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Yummy Lemon Coconut Loaf

Reviewed: Aug. 14, 2013
Very good! Changes I made based upon my pantry: 3 T bottled lemon juice to replace fresh lemon in the batter (measurements for drizzle were fine), and unsweetened fine macaroon coconut instead of flaked. The result? A rich tasting, buttery pound cake. The balance of lemon, butter and coconut was wonderful. This was very easy to make and will be part of my 'go to' recipes for quick, tasty evening meal desserts whose leftovers pair well with morning coffee. Yum!
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Modified Cream Cheese Frosting II

Reviewed: Aug. 8, 2013
Mmmmm. I tried this on the "Best Carrot Cake Ever" recipe (also found on this site.. and it is) and it was WONDERFUL! This would also make and excellent (but rich) dip for a sliced fruit tray. I would try it as a filling in a pumpkin roll too... soooo good!
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Low-Cal Chicken

Reviewed: Mar. 13, 2013
As stated by others, the temp is too high and timing too long for unfrozen breasts. I used breasts thawed 90% in the microwave, Truvia sweetener and freshly chopped garlic. I measured out my soy sauce and allowed the minced onions to rehydrate in the sauce. Prepared as directed (except for 45 minutes at 375) the chicken is fairly tasty but lacking in appearance. In future I will lightly sear both sides of the chicken breasts before adding them to the baking dish to keep more of the juices in the chicken, and I may also remove the foil for the last 10 or so minutes of baking. This should make less 'juice' in the dish but still keep it tender. All in all this was a very good, healthy main dish. Both my husband and small child enjoyed it. I paired with white rice and steamed broccoli which rounded out the flavor.
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MMMMM... Brownies

Reviewed: Jun. 14, 2012
Super simple and really, really good. The only change I made was to add a very small amount of corn syrup to keep the sugar from getting grainy (just a fail-safe I normally do), and I mixed in a few walnuts. If you prefer a gooey (as opposed to cakey) brownie, this is a no-fail recipe. (Stirring and butter amount can be a huge factor with cocoa powder recipes) My husband and my son were VERY please.
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Ham and Noodle Casserole

Reviewed: Jun. 14, 2012
This was really fantastic. I usually make a few changes based on what is in my pantry, so here are my substitutions: Garden Rotini (not egg noodles), Cream of Celery soup (not chicken), 1 cup Mexican blend cheese plus 1/2 cup cottage cheese. I also added roughly 1/2 a cup of frozen chopped bell pepper and reserved part of the shredded cheese to top the casserole with the (Panko) bread crumbs. My husband and preschooler raved over this simple recipe, and it was surprisingly tasty for a simple casserole. I will probably make this every time I have leftover ham!
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Asian Beef with Snow Peas

Reviewed: May 13, 2012
Simple and tasty. I found this recipe using the ingredient search for beef and snow peas, so I made this with what I had on hand. Here are my substitutions (1) replaced the rice wine [which I did not have] and brown sugar with bottled teriyaki sauce (2) had no ginger on hand, so I used a bit of curry while cooking the meat (3) I doubled the fresh garlic I served this over egg noodles with a side of Seapak shrimp spring rolls, and it was a quick and excellent meal.
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Fluffy Pancakes

Reviewed: Mar. 5, 2012
The could not be any better - fluffy on the inside with a crisp exterior. Follow the recipe exactly -- YUM!
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Peanut Butter Pie

Reviewed: Jan. 27, 2012
This was a simple but outstanding weeknight dessert pie. I used Dream Whip (the topping you make yourself from a powdered mix) since I did not have frozen topping, and it turned out great. I used slightly less cream cheese (from a block where I had already used a couple tablespoons) and a bit more peanut butter. I did not have any peanut butter cups on hand, so I put a small glaze of bottled chocolate syrup on the crust before adding the filling as well as a decorative pattern on the topping along with some peanuts. This is a quick, cheap and outstanding recipe using pantry staples - A+++!
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Brown Sugar Smokies

Reviewed: Dec. 19, 2011
My friends and I called this 'bacon candy' while we ate it. I used a thick sliced apple bacon and regular smokies, and one slice of bacon could be cut to wrap four of them. I did not secure the bacon but instead wrapped with the open end facing the bottom of the pan. I prepared these the prior evening in a rectangle cake pan and baked the following day for approx 1 hour while removing several times to drain the pan and add more brown sugar. To keep these moist and warm, I used a small crock pot to create a buffet server. I added warm water to the bottom, crumpled foil to create a buffer (like a steamer) and lined the rest of the crock with a foil 'basket' which contained the smokies. I will make this again and again --- just fantastic!
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Peanut Butter Cocoa No-Bake Cookies

Reviewed: Oct. 19, 2011
This is a really good recipe which reminds me of the no-bake cookies we used to have which school lunches :) I suggest adding a touch of corn syrup to prevent the sugar from being grainy. I also used half and half instead of milk (because I had it on hand) to make these even richer, but I've made this recipe with skim milk and margarine with similar results.
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Bean 'N' Beef Crescent Pie

Reviewed: Sep. 9, 2009
Both the husband and the toddler LOVED it. I used lowfat crescent rolls, weight watchers cream cheese (8oz), a full 16oz can of refried beans and several types of leftover shredded cheese in various bags and it still turned out great. This would be great topped with black olives and/or green chilies but I used what I had on hand it and was fab! I did cook the dough until set before adding any other ingredients. The cream cheese spread easily on the warm dough. Also, if you allow this to cool for a few minutes the beef/bean mixture will set and be less soupy... a must for me since I used more than double the beans called for in the recipe.
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Cream Cheese Frosting II

Reviewed: Jul. 18, 2004
Mmmmm. I tried this on the "Best Carrot Cake Ever" recipe (also found on this site.. and it is) and it was WONDERFUL! This would also make and excellent (but rich) dip for a sliced fruit tray. I would try it as a filling in a pumpkin roll too... soooo good!
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Best Carrot Cake Ever

Reviewed: Jul. 18, 2004
I 'officially' joined ALLRECIPES.COM just so I could rate this recipe. I followed the recipe to the letter EXCEPT I used an extra 1/2 cup of nuts instead of the raisins. (1 cup of black walnuts and half a cup of english walnuts) This is the best carrot cake you will ever eat... moist and delicious. I made 3 square sheet cakes instead of a traditional layer cake and topped with a cream cheese icing also found on this site. I can't say enough about this cake... try it!
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To Die For Blueberry Muffins

Reviewed: Jul. 18, 2004
My husband and I really enjoyed this muffin. Like others, I highly recommend you spray the entire surface of the pan to avoid sticking. I used 1.5 cups of fresh blueberries and ended up with 9 large muffins. I will half the amount of topping next time... there was way too much, and I felt it took away from the taste of the muffin itself. Give this recipe a try!
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