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Cream Of Asparagus Soup

Reviewed: Jan. 27, 2011
This was alright, but not stellar. I used blanched and frozen organic asparagus that I had saved from our CSA last summer. I also substituted frozen diced organic onion (also from our CSA) for the leek, since I didn't have any leek. And I took the recommendation of other reviewers and substituted cream for the milk. I felt like the soup was kind of bland, so I added a little salt, but it still could have used something more.
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Asparagus Strata

Reviewed: Jan. 27, 2011
This was really disappointing. I added about 1/4 tsp hot sauce, but it came out very bland and seemed so bread-y and not egg-y enough. I used whole grain bread too, which I wouldn't recommend. I'm sure it would have blended better if I had white bread on hand, but we don't eat white bread. If I were to make it again (which I won't), I would use less bread and add more hot sauce, and maybe some dried mustard and a bit of pepper. Probably a little more cheese as well. I did use frozen asparagus that I had blanched before I froze it and that worked out well.
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Canned Apple Pie Filling

Reviewed: Jan. 26, 2011
I made a batch of this with fresh local organic apples in Sept., and we have used two jars so far. One qt jar = 1 regular/shallow 9" pie for us. So far, our favorite method is to bake the pie crust for about 5 minutes unfilled (with holes pricked in it) at 425 F then pour the filling in (I crumble a little extra pie crust over the top - tastes great and looks pretty, but less work than building a lattice or doing a top crust) and reduce the temperature to 350 F and bake for about 45 min. This is such a huge hit with my husband and 5 year old that a whole pie can disappear in less than 24 hours. I am really glad I tried this recipe!! The only changes I made to the original recipe were to omit the food coloring (yuck) and substitute cardamom for nutmeg. This will definitely become a yearly favorite for us! Thank you!
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Raspberry Banana Bread

Reviewed: Jan. 26, 2011
This was really good, but the texture didn't seem quite right. Next time, I think I would use baking powder instead of baking soda and cut the sugar in half.
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Candied Salmon

Reviewed: Jan. 19, 2011
The salmon that I used for this recipe was not very good quality and tasted fishy. This sauce was the only thing that could have made it edible (well, my kids smothered it in bbq sauce instead). I think the recipe would be excellent with good quality salmon. I did follow other reviewers' suggestions and only used 1/2 cup vinegar to the full 1 cup of brown sugar. I also did not have fresh onion on hand, so I used @1 frozen diced onion. I'm glad I didn't use the full 3 onions the recipe called for, that would have been too much for us. As for the reviewers who found that the sauce didn't caramelize, I think perhaps caramelize is the wrong word choice (especially if you used the full 1 cup vinegar). I waited until it had reduced by about 50% and then I poured it over the fish. That worked pretty well for us. thanks for the recipe!
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Spiced Potatoes

Reviewed: Jan. 19, 2011
My children thought these were too spicy (although they are not potato fans anyway, so who knows, they might not even have eaten them with less spice), but my husband *loved* them. I thought they were great too. I did substitute one tsp Italian seasoning for the parsley, since I didn't have any dried parsley on hand. I will definitely be making these again, thanks!
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Pumpkin Wheat Honey Muffins

Reviewed: Jan. 19, 2011
I used 1 cup homemade pureed pumpkin but otherwise followed the recipe exactly, except that I had to omit the raisins and nuts so that my son could bring them to school for snack. My 5 year old loves these muffins, although his younger siblings don't seem interested. My husband and I both thought they were pretty good as well. I'll bet they are great with the raisins and nuts!
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Best Brownies

Reviewed: Jan. 8, 2011
After reading a bunch of reviews, I decided to make these exactly as listed. I did have to add a dash of 1/2 and 1/2 to the icing to get it to mix. It wasn't spreadable and took some of the top of the brownie off when I tried to spread it, so I let it sit on the hot brownies and melt for a few minutes and then it spread much better. The icing was a little sweet for me, but overall still an awesome brownie. My husband loved them too. To the reviewer who said they were cakey, I would recommend following the recipe as written and NOT overcooking. I started checking mine at 23 min and they were ready at about 27 min. They are nice and fudgy on the inside with crisp edges, I wouldn't do anything differently next time. Thanks for the great recipe! ETA: usually when I make brownies, we like them very well at first, but end up having togive or throw some away, as there are always more in the pan than we have an appetite for. With this recipe, they were gone in just over 24 hours and my husband asked me to bake another batch right away. I guess they really are the best brownies!! *ETA2: I just made these again, subbing rapadura for the sugar and spelt flour for the white flour and they are still amazing. yum!!
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Cranberry Streusel Loaf

Reviewed: Dec. 17, 2010
My son and I made this for his preschool teachers and it was a huge hit. Two of them asked for the recipe. I substituted walnuts for the pecans and cardamom for the nutmeg and I used fresh cranberries. We will definitely come back to this recipe, it is the best cranberry bread recipe I have ever tried! Thank you for the great recipe.
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Almond-Tipped Shortbread Fingers

Reviewed: Dec. 14, 2010
these were very good, but didn't taste quite as good as they looked. I'm not sure how they got them to stay round in the picture, even when I refrigerated mine overnight before baking, they still flattened out when they baked. They still looked very attractive on the cookie platter though! I think I would try using almond extract instead of vanilla (per another reviewer) next time, that might add the extra special bit needed to take the flavor to the next level? I dipped some in white chocolate with almonds, some in semisweet chocolate with pecans and some with almonds, and some in melted cinnamon chips with pecans and some with almonds. The white chocolate (I used ghirardelli baking chips) and cinnamon chips don't melt smoothly to coat, but it helps if you add a few drops to 1/2 tsp coconut oil (not too much, or they won't solidify again). The semisweet chocolate was definitely the easiest for dipping, whereas the cookies sometimes crumbled or broke in the white chocolate because it is more solid. Of course even the broken ones got gobbled up very quickly!
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Ali's Green Sauce

Reviewed: Nov. 3, 2010
I am not from TX, so I'm not sure what restaurant this refers to and don't have a point of comparison. I had some green tomatoes to use up so I figured I would give this a try (we like tex mex). I followed the recipe closely except left the seeds in the peppers as other reviewers suggested. This was pretty good, but not lifechanging or a standout. My family prefers guacamole and also roasted tomatillo green salsa, so I'll make those next time instead of using those ingredients to make this, it is not bad, but it's not as good as either of those either. It was fun to try something new though.
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Spicy Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Reviewed: Oct. 30, 2010
I only had about 2 cups of pumpkin seeds. I cut the butter to 2 tsp (I find that it only needs about 1 tsp per cup usually) and the seasoned salt to 1 1/2 tsp but kept the garlic powder the same. I did not add regular salt, I didn't think it was necessary. I checked at 45 min and they were done and did not need further cooking. We thought these were good, but not the best we have ever made. I might add more garlic powder next time (my husband is a big garlic fan).
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Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Reviewed: Oct. 30, 2010
I followed this exactly and they were addictive. I like this better than some of the fancier recipes I have tried. Sometimes the simplest really is the best. :)
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Mulligatawny Soup I

Reviewed: Oct. 22, 2010
I made this with fresh local organic veggies and chicken that was still walking around the farm earlier this week. I thought it was really good, such a nice fall and winter soup. However, my husband and sons were not big fans. They ate the chicken but nothing else. I followed the recipe pretty closely except substituted brown rice for the white rice (I added it at the same time as the broth so it would have time to cook) and used my immersion blender to blend everything else together before adding the chicken at the very end. I was tempted to add a can of coconut milk, but I wanted to try it as written first. I will probably make it again sometime when my husband is out of town or if I have friends over for lunch, etc. since I really enjoyed it even though he did not.
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Apple Squares

Reviewed: Sep. 28, 2010
these are quite good. my 5 year old can't get enough of them. Thanks for the recipe.
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Italian Restaurant-Style Dressing

Reviewed: Sep. 26, 2010
This was pretty good. It really does taste quite similar to O.G's - wish I had seen this recipe when I was craving their salad while pregnant (and lived 45 min away). I'm not loving the corn syrup, as we try to avoid GMO ingredients. Might experiment with agave nectar or honey next time.
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Baked French Fries I

Reviewed: Sep. 12, 2010
I didn't have 45 min, so I cut these very thin and they only needed about 20 min. to bake. My husband liked them a lot, but the kids wouldn't touch them.
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Garam Masala Seared Salmon with Coconut-Curry Butter

Reviewed: Sep. 7, 2010
The idea of this sounded so good, but none of us were very impressed with this, we didn't think it was worth the work or expensive ingredients. It was just disappointing for us.
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Roasted Tomatillo and Garlic Salsa

Reviewed: Sep. 1, 2010
This was very good, and it seems to be a forgiving recipe. I forgot to pick up cilantro and garlic making it, so my charred veggies had to wait a day before being blended together and they still turned out great. I ended up just subbing minced garlic for the roasted cloves, I'm sure it would be even better if I had roasted the garlic like the recipe called for. I also added about half a small onion like some reviewers suggested. And I only had 2 jalapenos so I subbed a hot cherry pepper for the third. My only complaint is that it really just tasted like spicy cilantro to me. The tomatillo taste didn't really come through like I had expected. Next time I will use more tomatillos or a smaller bunch of cilantro. Thanks for the recipe! ETA: I need to change this from 4 to 5 stars. After it sat in the fridge for a few hours, the strong cilantro taste had faded and the other flavors came through. After a couple days of the flavors mingling, it was amazing! It makes for a life-changing good taco topping as well. My husband said if we had this all the time, he would never need hot sauce, the flavor of the salsa is just so much better. Next summer I am going to seek out bulk tomatillos so I can make a lot of this and can it. YUM!!
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Blue Cheese Green Beans

Reviewed: Aug. 30, 2010
I wasn't sure about this but figured I'd give it a try, since I love green beans and blue cheese both. I'm sure it would have been tasty with the bacon, but we are not big bacon eaters so I didn't have any to try with it. The dressing was good, and I liked it on the beans, but probably not enough to make them that way again. The kids wouldn't touch it, and my hubby ate most of his serving but didn't seem overly impressed. It was fun to try something different though! thanks for the recipe.
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