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Barbeque Bacon Quesadillas

Reviewed: Jun. 21, 2011
This was super yummy! I had some left over BBQ pulled pork to use up and wasn't in the mood for just pulled pork sandwiches. Someone from AR recommended this to me and I'm so glad they did! I used the BBQ pork in place of just the BBQ sauce. I also added some black beans and served with roasted salsa on the side. It's so nice to have something fun and different to do with leftovers! Will be making these again!
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Fresh Lime Curd

Reviewed: Jun. 3, 2011
This turned out fantastic!! I recently went to Paris and fell in love with French Macaroons. I wanted to try making them when I came home. Since I had a million limes on hand I thought I would try a lime curd as the filling. The result was a perfect combination of the delicate, sweet French Macaroon with the bright tartness of this lime curd. Perfection!!!
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Mango Muffins

Reviewed: Apr. 18, 2011
Absolutely loved these! I made some adjustments to make them a little healthier. I used half whole wheat pastry flour and half all-purpose flour. I replaced the sugar with Sucanat and reduced to 3/4 cup. I replaced 1/2 of the oil with applesauce. I also omitted the raisins because I'm not a fan. These were moist and delicious!!
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Rolled Buttercream Fondant

Reviewed: Jan. 27, 2011
This was my first time making or using fondant and I was very pleased with how easy this was! A friend who came to help me make it into Calla Lilies (and has worked with fondant many times) commented on how it was the perfect consistency. It can also be refrigerated or frozen for later use which I find super convenient! Oh...and I didn't have clear vanilla extract on hand so I used 1/2 tsp of almond extract and it worked well.
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Maple Sausage Balls

Reviewed: Dec. 29, 2010
I followed another reviewers advice and pre-cooked the sausage and drained it on a paper towels to cut down on the fat. I used Krusteaz pancake mix since that's what I had on hand and Dubliner Cheese. It's a great, sharp, white cheddar. Since I precooked the sausage I added one egg to help the balls hold together better...and I couldn't resist adding a Tbsp of real maple syrup. They also required less cooking time...about 10 min. These were a big hit with the family! I served them on the side of some home-made roasted tomato soup. It was the perfect snowy night meal!
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Chocolate Crinkles II

Reviewed: Dec. 5, 2010
These cookies are chewy, chocolatey goodness. The ONLY reason I gave them 4 stars instead of 5 is because I was hoping for a thicker cookie. They baked fairly thin and I was hoping for something like my grandma used to make that was thicker. I did put the dough in the freezer for a little while before scooping with my smallest ice cream scoop and dropping directly into the powdered sugar. Then I didn't have a gooey mess on my hands. Very yummy cookie over all just wish they were thicker.
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Streusel Topped Blueberry Muffins

Reviewed: Aug. 19, 2010
My five year old helped me make these and we had a lot of fun. She decided that instead of the streusel topping they needed to have sprinkles. I gave her some artistic leeway and we now have some very colorful and very tasty muffins in our house! Since we didn't use the streusel I put the cinnamon in the batter. Can't wait to try them with the topping next time!
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Grilled Mahi Mahi with Roasted Pepper Sauce and Cilantro Pesto

Reviewed: Jul. 7, 2010
This was excellent! I made it using what I had on hand. I did not have jarred bell peppers on hand. I had fresh mini bell peppers - a mixture of red, orange, and yellow. I roasted them myself and used those for the sauce. I also did not have any shallots, but the sauce was still very good. I can't wait to try it with the shallots next time! For the pesto sauce...I have a basil plant, so I made basil pesto using my regular pesto recipe. We made grilled asparagus to serve on the side. This will definitely be made again throughout the summer. My 4 year old even said "This is amazing, mommy!"
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Creamy Banana Bread

Reviewed: Apr. 22, 2010
This bread is super yummy! I had two bananas on hand that I needed to use up so I tried this bread today. The two bananas were a about 1/4 cup shy of the 1 cup bananas that it calls for so I added 1/4 cup vegetable oil to make sure that it would still be moist enough. I also had whipped cream cheese on hand instead of regular and it worked fine. Just for fun I tossed in some chocolate chips! The bread came out GREAT! I am trying to stop eating it so that there will be some left for my husband when he gets home!
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Baked French Toast with Pecan Streusal

Reviewed: Mar. 21, 2010
Holy Cow this was good!! The whole loaf of bread does not fit in a 9x13 pan, so I squished in as much as I could and did not worry about the rest. I used fat free half and half and it was great. the directions say to "sprinkle" the pecan streusal but it was more like "dolloping" evenly over the top. I think next time I would cut back on the amount of butter in the streusal and try it with just 1/2 a cup. This is a fantastic recipe for entertaining for breakfast or brunch! Edit after making again: I used egg beaters, fat free half and half, and cut the butter to 2/3 cup this time. Next time I will definitely cut the butter to 1/2 cup. Even with all the fat free substitutes this has a very rich flavor and my family loved it. My 4 1/2 year old ate more than me!
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Coconut Macaroons III

Reviewed: Dec. 6, 2009
These are delicious and so easy! I used 1 tsp vanilla and 1 tsp almond extract. After baking and cooling I dipped the bottoms in melted dark chocolate. This recipe made 20 cookies that held their shape and were larger than golf balls. My only problem is figuring out the perfect baking time, as I live at high altitude. The coconut on the tops toasted in just 10 minutes, so I took them out but later felt that they could have used a little more time in the middle. So next time I may lower the temperature to 325 and bake for 15-18 minutes. Okay, adding on to my previous review: I've made them again and baked at 325 for 15 minutes, then turned the oven off and left them in for another 5 minutes. It was perfect.
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Lemon Pistachio Crunch Cake

Reviewed: Nov. 17, 2009
We loved this cake. It was decadent and a great reminder of our wedding cake. I did not make the frosting recipe that comes with this cake as we had a lemon butter cream at our wedding, so that's what I made. Everything in this cake can be made ahead of time, which made the day of assembly MUCH less stress and work! I spread the work out over three days. It was the most impressive looking cake I've ever made and the taste delivered too. Great for special celebrations.
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Crustless Cranberry Pie

Reviewed: Nov. 13, 2009
Super easy to throw together and super yummy! I would call it more of a cake than a pie but whatever you call it, it is tasty! I made it just as the recipe says. I considered adding some spices to it but I didn't want anything to overpower or interfere with the almond extract. That almond flavor goes so well with the cranberries.
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Easy OREO Truffles

Reviewed: Nov. 13, 2009
These are amazing!! I made them as a trial run for a women's dessert I'm going to in December and I had to give some of them away to a friend...otherwise I would eat them all!! I refrigerated the rolled balls for two hours before dipping in the chocolate. I dropped them into the melted chocolate, rolled them around gently with a fork and lifted them out with the fork. I had no problems with them falling apart at all. I look forward to trying other variations like Nutter Butters or adding crushed Butterfingers as other reviewers suggested!
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Cranberry-Orange Pie

Reviewed: Nov. 12, 2009
Every fall I can't wait for cranberries to come into season so I can make this pie. I've played with it for ten years and finally have it exactly how we like it! Now, every time I make it, people ask me for the recipe. Make sure to let it cool before you serve it so it has time to set...although....even if you serve it warm and it's a little messy, it's delicious!!
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Peppermint Meltaways

Reviewed: Nov. 12, 2009
These are simple to make, and delicious! They really do melt in your mouth! I tried them out today as a trial run for a Christmas Tea and made them exactly as the recipe calls for. They are fantastic. The only thing I changed was the baking time. Since I live at a high altitude I shortened the baking time to 8 minutes and that was perfect. Maybe I made them a tad too big, but I also found that the recipe made 2 1/2 rather than 3 1/2 dozen. I'll be adding this to my Christmas regulars! Just an extra note I am adding a couple of days later: These cookies are best when fresh. I found that they still tasted yummy, but did not look as nice a day or two later. So if you're serving them someplace where you care about top notch appearance, plan on making them the day you want to serve them.
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Bourbon Pecan Chicken

Reviewed: Nov. 2, 2009
This is so delicious and yet so easy! The decadent sauce makes you feel like it's something that took hours to make. I seared the chicken for three minutes on each side until they were nicely browned and finished them up in the oven for 15 minutes at 350 degrees. I also halved the butter in the sauce as others suggested and it was excellent. I would serve this to company as well as just making for a night when we want to feel decadent by ourselves!
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Cranberry Upside-Down Coffee Cake

Reviewed: Nov. 1, 2009
This cake is so good!!!! It is moist and the perfect combination of sweet and tart! I did not have sour cream so I used what I had on hand...which turned out to be 3/4 cup vanilla yogurt and 1/4 cup apple sauce. I was looking for a recipe to make for Christmas morning. This is the first one I tried out and I will look no further!!! I live at high altitude and found that halfway through the baking process the cake was already getting quite brown on top so I dropped the temperature to 325 for the second half and it turned out perfect.
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Puppy Chow

Reviewed: Oct. 23, 2009
What's not to love about this (except maybe your expanding waistline because it's so hard to stop eating!)? This was devoured by grown-ups and kids alike at our gathering!
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Sangria! Sangria!

Reviewed: Oct. 23, 2009
I made a double batch of this for a big gathering and everyone loved it!! I used white wine (as there were going to be kids running around and didn't want red wine drinks getting knocked over onto the carpet!) and ginger ale and it was excellent. Will definitely try with the red wine next time...when there are only grown ups around!
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