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Quinoa and Black Beans

Reviewed: Aug. 23, 2012
I'm experimenting with healthy cooking, and this was very good as a side dish to pork tenderloin (although it would also be a good light main dish). I had never cooked quinoa before, but it was quite easy. I rinsed it before cooking. I also used about 3/4 of a can of Rotel tomatoes with green chiles, and I really liked the addition of tomatoes. I will enjoy having the leftovers for lunch!
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Hot Artichoke and Spinach Dip II

Reviewed: Jun. 26, 2012
Really good, easy recipe. I used my mixer. Tasted great. 6 women cleaned it out within an hour.
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Sam's Famous Carrot Cake

Reviewed: Jun. 24, 2012
I have to admit that I HATE carrot cake, and this was no exception. But, I made it for my husband's birthday because his absolute favorite cake is carrot cake. I followed the recipe (using the food processor), and did everything as directed except for the nuts--my husband asked me not to use nuts. He really loved it, as did our friends who ate the cake. As for me... Well, I got tiramisu to-go from the restaurant where we ate dinner.
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Cream Cheese Frosting II

Reviewed: Jun. 24, 2012
This was my first time making homemade frosting, and it came out very well. I added the sugar gradually, tasting it, to get it to the appropriate level of sweetness. Thanks for the recipe!
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Champagne Punch III

Reviewed: May 20, 2012
I used this recipe for the first time for a large gathering of about 75 people. It was a risk to use a new recipe for such a big event, but it was a big hit! I got tons of compliments on it. Because I was trying to stretch the recipe, I doubled all the ingredients, and added additional sparkling water to taste. Great recipe!
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Perfect Berry Shortcakes

Reviewed: Apr. 8, 2012
Yum! Just made these and they came out great! I made them slightly smaller and got about 8 out of each batch (doubled the recipe so I could take these to a party). I watched them closely while cooking to make sure that they didn't overcook. I mixed some chopped spearmint leaves in with the whipped cream. Wonderful!
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Curried Coconut Chicken

Reviewed: Mar. 1, 2012
This was very good! My husband really, really loved it. It will definitely take more than the prescribed amount of cooking time, so plan accordingly. I did make a double batch of the "sauce," and probably cooked it down for 2 hours. I used slightly less sugar than called for in the recipe. All in all, this was an easy recipe, despite the cooking time. I did set off our fire alarms when I was cooking the curry in the oil!
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Eggplant Parmesan II

Reviewed: Feb. 25, 2012
A friend had a baby, and I made this to take to her and her (vegetarian) husband. It came out very well. The biggest hassle was sweating the eggplant. I don't know if I will do that again. I will pre-bake the eggplant in the oven so it will be crispy. It was good--perfect for a mix of people who are vegetarians, and people who like meat. Eggplant is a "meaty" vegetable!
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Asian Salad

Reviewed: Feb. 25, 2012
SOOO delicious! I can't wait to make this again. I used the bagged cole slaw mix, and it turned out well. I toasted the Ramen in the oven. When making for just a few people, I will not mix in the Ramen until just before serving. Otherwise, the noodles get really soggy if you want to have the salad the next day as leftovers. I will mix up the dry ingredients just prior to eating.
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Easy Batter Fruit Cobbler

Reviewed: Feb. 25, 2012
This recipe is so easy and delicious! I can whip this up so easily and quickly, and I usually have all the ingredients in the house. I've been using blackberries in it, but am looking forward to trying fresh peaches when they're in season. I like to pour a little bit of heavy cream (a few tablespoons at most) over the warmed cobbler. This is how my family did it when I was a kid, and I love it that way!
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German Spaetzle Dumplings

Reviewed: Feb. 25, 2012
I had a hard time getting these to the right texture for my spatzle maker, but I think that was just my inexperience. I added additional flour and they came out OK. I thought there was a little too much nutmeg, and I will put in slightly less next time. I served it with Hungarian goulash. Delicious!
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Morning Glory Muffins I

Reviewed: Feb. 25, 2012
These came out deliciously! I used the food processor to chop everything. I used applesauce instead of the oil and apple butter. I made them a week ago, and they're still incredibly moist. My friends loved them, too.
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Super-Delicious Zuppa Toscana

Reviewed: Feb. 25, 2012
This soup is AMAZING. It really is like the soup at Olive Garden. A few modifications--I do not use the bacon. I use a bit less cream (I just pour it in until the soup is the right color for me. It's probably 1/2 C of cream.) I use kale instead of spinach, since that's what OG does. Sometimes I use the bulk hot Italian sausage instead of the mild. I like the extra spiciness! I have made this so many times, and it is always wonderful!
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Chicken Marsala

Reviewed: Feb. 23, 2012
This came out generally well, but a few notes: I tried adding garlic while I was cooking the chicken (per another review), but it ended up burning and kind of making a mess. If you want to put the sauce over pasta, you're going to have to cook it down A LOT, and you're going to want to make WAY more sauce than the recipe calls for. I ended up using practically the whole bottle of marsala wine, and I used a lot more mushrooms. The sauce came out well. I think next time I will use oil instead of butter to cook the chicken for health reasons.
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Classic Bran Muffins

Reviewed: Feb. 13, 2012
Really good! I used whole wheat flour, applesauce instead of oil, and almost a whole cup of dried cherries (I don't prefer nuts). I usually hate "health" food, but am trying to lose some weight, and decided a healthy breakfast every morning would help get me off to the right start. I am planning to freeze 6 of them... I hope they thaw and still taste good!
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