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Mom's Country Gravy

Reviewed: Mar. 6, 2007
*maniacal laughter* I have created something out of nothing!
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Vegetarian Gravy

Reviewed: Dec. 16, 2005
I'm not a vegetarian, but it had gotten down to the end of the month, and we didn't have any sausages for my standard sausage gravy. As a matter-of-fact, we didn't have a lot of things, so I had to make quite a few substitutions. Olive oil for the generic vegetable oil, no nutritional yeast, ordinary soy sauce, portabello mushroom broth for vegetable broth, no salt, and parsley, rather than sage. The result was extremely good, and I was pleasantly surprised. This is the sort of thing you can pull off without much effort, and I'll definitely make it again.
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Chocolate Cupcakes

Reviewed: Jun. 7, 2006
These were quick and easy to make. I followed the recipe exactly, and mine came out moist, with a good flavor. I decided that they didn't really need any frosting. I brought some to a friend to surprise him for his birthday. About half a dozen people tried them, and they were all impressed. Somebody asked whether I'd used a mix.
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Country Seed Bread

Reviewed: May 7, 2006
For those not using a bread machine: While the seeds are toasting, blend the yeast into 1/4C of the water, (warmed), along with the honey, (warmed) and the salt. Wait for bubbles to form, and then add the remaining water and the oil. In another bowl mix the flour and the seeds, (I didn't wait for them to cool), and mix into the liquid to create a ball of dough. Cover with a towel and allow to rise in a warm place. The stovetop worked nicely, since the oven had been on. I left it for a half an hour and got a small loaf. I'm not sure whether it would have risen further had I waited longer, as I used regular white flour rather than bread flour, but under less hurried circumstances I'd have left it for an hour. From here I followed ItsJustaRide's baking directions. This was lovely toasted with butter for breakfast. My parents put jam on it and said it was very good, but I didn't think it needed any.
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Banana Muffins I

Reviewed: Jul. 26, 2007
I didn't have enough banana, so I added applesauce. My other alterations were pretty standard: cinnamon, and vanilla yogurt for the sour cream. To the reviewer who used 1/4C extra banana rather than sour cream, and got poor results: baking soda requires an acidic ingredient to cause it to act. By removing the sour cream and replacing it with fruit, you removed that acidic ingredient, and the baking soda remained inactive.
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Nancy's Chocolate Fudge Pie

Reviewed: May 1, 2007
I'd give it five stars for taste, but the directions are alarmingly vague. The only way I know of to get a meringue on top of a pie is to bake it on, but the recipe says nothing about this, and when I did the fudge part liquified underneath the meringue. I put it in the refrigerator hoping it would solidify, and the meringue detatched from the crust and began floating. After a day in the fridge, the filling is still pretty runny. The whole mess tastes great, but the presentation leaves something to be desired.
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Juicy Butt Steaks

Reviewed: Jul. 5, 2007
My husband bought the meat, so I'm not sure what kind of cut I was using, but I think it was a pork shoulder blade steak. Whatever it was, 16oz of liquid was enough to cook it in. Rather than using a cup of ketchup, I used an 8oz can of tomato sauce, and mixed in about 1T brown sugar, 1T vinegar, 1/4t cinnamon, 1/4t dry mustard, a of pinch allspice, and a pinch of cloves. (Essentially a ketchup recipe, except with tomato sauce instead of tomato paste.) I then used the can to add 8oz water, put in the onion, and let it cook away. Every half hour or so I used a pair of tongs to rotate it. About three hours later I took out the meat, removed the fat and bone, tore the pork into chunks, and served with with the sauce over gnocchi. It was tender and flavorful, and quite easy to make.
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Crispy Cornmeal Drop Doughnuts

Reviewed: Mar. 30, 2006
One word of advice if you're going to try these: don't let the spoonfuls get too big, or they won't cook through without getting too done. I haven't got a deep fryer, so I just heated some canola corn oil to the prescribed temperature in a pot, which worked well enough. I also didn't have self rising flour or self rising cornmeal mix, so I looked up an online substitute for both which involved adding a little baking powder and some salt. It worked fine. They aren't hard, so if these sound good to you, have at them.
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Butterscotch Apple Dumplings

Reviewed: Sep. 25, 2007
Mmm. Maybe it's just that I only made two of these, but I didn't find the recipe to be difficult or time consuming. I skipped the peeling step, though, and I patted the dough into rounds rather than rolling it out. It yeilds a crispy, biscuit like crust, and a soft, warm apple. (Braeburn, in my case.) I rubbed the cinnamon sugar mix over the inside of the dough before wrapping the apple in it, and used a bit of allspice, rather than nutmeg. I also stuffed them with golden raisins. They would be lovely with vanilla ice cream, but if you haven't got any, a cold glass of milk will do. Incidentally, if you scale it down to two servings like I did, you might want to double the sauce.
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Conchas (Mexican Sweet Bread)

Reviewed: Dec. 16, 2005
I was introduced to Mexican sweet bread when I worked on a tree crew, and we used to go to the local bakery to get some every morning for breakfast. I've kind of missed that little tradition, and finding a close approximation really made my day, since there are no panderias where I live now. My parents liked the recipe, too. Thanks, Melissa.
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Slow Cooker Chicken Stew

Reviewed: Dec. 16, 2005
This recipe would be much faster if the potatoes were partially pre-cooked, but we (my boyfriend and I) left it all day, so it didn't matter much. Our substitutions and additons were pretty standard: 2 chicken breasts, 3 chopped celery sticks, 1/2 onion, chicken gravy, mushroom soup, 2 cloves garlic. Rather unusual and very interesting, what with all the different textures and flavors. We enjoyed it.
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Cuban Green Soup

Reviewed: Oct. 18, 2007
Not having any salt pork, I kind of improvised a bit. I added some crushed garlic, a diced hot pepper, and sliced turkey bacon in with the onion. Then I made a broth of diced tomatoes and water, to which I added a little bit of soy sauce and some hot sauce. The turnip greens were fresh, and I used Great Northern beans. Served with cornmeal muffins this made a full meal- enough to fill my husband up, which is saying something!
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Coconut Flax Bars

Reviewed: Oct. 24, 2006
The dryness is an easy fix. Just use 1/4C butter and 1/4C applesauce, rather than 1/2C butter. They turn out nice and moist that way.
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Flax Seed Carrot Cake

Reviewed: Feb. 8, 2007
A cake it's not, but it makes a really excellent breakfast bread. I omitted the walnuts because I didn't have any, and used 1/2 cup of golden raisins.
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Veggie Brown Rice Wraps

Reviewed: Sep. 27, 2007
I made a very loose adaptation of this recipe consisting of brown rice cooked with cumin and tomato, leftover black bean and corn salsa, (which included onion, tomato and hot peppers, among other things,) a sliced avocado, sharp cheddar cheese, a few dollops of nonfat yogurt cheese (as a sour cream substitute), and a squirt of hot sauce. Then I sent one off in my husband's lunch, and had one for lunch myself. It was neat enough to eat on the go, substantial enough to keep us both going until dinner, and it tasted great cold, which is a big advantage if you don't have access to a microwave oven at work.
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Tomato Bacon Squares

Reviewed: Jul. 26, 2007
I made mine as a meal, on homemade crust, and it served two people nicely. I used mushrooms rather than bell pepper, onion powder in the mayonaise rather than onions, turkey bacon, and a mixture of montery and pepper jack cheeses. It turned out really well. I think the pepper jack gave it a nice kick.
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Amish White Bread

Reviewed: Aug. 23, 2007
I've tried several white bread recipes, and this is my favorite. I reduce the sugar to 1/4C to make it lighter, and it yields a nice, evenly textured loaf, which is good for sandwiches. Update: I tried it with 1/3 whole wheat flour the other day, and it came out a bit softer than the all white flour version does, which turned out to be a problem when making lunch box sandwiches with it. It was really good, though.
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Cornmeal Mush

Reviewed: Jul. 10, 2007
I did as JewRican suggested: halved the cornmeal and made it with milk. Served with honey and a pat of butter, it was delicious.
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Baked Custard for Two

Reviewed: Apr. 24, 2007
I had never had baked custard before, but it was something my English husband grew up with, so I decided to give it a try. It couldn't have been easier to make, but after 45 minutes of cooking it was still quite liquid. I decided to take it out of the oven and refrigerate it, and in a few hours it had set nicely. Being new to custard I wasn't sure what to make of it, but my husband assured me that it looked and tasted just right.
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Cottage Cheese Perogies

Reviewed: Apr. 19, 2007
I filled mine with a mixture of peppered cottage cheese and ham, and fried them in a little canola. Then I used to oil to make country gravy (from this site), and covered the perogies in it. They make a great breakfast item that way. My husband thinks they would also be good filled with apple, so I'm going to try that later.
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