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Pani Popo (Hawaiian Coconut Bread)

Reviewed: May 10, 2008
After reading the reviews I wasn't sure if I should use coconut milk or cream of coconut. Hmmm. Ended up using cream of coconut and Bridgeford frozen dough (do not use canned biscuits). Didn't want to waste a whole can of condensed milk so I just added some corn syrup and maybe a tablespoon of sugar to a half a can of cream of coconut. Made a smaller pan with 8 rolls just in case we didn't care for these. Wish they had a bit more coconut flavor but they are really good and soooo easy. They are gooey on the bottom and kind of crunchy chewy on the top. Will be making a full batch for Mother's Day dinner. I know I didn't follow the recipe exactly but if you love bread, donuts, etc you will love pani popo.
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Easy Peach Cobbler II

Reviewed: May 20, 2007
This cobbler turned out beautiful, tasted GREAT and was so easy to put together! Added a can of apricots with the peaches (sliced fruit up a little thinner). Left about a 1/4 cup of the syrup in the fruit, I like it juicy. Cut the bread into cubes. Also cut sugar to 1/2 cup - didn't use full amount of butter - added a dash of cinnamon and a teaspoon of vanilla. This is one of those recipes that you can put together quickly and always have the ingredients on hand. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream. This recipe is a keeper.
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Easy Broccoli Quiche

Reviewed: May 19, 2007
This quiche looked great but just tasted OK. Didn't enjoy the broccoli in it as much as I thought I would. Next time I'll use spinach instead. Just a personal preference I guess. 3 eggs and 1 cup milk worked fine. Added some cooked bacon and sausage and only used 1/2 of an onion. Be sure to chop up broccoli in small pieces and cook well. Broccoli doesn't cook much more in the oven. I prebaked my pie shell (450' for 7 min.) and the crust came out perfect - not gummy on the bottom. The mozzarella cheese was a bit chewy and I even used some cheddar with it. Next time I'll use swiss/cheddar. Used very little salt because of the meat I put in but 1 teaspoon of salt seems like a lot. Recipe doesn't need the last tablespoon of butter. If you really love broccoli this one may be for you.
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Pecan Pie V

Reviewed: Apr. 26, 2007
Delicious pecan pie that will change your idea of what "GREAT" pecan pie should be. No more yucky corn syrup pie ever again. This is sooo much better. Prebaked my pie shell for 7-8 minutes before filling and added about 1/2 cup more pecan halves to the top of the pie before baking. So EZ. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream. Thanks for the wonderful recipe. FYI - If you don't have time to make your own pie crust ... I've found that the Marie Callender's frozen pie shells are very good and bake up nice and flaky. Altho I usually go to the trouble of rerolling them and using my own glass pan ... no soggy bottom and company thinks it is homemade! My secret!
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Quick Biscuits

Reviewed: Apr. 26, 2007
These biscuits are VERY good. So EZ. Thought I'd be giving a negative review when I was rolling them out. Figured they be tough as hockey pucks but sure surprised me! Yummy! I did add a bit of sugar and they did need more cream. Also only kneaded the dough to get it blended (30 seconds?). Def making again since I doubt there will be any left for breakfast! Thanks for the quick and easy AND tasty recipe >
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Corn Dog Muffins

Reviewed: Apr. 23, 2007
Made 1/2 recipe using Jiffy corn bread mix. Boiled hot dogs first to make sure they were well cooked and then cut up into bite size pieces. Put 3 - 4 pieces in muffin cup and then used an ice cream scoop to fill cups equally - almost full. Baked 18 minutes and they were perfect. Made 10 muffins. Did stick a bit even with Pam spray. Maybe should invest in a non-stick muffin pan. Anyway ... hubby LOVED these with just some mustard. Next time I'll add a bit more sugar and maybe pepperjack cheese instead of cheddar. I did add a little melted butter to the batter, so I'm not sure how much healthier they were than deep fried but def will make again. Thanks! FYI - Trader Joe's has some very good hot dogs with NO nitrates and they taste like regular hot dogs.
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Easy Apple Strudel

Reviewed: Apr. 9, 2007
Very EZ to put together and lots of compliments. Guests said "Better than apple pie!" Served warm with vanilla ice cream. Only used 1/3 cup sugar (subbed a couple delicious apples in place of granny smith) and added a sprinkle of cinnamon and a little melted butter. Only used 1/4 cup regular raisins. Can't imagine using a full cup of sugar AND that many raisins - would've been way too sweet. Also didn't want to waste an egg for the wash so I just sprinkled a bit of powdered sugar on top after baking. Made a few slashes on top to vent before baking and covered my cookie sheet with no-stick foil. Will make again for sure.
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Italian Sausage Soup

Reviewed: Mar. 27, 2007
Do you ever come home tired, starving and wishing that Prince Charming had dinner on the table ? Well keep wishing but in the mean time GO MAKE THIS SOUP! It's sooo good and sooo EZ. I used Jimmy Dean sausage roll and added a small cubed potato. Chill so you can take off the excess fat, then put into 2 cup storage containers and off to the freezer. Need a meal ??? Nuke a container of soup, grab a piece of toast and a glass of milk - you'll be a happy camper in under 10 minutes (no Prince needed!).
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Lemon Icing

Reviewed: Mar. 26, 2007
I liked the way this icing got a crust on it (really don't like those thick, creamy whipped frostings) ... but this was too tart with the lemon juice. Hubby took one bite of it ... made a sour face and then only ate the cake. Next time I will use milk instead of lemon juice and add 1 teaspon of lemon rind so we get the lemon flavor without the pucker!
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Different Chicken Cordon Bleu

Reviewed: Mar. 24, 2007
After reading all of the reviews ... made half the recipe ... VERY EZ to put together but not wild about the flavor of the sauce. Used chicken stock instead of wine but I think it was the sour cream I didn't care for - seemed almost tart. Sprinkled dry cornbread stuffing mix (added a little butter) on top and baked covered for 30 minutes then uncovered for 20 more. Will definately make again but use a little cream instead of the sour cream and maybe use Cream of Mushroom instead. I think this could be really good with the right sauce. 5 stars for the idea.
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Chocolate Cakes with Liquid Centers

Reviewed: Mar. 10, 2007
Made 1/2 recipe to check timing for my oven. These are a bit tricky to bake JUST right but when you do they are delish! Added some vanilla to eggs, a pinch of salt, and an extra teaspoon of flour. Used semi-sweet morsels (1/4 cup for 1/2 recipe). Baked 10 1/2 minutes but next time I'll try 12. They were a little too runny but this is a great recipe to HAVE to experiment with. Definitely serve with a sprinkle of powdered sugar, vanilla ice cream and/or whipped cream. Super EZ to make after dinner and also used the microwave to melt butter and chocolate (40 secs). Used pyrex custard cups buttered and sugared. No problem sticking. Can't wait to make for company. Will add some fresh raspberries or strawberries on the side. These are the same pricey souffles that many of the "Big" name restaurants serve. Never knew they were so simple and bet you've got all the ingredients. GO MAKE THESE NOW! YUMMY !!!
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Grandma's Doughnuts

Reviewed: Dec. 28, 2006
These were pretty good but recipe didn't specify what kind of oil to use so I thought I'd try canola oil. It sure smelled the house up. Next time we'll just stop at the donut shop ... that's easier.
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Chili Rellenos Casserole

Reviewed: Dec. 25, 2006
After reading the reviews ... used an 8x8 pan, 3 eggs, only the evap milk, 1/2 the cheese - 4 oz of jack, 4 oz of cheddar, and about 1/2 cup enchilada sauce instead of the tomato sauce. My guests devoured this. Next time I'm adding a total of 4 eggs and a bit more flour to see if it gets fluffier. I'd like to try this with homemade roasted chiles even though the canned whole chiles tasted fine but I wouldn't use the diced chiles - discovered they are bitter, have too much juice, seeds, pieces of stem and ??? Yucky. Took longer to cook in the 8x8 pan (10-15 min. longer) and be sure to let it rest at least 10 minutes before serving. This is such a delicious recipe (despite all the changes) it still deserves 5 stars. *&$^@*&! I just reread the recipe and discovered it calls for a 5 oz. can (?) of evap milk. Hmmmmm. Maybe that is why so many reviewers eliminated the regular milk and just used a can (12 oz) of evap milk. That's what I did and it turned out fine. Pays to read the fine print!
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No Roll Pie Crust I

Reviewed: Nov. 5, 2006
This pie dough was very strange and oily when I was trying to pat it in the pie pan. A rolling pin does make it easier to get a consistant thickness in the crust (next time) but figured I'd give it a go. Had enough dough to also make a small tart so as an experiment I prebaked the tart shell for 10 minutes before pouring the sweet potato pie in it. Both pie crusts were very good especially since they are much healthier (used canola oil). The prebaked shell had a little more texture, both were crisp and had good color around the edge. Very good flavor (not oily in my opinion) but I used the "Pecan Sweet Potato Pie" recipe which is sooo good that the crust is secondary. I will definitely use this recipe from now on but will use a little less oil, 1 teaspoon sugar, and less water to start. Probably prebake the crust too but either way ... very easy and healthier ... won't be going back to butter or Crisco.
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Sweet Potato Pecan Pie

Reviewed: Oct. 30, 2006
THIS IS SOOO GOOD. I can't stop eating it. I've never really liked pumpkin pie but this is 10 stars. I used baked yams (1-1/2 lbs = 2 medium size yams - perfect for 2 cups), cut back sugar in the pie to 1/2 cup (1/4 cup white, 1/4 cup brown) and 1/3 cup brown sugar in the topping. I also used pumpkin pie spice (1 teaspoon) and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Yam mixture seemed very runny when I put it in the pie crust but cooked up nicely. Watch the topping carefully under the broiler - cooks quickly. The ''Butter Flaky Pie Crust" was easy and delicious too. This pie IS NOT low cal but it doesn't have corn syrup or sweetened condensed milk (YEAH). You could probably make it with Splenda, egg beaters and fat-free half & half and it would still be good. My compliments to Lorrie ... this pie will definitely be on my holiday table!
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Amish Friendship Bread Starter

Reviewed: Oct. 15, 2006
Sounds great but I need some answers before getting started .... if after 10 days you are going to start over with 1 cup of the starter (stir day 2-4, add ingredients day 5 etc) do you leave this 1 cup of starter at room temperature or follow the steps and leave it in the refrigerator? And how long will the starter store in the refrigerator before you need to stir it, use it or freeze it? As a newbie sourdough maker I thank you for any advice.
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Caramel Apples

Reviewed: Oct. 14, 2006
Enjoyed this recipe by just dipping apple slices in the melted caramel. It is not as buttery and delicious as homemade caramel from scratch (that's 5 stars) but good for a quick sugar fix.
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Health Nut Blueberry Muffins

Reviewed: Oct. 13, 2006
These are DELICIOUS and you feel like you are eating something nutritious. Didn't have oats so I used honey almond granola, also used less banana and sugar. Still great. Next time I'll try swapping prune/applesauce baby food for the oil. (Works fine in my oatmeal raisin cookie recipe). Couldn't find oat bran ... used wheat bran. Good, healthy recipe ... hope there are some left for breakfast!
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Cabbage Roll Casserole

Reviewed: Oct. 13, 2006
Sorry I can't give this a better review but it isn't something I would make again. The rice was gummy from the long cook time and something just didn't taste right. Maybe I didn't care for the beef broth. Anyway if you do try this one I'd start with half the recipe. It did taste better with lots of sour cream.
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Mojito

Reviewed: Apr. 3, 2006
Do not use confectioners' sugar. Didn't dissolve well and left a nasty cornstarch taste in the drink. Will try this one again using simple syrup (and more sugar than the recipe calls for). Will probably also strain most of the mint out - not sure if I liked drinking a salad! but love the fresh mint and lime.
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