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Boiled Chicken

Reviewed: Jul. 29, 2013
Very nice basic recipe. I used a package of chicken thighs and served it with rice as a bland dinner for a family member getting over a stomach illness. I only made two changes: (1) adding about a teaspoon of minced garlic from a jar, and (2) I followed the other reviewers' advice to let it cool in the broth, and the texture was great - very very tender. Yes, it is quite tasteless, but when you can only eat crackers and toast and Jell-o, it's a great change! You can get it slightly tastier by adding salt and pepper beforehand and fresh lemon juice just before serving.
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Chicken Meatballs and Spaghetti

Reviewed: Jan. 21, 2012
Wow!! Who knew I could make meatballs?? I used pre-seasoned panko instead of bread crumbs and skipped the parmesan cheese, and they turned out great. The only tricky part was browning the meatballs because I couldn't figure out how to brown them "on all sides". I ended up squashing them a little bit in order to keep turning them and ended up with little 3-D hexagons. That part was tricky but they really ended up delicious. Used sauce from a jar and whole-wheat spaghetti. What a great recipe, perfect even for someone who has no clue what they're doing.
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Fast and Delicious Black Bean Soup

Reviewed: Feb. 10, 2008
This was a big hit among my vegetarian, vegan, and meat-eating roommates! Loved it. I skipped the ham and the green pepper. It reheated very well. I served it with cheddar biscuits.
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Spaghetti Pizza Lasagna

Reviewed: Jan. 19, 2008
I was not pleased with this recipe. I followed the common recommendations (one more egg, cooking longer, more sauce) and it still was rather bland and dry. I was surprised because the ingredients sounded great -- meat sauce, spaghetti, cheese, pepperoni -- how could it go wrong?? But it did. I think what ruined it was the fact that the meat is just browned and then thrown in. I would not recommend this recipe.
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Sean's Falafel and Cucumber Sauce

Reviewed: Jan. 11, 2008
What a great recipe! I completely disagree that it's laborious to crush chickpeas - I used canned organic ones and it was the easiest part. I would say the whole thing is a bit labor-intensive so do it on a slow night, but TOTALLY worth it. I can't cook at all and I still managed to make this perfectly. I followed the first reviewer's great suggestions to roll the balls in bread crumbs and to bake (at 425 degrees, 20 minutes then flip then another 8 minutes) instead of fry. I also replaced the baking powder with baking soda. Finally, I skipped the dill weed and used a sprinkle of coriander on the cucumber sauce and it turned out delicious.
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World's Best Potato Salad

Reviewed: Nov. 30, 2007
This is fabulous! I would second some of the changes that have been recommended (I replaced the onion with 3 green onion bunches, doubled the cornstarch, reduced the sugar to 1/3 cup, and added 1 tsp of celery seed with the mayo and 5 slices of bacon with the celery. And I used half apple cider vinegar, half white vinegar. It's really rich and delicious! I love it. My only original tips would be: (1) don't freak out if the dressing smells really weird while you're cooking it, that's normal and (2) if it's your first time and you're nervous about cooking the potatoes just right, make more than 6 and then while you're dicing them, choose the six with the best consistency and save the rest for mashing or something later. Thanks for the great recipe!
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