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Cranberry Orange Cookies

Reviewed: Dec. 21, 2010
Wow, this recipe was perfect as written! Maybe the walnut flavor & crunchy texture would come out more if they were roasted first though.
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Moravian Spice Cookies

Reviewed: Dec. 19, 2010
If you've ever made ginger snaps, you know the dough is supposed to be dry. This is similar, however in making this recipe as written, the dough was already getting brittle after I mixed in the first cup of flour... but it was such a lovely deep brown color and the spices were already smelling so wonderful that I refused give up! I kept adding melted butter and sugar till I got the right consistency while mixing in the second cup of flour. All told, I added 1 stick (1/2 cup) of butter and 1 cup melted brown sugar, plus an extra 1/2 tsp. of all the spices. I skipped the oil altogether. It was worth the effort and the cookies came out just as delicious as I'd initially hoped! These crunchy, spicy treats make a delightful contrast on a Christmas cookie tray with richer sweet items.
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Eggnog Cookies I

Reviewed: Dec. 19, 2010
sooo good. A nice twist on the simple sugar cookie. I doubled the vanilla extract and rolled the drops of dough in a sugar/nutmeg mixture before baking, which gave them a festive sparkly sheen. I think they taste adaquetely eggnog-y although I'm sure the addition of rum extract other reviewers have used would really make these outstanding. I just didn't feel like buying something that'd sit in my spice cabinet for 10 years!
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Balsamic Glazed Carrots

Reviewed: Dec. 15, 2010
These got rave reviews from even the skeptical/picky at my office Thanksgiving potluck. This recipe is cheap and simple to make, yet looks, tastes and sounds (when you say it to another person) fancy! Instead of sauteing, I roasted the carrots in the oven and tossed them separately with the reduction sauce. In retrospect, a few scallions or garlic cloves roasted along with the carrots would've been flavorful additions.
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Spinach and Leek White Bean Soup

Reviewed: Dec. 4, 2010
A really good, simple soup. I initially wanted to try it with kale, but the grocery store was out, so I used 1 overflowing cup of frozen chopped spinach. I left out the bay leaf, cumin and couscous because it seemed like any additional herbs or spices would override the flavors of the main ingredients. So my only seasoning was the garlic, vegetable bouillon cube (we use Rapunzel brand, it's great for everything) and pepper, although I did add 1/3 can of evaporated milk left over from another dish for a filling consistency. In short, if you're in the mood for something with a bit more variety, skip this recipe and just make minestrone or vegetable-bean soup... although basic flavors can also be just as satisfying!
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Winter White Soup

Reviewed: Dec. 4, 2010
I was excited to make this as it sounded like it'd be tasty and different, but was really disappointed. All I could taste was the wine. Maybe I overcooked the veggies or didn't reduce it enough. Either way, I didn't care for this, but my husband loved it! So maybe the flavor's just not for everyone. I told him the only way I'd ever eat it again was if HE made it and left out the wine - ha! Definitely recommend doubling the recipe if you're making this as a main course for 4. Croutons are also a must.
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Roasted and Curried Butternut Squash Soup

Reviewed: Nov. 22, 2010
Delicious! Worth the extra baking time and so simple, really. All I needed to buy was the squash! I used EXTERRA's spice recommendations but kept the oregano in since everyone's a fan of it in my family. Instead of yogurt, I added a half cup or so of fat free half and half.
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Spaghetti Squash I

Reviewed: Nov. 12, 2010
Loved it! We will definitely be making spaghetti squash at our house more often! The crunchy texture and subtle flavor is so much better than pasta. Made as-is plus 1/2 a zucchini and 1/4 c. each diced bell pepper & onion.
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Better Slow Cooker Robust Chicken

Reviewed: Oct. 20, 2010
I only used 1 tablespoon each of dijon mustard and balsamic vinegar because I was worried the taste would come out too bitter after cooking for so long. I also used boneless skinless chicken thighs (trimmed of all fat) because I think chicken breasts tend to dry out in the slow cooker and lose the chicken-y flavor. Otherwise I added everything as written in the recipe. Unlike some of the other reviews, we didn't think it was too salty at all, and javascript:__doPostBack('ctl00$ContentPlaceholder$edit$saveButton','')we really liked the taste of the olives - it was a good compliment to the other flavors. Pour over egg noodles or garlic mashed potatoes and serve with a simple green salad for a complete meal! :)
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Fresh Strawberry Upside Down Cake

Reviewed: Jun. 19, 2010
Wow! This cake is delicious and so easy to make! Great way to use up overripe strawberries - a 1 lb. carton was just the right amount. Chop them up a bit then put in the blender to "crush." I sprayed my baking dish with Pam but the jello still stuck when I tried to invert. Then I remembered a tip from the aspic and jello-mold days of yore: soak the pan for a minute or so in a jelly roll pan of hot water and it'll pop right out.
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Parmesan Cheese Straws

Reviewed: Jun. 16, 2010
In my experience, the texture of cheese straws vs breadsticks: Cheese straws = sort of crumbly, rich, dry Breadsticks = can be crunchy or soft, not rich If you're expecting cheese straws, that's definitely what you'll get with this recipe, not "breadsticks." I'm not a huge cheese straw fan but we were about out of groceries, and I didn't have time to go to the store so I needed something quick to make with basic ingredients. They were a hit at the picnic I brought them to though. I added oregano and basil to the dough. Also, I forgot to brush one of the batches with milk and actually liked those better! Instead I should've added it to the dough to make it more pliable and less fragile -- it wasn't impossible to work with but I had to be careful with it.
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Wings with Mint Leaves and Honey

Reviewed: May 16, 2010
I'm giving this 4 stars because I made this for an Iron Chef-themed dinner party/friendly competition in which "lemon" was the themed ingredient. Everyone loved this, except the lemon taste wasn't strong enough for us to be a good contender. ;) That said, this was still an easy, super-delicious yet very different chicken recipe! I used a family pack of drumsticks because I prefer dark meat. Followed the recipe exactly for 6 lbs of chicken/8 servings. I set my oven for another successful roasted chicken recipe I use as a benchmark. 425F for 1 hr and about 15 mins was perfect, checking every 20 mins. As I had to transport the dish, it steamed under foil for an extra 30 minutes which made the chicken extra moist. I do recommend at a least 2" deep pan. I used a 12x17 jelly roll pan since I was making so many drumsticks, and the otherwise yummy carmelized honey glaze totally dried up in that pan vs the 9x9 pan I used for the few pieces I had left over after filling the jelly roll pan.
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Chicken Lasagna Rolls

Reviewed: May 14, 2010
After trying to roll filling into slippery noodles a couple of times, I just gave up and made it like regular lasagna. It was OK, I definitely didn't feel my efforts were a waste or anything, but it was just "edible" like the other reviewer said. Not special enough to make for company or even a potluck, but I'll try it again just for my family when we're in the mood for creamy, not-too-spicy comfort food.
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Mushroom Lentil Barley Stew

Reviewed: May 14, 2010
My husband, a total mushroom fanatic, loved it. I like mushrooms too - not nearly as much as he does though - but thought the dried mushrooms made overwhelmed the other flavors. Next time I won't use so many, because otherwise it was tasty, filling, healthy, inexpensive and easy to make.
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California Cole Slaw

Reviewed: May 8, 2010
If you prefer vinegar dressing to mayo like my family and I do, your search for the perfect cole slaw recipe ends here! Just use any type of onion, cabbage, pepper and throw in whatever other veggies you have on hand - I've added celery and apple in the past. I do cut the oil down to 1/4 cup but follow the other ingredients as written. Also tastes fine with olive oil instead of vegetable oil.
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Potato Arugula Salad

Reviewed: Apr. 19, 2010
Really delicious! I roasted the potatoes instead of boiling them, concocted my own dressing with mustard and lemon juice, and combined everything while the potatoes were still warm as everyone suggested. A tablespoon of very finely chopped red onion went a long way in uniting the flavors better. Perfect for a potluck or BBQ, especially if you have vegan or gluten-intolerant guests.
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Creamy Vegan Corn Chowder

Reviewed: Jan. 31, 2010
Like the other reviewers have said, this is a good base recipe, and a few embellishments to your taste will knock it out of the park. I added 2 potatoes (bit more water needed to cook), 3 tbsp diced red bell pepper, a small can of green chiles; and cumin, paprika & cayenne for spice. Might try throwing in a few mushrooms next time too.
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Celery Smashers with Cream Gravy

Reviewed: Jan. 28, 2010
I'm a mashed potato purist -- meaning I don't like stuff like sour cream or cheese mixed in :) -- but the celery changed changed up the dish without covering up the potato taste. I'll definitely make it this way from now on!
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Kielbasa and Bow Ties

Reviewed: Jan. 28, 2010
Hearty comfort food for chilly days. Good alternative use of some sausage my mom gave me. We don't buy meat that much though but it's nice to have this recipe on file.
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No-Noodle Zucchini Lasagna

Reviewed: Jan. 28, 2010
We LOVED this! Didn't miss the pasta at all.
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