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Amish White Bread

Reviewed: May 31, 2011
A good basic recipe. Too plain to eat by itself but it makes divine cinnamon bread or rolls. Roll out the dough, spread soft butter with your fingers (optional), sprinkle with brown sugar and cinnamon and maybe raisins. Make two loaves or cut up into 1" pieces for cinnmon rolls.
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Guacamole

Reviewed: May 31, 2011
Everybody loves it! I can't tolerate raw onions or cilantro, so I microwaved the onions and omitted the cilantro. I've made it many times and it is always well received. Great snack to bring when there are a lot of gluten/dairy allergies, with gluten free chips.
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Scalloped Corn

Reviewed: Oct. 25, 2010
If I could give 4-1/2 I would. I loved this recipe, it was soooo good. My husband hated it, but that was because of the texture. I drained the corn, but the texture is like a cross between cornbread and corn pudding. He was expecting a bread-like texture and he never got over that. I wish I'd introduced it as "Scalloped Corn" and not even mentioned the cornbread.
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Mom's Zucchini Bread

Reviewed: Oct. 25, 2010
My husband, who hates zucchini with a passion that borders on the comical, could not stop eating this bread. It is a major triumph for Oregon's (unofficial) state vegetable. I've made it with many variations and it always turns out great. As per previous suggestions, I swap applesauce for the oil, reduce sugar to 3/4 cup brown and 3/4 cup white, increase zucchini to 3 cups and don't drain it, I add a sprinkling of nutmeg, and I add a topping just before the bread comes out of the oven. Warning: don't add the topping too soon or the bread will go flat. Mine ended up looking like green sludge once, though it still tasted good if you could get past the appearance. The topping I like best is (1/2 c butter, 1/2 c brown sugar, 2 Tbsp flour, 1/2 tsp cinnamon). Put it on just five minutes before taking out of the oven and turn it to broil those last five minutes. Sometimes I add chopped nuts to the topping; even better! When I add chocolate chips to the bread I can cut the sugar even more.
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Banana Crumb Muffins

Reviewed: Oct. 25, 2010
I’ve made this recipe half a dozen times in the past couple of weeks and it is very well received. When I made it as muffins, my husband didn’t like it but I think that was because he was expecting a lighter “muffin” texture, not a heavier bread. Now I just make it as a loaf (a single loaf per the ingredients given), and people rave over it. The reason seems to be the crust; without exception that is what they love best. I had to bake over half an hour for the loaf. I have found that if you want a strong banana taste, freeze the bananas or age them. Greener bananas give less banana taste. Per previous suggestions: replace butter with applesauce, replace white sugar with brown, add cinnamon and nutmeg to flour mixture before adding banana mixture, add the topping just five minutes before it comes out of the over (I set my over to broil for those last five minutes).
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Chicken Cordon Bleu II

Reviewed: Sep. 16, 2010
I made this recipe for my family of four. My husband is a big eater and I'm no slouch. I could only get halfway through one breast and he barely cleaned his plate. Not because the chicken wasn't good (it was *sinfully* good) but very filling. Pan frying was essential; it's the drippings that make the sauce, and the sauce that makes the meal. I went the whole route, with heavy whipped cream and butter. Of course, we added noodles to the meal and they helped fill us up :) The richness of the sauce was beyond belief; I couldn't stop nibbling the chicken even after I was so full I couldn't have eaten another bite of anything else. I did take a number of suggestions; the Panko crumbs and garlic, and bits of swiss cheese added to sauce. I used knitting yarn to wrap them up - remember to remove yarn *before* pouring on the sauce :) My husband wants me to make it again - first time that ever happened!
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Barbie's Tuna Salad

Reviewed: Jul. 31, 2006
I wasn't sure whether to give this 4 stars or 5. It was very hard to get people to try this because of the color and consistancy, but once they got a taste it turned out to be quite "addictive"; they kept coming back for more.
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Rhubarb Cherry Crisp

Reviewed: Jul. 31, 2006
My husband, who loves cherry and rhubarb, thought it was only mediocre. He didn't like the nuts in the topping. I took the rest to church the next morning and they ate it all up, though nobody raved about it.
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Easy Apple Crisp

Reviewed: Jul. 29, 2006
As per reviewer suggestions I dusted the apples with cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice and used yellow cake mix. The taste was great but the apples were too hard (maybe I put in too many apples). I put it back in the oven for another 20 minutes. Everyone loved it. The crust was a special hit, very crunchy and yummy. The very BEST thing about this recipe is the crisp on top. Cake mix, brown sugar, cinnamon and butter...I make it and store it in a big ziplock. It keeps for months in the refrigerator; anytime I want to make a little personal crisp I just peel a single apple, pop it into a glass container, sprinkle it with allspice and cinnamon and some of the topping and bake it. I even forgot to do anything at all to the apple...just sprinkled the topping...and it was delicious!
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Spinach Deviled Eggs

Reviewed: Jan. 29, 2006
I don't care for spinich and neither does my husband but, darn, these were *good*. I took them to dinner at a friend's house and even her finicky four year old liked them.
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Special Deviled Eggs

Reviewed: Jan. 29, 2006
Even folks who didn't think they'd like it because of the horseradish tried a little nibble and liked this recipe. Definitely a keeper!
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Garlic Cheese Biscuits

Reviewed: Jan. 22, 2006
I made these biscuits for my husband, who goes to that famous seafood restaurant, even though he doesn't much care for seafood, just for the biscuits. He's absolutely addicted to them. He tried these tonight and said that he thought they were even better than the ones at the restaurant. I did make some slight modifications based on earlier raters' suggestions and on his particular tastes. I doubled the cheese and used the extra aged super sharp cheddar. I mixed the garlic in with the Bisquik & cheese, and then I put parsley and more garlic in the butter and brushed it on both before and after baking. The biscuits turned out *extremely* light, they almost felt like they were going to float right out of my mouth.
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Butter Rich Spritz Butter Cookies

Reviewed: Jan. 22, 2006
I made this recipe with three other Spritz recipes from this site. The texture was perfect for press cookies, but I found the almond flavoring overwhelming both in the dough and in teh finished product. I took them to work and to a church social and asked folks to rate them. These were the least favorite of the four Spritz recipes. I'm thinking maybe I should try them without the almond.
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Snow Flakes

Reviewed: Jan. 22, 2006
I made this recipe with three other Spritz recipes from this site. The dough was absolutely delicious (I couldn't stop eating it) and the texture was perfect for making press cookies. I was a bit disappointed with the taste of the baked cookies, though. Not sure why, they seemed a bit bland. I took all the cookies to work and to a church social and asked folks to rate them. A few people liked these best, but not all that many.
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Butter Snow Flakes

Reviewed: Jan. 22, 2006
I made this recipe with three other Spritz recipes from this site. The dough was absolutely delicious (I couldn't stop eating it) and the texture was perfect for making press cookies. I was a bit disappointed with the taste of the baked cookies, though. Not sure why, they seemed a bit blander than I was expecting. I took all the cookies to work and to a church social and asked folks to rate them. A few people liked these best, but not all that many.
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ABC (Absolute Best Chewy) Chocolate Chippers

Reviewed: Jan. 22, 2006
A week ago I took the top six Chocolate Chip Cookies from this website and made all of them. I took the cookies to work and my church social, and asked people to tell me which cookies were their favorite. This cookie got about twenty percent of the vote. I'd have rated it higher if I was a "chewy" cookie fan. My husband, who liked these the best, said that he didn't like them at all when they were first baked, but after they had aged a week they were much tastier and had a better texture.
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Best Chocolate Chippers

Reviewed: Jan. 22, 2006
A week ago I took the top six Chocolate Chip Cookies from this website and made all of them. I took the cookies to work and my church social, and asked people to tell me which cookies were their favorite. This recipe was the second favorite, though it was an extremely close second. I did substitute applesauce for the oil, and because of that I had to add an extra cup of flour. Everyone loved their moistness and texture.
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Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies I

Reviewed: Jan. 22, 2006
A week ago I took the top six Chocolate Chip Cookies from this website and made all of them. I took the cookies to work and my church social, and asked people to tell me which cookies were their favorite. This recipe got about seven percent of the vote. Not terrible, but I didn't care for the cocoa-y flavor myself personally.
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Pudding Chocolate Chippers

Reviewed: Jan. 22, 2006
A week ago I took the top six Chocolate Chip Cookies from this website and made all of them. I took the cookies to work and my church social, and asked people to tell me which cookies were their favorite. This recipe got about five percent of the vote. They were described as "too sweet" or "too hard". Not terrible, but not a 5 star recipe IMO.
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Best Big, Fat, Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie

Reviewed: Jan. 22, 2006
I made six different recipes of Chocolate Chip Cookies and had them "taste tested" at work and at our church social. This was one of the two favorites, and it's my personal favorite. Definitely the best tasting dough!
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