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Favorite Old Fashioned Gingerbread

Reviewed: Dec. 14, 2013
Per previous reviews, I doubled the spices and added 1/2 cup of applesauce. I also did not set the timer for 1 hour and then walk away. I checked the cake from time to time until it was just about done and then took it out. This is absolutely delicious!!! My only frustration with it is that, as written, the cake overflows the pan. Maybe it's my altitude; I don't know. So instead of a lovely gingerbread smell filling my house, it smells like a campfire. :) Nevertheless, the gingerbread comes out tasting like Christmas and making you crave more. My recommendation is to use a 9X13 instead of a 9-inch square pan if you find that the batter comes almost all the way to the top of the pan. If I need to double the recipe, I'm not sure what I'll use that's larger than a 9X13 and deep enough, but it will definitely be worth finding out. This recipe's a keeper!
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Fruit Pizza

Reviewed: Apr. 4, 2009
The marshmallow creme and cream cheese make the best tasting spread I've ever had on fruit pizza!! You can cut down on the calories a bit by using the lower-fat cream cheese (also known as Neufchatel cheese). We used Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie Mix (2 pkgs.) instead of refrigerated cookie dough, and we baked it in a jelly roll pan because we wanted to serve it to quite a few people. (For a regular pizza pan, 1 package would work fine unless you like your crust really thick.) Please follow the instructions for whatever cookie mix/dough you decide to use regarding greasing your pan. Some say to grease; some don't. You will have better results if you do what the package or recipe says. This recipe is somewhat versatile; you can use just about any fruit you want, and arrange it in any way you like. This makes a beautiful and yummy dessert! I highly recommend using the Cookie Mix or a really good homemade cookie recipe for this--you will not be sorry, and anyone you serve it to will rave!
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Frog Eye Salad

Reviewed: Aug. 17, 2007
This is a great salad--we've been making it for several years. My husband requests this for all his birthdays, and any time we're asked to bring a salad, he pipes up with a hopeful, "Frog Eye Salad?" We have always done the basic pineapple and mandarin orange addition, but marshmallows and coconut are also a fun treat. I personally prefer it without coconut, even though I like coconut, because it ruins the texture for me. We like to add colored marshmallows for an even yummier effect, and I really like this salad with fresh seasonal fruit, too, like strawberries, peaches, grapes, oranges, apples, and so on. Other people I know love kiwi and strawberries in it. Be creative; it's a fun alternative to a regular fruit salad!
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Grain and Nut Whole Wheat Pancakes

Reviewed: Jun. 18, 2007
My husband loves IHOP's Harvest Grain 'N' Nut pancakes, so I decided to give these a whirl for Father's Day. They were a big hit, and I loved them too! I made the recipe exactly as posted, except for having to make a substitution for buttermilk (lemon juice in milk), and it was fabulous! The pancakes were moist, hearty, and tasty! I served them with butter pecan syrup (you can buy an extract from Watkins or a similar company), and the whole family just loved it. My husband also likes to top his with sliced bananas, which is a yummy option. Just a note: some reviewers seemed to have trouble with the amount of liquid in the recipe. I'm in Utah, where the climate's pretty dry, and my batter turned out thick. We're also at a higher altitude, but I don't know if that makes any difference in this particular instance. Because these recipes are submitted from all over the country, where climates and altitudes vary greatly, the recipes on this site may not turn out exactly as you expect. Adjustments may need to be made. Enjoy this recipe!!
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Chocolate Chip Pound Cake

Reviewed: Apr. 6, 2006
This recipe yielded a cake that was moist and thicker than the conventional box cake. The chips did sink to the bottom of the cake, like the other reviewers found, but it was still good. It still tasted somewhat like a cake mix, something I was trying to kind of disguise, but it was definitely better than a plain cake mix. It had somewhat of a pleasant chocolate chip cookie flavor. WARNING to those who might use this cake to make a "cut" cake for a special occasion (you know, like those cute teddy bears, rockets, trains, and so forth that you cut cake apart and reassemble to make): at least in my experience, this cake was not a good fit for that! The chocolate chips made the bottom part of the cake really hard to cut through cleanly, so it started to fall apart. Frosting didn't cling well to the cut part either. I was making a castle with three layers of cake stacked up, and was trying to square it up a little. Needless to say, that part became the back that nobody looked at! Anyway, that aside, this recipe makes a decent cake that's not fabulous, but definitely better than a plain cake mix, something my parents appreciated because they're tired of eating boring cakes (for some reason I don't understand, I started a tradition of special character and theme cakes, so most of the cakes I make look better than they taste).
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Fluffy French Toast

Reviewed: Apr. 1, 2004
Delicious, especially when served with homemade maple syrup!! Much better than regular french toast, and very easy! Do make sure to keep the batter mixed up; the flour tends to settle on the bottom. This is the recipe we will use from now on!
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Cheesy Vegetable Soup I

Reviewed: Jun. 14, 2002
This creamy soup is absolutely delicious! If you have a food processor or some kind of chopper, the vegetable preparation goes really quick. We used fresh veggies in our soup, and it was wonderful! Definitely what comes to mind when you think of hearty, homemade, comfort soups. This will be a family favorite from now on!! Great recipe!!!
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