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Fried Okra

Reviewed: Jan. 30, 2012
Not exactly identical to restaurants' okra, but it tastes delicious. I used 3 eggs and a bit of milk for a pound of frozen okra. I coated the bottom of a cast-iron pan with oil and fried them in 3 batches. Serve them right away because they get cold quickly!
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Banana Crumb Muffins

Reviewed: Jan. 30, 2012
These are delicious! In the muffins, I used half whole wheat flour, 1/4 c. brown sugar, 1/2 c. white sugar, 1/2 tsp. cinnamon and 1/4 tsp. nutmeg. I replaced the butter with applesauce. I added chopped walnuts and an extra 1/8 tsp. cinnamon to the topping, which was more than enough for 12 muffins. Next time I think I'll take the advice of other reviewers and sprinkle the topping on after about 14 min. of baking so it remains more crumb-like and doesn't sink into the batter. Even after the "healthy" changes I made, the muffins are moist and some of the best I've ever tasted!
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Jif® Peanut Butter Blossoms

Reviewed: Jan. 27, 2012
Delicious! I used all butter (no shortening) and only baked them for 9 minutes or so. For one batch, I took a reviewer's advice and baked them a minute longer after putting the kisses on, but I didn't notice a difference.
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Whole Wheat Honey Bread

Reviewed: Jan. 22, 2012
The bread was delicious, but unfortunately no one was there to remove the bread from the bread machine when it had finished baking. The whole loaf sunk into a dense block. It was still moist and had a great honey taste! I used oil instead of shortening and 1 Tbsp milk + 1 c. water + 1 Tbsp. water instead of the milk powder and water. The yeast was also a 2.25 tsp package, I think.
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Gingerbread Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Reviewed: Dec. 29, 2011
These were so delicious! I added an extra 1/4 tsp each of ginger and cinnamon. I got nice domes because I used the oven trick- bake at 400 degrees for 5 minutes, turn the heat down to 350 and bake until ready. They were perfect with cream cheese frosting, but they were so moist they could be eaten plain!
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Turkey Pot Pie I

Reviewed: Dec. 25, 2011
This was a great recipe! I didn't use onion or parsley, but I threw in some frozen peas. I added potatoes with the rest of the vegetables except the peas (I mixed them in at the last possible moment). I used about 2 cups turkey and just one large potato. I brushed the crust with an egg wash before baking. I did taste the oregano a lot, so I would half the amount unless you're fond of it.
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Chewy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Reviewed: Dec. 25, 2011
The BEST oatmeal cookies I've ever tasted. I followed the advice from the reviews and added 1/4 c. flour and 1/2 tsp baking soda. I omitted the nuts and chocolate chips. The cooking time is about right; the cookies should come out of the oven when their centers still look raw and are only stable around the edges. Let them cool on the baking trays (I use parchment paper or silicone baking mats). These are so delicious and chewy- I promise! UPDATE: I tried Beth's Spicy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, which were even better! They were the same recipe as my modifications to this one, except baked at a higher temperature so they wouldn't spread as much.
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Buche de Noel

Reviewed: Dec. 23, 2011
This yule log was decadent! The cake itself wasn't so sweet, but when frosted with chocolate butter cream, it became very rich. The cake part cracked when I unrolled it from the towel, but no one noticed after I filled and frosted it. I halved the whipped cream portion of the recipe, but I barely had enough. Next time I'll use 1 1/2 c. whipping cream. This was so delicious, and I'll definitely be making it again!
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Granny Kat's Pumpkin Roll

Reviewed: Nov. 28, 2011
While my pumpkin roll did not turn out exactly like the picture, it was still delicious. I used 1 tsp. cinnamon, 1/4 tsp. each ginger and nutmeg, and 1/8 tsp. cloves instead of the pumpkin pie spice. I used a 10x15 jelly roll pan. To prevent the cake from sticking, I lined the pan with parchment paper and sprayed everything with pam. The pumpkin roll may have browned a bit too quickly because I used a nonstick pan, so I'll decrease the temperature to 350 degrees next time. I filled it with whipped cream cheese frosting from this website- delicious! The roll did take a very long time to cool (2+ hours), so when I filled it, it was still a slightly warm. The filling did become a bit runny, but still held the roll in its shape. Make sure you refrigerate the filling before rolling it up!
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Whipped Cream Cream Cheese Frosting

Reviewed: Nov. 27, 2011
Tastes excellent! I only used 4 oz. cream cheese and 1/2 c. whipping cream. I used half powdered sugar and half superfine when I ran out. Still was great!
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Original Nestle® Toll House® Chocolate Chip Cookies

Reviewed: Nov. 11, 2011
I love this cookie recipe, but I decrease the salt to 1/2 tsp. and add at least 1/4 c. flour. Otherwise, the cookies are as flat as tortillas. I also let the cookies cool on the baking sheets so they'll be nice and chewy. Also, take the cookies out at around 9 minutes- the centers will look raw, but they cool to a moist, chewy center! UPDATE: I now always add about 1/4 c. flour- this prevents the cookies from being too flat, but still leaves them nice and chewy!
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Pumpkin Pie Spice II

Reviewed: Oct. 30, 2011
Works perfectly!
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Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Reviewed: Oct. 30, 2011
Delicious! I baked at 275 degrees and used canola oil instead of butter.
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Toasted Pumpkin Seeds with Sugar and Spice

Reviewed: Oct. 30, 2011
These were addicting! I baked them for 1 hour at 275 until they were crispy. I followed the direction except for reducing the sugar in the spice mixture by 2 Tbsp. I think there was still too much grainy sugar on the seeds; next time I might just add everything in the pan so it actually sticks to the seeds.
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McCormick® Gingerbread Men Cookies

Reviewed: Oct. 22, 2011
These were good, but I definitely recommend doubling the cinnamon.
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Oatmeal Pancakes II

Reviewed: Oct. 22, 2011
I enjoyed these. We doubled the recipe and used only 1/4 tsp. baking soda and put 1 Tbsp vinegar in 1 1/2 c of the milk. We also used only 3 Tbsp oil and no salt. I sprinkled cinnamon on some and pecans on others; they were all delicious! These are pretty plain, but regular pancakes have just as much flavor, so people who complain probably haven't tasted real pancakes.
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Harvest Pumpkin Cupcakes

Reviewed: Oct. 16, 2011
These were delicious! I used 2 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp. ginger, 1/2 tsp nutmeg, and 1/4 tsp cloves instead of the pumpkin pie spice. I also used half brown sugar and half white. I also added a teaspoon of vanilla. I made plain cream cheese frosting, cinnamon cream cheese frosting, and this orange cream cheese frosting. All were delicious! This recipe produces white frosting, so I added orange food coloring. Beware: Baking time was around 15 minutes, not 30!
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Downeast Maine Pumpkin Bread

Reviewed: Oct. 10, 2011
Delicious! I usually use applesauce instead of oil, but this time I didn't have any. I replaced the water with milk and increased the ginger to 1/2 tsp. I also used a cup of white whole wheat flour. I got 1 loaf and 12 muffins (baked for about 15 minutes) out of this. They were so moist and rich in flavor, but I might like Pumpkin Bread IV more because it has a stronger pumpkin flavor.
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Rich Chocolate Frosting

Reviewed: Sep. 23, 2011
Excellent! I made an eighth of this recipe and used it to frost 15 cupcakes. It's delicious! My search for the perfect chocolate frosting recipe ends here!
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Cream Cheese Frosting II

Reviewed: Sep. 18, 2011
The best cream cheese frosting. I halve the recipe and use it for red velvet, carrot, and coconut cupcakes. I even add a few teaspoons of maple syrup and use it for maple cupcakes!
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