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Chocolate Mint Cookies I

Reviewed: Dec. 1, 2010
These were SO good! Used Andes Mints which were perfect in flavor and texture for melting. While delicious and chewy, they did turn out cracker-flat. I think I may have melted the butter too much. Next time I will follow the review of many others on here and do the butter, sugar and water in the microwave for 1 minute, then whisk until butter is melted. Add the chocolate chips, microwave another 30 seconds and whisk until melted. Also, must let cool very well before storing, or the topping will melt onto anything that touches them. EDIT: Tried these again and made sure not to over-melt the butter, using the method I posted before. Didn't work. They still turned out cracker-flat. What on earth am I doing wrong?? Maybe I need to cook them a little longer? I have no idea! I also tried using the Andes peppermint bits for the top and it did not work at all. They do not melt and just looked awful. Definitely stick to the regular Andes.
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Ooey-Gooey Cinnamon Buns

Reviewed: Nov. 21, 2010
These were very good! I've been searching for the perfect pecan roll for years and this is definitely the closest I've come. The dough part of this recipe is pretty much the exact same recipe as the Clone of a Cinnabon recipe on this site...just a tad more of this or that, but ultimately the same. I think next time I may use the Cinnabon dough recipe (I like what is different about that recipe-a tad sweeter) with this caramel topping. I only made 6 rolls (froze the other half of the dough for later), but I didn't halve the caramel topping. While it was de-lish that way, I think next time I'll only 1 1/2 the recipe, just to be a *tad* more healthy (can you even use that word here?). I also followed the advice of reviewers who said to take them out early, and I won't do it again, they were completely doughy still. I cooked them about what the recipe states. They did get quite brown on top though. Once they start getting brown, I'll cover them with a piece of foil next time for the rest of the cook time.
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Parmesan Chicken

Reviewed: Nov. 16, 2010
Very good! We have a recipe that is similar, only it is baked. They pretty much taste the same, but I do like that this version gets a bit more crispy. Served with a side of roasted carrots with honey. Mmmm.
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Baked Oatmeal II

Reviewed: Nov. 16, 2010
This was pretty good! The only thing I changed was that I halved the brown sugar and used half butter and half applesauce, instead of all butter (while better with all butter, just trying to eat healthier around here). And I swapped out cranberries for raisins, my favorite. I did find that the cooking time was a bit long for me. I took it out at 35 minutes and probably should have a few minutes earlier. Next time, I do think I'll add some chopped apple...my favorite in baked oatmeal.
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Mexican Casserole

Reviewed: Nov. 15, 2010
Very good. I changed a few minor things that I thought may give it more flavor, based on reviews, and loved the results. Diced 3 chicken breasts pretty small, used one whole packet of taco seasoning, omitted the water and instead did not drain the black beans and corn, and I doubled the salsa. After simmering on the stove it looked like it was going to be really soupy, but it was actually perfect because the tortilla chips absorbed some of the liquid. Without all of that liquid it would have been dry. Next time I think I'll also add more tortilla chips because that was one of our favorite parts. I'll layer it...chicken mixture/tortilla chips/remaining chicken mixture/cheese/tortilla chips. Topped with plain yogurt to add some creaminess = delish! I do have to say though, 30 minutes is a bit of a stretch. Between prep, cooking the chicken, simmering and baking, it probably took more like 45.
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Spinach Enchiladas

Reviewed: Nov. 10, 2010
We loved these! I typically don't use corn tortillas, but decided to this time (white corn) and we LOVED the texture of them. I did find that heating them up was not enough to make them roll without ripping, so I dip them all in some hot oil, one by one, just until absorbed and then filled and rolled them all. Worked perfect. I also did add some seasoning to the cheese mixture. I used: 1tsp. onion juice (in place of onion, which I don't like), 4 small cloves garlic and added a can of green chiles, as well as some cumin, chili powder, salt and pepper. I feel like without these, it would have been a bit bland. I also accidentally got one 10oz can of enchilada sauce, so for the top I ended up mixing 10oz. enchilada sauce with 1/2c. sour cream and I actually really liked the way it turned out. Nice and creamy! It ended up a bit spicy with these changes (which we love) but even my 2 year old asked for more! Definitely a keeper!
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Pretzel Turtles

Reviewed: Nov. 5, 2010
Yum! I definitely think they would have been even more excellent having toasted the pecans first. And the possibilities are endless. Rolos with M&Ms and Pumpkin Spice Kisses with toasted pecan are two of our faves. I'd use either the circle pretzels available around the holidays, or the square grid pretzels next time.
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Pumpkin Dip

Reviewed: Oct. 31, 2010
Yum! I did half it and it was plenty because it does make quite a bit, considering you pretty much just dip stuff into it. Very good though.
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Famous No Coffee Pumpkin Latte

Reviewed: Oct. 25, 2010
Yum! This was de-licious!!! The flavor was awesome. I did add a dash of cloves and a dash of nutmeg and threw it in the blender to help it foam up and then strained it before serving. YUM! And when I want caffeine, I'll add a bit of coffee. EDIT: I did find that when scaling it down (I've scaled it both in half and down to one serving) it is not as good as the full recipe. From now on I will make the full recipe and save the leftovers in the fridge to reheat later!
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Spiced Pumpkin Seeds

Reviewed: Oct. 25, 2010
SO GOOD!!!! I cannot stop eating them!!!! Really wish about now that my husband hadn't accidentally spilled 1/3 of the seeds all over our floor. :-(
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Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Reviewed: Oct. 25, 2010
These were okay, but I like mine with a lot more flavor and therefore thought another recipe on AR was much better.
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Libby's® Pumpkin Roll with Cream Cheese Filling

Reviewed: Oct. 25, 2010
This was good. I didn't think it was great, but it was good. I had to use a bigger pan because that's all I had, but it worked just fine.
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Pumpkin Spiced Latte

Reviewed: Oct. 19, 2010
This was good, but I think it could definitely be better. I scaled it to one since I was just making it for myself. I thought it needed more pumpkin flavor, so I would add more pumpkin pie spice or if I already have a can of pumpkin open I would for sure add some of that, and I would probably add a bit more vanilla. I did omit the whipped topping since I didn't have or need any. EDIT: I doubled the pumpkin pie spice and vanilla, but it still really needs more pumpkin flavor. I think some canned pumpkin would be perfect!
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Aussie Chicken

Reviewed: Oct. 16, 2010
This was good. A bit mustardy for me (and I like mustard). I think next time I'd definitely read some of the reviews and change a few things up (especially using grey poupon instead of yellow mustard) to see if we like it a bit better. I also think I would maybe sautee the mushrooms next time.
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Spinach and Potato Frittata

Reviewed: Oct. 14, 2010
I thought this was good right out of the oven, but just okay the next day. I did add some seasonings (salt/pepper/garlic powder/oregano) to the potatoes, which helped a lot with flavor. I feel like it would have been dull without it. Not one of my favorite recipes, but it was good fresh out of the oven.
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Chipotle Crusted Pork Tenderloin

Reviewed: Oct. 11, 2010
My husband made this for a BBQ cook-off at work and I unfortunately didn't get to try it, but he said it was awesome and everyone loved it! The only thing he said he'd change was to halve the chipotle seasoning because he said it was REALLY spicy (and we looove spice in this family). Can't wait to try it myself! A lot of reviews mentioned pineapple juice. One reviewer said, "5+ stars! This is literally my go-to grill recipe. I marinate the pork tenderloin in pineapple juice for however long (at least an hour), then rub on the spices before putting on the grill. The pineapple juice makes it so tender. I buy my pineapple juice in little tiny cans, so I always have it and don't waste a huge container." ALSO NOTE: "Chili powder of any variety is a blend of peppers, herbs (usually oregano), spices (usually cumin), salt, and garlic. Chili pepper is just that - dried ground up pepper. So if you don't have the chipotle chili POWDER, you definitely need to use a lot less and add some cumin, oregano and more garlic powder to get the right flavor and heat level."
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Cha Cha's White Chicken Chili

Reviewed: Oct. 7, 2010
Very good and full of flavor! I read through a ton of the reviews and while I LOVE spicy food, I noticed many people saying it was way too spicy, so I used 2 cans diced chiles and 1/4t. cayenne and that was it for the spice. And I actually went ahead and threw everything into the crock pot with two frozen chicken breasts and left it on high for about 1-2 hours and then on low for 4-5 hours. SO easy. All I had to do was take the chicken out before serving and shred it lightly...it just fell apart, it was so tender. I also threw a cup or so of the mix (minus chicken) into the blender to thicken it up a bit which helped a lot. Great recipe though. Next time I may even add some corn! Mmmmm.
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Pumpkin Pancakes

Reviewed: Sep. 29, 2010
These may become one of my favorite pancakes! I thought I'd give it a try with some whole wheat flour (I did 1/2c WW and the rest all-purpose) but I don't think I'll do that again because they turned out somewhat flatter and I'm guessing that may be why? They also took a long time to cook through and even still seemed to be doughy and not completely cooked through, and I let them cook for quite some time. Not sure what the deal was. I also did not have allspice, so I decided to just use pumpkin pie spice since it's pretty much the same thing, and since I wanted to add more spice in general (per suggestions) I used 3t. pumpkin pie spice and then added 1/2t. cinnamon for my spices. It had great flavor. I added chocolate chips to half of the batch and those were also delicious!! Definitely a keeper of a recipe!! It made about 18 small-medium pancakes too.
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French Bread Rolls to Die For

Reviewed: Sep. 24, 2010
Delicious!!! We made these to use for french dip sandwiches and they were perfect for it!! We cut them in half and put butter and garlic salt on one side and a slice of provolone on the other side and threw them under the broiler for a few minutes and then filled them with meat from a leftover chuck roast, dipping them in the juices from the roast. Absolutely delicious!! The only thing I'd do differently next time if using for sandwiches is make them a tad bigger (make 10-12 instead of 16). You'd get fewer rolls, but they would be a better size for sandwiches.
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Simple Scones

Reviewed: Sep. 16, 2010
SO good!! I love to bake and cook, but this was my first time making scones. I've always thought of them as so dry and boring until a friend of mine made them a while back and they were so delicious, so I thought I'd give them a shot and I'm so glad I did and found such an excellent recipe. I was low on ingredients so I had to use half sour cream and half yogurt (not sure I would have been able to tell the difference had I used all sour cream) and I decided to just make plain almond ones with 1/2t. almond extract. I could eat the entire batch. Next time I'll add a tad more extract for a smidge more flavor, but they were otherwise perfect. There are many other variations I want to try, both sweet and savory!!
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