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Easy Sugar Cookies

Reviewed: Aug. 24, 2014
My 12 year old son made these - quick and easy peasy. In my stand mixer, he creamed the butter and sugar together first. Once it was well creamed, he added the egg and vanilla. He measured and mixed the dry ingredients in a separate bowl and added them to the creamed mixture. Realizing he forgot half the butter, we added softened butter at the end. It turned out just fine. My whole family enjoyed this spur of the moment treat.
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Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread

Reviewed: Aug. 19, 2014
I tried a similar, well-rated pumpkin bread recipe but prefer this one. Great texture, not too sweet, and very flavorful. Changes I made? Nothing major. I subbed half the oil with applesauce and chopped up semi-sweet and dark chocolate chips because I didn't have minis. My boys liked it and are asking for more as I type. I'm sure it will all be gone in 24 hrs. This one goes into my recipe box!
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Peach Cobbler Dump Cake I

Reviewed: Aug. 4, 2014
Turned out amazing. Will make it again, and again. I used fresh peaches left over from canning. Ladled in some left over simple syrup, spread the dry cake mix evenly over the top, thinly cut and placed butter over nearly every inch. I only had to use a wee bit more butter than called for to cover it well. I left out the cinnamon because I didn't have any. This was not a problem. I was unsure about how liquid the juicy part was after baking but realized soon enough that it thickens up as it cools. Ate it warm and had seconds. Okay, maybe it was thirds. Don't judge me.
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Tomato Zucchini Casserole

Reviewed: Jun. 1, 2014
Whaaat?! My kids (and husband) ate all their vegetables! Yup, it's that good. We had it as a main dish. For substitutions, I used lots of fresh basil, a few heirloom tomatoes, yellow squash along with the zucchini, and green onions because that is what I had on hand. I followed the rest of the recipe as written. Next time I make it, I'd like to use fresh oregano, as well. And I think I'll try mozzarella cheese as other reviewers suggested. Excellent way to use up summer squash and tomatoes.
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Balsamic Roasted Pork Loin

Reviewed: Feb. 10, 2014
So simple but sooo good! I used a very nice, satuma mandarin balsamic, made my own simple steak rub (1 part pepper, 1 part garlic powder, 4 parts kosher salt), and EVOO on a roast from a home raised hog. The kids wanted another dish the day I planned this and, since they volunteered to cook, I let the roast marinate until the next day. Cooked it in a glass pan at 350 degrees until the meat thermometer read 145 degrees. Took it out, let it rest, and cut it - like butter. I thought it might taste fairly tangy but no. It was moist, not too sweet, not too tangy. It was deliciously flavorful but did not overwhelm the pork itself. Perfecto! The whole family loved it. I will make this again and will try adding sliced onion, as others suggested, just for fun.
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Gourmet Baked Penne

Reviewed: Jan. 28, 2014
Rustic comfort food - easy peasy.
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Baked Ziti IV

Reviewed: Jan. 28, 2014
This is a rustic, gourmet dish.
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Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

Reviewed: Jan. 21, 2014
I did not care for this recipe. I gave this recipe a fair shot. Made it three times. First time, my 13 yr old made it....waaaay too oily - the "dough" was spooned onto the cookie sheet because it could not be formed into a ball. It pooled into one huge sheet of bubbling goo as it baked. Sure, it looked bad but to be fair, I gave it a taste after it cooled. No good. Second try...I thought, "I bet the measurements were off a bit" so I made it myself. Still super oily and there was no way this stuff could be rolled into any form. Cookies came out flat and oily. The taste and texture was unappealing. Next, I added an entire cup of almond flour more that the recipe calls for. This time I was able to form very oily balls. They baked into a chocolate chip cookie shape this time but still didn't taste good. The 1/2 cup of oil called for in this recipe is just way too much. Not to mention the agave syrup - too sweet. This was a very expensive flop. My advice, try a different gluten free recipe.
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White Nacho Cheese Sauce

Reviewed: Jul. 29, 2012
My family love it and rate it waaaaay better than any canned or jarred nacho cheese sauce. Instead of pepperjack cheese, I use whatever aged cheese I have on hand (usually cheddar or cheddar/monterey jack blend) and add one 5 - 7oz can of mild, diced, green chiles to give it that great, authentic, slightly spicy, nacho taste. This is a great base recipe for any cheese sauce. There is room for some leeway in the recipe and is pretty hard to mess up so besides ease and taste, flexibility earns this recipe 5 stars. Thank you!
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Cracked Sugar Cookies I

Reviewed: Nov. 23, 2010
What a fun cookie for kids to make (and their parents to scarf down!). Both my 10 and 8 year old boys have made this recipe by themselves with instruction from me. Turns out the same every time - delicious, which leads me to believe you can't really mess this one up. This is one for my recipe box. :D
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Pancakes I

Reviewed: Sep. 10, 2010
My husband, the pancake maker in the family (because he's good at it) wanted me to look up a basic recipe for him. I gave him this one. Immediate responses from my family: husband "Wow, look at that!" (as it rises on the griddle), son: "Mmm, this is good. You ought to keep making this one". And so, we will! :) Thank you.
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Cauliflower-Cheese Soup

Reviewed: Aug. 23, 2010
We all know how hard can be to get veggies in kids but this did the trick. My boys and husband really liked it. I used already seasoned potato pearls instead of cubed and just omitted the salt. Also, I used Mozzarella cheese because that's what I had. Sooo good. Monterey Jack would work nicely as well. Not sure I'd want to try Cheddar. As one of my boys suggested, I might add peas next time or maybe corn. I doubled the recipe to make it a full meal all by itself (for family of 6. Very filling. Will make this again.
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Amish White Bread

Reviewed: Aug. 19, 2010
I thought most white bread recipes were pretty much the same (I'm a wheat bread lover) but this one proved me wrong. Wow! Tender crust, soft and moist inside. This sweet bread is so good, it borders on being a dessert. Doubling the recipe gave me four big, high loaves.
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Creamy Chocolate Frosting

Reviewed: Aug. 12, 2010
Yummm. This frosting ertainly does not lack in flavor but I think I'll take it down just a notch next time I make it. My kitchenaid stand mixer whipped this up beautifully. I'm used to making my mom's thick fudgy chocolate frosting but it's nice to have a very chocolatey fluffy one in my recipe box, too.
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Snow Cone Syrup II

Reviewed: Aug. 12, 2010
Wowza! So easy, my 10 yr old son made it for us. He tripled the recipe but added one less cup sugar in all. It's perfectly thick and very flavorful. We made slushees with it in the blender. Delicious! I stored the tripled recipe in 3 pint sized canning jars in the fridge but 10 minutes in a water bath canner, right after making it, will keep it for a few years on your shelf.
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