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Grandma Johnson's Scones

Reviewed: Oct. 4, 2002
Thanks Rob! This recipe is great! I have tried several variations-dried cranberries, chocolate chip, and even quince! They are great as they are, but if you like something a little sweeter, like I do, then add some brown sugar and vanilla. This recipe gives a lot of room for variation! I have been working on some holiday scones, and have tried molases in order to make gingerbread scones-they are wonderful, with nutmeg and cinnamon. You can add as much molases to your liking, but dont add too much, as it will make the dough too heavy, and you'll end up with large, flat cookies! But, all in all, this recipe is wonderful. A hint though: Handle the dough as little as possible! It's a very simple recipe, easy to throw together, and easier to eat!
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Butterscotch Bread Pudding

Reviewed: Oct. 25, 2003
Definately not enough stars! I have made this many times. I changed it a bit though. I use a good raisin bread and cinnamon chips. I also double the cinnamon and add a generous amount of nutmeg. Everyone raves! This is one of the best things I have ever made or eaten. You must try this! I can't begin to describe how amazing this is. Oh, I don't recommend reheating the next day, it tastes much better cold, after it has been in the fridge over night! Thank you so much for this amazing recipe!!!!
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Cinnamon Rolls I

Reviewed: Oct. 24, 2004
In a word, AMAZING! I have made this a few times now, the first two times I botched it completely, this time only a little. As always, they came out great! This recipe is so adaptable, I have found myself without a lot of the ingredients but was still able to pull it off. I have used vanilla flavored dried coffee creamer(Coffee Mate) instead of the dried milk and heavy cream instead of the ice cream. I also don't own a Bread Machine, but use my KitchenAid mixer instead. I just use the dough hook and let it go for about 15 mins or so, then let it rest for about 10 before I roll out the dough. Always perfect, just like the ones you get in the mall! MY pickiest eater, a 3 year old devoured them! And he never eats!
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Mexican Rice III

Reviewed: Jul. 4, 2005
I used almost all of the ingredients with little alteration. I skipped the bell pepper and used a fresh jalapeno. It was really good, I was looking for a change from the usual spanish rice and this hit the spot. I did change the cooking method though, I sauteed the rice in a pan and then poured it into my rice maker along with the rest of the ingredients. It was a bit soft in consistancy when it was done, but that was because I let it sit for about an hour after in the rice make. We had company over and everyone raved. I can't make rice on the stove top to save my life, but if you can this recipe is so easy and so delicious. If you're like me and rely on a rice cooker, this recipe is a snap.
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Spicy Bean Salsa

Reviewed: Jul. 4, 2005
This was so great! I had to alter it a bit. I used fresh jalapenos, crushed garlic instead of garlic salt and made my own dressing. I used olive oil, lime juice, salt, pepper and cumin to keep with a mexican theme. The only drawback to this is that it makes enough to serve an army. I've had numerous variations to this and they are all pretty much the same until you give it your own touch. This couldn't be easier to assemble and is a great alternative to regular salsa.
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Annie's Fruit Salsa and Cinnamon Chips

Reviewed: Jul. 4, 2005
Absolutely AMAZING! I made a Mexican themed meal for company and served this for desert with some really great vanilla ice cream. I did follow the directions exactly, except I added balsamic vinegar to compliment the berries (trust me) and a finely diced jalapeno. Everyone was amazed by how well it all worked and really enjoyed the slight kick from the jajapeno. The cinnamon chips were so easy, I toasted them first then threw them in a large zip lock bag with the cinnamon and sugar mix and shook well. The presentation was really great, a large scoop of ice cream surrounded by four wedges of cinnamon chips and a generous amount of the salsa on top. My guests were floored! The preparation was really simple all around. I did add a touch of lime to the salsa since I was making it a few hours in advance.
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Chocolate Cavity Maker Cake

Reviewed: Jul. 4, 2005
This was one of those few recipes that came out exactly as it was supposed to with little tweaking. I didn't have coffee flavored liquor, so I used Frangelico and some chocolate extract. Everything else was strictly according to the directions. The first day the cake was good, but the second and third day it was amazing. I kept it well covered between slices and it just got moister and the flavors really came out. This cake was so moist that you never really even need a glass of milk to follow. It was so simple to make, though my husband had to help stir the batter. He kept asking if it was brownie batter. In the end it was worth the work, though next time I will be using my KitchenAid mixer.
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Dee's Roast Pork for Tacos

Reviewed: Jul. 17, 2005
This was unbelievable! I followed the ingredients to the letter. I did cook at a lower heat for about an hour extra since I was leaving hubby with the kids to run errands. It couldn't have been easier! I came home to an unbelievable aroma and a delicious meal. My only complaint was that I couldn't stop picking at the meat and was too full to eat it with tortillas. The entire family loved it, including two picky toddlers!
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Basic Truffles

Reviewed: Jul. 17, 2005
This is a great basic recipe. Anyone that complains about the taste of the chocolate is overlooking one HUGE point: If you start out with cheap chocolate you will get a truffle that tastes like cheap chocolate, or just doesn't work. A higher quality chocolate will yield a better truffle. Also, the less actual chocolate in the chips the more problems you will have getting them to the right consistancy. One more point-If you don't care for bitter sweet chocolate, don't use it. That's why there are so many varieties in the baking section. I recommend Guittard, in my mind the best you can buy before Godiva. Ghriradelli is good as well, but the Guittard has a richer, more European taste (since it is). They cost a bit more, but you won't believe what you'd get! Much cheaper than Godiva! PS- I apologize for any spelling errors.
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Best Brownies

Reviewed: Sep. 8, 2005
***I was reading through reviews and noticed that some people had problems with the texture. I wanted to point out that if you use Dutch Process Cocoa or any baking cocoa that contains DP you'll have to check your baking powder. DP reacts different than regular coca and can create a really wierd texture and taste. I can't remember which way you go with the baking powder, but look it up. All cocoas are not interchangeable. Aside from that, I can't imagine why anyone would have any problems with this recipe! **Update-I regret finding this recipe! We make it a few times a week now, and they always come out perfect. The prep time is so minimal and an 8x8 pan disappears in minutes around here. Having brownies this good so often has to be unhealthy!** These came out great! We followed the recipe exactly, except omitted the icing. They really didn't need the frosting, just a great fudgy brownie. This recipe can be altered to suit anyone's tastes. I will try adding nuts later since my husband hates them. My three and four year olds helped me make these, we had a great time making these. This recipe was extremely easy to put together. Thanks!
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Roast Sticky Chicken-Rotisserie Style

Reviewed: Oct. 19, 2005
Alright, I did make a few changes. I added fresh rosemary, a few tablespoons of sliced butter and two boullion cubes to the inside of the bird. I made my own seasoning mix, I used Cavenders Greek Saesoning (no one should be without this in their spice collection), poultry seasoning, onion and garlic powder and some cayanne. I finished it off with some butter under the skin over the breast and drumsticks. Probably not the healthiest bird, but OH MY GOD! I gave this 5 stars because this is a great starting point for a PERFECT Chicken. I used one 6lb bird and it only took a little over 4 hours to reach 180 degrees. I turned the oven off and let it stay for about an hour until ready to eat. This chicken was so tender it fell apart when we tried to cut it. My husband has an aversion to chicken, (too much time in the Mid East and in the third world) but he raved about this. I was left with a tremendous amount of liguid that I reduced for an excellent gravy with mashed potatoes. I know this will be my method from now on. The prep is pretty much the same as I used to do, but the low and slow cook time makes a huge difference. Thanks Sue!
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Peanut Butter Noodles

Reviewed: Oct. 19, 2005
These were good, though I was the only one at the table that ate them. My husband thought they were terrible, though his palate is pertty unadventurous. The kids didn't care for it either. I think that with a bit of fiddling this could be improved. It just tasted too much like noodles with Jiffy on them. But it is a good place to start if you can't get good take out.
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Sweet Potato Pie II

Reviewed: Nov. 3, 2005
This recipe is great! I made it this evening and couldn't let it cool before trying it. This was so quick to assemble with the processor, my three year old helped. I cut back on the sugar since I have gestational diabetes and it was still delicious. Other than that I followed the directions pretty closely, though I added a little more spices to compensate for the reduced sugar. I think I put in about a 1/4 off a cup of brown sugar. I did add a little vanilla, but that just makes sense... This came out really great, it satisfied my craving without making me ill.
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Mum's Irish Apple Pie

Reviewed: Nov. 5, 2005
I have to admit that I just made the crust last night. I used it to top my chicken pot pie and it was amazing! I upped the salt a bit and cut back on the sugar and it was the best savory pie crust I have ever had. I am not a pie crust fan, but this was so delicious that I was saving the crust for last and picking at the kids left overs. The apple pie filling seems pretty solid and would make a great pie, especially with that crust. My husband and I agree that this will be "The Crust" recipe for savory and sweet pies from now on. BTW- I did use only All Purpose flour and substituted vinegar for the lemon juice. I also put my butter/flour mixture in the freezer for about 15 mins before adding the liquids. The dough was pretty easy to work with considering my kitchen was an inferno. If you have a food processor the dough is such a breeze to put together. I'll never buy ready made crusts or look for another recipe again. Thanks Brian!
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Good Old Fashioned Pancakes

Reviewed: Nov. 5, 2005
I make these probably 4 times a week, even for dinner on occaision. This recipe is so quick and yields perfect results. I often use brown sugar and add cinnamon and nutmeg so that my todllers can have them without syrup. When made as the recipe states you get restaurant quality pancakes with very little effort. This recipe is just a few steps longer than boxed mixes and so much better, it seems foolish to ever buy pancake mix.
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J.P.'s Big Daddy Biscuits

Reviewed: Nov. 19, 2005
These always turn out excellent. The only time they didn't was when I added extra flour to get the dough less gooey. I think it was just extra humid and they ended up tasting like pure flour. I have learned to use the recipe exactly as stated. If the dough is sticky I just drop them onto the cookie sheet instead of rolling. Other than that these make restaurant quality biscuits that are perfect for jellies or sausage gravy. Thanks J.P.! This is a staple recipe in our house!
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Eileen's Spicy Gingerbread Men

Reviewed: Dec. 17, 2005
This was the perfect gingerbread recipe, everything you want gingerbread to be. It had great flavor, rolled and cut well, and stayed chewy. The only warning I will give is that these oookies grow! I used a bigger cutter and my men were huge! As far as some other members complaining about flour issues, I would have to say it could be a climate issue. I used exactly what the recipe prescribed and my dough was a little sticky, I just took care to handle and roll it sparingly. I didn't use any flour to roll or shape because I didn't want to have dry,flour tasting cookies. This will be my gingerbread cookie recipe from now on!
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Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

Reviewed: Dec. 27, 2005
My husband adored these! Believe me; that's a huge compliment, he's really picky when it comes to chocolate chip cookies. Since we married I have been trying to find something that was comparable to "grandma's cookies", which he ofcourse had no recipe for... Well, these have solved it. The only changes I made was to up the vanilla a bit and to skip the nuts as per my husband's preference. Thanks for a great recipe!
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Amish White Bread

Reviewed: Dec. 27, 2005
Beyond Perfection! I made this exactly as the recipe stated and have no complaints whatsoever. My past attempts at home made bread have always resulted in a dense, sometimes bland loaf. Not this loaf, it's fluffy and so flavorful. I can't be happier. This is THE bread recipe from now on! This was also extremely easy to prepare. I used my Kitchenaid mixer and it took about 15 mins to make the dough including the 10 mins it took to let the yeast foam up. I can see that this will be something to make almost daily!
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Banana Banana Bread

Reviewed: Jan. 3, 2006
This is a great recipe, definately a basic banana bread. I use a lot of spices in mine- cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger. I also like a heavy shot of vanilla and a little extra sugar. I think it all compliments the bananas well. This recipe is a breeze to fix and my picky kids love it, which is nice because they never eat the bananas I buy them. I have made this quite a few times and it always turns out great! I am addicted to this with my a.m. coffee. Thanks!
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