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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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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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Refreshing Cucumber Salad

Reviewed: Sep. 20, 2009
I submitted this recipe. I have an idea for "watery" salad. Try salting your cucumbers on papertowels after slicing them. Let them sit for a while to wick away the excess moisture. Then combine with dressing and chill. :) Kind of the way you get rid of the bitterness from eggplant.
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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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Sausage Steamed Dinner

Reviewed: Jul. 4, 2011
I left out the rutabagas and turnips. I live in a VERY small town and we very rarely can get anything like that. I also added chunks of bacon and we ate the sausage on the side. In a round-about way, a very hearty meal. Easy too.
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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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EAGLE BRAND® Banana Cream Pie

Reviewed: Sep. 1, 2006
i was leary to make a cream pie of any kind b/c i thought i wouldnt be able to do it. B/c i tend to rush things along, but this was so easy, and the custard was done very quickly. it took longer to bake the pre-made pie crust for 15 minutes than it did to make the custard. my hubby loved this, he ate 2 pieces right away. not too sweet and very creamy. very very good!
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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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Easy Grape Salad

Reviewed: Aug. 14, 2006
I used this recipe as a base. I used everything but the marshmallow fluff. I thought it would be way too sweet and sticky, so i subst. cool whip. Was light in some bites and rich and creamy with the cream cheese (left in small chunks) in others. Fiance` loved it. Then i made again same way, but with pecans. If you like nuts, use other kinds, and not slivered. You dont get the full texture effect with slivered.
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Baked Ziti I

Reviewed: May 11, 2006
I give it 3 stars, but my fiance gives it 4 or 5. I make it for him b/c he likes this sort of thing. I make it very meaty and saucey. Both things i dont like. I think ground beef or ground meat/sausage ruins a good tomato sauce. That is my other change. I dont use a jar of sauce, i make my own. So its a good base recipe, i just prefer it without meat. The sour cream adds a little something. Which is good....A tang of sorts. Most of the time i add more than called for. :)
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Blueberry Crumb Bars

Reviewed: May 23, 2006
These are good. Easy to make. Even better with some vanilla ice cream. The flavors are simple and pure. The fruit comes through nicely. Nothing extravagent. The only thing i did different is that i ran out of blueberries so i halved the recipe with strawberries. I spread blueberry on one half and strawberries on the other. Tasted good. Not too sweet. Wasnt able to cut into bars, too crumbly.
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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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Soft and Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies

Reviewed: May 6, 2006
My man loved these cookies...They were good....but they spread a little too thin for my liking, but still good. We liked that the PB taste came through, but it wasnt overly sweet. A GREAT addition to half of the batter was a handful of milk choc. chips.....the tastes went together great! The only thing i didnt like is that about 2 days later....They got very brittle....and fell apart..but what can you expect 2-3 days later....So it wasnt that big of a deal. But they stayed soft for a good 1.5-2 days after baking..good cookie! ADDITION TO REVIEW**** Looks at some reviews again and whoever says this recipe wont work b/c of 3 eggs and only 2 c. flour is wrong. They do spread a little, but they stay moist and chewy and awesome for DAYS!!! So obviously, if you want hard, crackly cookies, these arent for you!! Hubby says they are the best PB cookies ever..and hes picky.
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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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Judy's Strawberry Pretzel Salad

Reviewed: Apr. 1, 2007
I made this last night for a night of playing cards with the family. I was SOOO leary of it at first, thinking it was going to be a flop. But my brother and his fiance took a bite and kinda smirked, which i thought was a bad look or response, then my brother said "This is the bomb!!" LOL Everyone loved it. The salty and sweet combo is fantastic. The only thing I didnt like personally is the feeling of jiggly jello in my mouth. I dont like that at all. So maybe next time i will just use crushed strawberries and slather the top with that. My family also said how it may be REALLY good with peaches and peach jello. So, this is a great recipe to use as a base and really experiment with. Becareful not to burn or OVER toast the pretzel layer. And i was thinking, maybe to try brown sugar with the crust and not white. It may melt into the butter and pretzel more and not be as gritty.
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Runzas (Bierocks)

Reviewed: May 17, 2006
These were good. Added more seasoning which i knew id have to do. Being from Texas, we like food spicier, so we ended up dipping them in Tabasco. Fiance said we should "Texan them up" with jalapeno, garlic, cayenne and a little chili powder and cumin on the meat. LOL....But we did try the authentic way, and it was good. We like to play with recipies though. THANKS!!
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Caramel Popcorn

Reviewed: Jun. 19, 2006
I made this popcorn while i was camping in a camper, i do not recommend that!! LOL....It took FOREVER to bake, but was worth it. All the families we were camping with kept fighting over the popcorn container. "Who has the bucket, who has it now, i want more popcorn, pass it over here" is all i heard for a good hour. Very crispy if baked long enough, great carmel flavor, not too sweet. Great!
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Crabby Cream Cheese Wontons

Reviewed: May 30, 2006
I've made these before and they are good. Try buying baby shrimp in a can and mince instead of crab. Tastes good too and not as expensive if you buy real lumb crab meat. Great with warm sweet and sour sauce to dip in.
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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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Caramel Shortbread Squares

Reviewed: Aug. 14, 2006
These were so good. I wish the carmel layer was thicker. The only thing i didnt like too much was after sitting for a day or two (if they last that long again..LOL) the shortbread layer got very very crumbly. But who cares, eat them over the counter because they are soooo good. The caramel is creamy, and the chocolate (i used milk choc) was smoothe. So delish! But seriously, cut them tiny (they are RICH) and grease your dish WELL, or line with parchment paper. And the beating of the caramel is a must!
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