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Pasta Carbonara I

Reviewed: Jan. 20, 2010
LOVED IT!! I will make this over and over. Not lo-cal but oh well. I used a combo of recipes and this was the closest to what I did. I used more then a half a pound of bacon and I did like the texture it gave by cutting up the bacon first instead of just crumbling whole pieces into it. I cooked some sliced baby ports. and diced onions in the bacon fat. I whisked in about 3 TBL of butter into the drippings. I whipped about 1/2 cup heavy cream and 1/2 cup grated parm into the 1 egg and 3 egg yolks. Tossed the pasta into that and then threw it into the pan for a minute or two and kept it moving. I did not get this creamy like sauce but the taste was out of this world. I could not stop eating it.
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Pumpkin Coconut Bread

Reviewed: Nov. 3, 2008
This was a big hit at my work but I wasn't the most fond of it. It was a little to spicy for me and I usually will eat anything that has pumpkin in it, so a I am used to those flavors. I'm not sure why I wasn't thrilled with it. I did cook it in a shallow cake like pan and cut it into squares so people could eat it by the bite instead of the slice.
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Broccoli Cheese Soup

Reviewed: Nov. 7, 2012
Third times a charm. First two times I made this were good and each time I tweaked it based on reviews but NOW I got it! 1.I used fresh broccoli and used about 1.5lbs. I used about 20oz of velvetta instead of 16. 2.Added some salt and pepper and would have used some fresh garlic had I had it. 3. Reserved some of the chicken broth for the cornstarch slurry. 4. I used half and half for extra richness. 5. At the end I stirred in about 2 cups of shredded sharp cheddar. REALLY good and on the thick side which I personally like. It reheats well and I freeze some in baggies for quick lunches. It makes A LOT! And I have a family of 5! I think there is nothing wrong with this recipe it is just personal tastes that make people unhappy with it. Technically this is written correctly in the order of steps and ingredients. I just like mine a little cheesier. I used frozen broccoli the first time and that was fine to so if you don't have fresh don't stress about it.
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Irish Cream Bundt Cake

Reviewed: Mar. 2, 2009
This was really good, I served it for a catering function. I have made it several times and when I made the recipe I used 1 box yellow cake mix and 1 box chocolate pudding. I didn't like the bright yellow color when I first made it. It looked like any other bundt cake. The chocolate pudding gave it a homemade look. I used more glaze then it suggested to really get it to soak in. I took it out of the pan while still a little warm and then wrapped them in plastic wrap right away. After cooled at room temp I put it on a cookie sheet and soaked it in the glaze and let it sit, loosely wrapped. This let the glaze soak in from the bottom to. I then made a irish cream sauce which i poured over it. Delicious! It came out really moist when I did it this way. THe traditional way the recipe states made a great cofee/snack cake.
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Kaes-Spaetzle

Reviewed: May 24, 2006
I have made this recipe twice and there was no way it was a "dough" that could go in a spaetzle maker. I put it in a zip-loc bag and cut the tip to squeezed it into the water. However, the flavor was very good and I will keep making it. After boiling, I panfriend mine with some well cooked sauerkraut. I miss real german food since I moved back to the US and I can not find a recipe for something I used to eat and find in the stores all the time called Schumpfnudel so making this is about as close as I can come.
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Sour Cream Banana Coffee Cake

Reviewed: Oct. 7, 2009
This was really good. I used chocolate chips instead of nuts and I used brown sugar in the filling. I doubled the banana. It was very moist and I only had it lightly covered with plastic wrap. It was not even tightly covered. We ate on it for three days in the morning on a camping trip while we waited for breakfast to be done. It was great in this facet and I think I would consider it to be more of a breakfast item then a snack cake. I will double the recipe next time although the short pieces were kind of nice. I did not top it at all. It may have been nice with a drizzle of a white glaze but I liked it the way it was. I had trouble telling how much was half of the batter so when I added the second half over the filling , it kind of bled through.
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Jet Swirl Pizza Appetizers

Reviewed: May 24, 2006
WE LOVE THIS! My kids ask for it every week!! I double the recipe and serve it for dinner. I do not de-grease the pepperoni as some have said but I buy my pepperoni from the deli which turned out to be cheaper and taste better so maybe it is not as greasy. I don't have a problem with the dough in the middle not being cooked nor do I have a problem with the dough being too thin when rolled out like some have had problems with. My only complaint is that the end slices are pretty much just dough. I tried to remedy that but even that didn't work, so I guess it is just a loss . I found that it rolls better if you get your meats sliced very thin from the deli. I also add mushrooms and onions in one for the adults. But the point is that we LOVE it!
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Chocolate Earthquake Cake I

Reviewed: Jul. 5, 2009
This is great. I was looking for something to make for a birthday when I knew I would not have time to frost something before we went out. I looked this up at work, went to the store, put it together and put it in the oven. I actually left the house with it hot. I love something that does not need to be frosted. Everytime I make it, it comes out different and usually takes longer then 50 minutes. Sometimes it all just sinks to the bottom but still tastes great. I have started using a dark chocolate fudge cake mix instead of German chocolate. My sister in law loved it on her birthday and now makes it for all kinds of things. She also makes it in cupcake form and has dyed the cream part red on halloween to imply something gruesome. :)
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Teena's Overnight Southern Buttermilk Biscuits

Reviewed: Feb. 10, 2008
I forgot to mention I got 18 biscuits out of this recipe, I rolled them out to about 1/2inch and they were cut about the size of a sausage patty. Next time I will make them a little thicker and bigger for gravy.
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Three Cheese Chicken Bake

Reviewed: Jan. 28, 2007
I really liked this. I almost doubled the recipe. I used elbow noodles but not the full amount. I think that may be why some were claiming it was dry(too much pasta). In my double recipe I used 1 can of cream of chicken and mushroom and 1 can of cream of chicken soup. I also added a half a can of condensed cheddar cheese soup. I only used the single amount of cheddar and ricotta. I sprinkled the chicken on top instead of mixing it in and then covered it with the cheddar cheese and did not use bread crumbs. I really enjoyed it and we thought it would be good with some spice mixed into the sauce. Oh and I seasoned the chicken and the vegetables and then the sauce with salt, pepper and garlic powder that was not in the recipe.
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Cooky Cookies

Reviewed: Jun. 22, 2011
Love these! They make so many so it is great for sharing and still having enough at home. They have a very nice texture on the outside(all that butter and oil). Remind me a lot of Ranger cookies. They taste like GOOD supermarket bakery cookies. I only had about 1/2 cup of pecan chips and they were great. I would like big pieces of walnuts but they are not for everyone. Someone says they are chewy, maybe if I used butter flavored shortening or maybe margarine but not with Butter. They are definitely a crispy butter texture. My hubby wants choc. chips in them as I see some others did.
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Frosted Corn Flake Cereal Clusters

Reviewed: Jan. 24, 2011
I followed some user suggestions and did 1 cup PB and 1 bag butterscotch chips. I poured in frosted flakes till I thought the consistency was what I wanted so I don't know how many cups that was. I had to put them in the fridge to set up but it was worth it. They are fantastic and so easy to make. A great little item to take to work.
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To Die For Blueberry Muffins

Reviewed: Feb. 10, 2008
I was looking for something for my husband who has a weakness for blueberry muffins. He loves these and everyone at his work is jealous and actually offered him money for some! I made three texas sized muffins and 1 regular for me to try. I did not use liners but greased the pan well, you must let them cool before taking them out. I was worried they were going to spill out into my oven but stopped rising just in the knick of time. I think I will not fill them all the way up next time. I think the streusel topping got slightly too dark but it did not taste burned. I used brown sugar instead of white for the topping. I think I will try and make a whipped cream cheese mixture to add to them next time. I like my sweet things a little saltier so I might add some salt to it. I did not have lemon zest but I will next time. I love these muffins. We had them about 5 days and they were still pretty moist and tasty. The batter was super thick and hard to get in the pans. I think I would love to make these with some other berries and nuts.
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Hash Brown Casserole III

Reviewed: Mar. 2, 2009
This was pretty good, and like others said, not heavy like others. It was not a big hit with my hubby or kids and they haven't asked for it again but I liked it. I would make it again.
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Big Germans

Reviewed: May 24, 2006
This was very easy to make. I made it as an after school snack and cut it into squares then put whipped cream and sliced bananas on it for my kids. It did have a very strong egg flavor. It was good but they have not asked for it again so I don't know if I will make it again.
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Crazy Cake

Reviewed: Sep. 10, 2011
I made this for a friend who is watching his cholesterol. It was wonderful. I added about 1/2 cup or more of mini choc chips. When warm it is especially good. I frosted one half with store bakery icing and the rest with a coconut extract flavored version of the supermarket bakery frosting. It was GREAT with the coconut flavor. I will make this again. It tasted just slightly different then a cake mix and will be a great sub. when I don't have a cake mix around. My friend is going to adore the fact that I was able to make him something with no eggs. I made this in a bowl but still used the 3 well method and make mini cupcakes and standard cupcakes with it. I got 48 mini's and 14 standard from this size batch.
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The Best Rolled Sugar Cookies

Reviewed: Feb. 12, 2011
My daughter made these at Christmas and hers were big, fluffy, soft and delicious. I made them on my day off and chilled them for two days till I needed them and they were fine but did not come out big and fluffy. I don't know if it is because I chilled it too long or not. They tasted really good. My daughter and I tweaked the recipe and we added and extra cup of granulated sugar and 1 cup powdered sugar. I had no problems with extra sticky dough like some complained about. They taste really good and I will just try and cut them thicker.
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White Chili I

Reviewed: Jan. 20, 2010
I liked this a lot. I thought I had green chilis but I only had diced, canned , jalapenos so I used that which made it really spicy. I forgot the cliantro(whoops) and I added a little chili powder. I used my stick blender to puree up some of the soup because all those beans would have scared off my kids and hubby, which made it less broth like. I simmered it for about an hour and then used a little cornstarch slurry to thicken it. It was very thin. I served with shredded pepper jack and crushed tortilla chips. It was more like a spicy chicken soup with beans. My whole family ate it and liked it. I was pleased. It tasted like something from a restaurant. I wish I had not forgotten the cilantro. I also think it would be good with a can of diced tomatoes with green chilis in it.
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Lemon Coffee Cake

Reviewed: Sep. 8, 2009
I did not like this at all. It was not inedible and one of my kids kind of liked it but to me it was a waste of ingredients. It baked up beautifully and I was very excited. I used the pan suggested because they said that could change the taste ratio. The lemon flavor only lasted a second and then you were just left with this bland dense cake. I was terribly unhappy and will not make this again.
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Buttermilk Biscuits I

Reviewed: Mar. 16, 2008
These were great. I made them on the small side and it made a whole cookie sheet. They were very tasty and tender. I substituted 1/2 butter for all of the shortening. I will make these many more times.
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