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Blueberry Crumb Pie

Reviewed: Aug. 25, 2009
I put more cornstarch than called for because I like my pie filling thick. This was like runny water. The flavor of the filling was sickeningly sweet. And the topping did just that; topped it off with even more sugar. Had to throw the whole pie out.
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Fruit Cocktail Cake VI

Reviewed: Aug. 25, 2009
This has potential. Far to much butter in the "glaze" topping. Far too much baking soda in cake batter. This cake would be much better without the topping. Just thinly iced with a cream cheese icing. Or a thin glaze over the top if you bake this in a bundt pan.
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Egg Drop Soup II

Reviewed: Aug. 22, 2009
This is a fairly good base recipe. You don't need to do much to it to make it even better. I used about 2 T cornstarch to get it to the right thickness. I used 2 cans of LOW SODIUM chicken broth, 2 eggs, 1 dash of white vinegar, 1 dash of soy sauce. I also threw in the green onions before the broth got hot, and I let them steep in the broth to get a little soft and infuse the broth. Yum Yum. Ate with pork egg rolls.
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The Best Chicken Fried Steak

Reviewed: Jun. 11, 2009
This was a bit salty...I should have known to decrease the salt, but didn't. I mixed the buttermilk and hot sauce this morning, put my cube steak in and put in fridge for the day. CFS was super tender and fell apart. Hubs could cut it with a fork....that is surprising....I didn't do the garlic bit either.....Like the overall concept of flour, and the baking powder and soda though.
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Green Onion-Parmesan Mornay Sauce

Reviewed: Apr. 3, 2009
we loved this recipe! the only bad thing is that after it starts to cool on your supper plate, it starts to get grainy. but that is not the fault of the recipe, it's just the way parm cheese can be sometime. especially if you aren't using really good quality parm. we ate this over grilled (garlic/herb) chicken breasts and penne pasta. SO GOOD! I used extra green onion, b/c we love green onions! yum-yum!!!
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Blueberry Oat Muffins

Reviewed: Dec. 31, 2008
We really liked these muffins! They weren't too sweet at all. Dense, yet moist. And we loved the crunch sweet topping. I didn't have orange juice, so I grabbed a snack-size cinnamon applesauce and mixed it with water and added to the oats instead. Used frozen blueberries, thawed and rinsed/dried and it turned out great! Made 6 jumbo muffins instead of 12 smaller ones.
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Chocolate Oil Cake

Reviewed: Nov. 8, 2008
I just made this cake and I baked it in a bundt pan for exactly 40 minutes and it came out perfectly. I had no problems getting it out of the pan. Some people stated that it was very sticky and stuck to their pans. I used my heavy Wilton nonstick bundt pan and it turned out perfectly after cooling in the pan for about 30 minutes. After cooling I dusted it with a generous amount of powdered sugar. I am so glad that I did that b/c this cake is not very sweet at all. It is very moist and dense, but not very sweet. I do admit that I always shy a little when measuring sugar, but even with the full amount it wouldn't be very sweet. I thought about using all applesauce instead of oil next time. Just to see what happens.4*'s worth if you need a quick, easy and fast baking cake. Definitely glaze it or dust it with sugar.
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Spooky Witches' Fingers

Reviewed: Nov. 3, 2008
Okay, as everyone knows this recipe is more for looks than for taste. Be sure to chill your dough for a LONG time. I even put mine in the freezer. If you have hot hands and you begin to shape the dough and it gets sticky, your fingers (the witches fingers that is) will totally S-P-R-E-A-D while baking. Be sure not to make them too thin b/c when you try to get them off the baking sheet etc....they can crack b/c the dough is really soft. Like a soft sugar cookie. My Halloween guests kept walking by the platter of these saying "Whoa..what the...oh my gosh, that is gross!" So I guess that's a good thing....LOL
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Unbelievable Chicken

Reviewed: Sep. 25, 2008
I admit, I changed this recipe a little b/c I had to. I wanted to try this out while my husband is gone on business out of state b/c he doesn't like chicken. I didn't have an course mustard like I thought I did. I didn't use lemon, I doubled the lime b/c that is what I like. I used ground powder mustard in place of the other. And I added some honey, so that on the grill it would get a nice sticky glaze. I am always worried about raw chicken, so I grilled a little too long and it was a tad dry. But otherwise, I loved this marinade. It was sweet, tangy and wonderful off the grill, as it gave it a smokey flavor. This would be fantastic as fajita meat with guacamole (made with lime) and some fresh pico de gallo. Anyhow, this is really good. The garlic is a must. OH, I also added red pepper flakes. YUM!
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Brown Sugar Oatmeal Pancakes

Reviewed: Sep. 7, 2008
I added approx 1 tsp of baking powder to this mix to help give some fluff. I really didn't care for these. They were heavy and thick and had really no flavor. All I really tasted was the whole wheat flour. If I ever try them again for the hubby to try, I will use all white flour. Some cinnamon would be good.
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Plum-Kissed Pear Jam

Reviewed: Aug. 29, 2008
This was pretty good. I used more like 1/2 and 1/2 on the fruit. I also threw in 2 pluots that I had. The color of the jam was beautiful. It was a little too sweet even with 5 c. sugar. It could have easily been sweet enough with 4 c. sugar. I also always throw in an extra 1/2 box of pectin in jams. I like a really thick jam and this helps that happen quickly. I made this jam again with 2 pluots again, a handful of strawberries that I had on hand (and no one was going to eat) and an apple that started to get mushy. I threw it all in, cooked, sugared and jarred. It came out awesome!!! You can't pick which fruit you taste, but it is wonderful. The color is always awesome too!
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World's Best Lasagna

Reviewed: Jul. 29, 2007
My husband made this for himself tonight for supper. I didnt taste it b/c i dont eat Italian Sausage. He said it was OK, but nothing too too special. He rates it 3 1/2 - 4 stars.
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Cinnamon Raisin Bread I

Reviewed: Jul. 29, 2007
I halved this recipe and it still made 2 large loaves. The crust on it was really dry and hard...idk....ok bread. Needs more cinnamon..maybe in the dough...and more sugar in the filling.
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Cinnamon Rolls III

Reviewed: Jul. 21, 2007
Ok- I tried the "clone" recipe and it never turned out very good AT ALL. They were very dry. So i was leary when searching for a new CR recipe to try. But oh my gosh, thank goodness i talked myself into trying this one!!! It is soooo good. I had to hand some out to family so they could ENJOY the heck outta these. We thought the icing would be too "cream cheesy" but it wasnt. I also added a BIT more cinnamon and B-sugar to the filling. Oh- go ahead and add the whole package of pudding. I used 3/4 and threw out the rest, which was a waste; i should have just dumped it in, it wouldnt have hurt them a bit. Maybe add a touch more milk to compensate for the added dry ingredients. Anyhow, this one is a KEEPER says the hubby. And the dough rose beautifully. (check out my pics of them) So easy and so good. A recipe to be proud of.
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Sticky Monkey Brains

Reviewed: Jul. 17, 2007
I made this today for our ladies group at church. What a mess. Im only giving it 2 stars b/c i see that it COULD be worked with and made into a good recipe. Sadly it didnt work out so well. Yes, i do admit i didnt do it in the 6 individual bundt pans. I did it in one large one and the biscuits didnt want to rise b/c they were weighed down by everything, or so it seemed. Also the biscuits wouldnt cook in the middle. The top was about to burn, while the insides were gooey still. So i had to turn out the whole thing onto a baking sheet and bake it like that. Well then it was so dry and basically burnt on the outside b/c of all the sugar that it was not very tasty at all. Good thing the ingredients werent expensive.
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Tater Tot Casserole III

Reviewed: Jun. 26, 2007
Id have to say this was an ok recipe. Although i did add a can of cream of mushroom. Seems like it would be really dry without it. I didnt use as much sour cream, and i totally omitted the butter. I mushed apart about 20 tots onto the top of the casserole with some ritz crackers and 1/4 of the grated cheese. The kids seemed to really like it. Hash browns would probably work even better.
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Strawberry Refrigerator Cake

Reviewed: May 19, 2007
my hubby and I loved this one. We like the really simple flavor, moistness and the cold cake and topping in your mouth. Great for a meal at the lake or a family get together in the summer/spring!!! I want to try this with Cheesecake pudding for the topping. Oh- add a few crushed strawberries into the cake batter before baking. Keeps the cake moist, also i omitted the oil in the cake and used applesauce(same amount) and it turned out GREAT!!!
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Best Brownies

Reviewed: May 4, 2007
This recipe was "ok". It was a little too bitter for me, with all the cocoa powder. I did add milk choc chips into the batter, and a few melted ones into the glaze. It is decent, but not the best. We will just have to see what my hubby says about them...He is a brownies lover.
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Angel Chicken Pasta

Reviewed: Apr. 25, 2007
This was very good! Although I was VERY leary of this recipe. So I saw the huge reviews on this one and was kinda so-so about it. And yah - the ingredients look odd, but it really is GOOD! I would do as others state and add some fresh mushrooms (sliced) and let them cook while it all bakes. I added a clove of garlic just because we love garlic. No seasoning is neccessary. The Italian Dressing mix is enough. I didnt use a tub of cream cheese, I just cut off enough off an 8 oz. block and bought FRESH chives and it was better than the tub I would think. Its not a cheap meal, but sooooo easy. And so VERY FEW ingredients, its wonderful. Not a 5* b/c I consider this a great base recipe. Add other things to groove on the likes of your own family. Yum!!! My step-son and hubby said shrimp would taste great in this. It would almost be like a Shrimp Alfredo they said. Bake the sauce for a bit maybe, then chunk in shrimp at the last minute. Oh Oh- use chicken AND shrimp.....SUPER YUM!!
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Delicious Raspberry Oatmeal Cookie Bars

Reviewed: Apr. 22, 2007
Well, i didnt do raspberry b/c we dont like it, but i mixed apricot and peach jam and it was very good. A sweet/tart thing goin on. YUM! I also used real rolled oats, not the quick cooking kind, and that was pretty good, but i can see why you need the thin quick cooking kind. Also i was leary of the entire 3/4 cup of jam thinking it would be too much goo and the bars would be heck to cut, but it definately needs the 3/4 cup or maybe even a cup of jam, otherwise you feel like your eating just oats and flour. You need the gooey jam center for sure! And the nutty flavor that the oats and butter give you after being baked, its so good!!! Oh- and this recipe is soooooo EASY!!!!
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