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Boiled Bagels

Reviewed: Jan. 7, 2011
LOVE this bagel recipe. I ONLY use the boiling method when I make my bagels. They always come out chewier and more flavorful. I've done Rosemary bagels, cinnamon raisin, fennel sea salt bagels. I've tested dozens of variations. **For a thicker, and perhaps crisper/chewier bagels I suggest brushing them with egg wash before sticking in the oven.
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To Die For Blueberry Muffins

Reviewed: May 10, 2010
Pretty dang good! They were a Mother's Day hit! I substituted half of the oil with a small amount of melted butter (more flavor!) and added some vanilla and cinnamon. I also put in white chocolate chips for added sweetness. For the crumb topping I suggest using BROWN sugar and add in OATMEAL! Fantastic!
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Pecan Pie V

Reviewed: Nov. 27, 2010
HUGE HIT at Thanksgiving this year! Everyone wanted to know the secret?! I told them unlike most pecan pies, this one was not made with corn syrup. I will ONLY use this recipe from now on! The only thing I changed was I added an extra cup of chopped pecans ('cause I love 'em!) and 2 tsp cinnamon!
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Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins

Reviewed: Nov. 27, 2010
Goodness! How wonderful these muffins were! Followed the recipe exactly and they turned out great. Second batch I changed things up slightly: filled muffins cups about 1/4 C with batter, indenting it slightly for the filling. Added a heaping tablespoon of filling. Then filled the rest of the muffin cup with the batter and skipped the streusel topping (though these are also excellent with the topping, too!). Made muffins with canola oil instead of olive oil. Added more cinnamon. Ate more than I should've!
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Mom's Zucchini Bread

Reviewed: Apr. 25, 2010
Awesome bread! However, I recommend adding more zucchini! It's a must! I used at least three cups. Also, instead of using all vegetable oil, I used 1/4 cup of unsalted butter and 1/4 cup of oil. Made one loaf with chocolate chips. Both loaves were topped with my streusel concoction for more texture! I wouldn't skimp on the fat... but maybe lower the sugar to around 1 1/2 cups.
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Brown Family's Favorite Pumpkin Pie

Reviewed: Nov. 28, 2009
BIG hit with the family! Instead of separating the eggs, I just mixed everything together. I also cut out the nutmeg and ginger and added two teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice and an extra teaspoon of cinnamon. I added a 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla as well. Came out perfect! Remember to bake the pie crust before adding the filling for about 10 minutes so the bottom doesn't come out soggy and wrap the crust with foil when baking the pie. LOVED the streusel topping; I made it both with walnuts and pecans and both turned out excellent!
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Mom's Pumpkin Pie

Reviewed: Nov. 27, 2010
You CAN'T screw this one up! If you follow the directions exactly it will turn out perfectly I promise you. Tastes good, too of course! For even better results I recommend baking the pie shell for about 5-8 minutes by itself at 400 degrees F. Then turn oven down to 350 and bake entire pie for around 45 minutes. I substituted nutmeg/ginger/cloves with Pumpkin Pie Spice and it tasted even better! Let pie cool in the oven.
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German Chocolate Cake Frosting II

Reviewed: Dec. 9, 2009
Comes out better than the stuff in the jar that just sits on the shelves, that's for sure! I like toasting the pecans first before adding to the saucepan. Gives it a very distinct flavor. I also made sure they were unsalted pecans and then added 1/2 tsp salt to the mix. Substituted the margarine for butter. I also made this traditional recipe using hazelnuts. It was sooooo good!
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World's Best Scones! From Scotland to the Savoy to the U.S.

Reviewed: Oct. 23, 2010
These turned out fantastic! I made two batches: one using AP flour and one using Busquick mix without leavening agents. Both turned out identical. For both bathes I 1) substituted sour cream for yogurt (that's all I had) 2) added a few more tablespoons of sugar in the mix and 3) added course sugar to the tops. Oh yeah - 4) ate almost half of a batch!
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Mediterranean Black Olive Bread

Reviewed: Jan. 31, 2010
I make this bread time and time again. It is a little time consuming but well worth it! I agree with other reviewers in that the oven should be turned down slightly and to bake the bread longer. Also, I add slightly more sugar, some of the olive juice in the batter, and instead of olive oil on top, I brush the loaf with egg wash and sprinkle with more salt just before baking. Comes out perfect every single time!
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Raspberry and Almond Shortbread Thumbprints

Reviewed: Sep. 19, 2010
They came out excellent! I was able to halve the recipe without a problem. I also did the following: 1) Added two extra tablespoons of flour 2) Added 1/4 teaspoon BAKING POWDER! (this helps them from spreading out and becoming super flat) 3) Took the cookies out midway through baking and added more raspberry filling so it wouldn't crust up and get chewy. I followed other reviews and used parchment paper as well. Irresistible cookies!
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Golden Orange Frosting

Reviewed: Oct. 25, 2010
Like most I had to double the recipe. I added more orange zest and juice too to give it more flavor. Also, this was WAY too sweet for my taste. I used 3 cups of confectioner's sugar instead of 4.
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123 Green Tea Ice Cream

Reviewed: Oct. 23, 2010
Not bad! A little too simplistic! But great flavor. Remember to use GOOD QUALITY vanilla ice cream it could make all the difference!
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Amazingly Easy Irish Soda Bread

Reviewed: Jan. 31, 2010
YUM! Came out great, though I did make a few adjustments to suit my tastes: 1) Buttermilk isn't necessary. I used 1% milk mixed with vinegar. 2) I used regular unsalted butter instead of margarine. 3) I did not brush loaf with the buttermilk mixture. Instead I brushed egg wash on it to give it a thick, shiny, thick crust. The inside turned out incredibly moist. For the second batch I added more sugar with some cinnamon and sprinkled the top with more sugar. Not traditional Irish Soda Bread but it satisfied my sweet tooth!
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Rossi's Sausage Gnocchi

Reviewed: Jan. 7, 2011
Cooked this dish with whole wheat potato Gnocchi. EXCELLENT! Drizzled extra virgin olive oil over the top. I dont recommend using fresh gnocchi as the consistency and texture are a little off to me.
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Butternut Squash Fries

Reviewed: Jan. 9, 2010
Excellent flavor; found that for a more crispy squash fry... you want to bake longer, around 40-45 minutes. Make sure not to drench the fries in olive oil since squash is very absorbent; they will turn out soggy. Make sure to SALT and pepper them, the nutmeg and cinnamon turned up the flavor a bit, too. So easy and so good!
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White Chip Chocolate Cookies

Reviewed: Nov. 29, 2009
Not bad! Good standard white chip chocolate cookie recipe. The only thing I changed was adding a few more tablespoons of cocoa powder and put in equal parts white and brown sugar. This is only my personal tastes. I made the recipe both ways and they both turned out wonderful. I personally like more of a sharp-tasting chocolate cookie over one that is mild in chocolate flavor.
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Chilean Empanada

Reviewed: Dec. 9, 2009
Muy ricas. La masa necesita más sal y yo también agregué un poquito más agua para una consistencia más deseable. Siempre omito las acetunas cuando hago las empanaditas, a mi no me gustan tanto.. pero igual las tuyas las hice y resultaron riqiusimos. Gracias!
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Easy Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Reviewed: Nov. 28, 2009
I know hummus is traditionally made with tahini butter but it honestly tastes just as good if you substitute it with extra virgin olive oil. I use this recipe time and time again! It goes perfect with pita chips, crackers, or as a dip for raw vegetables.
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White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake

Reviewed: Apr. 25, 2010
Fantastic cheesecake! I baked it about 10 more minutes to my tastes but it could have to do with elevation/humidity... it was not cooked enough at the suggested time.
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