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Addicting Chip Dip

Reviewed: Oct. 29, 2009
I don't know what everyone has been doing! This dip is crazy addicting. I've made it 10+ times now for family get togethers, and every time I see people scraping the bowl! I have one secret, I use fresh garlic straight from my food processor and leave the dip in the fridge overnight. This dip has been delicious with chips, pretzels, grain crackers, rice crackers, veggies, and I always make extra for when I make my turkey party wraps. If you want to be daring, add cheese as a topping. I've had success with fresh parmesan! If you didn't like it the first time, give it another go with fresh garlic and make sure it is mixed very well. The recipe says to whip the final ingredients with a fork, but I always use my electric hand mixer. When you get it right, it will have your friends and relatives gathered around the food table.
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Halloween Eye of Newt

Reviewed: Oct. 31, 2010
For a Halloween eye pleaser, this was great! It added a well liked party food to the table and also gave it some spooky artistic flair! We used fresh chopped dill pickles and no mustard for our own tastes. I coupled this dish with some lady finger cookies and a cauliflower brain holding guacamole mixed with black beans. All of my guests had fun seeing my regular party food mixed with something a little more gruesome! Thanks for sharing!
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Spooky Witches' Fingers

Reviewed: Nov. 1, 2010
Loved the recipe, although I painted the "nails" (almonds) red instead of using gel. My guests loved them and I will make them again for sure!
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Fluffy Biscuits

Reviewed: Nov. 20, 2010
I made these once, and they were nice tasting. They did turn out a bit dense and when you put them in your mouth it sucked all of the moisture out immediately. I'm not sure exactly what I did wrong, but I will try again! I only kneaded it a few times, maybe that was the problem? I'll try them again soon!
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Chicken Curry III

Reviewed: Nov. 8, 2009
Hands down, best curry base for chicken I have tried at home. I topped ours with a handful of freshly steamed peas for color and texture! I left out the coconut milk, increading the reg milk by 1/2 cup. I also left out the ginger (personal preference) but added more garlic. I felt that the 1 cup of water would make it too runny, and I am glad I left it out! Had to thicken it a little with more yogurt. TIP: To smooth it out, process a few spoonfuls of yogurt with about 1/2 of the sauce and stir it back into to the pan just before serving. It made all the difference for us!
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Apple Crumb Pie

Reviewed: Oct. 27, 2009
Very tasty! I enjoyed the final product very much. The top was nice and crispy. I left the raisins out though, I just don't like raisins much. I also left out the optional lemon juice. I did not find the filling runny or too moist as some others did. I used Fuji apples, which I thought might turn out a little too sweet, but they were perfect! Also, I sliced them super thin which turned out amazing. The only mistake I made was cooking it on a cookie sheet, the bottom didn't cook well. My mistake though! Next try will be perfect, I'm sure!
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The Best Banana Bread

Reviewed: Oct. 27, 2009
Moist and delicious! I will certainly make this bread again. Also, my picky son toddler son loved the flavor! I made single serving muffins out of this recipe, and they cooked at 340 degrees for about 45 minutes. I sprinkled about 1/4 cup (total amount) chopped walnuts over the tops right before they were put in the oven. YUM! They toasted right up. My only suggestion, don't be so afraid to over mix the batter that you under mix it. I found about 4 little surprise "baking soda" spots. My mistake though! I used 1/2 cup of golden brown sugar and 1/2 cup of white sugar instead of all white sugar. I also added one tiny pinch of nutmeg and two shakes of cinnamon. I am going to try switching the butter for applesauce next time, just to see what the difference in taste might be!
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