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Pineapple Upside-Down Cake VII

Reviewed: Jan. 31, 2011
AMAZING! I used a super juicy fresh pinapple, cored, quartered, and cut into 3/8" slices. Then used canned pineapple juice in the mix (I always keep those small cans of pineapple juice in my pantry for adding to glazes). I placed the pineapple slices in concentric circles (fitting in several cherries) and it was beautiful and super juicy with a great pineapple flavor. I highly recomend using fresh fruit in this recipe! I always make desserts to share and this was one of the best received ever. Everyone wanted more...even those who are usually non dessert eaters!******Tried it with canned pineapple, not nearly half as good!
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Citrus Cheesecake

Reviewed: Jan. 31, 2011
Awesome! AWESOME! I used juice from the lime and orange as well as the lemon. For the topping I couldn"t find a marmalade made with seville oranges at the nearby store, so I was stuck using smuckers, which usually does really well with their products, but in the case of orange marmalade is really way too sweet, so I just added a whole lot of lemon juice and reduced it for quite a while...it tasted excellent! Loads if citrus flavor instead of corn syrup! My friend who loves cheesecake and orders it out regularly said it was the best he's ever had!*****Just made again (this time with higher quality marmalade:)), and the response was overwhelming!!! Another friend who loves cheesecake tried it and said "Oh my gosh, you are going to make me so fat! This is unlike anything I've ever tasted before.....yum!!!!" Last weekend I had made the White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake for this friend, which he also really liked, but definately not any more than this one!
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Lime Cheesecake Pie

Reviewed: Feb. 1, 2011
It is very rare for everyone in my family (from 9 to 73) to all like the same thing, which is what happened when I served this. HOWEVER, it seemed a bit loose and missing something (and I always totally remove the tops from my condensed milk cans and scrape them out with a spatula, so that was not the reason) so I added an extra package of cream cheese (this time a low fat one) and folded in some of the whipped cream. I thought I was only salvaging the pie in order to have something ready for dessert, but it turned out to be loved by every single person who tried it (and they usually have vastly different taste preferences!).
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Death by Chocolate Mousse

Reviewed: Feb. 7, 2011
Fabulous. A wonderful addition is espresso powder! Add it to the chocolate while melting (I used about a teaspoon)...it adds a little depth of flavor that is amazing to an already great recipe!
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Banana Crumb Muffins

Reviewed: Feb. 20, 2011
These are the best banana muffins I have ever tried. They bake up nice and high and are very attractive. They work well with either butter or canola oil, but I prefer the taste of these muffins when made as directed, with the melted butter. This is my favorite brown sugar topping of any I have tried and I use it on other muffins as well. I haven't met a single person who did not like these and I have been baking them for years. Thanks so much!
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Downeast Maine Pumpkin Bread

Reviewed: Feb. 20, 2011
Make sure to make at least one day ahead! This is wonderful when the flavors have had time to meld. Great with an orange or vanilla flavored cream cheese spread.
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Chicken Pot Pie IX

Reviewed: Feb. 28, 2011
Great comfort food. Par baking the bottom crust helps keep it from becoming soggy. I think next time I will add some herbs and seasonings. While very good, it was a tiny bit bland.
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World's Best Lasagna

Reviewed: Feb. 28, 2011
John, you are now my idol. Amazing. I make the sauce in the morning and put the ingredients together, then let sit in fridge for the rest of the day while I complete other recipes and cleaning for a dinner party. Remove it from the fridge an hour before cooking, then cook as directed. Do not leave out the fennel seed! It is soooo important to the flavor. I actually add even more to mine (crushed) along with some extra garlic. I also use no boil noodles (and less of them)....much easier, and keeps the lasagne from being watery.
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Final Exam Brownies

Reviewed: Mar. 12, 2011
Decent brownies. Extremely sweet even though I cut down on the sugar, there was no depth of flavor, just super sweet chocolate loaded with stuff. I was disapointed in these, they were just very average. With so many incredible brownie recipes out there these are not worth making again.
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Classic Bran Muffins

Reviewed: Mar. 12, 2011
Stop looking!!!! You will NEVER find a better bran muffin than this one. I have made these often for the last few years and have never met anyone who does not absolutely love them (even people who don't care if what they eat is healthy or not)! You can change these with "healthier" ingredients, but they are incredibly healthy as they are. I am a little underweight yet eat these all the time, just as the recipe states. Excellent and totally delicious source of fiber.Thanks. THANKS. THANKS!!!!!!!
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Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

Reviewed: Mar. 12, 2011
Super awesome! So so so yummy! Made them exactly as directed and they are perfect with great rise and moisture, but not dense at all. These make a wonderful snack or light desert when you feel the need for something sweet yet don't want to load up on excess sugar and chemicals and fat. My girls also love these, and my youngest rarely ever eats muffins. I use Ghiardelli bittersweet chips which are awesome. Thanks!
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Cream of Coconut Cake

Reviewed: Mar. 13, 2011
Very good! Super moist with a great texture, but not wet or soggy. I think it is perfect with a bit of coconut extract added to the cake and the frosting. I use a slightly different cream cheese frosting with about half as much sugar and find that the tang compliments the sweet coconut very well. Makes very pretty cupcakes.
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Blueberry Cream Cheese Pound Cake II

Reviewed: Mar. 13, 2011
This is one of my quick faves! I have been making it for years and every single person loves it. I use part of the drained juice from the can in place of the water. It makes it a little blue, but very yummy. Thanks sooo much!
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Libby's® Famous Pumpkin Pie

Reviewed: Mar. 13, 2011
I have to say that I do not understand the ratings on this one at all. Sorry. Sure, there are worse recipes out there, but there are others that are so smooth and meltingly creamy that blow this recipe out of the water. This pie is dense and heavy compared to many others. I also find that adding just a few small candied yams to a pumpkin pie deepens the flavor without anyone knowing that there is anything in there but pumpkin. Using freshly minced ginger is far better than the dry spice as well, IMO:)
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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Reviewed: Mar. 15, 2011
These are pretty good--nice and moist.
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Donut Muffins

Reviewed: Mar. 15, 2011
Yum! The nutmeg makes 'em! This recipe totally opened my eyes to the power of nutmeg and I now seek other recipes that use this spice as well. So similar to donut holes!
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Perfect Sushi Rice

Reviewed: Mar. 30, 2011
Thank you! This made for great sushi and sashimi. Molded wonderfully, and had the flavor that compliments sushi so well. I prefer a bit less sugar and vinegar though.
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Favorite Chocolate Cookies

Reviewed: Apr. 12, 2011
These are very good cookies. Moist and chewy on the inside. I work in catering and took these to work one day. We have a lot of yummy desserts there, but I offered these and everyone loved them, the chefs even complimented them:) Co workers kept coming by to grab "one more" all day. Thanks!
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Low-Fat Blueberry Bran Muffins

Reviewed: May 9, 2011
These are great for losing weight. Almost identical to Clasiic Bran Muffins.
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Boston Brown Bread III

Reviewed: Jun. 11, 2011
I couldn't stop eating it!!!My friends always love this one. Truly a great flavor with just the right touch of sweetness. Great warm with butter! Thanks so much.
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