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Breakfast Roll-Ups with NUTELLA®

Reviewed: Mar. 3, 2015
Prefer substituting my homemade peanut butter for the Nutella
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Banana Wake-Up Bars

Reviewed: Sep. 27, 2013
As is, it is a bit bland. I changed it up to my liking by: doubled for 9 x 13 pan, used 1/2 crunchy and 1/2 smooth p. butter, added chocolate chips and chopped pecans, subbed 3 Tblsp butter for the applesauce, subbed ground flax seed for wheat germ (that's what I had on hand), used Quick cooking oats (that could be the reason why some reviews mention the oats didn't seem cooked if they're using Old Fashioned or whole oats). I always keep frozen bananas in the freezer so I can be ready to make a banana-whatever...whenever. I like this recipe because it is relatively low in sugar and fat, and you can't beat p. butter and chocolate.
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Breaded Brussels Sprouts

Reviewed: Jan. 4, 2013
Good change of pace from my usual brussel sprout cooking...which is the steaming method, then I add butter, Dijon mustard, salt and pepper (all to taste, don't really measure ;o) To change this one up, toss steamed sprouts in Dijon mustard and omit the butter, then top with seasoned Panko crumbs and broil.
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Soft Oatmeal Cookies

Reviewed: Oct. 22, 2012
Best oatmeal cookie recipe!! Only changes I made: cut back both sugars to 1/2; added another 1/2 tsp cinnamon; added approx. 1/2 cup each of chopped pecans, golden raisins and cherry craisins. They are done perfectly in 8 mins. and sooooooooo good!
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Coconut (Haupia) and Chocolate Pie

Reviewed: Oct. 22, 2012
As written, it needs more coconut flavoring for my liking. I adjusted the recipe as such: used a large pre-made graham crust (which I baked at 350 for 5 mins. prior to filling); I added 2 tsp coconut extract and 1 C. flaked coconut to pudding prior to separating; reduced sugar to 3/4 C and reduced chips to 1 C.; I substituted a scant 1/4 C. confectioners sugar for the white sugar in the whipping cream; allowed both layers of pudding to cool before filling - then topped with whipped cream; allowed 4 hours for pie to set in fridge; topped it w/toasted coconut and slivered almonds - it was a hit with our guests this weekend!
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Easy Ice Cream Sandwiches

Reviewed: Aug. 2, 2012
Made modifications based on ease and preferred flavors: subbed peanut butter chips for the butterscotch, put batter in (2) 9" cake pans and baked, after cooling, removed one layer from pan, keep bottom layer in pan, spread softened vanilla frozen yogurt on, topped with other cake layer, covered all with foil and returned to freezer. To serve, removed from freezer 10 mins prior to cutting into serving pieces. Can serve with a dolop of whipped cream and drizzle with hot fudge if you wish. As mentioned, this great recipe can go many different ways with cake and ice cream flavors, as well as chips used.
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Sloppy Joes II

Reviewed: Aug. 2, 2012
Rating this a 3 as is. My changes: used 1.25 lbs. lean ground beef, doubled the onion and pepper, red pepper instead of green, 3 cloves fresh garlic chopped, doubled the mustard and used 1/2 Dijon and 1/2 yellow mustard, 3/4 C. ketchup, 3/4 C. BB@ sauce, 4 Tblsps. worsteshire sauce, no salt or black pepper. I did not drain and added approximately 1/2-3/4 C. water as it was cooking to get it to the best consistency. Served open-faced on rolls...yummy! Basic recipe you can build on.
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Michelle's Punch Bowl Cake

Reviewed: Mar. 11, 2012
Another name for a Trifle...this recipe can be modified by using different flavor cakes, puddings and fruits. I prefer to use fresh whipping cream instead of frozen whipped topping and also homemade vanilla custard (when I make it that flavor) As mentioned, chocolate and pistachio puddings will work with other flavor cakes. You can also use an orange cake, mix well drained crushed pinapple with the vanilla pudding and top with mandarin oranges. Any deep glass bowl will work and it always looks and tastes great!
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Chocolate Surprise Cupcakes

Reviewed: Mar. 5, 2012
Rating is for recipe idea. I was pressed for time and ended up making this as a 9 x 13 cake. Along with that modification, I made the following changes: cut sugar to 1 C.; added 3/4 C. semi-sweet choc chips to dry ingredients; added 3/4 C milk choc chips to cream cheese batter and subbed 10X sugar for white in that batter; added 1 C. flaked coconut to cream cheese. Spread choc. batter in pan then dropped cr cheese batter sporadically over and ran a knife through in a swirl pattern in both directions to disperse cr. cheese. Sprinkled sliced almonds on top. Baked for 35 mins. and it was moist and yummy!
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Almond Crunch Granola

Reviewed: Feb. 29, 2012
Easy starter recipe. It lacked some flavor so I added almost 1/4 c. light brown sugar and increased the cinnamon to 1 1/2 tsp. I also toasted both slivered almonds and coconut and increased the oats to 3 c. I used a bit less than 1/4 c. oil and mixed in some golden raisins the last 5 mins of cooking and mine was done in 25 mins. I stirred it every 10 mins. Very good basic and easy granola recipe I will make again. Great in yogurt, oatmeal and cereal...and just eating out of hand!!
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Fiber One® Chocolate-Peanut Butter Haystacks

Reviewed: Feb. 20, 2012
Not enough p. butter and too much semi-sweet flavor. I changed it by increasing the p. butter to between 1 and 1 1/4 cup (depending on the consistency I wanted after the chips were melted with the p. butter) and I split the p. butter with 1/2 chunky and 1/2 creamy. I also split the chips to 1/2 semi-sweet and 1/2 milk choc. I used regular p. butter. I added some slivered almonds as well. Spooned them onto wax paper lined cookie sheets, then into the freezer for about 20 mins. to harded.
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Chewy Coconut Cookies

Reviewed: Jan. 25, 2012
If you're a coconut fan, add another 1/4 cup to this recipe. I also up the vanilla to 1 tsp. Also for an Almond Joy experience, press a whole almond in the top of the cookie prior to baking. After cooling, dip the bottom 1/2 of each cookie with melted chocolate chips, leveling off the bottom w/a knife, then place on wax paper to set. I like to melt 1/2 milk choc and 1/2 dark choc. I also double the recipe.
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Pretzel Turtles

Reviewed: Dec. 20, 2011
I have been making these for Christmas for the past several years. I lower my oven to 250 and they are perfectly melted in 4 mins. I top mine with toasted pecans and plain and peanut M&M's. We live in the Northeast so I keep them in a zip lock back in the cool garage and they last throughout the Christmas and New Year holidays. I use a generic square pretzel and Rolo candy... and make a lot...they are always a hit!
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Cream Cheese Cookie Cups

Reviewed: Nov. 30, 2011
Didn't care for the cream cheese with the choc chip dough. Would be better perhaps with a sugar cookie or pumkin / spice dough. Instead, I would fill the choc chip cookie with either creamy or crunchy peanut butter mixed with some 10X sugar and maybe top with a Hershey Kiss candy, mini choc chips, or a nut of some type. Great idea though!
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Best Brownies

Reviewed: Aug. 23, 2011
No more box brownie mix for me! These are so good and easy! I mix it all by hand and as mentioned, don't over-mix or you'll get a more cake-like brownie. Did not try the frosting since I use a peanut butter variation: 1 c. creamy p. butter, 1 c. powdered sugar, 5 Tblsps. softened butter, 1 tsp. vanilla extract, and enough half & half or heavy cream to get a creamy consistency...beat all together and frost the brownies when cooled...honestly, you'll be tempted to eat and eat!!! I always double the recipe and bake in a 9 x 13 pan...using my gas oven's air bake cycle they are perfectly baked in 18 minutes...enjoy!!
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Avocado Feta Salsa

Reviewed: Jul. 13, 2011
Ok as is...my changes: 3 avocados, cilantro instead of the parsley and oregano, 1 jar (either 8 or 16 oz depending on your preferred taste) medium chunky salsa instead of the tomatoes, olive oil and onion. The salsa has all the veggies and extra flavor this recipe could use. And if it is your taste, use hot salsa.
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Fresh Broccoli Salad

Reviewed: Jul. 13, 2011
Very good. I modified the salad because we are not mayo, raisin, or red onion fans: subbed chopped green onion for the red onion, cashews for the almonds (as well as added one cup), subbed Hidden Valley Ranch dressing for the mayo mixture (amount to your taste). I also sub turkey bacon once in a while and sometimes add in frozen peas. I let the salad sit for at least a couple of hours before serving. You can also sub cauliflower for the broccoli.
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Caramel Apple Cheesecake

Reviewed: Jun. 13, 2011
Good and easy! Try it with the "sauteed apples" recipe from this site instead of the canned apples..as well as "sauteen peaches" (sub peaches w/same recipe) for a yummy summer cheesecake when peaches are in season (eliminating the caramel topping) and you could sautee chopped pecans with small amount of butter; add cinnamon and brown sugar to go w/peaches. Thank you for the recipe!
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Ice Cream Cake

Reviewed: May 31, 2011
Made this over the Memorial Day weekend for a family birthday. Great suggestion by jcook45 to assemble & freeze this in a 9" springform pan! Being pressed for time, I did not freeze the first cake layer and that seemed to work out fine. I spread very soft ice cream on the layer (after placing it in the pan), then topped it with the other cake layer. I only used 1/2 of a 1/2 gallon of ice cream. My cake was a strawberry mix with French vanilla ice cream and I topped it with Whipped Cream Cream Cheese Frosting from this site, decorated with sliced fresh strawberries (of which next time I will only make 1/2 batch of the frosting). My future changes will be: using 1/2 of a cake mix or a full brownie mix between (2) 9" cake pans. The full mix made the cake much too thick and even if I would have used 1/2 gallon of ice cream in the middle...much too much! Thinner cake / brownie layers would be better with 1/2 of a 1/2 gallon of ice cream. A flavor that I plan to try is orange cake mix w/Franch vanilla ice cream, the cream cheese frosting and mix in well drained crushed pinapple and top with mandarin oranges. If you leave out the pineapple, it would probably taste like a Dreamsickle!! I think a brownie mix with the vanilla and some hot fudge / cherries on top would be great, too...lots of options with this, thanks for the recipe!
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High Protein Peanut Butter Balls

Reviewed: Apr. 28, 2011
My daughter made these and they are good. We like the recipe as-is, but for our taste next time we'll decrease the peanut butter to 1.5 cups to taste the banana more or add another banana. You could also roll these in chopped / ground almonds and as another suggested, add dark chocolate mini chips to the batter. We like them right from the freezer. Thanks for a great snack recipe!
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