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Festive Fresh Blueberry and Cranberry Relish

Reviewed: Nov. 27, 2013
This is the second year I've made this for Thanksgiving, and it is fabulous! The first year I made it as written, and it was great, however it was a little more runny than I would have liked, as most other people commented on. So this year, since I wanted a larger batch I decided to use two bags of fresh cranberries (12 oz each) and two packages of fresh blueberries (6 oz each. I kept the OJ at only 1 cup, left out the orange zest, and doubled the vanilla. The result was a very jellied cranberry sauce that was perfect! I also added a few sprinkles of cinnamon, which complements it very well. I am not a fan of cranberry, but this is just awesome! Especially on Vanilla Ice Cream!
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Pumpkin Toffee Cheesecake

Reviewed: Dec. 20, 2011
This... is... outstanding!!! I am NOT a fan of pumpkin anything, and only recently have begun to apprecitate cheesecake. But this is an amazing dessert! I was reading through recipies for something to take to my Boyfriend's parent's house for Thanksgiving, and once I read this recipie to him, he was hooked on this one. And when I made it? Thankfully, I made 3 cheesecakes, because no one could get enough of it. It has now been requested for my work party, my family Christmas party, and Christmas at my boyfriend's house. I made two varieties... two pies with the sour cream topping, and one without. I preferred the one without, but my boyfriend preferred with. Definately worth every last sparkle of those 5 stars
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Whipped Cream

Reviewed: Oct. 5, 2010
SUPER easy! And it really did only take about 5 mins (after chilling the bowl and whisk for 10 mins) We had a "Whipped Cream Bar" for a coworker's birthday... AngelFood Cake and Pound Cake with strawberries and 6 different flavors of whipped cream. They all turned out AMAZING! Here were the flavors I made: (add in amounts are approximate, and can be increased/decreased to control for flavor intensity and texture) Regular - as stated in recipie Strawberry - mixed in about 1/2 cup of sliced and sugared strawberries Banana - add 2 tbs Banana pudding mix Chocolate - add 2 1/2 tbs Chocolate pudding mix Butterscotch - add 2 tbs Butterscotch pudding mix & 4 crushed Werther's hard candies Sweet Almond - add 2 tsp Almond extract and 1 cup slivered almonds The flavors were a HUGE hit ... I got proposed to TWICE because of it! hahahaha!
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Rice Cereal Energy Bars

Reviewed: Jul. 2, 2010
PEANUT FREE VARIATION!!!- We have a very sensitive peanut allergy in my family, so I substituted sunflower butter in place of peanut butter. Because sunflower butter is much more liquid than peanut butter is, I decided to use melted marshmallows (a la rice crispie treats) instead of corn syrup, to sticky it up more. Unfortunately, I didn't use enough marshmallows, so the bars didn't stick together as bars. But it did make a great granola! We just crumbled it up and ate it like trail mix. It tasted great!
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Home Made Top Tarts!

Reviewed: Apr. 22, 2010
Everyone I work with LOVED these! I made some with Strawberry Preserves, and some with Apricot Preserves, both were fabulous. I also left the pie crust round and just cut these into wedges, which works just as well, and everyone thought the pie slice shape was cute. On the frosting... I did some major tweaking. I made more of a glaze then a frosting, after people said the frosting was a little too sweet. I used milk, powdered sugar, almond extract & some Sweet Cream flavored coffee creamer, plus a small dab of butter. I brought all of this to a roiling boil, stiring constantly so the milk wouldn't scald. Let it boil for a few minutes to thicken... it gets to a light syrupy texture. I put a thin coat on each pastry. This glaze never hardened, and was a little sticky, even two days later, but everyone liked that about it. I think the almond toned down some of the sugary sweetness, and because it was a glaze only it was more of a compliment to the fruit flavor, it didn't compete at all. I tried making a maple brown sugar... but the mixture melted out in the baking... will report back if I figure out how to make this flavor correctly. (was a really yummy oops though!) Will DEFINATELY be using this recipie again.
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