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Sky High Lemon Cake

Reviewed: Apr. 7, 2014
This is delicious and easy! The lemony flavour really comes through nicely.
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Four Egg Yellow Cake

Reviewed: Jan. 31, 2014
This is my new go-to yellow cake recipe. I changed nothing!
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Ooey-Gooey Cinnamon Buns

Reviewed: Dec. 25, 2013
These were ooey-gooey! I didn't use pecans, but on half I used cashews. I followed the directions exactly, except I only baked them for 17 minutes on about 360. Mine only made 12 buns (not 15). But they were great! Next time I would make sure the butter and sugar syrup cooked a bit more so the sugar isn't grainy at all. Yum!
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Sugar Cookie Icing

Reviewed: Dec. 24, 2013
This is a great icing. Like they say, it drys "wet" looking, but really works well. I had to add a little more milk 1/4 tsp at a time, but the result was great. I wasn't a great fan of the flavour, but then I'm never a fan of almond extract)so next time I will use vanilla or rum butter.
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Tajin Sibnekh (Tunisian Chicken and Eggs)

Reviewed: Nov. 14, 2013
Tajin has always been one of my favourite Tunisian foods and I've watched many friends make it. I would give my finished tajin a 5 star rating, but I didn't exactly follow this recipe. I used this concoction as a base and then took ideas from time in my Tunisian friends' kitchens. What I made was LOVED by many different families of Tunisian friends -- "oh Allyssa, benina y'sr, bilhuq!" ("Oh Allyssa, very delicious, really!") Here's what I changed: - about 2.5 tsp ras el hanout, - added about 0.5 tsp tumeric, - put in no harissa, - no water - no tomato sauce, - no peas, - added about 1.5 times the spinach - added more than a pinch of salt. I followed the direction as given, but ended up mixing the potatoes back into the chicken and spinach mixture. It was all nice and moist. This is where I tasted and added some more salt and ras el hanout. Just before baking, I added a few table wedges of "laughing cow" style cheese, as I'd seen friend do in the past. I will definitely make this modified version again!
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Russian Cabbage Borscht

Reviewed: Nov. 12, 2013
It was great! I made it almost exactly like it said and loved it. The only thing I changed was that I used 2.5 big tbsp of tomato paste at the end instead of the tomato puree. Very much like my Mennonite Grandma used to make.
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Pumpkin Curry with Lentils and Apples

Reviewed: Nov. 7, 2013
It was healthful, but rather flavourless considering all the ingredients and spices in it. It wasn't disgusting, but it was lacking. We ended up adding a bit of harrissa to each serving to give it a little kick! This recipe also took quite a long time, but I think that was because there were too many useless steps. I followed the recipe exactly, but in the end I could have used one pot and just added things at different times to get the same results I'm sure. I likely won't bother with this recipe again. My husband love my other lentil dishes, so this recipe will be left out of my recipe box!
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Banana Sour Cream Bread

Reviewed: May 18, 2013
Even my fiance, who doesn't like banana, loved these! I made it exactly like the recipe shows, but I divided the batter between a loaf pan and mini muffins. Both were delicious! I left out the nuts. If I were to add raisins next time, I'd use a little less sugar.
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Strawberry Pie Filling

Reviewed: Apr. 16, 2013
This recipe was great when it was fresh, but I tried freezing to use later and that was a mistake. The colour changed and it tasted more bitter (as if I'd used over-ripe strawberries). This would be great for immediate use.
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Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

Reviewed: Mar. 12, 2013
These were delicious, but I gave them 4 stars because I think my alterations made a big difference in the taste. 1) I cooked the quinoa in chicken stock and tomato juice (from canned tomatoes). That gave it amazing flavour. 2) I added more garlic to the onions (double). 3) I added a little cheese to the mixture (I think that also helped hold it together). 4) I used 2/3 c Randa pasta sauce (with Basil) and 1/3 c canned tomatoes instead of the tomato sauce. This North African brand really added a nice kick! 5) I Baked the peppers (whole) for 10-15 min on 350 by themselves. I let them cool -- then cut the tops off, seeded them, and stuffed them. I made sure the stuffing was really packed in! Then I let them sit a while (while I prepared the other parts of this big meal) and baked them for 20 min in the oven to finish the cooking. I think in that sitting time, the flavours also mingled! Very yummy results -- they were a hit!
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Classic Pear Crisp

Reviewed: Mar. 12, 2013
really yummy! Had a great pear to crumble ratio. I used ginger powder instead of candied ginger, but the ginger added a nice kick! Delicious with vanilla ice cream!
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Pita Chips

Reviewed: Jan. 31, 2013
Very good flavour, but began to burn at 3 minutes. I'd turn down the heat next time and let them bake a little longer.
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Hummus III

Reviewed: Jan. 31, 2013
This was very good and the perfect consistency. I would only improve it by adding a few hot red finger peppers (the pickled variety from the souk) from the start when I put it in the processor! Enjoyed heartily by guests!
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Thai Cucumber Salad

Reviewed: Jan. 31, 2013
Flavour was good, but even after letting it dehydrate with salt as suggested for about 40 minutes, the salad became very runny. I drained it before actually serving and felt like I should have drained it again half way through service. I used a little oyster sauce in the dressing in replacement of some of the rice vinegar. That was an improvement I think. Next time I'd add some lemongrass to the dressing to jazz it up a bit.
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Apple Oatmeal Crisp

Reviewed: Nov. 15, 2012
It was delicious, but I rate it a bit lower just because of the changes I made to the original recipe. 1) I added about 1/2 c more oats and reduced the flour by 1/2 c. I know usually these are not exchanged 1 for 1, but here it worked well -- not dryness as some members reported. 2) I used sweet apples (kept white prior with vinegar) therefore, I used NO sugar with the cinnamon. I also used about 1/3 more apples than they called for, but it was totally yummy with those proportions! Still the whole dish was a quite sweet for my liking so the second time I reduced the sugar by 1/3 and that was good (I might even reduce it to 1/2 the sugar next time). 3) I added some long bran cereal to to crumble to give it more nutrition -- that was GREAT! 4) I added 1/2 a tsp to the crumble mixture -- it was a very nice complementing flavour! 5) I topped it off in the end with crumbled walnuts. That was really yummy! Overall -- with my notes factored in, this is my new Apple Crisp Recipe. (If only good apples, oatmeal, and brown sugar weren't so difficult to find in this country!)
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Fruity Fun Skewers

Reviewed: Jun. 4, 2012
I love making fruit skewers. For a party, I take the top 1/4 of a watermelon and stick the skewers into the melon. It is a great way to serve the fruit without needing lots of space. It becomes a lovely display.
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Green Bean Sesame Salad

Reviewed: Jun. 4, 2012
This was a great salad. I served it refrigerator-cold. I cooked the beans, toasted the seeds, and mixed the dressing ahead of time. I mixed the salad together only abour 10 minutes before serving. Great taste. I doubled the sesame seeds and next time I would add a little dash of soya sauce to the dressing. Overall it was really good!
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Chewy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Reviewed: May 6, 2012
These are super yummy! Love the chewy-ness! Next time I would use walnuts and lots of raisins. No choc chips!
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Valentine's Day Strawberry Muffins

Reviewed: Mar. 4, 2012
These were very good. I gave it a lower score, only because of the changes I made to the recipe. Nice flavour and moist! I changed a few things because of what I had on hand. I used 2 cups of pureed strawberries (which I had had frozen since last summer) instead of the 1.5 cups of chopped. Also, I used 1/2 whole wheat flour. I didn't have lemon extract so I used pulp form fresh lemons (just a little less). Instead of chocolate chips, I used 1 cup fine unsweetened coconut. Finally I added a spoonful of coconut merengie to the top (2 egg whites, 1/2 cup icing sugar, and 3/4 cup coconut). It added a nice variety of texture to the top.
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Sam's Famous Carrot Cake

Reviewed: Feb. 25, 2012
I made them almost exactly to recipe and they were great! SImply because I didn't have quite enough, I used about 1/2 of the called for amounts of pineapple, walnuts, and raisins. I also added a little more cinnamon and some nutmeg.
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