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Sally's Spinach Mashed Potatoes

Reviewed: Jan. 28, 2012
We enjoyed this. It seemed a little more fancy than your average mashed potato side with minimal effort. I added a little milk too to thin it a bit so it would be more friendly for our toddler. I think next time I will sautee the onions with the spinach before adding since it suits my taste better. Thanks for the recipe!
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Strawberry Oatmeal Breakfast Smoothie

Reviewed: Jul. 18, 2010
I got up with my husband this morning just to make him this smoothie and use up some of our fresh strawberries and bananas (didn't find that it was too runny with nothing frozen. The oats thicken it up I think). I used light soy milk and made sure to powder the oats first before adding the liquids (texture preference). I wasn't terribly precise in measuring the strawberries. I just put in a couple big scoops, maybe a cup and a half. No sugar was needed in addition to the main ingredients but I added the vanilla because I love it! I think I will start adding oatmeal to all my smoothies for health reasons. I could hardly taste it and it helped fill me up so I didn't overindulge. This made about 6dl of smoothie in my estimation. Thanks!
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Peanut Butter and Banana Smoothie

Reviewed: Jul. 12, 2010
Sweet and refreshing. Great for peanut butter lovers looking for a more summery light treat!
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Crepes

Reviewed: Jul. 12, 2010
I lived in France for a year and used to eat crepes a lot! This tastes familiar and it's easy to make. So easy I've made it many times already. Versatile because you can add a bit of sugar and vanilla for sweet crepes or prepare it as is for a savory crepe. I don't think you MUST refrigerate the batter to make good crepes but it helps you quickly spread it in the pan for a thin crepe (as they are meant to be) before it heats up too much and starts to set.
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Robbi's M&M Cookies

Reviewed: Jul. 12, 2010
I used to use the toll house chocolate chip cookie recipes for M&M cookies. This was far better in my opinion because it seems to take int consideration better just how sweet M&Ms are. This is a more balance cookie, chewy but fluffy too! Thanks!
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Moussaka

Reviewed: Jul. 12, 2010
Really tasty and very fancy recipe that I made for company. There were 4 of us and there was plenty for dinner for two the next day plus my husband took some to work for lunch. I took the advice of whipping egg whites into the sauce and adding the yolks with the milk. I did not find that I had too much sauce. The dish came out a bit on the runny side the day it was made (it solidified in the fridge overnight) because I didn't get the chance to salt and dry out the eggplant before browning it. That's probably also why it required a bit more oil to brown in the pan. I'd like to try baking it next time. It didn't really have any negative effect on the taste though! Yum!
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Extreme Chocolate Cake

Reviewed: Jul. 12, 2010
I've never been so confident about my cakes before! Thanks to this recipe, I can openly admit that I make bomb chocolate cake! I substitute the boiling water with espresso and it's wonderful. I've made this recipes exactly as it is too. No complaints! This makes A LOT of frosting and I always wind up throwing away more than I'd like to (and this is coming from someone who really loads it on and will eat several spoon full to boot so beware!). Try adding a table spoon or two of peanut butter to the frosting for a little nutty flavor. Yum!
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Simple BBQ Ribs

Reviewed: Jul. 12, 2010
I've made this several times now it's ALWAYS a hit! It's true that the longer you allow the ribs to soak after boiling them, the more tender and amazing they are! Better than a restaurants right out of your own oven! I'll never pay for over-priced ribs when you don't even know how good they'll be again!
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Grilled Camembert Sandwich

Reviewed: Jun. 25, 2007
Delicious! A simple yet elegant sandwich. We didn't have the cranberry in the house so I used some apple preserve to fill in the sweet part. Very satifying. The additional tanginess of the cranberry will make the next sandwiches even better! Can't wait to go get some... thx
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Tartar Sauce I

Reviewed: Apr. 4, 2007
Fresher and better tasting than anything you would get at the store. Cheaper too since most of the ingredients are already in your kitchen. When I make fish for me and husband, I throw half a pickle and half an onion into the food processor for a couple seconds and then scoop it right into the mayo. I use the lemon juice to help mix it all together before adding the S&P. Thanks for sharing.
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Real Italian Calzones

Reviewed: Apr. 4, 2007
OH MY GOODNESS! Are these the BEST or what! I've made them 3 times now and I have not once been disappointed. The recipe should probably just give a rough amount of filling that you can choose yourself because I think most people choose their own filling anyway. I used fresh mushrooms, pepperoni, pineapple, and basil. On 2 of the occasions I made these, I didn't have ricotta around so I used a small container of cottage cheese mixed with some honey (to help make up for that loss of sweetness in the ricotta) and half an egg. By doing that I had the other half to spread over the over outside of the calzone before baking. Thanks for sharing!
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E-Z Drop Biscuits

Reviewed: Apr. 4, 2007
I give 5 stars for a fabulous base recipe. I added parmesan cheese, basil, and oregano to the batter for extra taste which worked really well. I'd say about 1/2 Tbs of each. My batter was light and fluffy although they biscuits looked something more like cookies when they came out of the oven. This might have been the way I set the batter on the pan. Next time i'll make more effort to keep them rounder. Thanks for sharing.
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Coconut Shrimp I

Reviewed: Apr. 4, 2007
This is absolutely restaurant quality! Ladies, get out your tableclothes and candles and pretend like your dining room is a restaurant! Preparation is work intensive so plan to make these on a day when you can leisurely put them together in the late afternoon. I didn't have any problems with "running" batter and I followed the recipe exactly. The beer was quite foamy when I poured it from the bottle which, combined with the baking powder, made a nice fluffy batter. I used the dip recipe from the "twice-cooked coconut shrimp" recipe with a little less honey than called for. Perfect combo. Thanks for sharing!
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Chicken Soup

Reviewed: Nov. 6, 2006
I doubled this recipe for dinner and used chicken bouillon in the water I used to boil the carrots and potatoes in (which I added to make it hardier). I cut up half a zuchini and sauteed it in a pan because I think it adds flavor. Our family had eaten roasted chicken the night before so I used the left over chicken from the bones in the soup. I also spooned all the juices from the dish in which I baked the chicken into a jar and stored it in the fridge. When the vegetables were nearly done and I was adding the chicken and sauteed zuchini, I also added the broth! Delicious. My husband and I devoured the soup with a whole fresh baguette and butter!
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Cream Cheese Frosting II

Reviewed: Nov. 6, 2006
I was surprised at how easy frosting is to make! I felt that this recipe tasted a it too strongly of cream cheese. I think I was looking for something in between a cream cheese and a butter cream recipe which is more like what you can find in the store. I wanted to make it chocolate cream cheese frosting so I substituted a bit of the powdered sugar with hot cocoa mix. That worked exactly as I thought it would. In anycase, after seeinghow easily frosting can be made at home, I'll never buy at the store again!
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Banana Chocolate Chip Cake

Reviewed: Nov. 6, 2006
This tasted like a cakey banana bread. I didn't have chocolate chips on hand so I added a table spoon or two of hot chocolate mix to the batter. It's good but I was expecting something a little less bland.
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Tuna Melts

Reviewed: Oct. 27, 2006
This was ok. Like a tuna sandwich toasted. Not exactly to my taste but perhaps its just me...
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Hot Artichoke Dip with Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Reviewed: Oct. 27, 2006
I made this dish and served it with pita breads squares at my family's house warming party. I didn't have all the ingredients on hand (didn't use the green onions or parmesean). Instead, I used a bit of left over mozarella from a pizza night and it came out great. I cup the mayo in half and made up for it with low fat cream cheese which worked really well. Our guests requested the recipe.
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Pesto Pasta with Chicken

Reviewed: Oct. 27, 2006
One of my family's favorites! I'm not a fan of peppers so I don't add it but I do add some cooking cream to the sauce... I've used this basic recipe at least twice and I will definitely do so in the future! Thanks.
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Nana's Apple Crisp

Reviewed: Oct. 27, 2006
There is beauty in simplicity and in this recipe! My husband and I were having a house warming party and we needed a few items to serve up. I made this using the left over apples from the family tree (Gala?) and it was not only a big hit, but it all gone right away! I'll be making this one again. Thank you!
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