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Breakfast Zinger Juice

Reviewed: Oct. 14, 2012
This is actually very good! I roasted my beets before I found this recipe, but that ended up working just fine. I do not have a juicer, so I ran this through my food processor to get it pretty fine, and then through my blender on the "liquify" setting to turn it into juice. I assume a juicer is much more effective at making juice, as I found I had to add some liquid to this in order to get it to the desired consistency. I have some fresh apple cider from going apple picking recently, so I added a little of that to get this nice and liquidy. I realize that added some sugar, which is probably not the goal of a recipe like this, but it wasn't much, and it made it just sweet enough that my daughter actually likes it quite a bit. What a yummy and great way to get some extra fruits and veggies in our diets- fresh and healthy :) Thanks for sharing the recipe Raina!
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New York Italian Pizza Dough

Reviewed: Oct. 13, 2012
I am surprised I tried this, as I have been making another wildly popular pizza dough from this site for my pizza needs and have been happy with it. I am glad I tried this, though, because it is most definitely my go-to dough from now on. This is EXACTLY what I have been looking for- a beautiful, tasty thin crust...my favorite type of pizza! I wish I had read down to the Cook's Note before I made this, as I ended up adding more flour than I probably should have. This dough is VERY sticky and it IS impossible to work it with your hands...next time I will add the full amount of flour to the bread machine right from the beginning, and then simply dump it in the bowl...there really is no way to knead this by hand. In any event, it turned out fantastic even with the extra flour, and I will be making this over and over again. As for that other recipe- I will still use that for breadsticks and garlic knobs :)
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Spiced Pumpkin Seeds

Reviewed: Oct. 12, 2012
These are absolute perfection! Yum! Love them- my only regret is that I do not have more! I will be making these often :)
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Cheesy Chicken Quesadillas

Reviewed: Oct. 11, 2012
This was alright. I think the chicken itself maybe needed some seasoning. Also, I didn't really love the cream of chicken soup in this, although that may be because I am getting away from canned soups and can really notice a difference when I use them (although I still do use them in recipes in which it is not a "star" ingredient). I did not add salsa to the chicken mixture, opting instead to add a small can of diced green chiles. After tasting I found it quite bland, so I also added about an additional teaspoon of chili powder, about a teaspoon of cumin, several dashes of hot sauce and some shakes of salt. I served it with lots of hot salsa and sour cream. This was quick and easy, and it was decent enough...just not exactly what I was looking for...
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Tomato and Bacon Jam

Reviewed: Oct. 10, 2012
I happened to stumble upon this recipe recommended on the Buzz. Perfect timing, as I had some late tomatoes in my garden to use up before the frost did them in. I only had regular bacon, so I decided to add a bit of cumin to lend some smoky flavor. This is amazing- absolutely delicious! Thanks for sharing a great recipe :)
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Easy Applesauce

Reviewed: Oct. 9, 2012
The boyfriend and I went apple picking and got a LOT of apples, so I decided to try this recipe. Luckily, we also got some fresh apple cider while we were there! What a fantastic idea to use apple cider to make applesauce! This is really, really yummy! I downed the sugar to 1/4 cup but kept everything else the same. I also did this in the crockpot, which made it even easier than it would have been on the stove. Thanks Doug- this is great :)
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Cream Cheese Mints

Reviewed: Oct. 6, 2012
Mmmmm! I love peppermint! I was a bit concerned at first, as the dough was quite crumbly. First I tried to mix it with a spatula...then I abandoned that for my handheld mixer. In the end, I just got in there with my hands. I popped it in the fridge for about 10 minutes, in the hopes that it would roll a tad easier, and it did seem to help. I found it to be quite fun rolling them out, and I didn't bother trying to make them too uniform...I think it is a hallmark of homemade candy to have a few misfits in the bunch :) This was very simple, and quite good. Thank you, Diane, for sharing the recipe :)
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French Bread

Reviewed: Oct. 6, 2012
Geez! I have made the hat trick of breads tonight- this is the third recipe I have made, and they are all so wonderful! This I followed exactly except I did halve the recipe, and I also added one tablespoon of olive oil (as was suggested to me on The Buzz). When I got to the part where it directs you to divide the dough in half, I did that, forgetting I had halved the recipe. No matter, I ended up with two small loaves, which is actually pretty perfect for my needs. The cornmeal imparts a nice, crunchy outside, and the inside is moist and delicious. I am very happy with this bread! Thanks Jenn :)
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Ciabatta Bread

Reviewed: Oct. 5, 2012
Yum! My second successful loaf of bread today! I followed this recipe exactly, except I just left the dough in my bread machine for an extra 20 minutes instead of placing on the counter under a bowl to rise (as was suggested to me on The Buzz). The directions aren't kidding- this is some of the stickiest dough I have ever worked with! I did manage to resist the urge to add more flour, but it was difficult :) I thought there was no way I was going to be able to form the dough into anything resembling an oval (or anything else for that matter!), as I could not hardly even get it off my hands. So, I divided it in two, and just sort of plopped it on the baking sheet in frustration. Don't worry though- after it sits for a bit it is easy to go back and get it into shape. I did spritz with water every 5 minutes or so of baking, and I got a beautiful crispy crust. The inside is perfectly chewy. Just wonderful! Thank you Marina! :)
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Jan's Good-N-Crusty Bread

Reviewed: Oct. 5, 2012
Wow! This is INSANELY awesome bread! Believe me, I wanted to follow the recipe exactly, but I NEED this bread early tomorrow morning and after one dash out to the store, I simply ran out of time. So, I used 2 cups of bread flour (then ran out of it), 1 cup self-rising flour (because I mistook it for all purpose) and 1 cup all purpose flour. I could not find the vital wheat gluten at my store, so I simply omitted it and crossed my fingers. I used Guinness beer, as that is my favorite, and I thought it would make a darn good bread. I put it in my bread machine and kept an eye on it, but I did not need to add any more flour at all. This dough is an absolute pleasure to work with...very sturdy and smooth. It came out of the oven a lovely dark color, and smelled amazing. It is so nice and crusty on the outside, with a soft and chewy center. Just delicious- I will be making this one often :) Thanks WFDM!
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Chocolate Cornstarch Pudding

Reviewed: Oct. 4, 2012
This is simplicity at its finest! Who says dessert needs to be complicated? I followed this exactly, using heaping tablespoons of cocoa to ensure extra chocolatey-ness. I don't understand how anyone has a problem with it being runny- patience and a good whisk is all it needs to get beautifully thick and creamy :) As I was enjoying a bowl, I had what I consider to be a stroke of genius (I will leave it to you to determine what that says about my level of intelligence...) : I will use the lidded cups from my yogurt machine to package up this delightful treat into perfectly portioned and portable single size servings!!! Fantastic recipe Kelly, and I thank you for sharing it :)
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Slow Cooker Bacon Potato Chowder

Reviewed: Oct. 3, 2012
Growing up, I loved cream of potato soup as an after school snack (I was an odd duck haha!), so when I saw this, I had to try it. I used 3 cans of soup because that is all I had, and therefore I also used 3 cans of milk. I kept everything else the same, except the bacon. I don't know what "4 slices" of bacon means. Is that some weird measurement or what? Clearly 4 slices is a typo, and what was actually meant was roughly a pound, right? Well, that is how I read it anyways ;) Also, I let each person add as much cheese as they wanted to their bowls, rather than stirring it in. Oh,and to cook it, I set my crock pot to low for about an hour, and then kicked it up to high for the remaining time. Yum-tastic!!! This was delicious, and was enjoyed by all :) I love a great soup in the Fall/Winter, so I will be making this again!
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Downeast Maine Pumpkin Bread

Reviewed: Oct. 3, 2012
WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That is all....:)
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Peppermint Patties

Reviewed: Sep. 30, 2012
I wish I could give this 10 stars! These are INCREDIBLE!!! They take a little time to make, but they aren't difficult to work with. I followed the recipe exactly, although I gave up measuring the sugar...I just slowly added more until it got to the consistency I wanted. Other than that, I followed it as written, and am completely in love with this candy! I highly recommend these :)
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Big Soft Ginger Cookies

Reviewed: Sep. 30, 2012
Well, I am not surprised these are rated so high- they are delicious! Very simple to make, and man do they smell great while baking! I took them to a party, and they were a huge hit. I am thinking about making another batch right now, as I only got one cookie before! Thanks AMY1028 :) Oh, I meant to add that I subbed Cointreau for the water...I think that added a lovely flavor!
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Amish White Bread

Reviewed: Sep. 28, 2012
Well, this is just wonderful bread! I followed the recipe exactly, and it came out perfectly. I did have to lower the temperature of my oven and allow the bread to bake for an additional 5 minutes, as it was still a bit doughy in the middle after the 30 minute bake time. Tonight I just served it sliced and buttered, still hot from the oven and it was sooo yummy. I am sure it is going to make great sandwich bread too. I got a tip from a friend here on AR (thank you Keri!) to let it rise a third time before baking, and I will try that the next time I make it...which will be soon! Thanks for a great recipe Peg :)
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Potato Chips

Reviewed: Sep. 25, 2012
YUM!!! Who knew the microwave could be used to make awesome potato chips?! I used a mandolin to cut my potatoes, which worked wonderfully for perfectly thin and crisp chips. I tried both vegetable oil and olive oil, and we MUCH preferred the olive oil batch. I didn't mess with the plastic bag, instead using another reviewer's tip to just pour some oil directly on the plate, then dip and arrange the potato slices from there. These cooked in approximately 5 minutes and 15 seconds for me. My boyfriend was astonished when I presented him with the bowl, exclaiming "Where did these come from? I thought we were out of chips!" When I told him I had made them, he was even more amazed, telling me they taste just like Lay's. Yes, these were a big hit with the whole family. Thanks Jessica :)
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Seven Layer Bars

Reviewed: Sep. 23, 2012
Good heavens! I can NOT believe how good these are. I mean, they are really, really, REALLY good! These are a must try! I halved this recipe only because I had half a can of sweetened condensed milk I needed to use up (which is what prompted the search that lead me to this heavenly recipe in the first place). I ended up adding pecans instead of walnuts because I accidentally grabbed them out of the freezer and was halfway through chopping them before I realized my mistake. Finally, I had some homemade marshmallows, and I figured one more layer wouldn't hurt, so I put them on top of the coconut. This baked in about 15 minutes, since I had halved it and baked in a smaller pan. I noticed that some reviewers had problems with these setting up. I have not given them a chance to set up yet, as I have eaten two bars since it came out of the oven 5 minutes ago. I will try sticking them in the fridge to see if they firm up, but honestly, I could care less if they do. So insanely yummy, warm and gooey from straight from the oven (and actually, they held up pretty well, so I am sure letting them cool will make them into perfect bars.) Thanks for sharing the recipe Mrs. Tindall. These are going in my goody baskets this holiday season, if they don't all go in my face first!!! ***UPDATE*** I did put these in the fridge, and they did set up into lovely bars, AND they are even better cold! Amazing!!!
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Plain and Simple Sourdough Bread

Reviewed: Sep. 23, 2012
This could not have been any easier! It is important to remember when one is working with a starter that a recipe is more of a guideline then set-in-stone directions. Your starter is different from mine, which is different from the next guy's. So it is not the recipes fault if the starter you use requires you to add more flour, or conversely, more liquid. That being said, I added 3 cups of flour and set my bread machine on the dough cycle. Then I punched it down, rolled it in a ball and let it rise, covered in a greased bowl for about an hour. Then I made big, soft sourdough pretzels out of it. Oh. My. Goodness! So, so yummy. Just totally delicious! They were completely devoured, all 12 of them, by the 4 of us in a matter of minutes. Great recipe, Jennifer! Thanks :)
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Mall Pretzels

Reviewed: Sep. 21, 2012
Okay. Seriously, I normally only like hard pretzels, and usually only eat the soft ones on rare occasions and doused in cheese sauce. But, the kid loves Auntie Anne's pretzels, and I love the kid, so I begrudgingly made these. The next thing I knew, I had eaten two, and was working on a third! Man, are these amazing! I followed the recipe exactly- not a single change. The editor's footnote for rolling the dough was incredibly helpful. This dough is very forgiving and easy to work with. I made traditional shaped pretzels, with butter and salt, and little pretzel nuggets dipped in butter and cinnamon sugar. These were a lot of fun to make, and awesomely delicious to eat! Thanks for sharing a great recipe Jeannie Yee :)
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