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West African Peanut Soup

Reviewed: Jun. 6, 2014
This was good--it reminded me a lot of the "fancy ramen" I make when we're feeling poor, where I just take cheap 50 cent ramen packets, cook it, add some veggies and a scoop of peanut butter. So to make it fancier, I added African spices and seasoning. Probably wouldn't make again following this exact recipe, but definitely good, still as this was no doubt a lot healthier than the "fancy ramen."
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Tomato Soup

Reviewed: Feb. 1, 2014
I won't lie--followed the recipe exactly, and it just kinda tasted less like tomato soup and more like really watery tomato sauce. I thickened it up and used it the next day for a pasta sauce, but my normal pasta sauce tastes better so...probably won't make again.
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Exquisite Pizza Sauce

Reviewed: Jan. 4, 2014
I had no anchovy paste, but used everything else. Absolutely superb!
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French Bread

Reviewed: Dec. 18, 2013
I've made this bread about fifty times, the first time as is and the second time following several reviews. It's the latter which always hits the mark, every time. Basically, first I proof my yeast --using the two cups of warm water, 5 tsps of yeast, and then throwing in about 2-3 tsps of sugar. Then I add the flour, salt plus an extra teaspoon, a tablespoon of melted butter, and I follow the rest of the directions exactly. Turns out great every time!
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Slow Cooker Beef Stew I

Reviewed: Dec. 15, 2013
This is my favorite ever beef stew, and one I have made repeatedly. In fact, I've made it so often that friends will request it. I have got this down to a science: 1) I always just buy the cheapest meat at the cheapest store. This adds some more prep work, as I cover it with tenderizer and flour and then brown it, but I'm okay with that because it means I save money and the meat is still deliciously tender. 2) I like to add a few more spices (generally just some basil/oregano) 3) Also, this is the perfect place to use your left over veggies. My fave is to add zucchini or yellow squash when it's available and I got some left. I cut 'em into crescents. So good!
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Easy Paella

Reviewed: Jul. 11, 2013
So, I made this worried my roommates would hate it (they're totally picky). I did leave out the crushed red pepper flakes because one roommate can barely even handle black pepper and I thought with the chorizo I might already be pushing it. Turns out this was a good choice, because I made it and he said it was PERFECT, and it tasted SO GOOD. Every bite was gone. Otherwise, I followed the instructions exactly.
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Indian Curried Barley Pilaf

Reviewed: Jan. 28, 2013
I was looking for something my roommate could eat easily during Lent (he's Orthodox, so he has to go vegan, no olive oil, nothing like that during Lent) and I found this. Figured I might as well try it. I was wary, mostly because my roommate and his fiancee (who's my other roommate) both HATE most Indian foods, but I figured, hey, might as well try it. Add in the fact that the two of them are really picky and I was worried. I used fake-Butter instead of Butter, low sodium veggie broth instead of chicken brother, added carrots and peas, and doubled the various spices per someone else's review, and it was AMAZING. Everyone loved it. I think when I remake this during lent, I might even fry up some seitan or tofu to toss in it. :)
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Honey Mustard Dressing II

Reviewed: Dec. 22, 2012
I love me some honey mustard dressing. I realized I was out, and had made myself a salad with some panko-baked chicken, so I took this recipe and made it. I do like my sauces a bit more sweet, so I added more honey after tasting the initial (which was a bit more mustardy than sweet--which I know my mom and roommates would like, but they weren't here!), but dear god, this was DELICIOUS. Perfect for what I was looking for. I'll definitely make it again!
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Mom's Zucchini Bread

Reviewed: Jul. 14, 2012
WOW. This was DELICIOUS! I followed the top reviewer's (MomofSeattle I think)'s alterations because I had a LOT of zucchini and figured since I'd be adding more I might as well follow the rest of her suggestions. I replaced half the vegetable oil with some cinnamon applesauce I had in the fridge. I just rounded the sugar down to two cups and am SO glad I did, it's sweet enough (in fact, PERFECTLY sweet as it is). I also put in, I think, 3 1/3 cup zucchini rather than the two it called for. I grated 2 1/3 cups really small and then made the third cup some larger-grate zucchini to add some additional texture, and wow, that EXTRA turned out good. The bread is so light and fluffy yet MOIST. Oh, I did leave out the walnuts, not because of an alteration or because I dislike them, but because I thought I had some so I didn't buy them at the store. Turns out I was wrong. I really don't think these need them, though!
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Eclair Cake

Reviewed: Jun. 23, 2012
Fabulous as is! I was worried it'd be gross and smooshy, but it wasn't.
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Butterscotch Berry Tart

Reviewed: Jun. 23, 2012
I used blueberries and blackberries in mine, and honestly, I completely skipped the making the tarts bit. I just used a pie crust I got from the store. Totally admit it. If you want to make this a lot easier, I suggest doing that. The raspberry jam + the butterscotch and berries mix, though? I'd recommend it. But it's ONE HUNDRED PERCENT GOOD. Perfectly sweet, and according to my app, surprisingly healthy.
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World's Best Lasagna

Reviewed: Jan. 1, 2012
I've made this before as written and loved it -- seriously, the recipe as is is fabulous. I've since started following the basic changes, aka throw in a bit of nutmeg, just soak the noodles in hot tap water, etc. I was going to make it for a small gathering of friends for a New Years Party. Problem was one of the friends refuses to eat red meat and as a rule can't stand sausage. So I traded out the sausage for some ground turkey and the ground beef for about 15oz of spinach (added it to the sauce later after frying the turkey though) and instead of crushed tomatoes used dice tomatoes: delicious. It worked out wonderfully, and everyone was still raving about it!
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Baked Spaghetti

Reviewed: Nov. 22, 2011
My mom and I made this as a family meal. It was super fun to put together -- we each assigned little jobs and then at the end we layered it together and stuck it in the over -- and on top of that, it was GREAT. We made it as is except we doubled the sauce after I read the reviews. I'm thinking about remaking it tonight only use spaghetti squash this time (and likely make a smaller amount!)
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Ham and Beans

Reviewed: Jun. 2, 2011
This is a really good base recipe! I'm not sure what people were talking about with it being too sweet/too spicy, but then again we all have different tastes. This tastes like what my Mom always makes out of the jar (only about 20 times better), and was SUPER cheap to make, especially considering I'm a poor just graduated college student who really can't afford too much. Only problem I had and isn't the recipes fault is that the dry beans I had were a bit old so the 8 hour soak + cooking them for -3- hours still left them a bit stale, but again, not the recipes fault. I know I personally added a bit more cayenne and some beef boullion to enhance the flavor a little bit, but again, this recipe is good for alterations for your tastes!
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Good Old Fashioned Pancakes

Reviewed: May 28, 2011
As is, for my personal tastes, this recipe is 1) too bland and 2) I can taste the baking powder with each bite. After I made one pancake to see how the original tasted, I decided to add some vanilla and some extra sugar (and threw in some smashed bananas and cinnamon) and whew, I could finally eat them without syrup! But as is, they're very flour-y/baking powder-y tasting.
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Quick and Easy Pizza Crust

Reviewed: Apr. 15, 2011
SUPER easy to make, and I'm normally a bit failure when it comes to anything bread-like. I admit to coming here not because I wanted to even homemake bread but because of an incident involving me using a box crust, opening some tomato sauce to realize it had botuli-tized (if that's even a word), and then two days later after buying some more pizza sauce (yes, I buy my pizza sauce -- I AM A FAILURE!) to realize I had no more boxes of crust to make. So I went in to this warily. Super easy to make and let's see--taking my first bite now... ...Spectacular. Absolutely spectacular. Tastes like a good solid crust and it holds up well! Yeah, it's bland but...I guess I've never tasted pizza crust that -isn't- bland. I might even use this over the boxed stuff now since it makes more and is even easier to do.
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Traditional Mashed Potatoes

Reviewed: Feb. 18, 2011
This is an awesome mashed potato recipe! My russet potatoes were really small so I upped it to 9 of them and then I worried about the mix. I used evaporated milk like several suggested--this is SOOOO CREAMY. I made them a second time and added some garlic and parsley and cheddar--delicious!
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Italian Herb Bread I

Reviewed: Jan. 9, 2011
My cooking-impaired roommate and I made this together, and I think that really helps -- having someone else to switch off with when kneading the dough is wonderful. I didn't have any problems whatsoever, and this was the first bread I made that didn't absolutely fail. I did notice some of the other reviewers, when talking about how it didn't cook, mentioned only "loaf" rather than "loaves", so I don't know if that was one of their problems...
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Carrot Burgers

Reviewed: Jan. 8, 2011
As is, this recipe didn't hold together at all. I squished, I squashed, I let it sit in the fridge for a bit -- nothing held it together. It TASTED good, though, and I finally just ended up dumping it and cooking it thoroughly and eating it that way, but I couldn't form it into burgers. Perhaps grating it like other reviewers suggested will do better.
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Herman Reunion Cheese Ball

Reviewed: Jan. 4, 2011
This was good with a little bit of changing around! I added a little bit more garlic, some onion powder, and some seasoning salt (the initial recipe was a little bland!), and I also rolled it in chipped beef instead of almonds, but in the end it was delicious!
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