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Garbanzo Bean Chocolate Cake (Gluten Free!)

Reviewed: Feb. 15, 2011
OMG! HUGE HIT for my Valentine's Day Party. Took tips from other reviewers. Added 3 T Butter + 1 tsp. Baking Powder + Vanilla + 1/2 tsp Salt for each batch. I did a double batch! Cooked the Garbanzo Beans in the water from the can in the microwave to soften them first, and picked out the popped shells and discarded the skins/shells. Cooled and rinsed. Used my Blender to puree because so many commented that it had a Humus texture. Blender was working hard, but I did a double batch (2-15 oz cans) and mixed the eggs and vanilla in with the blender cycle! THE BOMB! Put Boysenberry Preserves (seedless) in between the two 9" cake round layers and decorated with a choc glaze and fresh berries. Revealed the Garbanzo Bean incredients AFTER everyone had munched down this cake - raving about it! Served it with Vanilla Ice Cream. Have a request to make it for Passover. You need flourless cakes for Passover! A must - even for picky people - everyone raved! Super rich! FIVE STARS! A new staple for dessert!
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Manicotti Shells

Reviewed: Mar. 3, 2011
LOVE! Never buying shells again. So easy. Followed another reviewers suggestion and added 1 cup water and 1 cup 2% milk. Used a generous pinch of Kosher Salt, added granulated garlic and whisked. Used 8" pan that I sprayed with Canola Oil Spray and wiped with a paper towel. Made large "shells" (1/3 cup at a time) and then stuffed them with Cottage Cheese (low fat Knudson), parmesan and fresh white Italian cheese mix (bagged) chopped fresh basil, granulated garlic, onion powder, parsley, oregano, salt and pepper. Beat the Cottage Cheese mixture with a whisk so it would resemble Ricota (hiding ingred. from hubby). Mixed roasted veggies in with the cheese. Wrapped each Shell like a burrito and placed in a layer of sauce. 9 X 13 glass pan - sprayed with cooking spray. Covered all with sauce and cheese. So So Good! Posted two pix of my efforts. Hubby ate 1/2 the pan. DEFINITE KEEPER!
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Cake Mix Cookies IV

Reviewed: Mar. 3, 2011
Used DH Fudge Marble Cake Mix - used exact ingred. as stated in recipe, but at the very end, mixed the extra choc. fudge packet from the cake mix with 1/3 of the yellow mix - just gave it a mild swirl to mix so I got a choc. and yellow swirl mixed cookie. Added two large handfuls of Nestle Milk Choc Chips. Used a melon baller for scooping cookies which gives you a good sized cookie. Baked on a parchment lined cookie sheet at 350 for 17 minutes. Family went crazy for them! Great cookies and really quick and easy!
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Fettuccine with Sweet Pepper-Cayenne Sauce

Reviewed: Apr. 4, 2011
A Giant YUM! I doctored this a bit....followed other reviewers suggestions. 1/4 tsp. of cayenne was plenty for zing - but not bite. I used a whole can of fat free chicken broth and slow simmered 1/2 of a large sliced sweet onion with 1 red pepper, 3 cloves of minced garlic, artichoke hearts quartered and drained (canned in water) and simmered until soft. Actually had to add some water towards the end - my veggie cooking had become more like broth. I added Paprika, dried Basil, Parsley, and used cut up cooked chicken from Costco in the sauce at the very end. This was amazing! Used it over Rotini noodles. Cannot wait to try this again. Hubby LOVED it - said it tasted like something he would order in a restaurant. I want to add broccoli, sun dried tomatoes, summer squash, more garlic, more onions, carrots and serve it under BBQ'd chicken breasts or grilled salmon. 10 stars! Gonna be a new staple at my house!
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Oven Omelet

Reviewed: Apr. 5, 2011
Added a package of frozen onions and peppers and eliminated the ham. Everything else was the same as original recipe. I microwaved the peppers and onions so they would be hot and removed the excess liquid before combining with the eggs. It took almost 40 extra minutes to bake and Hubby said, "Don't make this again!" Used this recipe because of the almost 5 stars. Nothing great. My first "eehhh" rating! This dish reminded me of someone learning to cook. No great flavors, nothing spectacular.
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Boston Brown Bread II

Reviewed: Apr. 8, 2011
Not a success. It took an addition 7 minutes baking before the toothpick came out clean. Smelled amazing....tasted - Ehhh - not great. My 16 year old son said it tasted odd - and he will eat anything. He threw it away after a few bites. Will not make this again. It isn't a savory bread and it isn't a sweet bread like a pumpkin bread. Just odd.
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Raspberry-Lemon Pie In a Toasted Coconut Crust

Reviewed: Apr. 17, 2011
Uh-Oh.....made this last night....will re-review and update. Right now the coconut crust is ready and waiting in the 9" pie plate - which looks WAY WAY too big for the amount of filling this recipe yielded. 3 Stars for the portions being Way Off! Will likely redo the crust into a flat, large tart pan. The color on the filling is beautiful and it did set up nice! Need this for early Passover dinner tonight! Yikes! UPDATE - everyone who likes lemon said they liked it - but it is more of a curd than a custard. Now that I see the picture posted - mine looked the same. Like a runny Lemon Meringue pie. For Passover - no flour - desserts are tough. I cringed watching people take heaping spoonfuls and fwack it onto their plate to get it off the spoon. Won't make this again. 3 Stars because it tasted good! 1 Star for portion sizes (filling vs. crust) being way off. 2 Stars for presentation! Sorry!
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Buttermilk Chocolate Bread

Reviewed: Apr. 27, 2011
This was weird. It isn't like a banana bread and really sweet, but it wasn't like normal bread. I was in charge of bread for Easter and it sat on the buffet and didn't move. I also made Banana Bread and Jim's Cheddar Soda bread - which were GONE before the meal was over. I watched someone take Buttermilk Choc Bread and take a bite and throw it away. My kids said; "Ehhh!" It had a nice texture and came out "pretty"....but I would not make this again and am deleting it out of my recipe box. Sorry - it sounded wonderful.
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Brownie Chocolate Chip Cheesecake

Reviewed: Apr. 27, 2011
Beautiful and Easy! Was a huge hit. Followed the recipe and it was a success! Thanks for this one! I used a water bath per other reviewers. I believe that helped and I left it in the turned off oven (per other AR suggestions) and I was really proud of this!
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Cowboy Oatmeal Cookies

Reviewed: Apr. 27, 2011
5 Star Rating from the 12 year old and the 16 year old. I used butter instead of margarine per other reviewers and 2/3 cups sugars on both the white and brown sugar. Added a splash of vanilla and some cinnamon. Up'd the oats another 1/2 cup as well. I also used one cup whole wheat flour and one cup AP Flour and no one noticed. I split the batch and added raisins to 1/2 and choc chips to the other half. Gives a healthy amount of cookies and they were a big hit! Thanks for the recipe!
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Jim's Cheddar Onion Soda Bread

Reviewed: Apr. 27, 2011
A M A Z I N G ! My kids now request "Jim's Bread". I heard my 12 yr old explaining that he didn't know who Jim was, but his bread is really good! The onions have to be minced and you can have bread on the table (2 large loaves) inside of an hour. Not messy and so so good! My Kitchen Aid Mixer and the dough hook rock this! I have made this with fresh basil and sun dried tomatoes and roasted and chopped garlic. The original recipe is still the best. Going to make it as pizza crust and spread it out super thin! SO SO GREAT! Thanks for the recipe! I have made it once a week since I found this!
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Throw it Together Cake

Reviewed: May 2, 2011
Eliminated nuts due to allergy issues. Followed recipe exactly after that. Came out great! WATCH THE TIMER! Removed from the oven at 47 minutes and toothpick was clean and cake was perfect. 55 minutes would have killed this. I was worried that there wasn't enough batter for a 13 X 9. It is a great brunch recipe and alternative to my constant Banana Bread. 4 1/2 stars. Was good! Submitted three pix because I couldn't decide which pix was best. Thanks for the recipe!
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Spinach Brownies

Reviewed: May 10, 2011
Delish! Used 12 oz. fresh mozzarella cheese, 16 oz frozen spinach (not chopped) 1/4 cup butter as suggested by other reviewers. Mixed 1/2 WW Flour and 1/2 AP Flour. Small onion chopped that I nuked in the microwave with the butter.Added granulated garlic and fresh ground pepper. Did I say DELISH? I will use this for an appetizer for 4th of July. Nothing in this will die in the heat and it is savory and wonderful! UPDATE! Made this exactly as written except sub'd in Broccoli - chopped, that I had microwaved. So Good!
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Mrs. Sigg's Snickerdoodles

Reviewed: May 16, 2011
Hubby said, "4 1/2 Stars add more sugar to the dough" Kids said "5 Stars"! I followed the other reviewers suggestions and did 3 teaspoons of Baking Powder (no Tartar in pantry). Took the great suggestion of putting Cinnamon/Sugar Coating in a gallon sized baggie (you can put your whole hand in to retrieve) - that worked fantastic! I scooped the dough with the melon baller and dropped on parchment. When I was done scooping, I made little balls and filled the Cinnamon Sugar Baggie with a batch of balls and then removed and put on the tray. Everything else was the same as stated in recipe. 8 minutes cook time on parchment paper and immediate removal from pan to cooling on tile counter and they came out great. Melon Ball scoop netted 60 small cookies. The family is eating them so fast I would double the batch next time! Good cookie. Smells amazing and would make it again! 16 year old asked that I make them "bigger" next time. One other suggestion from a reviewer - I only buy XL Eggs. I cracked one egg and only used the yolk and used 1 whole other egg. I think that is why some of my other cookies have gone flat. Never thought about the size of the eggs. I learn from this site everyday! Thanks everyone!
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Banana Banana Bread

Reviewed: May 17, 2011
4 1/2 Stars. I used 7 very ripe mashed bananas to reach the 2 1/3 c. requirement of bananas. Cooked for almost 75 minutes - I kept checking it and it wasn't clean toothpick ready - but I had added chocolate chips per other reviewers suggestions. I added Apple Pie Spice (Hearty Tsp!). Everything else the same. 12 year old gave it a thumbs up. 16 year old said it wasn't sweet enough! Learned from another reviewers suggestion to not use two whole eggs when they are XL Eggs. That really helps! Good recipe - but uses A LOT of banana for only one loaf! Would make this again. It is a healthier version of Banana Bread than my other Recipe!
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Banana Chocolate Chip Dessert

Reviewed: Jun. 12, 2011
I had high hopes for this as an alternative to my constant Banana Bread. I pulled it out of the oven and had workers at my house. They each ate a big piece. My family came home - tasted it and said; "Don't make this again". Tried serving it to neighbors who stopped by. They ate part of the serving and left it. I asked them if they wanted to take any home - they said; "That is okay - thanks anyway!" Won't be making this again. Sorry.
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High Temperature Eye-of-Round Roast

Reviewed: Jun. 16, 2011
Packed this roast in Montreal Steak Seasoning (spice jar from Costco) and put in a large baggie for 3 hours. Dropped to room temperature and then followed the directions and the suggestions of other reviewers. I left my gas oven off for 1 hour after cooking it for 7 min a lb. and then turned the oven back on to 185 for the last 1 1/2 hours. Let it rest out of the oven on the stove top and then sliced super thin. Had a great dinner and wonderful sandwich meat for the next day. Served with a Red Tomato/Blue Cheese/Italian Dressing Salad and it was the perfect summer meal. Where was this when I was driving my kids to baseball/football etc. practices! Will become a staple!
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Chocolate Ganache S'mores

Reviewed: Jun. 17, 2011
Teenagers (6 of them; 15-19 years old) rated this 10 stars. I didn't taste it - it looked like a cavity in the making and I don't like marshmallows. They ate the 13X9 tray in an hour. Not kidding! I used different sizes of marshmallows because I thought that would make it visually interesting. DO NOT TAKE YOUR EYES OFF IT when it is under the broiler. 1 minute is too long to brown marshmallows. Re-reading recipe today, I realized I forgot the cinnamon. Did not matter to the boys. Good, fun, recipe! Thanks and I took two pix to document it!
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Clone of a Cinnabon

Reviewed: Jun. 25, 2011
These are great but if you want them for breakfast - you better be an early riser. Took a long time to get them done....but they are very good!
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Bacon for the Family or a Crowd

Reviewed: Jul. 8, 2011
Just cooked up a pound of regular cut bacon. Started out at 7 min at 350. Opened oven to turn it - wasn't necessary. Cooked another 7 min. Not cooking fast enough. Still did not turn it. Up'd oven to 425 and set timer for another 7 min. No turning and no draining - set another 7 minutes. 28 minutes total - perfect bacon. This is a keeper. It would be great to cook bacon this way if you are timing it to be ready with other dishes. Bacon is brown, moist and perfectly flat! Thanks!
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