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J.P.'s Big Daddy Biscuits

Reviewed: Apr. 22, 2012
First time making them & came out great! I used my hand mixer w/dough hooks to mix everything until all the flour-ie buttery mix was mixed. DON'T DUMP ALL THE MILK IN! Dump maybe half at the beginning, that way you don't have to worry about them being heavy or too wet. I read the reviewer's advices as to get a good biscuit. I didn't even knead them 15-20 times, I did it for 10 & they came out heavy but light & fluffy on the inside. Big piece of advice is that if you DO use margarine (like I did) cut the salt to 1/4 or 1/2 tsp. That was my only problem, they came out salty. I'll keep this recipe close to my heart & update to see if the amount of saltyness can be fixed with more added sugar. John Pickett YOUR BISCUITS ARE AWESOME!
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No-Knead Artisan Style Bread

Reviewed: Oct. 10, 2011
I didn't add the herbs because I had multigrain bread flour. I decided to make this bread white this time around. I had to make about 5 loaves to gt this down. Needless to say I can't bake bread, EXCEPT FOR THIS ONE! I suggest you change the temp. of the water to 125degrees F. because my yeast instructions recommended the water temp be between 120 - 130 F. I also used a warmed bowl that came out of the dishwasher since I don't quite have a nice warm place to place the loaf to rest. It came out wonderful. I can't wait until tomorrow to eat the one I'm making today!
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Bread Machine Challah I

Reviewed: Dec. 5, 2011
Made it before & the taste was fine but the texture was off. 2nd Attempt: I made this bread again & approached it differently. I now know how to use my BM so I had to add 1 tbsp of flour because it was a bit too wet. I took it out of the machine to try & braid it & had to knead it about 6-7 times so that I could get sticks. My braiding is awful if it isn't in hair apparently. I let it rise in a 110 degree F oven that I would turn on for 10 mins & then turn of for 10 mins. Let it rise for about 30 mins & it was huge. Did an egg + 1 tbsp of water wash on it & baked it at 350F degrees for about 35mins. It was a gorgeous, delicious loaf that I now have to make every 2 days because it's the staple bread in our kitchen. I'm not braiding it. Part of the problem some people are having is that they're not warming the milk enough. With my machine you have to warm things up but I follow the yeast's instruction & warmed the milk to about 126 degrees F because I knew that the margarine was very cold (I cut it up a bit before adding it) & the eggs weren't up to room temp. enough. I also made sure that the flour which is the hardest thing to measure was already measured in a container & I just had to dump it in. THANK YOU! Now I have to get some Jew friends to teach me more about their amazing cuisine!
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Crispy Herb Baked Chicken

Reviewed: Mar. 7, 2011
Great recipe but 2 things should be changed: Where in the whole recipe does it call for any sort of herb? There's actually none. The seasoning of the chicken should be changed here's what I added to make it better: Cayenne pepper, black pepper, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, mustard, paprika, rosemary, basil, oregano, parsley & poultry seasoning. The only thing is that the mashed potatoes & butter thing are brilliant.
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Brown Sugar Cookies from Crisco® Baking Sticks

Reviewed: Dec. 28, 2011
These are awesome. Mind you I had lard not shortening. I added 1/2tsp. of cinnamon & my 1yr old kept making "mmm" sounds while eating them. I'll up the cinnamon next time I make'em. With sugar cookies, I usually bake some right away & the rest I usually wrap them into a tube & instead of rolling & flattening them to cut them into shape, I just slice them & while they're all round I cook every single bit of them. The recipe's a keeper.
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The Best Rolled Sugar Cookies

Reviewed: Nov. 27, 2011
These are pretty good but not very sweet. I assume the idea is that with the frosting they will be superb. I didn't spread them out. Instead I rolled them into a tub wrapped with plastic wrap & refrigerated them overnight & when I wanted to bake them just opened the wrap & with a butcher's knife sliced them about 1/4" thick, so they all have the same shape. Easy not messy at all & faster. It's a rather warm day today considering it's winter. I baked the cookies & had one divide by 3 for my 1yr old & 2yr old. We sat looking out the back door at the fall, eating the cookies. Thank you for the special memory of my babies & I eating cookies in winter.
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Grandma's Doughnuts

Reviewed: Sep. 16, 2011
Easy peasy doughnuts! The only problem with this is that the biscuits have that particular taste that a certain brand of buscuits have. Maybe it's me that tastes that bit of bitterness in the biscuits. My kid engulfed the doughnut holes, & my neigbor thought they were awesome. I used sugar & cinnamon since I'm not a fan of powdered sugar doughnuts. You have to watch them carefully because if they turn dark brown the taste wasn't very good.
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The Best Oatmeal Cookies

Reviewed: Dec. 17, 2011
These are so damned wonderful, it's ridiculous! I baked everything in about an hour since my in-laws could keep the kids busy. They filled the house with that brown sugar/cinnamon scent. It's Xmas in a bite! We all ate one as soon as they were cool enough and my 1yr old kept making "yummy" sounds as he ate it. I had to make it with chocolate & no nuts because of allergies & no teeth (the 1yr old) & per recommended added more oats. Unfortunatedly adding the extra oats made the cookies not so very sweet so that was my bad. I do think the recipe should have more cinnamon but that's cause I love cinnamon. Then again it could've been the extra oats that ruined that too. Either way, wonderful cookies. Thank you for sharing.
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The Best Chicken Soup Ever

Reviewed: Mar. 7, 2011
I hate soup in general but it was snowing... THIS IS THE ABSOLUTE BEST SOUP I HAVE EVER TASTED. Good enough that I'm putting it in our family cookbook that I plan on giving to my daughter when she goes to college. The only changes I made was using boneless breasts & putting everything in the crockpot after the chicken was boiled. I didn't have the chicken stock but I think it would've only made it taste even better. I added water.
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Cheesy Ham and Hash Brown Casserole

Reviewed: Oct. 29, 2013
I cook for a daycare and this recipe is a keeper! Even the pickiest kid loved it. We are making this in the cold months. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!
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Armenian Rice Pilaf

Reviewed: Jan. 10, 2012
Tastes great! The kids & everyone loved it. However I find that with the amount of liquid it calls for the rice ends up being lumpy & sticky. Then again I had chicken stock in a container not a can.
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Pizza Soup II

Reviewed: Jan. 1, 2012
I've made pizza soup before & I found this recipe to guide me. I gave it 4 stars because it needs extra seasoning not provided by the recipe. I changed the water for beef stock, added garlic SALT (which I find it needs), salt, black pepper, about a tbsp of the italian seasoning & extra oregano & basil ( 1tbsp of oregano & 1tsp. of basil). I assume the lack of salt is (I didn't have the sausage) because the sausage provides it. I had pepperoni cubes (1"x1" thick) frozen for making pizza pockets, but they ended up in the soup. The hubs prefers the peppers crunchy, so I'll add them before he goes to work so that they cook a bit when he reheats it there. Not bad, just a bit more is needed & you have it all in your spice rack.
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Clone of a Cinnabon

Reviewed: Dec. 17, 2011
These are wonderful & amazing. There are a few problems I've found with the recipes for breadmakers. You have to use bread machine yeast. The other one being that the recipe comes out great IF you bring the liquids used (water, milk or whatever) to the temperature recommended in the yeast bottle instead of what the recipe calls for. I think between 120°F -130°F the bread maker's yeast gets activated otherwise there won't be the required heat to make things rise. Also if your butter is a bit on the cold, it will bring the temp of the liquids down if a bit too high hot & at the same time get warmed up. That's just my machine though. It doesn't preheat the ingredients. I didn't have the cream cheese & my frosting was a bit too buttery but it was still awesome. The best part is that I saved like $12 & I had all the ingredients in my pantry & they didn't have that bitter taste that all the frozen pastries & dough have (*cough Pillsbury cough*). I am never buying cinnamon rolls at the store again. Unless I'm at the mall & there's a stand without a line...
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Good Old Fashioned Pancakes

Reviewed: Nov. 17, 2011
I followed the recipe exactly like it was written. The only thing I did was not try to overmix the batter so they would turn out fluffy & added more milk becausea family of four would've given each 1 pancake to eat. I found the recipe to be lacking something, my husband said it too. I don't think I will do this recipe again. Maybe it DOES need vanilla like other reviewers have said. I don't know has someone tried this recipe with vanilla sugar that's sold already prepared & it's dry?
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Potato Latkes I

Reviewed: Nov. 11, 2011
Mine didn't quite come out as you said in the recipe. Here's why: 1. I buy extra large eggs. I used 2 instead of 3 & it had too much moisture. Especify the size of egg OR make it ONE EGG. 2. I therefore had to use much more all purpose flour than it called for. Especify how much using APP would one need or what else to use so that it would work. 3. I hate using onions because of the texture (but that's my pet peeve) so I used green onions. They have a bit of color. Other things that made mine come out kinda not too good was that used a mandoline to cut my potatoes & the size was too big so I couldn't take out all the moisture I should've. I also added some pepper since when you eat eggs,it's always added. However the rest was AWESOME!
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Cinnamon Syrup

Reviewed: Sep. 16, 2011
Just ran out of a bottle of brand named syrup and decided to not waste my money on something that is rather sweet but still tasteless. This syrup is awesome on ANYTHING. I'm planning on making it for my daycare since I can use it without kids being allergic to it. I kept the old syrup bottle and doubled the recipe, exactly 750mL's. I DID use cornstarch instead of flour and I added at the end 2 tbsp of butter to deepen the color and it became even better.
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Sauteed Mushrooms in Garlic

Reviewed: Aug. 5, 2011
I love it! The only thing I had to change was that I used chicken stock because my cooking wine had been used up. My 9month old & my 2yr old ate it without any problems & the 2yo asked for more, eating them by itself.
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Spanakopita II

Reviewed: Jun. 25, 2011
This is the best ever!!! I was craving these & usually I get the frozen store bought, but screw THAT from now on. The only thing I did different was use green onions since the recipe would be more authentic that way. I made them huge because they were all for me & I also used dried dill because I froze some & when I bake them the dill will become brighter. I've never worked feta before other than in this dish & now, I will eat &/or work with it without any problem. Mary, thank you for curing me of my fear of working with phyllo sheets. I had some left over from cooking these & I made dessert. This is the best, did I say that already?
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Fajita Marinade I

Reviewed: Mar. 19, 2013
TOo much lime-y flavor. It is quite regular and nothing out of the ordinary for me. I DID NOT have the liquid smoke, so maybe that's where it's at.
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Shaped Vanilla Cookies

Reviewed: Mar. 12, 2012
These were pretty good & not very complicated to make. They tasted pretty much like all sugar cookies do, I would've hoped the extra vanilla tsp would've made them taste more vanilla-y. Maybe next time I'll add one more tsp & we'll see. I hate frosting cookies in general but I pressed M&M's on these since my 2yr old asked & begged for "candy" cookies. She & her 1yr old brother LOVED them. If someone found them too sweet then they measured the sugar wrong since these weren't too sweet.
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