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Baked Beans from Scratch

Reviewed: May 28, 2013
I am not a big fan of baked beans my fiance and daughter are so I wanted to try some from scratch for our Memorial Day dinner. I tried this recipe and couldn't stop eating the beans myself! (I was a bit confused by the scaling though because it says is makes 5 cups with only 1 cup of beans and when you try to change the number of servings, it starts with 10? We were having a few people over so I said I needed 40 servings and it was perfect even though I started with about 79 oz of beans). I used canned beans to cut down on some the cooking time we opted for great northern beans. I also cut out the chili powder and cooked bacon to add in. I sauteed the onion in the bacon fat and poured it all into the pan with the beans (I also seasoned the beans with seasoned salt) and added 2 tablespoons of dry mustard and a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. (I also added a cup of water to make up for the cooking liquid in the recipe but will omit next time as it took the sauce too long to thicken). These were perfect, not too sweet as some of the reviews say (in fact, I added extra brown sugar to adjust to the sweetness level we were looking for). We will never use canned baked beans again!
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One Bowl Brownies

Reviewed: Sep. 8, 2012
This is my new go-to brownie recipe! I used a different size pan though and had to bake a little longer and the middle wasn't completely done but I took them out so they wouldn't get hard. Next time I will have to reduce the temperature and cook a little longer because I wanted thicker brownies. Other than that, I followed the recipe exactly and they were great!
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Apple Spice Cake

Reviewed: Jun. 18, 2012
Great base recipe. I used 1/2 c butter and 1/2 c applesauce to cut down on the fat and 1 1/2 c white sugar and 1/2 c brown sugar just to try something different. I doubled the cinnamon and added a teaspoon of ground clove and I didn't have any ginger so I omitted it. I also used walnuts instead of raisins because we don't like them and I used my food chopper to finely chop the apples because I didn't want big chunks (you couldn't see the apples but you could taste the flavor). I also added 2 teaspoons of baking powder because I wanted it to be fluffy. I baked in a 9 x 13 pan for 40 minutes and it came out great. It was very moist and delicious and this was my first time making a spice cake (my fiance asked for it for father's day). I topped with a vanilla cream cheese frosting. Another cake recipe to add to my collection!
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Carrot Cake III with pineapple, applesauce

Reviewed: Apr. 22, 2012
This was absolutely fantastic! I don't like carrot cake, but made this for my boyfriend who loves it and he loved this cake! He and everyone else who tasted it was shocked at how moist it was when I told them there wasn't any butter. I followed the recipe exactly (except I did use regular cream cheese in the frosting and added a little more vanilla than stated) and it turned out great. I will definitely use again!
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Brooke's Best Bombshell Brownies

Reviewed: Oct. 18, 2011
I tried this after trying a recipe from another site that we hated and this was exactly what we were looking for! The brownies were "crusty" (for lack of a better word) on top and chewy & fudgy in the center, just how we like them. I followed the recipe exactly except that 3 cups of sugar seemed a bit much to me so I cut it back to 2 and the brownies were perfect for my taste. I didn't have any chocolate chips but I did have Heath bar toffee bits which I mixed in. This will be my brownie recipe from now on - no more box mixes for us - I will try it with the chocolate chips or a different type of mix-in next time.
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Bread Pudding I

Reviewed: Jun. 24, 2010
I made this for my boyfriend for Father's Day because he had been asking for bread pudding for a while. Since I had never made it, I was looking for a simple recipe. My mom and grandmother both make bread pudding but of course couldn't tell me the measurements for any of the ingredients! This was fantastic!!! My boyfriend loved it! Following some of the other reviews (and at the advice of my Granny), I used one less egg than what the recipe called for. I also used a little more sugar and no raisins (he didn't want them). I think I baked it a little longer too, more like 45 or 50 minutes and the texture was perfect. Will definitely be making again! P.S. I made a vanilla sauce from powdered sugar and can milk (don't have the amounts; just used enough to get it to the sweetness and thickness that I wanted). Brought that to a boil and let simmer to get a little thicker and added a teaspoon of vanilla. Spread this on top of the bread pudding and it was out of this world (try it warmed with french vanilla ice cream on top)!
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Chicken Danielle

Reviewed: Jul. 28, 2004
This recipe was delicious!!! I was so sick of fried chicken or grilled chicken and was really looking for something different. I did alter it a little - used olive oil instead of butter, 1/2 cup 2% milk instead of cream, and used 1 cup of wine instead of 3/4 cup. I used cream of mushroom with garlic soup and cream of chicken with mushrooms (or something like that). I seasoned my mushrooms with garlic salt while they were cooking to add more flavor. I also used one skillet...when the chicken was done, I put it in the baking dish and I did the mushrooms and then added the wine, soup and milk and let it simmer for about 10 minutes. We had garlic breadsticks as well! Definitely will be doing this again! Thanks Danielle.
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