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Extra Easy Hummus

Reviewed: Jun. 3, 2010
I used a 19 oz. tin of beans as it was all I could find. As per other reviews, I added more garlic (3 cloves), halved cumin, and added a tbsp. lemon juice. I LOVE it!! I serve it drizzled with olive oil, and finely chopped roasted red pepper. This is definitely something I will make over and over again!
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No Bake Cookies V

Reviewed: Aug. 16, 2007
To say these cookies have "some nutritional value" is a stretch, as they are pretty much candy. I used smooth peanut butter (personal preference), but otherwise followed recipe exactly as is. Very easy, and very delicious. Will definitely be making these again!
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Apple Cake III

Reviewed: Sep. 11, 2007
"Whaddaya mean, you didn't make dessert?" That was my husband...so 15 minutes before company arrived, I found this on the site, threw it together with a French Vanilla cake mix, and no nuts (didn't have any), and dessert was made. It was super quick and easy, smelled great baking, and tasted delicious served with whipped cream. Didn't even miss the nuts. I will always have these ingredients in the pantry...just in case!
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Italian Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Reviewed: Nov. 17, 2007
I give it a five but I made a couple simple modifications - I used presliced sourdough bread. For the garlic butter, I used fresh minced garlic, a bit of salt and Italian seasoning. I also used sliced mozza, and a meaty sauce for dipping. We all loved it, and my son wants it all the time now. Great recipe!
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White Chocolate Gorp

Reviewed: Dec. 18, 2007
As per other reviews, I used 7c.crispix, 4 c.cheerios, 4 c.pretzel twists and 4 c.nuts (a mountain mix of almonds, peanuts, raisins and smarties), with 2 full lbs. of choc. I melted the chocolate in the microwave at 1/2 power, stirring every minute. After mixing it all and turning it onto wax paper, I sprinkled it with red and green mini M&M's. It turned out awesome, and will make great gifts for neighbors and teachers in fancy clear bags with Christmas tags.
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Perfect Pumpkin Pie

Reviewed: Dec. 26, 2008
I was never a big fan of pumpkin pie, but since my husband is, I first made this for him years ago. It is the best pumpkin pie I have ever had - very creamy, not too sweet or spicy. I omitted the ginger, because it was never a spice I had regularily, and I don't miss it. This is the only recipe I will use - a success every time.
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Pesto Scrambled Eggs

Reviewed: Jan. 6, 2008
I came across this recipe by accident, and was intrigued so I made it immediately after reading the reviews. I agree with molle888, pesto goes better with feta so that's what I did. Butter in the pan, 2 eggs, feta, pepper (no salt required), and about 2 tsp of pesto. I gave 5 stars for my version, I loved it!
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Chocolate Chip Cake Mix Cookies

Reviewed: Dec. 6, 2008
In order to give an ACCURATE review, I did this recipe exactly as printed. I didn't tell my kids there were raisins in the cookies - my 5 year old spotted them, but liked them anyway. They are so easy to make, and really good. I will try many variations, and the first thing I will do is switch wheat germ for the oats - gotta get it in the kids somehow! A great recipe, with so many options. Would be excellent for a cookie exchange! (I used a 1 tbsp scoop for the dough and while the first batch was cooking, scooped the remainder of the dough onto waxed paper to save time. Yield was 4 1/2 dozen.)
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Delicious Raspberry Oatmeal Cookie Bars

Reviewed: Feb. 22, 2008
I used brown sugar (not golden) and ED Smith's triple fruit raspberry (with strawberries and blackberries). Very easy to make; couldn't wait for it to cool, so I didn't! It was great warm, not too sweet at all. Can't wait to try it tomorrow when it has softened a bit. I will definitely be making this one again!
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Gourmet Root Beer Float

Reviewed: Feb. 22, 2008
I love these, although it's a toss up between root beer and orange crush...mmmm. Don't need the whipped cream or cherry, but makes it a little fancier.
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Luscious Slush Punch

Reviewed: Aug. 7, 2007
This was a huge hit with my girlfriends at a group gathering. I used raspberry jello, reduced the sugar to half as suggested, and divided the recipe into two tupperware containers to freeze. One container served the eight of us with leftovers, and the second batch was used at a party 2 weeks later. This will be my new GO-TO recipe for punch!
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Sugar Cookies

Reviewed: Nov. 19, 2008
My mom made the best sugar cookies, but she died a long time ago and I never got her recipe. This one is fantastic. Like my mom, I divided the dough in half, and rolled each half in waxed paper like a log. I sprinkled each side with sugar, wrapped it and refridgerated overnight. I just sliced it and baked the cookies, ending up with 4 1/2 dozen little slices of heaven. I can't wait to share these and a few stories of my mom with my children. *Made these again the other night - divided the dough into 3 - kept one white, then kneaded food coloring into the other 2 pieces, one green and one red. I patted them out, layered them, then rolled and chilled them. They turned out beautiful, and tasted just as good. A good alternative to suit whatever season you would like to color them for.
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Gourmet Mushroom Risotto

Reviewed: Feb. 27, 2008
This is the first risotto I have ever made, and it is fantastic! I made a couple minor changes - couldn't get portobellos so just used buttons; freeze dried chives; no butter. I don't add salt as parmesan is very salty, this way everyone can season it to their own taste. (FYI-it can be made without the wine, just use extra stock.) This recipe also halves well. Delicious!!
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Beer Margaritas

Reviewed: Oct. 21, 2008
I prefer to use Mr. and Mrs. T's Margarita Mix instead of the frozen Limeade - eliminates the need for water also, but depends on how you like it. I like it on the rocks, and with a good shot of beer, this margarita definitely ROCKS!!
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Spiced Pumpkin Seeds

Reviewed: Feb. 27, 2008
These are really good! I doubled the sauce ingredients with these variations - butter, seasoned salt and garlic powder. You may not need to double the sauce, it will depend on your pumpkin, but personal taste is - saucy is better!!
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Kalua Pig in a Slow Cooker

Reviewed: Feb. 27, 2008
I didn't have the Hawaiian sea salt, so I used La Baleine. I shredded the pork, added Bourbon Whiskey BBQ sauce (from this site) and heated through. I served it on fresh Kaiser rolls with a side salad. Easy to make, and really tasty!
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Souvlaki

Reviewed: Mar. 27, 2008
I'm always looking for new recipes for pork tenderloin as my family loves it. We also love skewers, so this fit the bill perfectly! I used bottled lemon juice (3 Tbsp), and threaded only the meat on the skewers. I served it with green beans and rice pilaf and it was fantastic. Very tender and full of flavor. I will definitely do this again!
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Black Bean and Salsa Soup

Reviewed: Apr. 20, 2008
I just whipped this together in 5 minutes for tomorrow's lunch. I used chicken broth, and reserved 1 cup of beans (as others posted) before blending with a hand-held immersion blender. It worked great. I then added the reserved beans and a can of corn. It is fantastic! I think it will be even better tomorrow when all the flavors have a chance to blend. Great recipe, thanks!
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Taco Seasoning I

Reviewed: May 7, 2008
I decreased the chili powder slightly, didn't have paprika, and omitted red pepper flakes. At first I thought it was too salty, but once you put all of your toppings in the taco, it balanced very nicely. Next time, I will put the recommended amount of chili powder. I will probably just make a big batch and use 2 Tbsp per pound of ground beef as in previous reviews. Everyone loved it, and it will become a regular for sure. Maybe I'll add some dehydrated onion next time...
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Ranch Dressing II

Reviewed: May 7, 2008
Made this exactly as written and it made a fantastic raw veggie dip. The flavor was very nice and mild, and it was gone in no time!! Definitely a keeper, and will absolutely make it again and again!!
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