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Shrimp Scampi Bake

Reviewed: Oct. 29, 2009
I made this exactly as written except I added a dash of white wine because so many other reviews kept saying to. I cut the recipe in half for my son and I but I think I may be making this again tomorrow!!! Delicious and definitely going to be a regular in my house!
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Yummy Pikelets

Reviewed: Oct. 25, 2009
These were great. I did a search for pancakes and these were on the list. They easily cook all the way through. I topped mine with butter and syrup but I imagine they are awesome with whipped cream and fresh fruit! Will be making again when I have those on hand.
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Chocolate Frosting I

Reviewed: Oct. 24, 2009
I agree to add more cocoa powder. I probably used 2/3 cup. I also added a dash more vanilla extract. It's good. I put it on Aunt Mary's Chocolate Cake.
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Aunt Mary's Chocolate Cake

Reviewed: Oct. 24, 2009
Made my cake with 1 cup Splenda and 1 cup sugar and used regular milk. Used two 9-inch cake pans and baked at 350 for 25 minutes. The cake it ok - tastes like a chocolate cake, wasn't moist, wasn't dry and it didn't crumble when I put the icing on. Iced with Chocolate Frosting I.
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Spaghetti Squash with Pine Nuts, Sage, and Romano

Reviewed: Oct. 21, 2009
I was hoping to LOVE this dish but it wasn't 5 stars for me. I agree it needs a little garlic or hot pepper flakes - something to give it a little more flavor. To me, the sage was a bit too much. I think next time I make this I will cut back the sage and add some garlic. If it still needs a kick, I'll add the pepper. The pine nuts/parmesan cheese was a great idea for this type of squash though!
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Kielbasa and Kidney Beans

Reviewed: Oct. 20, 2009
I had to make a few changes based on what I had. I used only red peppers and onion powder. I made the sauce exactly as stated but also found it too sweet so I just doubled up on the Worcestershire, steak sauce and vinegar. This is a good quick meal for a busy weeknight and I will most likely make it again but maybe with some other veggies added in.
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Ten Minute Chipotle Spiced Beef and Bean Chili

Reviewed: Oct. 18, 2009
I suppose a lot of people choose this recipe for the quickness of it but chili is always better and tastier when it cooks long and slow, so I put my in the slow cooker all day. I also made a few changes based upon what I had on hand/other reviewer suggestions. Used 1.5lbs beef, substituted onion powder, reduced salt/cumin to 1 teaspoon each and upped the chili powder to 2 TABLESPOONS and the tomatoes to 2 cans. Omitted the hot sauce and removed the seeds from the chipotles so it that it had the smokey flavor without all the heat. With my changes I would make this again and again :)
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No Bake Cookies V

Reviewed: Oct. 18, 2009
This is my go-to cookie when I have nothing in the house and am craving something sweet! My recipe however, uses 1/2 cup cocoa, creamy peanut butter and 2 teaspoons of vanilla. I also don't let it boil because I MUCH prefer a gooey-er cookie rather than a drier one.
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Blackened Salmon Fillets

Reviewed: Oct. 16, 2009
Made this exactly as stated (just scaled down for only 1 fillet). So easy and so good! I cooked on medium-low heat with a lid to reduce the smoke. I was worried the salmon wouldn't taste that great no matter what I put on it because it's hard to find good fish here in Utah but the seasoning combination in this made so-so fish take fabulous! Will definitely be making this again!
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Hot Apple Cider

Reviewed: Oct. 16, 2009
I didn't have the orange/lemon peels but even without them this drink came out great! I used powdered allspice and sugar-free syrup.
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Hawaiian Baked Chicken

Reviewed: Oct. 12, 2009
This was okay. The sauce was too sweet, and the dish just tasted as if it was missing something. Doubt I will make it again. Only change I made was using pineapple chunks.
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Soft Oatmeal Cookies

Reviewed: Oct. 12, 2009
These came out so good! I love them! I did use Splenda for the white sugar and 50% of the flour I substituted for whole wheat flour (can't even tell!!!) Threw in a few raisins. Did NOT chill. First ones I rolled into balls and got puffier cookies. Second tray I rolled into balls and flattened slightly and got a slightly flatter cookie. By no means did I end up with a thin cookie...so maybe refrigeration is not needed, or I got lucky :)
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Watermelon Cookie

Reviewed: Oct. 10, 2009
My mom used to make these when I was growing up! I LOVE how cute they are and am having so much fun baking them for my own son right now! I did substitute a 1/2 cup of whole wheat flour and a 1/3 cup splenda. Not that it will make much difference but any little bit helps!
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Nutty Apple Crisp

Reviewed: Oct. 6, 2009
I also added cinnamon and extra oats. I only had Gala apples which probably is why this was a tad too sweet for me. I am sure with a tart apple this is perfect!
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Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies I

Reviewed: Oct. 4, 2009
OMG - chocolate! I cut the sugar with Splenda, that's the only change I made. I could only eat one and everyone that knows me knows I love all that is chocolate so these are really rich. Taking them to work tomorrow as I'm afraid most will go to waste since a little goes a long way (good for satisfying your chocolate craving without adding to much to your waistline!).
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All-Day Apple Butter

Reviewed: Oct. 3, 2009
I didn't have 5.5bs of apples so I pretty much cut the recipes in half and used only 1 cup on Splenda for the sugar. It's a really good recipe and a great use of the slow cooker. I put half in the freezer and left half out for topping toast and english muffins!
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Acorn Squash Gnocchi with Parmesan Sage Beurre Blanc

Reviewed: Oct. 3, 2009
Well these were about the ugliest things I have ever made - BUT this recipe makes a very traditional chewy gnocchi that I just love! My dough was still too sticky after 3 cups of flour so as I formed my gnocchi and put them on a plate, then ended up sticking together. So my advice, either spread them out or throw them into your pot of boiling water as you form them. I think the extra flour does take away from the squash flavor but it's still a great way to sneak in some veggies. I didn't make the sauce, but instead make a quick brown butter and sage sauce. Next time I'm going to try homemade tomato sauce.
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Broccoli Chicken Divan

Reviewed: Sep. 23, 2009
I agree this is a good starter recipe and you can take it like it is or add your own twist to it to make it yours. I used turkey cutlets cut into chunks and broccoli cheese soup. I simply seasoned the turkey before cooking it, used heavy cream instead of milk and added a dash of curry. I also cooked and combined everything in just one Dutch oven - barely any clean up! Gotta love that!
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Creamy Butternut Squash With Cinnamon Soup

Reviewed: Sep. 20, 2009
Followed the recipe as it was except I used onion powder (I NEVER use onions or have them in the house ewwww). This soup smells amazing! Tastes great too (my two year old ask for seconds!). I'm definitely making this again!
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Fresh Tomato Basil Sauce

Reviewed: Sep. 19, 2009
I only made a few minor changes starting with cutting the recipes down for only 3 lbs of tomatoes. I used herilooms and a dash of onion powder and NO onions. I hate onions. Everything else I left the same. It was a bit runny after simmering for a couple hours but I think it was partly because of how juicy my tomatoes were and the lack of onion. I don't like chunky sauce so I ran it through the blender for a few seconds just to break those up. This was my first attempt making sauce and I loved it!
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