Cara McGuire

My cooking passion lies in baking yeast bread. I started doing it years agoto save money, but love the taste and smell of fresh baked bread so I just kept doing it. I'm always looking for the perfect recipe!
Spiced Pumpkin Seeds
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Loved the recipe! I thought the spice combination worked great. Added some extra salt when they came out of the oven.

Meat Loaf Pie
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Loved this recipe! Made a few changes. I did not use the pie crust - recipe doesn't really need it! I did not have any canned corn so I heated up some frozen mixed veggies and added them to the cooked beef/onion mix which I liberally seasoned with seasoned salt. Added about 1/4 cup of ketchup and about 2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce. Used homemade mashed potatoes with sour cream added. Next time will add 2 eggs to the meat and maybe one to the potatoes. Was really tasty! Thanks for the recipe!

Weekend Brunch Casserole
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Very tasty! Here were the changes I made: used 6 eggs, 1 cup skim milk, shredded colby jack chesse and I added a liberal dash of hot sauce to the eggs instead of the black pepper. I pre-baked the crescent rolls for 10 min, then baked the casserole a total of 25 more min. Crust was crispy - next time will pre-bake crust a few less min (maybe 5 min). Not at all soggy like some other reviews. Overall VERY yummy! I may try and make a lower calorie/fat version in the future - I'll let you know how it turns out! Note: this reheats REALLY well - husband likes to put hot sauce on top!

Jam Filled Butter Cookies
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These were very easy and fun to make. I made them with my 4 year old daughter and we both loved them! I didn't make the holes big enough for the preserves, so it was kinda hard to get the preserves in. I used the end of a wooden spoon. Next time, I'll just use my finger, it should work better!

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Sausage and Apple Stuffing
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This is the 2nd time I've made this recipe. The first time I didn't read the recipe well (prepare stuffing to package directions) and just made it with the listed ingredients. This time I followed the directions and it was very good. I used a whole lb. of sausage and one granny smith apple (a huge one). Thanks!

Hot Spinach Artichoke Dip
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THIS IS AWESOME! Best spinach artichoke dip I've ever had and very easy to make. I think it took me all of five min. to put together. I didn't have any romano cheese so I used all parmesan. I baked it in a glass pie dish. No other changes need to be made. Perfect!

Spinach Lasagna II
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Very good basic recipe. I used a jar of spaghetti sauce and a can of petite diced tomatoes with Italian seasoning. Even my 4 year old who hates spinach loved it!

Lighter Snickerdoodles
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A very tasty lower fat/calorie cookie. I am on Weight Watchers and they are only 3 points each! The dough can be sticky so be sure to spray your cookie sheet with a non-stick spray. I also sprayed my hands with the non-stick spray to make it easier to roll the balls out. Watch your bake time! These taste dry if you bake too long - all of mine came out perfect at 7 min. Thanks for the recipe!

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Quick Banana Bread
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This recipe is awesome! It was so easy to put together. I really liked the idea of using a baking mix. I added 1/4 tsp cinnamon to my loaf and that was perfect! The only thing I could mention was that it was a bit sunken in the middle - maybe adding a small amount of baking powder would help that. Very moist and delicious! My 4 year old gave it rave reviews!!

Zesty French Dressing
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I LOVE French and Catalina dressing so I consider myself somewhat of an expert on them....This dressing is up there at the top of the top. It was SO good and really easy to make! I was making a "homestyle" dinner of home-made mac n cheese and bread and blueberry pie and I thought a home-made salad dressing would be a nice touch. I already had my food processor out so it was just a matter of throwing in the ingredients (all of which I did have on hand) and whipping it up! I halved the recipe and it was just enough for my family. Next time I'll double it to keep more on hand! NOTE: I tried to double this recipe and it made WAY too much and just didn't taste right. Just make a single batch at a time!

Easy Sausage Strata
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Awesome recipe! My mother-in-law has been making something like this for years and I've always tried to duplicate it but never been successful. This recipe was it! I only had 1/2 lb of sausage so I also added some bacon as well and that was really good! I baked it in a 13x9 casserole (make sure you grease it really well) covered with foil for half of the baking time to keep it moist. Also, I didn't have time the night before to put it together so I just let it sit on the counter for about 15 min. It worked perfect!

Clone of a Cinnabon
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This is an awesome recipe. The dough was really easy to work with - probably the easiest dough I've ever rolled out. I took the advice on baking from other reviewers and baked at 350 for about 22 min and they were PERFECT. The ONLY thing I would mention is if you don't like cream cheese, the icing has a distinct cream cheese flavor. I might try a different icing next time or just cut down on the cream cheese and use more butter or maybe a non-flavored shortining like Crisco. Edit: Here's the perfect icing: 7 Tbs Butter (softened) 2 oz Cream Cheese (softened) 1.5 C powdered sugar 1/2 tsp Vanilla 1/4 tsp salt Whip until smooth and fluffy.

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