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Candy Cane Cookies II

Reviewed: Dec. 1, 2007
Here's a tip for getting the crushed peppermint/sugar to stick to the cookies. Pour a little Karo light corn syrup into a microwave safe bowl, and put it in the microwave just long enough for it to become very runny, almost like water (maybe 20 seconds). Brush this onto the cookies (the silicone pastry brushes are great) and immediately sprinkle the topping on. I put the cookies on a wire rack with a sheet of waxed paper underneath. Let them dry completely before storing. You can do the sprinkling after the cookies cool, so that they're a little sturdier. BE CAREFUL with the hot Karo, it gets extremely hot very fast and could cause a very nasty burn. I adore these cookies and think they are well worth the trouble! I've made them for many years, my old recipe used half Crisco/half butter but is otherwise identical.
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Cranberry Salad II

Reviewed: Nov. 23, 2007
I am not a big fan of celery in "fruity" things so I replaced it with a chopped Granny Smith apple. I also did not grind the entire orange, I grated off the orange-only of the peel for the salad, then removed the bitter white rind before chopping up the fruit in the blender. The flavor definitely improves the next day, so make it the day before you need it.
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Glazed Ham with Peach-Ginger Sauce

Reviewed: Jul. 15, 2007
I made the Peach-Ginger sauce to go with grilled pork chops. Yum! I had been trying to find something similar to the Grace's Kitchen peach sauce (a line of very good frozen meals) and this is close, using white balsamic vinegar and twice as much ginger (which I love). I also didn't put the pepper in. So my rating is perhaps a bit skewed but I'm so pleased with the result that I'm giving it a 5! I think it would probably be very good as stated too.
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Pumpkin Oatmeal

Reviewed: Jun. 17, 2009
Wow, this is a real nutritional powerhouse, using the old-fashioned oats instead of quick. I used 1 c. oats, 1 c. milk, dash of salt, generous 1/2 c. pumpkin, 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice plus a sprinkle of cinnamon, plus Splenda until it tasted sweet enough. I cooked it on top of the stove. Delicious, and I like that it has the cinnamon, which is good to keep blood sugar levels steady.
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Ham with Cherry Sauce

Reviewed: Apr. 7, 2008
I used tart cherries for this - my husband loved it. I actually think I will use this recipe to make the filling the next time I make cherry pie. The sauce is quite sweet, but I think that goes well with ham. The recipe doesn't state if the can of cherries should be drained or not. I used the juice from the can and only had to add a little water to make 1 cup of liquid. This make a very thick sauce, similar to pie filling (hence my note above).
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Fruit Dip V

Reviewed: Apr. 29, 2008
With the recipe as stated, it was much too thick and I didn't like the taste/texture. I added milk to thin it to a reasonable "dip" consistency and it was good. I used peach yogurt with the vanilla pudding and that turned out well.
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Sweet Potato Casserole II

Reviewed: Nov. 1, 2008
This has been a "must have" dish at my holiday dinners for many years. I usually make 1.5x the topping. This recipe says to bake it for 25 minutes, I usually bake it more like 40. I put it in the oven without the topping for about 20 minutes, then take it out, add the topping and bake for about another 20 minutes.
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Marinated Pork Medallions with a Ginger-Apple Compote

Reviewed: Nov. 24, 2009
This flavor combination is excellent, but using 2 cups of balsamic vinegar and a cup of olive oil for a 30 minute marinade is ridiculously wasteful in my opinion. I just made the compote and put a couple of teaspoons of balsamic vinegar in it, and used some of the liquid to baste the pork when it was almost done. Turned out great. In retrospect the half cup of butter in the compote is also unnecessary excess. Next time I'll use a tablespoon or two of butter and some white wine or apple juice.
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Peanut Butter Chicken Skewers

Reviewed: Jun. 30, 2008
This has too much soy sauce for my taste. I recommend starting with 1 T., taste it and go from there. With less soy sauce and more ginger, it was very good.
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Anytime Almonds

Reviewed: Apr. 7, 2008
I made these for a gathering and they were swiftly eaten up! Everyone loved them.
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Leslie's Broccoli, Wild Rice, and Mushroom Stuffing

Reviewed: Dec. 25, 2009
This is very good, we really liked it. I doubled the amount of wild rice. I used a 32 oz. carton of chicken broth (this was the amount called for on the Trader Joe's stuffing box), and the stuffing would have been very moist if it came off the stovetop that way, but once it baked for awhile it was perfect. I also threw in a handful of shredded carrots for extra color. I cooked the broccoli and carrots in with the onions and mushrooms, I saw no need to dirty up an extra pan. My husband also liked this and would like to have it again.
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Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Reviewed: Oct. 29, 2009
I doubled the recipe, used 1 T. of dough per cookies, baked 7 min, and this yielded 48 cookies for me. The tips to freeze the cups first, and let the cookies cool before trying to remove were very helpful.
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Cranberry Chutney I

Reviewed: Apr. 7, 2008
Very good but I'll cut back the vinegar next time.
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Pumpkin Pie Squares

Reviewed: Oct. 12, 2009
This is great, we loved it. I made 1.5x the crust and filling and 2x of the topping in a 13x9 pan. I did not sprinkle the topping on until it had baked for about 30 minutes, then baked until it was set.
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Spinach and Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta

Reviewed: May 13, 2009
I had about 3/4 of an 8 oz. jar of oil packed julienne sun dried tomatoes, so I used that. I poured some of the oil along with a bit of olive oil into a large frying pan, and sauteed two sliced chicken breasts. Pushed them to the side and cooked 3 cloves of minced garlic, the peppers and about 1/2 tsp of basil. Added the tomatoes and a can of drained chopped artichoke hearts. Sprinked with Wondra, added a 14 oz. can of chicken broth and a splash of Marsala. Simmered this for a few minutes then added the spinach. At the end, added some crumbled crisp bacon and Parmesan. My husband said "This is heaven" and "You hit a home run with this one." It was good!
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Brooke's Best Bombshell Brownies

Reviewed: Jan. 22, 2009
I love these brownies. I did not add the chocolate chips (friend doesn't like chunks in them) and they were still great. Very fudgey.
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Sweet and Sour Pork III

Reviewed: Dec. 30, 2008
I prepared this as written (well, red pepper not green), except that I used chicken instead of pork. We loved it and I will make it again.
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Rice with Black Beans

Reviewed: Sep. 30, 2008
This is very easy and very good. I drained the beans, used petite diced tomatoes, used Uncle Ben's ready rice whole grain blend, and sprinkled some chili powder and cumin on it. A big "thumbs up" from my husband.
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Peanut Butter Pie X

Reviewed: Jun. 1, 2008
Really good. I made chocolate ganache for the topping, to make it easier to slice.
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Cream Cheese Mints

Reviewed: Apr. 7, 2008
I made these for a baby shower and they were a huge hit. I had bought baby shower candy molds, and rolled the dough in granulated sugar before pressing into the mold, then popping them out to dry on parchment paper. To store, I cut squares of parchment paper that fit into a ziploc bag, and slid them into the ziploc bag. I made them a couple of days before the shower but they would have been fine for at least a couple of weeks (I know, I had made more than I needed and kept nibbling on them!).
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