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Really Basic Peanut Butter Cookies

Reviewed: Aug. 15, 2009
I made these exactly as the recipe stated for my first dozen. Frankly, I didn't like the way they tasted at all. They were dry and flat and didn't have much flavor. For the rest of the batch, I added flour, baking powder, and oil. Those were a little bit better, but still not too great. Adding vanilla frosting made them passable, but I won't be using this recipe (or others like it) again.
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Banana and Vanilla Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting

Reviewed: Sep. 8, 2009
Sorry, but I have to give a low review. It was not good at all. It did not have much flavor at all and the texture was not agreeable. It was not sweet and did not taste like any cake I've eaten. I had high hopes, as I love anything with bananas in it....
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Iced Pumpkin Cookies

Reviewed: Oct. 16, 2009
These turned out perfectly. Everyone asked me how I got them to be so soft and moist (hint: it's the pumpkin). I made the following changes: used 1 cup white sugar, 1/2 cup brown sugar, and added cinnamon to the icing. Half of the batch had chocolate chips added in. I personally thought the cookies could have gone without the icing at all, but I've only gotten positive reviews!
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Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

Reviewed: Oct. 16, 2009
I absolutely love this frosting. I used lemon zest instead of lemon juice because it gives a stronger flavor. I used this to frost chocolate cupcakes and they were fantastic! I will be making this again.
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Simple Scones

Reviewed: Oct. 16, 2009
4 stars because I had to make a few changes to get these right. I tried 3 times before getting the perfect scones. The first try, the scones turned out very dry and didn't rise much while baking. The second time I used about 1 tbsp extra sour cream, and put about 1/8 cup less flour into the mixture, since flour was getting added while I handled the dough anyway. These turned out great, but were still not quite dense enough to be perfect. The third batch was perfect because I used half whole wheat flour, half all-purpose flour. I added lemon zest and cranberries for the flavors. This final batch was 5 stars. I made the scones as described, without a food processor, and they turned out just fine.
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Chicken Soup

Reviewed: Oct. 16, 2009
You can't go wrong with this! I cooked the chicken at the bottom of the pot before adding the liquid. I used garlic, onions, celery, and carrots. At the end I added dumplings and let them cook through before serving. It was delicious and so much better than canned soup. My friend was sick and this soup was perfect for making her feel better. My husband and I finished off the rest before the day was through.
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Dessert Crepes

Reviewed: Jul. 23, 2010
This recipe is perfect as is. I had no need to change any ingredients, and it was delicious! I used cooking spray for the pan and a blender to mix because I was having a hard time getting the batter to be smooth. Try those tricks if you have trouble. I put Nutella in the crepes and topped them with fresh sliced strawberries and whipped cream. Delicious!
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Carol's Chicken Salad

Reviewed: Jul. 31, 2010
My husband makes this when I can't make dinner and it is delicious! He makes it exactly the same as in the recipe, except he leaves out the poultry seasoning. It has been phenomenal every time. I love it on Triscuits, homemade wheat bread, and just by itself. I highly recommend this recipe, it's delicious and foolproof (just ask my hubby!)
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Zucchini Brownies

Reviewed: Sep. 30, 2010
My husband and I loved this recipe! The frosting was absolutely perfect. I didn't make any changes to the recipe and it was great. The only missing star is for the fact that it was a little more cake-like than we like, but that is just a matter of personal preference- there was nothing wrong with them at all! Moist and delicious!
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Basil Tomato Soup

Reviewed: Sep. 30, 2010
I love this soup! I made some alterations but they were not necessary to make this soup delicious. I've made it several times and experimented with it to make it healthier. Basically, this is a great base recipe and you can alter it to fit your needs. Recently I've made it with 1/4 cup cream and 3/4 cup skim milk to cut out some calories, and it was great! I also only use 3 tbsp of butter. I add sauteed garlic and chopped onions if I have them. The fresh basil is great, but I've used the dried basil too and it's also good!
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Chewy Caramel

Reviewed: Sep. 30, 2010
Perfect! I do take them up to 248 degrees or so to get a chewier caramel. But these taste delicious no matter how gooey or sticky they are anyway!
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Mama's Best Broiled Tomato Sandwich

Reviewed: Sep. 30, 2010
I make these for my husband and I all the time. It's a perfect, delicious lunch. I make them as is, except sometimes I add mozzarella cheese on top.
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Chocolate Chex® Caramel Crunch

Reviewed: Sep. 30, 2010
Interestingly, I've never actually used Chocolate Chex with this recipe, but using regular Chex has worked fantastically. Caramel-coated Chex mix. Mmmmm.
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Crispy Potato Wedges

Reviewed: Sep. 30, 2010
These wedges taste delicious and just like what you would get in a restaurant. The only problem is that they take a very long time to get crispy, sometimes more than an hour. Worth the wait, but sometimes it makes it difficult to time things right with a meal.
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Spring Lime Tea Cookies

Reviewed: Sep. 30, 2010
I don't even use lime zest, just lime juice. I have used orange zest before and that was also great. They cookies are perfect, soft and cakey and refreshingly lime-y.
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Holiday Cranberry Chutney

Reviewed: Sep. 30, 2010
Fabulous! I'll be making this every year when cranberries are in season.
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Easiest Peanut Butter Fudge

Reviewed: Jul. 1, 2011
I slightly changed the amounts per other reviews (3 cups confectioner's sugar, 2 cups brown sugar, 1 cup peanut butter) and these turned out perfectly! I couldn't believe how easy they were and how they taste just like fudge that I've bought for $10+ per pound at bakeries. Amazing!
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