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Simple Scones

Reviewed: Oct. 9, 2005
These are so good, and extremely versatile. I added dried cranberries and white chocolate chips, and they were fabulous! Will make these again & again. 12/29/08 addition--these are also fantastic with dried cherries and lime zest & chocolate chips and orange zest.
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Chocolate Chip Cheesecake I

Reviewed: Oct. 9, 2005
This was an excellent cheesecake, and a huge hit at my family reunion yesterday. It was gone before I knew it! I did make a few modifications: used chocolate graham crackers(crushed) mixed with some oreo crumbs for the crust(no need for cocoa). I also added about 1/2 cup of mini chocolate chips into the batter-1/3 didn't seem like enough. Using fat free condensed milk & 1/3 reduced fat cheese worked amazingly to save on fat & calories. This will be made again for the holidays! Thank you for a good recipe!
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Chocolate Cherry Biscotti

Reviewed: Nov. 6, 2005
These are soooo good! Sometimes for Christmas I substitute peppermint extract for the almond, and it gives these biscotti a nice flavor. Makes them especially good with hot cocoa!! I make these every year for Christmas gatherings & gifts and they are always well-received. Thanks for a wonderful recipe!
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Luscious Slush Punch

Reviewed: Nov. 12, 2005
This is a great recipe to tweak. I reduce the sugar to 1 cup (we don't care for sugary sweet punch), and use ginger ale instead of Sprite or 7Up. I've also used different colors of gelatin to coordinate with baby shower (I've used blue gelatin for green punch-when the baby's gender is a surprise). Very good for parties!
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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies III

Reviewed: Nov. 12, 2005
These were just okay for us. They had a cake-like consistency, and weren't attractive. If I make them again, I will use mini muffin tins & pass them off as muffins.
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Awesome Sausage, Apple and Cranberry Stuffing

Reviewed: Nov. 19, 2005
I begin to crave this when Fall begins! To make it easier, I use bagged dry cornbread stuffing, boxed or canned chicken stock, and add pecans into the mix. I do not use the liver and it is fantastic! My all-time favorite stuffing recipe!!
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Double Chocolate Mocha Trifle

Reviewed: Nov. 19, 2005
I've made this for a few years now, and ALWAYS receive requests for the recipe. One friend demands it every year for holiday parties. So good--I do add a little more coffee flavor to make it extra mocha flavored. Delicious!
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Sausage Casserole

Reviewed: Dec. 7, 2005
This is fantastic, and perfect for breakfast or brunch! My Sunday school class devours it, it is a huge hit with the men. I did modify a few things: Add 1 4oz. can of diced green chiles & a small jar of diced pimientos for color. Use frozen hash browns-defrost & press moisture out. I also lightened it a bit by using light butter & 4 whole jumbo eggs & 4 jumbo egg whites. This is a definite keeper!!!!!!
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Little Meat Loaves

Reviewed: Jan. 10, 2006
I had high hopes considering all of the rave reviews. The beef/sausage combination gives a nice texture, but the taste is rather bland, Without the sauce, it has little flavor. I may stick with the meat combination, and add green peppers, diced tomatoes, and some minced garlic to enhance the Italian seasonings of this recipe the next time I make meatloaf. Adding some of the sauce to the loaves may help also.
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Italian Butter

Reviewed: Jan. 21, 2006
This is excellent, and is a new staple in my house. I do recommend making it beforehand & "soaking" it in some olive oil to help the dried herbs soften. Then, it's ready to plate & be drizzled with olive oil for dipping. I store it in a small pesto jar in the fridge, and it's ready whenever we are!!
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Chunky Pizza Dip

Reviewed: Jan. 21, 2006
This is very good! We added it to our Super Bowl spread last year, and had no guilt about eating it. I did sprinkle some grated parmesan over the dip prior to serving. A definite keeper.
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Brunch Pizza

Reviewed: Feb. 6, 2006
This was good, however seemed to be lacking something. I used Boboli thin wheat crust, and it seemed a little bland. The next time I make this, I will add a thin layer of marinara sauce before pouring on the egg mixture. I served this along with marinara for dipping and that really improved the overall flavor. Also, instead of ham I used crumbled pork sausage. Good recipe, and it's a good change from ordinary breakfast or brunch items.
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Mediterranean Potato Salad

Reviewed: Jul. 27, 2006
This was sooooo good, and a bright change in flavors from the old mayonnaise-based potato salads. I did add 1 tsp. of sugar to the vinaigrette to cut down on the sourness, and garnished the finished product with a sprinkling of feta cheese. This would also be delicious with chopped black olives. YUM!!! Everyone I've served it to loves it!
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Cucumber Sandwiches III

Reviewed: Sep. 2, 2006
These are addictive. I made them for my daughter's garden-themed birthday party and used flower cookie cutters to cut the (lightly toasted)bread into shapes, spread the cream cheese mixture on, and placed flower-shaped cucumber slices on top. They were sooooo good!!
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California Chicken Spaghetti

Reviewed: Sep. 4, 2006
This is a definite keeper! Instead of using chopped romas, I halved 1/2 a pint of grape tomatoes, used an Italian spice mix from my grinder, and used multigrain pasta. The feta cheese is a must, and sliced kalamata olives would also add good flavor if you like them. Thanks for a delicious & easy recipe!!!
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Spectacular Marsala Glazed Carrots with Hazelnuts

Reviewed: Dec. 27, 2006
I really liked the concept behind this recipe, but the flavor just wasn't there. These carrots were way too sweet, and the glaze would have covered at least 2 pounds of carrots. I would have to tweak this recipe to make it something I would cook again because of the sweetness.
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Rosemary-Scented Pork Loin Stuffed With Roasted Garlic, Dried Apricots and Cranberries and Port Wine Pan Sauce

Reviewed: Dec. 27, 2006
I served this for Christmas, and it was fabulous!! I used a 4 pound pork loin to serve 8 people, and it was beautifully browned once done. The only change I would suggest is instead of using whole garlic cloves to stuff it with, coarsely chop the garlic before cooking it in the olive oil, until soft. Then, use the smaller pieces to stuff the loin along with the apricots (also coarsely chopped) and cranberries. The pan sauce is amazing with the pork, and especially good on roasted garlic mashed potatoes. This was yummy, my entire family raved about it!!
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BBQ Pork for Sandwiches

Reviewed: Jan. 4, 2007
YUMMMMM!!! I used chicken stock since that's what I had on hand, and it came out great. SO GOOD, and very tender. Thanks so much!!
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Pizza Without the Red Sauce

Reviewed: Aug. 4, 2007
This recipe was delicious! I didn't include the onions since my 5 year old doesn't like them, but she helped me make it from start to finish. The combination of flavors is excellent! The only small issue I had was that, because I used a regular tomato in addition to the fresh spinach, the pizza toppings were watery when I pulled it from the oven. This was remedied with a few paper towels. I think this would have been better had I used smaller, Roma tomatoes and if I had allowed the slices to sit for several minutes after being cut to let some of their juice drain. My husband & daughter loved it, as did I, and we will have it again soon!
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Saltine Toffee Cookies

Reviewed: Dec. 21, 2007
I was given some of these as a Christmas gift and they were eaten all on the same day! They are so good, have a fabulous texture, and would make excellent gifts for neighbors, friends, everyone--share these, they are too good to keep to yourself!
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