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Applesauce Loaf Cake

Reviewed: Dec. 7, 2014
Definitely a keeper! I skimped on the raisins and wish I'd done the full cup. As normal, I did ~60% of the sugar, so those nice burst of sweetness from the raisins is pretty key. Overall, pretty easy to make and pretty yummy considering there's only 2 tbsp. butter. I also made a quick streusel (butter, sugar, finely chopped pecans, flour, cinnamon) which was nice on top.
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Cottage Cheese Pancakes

Reviewed: Jul. 22, 2012
Easy and pretty darn good. Like another reviewer said, tasted like cheese blintzes without the effort. Only modification I made was to add a dash of salt. Next time, try subbing whole wheat flour, and add some ground flax. And add fruit on top! I tried my first batch with maple syrup and also with cherry jam, but I thought the jam was too sweet.
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Broiled Shrimp Scampi

Reviewed: Mar. 12, 2011
This really is fantastic, quick and easy. The hardest part is peeling the shrimp. Once I'd peeled a pound (I halved the recipe), I cut up half a stick of butter and melted it in my toaster oven for a few minutes, then added 6 splashes of Worcestershire, about 1/4 cup of dry Riesling, 4 cloves of minced garlic, a few dashes of Cayenne, black pepper, lemon pepper, squeezed 1/2 a lemon and the shrimp, turning to coat. I also cooked some spaghetti and then added it to a pan where I had been sauteing finely diced onions, and after the shrimp had been cooking around 8-10 minutes (around 500 degrees), I added it to the pan with some chopped green onions and stirred everything around to heat up. After grating a good 1/4+ cup of Parmesan on top, I served it with sauteed asparagus. Delicious and quick. I didn't even need to salt it since the cheese is salty, as is the lemon pepper. Next time, I'll try adding chopped tomatoes for more color.
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Fra Diavolo Sauce With Pasta

Reviewed: Oct. 16, 2010
Even my mom liked this and she doesn't like pasta! Since I like things saucy, I'd double the sauce next time. I made the full 8+ servings of sauce and it was probably enough for 3-4 servings of pasta in my opinion. I also added 1/2 a large onion (should up to 1 full onion), a 1/2 tsp of sugar, a splash of balsamic vinegar (although I'm not sure this did anything), a tiny bit of cayenne (since I was running out of red pepper flakes) and a good amount of black pepper. At the end, I added a handful of spinach (should up to 2 or 3 handfuls) and some parmesan cheese. Yum!
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Soft Oatmeal Cookies

Reviewed: Oct. 6, 2012
Cut back on the sugar and added ~1/2 cup rum-soaked raisin. Delicious!
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Molten Chocolate Cakes With Sugar-Coated Raspberries

Reviewed: Feb. 1, 2014
Not too sweet. And in my oven that runs hotter than normal, 8 minutes was a tiny bit overdone.
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Mrs. Fields Cookie Recipe II

Reviewed: Sep. 17, 2010
The balls don't flatten during cooking, so flatten them with your hand or a spatula. And 9 minutes was perfect for my oven. I did one batch with half whole wheat flour and a-p flour and one with all 1-p flour and both were quite yummy.
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Vanilla Cherry Ice Cream

Reviewed: Jun. 13, 2012
Followed the directions to a t, except coarse sugar instead of granulated sugar. Pretty yummy, but some would find it overly sweet. Definitely would make this again, considering it was so easy. No eggs, so didn't have to cook the custard! NOTE: This happened to make a tad bit too much for my ice cream maker. Maybe cut back on a tiny bit of sugar or cherries next time.
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Overnight Caramel Pecan Rolls

Reviewed: Dec. 25, 2011
Great, but a lot of work. The main change I would recommend is to double the caramel and put a lot of pecans in. Using the original amounts, everyone agreed it needed more caramel & pecan. The bread ends up rising a lot, so the caramel to bread ratio is off. I'd also make it in a glass lasagna pan so as much of the bread touches the caramel as possible. I made another batch of caramel using 1/2 cup butter and 1.25 cups light brown sugar, so an extra 1/4 cup to balance out the butter. Another tip: DON'T BOIL THE CARAMEL. I boiled the caramel a bit before reading the tip that the caramel hardens if you boil it. Another tip: If you're too lazy to make the log and rolls, you can go with a monkey bread approach. Break the dough up into truffle-size balls, roll in a bowl of cinnamon & sugar, and add to glass lasagna pan. Another tip: I realize the caramel is buttery, but I'd add some melted butter over the bread, or in between the monkey bread balls.
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Cranberry Sauce

Reviewed: Dec. 25, 2011
Easy and great. I upped the recipe by 150%, except for the sugar and it was delicious. 16 ounces cranberries (1.5 bags), 1.5 cups oj, and only ONE cup sugar. Another tip: The cranberries pop a bit when boiling, so make sure to pull the pot fromt the heat when they start to pop.
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Cinnamon-Peach Cottage Cheese Pancakes

Reviewed: Oct. 3, 2010
July 2012- Halved the recipe for the 2 of us. Only differences were to use 1/2 cup cottage cheese which I think was low-fat, eyeballed 1/2 tsp vanilla, 1 tbsp butter which I prob should have waited to melt, 1/2+ peach shredded, 1/2 cup AP flour, 1 tbsp dermera sugar, etc. Again, didn't smush the pancakes down while cooking. Light, fluffy, delicious!! --------------------------------------- Made it with 100% whole wheat flour, splenda sugar for baking, and frozen blueberries. I didn't smush the pancakes down since the blueberries were so big and they were delicious, soft, fluffy, and moist. Oh and I didn't have cinnamon and it was still quite yummy.
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Easy Indian Butter Chicken

Reviewed: Nov. 15, 2014
Pretty tasty and simple enough to make, but it was too much heavy cream for me and I could probably cut back on the butter some as well. The only complaint is that it dirtied a lot of pans/pots so perhaps I'll caramelize onions in the pot before simmering the sauce and maybe I'll cook the chicken in the sauce as well instead of in the oven.
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Yummy Lemon Coconut Loaf

Reviewed: Dec. 31, 2014
Made this with 1:1 coconut oil instead of butter and it smelled so amazingly coconutty as it baked. This ended up being pretty easy and good. Next time, I might zest TWO lemons for the batter and use the juice of the 2nd lemon for the glaze and see if it's too lemony or not!
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Quinoa Vegetable Salad

Reviewed: May 28, 2012
Pretty good. I sauteed 1 jalapeno, 1/2 onion & 2-3 garlic cloves in olive oil for 5 minutes, added 1 cup of chicken stock and s&p. I had to add water several times to cook the quinoa (~2/3 cup) completely. The vegetables I used were carrots and cherry tomatoes. No cilantro, but I added chiffonaded mint. Then a splash of balsamic vinegar, a couple fresh mozzarella balls (from the tub I got at Trader Joe's) and some marinated oil from that as well.
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Cream Cheese Frosting II

Reviewed: Jan. 29, 2012
I halved this recipe. It was good homemeade cream cheese frosting. I probably only put in half the (homemade) powdered sugar though, since mom doesn't like very sweet desserts. I also should have waited longer for the butter to warm up since I had hunks of butter here and there! VERY IMPORTANT TO MAKE SURE BUTTER IS 100% SOFT.
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Red Enchilada Sauce

Reviewed: Feb. 11, 2012
This sauce was ok. I didn't have minced dried onion or dried parsley, and used an entire 8 oz of tomato sauce, and used 1-1.5 cups veg broth instead of water. I simmered it in a wide, flat pan for 20ish minutes and it thickened up nicely. Next time, I'd try some of the recommendations: 1- chicken broth 2- double the chili powder 3- add a bay leaf or two AND I'D DOUBLE THIS RECIPE. There wasn't enough sauce for Tomato Enchilada Bake.
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No Fail Pound Cake

Reviewed: Feb. 11, 2012
Pretty easy and turned out nicely. I used a vanilla cake box mix and subbed in the zest and juice of a lemon instead of the lemon extract. Next time, I could try another lemon and I REALLY should sift the cake mix. It made the batter quite lumpy! Oh, and I could try another recommendation to use devil's food cake mix and chocolate chips.
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Texas Glazed Pecans

Reviewed: Dec. 4, 2011
I broke this up into 2 batches, adding an extra cup or two of pecans to absorb all of the extra glaze. I also put in more cinnamon, but next time I might do a full 2-2.5 tbsp. Based on other reviews, I also did 1/2 white & brown sugar. I didn't have parchment paper, so I lined a lasagna glass pan with foil and roasted a thin layer of pecans for 1.5 hours, stirring a couple times. The second batch (with a few dashes of cayenne) was in a smaller pan so took even longer.
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Crustless Cranberry Pie

Reviewed: Nov. 24, 2011
Not bad. Mom liked that it wasn't too sweet. I followed the recipe exactly, except I opted for sliced almonds instead of walnuts, left out a tiny bit of sugar (1-2 tbsp probably), did 1/2 vanilla/almond extract, added a bit of cinnamon (1 tbsp?), and a tiny bit of clove and nutmeg. After baking it 35 minutes, I sprinkled on some Swedish chunky bits of sugar and baked it 5 more minutes. Then I left it in the turned-off oven for a few hours which might explain why the top crust was a bit crunchy. Next time, I'd halve or 3/4 the butter, pull it out of the oven on time and also try the streusel topping the other reviewers mentioned.
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Downeast Maine Pumpkin Bread

Reviewed: Jan. 23, 2012
I followed the recipe to a T, except 1) instead of pumpkin puree, I used a can of sweet potato puress and 2) I used Splenda sugar for baking so I used 1.5 cups to make up 3 cups of sugar and 3) I did 1.5 cups whole wheat flour & 2 cups ap flour and 4) I added 1/2 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips. 1) Next time, I won't flour the pan. I had unpleasant clumps of flour next to the crunchy crust which was my favorite part of it! 2) I would also try cutting down the sugar to 2 cups instead of 3, like other reviewers...although I didn't think it was too sugary with the '3' cups, and neither did mom, so maybe I'll try 2.5 cups first. 3) I would try 1/2 cup of oil and 1/2 cup of applesauce, like other reviewers. 4) Maybe I'll add a little bit of vanilla.
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