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Health Nut Blueberry Muffins

Reviewed: Oct. 10, 2008
This recipe was exactly what I was looking for! The kids all loved these muffins, and I didn't have to feel so guilty about serving them for breakfast since they have a lot of wholesome ingredients. The only things I changed were to use unsweetened applesauce instead of banana, and substituted some additional whole wheat flour for the oat bran since I didn't have any. I also didn't add the vanilla or walnuts. The muffins turned out moist and flavorful and made everyone happy. Although the kids didn't seem to think so, I did think they were a little on the sweet side, which would be easy to change. I also used this recipe without blueberries and replaced part of the sugar with honey to make some awesome honey-wheat muffins. This is definitely a keeper. Thanks!
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Pumpkin Spice Bread

Reviewed: Oct. 23, 2011
PERFECT! I followed the recipe except for not adding the allspice since I didn't have any. Bread was the perfect texture, perfectly moist, perfectly spiced. No need to look further. I'll be using this one from now on. Thanks for sharing!
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Slow Cooker Carnitas

Reviewed: Nov. 3, 2009
No leftovers! All 7 kids and husband really enjoyed this and gave plenty of compliments and thank you's. The changes I made were using water instead of chicken broth, no bay leaves, no coriander and doubled the spices except the cinnamon. I fixed some mexican rice, corn, black beans and tortillas to go with it. Delicioso!
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Rolled Buttercream Fondant

Reviewed: Nov. 8, 2008
This was the first time I had ever made or even worked with fondant of any kind. The recipe was so incredibly simple, using ingredients I already had in my pantry. Just mix and use! I did have to had a bit of additional powdered sugar, but no big deal. I love decorating cakes, so I will be using this recipe often and passing it on. THANK YOU!
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Restaurant Style Beef and Broccoli

Reviewed: Jul. 29, 2011
Delicious! I used chicken instead of beef and didn't have sherry, so I used fruit juice instead. If you want to use frozen broccoli like I did, thaw it first and use a little extra cornstarch so the sauce won't be too runny after you add the broccoli. Don't add the thawed broccoli to the pan until the very end or it might overcook and turn to mush.
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Chocolate Muffins

Reviewed: Sep. 4, 2010
Very good muffins. Make them much more healthy by using white whole wheat flour. They're very much like a dense, less-sweet cupcake, which was what I wanted. I didn't add chocolate chips since I wanted these to be a sort of healthy breakfast for my kids, not a dessert. I also cut back a little on the sugar and added some liquid Stevia. I thought 325 was too low of a temp. for muffins, so I baked them at 375 for 18 minutes, and they were perfect. Kids liked them! Will keep this recipe. Thanks!
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Baked Oatmeal II

Reviewed: May 14, 2010
I had never eaten baked oatmeal before, so I wasn't quite sure what to expect, but this was really good. Some of my daughters have told me they eat this when they sleep over at their friends' house, so I thought I'd give it a try. I did 1 and 1/2 times the recipe, which was enough to serve 7 children and myself with a little left over. I pretty much followed the recipe, except I subbed 1/4 cup canola oil spread for 1/4 cup of the butter and added a pinch of nutmeg and a dash of cloves. I also used 3/4 cup of brown sugar instead of 1 and 1/2 cups and added several drops of stevia. The texture is kind of like a soft crumbly cake, but not dry at all. I had mine with milk. A very filling breakfast. Try it!
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Basil Cream Chicken

Reviewed: Aug. 6, 2009
The chicken alone without sauce was outstanding. It was moist inside and crispy outside. The kids loved it. I doubled the sauce since I was cooking for husband and I plus 7 kids. My kids didn't eat much of the sauce, so I had lots leftover. The only changes I made to the recipe were adding a little salt and garlic powder to the breadcrumbs and using seeded tomato instead of the pimento. The sauce was very rich and very yummy! Thanks for the great recipe.
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Carrot Burgers

Reviewed: Jul. 5, 2008
These are awesome! I just made some to try today and they're surprisingly yummy. I did make a some changes, but I'm sure they would have been good done exactly as the recipe is written as well. I didn't have corn flakes so I used Rice Krispies and a little quick oats instead. I finely chopped the carrots in the food processor and used onion powder instead of onions. I added some worcestershire sauce and a little soy sauce for extra flavor and to give it a darker color. I also added a little hot water to make it easier to form the patties. I had to cook them longer than 3 minutes per side to get a nice crunchy crust on the outside. They really are delicious!
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Belle's Hamburger Buns

Reviewed: May 2, 2008
Thanks for the great recipe! All of the kids and my husband thought they were great. After one bite, one of my daughters said they were the best hamburger buns she had ever eaten! I did these in my bread machine and replaced some of the white flour with whole wheat flour. They came out just right, not too wimpy and not too heavy - just perfect for a hamburger with all the fixins. I think the key to not having them turn out too heavy is to add ONLY enough flour during mixing so that the dough is not very sticky. If you add too much flour, I think it would result in a heavier bun. Also, be sure to let them rise plenty long. They should be nice and light. I will definitely be making these again.
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Famous Chicken Adobo

Reviewed: Nov. 2, 2010
I had never tried chicken adobo before, but decided to give it a chance. DELICIOUS! It doesn't get much easier than this. I used 5 lbs of chicken thighs with skin removed. I used 1 cup of regular soy sauce & 1 cup vinegar. I omitted the sliced onion since most of my kids don't care for it and used onion powder instead. I only used about 1 tsp of pepper. This was one of those dishes where I couldn't stop saying "Mmmm" while I was eating it! Even though I didn't use reduced sodium soy sauce, I didn't find the finished dish to be too salty at all. I did add about 2 TBSP brown sugar. This was fabulous served over rice with steamed broccoli on the side. YUMMY! Oh yah, most of my kids really liked it, especially my pickiest one!
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Pumpkin Cake

Reviewed: Oct. 21, 2012
Absolutely delicious and so easy to throw together quickly. I did reduce the sugar to 2 cups, because I thought 2 and 1/2 cups sounded like way too much. I also increased the salt to about 3/4 tsp since 1/4 tsp didn't seem like enough. I've been cooking and baking for 20 years, so if I give a recipe 5 stars, it's because it deserves it. BTW, I used this recipe to make cake pops, and it works great. Thanks!
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Simple Artichoke Dip

Reviewed: Jun. 1, 2008
This is almost identical to a recipe I've been using many years. My recipe calls for a can of diced green chiles and using an 8x8 pan instead. This dip is SOOOOOOO yummy!!! You will not be disappointed!
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Chili Relleno Casserole

Reviewed: Feb. 5, 2014
7/7 of my family members that tried this loved it. I did make a few changes to the recipe, so I can't say that I would have given it 5 stars as written. Instead of canned, I used 8 average-sized poblano peppers that were roasted, peeled, stems and seeds removed, and cut into wide strips. I also used about 1.5 lbs of pepper jack instead of the 2 lbs of cheddar, which I'm sure lent itself to a more authentic Mexican flavor, and probably made it seem less overwhelmingly cheesy. I also added an extra 2 TBSP of flour and about 1 tsp of baking powder to the batter to make it a little more fluffy and less custardy. If I had used canned sauce, which I didn't because I always make my own, I think 1 can would have been plenty! This was as close as you'll get to chili rellenos without actually making chili rellenos. I'll definitely be making it again!
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Powdered Sugar Cookies I

Reviewed: Dec. 19, 2009
These are outstanding! I added a little lemon extract since I like a hint of lemon flavor in my sugar cookies. After making a few of them by rolling into balls, I decided to add a little more flour to the dough to see if it would work well for cut-outs...AWESOME! I didn't even have to chill the dough.My cut-outs turned out perfectly...not soft, but not too hard...just perfectly light and crisp. This is a keeper! Thanks for posting!
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Whole Grain Waffles

Reviewed: Apr. 1, 2008
These waffles are very similar to a recipe for "health waffles" that my mom made when I was a kid. They are EXCELLENT! I like them much better than plain old waffles. I didn't have any flax seed meal, so I used cornmeal instead, which gave it a really nice crunch. I added about 1 tsp. of vanilla as well and about twice the salt called for. Since I have 7 children, I doubled the recipe, and it was the perfect amount for my husband and I and the kids. My kids all love waffles, but I think they ate more of these than any waffles I have ever made. They're GREAT! Thanks for posting the recipe!
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Wacky Cake VIII

Reviewed: Mar. 26, 2010
This recipe for "wacky cake" was in the back of an American Girl book my daughter had. We tried it and thought it was excellent. Last weekend, I made a two-layer 1/2 sheet cake for my husband's boss' appreciation party. I wanted the bottom layer to be chocolate, so I used this no-fail recipe. Moist, chocolately, delicious - a winner every time!
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Lemon Pound Cake III

Reviewed: Jan. 27, 2011
This is a wonderful recipe! I didn't have enough shortening, so I used softened regular margarine instead. I also used a little butter flavoring. The nutmeg gives it just that little bit of something extra. I took a half tub of store bought vanilla icing, mixed with about a TBSP lemon juice and a little lemon extract and drizzled over the top. Yummy! The texture of the cake was just right. It was not dry at all. This is a keeper. Thanks for sharing.
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Sesame Anise Melts

Reviewed: Apr. 12, 2011
A wonderfully simple cookie with big flavor. Without any other flavors to compete with, the sesame and anise both come through boldly. The only change I made to the recipe was substituting vegetable shortening for the lard. If you're a fan of sesame and anise, these will be a treat for you! Thanks for sharing!
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Polish Chicken and Dumplings

Reviewed: Mar. 14, 2011
Delicious dumplings! So much easier than rolling out dough. I didn't follow the recipe for the soup, but instead used 6 TBSP each of butter and flour to make a roux, then added water, chicken boullion powder, pepper, and a little onion powder. I cooked carrots, potatoes, and dumplings in this thick gravy-like broth, then added cooked, cubed chicken breasts. Total comfort food. Yummy!
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