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Cape Breton Blueberry Grunt

Reviewed: Aug. 17, 2011
I love this recipe and usually double it--put in two casserole dishes. I love it as a dessert, but I particularly enjoy it as a side dish to scrambled eggs...or any kind of eggs: poached, soft boiled... in the morning--forget muffins; this is the way to go!
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Indian Curried Barley Pilaf

Reviewed: Oct. 8, 2011
What is old is new again! I just got a pressure cooker--now completely safe with 3 safeguards--they don't blow up, no matter how hard you try! The cooking time is at least halved for most things. Some recipe cook times are cut by ten! This particular recipe can be done in 18 minutes! I am no longer spending my Sundays cooking. Bean soups, risottos, pilafs and even meatloaf with potatoes all in 10-20 minutes. Consider the fuel and electicity you'll save. Huge. No longer do I consider that I don't have time to cook barley, for example. It has revolutionized my cooking.
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Frijoles de Olla

Reviewed: Oct. 8, 2011
This same recipe can be cooked in a pressure cooker. If you soak the beans and use natural release, the beans can be cooked in 1 to 3 minutes!! If you use the quick release method of steam, cooking time goes up to 4-6 minutes. Amazing time saver and fuel saver as well. Once I got over the false fear of it blowing up and buying one (actually got two). I use it all the time and am so impressed with the time I save. This recipe can be done and you'd save yourself literally hours. Best thing I ever bought. I want to share with others so that more recipes appear for pressure cooking adaptions. Think about it: 5 minutes vs. 3 hours. Kind of a no-brainer once you get over any fear. Many safeguards have now been built in so that it is virtually impossible to have them blow up.
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Traditional Springerle

Reviewed: Dec. 27, 2011
I, too, have many molds from House on the Hill, and have used their recipe, which is much more fussy than this. The molds are stunning; they'd better be for the cost, and people are always blown away by them-as if I carved each cookie myself! I have found that crimped cookie cutter shapes--square, rectangle, circle, do a nice job of finishing the cookies. I have also used stamps intended for ink to make nice impressions. I love "painting" the cookies with various food coloring recipes, although I have not found one that is quite what I'm looking for--does anyone out there have suggestions for this?
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Pecan Snack

Reviewed: Dec. 27, 2011
I brought these to work, and everyone who tasted them wanted the recipe; one lady wouldn't let me go until she had called it up on her computer and printed it out. They may not look pretty and the title may not be catchy, but boy, are they tasty. I'm always looking for little gifts for people like the mail lady or for times when I'm expected to bring goodies to a gathering. This recipe is perfect. It's easy; the end product doesn't require refrigeration, (yet I could stick them in the mailbox over night--in Vermont, that's saying something) and, compared to many recipes, this one is relatively healthy and hearty. All I can say is thank goodness for Costco and pecans in bulk! Thank you for sharing.
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Creamy Carrot Soup

Reviewed: Jan. 10, 2012
I'm giving this recipe 5 stars because I think it is unfair when people rate a recipe with less than that and then have made a completely different recipe...which is sort of what I did. Instead of using a regular potato, I used a sweet potato. I'm not a fan of rosemary, so I went in a different direction with seasoning. I liked the idea of ginger with carrots, which led to also adding other complementary spices. I used 5 spice, cinnamon, red pepper flakes, tarragon,and of course, salt and pepper. I didn't use half and half because of calories, but instead used 2% milk--I consider this a splurge; usually I only have skim on hand. Then, I pressure cooked it all which took only 8 minutes of cooking time. I love that thing. Also, I used an immersion blender. I don't use it often, but for something like this, it's worth its weight in gold. This came out thick and creamy and delicious. I realize that it is a completely different recipe, but I was so thankful for a starting point. What I made is a variation on a theme. Excellent.
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Chocolate Cherry Cake III

Reviewed: Jan. 30, 2012
I have yet to make this; I just found the recipe this evening, but when I do, I think that I will simplify it even further by just making ganache and pouring it over while warm. (Equal ounces of cream and chopped bittersweet chocolate. Bring cream to the boil, add chocolate and stir until melted--dark chocolate deliciousness that tastes like flourless chocolate cake.) I usually make ganache using 16 oz. cream and 16 oz. dark or bittersweet chocolate. I use ganache to dip cupcakes or pour over a regular cake (easiest frosting ever) It then makes a beautiful canvas to add piped flowers, etc. Any remaining, I put in the refrigerator to solidify then cube. I have lots of very fudgy squares that last for quite a while. I've been able to go a three weeks with great willpower. I don't like regular fudge--too grainy and sweet, but I LOVE this. I don't like my chocolate too sweet.
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Emergency Garlic Bread

Reviewed: Jun. 9, 2015
I grew up with this as "garlic bread," only my mom would diagonally slice a loaf of French bread, then butter each cut and then sprinkle in garlic powder. She then rolled it in foil and baked it for a while. It's the best! I prefer it over spicy, gloppy garlic bread recipes.
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Sweet Potato Gnocchi

Reviewed: Apr. 15, 2012
I was out at a local restaurant that served sweet potato gnocchi, so I figured I would try them. Wow! I had never had gnocchi before, but the idea intrigued me. I then bought some pre-made regular ones at Costco. I'm glad I didn't start with those! After the restaurant, I came to this faithful site and found the perfect recipe. At the restaurant, they had just melted butter and added finely sliced sage. The combination is heaven...and I'm not a big fan of sage...at all! I grow it in my garden, because it is well behaved and pretty. Now, after having it out there for 15 years, I actually will use it. Just typing this is making me want to make up a batch. Oh, it freezes beautifully. I had enough for four separate meals. It makes enough to make it worth making!
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Chocolate Ganache

Reviewed: Aug. 17, 2012
I now use ganache all of the time in place of icing. It is so much easier, and I would imagine, healthier. I don't dirty two pans; instead, I bring the cream to a boil, shut off the heat and then add the chocolate to the cream. It's always a little scary, because it doesn't seem like it will incorporate, but it does if you chop the chocolate up. Then, if making cupcakes, I just dip them into the pot, let them set up, and then I can pipe a small flower on the top, and it is elegant. My recipe is even easier: equal measure of cream to chocolate, so if I get a pint of cream, then I chop up 16 oz of chocolate. Any leftovers go into a pan which I refrigerate, slice into cubes and then I have "truffles" to eat! They last a good long time, too. I've been able to stretch it out over two weeks.
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Bobbe's Super Cheesy Pasta

Reviewed: Apr. 29, 2013
Cooke, I think the frustration comes when someone knocks stars off of a rating but doesn't follow the recipe; therefore, they are really not being fair. If someone changes ingredients, it's just not the same recipe. I, too, like to hear suggestions; I just read one comment on another recipe that noticed 1/4 cup of oil was called for to cook sausage in, and it wasn't to be drained. She was able to use less. That kind of change makes sense. Changing out two of the cheeses for two others and then rating it as 4 out of 5 stars does not seem fair. My question is about the picture. It looks as though there are tomatoes in it, yet reading over the recipe, I couldn't find anything that was red except for the paprika...and there wasn't that much of that. I have not yet made this recipe, but will add it to my recipe box because of the wonderful reviews.
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Slow Cooker Texas Pulled Pork

Reviewed: Jun. 30, 2013
I haven't made this yet, but I'm thinking if this were prepared in a pressure cooker, it could be ready in well under half an hour! I've done spare ribs, etc. in about 20 minutes. It's tender as can be--melt in your mouth and tastes like it's been simmering all day. Plus, you save on gas or electricity by cooking this way. Served over rice; there's nothing better! I love that I don't have to start dinner much before I'm ready to eat.
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Salisbury Steak

Reviewed: Mar. 9, 2014
I had a few problems with this recipe, but it was my own fault. Despite that, this is a very forgiving recipe. When it called for a large frying pan, I was a little too literal and got out my 15" diameter pan. The largest of three nesting cast iron pans would have been great. I only had golden mushroom soup, one pound of hamburger, and seasoned bread crumbs, but even with those alterations, the flavor of the dish was wonderful. I was worried that the flavor would be like a sloppy Joe, being it called for ketchup and mustard, but there was no resemblance. I like sloppy Joes, I just didn't want that tonight. The burgers did stick to the pan, and I ended up just breaking up the burgers so the sauce wouldn't burn, too, which it was close to doing. As I said, my pan was too big. I cooked up some egg noodles and stirred it all together. I enjoyed it; I'll be curious to try it with the actual ingredients called for; I'm sure it will be even better. I found it a bit on the salty side, but that could be because I only used one pound vs. one and a half pounds of meat.
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The Easiest Way To Cook Bacon

Reviewed: Mar. 27, 2015
I remember seeing this recipe and scoffing to myself, "Who doesn't know how to cook bacon; you throw it in a frying pan and...." For chuckles, I clicked on the recipe to see what was so revolutionary. It was life-changing! At school, we have breakfasts as a faculty every other Friday, and when it's my turn to bring something, I bring bacon. It is always devoured! It is not messy to make, you don't have grease floating in the air for hours, nor is every surface covered with those little bacon fat dots! I make a pound at a time, and then a BLT is a snap to make. It's easy to prep lettuce and tomato, and if the bacon is all made...wow, what a treat. I'll even bring the components to work and make a sandwich each day for lunch. Life-changing! I love that most fat is cooked off, the bacon remains straight and it is so much "cleaner" to make. It doesn't 'pop' in the oven, either. I will never scoff again!
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Actually Delicious Turkey Burgers

Reviewed: May 10, 2015
I never used to buy ground turkey because it never tasted good to me and it always was "tough" next to just plain chicken. Then I tried this recipe. I love it. It makes so many burgers and they are so moist. I cook them all up and then bring them to work for lunch. They reheat in the microwave beautifully and with a little mayo, lettuce, whatever, they are as good as when first made. I have these more than I have regular burgers. I never would have thought that that would happen. I use Costco's pre-packaged turkey, and sometimes I add more breadcrumbs because the recipe is so moist. I also just add a whole egg, rather than two whites. It is a very forgiving and flexible recipe and one that friends have asked for.
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BLT

Reviewed: Aug. 3, 2012
I found a recipe for baking bacon and it is so easy. There is no more spatter and the bacon lies flat. It's taken me over 50 years to figure it out, but now what I do when I want a BLT is to cook the whole package of bacon and then just store the left over in the fridge until the next time I want a BLT. I've done this for my lunches at work and bring in all of the ingredients and then assemble at lunchtime. So easy and I'm the envy of all!
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Coconut-Raisin Rice Pudding

Reviewed: Mar. 13, 2011
This was amazingly good. I was hoping that it wouldn't be the creamy kind you get in the deli and it wasn't. I misread the directions and put the coconut on top before ever putting it in the oven. I don't think that hurt anything at all. In fact, I didn't measure the coconut--more is better! It reminded my of coconut custard pie filling without all of the calories or effort. I also left out the butter completely and just sprayed the pan. It still had a buttery flavor. I cut the sugar down to about 2/3 of a cup and it was still plenty sweet. I don't like teeth-screaming sweet! I also left out the raisins--I never was a big fan, except in chicken curry or tossed salads--go figure! I also left out the nutmeg but exchanged it for cinnamon. I added a teaspoon of salt to the rice prior to cooking it and didn't add more to the dish. I did need to bake it longer--about 20-30 minutes more. It's an amazing flavor combination and I will be forever grateful. My dad used to make rice pudding regularly and I've been trying to find a recipe that came close for decades now! This not only came close; it surpassed my wildest expectations! I will forever be in your debt! I will never cook rice again without being sure to cook and extra 2 and 1/2 cups!
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Chicken Cordon Bleu Bites

Reviewed: Aug. 1, 2015
I have not yet tried these, but I would want to add chopped parsley, at least. I would also probably use ground turkey, being that is more available around here. I would maybe try skipping the frying (or not) and making them like burgers. I read the recipe and was thinking that they could be put into lightly oiled muffin tins and then just baked. If lined with wax paper, I'm wondering if they could be frozen individually and used as needed. I don't see why not.
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Quinoa-Cranberry Salad with Pecans

Reviewed: Dec. 11, 2010
This is so easy and has so few ingredients, yet the flavor has depth. I like simple things, and this is that. It has a very warm and buttery flavor. I got home late one evening and decided to try this. I had just this for dinner. Very satisfying. It's good warm or cold--I had the remainder with the next night's dinner.
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Oatmeal Cookie

Reviewed: Dec. 24, 2008
The recipe I make doesn't call for cinnamon schnapps, but coffee liqueur. It's really good but very thick! Everything is in equal parts so I measure it out into a quart container and keep it in the fridge. Served over ice on a cold, snowy night, there is nothing much better. A good drink for winter time. I don't think that I would want it when it's hot out. I'll have to try it with the cinnamon schnapps! That would add a little fire to it. Try it with the coffee liqueur--Excellent.
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