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Ziti with Italian Sausage

Reviewed: Nov. 21, 2004
Read all of the reviews and took a leap of faith and made a batch for a party tonight. It was a huge success!! I doubled the sauce, sauteed fresh mushrooms and used spicy Italian sausage. The only comment that my SO (who does most of the cooking around here!) could add was he'd like more cheese next time, possibly ricotta! Enjoy!!
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Chai Tea Mix

Reviewed: Nov. 21, 2004
Wow...this is an awesome chai tea mix! It was so good that my SO and I had two mugs each and then we were both up until 2am. So, I really wouldn't change a thing, but I'm definitely using decaf instant tea for my personal stash!! Enjoy!
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Raspberry and Almond Shortbread Thumbprints

Reviewed: Dec. 20, 2004
Wow...I had to make 3 batches of these cookies 'cuz we were eating them as fast as I was making them! At first I thought the drizzle was a little over the top, but it really does add an elegant touch. The best thumbprint cookies that I've ever had!!
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Original Irish Cream

Reviewed: Dec. 22, 2004
Very enjoyable and was fun to make for gift-giving! I did find it way too strong for my taste(and my SO, too), so I ended up doubling the recipe to reduce the whiskey. Next time, I would also follow some other suggestions and use half and half instead of heavy cream. It gets really thick after refrigerating. Otherwise, I'm having some right now with my coffee...Yum!
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Irish Cream Bundt Cake

Reviewed: Dec. 25, 2004
What can I say...it was outstanding and everyone loved it!! After finding out that our planned dessert had fallen through, I took a chance and made this for the first time on Christmas Day in my new Nordic Ware Holiday Tree bundt pan. After reading all of the rave reviews, I figured it couldn't be bad. (I have to admit, it was hard to believe all of the hype!) But, worthy it was. I had made the Original Irish Cream for gifts and had a couple of pints saved for today's festivities and was able to use it in the recipe. The cake came out PERFECT! It even filled the 10 cup pan exactly. I did heed the advice of others and only made half of the glaze. And, the next time I use the tree pan I'll probably tint the glaze green...probably this week for the office crew! Enjoy!
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Easy Sausage Strata

Reviewed: Apr. 11, 2005
Easy and delicious! Taking comments from both this recipe and the Christmas Breakfast Sausage Casserole recipe, I used 12 eggs, 2# sage sausage, 2C half & half, 1 C milk, 16oz shredded sharp cheddar cheese, 2t mustard and 2 boxes of Marie Callendar's Garlic & Cheesse Croutons. I omitted the salt and combined everything in a large bowl. This mixture made enough to fill a 10" x 15" pan and a smaller baking dish for later! Only found it necessary to bake covered for 45 minutes and then uncover, bake for an additional 15 minutes, then sprinkle extra cheese on top for 15 minutes longer. VIOLA!
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Chicken Tortilla Soup I

Reviewed: Oct. 12, 2005
My S.O. wanted to make some soup tonight and I had saved this recipe in my recipe box to try sometime. I can't believe that we waited so long to try this...it was awesome!! He followed the recipe and even garnished it with the avocado, Jack cheese, chips and green onions. This would be a great dish to serve a crowd. This just became one of our favorite recipes!
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Mouth-Watering Stuffed Mushrooms

Reviewed: Nov. 25, 2005
Tried these out on my family for Thanksgiving and everyone loved them! I tried to prepare as much as possible ahead of time and making the filling the day before worked out great. I'll definitely be making these again for a Christmas gathering in three weeks. Thanks, Angie!
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Italian Confetti Pasta Salad

Reviewed: Feb. 28, 2006
Made it recently for an office potluck and we all loved it!! I did add crumbled feta cheese, as suggested. Great salad...
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Cinnamon-Roasted Almonds

Reviewed: Dec. 19, 2006
Wow...awesome recipe! Everyone thought that these were the best they've ever had! As other reviewers recommended, I added the 1/2 C brown sugar, 1 t vanilla instead of water and baked for 1 hour 20 minutes. Now I have to go buy some more almonds...
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Grandma Johnson's Scones

Reviewed: Nov. 4, 2008
I made these for an office brunch and got rave reviews; one batch following the recipe and using dried mixed berries and one batch substituting orange yogurt and using cranberries. The sour cream based recipe had a little denser crumb, while the yogurt based recipe was sweeter and more cookie-like. Both were delicious. I patted the dough into two half-inch thick circles and got twenty four nicely-sized scones for the brunch. I can't wait to experiment with different ingredients!
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Pumpkin Pie Cake I

Reviewed: Nov. 12, 2008
We just had a bake sale at work and I thought it was a perfect opportunity to test this recipe before Thanksgiving. It was such a simple recipe that I was admittedly a little skeptical, but with all the 5 star reviews, I knew it had to be good. I served it with a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon and "Wow!"...it flew off the table with rave reviews. I saved a piece for my very picky boyfriend and was shocked that he loved it! As suggested, I used a spice cake, 4 eggs and 1 cup of butter. I might cut back on the nut topping a little next time. Easy, delicious and something different for our Thanksgiving table this year!
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Too Much Chocolate Cake

Reviewed: Nov. 12, 2008
Okay, I have to admit that I felt a little guilty baking a "doctored" cake mix, but if 848 other allrecipe bakers loved it, I knew I couldn't go wrong. It couldn't be easier and it was totally choco-licious, especially topped off with the Satiny Chocolate Glaze!! As suggested, I used the Mini Morsels and it distributed the chocolate chips evenly throughout the cake. This recipe's a keeper...especially for a true chocoholic!
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Golden Rum Cake

Reviewed: May 14, 2009
I made this cake for a Thanksgiving luncheon at a senior citizens function and they insisted that I make it again for Christmas. Their biggest complaint was there wasn't enough rum!
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White Bean Chicken Chili

Reviewed: May 14, 2009
I've made this chili twice for large group functions and it's been a hit. Easy to make, especially using a pre-roasted chicken! Yummmm....think I'll make it again this weekend!
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Blueberry Coffee Cake

Reviewed: Jun. 3, 2009
I doubled the recipe and made 2 8"x8" pans - one for a co-workers birthday and one to leave home! After reading all of the reviews, I added a 1/2t of vanilla to the batter, used 8oz of cream cheese, and added cinnamon and tripled the topping. My batter still ended up purple from the quickly thawing frozen blueberries, but it wasn't noticeable after baking. Cubing the cream cheese was a messy process, but well worth the effort! The cake is dense, but not overly sweet (despite my extra topping!?) and the blueberry and cream cheese combination was awesome. I think I might try the suggested cream cheese drizzle next time, just to really take this recipe over the top!! Thanks for sharing, Melanie!
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Pink Ladies

Reviewed: Aug. 11, 2009
These came out better than I expected - rich, but not too sweet. I doubled the recipe and cooked them in a 9"x13" Pyrex. I cut them into 1" squares and it was just enough without being overwhelming. The chocoholics just went back for seconds! Definitely refrigerate before cutting, but not too long or it will be impossible to get the knife through the fudge. I also cut back on the cherry juice or the icing would have been too soft. Very indiscernible cherry flavor, so if you're looking for more, you may need to add something to boost it. Will definitely be making these for the holidays!
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Kiki's Borracho (Drunken) Beans

Reviewed: Oct. 5, 2009
Doubled the beans and after soaking them overnight cooked everything in the crock pot. Used Mexican stewed tomatoes and left out the jalapenos as I was cooking for an office function. I couldn't believe that I didn't have any leftovers!
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Smooth Sweet Tea

Reviewed: Nov. 20, 2009
I hosted a Southern-style thanksgiving luncheon for a senior population and decided that sweet tea would be the perfect beverage. Personally I've only had it once in Georgia, just last year, and then again in Kansas City a couple of months ago...that time with vodka. I was not overwhelmingly fond of it...until I tried this recipe!! OMG...it is absolutely the smoothest, most delicious tea that I've ever had. The recipe calls for what seems like a large amount of sugar, but the tea was not overly sweet at all. I'll definitely be making this again...as soon as I run out!
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Caramel-Filled Chocolate Cookies

Reviewed: Dec. 20, 2009
Yummmy...just made these for a Christmas party and they were a hit! I left out the pecans due to nut-allergy concerns and substituted white sugar crystals on the tops for a more decorative appearance. No white chocolate on hand, so I made a plain confectioner's sugar drizzle. Viola, they were awesome and looked store bought!
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