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Spiced Yogurt Pound Cake

Reviewed: Jan. 21, 2013
Even though my cakes/s fell flat as a pancake, I'm simply have to give this a 5* rating - it tastes THAT good. Made exactly as directed except for baking in two loaf pans. They were finished in 45" and I left in oven with door open as someone suggested to keep from falling, but obviously that didn't work. Quite frankly, I don't care. Those people who said these had no flavor are crazy. I'm just going to stack my two little loafs with a filling of strawberries and whipped cream and guzzle it up :) Will definately make again and thanks so much for recipe!
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Skillet Rolls

Reviewed: Jan. 20, 2013
Absolutely beautiful dough and a true pleasure to work with. Unfortunately, as noted by Libertybelle, they had no flavor. Period. And I mean *no* flavor. Huge, soft, fluffy, lovely texture, but there was nothing there !?! I've never tasted anything like them before. We did smother with butter & jam and as submitter noted - they were fine then, but only as a vessel to carry the taste of butter & jam. Will diligently search for someway of making these tastier as I've never worked with such a beautiful dough before. So so sorry. Note to self, I did make 10 3oz balls ... too large; cut in half next time. Maybe that will make a difference...
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Apple and Spice Cookies

Reviewed: Jan. 20, 2013
It always cracks me up when I see so many differing reviews from one recipe. "They're too cakey" with "They're too crispy" and "They fall flat" vs "Be sure to flatten". We loved these. I was careful to sift my flour twice before measuring. I had to use leftover apple pie mix (which I cut to pea sizes) and I was out of apple juice, so I used orange juice to reconstitute my raisins and used that instead of the apple juice. While at first it did seem as though there was too much flour, I took my time and sure enough - the liquid hydrated the flour to just the right consistency. My only reason for a 4 rating is 1) 1 tsp of cloves is a tad too much - it really overpowered the cookie and 2) still struggling with cooking time. 400 burnt on bottom while tops were undone. So far, 350 for 12 minutes seems to be about right. Cripsy on the bottom while cakey on top. Will definately make again
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Mall Pretzels

Reviewed: Jan. 7, 2013
Awesome. Made as directed w/no problem whatsoever. Dough weighed @ 71g per pretzel and baked in exactly 8". Update: Sorry to lower rating. While these were absolutely fantastic when eaten right from the oven, they shortly thereafter became doughy and rather tasteless. If you're planning to eat right away, I highly recommend. If not, well..........
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Flavored Milk Syrup

Reviewed: Dec. 28, 2012
What a great recipe. It snowed here last nite and as kids came tumbling into the kitchen with cups of ice asking for spoons, I immediately remembered this recipe. We used cherry flavored - the kids loved!
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Tortillas II

Reviewed: Dec. 15, 2012
The best tortilla recipe I've found so far. We had absolutely no problem rolling them out nor did we have to add additional flour (today, anyways = grin - who knows about tomorrow). Made 7 2oz balls which were juuuuuuust about fine for smaller burritos. Only change would be to perhaps drop salt a bit as ours came out rather salty. We did use scalding hot water, mixed, separated into balls, then let rest for 30 minutes before rolling. Outstanding and thank you so much for recipe.
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Creamy Shell Pasta Salad

Reviewed: Dec. 9, 2012
Made exactly as directd. I hate to be a downer, but I, too, felt there was just something missing. It wasn't bad by any means ... I guess I just had higher hopes.
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Cranberry Orange Loaf

Reviewed: Dec. 4, 2012
Dang. Made exactly as directed using soft tub margarine (I think I should have used butter or stick margarine?) and the entire thing collasped in oven. I did use frozen berries ... perhaps not thawed enough? Flavor is there so ranking as 4. Will update once I get some butter and try again.
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Iced Coffee Syrup

Reviewed: Dec. 4, 2012
Wow! I was trolling my recipe box looking for gift ideas and came across this recipe. Took all of 2 minutes to whip up and I just love it! After reading reviews, I decided to start with 1 1/2 cup water and then add more if it was too strong, but nixed that idea after tasting. Just a word of caution, this *is* sweet, so don't add too much. My first try was 1/4 cup mix & a 1/4 cup cold coffee poured over ice and then topped with milk ....... WAY too sweet (on a serious sugar/coffee rush here now). Stick with the 2T next time.
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Chef John's Cottage Fries

Reviewed: Dec. 2, 2012
Watched recipe and made exactly as directed. These weren't bad, but they weren't great either (sorry). Cooked 15" one side, flipped and cooked 15" other side, placed on rack for final 15". Husband didn't care at all for them - I thought they were okay, but a little on the greasy side. Perhaps I used too much olive oil.
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Pork Marsala

Reviewed: Nov. 29, 2012
Delicious! I halved recipe using very thin boneless porkchops which I browned then removed from pan. I proceeded with the sauce using 3/4 cup Marsala, 1/4 cup water, the full teaspoon of garlic, and a 4oz can of mushrooms (I know, I know, but it was all I had on hand). My only change after letting sauce reduce a bit was to had a healthy squirt of tomato paste for a little more body. For a side, I sauted some brocolli and carrots, spooning a little of the sauce over the veggies for added flavor. Returned the chops to pan for perhaps 3 or 4 minutes and finished by serving them over steamed rice. I *almost* made egg noodles instead of the rice, but am so glad I stuck to the latter. Will definately make again.
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Chef John's Buttermilk Biscuits

Reviewed: Nov. 13, 2012
Flakey with great rise. I halved recipe using only 3T of butter - mine cooked in about 9 or 10" (thank goodness I checked as I started to smell them) - actually, they were almost beginning to burn so watch time.
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Homemade Grapenuts

Reviewed: Nov. 11, 2012
This process really involves baking a molasses type cake, crumbling it, then drying out the bits and pieces. I was out of molasses so i used barley syrup (which I prefer anyway) and also out of buttermilk (so i made soured milk with vinegar). Personally, i think the end result is great. Do they taste like Grapenuts? No - not really. But they're Grapenut like enough to please me (and I know exactly what's in them). I'd like to try adding a little cinnamon next time. Came out with 1 1/2 quarts or about 15oz dry cereal mix - enough for 12 1/2 cup servings, so I'm quite pleased.
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Homemade Tangy Sweet Mustard

Reviewed: Nov. 11, 2012
This was a snap to make up! I quartered recipe and will enjoy playing with this. As written, it came out a bit too sweet for us - I think I'd scale back on the sugar a bit next time, but that could be because i only made 1 pint. Even so, I believe I'll be able to mix this with some honey for a fab honey mustard dip. Thanks so much for recipe!
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Fluffy Pancakes

Reviewed: Nov. 11, 2012
Outstanding! Going in now to delete all my other pancake recipes. This one's a real winner. Only change was to cut butter to 1T and add just the smallest splash of vanilla. New favorite. Note: cut sugar just a tad
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Mexican-Style Goulash

Reviewed: Nov. 7, 2012
This reminded me of the quick throw 'em together meals my mother used to make ... or, in other words, just like the boxed 'Chili Mac with cheese' hamburger helper type dish. Personally, I enjoyed it. Made as directed w/expection of cutting back on hamburger as we're watching meat intake to about 10oz. Hubby said it was okay and ate 2 plates worth, but didn't beg me to put on rotation meals. Personally, I can't think of a quicker easier meal for a family. I do think next time I'll try Rotel as suggested by others and add a dash of cumin, but fine as is.
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Kielbasa with Peppers and Potatoes

Reviewed: Nov. 5, 2012
Loved it. Halved recipe using 8oz of smoked turkey sausage, 1 green bell pepper, 1/2 of an onion, and 4 small red potatoes (sliced into half moon shapes). A little olive oil in pan, got it hot, then layered the potatoes & sausage slices. Seasoned, then added bell peppers and onion slices. Covered, reduced heat to med low, waited 15 minutes, flipped once, covered again for another 10 minutes, then removed lid. Everything was perfectly cooked, not a bit greasy, and the sausage and potatoes were gorgeously browned. Served with a small romaine salad and it was heaven. With a larger salad and some crusty bread, could easily have fed 4. Very comforting!
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Sweet, Sticky and Spicy Chicken

Reviewed: Nov. 3, 2012
This. Stuff. Rocked. I mean seriously rocked. We love spicy food and YIKES! this was *almost* too spicy for me (hubby had no problem though). Next time, I might scale hot sauce back to just 1 1/2T (hubby leans over and sez no). I did scale back on the soy sauce to less than 1/4 cup (eyeballed it - about a finger under line in my measuring cup), used low sodium soy sauce, rooster hot sauce (can't ever spell name of this stuff, but you know what I mean) and dredged chicken in flour before sauteeing. Served over steamed white rice with sauteed onions & broccoli on side. Delish! Oh - and we just used 1 large chicken breast (cubed then seared) as it was just the 2 of us.
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Mini Cake Donuts

Reviewed: Nov. 1, 2012
Wow - what a great base recipe. Quick, simple and easy to adjust. Some I rolled in powdered sugar; others I brushed with butter then dipped in cinnamon/sugar mix. Adding a little lemon or orange zest would be perfect - I think I'll play with adding a little pumpkin and applesauce to mix as well for Thanksgiving.
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Spinach Lentil Soup

Reviewed: Oct. 29, 2012
I loath lentils, but this was good. I was scraping the bottom of my salsa jar and wasn't able to come up with but perhaps a half cup. Topped with a little parm cheese and did my body good for the day. Will make again. Also, for those watching their calories, carbs, etc - recipe yielded 6 cups or servings. The *Nutritional Analysis* at the bottom of recipe says it is based on 1 1/2 cups as a serving (or a total of 9 cups) - not that it makes a huge difference, just an FYI in case your're hungry and want to eat more :)
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