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Baklava

Reviewed: Dec. 11, 2006
This recipe is amazing. I consider myself a confident cook and baker but always avoided making baklava because I thought it ranked up there with crossaints - just cheaper and easier to purchase already made. But this recipe couldn't be simpler. The one thing I would say is don't worry if the Phyllo tears - that worried me as I was making it - but you can't tell in the end as the syrup holds everything together. This is truly one amazing recipe!
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Banana Loaf Cake I

Reviewed: Dec. 27, 2007
Excellent banana bread/cake recipe. I actually did not have the full amount of banana's this recipe called for and yet it was still very moist and flavorful. I am sure it would have been even denser if I followed the recipe to a T. Could be a versatile recipe to add walnets or chocolate chips to for added flavor.
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Buttercream Icing

Reviewed: Oct. 12, 2008
This is an excellent recipe. I wouldnt change anything, as the other reviewers have. I think the shortening allows it to hold up better, and from a professional standpoint this is perfect to decorate with. Thanks!
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Tangy Tuna Macaroni Salad

Reviewed: Nov. 2, 2008
Great recipe with endless possibilities. We added sweet corn along with the peas, and added hardboiled egg to the mixture.
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The Best Chocolate Cake You Ever Ate

Reviewed: Nov. 23, 2008
First I must say, I wish the name of this recipe included cinnamon in it. In my quest for a stable all-around yummy chocolate cake recipe, I stumbled on this one. The inclusion of cinnamon caught my eye - and I'm now very glad I tried it. This is an excellent, moist and very flavorful cake. I do think it is especially nice to make in the fall and winter months where its flavors seem even more seasonally appropriate. I made this into cupcakes. There is something about the final result that reminds me of a warm and cozy cup of hot cocoa, so it inspired me to fill mine with a marshmallow creme filling and top with whipped chocolate buttercream. Delicious!!
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Clone of a Cinnabon

Reviewed: Nov. 27, 2008
These took a bit more work than I normally expend in the kitchen for a morning treat - but they were so well worth it. I didn't have bread flour o hand so used the AP flour instead - and they came out fine. The only thing I was unclear on was how long I should wait to frost them, and in hindsight, I should have probably given them about 10 minutes out of the oven before doing so. I think the icing weighed them down too much as they cooled. But they were still delicious and decadent! Highly recommened!!!
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Surprise Banana Cake

Reviewed: Jan. 16, 2009
This is a great recipe - I did add the additional tsp of baking powder as suggested by another reviewer - just to lighten it up. Came out very flavorful, moist and light. I also threw in a 1/2 cup of mini chocolate chips because we can't resist the banana/chocolate flavor combination in my household.
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Carrot Banana Bread

Reviewed: Jan. 19, 2009
This is an excellent recipe. I was looking for a way to use up extra carrots - and I also had some overripe bananas so I was in luck when I found this. I did make a few changes to suit our tastes and it resulted in a great alternative. I omitted the nuts and instead added equal amounts of raisins. They plumped up in the batter and were a lovely complement to the flavors. I also wanted to add an oat streusel - we love that crunch... and so I just mixed 1/4 quick cook oats, 1/4 AP flour, 1 Tbsp of sugar, 1 Tbsp of brown sugar and 2 Tbsp of melted butter with just a dash of cinnamon. Mixed all together and crumbled over the top. It did slow down the baking time, needing an additional 10 minutes but the result was a fabulous moist breakfast type bread that still had a yummy crunch to the topping. I certainly recommend this recipe!!!
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Dark Chocolate Cake I

Reviewed: Jan. 31, 2009
This is a wonderful recipe that produces a devils food type rich chocolate cake. I actually halved the recipe because a 3 layer cake is just way too much for our family of four. By doing 6 servings it resulted in 2 nice 8in layers. The cake is incredibly moist and light and well just darn perfect. I also can say that since I ran out of butter I used Imperial margarine (good for baking with) and it in no way harmed the recipe.
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The Real Reuben

Reviewed: Feb. 7, 2009
The reason I like this recipe over the other ones here on Allrecipes is because this one suggests the dark rye. To me, its a very important part, and really just completes the sandwich. I do mine on a stove-top griddle and its a cinch to do.
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Bake Sale Lemon Bars

Reviewed: Apr. 20, 2009
These are fabulous. I've never made lemon bars so have no point of reference against the myriad of other recipes for lemon bars - but I'll definitely make these again. The shortbread crust to lemon topping ratio was perfect in my opinion. These result in thin bars (3/4 inch) but in a 9x13 pan I think saying you get 36 is stretching it a bit. I discarded (ie ate) the 1/2 inch edge around the pan because these bits tended to be over over cooked and got about 18 nice size bars.
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Best Egg Rolls

Reviewed: Aug. 23, 2009
These came out wonderful. I was slightly intimidated by the idea but had picked up the wrappers on a whim and decided to give it a try. I actually had an "oops" when too much powdered ginger fell into the pot - but it was not a problem. I think you have to remember that the vegetable mixture is not being seasoned so the pork mixture is better when heavily seasoned. I also added about a tablespoon of soy sauce to the meat. I threw in a whole bunch of sliced scallions too since I had some on hand. My husband is picky and he felt these were just as good as any Chinese restaurant would serve. Will definitely add to the recipe arsenal!
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Old Fashioned Prune Cake

Reviewed: Sep. 18, 2009
Excellent cake! I made this in a 9x13 and only made one change. I substituted the corn syrup with agave nectar which is a bit healthier. I worried my husband would turn his nose up at it when I told him the prunes were in it, but he loved it and said it tasted just like Sticky Toffee Pudding that he ate as a child. Great recipe!!
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Fudge Brownies I

Reviewed: Oct. 31, 2009
Excellent! These are almost as easy as making a box mix - literally a few minutes and it was done. I followed another reviewers suggestion and only used 2 eggs, which made these nice and fudgy/chewy. Great stuff!
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Teriyaki Sauce

Reviewed: Oct. 31, 2009
This is a great quick recipe that I used to marinade salmon in. Gave the fish a wonderful amber color and really fragrant flavor.
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Red Wine Braised Short Ribs with Smashed Fall Vegetables

Reviewed: Nov. 17, 2009
This is an excellent recipe and one my husband asks me to make very often. The only things I do different are that I omit the red wine and sub beef stock for it. This is good for anyone who finds it too acidic, and you are not missing any flavor by doing this. I also dice the onion, carrot and celery rather than large chunks. Lastly, if I happen to have some available, I use bacon fat to saute those veg in first. Just gives it another layer of complexity and richness.
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Yummy Sweet Potato Casserole

Reviewed: Nov. 27, 2009
This recipe is quite easily the star of my Thanksgiving repertoire. I have to double the recipe and it still disappears. It actually bakes up into a light and fluffy sweet potato mixture, which is beautifully offset by the crunchy streusel. It killed my mom that we had to axe the old marshmellow/yam dish, but once we tasted this we have never missed candied yams. Thank you!!
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Oil Pie Crust

Reviewed: Nov. 27, 2009
This worked out really well for my Thanksgiving pies. It was slightly dry but we rolled between waxed paper and it was easier to work with. Nice flaky crust and my favorite part, its cheaper to make then standard pie crusts.
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Awesome and Easy Creamy Corn Casserole

Reviewed: Nov. 27, 2009
Fabulous! Made this as a Thanksgiving side dish and everyone loved it. Only wish I had made more as it disappeared very quickly!!
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Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes

Reviewed: Nov. 27, 2009
These were excellent. I consider myself an accomplished cook but I always seem to have watery mashed potatoes. This recipe not only helped me out in the chaos of Thanksgiving day cooking, but also resulted in the most lovely creamy and fluffy potatoes. I did double the recipe but found I needed about 1 cup of milk to make them less stiff. Also did the towel trick others suggested and that worked brilliantly.
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