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Banana Banana Bread

Reviewed: Mar. 22, 2011
This is an interesting recipe because my previous go to always called for baking powder and this one has baking soda, less sugar and less butter. The bread comes out more dense in my opinion, and I only cooked it for 50 minutes and it was DONE! I added tons of chocolate chips which was a good call otherwise the bread would have been dense and slightly boring. It was an odd departure from my traditional Le Cordon Bleu recipe but for some reason my kids keep asking for more! will make again
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English Royalty Chocolate Chip Scones

Reviewed: Jan. 10, 2009
Great recipe! Made these this morning and already ate half the batch! I heeded the advice of previous reviewers and added a total of 8 tbs of OJ (after panicking when I noticed I wasn't getting any 'dough') and a total of 5 tbs butter. I decreased sugar to 1/4 cup. I added 2 tbs of wheat germ and can probably increase that next time. It's a great base recipe and I see myself making different variations for sure! Thanks!
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One Bowl Chocolate Cake III

Reviewed: Dec. 29, 2008
Really great recipe, simple. I increased cocoa (per recommendations to 1 cup). I also decreased sugar by 1/3 and would probably reduce it a bit more. I like the flavor of cocoa over the sugar. Was curious about sea salt, which I used instead of table salt (prefer it in all my cooking) and it didn't affect the flavor noticeably. This is a keeper.
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Apple Pie I

Reviewed: Oct. 27, 2008
Very good starter recipe. I used pre-made refrigerated crust, and chopped up 7 apples. I took a reader's suggestion and added vanilla extract and mixed it with the apples. I think the sugar is too much - even 1/2 cup may be too much. Next time I may experiment with oats in lieu of extra sugar to retain some sort of binding element. I felt the pie missed something, perhaps more cinnamon to add flavor. Very good pie - will make again with modifications!
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Pizza Dough I

Reviewed: Sep. 28, 2008
Definitely a keeper! Dry active yeast helps this move along fast. I also let my dough rise (after shaping) to do other things before topping the pizza. I split my dough in two nearly 10in pizzas. the only complaint I had was the dough lacking any flavor. I will rub some minced garlic into the crust next time and add more than a tsp of some italian seasoning. the 1 tsp of salt wasn't enough. i baked at 400 degrees, but next time i may broil the pizza because it seemed the 20ish min wasn't long enough to get a crispy crust.
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Pumpkin Bread II

Reviewed: Sep. 21, 2008
Great recipe! I've had this in my book for a couple of years and ironically found the same recipe here online. My version however always yields 3 loaves for some reason, and I bake it at 350 for 1 hour. I love to modify each loaf by adding mini chocolate chips or nuts. They freeze very well and are great treats for drop-in visitors!
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Potage aux Legumes (Green Vegetable Soup)

Reviewed: Sep. 6, 2008
This was almost perfect, but I would suggest the following modifications: Instead of the habaneros, which caused a lot of problems (to hands, eyes, and tongue), I would substitute 2 serranos. And also I would add 1/3 c. cream.
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One Bowl Brownies

Reviewed: Sep. 4, 2008
Easy but not as chocolately as I had hoped. They are light with a subtle hint of chocolate. I made the following healthier modifications, which may have led to my brownie. * I only had about 1/2 cups of butter, so I used a 4 oz cup of applesauce. Instead of all purpose flour, I had whole wheat flour, and I didn't add the full 2 cups of sugar, I used 1 cup of brown and 1/2 white. I threw in chopped pecans and mini chocolate chips. My brownies definitely came out looking like muffins. I baked them in a 12-muffin tin so that they would be easier for the kids to grab and eat. All of these modifications resulted in a denser brownie. I will probably make this again but buy some allpurpose flour and add more chocolate than just one bar of hersheys (all I had). Im a dark chocolate fan, so will use that instead.
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Chicken Pot Pie II

Reviewed: Sep. 2, 2008
EASY! I decided to make it on a whim and was surprised at the simplicity. I modified the recipe slightly, by separately boiling chicken, and I used fresh veggies from the farm: eggplant, squash and carrots. It was phenomenal and finished within 2 days. Hubby said was the best he ever tasted!
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Flax and Sunflower Seed Bread

Reviewed: May 20, 2008
Hands down, the BEST bread I have made thus far. I have been on the search for a seedy, hearty bread, and here it is. I loved it so much that after my first batch came out of the breadmachine, I started another. I will keep making this bread. The only issue I have is the shape of the bread when it is done..I will have to play around with making it look traditional or at least easier to cut. Otherwise, this bread is a keeper and will certainly be a regular in this house!
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Easy Cranberry Granola

Reviewed: May 13, 2008
This is a fantastic recipe! I mix different things into it every time! You can adjust the moisture level by reducing the honey so it in later weeks it will be less sticky.
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Simple Whole Wheat Bread

Reviewed: May 13, 2008
My first homemade bread. This was a good recipe to start with, but the bread itself didn't have that 'oomph' to it that I was expecting. I found the bread to be lacking in flavor, but once buttered up, or laced with PB&J, it was nice. My end goal is to make a 7-grain type of bread, so I will probably use this recipe as a base, and just fold in some seeds to add some depth to the bread. Great starter though!
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Blueberry Nut Oat Bran Muffins

Reviewed: Feb. 6, 2008
After reading all the reviews for the recipe, I went out to buy the ingredients I needed. I was a little disappointed in the flavor of the muffins. I am addicted to a whole grain blueberry bran muffin from a coffee shop near my house, so I have a taste I am trying to achieve. I did think this recipe called for maybe a 1/4 cup too many blueberries. I've made different recipes with a cup, and this was half over. I also used 1 cup of all purpose flour and the remaining half using whole wheat flour, it's possible that combination ruined the flavor? They are not bad but I am not sure why mine didn't turn out the way the other reviewers claimed they would be...
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