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Whole Wheat Cinnamon Pancakes

Reviewed: Sep. 14, 2014
These did come out nice and fluffy, but the flavor was terrible. My 8-year-old said "bleh" and I quite agreed. They were too salty, for one thing. One reviewer did say to cut the salt, but because I've made similar recipes that called for the same amount of salt I went according to the recipe. I couldn't taste the cinnamon, even though I doubled it. (Because I enjoy cinnamon.) There was a definite grainy quality to the finished product (I think it would have been better if I'd mixed it in a food processor). The flavor was harsh, and needed too much syrup to cover. But I don't want to cover the flavor of a multi-grain pancake, I want to enjoy it.
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Jay's Signature Pizza Crust

Reviewed: Dec. 31, 2012
I've spent the past 3 years trying to improve upon this recipe. I've substituted varying quantities of wheat flour, or added certain Italian seasonings, or decreased the recipe for a thinner crust. And after all those experiments, I've figured something out: THIS IS PERFECT JUST THE WAY IT IS! Seriously. I wish the wheat flour had turned out because I do like staying on top of that health trend, and it's okay, but it makes for a tougher, chewier crust. As for the spice blends I've tried, they're okay, but it takes a lot to flavor the dough, and there is an easier way to have a flavorful pizza -- use quality toppings. I'm a supreme pizza girl in a supreme pizza household (well, the kids are a work in progress, but we'll get them there), and this crust supports the blend of meats and vegetables. (Not as good for a one-topping pizza, but then, I don't like one-topping pizzas.) Just one thing, and I cannot stress this enough, ***USE A PIZZA STONE*** You cannot make good pizza on anything else. You must use a pizza stone that you preheated in the oven so it's nice and hot. This cooks the crust from the top and the bottom, and keeps it from getting doughy.
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Ham and Cheese Picnic Bread

Reviewed: Oct. 26, 2012
Left out the peppers and olives for a more kid-friendly version. Kids LOVED it! I may have to double the recipe next time.
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Honey Wheat Bread II

Reviewed: Apr. 28, 2012
This bread rises so well! I'm used to having some loaves turn out better than others, but I've made this four times now, and every single time it has risen beautifully with no problems at all. I do use a damp cloth and put it in a warm oven, but I do that with almost all my bread and don't have the same consistency. I did make on minor change: extra virgin olive oil instead of vegetable oil, which was a matter of personal taste.
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Cocoa Oatmeal Cookies

Reviewed: Feb. 8, 2012
Followed the recipe exactly...awesome! I actually think adding chocolate chips would be too much chocolate. (Although if that's what you're going for...:) )
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Chunky Peanut Butter Cookies

Reviewed: Dec. 5, 2011
I made these twice. The first time, I followed the recipe exactly, but found the dry roasted peanuts left a weird taste. My husband's first comment after taking a bite was, "Did you use wheat flour?" That's not quite what it tasted like, but I could see why he thought so. Today, I eliminated the dry roasted peanuts and used all extra crunchy peanut butter. (So 2 cups for a full batch.) They were wonderful.
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Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies

Reviewed: Dec. 2, 2011
These cookies came out thin, crunchy, and very uninspiring. I followed the recipe exactly, even though many reviewers suggested adding flour/oatmeal. Maybe that would have helped, I don't know, but as written, these didn't work for me at all.
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Healthy Banana Cookies

Reviewed: Jun. 27, 2011
Surprisingly good, and the kids love them. I wasn't sure these would work out at all, but I tried them out of sheer, morbid curiosity. They don't really taste like cookies to me. I'm not sure what they taste like, but they're not bad and I can't argue with the "healthy" part. The kids like them more than I do, but that's probably a good thing.
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Apple Ladybug Treats

Reviewed: Jun. 27, 2011
Fun snack kids can make almost entirely by themselves. (After an adult cuts and cores the apples.)
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Baked Chicken Nuggets

Reviewed: Jun. 27, 2011
Great kid-friendly choice!
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German Pancake with Buttermilk Sauce

Reviewed: Jun. 18, 2011
The pancakes were terrific and the sauce divine. I would just say -- don't use a small saucepan for cooking the sauce. It boils over.
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White Texas Sheet Cake

Reviewed: Dec. 12, 2010
First, let's be clear about what this is: It's a white sheet cake. I was reading some complaints about it being flavorless, but white cakes aren't supposed to taste like anything but sugar. If you want something else, try a spice cake. I've also seen complaints that it's falt, but it's a sheet cake. It's supposed to be flat. I'm giving this cake 5 stars because it is excellent at what it is -- a moist white cake and a vehicle for icing.
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Satiny Chocolate Glaze

Reviewed: Jul. 5, 2009
Simple and yummy. Tips: When cooking with chocolate, the quality of the chocolate will hugely impact the quality of the finished product. In other words, USE GOOD CHOCOLATE! I used giradelli chips, but you could also use your favorite kind of baking chocolate in squares or chips. But a warning, there is no point using good chocolate if you're then going to use a microwave. Microwaving breaks down chocolate and hurts the chemical composition. If you don't have a double boiler, use low heat on the stove. It will still take only a few minutes to make this and the result will be far better.
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Whole Wheat, Oatmeal, and Banana Pancakes

Reviewed: Jun. 11, 2009
Went exactly by the recipes (well, I had 2 overripe bananas so I threw them both in). Very good. I've tried a lot of wheat or oat pancake recipes and they are usually a miserable failure, so I was pleasantly surprised by these. The only trouble -- the kids (1 and 3) weren't into them. My 3-year-old was in tears. The 1-year-old just didn't eat as much as usual. So I don't know if I'll make them again or not, but this is definitely the best so far.
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Veronica's Apple Pancakes

Reviewed: May 31, 2009
As written, inedible. Pancakes need some amount of salt....1/2 tsp for the batch is plenty but without it we had to throw it away. Aside from that, this was decent, but not as apply as I expected. Next time I may replace some butter with applesauce just for the additional apple flavor.
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Tomato Bread I

Reviewed: May 30, 2009
Very good bread; nice change of pace. For those who don't often bake bread, I recommend that instead of using the vague "warm to the touch" method of determining when the tomato juice and water are hot enough, get out a thermometer and let it get to 110 degrees (or whatever your package of yeast recommends). Getting the temperature right is the key to a good rise. I didn't use a "warmed bowl" and don't see why that would matter if you get the liquid the right temperature. I might use a bit more salt next time -- I often use 2-3 teaspoons for two loves of bread.
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Oatmeal Cake I

Reviewed: May 6, 2009
Wow! What a fabulous, moist, well spiced, simple cake. I didn't change a thing and wouldn't.
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Delicious Chicken Casserole

Reviewed: Feb. 12, 2009
I didn't care much for this. I'm wondering if the one cup of cooked rice meant one cup of raw rice because this needed at least 3 cups of cooked rice. I used 2, per other reviews, and it still wasn't enough. It also needed vegetables. The cracker topping didn't work for me.
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Hearty Vegetable Soup

Reviewed: Feb. 12, 2009
Made this as is and it was great. I'm sure you could make changes here and there for variety or to taste but it's vegetable soup. It's forgiving like that.
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Shrimp Burritos

Reviewed: Feb. 9, 2009
This was good but oddly enough, I did not think the shrimp added much. I could have left them out entirely and enjoyed it just as much. I might, next time.
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