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Chai Latte Muffins

Reviewed: Feb. 12, 2011
Packed with chai spices, this makes a great treat. Don't forget the homemade whipped cream and add an extra sprinkle of nutmeg and cinnamon on top. Over the extra sprinkles of spice, drizzle some caramel on too! Store covered in the refrigerator.
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Feather-Light Breakfast Puffs

Reviewed: Feb. 9, 2011
I enjoyed this recipe and I plan on using it again, however, you need to add additional spice. I added 1 teasoon of nutmeg and 1/2 teapsoon of cinnamon to the batter.
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Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Brownies

Reviewed: Feb. 8, 2011
It is overall of good concept, however, the cookie brownie portion is a little on the dry side. I doubled checked to make sure I followed all ingredients and steps. The cream cheese portion really makes up for the dryness. I was able to take mine out of at oven much earlier than the recommended baking time.
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Mud Pie II

Reviewed: Feb. 4, 2011
I wanted to make this recipe for a few reasons. First, I loved that it was labor intensive and completely from scratch. Second, the last review is a few years old and there is no photo of this recipe yet. I pretty much followed the recipe as written. For the chocolate cookies, I used Oreos, which I chopped finely in my blender. The caramel sauce turned out nice and creamy. For the fudge I realized I was out of Karo syrup as I was making it so I made a homemade verision. The espresso fudge is amazing, don't substitute or leave out the espresso! For the vanilla ice cream, I made homemade vanilla ice cream using a David Lebovitz recipe. On top of the last fugde layer on top of the ice cream I added Godiva 85% chocolate shavings then I piped on homemade whipped cream and added cherries. Turned out fantastic!
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California Smoothie

Reviewed: Feb. 3, 2011
I have been craving some nutrious fruit and this recipe caught my eye while searching. I used a thick thick and creamy organic Stoneyfield yogurt and I sed my juicer to juice a fresh orange for the orange juice portion. I also used fresh strawberries too. I think making this with all fresh ingredients will yield the best results. This made a perfectly balanced fruit smoothie, the texture was perfect as was the taste. I will be making this one often, thank you!
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Mushrooms with a Soy Sauce Glaze

Reviewed: Jan. 30, 2011
This is an excellent, simple, yet flavorful recipe. We often make fresh mushrooms a side for dinner and these were great.
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Reese's Haystacks

Reviewed: Jan. 29, 2011
I recommend breaking apart the Reese's Cups because it will help as they melt and when you begin to mix. You can temper your chocolate if you prefer or refrigerate until set....just depends on your own preferences. I used a tablespoon size cookie scoop to measure each haystack and dropped onto a wax paper lined cookie sheet. This is a simple twist on an old favorite!
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MMMMM... Brownies

Reviewed: Jan. 26, 2011
Great recipe, but I have to admit I was hesitant at first when I added the chocolate chips into the water/butter/sugar mixture. I was worried my chocolate would seize and when it was looking too pasty I transferred the chocolate mixture to my Kitchen-Aid bowl and began blending it together really well which helped as I added the vanilla and eggs. I baked this in my springform pan for 22 minutes. Makes a great cakey brownie!
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Frozen Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls

Reviewed: Jan. 24, 2011
These turned out great! I was looking for make something easy and sweet. I made half of the cookie dough into balls which I dipped into tempered milk chocolate and the other half I rolled into extra small balls so I could add them as a mix-in for ice cream. They tasted better the following day after making them. The evening I made them they tasted very brown sugary which I didn't like at all, but after a day the flavor and texture melded together and they were great!
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Peanut Butter Balls VII

Reviewed: Jan. 22, 2011
These are a good little snack. I like that they are fairly healthy. I used a natural peanut butter but added a few milk chocolate chips to help bind the mixture together as well as add a little flavor. These make a great base if you wanted to add another type of chip or nut to the recipe. Make sure to refrigerate these to set as they can be a little soft.
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No Roll Sugar Cookies

Reviewed: Jan. 17, 2011
I loved this recipe. It is somewhat similar to the Betty Crocker No Roll Sugar Cookies, yet it is still different....maybe a bit like lighter and fluffy. I know I will be using this recipe a lot from now one. I split the dough and I added Valentine M&M's to half and pressed additional M&M's into the top just before baking. The other half I added rainbow colored sprinkles and I roll the tops into white sugar just before baking. I baked mine at 350 for 15 minutes. I usually don't bake any cookie over 350 otherwise they may brown too much or too fast on the bottoms.
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Tomato Basil Penne Pasta

Reviewed: Jan. 17, 2011
I loved the ingredients when I saw this recipe, but I didn't end up loving the recipe itself so much. Melting the cheese as directed makes the cheese clumpy when trying to mix the penne in. I had to break up chunks of cheese that melted to try to distribute it throughout the dish. Next time, I would advise to put the cheese into the hot penne instead of putting the penne into a pan of melted cheese. After tasting, it was lacking some flavor, so we decided to add some homemade pesto to the recipe.
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Orange Chocolate Chip Bread

Reviewed: Jan. 11, 2011
I typically follow the recipe and directions for the most part, but I will admit I changed a couple of things because I really wanted to make this and had it adapt to what I had on hand. First, I just used 1 cup of orange juice in place of the orange and boiling water because I didn't have oranges. I wanted to make sure the orange flavor came through really well, so I added a few drops of LorAnn Orange Oil to that batter to enhance the flavor. I used milk chocolate chips and baked for 35 minutes and my bread was done at that point. Although I did enhance the flavor, this is a great recipe. I am loving the chocolate and orange combination. As someone else mentioned, the bread is a tad on the crumbly side, you will notice when you begin to slice it.
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Spinach Basil Pesto

Reviewed: Jan. 5, 2011
This is the real deal, truly amazing flavor. I followed the recipe exactly and since I do not have a food processor, I made this in my Kitchen Aid blender. I had to add all of the oil before turning it on with this method. I was pleased it worked just great. I used pine nuts and had no trouble finding them, I didn't think they were terribly expensive as some others have mentioned. Thanks Dianne for yet another wonderful recipe.
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Frozen Chocolate Mousse Squares

Reviewed: Dec. 24, 2010
These were very tasty. I was unsure at first because I didn't love the batter, but they taste great once they are frozen and very cold. I used homemade whipped cream in place of cool whip because I didn't have any. Overall they were pretty good, but they retain a bit of the sweet condensed milk taste, I can pick that ingredient out when I bite into these. My family who loves sweets just picked at this and I ended up tossing half of it away. The picture makes it looks delicious.
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Roasted Vegetable Orzo

Reviewed: Dec. 6, 2010
This is an excellent recipe. I used zucchini, squash, and onions for the vegetables. I followed the recipe otherwise but just cut it down in size. Just keep in mind that an entire box of orzo will feed an army. I used one cup of dry orzo and it made a lot. This is great and I will be making this again in the near future.
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The Right Choice Chocolate Chip Cookies

Reviewed: Dec. 1, 2010
This is an excellent cookie. I used some Ghiradelli Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips in the recipe and I used LorAnn's Coconut Oil in place of coconut extract. The oil is more concentrated than extract so I just had to adjust accordingly. The chocolate chips and coconut make a great combination. The cookies baked really nice as well. **Update** I froze the remaining dough into ready to bake balls and they bake with less cracks on the top. I also added some M&M's pressed into thr tops of the frozen dough before baking and it is was great combination with the chocolate, coconut, and cookie.
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Fall Pumpkin Spice Latte

Reviewed: Nov. 28, 2010
This is my personal recipe I developed because of my love of pumpkin spice lattes. I created this after I found Godiva Pumpkin Spice Coffee in the grocery store. I tried other Pumpkin Spice Latte recipes but they always tasted a little bitter with the addition of fresh pumpkin and lacked the punch of flavor you get at Starbucks. I make my own simple vanilla syrup for lattes, but you can also buy it if you wish. Add the vanilla and spices to the milk before heating and frothing, otherwise it kills the froth if you add them afterwards. I make my own homemade whipped cream for the top. Enjoy!
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Mom's Pumpkin Pie

Reviewed: Nov. 25, 2010
I thought this was a fantastic pumpkin pie. I followed the directions with a small exception of adding just a tad less milk, probably didn't make a difference anyways. I has no problems with mine being watery or not setting up as some people mention in previous reviews. I loved that this recipe uses a lot of spice. I will make this recipe again. In the end, I used a deep dish and had extra mixture, like 1 1/2 cups leftover that I ended up tossing.
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Whipped Hot Chocolate

Reviewed: Nov. 21, 2010
This is the ultimate hot chocolate. What is better than rich hot chocolate mixed with homemade whipped cream? I made this following the recipe. I used Nestle cocoa powder and Ghiradelli chocolate. I used my aerolatte milk frother to mix to the chocolate and whipped cream together which I highly recommend using if you have one. It makes it extra creamy and frothy. I can't wait to make this next month when my family is in town for Christmas. You can reserve a small amount of the whipped cream for the top if you wish. Keep in mind this is a very rich hot chocolate. You can refrigerate leftovers and simply re-heat on the stove or microwave.
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