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Sugar Cookie Frosting

Reviewed: Jan. 23, 2009
This recipe works great but I also have a tip... When mixing your ingredients, always mix the wet ingredients together first... then add your dry. That way you avoid the lumps that others have mentioned. If you just mix the sugar with the shortening and add the liquids later you're going to get lumps! Also, always sift your powdered sugar to get the lumps out of it before you even start. If you have a Kitchenaid mixer (like I do) you probably can eliminate the sifting step since the mixer is a miracle worker and never gives me lumps.
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Spool Sugar Cookies

Reviewed: Dec. 12, 2008
Love these!!
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Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

Reviewed: Oct. 28, 2008
I've actually been making these cookies for quite some time now but am late giving a review. I loved these cookies and so did my husband. My mother-in-law even requested the recipe, yay! The big thing that impresses me about this cookie is the peanut butter shines through (which is expected by the amount of peanut butter and lack of other ingredients). Most PB cookie recipes use 1/2 cup of PB, and although some are yummy... they don't do a PB cookie justice. This one does! It satisfies that PB craving with the first cookie so I don't overindulge. Chopped nuts go well with this cookie as well... or even oreo cookie sprinkles on top... YUM!!
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Maple Salmon

Reviewed: Oct. 26, 2008
This is a wonderful dish! My husband and I love it and make it often. Salmon is a great, healthy food that is high in protein and nutrition. Thanks for the recipe Starflower!!
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Peanut Butter Crunch Apples

Reviewed: Oct. 20, 2008
Oreos worked really good here too. I also sometimes just dip the bottoms in the cookies and it gives a nice presentation. A trick I use is to dip my apple in the caramel then drizzle it with the dark and white chocolates. I let that set for a few minutes while I dip several apples. I let them set up on a cookie cooling rack with a cookie pan (covered in foil) underneath to catch the drippings. Then I re dip just the bottoms of the apples in the caramel and then cookie crumbs. It gives a great presentation and looks very pretty when wrapped in clear cellophane tied with a ribbon or raffia. Update... I also wanted to mention That the apples are usually dipped in boiling water for a few seconds to remove the wax, right? Well, since I make these every year I do something a little different to remove the wax now. I open a new "Scotch" scrub sponge and scrub the apple under hot running water. Apples dropped in the boiling water tend to discolor a little. The taste isn't altered, but I just didn't like that discoloration. The scrub sponge works great!!
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Cherry Almond Caramel Apple Explosion

Reviewed: Oct. 20, 2008
"craisins" work well here too. Just a little tip for newbies out there... store bought apples usually have a wax coating on them to make them shiny. To prevent your caramel from slipping off make sure you scrub that wax off or better yet... go apple picking with your family at an apple orchard and pick your own apples (so much fun and a great holiday tradition!) These caramel apples are good though and my husband prefers them to those covered with chocolate chips, drizzles or anything else that adds anymore sweetness to the apple. UPDATE:: another great topping is macadamia nuts and white chocolate with a milk chocolate drizzle... yum!
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Pumpkin Pie Cake I

Reviewed: Sep. 19, 2008
This is one yummy dessert. I used the cake mixture on the bottom as a crust as others suggested. It was very good, but I might try it as stated in the recipe. My "crust" tended to bubble up and form waves instead of staying an even layer. If I try this again... and I'm sure I'll try it again... i'll only use half of the cake mixture since I loved the pumpkin taste and would have liked a little more of that yummy pumpkin in each bite. This is an easy and tasty dessert that I'd reccoment to anyone.
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Cake Mixes from Scratch and Variations

Reviewed: Sep. 19, 2008
I've tried this recipe several times now... using several of the variations. I have to tell you though, this recipe is missing something. It's neither moist nor is it mouthwatering. I substituted the shortening for oil and that helped. I'm very disappointed though as I wanted a good "from scratch" recipe. This isn't it. Another problem is that there is a subtle after taste to it. I think it's from the baking powder. I reduced the called for baking powder in subsequent cakes, but even in the chocolate cake I could taste it a little. I think of all of them the chocolate or spice cakes have a beter taste than the yellow or white. Another problem I have with this cake is the texture. Because it's not moist it has a sort of gummy or chewy texture instead of a nice light taste. My first bite felt like a letdown after the work of making a cake from scratch. I really wanted this cake to work. I think that in a pinch I might use it again, but would probably look elsewhere. On the plus side, I think this recipe allows you to claim a cake as your own... from start to finish everything you put into this cake is at your discretion. You can alter the taste depending on the flavorings you add or detract. I just wish I could get a better texture from it. I may try it one more time and see if I can figure out a way to get rid of that chewy texture.
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Poinsettia Cookies

Reviewed: Sep. 13, 2008
If you use food coloring instead of paste you're going to end up with pink cookies. Use paste instead to get a true red color. The cookies themselves are yummy and pretty! I love sugarplum's picture in this recipe. Her cookies always rock!!
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French Salad Dressing Mix

Reviewed: Sep. 12, 2008
Not quite what I'd call French, but it works as a dressing. As for Rebecca's comment about it tasting like oil... you need to let it sit for a while. I make dressings like this a day ahead so the flavors have time to marry. If you just mix it and use it... the herbs have not penetrated the oils.
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Bacon-Flavored Dog Biscuits

Reviewed: Sep. 12, 2008
These were great, according to my dogs ;-) Both dogs loved them. I diced up a pound of bacon and cooked it adding the bacon bits along with the fat. I increased the recipe size then added more fat and bacon. It was a hit! I refrigerated the leftovers and even froze some... thinking my dogs wouldn't eat them so quickly. They were gone within the week! I'm making more today at my dogs request!! Oh, I also wanted to mention that salt is not healthy for dogs so I'd advise omitting it from the recipe. Thanks for sharing!!!
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Jen's Heavenly Egg Salad

Reviewed: Sep. 10, 2008
This was wonderful. The flavors melded very well, and you can add ingredients to suit your personal preference. I'll be making this again!!
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Lemon Cake with Lemon Filling and Lemon Butter Frosting

Reviewed: Sep. 4, 2008
I loved the frosting and loved the filling. I made a mistake and followed some of the reveiwers advice and used a lemon cake mix however... and it was overkill! It was way too lemony (if that's a word). My guests (myself included) did not finish their serving and I was stuck with about one forth of the cake. It's still sitting on the counter. Ironically, I was told by several guests that the filling and frosting would have been wonderful on a white cake, grrrrr. I will make this again for sure, but take my advice and follow the recipe as stated. Make the white cake or you will end up with a lemon cake you can't even give away!
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Coconut Cream Cake I

Reviewed: Aug. 30, 2008
I've made this cake quite a few times now. It is often requested and everyone just loves it. I substitute coconut milk for the regular milk, but other than that I make it as directed in the recipe. It is so easy and so tasty. People can't believe it's homemade. Also, for those intimidated by cake recipes other than simple box cakes... this is not time consuming or labor intensive. It's a great cake and well worth the effort. Enjoy!!
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Tiramisu Layer Cake

Reviewed: Aug. 30, 2008
This is a wonderful cake recipe. I've made it several times now and, like others, must advise you to double or triple the coffee and liqueur. I even made this several moths ago, along with 4 other cakes, when my husband and I reaffirmed our wedding vows. It is a great cake and very moist and flavorful. The mascarpone substitute works very well here and gives just the right flavor to the overall presentation. I'm making it again tonight for a Labor Day pool party at my brother-in-laws home. Also, for those who are intimidated by anything other than a plain box cake... this is not labor intensive yet gives that appearance to those you serve it too. Enjoy!!
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Salsa Chicken

Reviewed: Aug. 29, 2008
This is such an easy... yet such a great dish. My husband just loved it. So did I. I used the taco seasoning like a rub and then sauted the chicken in butter. I poured homemade salsa on top and let the juices run around the chicken. I covered the top of the wok in alluminum foil to keep the steam from escaping and let it steam about 8 minutes. The chicken was so tender and juicy. I made white rice in vegetable stock and served the chicken on top. I also served a fresh salad sprinkled with a little taco mix. The taco mix gave the salad a great taste, and we didn't need any dressing which saved calories. I also served a vegetable on the side. This was truly such a wonderful meal. My husband requested it again the next day! because I sauted it in the wok instead of baking it the taste was a little richer. The butter added to the taste and the sauce it created was wonderful on the rice. (Edited April 21, 2011... I regularly use Rotel instead of salsa... which is usually homemade... but I would note that if you use rotel instead of the salsa you should dice up some onions to add since it better resembles a salsa in the end)
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Tater Tot Casserole III

Reviewed: Aug. 13, 2008
This is a great, cheap meal. I first saw it on the show about the Duggar family... you know, the Baptist family that has 19 kids, lol. I'm not a big fan of mushroom soup recipes so I may use cream of chicken or celery instead, but it tastes good. It's a comfort food for sure.
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Judy's Strawberry Pretzel Salad

Reviewed: Aug. 7, 2008
I've made this several times now. It is always well received and requested. You can use different fruits and jellos to alter the flavors while still maintaining a quality dessert. I enjoy a raspberry jello with pineapple. I love it!!
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Homemade Noodles

Reviewed: Aug. 4, 2008
These are wonderful. This is also a fond childhood memory for me. I remember going to my grandmother's home and sitting to watch her roll out and cut her noodles. She made the best noodles, bless her heart. She's gone now, but her homemade noodles live on. My aunts and mother would make homemade chicken and noodles on special occasions as all the family (aunts, uncles, cousins and more) would gather to enjoy this wonderful and hearty meal. One suggestion though is to roll the noodles thin enough or else they are rather dry in the middle and even though the taste is good... they are a bit too thick. These also go well ith homemade biscuits. UPDATE:: A good trick for cutting the noodles is to roll them thin and use a pizza wheel to cut out the strips. It works great!!
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Awesome Chicken Noodle Soup

Reviewed: Jun. 2, 2008
Made this several months ago when both my husband and I were sick. It's awesome! I did add a little more seasoning (personal taste) but the recipe holds it's own quite well. Thanks for sharing!!
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