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Coconut Cream Cake II

Reviewed: Apr. 7, 2015
I was in the mood for coconut cake and am thrilled I found this recipe. Yum! I made the cake as directed and used two (2) 9" round pans. Be sure to grease / flour the pans well. I substituted coconut extract in the icing for the vanilla. I also used raspberry filling in the center. (Be sure to bank frosting around the outside of the lower cake, so the filling stays put.) To the reviewer who complained that her frosting was too runny, to fix this, add more powdered sugar until you achieve the consistency you want. My frosting was too thick, and I added a bit more milk to thin it down just a pinch. Overall, excellent recipe!
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Easy Marinated Pork Tenderloin

Reviewed: Feb. 25, 2014
While I'm not a pork fan, I found myself going back for seconds! I had 1 tbsp of Dijon mustard and used 2 tbsp of Bavarian mustard. I added 1 tbsp honey. To flavor the whole roast, I cut it twice (like I would if I was going to stuff it... Make a cut at the top third of the roast, peel the flap back and cut the remaining two thirds in half, ending up with a flat piece of meat - life a tri-fold wallet.) spread marinade on inside, roll up, bag, and add remaining marinade. I marinated for approx. 6 hours. All my picky eaters loved it, and it's easy enough to prepare in advance for an easy meal.
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Blackberry and Blueberry Pie

Reviewed: Nov. 6, 2013
My family loved the flavor of these two berries mixed together. While I picked fresh blackberries and blueberries this summer, I froze them to use as needed. They worked fabulously in this pie. I also used the corn starch another reviewer suggested to ensure the filling thickened properly. I've made several of these pies this fall, and my family is asking for this one for Thanksgiving dessert, too.
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White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake

Reviewed: Mar. 24, 2012
My family loved this -- even me, who doesn't generally like cheesecake. I followed the allrecipes article on how to bake cheesecake; it was very helpful and I didn't have any cracking. I wrapped the spring-form pan with two layers of foil and placed it in a baking pan with water for baking. I also followed one reviewer's advice and turned off the oven and opened the oven door a crack after the suggested baking time, allowing the cheesecake to set up further. After that I allowed it to cool on the counter for a few hours. Awesome!!
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Easy White Chili

Reviewed: Feb. 22, 2012
My kids - who don't *like* beans - loved this! I followed some of the other reviewers' information. I pureed one can of beans in my food processor. I then added one can of Northern beans and one can of black beans (cleaning out my pantry). I used only 4 oz. of green chilis, b/c we don't like things too spicy. Finally, I substituted cheddar cheese, as we were out of the Monterrey. The family loved it so much that I only got one bowl!
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Raspberry and Almond Shortbread Thumbprints

Reviewed: Jan. 25, 2012
Exactly what I was searching for! Big hit at an adult Christmas party as well as with the kids. I wait until the cookie is thoroughly cooled before drizzling the sugar mix. A Wilton tip / bag worked better here than a Ziploc bag with the corner cut. These disappear quickly, so make a second batch!!!
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Sally's Spinach Mashed Potatoes

Reviewed: Jan. 25, 2012
Holy cow! The only bad thing about this is that it could ruin my diet! I couldn't stop eating it. I added some chives to the potato mix, but otherwise kept it the same. Next time, I might mix some cheddar cheese into the potato mixture, too. Very good, whole family (two picky teenagers and a picky preteen) LOVED it, and so did my husband!
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Apple Coffee Cake

Reviewed: Jan. 25, 2012
I made this for a church coffee hour and most of it disappeared (even though there were lots of other goodies from which to choose). I suggest using a better brand of apple filling; I used a cheap brand this time and wasn't thrilled. In fact, next time, I will probably make my own pie filling instead of using a can. The struesal topping was delicious - don't modify it.
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Amazing Pecan Coffee Cake

Reviewed: Jan. 25, 2012
This was good, but not as good as the pecan muffins I make. The cake was sweet. To ensure moistness, as others stated it was on the dry side, I added an extra egg. Next time, I may make additional topping, as this didn't seem to be enough.
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Hearty Hamburger Soup

Reviewed: Nov. 30, 2011
This was a very good starter recipe. Unfortunately, I had assumed I had all the ingredients and realized I didn't as I was already committed. My substitutions, though, were very good! Instead of carrots and celery, I used a 16 oz. frozen bag of peas and carrots. I increased the barley to 3/4 cup. For the beef broth, I used 4 cups of water + 5 beef bouillon cubes. I was out of tomato soup, yet a can of plain tomato sauce did the trick. I eliminated the bay leaf, parsley, and time. Instead, I added garlic salt and basil. When browning the ground beef, I added the onion (chunked) and minced, fresh garlic. Finally, I used my crock pot - an hour on high and then at least an hour or so on low. Everyone - even my finicky youngest - loved the results! This is a great recipe for a cold, dreary winter day.
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Mississippi Mud Pie II

Reviewed: Nov. 29, 2011
I made this for Thanksgiving in lieu of French Silk pie. Everyone LOVED it! Following other reviewers' leads, I kept the whipping cream cold...maybe too cold. I popped it into the freezer while the crust was baking and promptly forgot about it. It was half frozen when I removed it, but it melted quickly and whipped well. This is a new family fav!!
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Beef and Bean Chimichangas

Reviewed: Sep. 29, 2011
My entire family loved this - from the picky teenagers to my finicky preteen. I followed the recipe exactly; it was very easy. Even though I'm not a bean lover, I enjoyed it, too!
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Peppermint Brittle

Reviewed: Jan. 13, 2011
The family loved this candy, and it looked festive on my holiday cookie trays. I added a layer of semi-sweet milk chocolate morsels on the bottom mixed with a few drops of mint extract. (1:1 ratio of semi-sweet chips to white chips)
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Pretzel Turtles®

Reviewed: Jan. 13, 2011
I couldn't keep these in the house this Christmas! I used Dove chocolate caramels (couldn't find Rolos after the 1st batch) with even BETTER results. Reduce cooking time to 3 minutes, though, as these are thinner than Rolos.
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Crispy Baked Chicken

Reviewed: Jan. 13, 2011
Wonderful coating! We had a chicken malfunction one night and used it with pork chops the next night instead. Yum! Also, the mix can be made ahead of time and stored for future use - time savings! I forgot to drizzle the butter on top, but it turned out just fine. I also used it on a boneless, skinless chicken breast, which turned out wonderful, too.
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Shrimp and Crabmeat Loaf

Reviewed: Sep. 9, 2010
Yum! I didn't include the celery, as we're not fans of it. Instead of French bread, I used wheat Bolillio rolls from Wal-mart. Definitely a keeper! I could see using this as an appetizer - just cutting the sandwiches smaller.
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Amazing Pork Tenderloin in the Slow Cooker

Reviewed: Aug. 27, 2009
My family enjoyed this recipe. I'm not a pork fan, but I really liked the flavor of this. Like others, I made changes to the recipe. I didn't have any wine on hand, so I substituted brandy. I used 1/3 cup of brandy and then added water to the 3/4 cup mark. It was fantastic. Unfortunately, I overcooked the meat (4 1/2 hours), and it was falling apart. My results would have worked better as a sandwhich on a roll of crusty French bread. Otherwise, in the future, I will (and recommend) check the meat after 3 hours or so to ensure it will cut nicely as a roast.
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Italian Confetti Pasta Salad

Reviewed: Aug. 17, 2008
Yum! After our pastor's wife made a similar salad for a church luncheon, I decided to investigate recipes using red wine vinegar. This turned out perfectly. I did add some small slices of pepperoni and Genoa salami, which made it even better. I plan to use this recipe next weekend for a family party. My 14 year-old picky eater gives it a two thumbs up....so everyone else is bound to love it, too!
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Turtles® Pie

Reviewed: Nov. 28, 2007
I've made this pie for the past two Thanksgivings and for different family members. Everyone who tried it loved it! My only thought for next time is to allow the pie to stand at room temperature for 20 or 30 minutes before serving. The caramel was hard to cut. I also decreased the amount of caramel in the recipe. Otherwise, this is already a family favorite. Thanks for sharing it!
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Caramel Popcorn

Reviewed: Aug. 1, 2007
I make this every year for my daughter's middle school teachers as Christmas gifts. They LOVE it, as does my family. One teacher wanted to ORDER some from me last year! :+) I add a cup of almonds and a cup of pecans to each batch. My secret ingredient is the popcorn; my husband's cousins grow popcorn on their farm for Weaver (Boy Scouts) and Orville Redenbacher. We use popcorn straight from the field, which tends to pop larger than store bought. You may want to consider trying gourmet popcorn with this recipe, if your results aren't as expected. It really makes the difference.
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