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Strawberry Pretzel Pie

Reviewed: Jun. 23, 2003
I made this to take to a party, and no one disliked it, but my husband and I were unimpressed. There's not much mixing of flavors, and even though it does have the sweet-salty combo going on. Most highly-rated recipes on this site are way better than this. If you're looking for something to make with strawberries, keep browsing.
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Strawberry Pretzel Salad

Reviewed: Sep. 11, 2003
Not very exciting or flavorful. I made it for a party, and everyone liked it, but it wasn't the knock-out dish I thought it sounded like when I read the recipe.
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Double Layer Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

Reviewed: Nov. 14, 2003
I used a graham cracker crust recipe that I also got on this web site, and I think it's so much better than with the store bought kind. This pie was a HUGE hit at our dinner party, but it is definitely rich. Also, I used crunch peanut butter because it was all I had, but I don't think I would do it any other way now. Great recipe!
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Grandma's Slow Cooker Vegetarian Chili

Reviewed: Nov. 14, 2003
Even my meat-lover husband enjoys this! It is so flavorful and great for something easy AND different. I serve it over rice (brown or white, either way), and everyone has seconds.
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Friendship Soup Mix in a Jar

Reviewed: Nov. 14, 2003
I gave this as a gift to co-workers last Christmas, and they all appreciated it -- especially since I gave it a week before Christmas, which is usually fast-food time for all of us on the go. Also, I went to Big Lot's and bought cheap but cute jars with air-tight lids to layer the soup mix in.
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Four Egg Yellow Cake

Reviewed: May 27, 2004
I made this recipe into cupcakes for my son's second birthday party. I was looking for a recipe that wouldn't be too sweet so the kids wouldn't climb the walls, and this was a hit. The only reason I don't give it 5 stars is that I personally wasn't a big fan of it: it had too strong a flavor for a plain cake. But even my in-laws (who do everything from scratch and prefer yellow cake over chocolate) raved about how good this was. So if you aren't sure about yellow cakes because you prefer chocolate (like me!), definitely give this a try!
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Golden Sweet Cornbread

Reviewed: Jan. 18, 2005
Simple, easy, and very yummy. I followed the recipe exactly and it came out great. I highly recommend it!
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My Chili

Reviewed: Jan. 23, 2005
For our family, this recipe would have made too much. So I followed the advice in a previous review and cut the meat and spices in half but still used full cans of tomatoes, sauce, and beans. It came out really good, and we served it over rice with Golden Sweet Cornbread on the side. Next time, I will not cut the spices in half, just the meat, because it could have used a little more flavor. But I agree that it is a wonderful base recipe that everyone should try and then add their own touches to.
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Classic Tiramisu

Reviewed: Jan. 29, 2005
WOW! This was great! I have tasted several versions of tiramisu, but this was the first time I made it myself, and this was easy and delicious. I don't like the taste of alcohol in desserts, so instead I made 2 cups of double-strength coffee (next time I would make a little more). I followed several previous reviews' suggestion and dipped the ladyfingers in the coffee instead of brushing it on. (A mini loaf pan was the perfect size, and I just dipped them in for a few seconds on each side.) The only problem I had was that my trifle bowl (or maybe the way I arranged the cookies) made it so that there was about 1.5 inches of ladyfinger sticking out above the top layer of filling. So I used the whipped cream recipe on this site (1 cup whipping cream, 1 tspn vanilla, 1 Tbspn powdered sugar) and added that on top to sort of fill up the bowl. It turned out fabulous! My husband (the artistic one) made this neat little cut-out, and we laid it on top before we topped it off with the cocoa so there was a nice design. I don't think I have ever made anything that looked so pretty like something you'd buy in a store! And everyone raved, even those who said they didn't like coffee. So overall, you have GOT to try this. I will be making it any time I want to impress. :)
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Zucchini Chocolate Orange Cake

Reviewed: Jan. 29, 2005
If you have never made a zucchini cake (as I hadn't before this one), you must first know that these things have a different flavor/texture. I know most people probably like it, but the little chunks grossed me out. I should have just tried a chocolate orange cake recipe and forgotten about the zucchini. So I am sure this recipe turned out exactly like it should have. But I won't be making it again.
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Double Layer Pumpkin Pie

Reviewed: Jan. 29, 2005
Very yummy! But my advice is to ALSO make or buy a traditional pumpkin pie if you're making this for a holiday meal. I liked this a lot, but several of us really missed that standard pumpkin pie, and this is different.
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Herbed Chicken Pasta

Reviewed: Oct. 6, 2005
After reading the reviews that said this recipe was bland, I decided to completely do away with measuring the spices and to make almost all the changes that were recently suggested. First, I used white wine to saute the veggies and added more when I added the chicken. I salted the chicken before adding it to the pan, then added LIBERAL amounts of pepper and basil plus a little bit of lemon zest. I didn't have canned tomatoes, so with the fresh ones I added a few spoonfuls of some spaghetti sauce I had in the fridge. It came out GREAT and was healthy to boot. But because the original recipe needed so much work, I gave it only 4 stars.
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Shepherd's Pie VI

Reviewed: Oct. 8, 2005
This is a good recipe if you already have leftover mashed potatoes. For me, it seemed like a lot of steps and dishes to wash. My other problem was that the carrots (which I boiled for a long time) never got soft enough to mash with a fork. Next time, I will wait until I already have mashed potatoes, and I will keep a can of carrots handy until I figure out exactly how to make them into mush. I really had hoped to mix the carrot mush in with the meat so my 3-year-old wouldn't even notice it. But I will try it again with some alterations.
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Sarah's Applesauce

Reviewed: Oct. 8, 2005
I love it when something so simple turns out so amazing! I did add a bit of fresh lemon juice, but I don't know that it was necessary. And I doubled the recipe so I could freeze half. Excellent! Kids, hubby, and I all loved it.
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Rice Mess

Reviewed: Nov. 2, 2005
Thanks to previous reviewers, I knew ahead of time that this recipe needed some doctoring. So I skipped the butter and browned the ground beef with onions, twice the garlic, and some chopped green pepper. I didn't have mushrooms, so I added corn instead, plus a healthy amount of oregano, salt, and pepper. I covered the skillet with cheddar right before serving, and it came out great. Even my three-year-old ate it without any complaints. We will definitely be doing this again.
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Leftover Chicken Croquettes

Reviewed: Nov. 28, 2005
Finally, a successful leftover recipe that didn't require a trip to the store for extra ingredients! I had to use three eggs, and next time I would probably follow a previous reviewer's suggestion and add some chicken broth, too. I didn't have seasoned bread crumbs, so I used the regular ones and doubled the parsley. This was a great recipe for the last of the Thanksgiving turkey (when we were all really quite tired of leftovers)! I also want to try some of the other recommendations like cheese and marinara sauce. For the kids, it was good with ketchup, too, so I can see this being a versatile recipe.
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Blue Ribbon Overnight Rolls

Reviewed: Nov. 28, 2005
I made these for Thanksgiving - very yummy! I think they are better if you do let them rise overnight rather than just making them the morning of.
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Hawaiian Chicken Salad

Reviewed: Mar. 15, 2006
I made this for a group of high school students for a meeting they were having at our house. It was such a hit! They talked about it every time they saw me for the next week, and when it was time for the next meeting, all I heard was, "Well, if you're making that chicken salad, we'll be there." I did omit the grapes because I couldn't find seedless and didn't feel like the hassle of removing seeds. The first time, I served it on pieces of baguettes, but this time I'm going for croissants. Great recipe!
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Baked Potato Soup I

Reviewed: Mar. 18, 2006
Excellent! I didn't have the green onions, so I just left them out. I added some extra cheese just because I wanted to use up what I had. And instead of cheddar, I used monterey jack, although I am sure it would be great with cheddar, too, but I wanted a milder flavor. I'll definitely be making this again!
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Chocolate Frosting I

Reviewed: May 3, 2006
This is exactly what I was looking for. I followed some previous reviewers' advice and didn't even bother measuring the powdered sugar. I'm certain I didn't use a full 3.5 cups, although if I had been icing a layer cake, the consistency I was happy with might not have been firm enough. I like a frosting that doesn't steal too much from the cake, and this is simple but good, just perfect.
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