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Best Brownies

Reviewed: May 10, 2004
I doubled the recipe and made a 9x13 pan of these brownies for a party, and everybody loved them! I also entered them in my local county fair and won first place. The problem with the frosting is that you need to halve the amount of powdered sugar and melt the butter. This makes a glaze that you can spread on top. It hardens into a beautiful, shiny frosting. I thought some of the info in the reviews was conflicting, so here's the scoop: 1. These are neither "cake" brownies nor "fudge" brownies; they fall somewhere in between. If you must have one or the other, then this recipe is not for you. 2. Yes, the frosting is sweet. If you like frosting, then add it, if not, leave it off. 3. Yes, these are homemade brownies and do not taste like boxed brownie mix. I can't understand why anyone would prefer a mix to homemade, but if that's your thing, then stick with the mix.
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Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

Reviewed: Nov. 18, 2003
Tastes very much like pumpkin pie. I wish I had followed the suggestion to bake in a 9x13 pan rather than a jelly roll pan because I think I would prefer them "deeper." For those who do not have pumpkin pie spice, here is how to make the 4 teaspoons called for in this recipe: Mix together 2 t. cinnamon, 1 t. ginger, 1/2 t. allspice and 1/2 t. nutmeg.
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Black Beans with Bacon

Reviewed: Oct. 22, 2003
OK, I'm lazy and took a lot of shortcuts. Instead of dry beans, I used two cans of drained black beans. I also substituted a can of diced tomato and dried parsley for the fresh ingredients. I fried the bacon first and drained all but a little of the fat before adding the onions, garlic and carrot. Once they were tender, I added the beans and other ingredients and cooked until warm. This recipe was delicious as a side or on a tortilla with other fixings. My kids loved it, too!
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Lavender Tea Bread

Reviewed: Jun. 18, 2004
I wasn't sure which part of the lavender plant to use in this recipe. The first time I made it, I used the blossoms, which didn't chop very well. The second time, I used the leaves, and the bread turned out much better. In fact, it won second prize at our local fair. The bread was definitely different and not something I'd want all the time, but it would make a good bread for a tea or shower and definitely improves with strawberry preserves. It's also firm enough to toast and smells delicious when prepared that way.
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Bow Ties with Sausage, Tomatoes and Cream

Reviewed: Oct. 3, 2002
I made a number of substitutions based on ingredients I had around the house: penne rigate for the pasta, a combo of cream, half & half and 1% milk for the cream, ground red pepper (1/8-1/4 t.) for the red pepper flakes, and crushed Italian tomatoes for the whole tomatoes. It was delicious -- a very flexible recipe!
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Chicken Shepherd's Pie

Reviewed: Mar. 4, 2005
I changed this recipe significantly to better appeal to my family, and we really liked the modifications. Instead of corn and peppers, I used green beans cooked with bacon and onions. I also made the mashed potatoes using whipped garlic-flavored cream cheese and milk instead of roasted garlic, butter and milk. (Much easier!)
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Garlic Asparagus with Lime

Reviewed: Feb. 17, 2005
Just like the pan-fried asparagus recipe on this site except for the addition of lime juice. I didn't have shallots, so I used chopped onion. The asparagus was still quite crunchy after 5 minutes of cooking time, so I recommend cooking it a little longer.
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A-Number-1 Banana Cake

Reviewed: Jun. 20, 2002
I baked in 9x13 pan (took 40-45 minutes) and served as snack cake. The family loved it! It would make good dessert cake, too, by adding frosting.
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Turkey Tenderloins

Reviewed: Mar. 11, 2008
This was so easy, moist and tasty! My five year-old loved it! I marinated the turkey for four hours and then grilled instead of broiling, but that was the only modification I made to the recipe. I would definitely make again - especially for company!
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Ricotta Cookies III

Reviewed: May 9, 2005
These cookies are great - like mini cakes! My only complaint is the icing, which I think tastes a little "fake" with the lemon extract. I experimented and found what I think is a better alternative: instead of milk and lemon extract, substitute the juice of one lemon plus about two tablespoons of water plus 2 cups of powdered sugar(I halved the entire recipe to make a more manageable quantity).
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Oven Baked Herb Chicken

Reviewed: Jan. 4, 2006
Instead of breasts, I used thighs, and I could only find garlic herb dry salad dressing mix. Since some of the other reviewers complained about gumminess when coating the chicken, I first dipped the chicken in the combined butter and lemon juice and then shook them in a bag with the combined flour and dry dressing mix. I poured the extra butter mixture on the bottom of the baking dish. Easy, little mess, moist and delicious!
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Holiday Brie en Croute

Reviewed: Jan. 21, 2008
This is my favorite way to eat brie (so far)! The sweet and slightly tangy flavors of the raspberry and cranberry are a perfect fit for the pungent flavor of the brie. I was in a hurry to eat it and didn't wait the recommended hour, and that was a mistake since the melted cheese then leaked out.
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Bacon Cheese Frittata

Reviewed: Jun. 12, 2007
Great flavor and easy to make with ingredients around the house. I doubled the recipe and baked in a 9x13 pan for 45 minutes. Although the frittata firmed up nicely , there was a runny residue at the bottom of the pan that turned my kids off.
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Almond-Crusted Tilapia

Reviewed: Feb. 22, 2008
Tilapia is about the only fish I can get my family to eat, and up until now, our favorite recipe has been the Broiled Tilapia Parmesan on the AllRecipes site. However, my husband thinks this tilapia is even better! I used packaged Italian Parmesan flavored almonds and a freshly grated three-cheese blend. I also substituted garlic salt for the garlic pepper since I have never seen the latter in my grocery store. The previous reviewer mentioned that the almond mixture didn't go far enough, so I used 1-1/2 cups of almonds and 1-1/2 cups of cheese for five fillets. (I have no idea how much each one weighed.) It was barely enough! I had to end up increasing the flour, too, and I should have used three eggs because my last fillet was barely moistened. The end result was wonderful, though. This recipe is a keeper!
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Banana Bread French Toast

Reviewed: Dec. 26, 2002
I made this recipe on Christmas morning because I needed to use up a partial can of sweetened condensed milk. Delicious -- what a treat! I used a homemade loaf of sour cream banana bread and cut it into about 3/4" slices rather than quarters.
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Pork Butt Roast with Vegetables

Reviewed: Oct. 11, 2002
So moist and tender -- the meat just fell apart! I'm going to add BBQ sauce to the leftovers to make pulled pork sandwiches. My only suggestion would be to add more seasoning for greater flavor -- perhaps stud with garlic or fennel seeds and salt generously.
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Mini Reubens

Reviewed: Mar. 15, 2006
I love the classic Reuben sandwich, but these appetizers are even better! Since they have less bread, you can taste the other flavors better, and they are healthier since they are broiled rather than grilled with lots of butter. You can serve them anywhere from a Super Bowl party to a shower (although I would recommend eating with utensils at the latter since the sandwiches can get messy).
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Roasted Chestnuts

Reviewed: Dec. 23, 2003
I've never had chestnuts before, but this recipe was easy and tasty. It was, however, very rich. I used only 2 T. butter, and that was plenty. These would be a good snack/appetizer to place out for company during the holidays.
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Orange Cream Fruit Salad

Reviewed: Apr. 22, 2003
Very tasty, but I would prefer more pudding texture -- I used 1 c. milk but will reduce even further next time since the fruit gets juicier as it sits. Also, I recommend cutting up the peaches into bite-sized pieces.
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Cranberry Orange Bread

Reviewed: Dec. 21, 2009
This bread was absolutely delicious - very moist, with a terrific flavor. I substituted Craisins, which I first plumped in the microwave with a little water and patted dry. Since Craisins are sweeter than fresh cranberries, I reduced the sugar in the recipe to 1-1/2 cups. Definitely a "keeper!" I can't wait to serve this bread on Christmas morning.
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