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Black Magic Cake

Reviewed: Apr. 21, 2012
This is THE BEST chocolate cake I have ever made. Rich and very moist with the perfect amount of chocolate. It's so, so good! I used this recipe to make cupcakes and filled the middles with cream (I made the cream using the " Cream Filled Cupcakes" recipe, also from this website). I took them to our family Easter gathering and there wasn't a single one left to bring home!!! Everyone raved about them and I'm pretty sure I'm not going to be allowed in the door of the next family gathering without them. Thanks for the awesome recipe! I already threw away my old chocolate cake recipe :)
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Pleasant Pork Chops

Reviewed: Mar. 18, 2012
These pork chops are FANTASTIC! We made them as directed with only a few small modifications. We left the onions in to allow them cook down into the sauce and we upped the chicken broth to a whole (regular sized) can. We ate them with baked potatoes, pouring the extra gravy on top (yum!). Next time we make them (and there WILL be a next time, very, very soon) we'll try them on top of egg noodles :P
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Annie's Fruit Salsa and Cinnamon Chips

Reviewed: May 29, 2010
This is awesome!! We made the chips as stated in the recipe and used fuji apples, raspberries, strawberries, peaches, kiwi, and blueberries in the fruit salsa. Plain old grape jam works great for the preserves, and we did add some white and brown sugar as called for in the recipe. The sugar seemed necessary to us, to cut out some of the bitterness in the berries - but I'm sure this depends heavily on personal preference. It turned out great! We'll be making this again :D
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Authentic Enchiladas Verdes

Reviewed: May 28, 2010
Let me start by saying this recipe is E-X-C-E-L-L-E-N-T!!! Thank you for sharing it. We made it as directed for the most part, but due to the warnings about the heat we mixed things up a little with the peppers. For those who like a little spice but can't handle the intense burn, try this pepper combination: 2 Serranos, 1 Pablano, and 2 Anaheims - and be sure to de-seed all peppers before boiling. This way, you keep that awesome green chili flavor without all the burn. As a general rule, peppers typically get hotter the smaller they are. Knowing that makes it easier to mix and match a pepper blend that's right for you and yours. But make sure to stick with green varieties for this recipe! Oh, and as others have suggested, doubling the sauce is a must!! We doubled the chicken and trippled the sauce and it turned out to a perfectly delicious 6 servings. Yum, yum, YUM!!!
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Raspberry and Almond Shortbread Thumbprints

Reviewed: Dec. 21, 2009
These cookies are FANTASTIC!!! I made them a little smaller than the recipe says using a 1/2 TBSP measuring spoon for consistency. It took 10 minutes in a 350 degree oven for them to be perfectly brown on the bottom with no browning around the edges, and they came out to what I think was a perfect size. At the advice of another reviewer, I used a chap stick end to make the "thumbrints" and it worked beautifully. What a pretty (and great tasting) little Christmas cookie! These are definately a keeper!! Thanks to Dee for sharing the recipe :D
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Peanut Blossoms II

Reviewed: Dec. 13, 2009
This recipe is awesome!! I've been using the same one for years, with just a few variations: (1) For a slightly more moist and chewy cookie, use butter in place of the shortening (no, they do not come out flat this way - they maintain their shape perfectly). The flavor of the butter also helps take the taste of these cookies to a whole new level!! (2) Bake them at 350 degrees for 8 minutes, pull them out of the oven and put the kisses on them, then put them back in the oven for 1.5 to 2 additional minutes. If you do this, the chocolate takes on a new, slightly softer texture once it cools. It still hardens, but not QUITE as hard; and it suits the cookies much better when it's time for eating. Whether you take my advice or follow the posted recipe, I urge you to try these cookies. You won't be disappointed! This is THE classic Peanut Butter Blossoms recipe, and everyone you feed them to will love them :)
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Blueberry Zucchini Bread

Reviewed: Sep. 1, 2009
Thanks for sharing. This recipe is amazing!! I used only 1 Cup of zucchini because it was all I had and it still turned out wonderfully. I did take the advice of other reviewers and substituted 1/2 C. of Apple Sauce for half of the oil to cut down the calories and fat a bit. I'm so glad I stumbled across this recipe! This is one I'll make over and over again.
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Best Big, Fat, Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie

Reviewed: May 26, 2009
What can I say that hasn't already been said in the 3000+ great reviews of this recipe??!! These cookies are soooo good!! I made them a little smaller than the recipe calls for, so I could send them with my fiance to his pot-luck at work. I had to cook them a few minutes less because of this. For slightly smaller cookies, use 2 TBSP of dough for each one, and bake for 12 minutes instead of 15. P-E-R-F-E-C-T!!! Thanks for sharing this awesome recipe :)
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Chewy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Reviewed: May 19, 2009
Wow!! These cookies are awesome! I followed the recipe for the most part, but made a few changes. As others have suggested, I cut the amount of salt in half because I used salted butter. This is a great suggestion. I did not use walnuts, but instead doubled the chocolate chips to 2 cups. Also, I used a food processor to grind the oats down a bit. This gave the cookies a smoother texture, and also helped them not to spread so much, as others have complained about. Overall, a really great tasting cookie!! Thanks for sharing!
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Cabbage Beef Soup

Reviewed: Jan. 12, 2009
Thanks for sharing this recipe!!! I've made it over and over again since I first stumbled upon it, and my whole family loves it. I'm giving it 5 out of 5 stars because it's a great concept and it lead me to a new family favorite; but in my opinion it needs a few adjustments. The first time I made it I followed the recipe exactly and we found it to be a little overpowering. Since then, I make it with the following changes: I use half the cumin, half the pepper, one 16 oz. can of kidney beans, one 15 oz. can of tomato sauce, two 14 oz. cans of chicken broth, and no water. I also added 1/2 tsp. each of garlic powder and onion powder. This suits our tastes much better and makes the soup alot less chili-like. I also leave out the oil because I don't see a need for the added calories/fat, and have found that leaving it out doesn't take anything away from the soup. To make this recipe in alot less time: Fry the hamburger and onion in a large soup pot until browned, drain, and put back in the same pot. Add all of the other ingredients to the pot and bring to a boil. Once boiling, turn the heat down to med-low and cover with a lid. Simmer for 1/2 hour to 45 minutes or until the cabbage is tender, stirring occasionally. Serve and enjoy :)
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Basic Crepes

Reviewed: Jan. 6, 2009
These crepes are great, and so simple! I used this recipe the first time I made crepes, and they turned out perfect. I served them to friends for desert (filled with smashed strawberries and blueberries, banana slices, and vanilla ice cream; and topped with drizzles of chocolate sauce). Everyone loved them and asked me for the recipe. Thanks so much for sharing :)
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Baked French Swirl Toast

Reviewed: Jan. 6, 2009
This recipe turned out great! I topped it with a little bit of homemade buttercream frosting instead of the butter and syrup, and it tasted fantastic!
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The Best Rolled Sugar Cookies

Reviewed: Jan. 6, 2009
This is the best sugar cookie recipe I have found. Thanks for sharing! I made a basic cookie icing and decorated them for the holidays, and they turned out fantastic! I took the advice of a previous reviewer and used parchment paper to roll the dough on and to bake on, and that worked really well :)
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Beef Stew VI

Reviewed: Mar. 9, 2008
This recipe is excellent. The meat comes out very tender, and the veggies are perfectly done (not hard, not mushy). I took the advice of another review the first time I made it and added some red wine, but found that I like this recipe better without it. It tastes much more like a traditional beef stew with the water alone, though I do add a little garlic and onion powder which I would highly recommend trying. A few dashes of worchestershire sauce also adds to the flavor nicely without over doing it. Less is more with this recipe. It's almost perfect just the way it is. Thanks so much for sharing it!
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Hearty Chicken Pot Pie

Reviewed: Mar. 9, 2008
The more I make this recipe the more I love it! It's easy and it's not time consuming. It tastes so good on a cold day!
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Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

Reviewed: Apr. 9, 2007
This is an excellent recipe! I added carrots, corn and celery to give it a little more substance. I also used half and half instead of heavy cream as others have suggested. The soup was everything I hoped it would be! It tasted great, and the consistency was perfect! Thanks for sharing!
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