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One Bowl Chocolate Cake III

Reviewed: Jul. 28, 2006
This is the only chocolate cake recipe I will be using from now on. I made it the first time exactly according to the recipe and was so impressed with the results that I made it again with 100% whole wheat flour. I honestly couldn't tell the difference; I ate almost the whole cake telling myself that I was just getting my whole grains...hehe. It was very light and moist and was sufficient without frosting. Good choice, and so easy! ***UPDATE; I have started to add a little less liquid (maybe 1/4 cup less) with a little more cocoa (1-2 Tablespoons more), and it's fantastic. For parties, I always frost this with a slightly modified version of Rich Chocolate Frosting on this site (more cocoa there too), and when I served it at my son's birthday party, my whole family said that it was the best chocolate cake they had ever had. I've never heard so many compliments about a cake. Sometimes I sub coffee for the water, too; this is a real winner.
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Deviled Eggs I

Reviewed: Aug. 23, 2006
Good basic recipe. I used prepared dijon mustard, more than the recipe stated, and a little more mayo (soy mayo) than called for. I omitted the paprika and put in some fresh ground tri-color pepper instead. Pretty good, easily customizable.
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Mall Pretzels

Reviewed: Feb. 23, 2007
Pretzels are traditional for Lent, and I went looking for a good recipe so as to start a Lenten tradition with friends. Well, I have found the recipe and will be using it weekly through Lent. These were delicious; the texture is just right, and the flavor from the butter and salt conplements the pretzel itself perfectly. I cooked mine four at a time on parchment paper for 10 minutes at 450 degrees (as recommended). They browned very evenly, and they were the perfect size, too. The best way to divide them is to keep dividing the dough in half until you have 12 pieces of dough; this keeps them all pretty even. For all the first-time bread bakers out there, note that you may need a little extra flour as you knead the dough (but use as little as you can get away with; the dough should be smooth and only barely not sticky). The only thing I changed was that I used fast-acting yeast instead of the regular, and shortened the first rising time to 40 minutes. The second rising time was only about 7-8 minutes. The sooner THESE pretzels are ready, the better. Enjoy!
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Italian Peas

Reviewed: Mar. 3, 2007
These were delicious. I made them on a whim, and so I only had garlic powder and onion powder to use with my frozen peas, but they still turned out wonderfully. I probably would have given my own version 4 1/2 stars, but I can imagine that with the fresh ingredients it would make five stars. I will be making these frequently now.
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Pastry Cream

Reviewed: Mar. 5, 2007
Very pleased with how this turned out. I used a little less vanilla because the brand I had was pretty poor quality and tends to overwhelm whatever I put it in, but it worked perfectly in the eclairs I made. One thing I noticed is that it tasted even better after sitting overnight (not just until chilled, but a good 10 hours or so). This will replace my former recipe of vanilla pudding. Thank you for the recipe!
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Crispy Potato Pancakes

Reviewed: Mar. 10, 2007
Really, really good. I put a little too much onion in which made them a little strong, but aside from that, they were crispy and well-seasoned. I'll be making these again!
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Split Pea and Ham Soup I

Reviewed: Mar. 10, 2007
Very good; kind of plain, but I suppose that's the point. Easy to make, simple, and my kids liked it.
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Party Lemonade

Reviewed: Mar. 30, 2007
This was such a full-bodied lemonade; perfect color, perfect consistency, and extremely easy to make; no tedious squeezing. I made a test batch (1 serving) for myself, and this is what I'll be serving at all my summer get-togethers. So glad I found this! Thank you!
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Hamburger Soup

Reviewed: Jun. 28, 2007
Very tasty. My husband called and asked what was for dinner, and when I told him "hamburger soup," there was a pause, after which he asked me if he should pick something up on his way home. He ended up really liking it, and asked me to put it on our regular repetoire. I added a little less (low-sodium) chicken broth (32 oz), and found that it turned out just fine. I also didn't have any hot sauce, so I put in a few shakes of cayenne pepper (not too much, or my 3 year old wouldn't eat it). Flavors blended nicely, and I'm looking forward to making it again.
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Really Basic Peanut Butter Cookies

Reviewed: Aug. 21, 2007
These are definitely not for everyone. The amount of sugar is quite high; I used an unsweetened natural peanut butter, and when I tasted the first bunch out of the oven I ran to make changes to the second half of the batch. They are VERY sweet; much too sweet in my opinion, although my kids seem to like them. If you like a milder cookie, you can make some changes. To the last half of the batch, I added another 2 tablespoons or so of peanut butter, probably 1/8 teaspoon salt, a little vanilla extract (few drops), a pinch of baking soda, and probably 1 1/2 tablespoons flour. I baked them for a little longer, between 9-10 minutes to brown the bottoms properly. This improved them quite a bit, although I think I will just try a different recipe next time.
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Maple-Apple Baked Beans

Reviewed: Sep. 15, 2007
Hmm...this recipe seemed to have a lot of potential, but ended up FAR too sweet. I halved the recipe, and lightly cooked the bacon (not until crisp) in order to lower the fat a little. Looked and smelled really good, but the brown sugar/butter combo at the end is completely overpowering (I even double-checked to make sure I had actually cut the butter and sugar by half). Next time, I would probably try to spice this up, and cut the butter/sugar mixture in half. The flavor would be nice if it weren't so sweet. I'll probably try this one more time with a few changes, but if I can't "get it" then, I'll try another recipe.
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Raspberry and Almond Shortbread Thumbprints

Reviewed: Sep. 15, 2007
WOW these were good. I used the freezer trick suggested by other reviewers, and it worked like a charm. I also didn't frost them. I wish they didn't have so much butter in them so I would not feel so guilty about eating almost the whole batch in two days. I'd better not make them too often... :)
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Sour Cream Chocolate Frosting

Reviewed: Sep. 15, 2007
I wasn't too keen on the flavor of this. It certainly was creamy, but although I expected to like the tang from the sour cream, it just wasn't my thing. It seemed like it needed a lot of sugar to compensate for the tang, and in the end the sweetness level was too high, and there was still a sour aftertaste that I didn't care for. Nobody said anything about the frosting, and my family usually pipes up when something is particularly good. I'll probably just stick to buttercream.
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Peanut Butter Noodles

Reviewed: Sep. 17, 2007
Did anyone else notice that this tastes almost exactly like Oriental Flavor Ramen Noodles? I really did expect more from this recipe, but my husband said he actually preferred the taste/texture of the ramen noodles. Sorry; probably won't make again.
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Creamy Broccoli Soup

Reviewed: Sep. 20, 2007
I really enjoyed this, even though I let the milk curdle by boiling it. Once in awhile I get broccoli-cheese soup at a local restaurant and this is just as good. My kids wouldn't try it, though; I think it was too "green" for them. :) I thought the cheese was necessary, though; I tasted it before adding the cheese, and thought it was rather bland.
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Get-Well Custard

Reviewed: Sep. 20, 2007
I have made this several times, both with whole and with skim milk, and sometimes cutting down on the sugar. It can be pretty watery, and sometimes my texture is a little spongy, despite precautions. But the taste is all there. Maybe if cream were used instead of milk it would be a little creamier, but then I couldn't feel good about eating it for breakfast.
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Melt - In - Your - Mouth Shortbread

Reviewed: Sep. 20, 2007
A little too powdery for my taste, even after waiting a day as suggested by another reviewer. There are better shortbread recipes out there, next time I'll try something else.
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Hummus III

Reviewed: Sep. 20, 2007
Good, fresh tasting hummus. I added extra olive oil while blending to give it a smoother texture, otherwise it would have been quite thick. All in all, I was quite pleased, and I'll probably make it again.
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Beefy Baked Ravioli

Reviewed: Sep. 20, 2007
For whatever reason, the brand of ravioli I used was gross. HOWEVER, that did not stop me from appreciating this easy, filling meal. Very basic and good for a weeknight.
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Baked Dijon Salmon

Reviewed: Sep. 20, 2007
This wasn't the best, but it was pretty easy. My husband told me he'd eat it again if I made it, but wasn't too enthusiastic.
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