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Super Easy Fruit Dip

Reviewed: May 10, 2012
I made this with light Cool Whip and fat free key lime yogurt and added a little packet of crystallized lemon to add more tartness. So good, so simple and so much healthier than most fruit dips. Good with graham crackers and vanilla wafers, too!!
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Sourdough Chocolate Cake

Reviewed: Apr. 21, 2012
For a couple of years a dear friend has offered her sourdough starter & been after me to try making bread. My bread making experience 30 years ago had traumatized me so, I had not tried since. She finally convinced me and I'm having pretty good results so far. Like a kid with a new toy, I'm researching sourdough and using it a lot of different ways. I had started a cake recipe using 2 cups flour and 1 3/4 cup sugar combined but had misread the directions..add starter and let it rise for 2 to 3 hrs. I didn't have 2 to 3 hrs. so looked up this recipe I had saved. Having combined the 2 c. flour and sugar already, I calculated the servings to 21. I also subbed canola oil for shortening and buttermilk for water (per other reviews). Used just enough warm water to dissolve a singles packet of Taster's Choice instant coffee to strengthen the chocolate taste (I like dark chocolate). Wonderful texture and flavor!!!! Wonderful without frosting or glaze!! I'm sure this is a 5 star but since I made a few changes, will give 4.
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Sunshine Toast

Reviewed: Mar. 23, 2012
I learned this recipe in Home Ec. back in the late 1960's. Love the recipe and the flavor for something different. Also love the different names you guys are coming up with. We called them Framed Eggs!
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Seven Layer Dinner

Reviewed: Jan. 20, 2012
Really enjoyed this! Same ingredients but added can of mushrooms and a dusting of sage and garlic powder when assembled. I partially browned the sausage, still a little pink, and drained on paper towels to reduce the fat. Also had to be away from home a couple of hours so baked covered casserole on 275 degrees for 2 hrs. Probably will slice potatoes and carrots a little thicker next time but rice was perfect. May also use frozen stir fry veggies as a variation. Can you say, "Pot Luck Dish"?
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Cabbage Beef Soup

Reviewed: Sep. 15, 2011
Really enjoyed this! I made a few changes but nothing to really alter the result. I used ground venison instead of beef. Added green pepper and celery when browned the venison and onion. Used 1 can of kidney and 1 can of chili beans. Used 1 can of crushed tomatoes, 1 can of Mexican stewed tomatoes and 1 can of tomato paste instead of the tomato sauce. Chili powder instead of cumin. Omitted bouillon cubes and salt, trying to lower the sodium content (also tomato paste has less sodium that sauce). Husband and I love cooked cabbage, but never used it in soup before. Will do so from now on! Great recipe that stays great with many variations! Adding potatoes was mentioned by a reviewed, will probably try that next time.
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Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

Reviewed: Jun. 7, 2011
My theory in life--cake was invented so we would have something to put frosting on!! I absolutely love cream cheese frosting but never tried a chocolate version until this one. Why, I don't know. It can't get any better than this!! I've made this twice so far, didn't have squares of chocolate the second time. Used the substitution of 3 level T. cocoa to 1 T. oil and it worked fine. Used neufchatel (less fat) cheese to lessen my guilt:-) Also 1% milk. Turned out SO good!!
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Strawberry Coffee Cake

Reviewed: Jun. 7, 2011
Wonderful cake! Only change I made was to double it for 13x9 cake. I meant to take some reviewers' advise that doubling the topping made too much but got carried away and doubled it too. I had more than 3 cups of strawberries I needed to use so after using most of the topping, I added another layer of strawberries and the rest of the topping. It turned out great!! I agree with other reviews, the more strawberries, the better.
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CB's Black Eyed Peas

Reviewed: Jun. 7, 2011
I love this recipe!! I have used it (with small changes) to cook dried black eyed peas and now dried cranberry beans!! So good! Next, kidney beans. I used a 3 qt. sauce pan to brown 2 slices of bacon. That helps the splatter problem. Added the onion before the bacon was done. Used Mexican style stewed tomatoes, garlic and chili powders, no jalapeno. The peas did fine without soaking but I quick soaked the beans per the bag directions. Slow cooked on High about 2 hours, then Low about 4. So much flavor!! With cornbread, a meal in itself!!
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Big Guy Strawberry Pie

Reviewed: Jun. 1, 2011
I especially liked this crust since pastry making is not something I do well. DGV's suggestion of making a ball of the dough and spreading it in a sprayed pan was a big help! Mine did stick some but more spray and less pressure will probably help next time. I also used my KitchenAid mixer with the white beater to mix the dough (the dough hook would probably work great but didn't know where it was, since I don't do pastries:-) Next time, think I will add some finely chopped pecans or almonds to the crust. My filling was a little runny but my strawberries were just past their peak. Probably adding a little strawberry jello as others suggested would help, but didn't have any. I used drops of red coloring until the color suited me, maybe 6. All in all, a good pie and a 'homemade' crust that even I wouldn't be afraid to take to a potluck. Will try the crust for other pies as well.
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Barbie Doll Cake

Reviewed: Aug. 19, 2010
I baked and assembled this cake for my granddaughter's 6th birthday. I baked 2 chocolate cake mixes in my Pampered Chef 4 qt. bowl for the skirt @ 325 degrees for a little over an hour until it tested done in the center with a cake tester. Since the Mermaid Barbie was a gift she "has wanted all her life", I baked a 9" Confetti mix layer (trimmed square) and a 9"x13" strawberry mix layer. Frosting and stacking them made the cake tall enough to wrap Mermaid's legs in Saran and prevented me from mutilating my gift. Also used tiny hair clips to put Barbie's long hair up and off the cake. I substituted applesause for most of the oil and egg whites for most of the whole eggs that the mixes called for. This made the layers firm and easy to handle. I cut out the center of the chocolate cake before putting Barbie in. I used about 3 cans of white frosting, tinted with gel food colorings. The best part of all was letting the kids use cans of cupcake icing to decorate the cake. Kids added the dolphin that came with the doll, plus decorations saved from previous bakery cakes. This made for great party entertainment when your birthday is in August and it's 102 degrees outside! The kids loved taking home huge slices of "their" cake and Granny had very little leftovers.
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