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Chunky Potato Soup

Reviewed: Sep. 8, 2009
I thought this soup was rather tasty and definitely comfort food. I left out the onions due to allergies and kept the skins on my potatoes for added nutrition. I also had to add more broth to cover all the potatoes but I probably had too many. I also used a mexican blend cheese since I needed to use it up, although I'm sure it would be great with the swiss. I'll definitely be making this one again!
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Sweet Potato Minestrone

Reviewed: Aug. 11, 2009
This was a pretty good basic soup. It was a good way to use up some sweet potatoes I had and it's definitely healthy. I did leave out the onions due to allergies and added two cans of chickpeas for some protein. I am happily enjoying the leftovers right now! I'd make it again if I had to use up some more sweet potatoes.
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Chocolate Covered Cherries

Reviewed: Jan. 27, 2009
These are great! And easy too! My friends and I really enjoy eating these each year at Christmas time. I let mine sit in my pantry for a week or two and they get really nice and gooey.
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Walnut-Filled Pillows

Reviewed: Jan. 27, 2009
I really wanted to like these because they are so pretty, but they just don't have any flavor. I've made these for Christmas twice now and the second time I tried adding some sugar to the dough but it didn't help much. They're really too much work for something that tastes so blah. I'm ready to give up and try a different recipe next year.
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Garlic Cheese Logs

Reviewed: Jan. 27, 2009
This is my favorite party appetizer and I look forward to eating it at my Christmas party every year. I'm salivating now just thinking about it! I add just a little bit more mayo to make it less crumbly and make a cheese ball instead of logs.
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Turkey-Cheese Macaroni Bake

Reviewed: Jan. 27, 2009
I thought this was quite tasty and my 4 year old adamantly stated that we should make it again (which definitely makes it a winner in my book). Plus, it was fairly easy to make. It probably took me 20 minutes to prep and the rest was baking time. I did change a few things. First, I subbed a red bell pepper for the onion since my boyfriend is allergic to onion. I also added 4 cloves of garlic (it was very garlicky so next time I'll try 3) and upped the thyme to about 1/2 tsp. I also used probably double the cheese listed and used italian seasoned breadcrumbs for the topping. It was very good but I think next time I might try adding some diced celery and carrot just to up our vegetable intake a bit and add some more color. I'd like to try it with ham, too. I think this is one of those recipes where you can really add whatever spices/vegetables/meats you want to suit your tastes or depending on what you have on hand. Give it a try. We sure enjoyed it and I will definitely be making it again!
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Wendy's Quick Pasta and Lentils

Reviewed: Jan. 23, 2009
This is a great fast and healthy recipe. It's nothing gourmet, but it's filling and tasty and sort of comforting. The only thing I did differently was to use a whole can of diced tomatoes instead of just 1 cup and I used whole wheat orzo for the pasta. I did defrost and drain my spinach before adding it but I might try adding it frozen next time. Definitely give this one a try. It's a keeper!
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Apple-Berry Pie

Reviewed: Dec. 9, 2008
This is an excellent pie! My boyfriend went back for a second slice 10 minutes after the first so it must have been good! I made it exactly as written. I used Granny Smith apples and felt that the amount of sugar was just right. If you use sweeter apples you might want to reduce it a bit. I used the all butter pie crust at elise.com which is amazing.
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Salsa Guacamole

Reviewed: Jun. 10, 2008
I used this recipe as inspiration one day when I was craving guacamole and now I make it as a snack all the time. I didn't want to make a lot since I was the only one eating it so I just used one avocado and mashed it with the juice from half a lime (instead of lemon). Then I mix in a tablespoon or so of salsa and a sprinkle of garlic granules and mix it all up. Refrigerate for a while and then eat with tortilla chips. I do leave out the onions since you get some onions from the salsa. Otherwise, delicious and so so very easy!
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Watermelon and Strawberry Lemonade

Reviewed: Jun. 6, 2008
All my guests agreed that this was really good and refreshing. So easy too! I did use a little less sugar than it called for. I did it in two batches (my blender was not big enough for everything) and used a scant half a cup of sugar in each batch. Next time I will try going even less since it was very sweet. I will definitely be making this again.
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Spanish Potato Omelet

Reviewed: Jun. 6, 2008
Tortilla Espanola, as this is called in Spain, is definitely part of the Spanish way of life. They eat very light dinners over there and when I lived there we would have this at least twice a week (served with crusty bread and a simple lettuce salad dressed with vinegar and olive oil). While I was in Seville, I was taught by a Spaniard I met there how to make this and this is pretty much what he taught me. The only thing I really do differently is to stir the potatoes often while cooking so that they don't get browned. You really want them to be very soft and tender, not crispy. It's also worth noting that in some regions of Spain they do not use onions (I lived for a while in Salamanca, which is about 3 hours west of Madrid, and they never used onions there). It's good either way but I find that when made with onions it is a little more moist. I currently make it without because my boyfriend is allergic to onions. Every time I saw this served in a home, it was simply made with just potatoes, eggs, and maybe onions. I never saw anybody garnish it with tomatoes and green onion (or anything, really), although in restaurants they would often mix in other vegetables or ham so you can really add whatever you like. Another tip I use is to determine when the eggs are fully cooked, insert a butter knife into the center of the tortilla. If it comes out clean, it is done.
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Strawberry Pretzel Squares

Reviewed: Mar. 27, 2008
They used to make this in the cafeteria when I was living in the dorms in college. It was always my favorite. I'm so happy to have the recipe so that I can make it at home!
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Slow Cooker Lentils and Sausage

Reviewed: Jan. 3, 2008
I made a couple of changes to the original recipe. I used turkey kielbasa and added one small onion and 3 cloves of garlic. I also used 3 carrots and 3 staks of celery instead of just one of each. I had to cook it an extra 2 hours since the lentils weren't quite done but that's OK with me because it would have been done much too early otherwise. I thought it was OK but a tad bit lacking the first night although it was alot better as leftovers. My friend and her 3 year old really old liked it, although my 3 year old was less than excited. I'll try it again but I'd like to add one more carrot and another can of tomatoes (can't have too many veggies in my opinion). I'll also add couple more cloves of garlic and a bay leaf for flavor. Thyme might be a nice addition, as well.
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Peanut Butter Balls III

Reviewed: Dec. 4, 2007
I made these last year as written and felt that they left alot to be desired. I had a hard time forming the balls because the peanut butter mixture was so dry. Also, they were too sweet and just didn't have enough peanut butter taste. This year, I made a few tweaks to the recipe. I used natural peanut butter, ony 2 c of sugar and dipped them in Ghiardelli 60% cocao baking chips with just a bit of shortening. I like them like this so much better! They are bursting with great peanut butter flavor and are definitely not too sweet. I also used the idea to dip your hands in water while forming the balls which worked beautifully. I just kept a bowl of warm water next to me and dipped my hands in it after every other ball. This also had the effect of making the surface of the balls smoother so they looked prettier when dipped. I also placed half a cocktail peanut on top of each ball in order to differentiate these from other candy I was making. It looked so pretty!
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After-Thanksgiving Turkey Soup

Reviewed: Nov. 30, 2007
I thought that this was a really tasty soup and a great way to use up turkey from Thanksgiving. I usually get tired of leftovers pretty quickly but I ate this one for lunch every day for 7 days and never once got tired of it! The flavors are subtle but I find this kind of soup to be comforting. It got better as leftovers and thickened a bit since the rice absorbed some more of the liquid. Even my three-year old liked this and requested it the next day. He never eats soup so that's really saying something! I did make some changes to make it a little healthier and to suite our tastes. I used a little bit of olive oil to saute the veggies instead of butter, fat free half-and-half, and brown rice. I only used one large onion and added an extra carrot and an extra celery stalk. When I make it again, I will add another carrot since I like alot of veggies. I should note that I tried at first to cut back on the salt to one tsp since I had brined the turkey and was afraid that it might be too salty. After tasting it, though, I felt that it needed the other tsp.
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Silky Sweet Potato Puree

Reviewed: Nov. 23, 2007
I made this for Thanksgiving and thought that it was OK. My uncle really liked it, though. It was really creamy and looked pretty but I thought that there was something not quite right about the flavor. Perhaps I just don't care for the buttermilk in it. I actually thought the potatoes tasted better before I added all the stuff. It wasn't a complete failure, but I don't think I'll be making it again unless I decide to try it with all plain milk.
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Herbed Corn

Reviewed: Nov. 23, 2007
I thought that this was really good for how easy it was. I only made 3 cups of corn since there were only two of us and so I just added a sprinkle of each of the spices. The flavor was good, and it was a great way to spruce up plain old frozen corn. I will definitely be making this again.
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Perfect Pumpkin Pie

Reviewed: Nov. 23, 2007
I thought that this was a really easy and really tasty recipe. It's not the best I've had but for my first time making pumpking pie, it worked well. For those reviewers that said it made enough for two pies, I think you probably used the wrong sized can of pumpkin. Make sure you get the 15 oz can and it's perfect. That might be the case for those that said it wasn't sweet/spicy enought too.
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Grilled Chicken with Herbs

Reviewed: Jul. 11, 2007
I made this with Marinated Barbequed Vegetables also from this site and it was an amazing meal. The only thing I did differently was to omit the parsley, use fresh sage, and add a bit more garlic. I marinated for 6.5 hours. The chicken was so tender and the flavor was incredible. It heated up quite well for leftovers, too. The next time I have company for dinner I am making this!
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Marinated Barbequed Vegetables

Reviewed: Jul. 11, 2007
I made this with just zucchini and red and yellow bell peppers. I marinated for about 6.5 hours and it was amazing! I made it with Grilled Chicken with Herbs from this site and it was a really good combination. It was even better left over. I will definitely be making this again.
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