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Baked Potato Soup

Reviewed: Jan. 29, 2011
this soup is very filling and rich, even using fat free half and half! I made that substitution to cut out a lot of the fat and calories, and the soup still tasted great. My boyfriend, who loves baked potato soup, couldn't even tell I'd used fat free. I also made a bit extra bacon - since you add it as a garnish, it doesn't hurt to have extra, and the crowd I cook for really loves bacon.
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Hungarian Flourless Hazelnut Cake

Reviewed: Jan. 20, 2011
this cake was delicious! my boyfriend made it for me for my birthday and it was spectacular. we used a whipped dark chocolate ganache (flavored with frangelico and hazelnut extract) as a frosting instead of the whipped cream. this made it a VERY rich dessert, but it was delicious! the torte is equally amazing by itself, though, and didn't need the chocolate at all. but, hazelnut and chocolate go so well together, so we figured why not try it? the only thing i would suggest is possibly greasing the pan before pouring in the cake batter - it didn't really *need* it, but it did stick a bit when taking it out of the pan. otherwise, this recipe is perfect as is!
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Best Cream Of Broccoli Soup

Reviewed: Jan. 8, 2011
great soup! i lightened it up by using 1 and 1/2 c skim milk and 1/2 c fat free half and half. i also didn't have a food processor, blender, or stick blender when i first made this, so i used an old-school potato masher and it still came out great, albeit a bit chunky (which i didn't mind at all.) i was looking for a good broccoli soup recipe because i love a premade one from the supermarket but found it a bit expensive.
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German Chocolate Cake III

Reviewed: Dec. 12, 2010
wonderful! like many reviewers suggested, i made 1.5x the amount of frosting. i also added 2 tbsp of cornstarch mixed with 1/4 c of water and then brought it to a boil to thicken it up and refrigerated it a while before putting it on the cake.
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Ham with Honey and Brown Sugar Glaze

Reviewed: Dec. 12, 2010
delicious! i basted the ham with this every 10 minutes of the cooking time like you would with a turkey and it came out moist and delicious. one of the people at my party that dislikes ham decided to try it because it looked so good, and ended up loving it!
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Amazingly Good Eggnog

Reviewed: Dec. 12, 2010
very good ,if you like eggnog (I don't, but everyone at my party did.) i used fat free half and half instead of the cream to lighten it up and lessen the calorie count a bit, and the taste was still great. spiced rum goes very well in it.
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Delicious Rosemary Bread

Reviewed: Dec. 9, 2010
my favorite rosemary bread recipe. i double the rosemary, though - i add three tablespoons into the mix and then another tablespoon on top of the loaves. i also add a tablespoon of garlic powder when i add the rosemary. don't leave out the butter - it really adds to the flavor!
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Super Sausage Gravy

Reviewed: Dec. 9, 2010
wonderful! although it's a bit sausage-heavy (which isn't necessarily a bad thing.)
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Eggplant Parmesan II

Reviewed: Dec. 9, 2010
this was absolutely delicious, although the eggplant was a bit too firm for my tastes. i would bake the eggplant a bit longer next time - maybe 7 minutes on each side?
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Gnocchi I

Reviewed: Dec. 9, 2010
delicious. i made this for my grandmother, whose italian mother made gnocchi frequently while she was growing up. she quite enjoyed it. if you like a more potato-y gnocchi, like she does, add some more, but i like it just as is. i did the mashed potato part in my mixer on a fairly high speed, which made the potatoes light and fluffy - not only does it save work, but i think it helps the consistency of the gnocchi.
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Honey Vanilla Ice Cream

Reviewed: Dec. 9, 2010
delicious! goes wonderfully with apple pie or chocolate cake.
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Sangria! Sangria!

Reviewed: Dec. 9, 2010
delicious, but quite strong, so watch out... it'll sneak up on you! i like adding extra oranges because i enjoy eating the fruit - they absorb alcohol and become quite potent in themselves, yet still taste great!
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Pumpkin Cookies V

Reviewed: Dec. 9, 2010
very good - i had intended to bring some to some friends at school, but my boyfriend liked them so much he wanted them all to himself! however, the icing never hardened completely, and then got soft and ultimately runny after a few days, i'm not sure why.
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Downeast Maine Pumpkin Bread

Reviewed: Dec. 9, 2010
delicious! i dusted the greased pan with a mixture of 2 tbsp white sugar and 2 tsp cinnamon and then sprinkled the rest of the cinnamon-sugar mixture on top of the batter before baking.
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Chicken Pot Pie IX

Reviewed: Dec. 9, 2010
delicious! i particularly like pairing this with ruth's grandma's pie crust (also found on this site) and decreasing the sugar and increasing the salt in the pie crust a bit. a bit of sage also tailors the crust to the pot pie nicely. i added some cubed potato, parsnip, and rutabaga to the chicken/carrot/pea/celery mix and i think they added nice flavor to the dish. i also halved the peas, but i don't particularly like peas. i recommend adding some celery seed, salt, and garlic to the water (and maybe use chicken broth instead of water) when you boil the chicken for a bit of added flavor (but still add the 1/4 tsp celery seed later in the recipe as well).
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Chai Tea Mix

Reviewed: Dec. 9, 2010
i made a container of this for my boyfriend last valentine's day and he's been utterly addicted since. i definitely recommend adding the tsp of nutmeg and tsp of allspice that Jo suggests in the comment at the top of the page, it makes it all the more delicious. i use 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper instead of the suggested white pepper for a bit of a kick.
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Carrot Cake III

Reviewed: Dec. 9, 2010
a perfect carrot cake. goes extremely well with the coconut cream cheese frosting recipe found on this site.
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Butternut Squash Rolls

Reviewed: Dec. 9, 2010
just delicious. they're soft, moist, and sweet, but not too sweet. very much like yeast rolls. the first time i made them, i doubled the recipe (a butternut squash tends to yield much more than a cup when cooked and mashed) and had two friends spending the night. 2/3 of them were magically gone by the time i woke up the next morning. if you want to save time, frozen winter squash works well, too.
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Chocolate Truffle Cookies

Reviewed: Dec. 9, 2010
delicious! i like to use mini chocolate chips instead of full size ones because it adds more chocolate flavor without interrupting the decadent experience of this cookie by you noticing the chocolate chips- the cookies are definitely better than that chunk of plain chocolate that makes up a chocolate chip. if you can, use the best quality cocoa you can find - it makes a huge difference, but this cookie is delicious no matter what kind of cocoa you use.
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Apple Pie by Grandma Ople

Reviewed: Dec. 9, 2010
i have made this a number of times, and it is delicious every time. it's an amazing pie, but where are the spices? i added 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp cloves, 1/4 tsp nutmeg, and 1/4 tsp allspice to the sugar mixture. if you don't have granny smith apples, honeycrisp apples also make a delicious pie - however, if you're using a sweeter apple than granny smith, i recommend adding a bit of lemon juice to help counter out all the sweetness. ruth's grandma's pie crust, also on this site, is a wonderful crust to use for this recipe - you can even add a bit of cinnamon and extra sugar to the pie crust to really tailor it to an apple pie. i prefer to pour the sugar mixture over the apples before i put the top crust on, only because spilling it on the crust makes the crust really dark in places and i like to make my pies look pretty. if you have an ice cream maker, the honey vanilla ice cream on this site is a perfect accompaniment.
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