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Chocolate Mint Candies Cookies

Reviewed: Nov. 16, 2010
These cookies also won for me at a cookie exchange last year. Since then, I've had people ask me for the recipe. A slight change I make is instead of the two tablespoons of water, I use freshly brewed and cooled down coffee. Coffee sets off the flavor of chocolate really well. You don't taste the coffee, you just taste the chocolate MORE. I sometimes also use a teeny bit of peppermint extract when I want them REALLY minty. They're a favorite every time.
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Magic Cookie Bars II

Reviewed: Dec. 16, 2009
I wanted to make these for my kids, but my oldest is severely nut-allergic. I solved the problem by crushing pretzels to use in place of the nuts. The salty-crunchy of the pretzels were a nice substitute- didn't miss the nuts a bit!!!
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Authentic Mexican Breakfast Tacos

Reviewed: Jun. 13, 2008
Just reading this recipe brings back wonderful memories. My great grandmother used to serve us something very similar minus the cheese (she was from Mexico and very emphatically anti-cheese) with added diced, fried potatoes and served with re-heated pinto beans and homemade tortillas. I can't even begin to describe the taste. She mixed the chorizo, eggs and potatoes together, piled into the tortilla and we had the beans on the side. A more perfect combination has yet to be thought of. Try this recipe, you'll be glad you did.
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Dressing Patties

Reviewed: Mar. 16, 2008
Amazing! I decided to try this recipe because I had a pan of cornbread and several biscuits left over from previous dinners. It was like Thanksgiving dinner all wrapped up into one neat little package. Huge hit with my kids. I already had biscuits made from "heart healthy" Bisquick, so I used those, and I used "No Chicken Chicken Broth" and Earth Balance spread in place of the turkey stock and butter and omitted the mushrooms (kids) and they were amazing. I also upped the spices just because we like a lot of flavor. I'll be making cornbread and biscuits just to make these!
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Berry Trifle

Reviewed: May 25, 2008
We were invited at the last minute to a Memorial Day get-together at a friends' house, and I'd just gotten a new trifle bowl, so of course, I had to make red, white and blue trifle :). I ran to Wally World at about 10:30 the night before and the only pound cake I could find were these eight-to-a-box mini poundcakes. I was hoping to find a lemon poundcake, or at least a Sara Lee frozen poundcake, but I think everyone had the same idea I did. I decided to do four berry layers, so I bought frozen blueberries, frozen raspberries, and frozen blackberries and fresh strawberries. I sprinkled them all with a little sugar and let them sit overnight. I decided to use cheesecake pudding (it just seemed like it'd work). Since we don't do liqueur, I decided to spread the poundcake with preserves. While I was trying to decide which one I wanted to use, I spotted a triple berry ice cream topping by Smuckers (strawberry, raspberry,blackberry) and decided on that. It's thinner than jam or jelly, so I think it'll soak into the poundcake nicely, but not turn it to mush. When I put this together tomorrow, I'm going to do traditional layers. Poundcake, blackberries,pudding, poundcake, raspberries, pudding, poundcake, blueberries, pudding, poundcake, strawberries, pudding. I've made a basic version of this before, and it's always a huge hit. I think this is a great recipe you can have a lot of fun with modifying and adding your own personal touches to. *It went over REALLY well. I made a huge bow
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Pizza Popcorn

Reviewed: Mar. 12, 2008
I thought this was great. My kids eat a lot of air-popped popcorn, and I'm always looking for new ways to spice it up. I was reading the ingredients on a package of organic pizza flavored puffs and thought- tomato powder!!! I googled it because I know manufacturers use it, but I didn't know if home cooks can buy it. You can! I'm kicking around the idea of buying some and trying this recipe again with tomato powder.
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Homestyle Turkey, the Michigander Way

Reviewed: Jun. 18, 2008
I made this turkey a few years ago after I first got married. I was having my husband's family over for Thanksgiving. As a vegetarian, I hadn't had turkey forever and didn't have any recipes for it, so I just picked a recipe with a lot of good reviews. OH. MY. GOODNESS. All I heard all day long was how wonderful the turkey was and how it was the best they'd ever had. Made it for my family not long after that and the same thing. I was skimming through the reviews a little while ago and was stunned to come across a bad review. All I can think is they must have done something wrong because every time I've made this, people flip out over it- and I come from a family of phenomenal cooks. I was also able to make a perfectly wonderful gravy from the drippings- there were plenty. though my husband said it was a bit salty. I solved that problem by not adding any extra salt as I seasoned it and letting the seasoned salt and bouillon in the drippings do the work. Throw away your other recipes, this one's the way to go. :)
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French Breakfast Muffins

Reviewed: Apr. 22, 2009
I wanted to do something a little special and different for my kids for breakfast. I found this recipe ( I've made one like it before and they were disappointingly dry and heavy. I decided to give it one more shot. I subbed buttermilk ,grated the nutmeg fresh, and sprinkled the cinnamon-sugar on the muffins before baking to avoid having to dip them in butter. They turned out SOOO fluffy! They were SO fast to mix up and bake, they're going in my permanant recipe file. Thank you!!
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Best Fried Green Tomatoes

Reviewed: Aug. 24, 2009
I used buttermilk in place of milk,seasoned Italian breadcrumbs, added ground thyme to the mixture and fried zucchini in addition to the tomatoes- they were wonderful!!! My veggie-hating 6-year old fought over them with his siblings- great recipe! :).
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Pumpkin Fluff Dip

Reviewed: Apr. 22, 2009
I made this for my Bible study group. It went over VERY well. I served it with apple slices, ginger snaps and cinnamon graham sticks. I used cheesecake and vanilla pudding, and added my own spices- cinnamon, ginger, fresh grated nutmeg and a little allspice. I think next time I make it, though, I'll add a little more pumpkin. It really tasted like pumpkin pie in a dip. The kids LOVED it.
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Old Fashioned Coconut Cream Pie

Reviewed: May 31, 2008
Amazing! I made the pie using the modifications suggested by other raters (part coconut milk and using cornstarch to thicken). I also put this into a "coconut macaroon" crust. I ground up coconut macaroons and made a graham cracker-style crust. I've always loved coconut cream pie, and this reminds me of the ones my aunt used to make. Thank you for a great recipe!
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Baked Ziti IV

Reviewed: Apr. 4, 2012
Our church was hosting a dinner after the funeral of one of our members. One of the ladies organizing it asked me to bring baked ziti. I'd never made it before and came to my trusty Allrecipes. I chose this one and just had one of the ladies tell me she loved it. Thank you for a great recipe! I did make some minor changes after reading some reviews. I used *all* Italian sausage, tossed the meat in w/ the sauce and then tossed the pasta w/ *that* to make sure the sauce got into the tubes. I also mixed the sour cream and ricotta together and layered, pasta, ricotta/s.cream mix (sprinkled that layer w/ basil and oregano and a little garlic powder) put the provolone down and then finished w/ the rest of the pasta/sauce/meat mix and topped w/ mozzarella and parm. cheese.
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Blueberry Cream Muffins

Reviewed: Jul. 18, 2009
I've been baking since I was a kid and have made blueberry muffins many times. Every other recipe I've ever used has been so-so. Usually sort of dense/rubbery and too wet, or too dry. I've been using this recipe since I found it last year after I went blueberry picking. This is the ONLY bb muffin recipe I'll ever use. They're bakery quality and stay fluffy,tender and just moist enough. I top them with a crumb mixture of 3TBSP butter, 1/3 c. flour and 1/4 c. brown sugar. I've gotten nothing but compliments from using this recipe.
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Becky's Chicken Salad

Reviewed: Apr. 17, 2009
I made this for my husband and kids minus the nuts, (my son has a tree nut/peanut allergy)and subbed 1/2 craisins 1/2 chopped carrot to make up some texture. They ate.it.up. I'm thinking of ordering sunflower seeds from a safe non-nut contaminated source for the next time I make this so it'll be more authentic, but they loved it. It made a great quick dinner for them on a beautiful sunny day :).
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Mom's Zucchini Bread

Reviewed: Aug. 12, 2008
This is by far the best recipe for zucchini bread I've ever used. I've made and tried a lot of zucchini bread over the years, but this the best I've ever tasted. I did add some pumpkin pie spice and cloves along with the cinnamon out of personal preference. I had an ENORMOUS zucchini and made a double batch. I swear, my kids and husband devoured this inside of a week. I honestly don't even think it was four days before it was gone. This is the only recipe you'll ever need.
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Best Brownies

Reviewed: Jun. 27, 2008
My kids and husband LOVED these!!! I didn't use the icing because- really, who needs all that sugar? But to the poster who said the icing was "crunchy"- you want to use confectioner's sugar (powdered sugar), not granulated (plain old white sugar you stir into coffee).
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Onion Rings

Reviewed: Apr. 20, 2008
I'm an onion ring fiend! This recipe is super easy, and when you've got your eye on the rest of the meal, these are a blessing!! I added seasoned salt, garlic powder, pepper and cajun seasoning. The spices cut the "sweet" a little for those turned off by it. I also dredged the rings in cornmeal after the batter for some crunch. Even my onion-hating five-year old loved these. I've always got pancake mix and onions "lying around" and these are gonna be a staple. I'm gonna try baking some on a silpat next time to see how they turn out.
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Quinoa Black Bean Burgers

Reviewed: Sep. 21, 2012
Made these for the first time last night- AMAZING! Even my picky nine year old and husband gobbled them up! My 12 and 8 year olds loved them and couldn't wait to have the leftovers for lunch today.
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Baked Oatmeal II

Reviewed: Jan. 25, 2011
I didn't know there was such a thing as baked oatmeal until a friend mentioned making it for her kids on a cold winter day. I got on AR and sure enough, found a great recipe, we all loved it! After the first time, though, I always cut the sugar to 1/2 a cup. I also do half raisins and half cranberries that I've soaked in orange juice and rum extract for half an hour. I just read a suggestion to use applesauce instead of butter and think I'll definitely give that a try next time. I hate giving my kids so much butter. Overall, it is a very versatile recipe that lends itself well to customization. It's one we'll make over and over.
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Grandmother's Buttermilk Cornbread

Reviewed: Apr. 22, 2009
Absolutely, hands-down, the best cornbread recipe I've ever made. I found this about six months ago and every time I make it, it disappears very quickly. I like to run a pat of butter over the top of it when it first comes out of the oven. You will not be disappointed with this recipe, it's a keeper :)
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