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Pop's Dill Pickles

Reviewed: Sep. 1, 2013
These pickles are so good! I followed the recipe exactly, except I guess I didn't read it thoroughly and I skipped the ice bath. The pickles still came out wonderfully! I enjoy the little bit of sweetness and like the fact that they are not overwhelmingly vinegary. Will make again and again. My family requests them now. This year I am trying to zest some of the jars up by adding some hot peppers!
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Mrs. Sigg's Snickerdoodles

Reviewed: Aug. 6, 2013
Soooooooooo good! Addictive! For me, they were the PERFECT consistency, exactly as described--crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. I added a bag of cinnamon chips to the recipe and should have compensated for the extra sugar by cutting back on the amount I put in. Next time I will use 1/2 cup less. Also, I added some fresh grated nutmeg. Next time I will do that as well. One last thought: Next time I will add the cinnamon to the dough and use different colored sugars only to roll them in before baking to give them a more festive look! I can color code them green and gold for our favorite team! GREAT RECIPE! Thank you so much for sharing!
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Chantal's New York Cheesecake

Reviewed: Jul. 2, 2013
I followed the recipe as written, using the video as a guide. It was very easy to make. I agree whole-heartedly with another reviewer who said this was "like cheesecake" but it was not the kind of cheesecake I expected. The richness and density just were not there. I topped it with freshly picked strawberries and strawberry glaze and those additions made it look beautiful. I was expecting a dense and creamy texture with a sweeter, more buttery crust. To me, cheesecake should be so rich that you couldn't possibly eat more than a small sliver, and this missed that benchmark. That's just me. I feel that if I'm going to spend the calories they should be worth it. On to the next one!
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Kathy's French Toast Bake

Reviewed: Jun. 15, 2013
To turn this recipe from 4 stars to 5 stars I made a couple of changes: Mix the cream cheese with some sugar and cinnamon to taste and blend it by hand or with a mixer. Spread the mixture on the bread you're using (I used cinnamon-raisin bread) stack the "frosted" bread 3 high, then cube it. I also used real maple syrup. It is so much better this way as there is cream cheese in every bite and it is sweetened. 1/2 cup syrup just was not enough sweetness for this big batch, IMHO. I tried it the original way and I prefer it the sweeter way.
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Easy Mexican Casserole

Reviewed: May 2, 2013
This was good, but of course I had to make some changes the second time to make it great. 4 stars as written, 5 stars my way. First, I browned the ground beef and drained the fat and rinsed it with hot tap water to remove most of the fat and grease. I used leftover hardshell taco shells--they worked great, with less grease and less salt and more authentic Mexican flavor, and I put a layer of them on the bottom and top, before the sour cream. I added a couple of dashes of Penzey's Arizona Dreaming seasoning and a tsp of chicken "better than bouillon" and a can of diced green chilis to the mix. I also added a half package of frozen "fiesta" veggies (corn, red and green peppers, black beans) to the mix. I did not add the green onions or chopped tomatoes until after it came out of the oven and the piece de resistance, I heated a can of enchilada sauce and ladeled it over the top of each serving. Sooooooo goooood! (I used reduced fat cheese and sour cream and the hubby didn't even notice!)
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Coconut Macaroons

Reviewed: May 1, 2013
This was a good recipe and quite easy. I drizzled melted dark chocolate over them after they cooled and they were quite delicious that way.
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Classic Peanut Butter Cookies

Reviewed: Apr. 29, 2013
I just used the recipe for the ingredients list and forgot about the one hour refrigeration requirement. Turns out, it didn't matter. They turned out great! I only had smooth peanut butter so I added one cup chopped peanuts. Then I saw that I had some Hershey's Kisses leftover and some butterscotch chips, so I peeled and chopped the kisses and added about a cup of each (chopped kisses and bscotch chips). I used a 2TB scooper and made flat scoops onto the tray, pressed them with a fork dipped into sugar and baked them for 12 minutes in my gas oven. FANTASTIC!!
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Easy Hummus

Reviewed: Mar. 4, 2013
This is pretty good, but next time I make it I will use only one clove of garlic, as right now I feel like I could light my breath on fire quite easily, lol! I added some sun-dried tomatoes to mine as per someone's suggestion and it was delicious! You really don't miss the oil or tahini, and the cumin gives it just the right flavor. This is definitely good enough for company. In fact, I'm taking it to my friend's house on Friday night with some dippers and a nice bottle of wine. Mmmm...! So simple and elegant and healthy! Thanks for a good recipe.
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Strawberry Dream Cake II

Reviewed: Feb. 25, 2013
This is such a great cake, and so versatile! You can switch it up and use raspberry fruit and jello, or orange or pineapple. I have used each of these already and all are delicious! I changed nothing except eliminating the pecans because my grandchildren don't care for them. This is a no-fail winner!
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Tanya's Snickerdoodles

Reviewed: Aug. 13, 2012
Made them as directed except I added colored sugar to the roll-in sugars. They were easy to make and they taste great! I increased the baking time to 12 minutes, as that suited my oven bestter.
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Mama's Italian Wedding Soup

Reviewed: May 12, 2012
Really good, and even my picky, soup-avoiding husband liked it! I baked the meatballs first, cooked the pasta separately, added cheese tortellini and served with crusty garlic bread. Very tasty!
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Butternut and Apple Harvest Soup

Reviewed: Oct. 29, 2011
So good! I love how you can taste all the ingredients individually within the blend. I used a whole squash which was probably double the amount, but it was still delicious. I will be serving this as our first course for Thanksgiving. YUM!!
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Cider Pork Chop Dinner

Reviewed: Oct. 10, 2011
Based on the smell alone I can give this 5 stars! After browning and scraping the juices with the cider as a deglazer, I cooked mine in the crock-pot as I needed to run some errands and have dinner ready when I returned. Holy yummo, batman! I did add the garlic as one reviewer suggested and it was great! What a great fall meal!
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Apple Pie Bars

Reviewed: Oct. 9, 2011
This is soooooooooooo good and easily made with common household ingredients. I would have given it 5 stars except it is a bit too sweet. Next time I will cut down on the sugar from one cup to a half cup because the drizzle on top is just too good to skip! My husband loves sweet things, so this suits him just fine!
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Apple Crisp II

Reviewed: Sep. 22, 2011
This was very good! I made it exactly as described and it turned out great--everyone loved it. Next time I think I will reduce the sugar to 3/4 cup each, like in a batch of chocolate chip cookies. I used nice, tart apples, but for my taste it was still a titch too sweet. However, I had no problem eating it, lol!
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Beef Nacho Casserole

Reviewed: Aug. 31, 2011
omg! Super easy and super delish! I kept the recipe pretty much the same, used mayo and a bit of ranch dressing, used Fritos as suggested by another reviewer, and used (hot and spicy, by accident, but it was good) a package of taco seasoning. I cooked mine for twice as long (40 minutes). Garnished with shredded lettuce, freshly made pico de gallo, and a dollop each of guacamole and sour cream. Made a pitcher of Margaritas and this was a fantastic meal!! I would bring this to a pot luck any time and it would be DEVOURED! Thanks for submitting!
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Grilled Pineapple

Reviewed: Aug. 4, 2011
a quarter TEASPOON of honey?? what?? I added more.
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Sticky Buns

Reviewed: May 29, 2011
I used a bread machine to make the dough and it kind of blew up and made a huge mess inside my bread machine. I tried to salvage the dough and as it turns out I had plenty of it after adding extra flour. I would up the flour to 4 cups from 3 because that's about how much extra (1 cup) flour I added to make the dough workable after the minor explosion. They still rose nicely and I took others' advice and made extra topping and filling. They are baking right now and they smell divine. Reminds me of my childhood.
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