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4H Banana Bread

Reviewed: Jul. 13, 2012
I really thought banana bread was just banana bread until I made this recipe. Outstanding. Moist and light, even using 1/2 whole wheat flour. Everything else exactly according to the recipe. (which I doubled, then immediately doubled 2 more times!) I got a little freaked out after my second batch was baking I read reviews saying this "needs" spices. Lies. It's amazing as is. If you prefer spices, then go for it, but you won't be disappointed either way.
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Refried Beans Without the Refry

Reviewed: Feb. 22, 2012
So cheap and easy. I will be tweaking the spices to my preferences, as would anyone, but they are pretty tasty as is. I mashed them in my stand mixer (the same way I mash potatoes) making this just about the easiest process imaginable. Love.
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Almond Butter

Reviewed: Sep. 1, 2011
This recipe isn't written terribly clearly, but it does make good almond butter. Wait until the ball stage to add oil then KEEP PROCESSING until you get the consistency you want. The natural oils release as it is processed, and it takes a long time. It's the same for other nut butters, but almond takes longer. If you do add honey (which I prefer) wait to add it at the end.
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Quick and Easy Pizza Crust

Reviewed: Feb. 1, 2009
Pretty good as is, and a great quick alternative to traditional pizza crusts. If you plan on making a fairly large pizza (which this recipe will make) then I would suggest pre-baking it for 7-8 minutes before adding the toppings. My large one didn't get cooked all the way through before the toppings started to get burned, but the small ones came out fine after 20 minutes. I also think that I'll let the crust rise a little more next time.
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Chocolate Orange Fondue

Reviewed: Dec. 29, 2008
I thought this was pretty good, but I really like dark chocolate. I added a little more zest than called for, and thought it came out perfectly. I wouldn't serve it at a party again unless I knew there were others who would eat it. It's obviously not very sweet at all.
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Cider Cheese Fondue

Reviewed: Dec. 29, 2008
This was my first cheese fondue, and I was thoroughly disappointed. I'm pretty sure I followed all of the directions exactly, but maybe my pot was too hot or too cold. I did double the recipe, so maybe that made a difference. Others seemed to have no problem, so I'll chock it up to user error. It turned out to be a gooey, stringy mess. At first it looked like we were doing fine, then the more I stirred the bigger the gigantic cheese clump. I ended up running to the store last minute for some velveeta [hanging head in shame] because folks were showing up and I didn't want all the cheese dippers to go to waste. I'm just glad the cheeses weren't really expensive, because I would have cried. I didn't give it 3 stars just because of my mistake, either. I tried a bit before it was inedible, and it seemed to me to be lacking something. Maybe garlic as others suggested, but I thought it just seemed kinda flat, just sweetened cheddar.
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Butterscotch Fondue

Reviewed: Dec. 29, 2008
If you think butterscotch and caramel are basically the same thing, then you won't have any problems with this recipe. The only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 is that the #1 comment I received on it was "Oh, that's butterscotch? It tasted like caramel." (#2 comment was "YUM") That said, it was very rich and delicious. The only change I made was to boil it a little longer - about 7 minutes - to thicken it, based on other reviews. It turned out perfectly. I served this along with one dark chocolate, one milk chocolate, and one cheese fondue last night, and this was my favorite. You can't dip just anything in it like you can with chocolate, but it was great on pound cake, rice krispy treats, brownie balls, pretzels, apples, marshmallows, cheesecake, and bananas.
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Chocolate Sandwich Cookies II

Reviewed: Nov. 5, 2008
Made a half batch as a test for an upcoming cookie exchange. I'll definitely be taking these with a few modifications. The cookie itself is awesome and oh so easy. It's soft and gooey, but holds up well to being handled. The reason only 4 stars for this recipe is the filling leaves something to be desired. As is, it's not nearly thick enough. I doubled the cream cheese and added some butter. It still oozed when I ate it, but I'll bet they'll set up in the fridge and be really good by tomorrow. I also think that these would make awesome icecream sandwiches.
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Taco Soup II

Reviewed: Jan. 7, 2008
Tasty as is and easy to modify. I've made this recipe or a variation thereof several times, both on the stove and in a slow cooker (about 4-5 hrs on low to let the flavors meld). Its really inexpensive, especially when I cut the meat in half, which makes it the best for feeding a lot of people, and it's great for a come-home-to lunch with friends on Sunday after Church.
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Three Cheese Manicotti II

Reviewed: Jan. 7, 2008
Tasty recipe and simple to make. Since I was cooking for two I froze half of the filled shells for an easy meal later. They turned out very well both times.
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Chicken Pasta Salad II

Reviewed: Aug. 10, 2007
Oh so good! Use leftover chicken and leave out the corn because habibi doesn't care for it. Overall, it's a super quick and easy, not to mention delicious pasta salad. You can change up any of the ingredients you want according to availability and or preference, except the dressing. Don't touch it: it's perfect.
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Granola Bars I

Reviewed: Aug. 10, 2007
Not really what I was going for, but they tasted pretty good. VERY sweet. It was more like granola cake than granola bars. I certainly don't like boiling the cranberries. sure it softens them up, but I think they lose a lot of flavor.
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A Jerky Chicken

Reviewed: Aug. 10, 2007
Very good. Though I'm sure it would have been better on the grill, the broiler was a nice, quick alternative to hauling out the charcoal. Doubled the sauce, and mighty glad I did. Thickened and served on the chicken and rice it's unbelievable. Used jalapenos fresh from the garden instead of habaneros, but added quite a bit of the seeds so I didn't loose too much of the spice.
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Amatriciana

Reviewed: Aug. 10, 2007
OK, so my husband moaned all throughout dinner exclaiming the deliciousness of this dish. I doubled the crushed red pepper (thanks Conari!) and upped the garlic to 1 TBSP. I'll be honest though, and I'll probably never say this about anything again, but that might have been too much garlic. Perhaps just 2 tsp next time. Still, it had a really rich flavor, and wasn't overpowered by the tomatoes as I feared it would be when I saw two whole cans go into the skillet.
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Autumn Spice Ham Steak

Reviewed: May 31, 2007
I've made this twice now, once for my husband's office-mates because they saw (and smelled) the leftovers he took to work the first time. Everyone seems to like it. It has a really nice flavor, not as sweet as I would have thought, and it's super fast. It's not gourmet, but I'll make it every now and then. I used sliced ham instead of hamsteak. I think it would be nice with chopped pecans or walnuts.
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Rosemary Ranch Chicken Kabobs

Reviewed: May 16, 2007
Absolutely delicious! I set aside some marinade for basting, and my habibi was a whiz on the grill - cooked to perfection and not too dry. He said he basted them several times throughout the grilling. Along with the chicken we cooked red and green bell peppers, red onions, and mushrooms. Everything tasted absolutely splendid, or so said all of my guests, and I quite agree! I made the recipe almost exactly as written. I only subbed dried rosemary for the fresh - perhaps this recipe will convince me to grow some.
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Grilled Hawaiians

Reviewed: May 3, 2007
Loved these! Great variation on grilled cheese when we need a meal in a hurry. Two suggestions: toast the bread first and put the pineapple between the ham and the cheese. It really helps to keep the bread from getting soggy.
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Chickpea Curry

Reviewed: May 3, 2007
Where's the flavor? Neither I nor my husband cared for this at all. I offered to try and make it better next time, but he said not to even bother.
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Jen's Jambalaya

Reviewed: May 2, 2007
I wasn't blown out of the water by this recipe, but it was pretty tasty and very quick since I had both chicken and sausage already cooked. My husband loved it, and said it was even better the second day. (He ate all of the leftovers, so I didn't get a chance to try it the day after!)
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Cream Cheese Mints

Reviewed: Dec. 21, 2005
These are absolutely phenomenal. My mom's cousin, a wedding coordinator, used to make these for all of her weddings when I was a kid. I could never get enough of them! Now I guess I won't have to...they're so easy. I dressed mine up with Kisses and Hugs because the snowballs looked so plain and I don't have any candy molds. It's fine if they're not still frozen when you bite into them.
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