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Chocolate Cream Pudding

Reviewed: Jan. 19, 2008
This pudding is delicious! My kids and I had this as a snack with some vanilla wafers and loved it! I made a couple of minor changes to the recipe though- I cut the vanilla extract down to 1 teaspoon and added 1 teaspoon of almond extract as well. I also omitted the butter at the end (simply because I got busy with my kids and forgot until it was already in the fridge) and even without it this was the richest, creamiest pudding I've ever made, and I saved on some calories and fat! I will definitely make this again!
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Rachel's Tomato Basil Soup

Reviewed: Jan. 31, 2008
Wow! This was so delicious! Even my husband, who normally can give or take tomato soup, said this was great and he liked that it was thicker than the average bowl of Campbell's- and much tastier too! I followed the recipe completely until the very end, and instead of an entire cup of cream, I only added half a cup, and I omitted the butter altogether. The creamy consistency was perfect. I also added a little bit of dried dill to add to the herb flavor, a teaspoon of bottled minced garlic, and some salt and pepper. The end result was VERY close to the Tomato-Dill Soup I love at one of our local restaurants. Great recipe Rachel!
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Annie's Fruit Salsa and Cinnamon Chips

Reviewed: Feb. 3, 2008
Yum! This recipe is a keeper! Some of the other reviewers stated how they added other fruits, but I think Annie hit it right on with the combination of strawberries, raspberries, kiwi, and apples. I used strawberry preserves with this because it is what I had, but instead of the sugars I added about 2 tablespoons of honey and the juice of a lemon. The cinnamon chips turned out great! Delicious recipe, Annie!
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Oriental Style Ginger Dressing

Reviewed: Feb. 12, 2008
Very good salad dressing, although it does require a bit of tweaking! The list of ingredients is perfect, but the measurements need a little changing. One tip- if you have a good seasons bottle follow the vinegar and oil lines on the bottle and add everything else in varying quantities according to your tastes and it will turn out well! Also, rice wine vinegar gives it a bit more authentic taste!
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My Favorite Pork Turkey Meatloaf

Reviewed: Mar. 20, 2008
All I can say is "Yum!" I usually make my meatloaf using meatloaf mix (beef, pork, and veal) but it is soooooo greasy and I tend to be very health conscious, so this was a good alternative (the combination of turkey and pork is a good one), and it turned out tasting very much like my usual meatloaf. I made some changes (I hope you don't mind Kris) -I used a handful of parsley in place of spinach, I used an envelope of onion soup mix, I used just one whole egg and then one egg white to lighten it a bit, and I used oats as my filler rather than bread crumbs, par usual. I had to leave some things the way I normally do or my kids would not have eaten it! However many changes I made, the basic recipe is still a winner, and no matter how you dress it up to your own taste, this is one DELISH meatloaf, hubby and kid-approved! I also used the leftovers (as recommended by Kris) to make spaghetti sauce- I started with my usual homemade sauce, then crumbled the meat into it and let it simmer for an hour. It was great!
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Pollo (Chicken) Fricassee from Puerto Rico

Reviewed: Apr. 2, 2008
This recipe was very good, and my husband and I both loved it. It was a bit spicy for my kids, who are 3 and 5, but that could be because of my one major substitution. I used one chipotle pepper and about a teaspoon of adobo sauce instead of the adobo and sazon seasonings. The sauce was still delicious, though, in my opinion, and the chicken was just falling off the bone- so tender and yummy! I will definitely make this again!
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Banana Crunch Cake

Reviewed: May 26, 2008
I give this a top rating due to the others who have reviewed it before me. I used canola oil, as one reviewer said, and I did cut the topping down to 1/3 cup on all ingredients except the butter, and it was perfect!! This was so delicious and the oat flour (which is super simple to make) gave it such a yummy nutty flavor which I love, especially since my husband and son both have nut allergies and I can't use the real thing! Great recipe!
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Allison's Pasta Salad

Reviewed: Jun. 11, 2008
This was good; I don't know if it was spectaular, but it was a nice change. I did increase the amount of dressing a bit, although not quite doubled. I also increased the amount of dill (because I love it!) and I used less vinegar, along with some lemon juice, which gave this a great fresh flavor. The combination of ham, grapes, cheese and green onions was a good one. All in all, a very good recipe and I will probably make it again sometime.
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Playgroup Granola Bars

Reviewed: Jun. 16, 2008
This recipe was excellent, and although I only gave it 4 stars, it definitely is a 5-star with some of the changes I made based on other reviewers' ideas. I did use whole wheat flour, as one reviewer suggested, and I cut the brown sugar down to 1/2 C. Next time I will cut it down even more to 1/3 C or even 1/4 C. Also, I don't generally have wheat germ in the house, so I used the same amount of flaxseed meal instead. And last but not least, for additions I used raisins and semi-sweet chocolate chips, since my kids love chocochip granola bars. No nuts because we have allergies. These were wonderful and I will make them regularly!
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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