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Fabulous Fudge Chocolate Cake

Reviewed: Nov. 11, 2012
I really enjoyed this cake. Mine turned out nicely moist while not too dense. It does appear a very slight bit lower in the center, but it's not an issue at all. Not "sunken" like some have commented. I like that the chocolate called for can be increased per other comments. I like to see people's tweaks...that's what cooking is about. I've always found it interesting the extreme differences of opinion on recipes I guess. I didn't find this too time consuming or hard to make at all. It's not a box mix so it takes more than 3 steps. I typically assume that any radical differences from other outcomes is due to my oven, over-mixing, etc. I would advise trying others' tweaks and get to know your oven, this is a good little cake and honestly I'd rather use this instead of a mix any day. I'm sure the icing could be easily halved, not everyone can stand that same level of sweetness. I sprinkled a pinch of sea salt on top on a still warm serving of my first piece...DEElicious!!
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Simple Tasty Pasta Salad

Reviewed: May 26, 2012
Delicious and fresh tasting....I actually dumped the bacon bits and cranberries in while chopping the veggies not realizing they were to be added at serving time and they taste great! So far I haven't used the whole bottle of dressing just in case it get's to be too soupy. It would be very good with any oil/vinegar based dressing and easy to use fat free to save calories...if one feels they must. I will like to eat this for several meals in the warm weather. I think I'll also make it for the next pot-luck. I think cubed jarlsberg cheese would be really tasty in this salad if you wanted to add a little protein.
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German Pancakes II

Reviewed: Mar. 11, 2012
My first time making a German pancake! Oh the topping possibilities! I can even imagine savory options as I love breakfast for dinner!
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The Best Rolled Sugar Cookies

Reviewed: Dec. 27, 2011
I've only tried cut-out sugar cookies once several years ago and never tried again because they seemed frustrating to me to roll out even though the recipe is so simple. But this year I decided to take a shot at it. My mom loves this recipe as I found out she has used it recently with great results...and I didn't know she had found it too! The cookies turned out great! I have a tiny kitchen with not much counter space but in small batches things worked out great! The cookies baked perfectly. I use Pampered Chef stoneware baking sheets so you do have to adjust the baking time at first until the stones are fully heated (and my oven doesn't have a window which drives me nuts...but watch carefully and it all works out). This recipe is surely a keeper and has dispelled my fear of cut-out cookies! I think I might experiment with different flavorings like almond, lemon, etc. Thanks for a great recipe!
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Felix K.'s 'Don't even try to say these aren't the best you've ever eaten, because they are' Chocolate Chip Cookies

Reviewed: Nov. 15, 2009
About the only "adjustment" I made was not cooling the cookies on the pan for the directed 20 minutes. The first pan I did that on were slightly hard to remove. But I also didn't make them as big. I got about 40 cookies out of the batch. They were hailed as delicious by my brother and his family-I am invited back to stay any time! lol
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Chicken Paprikash II

Reviewed: Jan. 21, 2009
There are several spaetzle recipes this would be great with. I saw a Hungarian soup recipe in our local paper and it makes me curious for other Hungarian fare. This sounds delish and I will make it and update my rating! ;-)
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Tortellini Carbonara

Reviewed: Nov. 12, 2006
I'm curious...why does a recipe get a horrible review and things like "I want to light it on fire" when most likely it was human error that may have caused the problem? I see a lot of good recipes and try them out and have usually good results based on the experiences of others. There seems to be a lot of super rated recipes that have one or two bad reviews and it always is to the extreme. I appreciate honest reviews, but perhaps if one person's attempt fails, make an accurate account of what may have happened rather than blame the recipe or make comments on how you went about disposing of the evidence.
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Chicken Cashew Salad

Reviewed: Aug. 5, 2003
A friend was looking for a recipe of this type. I decided to try it for an office potluck to see if she would like it. I brought the recipe for her and ended up making 10 copies to share! I omitted the green peppers and used less onion (for those that are fussy) and added halved red seedless grapes. Yummy! Some were suprised that the dressing was made with Miracle Whip. A dash of pepper would be a good kick to the dressing, and one reviewers idea of red bell pepper would jazz up the color. Will try that another time. Love this recipe!!
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White Chocolate and Cranberry Cookies

Reviewed: Jan. 10, 2003
My oven hasn't cooled yet and I had to write husband took a 24 or so cookies I made from this batch and said "Is that all? I suppose we'll have to quadruple the batch next time." (what does he mean "we"!?) I thought these cookies were very easy an quick to make. I don't like things too sweet and didn't find them overly sweet at all. I saw all the reviews and thought this was worth a try. I don't quite understand the handful of negative reviews..I guess it's a matter of taste. I might try an oatmeal cookie version of this as I got the craving for a cranberry white chip cookie after having one from that famous lady's cookie shop at the mall (you all know her name!) I will definitely make these again and the recipe is a keeper! The variation ideas are great, that is what makes great cooks and recipes. I tested one cookie on my stoneware baking sheet as they take a time or two to warm up, I don't get discouraged if they are doughy at first, that is why you always test one cookie out first, that way you still have the whole bowl left to work with and you don't waste by throwing them out. If it doesn't work perfect the first time, try it again! Great cookie!!! :-) Jodie from ND
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Gina's Pound Cake

Reviewed: Jun. 17, 2001
I made this cake for "strawberry shortcake" and it was delish! Very moist and I love the addition of lemon, orange, and vanilla extracts. This cake will be a wonderful staple to serve with chocolate sauce, seasonal fruit or whatever. I've never tried homemade pound cake and I'll never buy one again!
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