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Summer Squash Bake

Reviewed: Nov. 30, 2007
What a yummy and easy recipe for summer squash! I did make a couple of changes...I didn't have bread crumbs on hand, so I used some dry stove top stuffing crumbs, which made it savory and delightfully seasoned! I also sauteed the squash and onion in a touch of butter and oil, instead of boiling it in water. I added a bit of water to the egg. Husband loved it and asked for seconds!
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Summer Squash Pizza Crust

Reviewed: Mar. 5, 2010
This crust recipe is brilliant!!! My family had NO idea that this was made from squash. Hubby and I are low carbers and this is a keeper in my file!!! Three things make this recipe alot less labor intensive...non stick spray, to keep the dough from sticking to your hands...parchment paper makes flipping the dough a cinch...cheesecloth lets you wring almost every drop of liquid from your squash---the drier your squash is the better your end result will be---this really is the key to success with this recipe. I shredded the squash til it was almost a puree and suspended it over the sink in a cheescloth bag for most of the day, then wrung it nearly dry. I added onion and garlic powders, oregano and pepper to the dough for added flavor. I added an extra egg white for crispness. I agree that thinner is better for this crust and might leave out the mozzarella next time, subbing it for extra parm. This makes a great traditional pie with sauce and pepperoni, but would be great with any variety of toppings. I know I won't be giving away my excess squash from the garden this year! Dawn, thank you for this wonderful guilt-free recipe!
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Smoky Chipotle Hummus

Reviewed: Apr. 14, 2008
Oooooh my! This is soooooo good! I made a couple of alterations- Instead of 1/2 cup water, I used water and a splash of the juice from the bottle of red peppers as well as a healthy dose of the adobo sauce from the chipotle peppers. I used lime as weel as lemon, left out the tomato. I used dried cilantro as that is what I had. I tasted it prior to adding the tahini, and it was great without, although it does add depth to the flavor. You can fiddle with this recipe to suit your taste. It's winner for sure, and will be going to our next office party! Thank you for sharing!
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Parmesan Herb Bread

Reviewed: Jul. 21, 2008
The first time I made this I liked it. The second time I doubled up on the oregano, added basil, whole garlic cloves, extra parmesan...the results were amazing...we LOVED it. It makes a really great grilled garlic bread as well as a mini pizza. Great!
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Nat and Darcy's Amazing Eggplant Lasagna

Reviewed: Feb. 26, 2011
I tried this recipe exactly as written, and have to say that I too found the eggplant waaay too salty. I also didn't care for the bacon in this recipe, although my husband liked it. I made it again, leaving out the bacon. And instead of salting the eggplant, I peeled and sliced it, spread it on an oiled pie plate and nuked til soft, about 4 minutes. Perfecto!!!!
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Tomato Cakes

Reviewed: Jul. 6, 2010
Holy cow...I simply cannot believe that so few ingredients can yield something so fabulous! I am teaching daughter to cook over summer break and this one was on her list. We were both so pleased with the results! We used italian flavored tinned tomatoes, adding extra oregano, basil, cilantro, paprika, garlic and onion. I think next time we may even add a touch of parmesan. Instead of forming into patties, we dropped them into oil by the spoonful, and pressed them flat with the back of a spoon...we also found that making the patties smaller made them easier to flip. We topped ours with a dollop of sour cream, but mayo, blue cheese or mozerella would be nice, too. I think perhaps these would even broil nicely in your oven. I like that I always have the ingredients for this recipe in my pantry, since I can see we will be eating this alot! THANKS!!!!
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Penne with Asparagus and Mushrooms

Reviewed: Aug. 20, 2008
Absolutely delicious and incredibly easy! I used crushed tomatoes and canned mushrooms as it's what I had to hand. I added lots of oregano and basil, finished it off with romano cheese. I used half & half and cut back on the oil. My pasta choice was whole wheat spirals. Ate this with a salad of purple onions, crumbled feta, dried cranberries, green pepper,garbanzos, baby romaine, and summer corn. Divine! This will go into the regular line up!
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Chocolate Strawberries

Reviewed: May 20, 2011
What a quick & easy way to make a big impression! I melted Hersey's Special Dark and Ghirardelli Bittersweet morsels in a large glass measuring cup in the micro. (I had alot of strawberries to dip!) After dipping I placed the strawberries in large disposable Reynolds cake tins, lined with parchment, then popped them into the fridge for a while. Right before leaving the house, I lightly dusted them with powdered sugar for a little oomph. They were a huge hit with my daughters track team! Next time I'll try drizzling white chocolate over the dark...I'm so glad i tried this recipe!
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Pasta Cheeseburger Soup

Reviewed: Nov. 18, 2008
This is an easy kid-friendly recipe. I've been searching for recipes that my 2 kids can cook, that will expand their culinary horizons beyond chicken patties from the freezer. This is a great start. A couple of alterations for us... left out the relish and mustard/ketchup garnish. We added italian seasonings, and used whole wheat pasta (mini-ruffles shape) and homemade pasta sauce in place of the tomato soup. Used finely shredded cheddar cheese in place of cheese soup. We garnished with a a sprinkle of freshly grated parmesan cheese. I guess we kind of ended up with a homespun version of hamburger helper. Our changes made for a healthier option, but kept the recipe quick and easy. Both of my picky eaters loved it. Now if we could just move them on to veggies....
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Hot Chocolate Mix II

Reviewed: Dec. 13, 2010
As written, this recipe is worthy of giving as a gift for the holidays. But, a couple of alterations put it over the top! I added a box of instant pudding as suggested by others, which gave it a wonderful creaminess. I also threw in a little Herseys Special Dark baking cocoa...WONDERFUL! I whizzed it in the food processor for a bit, to give it a nice smooth consistency. It dissolves nicely that way. This is a gift, so I taste~tested a cup before shipping, adding a sprinkle of cinnamon to my cup...Soooo good! I'm sending this with mini marshmallows and coconut macaroons III from this site. Merry merry!
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Potato Soup with Fish and Cheese

Reviewed: Apr. 30, 2010
Wow, this soup is fantastic!!! I used sweet potatoes as it's what I had to hand. I also added red pepper flake, coriander, a tiny drizzle of honey, a dollop of organic broth paste, and a can of whole kernel corn. I was worried that the eggs might cook when I added them to the soup, but they were fine. I will make this alot, even in summer! Thanks for this wonderful recipe!
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Slow Cooker Cranberry Pork

Reviewed: Aug. 31, 2007
This was wonderful! Super easy, too. I used boneless pork loin chops, as it is what was to hand. Don't be put off by the cranberry jelly- it makes a lovely gravy! It was hard to resist the urge to add water at the outset, but I'm glad I did. I did thicken the liquid with a touch of instant flour, but won't do that next time round- I think I prefer a thinner boullion type gravy. We had this with egg noodles, but it would be divine with garlic mashed potatoes. This has been added to my recipe queue for fall and winter meals. Great nosh!
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Best Lemonade Ever

Reviewed: Jul. 6, 2010
I JUST made this, and it really IS the best lemonade ever! The perfect blend of sweet and tart. I microwaved my sugar & water mixture, to save time. I also pricked my lemons with a fork and gave them a minute in the micro as well, to release all the wonderful juices. I was short on lemons, so I used a few squirts of bottled juice. I went easy on the water, subbing in quite a bit of ice...it was ready to drink much quicker that way. This was a HUGE hit with my family. Forget the HFCS~filled stuff in the can...make your own, and be sure use this recipe!!! Top notch!!!
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Thin Mint Crackers

Reviewed: Dec. 14, 2010
These have been added to my Christmas cookie list!!! So delicious and unbelievably SIMPLE!!! I sprinkled them with colored sprinkles for a festive touch. Definitely follow the advice regarding melting the chocolate completely before adding the peppermint extract. I did and it turned out perfect. One more note...PEPPERMINT EXTRACT IS HIGHLY FLAMMABLE!!!! A tiny bit dribbled over my pan and caught on fire. The flames licked right up over the edge into the pan! The flames blew out easily and had no effect on the flavor, but please be careful!
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Vegetable Dill Dip

Reviewed: Nov. 30, 2010
I make ALOT of recipes from this site, and I can truly say that this dip is one of the BEST!!! I could not find beau monde, so I used Old Bay as suggested by another. I put a couple dollops of it on some shredded cabbage and WOW, it was sooooo good! I ate it with a pretzel...fabulous! A red pepper strip, a radish, a green bean...delicious! But get this....I used it as a dip for buffalo wings...OH LORD! Soooo good! I am so glad I found this recipe. My family and friends love it, and it has become my "go~to" dip recipe. Thanks!!!
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Grandmother's Buttermilk Cornbread

Reviewed: Oct. 7, 2010
Truly a New England version of corn bread, it is sweet, moist and oh so yummy! I made this 2 nites in a row, it's that good. It's a perfect accompaniament to soups, stews, chowders, pasta and sauce, casseroles, fried chicken and mashed potatoes, scrambled eggs and bacon, baked beans and slaw...tonite it sides with american chop suey and salad. I wanted to add that while I almost always tweak a recipe to suit my tastes, I made this recipe exactly as written, beacuse it needs NO alterations. It is my new 'go to' corn bread recipe! PS~~~I'm thinking of following the suggestion another reviewer, and baking and freezing a bunch. A big thanks to the submitter...you're gran must have been one heck of a cook!
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Tuscan Soup

Reviewed: Oct. 4, 2010
Oh My Lord!!! This is one of the best soups I have EVER had! The flavor is tremendous and the recipe is so unbelievably simple! Foolproof as well. I didn't have any spinach, so I added a good healthy dose of parsley for greenery. I also used low sodium chicken stock, sweet italian sausage, instant dry milk. I topped my steaming bowl with shredded jack and colby. It is so hearty I didn't need a single cracker. I just know that spinach would make this dish even more amazing....I'll be sure to remember to get some! I think the suggestion for adding diced tomatoes sounds great, and I'm certainly going to give it a whirl. A truly scrumptious soup, this has been added to my fall/winter menu!!! MAKE IT!!! Update: I made a huge slow cooker full of this wonderful soup for our Halloween party. The pot was EMPTIED and got RAVE reviews. People could not get enough of this soup. My new fave for gatherings and parties!
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Fish Tacos

Reviewed: May 18, 2010
Holy Gawd is this fabulous!!!!! I have made it several times now, and depending on what I have to hand, it comes out a little differently each time....and ALWAYS wonderful! The sauce is what makes this a 5 star recipe. I use a pre-shredded cole slaw mix, which saves time and adds even more flavor. I have added fresh corn kernels shaved from the cob in this and found it was soooo good! The last timeI made this recipe, I did not bread the fish, just fried it in a bit of coconut oil...husband and I both agreed that it was just as yummy...saves calories and carbs too! Also, I used flour tortillas, which we prefer with this recipe. The pico de gallo and limes are a great addition. I could eat this every day!
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Best Peanut Butter Cookies Ever

Reviewed: Jan. 17, 2009
These are just the best! So yummy...divine with a big glass of cold milk. Very addictive! These are great for gluten sensitive people. We made several batches and gave them in pretty tins for xmas. They freeze and ship well.
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Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese II

Reviewed: Sep. 8, 2007
Very good! A note- If you are going to make this recipe you should know it's more of a custardy M&C. This was a hit with the adults, but the "Blue Box" lovers weren't thrilled with it. It was veeeery easy to make, but I did make a few alterations...I added some sliced Velveeta to help add some creaminess, a touch more canned milk than called for, a touch of honey, a little extra pepper. I also precooked my pasta, but only until it was just softened, still quite firm- this prevents a mushy texture. I stirred this a couple of times, cooking it on low. I don't think this is something I would cook all day, as it was actually ready to enjoy within a couple of hours. This would be a great addition to grilled chicken and cole slaw when you don't want to heat up the kitchen with your oven. Yum!
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