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Basil Puree

Reviewed: Jul. 30, 2011
Quick and easy, yet tasty. This makes a very small amount and is perfect for add to slices of french or sour dough bread before I grill them. Also, this is great on pasta with or without marinara. Phil's suggestion of swirling it into tomatos soup is great. One of my favorite restaurants makes a hearty tomato soup and it is served with basil puree on top.
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Pastry Cream

Reviewed: Jul. 30, 2011
After eating at Extraordinary Desserts and tasting very elaborate cakes with mysteriously layers upon layers I figured out one of the layers was pastry cream. I decided to make my own similar cake at home and whipped this recipe up. The only difference is that I bake with liquid eggs so I used whole liquid eggs (1/2 cup) instead of dealing with egg yolks. Turned out perfect and didn't have to bring it to a boil the second time because it thickened up quickly so I just did a lot of whisking to ensure it stayed smooth.
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Top Secret Apple Pie

Reviewed: Jul. 22, 2011
This turned out to be quite a delicious apple pie! I didn't have corriander, so I added some tasty cardamom spice instead and I didn't have enough pie dough for a top so I whipped up some streusel topping and added that to it before baking. The flavors of all of the spices were fantastic! I see some people were concerned about the amount of sugar in this recipe and I was too. I added it all in and I love this sweet spicy apple pie. This is a keeper!
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Roasted Garlic Zucchini and Tomatoes

Reviewed: Jul. 20, 2011
Loving this recipe! Great fresh roasted veggies, this recipe is perfect to throw together quickly. I add a couple of red potatos.
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Dianne's Roasted Potatoes and Carrots

Reviewed: Jul. 19, 2011
Fantastic! Baking temperature and time were right on and I love red potatos and carrots! The only change I made was the herbs, I used basil instead of thyme and rosemary. I will be making this again very soon!
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Ice Cream Sundae Pie

Reviewed: Jul. 8, 2011
Great basic recipe! I would have used vanilla but I was gifted with a quart of strawberry ice cream today so I used strawberry ice cream in this recipe. I skipped baking the Oreo crust but loved the homemade whipped cream for the top. It is a relief to find a recipe that calls for fresh cream rather than store-bought.
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Caramel Apple Smoothie

Reviewed: Jul. 7, 2011
Yikes......sorry but this has an unusual mix of flavors. I like caramel, apples, and peanut butter but combined it produces a puzzling flavor. At first it resembled apple cider vinegar but then there is a peanut butter after-taste. I scaled this recipe down to one serving using the servings calculator. I juiced my own apple and drizzled some caramel inside the glass before serving. I would not recommend this recipe...
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Flavored Latte

Reviewed: Jul. 6, 2011
Great basic recipe. I made mine into a caramel macchiato with caramel coffee syrup, whipped cream, and caramel drizzled on across the top. I put a fresh raspberry on top and it dropped to the bottom of my cup and the flavors released into the drink so it was a creamy caramel raspberry flavor.
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Apple Topaz Candies

Reviewed: Jul. 5, 2011
I found this to be quite the tasty treat! First let me say I had no problem making this and it wasn't messy at all. I made my own homemade caramel instead of using store-bought, but other than that I followed the recipe. I used Granny Smith Green Apples (two small apples) and found the sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg spices to be divine in the homemade caramel sauce and nuts. Mine came out more like a "salad" meaning that I didn't have individual pieces of apple topaz candies. Next time I may try to make a thicker caramel sauce and drop of apple slice onto the wax paper sheet individually.
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Gingerbread Latte

Reviewed: Jul. 4, 2011
The recipe itself was fantastic. I buy the Archer Farms (Target brand) Gingerbread syrup. I don't agree with the assembly. Typically you wouldn't mix the syrup with the espresso - rather the syrup would be steamed and frothed with the milk then pour over the espresso.
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My Mom's Apple Sauce Cake

Reviewed: Jun. 29, 2011
Delicious cake! I had to use up some unopening applesauce and decided upon this recipe. I cut it in half using the servings calculator. I decided to bake this in a small jellyroll baking sheet rather than a cake pan. The size sheet I used was a 12" x 8.5" I baked at 325 for 13 minutes. The only tweaking of ingredients I did was add additional cinnamon to the recipe.
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Lazy Katie's Taco Salad

Reviewed: Jun. 29, 2011
You can't go wrong with this great basic for a quick lunch or for dinner. I substituted the beef for Madras Lentils which is a lentil, kidney bean, and tomato substitute for tacos. Instead of corn chips I crunch up taco shells. Excellent and quick lunch or dinner.
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Peanut Ice Cream Pie

Reviewed: Jun. 28, 2011
You really can't go wrong with this ice cream pie and anyone could make this with rave reviews. I made my own crust which is simple to do with Oreo cookies and butter. I pressed the buttery Oreos crumbs into the bottom of a springform pan and set aside. I made homemade ice cream from this website using Vanilla Ice Cream IX. I will use a different vanilla ice cream next time, but vanilla ice cream with Reese's folded into it doesn't get any better. Don't forget the chocolate syrup and a dollop of whipped cream for the top. You can easily customize this recipe to suit your needs.
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Vanilla Ice Cream IX

Reviewed: Jun. 27, 2011
I wouldn't really call this a vanilla ice cream because of the significant amount of lemon extract in the recipe. The lemon flavor takes over the vanilla, which tastes good but something to keep in mind. This recipe makes a decent amount of ice cream, so I used the servings calculator and cut the recipe in half. I made the ice cream using the exact amount og ingredients called for except that I cooked the ice cream until thickened because of the eggs in it, which I recommend doing. Just combine all of the ingredients in a saucepan and whisk together for about 10 minutes or so on medium to medium high heat until slightly thickened and allow mixture to completely cool in the fridge before transferring to your ice cream maker.
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Easy Red Pasta Sauce

Reviewed: Jun. 27, 2011
I have made this with both stewed tomatos and crushed tomatos. It is easier and by far more tasty with crush tomatos. I left out the dried basil and just used all fresh basil and added one small onion. I know some think this is a boring sauce, but it is more authentic than the store bought spaghetti sauce many may be use to eatting. This is an excellent sauce!
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Peanut Ice Cream Squares

Reviewed: Jun. 27, 2011
Delicious dessert! I made this in a springform pan instead of a 9X13 dish. I made fresh homemade vanilla ice cream which is spread easily over the cookie crust. It is easier to make homemade ice cream if you are able to or allow store bought ice cream to soften rather to "cut" ice cream to place on top of the cookie crust. I used Spanish peanuts in place of salted dry roasted since I already had a can of them. Either peanut would be tasty. The fudge sauce was easy enough to make, just make sure you allow enough time for it to cool.
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Pumpkin Spice Coffee

Reviewed: Jun. 26, 2011
I am not usually a coffee drinker, but I do like lattes, mochas, etc. I love everything pumpkin spiced so I tried this recipe. I boiled my water and placed the spice into my coffee filter first and then added the fresh grounds on top without mixing them together. We have a pour over coffee maker, so I wanted to make sure the spices were at the bottom to spice the coffee. I found that overall, it tasted a little on the watery side and the pumpkin spice was quite weak. I would suggest at least doubling the spice in this recipe if you are a pumpkin spice lover like myself. I went on to using this coffee to make a pumpkin spice latte.
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Pumpkin Cheesecake

Reviewed: Jun. 25, 2011
I made this recipe for my family in Iowa while visiting. I wasn't able to taste the recipe for myself, but I could tell as I made it that it was going to be delicious, especially with the sweet sour cream topping. I added some pumpkin spice to the crust and sprinkled extra cinnamon on top of the sour cream layer before serving and my family raved over this recipe. A great addition or alternative to pumpkin pie this fall.
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Double Chocolate Cherry Muffins

Reviewed: Jun. 25, 2011
I was eager to try something new and thought the combination of chocolate, cherries, and almond extract sounded delicious! I cut the recipe in half using the servings calculator. I tend to generously fill my cupcake pans so I got 5 tasty jumbo muffins. The recipe didn't specify the cherries, so I used maraschino cherries and 60% cacao chips in my muffins. I would make this recipe again!
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Chocolate Ganache S'mores

Reviewed: Jun. 23, 2011
This was a pretty good recipe, however, I highly recommend using mini marshmallows instead of large marshmallows. The mini marshmallows brown less quickly and more evenly and they are also easier to cut as they are more in proportion with the size of the bar. I set my broiler on low heat and it took about 5-6 minutes until they were lightly browned. I set mine in the freezer until cold and stored it in the refrigerator between servings. The ganache filling is gooey, so refrigeration or freezing helps for it to set before eating.
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