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Ellen's Muffaletta Pasta Salad

Reviewed: Mar. 14, 2015
This is a Family Favorite!
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Soft Oatmeal Cookies

Reviewed: Sep. 27, 2014
I tried this recipe and I think they were AMAZING!! BUT, I did add a few things and I agree with the other reviewers and added less salt (1/2 tsp). I did add 1 tsp of baking powder in addition to the baking soda, I also used the 1 1/2 tsp of cinnamon but then added 1/2 tsp of ground allspice,and 1/4 tsp ground cloves. I used Quaker Old Fashioned Oats instead of Quick Cooking and added 1 Cup chopped pecans. These cookies spread nicely, and then flattened out as they cooled. My oven runs a little cool, so I set the temp to 375 degrees F and left them in the oven until they were golden brown. That required baking them for 12-14 min. instead of the recommended 8-10. Finally the other thing I did a little differently was to use a 1 inch cookie/ice cream scoop. I cooked them on a sheet of parchment on the cookie sheet and it was not necessary to flatten them. They spread really nicely. While they were slightly warm, my husband an I ate a half dozen sitting there. They were warm and chewy. Later when they had fully cooled, they got a little more crisp, but still had some chew to them. My husband said they were the best oatmeal cookies he ever had. I highly recommend this recipe and I added it to the family recipe book we keep for ourselves online. This is the only recipe I will use from now on. Thanks for posting this recipe!!!
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Double Chocolate Pie

Reviewed: Aug. 29, 2014
This is a great recipe, but if you make it, be sure after you add the eggs, to bring it back up to a boil, and once it is boiling, let it bubble for a full minute or even maybe two minutes. There is an enzyme in eggs that needs to be killed by the heat. The enzyme liquefies protein coagulation, so if you do not kill it with the boiling, your pudding will liquefy after it thickens.
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Ellen's Homemade Breakfast Sausage

Reviewed: Aug. 5, 2014
This is the best Breakfast Sausage I ever ate, and the best part is that I know all of the ingredients, and there is no artificial chemicals or enhancement! YUMM!
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Christmas Cake

Reviewed: Nov. 8, 2013
I made this recipe today and loved it. However, I admit I did change what fruits I added. I left out the citron instead adding a cup of dried cranberries and a cup of candied pineapple that I snipped into smaller pieces. I also add a lot of nuts in addition to the almonds. I added 1/2 cup each of pecans, chopped walnuts and chopped hazelnuts. I added the zest of a lemon to the dry ingredients, and to the apple juice mixture I added a tsp of vanilla, and 1T of Grand marnier. Because of the extra ingredients, I added an extra 1/4 cup of flour to the flour that was mixed with the fruits and nuts. I did not change the batter quantities at all except I used extra large eggs instead of large eggs. Finally, while it was baking, I opened the oven door at every 1 hour interval or whenever the top looked dry, and brushed on a Basting liquid of 1/2c of apple juice plus 2T of Brandy +2T of Grand Marnier and 1/4 cup whiskey. This cake looks and smells delicious, but I will not taste it until a month from now. I have looked online at many other recipes, and I think this is the best. Thanks for submitting!
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Thanksgiving Pumpkin Slush Cake

Reviewed: Oct. 27, 2013
My family loves this. They have asked me to make it for Thanksgiving instead of Pumpkin Pie.
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Cream Cheese Squares

Reviewed: Oct. 19, 2013
I made this wonderful recipe today and it was just delicious. I did make a minor adjustment. I only used 2/3 cup of sugar instead of 1 cup when whipping the cream cheese layer. I also adjusted the recipe by adding 1/2 of a 12oz can of Solo brand Poppyseed Filling, spread in a thin layer on top of the cream cheese layer before adding the top layer of dough. The resulting coffeecake was fabulous. I have added a photo.
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Thanksgiving Pumpkin Slush Cake

Reviewed: Oct. 4, 2013
My Family loves this dessert. My daughter and her husband have requested I make this for Thanksgiving instead of Pumpkin Pie. I always use real whipped cream, and I also make sure to use 3 half pints of whipped cream, one for each of the creamy layers and topping. If you find the crust to be too thick, reduce the flour to 1 cup.
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Bowties with Italian Sausage in a Cream Basil Sauce

Reviewed: Mar. 13, 2013
This is a recipe I have used for years, except we use heavy cream, it is richer. It is a family favorite and I highly recommend it. We also add 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat leaf parsley and instead of fresh tomatoes, we use 1 11oz. can of petite diced tomatoes. Anyway you do it, you will love it. (We also use 1/2 cup of parmesan instead of what the above recipe states)
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Thanksgiving Leftover Stuffed Shells

Reviewed: Jan. 5, 2013
Family loved it the weekend following Thanksgiving. Very rich and delicious!
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Banana Cream Pie I

Reviewed: Nov. 11, 2012
I use this recipe every time I make banana Cream pie, it is a family favorite. There is no other recipe that can match the flavor of the pudding. Cornstarch and packaged puddings are not nearly as flavorful in my opinion. I give it 5 stars, for the flavor, but I do not understand why you added the step to bake the pie for another 15 minutes. It is not necessary. Instead make sure you cook the pudding for a full 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly, then pour it into the pie shell, cover with a layer of plastic wrap as you would for pudding and let it cool in the refrigerator. I remove the plastic wrap and then cover the whole pie with whipped cream and serve. For those that had a runny pie, it is probably because raw egg yolks have an enzyme that breaks down the thickener. That is why you MUST heat that pudding for the recommended 2-3 minutes in order to kill the enzyme in the egg yolk or they will destroy the thickener and it will be runny. One final note, make sure you use REAL Vanilla extract, not imitation. I use one and a half teaspoons when I make this pie.
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Carrot Cake

Reviewed: Sep. 9, 2012
I began to put this cake together and realized I did not have enough pineapple, nor did I have any coconut! I had already mixed the the sugar oil and eggs, so I had to do something. I had 2/3 cup of pineapple, and knew I needed at least 1.5 cups. So, I peeled a juicy pear, chopped it up really fine, and did the same with a very fragrant sweet apple. Together it made another 2/3 cup of fruit. I also decided to soak a cup of raisins in 2 tablespoons Grand Marnier and 2 tablespoons boiling water. When they had plumped up, I added them with the other fruit too. To the dry ingredients, I also added 1/4 tsp of grated nutmeg, along with 1 tsp grated orange zest and 1 tsp grated lemon zest. This cake was absolutely delicious! I will use this recipe over and over. Since my husband hates coconut, he appreciated it not being there, however, I think it would only have enhanced this recipe. I strongly urge anyone to try this cake. My only criticism is that the frosting was a little bit too sweet, and I would look for a different cream cheese recipe for the the frosting.
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Premium Pizza Crust

Reviewed: Sep. 1, 2012
I have made this recipe using both methods. The sponge method works great and if you want same day pizza, don't worry, it comes out FABULOUS! My family loves the tender crust. The dough is a little sticky, but try to use a bench scraper and dust your hands and counter well with flour. I do not knead it very long, maybe just two to three times, and try to just form it into a ball with floured hands. After the dough has risen and it has been divided in half, I put the toppings on the pizza once I have stretched the dough into the pan. Then I let the pizza rise for about an hour before I bake it. Just really try to avoid adding too much extra flour. I then crank the oven up and preheat it to 450 degrees F and bake the pizza for 7 minutes, turn it around and bake another 3-5 minutes. I check it often at the end so I do not burn it. My Hubby and daughter call it Crack Pizza! My daughter told me it is totally addicting, she tries to eat one piece, but the smell and flavor call to her and she can not stop herself from eating more. Thank you for this wonderful recipe, I will never use any other!
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