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Hearty Pumpkin-White Bean Soup

Reviewed: Jun. 16, 2014
This did not taste like a pumpkin soup. It was more like a thin bean, broth, and cumin soup. The cumin was completely dominant, as that was all I could taste, with a heavy ginger after taste. I even reduced the ginger. I hate rating recipes low, even oddly despite wasting ever costly food ingredients. The photo looked great too, but unfortunately no one would eat this one and attempts to fix it afterwards just did not amount to changing the odd heavy flavors much.
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Delicious and Easy Corn on the Cob

Reviewed: Jun. 14, 2014
I had to change this just slightly. I didnt measure the sugar and probably did 1/2 tsp. I probably cooked the corn 5~7 minutes longer and it was just done. Its also best after it cools about 10 minutes or so. I also turned my stove to 3 instead of off. I must admit this corn was quite sweet. Dont know if it was the added sugar or corn itself. I will measure the sugar out next time. Served with salt and a tsp or so of unsalted butter per cob. My husband loved it.
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Mizeria (Polish Cucumber Salad)

Reviewed: Jun. 14, 2014
I really liked that these werent loaded down with mayo or even sour cream. However, the amounts were so vague. I used 1 large peeled English cucumber. For the salt I tried 1/4 tsp. It yielded a scant 1/4 tsp of water. I thought they tasted to salty and briefly rinsed them. In either case make sure to dry them very well, as to not water down the sour cream. I only had dry dill and used a 1/2 tsp. That seemed like a fine amount. If I make again I will skip the salting part and just add salt to taste. It gave the cucumbers too much of a limp texture, unless fresh garden cucumbers work best with this method.
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Sweet Banana Almond Oatmeal

Reviewed: Jun. 14, 2014
There was something about this oatmeal I just really didnt care for.I think it was the almond milk. Although, I use it in smoothies all the time, just never really cook with it. Only change was using vanilla extract. With the calories I shared the recipe and topped with some milk to mild the taste.
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Wonderful Gluten Free White Bread

Reviewed: Jun. 12, 2014
This has the look and texture of the gluten free breads I have tasted, such as Udi's brand. It is just slightly more dense. For being homemade. I guess, I just expected something so much better. A year or so ago I decided to test gluten or wheat free baked goods to see how they would turn out. I found that despite the wheat not being included they still had tons of starch, eggs, butter, and sugar. Sometimes, at rates much higher than regular white or whole grain bread. This bread was no exception. It was super easy to make, as no hand kneading or shaping is needed. Though like most gluten free breads, I find it very rich and almost too sweet tasting. Definitely not like what I know as regular sandwich bread. This one was so sweet it almost reminded me of a mix between bread and a low sugar pound cake or as another reviewer put it closer to a very sweet "beer bread." I thought the amount of sugar seemed excessive. I liked the crunch it had. However, I think that was due to blending rice in my Vitamix grain container to make rice flour. I was just trying to use up sorghum flour, potato starch, and some xanthum gum. I bought these ingredients solely to test gluten free recipes as I only seem to see these ingredients in them and they do have a shelf life. I would definitely not recommend this recipe to someone that eats regular wheat bread, but possibly to someone gluten or wheat intolerant to save some money. Udis & similar brands run about $5.00 a loaf. I got 18 slices total.
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Health Nut Blueberry Muffins

Reviewed: Jun. 11, 2014
I thought these were good. Although, they dont look much like the photo. If they are made as 12, as suggested, they are quite huge. This may be the first muffin I have made with only 1 tablespoon of oil and no added butter. I liked the large pieces of blueberries and added walnuts. Only change I made was using extra quick oats for the oar bran, wheat bran for the wheat germ, half brown and half white sugar, and white whole wheat for regular whole wheat. They took 27 minutes to bake and 20 minutes to cool before popping out of the pan. I baked them in my Cuisinart pan sprayed lighty with PAM spray. My only issue was the base of the muffin had this odd spongey, wet, yet chewy texture. I have never had that before in a muffin. There is so much other stuff going on flavor or texture wise that it is not too bad. Either way, they will work great for breakfast or in lunches.
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Low Carb Cheddar and Garlic Cauliflower Mash

Reviewed: Jun. 9, 2014
This tasted good, just made, and was quick to make. It does taste slightly different than mashed potatoes. It also keeps some of the texture despite blending it in a Vitamix blender. I have had mashed potatoes where the potato was boiled with the garlic that went really well. I am not sure the cauliflower was heavy enough to not leave a lingering garlic flavor. Also, I have tried another similar recipe without the added dairy that tasted equally good but lighter. A bit of it got eaten with dinner, but the leftovers were never touched afterwards. It started to get slightly watery and the garlic taste was just a bit to strong by that point. It worked for dinner that evening though.
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Peanut Butter and Jelly Milkshake

Reviewed: Jun. 9, 2014
I made 1 serving and used: creamy natural peanut butter, reduced sugar grape jelly, reduced fat milk, 3 ice cubes, and 1/4 tsp. of vanilla extract. I thought it was pretty good, but it tasted closer to a cold peanut butter milk than a milkshake. It had a strong peanut butter flavor and I topped with peanuts. ty
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Skillet Burrito Bowl

Reviewed: Jun. 8, 2014
I only cared for this just cooked. It is very different than a burrito places burrito bowl. It is more like a healthy scratch recipe for a hamburger helper with beans instead of the noodles. I used lean beef and simple subs I had to make were using chicken taco seasoning for fajita seasoning, kidney beans for the pinto, cooked farro for the brown rice, and I made my own homemade fresh salsa today with tomatoes, onions, green peppers, etc. I have to admit I liked it best before adding the cheese. It tasted much better on top. I later added extra homemade salsa to bring back the fresher flavor and a little extra seasoning. Just be careful with the seasoning if not wanting too much of a salty flavor. Either way, it made for a quick meal on a busy day, and I don't normally consider hamburger dishes high fiber ones.
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Garden Tomato Salsa

Reviewed: Jun. 8, 2014
This doesnt taste bad and I used up tomatoes and green peppers ready to turn. To be honest, though, this tasted much more like a gazpacho than what I think of as salsa for some reason. I am using it for a recipe, so I think it should probably be fine.
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Barbeque Sauce for Meat Sandwiches

Reviewed: Jun. 7, 2014
This sauce is very yummy. It tastes like the bottled stuff at my local bbq place. It is not overly sweet or overly vinegary, but yet has both to the sauce. It makes a useable portion for cooked meat for sandwiches and is so quick to mix together. Ty
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Salmon Cakes by Melt® Buttery Spread

Reviewed: Jun. 6, 2014
I thought these had a good flavor. The salmon flavor is very prominent, instead of the fillers. I only had 2 issues. One they were extremely salty. I used leftover salmon from a recipe that had soy sauce in the marinade. I probably should have reduced the salt. I used panko bread crumbs and am not sure how plain bread crumbs would have changed the recipe. After refridgerating over night, I still had to be very careful they did not break. I made a 1/2 recipe and got 6 patties from 2 standard pieces of salmon.
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Mrs. Sigg's Peanut Butter Cookies

Reviewed: Jun. 6, 2014
These cookies are fantastic! I have eaten or made enough peanut butter cookie recipes in my life, to have tried quite a lot of recipes. They are typically too greasy, sugary, and even too floury. These had the perfect balance of flavors. Only change I made was subbing more salted butter to replace the butter flavored shortening. I baked them on parchment, and they took between 10~11 minutes. After they cooled they were still chewy and I liked the way they kept a nice round shape. I changed the servings, to 12 from 48, and it yielded 16 cookies using a cookie scoop. I would make these again.ty
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Delicious Salmon

Reviewed: Jun. 5, 2014
I have made quite a few salmon recipes and I just didn't love this one. Salmon is quite expensive, right now, so a recipe has to be just right. I marinated the salmon over-night. The directions did not say what temp. hi or low to turn the broiler. I chose high and after 3 minutes had to turn it to low to finish it the rest of the minutes. I accidentally bought skin on salmon, so I chose this recipe. I hate wasting money on a part of a fish I am not going to eat. To my surprise the skin created a lot of excess oil and splatter in the broiler I am not accustomed to with salmon. Even with such a short cook time the salmon ended up dry and way too flakey. It would be great to use in a recipe in a manner like tuna. The end note was too much of soy sauce or salt also. Not terrible, but just not a repeat method to broil salmon for me.
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Buttermilk Parmesan Potatoes

Reviewed: Jun. 5, 2014
I don't know what to think about this recipe. It didn't have tons of flavor and my potatoes basically soaked up just about all of the liquid. However, they were filling, something different, and I liked the cubed texture. I ended up adding a little garlic salt at the end, to add a little more flavor, as my only change. On the other hand, they are very time-consuming. Cook time alone is 1 hour and 20 minutes. That is more cook time than I will typically spend on a holiday side dish. Also, 14 small potatoes is slightly misleading. That will result in different outcomes. I would have just listed the amount of cups of cubed potatoes with the approximate amount of potatoes needed. I baked this in a 13x9 pan lined with thick foil and sprayed with PAM. Made clean-up super easy. A little heavy and time-consuming, so not a repeat dish, but I used up a lot of leftover potatoes.
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Texas Ranch Potato Salad

Reviewed: Jun. 3, 2014
Whats not to like about potatoes, ranch dressing, and bacon? I had 2 cooked potatoes from the grill leftover. I peeed them, added 1/2 large green onion, 2~3 Tablespoons of Dukes regular and lite mayo mixed. Its what I had to use up. I added 1/2 teaspoon of ranch powder and 2 slices of pre-cooked bacon. It made 2 servings for packed lunches. Ty
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Cinnamon Vanilla Granola

Reviewed: Jun. 1, 2014
After this was finished, I thought it tasted pretty good. I always have an issue with store-bought granola being way too sweet. As I don't have a large family, I changed the servings to 4 to try out the recipe. It yielded about 2 cups of granola. I lined a large baking sheet with foil and sprayed it with PAM spray. I actually had the cinnamon suggested I had bought from a spice store. It has a much stronger taste than traditional cinnamon. The cinnamon and vanilla really came through. Only issue I had was that the oatmeal mixture was not coming together. I ended up doubling the maple syrup and corn oil. I also added a sprinkle of sea salt. Both were good ideas. As I was only making 1/4 of the recipe I watched it closely in the oven. I took it out after about 25 minutes stirring every 7-8 minutes. It still got a light brown color and a crisp to it. I tried a little with cranberries first and found them too sweet for this. I opted for using golden raisins instead. Going to try tomorrow with a parfait.
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Low-Cholesterol Egg Drop Noodle Soup

Reviewed: May 30, 2014
My only real complaint about this soup is the sodium and it is salty. However, it is a fantastic and very quick throw together Asian inspired soup. It's super cheap to make too. I had a small amount of mushrooms left and found this recipe. I ended up doubling it and making 2 servings, because the instant ramen comes in round block form in a cup. The recipe calls for a 1/2 a round. For the lettuce I used the iceburg lettuce pre-chopped in the bags with carrot and purple cabbage. I just sliced it thinner. The extra stuff in the bag just added more color to the soup. For the broth I mixed up some chicken broth using broth paste. I did 1 tsp. of broth paste instead of the suggested 2 for 2 cups of water. I figured it would cut back some of the sodium and to be honest in the instant cups the block is coated in the seasoning. It is not a packet, so I had try to scrape off the broth powder. Make sure to slice the onion really thin, because even doing that it will take 5 minutes to soften. I boiled the soup the whole time. The instant ramen did take only 3 minutes as suggested. I also used low-sodium soy sauce and just beat 1 regular sized egg for the 2 servings. I also realized that even though I doubled the recipe I kept the soy sauce and sesame oil the same. I would consider reducing both personally if making 1 serving, to cut down on sodium. As made, either way, my husband said, "Wow, this is the best darn ramen I have ever eaten!"
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Honey Wheat Bread I

Reviewed: May 29, 2014
This bread was great! I thought it was going to be too sweet because of the honey, but it wasn't. I was concerned at first, because I had to add 1 cup extra bread flour before the kneading was done. That may have also helped with it not being too sweet. Mine was definitely more dense than the photo, but it was still soft also. I gave the rise time 30 minutes extra on both the bowl and pan rise. I used my Kitchen Aid Mixer to mix and knead everything. I did about 5 minutes on the kneading. Only other real change I made was using melted butter as opposed to the shortening and using Gold Medal flour white (whole wheat), as opposed to the traditional darker tinted and stronger tasting classic whole wheat. I also used 2% low fat evaporated milk and it did not seem to be a problem. I let it rise in a bowl I rubbed with a little corn oil and just sprayed the baking pans lightly with PAM. I did butter the top crusts both times, as suggested, and it gave it a buttery crispiness to the crust. ty
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Cheesy Zucchini Rice Bake

Reviewed: May 28, 2014
I really didnt much care for this. It came up under the search for leftover rice and zucchini. I havent cooked with canned soup in forever, but this just looked to easy and used up what I had. I followed the ingredients and steps, only subbing butter with olive oil for regular butter. It was what I had and a small amount anyhow. It just didnt have any flavor, or seasonings, and the zucchini added so much water. I would suggest sauteeing the zucchini first. I thought to do that, but was pinched for time so I followed the recipe as is. I let it rest like 2 hours to absorb the liquid and that greatly helped. Still a little too salty and oily for my pallate.
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