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Raspberry Tossed Salad

Reviewed: Jul. 28, 2010
Very summery, fresh, delicious salad! It was gone by the end of the meal and the whole family dug in. Not everyone enjoyed the vinaigrette dressing, but I thought it was nice. Used only 1 T cider vinegar, instead of the 2 called for. Wonderful with garden fresh raspberries and lettuce :)
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Honey Baked Chicken II

Reviewed: Jul. 28, 2010
This was pretty good, but not sensational. The whole family gave it thumbs up though and it was super easy, so I'll definitely make it again. Few changes: used biryani mix because I didn't have curry powder. Also cooked it for only 45 min. on 350F. Used 6 chicken legs. There was way more than enough sauce. I'll probably halve the sauce next time.
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Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffles

Reviewed: Jan. 11, 2010
These truffles tasted really good, but were so much hassle! The truffle was very thin and difficult to work with, so I kept adding more icing sugar, which I didn't want to do, but didn't see any other option for. Even with the added icing sugar, they were still incredibly melty, especially when I began to form them into balls in my hands or dip them in chocolate. I had to form the balls, then freeze them on a cookie sheet for about half and hour, and then quickly dip them in chocolate or roll them, oftentimes having to stop to allow them to freeze again. The semi-frozen truffle meeting the melted chocolate led to truffle oozing through whatever cracks in the chocolate it could find, which was frustrating. They did taste good in the end however, and looked great when dipped in chocolate and covered with big coconut flakes. I served them as Christmas gifts in tins along with the Decadent Truffles and Oreo Truffles from this site.
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Easy Decadent Truffles

Reviewed: Jan. 11, 2010
This year almost everyone on my Christmas list received little ornament shaped tins of truffles from me. I included 3 flavours, including these Decadent Truffles. They were by far the easiest to work with (solid enough to stand being dipped in melted chocolate without becoming melty themselves or needing a quick sit in the freezer), however they weren't my favourite in terms of taste. I preferred the peanut butter truffles and Oreo truffles (from this site) much more. They looked beautiful dipped in chocolate and dusted with sprinkles or big coconut flakes, or rolledi n crushed almonds, though.
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Easy OREO Truffles

Reviewed: Jan. 11, 2010
I wish I could rate these 4.5 stars, because that would be more accurate. The truffles were a total "5" for taste and appearance, however were soft and difficult to work with. I ended up having to stick them in the freezer before dipping them in chocolate. Then the opposing temperatures caused the truffle to ooze out any cracks in the chocolate. Other than that, I didn't have a problem. Also, I found that I needed to use all of the oreos that the recipe called for for the truffles. Hand beating was not nearly as effective as using the countertop mixer. After all of these adjustments, the recipe is pretty much perfect and got rave reviews from the 20 or so people who received them for Christmas from me! I served them in little tins with the "Peanut Butter Truffles" and "Easy Decandent Truffles" from this site. The Oreo ones were my favourite. I decorated them by dipping in chocolate and sprinkling with a dusting of Oreo baking crumbs.
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Tia and David's Deep Fried Tortellini

Reviewed: Nov. 21, 2009
To make these a bit healthier I baked them instead of frying them. I did them on 350F for 10 minutes, and they turned out great! Still crispy and delicious. I had a hard time knowing what to dip them in though. I added some "Johnny" seasoning to the breading near the end and really liked the flavour it added. I found that I needed a lot more breading than the recipe called for in order to fully coat the pasta.
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Cranberry-Pumpkin Cookies

Reviewed: Nov. 20, 2009
What a great winter/fall cookie! With all those flavors everyone is sure to comment with every bit about the orange zest, cranberry, pumpkin and walnuts. I found that I needed to use quite a bit of extra flour, but that I had best results when the dough was still quite sticky when I baked it (less flour). I used pecans in place of walnuts, and it worked fine. I think that it would have been nice to have the stronger walnut taste, however, as the pecans blend into the background (but provide some good texture though). Next time I'll up the cranberry content as some cookies didn't seem to have even one and they're such a nice addition. The whole family liked them! Not too sweet, and very comforting with a cup of tea! :)
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Basil Cream Chicken

Reviewed: Nov. 20, 2009
The only reason I'm giving this 4 stars is because it wasn't particularly attractive by the end! The sauce crumbled the breading and made it very damp. However, the dish was a total "5" on flavour! My brother said it tasted like KFC. It was very tender and the sauce was great. I didn't have grated parmesan so I used mozzarella, and that was good. I used part dried basil and part fresh, also good. I used part whipping cream and part 2% milk, which worked fine too. I ended up doubling the chicken broth though, as the original amount was not enough and immediately soaked right into the chicken breading and disappeared. I also thinly sliced and sauteed red peppers in place of the pimento peppers. I would make this again most likely, but not for company because of the appearance of the dish. Definitely try it though!
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Quick Gnocchi

Reviewed: Nov. 12, 2009
I haven't had too much "real" gnocchi, so I'm not the most qualified person to attest to how good this is, but I liked it! I made a quick vegetable tomato soup and floated them in it. They made a very delicious addition :)
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Peanut Buttercup Hot Chocolate

Reviewed: Nov. 1, 2009
Yummy fall/winter treat! My mom said it smells like a warm Reese's Cup.
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Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Reviewed: Nov. 1, 2009
Yummy! The recipe worked perfectly. I watched "It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown" while they were baking. Wonderful Halloween healthy treat.
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Deep Fried Oreos®

Reviewed: Oct. 22, 2009
This was my first time making deep fried Oreos, and I liked them. It was a very fun and different treat. I'd experiment with other recipes next time though. This recipe is basically an Oreo in a pancake, which is not necessarily bad, but it's not what I was envisioning.
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Pumpkin Fluff Dip

Reviewed: Oct. 18, 2009
Sooooo good! I used home grown and pureed pumpkin, which I imagine is much better than canned pumpkin. I don't buy Cool Whip, so I made my own whipped cream and folded it in. I served it with some nutmeg sprinkled on top for a nice touch. We dipped Arrowroot cookies in it, but I'm looking forward to trying different treats with it tomorrow during round 2! The family really loved this and we will definitely be making this again (including for an upcoming party). Adding a little extra spice is recommended :) Enjoy! Happy autumn!
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Honey Baked Apples

Reviewed: Sep. 27, 2009
I was making this after a long day of baking other things and it was getting late, so I did the sauce up in the microwave. It turned into a thin caramelly liquid, which I doubt would have happened if I had followed the dirrections. We didn't have apples, so I used pear halves and put them face down in the juices and bastes their backs with the juices. I didn't have cranberries or raspberries either, so I left them plain and served with vanilla ice cream with cinnamon sugar sprinkled on top. Nothing like the original recipe, but it was really yummy!
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Dutch Babies II

Reviewed: Aug. 30, 2009
I made these twice in a day and quite enjoyed them! I made lots of changes though... I added about 1 t sugar, more nutmeg than was called for, and 1 t vanilla. I'd probably add about 1/2 t cinnamon next time (oh, there will be next times!). I didn't follow the posted directions at all. I followed the simpler directions another commentor posted, and it worked great. I baked them in pie plates for 17-20 min. each. Serve immediately because they fall fast! I served them with diced peaches, strawberries, blueberries, syrup and icing sugar. A light Sunday evening dinner! The family was very impressed.
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Cheese Souffles

Reviewed: Aug. 30, 2009
I tried this today and liked it. I didn't really feel like eating much of it though. I took one commentor's advice and added some salt, and that gave it enough flavour. They rose quite beautifully and didn't take long to sink.
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Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies III

Reviewed: Aug. 22, 2009
These are great cookies! I doubled the recipe, but cut back on the white sugar as other reviewers said they were too sweet- they were fine for me that way. I used a little melon baller to get uniform amounts. You really only barely have to press them down or they will spread out very thin while baking. 8 minutes was enough on my oven, so start lower. They really don't look done, but they set fast. The filling is a MUST! It is so good and I'm already scheming to use it as frosting on cupcakes :) Everyone who tried these at my church group and at home lovvved them and they disappeared like lightning! A foolproof, fun, yet classic perfect cookie :) Happy baking!
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Maple Cookies

Reviewed: Aug. 9, 2009
Awesome! Loved these! I took a commentor's advice and subbed maple extract for the vanilla to make it just that much more maple-y, and it was great. Brought these to work after the fam had their fill of them and they were gone very fast!
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'Chinese Buffet' Green Beans

Reviewed: Aug. 2, 2009
These were pretty good! My mom commented that they were a little too salty, so next time I might cut back on the oyster sauce. I might add more garlic next time as well.Very well received overall!
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Grilled Ham Steak

Reviewed: Aug. 2, 2009
My family and myself enjoyed this ham. It wasn't absolutely amazing, but it was easy and quick. I found that the barbecue quickly dried out the ham, so next time I will double the glaze, put half on the bottom of a 9x13 casserole dish, arrange the ham steak on top, and brush the rest of the glaze on top. I'll bake it at 325F for 25-30min. I've found that this has worked well with other ham steak recipes and believe it will improve this one greatly. The fruity taste and cinnamon were lovely touches though!
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