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Italian Easter Cookies

Reviewed: Apr. 14, 2010
These cookies came out great! My boyfriend described them as "soft, fluffy, and not too rich". However, I couldn't get the hang of tying the knots and just ended up making thick round discs.
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Mama D's Italian Bread

Reviewed: Sep. 25, 2010
5 stars for taste, 3 for the directions. delicious bread! but... if you add the sugar and yeast to all three cups of water, it doesn't proof right. that leads to problems with the bread rising. the second time i learned to proof it in 1/4 c of water and add the rest of the water later. turned out much better. also, 'knead until as soft and smooth as a bambino's behind'... that really doesn't help me all that much. i went with kneading for 10 minutes. if anyone has any suggestions for a different kneading time, i'm all ears!
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Dog Biscuits I

Reviewed: Nov. 26, 2010
as far as the person saying garlic is unsafe for dogs- if you are worried about this, check out this site. it pretty much says garlic is safe (and even potentially beneficial) in small quantities, provided the dog doesn't have previous problems, doesn't eat too much of it and doesn't eat it too frequently. http://www.natural-dog-health-remedies.com/garlic-for-dogs.html
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Hot Spiked Cider

Reviewed: Dec. 9, 2010
wonderful! you can also make this (or just keep it warm) in a slow cooker - have it on high until the tea is to your desired strength, add the rest of the ingredients, leave it on high for 15-30 min (until the flavors meld and the taste is where you want it to be) and then turn it to low and basically forget about it until you want to serve it. if you leave it for a long period of time, though, i would recommend adding the alcohol at the last minute. personally, i left the rum on the side so people could control the potency of their drink (and so people that don't drink could leave it out altogether). i used the cloudy, refrigerated cider, which i tend to like better anyway, and it made a delicious drink. i used spiced rum (as many reviewers suggested) and i think it complemented the cider well. i think halving the butter might be a good idea unless you really like butter, because we all found it to be a bit too much. the second time i made this, i doubled the recipe and used half orange spice tea bags and half gingerbread spice tea bags. i liked the combination of the two a lot. i also added a bit of vanilla.
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Andrea's Pasta Fagioli

Reviewed: Dec. 9, 2010
delicious! it might even be good, albeit far from traditional, with cheese tortellini. i used fresh parsley, basil, and oregano instead of dried, which i always think adds a bit more flavor. i also doubled the cheese and added some more on top when serving.
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Italian Sausage Soup with Tortellini

Reviewed: Dec. 9, 2010
great! i made some changes based on what i had, but i think it would be delicious exactly as written as well. i omitted the water and used extra broth and wine instead for more flavor, and i used two cans of tomato sauce instead of one and the four tomatoes. i also left out the carrots and zucchini (i didn't have any), added about 2 tbsp of heavy cream for a slightly more substantial broth, and added about 1/2 c parmesan cheese while it was cooking. for a more substantial soup, double the tortellini but only add an extra 1/2 of the amount of everything else in the recipe.
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Coconut-Cream Cheese Frosting

Reviewed: Dec. 9, 2010
this was just great. i used it on a carrot cake and it really added to it without overpowering the flavors of the cake. it was so good, though, that it would probably be delicious on anything!
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Banana Banana Bread

Reviewed: Dec. 9, 2010
wonderful banana bread, especially if you like a strong banana flavor. definitely use overripe bananas. i like a more spiced banana bread, so i added 1 tsp of cinnamon, 1 tsp of vanilla, 1/2 tsp of cloves (i think the flavor of cloves goes very nicely with bananas), and 1/4 tsp nutmeg. i also greased the pan and then dusted it with a mixture of 2 tbsp white sugar and 2 tsp cinnamon. i then sprinkled the remainder of the cinnamon-sugar mix on the top of the batter before baking. if you like nuts in banana bread, you can really use any kind you choose, but i recommend chopped walnuts (i added 1 c of them).
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Ruth's Grandma's Pie Crust

Reviewed: Dec. 9, 2010
a perfect pie crust. definitely refrigerate it for at least an hour before you roll it out, though, or it is very hard to work with.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Honey Vanilla Ice Cream

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