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Spring Vegetable Soup

Reviewed: May 26, 2008
This was remniscient of chilly winter saturday afternoons. Although I must say there is no need for BOTH egg noodles AND potatoes (one or the other should do). Additionally, there is no need to first sautee the onion and garlic. Just throwing them in the pot works fine. And don't forget the salt and pepper- I threw in some fresh basil and thyme for extra flavour.
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Pesto Polenta Lasagna

Reviewed: May 27, 2008
Simple and deliscious. My one complaint is that the recipe calls for all pre-made ingredients (not always available). I made my own polenta (maise and water) and tomato sauce with spices. Since pre-made pesto is so expensive where I live, I dosed the tomatoe sauce with a lot of basil! Otherwise, polenta as a substitute for pasta is a great idea and a healthy alternative. Thanks for the idea!
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Easy Borscht

Reviewed: Oct. 2, 2008
Good and simple. Since I vegetarianized this, I used textured soy and two 'beef' bullion. Also added one carrot and two stalks of celery. I would recommend serving with a dollop of sour cream on top. Also, save yourself the dishes and use only one pot- add ingredients in this order: celery, carrots, potatoes, then beets so that they are all equally as soft. Borscht shouldn't feel chunky, but rather melt in your mouth.
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Kid-Friendly Wheat Bread

Reviewed: Aug. 27, 2008
Many compliments on this bread recipe. Minor changes> molasses instead of brown sugar when feeding the yeast in the first step (easier to mix), half wheat and half all purpose flour. In the future, I will make this with 3/4 of the dough in one bread pan, and use the leftovers for dinner rolls, as each half did not make such a large loaf as I like for slicing for sandwiches.
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Yeast Doughnuts

Reviewed: Nov. 18, 2007
Very good. I probably could have let them rise a bit longer to make them fluffier, though- the next day they were a bit hard already. I used the suggestion of using confectioner sugar and milk to make an icing, but I also used about half confectioner sugar, half chocolate milk mix. I only wish I had waited until the doughnuts were cool before dipping them into the icing, because the icing melted on them right away, covering the overall doughnut rather than making a nice-looking icing. Overall, very satisfying.
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Bee Sting Cake (Bienenstich) II

Reviewed: Oct. 20, 2008
This recipe was a long involved process. I had never made a yeast cake before and wanted to surprise some of my German friends. Aside from taking so long to prepare, the pudding called for too much whipping cream. I whipped the whole cup of whipping cream and added it to the milk and cornstarch mixture and it was too thin to use as a filling, so I used it as a sauce instead. Also, as a sauce it wasn't sweet enough. I was hoping that the pudding filling would be sweeter. I might make again, but would change the recipe to only half cup cream, and 4tbs white sugar in the pudding. Also, I would make 50% more almond topping for extra sweetness and crunch.
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Mary McCormack's Marinated Mushrooms

Reviewed: Jan. 17, 2009
This was a great and easy recipe, which allows for variations. I used balsamic vinegar, because it adds a nice color and doesn't have such a strong bite like white vinegar. Also, I added fresh pressed garlic and basil, and simmered the whole mixture for a few minutes to infuse the flavors before I set aside. Also, I only marinated these for 12 hours, not over night.
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Wakula's First Attempt at Vegetable Stew

Reviewed: May 12, 2008
This recipe made so much! I used northern beans instead of black beans, because of what is available in Scandinavia. Otherwise, I followed this recipe closely. I added also some leftover zucchini and bell pepper. The taste got better as time went along. Since my boyfriend did not really like it, I had to eat it all- it took me almost a week.
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Mom's Corn Bread

Reviewed: May 12, 2008
This corn bread came out to a great consistency. I used about 1 2/3 cup of cornmeal instead of only 1 and a half. I used margarine instead of lard for health reasons. I used this as the topping for Stove Top Tamale Pie (found on this site) and it worked great. Next time I will add more sugar to the mix (about twice as much- like my grand mom used to make!)
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Puff Pastry

Reviewed: Sep. 25, 2008
This was much more authentic than the other puff pastry recipe that called for sour cream. However, I thought it used too much butter. 1 1/2 might be plenty. I used this in the puff pastry salmon recipe and blackcurrent pastry tart recipe on this site and they were great. Gave a really gourmet presentation too.
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Almond, Apple Cinnamon Scones

Reviewed: Sep. 14, 2008
True to the nature of scones, these scones were dense and a bit dry after the first day. I found they could use a bit more flavor, and plan to use more vanilla sugar and cinnamon next time. I also grated the apples into the batter.
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Avocado, Beet and Arugula Salad with Chevre Tartine

Reviewed: Aug. 31, 2008
Great salad dressing. Some variations: I used regular lettuce, since I didn't have arugula, sunflower seeds that I toasted in the oven while I was making the tartines, and added about a teaspoon of the beet juice to the dressing. I felt the salad lacked texture, so half way through eating, added cucumber slices. Also, I'm not sure the basil is a great compliment of the other flavors. I don't know what would be better, but I was a little turned off by the combination of goat cheese and basil.
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Coconut Sevai (Rice Noodles)

Reviewed: May 7, 2008
Pre-cooking the lentils is a MUST. Also, we used less peanuts than the recipe called for and it still seemed too peanut-y. I would halve that amount for a good balance. We used coconut milk (about a half cup) instead of the flakes (what we had in the pantry). It still needed a lot of sweet chili sauce to make it taste like anything more than peanuts with a hint of coconut. It could have been more healthy--> more lentils, more greens, maybe spinach or something? A bit of bullion could also go a long way with this recipe.
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One Minute Chocolate Icing

Reviewed: Jun. 3, 2009
Made as directed, easy to make and use. Would add more butter next time for more of a glossy finish.
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Yankee Beans

Reviewed: Jun. 1, 2008
I recieved many compliments on this dish. I did not use any meat, however, and rather used soy substitute and beef bullion. Be careful when adding the vinegar, if you use it at all. I followed the recipe and added it, only to find it soured the taste. To balance the taste, I had to add some ketchup and brown sugar, so that the vinegar wouldn't overpower the sweet and beefy taste. Some advice: taste as you go and add a little bit of everything at a time.
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Carol's Chicken Chili

Reviewed: May 22, 2008
I knew this recipe would turn out well as soon as I started smelling all the spices mix together. Although I used soy 'chicken' and needed more chicken bullion to add flavor. I also used white beans that had been in 'tomato' sauce, and drained most of the sauce before adding them. The one thing I forgot to add, even though I had them, was the green chili. That would have added a nice kick! I also used mozzarella for the cheese because that's what I had. Great over rice!
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Highway Cafe Chess Pie

Reviewed: Aug. 11, 2008
Easy to follow. Got rave reviews from my Finnish inlaws. I used only one cup of raisins and half cup of walnuts (all I had), and boiled water to just pour over the bowl of raisins, rather than actively boiling the raisins. Worked great. Served with vanilla sauce, but next time I might serve with vanilla ice cream or caramel sauce.
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Grilled Vegetables in Balsamic Tomato Sauce with Couscous

Reviewed: May 12, 2008
This recipe was light and healthy. It was definitely lacking garlic, which I added to the olive oil before the rest of the vegetables. While some complained that the balsamic was over-powering, I thought it could use even more than the recipe called for. I will try this again but with more garlic, onion, and experiment with other spices.
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Pizza Dough I

Reviewed: Nov. 10, 2008
So fast and easy. No need for time to rise, it plumps up perfectly in the oven! Next time I will pull it even thinner before baking because it does rise quite a bit while cooking.
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Spiced Apple Bars

Reviewed: Sep. 14, 2008
These bars were acceptable to serve at a big informal party. However, they were a bit dry and lacked some presentability. I made a maple syrup icing out of syrup and confectioner sugar. I also used a smaller pan, so the bars were a bit thicker, and more like a cake. I used 2 cups of chopped apple and it still could have used more!
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