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Caramel Spice Cake

Reviewed: Mar. 1, 2013
'Not new at this - & I'm kinda a wild thing ;D, I changed just a little: Down to 1c brown; added 2T olive oil; reduced nutmeg & cloves to 1/2t. Smelling spices only,it seemed a little clove-y. In the batter, a little clove-y &/or nutmeg-y. :/ I'm not a big nutmeg fan anyway. It's in the oven - in an 11x14 & it's a little low - at least before baking. A beautiful batter - one you have to run a knife through. I'm anxious! :) 45 mins, 350. Definately too much cake for a 9.5x13.5, but could go a little smaller than 11x14. It's not low, just not as full as usual. Only notice it because I'm looking. Sooo disappointed. This cake needs more butter/shortening/oil or one less egg or less baking powder/soda. I don't know which. I'm not going to play with it. It's very crumbly. It's identifiable as a spice cake, but it isn't all that spicy. If I hadn't made cream cheese frosting to go with it, it'd be in the trash. 'Don't know where the "caramel" fits in the name. Sorry to the submitter for the bad review.
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Yummy Quiche

Reviewed: Feb. 28, 2013
So glad I read the review by the submitter reducing half & half - although it coulda used it. This is extreme cheese with eggs & not much else. Not bad, but we liked "quiche" better. I subbed half cup ham for the bacon. 'Didn't prebake the crust & it was fine.
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Quiche

Reviewed: Feb. 28, 2013
E liked this better than "yummy quiche," which wasn't bad, just much more cheesey. This was light, but filling. 350 for about 40 minutes. I added 2T parmesan to the cheese mix since I was just using cheddar. Also added 1/4t black pepper. Oh, & subbed milk with half & half. :) I didn't prebake the crust. If you just set it middle or a little lower in the oven, it will crisp fine. I've done the prebake deal & mine turned out too crispy, like a very crispy cracker crispy. Why do extra work? :) Later: Baked at 400, done in 30. 'Don't know if it was better, but it was faster.
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New Duchess Spice Cake with Maple Buttercream Frosting

Reviewed: Feb. 28, 2013
'Would've bet my life I reviewed this ten years ago - literally. 'Made it for my birthday, one of those "milestone" brthdays. :/ It is BEYOND FABULOUS! Rarely do I not change anything in a recipe - sometimes on purpose, sometimes not - anyway, no changes & it is GREAT! It is. 'Found my notes: Surprisingly for this girl who always halves the nutmeg in anything, 3/4t isn't too much. Also increased maple to 1 1/4t & added 1/4t vanilla. Wrote it, meaning the frosting, was "a little greasy, just a little "on my paper, too. 'Still hard to believe the first time I made this was ten years ago. Sooo, I don't follow the directions. I don't think a buttermilk cake should be a onebowl wonder. I cream the shortening & sugar; add eggs 1@a time; 1t vanilla. Alternate dry ingredients mixed with flour & buttermilk. Don't overbeat or it'll be dry. No extra beating at the end either. Run a knife through the batter once in the pan to reduce the bubbles - smoother top. 'Don't remember if I set the timer for 20 or 25, but I know it wasn't more. Using 2 9" pans, greased & floured. Beautiful cake. 'Waiting for it to cool to remove & frost with that maple buttercream! Happy Birthday, E! SIXTEEN! :) Oh, you'll need all that frosting for a two layer cake. :)
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Cinnamon Hot Chocolate Mix

Reviewed: Feb. 27, 2013
I tried this with the cocoa increase since it was popular among suggestions & I found it too dark, bitter tasting & could feel the cocoa powder. I'll try again with the given amount.
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World's Best Marinara

Reviewed: Feb. 26, 2013
Unusual for me, but pretty much followed this & used with "ziti & eggplant". 'Didn't use mushrooms, red bell pepper, rosemary or sage. 'Think that 2T oregano is supposed to be 2t - so I did 2t. Only added 1T sugar & it was enough. I cooked the eggplant in the sauce then blended it. Nice thick sauce, but not too thick or too tomatoey. Two days later, K, 13, wants it again. Yay! Next time since adding the eggplant to "dilute" the sauce, I'll use puree or crushed & more, up to double, the spices. I'll blend in halves, too. It all fit in the blender, but blending made it orange-y. Maybe blending in halves it won't be so orange. :? :) Time2: less orange, but orange. :) 'Used crushed. Shoulda been sauce. I added water & wine, but it still tasted too tomatoe-y/concentrated with crushed. Next time, sauce with double spices.
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Hot Chocolate Mix I

Reviewed: Feb. 26, 2013
'Tried this with 1c each: dry milk, creamer, cocoa. 2c sugar. 2T per cup. Pureed the milk in the blender. That helps with dissolving tremendously. I use half hot water & stir; then, milk & reheat. Nice & creamy, & yum. Best so far. Oh, added 1/8t salt, too. Upcate: Yup, this is the best. I tried it with Bevy's & I wasn't so sure it'd win, but it did - using 2T per 1c liquid (half milk, half hot water). Going to try reducing sugar by 25%. 2parts cocoa to 3parts sugar seems right to me. Later 3/2014: Decided I didn't feel the need to add powdered oil (the creamer) so here is the new recipe: 1c sugar, 1c dry milk, 1/2 c cocoa
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Buttery Cooked Carrots

Reviewed: Feb. 25, 2013
I bake mine at 350, 45 minutes or maybe longer, covered with foil. 'Probably 3T butter & 2T brown sugar. I melt the butter, add the sugar & stir to dissolve; then add the cold carrots. The coldness helps the butter coat since it firms up. Kids still won't eat 'em so more for me! :)
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Baked Broccoli

Reviewed: Feb. 20, 2013
'Not a firebreather & I love sweets, but not this. I had two bites. I didn't add the oregano or thyme; or the lemon juice. The brown sugar is the predominant flavor & it's just weird that you're having broccoli with brown sugar. I like sweeter chinese food & while this isn't chinese, I thought I'd like it - with the cayenne - which I could barely detect. Again, not a firebreather. Those that thought it was hot must really be sensitive to spicy foods. 'Think this one is for the kids, not mine; but other kids. :D
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Oven Roasted Red Potatoes

Reviewed: Feb. 20, 2013
Mine always take longer to cook & I cut into somewhat bigger than bitesize chunks. This is the recipe on the soup box, as someone else noted. I use half an envelope, 2 pounds potatoes (white or red), 1/3c oil; OR 1 envelope, 6 pounds potatoes & 2/3c oil. 'Gonna try it with a roast so the temp'll be lower. I'll give results about cooking time. :) It is just good, meaning not so spiced you don't know what you're eating. Enjoy it for what it is. Easy prep & easy cleanup if you use foil... Don't try the lower temp. It takes forever & ever.
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Spicy Green Beans

Reviewed: Feb. 14, 2013
This tasted like dishes that were prepared seperately & put together to save space in the refrigerator. :/ I thought lime juice would better suit the dish, but other than that, not much different. I'll put leftovers in soup.
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Aunt Edith's Baked Pancake

Reviewed: Feb. 13, 2013
Tried German Pancake with buttermilk sauce & it turns out with adding more butter (as I did before reading this one), it's about the same as Aunt Edith's. :o 'Think I"ll try adding a little baking powder as someone suggested in the reviews here. Double recipe: 1c warmed milk, 6eggs, 1/2c melted butter, 1c flour, 1t salt, 2t baking powder, 2T sugar, 1t vanilla. After trying: More cake-y than German Pancake with buttermilk sauce thanks to the baking powder. 'Think I like it less cake-y though. But, I did mess up the oven temp. I will try again. Regardless, 1t salt is too much for a double recipe.
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Scrumptious Bran Muffin

Reviewed: Feb. 12, 2013
'Not too impressed with this one. I made changes, but not enough to affect the taste - soaked the cereal(didn't crush it), buttermilk for yogurt, added 1/4 c applesauce, 1/4c milk, reduced nutmeg, added some vanilla. These were very bland. K said they taste just like bread. 'Guess that's a good thing since she doesn't go for bran too much. Oh, used white sugar not substitute. Brown would've been better & definately more of it & more cinnamon. '
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Pancakes I

Reviewed: Feb. 10, 2013
'Not new at making pancakes. No, not bad, but mine were flat & a little salty (just a little). I used butter instead of oil; but other than that, no changes. 'Was outta buttermilk, so we had pancakes; but I'll stick to it next time.
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Good Old Fashioned Pancakes

Reviewed: Feb. 10, 2013
These were nice n fluffy, but other than that, really didn't impress me too much. Guess I'm spoiled by my usual buttermilk recipe. I followed the recipe exactly, fighting the urge to change some things after reading reviews.
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Apple Pie Muffins

Reviewed: Feb. 8, 2013
And I thought slicing apples for pie was fun! :D Two Grannies were two cups. Didn't do the streusel topping so I could tell how much I liked the muffin compared to the topping. Put spices (1t cinnamon, 1/4t each nutmeg, allspice, cloves) in the muffin. Followed some of Sara Jo's suggestions & subbed 1c whole wheat & 1 1/4c white with 1t baking powder. Also subbed lowfat plain yogurt for the buttermilk. Used 1c sugar. Really didn't taste like apple pie, more like apple cake? Very cute looking & I got 18, not 12. 'Sure the streusel topping makes these much better, but I wasn't all that impressed with just the muffin part. They did moisten up overnight, just no "Mmmm" moments. :)
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Molasses Spice Muffins

Reviewed: Feb. 7, 2013
Almost followed this recipe! :D Rarely happens. Only thing I did was use plain lowfat plain yogurt for the buttermilk sub, doubled spices & no raisins. In molasses cookies, I only add cinnamon; but went with this & added the ginger, too. 'Didn't alternate the yogurt, just added it to the wet ingredients last. I liked these. The top is a little crispy. The flavor kind of reminds me of Russell Stover molasses chew candy. Department of the Obvious, but that's a good taste. :D I really could't detect the cinnamon or the ginger (ginger especially, I can usually pick out) so doubling, in this girl's book, wasn't a bad choice. 'Gonna make these again. 'Think Laur would like 'em!
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Applesauce Muffins

Reviewed: Jan. 30, 2013
Yeah, yeah, I used my blend of apple pie spices, which doesn't include ginger, so I'll take any blame for the subtle flavor - although I don't know that I'd want more. These might be good with chopped apples in them. They aren't bad, just a little on the heavy side, moist. On the other hand, when asked, E, 15, said he wouldn't mind seeing them again - if I felt like making 'em. :? :)
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Chocolate Applesauce Cake II

Reviewed: Jan. 30, 2013
Well ... :D ... I tried this recipe to use up applesauce, cocoa & shortening. I subbed 2T oil & half cup cocoa for the squares. Put mine in a 9.5 x 13.5. The batter was pretty wet; no surprise, but quite applesauce looking. It filled the pan nicely then dropped to be similar to a cakelike brownie, a lowfat cakelike brownie. I'll pass. Baked Pumpkin bread from the same submitter is very good, btw. :) 'Think the thickness/thinness of the applesauce has a lot to do with this recipe being a success.
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Roxie's Bran Muffins

Reviewed: Jan. 30, 2013
2/13Didthesefruitless-untilI'msure welike 'em well enough2make again.Added3/4tallspiceinsteadof 1t cinn,1t bsoda,1/2t bakg powder,2T brownsugar,1/4t salt.Alsoincreasedbutterto4T,whichwasjustsoftened,notmelted-2makeup4thelackoffruit.Ibeat the sugar,honey,butter&eggfirstthenaddedthesoaked cereal(hoping to make it look uniform - kids -, whichitdidn'tuncooked;butblendedinwelloncebaked.)Used1/2white,1/2wheat flours.Ucantastethehoneyin thebatter,butoncecookedustilldo!:D Addedthebrown sugarbyreviewsuggestions,butreallydidn'tneedit. Nice!Ibakedmineabout5more minuteswhichseemed2ongoncethewrapperswereoff.I wasgoing4alittlebrown,browner :D, ontop.The batterwasprettythick.Mynotaddingbanana,etc I'msurecontributed.It wasn't aproblem w baking though.Ithoughtaboutaddingsomeapplesauce,butnotuntiltheywereinthe pan:/ :) Thesearen'tobviously branmuffinsormuffinsmade w cereal.Lovethat!I knewthatcerealwouldn'tbeeatenotherwise.These r good.Thank u,Lisa!E,15 likd(without saying anything)&K,13didn't.Oh!Ialsoaddedaboutahalf tvanilla.Ilovemyvanilla!3/13 Touseupcereal,Ididhalf more(ofabovemeasurements wi-o bsugar)-except butterwhichIused4T;aneggwhite4thehalf egg;& added 1/3c a'sauce.Thistimeaddedanear 1 1/2c blueberries.Good&bad news:12 beautfful muffins,butthehoneyflavorwasmaskedbytheberries. 4/13 BIG NEWS: ALLBRAN has sugar.FIBER ONE doesn't. Tried w F1 & soaked raisins w cereal,forgot cinnamon.Kind of dry & only okay for flavor. No fruit for this girl - this recipe anyway.10/13 F1 w 1Tbrown,no spice
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