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Magic Mint Chocolate Bark

Reviewed: Dec. 18, 2012
This is my kind of recipe -- insanely easy yet makes an impressive gift. I found it was easier to just eyeball the amount of chips I used to fit my pan size. I just dumped them on and spread them out until they covered the surface in a uniform, flat layer. I put a layer of foil on my pan first, then parchment paper. When I didn't have enough chips to cover the whole pan, I just bent up the foil to make a smaller area. When you're swirling the chips, be sure to get the tip of your swirling implement (I used a wooden kebab skewer--worked great) all the way down to the parchment paper. If you just try to swirl on the surface the bottom will look blobby after it hardens. Also, I used chopped up mint Oreos to sprinkle over the top. It tastes great with the cookies! I can't wait to try this with other types and colors of chips. I gave this as part of my Christmas treats this year, and people were raving about it.
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Cake Balls

Reviewed: Dec. 12, 2011
These are delicious and I can't wait to give them as gifts. They are, however, time consuming and a bit tedious to make. I just finished making a ton of them, and I have some helpful tips: Let the cake cool completely and cut off any hard or dark edges before crumbling. Crumble the cake as fine as you can before adding frosting - using your hands works best. I found I needed the entire can of frosting to make them moist enough. Mix cake and frosting very well. Chill cake & frosting mixture overnight. When rolling balls, wet your hands - it will help the balls stick together and will keep the cake from sticking to your hands as badly. Don't make the balls too big! Insert a toothpick into each ball, place on a cookie sheet, and freeze for 30-60 minutes. When dipping (this is KEY!) dip as much of the top part of the ball as possible and don't worry about getting coating all the way to the bottom around the toothpick. Stick the toothpick into wax paper covered styrofoam (I used the packing from an old stereo), add sprinkles, and let the coating set up. Then take the ball off the toothpick and dip the bottom in coating to cover and place on wax paper lined cookie sheets. If the ball slid down the toothpick, just touch up the hole in the top with some coating dipped in a toothpick. I used Wilton candy coating, and I managed to cover about 42 balls per bag. The recipe made WAY more balls than that though, so plan accordingly.
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Corn Dog Muffins

Reviewed: Jul. 29, 2011
So delicious! Made really great lunches for me to take to work. I just warmed them up for about 30 seconds in the microwave, and they tasted like they were fresh from the oven. I cut up my hot dogs and distributed them throughout the batter, and added some finely chopped jalepeno -maybe 2 or 3 TBS. It was the perfect amount. It gave them a little kick without being overpowering. I used Jiffy mix, didn't add any sugar, and just kind of eyeballed the cheese. It's a forgiving recipe and you could do lots of variations. It fit exactly into 18 miffin tins. I'm not a baker at all, but they came out perfect and it was so easy. I'll be giving this recipe to lots of friends who I think will enjoy it. Thanks!
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Pork and Shrimp Pancit

Reviewed: Jan. 31, 2011
So delicious! This recipe was a great jumping off point. I made a few minor changes/additions based on other reviews--subbed chicken for pork and cabbage for bok choy. Also added more garlic, and a little bit of honey, fish sauce, hot sauce, white pepper, and rice wine vinegar at the end to punch up the flavor of the sauce. I also just stirred the noodles in with everything else. That way they absorb the flavors better. I couldn't believe I had made something so tasty. It tastes like something from a restaurant. I will make this again and again.
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Brandied Candied Walnuts

Reviewed: Dec. 15, 2010
Awesome and super easy! I can't wait to give these away for Christmas. I've made one batch, and I intend to make 2-3 more. A few tips, definitely cover your baking sheet with foil before making these. I even sprayed a little cooking spray on the foil -- not sure if it helped or not. And as other reviewers have said, stir the nuts halfway through the baking time. Also, I found I didn't need nearly a full cup of sugar to coat the nuts at the end. I just sprinked some on, stirred and kept adding a little sugar until I felt the nuts were coated enough. It seems a little scary when the nuts first come out of the oven because there is a lot of gooey syrup, but just keep stirring and adding a little sugat at a tim, and the nuts will seperate well and not be sticky.
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Rosemary Biscuits

Reviewed: Mar. 15, 2010
I'm not generally much of a baker, but I found this recipe very easy, and it turned out great. I used more rosemary and threw in a chopped clove of fresh garlic for good measure. Also, instead of rolling and cutting, I just dusted the dough ball with flour and then pulled off hunks and rolled those in flour. Then I put the dough hunks in a greased muffin tin and baked. They came out really well as biscuit muffins! The dough made enough for 6 "muffins." I'll definitely be making this again and perhaps trying new variations. It seems like a very forgiving recipe that would be easy to get creative with.
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Pretzel Turtles

Reviewed: Dec. 17, 2008
These are great and super easy! People absolutely love these. I gave them as gifts last year, and last weekend I cranked out 200 to give as gifts this year. I use rollos and holiday shaped pretzels and I heat them on foil. 3 minutes is plenty of time. Once they're cooled (an open window and a cold climate help, you could stick them in the fridge too) they easily come off the foil. I agree with the reviewer who said put the pecans on before heating. I also like to sprinkle a little cinnamon on them before putting them in the oven. It gives the pecans a great taste. I do some with holiday M & Ms pressed into the warm rollos- 2 or 3 on each, depending on how big the pretzel is and how much I want the rollo to spread. Also, I recommend unwrapping the rollos as you watch TV. I get out one bowl to put foil in and another to put the unwrapped rollos in and start unwrapping. Then I can just close up the rollo container and use them when I'm ready to make these. Oh, and don't forget to recycle that foil! And if anyone is wondering, a standard sized bag of rollos has approximately 50 candies.
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Cubanos Frijoles

Reviewed: Aug. 14, 2006
This is a very tasty dish! I have made it as written, with the exception of substituting ground turkey for the beef, and I thought it was fantastic. I've also made it with ground chicken and have added chopped mild green chilies and almonds as well. It's a great base recipe that works well with improvisations and additions. I like to mix the meat/beans mixture and the rice all together and either eat it like that or serve it on whole wheat tortillas or pitas with greens, salsa, and sour cream. The recipe makes a fairly large batch, but I’ve found that it keeps well in the fridge and reheats nicely. Thanks for the great recipe!
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Praline Sweet Potatoes

Reviewed: Nov. 29, 2004
I've never been a huge sweet potato fan, but this recipe changed my mind. These were FANTASTIC! We had them with turkey and ham, and they were an excellent compliment to both.
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