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Thanksgiving Beets

Reviewed: Jun. 25, 2010
These were pretty good. They tasted bitter when hot, but when they cooled down, they were sweet and tasty. That said, it seems to me that beets are one of those foods that people have very set ideas about, either you like them or you hate them. My husband and sons wouldn't touch them and my 33 yr old husband made horrible gagging noises after tasting one on my request (this is very out of character for him). The baby and I liked them quite well though.
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'Out of Salad Dressing' Salad Dressing

Reviewed: Jun. 20, 2010
This is a lot like a simplified caesar salad dressing. My husband liked it a lot, he even went back for seconds. thanks!
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Chunky Monkey Pancakes

Reviewed: Jun. 20, 2010
My son requested banana chocolate chip pancakes for his birthday, and this had good reviews so I thought we'd give it a try. I followed the recipe exactly but omitted the nuts for the kids and just sprinkled them on top of mine and my husband's. We didn't think these were anything special and my kids were not fans of the chunks. I'm glad we tried it, but won't be making it again.
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Cabbage and Dumplings

Reviewed: Jun. 18, 2010
My family did not care for this at all. We found it to be quite bland and weren't fans of the texture. Everyone left their servings almost untouched after the first taste.
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Lettuce with Buttermilk Dressing

Reviewed: Jun. 17, 2010
my husband really enjoyed this, thanks for the great recipe! ETA: one year later, this is still a favorite in our house, great for all the fresh springtime lettuce from our organic CSA. I used homemade whole egg mayonnaise (recipe also from this site), local buttermilk, and subbed live Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar for the white, for added probiotic help. I double the recipe when I make it now because we love it so much. I just put everything in a pint sized mason jar, give a little stir and then shake it up. Yum!!
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Rudy's Garlic Scape Pesto

Reviewed: Jun. 15, 2010
This made just the right amount to freeze in one ice cube tray. I did take out one of the "cubes" before it was frozen and tossed it over some pasta. My 2 yr old ate it, but no one else really cared for it. I've read that it mellows after freezing, so I am hoping we'll like it better if we try it in a few months. I'm giving it 4 stars for the benefit of the doubt. For now, we'll stick with sauteeing our scapes in eggs and veggie stir fries.
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International Pancakes

Reviewed: Jun. 10, 2010
These are not that great. They are very sweet (I think that's the part that makes them like the IHOP ones?) but other than that have pretty much no flavor, they are really bland. I followed the recipe exactly as well (although I did sub white whole wheat flour instead of ap flour) and didn't have a problem with the consistency like some other reviewers did. I just didn't think they had any flavor. Even my kids weren't that impressed with them. I won't be making this recipe again.
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Soy Sauce Substitute

Reviewed: Jun. 6, 2010
this worked out great for us, thanks so much for the recipe! I suspect my daughter has a soy allergy and it is really nice to find a good substitute for soy sauce so we can enjoy some of our favorite recipes. Thanks!
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Kalbi (Marinated Beef Short Ribs)

Reviewed: Jun. 6, 2010
This did not work for us at all. The flavor was very good (hence the 3 stars) on the tiny portion that was edible, but the ribs didn't grill right at all. I think it would have been much better to try this marinade with slow cooking the ribs instead of grilling them. They were almost impossible to eat and mostly went to waste, it was very disappointing.
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Grilled Asparagus

Reviewed: Jun. 6, 2010
I wish that I had read the other comments before making this. This was a little disappointing for us. Not sure if my husband didn't have the heat hot enough on the grill or what, but it really wasn't cooked enough and didn't have as much flavor as I expected. We roast asparagus in the oven this way all the time and it turns out great, but if I were to try grilling it this way again, I'd probably give it a few extra minutes and try marinating it and adding some balsamic vinergar like other reviewers suggested.
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Grilled Flat Iron Steak with Blue Cheese-Chive Butter

Reviewed: Jun. 6, 2010
This was very good. The blue cheese butter wasn't a hit with the rest of my family, but I liked it a lot. Next time I would either use salted butter or sprinkle the steak with a tiny bit of salt though. I'd probably increase the proportion of blue cheese to butter as well, I found it a little too buttery. I might try substituting fresh rosemary too, I prefer that over the dried kind. Thanks for the great recipe!
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Lettuce with Cream Dressing

Reviewed: Jun. 5, 2010
When I pulled out my brand new container of sour cream, I discovered it had been opened/improperly sealed and had gone bad, so I had to substitute greek yogurt instead. Otherwise I followed the recipe exactly (using apple cider vinegar since it didn't explicitly say which kind to use) and it turned out great. I honestly didn't expect it to be a hit with my husband but he cleaned out his bowl and kept saying how much he loved it, he can't wait to have more tomorrow. I did put fresh tomato on top and he thought that was great with the dressing as well. I'm looking forward to trying this recipe with the sour cream next time. Thanks! ETA: I have since made it with sour cream and it is a huge hit in our family either way. Even my one year old loves it and it is the only way she will eat salad, she keeps saying "more leaf please" thanks for the great recipe!
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Lettuce and Tarragon Soup

Reviewed: Jun. 4, 2010
This was very good, however, it was way too salty for us. I don't think I'd add any of the salt at first next time, and would just salt to taste afterwards. I did have to substitute a mixture of chopped spring onions and white onions for the leeks, since I didn't have any, and I only had dried tarragon on hand so I used 1 Tbsp plus 1 tsp. The flavor was good other than the salt issue. It's great to have a new use for all of the heads of lettuce we have been getting from our csa!
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Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Reviewed: Jun. 1, 2010
These were not that great. The batter is super thin and spreads a lot, and there just isn't that much flavor without the chocolate chips. The only thing I did differently was to sub half white whole wheat flour and to sprinkle the chips on top of each pancake rather than mixing them into the batter. I don't think I would make these again. I've reviewed another chocolate chip pancake recipe on this site that was sublime, and this just didn't come close in comparison.
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Blueberry Oat Waffles

Reviewed: May 25, 2010
These were pretty good. They are hearty and very filling. My son liked them at first, but filled up quite quickly, as did I. I think my husband would like them a lot, so I'll definitely be trying the recipe again, but I don't think it's going to be a household favorite - just a nice change of pace when we'd like something a bit different. I followed the recipe closely, but subbed white whole wheat flour for the ap flour and just eyeballed the pecans and berries rather than measuring exactly.
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Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Reviewed: May 20, 2010
These were great, my whole family cleaned their plates. Served with homemade tart cherry syrup, they are elevated to nothing short of incredible. It's nice that you put the chocolate chips on top of each pancake as they are cooking so you can substitute fruit (or nothing) if you prefer. I let the batch sit for about 15-20 min before cooking, and it got really fluffy and made more than my family of 5 could eat. I can't wait to serve the leftovers to the kids for breakfast tomorrow. This recipe is definitely a keeper, thanks! ETA: After reading other reviews I wanted to add that I subbed extra light olive oil for the veg. oil and white whole wheat flour for 1 cup of the flour and you could not at all tell that they were "whole grain" or healthier, they still came out super fluffy, not dense at all (perhaps the waiting period helped with this). Otherwise I followed the recipe exactly and did not find them to be too salty. You CAN sprinkle the chips right on, as long as your pan is not hot enough to burn the pancakes, it won't burn the chocolate either. They were sweet enough not to need syrup at all, which is the way we ate most of them. I wouldn't use maple though. The cherry syrup was great (given that chocolate and cherry are a nice combo anyway), but if I didn't have that on hand and felt like I really needed syrup, I might try agave nectar or a simple vanilla syrup. They truly don't need any syrup though.
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Gingerbread Waffles

Reviewed: May 16, 2010
These were a nice change of pace but I wouldn't make them frequently, they are rather labor intensive for what you get. The recipe made just the right amount for our family with no batter left over. We did omit the raisins, as I had two children who really couldn't wait any longer to eat so I didn't want to take the time to chop them and knew the boys would not eat them whole - I'm sure they are a tasty addition when chopped though. We sprinkled a little powdered sugar on top and found that syrup was unnecessary. thanks for the recipe!
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Authentic South Indian Biryani

Reviewed: May 15, 2010
My husband actually loved this, but I found it to be rather bland and my kids wouldn't touch it (they really like Indian curries, but this didn't appeal to them at all). If I were to make it again, I'd probably only do 1 1/2 or 2 cups of rice, I used 1 1/2 lbs of chicken and still found the proportion of rice to chicken to be rather high. I'd probably double all the spices as well, I felt the dish did not have much flavor, especially given all the work that went into it.
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Sour Cream Waffles

Reviewed: May 8, 2010
These were very good. I agree with other reviewers that they start out crispy on the outside but get chewy quickly. That said, I only used half the batter the first day, so the next day when I used the second half, I left them in a little longer and they stayed nicely crisped. They went from a B to an A+ on the second day. I think it might have been from the batter sitting overnight as well as the longer cooking time. The only change I made was to sub about 1/2 cup white whole wheat flour. Next time I might try adding vanilla like other reviewers suggested, but I would not eliminate the vinegar, I think the chemical reaction makes the batter so light and fluffy and really delicious. My boys liked these a lot with agave nectar, not so much with fruit and whipped cream. Since the batter isn't sweet, it helps to have a sweet topper for the waffles (although I actually like them plain). Thanks for the great recipe!
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Kate's Light n' Fluffy Buttermilk and Chocolate Chip Waffles

Reviewed: May 5, 2010
I followed the recipe pretty closely, but these just weren't that great for us, they weren't even as fluffy as I expected. Both of my boys liked them (and we didn't find the chocolate chips to be overpowering as some other reviewers did, but we certainly didn't need syrup on top, they were sweet enough as is) but none of us thought they were as good as some of the other waffle recipes we have tried, and they were much more work. I've saved the rest of the batter to try as pancakes, as one reviewer recommended. I might try the recipe again with some of the shortcuts recommended by other reviewers, but I won't be making it as posted again, too much work for what you get.
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