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Layered Eggplant Hamburger Casserole

Reviewed: Oct. 1, 2012
I gave this 4 stars because I made changes. This is a great dish, true comfort food. We love eggplant so to start with I cut the slices thicker, at 1/4 inch they bake to mush, mine were 1/2 inch or a bit more. I also used my own marinara sauce and used a mix of ground beef and sweet Italian sausage. I skipped the onion slices in between the layers completely, they serve no real purpose and add nothing to the casserole. I used bread crumbs on top mixed with a hefty amount of good grated parmesan, in between the layers I added a nice layer of mozzarella and provolone cheese and no bread crumbs. I baked this for 45 minutes covered at 350, then uncovered for 20 at 400. 80-90 minutes in the oven as the recipe calls for is too long. It is unnecessary to salt and allow eggplant to sit to get rid of the bitter, especially when using a cooking method such as this.
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Sweet Potato Pie I

Reviewed: Nov. 14, 2009
Nice basic idea, however sweet potato pie has NO cinnamon, so that was omitted and only nutmeg and mace were used as is traditional. I also use no real measurement for heavy cream or half and half instead of milk, you only add what you need and depending on the moisture content of the potatoes it is different every time. Milk isn't rich enough. I also bake much like a pumpkin, raising the heat to 425 or so for about 10-15 minutes then lowering for the rest of the baking time. It's a good basic idea and with a few tweaks became incredible!
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J.P.'s Big Daddy Biscuits

Reviewed: Nov. 14, 2009
Great recipe, thanx!!
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Self-Filled Cupcakes I

Reviewed: Jul. 27, 2008
No alterations, I made as directed and they turned out great. Both kids and husband loved them, used chocolate cheese frosting from here to frost. Yummmmm, great way to use a mix and make it more like homemade. I found no need to add mini chips to the filling when using a good chocolate frosting.
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No Bake Cereal Cookies

Reviewed: Nov. 14, 2007
A staple for the "I don't like marshamllows" crowd Easily adaptable to whatever you have on hand 5 stars
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Sour Cream Apple Pie

Reviewed: Nov. 14, 2007
Overall this is a very nice pie. Like apples and cream, a nice change from apples, cinnamon, and nutmeg. I would suggest thinly slicing the apples or chopping them finely as a rough chopped apple doesn't quite get done, or using a softer apple. I used Granny Smiths and it was just too hard. The flavor was incredible however so next time I will just cut them smaller. I did double the amount of apples used and I didn't use all of the topping, I will halve that next time, and there will be a next time so I gave it 4 stars.
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Sara's Awesome Pumpkin Bread

Reviewed: Apr. 19, 2007
Very good. I added 1-1/2 cups of raisins that had been plumped in boiling water, cloves, nutmeg and a touch of ginger along with a lots of cinnamon Yummy, definitely a 5 star recipe from the whole gang, I mixed this by hand with a wire whisk and a spatula so easy too, always a bonus
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Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes

Reviewed: Apr. 16, 2007
YUM Worth 10 stars....easy!!
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Chocolate-Drizzled Cherry Bars

Reviewed: Apr. 16, 2007
I used another half can of cherry pie filling so there was a good amount on these bars, I also doubled the chocolate, they were a big hit and I will definitely make them again Thanx
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Irish Cream Bundt Cake

Reviewed: Apr. 16, 2007
Very good, big hit with husband and son and a great way to use up Irish cream
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Extreme Banana Nut Bread 'EBNB'

Reviewed: Apr. 16, 2007
Very good, made one loaf with pecans and one with chocolate chips, both were yummy Very similar to my old recipe. A full 5 stars, worth more than that!!
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Betty's Gingersnaps

Reviewed: Nov. 8, 2006
Not a gingersnap but an excellant chewy molasses cookie, perfect and very similar to my mother's. YUMMY
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Monster Cookies VI

Reviewed: Nov. 8, 2006
A family favorite rediscovered. No changes except shortening to butter and 2 Tbls of corn syrup plus a full Tbls of vanilla. Perfect monster cookie recipe. Perfect!! 5 stars are not enough!!
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Lazygirl's Ground Turkey Stroganoff

Reviewed: Nov. 8, 2006
This was just not good to us, and once prepared I couldn't find the fix to make it semi-redeemable although tons of sour cream made it easier to eat. Sorry, I will keep looking.
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Special Buttercream Frosting

Reviewed: Jul. 9, 2006
I gave this recipe 5 stars even though I altered it, the texture is perfection. For a 3 layer cake{Undecorated}I use 3/4 cup butter, 1/4 cup shortening, 4 cups pwd sugar, 1 Tbls. vanilla and 2-3 Tbls cream or half and half. I use this on Devils food and other super rich chocolate cakes, YUMMY. I rated this recipe because it was these proportions I used when changing to real butter as opposed to shortening, the ratio of fat to sugar is perfect and I added the bit of shortening just to make it silkier.
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One Bowl Chocolate Cake III

Reviewed: May 20, 2006
I made this as a prop for my daughter's final in Public Speaking class, everyone loved it. I baked it in a half sheet pan and frosted with a "real" butter cream{butter, pwd sugar, cream and a splash of vanilla}She got an A{on her speech, of course}and she brought home no leftovers. I gave it 5 stars.
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Congo Bars I

Reviewed: May 6, 2006
I used all butter, release foil and baked for almost 25 minutes in a 325 degree oven, perfect. I used a mix of chocolate chips and mini m&m baking pieces but a bit more than a cup will be sufficient next time. I omitted the nuts for a change of pace. I actually made two batches of these, one to take to a friend who had surgery. They turned out well, nice layer of crisp{very thin on top}and then nice and soft and chewy and filled with chocolate, what could be better? The kids love them too. I gave them 4 stars and will use this recipe instead of my old stand-by for congo bars, Thanx
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Sinfully Delicious Chocolate Pie

Reviewed: Apr. 24, 2006
French Silk Pie with a new name.....wonderful recipe, be sure to mix 5 minutes after each egg, perfect results, every time I rarely give 5 stars, this recipe deserves it.
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French Silk Chocolate Pie I

Reviewed: Apr. 24, 2006
1 inch of filling does not a pie make! I gave the recipe 3 stars. The taste and texture are incredible BUT there isn't enough filling for a standard 9 inch pie shell. The filling needs to be doubled, everything else is perfect, ingredients, method and results are to die for, but the pie looked cheap because the shell wasn't full enough. After it has set overnight, garnish with whipped whipping cream{sweetening it is not necessary with this pie} and chocolate curls
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Lemon Bars I

Reviewed: Apr. 23, 2006
Baked the crust for about 15 minutes prior to adding the lemon curd, it only baked for 20 minutes with the curd and it was really kind of overdone....I also cut the sugar in the filling down to 3/4 cup and added a tablespoon more of lemon juice, We will make these again, just the right amount of sweet and tart
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