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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies III

Reviewed: Mar. 15, 2013
Very happy with these! Loved the fact they aren't too sweet AND that they are eggless! The first batch didn't spread at all, likely due to the fact that the butter was cold. As the dough warmed in between batches they started to spread. So if you're having trouble with these going flat, simply refrigerate the dough as others have suggested. As a personal preference I subbed nuts for raisins and added only 1 cup of chocolate chips. My husband really liked the fact these weren't super sweet. This recipe is a keeper!
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Apple Pie by Grandma Ople

Reviewed: Sep. 5, 2011
No doubt this is a delicious pie! I didn't have Granny Smith apples on hand so used some fairly nondescript ones that I had. I used 6 apples which worked out just about perfect. Just because I like cinnamon and vanilla and have almost always had apple pies with those flavors I added 1 tsp each - I know, it's a lame reason to change a recipe. However, I must say that if I have good apples on hand next time I'd try the recipe as written. It was a little sweet for my tastes, but I can see how it would be balanced perfectly with the tartness of the Granny Smiths. I tossed the apples with the cinnamon, poured 3/4's of the caramel sauce over the apples, then poured the rest over the lattice. I baked it at the temps noted in the recipe and the crust came out perfectly. Warm, the pie was fairly runny, but after it cooled it set up beautifully. The only other thing I'd say is remember the flavor of this pie is caramel apple. If you prefer tart, or prefer a cleaner apple flavor, keep that in mind before choosing this recipe.
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Boiled Bagels

Reviewed: Aug. 2, 2011
I never knew making bagels could be so much fun and so easy! They've always been a store-bought mystery. They're a little time consuming but worth it. My mom taught me to let the yeast sit with the warm water and sugar for a few minutes, then mix in the dry and remaining ingredients. That's the only real deviation I made from the original recipe. Also, I let the dough rise 10-15 minutes longer both times. The outcome was fabulous! I tried someone else's honey-oat suggestion, and also used a garlic bread spice mixture to coat some others. Delish! I coated them after boiling and before baking. Wonderful recipe! I'm delighted I don't need to buy bagels anymore!
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The Best Red Enchilada Sauce

Reviewed: Jul. 12, 2011
I didn't have dried ancho chilies, so roasted some fresh red ones I had on hand. Otherwise, followed the recipe as is. The result was - for my taste - a bit salty, too hot, and a bit too runny, but that could be fixed by simmering longer. The spiciness may have been because of my pepper substitution. In spite of this, I was pretty pleased with the result as it is definitely on the right track toward what I'm looking for and I base my rating on this. I'm guessing that the right peppers give it not only heat but flavor as well. The chilies I used had no flavor - just heat! Later, I made some modifications on this recipe: added 1/2 TBSP cocoa powder, a medium pureed onion (since I had no onion powder), and 2 TBSP flour to thicken it some. I'm even happier with the results now and will continue making this with these additions.
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Eggless Peanut Butter Cookies

Reviewed: Dec. 31, 2010
On one hand I was really happy with the recipe given the lack of eggs - which is what I was looking for. On the other it was just a bit flat tasting. I was expecting a richer peanut butter flavor and even added about 1/4 cup more PB and 1/3 cup chopped roasted peanuts, yet it just lacked something. Wondering if using a different brand of PB would help....don't know. It's a great PB base recipe...just needs some tweaking.
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Chocolate Frosting II

Reviewed: Oct. 16, 2010
Very rich, delicious taste. However, it was more like fudge than frosting. Not light and fluffy at all. I noticed that at least one other reviewer mentioned letting the butter soften instead of melting it. I do think I'd try that next time because I think melting the butter does change the consistency.
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Blueberry Oatmeal Scones

Reviewed: Jul. 16, 2010
I took others advice and added milk just until the dough combined; it was less than 3/4 cup. I didn't have fresh or frozen berries so soaked some dry ones in warm water for 30 minutes. I was completely happy with the resulting scones. They were much more moist than I expected scones to be. My husband thought they were great. I wouldn't mind them with slightly less sugar but my husband disagreed - sweetness is entirely a matter of taste!
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Creamy Rice Pudding

Reviewed: May 5, 2010
Tastes like cake mix in the absence of other seasonings! I'll add some cinnamon or something next time. Also, after adding the remaining milk and the egg it got kind of grainy, like a very fine curdle. The egg perhaps? A momentary lapse in "stirring constantly?" Doesn't affect the flavor but I don't like the look of it. Also, be sure to use high quality vanilla!!
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Shortbread Supreme

Reviewed: Dec. 26, 2009
Simple recipe with quite a nice flavor. As other reviewers recommended I put in 3/4 cup of sugar instead of 1/2 cup and also added a teaspoon of vanilla. I didn't have an electric mixer to heated the butter to about half-melted, then creamed. The results turned out great. However, the third time I made it I heated the butter too long to completely melted. The resulting dough was very crumbly. I added a bit of flour and waited for the dough to chill a while and it turned out fine. One note: if you add vanilla be sure it is a good quality one otherwise it leaves a bad taste. I also tried this with a couple teaspoons of fresh lime juice instead of vanilla and dipped them in powdered sugar while warm. This was a hit with me and my husband and I'll be making more of these! Very versatile dough.
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Grandpa's Popcorn Balls

Reviewed: Dec. 26, 2009
Delish! I didn't have light corn syrup so substituted pancake syrup which is mostly corn syrup anyway. It seemed to take quite a while to get to hard-crack stage - 8-10 minutes (I'm at 7000 ft of altitude so maybe that makes a differenece.) As another reviewer mentioned be careful when mixing into the popcorn. The syrup will give a nasty burn as it is supposed to stick and harden and is well past boiling temp. Instead of making into balls I just spread out in a single layer as 'caramel' corn.
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Pumpkin Bread IV

Reviewed: Nov. 26, 2009
Very tasty! I halved the recipe since I didn't need so much and though some of my measurements were at best approximate - it still turned out fine. I substituted some plain yogurt for 1+cups of oil then made up the difference with oil. I was really pleased with how it turned out. I baked 2 small loaves and one large. The small ones were done perfectly in about 45 minutes but the big one had to bake about an 1 1/4 hour to get the center done.
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Apple Crisp IV

Reviewed: Nov. 26, 2009
Nice! Very straight-forward standard recipe that yields a pretty standard crisp. While there was certainly nothing to complain about, it seemed to lack something. Perhaps the type of apples used would make this better (or worse) depending. I'd definitely add nuts next time, perhaps more cinnamon, and maybe a dash of lemon for a tart little zip.
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Honey Garlic Vinaigrette

Reviewed: Nov. 26, 2009
With just four simple ingredients I wasn't expecting it to be this good. Loved it with spinach salad! It definitely needs time for the flavors to combine. It's a bit harsh fresh. I made it 2 days before Thanksgiving dinner and everyone complimented the flavor. I think this is something I'll crave!
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Vegetarian Gravy

Reviewed: Nov. 26, 2009
Delicious! This got great reviews from everyone on Thanksgiving. I halved the amount of oil called with apparently no ill effects. I didn't have light soy sauce so used regular and then omitted the salt. It was plenty salty with just the soy sauce and I was afraid it was too strong, but with mashed potatoes was perfect.
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Truly Tasty Vegan Pancakes

Reviewed: Nov. 19, 2009
By the way, the custard powder I use does NOT have eggs. It is nothing more than cornstarch with color and flavor. I suspect that substituting the same amount of cornstarch and a dash of vanilla would work just as well.
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Whipped Garlic

Reviewed: Oct. 7, 2009
I can hardly begin to describe this. The salt was overwhelming and the garlic nearly burned a layer of skin off my mouth - and I do love garlic! There certainly seems to be something wrong with these proportions. We looked at other recipes and noticed the addition of lemon juice and roasting the garlic to decrease the harshness. I've since researched several other recipes that look more promising. Hope to find a good recipe for this yet!
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World's Best Vegan Pancakes

Reviewed: Aug. 2, 2009
Unlike the majority of other reviewers I was completely unimpressed with this recipe. I made a couple pancakes but the results were so blah that I tweaked the batter until it didn't resemble the original recipe in any way except for the custard powder - that is great! Thanks for that idea.
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Real Hummus

Reviewed: Aug. 2, 2009
This was exactly the flavor I was looking for! I added one extra clove of garlic since we love garlic. I soaked about a cup of dry garbanzos overnight and cooked them 'fresh' for the recipe. Excellent!
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Mango Topping

Reviewed: Jul. 17, 2009
I was looking for a way to use some mangoes that were ripening faster than I could eat them. This was easy and worked well as a pancake topping. Had no OJ so substituted passion fruit juice for a little more tropical taste. Felt like the butter overshadowed the fresh fruit taste and will definitely leave it out next time.
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