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Vegetarian Chickpea Sandwich Filling

Reviewed: Apr. 8, 2012
I've never liked chickpeas plain but this recipe dresses them up enough to where I don't taste just plain chickpeas. I halved the amount of onion and even then it was a little much for my personal tastes so I suggest adding a little at a time to your personal preference. Everything else I kept as is. Great sub for egg salad and so much healthier!
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Spinach and Feta Pita Bake

Reviewed: Mar. 10, 2012
This is delicious! I made my own Pita Bread using a recipe from this site and found it much better since I could put the toppings on the raw dough and bake it to golden brown. I used cherry tomatoes instead of romas because that's what I had and plain homemade pesto. I omitted the parmesan because I was all out but I'm sure with it would be great too. Once out of the oven I drizzled it with homemade tzatziki. To die for! Simple but so good! I feel like you could add anything you want on top (olives, chicken, etc) and it would be fantastic.
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Mom's Easy Creamed Chipped Beef on Toast

Reviewed: Jan. 28, 2012
My mom used to make this recipe all the time when I was a kid - it was always a favorite. I think she learned it in the army years ago, or overseas, I can't remember. I'm so glad you posted it - you make it just like she does using the Carl Budding packets! I always put mine on Texas toast - yummy! Thanks for sharing, I'm so glad I could rediscover an old favorite!
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Cranberry Hootycreeks

Reviewed: Sep. 18, 2011
I was expecting these to come out really devine given the white chocolate and cranberries, but they were on the border of bland. The texture was also off, too dense and not chewy or crispy, just sort of blah. The dough was almost crumbly and I felt like they needed something to add some more moisture into them. I made these how I would normally make cookies and creamed the butter and sugars first before adding the eggs and vanilla then the dry ingredients. Still didn't come out right. I think I will stick to my basic chocolate chip recipe and just add in white chips, berries and pecans instead of making these again. At least I know I'll get a likable texture from those. Good concept, but needs some work.
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Drew's World Famous Triple Rush Hot Chocolate

Reviewed: Jul. 20, 2011
I made this using vegan carob chips since it was the only form of chocolate I had on hand during an especially rainy day. It still came out great, the perfect blend of flavors! I will be making this again, it's super easy and very comforting!
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Quinoa and Black Beans

Reviewed: Jul. 6, 2011
I made this last week and it was so good I ate it almost every day. It's super easy and super quick to make, I scaled it down for one serving and used about 2 Tbsp quinoa. It's very important to soak your quinoa for about 15 minutes before you cook it, or at least rinse it to make it fluffier. This recipe will definitely keep you "regular" if you know what I mean with all that fiber! Super good, I'm going to be making this again very soon!
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Black Bean and Rice Enchiladas

Reviewed: Jul. 6, 2011
This is really tasty and a healthier spin on Mexican food, but with all the canned foods boy is it salty! I changed things up the second time I made it by dicing fresh tomatoes and chilies as well as cooking my own black beans. I also used a homemade picante and salsa recipe (you can find them online if you don't have one). It was much better and I didn't find myself reaching for the water after every bite. If you have the time I really do suggest the extra effort to limit the sodium. I made extra filling and just stuck it in the fridge to make again for lunch. I used whole wheat tortillas and lowfat cheese, you can even throw in some cottage cheese if it's to your liking. I think next time I'll add some corn to the mix. Tasty and worked out well for leftovers.
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Megan's Granola

Reviewed: Jun. 7, 2011
This a great recipe for anyone looking to make granola (it's way cheaper than the store bought stuff and tastes better too!). I found myself eating it off the spoon before, during, and after it was cooked! After reading the reviews I did omit the brown sugar and just added a little extra honey and maple syrup, it came out great and sweet enough for me! I only had almonds so I just used them all (about 2 1/4 cups). Like another reviewer mentioned, this is great because you can just add what you have in your kitchen and don't need to worry too much about missing/additional ingredients, just add what you like. Very tasty, thanks for the recipe! I'll be using this one a lot!
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Bobbie's Oatmeal Cookies

Reviewed: Apr. 10, 2011
This is officially my favorite oatmeal cookie recipe because they don't come out like flat pieces of leather! I live at high altitude (7000 ft) and this is the first oatmeal cookie I've made that keeps its shape. I made the recipe exactly as written except I added a little cinnamon and didn't grease my cookie sheet. They came out perfect! One variation I've also made is to replace the raisins with craisins and the milk chocolate chips with white chocolate chips, delicious! I look forward to experimenting with this recipe some more to see how far I can take it since it is now going to be my go-to cookie recipe here. I'm thinking of adding peanut butter next... thanks for sharing! After hundreds of failed cookies, this is a keeper!
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J.P.'s Big Daddy Biscuits

Reviewed: Feb. 6, 2011
With very little in my kitchen, I needed a biscuit recipe that required the basics and ONLY the basics. This was the perfect one and I was amazed at how good they were! At the time I was just looking for something to go with a baked chicken breast that would be filling, I was no expecting to find a recipe to write in my recipe book to make again. I made this exactly as written, I just cut the recipe in half. Thank you for sharing!
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Cottage Cheese Chicken Enchiladas

Reviewed: Jan. 17, 2011
These are delicious! I used green chili sauce instead of red and cheddar instead of Monterey Jack since that's what I had on hand, yummy! I managed to get more than 12 out of this recipe, more like 18 if I rolled them tight enough in the pan. The cottage cheese really does make this dish, I absolutely loved the flavor and I will be making these again very soon!
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Oven Roasted Red Potatoes

Reviewed: Dec. 19, 2010
My mom has been making these for years and they are always one of my favorite ways to have potatoes. The onions get nice and crispy... delicious! I add a few spiced to my own, sometimes fresh rosemary and they are simply delicious, a great side!
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Creamed Chipped Beef On Toast

Reviewed: Oct. 25, 2010
My mom has been making this since I was a kid, she had learned it from her mom who learned how how to make it in the Army ... I needed some comfort food today and couldn't call my mom up since she's on vacation and so I turned here. I'm so glad I found this, it was exactly how I remembered it from my childhood. My mom always used the packets of sliced beef from the deli and it always comes out great! Thanks for sharing! This was perfect for such a dreary day and during midterms!
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Easy Pavlova

Reviewed: Aug. 13, 2010
I had never had any kind of meringue before so I had nothing to compare this to, but it was very good. I followed the recipe exactly making no changes at all and did as another reviewer suggested by lightly crumpling my parchment paper, uncrumpling it and dusting it with cornstarch and had no problems getting it off. I loved the light airy texture and slight chewiness of it and how the kiwis balanced out the sweet. My mom enjoyed the unique taste and texture of this too and I will definitely be making it again!
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Tres Leches (Milk Cake)

Reviewed: Jul. 4, 2010
I had never even heard of this before but my supervisor asked me to make it for a work party. It was very good, I followed it exactly. I had my doubts when pouring on all the milk, I thought it would be too much, but the cake really does absorb it like a sponge and expands quite a bit with the added liquid. There was also a little extra liquid at the bottom of the dish which some opted to spooning this over their slice. The cake was very good, very very sweet and rich and so it serves quite a few people because we cut the slices so thin. The most important thing about this cake is to keep it very cold otherwise it becomes soggy and of course the milk will go bad. Interesting cake, but very delicious.
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Raspberry Walnut Torte

Reviewed: Jun. 20, 2010
This torte/cake was a lot of work for me, which is saying something since I made an Inside out German Choc. Cake that took four hours! While this didn't take nearly as long, the process of splitting the layers and trying to make the thing look presentable was a challenge. I found the cake rather crumbly (but not dry), therefore not so easy to separate. They also sunk in the middle making the process of getting "even" layers very difficult. Not sure if this is due to the high altitude where I live as I sometimes have issues with this when baking. My suggestion from what I learned, split the batter into four parts instead of two and adjust the cooking time to less to avoid having to cut the layers up. Also to get them out of the pan easily I highly recommend lining the bottoms of the pan with parchment paper, I did this and they came out without a problem. I made the recipe exactly how it was written except I used almonds instead of walnuts and added a little bit of almond extract instead of vanilla to the frosting. It tasted good but I wouldn't say it was "to die for" since I found the texture a little odd and not as elegant tasting (if that makes sense) as I would have liked. Perhaps this could be cured by grinding the nuts finer. I also prefer fresh fruit instead of preserves since I find preserves too sweet. I'm not sure I want to go through the trouble of making this again, but other people really enjoyed it so I might.
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Irish Cream Bundt Cake

Reviewed: Jun. 6, 2010
This cake was very good! The glaze was definitely the best part! Other reviewers said the cake was too sweet and too much like a doughnut... personally I didn't find it too sweet (although by tasting the batter I thought it would be) and I can see why it was compared to a doughnut as it was very dense and somewhat "dough" like in texture. I enjoyed the addition of the pecans and next time I may mix some into the glaze so they aren't just concentrated at the top of the cake. I only ended up using enough glaze to coat the cake a couple times and so I would suggest cutting that bit in half (but keep the amt. of irish cream the same - that's the best part!). Overall, good flavor and everyone really enjoyed it (even my picky younger brother!) and some even wanted the recipe.
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Baklava

Reviewed: Apr. 6, 2010
My roommate and I ate half the pan in one night, this stuff is addicting so beware if you have a sweet tooth! Not to mention it's delicious! I had to give the rest away because we couldn't stop eating it! Great recipe, I'll have to try and scale it down somehow in the future to avoid this problem!
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Annie's Fruit Salsa and Cinnamon Chips

Reviewed: Apr. 6, 2010
Delicious! Great for potlucks and parties and incredibly easy to make, loved the chips! This one is definitely going to be made again.
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Ravioli Dolci (Sweet Ravioli)

Reviewed: Apr. 6, 2010
Oh man, this recipe is one of the hardest I have ever made! Rolling the dough was incredibly difficult, forming the cookies even more difficult... wow! I'm not sure this is worth the effort for what you get and that's saying something since I often make cakes that take 3+ hours to make.
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