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Hearty Vegetable Lasagna

Reviewed: Jan. 1, 2008
This was so good, and so simple! I love a recipe with fresh ingredients. Simmering the onions, pepper and mushrooms, I felt like a professional chef. My husband, who considers no meal complete without meat and who hates veggies, ate this for dinner. Update: I reviewed this recipe I-dont-know-how-many months ago, and Im still making it! I add thawed frozen chopped spinach to the ricotta mixture; adding even more nutrition to this already veggie-packed dish. I also use no-boil lasagna noodles; cuts down on cooking time even further!
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Chickpea Curry

Reviewed: Jan. 13, 2008
My only change was to use powdered ginder, however it became clear I wouldnt have enough liquid following the recipe exactly. I was able to achieve a good consistency by adding a can of condensed tomato soup and 1/2 cup heavy cream (from Butter Chickpea Curry Recipe from this site). I substituted spinach for cilantro since I dont like cilantro, but the main problem with this recipe was that all the spices clashed with one another resulting in a strange spicy taste in which no one flavor won out. Ive had chickpea curry in Pakistani homes and this did not simtulate me. My spices were not old either.
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Pumpkin Sheet Cake

Reviewed: Jan. 13, 2008
I used pumpkin pie spice II (this site) instead of just the cinnamon. It is good however I may double it, so it can taste a bit more like a spice cake too. I also used the cream cheese frosting II, which is heavenly. I make pumpkin cupcakes with this recipe and the only thing I change is using 3 eggs (cant tell the difference) and 1/2 c. oil 1/2 c. unsweetened applesauce. I tried with 1/4 c. oil and the rest applesauce but it was too sticky that way.
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Pumpkin Pie Spice II

Reviewed: Jan. 13, 2008
Yum.
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Cream Cheese Frosting II

Reviewed: Jan. 13, 2008
This is a great recipe, I cant think of any other way to improve it!
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Middle Eastern Rice with Black Beans and Chickpeas

Reviewed: Oct. 30, 2009
I followed the recipe except that I reduced the beans and stock, and cooked half the spices with the meat and the other half with the rice as per several reviewers' suggestions . It was ok. Im sure this tastes good for the recipe it is; maybe Im just not crazy about this particular spice combination--although I like Middle Eastern spicing. If I were to make it again I'd probably add raisins and some cinnamon, just to give it some contrasting flavor-- needs a little sweetness or something. I added a generous squirt of ketchup, maybe it was my attempt to add some sweetness.
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Persian Cucumber Yogurt (Maast-o Khiar)

Reviewed: Oct. 30, 2009
I feel the recipe calls for too much cucumber. Also, I guess I have to thank this recipe for teaching me that Im not a fan of dillweed. I never tried it but now I know. I prefer another tzatziki recipe thats simpler; it is mostly yogurt, garlic, salt. No offense, just not my taste.
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Lamb Tagine

Reviewed: Aug. 30, 2010
I didnt have cayenne pepper, cardamom, saffron or honey. I used regular tomato paste instead of sundried. My husband is Mauritanian and he liked it. Next time I will try to have those ingredients on hand, and I think I will try leaving the carrots sliced into coins. I like the sweet taste of boiled carrot, it was not discernable with such small pieces of carrot.
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Wisconsin Cheese Soup II

Reviewed: Sep. 25, 2010
Simple but good. I was searching for a recipe that didnt use processed "cheese food." I like the broccoli in here. The sliced carrots were a bit too big, next time I think I will dice them. You could probably thicken this with mashed potatoes. But I like this the way it is. Thank you.
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Honey Baked Chicken II

Reviewed: Oct. 6, 2010
It would be unfair to rate it 4 stars because I forgot to baste which is why the bottom of the chicken was tastier than the top! This is a good basis for experimentation with spices. I' have to try omitting the curry to find out if the curry really added anything to it. I'll try substituting other spices like cayenne, garlic salt, ginger, etc.
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Restaurant Style Egg Drop Soup

Reviewed: Oct. 13, 2010
Easy! Who knew? I didnt even use cornstarch and I subbed the leeks I had for chives. Also found that one large egg was plenty. I used a bouillon cube and a pinch of garlic powder to complement the ginger.
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Meatball Cookies

Reviewed: Oct. 13, 2010
These were in my grandma's recipe box which I didn't have with me after my move. I was glad I found it here. I added chocolate chips and raisins which was in my grandma's recipe. The combo of spices is what adds sophistication to this cookie. I rolled half the batch in the chocolate glaze and half in confectioner's sugar (also in grandma's recipe). Now that I think of it, you can put half and half on one cookie and make it really fancy! This chocolate glaze is simple and can be applied to other cookies.
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Chicken Tikka Masala

Reviewed: Oct. 13, 2010
This was SO good. I have a feeling my husband will be requesting this a lot, so although I'm usually all for the full-fat stuff, next time I will sub half and half for the cream to cut calories. My husband said, "I guess we dont have to go to [his favorite Indian restaurant] for this anymore." SCORE!
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MMMMM... Brownies

Reviewed: Oct. 13, 2010
This was good, I subbed dark chocolate chips (ghirardelli=splurge) for the health benefits and deeper taste. Nice little crust on top.
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Mini Cheesecakes I

Reviewed: Oct. 13, 2010
I made these years ago and I guess I forgot to review them but I still remember the taste! These were dense with a real cream cheese taste. I tried a recipe used condensed milk; it gave it a gelatinous texture that just masked the cream cheese taste. This is better. Forgo condensed milk, etc.
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Shish Tawook Marinated Chicken

Reviewed: Oct. 16, 2010
I'm grateful to the people of South Asia for getting the idea to marinate yogurt in chicken. It always flawlessly tenderizes the chicken while removing the raw chicken smell. The chicken by itself is good but not great without the accompanying sauce. I think some more "hot" could be added to the spices in the marinade. But this is good.
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Buttermilk Wheat Bread

Reviewed: Oct. 16, 2010
WOW! Soft. Moist. The little bit of wheat flour made a big difference in making the bread a little more tasty. I increased the yeast and sugar as others said. I kneaded it for 10 minutes, mainly using oil on my hands. I only needed a bit of flour on the surface towards the end of my kneading. I let it rise covered in a warmed oven until my 2 fingers pushed into the top left an indentation. I dont have a loaf pan so I decided to make a freeform loaf. So I pushed the bread with my finger tips into a big rectangle, letting the air out ("punching" dough is not literal). I rolled it like an egg roll, put it seam side down in a lightly oiled pyrex, and I put it back in the residual heat in the oven for a half hour. I took it out, cut slits on top, brushed with milk, and baked it at 350 until the top was lightly browned. Next time I would put cornmeal on the bottom or oil it more than I did. I buttered it when it was finished to keep the crust soft, but next time I wont because the slight crust on the bottom was so good. Im proud of my work-this is what allrecipes is about! I just had pb & j....and I am looking for an excuse to have another slice. :) 11/1/10: I am still making this. Recently I used the yeast specified in the recipe. It didnt rise much after I shaped it into a ball, so I flattened it and let it rise an additional time before shaping it for the third rise. It actually came our better this way (original yeast amount, extra rise in between). Check b4 and after photos.
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Lebanese Chicken and Potatoes

Reviewed: Oct. 22, 2010
Simple. Tasty. Healthy. Can't ask for more. I added herbes de provence (thyme, parsley, etc) and marinated before baking.
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Downeast Maine Pumpkin Bread

Reviewed: Oct. 22, 2010
Great. I decreased to 2 c. sugar, half brown half white. I added raisins to the mix, subbed 1 c. whole wheat flour for some of the all purpose flour, and sprinkled with chopped walnuts before baking. I wish there was a teeny bit more pumpkin flavor, maybe I'll add a bit more pumpkin next time
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Homemade Black Bean Veggie Burgers

Reviewed: Oct. 28, 2010
I used diced red onion instead of yellow onion, I thought it was flavorful that way. I only added 1 tsp each of the spices. Panko crumbs might be good here. It was kind of mushy, I sprinkled each side with cornmeal before frying. Freezing it for a while helped it keeps its shape better. I wonder if using smoke flavoring would make it taste more burger-like? Don't think I will make again. Although it doesn't taste bad, it tastes like black beans (duh...), and if you're not vegetarian you might as well have the real thing and search for another vegetarian recipe if youre looking to eat less meat.
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