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Spinach-And-Berries Salad With Non-Fat Curry Dressing

Reviewed: Feb. 13, 2011
i can't speak to the salad recipe as a whole, but the dressing alone is delicious! a little heavy on the vinegar, but i happen to like my dressings tangy. i used it on a salad of wheat berries, roasted butternut squash, red onion, dried cranberries, and pecans. so good!
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Chocolate Pretzel Rings

Reviewed: Feb. 4, 2011
i'm going to echo all the other reviewers and say make sure you do a test batch. i made some with regular kisses and some with hugs and they needed very different baking times. the kisses were ready at exactly 3 minutes (still looked normal but smushed down just the right amount when i pressed an m&m into the top). the hugs took several batches for me to only sort of get to work. i found that at 2 minutes 55 seconds, the first few were still a little hard, but by the end of the batch they'd melted a little more from the warmth of the range. but 3 minutes was too long! the hugs also tended to end up a little lopsided, because the concentration of the milk chocolate swirls at the tip meant that the tip was less melted than the base. beyond the need to do test batches, these are super easy and tasty! i used various combos of kisses, hugs, regular m&ms, and peanut butter m&ms. i also used the square snap pretzels because my store didn't carry the rings. still looked great!
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Corn and Avocado Salsa

Reviewed: Jan. 23, 2011
i used frozen corn, only one avocado, and replaced the crushed red pepper with a diced jalapeno. i also added a can of black beans. it was good but i think could use some more spices. it was still a hit at the football party though. i will make again, but will play around with the seasoning.
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Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Bacon Cookies

Reviewed: Dec. 22, 2010
I used regular bacon and semi-sweet chocolate chips rather than the chunks because those were what i had on hand. I also chilled the dough for a little bit before baking. These cookies were delicious! There is no noticeable bacon flavor other than when you get a bite of cookie with a piece of bacon in it, so if you're looking for a recipe where the bacon is the star, this probably isn't it. But the basic cookie recipe is fantastic, and would be equally great substituting nuts in place of the bacon.
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Brownie Mounds

Reviewed: Dec. 13, 2010
i was looking to stress-bake during finals without having to make a trip to the grocery store for additional ingredients. i used egg substitute and margarine because those were what i had on hand, but otherwise followed the recipe to the letter. baked for 10 minutes on the top and bottom racks, switching racks halfway through. they tasted fine, but were nothing special. not overly sweet or super-chocolatey, if that's what you're looking for. dense, but in a more cake-like than fudgy way
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Apple Gouda Quesadillas

Reviewed: Nov. 27, 2010
i was looking to use up some smoked gouda and decided to give this recipe a try. it was delicious! i was cooking for one, so i just used a single whole wheat tortilla folded in half. i used maybe a third of a granny smith apple and half a green onion. cooked it in a regular pan sprayed with cooking spray. definitely a keeper!
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Easy Masoor Daal

Reviewed: Jan. 17, 2010
doubled the recipe. followed another reviewer's suggestions, using one small fresh onion and a clove of garlic. probably shouldn't have doubled the cayenne, as it was too spicy for my taste. i might try it again though, and play around with the spices a little bit
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Big-Batch Butterscotch Cookies

Reviewed: Jan. 6, 2010
i cut the recipe down to a third (1 egg, 1 stick of butter, etc). didn't realize till i'd already started mixing the ingredients that we were out of cream of tartar. in the hunt for that, i wasn't paying attention to my flour measurements. so i ended up with somewhere more than 1 3/4 cups of flour + the baking soda and powder. i realized this before i added it to the wet ingredients, and so i measured out of the combined dry ingredients around 1 3/4 cups. i then added 1/2 cup of butterscotch chips. baked for 12 minutes, and let sit on the cookie sheet for about 5 minutes. even with the dubious measurements of all the dry ingredients, and no cream of tartar, they were still pretty tasty! i'll most likely try again, with proper measurements. the butterscotch chips are a permanent addition, but i might try adding nuts next time
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Downeast Maine Pumpkin Bread

Reviewed: Jan. 5, 2010
followed suggestions to replace 1/2 cup of vegetable oil with applesauce (i used one individual serving container of cinnamon applesauce), and to replace 1 cup of white sugar with brown sugar. increased the ginger to 1/2 tsp. brought it as a gift for my bf's mom, who immediately asked for the recipe!
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Iced Pumpkin Cookies

Reviewed: Dec. 28, 2009
followed the suggestion of 1 cup white sugar, 1/2 cup brown sugar. also added maybe a tsp of cinnamon to the glaze and swapped the vanilla extract for maple. my mom said it reminded her of the pumpkin scone from starbucks!
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Chickpeas in Tomato Sauce With Feta and Wine

Reviewed: Sep. 14, 2009
as some other reviewers recommended, i didn't drain the tomatoes. i also didn't measure the garlic, but probably put in a little more than it called for. i poured the mixture, minus the feta, over some boneless, skinless chicken breasts and baked it for 30 minutes at 350. i added the feta when i took it out of the oven so the cheese was just barely melted. delicious! my dish only had room for two chicken breasts, but this recipe made enough to top three or four.
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