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Petit Pain Au Chocolate

Reviewed: Jan. 23, 2006
I had hardly anything in the house to make a dessert for company last night. I did have the ingredients for this recipe though. I wanted to make the filling creamier so I combined 3 oz of cream cheese with 2 tablespoons of sugar and a teaspoon of vanilla and put a spoonful of the mixture in with the milk chocolate chips. It turned out to be a very easy, very tasty dessert. I do not think 350 degrees is the right temperature to cook these at though... after 15 minutes at 350, the pastry had puffed hardly at all. I turned the oven up to 375 at that point and it did puff some, but I think I would have had a flakier result if the oven had been 375 from the beginning.
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Coconut Pie

Reviewed: Jan. 8, 2006
My husband and I did not enjoy this pie very much when we first tried it. The filling was too eggy. I added about 1/2 cup of mini chocolate chips to the filling to make it even more like a Mounds bar and I think it was a good addition. The very edge of the pie, where the filling touched the crust and got the most cooked, was chewy and macaroon-like, and I liked that part. I'm not sure how to get the rest of the pie to be the same, maybe 1 less egg, more coconut and a higher cooking temperature. After refirgeration for 24 hours, I took the remaining pie to the office and everyone was raving about it, so I tried another piece and it was better then it had been the day before.
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Mama's Italian Wedding Soup

Reviewed: Jan. 1, 2006
Delicious! I used 1 cup of bread crumbs in the meatballs. I added a squeeze of fresh lemon juice to the pot (that seems to get rid of the "canned broth" smell somehow). I've never made a recipe where meatballs weren't browned first, but I didn't pre-cook them. The soup wasn't greasy and the meatballs weren't too anemic loooking. I used my small cookie scoop for the meatballs and it was easy and quick! I used orzo pasta and precooked it and added it to the soup right at the end to avoid having it absorb all the broth. The best thing was that my husband was pretty sure he was not going to like this soup and after he tried it, he liked it a lot.
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Lemon Whip Dessert

Reviewed: Dec. 31, 2005
My husband got this recipe from somewhere and loves to make it. I think it is good too, but super sweet and rich, I can't eat very much of it. The salted crackers (we use Ritz) make the crust a nice contrast, I think if you used a graham cracker crust it wouldn't be as good because the filling is so sweet.
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Chow Mein Noodle Cookie

Reviewed: Dec. 26, 2005
It is kind of embarassing that this simple recipe is my husband's favorite of everything I make at Christmastime. He loves them, and I get lots of "yum!" comments from others too. I do add about 1 tb of vegetable shortening to the butterscotch chips to help them melt more smoothly (don't use butter or margarine, it could cause the chips to seize up).
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Apple Crisp III

Reviewed: Dec. 20, 2005
I needed to find an apple crisp that didn't have oatmeal in the topping because my H won't eat it. The recipe as published doesn't get highest marks but with some adjustments it is good. I use brown sugar instead of white in the topping and add a pinch of salt. Also, the apples don't really need any water, you'll only have a soupy crisp.
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Rum Cookie Balls

Reviewed: Dec. 18, 2005
I'm not sure my review counts for much since I was forced to make some modifications to the recipe. We have a nut allergy in the family so I tried to think of a substitute and decided on cherries. I drained and finely chopped a 6 oz jar of marischino cherries. I then discovered I only had 1/4 cup of rum, so I added 1/4 cup of the maraschino juice to bring the liquid up to 1/2 cup. My rum balls came out quite nice, someone even asked me for the recipe. 1/2 cup of rum would make them very strong because they are pretty potent with only 1/4 cup!
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Yummy Quiche

Reviewed: Dec. 18, 2005
This was good, but the taste of the green chiles isn't very apparent. I think the bacon overpowers it. I sauteed my onions before adding to the egg mixture because I don't care for the sharp flavor they have otherwise. There was enough filling to fill two frozen store-bought (Marie Callendar brand) piecrusts.
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Peppermint Meltaways

Reviewed: Dec. 17, 2005
A very pretty cookie and tasty too. Delicate and buttery, like a shortbread. DO NOT overbake these. Cook only till just barely browned on the edges or they will be dry as dust!
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Dad's Kentucky Home Fries

Reviewed: Dec. 17, 2005
Very good potatoes. Not something we can get away with eating every day, but a special treat once in a while. I partially pre-cook the potatoes in the microwave (or use leftovers) so they cook up quicker and splatter less in the pan.
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Green Grape Salad

Reviewed: Dec. 17, 2005
Wow, I am amazed that such simple ingredients produce a salad so delicious! I put it together this afternoon for a brunch tomorrow and if I keep sampling it, there won't be any left by then. Instead of pecans I used toasted hazelnuts and mixed them with a few more tablespoons of brown sugar and sprinkled them over the top rather than mixing them in so they would retain more crunch. I used almost exactly 4 pounds of grapes. Half red, half green. There is plenty of dressing, you could probably increase the grapes by another pound, but it's a huge bowl full as it is. I will probably wait till summer to make it again, it was expensive in December!
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Cherry Bomb

Reviewed: Nov. 27, 2005
Yum! A "Shirley Temple" for grownups, who wouldn't love that?
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Homemade Noodles

Reviewed: Nov. 27, 2005
These are soooo good! No comparison to packaged "egg noodles". The chewy texture can't be beat. A few hints: -I don't think the recipe will turn out without the addition of a little bit of liquid, I usually add 2 tablespoons of milk along with the lightly beaten egg. -The dough is very elastic, let it rest for 10-15 minutes before rolling it out and it will be easier to work with. -Roll dough out to a 12"x16" rectangle, let rest 20 minutes, dust with flour, roll it up loosely, slice through the roll with a sharp knife (I do thinner slices than 1/2 inch). -Spread cut noodles out on a flour dusted tea towel to dry for an hour or two before adding to broth.
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Scented Applesauce-Cinnamon Ornaments

Reviewed: Nov. 25, 2005
Making ornaments with this dough is a lot of fun and the result smells delightful! 1 1/2 cups applesauce to 2 cups cinnamon works for me to get a clay-like consistency. Dust hands with cinnamon for handling. You can add a teaspoon of cloves, ginger and allspice to round out the fragrance. To get them dry quicker, bake on an ungreased cookie sheet at 150 degrees for one hour. Remove from the cookie sheets and bake on the oven racks for another hour and a half. (Don't roll thinner than 1/4 inch if you're using this method.)
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Green Bean Casserole I

Reviewed: Nov. 25, 2005
I made it to adulthood having never tasted "Green Bean Casserole" so this Thanksgiving I decided to see what all the fuss was about. Now that I have tried it, I think I can probably skip it for the rest of my life. The beans were so mushy and the sauce was bland.
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Down Home Macaroni and Cheese

Reviewed: Nov. 24, 2005
This certainly satisfied my craving for macaroni and cheese! The only problem I had with it is that I think it was a little too "pasty". The flour thickening could be reduced a bit to make the dish more creamy.
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Southern Candied Sweet Potatoes

Reviewed: Nov. 20, 2005
Excellent recipe! Much easier than the way I made them in the past. I needed a large dutch oven sized pot to cook six sweet potatoes though. I left them in large chunks so they wouldn't disintigrate while cooking. The addition of vanilla is awesome but my family doesn't care for cinnamon and nutmeg in their candied sweet potatoes, so I added the zest of one small orange which added a nice flavor. I've made this twice now, once with the yellow "sweet potatoes" and once with the orange "yams" (though I guess they are all technically yams, my mom swears there is difference and only buys the "sweet potatoes"). The yellow ones came out firmer, the orange yams got mushy.
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Apple Lasagna

Reviewed: Sep. 11, 2005
Substitute cream cheese for the ricotta for a richer result.
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Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball

Reviewed: Aug. 30, 2005
Mine never became really firm, but it did stay relatively in shape after I took it out of the plastic wrap and put it on the serving plate. Thinking about the recipe, all it really is is cream cheese frosting with chocolate chips in it, so the expectation that it would ever get as firm as a "real" cheese ball is probably unrealistic. Everyone who tried it thought it was really good and several people asked for the recipe. I thought the taste of butter was a little too dominant and I might try it with only 1/4 cup next time.
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Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball

Reviewed: Aug. 30, 2005
I wouldn't say this "tastes just like cookie dough" but a lot of people thought it LOOKED like cookie dough. Mine never became really firm, but it did stay relatively in shape after I took it out of the plastic wrap and put it on the serving plate. Thinking about the recipe, all it really is is cream cheese frosting with chocolate chips in it, so the expectation that it would ever get as firm as a "real" cheese ball is probably unrealistic. Everyone who tried it thought it was really good and several people asked for the recipe. I thought the taste of butter was a little too dominant and I might try it with only 1/4 cup next time.
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