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Fluffy White Frosting

Reviewed: Jan. 10, 2008
Absolutely perfect! I had a craving for Wacky Cake and was tired of my usual powdered sugar icing so I tried this instead. I wasn't sure if the cream of tartar in my cupboard was still good but it worked. As other reviewers have said, this recipe makes plenty of light, fluffy, glossy, easy to spread frosting with a nice marshmallow flavor. With an egg white frosting, the key is to have a clean bowl and beaters without a speck of yolk. I don't yet own a stand mixer so I spent several minutes on it with my hand mixer but the results were worth it. My 8 year old daughter helped with it too. Why bother with store bought icing when you can make your own so easily? I can see lots of variations with this basic recipe too, as others have mentioned, with different extracts and using food color to tint. Fun!
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Mini Salmon Loaf

Reviewed: Jan. 28, 2009
I made this tonight for the first time. My husband, not a seafood person, went back for seconds. That speaks volumes! Since I needed to feed 3, I doubled the recipe using a couple of 6 oz. cans of boneless, skinless salmon. One egg was fine. The only thing I added was a light sprinkling of Old Bay Seasoning but otherwise I followed the recipe exactly and I made the dill sauce also. It turned out quite tasty! I served it with couscous and asparagus cuts for an easy, healthy meal. This is going to be a regular for us. Thanks for sharing!
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Whipped Sweet Potatoes with Pears

Reviewed: Oct. 27, 2002
Thank you for posting this recipe! I couldn't locate my copy from last year. This dish is a treat! Sweet potatoes and pears make a wonderful combo and it's a nice change from the standard marshmallow topped casserole. Try it!
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Easy Pavlova

Reviewed: Dec. 26, 2009
At the suggestion of other reviewers, I used 1 cup of sugar so my review is based on that modification. This was my first attempt at Pavlova. Having sampled it years ago, I decided I had to make it at least once. I wanted to take it to a Christmas gathering. My first try at this recipe resulted in a tasty but overly browned creation that cracked badly and collapsed. Not to be discouraged, I scoured the reviews and picked up tips online, before trying again. I ended up with a beautiful, sublime Pavlova with a delicate crust and luscious, marshmallowy meringue inside. I topped it with unsweetened whipped cream, kiwis and strawberries. It was marvelous! First of all, Pavlova is like cheesecake in that you must leave the oven closed while baking. My old oven tends to run hot so I nervously opened it several times on the first try which caused the cracking and collapse. On the second try, I left the door shut and baked it for 45 minutes before turning off the oven and allowing it to cool for about an hour before placing the Pavlova on a rack. This time, the color was perfect and there was only minor cracking. The top did fall in a bit afterwards but it wasn't seen under the cream and fruit. I'm not sure I could have done anything to prevent that. I'm so glad I tried making this because it's such a wonderful, different dessert. Next time, I would sweeten the cream, based on the feedback I received. Rosina, thank you for posting this!
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Apricot Chicken with Balsamic Vinegar

Reviewed: May 12, 2008
We love this! I made it for supper this evening with rice and steamed broccoli. My husband had seconds. As one reviewer mentioned, it's a wonderful blend of sweet and savory. While it simmers, you can prep quick side dishes so everything is ready at the same time. Great weeknight entree. This is definitely a keeper for us. Thanks for sharing!
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Rachel's Cranberry Chicken Salad

Reviewed: May 24, 2011
Excellent! This is my favorite chicken salad recipe. Easy to put together, fresh and flavorful. The dill adds the perfect touch. Rotisserie chicken works well in this recipe, too and is a great timesaver. I make this a lot for light suppers during the summer. Thanks, Rachel!
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Apricot-Glaze Chicken

Reviewed: Jun. 20, 2008
I appreciate a good apricot chicken recipe but this isn't one of those. My husband gave it 2 stars and I had to agree. This dish had an odd flavor and it's looks were unappealing. There are much better uses for chicken breast. Sorry, won't make this again.
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Never Fail Pie Crust I

Reviewed: Jan. 16, 2004
I had a terrible time with this crust. Based on the other reviews, it looked like the answer to my pie crust prayers. It mixed well and rolled out beautifully but stuck to the waxed paper and fell apart as I tried to get it into the pie plate. I had to patch it together. When it baked, it had an odd texture and appearance. Sorry, but I'll just keep looking for that "never fail" recipe. And there's always Pillsbury for a stand-by.
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Sausage Cake

Reviewed: Apr. 17, 2002
Is this a joke???
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Thai Curry Tofu

Reviewed: Jul. 17, 2009
I'm rating this based on a modified version. I added fresh carrots, broccoli and cauliflower towards the end of the simmer time. Other than this, I followed the recipe as directed. This was my first time frying tofu and it stuck to the pan, even with non-stick spray. Once everything was simmering, it looked and smelled wonderful. However, that's where it ended. Although I love curry, this dish was lacking in flavor and while I ate it, it received unfavorable opinions from my family. I won't make it again, sorry.
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Nicoise-Style Tuna Salad With White Beans & Olives

Reviewed: May 19, 2009
Excellent salad! Easy to put together, healthy and perfect for lunch or a light supper. What more do you want? Great served with fresh green beans from the garden. Another winner from Pam Anderson!
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Coconut Macaroons III

Reviewed: Apr. 2, 2010
Easy to make, positively addicting and lends itself to variety...what more do you want in a cookie recipe? I made a batch for Easter, exactly as written, and am very pleased. I made several as thumbprint cookies, filling some with small, speckled jellybeans (really cute, like bird nests) and others with seedless raspberry preserves. Some I left as mounds and drizzled with melted semi-sweet chocolate chips. I used parchment paper and had no problems with sticking. Keeping the fingers wet while working with the dough is a must.
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Blueberry Flax Pancakes

Reviewed: Sep. 7, 2008
Excellent recipe! I'd never cooked with flaxseed meal. My family loved the pancakes and my 9 yr. old went back for seconds. While they were cooking, she wasn't crazy about their appearance as they varied slightly from the norm but they passed the taste test with flying colors. Even my husband was saying we should add flaxseed meal to everything. Thanks Freckles, for submitting this healthy recipe that tastes good!
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Scrambled Egg Brunch Bread

Reviewed: May 16, 2011
Simple and delicious! I made it for church breakfast where it got lots of compliments and I was asked for the recipe. It's great to serve at gatherings because it presents well and is easy to eat. Will be making this one again.
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Mindy's Macaroni Salad

Reviewed: May 27, 2008
Very good salad! I had a hankering for mac salad on Memorial Day(something about patriotic holidays, I guess!) and this satisfied it quite nicely. I gave it 4 stars because I had to change 2 small things: reduced the amount of sugar and substituted some chopped green olives for the pimento since I didn't have any on hand. There seemed to be a lot of dressing but the pasta really soaked it up. It also met approval with my husband and 8 yr. old. Will make again!
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Hearty Breakfast Cookies

Reviewed: Sep. 8, 2008
This is an excellent recipe as is! I added mini chocolate chips to part of the batter for my chocoholic husband. Why buy prepackaged breakfast cookies when you can make them? Great recipe for adapting too and I can see trying with applesauce, flaxseed meal, wheat germ or dried cranberries for something different. Definitely a keeper in our house!
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Mama Bear's Porridge

Reviewed: Sep. 5, 2008
This is very good! I've eaten oatmeal all my life but never thought to add eggs to it. I wasn't sure what to expect and was pleasantly surprised. My husband and I both enjoyed it but I still can't get my 9 yr. old daughter to eat oatmeal, even when made into "Mama Bear's Porridge". I'll keep trying but for now, this one will be in my file for Papa Bear and me.
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Raspberry Spinach Salad

Reviewed: Aug. 30, 2008
I have to agree with other reviewers that this salad is just fantastic! It's healthy and beautiful with a wonderful blend of flavors and textures, plus it was a good excuse to add a new vinegar to my collection. The only downside is that fresh raspberries are pricey here in FL, unless you hit a good sale during the summer.
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Chicken and Broccoli Braid

Reviewed: Jun. 27, 2008
Why have I just now discovered this? It's easy to make, looks great, tastes wonderful. How can you go wrong? I had a rotisserie chicken and a couple of cans of crescent rolls on hand and this was a delicious way to use them! The only thing I did was use roasted red pepper and I left out the almonds. Yum! I want to make this for my in-laws when they come to visit.
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Juicy Roasted Chicken

Reviewed: May 22, 2008
Yum! I had to substitute butter because I didn't have margarine but otherwise, I followed the recipe. Prepared this way, the chicken really does turn out juicy and flavorful with a minimum of fuss. I served it with Glazed Dijon Carrots (from Allrecipes), rolls and buttered egg noodles with snipped fresh basil for a delicious dinner. This recipe is definitely a keeper!
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