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Best Brownies

Reviewed: Oct. 10, 2011
This recipe is fantastic!! And so easy and quick. I mix it all in my pot, so clean up is a cinch too. I melt the butter and then add the sugar in the pot. I remove it from the heat, add the dry ingredients and the vanilla and then add the eggs last. I mix it with a silicone spoon/spatula and the result is a perfect dense chewy brownie. I should add I have never made the frosting. When I made this the first time I had some left over chocolate glaze (Melted chocolate chips and butter in equal amounts and a small amt of corn syrup). I re-heated the glaze and spooned it over the top of the brownie while it was still hot and got that perfect glaze where you can't tell where the brownie ends and the frosting begins. The combination is deadly!
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Steak Sauce

Reviewed: Jun. 11, 2011
Like everyone here came to this because I was out of A-1. It was pretty good. I did check the ingredients on A-1 and found it included raisin puree and orange puree so I added some prune puree (1-2 tbs) and a bit of orange zest and it was awesome!
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Perfect Chocolate Cake

Reviewed: Oct. 3, 2010
Perfect flavor! Perfect cake! I always use parchment paper on the bottom of my choc cakes. I insulated the pans and they came out perfectly level and even layers. Rich flavor - I had just made a box cake that i doctored a few days before and this just blew it out of the water. I didn't use the frosting or filling. And FWIW -I made mine the week ahead and froze it. It was awesome.
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Heavenly White Cake

Reviewed: Oct. 3, 2010
Perfect flavor! Perfect cake! I did skip the almond essence because of allergies and use clear vanilla. I used it in an insulated pan and after baking the center fell by a tiny bit -but it was still perfect and moist and made me a rock star for my kids birthday. And FWIW -I made mine the week ahead and froze it. It was awesome.
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Rick's Special Buttercream Frosting

Reviewed: Oct. 3, 2010
I used all butter to make a crumb coating and everyone wondered what I did to make it so rich! It was perfect to crumb coat 2 double layer cakes!
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Raspberry Lemon Loaf

Reviewed: Aug. 14, 2010
I gave this 5 stars even though I modified it quite a bit -it was just light and wonderful and exactly what I was looking to take to a friends house as a thank-you gift. My changes: 2 full eggs (no extra whites) 1 cup full fat sour cream (plain) instead of yogurt 1 tbs lemon essence I used coconut oil -because I always bake with coconut oil And I added 0.25 cup (approx) milk to thin it out Doubled the sugar per other reviewers. I tore my raspberries in half to get more of that throughout I made it into mini loaves and they baked for about 40 mins. Once cooled I boiled 0.5c sugar with 0.3c fresh lemon juice for 5 mins and then brushed that on the top for an extra kick of tart and sweet when you bite in! YUM!!!
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David's Mesquite Smoked Texas Brisket

Reviewed: Jul. 25, 2010
This was excellent! We live in Texas and just got a nice grill and we were determined to conquer what Weber calls the Mt. Everest of Grilling -Brisket!! This was our second attempt and it was perfect!! Although we did make modifications - for a 5lb piece of meat we smoked for 2hrs and baked for 2hrs. We did most of the oven time at 275, except for the last 30 mins we did at 300. Also we didn't have greek seasoning so we used 2 tablespoons dried oregano 1 tablespoon dried rosemary 1 tablespoon dried onion 2 teaspoons granulated garlic 1 teaspoon dried lemon peel 1/2 tablespoon ground black pepper 1 tablespoon kosher salt And we used 2 cloves of garlic per pound, being sure to squash it release flavors. We plan on making this for my kids birthday party - easy way to feed a ton of people. Oh-one more thing -we got the meat from a butcher and not the grocer -it was a much better piece of meat.
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Mexican Whole Wheat Flour Tortillas

Reviewed: Jun. 12, 2010
Great recipe. I used coconut oil instead of shortening and they came out great!
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Blueberry Crumb Bars

Reviewed: May 16, 2010
I made some changes but I love this recipe -I can't stop eating it!! This will be a favorite for sure!! Let's see - I used brown sugar in the crust, used half whole wheat flour and half white flour. I used half butter and half shortening. I also added the zest from a lemon to the crust, and I added an extra egg (because sometimes whole wheat substitutions need that). The next time I make it I might add 50% more lemon zest or some lemon essence to the egg. But all in all - Yum! Yum! Yum!!
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Mayonnaise Cookies

Reviewed: May 9, 2010
WOW! These are surprisingly good! I was looking for a super easy and quick cookie recipe to make with my twin 2.5 year olds and this one fit the bill because I knew I could make it in the window of their short attention span. But WOW! I added chocolate chips and skipped the final sugar sprinkle. I also used a really good all natural mayonnaise - with canola oil. YUM!! These were perfectly gooey and yummy with no hint of the mayo. I was nervous when I smelled the batter did smell so mayonnaise-ey. So after the first cookie sheet went in I heated up about 1/4c water in the microwave, added 2-3 tbs of cocoa powder to make a paste. I added that to the remaining cookie dough and YUM!!!! (they tasted like a brownie, but I had to work to mix it in -so they looked a bit ugly) But it was really Yummy before that and didn't need it!! ETA - I started making these cookies in a press cookie tin and that made it perfect -because the dough is a bit crumbly!
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Salad Dressing Cupcakes

Reviewed: Apr. 3, 2010
This cupcake tastes waaay better than it should based on the effort. I agree with previous reviewers that said it is sooo much easier than a mix. I used a full-fat canola mayo for my salad dressing. I was suspicious when I added the mayo to the water, but once I added it to the dry ingredients -WOW! It was real cupcake batter! It isn't super sweet -which I like and it is the perfect size batch. Also, I was in a rush, so I wasn't as careful as I could have been with my measurements and it still came out really yummy!
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Waffles II

Reviewed: Jan. 24, 2010
Great recipe!! My husband is a huge waffle guy and he just loved these! I used coconut oil for th oil, I used half whole wheat flour and added about 1/4 c sugar and a splash of vanilla! Perfection!!
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Maple-Balsamic Vinaigrette

Reviewed: Nov. 7, 2009
Loved this recipe. I adjusted the recipe a bit because I use it sparingly - I used a 1:1:2 ratio for the maple syrup, balsamic vinegar and oil respectively. Used this on my fav salad with greens, goat cheese and dates. Perfection!
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Very Chocolate Ice Cream

Reviewed: Aug. 25, 2009
Great recipe -in the words of my brother who knew home made ice cream could taste so rich! I added some crushed oreos to ours at the request of the kids and it was just incredible!
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Ninety Minute Cinnamon Rolls

Reviewed: Aug. 25, 2009
BEST. CINNAMON. ROLLS. EVER!!! WOW -these were just great! I did use fresh buttermilk that I had on hand and used 75% butter and 25% shortening. I baked them in a small glass baking pan and frosted them with some cream cheese frosting. These went super quickly at my house!
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Soft Sugar Cookies IV

Reviewed: May 5, 2009
This was just an awesome recipe!! I don't know what I can say that hasn't already been said!!! I did make some modifications substituting 1 cup of whole wheat flour, adding a tad more baking powder and using raw sugar. They turned out great!! I did skip the part about rolling them in sugar, and I'm glad I did because I thought they were plenty sweet enough -or maybe that's just the raw sugar. I will try to use 1 cup butter and 1/3 cup shortening in my next batch.
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Balsamic Roasted Pork Loin

Reviewed: Jan. 8, 2009
This was a great recipe. I always have trouble with my pork loin -it never seems to come out tender enough for my young toddler (15months old) to chew -so we eat tenderloin mostly. There was a sale on pork loin this week and I decided to try another pork loin and this recipe was amazing. I made some changes: I used 1/4 cup white wine vinegar and 1/4 cup white balsamic vinegar (because we were out of my regular balsamic vinegar) I also didn't have steak seasoning, but I found the ingredients list and so I added salt, pepper, garlic powder, paprika and rosemary. I marinated it all day and then roasted it that evening -it was so tender!! I could not believe this was my pork loin!! Because I used white balsamic vinegar I didn't need to add anything to make my drippings into a wonderful sauce for the pork! The only thing I had a problem with was the temperature. Pork cooks to 170 -175, not 145 as stated in the recipe. Even with standing and tenting, that would not be cooked enough. It took me about 1 3/4 hrs for my 3lb roast to cook and I had to jack the temp up to 375 after the first hour because I was running late by that time. I'm still giving it 5 stars though!
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Garlic Top Sirloin Pot Roast

Reviewed: Dec. 15, 2008
WOW -i am so disappointed in this recipe! I followed it as is thinking after that I'd try some of the suggestions in the comments - but my meat was dry and some pockets tasted bland, some tasted decent and others had too much garlic. This was a piece of beef that I cut and used half in another recipe and it was quite tender, so I don't think it was my cut of meat. If I try it again, I would rub with some flour and brown it first, add some strained tomatoes, balsamic vinegar or something to help break down the meat. It really doesn't even get another try from me though.
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Zucchini Bread III

Reviewed: Nov. 11, 2008
I love this recipe. I make it for my kids and they just love it. I make it as mini-muffins -which bakes in about 15 mins. I did make a few of the suggested adjustments - I cut sugar in half I used instant oatmeal instead of wheat germ Use 1/2 cup oil and add 1/2 cup applesauce. If using coconut oil (which I do)- add last. Omit nuts and raisins (just because my kids are still young), I'll be working on some flax seed additions the next time around. Great recipe though!
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Texas Caviar I

Reviewed: Sep. 29, 2008
I just made this for a party and got raves reviews. I skipped the coriander and bell pepper, I took another reviewer's advice and used a small can of petite canned tomatoes. I only added about 2-3 oz of zesty Italian salad dressing and added the juice of one very juicy lime. I was sure to drain and rinse the beans before I used them so they were not too sticky. This one is a keeper for sure -easy and yummy!
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