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Zucchini Herb Casserole

Reviewed: Oct. 22, 2013
I kinda streamlined the recipe. Diced the squash into half inch pieces & put it in the same pot on top of the chicken broth & uncooked rice. 'Done in 20. :) I had 2c homemade chicken broth so I used 1c uncooked rice. Put half cup chopped onion & the garlic in there, too - actually the onion first - to be sure it was cooked - then the squash & garlic. I subbed diced tomatoes & not until then did I remember that I'm not so big on rice with tomatoes, fresh or not. 'Tried it before the tomatoes (after adding double the spices) & it was pretty good just like that. If I try again, might go for buttered bread cubes on top & skip the cheese & tomatoes. 'Definately a recipe worth playing with! :D The 1c uncooked rice makes 3c so, although I did enjoy it, it was more rice-y than squash-y. 'Would reduce to 1/2 - 3/4c uncooked. I know I increased the rice, but I think a better name for this would be Squash-Rice Casserole since it isn't very herb-y, just has herbs added - & yellow or zucchini can be used in it. I used both - three total, fyi, is about 1 1/2#. :)
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Bright Blue Monday Cake

Reviewed: Oct. 10, 2013
So, with all the berries I have, I doubled this using a 9.5 x 13.5. The cup each, doubled amount, seemed too much for the topping; but I'd already started to went with it - except only used 1t cinnamon. 'Still cooling. 'Smells great. So much topping though, you can't tell it's blueberry. Used frozen berries & it was done in an hour. Taste: Good, not very good or better - only because I'm comparing it to Blueberry Buttermilk Coffeecake by BATA, which is awesome. 'Not sure if it's needing some butter (for flavor) or more sugar in the batter. Some of that topping sugar should go in it I think. It's light & good, but kinda eh. 'Doesn't wow ya into getting a second piece.
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Haunting Hot Chocolate

Reviewed: Oct. 10, 2013
Another good review for Suzanne's Haunting Hot Chocolate! 'Used 1/3c mix w 1/2c hot water to dissolve, added 1/2c milk & heated. 'Didn't add the cinnamon since I'm not very partial to drinking spices. Eating them is fine. :D Definately more creamy-tasting & looking than any others I've tried. That's surprising w no creamer, but still true. :) Subtle chocolate flavor. 'Think more serious chocolate lovers would want to add more cocoa. The 2:3 ration seems right, to me, for cocoa & sugar. And, although I enjoyed this, K & I liked my adjusted version of Hot Chocolate I better. It's more chocolatey, K said - & it is. :D
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Simple White Cake

Reviewed: Oct. 7, 2013
This recipe is very similar to Four Egg Yellow Cake. It, of course, is bigger/double. This one is good, too; but not quite as good. Neither is good for cupcakes unless you're using stiff frosting - to make up for the flatness.
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Stuffed Pepper Soup IV

Reviewed: Oct. 3, 2013
Pretty good, but lacking zip. Like a very, very good canned soup.
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Yummy Lemon Salmon Burgers

Reviewed: Oct. 3, 2013
Finished, but no one ate leftovers.
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Gooey Brownies with Shortbread Crust

Reviewed: Oct. 3, 2013
'Not as good as it sounds. Missing something. Chocolate chips? White glaze? Good idea. I'll try other shortbread & brownie recipes together. Gave to MH one year.
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Apple, Cranberry, and Pear Crisp

Reviewed: Sep. 5, 2013
It's in the oven (so more to come), but here's how it went: Subbed 2 Grannys & used canned pears (purpose of this recipe was to use them up so there! ;D). 'Used a large can, 29oz?, except for 2 halves. 'Went with the suggestion of 2/3c topping ingredients - without the nuts. 'Didn't feel like digging out the crystallized honey so subbed with molasses. Wild thing, I know. 'Only had 1/3c dried cranberries. Since the pears were canned/wet, I increased flour to 2T. Beautiful before the topping!Results: 'Think the recommended amount of topping would've been fine. This is one of those recipes that "needs" ice cream - or less sugar maybe. The molasses gave it a somewhat spice taste, in a positive way. Incidentally, molasses has less sugar per T than honey so keep that in mind if you don't want it too sweet. 'Can't distinguish between the apples & pears so I may just have a secret fiber source here & use only pears! :O :D This is good, but not amazing.
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Chocolate Applesauce Cake III

Reviewed: Aug. 28, 2013
'Seems I go for applesauce cake when I'm having to use up applesauce. 'Not too creative. :D Well, I thought 2c applesauce was too much so only used 1 1/2c. The batter was pretty fluffy/light & not as thick as usual cake batter. It, the batter, tasted more like a light chocolate fluffy frosting than cake batter. 'Only had about 2/3c chips so saved a little for on top & mixed the rest in. They were minis so they give more chocolate flavor than larger ones. Mine took 45 minutes in glass. 'Think a lot has to do with the thickness of the applesauce. I used Mott's so I'm kinda surprised. The batter tasted fluffy. The cake reminds me of a mix. 'Not a bad mix, but a mix. 'Similar in texture & flavor to commercial baked goods - like devil dogs, on the dark side. It has a slightly shiny surface. K, 14, liked - & didn't know about the applesauce factor. :o :D Notsuchachocolatelover E, 16, did, too.
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Brussels Sprouts Gratin

Reviewed: Aug. 23, 2013
So I used cooked frozen sprouts & 1/2 & 1/2 - only 1/3c. Tossed the sprouts w slightly heated 1/2 & 1/2 & maybe 1T plain breadcrumbs; then, added to the dish. Topped w remaining breadcrumbs & the parmesan. I thought I'd like & I did, but no one else was as happy. :/
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Laura's Unbelievable Chicken and Pasta

Reviewed: Aug. 21, 2013
This one's pretty bland. I only used half pound penne & leftover chicken, a little parmesan, s & p. 'Tastes llke a rich soup-based casserole - without soup, sub cream cheese, of course.
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Roasted Butternut Squash and Garlic Lasagna

Reviewed: Aug. 13, 2013
Soooo disappointed. I wanted to l o v e this. 'Wasn't bad, but pretty much butternut bisque with parmesan. I even added another squash to lessen the creaminess. I added minced onion as so many others suggested. To me, eventhough it was only a quarter cup (for two butternuts & the rest of the ingredients as listed), it was very strong tasting instead of a flavor enhancer. I didn't add garlic since butternut is so delicate. Onions weren't old, but still no doubt they were in there. Final note: not bad for soup, but a lot of work & dishes. If you're going to try this, buy the frozen squash & save yourself a little time.
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Sweet and Sour Beans

Reviewed: Jul. 31, 2013
I was just browsing through my recipes & found this. I made it years ago & I guess I saved it so I could rate it - to be sure I didn't make it again. I made this thinking it'd be a big hit (with all the good reviews), but no one liked it. A bunch of sweet & sour bean lovers I guess we aren't. This was too vinegary for me. Anyone trying it for the first time should hold back I think. Sorry I didn't like this one.
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Salmon Cakes II

Reviewed: Jul. 11, 2013
Since "the boy", 16, liked 'em I'm giving it four stars. For me, only three. I followed the recpe pretty much except subbed 12oz tuna, onion powder (since in other recipes, the onion doesn't cook only heat), no parsley & substantially less oil & butter. Crisp & tuna tasting, not so much cheese tasting, but it helped bind it together. I topped with another slice of cheese & suggested 2T may w 1T dijon mustard mix. A pretty good, inexpensive meal. A little parmesan in it might be a good idea. For shredded, the regular not fancy shredded, is too stuff.
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Stuffed Eggplant with Shrimp and Basil

Reviewed: Jun. 28, 2013
This was pretty good, but didn't wow me. Yes, changed a few things; but not enough to make my review invalid. I didn't add the shrimp or breadcrumbs. 'Made it as a side dish, all stovetop. 'Guess it's one of those simple, but good italian dishes. Put it over pasta maybe - with a little red pepper & more fresh basil. 'Needs a little something else - spices & more vegetables maybe, ones that aren't so soft.
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Easy Bacon and Cheese Quiche

Reviewed: Jun. 24, 2013
I have no business rating this recipe. I admit it. I don't. I've been playing with quiche for a while & trying to find a compromise from the one I like (quick quiche) & the rest. This one has close ratios to what I made. Here goes: 5 eggs; 1/3c half½ 6oz plain greek yogurt; 1/2c onion,sauteed; 1t salt; 1/2t dry mustard; 8oz cheddar cheese, 3T? )parmesan - & with all that fat in the quiche, I opted for the quick quiche trick: Add 1/2c flour. No crust. Greased the quiche pan (not pie pan). Oh, I had some leftover cooked sausage so added that to the bottom. 'Topped with the parmesan after it baked, sprinkled with paprika & parsley. Pretty. :) This was a little too cheesy, but the sausage amount - 1/2c cooked or so flavored but didn't overwhelm. Guess that ounce difference between the packaged 8oz & the submitter's 7oz makes a difference. 'Noted. ;D 350 in 35, maybe coulda been less.
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Chewy Jumbo Chocolate Chip Cookies

Reviewed: Jun. 21, 2013
6/13 K 14 & Joni 15 made these & they were very good, not soft & chewy as the reviewer states; but may just be a time issue. These were crisp, but not hard. 'Usually prefer softer, chewy ones; but these are good, Crisp like bakery - a real bakery - crisp. Yum. Later: It is a time issue - if you prefer soft & chewy. Less time or a lower oven. I baked mine, after refrigerating dough, at 350 for 10 - 12. You need to let them sit on the sheet as it says. They're very soft until they cool. Oh, the girls used regular flour & the same amount & it was fine. 'Coulda used less minichips, maybe 1 1/2c instead of 2 - probably just for mini ones. 7/13 Good/bad news: Soft, yummy; but kind gets to be like cookiedoughish. Not meaning it doughsup, but had enough before they were gone. 'Good once in a while, but I think I like my regular one better. 5/14 'Still a good review. These are more rich than most. They have more fat = the rich texture = buttery feel. They're more bakery-looking, no browned edges when they're done. Good taste & appearance, but re-enforced my opinion that my other recipe is better - to me.
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Quick Quiche

Reviewed: May 27, 2013
Well :D, Me, the one who really doesn't care for quiche REALLY LIKED this recipe. I like the more custardy texture, light & ALMOST fluffy, creamy somewhat. E, the one who requests quiche, didn't. :/ He likes the more dense type. I may try the suggestion of another review by subbing yogurt for some of the milk. Greek yogurt would, (well, may ;D) please that kid. K didn't try. S tried, but said nothing. Sigh. I never thought there'd be a quiche only I liked - & for speed, amazing! Oh, one more thing: thanks to the reviewer who said to add 8 minutes to a glass pie plate. Okay, two more things: I don't think the butter is all that needed, or at least 2T. It spilled over - just the butter - around the pie plate. Not enough to burn, but make it greasy on the bottom. And, I used 8oz sharp cheddar w 2T parmesan on top, no bacon, no onion (a little powder) & added 1/4t dry mustard, then sprinkled w paprika when done. I think this recipe is open to so many additions. It's good as a base or by itself. Yummy quiche uses 3c cheese & 5 eggs. Too dense, toooo dense. Quiche uses 1 1/2c cheese & 3eggs. 1 1/2 or 2c cheese I'll try w yogurt. :)
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Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

Reviewed: May 21, 2013
'Haven't baked yet, but the dough is AMAZING! It reminds me of the flavor my absolute favorite chocolate cake. I'm letting sit in the fridge to plump/hide the oats from the kids. Only using white sugar. Other than that, no changes...These are really good. They are somewhat chewy brownielike. They aren't oatmeal cookies with chocolate though. They're chocolate cookies with oats & chocolate chips - which is much better. If you want the first, add chips to your oatmeal cookie recipe; but I'm sticking with this! :D I refrigd for a couple hours, but they still spread too much for me not to add more flour or oats or oat flour next time. 'Made large meatball size 2"?! 'Done in ten, but they had to sit 5 on the pan or you have to eat them all yourself since you won't be getting a whole cookie. Oh, I only had 1/2c MINI chips. With their being small, there were enough to get in each cookie. Last tray was smaller balls 1" or so. 'Took same amount of baking time, but less cooling time, maybe 3 minutes. :? :D K didn't like the oats. They didn't get hidden too well since the cookies spread. E's had several & isn't a chocolate man so yeah! :D
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Easy Sugar Cookies

Reviewed: May 16, 2013
These are what K & Joni made. Good, not great. This really isn't a sugar cookie though. It's a butter cookie.
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