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German Spaetzle Dumplings

Reviewed: Apr. 16, 2009
Unbelievable! This was well worth the effort of making! I am so glad I found such a good recipe when I finally got up the nerve to try and make this stuff. We will certainly be making this again, but I will have to double it so there is enough for the kids this time! The pressing through was a little difficult, but I found that by setting the pot of water (already hot and on a pad) on the floor and nesting the colander at the top, I could press the dough through with a spatula without breaking my back or wearing out my arms. When it all was pressed through I put the pot back on the burner and it came to boiling again right away.
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Almond Butter Icing

Reviewed: Jan. 4, 2010
Just what I was looking for. Easy, with just enough flavor. I used it to frost a white cake for a birthday party. It made plenty for a two layer cake, and extra to dye for contrast piping. It would be even better for decorating if you sub half the shortening for butter. I didn't add as much extract to it, almond extract tends to overpower things really easily, so I just added to taste, about 3/4 tsp. I have a new go-to cake frosting. I can't imagine using this for cookies, though, it would smear badly. Thanks DeDe!
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Cindy's Beef Tips

Reviewed: Dec. 30, 2009
We do this with pork chops! We stick the whole pan in the oven on low heat rather than watch it on the stove for hours, makes it nice and tender. And I agree, its to die for over mashed potatoes. I am gonna have to try it with beef next time!
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Cranberry Scones

Reviewed: Nov. 29, 2009
These were a very bad thing for my family to have discovered. They are not overly sweet, which I love, and they are addictive. The only change I made to this was to dribble on a little orange glaze over the top of the warm scones, and I think it really finished them off nicely. They remind me of Christmastime. And it helps that my kids eat the heck out of them!
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Traditional Pita Bread

Reviewed: Nov. 27, 2009
I was very happy with the way these turned out. The dough was a little sticky, so I had to add roughly 1/3 cup more flour to make it workable, but it was a very easy recipe. I served it with hummus and a cucumber salad my friend had made, and it worked very well. About half of my pita puffed and pocketed, and I realized that the ones I forgot to flip before baking were the ones that puffed, so now I know how to make American pita pockets, too! I will be making these again soon, my daughter adores them.
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Sweet Potato Pie I

Reviewed: Nov. 26, 2009
Just wonderful! I made it for Thanksgiving this year, and the whole thing got eaten in half an hour. Not too sweet, but still nice and rich. My yam weighed in at 1 lb 6 oz, so I was afraid that it might not all fit in the crust, but it just made a nice deep pie. I used my own crust recipe from Jeff Smith, and it worked beautifully. I did use half white sugar, half brown, and I was out if vanilla (that is a new one for me, lol!), and I added a pinch of ginger for depth. Thanks for sharing, this will be my new standard!
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Ricotta Gnocchi

Reviewed: May 12, 2010
This was wonderful! I did not use the included sauce, I made my usual fresh sauce, but added a little cinnamon to it. It went really well with the ricotta of the gnocchi. My kids loved it too. I did have to add almost an entire cup extra flour to make it workable, but it was still really fast and satisfying. Thanks, shelbi lynn!
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Baked Potato Soup III

Reviewed: Jan. 7, 2010
We eat this at least twice a month at our house. The only thing I do differently is to add a little cayenne and garlic powder. Also, the bacon is just a topper, because it tends to get soggy, and I blend it all a little to make it nice and smooth and thick. The leftovers are awesome, too! The sour cream really makes it, it adds a tang. I have used yogurt in a pinch when I didn't have the cream, and it worked okay.
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Chicken and Dumplings III

Reviewed: Mar. 9, 2009
The whole family loved this, and the dumplings came out just right! I am so happy to have a good easy dumpling recipe that doesn't come from a box! I did double the soup portion, and we had just enough. My father used to make something very similar to this but he used milk instead of broth, and I think I prefer it that way, but broth is cheaper! My husband, however, raved over this and even ate the leftovers, which he never does! This has been put on the rotation, ty!
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Boston Baked Beans

Reviewed: Jan. 26, 2010
It was so nice to find a recipe for baked beans that did not start with a can of baked beans already! And these came out wonderfully! It's not too sweet, very evenly flavored, with none of the 'processed' under-taste you get from a can. I subbed in two cans navy beans because I found the recipe last minute, and it was still great. It took about 1 1/2 hours, uncovered for the last half hour to get it nice and thick and gorgeous. Next time I will use dry beans and I am sure they will still be wonderful. I served them with pulled pork sandwiches and corn pudding. I think I may have to try canning this at home so I have it on hand quick.
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Dishpan Cookies II

Reviewed: Jan. 17, 2009
These are great, and the batch is huge! I like to freeze half the batch for later. They thaw quite nicely! The cereal makes them nice and crunchy too, but I make sure to crush the flakes a little. Large flakes can make these hard to eat.
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Chewy Granola Bars

Reviewed: Jan. 10, 2009
Just amazing! I took some advice, and cut out 1/4 cup of oats, and added 1/4 cup applesauce. The applesauce was really necessary to make it moist enough to bind. We used dried cranberries, chocolate chips, and slivered almonds. And it certainly has to cool COMPLETELY before cutting, or it will fall totally apart (which is when you use it for breakfast cereal, hehe!). My kids ate two batches in three days, I had to hide them! I'll be buying oats in bulk from now on, thank you!
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Homemade Liquid Laundry Soap

Reviewed: Jan. 28, 2010
I haven't made laundry soap in a long time, and I haven't tried this one yet, but I wanted to make a suggestion to those who cannot find Fels-Naptha. You can replace it with a bar of plain Ivory soap. It is not as effective, but it still works well and is easier to find. I myself have to order Fels-Naptha online, which really does not make it cost effective for me. Hope this helps!
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Gravy Baked Pork Chops

Reviewed: Jan. 10, 2009
Our family has been eating this for years, with a few changes: We don't add water, and a little less milk. Slice 1/4 of an onion and saute it with the chops, along with just a touch of garlic, half a clove or a sprinkle of powder. The thing that makes this really REALLY good is cast iron. Brown everything in a good seasoned cast iron pan, and stick the whole pan right into a low oven for an hour. It really makes all the difference!
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Applesauce Doughnuts

Reviewed: Jan. 24, 2009
Hubby made these this morning, and they are just sinful! We are bringing them to Christmas brunch this year, for sure! Thanks!
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Quick and Easy Pizza Crust

Reviewed: Nov. 3, 2009
This turned out just beautifully! I always put off making pizza because I always forget to put the dough up to proof, but now I can procrastinate and still have dinner on the table! The mix was a bit sticky, so I added another 1/3 cup flour to make it easier to handle. I only made one very large pizza, but you could easily split this into two thinner crusted large pizzas. My family of four devoured this faster than take out, so I am gonna have to divide it into two next time for sure. Thanks so much for this, its now on the rotation!
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Cream of Pumpkin Soup

Reviewed: Apr. 25, 2009
I got many many great comments when I made this for my cook's meeting. Personally, I thought it was a little bland, and a few others thought the same, but had I doubled the seasonings like others had this soup would have been wonderful. Warm and rich and smooth, and very versatile. You can take this dish in a lot of different directions.
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Homemade Black Bean Veggie Burgers

Reviewed: May 25, 2009
These were awesome, once I got them working. When I put the egg in, it made things WAY to liquidy, so I doubled everything else to make up for it. It only made about 4 patties for me, even after I doubled. In all, this is an EXCELLENT base for bean burgers that all my friends liked. It needed a bit more spice, but I had forgotten the hot sauce when I made it. Next time I will make a nice peppery broccoli slaw to top them, and these burgers will rock!
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Irish Soda Bread in a Skillet

Reviewed: Feb. 18, 2010
Made two changes, then I was happy with it. Replace 1/2 cup milk with 1/2 sour cream, and baked for an extra 10 mins. First time I baked according to directions and got a nice wet dough center! But it is a good, fast bread. Nice chewy texture, flavor is pretty blank slate so you can add just about anything to it. It is a good bread to make when you are not in your own kitchen and either have no yeast or no loaf pan.
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Austrian Chocolate Balls

Reviewed: Dec. 18, 2009
I'll admit, I have not frosted these yet, but I have eaten two of them right out of the oven. VERY rich, almost too rich, and very reminiscent of brownies. I think brownies would have been easier. We'll see how my cookie exchange likes them with the frosting on. That might put them over the edge into 'too righ' for my taste, but a die-hard chocolate buff would really enjoy them.
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