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Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies I

Reviewed: Dec. 28, 2006
Wonderful recipe for chocolate chocolate chip cookies! The cookies are soft and yet still have a bit of crunch, and they're very tasty. These cookies were a hit with my family and people at my husband's office when I made them for an office party. They were also excellent when I tried them at the holidays with peppermint chips instead of the chocolate chips. (As a side note, I don't use the optional walnuts when I made these.) I would highly recommend this recipe!
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Broccoli and Cheese Dip

Reviewed: Aug. 20, 2008
Great recipe! This was enjoyed by all at my daughter's birthday party, and has been at other occasions in the past. I used turkey bacon in case that makes a difference to anyone, and baked my bacon in the oven instead of pan frying it to save myself a bit of mess. After making it I popped it in the fridge overnight to reheat it for the party. But it reheats really well, and tasted fabulous with the bread we served it with. I will most definitely be making this again!
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Baked Pork Chops I

Reviewed: Oct. 1, 2007
This recipe was extremely flavorful, and fairly easy to make. It was enjoyed by my whole family, including my parents who were eating with us at the time. I used fairly thin pork chops and used 9 of them since they were so thin. I also used 1/2 cup of wine and 1/3 cup of milk, instead of the opposite. And I heated the sauce in a pan on the stove before pouring it over the pork chops and baking them a bit longer, just due to the fact that my pork chops didn't need to spend much time in the oven. I did discover that you don't really need as many breadcrumbs as it calls for, so you can probably cut back on that. Otherwise, the wine gives the sauce and pork chops an excellent flavor, and I will definitely be using this recipe again.
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Spinach Dip with Water Chestnuts

Reviewed: Aug. 20, 2008
VERY good spinach dip! I did use leek soup mix as suggested by another reviewer, but otherwise made it as posted. I will say that I don't think you'd have to use all of the sour cream it calls for, but then, it doesn't hurt it to do so either. I will most definitely be keeping this recipe around, as it is an excellent spinach dip to serve at parties.
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Incredibly Cheesy Turkey Meatloaf

Reviewed: Oct. 18, 2007
This was very good, but I also made changes based on what other reviewers had mentioned. I added 3/4 of an onion (chopped), 3 garlic cloves (minced), and a few splashes of worcestershire sauce. And I topped it with barbecue sauce mixed with some brown sugar. I also used a bit more cheese than what it calls for, but that was just because I wanted to use up the whole block I had. With the addition of the onion, garlic, and worcestershire, it was extremely good and I will definitely be making this again at some point. I recommend putting something under the pan like others mention though, because it will definitely ooze over the sides. Next time I may try shredded cheese instead just to see if that makes a difference.
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Brown Sugar Brownies

Reviewed: Jul. 28, 2008
Very good - I doubled the recipe (other than the salt - that I kept as 1/2 tsp, and I didn't use the walnuts), and baked these in a 9x13 pan for 25 minutes. I also added 1/2 cup of butterscotch chips, but would be tempted to add more next time. They turned out very nicely - soft, sweet, and just oh so good! I like the fact that you could add almost any bits you wanted - nuts, chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, peanut butter chips, whatever. I think you could also frost these if you wanted, or go without. It's a very good, very versatile recipe that I will definitely be keeping around to use again and again!
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Giant Chocolate Chip Cookie

Reviewed: Mar. 23, 2011
I made this for my husband to take to work for his birthday, and it was a huge hit. Everyone raved about how good it was, and my husband's specific comment was about the moist, chewy center. I made the listed recipe, other than not adding the walnuts, and then baked it in a 12in. round cake pan (as my pizza pans are still in the process of being moved to our new home). As other reviewers state, this dough does expand generously, and in a 12in. cake pan this means it made more of a large cookie bar cookie than just cookie. (As it expanded upwards.) So if you're using the more recommended shallow pan, I would say to be careful so it doesn't overflow. But I will definitely be making this giant cookie again, and again!
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Mom's Simple Dumplings

Reviewed: Mar. 23, 2011
Made these for chicken and dumplings (as I didn't want to use biscuit mix like the chicken and dumpling recipe suggested), and these turned out extremely well. They're also really easy to make. I will definitely be keeping this around as the go-to dumpling recipe around here! They worked with that recipe, and would work well in pretty much any stew recipe you might want dumplings for.
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Pumpkin Pancakes

Reviewed: Nov. 9, 2010
These were extremely good, and very well received by my family. I made the recipe as listed, other than adding an extra egg as suggested by someone else. I also took the suggestion to spread the batter around a bit with a spoon, as it's definitely a thick batter. Pouring the batter with a 1/4 cup measure and then spreading it with a spoon worked extremely well. They cooked up very nicely, and were nice and fluffy as well. We'll definitely be making this recipe again!
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Strawberry Oat Muffins

Reviewed: Nov. 10, 2008
These are really good. The only change I made to the recipe was to add an extra 1/2 cup of strawberries. They baked perfectly in my oven at 19 minutes, and turned out moist and wonderful. They browned beautifully, and came out of the pan quite well - I let them sit for five minutes after baking. They have a wonderful strawberry oatmeal flavor and I will definitely be keeping this recipe around to use again!
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French Bread

Reviewed: Jul. 18, 2011
This is fabulous French bread! And really easy to make, as well. The water/ice cube trick mentioned by others works to help crisp the crust as well, but it's also good soft. My family really enjoys this bread, and it's a huge hit around our house. This is definitely a keeper!
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Chocolate Chip Marshmallow Bars

Reviewed: Sep. 6, 2011
These are very good. I used butter instead of shortening and left out the nuts, but otherwise made them as listed. (We're not huge nut fans around here.) I will say I like the flavor of the "Disappearing Marshmallow Brownies" just a bit better (which are similar to these, only they also have butterscotch chips), but that's just personal preference. These are nicely soft and gooey and quite tasty. This is still definitely a five star recipe, and something I will make again.
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Bananas 'N' Cream Bundt Cake

Reviewed: Aug. 17, 2011
I had some bananas that needed to be used up and didn't want to make the typical banana bread or muffins around here, so I decided to try this. It's amazingly moist and sweet, and was hugely popular with my husband and his office. I made it as written, though I put a butterscotch glaze on top instead of just confectioner's suger. (I used the Satiny Chocolate Glaze off of this site, only using butterscotch chips instead of chocolate chips, and almond extract instead of the vanilla extract.) My husband said it was really good with the glaze, and he prefers it with glaze to without, but he did concede you can get away with just confectioner's sugar as well. A butterscotch glaze obviously makes it even sweeter. Either way, it's an extremely good bundt cake and I would most definitely recommend this recipe.
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Fluffy Biscuits

Reviewed: Mar. 15, 2011
These are really good. I made them as the recipe states, and they turned out really well and are quite tasty, even using the shortening they call for. No, they won't have quite as buttery of a taste if you use shortening instead of butter, but they're still really good. They're also quite easy to make, and you can make a nice biscuit whether you roll and cut them or shape them by hand. (Obviously, the cut ones look a bit tidier and more like "traditional" biscuits.) I'd highly recommend this recipe for a quick, easy, tasty biscuit recipe!
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Peppermint Brownies

Reviewed: Jan. 13, 2012
Very good, and quite easy to make. Based on other reviewers suggestions, I just put the chocolate on top as soon as they came out of the oven and spread it once it had melted a bit, then sprinkling it with the extra crushed peppermint candy. It was extremely easy that way and looked quite nice. I also used 1 cup of crushed peppermint candy in the brownies instead of just 3/4 cup, with whatever was left going on top. And rather than using foil, greasing it, etc, I baked these in a glass pan that I had greased well. They came out fine, and were enjoyed by all. They are a fudgy sort of brownie rather than a cakey one, but that's my preferred kind of brownie anyway. I will definitely be making these again!
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Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball

Reviewed: Dec. 28, 2006
This was a really neat and unique dessert-like item, and was great to take to an office party. I did dissolve the brown sugar in a tablespoon of butter, but other than that made it as the recipe states. After removing it from the fridge, I also stuck it in the freezer for about 5-10 minutes before I rolled it into a ball, which I think helped with shaping it. Otherwise, this was excellent with teddy grahams. It wasn't quite as good with chocolate graham crackers, but I think that may have been due to the graham crackers - they had a tendency to break more easily than the teddy grahams did. I suspect graham sticks, vanilla wafers, chocolate wafers, teddy grahams or anything more solid-like such as those are your best bet for serving with this. Otherwise, it's fairly rich, and really good, and I like how versatile it has the possibility to be! I rolled mine in miniature chocolate chips rather than pecans, for example. I definitely recommend this one though!
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Chocolate French Toast

Reviewed: Oct. 14, 2007
This is really good - my kids enjoyed it quite a bit. It's also not hard to make at all. Though it's probably obvious, I would suggest sifting the powdered sugar onto the toast so you don't end up with lumps of powdered sugar. It is also a bit rich, so this has the possibility of making more than you need depending on the size of your family. (We each didn't eat more than one, even though they were quite good.) I'd definitely recommend this as an occasional special breakfast.
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Chocolate Marshmallow Meltaways

Reviewed: Jul. 26, 2008
At first, I was a bit disappointed with these cookies. We tried them the day I made them and while the frosting was really good, the cookies were a bit tasteless. However, the next day these cookies were excellent. I made the cookies as stated, except that I replaced the butter-flavored shortening with butter. I only got 30 cookies out of the dough which meant I only needed 15 marshmallows instead of 18. As for the frosting, I added an extra tablespoon of cocoa since it wasn't chocolately enough for me in the first place. The extra tablespoon helped make it more chocolately and not so overpoweringly sugary. I had more than enough frosting for my cookies, even putting it on the cookies rather generously, though not quite so much extra that it felt like a waste. Otherwise, these cookies are better if eaten the day after they're made - at that point they seem to have had time for the flavors to meld together and make a nicely sweet, chocolately cookie with some gooey marshmallow in it. Definitely recommend these, just not for same day consumption.
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Satiny Chocolate Glaze

Reviewed: Oct. 18, 2008
This is really, really good. I made it to top a chocolate bundt cake, and this glaze was absolutely fabulous. I did use honey instead of corn syrup as I was out of corn syrup, but I can't say that seemed to affect the taste any. It's really chocolately, very nice looking, very easy to make, and just extremely good!
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Cinnamon Rolls

Reviewed: Sep. 3, 2011
Yum! These are really good, almost as good as the Cinnabon ones. My family was thrilled. I did make a few changes to the original recipe (and saved it as this custom version), but more out of personal preference than anything else. I will say it took me about a half cup more of flour to get a proper dough consistency, but the dough was otherwise quite easy to work with and these turned out very well. I didn't have quick-rise yeast, so it took my dough a bit longer to rise, but I was expecting that. I also used a different cinnamon filling (2/3 butter, softened, 2 cups brown sugar, 6 Tablespoons cinnamon - I mixed them all together with a pastry cutter and then spread half of the mixture on each rolled out portion of dough.) I made the rolls the night before and put them in the fridge overnight. Then, we pulled them out of the fridge and let them rise for about an hour before putting them in the oven. They baked up quite nicely, and I made a cream cheese icing for the top instead of the one listed because my family prefers that. Really, really, really good. And, all things considered when it comes to homemade cinnamon buns, pretty easy. I will definitely make these again, though I'd still use my filling and icing as opposed to the ones given with the recipe, since they were just extremely good the way we made them.
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