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Maple Walnut Pumpkin Pie

Reviewed: Nov. 27, 2013
I'd give this recipe 10 stars if I could! I won't even eat plain pumpkin pie anymore...this is more of a mousse-like consistency and I like that a lot better than just a gelatinous slab of pumpkin in a crust. The topping puts it over the top! I'm asked to bring this to every Thanksgiving now. :)
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Spiced Butternut Squash Muffins

Reviewed: Oct. 28, 2013
I thought these were really good! I substituted whole wheat flour for white (to make them a bit healthier) and brown sugar for the white (just my preference). I had to use 1/4 cup of the milk while pureeing the squash (I just added the remaining 1/2 cup to the mixture when it called for it). The muffins turned out really good, and are not overly sweet. I frosted them with some homemade cream cheese frosting to make cupcakes for my daughter's kindergarten class. I hope they all like them, so I can tell them afterward that they were made with a vegetable!!! :)
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Chocolate Marshmallow Candy

Reviewed: Mar. 21, 2013
I thought these were really good! Because I knew of some nut allergies among the group I was serving them to, I omitted the pecans, and replaced them with Heath toffee bits for a little crunch. So good! They were really easy to make and what drew me to the recipe was that I needed to make treats in a hurry and didn't have time to go to the store, so I had to pick something I had all the ingredients for. So happy I found this recipe. I think that the next time I make these, I may try them with peanut butter chips, pretzels, all kinds of different stuff...lots of fun possibilities to work with. :) Thanks for the fun, easy, tasty recipe!
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Cream Cheese Squares

Reviewed: Feb. 26, 2012
This was such an easy and delicious recipe! I added maple extract to the cream cheese mixture (no reason other than I love maple), and for half of the pan I sprinkled on blueberries. I prefer to use frozen ones that have been thawed, as opposed to actually fresh ones, since they seem to be sweet and that little bit of juice adds a lot of flavor. I prefered the blueberry squares to the other, but they were both wonderful. p.s. I've also tried the recipe as written and think it's great and worthy of 5 stars even without my changes. Thanks for sharing!!!
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Bacon Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies With Maple Glaze

Reviewed: Feb. 2, 2012
I thought these were really good! I baked them for exactly 10 minutes, as I think they remained a little chewier since they were a bit under-done. I accidentally read the directions wrong and added almost an entire pound of bacon, which I didn't discover until after tasting...though I think I'll do the same thing next time, because I thought they were perfect as they were. I probably wouldn't feel the need to add the 1/2 tsp of salt, and would use unsalted butter if I were going to include that much bacon again (though I didn't think they tasted too salty, I'm sure the Sodium count was probably fairly high with all of those factors together). I also added 1/2 tsp maple extract in addition to that amount of vanilla. I made the glaze, but did not care for it, as I notice is my preference regarding powdered sugar based glazes. I just brushed a bit of real maple syrup across the tops and they were perfect. :)
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Baked Pineapple

Reviewed: Dec. 30, 2011
This is just perfect! I followed the recipe exactly and love it as is. I brought it to a pot luck and quite a few people asked me for the recipe. :)
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Thin Mint Crackers

Reviewed: Dec. 25, 2011
These are delicious!!! A little more time intensive than I prefer, but they're worth it. :)
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Cauliflower Gratin

Reviewed: Dec. 24, 2011
This recipe was wonderful...delicious and so easy to make!!! I did everything as directed, except that I also threw in some French's French Fried Onions...I thought the recipe was perfect and was a huge hit at Christmas!
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Pumpkin Oatmeal

Reviewed: Oct. 27, 2011
I really loved this! I left out the sugar (but did put plenty of cinnamon, and a little nutmeg), and added maple extract and vanilla extract for added sweetness (maybe a Tbsp. of each). I had a few Craisins laying around, so I added those to the mix, as well as some unsweetened coconut flakes. I finished it all by topping with pecans. Thought this made for a wonderful breakfast. Great flavor, great texture, and totally nutritious. :) Thank you!
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Strawberry Cheesecake

Reviewed: Jul. 4, 2011
What an absolutely wonderful recipe! I followed all of the directions as stated, except that I took the 1/4 cup of lemon juice down to 1 Tb. as some reviewers mentioned that it was a bit too lemon-flavored (I personally thought the flavor was perfect as I did it, and feel that I wouldn't have liked it as much with more lemon.). I also did the same process with blueberries as the recipe said to do for the strawberries (blending with the corn starch, boiling , etc...though I did add a bit of blueberry jam to the mixture for a little more sweetness, since the frozen blueberries I had didn't have any added sugar), and did a layer of blueberries in the middle. It was basically, crust, cheesecake, blueberry swirled layer, cheesecake, strawberry swirled layer on top. It was absolutely perfect for 4th of July (I called it "Red, White and Blueberry Cheesecake"), and was a hit with everyone who tasted it. I do feel, however, that even without the blueberry layer, that this would still be a 5-star recipe. Also, with baking, I didn't completely do a water bath (though I do recommend them, even though this recipe doesn't mention it); I just put a loaf pan filled halfway with water in the over with the cheesecake, and when it was done, I just left it in the oven for an hour to completely cool before even opening the oven door. No cracks at all!!! It turned out so beautifully! :) I even froze it before serving (setting it out to defrost 5-6 hours before serving), and it was great!!
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Scalloped Corn I

Reviewed: Jan. 31, 2011
I typically don't like when people completely change the recipe and then review it, but I'm going to do that here--sorry. I followed the advice of Busy Bee and this recipe turned out amazing. The changes are as follows: 1 can of cream corn 1 can of yellow corn 1/2 cup sour cream 1/2 cup corn muffin mix Bacon bits (I probably used 1/2 cup or so) Green onion (maybe 1/4 cup) 1 cup cheddar cheese 1/4 cup butter 2 eggs (as per original recipe) Garlic powder (a couple tsp probably) Onion powder (same as garlic powder) Also, I omitted the sugar in the recipe. Top with bread crumbs & dust with papirika and parsley. With these changes, the recipe was a huge hit...though I'm sure it was wonderful as written (which is why I still gave it 5 stars). Thank you for sharing a wonderful recipe, and thank you, Busy Bee for the great recommendations!!!
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Saltine Toffee Cookies

Reviewed: Dec. 21, 2010
This is the easiest Christmas baking recipe you'll find! So simple, yet so delicious! I too prefer to use milk chocolate chips, and instead of pecans (due to nut allergies in my family), I top with crushed pretzels--the sweet and salty contrast is awesome!!! Thanks for sharing! :)
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Mocha Walnut Pie

Reviewed: Dec. 18, 2010
This one was hard for me to rate, as I was unable to taste it myself (due to food allergies), so I just had to go on the overall opinion of my extended family. Everyone agreed that the flavor was good, but that it wasn't anything spectacular. I added an extra star to the three star rating they recommended for ease. It was an easy recipe, something I had all the ingredients for, and probably would've gotten a little better reception if it had been at a more casual type gathering, and not a Christmas dinner, being compared to more fancy, elaborate desserts. All in all, I'd recommend others to try the recipe, and I'm glad I did try it...it just probably won't be my go-to Christmas party dessert recipe. Thank you for sharing though. :)
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White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake

Reviewed: Dec. 11, 2010
This got rave reviews from all who tried it! The only thing I changed was that I made a graham cracker crust as opposed to a chocolate one. Everything else I did exactly as the recipe stated; other than a crack along the top (Cheesecakes can be so tempermental), it turned out beautifully and delicious. Thanks for sharing the wonderful recipe!
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Tiramisu Layer Cake

Reviewed: Dec. 11, 2010
What a wonderful recipe!!! I did this in two layers instead of three (which I later cut into four separate layers--I think three would've been easier, but when I was putting the batter into the pans, it didn't look like there would be enough for three; I was wrong), and after they were done, I froze them in their pans (covering them with foil). After they were partially frozen, I poured the coffee Kahlua mixture over them and refroze. I also used way more Kahlua than the recipe called for , per other reviewers suggestion. I also didn't have any Mascarpone cheese, so I took the advice from others, using sour cream, cream cheese and heavy cream in it's place; worked beautifully! I had every reaction from, "Tiramisu is my favorite, and this is the best!" to "I don't even like tiramisu, and I can't get enough of this!"...everyone who tried it, loved it! I would recommend this recipe to anyone. :)
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Sour Cream Pumpkin Bundt Cake

Reviewed: Nov. 12, 2010
This was awesome!!! I added 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce to the mixture to make them even more moist, and melted down a little cream cheese frosting to drizzle on top as opposed to making the glaze. Everyone said it was delicious, and I will definitely make again...plus, it freezes beautifull! :) Thank you!
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Raisin Sour Cream Pie

Reviewed: Nov. 12, 2010
This is a wonderful recipe!!! The only changes I made was that I put it in a regular pie crust (I had an extra) as opposed to using the graham cracker crust, and I made a streusel topping out of 1/3 cup flour, 1/3 cup brown sugar, a teaspoon or two of cinnamon and 2 Tb. cold butter. Everyone raved over this...I'll definitely make it again!!! :) Thank you!!!
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New Mexico Green Chile Stew

Reviewed: Nov. 1, 2010
We loved this recipe and although we did change some things, we feel it would be worth 5 stars as written. What I did differently was, I left out the beef and doubled the pork (we didn't have any beef on hand), I substituted whole wheat flour for the masa harina, used sweet yellow onions instead of red (my husband's preference), and coriander instead of cilantro. One thing I did also was substitute a rutabega for the potato, in order to cut the carbohydrate count considerably (we try to watch our starches when we can). This was so wonderful, and even though it may seem like a lot of prep at first glance, was quite easy. We served it to guests on Halloween and they all loved it!
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Chocolate Zucchini Bread I

Reviewed: Sep. 2, 2010
I followd the recommendations from Missy and this was awesome...plus, I also made a couple more changes. I used half white and half whole wheat flour (that's all I had), and my chocolate squares were semi-sweet instead of unsweetened. I upped the chocolate chips to 1 cup and also added about 2 Tb. of cocoa powder to dry ingredients (mixing the chips in with the dry so they wouldn't sink). I threw in a cup of sour cream also, which I feel really made it more moist (though I can't say for sure, having never tasted it without). I baked in two mini loaf pans, and had enough batter leftover to make 9 large muffins (which I baked separately for much less time). I added chopped walnuts to half of what I was making and did the rest without; I prefer nuts. This is a great recipe and I look really forward to sharing it!!! Thank you!
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Baked Coconut Shrimp

Reviewed: Jul. 26, 2010
This was a great recipe, and so much more healthy than frying! I did everything as stated in the recipe, except that I cut down the amount of coconut in an effort to save on sugar and calories (a little coconut goes a long way)...not to mention, I wanted to save those calories for my sauce! I mixed sugar free apricot preserves, horseradish and dijon mustard (can't remember the measurements...just did it all to taste), and it was a great combination. I think next time I may add a bit more Cayenne pepper to the cornstarch mixture, since I like things pretty hot, but other than that think the recipe is perfect as is. :) Thanks for sharing!!!
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