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Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins

Reviewed: Sep. 11, 2007
My best friend and I used to work together . . . right across from a Starbucks. We loved getting their Pumpking Cream Cheese Muffins in the fall. When they stopped serving them, I found this recipe and made it right before my friend came over one night. We both loved them. She has since moved to another state and always asks me to make them when she comes to visit! My husband, who grudgingly tried these because he hates pumkin pie, also loves them. I did make a few variations. I make double the cream cheese mixture (and I've never had a problem when the cream cheese touches the paper cup). I leave out the pecans, and I add some pumpkin pie spice. I also substitute canola oil for the olive oil.
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Marinara Sauce III

Reviewed: Sep. 11, 2007
I was surprised when I saw celery and carrot in a marinara sauce, but it came out great! I did make some variations. For the meat lovers coming to dinner, I made as recommended, but added ground beef. For the veggie lovers, I added zucchini, broccoli, yellow squash, and a little red wine. Everyone loved it.
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My Mom's Chocolate Cake

Reviewed: Oct. 31, 2006
I followed this recipe exactly, and it turned out to be delicious. Instead of making a cake, I made cupcakes and iced them with "Chocolate Frosting III." I made them for both my husband and I to bring to work, and they were devoured! Everyone raved about them!
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Grilled Zucchini Pizza

Reviewed: Oct. 8, 2011
These were great! I did make a few changes....I didn't feel like starting up the grill for these only, so I lined a baking sheet with foil and put a cooling rack on top of the foil. I dipped the zucchini in the garlic butter (both sides) and laid on top of the cooling rack. Then, I made sure to put the little pieces of garlic on each slice. I put my oven on broil (high) and let them cook for a few minutes and then flipped them. I did not have any tomato sauce in the house, but I did have tomatoes. So, I thinly sliced a tomato and topped each slice of zucchini with one. Then, I returned to the oven for a few minutes. Next, I topped with a turkey pepperoni and then mozzarella cheese and returned to the oven until the cheese go bubbly. It was delicious!
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Plum Blueberry Upside Down Cake

Reviewed: Jul. 29, 2011
This was delicious! I made a few revisions....I used salted butter instead of margarine and omitted the salt. I added about 1/2 a package of vanilla instant pudding mix and 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon to the flour mixture. I used almond extract instead of vanilla. Also, I had to bake about 15 minutes longer than the recipe said, but that may just be my oven. Other than that, I stuck to the recipe, and it turned out perfectly and tasted delicious!
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Favorite Corn Bread

Reviewed: Nov. 23, 2007
I experimented with this recipe before Thanksgiving, and was not crazy about it - I prefer a sweeter corn bread. For Thanksgiving, I used this recipe as a base, but doubled the sugar, substituted butter flavored shortening for the regular shortening, decreased the milk slightly, and added almost 1/2 a can of cream corn. That gave the bread a wonderful, moist consistency. I also made another batch but boiled craisins in a little sugar water for about 5 minutes (just until they were moist). I then added those to the batter before baking. Both types were a hit on Thanksgiving - especially the batch with the craisins!
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Easy Morning Glory Muffins

Reviewed: Aug. 27, 2011
These were great! I did make a few changes: I used half brown sugar & half white sugar, added a little less than 1/4 tsp of nutmeg, and reduced the baking soda to 1-3/4 tsp and added 1/4 tsp of baking powder. I, also, left out the raisins, coconut and nuts, because I didn't have them in the house. I left the skin on the apple, since it was being grated (most of the nutrients are in the skin). The end result was delicious. Even my husband who doesn't like carrots liked it!
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Chocolate Covered Cherries

Reviewed: Feb. 14, 2007
These were very good, but a little difficult to make. I took the advise of another reviewer and froze the fondant and the cherries. That made the process a lot easier, but it was still time consuming. I also used a fraction of the fondant that the recipe called for. I made three types: semi-sweet chocolate, white chocolate, and cherry-flavored chocolate. I brought them to work for Valentine's Day, and disappeared quickly!
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Shortbread Cookies II

Reviewed: Dec. 9, 2007
These were great! I made some plain, and then I made another batch with a twist. I topped the cookies with seedless raspberry preserves, and then froze them. While they were in the freezer, I melted dark chocolate in a double boiler. I then removed the cookies from the freezer and dipped them in the melted chocolate. I set the cookies on wax paper and placed in the refrigerator for the chocolate to harden. They were a hit!
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Pareve Corn Kugel

Reviewed: Sep. 9, 2007
This was really good. I made it for my family on Passover, and everyone loved it! I've gotten several requests for it since.
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Fettuccine with Sweet Pepper-Cayenne Sauce

Reviewed: Mar. 30, 2012
This was delicious, but I made several modifications. I used a 16 oz package of pasta and added baked chicken, 1/2 an onion and mushrooms, and then doubled the sauce. I used a lot less cayenne pepper than the recipe called for. First, in a saute pan, I melted butter in a little olive oil. Then, I sauteed the peppers and onions until very tender (longer than 5 minutes). I removed them from the pan and put them in a blender, along with some of the chicken broth. I pureed this until it was smooth and added a couple of tbsp of cream. Meanwhile, I added sliced mushrooms to the pan with the garlic. Then, I returned the sauce to the pan, added the sour cream, cayenne pepper, and Parmesan cheese. Because of other reviews saying that the sauce was runny, I added the broth slowly but wound up using all of it. I added the cooked pasta to the sauce and let it simmer for a few minutes to soak up some of the sauce. The result was a creamy, delicious dish!
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Pasta With Tuna Sauce

Reviewed: Aug. 9, 2011
I probably tripled most of the spices, added a roasted yellow pepper, fresh basil, salt & pepper. I, also, used fresh tomatoes instead of canned, but I used more than one can's worth of tomatoes. I par cooked a package of whole wheat spaghetti, and then added it, along with approx. 2 cups of the starchy pasta water, to the sauce. I cooked until the pasta absorbed most of the sauce. Before I added more spices, this was very bland and tasted mostly like canned tuna. After, it was ok for a quick & cheap meal, but not great.
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Beef Yakitori

Reviewed: Aug. 4, 2011
This was delicious! I made almost as the recipe stated. My husband and I are not big lemon fans, so I reduced the amount of lemon juice. I did not have green onions, but I added some thinly sliced onions to the marinade. Also, we didn't feel like getting the grill set up for this little amount of meat, so I cooked it in a frying pan. After the meat was cooked (we like our steak medium), I removed the steak & set aside on a plate. Then, I added a little more oil, to the pan, and some already cooked brown rice. Then, I added sweet soy sauce, a little more ginger, sesame seeds and frozen peas. Once the peas were cooked (just a few minutes), I added the steak back to the pan. We had a one pan hit! My husband & I loved it!
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Creamy Chocolate Crescents

Reviewed: Sep. 11, 2007
I was really surprised by these. They came out very good. The almond extract was a great touch.
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Apricot Brisket

Reviewed: Apr. 6, 2007
This was great! It was the first time that I made brisket, and I was making it for my family for Passover. I put some additional onion soup mix in the water that surrounded the brisket since a few others said that they would use another packet of onion soup next time. Everyone loved it . . . it went faster than everything else (there were hardly any leftovers)!
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Polish Sausage and Pierogy Haluski

Reviewed: Oct. 17, 2013
This was delicious!!! I made this using the "Pierogi (Polish Dumpling)" recipe on this site intesd of using frozen. Also, I cooked the onion and cabbage for a little bit, then added no sodium beef broth and covered. When the cabbage was done, I put it in a bowl, melted a little butter in the pan and added the kielbasa & pierogies until they got a little carmelization. It was amazing!
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Fluffy Pancakes

Reviewed: Mar. 4, 2012
These were so easy and great tasting! I was out of all-purpose flour, so I subbed self-rising. Because of this, I used less than a teaspoon of baking powder. I increased the sugar slightly. I used salted butter instead of shortening, so I, also, omitted the salt. After I mixed the wet and dry ingredients, the batter seemed a little thick, so a added another splash of milk. The final result was light, fluffy, and delicious pancakes!
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Cocktail Meatballs

Reviewed: Dec. 24, 2011
These were very good. I had ground beef in freezer bags in the freezer, so I don't know exactly how much I used, but I'm guessing 2+ pounds. Then, I used 1 bottle of Heinz Chili Sauce and (1) 14 oz can of cranberry sauce. I didn't measure the other ingredients (just eye-balled it), but I could definitely still taste the tartness of the cranberries, more in the aftertaste than the actual bite. I like cranberries, but my husband doesn't (and neither do a lot of our guests). Since everyone likes sweet party meatballs, I tried adding just a little more brown sugar, and it took the tartness away. The other thing that I changed was the cooking time. After cooking in the crockpot on high for 1 hour, the onions in the meatballs still had a slight crunch. I added another 1-1/2 hours to the crockpot, and they came out moist and delicious. There weren't many leftovers, but my husband and I made little sandwiches with Hawaiian bread, and it was great!
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Gingerbread Boy Cookies

Reviewed: Dec. 22, 2011
I was making gingerbread cookies for my class, so I decided to try this recipe (because I've never been a big gingerbread fan, but I like a softer cookie). I did double the spices as others suggested, and I added some nutmeg and cloves. The kids loved them (said I was the best teacher ever), and my husband said that they were by far the best gingerbread cookie he's ever tasted!
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Braised Pork Ragu

Reviewed: Sep. 8, 2011
I thought this was very good but not amazing. I used boneless pork chops (they were on sale) and only used about 2.25 pounds. I, also, doubled the spices (I used fresh sage and rosemary) and added mushrooms, 2 garlic cloves, an extra carrot and a little extra wine. I did not have a problem with the sauce thickening, but I probably cooked it on a low boil for about an hour. I served over brown rice and it made a fairly healthy, satisfying meal.
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