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Kalamata Olive Tapenade

Reviewed: Apr. 26, 2008
Oh my. I love this! Very strong flavors, so be sure you like olives and capers, but if you do, this is delicious! I mixed everything together and put it in the fridge (the parts to my food processor were in the dishwasher), then processed it. Love it so much I was eating it from the food processor without any bread. Guess it's a good thing I am the only one who eats olives in this house! I didn't use just kalamata; I have a jar of assorted greek olives, so I used a few of each in the jar. The hardest part was pitting the olives; I experimented with a few methods and settled on using my large knife by putting it on top of the olive and leaning on it with my body weight. Squished out the pits perfectly. Thanks for the recipe! I'll make it again. :o)
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Whole Wheat Pita Bread

Reviewed: Apr. 26, 2008
I'm really not sure how to rate this recipe. First of all, other reviewers are correct: do NOT put the salt in with the yeast when you proof it! That will immediately kill the yeast. Experienced bread bakers would know this, but if you are new to yeast baking, you may not. Therefore, that hinders this recipe. However, if you make it past the yeast proofing stage, this is a nice pita bread. I didn't have soy flour and I wanted a bread that would puff/rise a bit more, so I used 1 cup ww flour and 2 cups all purpose. Next time I may use some wheat glutin with the recipe as written to see if that helps it rise. Bakes up beautifully, and I did have pockets in some of my bread. Does have a nice taste with the molasses and the wheat flour, but you could always sub honey or sugar instead. Thanks!
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Slow Cooker Tapioca Pudding

Reviewed: May 4, 2008
Oh, this is good! Thanks for the recipe. I am not patient enough to make tapioca on the stove, so this is perfect for me. I did add vanilla and salt, and this recipe does need stirring. Have to stir it before turning on the crock pot, then while its cooking. I put it on low and set the timer for every hour to stir. Was done in about 3 hours, as I could only find quick tapioca.
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Beef Au Jus

Reviewed: Jan. 13, 2013
Very easy. I didn't have beef drippings, so used margarine, and used water and Better than Bullion for the beef broth. Takes 5 minutes, and was good with the Beef and Roasted Red Pepper Sandwiches I made it for. I ended up with more than I needed, so I just tossed the remainder in a soup I'm putting together for the crock pot. If you added more flour, this would also make some beef gravy. Thanks for the recipe!
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Sausage and Sun-Dried Tomato Quiche

Reviewed: Sep. 1, 2009
This is excellent. I love it! Bf liked it very much too. I used bacon as I didn't have sausage, but I'm sure it would be just as good with sausage. To make things easier on myself, I just chopped the sun dried tomatoes in the food processor with the rest of the ingredients that needed mixed with it. Takes a few pulses and voila! mixed together and chopped sun dried tomatoes all at the same time. I used the jarred sun dried tomatoes in oil for this recipe as it didn't say one way or the other. Worked perfectly. At the written time and temp it got pretty dark; I probably should've checked on it, but it really didn't affect the taste at all. Still very wonderful. Thanks for the recipe! We will make it again.
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Peanut Butter and Banana Dog Biscuits

Reviewed: Feb. 16, 2008
I really didn't want to roll out the dough, so I just rolled into balls and flattened with a fork. They baked just fine as directed. At first, my dog wouldn't take the treats, so I was a bit worried. I tried again, and he ate several. Don't know what was wrong with him before. Anyway, easy and quick. I used 1 banana and it seemed like it was about 1/2 cup.
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Shirred Eggs

Reviewed: Apr. 27, 2008
Yum! Perfect for breakfast. I am not a huge breakfast eater so I cut the recipe down even more from the one serving. I used 1 egg and 1 tablespoon of cream (well, sour cream as I don't have cream) then just sprinkled on salt, pepper, chives, and the parmesan. Didn't even measure those. Mine took longer than 12-15 min to bake--more like 20, and I had the oven on higher bc I was preheating for a bread I'm making. Otherwise, delicious and easy. A good way to make sunny side up eggs without frying. Served with pita bread and it was great. Could easily be made for a number of people using muffin tins.
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Fresh Strawberry Pie I

Reviewed: Apr. 18, 2008
This is good. I thought I had completely screwed it up, as the glaze mix quickened very quickly (came to a boil very fast and I didn;t mean for it to) but then was runny after I added the jello. So I heated it back up again to thicken it. Heating it the second time seemed to help it set quickly; it seemed to be setting as it cooled so I just poured it over the strawberries and refrigerated. It was very set and I had no problems with it not gelling. I did as some reviewers suggested and doubled the sauce. Not sure if I like it that way; it did almost overflow the pan. Very good, and everyone at the bbq I went to tonight liked it.
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Spaghetti Sauce II

Reviewed: Mar. 8, 2008
I'm so sorry, but I just could not like this. I had high hopes; it looked awesome, and it smelled wonderful! But after the first bite, bf asked me how much sugar was in it bc he thought it was too sweet. I thought it was too spicy, and not in a good way. I did make a few changes; used fresh tomatoes (boiled for a minute in water so I could easily peel off the skins), used a bit more garlic than normal,and eliminated the sausage, but I don't think those changes made the difference between loving it and hating it for me. I love thick sauce, and it made it thick, so I'm willing to try again, but without crushed red pepper or sugar. Neither of us liked those additions. Update: Tried this again, again with regular tomatoes I needed to use up. Eliminated the sugar and the crushed red pepper. Like it so much better without those two ingredients! I'll make it that way from now on.
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Swedish Rye Bread

Reviewed: Jul. 19, 2008
Delicious! I can't stop eating this. I don't always like rye breads, but I love this one. It's a bit sweet and nutty from the molasses and the rye flour but still rises. It's a bit dense, but rye bread is supposed to be--I'd add more yeast if I wanted it to rise more. These are pretty small loaves, the size restaurants might slice up and put in a bread basket on the table. Wonderful by itself but good with butter too. I made the dough itself in my bread machine, then shaped and let rise again and baked as directed. I don't usually like baking with molasses--it's so sticky and messy (I feel the same way about honey but have learned to deal bc it is in so many of my beloved recipes) but this bread makes it worthwile! Thanks so much for sharing. I'll make this again.
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Sweet and Mild Cooked Tomato Salsa

Reviewed: Aug. 22, 2010
Okay, this stuff is delicious! A bit too sweet for my tastes, and I halved the sugar, but the recipe title warns you so if you don't like sweet and don't cut down or eliminate the sugar it's on you! It doesn't make me hate it, and it does lend to the salsa itself, so I'll try quartering it next time. I used dehydrated onions since I didn't have any onions in the house at the time. I doubled the recipe and still only ended up with 1 full pint jar and about 3/4 of a pint jar. I decided to can this and although it was a lot of boiling for 1 3/4 jars, I'm glad I did so we can have some of this salsa another time. I did a water bath for 15 minutes and the jars sealed perfectly. In my opinion, the work for this recipe (peeling the tomatoes by boiling in water--the skins come right off!), then chopping all the tomatoes and boiling everything for hours is worth it. Next time I'm just going to make a heck of a lot more of this! :o) Thanks for the recipe!
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Herbed Onion Bread

Reviewed: Jan. 11, 2009
This is so delicious! Yum! I love herbed bread, but I also prefer ww breads, so I replaced a 1/2 cup of the white flour with ww flour. Next time I might increase that to a cup and add some wheat gluten. I was a bit daunted by the idea of 17 tbs of water, so I looked it up; 16 tablespoons is a cup, so I just put a cup of water + 1 tbs to address that issue. This bread is flavorful; I love all the herbs and I love the poppy seeds. I used the dough setting on my bread maker then let the dough rise again in a bread pan for about 15-20 minutes and baked at 375 for 40 minutes. Bakes up nice and golden brown that way. Thanks for the recipe! I'll have to make this one again! :o)
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Ranch Oyster Crackers

Reviewed: May 3, 2008
these are very good. made as the recipe stated, although i did make my own dry ranch mix with a recipe from recipezaar bc i didn't have ranch seasoning. didn't have any issues with greasiness. the flavor is very strong, so you could reduce mix part by half if you don't like strong flavored crackers, but i do and it was perfect for me. thanks for the recipe! bf and i both like them.
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Honey Wheat Bread II

Reviewed: Jan. 26, 2008
Very good bread. It was easily halved to use in my bread machine, and it came out nice and soft. Bf liked it, which means I will probably make it again because he's not a big fan of wheat bread. I did use a 1/2 c more of wheat flour, modifying the amount of white flour in response.
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Easy Homemade Pie Crust

Reviewed: May 5, 2012
Very very easy, indeed. I ended up with enough for 3 crusts, but I tend to end up with more no matter the recipe--I think maybe my pie pans are small. I used this crust for the Tarte Aux Moutarde (perfect complement!) and the Tomato Pie I, both of which are on here. I did have to add a bit more water, but that is going to depend on your humidity anyway; it isn't the recipe's fault. The crust is very flaky and delicious. A good complement to savory dishes. Thanks for the recipe.
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Strawberry Orange Rhubarb Cake

Reviewed: May 2, 2008
This is delicious. If you like strawberry rhubarb pie, you'll probably like it. I didn't really taste the orange flavor, but that could be because I didn't have fresh orange zest and had to use dried. Despite that, though, this cake is very light and refreshing. I like the fruit and it'll go into my few beloved cake recipes of applesauce cake and carrot cake (I'm not a big sweets fan). I used a bundt pan and it worked just fine. Thanks!
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Wine Cookies (Original Italian)

Reviewed: Oct. 19, 2008
Okay, I really like these cookies, which is different bc I'm not a big crispy cookie fan. However, I really don't like stuff that is way too sweet and these really aren't. I love how cute they are too. I'm not sure I did it correctly since the other photos don't look like mine, but I rolled the dough then rolled into little pinwheel shapes. I baked for 20 min, not 25, which was perfect for my oven. They turn out very cute, very small, and very delicious. I have to agree with another reviewer who said that rolling in the sugar is important--gives just the right amount of sweetness. I also like the hint of wine flavor. All, in all, a nice little cookie that's perfect with tea. A great way to use up the rest of my red wine! Thanks!
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Smashed Cauliflower

Reviewed: Jul. 5, 2008
This actually isn't too bad. I say that because I don't like cauliflower. At all. But I had two small servings of this one. Doesn't get five stars though bc of a few things. It was pretty difficult to mash the cauliflower, so I plopped it all in the food processor to smooth it out, although the texture was still a bit grainy. Also, there is a ton of liquid. I drained as other reviewers did,but added about a tablespoon of broth back in. I did use the amount of butter called for but didn't add any salt and used less cheese. I also subbed feta for the cheddar and added roasted garlic. With all these changes, it was good. Otherwise, would have been very runny. Thanks for sharing.
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Breakfast Sausage Roll

Reviewed: Mar. 1, 2008
Made this last night and baked it this morning for breakfast. It's only the two of us, so I halved the recipe, and it's still a lot! I liked it, but there is a lot of sausage for this roll. I would prefer some more veggies, and chopped tomatoes might be good in this too. I used homemade crescent roll dough. I should have seasoned my sausage a little--it's from bf's parents farm and they don't season their sausage. Some fennel, garlic, and onion powder would have been sufficient to jazz it up a bit.
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Bread and Butter Pickles II

Reviewed: Dec. 26, 2010
These have been loved by everyone who has tried them. Bf loves them, and I gave a jar to a coworker for christmas. She said that her son ate more than half the jar bc he enjoyed them so much. Even bf and I, who aren't huge fans of onions, enjoyed the onions in here. They are pretty easy--just several steps, so allow yourself time for those steps. Follow the instructions exactly and you'll be fine. Also, the final product makes great relish--just grab what you want from the jar, put it in the food processor until you get the consistency you want, and voila! relish. :o) Thanks for the recipe!
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