walnuts. I made the sugar syrup first and let it cool while I was making the rest, and once I took out the baklava from the oven I poured the semi-cool syrup over top of it. The phyllo stayed nice and crispy that way for me. The only change that I am making for the next time is to increase the sugar syrup by 1.5X, and maybe substitute some corn syrup for some of the honey. I know, not authentic...but still delish! Thanks for sharing this yummy recipe!
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Downeast Maine Pumpkin Bread

Reviewed: Dec. 19, 2008
I have made this recipe several times, both into loaves or muffins. For a change for the kids, I add a handful of nuts and chocolate chips into the batter before baking too. I also add about 1/2 tsp of pumpkin pie spice, as we like that flavour. This recipe always turns out, and is a definite keeper!
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Sour Cream Pear Pie

Reviewed: Jan. 6, 2009
This was a really nice recipe! I did make some changes to suit my family better though. First, I added a teaspoon of almond extract to the filling, and I also used fresh, ripe pears in the filling instead of canned ones. I didn't use a graham crust but instead made pie crust using the recipe on the Crisco box, it always turns out for me and delivers a nice, flaky crust. Lastly, I added some oatmeal to the topping. We really liked this pie, and will make it again, it would be quite refreshing in the summer!
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Soft Molasses Cookies V

Reviewed: Jan. 22, 2009
I had a craving for these cookies, and this recipe fixed me up! They made the house smell wonderful. I also added a pinch of allspice to the recipe, which added a nice flavour I think. Unfortunately, these cookies came out really flat, maybe I should have refrigerated the dough longer before baking. The fact that the cookies are flat doesn't bother us though, the flavour is great!
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English Trifle

Reviewed: Jan. 27, 2009
I just love this recipe! Now, with that being said, this last time I made trifle I did make quite a few changes. Instead of using cream sherry, I used Chambord liquer. I used a pre-made frozen pound cake that I cut into squares when thawed. Next, I had custard powder in the house from a different recipe, so I made that instead of the pastry cream that this recipe calls for. I know, lots of changes, but the 4 stars I give this recipe is what I rate it when I make it according to the original directions. The changes I made this last time are just optional suggestions to save time and change it up!
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To Die For Blueberry Muffins

Reviewed: Jan. 31, 2009
These muffins taste amazing! The ABSOLUTE best blueberry muffin I've had. I made a couple minor changes-I had to add a little extra milk to the batter to make it a little more runny, I decreased the amount of cinnamon in the topping, and I crushed up about 1/2 of the berries before mixing it into the batter. Seriously good blueberry muffins, the only recipe I'll make again!
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Grocery Store Frosting

Reviewed: Feb. 23, 2009
I used this recipe as a base recipe, and made a few changes to it. We like more of a buttery flavour, so I used 3/4 cup of both butter and shortening. I also used less than the called for amounts of vanilla, and sugar. What resulted was a nice frosting, just like the grocery store kind. It was easy to work with and one that I'll use again.
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Heavenly White Cake

Reviewed: Feb. 23, 2009
Nice recipe, it made a very moist white cake. I baked it in a 9X13 inch pan. It's a little bland on its' own, but would be stellar with some sort of filling...lemon or berry maybe. Maybe it was just plain to me because I made a white cake with white icing! I'm going to try this recipe again in the spring or summer with a fruit filling, it's worth keeping!
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Whole Wheat and Honey Pizza Dough

Reviewed: Mar. 6, 2009
Really good recipe! I made a couple changes- 2 1/4 c of flour instead of 2 cups, as I didn't have wheat germ, doubled the amount of honey, added about 1 1/2 tbsp of olive oil, and then some spices-garlic powder, onion powder, and italian spices. Made enough for 1 large pizza, big crust. Crispy on the outside and soft on the inside!
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Happy Shrimp

Reviewed: Apr. 4, 2009
This recipe is amazing! Marinated the shrimp for an hour or so in some olive oil and cajun spices. We used the full amount of shrimp, but doubled the sauce ingredients. We also added more cream than called for and just let it reduce until we were happy with it. Added some grated parmesan cheese to the sauce for extra flavour. My husband and I were very happy with this recipe, it's definately going to make it's way to our table again! So tasty!
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Pancakes

Reviewed: Apr. 5, 2009
Pretty good recipe, I made some changes though as per other reviewer's suggestions. Added 1 tsp of vanilla extract to the batter, as well as a little white sugar...between 1-2 tbsp or so. Didn't have self-rising flour, so instead used all purpose flour, and added 1/4 tsp salt and 1 1/2 tsp of baking powder. These made REALLY light and super-fluffy pancakes, so much so that I considered thinning the batter out a little, but seeing as nobody else was bothered by the thickness of the pancake I left it alone. Good recipe!
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Biscotti

Reviewed: Apr. 19, 2009
This did not turn out at all. The only sub I made was to use whole wheat flour instead of all purpose, but I don't imagine that would have turned the recipe into a crumbly mess that it was. I had to add milk to it just to make it stick together enough that I could shape it into a log to bake, and even after baking, it still was not right. Not wasting the almonds and chocolate on this recipe to dunk them in. Sorry to the original recipe poster, but I will not try this recipe again.
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Cowboy Oatmeal Cookies

Reviewed: May 11, 2009
This was a pretty good recipe, the cookies came out crispy on the outside. I added a handful or two of raisins and a whole bag of chocolate chips instead of butterscotch ones to the dough, but that was the only change I made to the recipe. I like them softer so I let them bake for about 13 minutes. This isn't the recipe I was looking for, but it was still a good one that I'll keep and make again. Maybe in addition to the raisins and chocolate chips I'll add some toasted walnuts next time.
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Ranch Dressing II

Reviewed: Jun. 3, 2009
This was a good recipe, but I did make some changes so I am reviewing as I made it, not as it is written. I used equal parts of sour cream, mayo, and buttermilk in order to add the buttermilk flavour and make it pourable. Lots of garlic and dill, I made this for a green salad at a family get together, and everyone loved it, a few even asked for the recipe. Great flavour, even better the next day.
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Chicken Pot Pie VIII

Reviewed: Jun. 15, 2009
This recipe was a really good starting point. The pastry came out delicious, very flaky and was a great compliment to the filling. I used a milk wash on the top to make it a golden colour. I made a few changes, I wanted a creamier sauce so I added some half and half in place of some of the chicken broth. I also added some different spices...dried dill weed, cajun seasoning, and lots of garlic powder. I also added mushrooms to the pie, pan fried first so my sauce didn't get soupy once the pie was cooked. Lots of fresh ground pepper too! Will definately make again with leftover chicken or turkey, this was worth the LOT of time it took to make. I knew it would take lots of time, so I doubled the recipe and made 2, one to freeze and re-heat later on when I don't have time to cook.
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Sweet Dinner Rolls

Reviewed: Jul. 22, 2009
Seriously good recipe! I followed the recipe exactly, but seeing as I have no breadmaker I had to do it the old fashioned way, by hand. I got 12 big sized rolls out of it...hamburger bun size. This is my new "go to" recipe for rolls, can't wait to try them as cinnamon pecan buns!
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Banana Banana Bread

Reviewed: Aug. 8, 2009
This recipe is sooooo good! I followed the recipe exactly, except for one little thing, I only had 2 very ripe bananas so that was what I used in place of the amount called for. There was still a good banana flavour in the finished loaf. I've made this a few times now, and it's so easy and good...sometimes I change it up and add chocolate chips to it for the kids or some walnuts or pecans...always delicious and doesn't last long in our house. Thanks for sharing!!
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Zucchini Corn Fritters

Reviewed: Aug. 16, 2009
This was my first time making fritters, and they were absolutely delicious! My husband and I were eating them almost as fast as they came out of the frying pan. A couple changes I made, doubled the cumin, added 1 tsp of curry powder, 2 tbsp of grated parmesan cheese, no butter, and only used 1 tbsp of sugar. Like other reviewers say, these did soak up a lot of oil while they were frying, but the end result was sooooo good!
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