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Oatmeal Raisin Cookies I

Reviewed: Sep. 8, 2003
Delicious cookie. I tweaked it slightly, though; I used more raisins and soaked them in boiling water first (they were moister and plumper this way), I added a bit more cinnamon, and the batter seemed wet so I ended up adding more flour and oats. However, I would not recommend adding more oats; it was too overpowering. I decided to make monster cookies, hoping they would turn our big and chewy, which they did. I got 20 large cookies from this recipe. Watch the baking time carefully, only adding a minute at a time, if you want chewy cookies.
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Mom's Ginger Snaps

Reviewed: Feb. 15, 2004
((UPDATE: I continue to make these fabulous cookies. I've discovered that the fewer cookies on the cookie sheet the better, as they will spread out a little more and crackle even better! Also, I recommend dipping only the tops in sugar - this way, they don't stick to the cookie sheet.)) Absolutely the best cookies I have ever made! I was so excited to see that they had actually crackled and they looked so pretty and tasted amazing! The recipe has oil in it so the dough may look a little different than you're used to, but I think this is what makes these cookies so wonderful. I doubled the cinnamon and ginger, and *very* lightly greased my cookie sheets (or you can use parchment papaer, because they will stick otherwise). I baked them for 8 minutes at 350 F., and they were perfect - soft, crackled, and totally yummy!
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Homemade Vanilla Extract

Reviewed: Jan. 27, 2009
I started making my own pure vanilla using this method. It's wonderful! I use only vodka (tried rum once, didn't care for the result). You can just cut the vanilla beans into thirds and slip them into the vodka; shake several times weekly and notice the color changing. As stated, the minimum time is weeks, but leave it as long as you can... months would be preferable. My guideline is once I can't smell the alcohol, it's pretty much ready. Homemade vanilla can take on a bit of a cloudy appearance, so don't be alarmed. You can strain a little of it at a time into a smaller bottle using a coffee filter, and let the rest hang out and get even stronger and better.
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Fabulous Fruit Salad

Reviewed: Dec. 29, 2002
I also doubled this recipe and took it to Christmas dinner. I used 2 red apples, 2 green apples, a can of mandarine oranges, celery, 1 container each of lemon and vanilla yogurt, and I added the dried cranberries and walnuts just before serving to preserve texture and crunch. I received several compliments on the salad, and my husband loved it. (For next time, I will probably strain the yogurts first using a coffee filter, as there was quite an accumulation of liquid at the bottom of the dish.) Very enjoyable salad.
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The Best Parmesan Chicken Bake

Reviewed: Jan. 4, 2012
I was so excited about making this - looked forward to this dinner for days!! I watched the video, knew what to do. After reading the reviews, *** I sliced the breasts in half lengthwise so they were thinner.*** They cooked up fine. I used 3 cloves of garlic, quite a hefty pinch of pepper flakes, and a nice spaghetti sauce that my family likes. It was delicious! It is best straight from the oven so the topping will be crunchy - microwaving leftovers does not work. The crouton topping is very hearty and not for weight watchers... a lot of carbs... may try again without the topping to save some carbs and calories. But the dish was tasty, and easy to make.
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Mexican Cream Cheese Rollups

Reviewed: Nov. 11, 2002
I made these to take to a party and most everyone enjoyed them. They make a very pretty presentation if you add chopped parsley, and slice them on the diagonal. Depending on your taste, you can omit different ingredients; I have never used olives and they still turn out great. You can also use different flavors of tortillas; spinach (green) and tomato (red) would look festive for Christmas! UPDATE: I continue to take this appetizer to parties and ALWAYS receive compliments. It is just so easy, tasty, and pretty. Serve with salsa and you have a great appy.
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Pumpkin Spice Muffins

Reviewed: Mar. 9, 2010
UPDATE: Please read before making these muffins.... This recipe is truly for those of us who are diabetic, and/or are watching carb intake; because of the lack of added fat and the addition of the applesauce, the texture may take some getting used to. But for those of us who need this recipe to work, it certainly does. Per the reviews, I cut the applesauce in HALF, and doubled the spices. This took care of the "too moist" problem. I also added a tablespoon of ground flax seed for additional fiber. They were delicious. As stated, if you DON'T need to watch your fat, carbs, and calories please choose another pumpkin muffin recipe with full fat. For those of us who need this recipe, I, for one, was not disappointed.
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Four Spice Crackles

Reviewed: Oct. 28, 2002
Delicious! I used margarine instead of butter and regular sugar instead of coarse sugar because I had to, and they were still wonderful. Having read the reviews, I cut back slightly on the molasses and ginger; I baked mine for 11 minutes until they were still slightly soft, and this produced a moist and chewy cookie. I will make them again, and will try to get the coarse sugar to roll them in this time... I'm sure this will make them absolutely perfect!
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Gingerbread Biscotti

Reviewed: Dec. 18, 2007
These biscotti are delicious! I made it with oil as stated in the recipe and used all white flour, and they turned out great. Please do not let the oil scare you - you do NOT have to substitute butter, margarine, or shortening. This recipe couldn't be simpler and the oil is the reason! Just add it in. I did bump up the spices, and I dipped the biscotti in melted white chocolate and then drizzled with melted dark chocolate for a pretty effect. Absolutely incredible. UPDATE: I made these for Christmas for some of my co-workers, and ALL of them absolutely raved!! I wrapped them up in colorful cellophane bags from the dollar store, and tied with a pretty ribbon. I will definitely make these again!
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Creme Anglaise II

Reviewed: Sep. 4, 2007
I made this to put on top of bread pudding. I'd never made a vanilla sauce before, but it looked easy enough. I halved the recipe and instead of cream, I used whole (homo) milk and vanilla extract. Other reviewers said to not let it cook too long, so I watched it carefully and I also strained it before serving. It came out perfectly, even using the lower fat milk. It was delicious warm, and wonderful cold the next day. Yummy!
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Aileen's Punch

Reviewed: Nov. 9, 2002
Delicious combination of juices; I served this for Thanksgiving and everyone enjoyed it. I saved the leftovers for breakfast! My son and I had fun making ice cubes from juice, and we froze tiny pieces of orange slices and cherries in each cube. This way, the punch stays cold, does not get watered down, and it is very colorful.
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Grilled Fish Tacos with Chipotle-Lime Dressing

Reviewed: Apr. 13, 2012
Delicious! I stayed as close to the recipe as possible, but did not have the adobo sauce (too expensive in my area). Added a little honey to the sauce, per the reviews. Garnished as written using tomatoes, cabbage, and lime (no cilantro). I recommend using the smaller tortillas and eating two small instead of one large. Yummy, 5 stars.
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Morning Glory Muffins

Reviewed: Jul. 1, 2009
These were delicious! I made them pretty much as written except to substitute 1/2 whole wheat flour, and I didn't have any coconut. They were moist and light and smelled fabulous as they baked. Couldn't wait to dig in! Made a satisfying lunch with a piece of cheese and some fruit. Thank you!
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Foil-Pack Taco Chicken Dinner

Reviewed: Oct. 23, 2010
Good basic place to start. Instead of individual foil packets, I layered it in a casserole dish. I sliced the potatoes as thinly as I could, but they were still not cooked all the way through after 60 minutes. Kind of like waiting for the scalloped potatoes! Same thing! I'd suggest poking them and microwaving them to give them a head start, then perhaps slicing them and continuing on with the recipe. Will probably make this again. :)
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Lemon Fiesta Cake

Reviewed: Jun. 29, 2006
I did not add the lemon extract or the raisins, and I glazed it with only lemon juice and sugar, combined and heated. I garnished with fresh lemon zest and hubby asked where the icing was! Oh well. It seemed a bit dry, though. He ate it, but I would probably not make it again.
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Quick Fruitcake

Reviewed: Nov. 29, 2005
Very easy to make. We used candied cherries and chopped them in the food processor first (next time, we'll leave them whole). We also used almonds since our son is allergic to walnuts. The mincemeat we added had run and brandy already in it - delicious! We baked it for 2 hours in a Bundt pan, and it came out very well. My husband added an icing sugar glaze for the top, but this wasn't what it needed. Next time, we'll probably leave it plain, or dust with icing sugar.
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PHILADELPHIA® 3-STEP® Key Lime Cheesecake

Reviewed: Oct. 20, 2010
Easy and delicious. I followed the recipe but doubled up on the lime zest and juice. I decorated with Cool Whip I piped from a piping bag, and grated lime peel. It was beautiful. Everyone loved it.
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Coconut Ambrosia Salad

Reviewed: Feb. 20, 2005
I made this to take to a Hawaiian party. I followed the recipe bones, so to speak, but only used 1 cup coconut. I used coloured mini marshmallows, I added one can of fruit cocktail, 1/2 cup chopped pecans, and I eliminated the cherries and milk. I estimated the amount of whipped topping - maybe 2 1/2 cups? I just added until it was pretty moist. I suggest draining your fruits very well, and I prefer it made ahead so the marshmallows get very soft and foamy. The leftovers still taste yummy after 2 days.
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Chocolate Pinwheel Cookies

Reviewed: Mar. 2, 2004
I used a whole egg and no milk for this; I also added 1 Tbs. cocoa powder to one half instead of the melted chocolate, and it turned out fine. I had difficulty rolling out the dough, even on waxed paper. It just wouldn't get any bigger than about 8 in., so I just left it at that. I also only got 2 dozen cookies; there is no way you can get more than this. There simply is not enough dough. Anyway, nice cookie, pretty to look at. I might add a touch more sugar next time asd it wasn't very sweet.
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Scented Applesauce-Cinnamon Ornaments

Reviewed: Nov. 14, 2003
Oh, making these was too fun!! I felt like a kid again. I followed the 1-1 ratio shown here and used 1 cup applesauce and 1 cup cinnamon for mine, and got about 34 small ornaments/package tie-ons. I used a small chopstick to poke a hole in each one, and will hang them on my tree and one in my car when they finish drying! I decided not to bake them, so I will air dry them for a few days, turning them every day (as others on the Internet have suggested). They smell great! 'course, my son came home from school, smelled them and took a big ol' bite out of one! Ewww. Do not eat ~wink~. Thanks, Valerie!
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