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Pumpkin Chip Muffins

Reviewed: Dec. 19, 2013
I rate these a solid 5 with added changes recommended by previous bakers. Instead of 15oz. pumpkin, I used about 2 cups. Rather than 1.5 c. oil, I used 1/2 cup. I also added 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice, 1 tsp. roasted cinnamon and approx. 1/4 tsp. ground cloves. I might double the spices next time! Yummy, moist muffins! I recommend mini semi-sweet chocolate chips or even cinnamon chips!
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French Breakfast Muffins

Reviewed: Jan. 11, 2012
Not bad! The texture more resembles an American biscuit than a muffin, though. Still, this is a quick, easy recipe for little morsels that go well taken with coffee or tea!
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Cream Cheese Frosting II

Reviewed: Jan. 5, 2012
Loved it with the few minor changes based on a review below: 1 block of softened cream cheese, 1/4 cup of butter, 1&1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar and 1 tsp vanilla extract. Preparation followed the original recipe. I only needed it to frost 2 dozen cupcakes and I did have about 1/3 cup left over. (Guess where that went?!) Tip for those of you having a problem with consistency: After preparing your frosting, refrigerate it for about a half an hour before stirring it and then spreading it over your baked good(s). If you need it to keep its form after that, you will have to refrigerate your frosted product. If it is too thick, let is stand at room temp before frosting. Good luck and happy baking!
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Italian Sausage Soup

Reviewed: Oct. 6, 2011
Very hearty and filling soup! Based upon previous recommendations, I browned the sausage in another pan then drained it, added an extra cup of (low-sodium) beef broth, 1/2 cup of orzo (pasta) and used fresh baby spinach, which worked out rather well! NOTE: If you like your veggies a little on the firmer side, remember to allow the pasta time to cook as the soup simmers! I live overseas and often have to rig a recipe because I cannot find ingredients, but this one was no problem at all! Nearly all of its ingredients are staples of well-stocked pantries and fridges! Note: Rated 4 stars because the flavor of the sausage was a little overpowering for the dish and I think this recipe would benefit from additional herbs (rather than spiced tomatoes), such as basil, oregano and thyme, if the chef has the time and inclination.
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Laura's Quick Slow Cooker Turkey Chili

Reviewed: Oct. 2, 2011
This one is a sneaker hit! Very simple and not a lot of fanfare, but great-tasting! Minor modifications: I sauteed the onion with the turkey, used 1 can of diced tomatoes in lieu of 1 can of the low-sodium tomato soup and I rinsed the beans after draining them. (There was still a little bit of a poot factor, but oh well!) At first (in the crock pot) the chili seemed a bit too thick. I almost added some liquid, but waited for it to start simmering. As everything started to settle down together, the chili became the perfect consistency of a hearty, stick-to-your-ribs chili! Side note: In all of the chili recipes I have made, allspice has been a surprisingly welcome addition - even a mere pinch. Next time I make this I will try adding a pinch more! Also, do not forget your chopped green onions, sour cream, shredded cheese, corn chips, etc. - whatever you like - to accent your dish!
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Taco Seasoning I

Reviewed: Sep. 25, 2011
EXCELLENT! Taco Seasoning I is the best bet for all of my taco seasoning needs, whether we're in the mood for chicken or (ground) turkey. Mixes up in a snap using spices I keep on hand in my spice cabinet. I am very happy with the recipe as it is, but it can be adjusted to suit the tastes preferences of even the pickiest eater!
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Shredded Beef Chimichangas

Reviewed: Sep. 24, 2011
This is definitely a staple in my recipe folder. Major substitution: I often use a turkey breast in place of the beef. It makes more than enough for 4 large chimichangas. Minor substitutions: I sometimes used chipotle chili powder instead of regular chili powder, and I use olive oil in place of melted butter (for baking). Alsooooo... this is GREAT in the crock pot! Brown your meat to seal it and throw everything in the crock pot on low for 2-3 hours (for turkey). Enjoy!
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Chicken or Turkey Gyros

Reviewed: Nov. 3, 2010
Excellent and simple recipe! I love meals like this because they make me feel like I am on vacation or eating out! I added about a teaspoon of fresh mint to the sauce for our Mediterranean tastes. If I were to make this again, I would substitute yogurt for the mayonnaise (and probably whip up an osmosis contraption to drain the moisture from the cucumber because I'm a nerd like that and SCIENCE IS FUN AND TASTY!).
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Low-Fat Blueberry Bran Muffins

Reviewed: Oct. 2, 2010
We used All-Bran cereal in place of the wheat bran, added a little extra vanilla extract and increased the cooking time to 25 minutes (for my European oven). If you like your muffins a little on the larger side, the cups can be filled near to the top. Oh, and be careful to not slam the oven door while they are baking or else they might sag a little... :) Very good! Moist and satisfying! The blueberries add just the right amount of tart flavor to the muffin, but be sure to fold them in as evenly as you can so they are distributed equally throughout.
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Pasta Hot! Hot! Hot!

Reviewed: Apr. 28, 2008
Also known as Spaghetti e Aglio Olio e Peperoncini, this is one of my favorite pasta dishes! I recommend substituting a fresh, thinly-sliced red peperoncini (chili pepper) for the crushed red pepper; adding a few tablespoons of fresh, finely-chopped flat-leaf parsley (also known as Italian parsley); using a good, flavorful brand of olive oil; and using the best Parmigiano-Reggiano you can afford. Add the chili slices for the last minute or so to the hot garlic and oil, and add the chopped parsley when tossing the oil and pasta together. --In the past I have had the opportunity to sample this dish made with dry ingredients. However, preparing this dish with fresh ingredients makes it a stand-alone meal. All you need is a glass of Pinot Grigio and your favorite fresh bread. Mangiare bene!
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Quick and Easy Alfredo Sauce

Reviewed: Jan. 8, 2007
I added diced ham and extra parmesan to taste. Very delicious and EASY! Thank you!
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Ham Bone Soup

Reviewed: Jan. 8, 2007
Cooked in my slow cooker for about 4 hours on low, I ommitted the green bell pepper, only used half of the can of tomatoes and added barley, along with various pre-packaged soup greens (a leek, fresh parsley and a celery root). I also used chicken broth instead of bullion cubes. I will definitely make this again. SO GOOD! Very hearty and great with crackers on the side.
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