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Caramel Frosting IV

Reviewed: Jul. 28, 2015
This recipe was amazing. I used it on a Duncan Hines butter cake, and only made 2 small changes to the recipe as written. I used half and half instead of milk and I only added 2 cups of confectioners sugar since it seemed sweet enough with just that much. Using one less cup of confectioners sugar gave it a very soft texture, but I just poured all of it onto the top of my cake and smoothed it down the sides. A definite keeper, very rich but perfect for special occasions.
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Delicious Spinach and Turkey Lasagna

Reviewed: Mar. 28, 2012
Not to be that reviewer that says, "it was good, but I changed it in such and such way and it was better...", but I have been making turkey spinach lasagna for a while now and have a pretty good recipe now. 1) I always use a 10oz box of frozen chopped spinach that I defrost and squeeze all the water out. 2) When I mix the spinach in with the ricotta, I always add an egg and a couple spoonfuls of lowfat cottage cheese (I know it sounds weird, but it's really good). 3) I also like to use jarred pasta sauce that has veggies in it, just to get that much more into my kids. Even though a whole lasagna takes a while to eat in my house, by kids are happy with the leftovers the whole time :)
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Eggless Chocolate Cake II

Reviewed: May 6, 2011
I made this recipe as cupcakes and mini-cupcakes for a party with a little boy who is allergic to eggs- half the recipe made 12 cupcakes and about 18 mini-cupcakes. I added half a bag of semi-sweet mini chocolate chips, and they were so moist- my son and sister and I couldn't stop eating the minis! I'm planning to make some cream cheese frosting to go with these and I'm sure they'll be a hit at the derby party!
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Sweet Potato Bread I

Reviewed: Apr. 5, 2011
This was very good, though I made several changes. Just used 1 cup of brown sugar, 3/4c of white flour, 1c whole wheat flour, 1'4c ground flax seed, increased cinnamon to 1tsp, added 1/4tsp cloves, used about 1 1/2c mashed sweet potatoes (leftovers from dinner a couple nights ago), and didn't put in any nuts. It still came out sweet enough for us- as a matter of fact, my 2 1/2yr old son took a bite out of it while it was cooling on the kitchen table! I'll make it again, and probably substitute applesauce for the oil.
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Apple Muffins

Reviewed: Nov. 3, 2010
I feel like I used this recipe as a base since I modified it rather a lot, but it ended up so delicious! I used 1c ap flour, 3/4c whole wheat flour, and 1/4c flax seed instead of just ap flour, brown sugar instead of white (apples just mean brown sugar, I think), apple cider instead of juice, since that's what I had, 1tbs of cinnamon (based on other reviews and knowing my family loves cinnamon), applesauce instead of oil, and 1 huge Sonya apple that was probably more than 1 cup (and I didn't bother with peeling it). I baked it in a mini muffin pan for about 11 minutes and they came out moist and apple-y and delicious!
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Fast Chicken Soup Base

Reviewed: Nov. 3, 2010
This was a perfect chicken noodle soup, made even more perfect by how quickly it came together! I had a roast chicken carcass in the fridge from earlier in the week, so I just tossed 3 frozen chicken breasts in the broth/water mixture while the bones and skin simmered. When I strained the broth, I pulled them out and shredded them with 2 forks. I chopped up baby carrots, celery and an onion and threw those in to soften in the broth instead of sauteeing them. Sick husband and getting-over-being-sick toddler son both loved it- my son actually slurped his soup from the bowl for the first time! I can foresee making this a lot this winter, and look forward to trying some of the other incarnations!
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Turkey and Quinoa Meatloaf

Reviewed: Oct. 24, 2010
This meatloaf was really great! My grocery store didn't have quinoa, so I used couscous, which seemed to work really well also. I'd really like to try it with the quinoa next time, but if you do use the couscous, throw some herbs into it as it cooks and/or use chicken broth, just to give it a little extra flavor. I skipped the hot pepper, used ketchup instead of tomato paste, and grated up a zucchini and some baby carrots into it as well (I had prepared 1/2c of couscous, and ended up using all of it to bind the meatloaf together with all of the veggies' extra water). I also threw in some dried basil and parsley to give a little bit of extra flavor. My 2yr old, who doesn't care for meat very much, LOVED it- he was dipping his pieces in ketchup and had most of his serving finished before my husband and I sat down! Served it with mashed sweet potatoes and garlic green beans- very tasty and pretty easy. Will definitely get worked into my meal rotation!
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Nana's Apple Crisp

Reviewed: Oct. 5, 2010
Very delicious! I wish I had pulled it out of the oven at 50 min though, since it got pretty mushy- I also don't know if my apples were responsible, as I've never cooked with Mutzu apples before. The crisp topping was delicious- I used half wheat flour and half white and don't think we were missing anything.
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Red River Beef Stroganoff

Reviewed: Oct. 5, 2010
This was really great! My grandmother makes a beef stroganoff that is more soupy, and my husband likes the more gravy kind, so he was really into this one! Great flavor, and it came together reasonably quickly. My 2 yr old son even liked it and slurped up the noodles. My husband told me to put this in the regular rotation.
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Chicken, Asparagus, and Mushroom Skillet

Reviewed: Jun. 5, 2010
This was so great! Doubled the sauce as other reviewers recommended and used some thyme instead of parsley as I was out. Served it over wild rice pilaf, and DH and DS both really loved it!
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Pancakes I

Reviewed: Jun. 5, 2010
I used this recipe as a jumping-off point to make a healthier pancake for my family. Changes I made: used 2/3c all purpose flour and 1/3c whole wheat flour (I really like King Arthur whole wheat flour), used brown sugar instead of white, added 1tbs flax seed meal, decreased the oil to 1tbs (I was using a nonstick skillet), and added 1/2tsp vanilla. I also ended up adding a couple more tbs of flour as the batter was a bit thinner than my family likes, but these were a hit!
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Sam's Famous Carrot Cake

Reviewed: Apr. 10, 2010
I made this for my husband's birthday and it was a total hit! I followed other reviewers' suggestions and did 3/4c regular milk with 1tsp lemon juice, and simmered the golden raisins (I hate using regular raisins in baked goods, I think they look like flies) in orange juice to plump them up. I did add 1/4tsp nutmeg and 1/2tsp ginger, and used brown sugar instead of white. Other than that, I followed the recipe, and frosted it with the Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting from this site- fantastic!
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Banana Waffles

Reviewed: Apr. 10, 2010
These were delicious and easy for a Saturday morning breakfast! I followed other reviewers suggestions and mashed up the bananas and added them to the batter. I think that a 3rd banana could be used for extra banana goodness. I used nonstick spray to make sure they wouldn't stick, but really liked that this recipe didn't use oil or sugar. I added 1tsp of cinnamon, upped the nutmeg to 1/4tsp, and served with butter spread and just a touch of warm maple syrup. My husband and toddler son couldn't get enough of them- this one's a keeper!
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Whipped Cream Cream Cheese Frosting

Reviewed: Apr. 9, 2010
Oh my goodness. This is beyond yummy! I read many reviews before attempting this recipe, and by combining several, I think the end result was fantastic! I used a whole pint of the heavy whipping cream, since what am I going to do with 1/2c of it after making this? I put the mixer bowl and mixing attachment in the freezer for about 15min before whipping the cream and it whipped up so fluffy after just a couple of minutes on 8 on my stand mixer. I poured a kettleful of hot water in my stoneware bowl I was mixing the cream cheese in to help "melt" the cream cheese a bit, letting it sit while I whipped the cream, and then when I put the whipped cream in the refrigerator, I dumped out the water and dried out the bowl. I used 1 1/2c of sifted powdered sugar, and added 1tsp of lemon juice as well as the vanilla, since I'm icing Sam's Famous Carrot Cake with it. As I was trying to fold the whipped cream in, I kept seeing blobs of the cream cheese, so I impatiently used my hand mixer to get it entirely incorporated, which seemed to work well. It seemed very firm, I think pipe-able with the cornstarch in the powdered sugar. I generously frosted a sheet cake with it, and saved what was left to have with strawberries on waffles for Saturday breakfast. My 19-month old son cleaned off the beaters of my hand mixer better than the dishwasher could! *Update: The next morning the frosting was very firm- if I want to put this between layers or pipe it, I'll refrigerate it overnight, then use it
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Judy's Strawberry Pretzel Salad

Reviewed: Mar. 24, 2010
I made this for my husband to take to a work potluck and it got raves! The only change I made was to use 1 1/2 c of hot water, and it came out great! Followed other reviewers suggestions to pull the crust out of the oven at 10 minutes. Thanks a lot, Judy and Tom!
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Cream Cheese Frosting II

Reviewed: Mar. 17, 2010
Delicious, and couldn't be easier! I halved the recipe and used 1/3 less fat cream cheese (I was sharing the cupcakes, otherwise I would have gone with the regular!). I added green food coloring and piped shamrocks onto devil's food cake cupcakes using a ziploc bag with the corner sniped. It piped beautifully and set up well.
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Salmon and Potato Pie

Reviewed: Dec. 9, 2009
This was pretty tasty, but it seemed like more of a base than a complete recipe. I used a 7oz can of red salmon, but didn't realize there would be vertebrae in it, so had to spend more time than I had planned on going through the fish to remove the bones and skin (I didn't want my 15-month old son to find one). I think next time I will get a 14oz can, as it really just seemed like salmon-flavored mashed potatoes. I added some frozen peas, and next time maybe I'll use peas and carrots, as well as increasing the garlic and onion mixture. Maybe some sort of cheese as well.
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Banana Cupcakes

Reviewed: Dec. 8, 2009
Served these for my son's first birthday and they were a HUGE hit!
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Swiss Chard with Garbanzo Beans and Fresh Tomatoes

Reviewed: Dec. 8, 2009
Really good use of the swiss chard we had in our CSA basket this summer. Only change I made was to use cannellini beans instead of the garbanzo, since that's what I had on hand.
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