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Hard Rock Candy

Reviewed: Dec. 2, 2006
This candy is very good. I am new at making candy, but having a lot of fun testing different ones. But this is easy and good. Best investment is a good candy thermometer. An accurate fast reading one. Important not to stir when boiling. I as many other people didnt, didnt dust with powdered sugar. It would be nice to roll in fine sugar or even coarse sugar instead. If you buy your oil at a craft store as i did, you get 2 small bottles and they are each ONE DRAM. If you half this recipe, you should use a whole dram for a great flavor. Your entire house will smell of cinnamon for a while...but its great. MUST USE OIL, and not extract. Oil is concentrated and tastes better. Cant wait to try other flavors. I have peppermint and want to try strawberry. Give this one a try, you'll love it!!! Also, use parchment paper, SOOOO MUCH easier than foil!!!!!!
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Mom's Carne Guisada

Reviewed: Oct. 16, 2005
This was really good. Took me forever to find the type of carne guisada i was looking for. I wanted the creamy gravy like kind. Not the stewed tomato kind. I live in southeast Texas and know good Mexican food. This with a few additions was very good. I made it in my crock pot. Added a few small diced tomatoes, minced garlic and some chili powder. YUMMY. With fresh torillas. My very picky fiance` loved it. Said it was "bragable" !! Oh- I also used more flour b/c i wanted a thick creamy gravy.
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Apple Braised Pork

Reviewed: Oct. 3, 2011
I am only giving this recipe 3 stars because I had to do quite a bit to it, to give it flavor. I added one chicken base cube, 1/4 c white wine, a bay leaf, more pepper, more salt and also a sprinkle of poultry seasoning because I didn't have plain sage. (yuck) I also used a bit more meat, so I added one more apple (granny smith). I subbed the concentrate juice for Simply Apple juice (which is FANTASTIC, by the way). My guys said that it would have been any more sweet, it would have been gross. But with the wine, chicken cube, and bay, I think it made it just savory enough. A must with mashed potatoes. *“I am an Allrecipes Allstar Brand Ambassador (a voluntary position) and I’m not compensated for my work with Allrecipes.com"*
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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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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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Pecan Pie Muffins

Reviewed: May 6, 2006
These little suckers are awesome....I used walnuts b/c thats what i had on hand....but i can imagine how much better they would be with pecans...But still....awesome.....I only baked them for about 12-15 minutes.....so they were still gooey inside....and crisp on the outside....these were so good....Sugar and fat...cant resist that!!!!! Oh..it made 24 perfect bit size mini muffins....Sprayed generously with Baking spray with flour....popped out easily!!!
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Hamburger Steak with Onions and Gravy

Reviewed: Nov. 1, 2005
I would give it more stars, but i made a few changes and it didnt turn out so well. HA HA.....So im really not too sure as to how good it could be. Just dont do what i did. All i had on hand was italian flavored bread crumbs. And i used sweet onions.The gravy then had no savory rich flavor, it was a sweet after taste. And the only thing that i really didnt like about the recipe was the season salt. Im just not fond of it. Kinda of an artifical taste to me. Other than that, Decent.
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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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Banana Bread Cookies

Reviewed: May 12, 2006
This is a wonderful recipe. Not too sweet, moist, fluffy and tasty. I halved this recipe, along with using margarine, and half whole wheat flour. I also added more banana. So good!! Oh- Also added pecans and walnuts!! But make alot, they disappear quickly. Another thing- No need for icing, just dust with powdered sugar, it will be all the sweetness you need. ****Edit:The only bad thing about these, is the tops get moist and soggy. Dont stack them on top of each other, they get very sticky.
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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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Mom's Best Peanut Brittle

Reviewed: Nov. 23, 2006
Made this yesterday and it was so easy and so good. Thought my hand was gonna fall off from stirring until it hit 300*F. But it was so neat....i couldnt smell anything from the pot until about 3-5 degrees from 300*. Then BAM the wonderful smell of brittle hits you. Two to three seconds later it hits 300* and is perfect. Easy to follow.
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Garlic Chicken

Reviewed: Dec. 6, 2006
I have used this recipe many times. I added crushed red pepper to the oil also. After the oil cools i place chicken into oil and let sit for 1/2 hour or so. I use panko crubs in with my parm bread crumbs. I also season the breast meat with salt and pepper first. And i always use more garlic than called for. I like to use this recipe for chicken sandwiches.
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Aunt Teen's Creamy Chocolate Fudge

Reviewed: Nov. 23, 2006
The first batch i made was good. I cut it in half, but accidentally used the whole recipe amount of evap. milk. It turned out soft, but so good, at room temp. Then the 2nd batch was crumbly. As was the 3rd. This was my first day to make fudge ever, and i cant figure out what makes fudge crumble. Did i heat it too much or over cook it or what? Anyone know why.. Im trying to duplicate my late mother in laws fudge for my hubby. He says this taste is good, but crumbling makes it hard to eat. Not pleasing to the tongue.
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Bubba's Jambalaya

Reviewed: Dec. 4, 2010
This was just okay. I did not use the beef broth....Just doesn't sound good for a shrimp/pork/chicken dish. Needs diced tomato and crushed tomato. Just wish rice wouldn't go to mush so quickly. Basmati is usually a good choice...but even in this it went to mush. And I didn't stir it a lot either.
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Awesome and Easy Creamy Corn Casserole

Reviewed: Nov. 1, 2005
This was OK. It just needed some more zing of some kind. The only flavor i was really picking up was the whole kernels of corn. And i wanted more of the creamy sour cream tangy flavor.
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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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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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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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California Crescent Sandwiches

Reviewed: Oct. 5, 2011
I am giving this 4 stars simply because of the IDEA of it. Using the crescents for bread. Genius!!! Same flavor/texture of a croissant, but less mess, flaking and easier to bite. I added "fillings" because that's what I do...LOL I added sliced tomato, bacon, Duke's mayo, salt and pepper. I did not use guacamole. I simply sliced avocados and layered into the sandwich. I also added in a little black forest ham, because that's what we like.
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Popeye Fried Chicken

Reviewed: Jul. 4, 2011
This is nothing like Popeye's chicken. Popeye's chicken is spicy and very savory. I did leave out the onion soup mix. I was worried about the big flakes of dried onion. I also used large chicken tenders instead of a whole breast, so that I could cook it faster. Not what I was expecting.
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