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Lemon Cake

Reviewed: Apr. 2, 2004
This is a VERY good cake! The frosting is amazing! On thing to note though...I baked it in a 9 X 13 pan for my daughter's birthday and it didn't puff up as much as I expected. In fact, I thought it had fallen. I was going to throw it out and make another but cut a piece out of the center first and saw it was fine. I'm SO glad I didn't throw it out because it was a BIG, BIG hit. Next time I'll be prepared! It's a VERY moist cake and super yummy! I'm looking for an excuse to make it again!
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Crayfish or Shrimp Pasta

Reviewed: Jun. 17, 2005
This is a really tasty and easy recipe. I cut it down alot and make it for myself when my husband is out of town since he's not a seafood lover. It takes awhile for the cream sauce to reduce and sometimes I get impatient and don't let it reduce all the way but it's still tasty. I sprinkle grated parmesan on top and usually use whole wheat noodles (just because I don't eat a lot of white pasta). I think I might try this with chicken too for my husband. I highly recommed this one!
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Charley's Slow Cooker Mexican Style Meat

Reviewed: Jul. 13, 2005
This recipes is REALLY yummy. The meat was so tender and tasty. I followed the directions exactly and was a little worried because I'm kind of a whimp with spicy foods, though my husband cannot get enough spice. I kept tasting through out cooking and was worried it was going to be too spicy for me. When the meat was done I took in out of all the gravy it was in and shredded it and though there was some spice it wasn't too bad at all. I put some aside for myself and then added some of the gravy to my husbands which spiced it up for him. We ate it flour tortillas with the fixings. Definitly a new staple in my house!
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Sweet Potato Salad

Reviewed: Aug. 21, 2005
This was just OK I thought. I didn't think it was bad, but I didn't love it either. I served it to my parents who like potato salad and neither of them finished what they took. Maybe it wasn't traditional enough for them? I think it's a hard recipe...it wasn't traditional for those wanting that but not really interesting enough for those wanting something really different. I wouldn't make it again.
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Apple Cake V

Reviewed: Sep. 26, 2005
Oh my goodness is this good! After several field trips to apple orchards I had more apples than I knew what to do with. My 4 year old daughter wanted to make an apple cake. My mother had just made one a month or so ago that was really good but I just didn't have all the ingredients on hand so I went searching. I'm SO GLAD I found this recipe. This cake is SO moist and I didn't find it crumbly at all. The only change I made was adding a little cinnamon just because I like it. If I made it again I might decrease the amount of glaze a bit. I really like it but don't know if it needs it. I'd maybe make 1/2 - 3/4ths of it. It's rich and sweet and I think I ate 1/2 the cake yesterday. It's one of those things I keep cutting a little piece of and nibbling on. I can't resist. I like it with whipped cream and I like it cold the best. I noticed some reviewers left out some oil and then thought it was dry. There's really not a lot of moisture in this cake except for the oil and eggs. Also, I think the apples probably need to be chopped decently or it would make the cake crumbly. I'm off to have another piece now!
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Easy Homestyle Green Beans

Reviewed: Sep. 26, 2005
This was just very OK for me. My husband thought there was too much bacon (which isn't the type of thing you'd normally expect him to complain about). I don't think you're going to fool anyone that these are from a can. I guess this is an easy way to fix up canned grean beans. I just wasn't particularly impressed.
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Chewy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Reviewed: Oct. 3, 2005
These were just OK for me. Not bad, but not great either. Mine didn't really turn out very chewy and I think they needed more peanut butter flavor. I would probably just rather add chips to my regular peanut butter cookies.
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Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Reviewed: Dec. 15, 2005
YUM! I made these today for a children's cookie exchange tomorrow and I know these will be a big hit. I added some Christmas sprinkles on top to give them a more festive look but otherwise followed the recipe exactly. My daughter LOVES them and I like that they look like they are much more difficult to make than they are. I didn't have any problem getting them out of the pan. Maybe because my mini muffin pan is a brand new non-stick one. I told a friend about them tonight and she has a friend who makes a variation of this cookie using chocolate chip dough instead of peanut butter. Something to try next time!
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Sugar Cookie Icing

Reviewed: Dec. 18, 2005
This icing made pretty, shiny cookies. It dried fairly fast which made decorating nice. My only complaint is the amount of liquid in this recipe is WAY off. There is no way the amount of milk it called for would have allowed me to make a smooth icing. I added a bit more milk and corn syrup until I got a consistency that I could work with.
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Basic Fondue

Reviewed: Dec. 28, 2005
This just didn't work out for us and the only reason I'm giving it 2 stars rather than 1 is because I'm concerned that maybe I didn't something wrong in preparing it. My cheese melted but it just didn't mix all the way with the rest of the sauce. I had to pour some liquid off to get it a decent consistency. I substituted 1/2 of the milk with beer. What was left was just somewhat bland. I did want a recipe that was somewhat simple because I wanted my 4 year old to eat it but she wasn't interested at all. We ate it but it wasn't something I'd make again.
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Fudgy Chocolate Fondue

Reviewed: Dec. 28, 2005
I can't really add much that other reviewers haven't said. This was very easy to make and VERY tasty! It literally just takes minutes to make. Thanks for a keeper!
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Aussie Chicken

Reviewed: Jan. 2, 2006
I thought this was very good. Not amazing, but good. I'd make it again.
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Make Ahead French Toast

Reviewed: Jan. 2, 2006
VERY tasty! I made this for my family on Christmas morning. Based on other reviews I only used 1/2 c milk and 3/4 c brown sugar. I also only put pecans on half. It tasted ALOT like pecan rolls. We all really liked it. It's pretty rich and sweet. I think it would be a great addition to a buffet or as part of a meal with less rich foods. I'm getting a craving just thinking about it! Thanks for the recipes!
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Banana Cake VI

Reviewed: Nov. 2, 2007
I thought this recipe was quite good, but not great. I think it tastes like banana bread (though with a more cake like texture) with cream cheese frosting. If that combination sounds like a good one to you, then give it a try. I had to cook the cake at least 1 1/2 hours and was concerned it would be dry around the edges but after the trip to the freezer it was still very moist.
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Hot Chocolate Mix II

Reviewed: Nov. 2, 2007
I made this for a Halloween party and thought it was very good. It makes ALOT! I added the chocolate pudding as some have suggested and found I still needed to use MUCH more mix than the recipe calls for to get a chocolatey cup of hot chocolate. It's much butter than the store bought. I didn't process it in the food processor as someone suggested and didn't have ANY problems with lumps. In fact, I'm shocked at how easily it dissolves in water. Good recipe. Will definitely make again to have on hand throughout the winter!
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Cowboy Bake Beans

Reviewed: Nov. 4, 2007
I made these last night for a fall outdoor potluck. They are very good though I think they are a little too sweet. I thought a cup of brown sugar sounded like a lot but I figured I'd follow the recipe the first time I made it. Next time I'll probably start with a half cup and add to taste. I did get a lot of positive comments about the dish. Someone said it was good "comfort" food. One change I did make was to substitute black beans for the wax. I think any type of beans would work fine in this recipe.
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Chicken Noodle Soup

Reviewed: Dec. 28, 2007
This is a very good, quick recipe. I pretty much followed the recipe exactly except I added a bit more carrot and a bit less celery and probably a few more noodles. I will probably do the same next time except I'll likely add more carrots. I cut the carrots and celery up a bit more than in the picture included with the recipe but I didn't want my 6 year old to pick them out. I'll make this again!
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Truck-Stop Buttermilk Pancakes

Reviewed: Dec. 28, 2007
YUMMY! I made these this weekend and they were SO good! Next time I will probably make about a 1/4 recipe though for my family. This recipe REALLY makes alot!
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Breakfast Pizza

Reviewed: Dec. 28, 2007
Very tasty and you can add/substitute ingredients to taste. It doesn't seem like it's enough eggs when you put it all together but it's fine when it's all cooked. My family really liked it.
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The Best Lemon Bars

Reviewed: May 13, 2008
WOW! Just made these and they are SO good. I did make a couple of adjustments based on other reviews. Here's what I did: I kept them in a 9 x 13 pan but greased it. I don't know if it was necessary but my bars didn't stick. I followed the crust directions but added a LITTLE bit of salt even though I used salted butter. I baked the crust just until it started to brown and then let cool completely. I did have to bake for a bit more than the 20 minutes in the recipe. For the filling I used 1/2 cup of fresh lemon juice. Two lemons would not have been very much but I used small lemons. I increased the flour to 1/3 cup to compensate for the extra lemon juice. I went to removed the bars after baking 20 minutes and the center seemed like it was not set at all so I baked for another 5. These set up nicely and the crust was perfect. They were still yummy the next day. I agree that they smell a bit eggy when they come out of the oven but don't taste that way at all, especially when cool. I can't wait to make them again!
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