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Apple Brine for Turkey the Night Before Cooking

Reviewed: Nov. 14, 2008
Well after reading Godiva Goddess's review and finding out that it is not supposed to be apple-y, I have to change my rating and give it a 5. After all, my hubby did say it was the best turkey he's ever had! The turkey turned out moist and delicious. Rinse the turkey before you roast it and careful with the seasonings, it doesn't need much more salt! Thanks for the great recipe Godiva!
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Rubbed and Grilled Pork Loin

Reviewed: May 12, 2008
The best grilled pork ever! I sliced the pork first, and then rubbed all over each peice (not excessively), so it would be more flavorful and cook faster, and it tasted absolutely fabulous!
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Hard Candy

Reviewed: Dec. 18, 2007
I've made this recipe twice now and one time I thought I would make banana flavored candy with banana extract (have used this before in other recipes and is delish!). I put in even a little more than the recipe called for and it smelled great and everything. But come time to break the candy and try it, it tasted like nothing, just sweet. Not even a hint of flavor, no smell, nothing!!! Bleh! Now another time I took another reviewer's suggestion and used one and a half packets of Kool-Aid dissolved in just a bit of water and this was much better... unfortunately I ruined the batch by putting it in a glass pan thinking I could cut it into squares before it cooled... dumb idea. Anyhow, I will try this again using another flavor of some sort, I'm not sure if it was the recipe or just that banana is a bad flavor to make candy with!
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Homemade Pancake Mix

Reviewed: Feb. 17, 2008
This recipe is a bit confusing if you don't read it carefully first (which I did not!) It is a pancake mix to put in your cupboard, and the milk and egg is only the amount per one cup of dry mix. It states that, I know, but for some reason I got confused and ended up with a whole lot more pancakes than I wanted! I liked this recipe because it had no oil, I used only egg whites, and while I would've liked the whole wheat flour, I only had all purpose, which worked fine. I made the banana blueberry kind but added more sugar and 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla. They were great and we will definately make them again. Oh one more note, you might want to spread them out a little more once you pour them in the pan so you don't have super thick pancakes with uncooked centers.
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Orange-Ginger Sweet Potato Casserole

Reviewed: Dec. 28, 2007
Great alternative to the overly sweet sweetpotato dishes! I do suggest that you do not waste time in roasting the potatoes - way too much time and effort. If you have a pot with a steam basket, try this: Fill pot with water (up to about 2 inches below basket) & start heating it up on the stove. While your water is heating, peel and cut your potatoes into pieces - as uniform as possible - so it cooks evenly. By the time you are done prepping, the water should be just about boiling. Just fill up the basket with your potatoes and place the lid on. It took me about 10 minutes to steam mine, because I cut it into about 1/2 inch squares. You will be able to tell when they are tender enough to mash in the processor and you don't have to wait for them to cool down like you would with baking! Makes the whole first step take about 20 minutes, versus 90+. I also added about a dozen drops of red pepper sauce (tapatio or you could use tabasco) - not enough to make it spicy, just to impart more depth to the flavor.
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Banoffee Pavlova

Reviewed: May 28, 2008
Amazing!!! This was my first experience with pavlova, and before I tried it I thought that the meringue part would be just kind of tasteless, but to those of you who don't know like I didn't, it is a rich, warm, toasty, delicious flavor! Combined with the caramel and bananas, it becomes something absolutely fabulous that is sure to impress all guests! I just made this for my family today, but next time we have guests over, I am making this! Thanks Trish, love it!
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All-Day Apple Butter

Reviewed: Aug. 16, 2008
The BEST apple butter I have ever had! My sister-in-law gave me a big bag of small tart green apples from her tree so this recipe came to mind thanks to a past recommendation from "TristansMom". The flavor is strong, sweet, slightly spicey and tart at the same time, and just the smell of it cooking all day is heavenly. Will definately make this again, thank you! P.S. Took Tristansmom's advice to put it hot on vanilla ice cream, add some caramel sauce and WOW!!!
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Colorful and Edible Play Dough

Reviewed: Jun. 29, 2009
This was super easy to make and the kids had fun making it and playing with it, but if edible means that you won't die by eating a little bit then sure, edible... but EW - this stuff is definately not meant to be eaten!! I'm pretty sure store bought play dough tastes better than this stuff! Great recipe for fun but the word "edible" threw me off quite a bit.
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Spinach Cheddar Muffins

Reviewed: Mar. 31, 2008
Making some revisions based on people's reviews, these are fabulous!!! For the dryness that everyone spoke of, I added two extra tablespoons of butter, extra cheese, and cooked for ten minutes less than suggested. For the blandness that was mentioned, I added 1/4 tsp of garlic salt and 1/4 tsp of onion powder and 1/4 cup of freshly grated dubliner cheese (like a sweet, bold paremsian cheese). Pair with a nice fruit salad and it would be a perfect brunch, will definately make again. Thanks for the new recipe!
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Garlic Deviled Eggs

Reviewed: Mar. 24, 2008
Yum! First time making these and we love em! Used just a tiny amount of garlic powder instead of fresh.
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Reviewed: Nov. 22, 2012
Mine didnt turn out as pretty as the picture, but they were so delicious!
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Raspberry-Glazed Rosemary Chicken

Reviewed: Oct. 10, 2007
This recipe was pretty good. I'm not a super great cook and I didn't have fresh herbs, only dried and unfortunately the cooking time was not long enough for the dried herbs so they were very crunchy and unpleasant. However, the flavor was good. For a little zing, I used olive oil and red wine vinegar instead of broth and I used dijon mustard instead of honey mustard. I will try this again with either fresh herbs or maybe in the crock pot with dried.
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Grandpa's Peanut Butter Fudge

Reviewed: Nov. 21, 2007
I've never had peanut butter fudge so this was a nice surprise. After seeing that some reviewers ended up with hard, gritty fudge, I was worried about over cooking this, so I cooked it to 240 degrees on my candy thermometer and it was too soft. Perhaps a specific temperature would help people obtain the right fudge consistency. I don't know what it is, but it's more than 240 :) Anyhow, I ended up with a substance that tasted like and was the same consistency as peanut butter cookie dough. This recipe yields alot, it made a 7x11" pan and probably could be stretched to a 9x13" too. Thanks for the recipe!
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Strawberry Syrup

Reviewed: Nov. 12, 2007
This was very tasty! Mine took about 8 minutes longer boiling to get a little thicker and still didn't reach desired consistency until after the french toast was eaten and the left over syrup was in the fridge. Next time I think I will use less sugar like others suggested, it was almost the sweetness of jam. A nice basic recipe though and will definately make this again, thank you!
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Peanut Butter Playdough

Reviewed: Sep. 18, 2007
Only used the first two ingredients like others suggested and it worked great! My two year old loved to have playdough she could eat, though just a few bites was plenty for a snack! And cutting the recipe down to 5 servings, there's still plenty left in the fridge for another day. Thanks for the recipe of a fun treat we all remember as kids!
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Alaskan Halibut Lasagna

Reviewed: Sep. 8, 2008
WOW!!! Hubby said this was the best meal I've ever prepared and company RAVED! I did make a few slight changes, but definately the praise is owed to the recipe and not my changes. Instead of halibut I used bay scallops, tilapia and shrimp, quickly seared and sauteed. I also added a layer of finely slivered veggies: italian squash, mushrooms and red bell pepper, also briefly sauteed. I mixed in a little fresh parmesan with the swiss cheese and added some garlic to the sauce. This dish is pricey (unless you've caught the seafood youself!) but I just know it will be a request again and again! Thank you for this recipe, it made me a goddess for a night! :)
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Dill Lemon Chicken Pasta Salad

Reviewed: Jan. 19, 2007
A yummy, light-tasting, refreshing summer dish! Instead of celery (I didn't have any) I used chopped green onions which added alot of flavor and I seasoned the chicken with lemon pepper and a touch of garlic. I also used whole milk instead of buttermilk. I would definately make this again, it's a hit!
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Fluffy Pancakes

Reviewed: Jun. 29, 2009
These were fabulous!!!
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Pumpkin Delight

Reviewed: Oct. 24, 2008
Sorry this recipe just didn't quite work. First of all, it wasn't very pumpkin-y or pumpkin pie-ish, just cool-whipish, so I ended up trippling the pumpkin pie spice and adding some extra cinnamon. Second of all, there was wayyy more than what was needed to fill a pie shell, what a waste. Finally, after waiting for it to set in the fridge for a few hours, I had to scoop it out of the shell and add another package of pudding to thicken it to make it pie or even pudding consistency. Sorry, won't be making this again.
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Asparagus Soup

Reviewed: Sep. 16, 2008
This recipe is so easy and so versatile. I love to play around with it by adding different things such as red bell pepper sauteed over the stove with the onion and parmesan cheese pureed in. I think it needs more than a dash of garlic, and fresh garlic makes it wonderful. Will definately use this recipe again, thank you!
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