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Mushroom Chicken Piccata

Reviewed: Sep. 30, 2012
Lemon and mushrooms...wasn't quite expecting the combination. Not sure if I like it or not. Otherwise, it was an easy dish to put together. The only thing I did different was to bake the chicken instead of frying (I do not fry any meats whatsoever anymore) and I used seasoned bread crumbs instead of flour. Will try it again but maybe cut down on the amount of lemon juice.
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Pork Tenderloin with Herb Sauce

Reviewed: Apr. 26, 2012
Excellent way to marinate pork tenderloin, which is what I did vs making the sauce and basting. I used Olive Oil in place of the butter, and used fresh oregano and parsley from my potted herb garden and threw in some fresh rosemary too. Put everything in a ziploc (added 1/4 cup brown sugar) and let the pork marinate inte fridge for 4 hours. Roasted at 375F for about 45 minutes. I reduced the remaining marinade and then added some cornstarch to thicken and served it over the pork - hubs (who is really picky!) loved it! Excellent taste. For those that have said it was 'too vinegary', add the brown sugar to balance the sauce. I am going to try this on beef tenderloin,or even a nice striploin! yum! Thanks for the base recipe, it has lots of promise with the right altering. Normally I do not rate recipes I tweak, but after reading the negative comments, felt the need to make sure others were not scared off from trying it.
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Cheese Ravioli with Three Pepper Topping

Reviewed: Apr. 2, 2012
Great alternative to a tomato sauce. I used veggie broth due to my daughter being vegetarian, and added a pinch of salt and fresh cracked pepper along with a tbsp of fresh, chopped parsley at the end. Excellent over home-made spinach/ricotta ravioli! Thanks for the recipe!
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Pork Tenderloin with Apples

Reviewed: Mar. 30, 2012
Excellent pork tenderloin dish. Only change I made was to drop the wine (subbing with more stock), and adding a splash of spiced rum, WOW is all I have to say. Hubs raved, that's a feat unto itself. :)
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Tomato-Mushroom Soup

Reviewed: Mar. 26, 2012
Seriously, this is an excellent (and fast!) soup! I don't give out 5 stars just any 'ol day :). The only change I made was to add a couple squirts of Worcestershire sauce as I had no red wine opened (I don't drink wine, so for me to waste a bottle but for a measly 1/4 cup would be silly). I did use 2 fresh, roma tomatoes (deseeded) instead of the tomato paste. Add the tomatoes to the sauted onions, garlic and mushrooms let the tomatoes cook down before you add the broth. I did not add any water as the soup would have been too thin. Use lots of fresh ground pepper, and I added a teensy pinch of salt as without the canned tomato paste, there really isn't any salt and it would be bland otherwise. Wonderful, filling lunch (and relatively low-fat) and will be making this again! Thanks for the recipe!
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Fudge Truffle Cheesecake

Reviewed: Mar. 21, 2012
Sinfully Decadent..amazingly easy to put together and baking cheesecake need not be a daunting task. Always, Always, ALWAYS use a water bath and leave it in the oven for at least an hour after baking is done (do NOT open the door!). Perfect results every time! :) Gorgeously, smooth, chocolate truffle flavour, love the crust too, not too sweet, and not thick either, perfecto!
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Meatball Nirvana

Reviewed: Mar. 16, 2012
LTH....you have out done yourself! :) what a fabulous recipe! I followed the spices to the letter but I was peeved that I forgot to add the parmesan!!!!! I did use a combo of pork/beef and hubs said these were the best meatballs he has ever had...usually I make turkey meatballs, decided to splurge on the waist line today! Thanks again, next time I won't forget to add the cheese!!!! :)
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Soft Chocolate Cookies

Reviewed: Mar. 2, 2012
Excellent, chocolatey,cakey cookie. I made mine Triple Chocolate though by adding a 1/2 cup chopped white chocolate and a 1/2 cup chopped milk chocolate. DEE-LISH! I did cut out half the granulated sugar and replaced it with brown sugar though as I like to use a half and half of white/brown sugar in my cookies. For those in Canada that are die-hard Timmy's fans, this is *almost* like their Triple Chocolate Chunk Cookie :D
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Raisin Buttermilk Coffee Cake

Reviewed: Feb. 9, 2012
Very good flavour with this cake, but it is a very dense cake, does not rise much, for anyone expecting more of a regular, light, fluffy cake, this isn't it. Rave reviews though by hubs and inlaws. I made mine in a Bundt pan and put half the crumb topping on the bottom, then half the batter, then the remaining topping and batter. Baked for almost an hour until toothpick came out clean. Will make again, but may put some spices in the batter as it is a little bland (the crumb topping isn't enough IMO to liven up the rest of the cake)
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Apple Cole Slaw

Reviewed: Jan. 31, 2012
I wasn't too sure about fruit in a coleslaw never having one before, but it turned out fabulous! The only apples I had on hand were Honeycrisp, so I did cut down on the sugar in the recipe (by half) due to the sweetness of the apple and am glad I did, coleslaw should be a wee bit tart IMO! :) I did add some raisins for a garnish, overall, will make this again! Thanks for the recipe!
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Donut Muffins

Reviewed: Jan. 31, 2012
Well first off, these are about the most simplest, fastest thing to make in the kitchen! and no eggs in them either! They were a definite hit - hubs adored them but then was dismayed when I said needed them for my Agents Open House Tour and he couldn't have anymore :) Not to worry, I am sure there will be plenty leftover for him! Thanks for the great recipe!
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Low-Fat Broccoli Soup

Reviewed: Jan. 2, 2012
Excellent base for a 'healthier' cream of broccoli soup. I used 1% milk in place of evaporated and omitted the onion. BUT, I did add a few sprigs of FRESH Thyme, a pinch of dried basil, 1/2 tsp dried oregano and about an 1/8th tsp of nutmeg...DEE-Lish! You need the herbs to help cut the blandness of this soup, otherwise, you may as well make it with full-fat cream and add the 10lbs of cheese :) Thanks for supplying a good base to start from Kay!
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Low-Fat Broccoli Soup

Reviewed: Jan. 2, 2012
Excellent base for a 'healthier' cream of broccoli soup. I used 1% milk in place of evaporated and omitted the onion. BUT, I did add a few sprigs of FRESH Thyme, a pinch of dried basil, 1/2 tsp dried oregano and about an 1/8th tsp of nutmeg...DEE-Lish! You need the herbs to help cut the blandness of this soup, otherwise, you may as well make it with full-fat cream and add the 10lbs of cheese :) Thanks for supplying a good base to start from Kay!
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Bailey's Balls

Reviewed: Dec. 20, 2011
Absolutely outstanding recipe! OMG...these are SO awesome! time consuming, yes, especially for the fumbling candy making novice here :) But OH SO WORTH IT!! Thanks 4taals for making our Christmas a memorable one this year!!! (Oh, and didn't change a THING! made exactly as written!)
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Tangy Cucumber and Avocado Salad

Reviewed: Nov. 9, 2011
This was seriously YUMMY! I added a few cherry tomatoes for a punch of colour, but otherwise everything else was the same. Fabulously quick, easy lunch! I didn't wait the 30 minutes...too hungry! :D
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Southwestern Turkey Soup

Reviewed: Nov. 3, 2011
Excelente Doug! Fabuloso tambien! :) I have been meaning to try this for quite some time and finally had some leftover turkey to do it with! The only changes I made were to sub fresh ingredients for canned/dried. I loathe canned anything, so used 6 fresh, roma tomatoes (peeled and chopped), and used some of my pickled serrano peppers that I made in August (all to eliminate all the needless sodium in canned goods). I did add 2 cups of pinto beans that I had in the freezer (dried beans that I soaked and cooked earlier) and used fresh cilantro instead of dried. With the addition of the beans, it made it that much more healthier and filling! I topped with fat-free sour cream and low-fat cheese.... I have 2 containers leftover that will be used up in the next few days, this really is an awesome flavoured soup with the ingredients used...and a MUST for this recipe is to use fresh cilantro...dried just doesn't cut it! :) Thank you again Doug for the inspiration in this dish!
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Southwestern Turkey Soup

Reviewed: Nov. 3, 2011
Excelente Doug! Fabuloso tambien! :) I have been meaning to try this for quite some time and finally had some leftover turkey to do it with! The only changes I made were to sub fresh ingredients for canned/dried. I loathe canned anything, so used 6 fresh, roma tomatoes (peeled and chopped), and used some of my pickled serrano peppers that I made in August (all to eliminate all the needless sodium in canned goods). I did add 2 cups of pinto beans that I had in the freezer (dried beans that I soaked and cooked earlier) and used fresh cilantro instead of dried. With the addition of the beans, it made it that much more healthier and filling! I topped with fat-free sour cream and low-fat cheese.... I have 2 containers leftover that will be used up in the next few days, this really is an awesome flavoured soup with the ingredients used...and a MUST for this recipe is to use fresh cilantro...dried just doesn't cut it! :) Thank you again Doug for the inspiration in this dish!
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Mushroom Spinach Omelet

Reviewed: Nov. 3, 2011
Excellent recipe... a couple minor changes using orange bell pepper (no green on hand) and I had half a tomato to use up so diced that and threw it in. Awesome with the red pepper flakes and it certainly was a change using parmesan cheese (fresh grated) along with the cheddar. The amounts of cheese are perfect, anymore and you defeat the 'healthy' aspect of this breakfest omelet. I started the omelet on the stove, but I like to finish mine under the broiler, eliminates the step of 'lifting' while cooking stovetop and cooks quicker with no fear of burning the bottom. I added the cheese last, sprinkling it on top and it gets a nice crisp texture from the broiler. Will definitely be keeping this recipe handy, as others have mentioned, any veggies will do, so experiment! Thanks for the recipe...my tummy is now sated :)
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Chicken Cordon Bleu I

Reviewed: Oct. 27, 2011
2nd time making this, excellent start of a recipe! The changes I made though were that I made a Honey/Dijon/Tarragon sauce and spread a tsp of the sauce on the INSIDE of the chicken before adding the cheese and ham, then rolled up and secured with toothpicks. I then followed other reviewer's suggestions of dipping in an egg wash before rolling in crumbs. I used panko crumbs as that was all I had on hand. Baked for 40 minutes and then topped with the remaining sauce and served. Hubs raved! DEE-LISH!
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Sun-Dried Tomato Hummus

Reviewed: Oct. 21, 2011
Excellent start of a recipe! I was intrigued by the idea of adding sundried tomatoes...the only change I made was to roast the garlic first as I find raw garlic to be very bitter in hummus. Roasting gives it a nice, sweet taste. I also used tomatoes I dried myself and elminated the use of the oil altogether as I find it isn't necessary and adds calories. I drizzle up to a 1/4 of water into the hummus while pureeing to obtain the desired consistency. With these tweaks - I have a heart healthy snack!
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