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Chocolate Mint Candies Cookies

Reviewed: Oct. 19, 2011
These cookies are so neat! They will be a Christmas cookie this year. I used the chopped Andes mint candy pieces in the baking isle. These cookies would be pretty with the red and white peppermint candies to I think. They taste very good also. The base of the cookie is a mix between a brownies and a chocolate cookie. What really makes this cookie, though, is the mint candy. It looks very fancy with the mint and chocolate swirls. I did 1/2 recipe and got 2 dozen. I did have to cook mine a bit longer than suggested. Putting them in the fridge for a bit, I found, will set the chocolate to take to a party or wrap for later.
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Pistachio Fruit Salad

Reviewed: Dec. 25, 2010
Mrs. Gail Bartlett, this is a great fruit salad. It is hard to believe it is diabetic friendly too! I chose it because I was looking to see if I could find one without marshmallows. It is a great combination of fruit, flavor, and sweetness. We only did add a tad more whipped topping then suggested. Only note: because there is less whipped topping and no marshmallows it will thin out a little in the fridge, but holds up nicely when it is first made. So, I would definitely make right before serving. I will make again next year. Thanks, and Merry Christmas everyone.
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Jan's Carrot Soup - vegan and dairy free

Reviewed: Sep. 29, 2013
This is a very delicious pureed soup. I can see it working well for Thanksgiving too. I make lots of pureed blender soups, so I am getting familiar with how much a recipe will make, and I decided to go with half the recipe. I got at least 6-7 bowls worth of soup easily. I didn't have sweet potato, but I had butternut squash and used that. Putting the recipe together was actually quite easy as I bought cubed butternut squash and even had peeled garlic. I also weighed out my carrots after peeling them. I suggest that, as it takes more than might be expected. The longest part was actually the boiling/simmering which took about 35 minutes. While it simmered I blended the rest of the ingredients to have it ready. I only had to sub 2 tsp of dried parsley as I realized I didn't have any fresh. I also used low sodium vegetable bouillion cubes to make my broth. I let the cooked vegetables cool about 10 minutes and then added them, with the liquid, to the blender which took 2 batches. The soup was a nice change to other pureed soups I typically make such as sweet potato or butternut squash. I would highly recommend this as a pureed carrot soup! It has great flavor, is very healthy, and is super affordable too.
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Hala Kahiki Green Smoothie

Reviewed: Aug. 4, 2012
Loved, loved this. It had such a pretty green color and tasted like a nice sweet and creamy fruit juice. I made 1/2 recipe and did get the 2 servings. I left out the optional flax and used green instead of red grapes, which is what I had. I think it contributed to the pretty green color anyway. The only other change I made was using a frozen orange, I ran under hot water, and then peeled. I blended up to variable speed 10 in the Vitamix and then about 30 seconds on high. Another recipe going in the Vitamix section of my recipe box. Thanks, Linda
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Mushroom and Swiss Burger

Reviewed: Jun. 15, 2012
Yum, these were good! I have no idea what fast food restaurant this is from though. I did think that the hamburger seasonings made them have the same flavor of what I remember the fast food hamburgers tasting. I used 90% lean beef, but added a tsp of vegetable oil to the pan so they would fry up. The medium heat suggested worked well, I cooked them on 6 on my burner. They were done in the 10 minutes suggested. I couldn't find processed swiss, so I went with a thin sliced lite swiss I found at the store. The sauce doesn't taste great on it's own, but it works fine on the burger. I doubled the burger, seasonings, and buns because I thought it was a lot of sauce and there was still some leftover. ty
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Simply Steamed Asparagus

Reviewed: Jan. 18, 2011
Asparagus is so simple to make and doesn't require anything fancy to taste great. I steam my asparagus like this in just a little bit of water, and then no steamer basket is needed. Then, once it is a bright green color I saute it in a tad of olive oil for about a minute and sprinkle with a little salt. Yum!
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Pumpkin Pancakes

Reviewed: Jun. 23, 2013
These pancakes were really good. They are not perfect looking like AR fluffy pancakes, but they sure do have a nice pumpkin flavor. I believe I used Trader Joes canned organic pumpkin puree. I halved the recipe and got 7 pancakes, but by the time I got to already cooking I realized I forgot the egg! No problem, they still turned out fine. I also could not find my allspice, so I subbed pumpkin spice for that one spice and followed the other 2. My only advice is to not cook them too high and make sure the centers are completely done. Mine took a little longer than typical pancakes to cook all the way through. I will make these again. I like how little sugar they use and the added nutrition from the pumpkin puree. I read in the new Allrecipes magazine that they are MyPlate approved too.
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Chicken Tetrazzini I

Reviewed: Jan. 20, 2011
I was looking for something mild to make for dinner tonight and this was recommended to me on the recipe buzz. I was surprised that it was rather quite good, as I don't normally care for too many canned ingredients. I had reduced fat sour cream and only 1/2 the amount suggested and it worked perfect! I actually don't like too much sour cream in a casserole anyway, because it tends to mask the other flavors. For the butter I used half regular butter and half of a heart healthy spread. It was what I had in the house. This was creamy and delicious, no complaints! I did take it out of the oven in 25 minutes, as I used 1/2 the sour cream, and didn't want it to dry out. I will make again when I want a quick comforting dish, especially during the week.
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Baked Apple Turnovers

Reviewed: Oct. 12, 2013
These were so good. The crust was wonderful on them and I just used an affordable store brand crust. I used the apples, I had already, which I believe were gala apples. It took about eighteen minutes for my apples to cook down. I used a Norpro mini Apple mold to cut the shapes and help fill and seal them. So, I went with round pies. I got four and then pressed out the dough scraps and I got two more. I still used the 3 Tblsp. of filling in each. They were filled plenty. I was left with a good 1/2 cup, or a little more, of filling. It was no problem, because it is fine on its own like a thick apple sauce. I baked the pies on a parchment lined sheet, sprayed with Pam. They took twenty minutes to bake. I just wish pie crust, was a little more healthy because I want to keep eating more. ty
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Chocolate Banana Milkshake

Reviewed: Sep. 5, 2011
This was really good! I have tried quite a few of these chocolate banana drinks and haven't tasted one I really liked. This tasted like a chocolate malt with just a lite banana taste. I made 1/2 recipe and got 2 average sized drinks. I used vanilla bean gelato and topped with a little whipped cream and chocolate crunch topping. Yum!
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Johnsonville® One-Pan Italian

Reviewed: Oct. 13, 2013
This is delicious, especially when the amount of time and effort to make it is considered! A tip I learned from Johnsonville, to de-case the sausage, run a knife from the top to bottom of each sausage. I don't typically buy pasta sauce in a jar. My go to recipe is best marinara sauce from this site. I wanted to follow the recipe, so I searched for a jarred marinara that looked close to what I typically make. I used Victorio brand Old World Style marinara. I then added the 3 cups of water with about 2 oz extra water to make up for the shortage in the jar. I also saw the store now carries pot sized spaghetti, already broke in half, so I went with that. When it was done I tasted it, but felt like it needed something. I sprinkled a tiny amount of garlic salt into my bowl and then topped with some fresh grated parmesan. It did the trick. I would definitely consider this, if I have over-night guests. It's easy, filling, and I won't have to be in the kitchen washing a bunch of dishes all night.
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Chai Latte

Reviewed: Sep. 3, 2011
I thought this was as good as anything that could be bought at a coffee shop for $5. I had to laugh for a little when I read goat's milk. I wouldn't even know where to get that. I knew I could subtitute another dairy milk product no problem. I ended up using half and half because that is what I had in the house. I liked that it used chai tea bags instead of the longer process of simmering different spices. They were actually really affordable. I found it at Whole Foods for about $3 dollars a box. I microwaved the water, for 1 minute, then followed through with the rest of the recipe. I topped it with whipped cream and sprinkled it with nutmeg. I read on-line that nutmeg was an acceptable subtitute for cardamon, which can be pricey and hard to find. I am going to try this again with fat free half and half and a packet of Truvia. I am sure it will not be as good but it will be guilt free.
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VINTAGE recipes

Reviewed: Feb. 15, 2011
Love it! I remember my grandmas old recipe cards. And, I also remember her always referring to margarine/butter as oleo. I used to tell her, "no one calls it that." She used to look at me funny! I must be a little "vintage" myself as even though I save & rate recipes on the computer now, I admit I have the box of hand written recipes to. Reminds me of "grammy."
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Guacamole

Reviewed: Aug. 26, 2011
This is very good! I went to a Mexican restaurant recently where they make the guacamole at the table. I remember the different options of what I chose to go in it. When I seen this recipe, for guacamole, it had basically all of those ingredients. The only thing different is they added a pinch of garlic powder. I love the addition of lime! I don't know why I had never thought to add that to my guacamole? The only thing I will change next time is to reduce the onion, by about half, out of personal preference. Other than that perfect!Thank you, submitter.
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Refrigerator Dill Pickles

Reviewed: Aug. 28, 2013
Wow, these had a simple yet good flavor. I have another recipe for refridgerator pickles that uses lemon juice instead and like this one much better. Plus, it is ingredients I typically have in the house. I accidentally jotted down the ingredients but not the directions. So, no boiling or putting in the fridge for 3 days. I mixed the ingredients, poured them over cucumber spears, and we ate the heck out of them. I used 2 English cucumbers, cut them into spears, and made 1/4 of the liquid so there wasn't too much waste. I also subbed dry for fresh dill using a good pinch or two. It worked fine, for me, thanks.
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Country-Style Steak

Reviewed: Feb. 15, 2011
I have only eaten cube steak like once in my life and have never made it before. This recipe had good reviews so I decided to try it. I thought it was pretty good. The cube steak was very tender with the slow oven roasting. And, the gravy had a nice flavor and consistency. I followed the recipe exactly except I left out the black pepper, because I don't care for it. And, for the broth I used one beef boullion cube for the 2 cups of water. If I made again, I would like to cube my own steak so I can buy a leaner cut of meat and probably cut the oil in half. Thanks, interesting recipe.
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Pineapple and Banana Smoothie

Reviewed: Aug. 25, 2011
Yum! This is way better than I expected it to be for some reason. I usually have canned pineapple and juice in the cabinets and used that. I used the juice that came with the pineapple and what I didn't have I opened a juice. I always have frozen bananas in the house for smoothies so I used a frozen one. They make for frothier smoothies anyway. The two alone are a great combination together. I got about 2 servings out of mine. Thank you!
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Yummy Fruit Smoothie

Reviewed: Feb. 23, 2011
I rated this but with how it is with liquid milk and not dry, as I don't care for dry. I made a 1/2 recipe to try this out. I used frozen tropical fruit with a little fresh squeezed orange juice and fresh milk for the dry milk/water mix. I tried to blend, but the ice cubes were to big for my blender and the blades wouldn't move. So, I added a little more milk to blend the ice and ingredients, and the smoothie was still thick. I tasted it and added a little bit of honey at the end, as I like mine a little sweet. I then topped with a little whipped cream on top before drinking. I normally add banana to my smoothies, I enjoyed this change with other fruits. Thanks for the drink tonight Miss Mary!
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Almond Flour

Reviewed: Sep. 28, 2013
I found the almond meal I made to be just as good as the store, but better. The stuff at the store is really dry. I made it in the Vitamix blender, except with peeled almonds. It works fine in recipes and stores well in the freezer for long-term use.
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Pepper Jelly Appetizer

Reviewed: Nov. 3, 2013
I love this recipe. Every year, I mean to print it and put in my recipe box for tasty and easy appetizers. I usually find jalepeno jelly, at specialty stores, and use that. I will try it with the mild pepper jelly though. I have made it with regular cream cheese, reduced fat cream cheese, and even Greek yogurt cream cheese. The recipe never fails. It is good with all sorts of crackers too, including the whole grain varieties.
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