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Easy Decadent Truffles

Reviewed: Jan. 29, 2007
Great recipe! I made it according to instructions and found it too sweet, but when I tweaked it a bit the second time around, it came out perfect and chocolatey! I reduced the sugar to 2 cups like others suggested and added about 3 tablespoons of pure cocoa powder while mixing. Don't worry if the mixture isn't completely smooth at this point because once you let it sit out to harden a bit (refridgeration hardens it too much, unless you're trying to speed up the process), use a melon baller to scoop the amount of chocolate you want to form into a ball. Mash this chocolate quickly to make it very smooth then form into a ball immediately. Roll the truffle in chopped nuts, coconut flakes, etc. (you might have to press in the nuts or whatever you use to make it adhere better to the truffle) while the outside of the truffle is still somewhat melty/wet or nothing will stick onto it once it hardens/dries again. Doing this might make the truffle less round so reshape it quickly after rolling in nuts, etc. if you want a nice round truffle. Set on cookies sheets lined with parchment paper to harden. The best flavor combinations that I found were spiced rum rolled in crushed Heath bars and malibu coconut rum rolled in coconut flakes! These are to die for flavors! I did try a very expensive orange liquor in the truffles and rolled with crushed roasted walnuts, but that just doesn't taste good to me.
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Sugar Coated Pecans

Reviewed: Jan. 29, 2007
You have got to try this!!! It is addictive! The family and I loved this so much---we couldn't put it down! Followed advice of others with the vanilla extract and sprinkles of nutmeg as well as using other kinds of nuts! This is great anytime!
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Chocolate Eclair Dessert

Reviewed: Jan. 29, 2006
This is sooo good!!! I just made it yesterday and I'm still treating myself to a good portion today! I definitely cannot stop eating this!!! I agree with other reviewers that the reason why this eclair is so good is because it isn't too sweet and rich--and that's what makes it soooo perfect!!! The yummy pudding tastes like delicious custard instead and the chocolate topping compliments it perfectly! Microwaving the chocolate frosting and pouring it on top makes it sooo easy to frost! However, I disagree with some viewers that this is not a very presentable dessert because it is! It all depends on your creativity and skills. I was able to crack the graham crackers to fit in between the small cracks on the side of the 9x13 pan and frost my dessert perfectly. I also poured white chocolate in horizontal lines then used a knife to draw vertical lines over the white and regular chocolate frosting to create a very fancy effect! Therefore, this dessert is perfect for dressing up or down depending on your level of expertise!
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Coconut Shrimp I

Reviewed: Mar. 4, 2007
If I could give more stars I would!!! Absolutely delicious! Like others said, it's best eaten right away and if it sits around it'll get soft but you could always pop it in the oven for a while at around 200-300 degrees to get the crunch back in it. Will continue to make for special occasions since it's not the healthiest to eat everyday but it's so easy to make!
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Raspberry and Almond Shortbread Thumbprints

Reviewed: Dec. 19, 2008
OMG! The BEST thumbprint cookies ever!!! I was probably too busy baking and eating these last Christmas so it's been a year and I forgot to put up a review for this recipe! I followed other reviewers' tips (i.e. extra 1/4 cup flour, making small balls, using end of handle of wooden spoon to perfectly indent the balls, and chilling in fridge before baking) and my cookies came out perfect-looking and delicious! These are melt in your mouth goodness and one batch is never enough. In fact, I think I made 3-4 batches of these last Christmas and I may have only given away 1 of those batches in my cookie gift boxes because I kept the rest all for me---yes, me!!! This is sooo good, it should be illegal!
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Simple Country Ribs

Reviewed: Mar. 11, 2007
Simply the best! Thanks for sharing such a great recipe! It's a brilliant idea to cook the ribs using the sauce, water, and spices! Will use this recipe all the time from now on!
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Vietnamese Fresh Spring Rolls

Reviewed: Feb. 5, 2009
Loved it! I like to use rotisserie chicken shreds in place of the shrimp sometimes and it's delicious. I like both dips but I like the fish sauce/lime dip a bit more than the peanut/hoisin dip. So full of flavor!
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Homemade Black Bean Veggie Burgers

Reviewed: Mar. 18, 2007
Delicious!!! My first veggie burger ever and it was GREAT! I followed the recipe exactly except for adding an extra egg since I didnt' want to deal with a mixture that doesn't stick together and used a 1 cup measuring cup (sprayed with cooking spray) to help shape my patties to perfection! I got 5 wonderful, thick patties from the recipe and I baked them in the oven. I had to bake them a bit longer than the time called for so I broiled each side on high for an extra 3-5 minutes at the very end, but that wasn't a problem because it was common sense to do so since the patties were still too soft after 10 minutes on each side. We ate it on hamburger buns with lettuce, some Miracle Whip, and lots of ketchup (you need lots of ketchup when eating these because for some reason it tastes way better that way)! Thanks for sharing this recipe! I'll be making these over and over again!
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Fresh Pear Cake

Reviewed: Apr. 3, 2007
I used apples because I needed to get rid of some and the cake was delicious! It's like a spice cake with fruit chuncks in it---yummy! I drizzled some microwaved store-bought cream cheese frosting onto the cake and it was very nice looking. The cream cheese frosting complimented the cake very well. Thanks for an easy and scrumptuous recipe!
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Rich Chocolate Frosting

Reviewed: Mar. 4, 2009
This frosting is as rich as the title says it is! Fabulous, decadent, chocolatey---perfect! I think this one beats my usual chocolate frosting by a long shot! I'll be using this one from now on =)
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Autumn Cheesecake

Reviewed: Oct. 15, 2010
Five stars but definitely incorporate the tips others have shared (i.e. double the cheesecake part and microwave the sliced apples in sugar before putting them on top of the cheesecake mixture). I also did quickly throw together a crumb topping as suggested by a fellow reviewer simply because I love that stuff. I also incorporate basic cheesecake-making tips such as have ingredients at room temp, bake in water bath (or with a pan full of boiling hot water beneath the cheesecake). My cheesecake turned out picture perfect!!! But I don't have a picture to post because we all devoured it before one could be taken! Served with a caramel topping drizzled all over, it looked as good as it tasted!
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Mrs. Sigg's Snickerdoodles

Reviewed: Dec. 19, 2008
Yummy cinnamon-y melt-in-your-mouth goodness! These are so delicious. I followed the recipe exactly except for I had to double the cinnamon/sugar mixture to coat the cookie balls really good before baking them. These do bake up perfectly at 8 minutes. I made these last Christmas but was probably too busy making and eating them to rate this recipe =) I can't wait to make and eat these this Christmas again!
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Holiday Cranberry Chutney

Reviewed: Nov. 23, 2011
Didn't think I'd like this but I made it, poured it over a block of cream cheese and served it with crackers and all I can say is it was like heaven at first bite!! I could eat the whole thing by myself! The spices add just the perfect holiday touch to the cranberries, making this irresistable! I will definitely make this for holiday get togethers!
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Hot Spiced Cranberry Cider

Reviewed: Dec. 22, 2011
LOOOVED this!! I'm not the biggest fan of lemon so I left it out and threw everything (put the spices in a cheese cloth) in a crockpot on high for an hour or two and then to warm - so delicious and the spice is just right!
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Roasted New Red Potatoes

Reviewed: Jan. 29, 2009
Perfect! I couldn't stop eating these!!! I will definitely be making these again!!! I loved them with chopped fresh rosemary!
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Luscious Slush Punch

Reviewed: Jan. 29, 2007
Made for New Year's Eve party---it was such a big hit! Used mini umbrellas and fruit slices to decorate serving cups and everyone went nuts over it!
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Double Layer Pumpkin Cheesecake

Reviewed: Nov. 3, 2011
I used the prepared chocolate oreo pie crust and followed some of the suggestions - easy and yum!
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Mama's Balsamic Vinaigrette

Reviewed: Jan. 29, 2006
This is great on salad greens. However, my favorite thing to do with this is to use it as a dip for baby carrots instead! Yum!!!
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Baked Pork Chops I

Reviewed: Mar. 16, 2006
OH, MY, GOD --- these are the few words that I can utter about the deliciousness of this dish!!! I skipped the whole soup stuff at the end and just breaded, seared, and baked the pork chops, covered with foil. I did bake it for the time called for (about an hour) and it was tender and soooooooo good! I served mine with thinly sliced baked yams with herbs and seasonings and it was out of this world (hence, the reason why I didn't get a chance to take a picture of it and post it up because me and my husband gobbled it down so quickly)! I would recommend this recipe to anyone and can't wait to make it again for my family to try because I know they'll fall in love with it, just as I did (oh, and same with my husband).
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Apple Crisp II

Reviewed: Dec. 17, 2006
Melt-in-your-mouth delicious topping! I doubled the topping amount and added half to the bottom like some reviewers suggested and I wouldn't have it any other way! The apples are runny so forget the extra water and I added an extra tablespoon of flour to my second crisp and it came out great. I also noticed that the cooking time isn't sufficient enough to soften my apples so I had to bake it 30 minutes or more longer. Other than that, this is the best apple crisp recipe ever!!! My family and I love it and will continue to use this recipe! Thanks for sharing!
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