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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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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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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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Easy Garlic Broiled Chicken

Reviewed: Mar. 22, 2007
I scaled it down to two servings and used four chicken legs. After thirty minutes in the broiler, they were done perfectly. (I turned them once halfway through.) My husband and I thought that they tasted great.
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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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Grandma's Yorkshire Pudding

Reviewed: Dec. 16, 2005
I combined MBUENZLI's suggestion with Nicola's and melted a tablespoon of butter in the bottom of each muffin tin in the oven. I filled each 3/4 full and ended up with batter enough for nine. A couple of them fell, but they still tasted great with gravy, and they were extremely easy to make.
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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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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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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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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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Mom's Country Gravy

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

Reviewed: Nov. 9, 2007
I didn't have any molasses, so I used dark brown sugar for half the white and corn syrup. I imagine molasses would have made them even better. I also added a bit of butter flavoring. The cookies were extremely soft right out of the oven, but they firmed up pretty quickly, and days later they were still as tender as the poster of the recipe promised. (This recipe makes a lot, by the way- they weren't around days later for lack of consumption!) They're perfect seasonal cookies for the colder months. I served them at a gathering, and everybody said they were wonderful- even my husband, who insists that a cookie isn't a cookie unless it has chocolate chips in it.
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Broiled Tilapia Parmesan

Reviewed: Sep. 13, 2007
I was cooking for myself, and making a pretty thin filet, so I just dumped the sauce on top of the fish and broiled it two or three minutes. It came out great.
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Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Bread

Reviewed: Jun. 16, 2007
I made 1/4 of the recipe and baked it in two mini loaf pans. It looked quite different from the picture on this site, but was no less attractive. My husband ate his entire loaf in ten minutes, and said it tasted like something you'd get at a bakery. He suggested that next time I put some kind of fruit filling at the center- I'll have to experiement.
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Cake Mixes from Scratch and Variations

Reviewed: Jun. 11, 2007
I used canola oil instead of shortening, and made chocolate, yellow and spice cupcakes. They came out the perfect consistency, and they all tasted very good. One batch of batter made 21 cupcakes.
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Mushroom Lentil Barley Stew

Reviewed: Dec. 16, 2005
This was really excellent, and my boyfriend's favorite recipe yet. He says it's hard to believe that it has no meat in it, and compares it to a good chili. We used parsley for savory, and quite a bit of pepper.
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Never-Ever-Fail Meringue

Reviewed: May 1, 2007
I burned off enough calories beating this with a hand mixer that I didn't feel guilty about my dessert! ;-) Seriously, it turned out wonderfully. I had to bake it a little longer to get it to brown on top, but there was absolutely no weeping.
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