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Mocha Espresso Ice Cream

Reviewed: Dec. 10, 2012
I wanted to love this recipe, but it was the first treat I made in my ice cream maker that didn't turn out. I've never had this problem before. After a spin through the ice cream maker according to the manufacturer's directions (30 min.), it was just as soupy as when it was poured in. So I transferred it to a stainless steel bowl and decided I would put it in the freezer and stir it periodically, adding the nuts and chocolate bits when thick enough. After a few hours, no change. When I was getting ready for bed, I checked one last time for the night and it had some ice crystals so I added the nuts and chocolate bits. The next morning, it was finally in a better state. The thing is, the texture was very crystal-y and it melted VERY quickly once served. It's too bad because the flavors are fantastic, but the crystal-y texture and time to solidify just stink. Not worth making again. What a shame.
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Creamed Onions and Peas

Reviewed: Dec. 9, 2012
These have the potential for more stars, but the cream never thickened up and the seasonings just weren't strong enough so it came out a little bland. I ended up thickening it with a little slurry and increasing the seasoning. Hubby just didn't like it though.
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Incredible Red Smashed Potatoes

Reviewed: Dec. 3, 2012
Pretty good, but more like whipped potatoes. These would be better if you just mashed them with a masher instead of turning them into a puree-like consistency with the hand mixer. Other than that, great flavor!
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Awesome Ham Glaze and Marinade

Reviewed: Dec. 3, 2012
This glaze is indeed awesome! Spicy with a hint of sweet tang. I did not marinate overnight, I just brushed it on a ham steak and cooked it in a skillet. Don't you dare use anything but real maple syrup! Oh, and I used freshly minced garlic.
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Buttery Garlic Green Beans

Reviewed: Dec. 3, 2012
These were just ok. I used real garlic and more than called for-glad I did. A few pinches of lemon pepper doesn't add substantial flavor, nor were they all that buttery.
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Praline-Pumpkin Mousse Cornucopias

Reviewed: Nov. 23, 2012
Super tasty, impressive yet easy. I suggest you refrigerate the mousse a little while before filling the cornucopias so it doesn't want to fall out-it worked for me! The mousse itself is divine, and given the expense of puff pastry (it was $6 a box!!!), I would probably make the mousse again as a stand-alone dessert and save the cornucopias for Thanksgiving and double the recipe for 12 to use the whole box of pastry. Or if you're really good, make your own pastry. The video made making these a breeze-I also cut my pastry with a pizza wheel as shown.
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Creamy Vanilla Frozen Yogurt

Reviewed: Nov. 18, 2012
OH YUMMERS!!! This was tasty! I did double the vanilla as others suggested. The thing we did not like, was that we added frozen blueberries, also suggested in other reviews. Wish I'd left those out. Some advice from reviews is best left ignored, and this was one piece I should have passed on by. Will indeed make the frozen yogurt again though! Mmmm!
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Pork Tenderloin Diablo

Reviewed: Nov. 18, 2012
The sauce was fantastic! But cooking my tenderloin to 145 degrees resulted in a very pink center that left a pink puddle on my plate and I did not feel good about eating it at all. I recommend cooking to an internal temp of 165. Hubby gobbled it up without complaint though, and he also was a fan of the sauce. I did thicken the sauce up a bit more though.
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Watermelon Lemonade

Reviewed: Nov. 17, 2012
I used less cold water as I felt it would have watered down the flavors. Guess it depends on your watermelon. Same with the amount of sugar you need. To make it easier, I put the strained watermelon juice right in with the rest of the mix and stirred it in a pitcher. A great way to use up a surplus of watermelon! Hubby thought it was really good!
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Chocolate Waffles I

Reviewed: Nov. 17, 2012
These were yum! I added 1/4 C more cocoa powder and subtracted the same amount of flour. After I made one and tasted it, I added 3/4t vanilla and a little more sugar. Also used oil instead of butter. I skipped the 'hard sauce' and instead made simple syrup with sliced strawberries as a sauce. The only reason I gave this 4 out of 5 stars is it wouldn't have been chocolatey enough for me as written, and the vanilla was a great addition. Hubby said it would be better for dessert than breakfast-but that was HIS opinion. For a dessert, I'd also add fresh whipped cream! My waffle iron gave me 8 or so waffles, so I wrapped the extras in parchment and put them in a freezer bag and froze them.
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Quick and Flavorful Vegetables

Reviewed: Nov. 13, 2012
This was better than expected. I used steamed carrots, broccoli and green beans. I added the Veggie Flavor Boost in increments so it wouldn't be too salty as others mentioned. I also added Italian seasoning and topped with Parmesan as suggested in the footnotes of the recipe. This was a quick way to flavor steamed veggies, and hubby ate all of his broccoli ;)
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Creamy Mushroom Spaghetti Squash

Reviewed: Nov. 3, 2012
Not a fan of the gelatinous soup in a can so I made my own delish version. Hubby gave this 5 stars, but I felt it was a bit on the watery side from the squash. I made my soup replacement nice and thick, but the squash still made the dish too watery. Taste was great though!
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Swanson® Ultra Creamy Mashed Potatoes

Reviewed: Nov. 3, 2012
Pretty typical mash. I often boil my taters in stock with garlic cloves, so this wasn't entirely new to me. Came out similar to the usual, though I did add garlic salt to perk these up as they definitely need salt to taste as well. Used scrubbed redskins, unsalted butter, and heavy cream.
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Caramel Corn Treat Bags

Reviewed: Oct. 27, 2012
The caramel corn itself is delish! I used the dark Karo syrup and popped a 1/2 cup of corn kernel in the air popper. Next time I would pop just a little less though to get more coverage of the yummy caramel. I don't even think it made 4 quarts, which seems like it would be entirely too much popcorn. We didn't particularly care for candy with our caramel corn though.
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Creepy Mini Pizzas

Reviewed: Oct. 26, 2012
Since this recipe is mainly about the dough and it's process, and the sauce and toppings are all on you, I have to give it a 5. Super easy dough to work with-easier than other pizza doughs I've had to work with and roll out. I didn't measure how much flour I added to make the dough "smooth and elastic," but I'm pretty sure it was more than the additional 1¼ C. Also, I used the RapidRise yeast. Just a tip to those new to pizza dough-make your dough circles as thin as you possibly can if you like a thin crust as they puff up a bit during cooking. Will absolutely use this dough recipe again!
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Individual Pumpkin Pies

Reviewed: Oct. 26, 2012
Tasty and easy to make! Even my hubby, who's never been a fan of pumpkin pie, enjoyed this! My only complaint is they needed to cook longer than specified, about 10 minutes or so. Using paper cups resulted in a rather wet cup so you may want to reach for foil liners. Will absolutely make these again!
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Individual Vanilla Cheesecakes

Reviewed: Oct. 26, 2012
Amazingly easy to make! They have a very mild cream cheese taste and I prefer my cheesecake just a touch more on the richer side. I made a raspberry topping for them and they looked great!
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Easy Gravy

Reviewed: Oct. 21, 2012
Pretty typical gravy. I used almost all the pan drippings as I was only roasting a small turkey breast/leg. I wish I'd made it a little thicker with more cornstarch but I was in a hurry to get dinner to the table. Completely versatile to season/thicken however you'd like. I added a little poultry seasoning as recommended. Served abundantly over my turkey and mashed potatoes with a side or acorn squash-OH YUM!
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Cheesy Bacon Crescents

Reviewed: Oct. 21, 2012
These turned out better than expected. I altered the directions to make it easier though: Instead of rectangles, I cut them in half again for smaller squares. Then spread the cheese/mayo mix on, topped half of each with the bacon-which I crumbled, then the diced tomato, and then folded in half and pinched together to form little triangles. Tasted pretty decent served with lettuce and ranch. Hubby gave these 4 stars.
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Extreme Banana Nut Bread 'EBNB'

Reviewed: Oct. 21, 2012
This is a toughie to rate. Made just half the recipe for one loaf: Timer went off, knife came out clean, but after I let it sit a few minutes and it was time to take out of the loaf pan, the middle of the loaf came flying out onto my hand while the sides stayed in. I greased and floured well so not sure why this happened. When I made the batter, it looked VERY wet and heavy. The middle was well cooked and delicious so my husband and I ate it anyway, but I was bummed not to have an actual loaf I could slice.
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