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Apple Cake V

Reviewed: Sep. 22, 2009
The whole family loved this! I changed the all purpose flour to 1c and added 2c. whole wheat flour. Also, I cut the oil back to 1/2c. and added 1c. cinnamon applesauce. It was more like a coffee cake, so basically it's good anytime of day!
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Creamy Macaroni and Cheese

Reviewed: Sep. 26, 2009
Unfortunately this wasn't a hit at my house. I have 4 little girls who adore mac and cheese, but this one not so much. It wasn't all eaten by our family of six! I think the sauce is more reminiscent of a tetrazzini and was too bland. It was also too sharp. Maybe using more and milder cheeses and adding some cayenne would help.
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French Toast Bake

Reviewed: Sep. 26, 2009
Made this recipe exactly and it was great! My bread was only a couple of days old and not left out to dry or anything. I assembled it first thing in the morning and put it in to bake at dinner time. I used frozen blueberries and chopped pecans. Serve with turkey bacon or sausage patties and a splash of warm maple syrup and it's a crowd pleaser. I found adding the melted butter browned it nicely and added a nice butter flavor.
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Spicy Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Reviewed: Sep. 27, 2009
I only used 4 sweet potatoes and did not measure the oil and used too much so they were oily. Will try again with less. I used a gallon ziploc baggy to pour the oil into and added 1/2 pkg of taco seasoning and poured in some honey. They were delicious but too oily. I will definitely try these again, they are a nice addition to a mexican meal.
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Easy Corn and Crab Chowder

Reviewed: Oct. 2, 2009
This was a great recipe for a windy, cold Fall night. I doubled it for my family of six and we had 2 servings left over. I sauteed the onion with garlic cloves in olive oil, set aside and wiped out excess oil, then started the butter melting in the same stock pot. I kept the flour and did not find it to be too thick. I also added chicken bouillon granules after the flour was mixed when I added the cooking sherry. I used one can of evaporated milk and the rest regular 1% milk. Instead of cubed potatoes, I used leftover dutch potato recipe (recipe on this site) which is a mashed carrot and potato mixture. That step made it much easier. We had turkey bacon as a garnish, but it did not need it. We served it with a Elaine's mom's homemade bread recipe from this site. I love crab and will definitely try it again with that addition, but it can be a great vegetarian meal as well!
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Erica's Delicious Slow Cooker Beef Roast

Reviewed: Oct. 2, 2009
This was the best roast I have made. I used a 3 lb. arm roast browned in a skillet then laid over a bed of diced onions and garlic that were soaking in 2.5 cups of beef broth. I made slits in the beef to insert garlic cloves, covered with roasted garlic cream of mushroom soup (yes, we love garlic) and cooked it on low for 7 hours. It was sooo tender and delicious. I did have to add some flour to make the gravy, probably due to the extra broth but it was delicious! Instead of adding carrots or potatoes I made a dutch potato recipe (found on this site) which is basically mashed potatoes with carrots. All of it was a hit with even my picky eaters!
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Mom's Mexican Cornbread

Reviewed: Oct. 2, 2009
This was a good idea, but I was running short on time and altered it somewhat. I browned the ground beef with onion and green pepper then added some Spanish Gardens taco sauce. I left this mixture in my ovenproof skillet and topped it with shredded mexican cheese. I mixed up a Jiffy corn muffin mix adding a can of cream corn to it then pouring it over all of the cheese and beef in the skillet. I baked it until the cornbread was done and served with baked sweet potato fries that had been shaken in a ziploc bag with a little veg oil, half a packet of taco seasoning and honey.
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Dutch Potatoes

Reviewed: Oct. 2, 2009
This was a great dish! My kids do not normally like cooked carrots, but they ate this dish up. I washed the potatoes and pierced them in my big ceramic mixing bowl and threw the carrots in with them, covered them and cooked them in the microwave. I then mashed them as usual with butter milk and seasonings. It was a great accompaniment to Erika's Roast also found on this site!
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Clone of a Cinnabon

Reviewed: Oct. 6, 2009
My first attempt at cinnamon rolls...they were great. I did not add all of the confectioner's sugar (only 1/2 c) but it was a delicious drizzle to a fabulously huge cinnamon roll! No way you can eat more than one...even if you want to.
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Fudge Brownies I

Reviewed: Oct. 7, 2009
I found these brownies to be too greasy and oversweet. I think cutting the grease and sugar in half may be a better choice. I made them in a 9x9 pan for my family of six and after five days there was still plenty of brownies. That's telling. Still searching for a great brownie recipe.
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Apple Crisp II

Reviewed: Oct. 19, 2009
I made the crust exactly and doubled as others have suggested. The filling I just used apples peeled and chopped, mixing a scant amount of sugar and spices with them. I did not use water, cornstarch or vanilla. I did use a 9x9 pan and probably didn't have to double the crust, but we like crust and it was good. It was delicious and not a bite left!
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Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings

Reviewed: Oct. 19, 2009
My family loved this recipe. I did add some chopped garlic with the onion and I did add chicken granules to water. I put the chicken breast in still frozen (they always come out great in the slow cooker) and I shredded them right before adding the dumplings. I did not have any premade biscuits, but I did have some heart healthy Bisquick. I mixed the dry mix with milk and dropped them by tablespoonfuls into the mixture 2.5 hours before serving. It was a wonderful result on a cold, rainy, windy night!
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Pan Pierogies

Reviewed: Oct. 19, 2009
This was a great time-saving idea! I used a layer of plain macaroni in a greased 9x13 then a layer of sliced American cheese, followed by real mashed potatoes, followed by carmalized onions, garlic, and cabbage, I sprinkled some shredded 4 cheese blend on top of that. It was delicious and filling!
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Buttery Soft Pretzels

Reviewed: Oct. 19, 2009
These pretzels were easy to make and taste great. I had a hard time getting the pretzel shape to stay and not shrink back into a circular blob, so I made sticks instead...still delicious dipped in cheese or cinnamon sugar.
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Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies

Reviewed: Oct. 29, 2009
These were good sugar cookies. Using real butter makes them taste great. I also followed the advice of other reviewers and used 8 oz. cream cheese. They rolled out perfectly between parchment paper and were easy to work with, not crumbly.
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Apricot Noodle Kugel

Reviewed: Oct. 29, 2009
Followed this recipe with the exception of peach juice vs. apricot nectar (could not find any). It was good, my kids weren't real impressed. It falls into the category of a bread pudding or rice pudding and I prefer the other venues better. Just a matter of preference, it is a good recipe.
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Pumpkin Butter I

Reviewed: Nov. 5, 2009
This is a fabulous recipe. I made it sugar free by adding 1c. of Agave nectar and it is a stellar sugarfree spread!! All 4 of my kids love it.
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Italian Bread Using a Bread Machine

Reviewed: Nov. 11, 2009
This is our favorite bread recipe! I was out of olive oil so I used walnut oil. It still turned out fabulous! Can't wait to try these as rolls for the holidays! Crunchy crust and soft inside. Used left over to make french bread pizzas.
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Shortbread Pie Crust

Reviewed: Nov. 11, 2009
The taste was fine and added to the overall appeal, but it runs to the bottom of the pan while baking. A better choice would be for a flat bottom 9x13 crust, but not a pie pan where it needs to cook up the sides.
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One Bowl Brownies

Reviewed: Jan. 9, 2010
Great Brownies! I heavily sprayed pan with olive oil spray and had no problems with sticking. I added the nuts and a handful of chocolate chips. Too sweet for our taste so I will cut sugar by half next time. It's a keeper!
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