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Deborah's Grilled Chicken

Reviewed: Sep. 13, 2010
Different and tasty - but like Marianne said, the chicken could have used something while grilling....was a bit bland but the basil (for the most part) made up for it. Healthy too! Next time I will season the chicken prior to cooking but it was pretty good. I may also add some fresh oregano with the basil, then it would be more like a chicken parm dish but low-fat/calories. Here I thought I was going to be the first to review this recipe as I was searching for something to do with 'chicken' and 'basil' and came across it and figured I would give it a whirl! Nice to know someone else is on the same wavelength! :) Thanks Deborah for providing the recipe! (from another Deborah!)
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Oatmeal Raisin Cookies I

Reviewed: Sep. 10, 2010
Wow....lots of reviews on these cookies and quite a bit that were negative...and I do not understand why so many people can have such vastly different results. I followed the recipe to the letter and my cookies turned out PERFECT! Chewy, slightly poofy, the dough did not run or spread and I always, always, ALWAYS bake cookies on parchment lined cookie sheets - NO sticking and you don't need to grease them therfore adding extra grease of which I think is the major culprit for cookies that spread to much. This recipe is fabulous as written, someone else suggested putting allspice or nutmeg in, which would definitely enhance that 'spiced' cookie flavour, but if you want just an oatmeal raisin cookie - then this is it! Thanks for the great recipe! Hubby and I hoovered 4 each after they came out of the oven! :)
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Avocado-Corn Salad with Creamy Salsa Dressing

Reviewed: Aug. 11, 2010
This was good! I was searching around for a salad recipe to use up half an avocado left in the fridge and found this...I did follow Naples advice in spicing up the dressing as it is quite bland on it's own (I added a few shakes of spicy taco seasoning mix), as I had no lime juice on hand, I used red wine vinegar...fast and easy to prepare and it certainly hit the spot! Thank's for the recipe Hellman's! (BTW - the BEST mayo EVER!) ;)
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Black Bean Quesadillas

Reviewed: Aug. 6, 2010
Very good and EXTREMELY easy and FAST to put together! I didn't mash the beans (prefer them whole), added the salsa (medium-hot) to them and also added half a packet of Sazon Goya for a hit of flavour. Followed other's advise about baking at 400F to crisp them up. Fabulous! Thanks for the recipe!
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Avocado Mango Salsa

Reviewed: Jun. 10, 2010
This was fantastic! Served it over lime-marinated grilled Salmon, I didn't have any habanero peppers so I added some red bell pepper and used some red pepper flakes, the avocado (nature's butter) and the mango are PERFECT compliments to salmon (or any fish really, Mahi Mahi would be fabulous too!), I made enough for one serving (maybe a wee bit more than one) and I ate every single bit of it! Thanks for the recipe!
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Super Healthy 10 Grain Whole Wheat Bread

Reviewed: Jun. 8, 2010
Good stuff Baking Nana... Janpie emailed me the link so I figured I would give it a whirl as I love whole grain breads! I used a 12 Grain Hot Cereal Blend as I couldn't find a 10 Grain, otherwise, kept everything the same. It did take longer to bake (probably because of the extra grains) about 40 minutes total, but super yummy and I love a chewy crust and this is perfect! Thanks for posting your personal recipe! and I took a pic too! :)
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Fresh Tomato Basil Sauce

Reviewed: Jun. 7, 2010
Easy to make, but it definitely needs a lot more basil than called for (I doubled the amount), plus, go lighter on the oil, you don't need much to saute onions and garlic in, I used about 2 tbsp and it was just fine....let it simmer a good hour and a half and then added salt/pepper to taste. Served over whole wheat linguine - very good, just add more basil! you need to be able to taste it!
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Easy Whole Wheat Bread

Reviewed: Jun. 3, 2010
Good recipe (Thanks Scotdog for passing it along - AND for your tips). I didn't have powdered egg substitute so I went with one egg white (per SD) and I used 2 cups of soft-milled whole wheat bread flour instead of mixing the white/WW. I also added 1 Tbsp flax meal and 1 Tbsp of WW Gluten..made for a a very softy, fluffy bread. I made it in the breadmaker on the dough setting as I like to bake my breads in the oven. Once done in the bread machine, I rolled it out on the counter with a rolling pin and then rolled it up jelly roll style (like a French Loaf) and then let it rise for about an hour and then baked it...YUM! Pics coming to computer screen near you soon! :) Great recipe with Scotdog's tips, next time I may add some chopped sunflower seeds or walnuts....hmmmm...so many choices!
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Mexican Cucumber Salad

Reviewed: May 26, 2010
Great salad - didn't change a THING! and as per other reviewers, it tastes even BETTER the next day! So plan ahead and make it even the night before you need it. I did use one fresh tomato as opposed to the canned (less sodium that way) and I scaled the recipe down to 3 servings as it was only for me to try it first (I am the guinea pig around my house). EXCELLENT recipe! Thanks!
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Marinara Sauce II

Reviewed: May 17, 2010
Very good sauce, I did add more basil than called for as otherwise it is a bit bland. I used all fresh ingredients - fresh diced tomatoes and fresh basil along with sauteeing some mushrooms as well as I can not eat a pasta sauce without them! ;) Great base to work from and you can do so much with it - thanks for the recipe!
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TOBLERONE-Topped Caramel Cheesecake

Reviewed: May 17, 2010
Exceptional recipe...but then...it comes from the King of Cream Cheese makers! :) Although I did use the "light' cream cheese in a desperate attempt to lighten the calorie load! LOL! Was still fabulous, had to give over half away to daughter and SIL to take home so I wouldn't eat anymore of it - polished off the last piece I kept for breakfast this morning...ok...now...OFF to the Gym! Thanks for the great recipe!
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Salmon Salad

Reviewed: May 13, 2010
Very good recipe, careful in how much mayo/yogurt you put in though, start out with less and mix until you get the desired consistency so it isn't runny. I did add tomatoes as I like tomatoes in my chicken / tuna salads...yum! served mine in a wrap - a perfect lunch item that isn't the same 'ol same 'ol!
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No-Cream Pasta Primavera

Reviewed: May 3, 2010
Excellent recipe - really loved the fact that the veggies are roasted separately! I used broccoli, asparagus, cauliflower, tomatoes, mushrooms and spanish onions - served over whole wheat linguine....scrumptious!
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Pasta Primavera with Smoked Gouda

Reviewed: Apr. 26, 2010
This is an amazing dish that can be so adaptable! The only thing I changed was sub the zucchini for asparagus...only because I do not like zucchini...This recipe is LOW-fat and SO Yummy! (well, low-fat if you watch how much cheese you put on top!) I scaled the recipe down to 2 and used about 1/2 tsp fresh grated parmesan and about 2 tsp fresh grated smoked gouda - this is the KEY, you MUST use the smoked gouda! the flavour combination is fantastic and you get a wee bit of heat from the red pepper flakes! EXCELLENT recipe! will be making this Sunday for my Vegatarian daughter when she comes to dinner (sans mushrooms...only veggie she will not eat!) LOL! Thanks for the great recipe!
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Pasta Primavera with Smoked Gouda

Reviewed: Apr. 26, 2010
This is an amazing dish that can be so adaptable! The only thing I changed was sub the zucchini for asparagus...only because I do not like zucchini...This recipe is LOW-fat and SO Yummy! (well, low-fat if you watch how much cheese you put on top!) I scaled the recipe down to 2 and used about 1/2 tsp fresh grated parmesan and about 2 tsp fresh grated smoked gouda - this is the KEY, you MUST use the smoked gouda! the flavour combination is fantastic and you get a wee bit of heat from the red pepper flakes! EXCELLENT recipe! will be making this Sunday for my Vegatarian daughter when she comes to dinner (sans mushrooms...only veggie she will not eat!) LOL! Thanks for the great recipe!
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Blueberry Sour Cream Pound Cake

Reviewed: Apr. 7, 2010
Wow was this good, made one change, instead of vanilla extract, I used pure lemon extract (1 tsp) and topped it with a lemon glaze (lemon juice/icing sugar), took it to the office and it was raved about! Made it in a Bundt pan, very pretty dessert! and the tanginess of the lemon sets off the blueberries very well!
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Spinach Tomato Tortellini

Reviewed: Apr. 5, 2010
This was excellent! made it for my Vegetarian daughter for Easter dinner and almost all the other guests had some as well! outstanding recipe, she took the rest home, I got 3 measly little tortellini's with the rest of my Easter dinner! LOL! Good stuff, definitley going to make this again! and I was bummed I didn't get a photo before it was gone!
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Butter Brickle Frozen Delight

Reviewed: Apr. 5, 2010
This is one heck of a dessert! and for those wondering on the richness (i.e. calories), I subbed light cream cheese, condensed milk and cool whip for the regular versions and it was a huge hit! Served this for Easter dessert - wow, everyone gobbled it up! even the "non-cheesecake" eaters ate it! I did make a HUGE booboo while making it though...due to my high excitement level at making such a scrumptious dessert - I was a complete IDIOT in forgeting to put the caramel on the first layer! GRRR....so I dumped more on top and it ran down the sides anyway so all was good! Just learn from my sorry mistake and make sure you put all the items for layering on BEFORE dumping the next layer of cream cheese/cool whip! idiot, idiot IDIOT! sheesh..... ;)
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Gazpacho

Reviewed: Mar. 30, 2010
Very good recipe, definitely double up on the tarragon and basil though as just using what is called for makes for a bland gazpacho. Overall, great recipe to use as a base and change up to your liking. Very waist-line friendly too - which is a bonus now that we are coming into swimsuit season soon!
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Stir-Fried Vegetables

Reviewed: Mar. 23, 2010
Very good recipe, made it in a pinch after coming home from the gym and was starving! (better than eating chocolate!) I used cauliflower, broccoli, asparagus, portobella mushrooms and red/green/yellow/orange peppers - I cut back a wee bit on the ginger as am not a big fan of it, but overall, very good recipe!
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