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Tahini Salad

Reviewed: Mar. 29, 2011
I like the combination of flavors, but the tahini "dressing" really is too think to be a dressing (it's more like a paste). I was frustrated by the tahini dressing when I made this, but I liked the flavor in it so I did what another reviewer suggested and added yogurt hoping that would help with the consistency. For my single portion I added 3/4 tbsp. of low fat yogurt and that really helped. This has nice flavors so it's definitely worth a try and I ended up enjoying the whole salad very much. Thanks for the recipe!
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Award Winning Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

Reviewed: Mar. 27, 2011
These are AMAZING chocolate chip cookies, and they really are so soft. The reason I can't give this five stars is because I had to make a few changes to the submitted recipe. First, I increased the amount of vanilla (I made half the recipe so I used 1 tbsp of vanilla). I also needed to add salt (I used about 1/4 tsp.). Those two changes really do make the cookies five-star worthy. I would absolutely make these again and I would make them often. I've tried the "Big Best Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies" from this site as well and those are wonderful but they are quite large and heavy. These are just right for most occasions so I'll probably go back and forth between the two recipes depending on the occasion and my mood. Okay, I'm done with my aimless rambling, I think I'll go have another cookie :)
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Orange Vinaigrette

Reviewed: Mar. 27, 2011
This has a great flavor, but the fact that the recipe has no oil means it doesn't stick to the veggies very well and everything just settles to the bottom. I made the recipe just as written, but after a few bites I added some oil (about 1 1/2 tsp. for my portion of salad) and that helped. I really liked the flavors in this one and I'll be making it again for sure. Thanks for the recipe!
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Double Nickel Dressing

Reviewed: Mar. 26, 2011
This is a good dressing once you cut back on the sugar. I cut the amount of sugar in half and it was a nice balance of hot and sweet. As written, it was just too sweet for me but that one change made the difference. Thanks for sharing, Anna :)
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Garbanzo Tomato Pasta Soup

Reviewed: Mar. 23, 2011
This is a very easy soup to make, but the recipe as written doesn't have much flavor to it so I'd recommend doubling the spices and then let it simmer for a while to let the flavors develop properly. Once you do that the soup is very tasty and good for you. Thanks for sharing your recipe, Joy :)
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Antipasto Salad

Reviewed: Mar. 18, 2011
This is has some nice flavors but I found it to be a bit too oily for my tastes, so I'll cut back on that and use olive oil rather than vegetable oil for more flavor. I'm vegetarian so I left out the pepperoni but I had some roasted red peppers that I wanted to use up so I added those. The flavors in the salad are good and they get better with time, just cut back on the oil and switch to a good quality olive oil rather than vegetable oil. Thanks for sharing :)
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Lebanese Lemon Salad Dressing

Reviewed: Mar. 18, 2011
A bit too tart for me, but still very good. Next time I'll just cut back on the lemon a bit. All in all a very easy dressing with common ingredients. Thanks for sharing!
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Mustard Mashed Potatoes

Reviewed: Mar. 17, 2011
delicious just as written; the only change I made was using white potatoes rather than red and i don't think that really affected anything. Thanks for the recipe!
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Thai Peanut Dressing

Reviewed: Mar. 17, 2011
Followed the recipe exactly, but made enough for just 1 person since I live alone. wouldn't change a thing about this dressing, it is five stars as is. Adding some fresh ginger and a dash of siracha sauce takes it to another level. Thanks for the recipe!
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Maple-Balsamic Vinaigrette

Reviewed: Mar. 17, 2011
This is fantastic poured over a salad of mixed greens, cranberries, walnuts, and feta cheese. I used 100% pure maple syrup and used a whisk rather than a blender (one less thing to clean). Thank you for the recipe :)
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Pistachio Cake III

Reviewed: Mar. 14, 2011
This cake has a great flavor and it's easily to change things up by using other flavors of pudding and other types of cake mix. I thought the pistachio flavor was just fine, not too strong but just enough to be noticeable. The only change I made to the recipe was to leave out the green food coloring. If you're making this for a St. Patrick's day celebration it would be a good idea to add a few drops b/c without it you get a yellow-green color that doesn't quite "pop". Thanks for the recipe!
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Smoked Paprika Vinaigrette

Reviewed: Mar. 14, 2011
This is a five star dressing with the regular paprika I used; I can only imagine how wonderful it must be with smoked paprika. I've already put smoked paprika on next week's grocery list and I plan on making the full amount (I cut it down to 1 serving for myself this time). Thanks for the recipe :)
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Peanut Butter Pancakes

Reviewed: Mar. 13, 2011
I admit that these pancakes are rather thin and the batter has a tendency to get stuck on the spatula, but they taste amazing!! I didn't have honey so I didn't get to try the honey butter out, but I topped these pancakes with some strawberry preserves and they were a hit. Thanks for the recipe :)
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Spicy Black Bean Empanadas

Reviewed: Mar. 10, 2011
Really good and easy to make. I did make some changes, starting with making 1/2 the recipe since I didn't need the full amount. I'm vegetarian so I left out the pork and used a full can of black beans instead. I had already starting making this when I realized that i didn't have tomato sauce so I used salsa instead, and it added fantastic flavor. I really enjoyed this recipe, I ate it as a meal by adding a salad with margarita dressing (from this site) but I know these would make great appetizers for a party. Thank you for the recipe!
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Pico De Gallo

Reviewed: Mar. 10, 2011
This is decent, but a very basic recipe. As many others have mentioned, adding fresh lime juice and minced garlic rather than garlic powder makes a huge difference. This is a great addition for any fiesta. Thanks for the recipe!
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Vinaigrette

Reviewed: Mar. 10, 2011
Really good stuff, and very easy to make. I used olive oil instead of vegetable oil and added some black pepper. Next time I'll leave out the salt, I don't think its needed here. Thanks for the recipe!
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Poppy Seed Salad Dressing

Reviewed: Mar. 9, 2011
I really enjoyed this, but I think I'll cut back on the sugar next time. This gets better as it sits so I recommend making it ahead of time and storing it in the fridge until you're ready to eat. Thanks for the recipe!
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African Peanut Soup

Reviewed: Mar. 7, 2011
Pretty good as written, the only thing I'll be doing next time is increasing the spices or taking Liz E.'s suggestion and using salsa in the place of the chopped tomatoes. As written it was very nice but a bit bland for my tastes. The tomato/peanut butter combination isn't for everyone, but I really enjoyed it so I'm sure I'll be making it again. Thanks for the recipe!
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Festive Tossed Salad

Reviewed: Mar. 7, 2011
A simple tossed salad but oh so tasty! I was a bit concerned about the addition of dried cranberries; I didn't think they would go well in the salad. However, I decided to try it out anyway and I found that it all came together quite well. Thanks for the recipe!
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Margarita Dressing

Reviewed: Mar. 5, 2011
Nice dressing, wouldn't change a thing about it. It tastes fresh and tart (but not too tart) and is great for a side salad when you're planning a Mexican-style meal. Thanks for the recipe!
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