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Red Velvet Cake I

Reviewed: Dec. 17, 2003
I really like this cake but only gave it four stars because of all the modifications I had to make. I took other reviewers' advice and made the following changes: used 4 tbsp. cocoa which I added to the 1 cup oil instead of shortening; increased sugar to 2 cups; only used 1 oz. of red food coloring which I added to the buttermilk (believe me, it was plenty and my cake was bright red); upped the vanilla to 1.5 tsp and upped the vinegar to 1 tbsp. I did not use the frosting recipe because I wanted a cream cheese frosting and even though this one is advertised as cream cheese, it does not contain any. Instead, I used the Cream Cheese Frosting II from this site and it was divine (with modifications). Thanks for a good bare bones recipe but do make modifications before trying it yourself!
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Creamy Dill Cucumber Toasties

Reviewed: Mar. 25, 2002
This recipe was wonderful! I made these for a bridal shower and everyone loved them! No one believed me when I told them what the ingredients were because this recipe was so EASY!!! I used fresh dill instead of the dried and mixed 1 tbsp. in with the cream cheese mixture in addition to the dill I sprinkled on top. I got tons of requests for this recipe and the bride has requested it to put in her Newlywed recipe file. Thanks for such an awesome recipe, Dianne!
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Campfire Potatoes

Reviewed: Aug. 28, 2004
My husband and I like a lot of spice and these were too bland for us. The initial attempt required lots of added salt and pepper for extra flavor and the chicken broth/Worcestershire added almost no flavor. The second time I made them, I coated the slices in a big bowl with salt, pepper, italian seasoning, about 1/4 tsp. of red pepper flakes and some olive oil. Tossed to coat, placed potatoes on foil, didn't bother with onions, put slices of butter on top, sprinkled with plain shredded cheese and grilled. They were incredible and much easier than the original recipe. No matter how you cook them, you absolutely MUST spray your foil with a cooking spray or you will have a burnt, stuck-on mess!
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Chicken Enchilada Soup III

Reviewed: Mar. 15, 2002
This is an awesome recipe! Very close to Chile's Chicken Enchilada soup which is a favorite in our house. To save time, I just throw the shredded chicken in with all the rest of the ingredients, bring it to a boil and then turn it down and let it cook. We also cut up corn tortillas into very thin strips and bake them in the oven at 300 for 8 minutes. Then we sprinkle grated cheese and the chips on top. Very yummy! We have made it tons of times!
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Fried Ice Cream

Reviewed: Jun. 9, 2002
This is a great recipe! I have had fried ice cream several times at a tex-mex restaurant and have been looking for a recipe that is like theirs'. I've found it! I recommend rolling the ice cream balls in the crushed flakes twice. I also find it easier to form the balls the evening before and freeze them overnight before you roll them in coating. My husband has never had fried ice cream and loved this!! 5 Stars!
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Easy Devonshire Cream

Reviewed: Jul. 6, 2004
This was very easy to make and tasted incredible! It had the perfect texture and whipped right up in my stand mixture. I served it with Grandma Johnson's Scones from this site and the two combined were heaven in high tea!
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Banana Banana Bread

Reviewed: Jun. 3, 2003
I am extremely pleased with this recipe. I was somewhat concerned about the amount of banana in the recipe but it turned out great! It was a very dense banana bread but it was incredibly moist and was great toasted!! I made the following changes: Added 1/4 cup granulated sugar, 1 tsp. vanilla, 1 tsp. ground cinnamon, 1/2 cup chopped pecans, and 1/2 cup chocolate chips. I also made a confectioner's glaze with 1/2 cup powdered sugar, 2 tbsp. milk and 1 tsp. vanilla that I poured over the loaf. When it dried, it was super tasty. I will be using this recipe again!
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Slow Cooker Chicken Parisienne

Reviewed: Jan. 3, 2002
This was outstanding! Both my husband and I just loved it! It was extremely easy to make and I even used frozen chicken breasts. I reduced the sour cream to a 1/4 cup because we are not big fans of sour cream but even the 1/4 cup gave it an incredibly rich flavor. I also used about 3/4 tsp. paprika which gave it a nice kick (we like spicy food). We will definitely be making this one again and I will be passing this recipe on! Thanks for a wonderful dish! 5 Stars!!
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Grandma Johnson's Scones

Reviewed: Jul. 6, 2004
Oh my goodness! These were absolutely incredible! Moist, yet dense enough to hold their shape and crumble into bite size pieces. I added white chocolate chips, 2 tsp. of fresh squeezed OJ and the zest from a large orange. They came out with a slightly orange-y taste with a hint of yummy chocolate flavor from the white chocolate chips. I served them with the Easy Devonshire Cream recipe from this site. My co-workers said these were the best they have ever had and I agree! I WILL make again and 100% recommend trying it! UPDATE: I made these again and they were just as big a hit as the first time. This time, I divided the dough in half, added blueberries and some grated lemon rind to one half and chocolate chips to the other. I topped the lemon-blueberry ones with a lemon juice, confectioners' sugar glaze and the chocolate chip with raw sugar. Both were very popular but the chocolate chip ones virtually disappeared! You have to try this recipe because you can add anything and it will taste GREAT!! UPDATE 2: I'm still making these and they are still amazing! My favorite variation is 1/2 cup dried cranberries and 1/2 cup white chocolate chips. Mmm, mmm, good!!
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Cajun Grilled Corn

Reviewed: Jul. 28, 2004
This just wasn't very good. I used a 1/2 cup of butter and only 3 tbsp. of cajun seasoning and I thought it was far too overpowering. I like spicy food and so does my husband but neither of us liked this. We had guests who were polite and said it was good but I will never do it again. Sweet summer corn is 1000 times better with plain ol' salt, pepper and butter. Save yourself the extra work and don't bother!
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Sauce Rosee

Reviewed: Aug. 24, 2002
I did not care for this recipe. I followed the recipe exactly. While it is possible that my husband and I don't like sweet food and that is why we intensely disliked this, I think it has more to do with the fact that it was just not good!
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D' Best Chicken N' Dumplings

Reviewed: May 21, 2003
I adored this recipe! I am from Texas originally and this is very similar to the C and D's that I grew up eating. I have been looking for a recipe for rolled dumplings for years and this dough is PERFECT for rolling out! I did make a few changes. I added coarse ground pepper and parsley flakes to the dumpling dough 'cause I like them like that. I also sliced potatoes super thin and added them the last 30 minutes before I added the dumplings. I also tossed in some baby carrots and green beans the last 30 minutes as well. Even my Midwest husband enjoyed this recipe and the leftovers the next day are INCREDIBLE! Absolutely give this one a try!
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Chicken and Dumplings I

Reviewed: Jan. 2, 2002
I tried this recipe because of the dumpling mixture and was terribly disappointed. The eggs made the dough too hard once the dumplings had cooked and my husband wouldn't even eat them. I added some celery, carrots and green beans to the broth to make it thicker and the broth and chicken was great. Probably won't use again. Sorry.
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Clone of a Cinnabon

Reviewed: Sep. 26, 2004
I am guilty of never having had a Cinnabon but if they taste as good as these then I am hooked! This is definitely a 5-star for taste and ease of preparation. The only change I made was to take the advice of some of the reviews and mix the brown sugar, cinnamon and butter together and brush it on. I also made my dough in my bread machine, rolled it out, shaped and cut my rolls and then let them rise overnight in the fridge for even more ease of prep. I took them out the next morning, let them sit on the counter for 30 minutes and then baked them according to the directions. They came out perfect and were nice and hot for me to take to work. The icing was incredible and my co-workers want me to open a bakery selling these and Grandma Johnson's scones. Great recipe!! Thanks Marsha!
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Artichoke & Spinach Dip Restaurant Style

Reviewed: Mar. 25, 2002
Updated 1/27/11: I still make this all the time, but I've made it even easier because I don't bake it anymore. I just mix all the ingredients in a casserole dish and microwave it until it's hot. Everything melts together quickly and it tastes just like it's been in the oven, but takes a fraction of the time. Original Review 3/19/02: This dip was incredible and was so unbelievably easy! I made this for a bridal shower and everyone wanted the recipe. The bride's aunt wanted to take the leftovers home with her but I was selfish and kept them for myself.:) I used fresh spinach that I steamed and finely chopped. I just layered everything in the pan the night before, covered in plastic wrap and stored in the fridge until I needed to cook it. I popped it in the oven and added about 15 minutes to the cook time (because it was cold) and it came out perfectly! We served it in a hollowed out bread bowl and it was great! The only change I will make in the future is to add more garlic (but we like garlic in my family). I will be making more of this for myself! Thanks for the great recipe, Terra!
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Mushion Pork

Reviewed: Aug. 24, 2002
This recipe was great! Very easy to make and the chops were incredible juicy and tender! I pre-seasoned mine with some minced garlic, fresh ground pepper, salt and thyme rubbed in to both sides but the mushroom soup definitely made it very tender. We will definitely be making these again when we need a quick loin chop recipe.
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Ham and Fresh Basil Pinwheels

Reviewed: Mar. 25, 2002
This were pretty good but my finished product didn't really resemble the original recipe at all. I used deli-sliced turkey, cheddar cheese and dried basil. I spread the tortillas with the cream cheese and sprinkled about 1/8 tsp. of dried basil over the tortilla, layered the turkey, then cheese, then lettuce and topped with the sun-dried tomatoes. I thought the tomatoes added some nice flavor. We made these the night before for a bridal shower, covered and sliced them right before the party. They looked good, kept their shape well and got better with time. I had one left that I took for lunch 2 days later and it was still great! This recipe works well with some tweaking.
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Cream Cheese Frosting II

Reviewed: Dec. 17, 2003
Loved this frosting! I used it to frost the Red Velvet Cake I from this site. It had great consistency and texture and wasn't too sweet. Changes: I added an additional 3/4 cup of sifted powdered sugar because it was a little too tart with just the recipe amount. I ended up having to make an additional half batch to have enough to frost between 4 layers, top and sides and have enough to decorate. I used a little paste food coloring and piped red swirls on top and stuck in slivered almonds to make flowers. It was a hit with the southerners!!
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Best Tuna Casserole

Reviewed: Jan. 13, 2011
This was a better than average tuna casserole, but is definitely not the best, mainly because it is so incredibly bland. I halved the recipe since hubby doesn't eat tuna. I knew going in that I would need more spice so I added 1 tsp. of garlic powder, 1 tsp. of coarsely ground black pepper and a 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper. Even with those additions and all of the salt in the soup, cheese and potato chips, I still had to add extra salt and pepper upon serving. I also didn't think there were enough peas. Next time I make this, I intend to double the peas, add 1.5 tsp. of garlic salt, more pepper, the cayenne pepper and some red pepper flakes. I also think it would work well to makes this with shredded chicken for the fish haters. Good base recipe - it just needs more seasoning to be really good.
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Crazy Mixed Up Cake

Reviewed: Jan. 16, 2011
This cake is fabulous and so completely easy! I didn't want to run the risk of making a mess mixing it in the pan so I added everything but the chocolate chips to a bowl and mixed thoroughly. Then, I dumped it in the pan and sprinkled the chocolate chips on top. It cooked for 35 minutes in a stoneware pan and came out with the perfect consistency and tasted fantastic. I made it for a scrapbooking crop and it was a HUGE hit. You can't get any easier than this and get this kind of flavor. Try it!
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