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Whole Wheat Banana Nut Bread

Reviewed: Mar. 14, 2008
OH MY! I've tried SO many healthy quick breads and this is the BEST! I don't know why I waited so long to try this one. This is how I will use all my old bananas from now on. I did add some cinnamon, a pinch of nutmeg, and a bit more canola oil (after reading the reviews). I think next time I will try with applesauce- I didn't have any in the house today. Maybe agave nectar in place of some of the honey. Awesome bread! I felt like I was being naughty and eating something unhealthy. I'm going to make another loaf tomorrow. Love it!
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Zesty Pita Chips

Reviewed: Mar. 3, 2008
We used 100% whole wheat pita bread- very tasty. My toddlers didn't like it with the spices- but it left more for my husband and I. :) We dipped them in pasta sauce. A good healthy treat. Yum!
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Cinnamon Bread I

Reviewed: Feb. 27, 2008
Good! After reading all the reviews- I tripled the topping- put 2/3 inside and 1/3 on top. Then I drizzled some icing on top- yum!
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Anna's Chocolate Chip Cookies

Reviewed: Feb. 27, 2008
Easy and delicious! I think these are my new favorites!
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Peppermint Meringues

Reviewed: Feb. 10, 2008
Wonderful recipe. You can make many variations with this. Great just the way they are too! I recently skipped the salt and the candy canes and made 3 different flavors for my daughter's princess party. We added 1/2 tsp. of pure vanilla extract to one batch, 1/2 tsp. almond extract to the 2nd batch, and 1/4 tsp. peppermint extract to the 3rd batch. We added pink gel food coloring to some and purple to others. Before we put them in the oven we sprinkled them with pink and purple colored sugar. They were a huge hit! The kids loved making these and eating them. Fun! Other variations: mix some of the crushed candy canes right in the cookie mix before baking, or mix in lemon juice, or chocolate chips, or nuts, etc. I have also baked these at 250 for 1 hour and then turn the oven off and leave the oven door closed for 10 more minutes before removing. Perfect!
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Kellogg's® Rice Krispies Treats® Cut-Outs

Reviewed: Feb. 10, 2008
Easy! The kids loved making these, and eating these! My girls and I cut out hearts and tiaras for their princess party. I used gel food coloring added to the marshmallow mixture. I used Betty Crocker's butter cream frosting- the only kind I make- and added some gel food coloring to this as well. They were a big hit at the party. Fun fun fun!
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Golden Sweet Cornbread

Reviewed: Feb. 10, 2008
A good cornbread recipe. I made them into muffins and they turned out good and stayed moist.
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Throw Together Mexican Casserole

Reviewed: Feb. 7, 2008
Very easy, very good. The nice thing with this recipe is that you can use what you have in the house- many variations. It turned out delicious with the substitutions I made with what I had to work with! Used ground turkey in place of ground beef, didn't have the olives so I skipped them (although I'm sure it would be great with them too!), used whole wheat spiral noodles in place of egg noodles, used enchilada seasoning packet instead of taco seasoning. Added a little cheese on top near the end of cooking time. I think using the enchilada mix was the best substitution I could have made- they did taste like enchiladas! Yum! Even yum after the healthy substitutions I made too! I think next time I will have to cut up some more vegies to mix in (aka hide in for the kiddies). Such as onion, carrot, peppers, etc. One tip for adding healthy vegies to any dish: even though my kids have out grown baby food- I still buy it to add to dishes so I don't have to puree it and they don't see it. Pureed carrots go great in chilis, Mexican dishes, Italian dishes, etc. And sweet potatoes go great in mac and cheese! :)
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Hot Fudge Ice Cream Bar Dessert

Reviewed: Feb. 4, 2008
This dessert is AWESOME! So easy, yet people think you slaved over it. And talk about yummy! There are many variations you can use with this recipe as well. The fist time I made this I left out the peanuts (for the kids), added 1 jar of caramel to the chocolate/peanut butter mixture, and sprinkled toffee bits on top. I'm sure this would be great with peanuts, or with hot fudge sauce instead of chocolate syrup. I would caution mixing caramel and hot fudge sauce as substitutions though- it is too sweet that way. Since I love chocolate and mint together- I think I will try mint chocolate chip ice cream sandwiches next time- using hot fudge sauce and leaving out the peanut butter and nuts. I will mix some mint extract in the whipped topping and I will crush some candycanes or andes mints on top. Oh- and like the other reviews say- spread the chocolate layers on the sandwiches before the whipped topping layers, it's much easier that way. Yum!!! Will definately make this over and over for family/friend get-togethers.
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Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

Reviewed: Feb. 4, 2008
These cookies are delicious! Some of the best traditional chocolate cookies I've ever had. I have always liked the original Nestle recipe- and these are similar. I think I'm going to have to make both and compare tastes. Using the medium sized- pampered chef scoop this recipe made 4 dozen. I did have to bake them for 14-15 minutes on my air-bake sheets- still at 350 degrees. Just as the recipe says- crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside- just the way I like them! Delicious!
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Cappuccino Muffins

Reviewed: Feb. 4, 2008
Yes, these are very tasty! They went over well at Bible study this morning! Next time I think I will try dry cappuccino mix instead of instant coffee like one reviewer mentioned- I think I would like the taste even better. I only needed to bake them for 21 minutes. Although I was impressed with the muffin, I wasn't overly impressed with the topping. These would be good with a different crumble topping or icing drizzle. Overall- great recipe!
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Pumpkin Protein Cookies

Reviewed: Feb. 1, 2008
These cookies are very good! My kids enjoyed making these and eating them. It's always fun when they don't know they are eating something healthy! I used 1/3 cup honey instead of Splenda, 1 1/2 cup rolled oats, 3 tsp. cinnamon instead of 2, and organic millet flour instead of the soy flour. I think these would also be good with agave nectar in place of the honey. I may try that next time. I think they would be good with raisins too. Oh- I almost forgot- I doubled the amount of pumpkin and baked them for 8-9 mintues instead and they turned out great. Doing it this way made 20 cookies. A tasty healthy treat. Definately will make them again!
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Whole Wheat Maple Quick Bread

Reviewed: Jan. 31, 2008
I love how this comes out so moist! especially for a whole wheat bread. the other plus- my kids really like this bread better than a lot of whole grain breads I make. the minuses- a bit shy on taste, and it seems to have a weird smell to it . I'm not sure what gives it that smell- the yogurt? I've tried this a few different times- once like the recipe says and later with different variations to try to get rid of the smell. Once I decreased the milk to 1/4 cup, added 1/2 cup of pumpkin puree and double the cinnamon for more taste, also I've tried using vanilla soymilk in place of the milk. Neither seemed to help. I do LOVE how the consistancy of the bread turns out so I will continue to play with this recipe and find something that works- maybe change out the yogurt for applesauce? not sure. Definately is better with added something like pumpkin, zucchini, carrots, raisins, etc.
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Tasty Fried Eggplant Balls

Reviewed: Jan. 31, 2008
I thought these were yummy! I pureed the eggplant after it was cooked, skipped the green peppers because I was out of them, used more cheese- about 3/4 cup, doubled the eggs (both for in the balls and in the dipping process- 4 total), and used whole wheat bread crumbs. I did need more bread crumbs for the dipping (about double). My toddlers thought these were chicken nuggets and dipped them in ketchup- which tasted good to me too. next time I will try them with the green pepper or double the paprika. good!
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Raspberry Cake

Reviewed: Jan. 27, 2008
As the other reviews said- very refreshing and cool taste. I loved how the cake turned out with the raspberries baked right in! Yum! I think 12 oz. coolwhip was too much for the topping- 8 oz. would have been perfect. This cake would be tasty cut into cubes and made into a trifle with pudding/cool whip layers and fruit layers. Will make again.
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Debdoozie's Blue Ribbon Chili

Reviewed: Jan. 27, 2008
Delicious and EASY! I make this ALL the time! I use Pace Picante mild salsa, 1 package of chili seasoning, and melt some cheddar cheese on top. This would be good with more beans too- but is terrific as is!!!
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Mary's Roasted Red Pepper Dip

Reviewed: Jan. 27, 2008
This was a hit! I only used one garlic clove and was still a bit "garlicy". Looking at some of the other reviews- I would like to try this with some hot peppers next time- or a bit of hot sauce. I baked it in a crock-pot and served it with yellow corn tortilla chips- yum!
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No Bake Cookies III

Reviewed: Jan. 25, 2008
Good- but not as good as the recipe like it called "preacher cookies". The extra cocoa gives it what this recipe is lacking.
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Broccoli Sausage Simmer

Reviewed: Jan. 24, 2008
This was excellent. I used JennieO's turkey sausage for something healthier (it would be good with venison too), 1/2 frozen bag of California blend vegies in place of broccoli, 1 small sweet onion in place of the red onion, my can of diced tomatoes was flavored in the can with basil, garlic, and oregano, I added a little dried parsley, skipped the sugar, and used the multi-colored spirals. My husband loved it! He thought it tasted like a good jerky he had before and loved the mixture of spices. I also simmered it longer than the recipe suggested. I will definately make this again. It is a recipe that is easy to vary depending on what you have in the house. I will try whole grain pasta next time to make it even healthier. Yum!
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Buttery Soft Pretzels

Reviewed: Jan. 24, 2008
These are very yummy and I have others ask for the recipe. The first time I made these, I made 1/2 butter/kosher salt and 1/2 cinnamon sugar/honey butter. The cinnamon ones were the favorite! They would be excellent for bread sticks as well I'm sure! Here's what I do: I cut the flour down to 4 cups not 5- definately do this! Also- 4 tsp. of yeast equals 2 packets. I let the dough rise 1 1/2 hours on the counter and then in the fridge overnight, I spread the dough out on the counter and use a pizza cutter to divide it into 16 pieces (not 12). That way there are more servings and they are still definately big enough. Don't skip the baking soda step. If I want to make salted pretzels I sprinkle the kosher salt (sparingly) on before baking (for cinnamon sugar of course I don't add this step). Bake on a high rack in the oven at 415 degrees- not 450. When they come out I brush on melted butter. For cinnamon sugar pretzels (our favorite!) I brush on butter mixed with 2 T. honey and sprinkle with a mix of 1/2 cup sugar and 1 tsp. cinnamon. They are very tasty like this! I think next time I will try twisted breadsticks with a garlic/butter mix for the brushing.
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