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Tomato Vinaigrette

Reviewed: Sep. 21, 2012
I had an abundance of tomatoes from my garden to use, so my search for a recipe led me here. This recipe reminded me of a salad dressing I used to adore, so of course they quit making it (UGH)...so I made this recipe exactly, but with the following additions- I added a clove of garlic because everyone knows garlic makes most things better, and I added some bacon bits because the discontinued dressing I loved had them, plus everyone knows bacon makes everything better. Then I tossed this in a Ziplock bag with some boneless, skinless chicken breasts, let them marinate overnight and most of the day, and grilled them up. Very, very fresh and tasty. A lovely, flavorful healthy meal. Thanks for sharing the recipe Jen! I will surely make this again, as both a marinade and a salad dressing :)
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Bread Machine Challah II

Reviewed: Sep. 20, 2012
I made this recipe exactly as directed, and THEN read the reviews...so I had a moment of panic when I thought for sure it wasn't going to turn out right. But, much to my delight, I had no problems. The dough was slightly sticky, but nothing a little flour on the hands couldn't fix. It was easy to work with, and it turned out wonderfully! We really enjoyed this bread, and I will be making it a lot. Also, if anyone is in need of a good laugh, I submitted a picture of my bread. The camera made it look yellow (which it is not in real life, it is a lovely brown), and my braiding skills leave much to be desired (as my daughter has been telling me since she could talk), but the bread is delicious and that is what matters :)
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Food Processor Pie Crust

Reviewed: Sep. 19, 2012
I have never made a pie crust in my life, and was quite intimidated to do so today. I wanted something easy and hopefully foolproof, so I chose this one. The only thing I did differently was I added a teaspoon of sugar, because I saw another recipe that called for it and I figured it couldn't hurt! Other than that, I followed this to the letter, and it was a total success! Very easy, even for me, and since I only needed a bottom crust, I have an extra one for next time. Thank you for sharing this recipe Maridele- it turns out I CAN make a pie crust :) :)
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Coconut Custard (Zucchini) Pie

Reviewed: Sep. 19, 2012
Wow! This is REALLY good! I adore coconut, and this really hit the spot! I followed the recipe exactly, however I did read a review that stated the pie was runny, so I blotted the zucchini well with paper towels to get the excess moisture out. I made the pie and even I am amazed there is zucchini in it! Very delicious! Thanks for the recipe PARADI...I will be making this one again for sure :)
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Sam's Famous Carrot Cake

Reviewed: Sep. 14, 2012
I was a tad skeptical that I would like this because, although I love all of the ingredients, I thought it might be a bit too "busy" for my tastes. Boy was I wrong- and sorry I waited so long to try it. This is very dense, but manages to be sinfully moist. You get the crunchy bits of walnuts, the chewy pop of raisins and the sweet pineapple tidbits. If I were to change anything it would probably be to add more pineapple, as I love it in this. I did not have any cream cheese to make frosting for this cake, and I did not miss it at all. I may try it frosted some day, but for now I am happily enjoying this just as it is :) Thanks for a wonderful recipe, Mr. D'Amico!
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Clone of a Cinnabon

Reviewed: Sep. 10, 2012
These were very easy to make, especially considering how good they are! The dough is extremely forgiving, and rolls out beautifully. I baked for 17 minutes to get the wonderfully browned rolls the way I wanted them. Slightly crunchy on the outside, but nice and chewy on the inside. The icing is amazing, and I am not ashamed to admit I licked the beaters clean! Thank you- I will be making these often this fall and winter :)
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Jay's Signature Pizza Crust

Reviewed: Sep. 9, 2012
I have had this saved in my recipe box forever, but have been reluctant to try it, as I like my crust pretty thin. Finally, I decided to try it out. When adding the salt, I also added 1/2 teaspoon each of dried basil, parsley and tarragon. After I punched down the dough and formed it into a ball, I put it in a Ziplock bag I had lightly coated in olive oil. I put it in the fridge overnight, and pulled it out for dinner tonight. I separated it into 2 portions, and rolled one out. ..I brushed Uncle John's sauce liberally on the dough, put it on a pizza stone and baked it for about 8 minutes. Then I pulled it out, topped it with homemade pesto sauce, slices of fresh mozzarella cheese (hint: to make perfect slices of fresh mozzarella, place it in the freezer for about 15-20 minutes- much easier to slice!), and fresh from the garden tomatoes. The crust was a tad thicker than my normal preference, but I am not complaining. To say this pizza was scrumptiously delectable would be a major understatement! Thank you for sharing this recipe Mr. Sharp...truly a go-to, palate-pleasing winner :)
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Pesto Sauce

Reviewed: Sep. 9, 2012
Well, I plucked my basil plant pretty much clean in order to make this, but it was soooo worth it! I decided to toast my walnuts to give them a richer flavor, which added a little more depth to the resulting sauce. I also took a whole head of garlic, peeled off the papery skins, rubbed with olive oil, loosely wrapped in foil and cooked at 400 degrees for about an hour. With the toasted nuts and the roasted garlic, this was amazing. I am not sure exactly how much olive oil I added...I just slowly drizzled it in as my food processor did its thing, until it reached the consistency I was looking for. Yummmmy! Thanks sal, for a keeper of a recipe :)
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Peach Pandowdy

Reviewed: Sep. 8, 2012
I had some perfectly ripe peaches to use up, and my search led me to this. Very easy to put together, even for me, and I am not exactly known for my crusts (well, not known in the good sense of the word anyways!). This is a scrumptious treat- I found the sweetness of the peaches was nicely offset by the not overly sweet crust...my boyfriend thought the crust could have used more sugar, or maybe some cinnamon sugar sprinkled on top. Overall, it was a big hit and was quickly devoured. Thanks for a great recipe :)
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Enchilada Sauce

Reviewed: Sep. 7, 2012
I do not think I could have screwed this recipe up more than I did, so it is a real testament to the recipe that it still turned out AMAZING!!! I followed the recipe exactly, until I got to the part when you add the flour and chili powder. I was multi-tasking in the kitchen and accidentally grabbed the cinnamon instead of the the chili powder. Add I added two tablespoons before I realized my mistake!!!! Oh my! I almost tossed the whole thing, but I had just made chicken broth and had quite a bit, so I thought what the heck, maybe I could fix it. I don't have ANY idea what measurements I used after that point...only that I used the exact ingredients called for, with no additions. I added and stirred and tasted, over and over again until that "Eureka" moment finally came! I am so, so glad I stuck with it. This is absolutely wonderful! Very authentic, and the flavors are much more sophisticated then anything you will ever get in a can! A quick note- I added the broth very slowly and whisked constantly and did not have a single problem with lumps. This deserves way more than 5 stars, and I can NOT wait to decide what I most want to cook with it. Thank you, thank you, a thousand times thank you Anna Marie! This is tremendous :)
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DSF's Zucchini Tots

Reviewed: Sep. 6, 2012
I LOVE these!!! I followed the recipe exactly, and baked them in my mini muffin tin for the perfect bite size. I used a plastic butter knife to get them out, which worked great...but I definitely suggest spraying the pan very well with nonstick spray. I will add a bit more cheese next time, and I also think mozzarella would work well to change them up. Thank you so much DrSuessFreak for this awesome recipe- I will be making them often :)
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Kendra's Maid-Rite Sandwiches

Reviewed: Sep. 6, 2012
This is quick and very good. I halved the recipe, since I only had a pound of hamburger, and followed the recipe exactly. I got just a small taste, as they were eaten up very quickly! Very sloppy joe-like, but different from the Manwich I typically use for a quick meal. Thanks Kendra :) ***UPDATE*** I made these again tonight, and once again, I only had one pound of hamburger. However, I forgot to halve the rest of the ingredients, and they still turned out great! Since they were extra sloppy, we used the potato chips I had made to go with it as scoops. This leads me to believe this would be great over mashed potatoes or wide noodles, for a nice change from buns :)
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Baked Parmesan Tilapia

Reviewed: Sep. 5, 2012
I don't care for fish, so I made this for my boyfriend and his son. Because of their reaction, I eventually took a bite to see what all the fuss was about. This is good, according to me. According to them, it is outrageously delicious! They absolutely loved it, and not a bit was leftover! I used my homemade seasoned breadcrumbs, but still went ahead a seasoned as the recipe states. Like other reviewers, I used olive oil to moisten the crumbs. Instead of laying the fish on the foil lined baking sheet, I lightly sprayed a cooling rack with Pam, placed that on the baking sheet, and put the fish on the rack. This resulted in crispy fish on both sides, and also allowed the fish to be easily moved to a plate without leaving any of the coating behind. I served this with a dollop of goat cheese and herb ice cream, for dipping. It was a huge success. Thanks for a great and easy recipe Mike :)
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Homemade Laundry Soap

Reviewed: Sep. 4, 2012
I have been wanting to try this for awhile now, and was finally able to find everything to make it at (shudder) Wal-Mart. I am so glad I did, it was easy to make, and it works!!! I don't think I have ever been so excited to do laundry in my life! On pins and needles, I was. I had my doubts, but no more. True story- I was folding laundry when my daughter walked by. "What smells so good" she inquired, and I enthusiastically exclaimed "It's my underwear!!!" The only note I will make is that I did use my food processor to grate the bar soap, but I found it was not working so well at processing the mixture into fine powder. So, I ran small batches through my old blender instead, on the "grind" setting- perfect powder after that! Thanks Baking Nana! As usual, you have not led me astray :)
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Blueberry Zucchini Bread

Reviewed: Aug. 30, 2012
Okay, this is tremendous! I followed the recipe exactly except for two things: I do not have mini loaf pans, so I used two regular sized ones, and baked for about 60 minutes. And, while mixing I remembered I had one very ripe banana, so I added that in as well. I do not notice any real banana flavor, but this has got to be the moistest bread I have ever had! I mean, I have reviewed quite a few baked goods I have called "moist" but this is hands down the most moist of them all! Very scrumptious! I can see adding chocolate chips to this recipe...but then, I can see adding chocolate chips to just about anything. And I think next time I may try a streusel type topping for something different. Truly yummy as is, though, and thanks to Laujra for a terrific recipe :)
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Zucchini e Pomodori Gratinati (Zucchini and Tomato Gratin)

Reviewed: Aug. 29, 2012
Good Grief! I have no idea why I waited so long to make this- it is simply OUTSTANDING!!! I was just about to pop a frozen veggie in the microwave, when I remembered I had just picked fresh zucchini and tomatoes from my garden. I recalled seeing this recipe and decided to try it! I could not have been more thrilled with the results. I am growing cherry tomatoes, so I halved a bunch of those. This is truly an incredibly flavorful dish, and it makes a lovely presentation. So, when my family plowed through the entire thing without hardly leaving me any behind, I decided to make myself a mini version in a ramekin. I just layered it up, baked it til warm and bubbly (I wasn't really timing it, but I would guess maybe 15 minutes), and viola- a gorgeous presentation!!! I am contemplating hosting a dinner party just to be able to serve these little ramekins of awesomeness! Thanks so much Phil...this is most definitely something I will make often and with much anticipation :)
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J.P.'s Big Daddy Biscuits

Reviewed: Aug. 29, 2012
These biscuits have converted me! I am normally not a big fan of biscuits, but these are pretty awesome! I followed the recipe exactly- very easy! I brushed on an egg wash, popped them in the oven, and 13 minutes later had big, golden, fluffy biscuits! I can't wait until the morning to slather one with my homemade nectarine pear jam :)
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Fluffy Cake Doughnuts

Reviewed: Aug. 27, 2012
I got a donut pan as a gift today so, despite the fact that I baked 3 dozen donut muffins yesterday, I had to try these out! I followed Jmyslin's (the pastry chef) review, and omitted the cinnamon, used buttermilk in place of milk, and used melted butter in place of shortening. Then, after baking, I dipped them in melted butter and rolled them in a combination of cinnamon, white sugar and brown sugar. Wow! They are springy and rather light. Moist and tasty! The butter/sugary coating is the icing on the cake! (see what I did there? A baking pun!). Next time I make them, I will try them with the glaze...and will probably make it chocolate. These are wonderful, and I highly recommend them! Thank you for a great recipe :)
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Aunt Kate's Strawberry Cake

Reviewed: Aug. 23, 2012
I made this following the recipe exactly except, after reading the reviews, I added one teaspoon of baking powder to give it a little lift. It is true that this is a rather dense cake, and it is not very sweet...however, I was expecting this and found it to be a good thing. I would eat the cake on its own, truth be told, but I went ahead and made the frosting. Now THAT is sweet!!! The cake and frosting complement each other beautifully, although I could actually do with a little less frosting (that is just me though). Overall, I really enjoyed this- different than the chocolate and vanilla cakes I normally make, and a great way to enjoy fresh, ripe strawberries :)
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Donut Muffins

Reviewed: Aug. 22, 2012
Okay, I don't like donuts as a generally rule, but the other people who live with me do. These seemed easy, and I felt like baking...and I CAN be nice, so I decided to make them tonight for breakfast in the morning. They are incredibly easy to make, that is for sure. So, like any good cook, I had to try my creation. Now I am typing this with sugary fingers, after just having finished my 4th muffin!!! I followed the recipe exactly, using butter and also freshly grated nutmeg. I found that I only needed to bake them for about 11-12 minutes for them to get nicely browned. I see in other reviews that some found the amount of nutmeg to be overpowering. On the contrary, I found these muffins to be rather delicate in flavor. They are light and airy, rather than dense. Perfectly pop-able! I think I will try different types of toppings, maybe a glaze. But these are delightfully tasty just as written. Thanks for a great recipe, Dianne :)
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