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Quick Chicken Divan

Reviewed: Jan. 13, 2004
This is one of my all-time favorites. I have never put lemon juice in it, but it is great without it. I use whatever "Cream Of" soup I have on hand.(And thin it with a little milk) My favorite cheese to use is the marbled cheddar/jack. I have used fresh and frozen broccoli with good results. I always steam or boil the broccoli before adding to the chicken. Also I have used left over roasted chicken and also boiled or browned the chicken in a pan before assembling. The other thing I often add is a carton of fresh mushrooms that I saute in a little butter. This dish can be modified in so many ways. I have never had a bad batch. I have given this recipe out numerous times.
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Downeast Maine Pumpkin Bread

Reviewed: Jan. 8, 2004
This was very tasty. Yes, it does improve with age... My kids and I enjoyed it for breakfast and snack for several days. I might add more spices next time just to give it a little more flavor, but it is good just as it is written. Thanks!
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Hockey Pucks

Reviewed: Dec. 12, 2003
These are really good with white chocolate coating. I haven't tried them with the semi-sweet. These are so simple to make, but everyone loves them and is shocked when they learn the "cookie" is actually a cracker!
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Chocolate Coated Peanut Butter Crackers

Reviewed: Dec. 12, 2003
No one can guess how easy these are! We make them with vanilla flavored almond bark coating. They are delicious. One of my husband's favorite goodies for Christmas!
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Pecan Tassies

Reviewed: Dec. 8, 2003
These are absolutely delicious. I have made them before and everyone raves. I am baking some now to put on the Holiday gift trays that I will give to friends. Thanks!
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Creamy Pesto Shrimp

Reviewed: Nov. 15, 2003
My husband and children give this a 5 Star rating. He agrees that this is restaurant quality. I do not care for shrimp and thought it was a bit bland for my taste... I used a curly pasta since that is what I had on hand and added some garlic salt after tasting it. I also sauted the shrimp and some mushrooms in butter and garlic before adding them to the sauce. I will probably try this again with chicken and broccoli over angel hair. (Which is more my speed) Thanks Loretta!
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Applesauce Cake IV

Reviewed: Oct. 22, 2003
I am not sure what I expected, but ithis tasted a bit like gingerbread to me. There are too many raisins for my taste. (I like raisins) The cloves are a bit overpowering too. If I make it again, I will cut the cloves down to 1/8t. It is very moist and I like the texture. I will take the rest to my Bible Study in 2 days and see what the ladies think. Maybe I will frost it with some cream cheese frosting and see if that helps...
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Chinese Napa Cabbage Salad

Reviewed: Oct. 22, 2003
Overall, this is very good. I browned some chicken breast and added it to the noodles, sesame seeds, and almonds in the skillet. There didn't see to be enough dressing for the amount of cabbage I had. (And it was only about 3/4 of the large head...) I added a tablespoon of sesame oil to the dressing. I did not add the dressing to the whole bowl of cabbage and tossed only the amount needed for the meal. I am storing the rest of the chicken/noodles/nuts and the cabbage and the dressing all separately for left overs tomorrow. I love this type of salsd and will continue to try other recipes in order to find the one that best suits our tastes.
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Almond Coconut Chocolate Cake

Reviewed: Oct. 12, 2003
I made this for a friend's birthday. It is her all-time favorite cake. I made the recipe exactly as written and everyone loved it. I am not a fan of chocolate cake, but I enjoyed it. I used about 3/4 of the coconut mixture and all of the fudge topping. Next time I may substitute a "real" frosting for the top. It is not frosting... it is fudge. Also, I like the idea of halving the recipe for that layer and simply drizzling it on top. Whole toasted almonds might be better "pressed" into the coconut layer. I may try it with a brownie base too. All in all, it is very good. I agree that it is rich and sweet. Thanks Leslie!
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Cookie Mix in a Jar III

Reviewed: Sep. 18, 2003
I used this recipe for the cookie mix in a jar craft this week for our Mothers of Preschoolers group. It went over really well. I made up a batch last night as a "tester" and the cookies are really good. My husband likes them and he is not a fan of Oatmeal Raisin cookies. I have some more in the oven right now! Thanks for a great recipe.
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Carrot Cake IX

Reviewed: Sep. 12, 2003
This recipe is very close to the one my mom was "famous" for. I used all-purpose flour and did not add baking powder or soda and it is just fine. For those who do not like a lot of "spice", this is a great recipe. I only used 1 teaspoon and it is just right for us. I also did not add nuts this time. Yummy!
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Blueberry Dump Cake

Reviewed: Aug. 22, 2003
This is one of those things that makes you go "MMMMM..." We had been berry picking this past weekend and I used fresh blackberries. It is really good. Did I mention how good it is? I used a Duncan Hines Golden Butter cake mix, added cinnamon and sugar and 1 cup of oats. (Sprinkled on the top of the berries, before the cake mix) I also increased the butter to 1 cup. Would be good with other fruits too. A definite winner.
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Caramel Brownies II

Reviewed: Jul. 6, 2003
My husband is a brownie lover and he is really enjoying them. I like them too! They are pretty close to the ones my grandmother makes. (Her name of her recipe is "Frownies") I only used 1/2c butter and they still turned out a little greasy for my taste. Next time I will use 1/4c and see how that works. I also took another reviewer's advice and patted down the dough on the top layer to create flat discs. It worked beautifully. The other alteration I made was to sprinkle the nuts into the middle with the chocolate chips (I used milk choc) instead of into the cake mix. We used chopped pecans and I only used 1/4c. Just right for us! Thanks Sandee for the great directions.
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Fluffy Two Step Cheesecake I

Reviewed: Apr. 26, 2003
This definitely was easy. I did use 2 pkgs of cream cheese and 1/2 c of sugar. Of course, it doesn't have the same texture that a baked one has. I made a homemade graham cracker crust with crushed almonds and it was good. My husband wanted cheesecake for Easter and this recipe allowed me to fulfill that wish! (And still have the time to prepare the rest of the meal.) We were thinking it would be good frozen and topped with chocolate syrup.:)
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Janet's Famous Banana Nut Bread

Reviewed: Apr. 18, 2003
I tried this recipe again. I also baked a loaf using my mom's recipe. My husband prefers this one so I am rating it for him. We have been enjoying Banana Bread for a week!
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Zucchini Bread IV

Reviewed: Apr. 11, 2003
This was my first attempt at making zucchini bread. It seemed a tad on the dry side for me. Maybe it will be moister tomorrow?! I also prefer a denser bread, and I agree with an earlier post- it lacks something. (Another spice maybe?) My husband likes it and I will feed it to my 2 toddlers tomorrow.
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Mama D's Italian Bread

Reviewed: Apr. 6, 2003
Thank you for a wonderful recipe. I made this tonight for some new friends. I selected this bread to complement the Italian pasta dish I served. The bread was definitely a hit. I sent them home with 1 loaf and kept the 3rd for tomorrow. (We want to try it with butter and honey for breakfast.) I am very pleased with this. I had never baked a loaf of Italian bread before. It does remind me of the rustic bread served in one of my favorite restaurants. The only "problem" I had was that it only took about 25 minutes to bake. That is less than 1/2 the time the recipe calls for. I'm thinking that it would have been "toast" if I had baked it that long. This was my first attempt at baking bread and maybe it will be different the next time, but I'm thinking anything baked at 450 degrees for 1 hour would be burned. Also, even after reading some other reviews and adding extra flour, it was still fairly sticky and never did get as smooth as a bambino's bottom. Still, it was REALLY good.
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Spaghetti Carbonara II

Reviewed: Apr. 6, 2003
Hmmmm.... I made this tonight for our new friends. Our first guests in our new home. I wanted to serve something special so I picked this recipe. I am a little disappointed. We all thought it was okay. I am half Italian and my dad used to make Carbonara concoctions often when I was growing up, so I am very familiar with it. I have a recipe in a cookbook that I prefer over this one. I don't think I'll make this particular recipe again. I found this a little bland for my taste, even after the addition of more garlic, salt and pepper, and the cream. Before adding the cream, it seemed very dry. I'm thinking 1 lb of spaghetti is too much pasta in proportion to the sauce?!
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Chess Cake

Reviewed: Apr. 1, 2003
These are really, really, really good. A friend from our Sunday School class introduced us to these cake bars. The class is really into Chess Pie and this was an alternative to the pie. When my husband brought me one home from his Bible Study I HAD to have the recipe. It was a wonderful surprise to find out that he had got it on this web site!
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Rave Reviews Coconut Cake

Reviewed: Apr. 1, 2003
This is my grandmother's favorite cake. She says that it is most like the cakes her mother made for her childhood birthdays. This is a wonderful cake. Even those who do not like coconut eat this one. Our family looks forward to this one every March 30th!
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