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Blonde Brownies

Reviewed: Feb. 23, 2012
The recipe doesn't say to do so, but what I did in addition to the instructions is that #1 I greased a rectangle glass baking dish with butter before putting the batter in, also, and #2 as soon as i took out of oven i took a butter knife and ran it across the top to make lines for cutting (I didn't cut all the way through, just lightly across the top). I only cut though completely about 15 min after taking out of oven. These are really tasty, chewy (not cakey). I paired it with vanilla ice cream!
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Grandmother's Pound Cake II

Reviewed: Jan. 26, 2012
Tasted a bit bland, and I'm not sure why. I used regular salted butter, I also used a mix of brown and white sugar, and added a bit of vanilla (which the recipe didn't indicate, but I followed some reviewers advice). The cake rose well, and had a good texture, but the flavour was a bit dull. Maybe I should have put extra vanilla. Will try again another time, and see if it comes out better
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A Plus Carrot Cake

Reviewed: Jan. 19, 2012
Very tasty, moist cake! As per some reviewer(s) suggestion, I reduced the amount of oil (I used 1/2 cup oil, and 3/4 milk with 1 tsp vinegar to make it as buttermilk). Also as per another reviewer, I reserved the pineapple juice and used it to soak the raisins in it. I used golden raisins, not the regular dark brown raisins. I didn't have coconut, but I'm sure it would have tasted amazing in there. Instead of making cake, I made muffins, and baked for about 20-25 min. I also did a few muffins with a cream cheese filling. The filling I used 1 pkg of cream cheese, 1/4 cup of sugar, 1 egg yolk, 1/4 tsp lemon extract, 1 tsp vanilla. For the muffins with the filling, into the muffin tin I put 2 tbsp of batter, followed by 1 level tbsp of cream cheese filling, topped it off with more batter).
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Classic Tapioca Pudding

Reviewed: Jan. 12, 2012
I just made this, and I added a of a pinch of nutmeg (I think it's a good thing to add for tapioca pudding in general). Other than that, this is very good! My tapioca was not a pearl type of quick-cooking tapioca. The label said quick-cooking tapioca, but it was some regular almost tiny flaky looking stuff - turned out fine to my surprise.
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Buttery Corn Bread

Reviewed: Oct. 6, 2011
I made no changes to the recipe, and this came out very well. Moist, with a slight bit of crumble from the cornmeal, sweet, and the edges had a nice tiny bit of golden crunchiness (but only a little). I recommend this recipe just the way it is. Maybe some time in the future I'll try some modifications, like maple syrup, or something for an additional flavoring. But as far as I am concerned, the recipe is perfectly fine just the way it is given. While it was baking, the apartment was filling up with rich butter scent, and I couldn't wait to taste it.
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French Quarter Bread Pudding

Reviewed: Sep. 13, 2011
I gave 3 stars for the reason that it lacks instructions for ending up with a good bread pudding, however the flavour was nice. I followed the instructions as it was given, and the result was dry and crispy top half, and slightly moist on bottom. If these instruction were followed to the "t" by anyone who never had made bread pudding before, they would have some explaining to do to their guests. The instruction need to include step for allowing the bread to sit in the wet mixture longer or be pressed down to really keep wet. Also, they should have included steps where you bake it with foil cover (cover it for at least some of the cooking time, so the thing doesn't dry out). For instruction I give 2 stars, but for the flavour I give 4 stars.
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Spaghetti with Garlic and Basil

Reviewed: Mar. 8, 2006
This is a tasty dish, as long as you use it as a side-dish...I think eating this alone may be boring. I used it for a side to chicken parmigiana when we had some guests over for dinner. I didn't have unsalted butter, only had salted butter on hand. Also didn't have fresh basil, I used the dry basil I had on hand. In a small pan, I heated sliced garlic in olive oil over very low heat and added the rest (except parmesan)...only added parmesan when mixing with the pasta.
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Shepherd's Pie Daddy's Way

Reviewed: Mar. 3, 2006
I'm giving it a 3-star rating, because I think this recipe is a very basic recipe for shepherds pie, I think most people would make adjustment for flavour. It is good recipe because it's simple and doesn't require tons of ingredients for the times you just can't be bothered to do elaborate cooking. I didn't have mushroom soup or mushrooms on hand, so I guessed on making a gravy for the beef. For the gravy flavour About midway through browning the meat I added 2 chopped onions, and let it continue to cook, stirring every so often. Then after a short time, I then added more flavourings... sprinkled about 3 tsp beef bouillon powder, 1 tsp garlic powder, 1/2 tsp black pepper, 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper, and 1 tsp salt and stirred it around to make sure it mixed througly. To make the gravy I added a sprinkling of 2 tbsp of flour, mixed it around so that the flour coated much of the meat, and then added about 3/4 cup of milk and about 1 tbps soya sauce. I didn't need to add chopped onions but I like the texture and flavour of cooked onions with meat. You could use onion powder instead. For the mashed potatoes, I use some milk butter and salt. I topped the potatoes with shredded cheddar, since that's what I had.
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Clone of a Cinnabon

Reviewed: May 13, 2003
I have never made cinnamon buns before, and this turned out amaaaazing!!! It was nice and soft like the ones you buy at Cinnabon!! I used whole wheat flour instead of regular all-purpose, and it still turned out great!! I have made this twice, and I found 2nd time did not turn out well - be to make sure to let it sit in a warm place to rise!
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