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Quiche-y Brunch Bread

Reviewed: Oct. 22, 2012
Well, this was my first time making quiche. I can't believe I'be been cooking 30 years and haven't made one, but there you go. I love this recipe, although i would likely call it a brunch bread as it is not the texture of quiche, which is just fine!! I caramelized some shallots and finished them with balsamic vineagar, added cooked asparagus, parm adn shredded Tex Mex blend cheese (basically what I had on hand). They I realized that what i thought was biscuit mix was actually pancake mix, so I improvised with a teaspoon of baking powder, 3/4 cup flour, pinch of salt and that butter that everyone else was deleting. I also added a teaspoon of dried mustard powder, thyme and some pepper. It was definitely lumpy and dense, so i finished it by laying some sliced tomatoes on the top. I baked it in a 9x9 glass pan for 45 minutes and it was perfectly done in that time. I did not eat it hot, I was actually making it for lunches this week. I just tried it and it was delicious! much denser that quiche, without the jiggle (which puts my family off anyway, so this is a good thing). I will definitely try this one again!
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Easy Quiche

Reviewed: Oct. 22, 2012
Well, this was my first time making quiche. I can't believe I'be been cooking 30 years and haven't made one, but there you go. I love this recipe, although i would likely call it a brunch bread as it is not the texture of quiche, which is just fine!! I caramelized some shallots and finished them with balsamic vineagar, added cooked asparagus, parm adn shredded Tex Mex blend cheese (basically what I had on hand). They I realized that what i thought was biscuit mix was actually pancake mix, so I improvised with a teaspoon of baking powder, 3/4 cup flour, pinch of salt and that butter that everyone else was deleting. I also added a teaspoon of dried mustard powder, thyme and some pepper. It was definitely lumpy and dense, so i finished it by laying some sliced tomatoes on the top. I baked it in a 9x9 glass pan for 45 minutes and it was perfectly done in that time. I did not eat it hot, I was actually making it for lunches this week. I just tried it and it was delicious! much denser that quiche, without the jiggle (which puts my family off anyway, so this is a good thing). I will definitely try this one again!
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Turkey and Quinoa Meatloaf

Reviewed: Mar. 10, 2012
Outstanding! I have actually never made any kind of meatloaf before and according to my husband and niece, this one was fantastic! moist, flavourful and substantial. the only thing i would do differently is thicken the paste for the top - mine was a little think and most of it leaked off and carmelized to the tin foil. I will definitely make this again!
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Carmelized Onion and Bacon Potato Salad

Reviewed: Jan. 24, 2012
I enjoy this version of potato salad as a lighter option in the heat of summer. The egg version I normally make can be a little heavy. This with the addition of the tzadziki is lighter, healthier (easy on the bacon) adn holds nicely for up to 5 days.
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Venison Winter Vegetable Stew

Reviewed: Jan. 24, 2012
Well, I am reviewing my own recipe so it totally ROCKED! LOL The venison was so tender it melted in my mouth. I would definitely recommend it as a nice alternative to beef for those who like read meat. It is not gamey for those who haven't tried it, just full of flavour!
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Lemony Quinoa

Reviewed: Jan. 24, 2012
This was a nice side dish. I would definitely increase the lemon factor next time. Might have just been my lemons this time!
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Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Apples and Bacon

Reviewed: Jan. 24, 2012
Oh. My. God. This soup is perfection in a bowl! I made it for a meeting at work (I"m a Hotel Manager) at got such rave reviews it was a little embarassing! I scaled the recipe to serve 18 so the only change I made was to increase the carrot & celery and added about 3 cups of apple cider. It is the best soup I've ever made! The bacon and sour cream finish this dish perfectly. I WILL be making this again...and again...and again.
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Black Bean Guaca-salsa

Reviewed: Jan. 2, 2012
This is my "go to" pot luck appetizer. People just love it. It's easy and healthy too!
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Lentil Soup

Reviewed: Jan. 2, 2012
OMG! Just made this for dinner with a few modifications based on what I had in the pantry. this soup is DELICIOUS!! I had 2 leeks left from Christmas dinner, so I subbed them for regular onions. I didn;t have celery - just omitted it. My husband isn't happy with meatless dishes so i added some diced smoked ham left from New Years! Did a full teaspoon of smoked paprika and 2 cans of brown lentils, drained and rinsed. It was AWESOME! this recipe is a keeper - thanks Gabriella!
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Lentil Soup

Reviewed: Jan. 2, 2012
OMG! Just made this for dinner with a few modifications based on what I had in the pantry. this soup is DELICIOUS!! I had 2 leeks left from Christmas dinner, so I subbed them for regular onions. I didn;t have celery - just omitted it. My husband isn't happy with meatless dishes so i added some diced smoked ham left from New Years! Did a full teaspoon of smoked paprika and 2 cans of brown lentils, drained and rinsed. It was AWESOME! this recipe is a keeper - thanks Gabriella!
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Banana Pancakes I

Reviewed: Jan. 2, 2012
These are mu husband's favourites! I add 3 bananas and use 1/2 white and 1/2 whole wheat flour - and they are still the lightest, fluffiest pancakes ever. I also add a dash of nutmeg & cinnamon and a splash of vanilla for extra flavour. My neice came up with her own twist and put peanut butter on them instead of syrup!
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Pumpkin Bundt Cake

Reviewed: Jan. 2, 2012
I made this cake twice last fall...there was nary a crumb left either time! I frosted it with cream cheese frosting once and glazed it another time. For potluck at work this week I'll be making cupcake versions! I do sub apple sauce for the oil with no issues and i pump up the spices to 3 tablespoons total.
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Spooky Witches' Fingers

Reviewed: Jan. 2, 2012
These are a little trickier than the look! Make them smaller than you think they should be...they do tend to puff up quite a bit. They were a big hit with my neices and nephews!
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Banana Pancakes I

Reviewed: Oct. 1, 2011
These are mu husband's favourites! I add 3 bananas and use 1/2 white and 1/2 whole wheat flour - and they are still the lightest, fluffiest pancakes ever. I also add a dash of nutmeg & cinnamon and a splash of vanilla for extra flavour. My neice came up with her own twist and put peanut butter on them instead of syrup!
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Pumpkin Bundt Cake

Reviewed: Oct. 1, 2011
I made this cake twice last fall...there was nary a crumb left either time! I frosted it with cream cheese frosting once and glazed it another time. For potluck at work this week I'll be making cupcake versions! I do sub apple sauce for the oil with no issues and i pump up the spices to 3 tablespoons total.
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Tater Taco Casserole

Reviewed: Jun. 14, 2010
I made this for my husband and I, thinking there would be lots of left overs for the week! No such luck!! I had enough to take a small container to work for lunch. It was delicious - I'm renaming it Mexican Sheperds Pie! I only had regular cheddar soup so I added some authentic Mexican salsa sauce (not salsa, this is a concentrated hot sauce). I think next time I will try and sneak in some black beans for more fibre and a little more salsa for extra kick.
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