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Grandma VanDoren's White Bread

Reviewed: Jul. 22, 2009
Excellent bread! I used all-purpose flour, reduced the recipe by 1/3, and made two loaves in disposable 9"x5" pans - they came out great. I did find that the dough rose very quickly on a humid summer day in New England. The first rise took about 45-50 mins, but the second and third rises only took about 20 mins each. Also, I took the loaves out of the oven after about 30-31 mins, and they were perfect - so keep a close eye on them as they're baking! This bread is exactly what I was hoping it would be: soft, slightly chewy white bread with a flavorful top crust and a hint of sweetness throughout. It's great with butter and a little cinnamon sugar; it also made for a very tasty ham sandwich.
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Bourbon-Mango Pulled Pork

Reviewed: Jul. 22, 2009
Great recipe. Didn't have chipotle peppers, so I got a can of chiles in adobo and used that. My wife was concerned about it being too spicy, so I only used one pepper from the can - we couldn't taste it at all! Next time I'll use the whole can; the pork absorbs a lot of flavor as it cooks. We ended up mixing in some ground cayenne pepper when we served it. Next time I'll avoid the messy hassle of peeling mangoes by buying frozen mango chunks; they would work fine in this recipe. Speaking of frozen, this pulled pork freezes really well; a smallish Gladware of this is just the right amount for two adults' dinner.
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Barbecued Beef

Reviewed: Aug. 6, 2009
Great recipe - this is one of the best homemade BBQ sauces I've tasted. I added a little more brown sugar to balance out the vinegar; since the sauce ends up very watery, I'll probably just cut out some of the vinegar next time. I tried leaving the top off of the slow cooker for the last hour as was suggested in another review, but it didn't seem to make much of a difference. Still, this recipe was a hit - even with my wife, who's from BBQ pork country!
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Doreen's Ham Slices on the Grill

Reviewed: Sep. 19, 2009
For such a simple recipe, the results are fantastic. I cooked the ham in a grill pan, and used "creamy" horseradish, and the result wasn't very spicy (might have just been the brand). The baste/glaze is delicious - no changes necessary, though some might like extra horseradish.
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Vanilla Glaze

Reviewed: Nov. 12, 2009
This glaze is also great with some almond extract added to it.
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Too Much Chocolate Cake

Reviewed: Nov. 12, 2009
Ultimately, this still tastes like a cake-mix cake, but still: it's great. Definitely the best cake we've ever had that started out in a box.
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Middle Eastern Kibbeh

Reviewed: Jan. 30, 2012
Excellent recipe; this is one of my favorite ground meat dishes! I make a double batch in a large cake pan, bake it for 35-40 mins and finish with a few minutes under the broiler. The kibbeh freezes very well. It's great topped with toasted pine nuts and a yogurt sauce (either raita or a quick mix of Greek yogurt, minced garlic, and dried dill). I omit the 3 tbs olive oil - it's plenty moist and flavorful without it. Also, I usually use a combination of meats - 1/3 lamb and 2/3 lean beef is great, and it's hard to tell the difference vs. all lamb.
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Octoberfest Roast

Reviewed: Oct. 8, 2012
Per some of the other comments, made this with a full bottle of dark beer and correspondingly less broth. I used chicken broth since that's what I had on hand. Based on what others have said about the onions, I chose to dice the onions and put them on the bottom of the pot with some finely diced carrots and celery. As the roast cooked, the veggies turned into a terrific gravy with just a hint of sweetness from the onions and the brown sugar. When I make this again, I'll probably be more generous with the mustard glaze - the bite of the mustard makes a nice counterpoint to the slightly sweet gravy. I think I'll also brush on additional glaze periodically as the roast cooks. The nutmeg in the glaze is a nice, subtle touch that makes this roast especially good. Wife loved it - said it reminded her of the way her grandma cooked, which is high praise!
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Blueberry Raspberry Pie

Reviewed: Jul. 22, 2009
Very yummy pie, though it came out on the tart side - be sure to taste the berries first to see if you need to adjust the sugar!
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Apple and Honey Sorbet

Reviewed: Jul. 22, 2009
A good sorbet, but definitely too sweet for my taste if made as directed. It tasted a bit like frozen applesauce. I used a blender, and it came out a little grainy/mealy; next time I'll try the food processor.
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A to Z Everything-but-the-Kitchen-Sink Chocolate Chip Cookies

Reviewed: Jul. 22, 2009
Made these without coconut (my wife doesn't like it) and walnuts (I don't like them), and added peanut butter chips instead. Could NOT for the life of me roll the cookies; the "dough" was so loose and sticky that it was like trying to roll Elmer's glue. Worked fine as a drop cookie using two spoons, though; I bet it would also work to refrigerate the dough for a bit before shaping the cookies. The cookies came out well, very chewy, very sweet, and with a hint of "what's that familiar flavor?" with all the spices. The cookies were definitely better after they'd rested overnight - the texture firmed up and they became much more satisfying to bite. If we make them again, we'll try Heath Bar chunks instead of PB chips.
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Roasted Chickpeas

Reviewed: Aug. 6, 2009
I had the same problem as other reviewers - the chickpeas didn't dry out, even after a much longer time in the oven. Next time I'll try dry roasting them. But the flavor is nice, and the slight chewiness to the "roasted" peas was fun, too.
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Easy Mexican Casserole

Reviewed: Jul. 12, 2009
Soggy and salty - if you've got these ingredients, just make tacos or nachos instead.
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Beer Margaritas

Reviewed: Jul. 20, 2009
Made this as directed with a Coors Lite, generic limeaid from the local supermarket, and some reposado tequila. It was waaaay too sweet. Even cut with extra water and almost another entire beer, it was still quite sweet. Maybe the local limeaid is extra sugary? As it is, I'll stick with traditional margarita recipes.
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