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Bread Pudding II

Reviewed: Aug. 11, 2011
My family LOVES this recipe! So simple and so YUMMY! I never thought I'd like bread pudding because I always assumed all bread pudding was made with raisins and I honestly don't care for raisins! Now, after I have tried this recipe and substituted dried cranberries for the raisins this is one of my favorite 'go to' desserts! I have made this several times and always double it and make it in a 9x13 pan. I have tried it using 12 slices and using 14 slices and our family prefers the consistency and texture of it with 12 slices. I also use 6 eggs instead of the called for 8 eggs for a dbl. batch, like many reviews have suggested. I usually sprinkle some pecan pieces on top with the cranberries and serve this with the vanilla sauce recipe also from this site! It doesn't get any better than this!
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Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

Reviewed: Oct. 23, 2010
These truly are the best chocolate chip cookies ever! I have made these several times with excellent results every time. They truly are crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside and pretty to look at too. I do use 1 1/4 c. brown sugar to 3/4 white sugar, but that's the only change! I always sift my flour before mixing it in and add it by the spoonful in my KitchenAid stand mixer. It's a thick dough but nothing that my mixer can't handle. My oven takes longer to bake everything so I leave them in for 15 minutes and they are "perfect"! Also my husband prefers his cookies 'crispy' ( I would almost consider them 'burnt' myself because I like my cookies soft and chewy!) and if I leave them in the oven an extra 5 minutes they come out to his liking too! It's a win/win all around! I will never use my Mom's choc. chip cookie recipe again! I use the medium scooper from pampered chef and end up with 45-46 cookies every time...not 24!
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Ham Tetrazzini

Reviewed: Jul. 18, 2010
This is a great recipe! Super easy and my picky 4 year old even ate it! I did have to modify the recipe slightly because of what I did and didn't have on hand but I like this recipe because it's a good 'basic' recipe that you can modify to your own family's tastes. I had to use cream of celery soup because I didn't have cream of mushroom on hand. I also added a sm. can of mushrooms and some steamed peas. I did 1 c. instead of 1/2 c. of shredded co-jack (we live in MN and you can never have enough cheese in any recipe :0)!) I added 1 tsp. of minced garlic in with the sauteed onions as well and used milk instead of water to make the sauce more creamy, as many other reviewers suggested. Also, didn't have fresh parsley so used dried parsley. Overall a good basic recipe that I can modify to what I have on hand. I think it would be good with leftover turkey or chicken too!
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Cheesy Broccoli Potato Topper

Reviewed: Jun. 4, 2010
This was a super easy and great tasting potato topper. It also tasted good just by itself, which is the way my husband ate it! It's a lot easier then the way I remember my mom making cheesy broccoli growing up and tastes better too!!! I didn't microwave this however. I am not a fan of microwave baked potatoes. I prefer them baked in the oven so the skins get nice and crispy. I did steam my broccoli on the stove, drained the water and put the soup in the same pot with the broccoli to continue heating it up. Very good! I will definitely make this again!
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Quick Quiche

Reviewed: May 12, 2010
This was very good and super easy! I added some broccoli and mushrooms to this as well. I steamed the broccoli and onion in the microwave so that it was slightly tender before I mixed it in with the eggs. I love that this recipe can be so adaptable to your own family's tastes! Both my 4 & 2 yr. old ate their portion and they usually care for eggs. Will definitely make again.
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Crackle Top Molasses Cookies

Reviewed: Apr. 17, 2010
I just made these and only thing I changed was the baking soda. Did 1 tsp. soda and 1 tsp. baking powder instead. I haven't tasted them yet but they turned out beautiful. I also made smaller balls using the smallest sized pampered chef scoop and I got 3 dozen out of one batch. Baked them for 8 minutes and they were done! Will update after I bring them to church tomorrow on how they taste!
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Ken's Perfect Hard Boiled Egg (And I Mean Perfect)

Reviewed: Apr. 3, 2010
This recipe was o.k. I have not necessarily had a hard time with peeling eggs in the past but thought I'd try a different technique just for fun. I think the secret is in the cold water bath, not the rest, as some other reviewers have stated. Also, my yolks were still soft and that isn't appealing to me at all. They weren't green though so that was a plus. I followed the directions exactly. Will go back to my old method again. Thanks for sharing Ken.
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Chocolate Pudding Fudge Cake

Reviewed: Mar. 31, 2010
Excellent, moist chocolate cake! I have made it twice in the last week. The only thing that was different from the original recipe was that I used Dark Chocolate Fudge cake mix instead of devil's food because we prefer dark chocolate in our house! Other than that, followed the recipe to a "T". The first time I made it in a 9 x 13 pan and it took about 50 minutes to bake. It was close to dripping over the side of the pan while baking so it might not be a bad idea to place something underneath it to catch drips...just in case. The second time I made it in a bundt pan and it took an hour. Came out great both times! Didn't do the icing...there's definitely enough chocolate goodness without it and I'm a chocoholic to the core!!! Just sprinkled the top with a little powdered sugar.
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JELL-O® 'Dive-on-In' Cake

Reviewed: Feb. 9, 2010
I had so much fun making this cake! I decided to make this an 'ocean cake' instead of a pool cake. I did the quick set with the jell-o and it worked great. I also used crushed graham crackers over brown colored "Special Buttercream Frosting" from this site to make it look like sand. I used tie-dyed fruit roll-ups as beach towels, cream wafer cookies as surf boards, drink umbrellas for beach umbrellas, teddy grahams as 'people', lifesaver and peach gummies for floaties, and I put gummy fish and octopus in the 'water' before it set! I also used some of the cake that I cut out for the water area to make sand dunes! The kids and adults alike thought this was the coolest cake!
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Regular Crepes

Reviewed: Jan. 15, 2010
This was my first attempt at Crepes! They were excellent! So easy to make too! I cut the recipe in 1/2 and it made 6. Just enough for our family of 4 for a simple 'dessert' after supper! I can't wait to experiment with different fillings! Yum!
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Mini Meatloaves

Reviewed: Oct. 11, 2009
Very good and easy meatloaf. I especially like the sauce for this. I used to use just plain ketchup and the mustard and brown sugar definitely add a lot to the flavor! I also seasoned with some garlic and used a muffin tin which yielded 12 mini loaves. It only took 25-30 minutes to completely bake. I like this size because it works well for my two toddlers. They loved this both times I have made it and so did my husband. Will definitely be making this regularly.
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Pumpkin Pancakes

Reviewed: Oct. 8, 2009
These were excellent pancakes! My toddlers ate them right up and my nephew who is a fussy eater also ate a whole one too! That's a 'miracle' in itself (I didn't tell him what was in it of course :)!). I was completely shocked that he actually ate it and even got a 'Yum' out of him! This recipe is definitely a keeper! The only thing I didn't have was the all spice and it had great flavor without. This tastes almost like eating pumpkin pie! Thank you Ruth for sharing!
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Hobo Dinner

Reviewed: Sep. 23, 2009
This is the only meal my Dad would cook when we were little! There are a few differences between this recipe and how my Dad made it. He usually browned the hamburger and onion together instead of making patties, sliced the potatoes thinly, and sliced the carrot into thin rounds. We also added shredded cheese! You can't live in Minnesota without adding cheese to your hot dish (a.k.a. casserole in most other parts of the country LOL!) He then layered them as follows: Hamburger, potatoes, carrots, salt and pepper to taste, a thin layer of shredded cheese and then repeat the potato, carrot and cheese layer again. This way it doesn't take as long to bake and is easier for serving little ones because the hamburger is already in little pieces. I think in the future when making this though, I will try what k4trln4 suggested in the review from Sept. 21, '09 and place the potatoes on the bottom of the dish so that they will get done faster! Such a simple but good supper.
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Get-Well Custard

Reviewed: Sep. 20, 2009
This is the exact same recipe my Mom has always made! So easy and very good! It doesn't last very long in our house! I make it exactly as recipe directs.
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Easy Granola Bars

Reviewed: Sep. 18, 2009
Easy is right! I never knew making homemade granola bars could be so easy and SO GOOD! The only thing I didn't have on hand was almond slivers so I used chopped pecans instead. My family LOVES them! I won't be buying store bought granola bars ever again! I like that it is so flexible and I can use whatever I have on hand too. I can't wait to experiment! My husband is a hunter and likes to pack granola bars in his pack to curb his hunger in the stand and that's what made me decide to try these. They literally took 5 minutes (or less) to mix up. My 2 toddlers loved them too. I did follow the advice of a couple other reviewers and warm up the condensed milk before mixing and that worked really slick. A 9 x 13 pan made 14 generous sized bars. Thanks Aliceyn! UPDATE: Since I posted this I have made this using a jelly roll pan and the bars don't get as thick and it yields anywhere from 18-22 bars depending on how wide I cut them. Also, one day I had only 2 1/2 cups oatmeal so I substituted more coconut for the rest and will make them this way from now on! We LOVE coconut and you definitely can taste the coconut this way! Also, I have made these without the butter and they turn out just fine. I won't be using butter in the future...the fewer calories the better. I make this at least 2x a week now. My family can't get enough of them! I have used pecans and walnuts in place of almonds when I didn't have any on hand and that tasted good too!
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Special Buttercream Frosting

Reviewed: Sep. 3, 2009
This is a great frosting for decorating cakes. I have used it for 3 cakes so far and am very happy with it! I like that it is so easy and I won't have to buy frosting from the bakery to decorate birthday cakes with from now on! It also makes a large batch. I followed other reviewers suggestions and used 1/2 crisco and 1/2 butter. That's the only alteration I made from the original. Thanks!
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Mother's Day Pie

Reviewed: Sep. 3, 2009
DELICIOUS! Our family loves coconut and this was so good! Super easy to make! I really like that it is crustless as well. We often make pumpkin pie without the crust because my husband isn't a huge crust fan! Will definitely make again! Thanks Jo for a great recipe :-)
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Seasoned Broccoli Spears

Reviewed: Aug. 26, 2009
very good broccoli!
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Honey Mustard Dressing II

Reviewed: Jul. 30, 2009
I love honey mustard dressing and this dressing is so easy and so good! I will never buy honey mustard dressing from the store ever again! My whole family loved it, 4 and 2 yr. old included! I made exactly as directed! Thanks for sharing.
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Sloppy Joes II

Reviewed: Jul. 23, 2009
Very good sloppy joes! I have been looking for a good sloppy joe recipe and I think this is it! I liked it because I usually have all the ingredients on hand and it was quick and easy. The only thing I didn't happen to have was the green pepper, but they were still very good. Thanks!
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