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Pina Colada III

Reviewed: Jul. 1, 2010
I used 1/2 cup cream of coconut, 1/2 cup half&half, 6 oz of pineapple juice, 1/2 rum, and about two trays of ice cubes. This tastes pretty good, though I'll probably do more coconut next time, and less half&half. It makes for a very mild drink. I find mine sweet enough without the sugar, but it tastes pretty darn good. The 8 ice cubes is misleading- I used a tray and a half and made enough for almost three big glasses. Thanks for sharing!
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Chocolate Mayo Cake

Reviewed: Feb. 2, 2011
I increased the cocoa to 2/3 a cup, decreased the mayo to 1 cup, and used coffee instead of water. I baked these at 375 for 20 minutes to make 24 cupcakes total. I topped them with a swirl of vanilla glaze (also here on allrecipes) that gave them that edge of sweetness without overpowering the taste. Delicious! Thanks for sharing- like a little taste of childhood.
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Blue Cheese Bites

Reviewed: Feb. 2, 2011
I did this differently a bit. I sprayed a 9 inch pie plate pan with no-stick. Then I spread the crumbled bleu cheese over the bottom of the pan, and drizzled the melted butter over the cheese. I took 6 biscuits (flaky "grand" brand) and flattened them a bit with my fingers. I then pressed them into the cheese and butter, making a layer of biscuits over the topping. I baked according to directions. When I served them, I flipped them over, bleu cheese and butter on top! Very tasty and rich, thanks for sharing! My cholesterol appreciates it! ;)
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Slow Cooker BBQ Pork Chops

Reviewed: Jan. 15, 2010
Good. I used some BBQ, with about a cup of water, a splash of soy sauce, some garlic powder and salt / pepper on each. I added a bit of chili powder on each chop and dumped it all in. Cooked on high, about 10 boneless chops, for about 3 hours. Was a lot better after about 3.5, because the boys were so anxious to eat it. Added extra bbq sauce on the chops, as the sauce was a little thin. Still, delicious, and very easy. hah, what I like best. xD
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Jam Muffins

Reviewed: Sep. 26, 2009
I just whipped this recipe up in about an hour and a half, with all clean up and such. Here's the recipe I followed (from various readers input and what I had in my kitchen): * 2 cups all-purpose flour * 1/4 cup white sugar * 1/4 cup brown sugar (plus some extra for topping) * 3 teaspoons baking powder * 1/2 teaspoon salt * 3/4 cup milk * 1 tsp. vanilla * 1/3 cup applesauce * 1 egg * 2 tablespoons any flavor fruit jam I also put the jam in the middle (as some suggested) and it was delicious. I think the best way to do it is to mix it in a tiny bit (marble it) with a fork. That way it doesn't bubble up as much. Before baking, I also sprinkled a teaspoon or so of brown sugar on the tops. Just plain brown sugar. It hardened and blended in during the baking, BUT it tastes delicious. Gives it an extra kick with a little crunch and some sweetness, to balance the batter (since the jam resided mostly in the bottom on mine). These were very easy to make, and I had all the ingredients in the house, which makes it better. A little bit of jam bubbled up on the outside of my pan, but I just rinsed it under hot water, and scrubbed it right after I took the muffins out. It took maybe three minutes to clean, and wasn't that hard. Overall, this recipe is a solid 4. Tasty, but not amazingly outstanding. But I will probably make it again- it's easy and the men of the house seem to like it. =) Thanks for sharing!
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Swiss Chicken

Reviewed: Oct. 9, 2010
I made this as another reviewer suggested. Lined my pan with tinfoil, spread chicken soup across bottom, poured chicken broth over (didn't have any wine), put chicken on, put cheese on, only used a cup of bread crumbs, and a 1/4 cup of melted butter, drizzled over the breadcrumbs and ground some pepper on it. Cooked uncovered for about 50 minutes at 350. It was pretty good. Served it with mashed taters and corn. It got approval rating from both the men in the house. Will make again!
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Honey Walnut Shrimp

Reviewed: Feb. 11, 2011
Very tasty. Kind of time consuming, but maybe I just went about it strangely. My suggestions- deep fry the walnuts at the end for just a few minutes to give them some crunch. Make the sauce before you start frying- the shrimps don't fry that long. To coat all the shrimp easily, dump them into the mix, mix them in with your hand, and pull them out, shake a little, and drop into oil. Doing them one at a time was killing my soul. I served this in bowls individually and let people dish the sauce as they wanted- delicious! (I also used the mochiko- it gave it a wonderful flavor that I think cornstarch wouldn't.)
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Grandma's Gravy Recipe

Reviewed: Sep. 28, 2009
I whipped this up tonight as a last minute fix for some pork chops and potatoes. This was easy to make, I had everything already needed for it... I used 2 cubes of beef bouillon It tasted pretty flavorful to me, though I bet 2.5 cubes would be good too.
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Chicken and Dumplings III

Reviewed: Nov. 6, 2009
This was tasty. I completely changed the recipe to suit my tastes, but I'll tell you how I did it in case you're wondering. =) I sliced three medium sized boneless/skinless chicken breasts into about three pieces each and put them in a big pot with enough water to cover them about an inch. I threw in three chicken boullion cubes, two spoons of diced garlic, a few shakes of parsley, oregano, pepper, and garlic salt. I brought it to a boil and let it cook about 7 minutes. While it was cooking, I took premade dough (I think I used albertsons buttermilk brand) and cut each biscuit in half, and folded it over with dried parsley rolled into it. (I just used the flat end of the knife to press some parsley in and folded them over.) Then I took the chicken out and let it cool, added the two celery soup to the water mix (I didn't drain any at all) and used a whisk to break it up, keeping it on medium heat: just almost boiling / near boiling. After cutting up all the chicken into bite sized pieces, I put it back in, let it boil for a min or two to finish cooking the chicken (pieces were almost done, just a bit of pink left) and then added the biscuits, tearing them in half as I went. I let it cook, stirring it now and again, for about ten minutes maybe, while I did clean up. ... The boys had never had chicken and dumplings before, and they LOVED this. I think it had good flavor and was very easy / low cost, since I'll use the chicken for another meal too. Thank you so much for sharing!
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Rich 'N Thick Hot Chocolate

Reviewed: Aug. 30, 2010
Not really thick, but rich, for sure. I cut it in half, made a big sized mug just for myself. Used half'n'half. I added a few shakes of cinnamon while the chocolate/water/sugar was at a boil, along with a shake of salt. I think it really brought up the flavor. While sweet, it's not really a chocolatey richness. I may add more chocolate next time, or a bit less sugar. Overall, not bad, and it makes up quick/I had everything in the house. It's worth a shot! And the recipe cuts in half wonderfully. :) Oh, and I omitted the vanilla- totally forgot about it. But it was still tasty.
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Hawaii Twist

Reviewed: Oct. 9, 2009
I mixed and matched this recipe and made it rather my own. I used less pineapple juice, more coconut, added some ice, and added a bit more banana / sugar. (The bananas weren't very ripe, so it was a little bitter.) Delicious! And easy. =) Thanks for sharing.
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Oatmeal Chip Cookies

Reviewed: Dec. 28, 2011
This recipe turns out great each time. Switch the chip type to get some variance, or take them out completely and sprinkle them before baking with cinnamon sugar for a twist.
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Iced Pumpkin Cookies

Reviewed: Oct. 21, 2011
These cookies taste good- I made them exactly as the recipe called for. I haven't made any icing for them, though I may eventually. Just be warned, these are a little more like cake than cookies. Not that it's a bad thing. When they bake, they bake in the shape they are. So if you're looking for a nice uniform shape, do it before you bake them (they don't spread like choco chip cookies or such). I did only bake them 12 minutes, as well. Delicious all around!
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Chicken with Bouillon

Reviewed: Mar. 13, 2011
Easy, simple. Tossed in some minced garlic near the end to give it some more flavor. Served over rice with a little lemon juice. Good for something quick and tasty!
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BAKER'S Easy Chocolate Truffles

Reviewed: Feb. 22, 2011
A little rich for my tastes, so I made some modifications. First, I doubled the cream cheese. It makes more and gives them a smoother truffle taste. I divided the batch (after adding chocolate, before vanilla) and put them in tupperware containers. Then let each person mix in a torani syrup of their choice (mint, raspberry, and irish cream for this batch). We mixed them up with a fork, added a little extra powdered sugar to the mint (the syrup was pretty weak) and then fridged them for an hour. Rolled them in hot cocoa powder, powdered sugar, etc. When I'm out of syrup, I roll them in flavored 'fancy' cocoas (for like .40 cents at winco). Tasty! Fun group baking project.
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Vanilla Glaze

Reviewed: Feb. 2, 2011
I made this as described with the milk at tablespoon instead of teaspoon. Turned out great! Hardened just enough to hold in a warm room, not so hard it hurt my teeth. I piped this via a plastic baggie with a corner cut off onto chocolate mayo cupcakes. Just the right amount, and a good sweet touch to the mellow cake. Delicious!
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Lemon Cream Pasta with Chicken

Reviewed: Oct. 21, 2011
This recipe is great. I did cut the lemon in half and I used just lemon juice outta a bottle. I make the noodles in this recipe for other things, without the cream. It's a flavorful way to make them and never fails. Thanks for sharing!
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Pumpkin Ginger Cupcakes

Reviewed: Oct. 21, 2011
Tasty, easy. I didn't have any crystallized ginger on me (though I bought some in the bulk area of winco for next time). I didn't use any frosting for this at all- the cupcakes were delicious by themselves, moist and sweet. I instead sprinkled powdered sugar on them to pretty them up and give them some flair. Thanks for sharing!
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Oatmeal Pancakes

Reviewed: May 22, 2011
Exactly what I was craving when I thought of oatmeal pancakes. I added a tab of sugar and a tab of brown sugar, used whole wheat flour, and added a few shakes of cinnamon and salt just to boost the flavor a bit. Good over all!
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Orange Sauce Chicken

Reviewed: Feb. 8, 2011
Used just the sauce. Ended up pounding the chix flat, dipping in flour, then egg mixed with milk, then crushed saltines mixed with breadcrumbs. Baked about 20 min at 400. Did the sauce just as directed- but added some shredded ginger in with the orange zest and a sprinkle of red chili peppers. Fabulous glaze! Will make again, for sure.
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