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Double Layer Pumpkin Cheesecake

Reviewed: Nov. 22, 2011
I made this for my mom's birthday. Made with a graham cracker crust. I was nervous as I tried the creamcheese batter before putting it in the oven and to be honest I was underwhelmed. I bought a back-up pecan pie, just in case. Well I was pleasantly surprised to see everyone ranting and raving about the cheesecake (even my step father who doesn't like sweets). The store bought pie went virtually untouched. My mom called a few days later to say they were fighting over the last few pieces! Will make this again! :)
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Spaghetti Squash I

Reviewed: Apr. 4, 2011
This was my first time cooking with spaghetti squash and I was pleasantly surprised! I used a 1 pound (small) squash and cut it in half as directed. I ended up baking it face-down for 45 mins based on other reviews, and still think it could have cooked for another 10 minutes. I caramelized the onion in the saucepan for extra flavour and used 2 large cloves of garlic. As tomatoes are very expensive right now, I used a 398mL can of diced tomatoes and the flavour was gorgeous. I also used dried basil and left out the feta and olives as I didn't have any on hand. Both myself and my boyfriend (meat eater) loved it! I know this is a lot of changes, but I can imagine how much more flavour the feta and olives would add, and will definitely add them in the future! Thank you.
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Blueberry Breakfast Sauce

Reviewed: Apr. 2, 2011
I used a little less than 1/2 cup sugar and it was plenty sweet and used frozen organic wild blueberries. Otherwise I followed the recipe and it turned out beautifully. Thank you!
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Duck Breasts with Raspberry Sauce

Reviewed: Dec. 28, 2010
Excellent recipe - really important not to over-broil it at the end. The sea salt, cinnamon and sugar rub was too much, and I ended up using only about 3/4 of it. I used Triple Sec instead of Creme de Cassis due to availability which worked out just fine. Otherwise the dish was fantastic and received rave reviews at Christmas dinner.
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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Reviewed: Dec. 15, 2010
These are very tasty. I used a bit less sugar and chocolate chips than the recipe called for and still turned out delicious. Cover and refrigerate / freeze within a few days, otherwise you'll be left with hard muffins.
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Zucchini Brownies

Reviewed: Oct. 25, 2010
I made these brownies a few years ago, and recall them being pretty tasty. I could not detect any zucchini in them, and it lead to a very moist brownie. I decided to double the frosting for a birthday cake I made yesterday. Unfortunately the frosting was very powdery tasting (which makes sense given the ingredients). I would not make this in the future. So, my advice is to make the brownies without the frosting, or find a different one.
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Pizza Dough I

Reviewed: Oct. 7, 2010
I love this recipe! It will be my go-to pizza dough recipe from here on out. Super simple, I followed the ingredients and directions precisely and started to panic a little when our Kitchenaid Mixer wasn't forming the ingredients into a dough. Well, just about a minute or two later it really came together! Perfect sized dough, super easy to roll out and it was enough dough to fill out our very large round pizza pan. The dough itself rose beautifully when baked into a thick crust and tastes much better than store-bought. In the future I will add different herbs for additional flavour. Thank you!
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Triple Berry Crisp

Reviewed: Sep. 7, 2010
This was delicious!! I would give it 5 stars, but couldn't due to all the changes I made. I ended up using 3.5 cups of blackberries (a bit tart on their own) and 1 cup of a very ripe peach. I decided to cut down the white sugar to 2 tbsp and the brown sugar to 1 cup and found it was plenty sweet. I also cut down the butter to 1 cup and a bit less nutmeg as I find it to be a strong spice. I found that there was plenty of crumble mixture, and in the future would use 5-6 cups of fruit. I can't wait to try other combinations!
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California Italian Wedding Soup

Reviewed: Jun. 29, 2010
I made this recipe to a 't' with the exception of swapping out basil for lovage and thyme (what I had in my garden) and using slightly less chicken stock. I had to add a lot more liquid to the stock and ended up with a plain broth and relatively tasty meatballs. If I made this again I would have to add herbs and possibly veggies (carrots, potatoes, celery). Thank you for sharing this recipe, I'm sorry I didn't like it more!
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Red Cabbage and Apples

Reviewed: May 17, 2010
Awesome! I halved the recipe due to what I had on hand but wish I had more! The only change I made was using brown sugar instead of white. I cooked it a bit less than 25 minutes, probably about 15 minutes as I didn't want the veggies getting mushy. Will make again and again, perhaps add more apple too. Thank you!
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The Best Lemon Bars

Reviewed: Apr. 30, 2010
I really appreciated the helpful reviews that other bakers provided. I ended up adding about 1 tsp salt to the crust. It easily pressed into the dish and baked for about 25 mins - it's true it's better to overbake the crust than under bake. I don't like my baking too sweet, so I cut down the sugar by a few tablespoons and used 4 lemons to get just over 1/2 cup lemon juice (hand squeezed). A delicious fresh aroma filled the house as it baked. It was easy to cut and serve. Thank you for a wonderful recipe! I will make again but might tweak the sugar/lemon amounts a little next time.
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Homemade Black Bean Veggie Burgers

Reviewed: Mar. 19, 2010
This recipe is pretty good. The only changes I made was to use red pepper and dice it finely, sautee the diced onion prior to mixing. I didn't have any garlic or chili sauce. Otherwise I followed the recipe exactly. I think I will use a little less cumin next time, as I found it to be a little overpowering. Also, the bread crumbs I used were a little too fine, which resulted in a gummy texture. I will try another reviewer's suggestion of oats, or crispier bread crumbs. I didn't have a problem rolling these into patties, but they did come out a little dry. I associate this with the bread crumbs. Topped burger with cheese and avacodo. Mmm. Great healthy recipe!
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Lentil Soup

Reviewed: Feb. 23, 2010
Great basic soup, lots of room for modifications! We swapped out celery for green beans, dried parsley for basil (what we had on hand) and diced tomatoes instead of crushed tomatoes. Ended up using about 9 cups of water as we also added some diced red pepper to the mix. This very forgiving soup makes about 8 servings. I personally think it could benefit from more flavour. Perhaps adding some vegetable broth instead of some of the water? Either way the boyfriend loved it - and he's a meat and potatoes man!
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Carrot Oatmeal Muffins

Reviewed: Feb. 22, 2010
Awesome muffins! I followed the recipe exactly with the following exceptions: Lowered the amount of sugar, used applesauce instead of oil and left out the coconut due to personal preference. These were plenty sweet, so next time I'll lower the sugar to 1/2 cup total. They came out so moist and sweet, and I experimented with putting cream cheese in only a few. Both versions are delicous! Boyfriend also gives two thumbs up! Will put into my regular rotation. :)
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American Lasagna

Reviewed: Jan. 25, 2010
EDIT: This was our second time making this recipe and were eager to try some of our previous suggestions. We used around 1 pound of beef and found that to be a good amount. We added the cup of mushrooms to the onion/garlic mix again as well as 2 large shredded carrots and 1 cup chopped spinach to the ricotta mixture. We left out the salt and found it to be perfect. We put a thin layer of beef mixture on the bottom of the dish before the pasta as it wouldn't cook (oven-ready) without it, and used 3 lengthwise and another broken into 3 small pieces to extend to the end of the dish. It worked out really well! It worked out so well I will make it the same way next time, too! This recipe is very good, it was our first time making lasagna and we were very happy with the results! We used just over a pound of beef and we both agreed it was a little too much. We also added just over a cup of chopped mushrooms (to the onions, garlic and beef), and a cup of spinach to the ricotta mixture. We used approx. 2 cups of shredded mozzarella (to cut costs and our waistlines) and oven-ready lasagna noodles. We found it too salty, and will omit the additional salt as the cheese and tomato paste is salty on its own. We baked the dish for 45 minutes, but could have used 50 minutes. The flavours really meld well together and it is even better the following day! Next time I would like to add some more veggies - perhaps peppers and shredded carrots.
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Berry Oatmeal Muffins

Reviewed: Jan. 25, 2010
I made quite a few changes to this recipe, based on the ingredients I had on hand. Since I didn't have wheat germ I used a whole cup of oats, a little less than half a cup of sugar, and swapped oil for applesauce. I also used mixed frozen berries (raspberries, blackberries, blueberries) and heated them up in the microwave for about 45 seconds beforehand. Rather than mixing in the walnuts, I saved them to put on top prior to baking, and it turned out very pretty. My boyfriend and I could both do without the crumb topping, as it was a bit overkill. Overall though they are very tasty, just be careful not to overmix or they will be dense!
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Apple Pie by Grandma Ople

Reviewed: Jan. 1, 2010
Awesome! I loved the short and simple ingredient list, and didn't change a thing. This was my first-ever homemade apple pie that I baked for Christmas, and it turned out beautifully. Everyone loved it and the flavour was heavenly. The only thing I might change in the future is to use 7 apples instead of 8. My 9-inch pie dish was overflowing, and I think 7 apples would result in more buttery/sugar topping to go around. Thank you for sharing the recipe!
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Pecan Pie V

Reviewed: Jan. 1, 2010
Wow, this pie was fantastic! I baked it alongside an apple pie for Christmas and to my surprise the clear favourite was this one! Even the relatives that don't like nuts were ranting and raving. I followed the recipe to a 't' and the taste was superb. My only complaint would be that the top cracked a bit when baking, perhaps next year I will turn the heat down in the oven to prevent it. Otherwise this is my go-to pecan pie recipe!
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Salsa Chicken Rice Casserole

Reviewed: Dec. 10, 2009
I made quite a few changes, based on other reviews and what I had on hand, and probably shouldn't be reviewing so bear with me. Changes: Used 2 chicken breasts, 1 cup rice, about 1.5-2 cups cheddar / mozzarella cheese, 1/2 onion and 1/2 cup salsa. Added a roma tomato to make up for the salsa, small chipotle pepper, 1/2 tsp cumin and a handful of spinach. We sauteed the onion and cubed chicken in the same pan afterwards. Layered the dish as written and was pretty good, but I had to add some seasonings as mentioned above. I think some black beans and canned corn would work fabulously! It's a very forgiving recipe, have fun with it!
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Easy Pancakes

Reviewed: Nov. 27, 2009
These were really tasty and were quick and easy. I followed the recipe and added defrosting frozen fruit once the pancakes were in the pan. This is a great trick I learned so as to not colour the batter. With that said, I do prefer the flavour and lightness of the "Truck-Stop Buttermilk Pancakes" on this site. One more thing, this definitely was not 4 servings for us, 2 of us ate all of them are were pleasantly full.
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