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Broccoli Cheese Soup

Reviewed: Jan. 27, 2013
5 stars with the alterations done after reading various reviews. The recipe as shown is a good base recipe. I followed the advice of another reviewer as I wanted to make an impression on my family and have this taste like the soup that my daughter likes when she orders this when we go out. My husband has never had it and wasn't sure about it at all. I doubled the brocolli and the cheese and used one can of broth to mix with the cornstarch at the end. And I used half and half instead of the milk The soup turned out AMAZING! Amazing. It makes a big pot. I was able to freeze some of it in mason jars for later. Big hit with everyone, including the husband who requested more the following week. This is a keeper.
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Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings

Reviewed: Sep. 13, 2012
I LOVE this recipe. Such a great find. Warm and flavorful comfort food at its finest. Husband and kids all love it. I use fresh chicken and throw in some carrots and water to cover. I followed the recipe and added 1 can jumbo flaky biscuts and let simmer for the last half hour. By adding the carrots we got our veggie, chicken for protein and the dumplings for the carbs. It was soooo good. Heavenly on a cold day!
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Grandma's Chocolate Zucchini Brownies

Reviewed: Aug. 19, 2012
I was worried about how these would turn out. The consistency of the batter was thick so I added a teaspoon or two of canola oil. My reason for making these were to get some zucchini into my son who has food texture issues and is a very picky eater. I thought these tasted good and I agree with the reviewer that stated they're in between a cake and a brownie. There was no hiding the zucchini though. It's there and noticeable. My soon took a bite expecting a brownie (funny how he'll eat anything sugar based w/out a problem!) and I could tell he liked it until he got a little string of zucchini on his tongue. Will cut down the zucchini by a cup when I make this again. Everyone else loved it as is!
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Pumpkin Turkey Chili

Reviewed: Aug. 19, 2012
This was much better than I was expecting. I followed other reviewers and added a can of light chicken broth and a can of beans (white). I happened to have a pkt of Durkee white chicken chili seasoning on hand so I used that for spice. It smelled and looked wonderful while cooking and I ended up letting it simmer on low for about 3 hrs on the stove. Normally I'd use my crockpot but it disappeared. It's a mild chili but easy to spice up to individual tastes. Will definately make again!
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Raspberry Truffle Fudge

Reviewed: Jul. 21, 2012
This recipe is now a staple in our household for school related activities, bake sales and Christmas tins and such. EVERYONE loves it. My daughter who is 15 loves to make it and share it at school. I did buy the Chambord because the first time I made it was for Christmas gifts. It is expensive, but the flavor is amazing and only gets better after a few days. Its very subtle at first, but then it just infuses the fudge and gives it a very nice raspberry flavor that I'm not sure you'd get with the preserves. You'll also find yourself making several batches and using up the bottle of Chambord that keeps quite well. We use the white chocolate chips for the top layer. Add in your Chambord and just a few drops of red food coloring to get desired shade of pink you want. While I'm sure it tastes just as great all mixed together, it really is the double layer that distinguishes this fudge from others and makes it stand out. If you're going for presentation - use white chips for the top layer. Tip: try some tossing some sliced almonds int he bottom layer for those who like a little nutty flavor in their fudge :)
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Tangy Poppy Seed Fruit Salad

Reviewed: Jul. 21, 2012
This was a beautiful looking salad. The poppy seeds had people intrigued right off so they knew there was something different about *this* fruit salad. The more comments made, the more of my co-workers came to check it out. I went with fresh pineapple and juiced the flesh from the rind for the reserved juice. The orange slices I sliced into three bite sized segments. I was making for a somewhat large group of about 25 so I added more fruit than was indicated. Used a whole pineapple, one orange diced as stated above, one kiwi, a little over a cup of strawberries, I halved red and green grapes and threw in a big handful of blueberries for color and at the last minute sliced up a banana. I did not adjust the lime juice and poppyseed mixture to accomodate the add'l fruit as after reading previous reviews it seemed there was more than enough. I really wish I had taken a picture because it was a beautiful mix of colors. The entire bowl disappeared in the first 1/2 hour it was presented and several people asked what was in the 'sauce'. Will definately make again. Thanks for a great recipe!
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Peanut Butter Cookies IV

Reviewed: Sep. 18, 2011
Very easy and tasty recipe as is. I followed it exactly but made a double batch. Last minute I decided to add a cup of mini semi-sweet choc chips. Turned out wonderful. 10 mins exactly in my oven was perfect. They're not hard but not soft really either. Slightly crumbly, but that's how we like 'em. I thought they were flavorful with the suggested amt of peanut butter. Not bland at all. Will keep to make again. And I took pictures!! Will post later :)
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Chewy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Reviewed: Dec. 21, 2009
This was a wonderfully easy cookie to make. I followed the original recipe exactly - but did take Dianne's advice and added a cup of red and green M&M's to make them more festive for the holidays. No need to chill the dough or roll them - just dropped them by large spoon fulls and add more M&M's to the top. The recipe makes exactly 24 nice adult palm sized cookies. They cooked up well in my oven at exactly 13 minutes and were soft and chewy to eat. Big hit with the kids. They taste like choc chips cookies with a nice sized hint of peanut butter. These cookies look and taste great. Will definately make again. Double batch next time to share with others. Great Christmas tin cookie for sure.
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Pumpkin Fluff Dip

Reviewed: Jan. 6, 2008
This recipe was very easy to make. I agree with another reviewer in that its best if chilled overnight. I used vanilla pudding mix - but the butterscoth sounds like a very good idea, too - think i'll try that next time. Everyone kept asking what it was and where I got the recipe. It's a big batch - I was able to divide it between two christmas parties. Served it with gingerbread cookies and quickbread. Despite the presentation and the scattering of cookies surrounding it - a few people mistakenly took it for cheese dip and were more than a little surprised :) Will definately make again.
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Whoopie Pies

Reviewed: Jan. 8, 2006
These were very tasty. My cakes came out a litte flatter than I would have liked, regardless of the size - made some smaller and some larger to see if it would make a difference. I was expecting them to look a bit more like the pies you buy in the supermarket Deli's - and was marginally disappointed when they didn't. However - the taste more than makes up for it. I did submit a picture for anyone interested in checking it out. I too followed JENDP's icing recipe and was not disappointed - simple and great tasting and the consistency was perfect. No more time consuming really than making a batch of cookies as the little cakes cook just about as long. I avg'd 8 to 12 mins depending on size. Definately worth a try. My family really enjoyed them - and you can make them the perfect size to match your needs. I made smaller ones for the kids and bigger ones for hubby. Will make again for sure.
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White Christmas Jewel Fudge

Reviewed: Dec. 22, 2005
This recipe WAS very easy. I was a little wary of trying it but I just loved the whole white, red and green scheme and thought the picture looked very festive. If you like white chocolate - you'll enjoy this. I wish i'd read the 12/20 review before I made it though - didn't occur to me to add coconut but it would have been a nice touch. The color is not pure white as the condensed milk turns it more of an off white - but still an attractive looking result. Only thing that worried me was that I added these to the christmas tins with cookies and other items that i pass out at christmastime. I stored them in my pantry where it was cool after they were packed but found myself constantly worried about how the fudge held up after I passed them on. Good for parties when you can pull em right out of the cooler, but not so much for gifting. I did take a pic i'll add after the holidays :D
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Aunt Blanche's Blueberry Muffins

Reviewed: Aug. 29, 2005
These tasted very good, but didn't cook up real well. Admittedly, it could be my oven. It's very tempremental and needs a new heating element. They were flat and didn't puff up like I was hoping. I used frozen blue berries as well and tossed them with sugar. The batter was great. They got eaten, but no rave reviews. I was disappointed - but again I think my oven was the real culprit here. Will try this recipe again and hope for better results.
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Banana Banana Bread

Reviewed: Aug. 29, 2005
Just realized I had been remiss in reviewing this wonderful recipe. I have made this several times since I found it last April. I agree with another reviewer that stated the bananas really do need to be very ripe for optimum results. The only variation I made to this recipe was to add 1 cup of mini semi-sweet chocolate chips and bake them in a muffin tin(dozen) and 3 small mini loaves. Just enough batter for all. Huge hit with the kids - especially my 3 yr old son. They are his absolute favorite. I'll take a picture to add next time. They are sooooo good!
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Big Soft Ginger Cookies

Reviewed: Aug. 25, 2005
Let me just say first of all that the current picture displayed of these cookies do not do them justice. I'm going to send one in the next time I make these wonderful cookies. Mine were a darker, richer caramel color and puffed up a bit more. They just looked so good and turned out perfectly! :) It's quick, it's easy and it's delicious - what more can you ask for in a recipe. Kids love them, husband loved them, co-workers loved them - not a complaint to be found. My daughter told me they were the best cookies i've ever made. I did set the dough in the freezer while I cleaned up my counters and in between batches to keep it firm - made it much easier to work with. All of these cookies disappeared within two days and everyone wants more. I will definately be making these again and again. Thanks for the great recipe, Amy!
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Graham Streusel Coffee Cake

Reviewed: Aug. 20, 2005
I realized, as I was in the middle of making this that I forgot to read the reviews that other's had left-someting I ALWAYS do. I was in a hurry though and your recipe had all the ingredients I currently had on had so I printed it and got to mixing. Deciding it was too late to back out I just continued on. I was not disappointed. This is a fabulously easy and delicious recipe - my entire family loved it. The only thing I didn't have was the confectioners sugar to make the glaze - but it turns out there was really no need for it. These were wonderful right out of the oven and warm, but lasted well and were just as delicious 3 days later. Instead of using the 9x13 pan I used a muffin tin and 3 mini loaves. Perfect size servings for little ones who very much enjoyed the special treat, and my husband ate an entire mini loaf with his coffee. They're already asking for more! Will definately make again. Great recipe.
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Nora's Special Chocolate Chip Muffins

Reviewed: Aug. 14, 2005
These were not good at all - even with the alterations that were suggested. My daughter had been bugging me to make choc chip muffins for months - and she took a bite of one muffin and wouldn't touch the rest. Very disappointing in both taste and texture. Sorry - I usually try to come up with something nice to say, but I can't with this recipe. My advice to anyone searching for a good muffin recipe - keep looking. The alterations may help some - but not enough. Save yourself the hassle.
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Pumpkin Bread I

Reviewed: Apr. 22, 2005
I love this recipe! Quite possibly the best pumpkin bread I have ever had. Ever. First time i've ever tried substituting and using applesauce instead of oil. It was so moist and full of flavor. I opted not to include the nuts and made two loaves and added 1/2 cup mini choc chips to remaining batter and made a dozen muffins. Unbelievably good! Will definately make again. And have to agree with another reviewer(sorry can't remember who) - these would be great to freeze, but they disappear too quickly :)
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Banana Chip Muffins I

Reviewed: Apr. 16, 2005
Lovely little recipe! So easy and so quick - and the perfect amount of batter for 12 decent sized muffins. Kids loved them - even my 3 yr old that has food texture issues. Of course - he'll eat almost anything with chocolate chips in it :) I was out of applesauce this time - will try substituting with that instead of the oil next time. Great recipe.
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Shepherd's Pie Complete

Reviewed: Oct. 21, 2004
I made a few alterations to this myself, but the basic profile of this recipe was great. I was looking for something easy with not too many ingredients. The four cans of gravy I just assumed was a typo and only used 2. I used peas and corn and mashed real potatoes (as if my 8 yr old would eat 'fake' potatoes). It came out great - with the exception of the cheese. Will not add cheese at all next time. It was better the next day and my daughter (per her choice) took it to school for lunch for the rest of the week. Will definately hold on to the recipe.
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Soft Molasses Cookies II

Reviewed: Oct. 21, 2004
I didn't have any sour cream so I used the evaporated milk and vinegar substitution mentioned. I was a bit worried about the texture of the mix as I spooned it onto the baking sheet. Very smooth and kinda runny. I didn't have high hopes for how they'd turn out - but they cooked up just fine. Not quite the texture/consistency I was looking for though once baked. The kids didn't seem to mind however, so i'll probably make them agian for them -since they are so simple.
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