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Beefy Spanish Rice

Reviewed: Sep. 22, 2003
Thanks Donna- both myself and my fiance loved having this as a change from our usual boring beef dishes. These are my variations: I used 1 1/2 cups rice, 2 1/2 cups water, 1/2 pound hamburger, 1 whole large onion, 1 cup salsa, 1 can diced tomato, 1 can tomato paste (in place of the tomato sauce), 1 Tablespoon crushed red peppers, some dried chili peppers and no salt. YUM! Even better the next day!
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Nacho Cheese Sauce

Reviewed: May 25, 2003
Consistency and texture were excellent- next time, I'll add some hotness in the form of hot sauce or peppers. Don't overcook, as it will become thicker with time. Thanks Mary Ann!
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Chocolate Fudge Cupcakes

Reviewed: May 6, 2003
I am giving these cupcakes only 3 stars because the tops of the cupcakes fell in 1/2 way through baking them and then a puffy ring of sugary dryness broke off from the rest of the cupcake, leaving the bottom portion fudgey (mmmmm!) but the top part crunchy (also mmmmmm)... though together the two mmmmms just didn't do it for me. I scaled the recipe to two- one for me and my man on our anniversary; and I wanted something pretty to put on the table... but in order to save these, I had to put a scoop of ice cream in the big ugly holes of them and garnish with strawberries. All in all, they tasted OK, but I would have preferred true fudginess or true fluffiness.
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Apple Dumplings II

Reviewed: Apr. 13, 2003
I scaled this recipe to 2 dumplings... and there was nowhere near enough dough to go around, so I made only one. But that is not the fault of the recipe. However, the dough was tough and crumbly and difficult to work with. The filling was acceptable, I suppose, but overall the dumpling was dry and rather tasteless. Sorry, Christine!
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The Best Lemon Bars

Reviewed: Mar. 24, 2003
I was craving a chewier, more lemony and tarter version of this- crust was too buttery for my liking as well. I used almost 7 Tbl. lemon juice and sprinkled powdered sugar and both myself and my fiance didn't care for these- though if you like bland bars, these are for you.
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Oatmeal Butterscotch Cookies

Reviewed: Mar. 22, 2003
Neither myself or my fiance really care for butterscotch, but I decided to make these for a welcomed change... and WOW!!! We both loved these- the textures and tastes were fantastic. I found it useful to cool the dough a little in order to keep them from flattening out. I made cookies twice the stated size and baked them for a few minutes more and they were delicious. Thanks Jolene! This recipe is a keeper- next time I'll try raisins in place of the chips. Mmmmmm.
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Mall Pretzels

Reviewed: Mar. 2, 2003
Yes, these were easy to handle while making. Yes, these were soft. Yes, these were chewy. NO they did not taste like pretzels. I followed the recipe exactly and was fairly disappointed when what came out of my oven was just bread with no flavor- and especially not the pretzel flavor I was craving. I've tried garlic, salt, and cinnamon sugar varieties, and all three left my tastebuds yearning for a big pretzel stand. Try another recipe. Sorry Jeannie.
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Jacky's Fruit and Yogurt Muffins

Reviewed: Feb. 22, 2003
These muffins were beyond moist. I used strawberries and strawberry yogurt in my variation. My fiance voted for 5 stars, but I think they lacked the optimal sweetness I craved. Overall, though, very good texture; more like a heavy cake than a muffin. Next time I'll sprinkle some sugar on the tops. Mmmmm!
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Soft Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Reviewed: Feb. 21, 2003
If you're reading this review, that means you're in the mood for a soft oatmeal cookie- so get baking! These are exactly what I always thought oatmeal cookies should be like- moist, chewy, mmmmm mmmmm good. I used peach flavored yogurt- the whole 8 oz. of it- and I felt like I was eating peach oatmeal in delicious cookie form. I can't believe it's not butter in these. My fiance loved them- and he thought I was lying when I told him there was no butter. Enjoy!
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Apple Strudel Muffins

Reviewed: Feb. 16, 2003
These muffins rank high among the muffins I've tasted- and I've tasted more than a few. The batter seemed more like cookie dough than batter to me, so I decided to throw in a serving of strawberry yogurt to make it at least a little bit more moist... and they turned out fabulously. They were moist and the apples were perfect. I added some cinnamon, too. Fantastic. I didn't even bother with the strudel topping. These taste like an apple coffee cake. Mmmm.
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Country Quiche

Reviewed: Feb. 12, 2003
I made this with the "No Fail Pie Crust III" from this website and both my fiance and I loved it. I didn't use any thyme or parsley and I added one more egg and a little more mozzarella. Mmmmmm. Loved it!!! Only took 30 minutes in the oven and it fluffed up perfectly- don't forget to beat the eggs well!
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Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Blondies

Reviewed: Feb. 9, 2003
Yum! This recipe didn't quite satisfy my craving for a peanut-buttery chocolate delight, but it came pretty close. Instead of a 10x15, I used a 9x13 and sprayed it with Pam and it ended up taking about 25 minutes- but worth the wait. It was light in texture but heavy in the stomach-so be careful about taking seconds! I used smooth peanut butter and forgot the vanilla- but I still rate it ****. This is better served not right-from the oven.
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Apple Pie by Grandma Ople

Reviewed: Feb. 2, 2003
I didn't bother doing the lattice work with the top pie crust- I just made a regular pie crust with little pre-Valentine's day hearts along the border. It still turned out scrumptiously well- though I did add some lemon juice, cinnamon, and vanilla in place of the vinegar. Excellent! I usually don't care for apple pies, but this one changed my mind. My fiance (who adores apple pie above all other desserts) loved it. Cheers to Grandma Ople!!!
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No Fail Pie Crust III

Reviewed: Feb. 2, 2003
I can't believe I made a pie crust that was sooo flakey and delicious! Thank you Becky! I tossed in some cinnamon and sprinkled the top with cinnamon and sugar and it came out PERFECTLY just as promised! Easy to roll out, easy to handle- I didn't even have to chill it for longer than it took to cut up the apples. Definitely a keeper!!!
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Apple Yogurt Pancakes

Reviewed: Jan. 26, 2003
Man did we love these pancakes!!! All I had on hand was peach yogurt so I threw that in instead and it worked out great! I used a little more apple than was called for and every bite was a piece of heaven. Our leftovers (what little we had left) were rather moist the next day so we popped them in the oven and crisped them up. Delicious!!
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Oatmeal Raisin Cookies III

Reviewed: Jan. 26, 2003
After I made the batter, it was far too liquidy for cookies. So... I added a cup of oats and it was still too wet to spoon out. So... I poured it all in a 9"x11" and baked it at 325 for 35 minutes. Scrumptious! Good luck trying to make cookies out of it, though!
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Aunt Blanche's Blueberry Muffins

Reviewed: Apr. 19, 2001
My boyfriend eats, sleeps, and dreams about blueberry muffins... and these are in his dreams 6 out of every seven nights. Thanks alot! ;) Worked very well with flash-frozen blueberries!
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Grandma's Ham Casserole

Reviewed: Apr. 16, 2001
Too many potatoes, Judy! Needed some other spices; I added some pepper. Thanks for the try!
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