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Aunty Laura's Shortbread

Reviewed: Dec. 6, 2013
Love this recipe and have used it many times. It says fruit sugar, it is also called Rapid Disolving Sugar. For a twist here's a few things I've tried. 1) add 2 tsp vanilla. 2) add mini semi or dark chocolate chips or mint chocolate chips. 3) before baking decorate with, coloured sugar, chocolate chips, sprinkles, dried fruit or nuts(pecan, walnuts etc). 4) if cooking in a pan, try scoring the dough before cooking in the shapes of the bars you want. Making a large amount? Try spreading if to fill a cookie sheet. Perfect thickens and flat on both sides. The scoring can make them break apart with the tap of a knife on the line. 5) make these often? Try a shortbread Mold. Lee Valley Tools has one for around $40 CAN with the traditional thistle pattern.
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Refreshing Lemonade

Reviewed: Nov. 1, 2013
This is a staple in my house. Here's a twist if you like mint. Try putting 2-4 mint leaves in the lemonade before refrigerating. Leave in pitcher as decoration and taste this is a Southern American this to do. Now it's coming back as people start infusing water with juice from whole fruit. The steep time for this will vary to the strength of flavour you want. 4-48 hours. Also, if you muddle/crush the leaves slightly it will increase the flavour. The number of mint leaves also matters too. Try other herbs too for a refreshing change. Lavender is really nice in teas too. Iced earl grey with a few lavender stalks.
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Butterhorn Rolls

Reviewed: Apr. 29, 2012
These are great. If you're looking for fancy savory/sweet rolls. Try changing butter with garlic butter and add a sprinkle of (romano or parmasian) cheese. Or add organo and cheddar(grated). To go with a beef roast try rosemary and thyme. For a kid's party or party foods try adding cheddar and hot dogs. This is a really great basic recipe. Experiment with fillings. My hubby wants me to come up with a breakfast roll a diabetic can have. I'm thinking an omelette filling.
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One-Pan Taco Dinner

Reviewed: Sep. 7, 2009
This looks great I usually make enough brown rice for two meals. This would make a great way to reuse the second half of rice. I'm going to use some shredded chicken this time around but I don't see why you can't use pork either. My husband only likes cooked tomatoes so I'll use canned for speed.
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Easy Salmon Cakes

Reviewed: May 28, 2009
Ok running through this recipe it's a very delicate balance between dry and liquid ingredients that can be thrown off by a number of things. They type of salmon, the size of eggs, butter vs margerine, dry herbs vs fresh herbs, fresh bread crumbs vs dry bread crumbs, even the size of bread crumbs and chopped herbs. Here's what I did. Using 3 small cans of boneless, skinless sockeye salmon undrained, adding all 2 cups of dry bread crumbs(didn't bread them), 2 large eggs, 1 tsp dried dillweed, 1tbl dried parsley, 1tbl dried onion powder, 1tbl lemon juice, 3 tbl margerine. Really work these into a patty. I browned them in a frying pan. When you drop it in the pan push it around alot so they don't stick even with oil in the pan. I finished them off in the oven on parchment paper for 10 minutes at 350 degrees. My 2.5 yr old ate these and enjoyed it. Next time I will try some sort of dill sauce for them for the adults.
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Easy Salmon Cakes

Reviewed: May 28, 2009
Ok running through this recipe it's a very delicate balance between dry and liquid ingredients that can be thrown off by a number of things. They type of salmon, the size of eggs, butter vs margerine, dry herbs vs fresh herbs, fresh bread crumbs vs dry bread crumbs, even the size of bread crumbs and chopped herbs. Here's what I did. Using 3 small cans of boneless, skinless sockeye salmon undrained, adding all 2 cups of dry bread crumbs(didn't bread them), 2 large eggs, 1 tsp dried dillweed, 1tbl dried parsley, 1tbl dried onion powder, 1tbl lemon juice, 3 tbl margerine. Really work these into a patty. I browned them in a frying pan. When you drop it in the pan push it around alot so they don't stick even with oil in the pan. I finished them off in the oven on parchment paper for 10 minutes at 350 degrees. My 2.5 yr old ate these and enjoyed it. Next time I will try some sort of dill sauce for them for the adults.
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Broccoli with Garlic Butter and Cashews

Reviewed: May 26, 2009
This has great flavour!! With or without the cashews. I ate mine with cashews and my husband and son ate them without. Just add them when you plate your food. Here's the thing my 29 month old boy ate all his broccoli tonight and half of mine. Next time I'll chop up two bunches of fresh broccoli. Now I had a problem when adding in the corn starch the butter separated from the rest of the sauce. To fix this I added a small amount of milk and it worked great. This is a recipe I will definately do for family dinners and when company comes. Right beside the honey butter glazed carrots and garlic roast potatoes.
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Fluffy Whole Wheat Biscuits

Reviewed: May 19, 2009
My husband and son just love this and have had me make them three more times.
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Fluffy Whole Wheat Biscuits

Reviewed: May 17, 2009
My husband and son just love this and have had me make them three more times.
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Chocolate Raisin Oatmeal Muffins

Reviewed: Mar. 15, 2009
This is a good recipe but I would like to add a few revisions of my own. 1) Use quick cook oats not large flake oats. 2) Add 1/2 cup of apple sauce, sweetness and moisture without the processed sugar and it won't change the flavour. 3) Try changing the raisons by using saltana rather then golden. They have a stronger flavour.
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Left-Over Turkey Pot Pie

Reviewed: Mar. 10, 2009
I use a similar recipe but what I do is while making the apple pie for thanksgiving is make up an extra pie crust or two. Making sure that I actually cook enough extra vegatables and then the next day is making up the turkey pot pies, one for dinner and one or two for the freeze. These pies really freeze well for emergency dinner solutions.
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Garlic Salmon

Reviewed: Feb. 20, 2009
This is similar to what I do with my salmon or shark fillets. It's fast and easy with great results. I love to wrap up individual portions in different pieces of tin foil and just transfer the whole package to the serving plates. Then watch my guests faces when they open their packages at the table.
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Yorkshire Pudding

Reviewed: Feb. 10, 2009
Don't use butter instead of lard.
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Butterscotch Squares

Reviewed: Dec. 2, 2007
This is a great recipe but instead of rice cereal I add 1/4 cup salted crushed peanuts. I've never had anyone complain and kids love to take a rolling pin to a zipper bag of salted peanuts. I also make this over a double boiler but will try the microwave instructions next time. Because I have found in the past if the stove is on too high the oil in the peanut butter separates.
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Nanaimo Bars I

Reviewed: Dec. 2, 2007
This is a great recipe I remember it from Christmas' past. It was one of my mother's specialties and now it's mine. But a quick tip. Once the chocolate on top is hardened, take it out of the refridgerator and let stand 30-60 minutes before cutting into squares. This softenes the chocolate just enough so it won't crack under the pressure of the knife. Chill after. Also if you want to make to impress, double the custard icing and add a drizzle of white chocolate(melt 1/2 cup white chocolate chips with 1 tablespoon butter/margarine) on top while chocolate is still warm.
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One Bowl Brownies

Reviewed: Oct. 5, 2007
Here's what I did because I have a diabetic in the family and from my experience in the kitchen and my mother sharing hers over and over. I've figured out where some people have gone wrong. 1) It's too sweet! Even though I cut the sugar. Watch the chocolate and butter. Don't use sweet or sweetened butter. Cut back the sugar by 1/2 cup if you are using semi-sweet chocolate. This recipe is for unsweetened chocolate. Not enough salt, watch out that you use salted butter rather then unsalted butter. If you do end up with unsalted butter don't panic it's not ruined use 1/2 tsp of salt in your recipe per half cup of butter. As for my recipe I cut back on the sugar to 1 1/2 cups of splenda instead and it came out fine. I also added 1/2 cup of milk and increased the flour by a 1/2 cup. I realized after 10 minutes into baking that I forgot to add my 1/2 cup of walnuts and simply pressed them into the warm batter with the back of a mixing spoon. It was hidden by the chocolate icing. Note: For those using splenda in icing, use half icing sugar and half splenda, add a tablespoon of corn starch to increase bulk. Note: Corn starch is what gives icing sugar it's light loose feeling and it's bulk.
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Cinnamon Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Reviewed: Oct. 4, 2007
My family just loved this but with feeding a diabetic I used olive oil and Brown Sugar Splenda. I just tossed everything into a pan and stirred once or twice. Nothing stuck to the glass baking dish and you couldn't tell it wasn't pure brown sugar. Note: Always use half the brown sugar splenda to what a recipe calls for.
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