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Rainbow Salad

Reviewed: Dec. 8, 2009
I prepared it yesterday for a party - and everyone loved it! it looked so nice and fun. I used reviews and did one at the time, let it sit for 40-60 min and added another layer. I used grape jello too - and didn't like it. There was 2-years old kid at the party- and she asked for second :) We had the "argument" if it is better to keep all layers without the milk. Still didn't decide...
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Miracle Soup

Reviewed: Oct. 28, 2011
I loved the idea and I read through the reviews and this is what I came up with: I used fresh mushrooms and I did add Sesame Seed oil once I added all veggies (I used 1/4 tsp for the half of the recipe). I did not use any cornstarch - I prefer my soups more watery. I sauteed garlic and ginger for a couple of minutes, added broth (organic, low sodium), added all other ingredients, including soy, vinegar, pepper and all the veggies (I added them all together). I also added baby baby bok choy, cut in pieces, steams and leaves together. After some time I added tofu (or shrimps - I tried both) and when it was almost done added the spinach for about 3 min... All in all - great lunch I take to work with me and pretty easy to make! Was very filling and tasty!
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Simple Scones

Reviewed: Feb. 15, 2011
I loved the recipe – and its simplicity :) (I did use food processor!) I really wanted some savory scones (like some I tried at a nice coffee shop) This is what I did for the savory ones: I halved the recipe, put the dry ingredients (I omitted the sugar) in the food processor, added butter and run the food processor. I added (all very approximate, since I used my eye and didn’t think to measure it!) ½ tsp Italian seasoning, ¼ tsp rosemary and 1/4 tsp basil, 2 TBSP mozzarella and some parmesan cheese and run the food processor again. I mixed 1 egg with ½ cup of sour cream and spooned about 2/3 of it to the food processor, I added as much as I needed to make the dough to form. I baked these on lower temp (350F) for about 20 min. Turned really well! I did increase the salt a bit and I feel that if you are using parmesan, you shouldn’t increase salt. All in all – the recipe really helped me to created really good savory scones! I actually did the sweet ones too, following the exact instructions – these were perfect, we loved them!
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Bread Machine Bagels

Reviewed: Jan. 31, 2011
Turned out pretty good (especially the raisin cinnamon ones) These are the changes I made (since I do not have a bread machine) I used my food processor: I warmed water in the micro for 1:10 min, checked that it is 110F, added sugar to the warm water, dissolved the yeast and let it stand for 10 min. I did use 1 and 1/8 cup of water. Added flour and salt to the food processor and while on the dough cycle added the yeast mixture. After the dough was ready I took half of it and put it covered with the wet towel at the warm place and other half, I added ¾ cup raisins and 1 TBSP of cinnamon and mixed these. Let both types to raise for an hour, shaped bagels and let these rise again for 45 min. Boiled in water for 1.5 min and baked for 25 min at the oven. Turned out great!
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Traditional Russian Pirozhki

Reviewed: Dec. 30, 2010
I'm having a huge Russian dinner tonight and I was looking for a good recipe for Pirozhki. I scanned a lot of websites, including some in Russian and I changed the recipe a little bit according what I found and I used food processor for making the dough: I used 2 eggs, reduced milk to 1 and 3/4 cups and used 1.5 packages of active dry yeast. I put 5 cups of flour to the food processor, added salt, run it for a couple of seconds (I use dough blade and speed), added butter and run it again for a couple of seconds. I dissolved yeast in the milk with sugar, after 10 min I added two eggs, slightly bitten to the yeast mixture. Turned on my food processor and slowly added the yeast mixture, let it run for a minute and slowly added about 1/2 cups of flour (as much as needed to form elastic and non sticky dough). I let it raise around 1.5 hours and made pirozhki, I let the pirozhki to rise for 20-25 min, brushed with egg and baked them for 20 min on 400F... These turned out great - soft and fluffy... Be sure not to make the dough too thin. I'm sure that the original recipe is also good, but I changed it according to the "Russian sources". Good luck - pirozhki is a great food, especially shared with friends :)
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Libby's® Pumpkin Cranberry Bread

Reviewed: Nov. 30, 2010
The taste was great, really moist and delicious. I followed the recipe pretty close, the only things I changed were: use fresh pumpkin pure (a little bit less than 2 cups), I used 3/4 cup oil and 3/4 cup of orange juice and I created my own pumpkin pie spice (the recipe is on this site). My only issue (and I think that was on me) that all my cranberries were on the top of the bread and I have no idea why :( I think if these were in the middle as they are supposed to be - it would be perfect... Will have to try again to fix it :)
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Pumpkin Pancakes

Reviewed: Nov. 30, 2010
Actually my husband is the one who made these, he is the pancake master in our house. He followed the recipe exactly, no changes - and it turned out amazing! Fluffy and light and absolutely great. We did use the fresh pumpkin I pureed (I baked the pie pumpkin on 350F until it was tender, scooped it out and mushed it util it had puree consistency) Absolutely worth trying!
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Sy's Challah

Reviewed: Nov. 6, 2010
I made it last night and it turned out great! I added 1/4 cup more of sugar and it still wasn't super sweet. I used food processor and first added "dry ingredients", started food processes and slowly added "wet ingredients" mixed together (according to the recipe). I raised it 3 times, as Sy recommends and it was beautiful and amazing! My were done in 30 min on 350F. I froze one and other one wrapped in plastic and put in the nylon bag. I tried it today - and it is still fresh and tasty. If yours is a little bit dry - try to turn it to the French Toast! Thank you for sharing, it is an amazing and easy recipe!
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Three Berry Pie

Reviewed: Nov. 4, 2010
I used all fresh strawberry and blackberry, increased cornstarch to 1/4 cup as recommended, added 1 TBSP of lemon juice and added some cinnamon and sugar on top of my pie (after glazing with egg). It was great, we loved it! (I did however used a very good pie crust recipe and not bought one) Very recommended as a fresh berry pie!
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Slow Cooker Beef Stew I

Reviewed: Oct. 27, 2010
We loved it! House smelled amazing for long time and couldn't wait to eat this one! I read reviews and made some changes, but very minor ones: 1. I used cubes and water instead of broth (this is what I had) 2. I added 1/2 cup of red wine but I did not brown the meat 2. I increased garlic, because we love it 3. i was almost out of paprika so I added hot paprika and cayenne pepper - it turned out with a tiny bit of spicy flavor - which is perfect for us. Overall - we absolutely loved it! Very recommended...
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Clone of a Cinnabon

Reviewed: Oct. 23, 2010
I didn't have bread maker so I had to change the recipe... This is what I did: 1. I used warm milk with sugar to dissolve the yeast 2. I do not use margarine, since it is super unhealthy (yes, it is better to use butter) 3. I run out of sugar and had to use some brown sugar in the dough Despite all these changes and my worries, these turned out great! Good luck!
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Easy Herb Roasted Turkey

Reviewed: Nov. 15, 2011
Made a great turkey! Was my first and I was very nervous about it, so I followed the recipe to the T (I did put the spices under the skin). I added some paprika on top of the "bird" for the color and turned my oven for 400F for a couple of minutes to "brown" it a bit. It was very tasty. :)
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Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti

Reviewed: Oct. 15, 2010
I read some suggestions here and I did the following: 1. I reduced pistachio to 1 cup (ok, that I did from laziness, because I had to "pill" these. 2. I added 1/2 TBSP of orange juice, I had no extract, so I used what I had 3. I wish I increased cranberries to 1 cup (will do next time) 4. I covered logs with towel once I took them out of oven and they didn't crack 5. I think mine needed a little bit longer than 35 min, they were pretty soft when I cut them (on other hand it was super easy to cut) 6. I used cold water for my hands - it was very helpful. Overall it was SUPER easy to make and they are SUPER tasty :)
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Blackberry Puff Pastry Tarts

Reviewed: Oct. 3, 2010
Made these yesterday, turned out great! My hubby said - it is "just like from a bakery" :) I followed the recipe exactly. These were great the next day, didn't warm them, just kept them in the plastic container over night.
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Muffin Frittatas

Reviewed: Sep. 15, 2010
The only small issue I had with those - was taking them out of the pan... But I slided the knife around the edges and could take them easily after that... Beside that - the taste was very nice, very light. Will definitely do again, especially if I have guests (after taking these out - they look very pretty)
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Jewish Apple Cake I

Reviewed: Sep. 8, 2010
It turned out great! Delicious and moist! I did what others suggested: mixed apples with sugar and cinnamon. I also created 3 layers of apples. People mentioned that it was "just like from the good bakery" :) I baked it for 75 min on 350F - didn't burn, was ust perfect...
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Raspberry Lemon Muffins

Reviewed: Sep. 4, 2010
We loved these! I used vanilla fat free yogurt (this is what I had) and fresh raspberries - and it turned out perfect! very light and juicy. These looked very "pale" and I was a little bit scared they are not done yet - but 17 min was perfect time!
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Sweet Dinner Rolls

Reviewed: Aug. 31, 2010
I don't have a bread machine, so I used my food processor to make the dough. I used reviews from the recipe and work at the "old fashion way". I followed instruction for my food processor regarding mixing the ingredients (flour goes together with butter and salt and later on slowly adding the "wet" ingredients) . It turned out perfect! WE LOVED these! Definitely will make again... An update (11/17/2010) I froze some of these by wrapping individually each roll in foil. Before dinner I just took these out, let them stand for sometime and put in the oven (still wrapped in foil) (350F) for some time (until soft). Worked like a charm. I also do the same trick with any frozen bread, always gives a great, soft, fresh bread.
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Jalapeno Snacks

Reviewed: Aug. 14, 2010
I had to change the recipe a little bit, because we do not eat bacon, so I just left it out. It turned out great! and it could pass as vegetarian dish now :) I didn't have any Ranch dressing, so I skipped this one too. I did however substitute garlic powder for the frozen minced garlic by Dorot (which is pretty close to the fresh minced one) - I think it made a great twist to the recipe... I would advice to try it... Beside that - we LOVED it!!! Thank you for sharing :)
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Peach Pie

Reviewed: Aug. 5, 2010
We loved it, didn't change the recipe at all, it was a little bit runny, but I think if I let it sit longer it won't be. The taste was great!
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