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Yummy Sweet Potato Casserole

Reviewed: Dec. 7, 2013
I was looking for a recipe for sweet potato casserole that I could pre-make and freeze for Thanksgiving since I was having surgery on my hand the week before Turkey day and then still planning on hosting dinner the day of. This recipe was easy to prepare, froze well and once thawed and reheated was delicious. Note I had prebaked it prior to freezing.
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Slow Cooker Taco Soup

Reviewed: Feb. 23, 2014
I made this recipe and honestly don't find it all that impressive. It is simply a recipe for Chili Con Carne done in a crock pot. I will be sticking with my old Chili recipe in the future and not bothering with the 6-8 hour crock pot endeavor this recipe calls for. Additionally the taco seasonings are processed food additives I try to avoid in my cooking that can easily be substituted by using Cumin, Chili Powder and for some extra punch Siracha sauce.
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Pumpkin Maple Pie Supreme

Reviewed: Dec. 7, 2013
I made this pie as part of my marathon pre-baking session to get as much of my Thanksgiving dinner done and frozen before hand surgery the week before Turkey Day and when I saw it listed as part of All Recipes' make-ahead menus I gave it a try. I was most concerned about whether to pre-bake or not as I only had experience with pre-freezing apple pies, not pumpkin. I checked around online and ascertained that in order to have success I should prepare and bake this pie as per the instructions in recipe then cool completely. Once completely cool I wrapped it well in plastic, then in foil then froze. It is essential that this pie not be frozen with any seafood or it will develop a seafood odor and taste. I took my pie out of the freezer on Monday night and began thawing it in the refrigerator for Thursday's dinner. It is essential to thaw the pie in the refrigerator and not at room temperature as at room temperature condensation will form on the outside of your pie (much like that which forms on the outside of a glass of ice water when it hits room temperature) and your crust will absorb this condensation and become soggy. If you thaw the pie in the fridge' no condensation forms hence no soggy crust. This pie was delicious and received rave reviews from my guests who were amazed it had spent a few weeks in deep freeze!
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Winter Squash Rolls

Reviewed: Dec. 7, 2013
I was looking for a recipe for dinner rolls that I could pre-make and freeze up to the final rise and then thaw and bake after the final rise since I was having hand surgery the week before Thanksgiving and still wanted to be able to cook for and host dinner. I knew my hand would not be up to kneading dough post op so I froze these after forming the rolls and before the second rise. They were sweet, light and no one could believe I hadn't made them fresh that morning! Inveterate squash haters even loved these rolls as well! Note: I was really worried that the freezing would effect the ability of the yeast to rise a second time but the little critters did just great. I am going to try making this recipe in loaf pans as I think it will make a great bread as well. The rolls were sublime when I made more to go with my turkey soup I made with the leftover turkey carcass. Note: to cut down on kneading time I use my Kitchenaide stand mixer and dough hook to knead the dough and I always end up adding about 2 extra cups of flour to get the dough to come together. I also bake my butternut squash slathered in butter and maple syrup as baking creates a much richer flavor palate than boiling or steaming in the microwave. Extra squash can be frozen in appropriate portioned ziplock baggies for future batches.
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Pumpkin Fudge

Reviewed: Oct. 28, 2013
I make a lot of candy; in other words I should know how to make this recipe and even using a timer and candy thermometer it turned out a goey disaster and never set up properly. I am disappointed as the idea was a nice one just poor in practice.
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