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Strawberry Brownies

Reviewed: Aug. 24, 2009
This is a good idea, but I had to do some tweaking for our tastes. Like other reviewers suggested, I pureed all the strawberries. In addition to the vanilla (I did use the full amount--LOVE vanilla!), I also added some chocolate extract and some natural strawberry flavoring. I also added more sugar, because my strawberries were a little tart, and because I also added more cocoa. I also added baking powder and salt and some chopped bittersweet chocolate. I baked in a 10x10 stoneware (King Arthur Flour original). The taste was very good, and my family gave them a thumbs up.
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Banana Pudding IV

Reviewed: Jul. 17, 2009
I've made a similar recipe many times over the years, but I've never added cream cheese. It was a very tasty addition. I accidentally purchased the smaller package of pudding, but it worked out fine anyway. Initially, I cut back on the milk due to the smaller amount of pudding, but it was too thick, so I used the full amount. I also added a good dose of vanilla. I make them invidually so the mixture doesn't go south before it's eaten. Add a little extra milk, and this makes a good custard sauce for topping fruit or cake or whatever!
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Lime Muffins

Reviewed: Jul. 11, 2009
I made these muffins years ago before I was a member of AR. That's unfortunate, because I could have benefitted from some of the reviews. I love lime, and muffins are usually a good bet for me. But I didn't like the texture of these, and they definitely were not good keepers. The idea is great, but I haven't made this recipe again. Thanks for the recipe post, though. I enjoy trying new recipes.
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Strawberry Vanilla Pancakes

Reviewed: Jun. 28, 2009
My family loved these. I had lots of very ripe strawberries after a trip to the farmer's market and found this recipe on an ingredient search. I have a family of pancake lovers and decided to try this. I did use half spelt flour and a combination of white sugar and sucanat and added an extra couple of tablespoons. I used double-strength vanilla and used the full amount (we LOVE vanilla!). It was perfect for us. The really ripe strawberries are nice and sweet in these...I don't think I would add them if they aren't super ripe, though. I served with more strawberries that I tossed with agave nectar. Delicious and very light and fluffy. I doubled the recipe and had many pancakes! I froze the leftovers in plastic bags with parchment paper between the pancakes.
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Todd's Famous Blueberry Pancakes

Reviewed: Jun. 20, 2009
Good pancakes. They are very light and fluffy. I used spelt flour flour and fresh blueberries. I also used vegetable oil and added a dose of vanilla. The family enjoyed them very much. I served with a homemade blueberry syrup, and a double recipe disappeared before the day was over.
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Pepperoncini Beef

Reviewed: Jun. 18, 2009
I made this for the first time several years ago. It's very good and makes excellent sandwiches with toasted bread and provolone cheese. I buy the jars of already-sliced pepperoncini.
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Mexican Bean and Squash Soup

Reviewed: Jun. 17, 2009
Very good soup. I needed to use a butternut squash that had been sitting on my counter, and this popped up on an ingredient search. I'm always looking for healthy and/or vegetarian soups. This one fits the bill of healthy, so it was a great one to try. I used the whole squash (probably about 3 cups or so) and a large Vidalia onion. I also had to sub a few ingredients (used adobo seasoning instead of the separate spices, black and pinto beans--3 cans because I like it nice and thick like a stew--and fire-roasted crushed tomatoes instead of diced). Served with the accompaniments called for as well as chopped avocadoes. To the reviewer who used 2 CANS of chipotle (and to anyone making this in the future!), please note that the recipe calls for 2 CANNED chipotle peppers rather than 2 whole cans! 2 peppers add a nice note of heat but not too much. Oh, and I didn't bother to seed the peppers.
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Brown Sugar Oatmeal Pancakes

Reviewed: May 3, 2009
These are very good. My family requested pancakes this morning, and I decided to give this a try for a change. I didn't have quick cooking oats and was afraid my thick-cut old fashioned oats would not cook sufficiently, so I subbed a couple packets of Quaker Simple Harvest Maple Pecan instant cereal for the oatmeal and left out the brown sugar. I also used spelt flour instead of ww. Based on other reviews, I also added baking powder, and I'm glad I did. The pancakes turned out very light and fluffy. I didn't have enought buttermilk, so I added whole milk to make up the difference. And I always add vanilla to everything sweet. As you can tell, I cook on the fly a lot, but this recipe is very forgiving. Even though I didn't measure some of the ingredients (I was looking for a specific consistency to the batter--I like it just a bit on the thin side), the pancakes turned out wonderfully. I'll be making these regularly.
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Veggie Fajitas

Reviewed: May 2, 2009
Portobello mushrooms make the best fajitas...so much better than chicken. I make these for myself when my family has chicken fajitas, but I always add more onions, and I chop the mushrooms into nice big chunks for a meaty texture. Rather than use lemon pepper, I sprinkle the mushrooms with a mixture of garlic powder, chipotle, ancho chile powder and just a touch of salt before cooking. I cook them separate from the pepper/onion mixture so they brown nicely. I absolutely love them.
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Southern Ham and Brown Beans

Reviewed: Apr. 27, 2009
If you're a Southerner, you've probably had these many times. Transplanted to Wisconsin from my native Deep South, this is one of the dishes I make when I need a Southern comfort food fix. Although I don't use a recipe and never have (Southern grandmothers always taught their daughthers and granddaughters how to make a pot of beans!), this recipe minus the chili powder and with a few flakes of crushed red pepper is how I've always made them. Easy and ecomonical, this is good stuff! Cornbread and sweet pickles are a must for me! And it's good with all kinds of beans, although pinto are tops. If you like basic and filling dishes, give it a try.
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Pepperoni Rolls

Reviewed: Apr. 15, 2009
YUM! I subbed 1 cup of spelt flour and used slightly less sugar..probably about 2/3 cup. I had a nice spicy imported pepperoni that I sliced and quartered, and I also added shredded mozzarella. We loved them and will make again soon, probably trying some garlic in the dough next time. Update: made these for the 2nd time last weekend. I added garlic to the dough and ground my pepperoni in the food processor rather than using sliced. We loved it. My husband's son is already requesting them again, so these will end up in the regular rotation.
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Amish Slaw

Reviewed: Apr. 14, 2009
Very good. I used a bagged slaw mix that contained red and green cabbage and carrots and added green onions. I did not use celery seed as we don't like it. I cut back a bit on the sugar and oil and used apple cider vinegar. I added the sugar to the warm vinegar-oil mixture to dissolve. I served it with smoked pork, and everyone enjoyed it.
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Asian Rainbow Trout

Reviewed: Mar. 24, 2009
Quite tasty. I used toasted sesame oil in place of olive oil and brown sugar instead of white as many reviewers have done. I sauteed the trout until it had a nice caramelized crust, and it was perfectly cooked inside. We enjoyed very much.
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To Die For Blueberry Muffins

Reviewed: Mar. 21, 2009
Good muffins. I did not use the crumb topping, and I'm glad I didn't--they are quite sweet on their own. I doubled the recipe for a brunch and used some very tasty fresh blueberries--along with a few tweaks for flavor--and they were a hit.
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Sesame Seared Tuna

Reviewed: Mar. 18, 2009
Excellent marinade and a perfect compliment to the tuna. I also added grated garlic and ginger and let the tuna marinate for about 3 hours. I cooked the tuna for a couple of minutes on each side then sprinkled with toasted black and white sesame seeds and did a quick flip on each side to further toast them and adhere them to the fish. Delicious and a definite keeper recipe for us. We'll also try on other firm fish.
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Gramma's Date Squares

Reviewed: Mar. 7, 2009
Very, very good. I used whole medjool dates that I pitted and diced and used spelt flour in place of pastry flour. I also used both lemon juice and vanilla in the dates. My mom and I used to make these from a boxed mix when I was a kid, and we loved them. These are even better than what I remember. Thanks for bringing back the memories!
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Basic Corn Muffins

Reviewed: Feb. 10, 2009
Very good recipe. I prefer a larger ratio of cornmeal to flour, so I used 1 1/2 cups cornmeal (stone ground) and 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour. I kept the rest of the ingredients the same and cooked in an iron skillet that I preheated in the oven. The bread is light and moist with a nice crispy crust. It's a keeper.
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Super-Delicious Zuppa Toscana

Reviewed: Feb. 9, 2009
Very good mix of ingredients. We do not like Italian sausage, so I used sliced, spicy smoked sausage sauteed until browned. I omitted the bacon since the sausage was smoked. I also added quite a bit more spinach but stuck pretty close to the rest of the ingredients. It was a hit but next time, I'll use a bit less sausage and add more potatoes and even more spinach.
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Papa Drexler's Bavarian Pretzels

Reviewed: Jan. 31, 2009
My hubby and I are eating these straight out of the oven with mustard. Even with fingers burning, they are impossible to resist. YUMMY! My dough was a bit soft, I think because I didn't put quite enough flour. But it was easy to work with, and these are delicious. A definite keeper for us. **Forgot to mention that I doubled the recipe and also added about 2 TBS malt powder to the flour.**
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Snow Ice Cream II

Reviewed: Jan. 28, 2009
We always called this snow cream, and it was a great treat for me as a kid since, living in Missippi, we didn't get a chance to make it often. I loved it, and it's still a treat to this day. But since I live in Wisconsin now, I have the occasion to make it more often! I use superfine sugar in mine and 1 % milk with a splash of half-n-half.
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