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Mushroom Turnovers

Reviewed: Oct. 21, 2004
These make wonderful appetizers! Though they're a little putzy to make, they're worth it. I brush the edges with some beaten egg for a better seal and also brush some on the tops. I bake them in a slightly hotter oven (400 degrees), too. Delicious!
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Bread and Butter Pickles II

Reviewed: Sep. 14, 2004
These are really good and I can't keep my hands off of them! I made half a batch (smaller volume much easier to handle), left out the garlic, and poured the boiling brine over the cucumber mixture (instead of visa versa). Yummy!
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Slow-Cooker Pepper Steak

Reviewed: Oct. 18, 2004
My husband really liked this one. As suggested by others, I used 3 tablespoons cornstarch and 6 tablespoons soy sauce. I skipped the browning step and the salt and added just 1 green pepper toward the end of the cooking time. To avoid mushy meat, do not overcook! In fact, I found this doesn't even need the length of cooking stated in the recipe. Smells wonderful as it cooks and, served over rice, is delicious comfort food.
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A-Number-1 Banana Cake

Reviewed: Oct. 29, 2004
I've made this several times now, always in a 9 x 13 pan that bakes in 35 to 40 minutes. I sometimes substitute the nuts for 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips, and I usually top it with a fluffy and buttery fudge frosting. Wonderful!
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Chrissy's Sweet 'n' Sour Tomato Salad

Reviewed: Sep. 12, 2005
This is really refreshing and good; not too sweet! Distilled white vinegar is certainly appropriate for this salad, despite the post to the contrary, however I used white wine vinegar and will experiment with other vinegars, too. I used half vegetable oil and half olive oil, and I used half halved grape tomatoes and "Snow White" cherry tomatoes. Not being an onion fan, peeled, seeded and chopped cucumber was substituted. A very pretty presentation and sooo delicious.
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Spicy Bean Salsa

Reviewed: Jun. 29, 2007
This is delicious. Based on other comments, I dressed this with about 1/2 cup of a white wine vinaigrette that I made plus about 2 tablespoons of lime juice. I added some cumin to a portion of this, as a comparison, which gave it more of the flavor commonly expected from salsa, though I liked it equally without. Very refreshing and I'll make this again.
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Italian Restaurant-Style Dressing

Reviewed: Jun. 29, 2007
This is really good and is pretty close to what I've been looking for. I've made it three times now and find that it separates to some extent whether or not the oil is processed first, though doing that does seem to make it a little less prone to. Either way, the separating is not a problem at all to me. I cut back the water to 2 tablespoons the last time to keep the flavor less diluted. And omitting the cheese makes it a very nice white wine vinaigrette, which I use to marinate warm potatoes for potato salad. This is so quick and easy to make - I'll always keep some on hand.
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Chocolate Chip Orange Zucchini Bread

Reviewed: Aug. 21, 2007
This is delicious but then I am a big fan of the orange/chocolate combination. I omitted the spices for this reason, too. I used 12 ounces (3 cups) of grated zucchini, combined it with 2 tablespoons of the sugar and let it sit and drain for a half hour or so to prevent it from being too "wet" and heavy. Next time I will try the glaze and will definitely use mini chips instead of regular ones for less sinking and better chocolate distibution. A wondeful change from traditional zucchini bread.
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Sara Jane's Oatmeal Cake

Reviewed: May 1, 2004
This IS yummy. I cut way back on the sugar, though, - 1/2 cup white and 1/2 cup brown. And I added cinnamon to the batter and baked it in a 9 x 13 pan for about 45 minutes. Some chopped nuts added to the topping were the finishing touch. Mmmm.
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Amish Meatloaf

Reviewed: Jan. 15, 2008
This is our favorite meatloaf. I divide it and freeze half to bake later. Our fine-tuned preference is now to omit the bacon and halve the sugar in the meat mix. And I reserve some of the topping to serve as a sauce after slicing the loaf. Delicious!
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Gingerbread Boys

Reviewed: Dec. 20, 2008
These cookies are wonderful! The orange zest adds such lovely flavor and they smell incredible while they're baking. Heeding the advice of others, I used part brown sugar, swapped molasses for the corn syrup, and doubled the ginger. Through trial and error, I found that rolling (on parchment and covered with plastic wrap) to 1/8th inch thick worked best for me with the small 2-inch cutters I used, and they baked nicely in just 5 minutes. Rerolled cookies were just as good as the first ones since I didn't need to add any flour when rolling them out. And it was very easy to work with this dough. This is the gingerbread recipe I'm using from now on.
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Sugar Cookie Icing

Reviewed: Jan. 19, 2009
I used this icing on my Christmas sugar cookies. This is the first time I've used this type of icing and I found it very easy to work with - it mixed up nicely and I applied it with a small silicone basting brush. It dried very quickly, in fact, I learned I had to sprinkle on the sparkling sugars I was using right away or it got too dry to stick. I'll use this recipe again
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Hungarian Mushroom Soup

Reviewed: Jan. 28, 2009
I've made this several times now - it's my absolute favorite mushroom soup recipe. It's so flavorful and rich, even with using some lighter ingredients - skim milk, some fat-free half and half, reduced fat sour cream . The only things I've adjusted over time is I now rough chop the sliced mushrooms before sauteing, cut back on the amount of onion, and I usually leave out most, if not all, of the salt as it just doesn't need it. I've also tried it with some nice and meaty cremini mushrooms. This soup has such an interesting combination of flavors but is so delicious.
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Alaska Sheet Cake

Reviewed: Nov. 17, 2009
A simple and delicious recipe, although it took my cake an extra nearly ten minutes to bake. The icing does set up fairly quickly so must be spread quickly. I put the toasted chopped nuts on the top rather than in the icing and pressed them in slightly. I'll definitely make this again. Next time I'll add a smig of almond extract to the icing.
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Best Buttercream Frosting

Reviewed: Jun. 22, 2011
This is the most delicious, silky, creamy, decadent buttercream! I've been making this type (with the flour) for years and use it on almost any cupcake, cakes such as banana and red velvet, and some cakey bars, I've never had it fail. The flour/milk does not need to form a ball - just stir till good and thick and it boils a bit. I usually put a little piece of plastic wrap right on the surface of the mixture to prevent a "skin" of any sort as it's cooling. I beat the butter and granulated sugar together first for only a few minutes, maybe 3-5, then with the room temperature flour mixture till fluffy and creamy, maybe another 3 minutes or so. I've never had a floury taste nor a gritty texture. This is really very easy to prepare and is very conducive to flavor variations, with chocolate being my favorite ( add cocoa and sometimes also some melted semisweet chocolate). The only change I've ever made to this recipe is sometimes adding 1 extra tablespoon of flour for additional thickening. Otherwise, follow this recipe as is for the most wonderful buttercream!
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Sunday Best Fruit Salad

Reviewed: Aug. 7, 2011
This salad is so fast to prepare and deliciously refreshing. And the possibilities are endless; you can use almost any combination of fresh and/or canned fruits. If you keep a can of peach pie filling on hand, this can be whipped up nearly any time on short notice. Really yummy.
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Quinoa and Black Beans

Reviewed: Jan. 4, 2013
I thought this was a wonderful side dish! Much as I love black beans, I did decide to forgo the second can as it just seemed to be a bit much. It's light, spice is just about right for us and it was simple to put together. I've also made this into an entree by adding browned ground round for my carnivore husband and cooking the quinoa in beef broth - also delicious. And try a little shredded cheddar on top. Very versatile.
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Tomato-Cream Sauce for Pasta

Reviewed: Sep. 15, 2008
Very delicious! The first time I made it as written and it was wonderful - not too thin at all when simmered as directed. The second time I used a can of crushed tomatoes, added a bit of oregano and substituted half and half for the heavy cream. Equally delicious. This was so quick and easy; I'll be making this often.
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Beef Stew with Dumplings

Reviewed: Jan. 31, 2004
This was pretty easy and fast to put together. I did add 2 teaspoons of beef soup base to the water for a little added flavor. All in all - a hot and satisfying meal on this COLD January day.
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Microwave Oven Peanut Brittle

Reviewed: Dec. 5, 2007
I've been making this delicious recipe for years - many batches at Christmas time. I usually use 1 cup of raw spanish peanuts, though, and add 1/4 teaspoon salt. It's very easy but definitely have the pan and all of the ingredients ready before you start.
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