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Pesto Pizza

Reviewed: Aug. 1, 2008
This was sooo good! I think as long as you use good pizza dough and pesto, it is impossible to make this recipe any less than a five-star one! I used my homemade dough and homemade pesto the way my family likes it, topped it with artichokes, olives, and thin slices of tomatoes, as well as feta and some mozzerella, and we all loved it! Great recipe!
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Fabulous Zucchini Grinders

Reviewed: Jul. 28, 2008
Okay- with my changes this is a 5 star recipe, but in its original state, I only give it a four for improper cooking method. Rather than sauteeing the zucchini in butter, I roasted it at 400 degrees in my oven for about 30 minutes, which leaves it nice and sweet and tender, but without all the liquid, which from reading the reviews for this recipe is the main problem with it. As a result of the roasting, I had absolutely no leaking sauce or soggy rolls!!! I roasted it with some olive oil, chopped fresh garlic, and the red pepper flakes. Perfect! I put cheese down first in my hoagies, them topped with the zucchini, then a layer of sauce, more zucchini, and more cheese! I will definitely make these again! Yum!
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Cream Cheese Frosting I

Reviewed: Jul. 25, 2008
Delicious!
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Chocolate-Zucchini Cupcakes

Reviewed: Jul. 25, 2008
These are absolutely delicious! I think, after making these, I actually prefer these to regular chocolate cake, because they are incredibly moist and yummy! I made a few changes: First, I doubled the chocolate in these, to add a richer flavor as some other reviewers mentioned. Second, I used 3/4 C applesauce, and only 1/4 C oil. I am a health nut, and I can't in good conscience use 1 C of oil! The result was perfect, and these are de-lish!
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Green Bean and Potato Salad

Reviewed: Jul. 19, 2008
This was excellent! I used more of the beans from my garden, along with three red potatoes, green onions (because I didn't have a red one), and rather than all basil, I used an even mix of fresh basil and dill. I also added about 1/2 C chopped red pepper for color and more sweetness. The flavors combined with the dressing were wonderful. I took the advice of one reviewer and I made this about an hour before dinner, and then after mixing everything, I let it sit at room temp. for that hour. The flavors melded perfectly. SO GOOD- I will be making this again soon!
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Black Bean Tortilla Casserole

Reviewed: Jul. 18, 2008
I was about to make tacos for dinner when I stumbled upon this recipe, and it sounded like a nice change. My husband and I loved it, but it didn't get great ratings from the kids; my son finished all I gave him (begrudgingly) and my daughter ate only the beans and toppings. I made a few changes to the recipe: I added about 1 C of frozen corn, 2 t. chili powder, and I put the toppings right on top of the casserole once it came out of the oven. It was good, but missing something, maybe some cilantro... I also set out sour cream and salsa for topping. All in all, this was a good dish and I will probably try it again sometime.
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Zesty White Wine Green Beans

Reviewed: Jul. 18, 2008
I used fresh green beans from my garden for this. It was a great recipe, but next time I may add some of the dill from my garden also for that something extra!
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Cool Watermelon Slushes

Reviewed: Jul. 18, 2008
Great summer drink! I turned it into an adult drink by adding a bit of tequila. Very refreshing!
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Grilled Lemon Chicken

Reviewed: Jul. 15, 2008
Delicious marinade!!! The measurements were just perfect (great balance of flavors) and the marinade left the chicken tender and juicy!
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Stuffed Zucchini II

Reviewed: Jul. 15, 2008
This recipe was sooooo good I have a lot of zucchini coming out of my garden now, and so I was looking for ways to use it when I found this recipe, and boy is it a new favorite in our house!!! My son, who loves zucchini, devoured it, and even my daughter, who usually does not like it, ate this also; ditto for my hubby. The stuffing was perfect, and the tomato salsa so fresh and yummy and a great way to also use the summer herbs from my garden. The salsa was even good on top of our grilled chicken!! The only change I made was to add parmesan cheese to the stuffing, as well as a little extra on top. What a wonderful, delicious summer recipe!
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Mama D's Italian Bread

Reviewed: Jul. 14, 2008
Easy recipe, and excellent bread! I probably ended up using about 8 1/2 C flour in all. One reviewer said that this is a sticky bread, but with the right amount of flour and kneading, it should not be, and weather and environment play a big part in bread making, so my advice to all, escpecially new bread-makers is don't be afraid to use extra flour. You will get the proper texture if you work the dough well. Also, during the second rise, why bother separating? It will grow back together in the bowl anyway. This made three small loaves. I think next time I will make two larger ones with it, but I will definitely use this recipe again!
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Strawberry Vanilla Pancakes

Reviewed: Jun. 29, 2008
As is, I would have to give these 3 stars. However, based on the reviewers comments and my own changes, these were a five-star breakfast! I used only 1/2 C all-purpose flour and then subbed 1/2 C whole wheat flour. I also added 1/4 C of ground flaxseed meal. I also decreased the milk to only 3/4 C. I omitted the oil altogther, used 1/4 C egg substitute to lighten things up, and believe it or not, I do think this requires the full 2 T of vanilla (which I thought was crazy at first, but I started with 2 t and after tasting the batter, I decided it needed a lot more...) and these turned out perfectly!
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Fun Cookie Suckers

Reviewed: Jun. 25, 2008
I made these cookies for my son to pass out to his teachers and bus driver along with thank you notes for his last day of kindergarten. They are so colorful and cute and a great tasting cookie also. I'm glad I did not read any reviews except the ones on the recipe page, because if I had, I probably would have added extra sugar, as other reviewers did. I don't think these need any more sugar. They are sweet enough, and buttery... yum. The only change I made to the recipe was a neccessary improvisation. I began making the dough before I realized we had used the last of the cream cheese (which I almost always have), so I subbed 1/4 C or so of sour cream and the texture of the cookie is wonderful! I will definitely make these again! (The kids haven't even seen these yet... they are in bed for the night... they're going to love them!)
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Pineapple Pork Chops

Reviewed: Jun. 25, 2008
These were pretty good pork chops. I would have liked if they were a bit more tender, so I think next time I will simmer them in the broth, soy sauce, and vinegar longer until they are fork tender, before thickening and finishing the sauce. The sauce for this was awesome! The recipe makes a lot of sauce, so I served extra at the table for dipping because it was just too good to waste!
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Rosemary Lemon Grilled Chicken

Reviewed: Jun. 24, 2008
Delicious marinade!!! I used olive oil rather than the butter (much healthier), and then grilled this on my George Foreman and it turned out perfect, very moist and flavorful!
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Broccoli Risotto with Cream and Lemon

Reviewed: Jun. 24, 2008
Very good basic recipe, although the measurements require a bit of tweaking! I make risotto quite often, so I have gotten pretty good at finding that perfect creamy consistency, and with the few changes I made, I got it! I did not use any butter, but instead I used all olive oil (about 3 T was enough), and then I added about 3/4 C onion (1 small), 3 chopped cloves of garlic, and sauteed over medium heat for about 5 minutes before adding the wine. I did add 1/2 C wine, and cooked for a few minutes over medium until most had evaporated, then started adding my chicken broth (3 cans was the perfect amount, by the way) about 1/2 C at a time until it began to get creamy, but still had a slight bite to it. (This took about 20 minutes or so, but judge by texture more than time.) Then I added about 1/2 C cream (I think a cup is way too much for only 1 1/2 C rice), 1/2 C fresh grated parm (it needed more then just 2 T), salt and pepper, the 2 T lemon juice, and the steamed broccoli (4 minutes in the microwave is perfect). Add a bit of extra cream if it seems dry at this point. All in all, great recipe; the lemon and broccoli with the creaminess of the rice was delicious!!!
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Warm Mushroom Salad

Reviewed: Jun. 22, 2008
This was delicious!!! I am a huge fan of anything containing mushrooms (I think I ate them with every single meal when I was pregnant with my son!) so of course I found this salad awesome!!! The only change I made was to saute one large shallot along with the mushrooms, because I always do and they complement each other so well! If you are a mushroom lover you really need to try this salad! Great recipe!
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Fluffy Whole Wheat Biscuits

Reviewed: Jun. 22, 2008
These biscuits were light, fluffy, and delicious, with one change, and that was using shortening instead of butter, which I always use in my biscuit recipes, since it gives them that flaky, layered texture that a great biscuit should have. This made 8 large biscuits that my kids, hubby and myself ate happily for breakfast with butter and jam! I will definitely make these again!
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Butterscotch Pudding

Reviewed: Jun. 21, 2008
My husband and children love pudding, so I try to experiment with and try new pudding recipes. The other day hubby requested butterscotch, so I tried this one, and both he and I were a bit disappointed in it, mostly because it lacked the creamy texture that a pudding is supposed to have. Also, the flavor was very sweet, but not the characteristic butterscotch flavor I look for. When I realized the flavor was off, I added about 1/4 C butterscotch baking chips, which I happened to have. This made a huge difference in the flavor! I think this recipe can be made still better in a couple of ways. Next time I will use 3-4 T. of cornstarch as a thickener rather than flour, so that it is less like a roux and more like a pudding. Also, I think using about 3 egg yolks added after thickening (and removed from heat to avoid scrambling) will also improve the texture. All in all, I give this recipe 3 stars as is, and maybe next time I can make it 5!
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Simple Whole Wheat Bread

Reviewed: Jun. 20, 2008
I made this bread for the first time today, and I am pretty pleased with the results. I followed the recipe almost completely; the only changes I made were adding 4 T. powdered gluten like one reviewer suggested, and I also brushed the tops of each loaf with some egg wash and then sprinkled them with poppy seeds, sesame seeds, and flax seed. This recipe was easy to follow and makes an excellent textured sandwich bread. I may play around with the ingredients a bit next time, adding molasses in place of some of the honey, and maybe a bit more wheat flour and less bread flour, simply because I like a heartier wheat bread. Overall, I am very impressed with the tuexture of this bread, because unlike some homemade ones I've made, it is light and chewy. Great recipe!
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