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The Best Bean and Ham Soup

Reviewed: Apr. 10, 2013
This is a great soup that can be adapted to whatever you have on hand. It had just enough heat (from the chili powder) to make my husband happy, but it wasn't too spicy for my less-tolerant taste buds. I only made a few changes out of necessity- we didn't have vegetable juice, but I had a small can (10 oz maybe) of diced tomatoes with onions and chilies that I used instead. I also didn't have any vegetable broth, so I used all regular chicken broth. Next time (yes, there will be a next time), I probably won't add the salt or I will make sure that I use low-sodium broth like the recipe states.
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Country Apple Dumplings

Reviewed: Nov. 5, 2012
This recipe was very good, but very sweet. I only ended up using about a cup of the sugar because that was all that I had. We had a couple leftover pieces, which I made the mistake of eating cold. They are much better warmed (not hot). The second time I made these, they did not turn out at all... the soda, butter and sugar made a soupy mess and didn't absorb into the dough and make a caramel-like sauce like it did before. Still trying to figure out what I did wrong on that one.
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Herb Biscuit Loaf

Reviewed: Dec. 12, 2010
This was pretty good. I had to bake almost 40 minutes though, so they got a little brown on top. I also had a hard time keeping them in line in the pan when folding in half, so I just overlapped them in the pan. I plan on making it again, and when I do, I will replace the basil with oregano or italian seasoning, add more garlic, some salt, and parmesan cheese. Since I had a hard time getting them done without the tops burning, I will also reduce the heat to 325 and bake a little longer.
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Margarita Cake

Reviewed: Mar. 18, 2010
This was a big hit at work today... I thought it tasted more like an orange Push-Up than a margarita though. The outside got a little dark, so I think the next round I will turn the oven down to 325 and cook a bit longer- this may be due to my oven though since it is 20+ years old!
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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough + Cupcake = The BEST Cupcake. Ever.

Reviewed: Jan. 27, 2010
I made these last night for a meeting I am attending tonight. I was going to wait until my friends and family sampled before rating, but I can't wait another 8 hours! These are amazing! I only made one substitution-- I was concerned about the egg not being fully cooked since the cookie dough is frozen, so I used 3T sweetened condensed milk instead. The result looks identical to all the pictures. I also didn't frost mine-- but only because I couldn't decide which frosting to use. They are good plain though!
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Greek Pasta with Tomatoes and White Beans

Reviewed: Jan. 10, 2010
I really enjoyed this... it was very filling, flavorful and nutritious! I thought I had cannelini beans, but I only had northern beans, so I used them instead. I also just used some leftover spinach, which wasn't quite as much as the recipe called for, and it definitely needed the full amount. All in all, I would definitely make again.
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Soft Sugar Cookies IV

Reviewed: Dec. 9, 2009
These turned out really well. I looked at the pictures, and there were some that were cut-outs, so I tried it. It didn't make the best cuts, and the dough was pretty fragile- but overall flavor and texture were perfect! The original recipe and technique remind me of what we call "Cookie Monster Cookies," a recipe my family learned when I was in preschool 25 years ago!
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Green Abundance

Reviewed: Dec. 5, 2009
This was pretty good and got a lot of veggies in one dish! I replaced the water and wine with 7c homemade (salt-free) chicken stock and 1 bottle of beer. I do think that it needed a little bit of salt to enhance the total flavor, but I ate mine with a couple slices of bread & butter which helped. I will definitely make it again, but might add rice or more meat next time!
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Cool Whip Cookies

Reviewed: Nov. 11, 2009
Super easy! The only complaint I have is that the dough was extremely STICKY. I probably should have stuck the dough in the fridge for a half hour or so. I didn't have lemon cake mix, so I used chocolate fudge cake mix, and I had a bag of Kraft caramel chips in the cupboard and threw them in as well. They tasted just like chocolate/caramel Pop Tart Sticks (I'm not sure if they even make them anymore). Next batch will be the same plus marshmallows and pecans for rocky road cookies!
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Broccoli and Stilton Soup

Reviewed: Nov. 11, 2009
Eh. It was really hard to rate this one because I don't know what I was expecting. It's not good but not bad either. I couldn't find stilton cheese, so I used blue cheese. If I were to make it again, I think I would add more veggies (cauliflower, carrots, squash, etc) and not use nearly as much cheese. Or maybe not as much blue cheese and add some parmesan or something.
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Chicken and Corn Chowder with Thyme

Reviewed: Oct. 11, 2009
This was an extremely easy recipe. It was a good start to a soup, but I wouldn't call it a chowder because it was much too thin. I ended up using about 1/3 cup instant potato flakes to get the texture just right. It also needed a bit more flavor, so I think that I might saute the chicken in the bacon fat and add oregano, rosemary, and more thyme. There will definitely be a "next time" for this recipe.
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Easy French Dip Sandwiches

Reviewed: Jul. 29, 2009
These were tasty and easy. I added some sauteed fresh mushrooms to mine. I might add a bit of garlic and pepper to the comsomme the next time I make them though.
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Peanut Butter Sheet Cake

Reviewed: Jul. 10, 2009
Great recipe. It was a big hit at my work! I followed the suggestion to use all butter (not butter and oil) and also topped with some leftover choco frosting I had. A definite winner!
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Chocolate Italian Cream Cake

Reviewed: Jun. 1, 2009
I followed some of the other suggestions to double the cocoa in the cake. But it still didn't seem like it was chocolatey enough. If I make it again, I will heat the buttermilk and add the cocoa to it, since sometimes the cakes are more chocolatey when the cocoa is "activated" first. The cake almost seemed a little bit dry and crumbly, but then again, I like my cakes a bit more dense and fudgy. I also didn't have 3 cake pans, so I divided the batter between 2 pans instead. I ended up having to bake them for 40-45 minutes. That also could have led to the cakes being more crumbly than desired. :) The frosting, on the other hand, was AMAZING! I think that I will make the frosting again for all my chocolate cakes!
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Lemon Cake with Raspberry Mousse

Reviewed: May 28, 2009
My co-workers loved this cake when I made it over Easter. The cake turns out more dense than a typical box cake, so that was great. This was my first experience with canned pie filling, and the kind I bought was a little bitter, so I think I will try jam or plain crushed berries next time. Also, make sure you check out the canned filling you use, since mine had stems in it! To serve, I used 3 packages of yellow Peeps chicks and spread them around the edge of the top layer to make a flower. Very cute!
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Jo-Ann's Power Bars

Reviewed: May 28, 2009
Very filling and not super sweet... just what I wanted! I used dried cranberries instead of dried mixed fruit. I only had a really big bag, so I used about 1-1/2c and it was perfect. They were a big hit! Update: I saw a commercial for the weight loss aid "Full Bar" and was curious to see what was in them. To my delight, the ingredients are VERY similar to the ingredients in these bars. It would be much less expensive alternative to purchasing bars on the Internet!
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Baked Oatmeal Squares

Reviewed: May 28, 2009
These were great- tasted almost like oatmeal cookies! I substituted applesauce for oil like some other suggestions. Batter can also handle more raisins and nuts, so I increased each to 1/2c, but for a heartier bar, could use even more.
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Chocolate Mint Mayonnaise Cake

Reviewed: Dec. 29, 2008
I just used the base cake recipe and made it in a Christmas Tree bundt pan then didn't use the mint or the frosting- I just dusted it with powdered sugar. It rose well, but it tasted a lot like baking soda, so you really do need some sort of frosting or glaze to take away from that. Otherwise it was very chocolatey, just how I like it!
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Pumpkin Chocolate Dessert Cake

Reviewed: Nov. 1, 2008
This cake is a winner! The cake is moist and dense, and the glaze has that perfect texture to bite into then melts in your mouth! I personally am not a fan of pumpkin pie spice, so I cut it from 1-1/2T to 1t, and it gave the cake great flavor.
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Disappearing Marshmallow Brownies

Reviewed: Nov. 1, 2008
These are wonderful! I made a whole batch but put it in a 9x9 pan so they were a little thicker. These brownies never make it out of my house... my co-workers hate me for it!
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