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Chai Tea Mix

Reviewed: Aug. 12, 2011
Too sweet, terrible afte-rtaste. I made this with coffeemate, and whole milk powder, as well as steeped assam black tea (There are no instant tea powders in Canada, and i wouldn't trust the processing its been through either). Also, sugar is something you can always add afterwards, though really it should be sweetened with honey as that's healthier. If I were to make it again, i would try finding the unprocessed versions of all these elements and use my coffee grinder. The ginger you could grind after you've dried slices of it in the toaster oven. Understandably some people don't have the time but sometimes it is just more worth it to not take shortcuts- especially for a chai mix that can be quickly reconstituted at any later date.
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Banana Frittata

Reviewed: Aug. 1, 2011
The recipe was not bad but needed some changing for better flavour and texture. I followed most of it but like the other reviewer, added a few drops of vanilla extract and fresh ground cinnamon. In addition, I replaced white sugar with raw cane sugar from Bulk Barn. The frittatas were hard to flip as just sliced chunks so I recommend mashing the the bananas first. I let the bananas ripen until the skin just started turning black (like prepping for banana bread) and the banana flavour came through gorgeously. My fiance loved it from the smell. We drizzled it lightly with some apple syrup for that kick in flavour, and had it with jasmine green tea.
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Iced Tea I

Reviewed: Aug. 23, 2011
It's better if you use 1 large tea bag filter of good quality loose tea, versus the cheap bags you find at the store like tetley, or lipton. IMHO, putting 8 bags of tea for 8 cups of water is really excessive. I don't think it works the same way as single cups for steeping. Small wonder all the reviews say it needs sugar!
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Basic Pasta

Reviewed: May 18, 2008
It was hard to get it nice and thin by hand-rolling so making Ravioli with it was difficult. It turned out really well and smooth, if a bit thick. Very easy to make. :D
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Easy Caramelized Onion Pork Chops

Reviewed: Mar. 19, 2008
All in all, it was pretty good. I followed the recipe, and left the cover off like the previous reviewer suggested, but the pork chops themselves turned out a bit plain on their own. I felt that the amount of water required was a little excessive as it might have overcooked if I waited for all the water to boil away. Also substituted the water for half apple juice: it sweetened the onions a bit more, and thickened the sauce slightly.
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Carrot Oatmeal Muffins

Reviewed: Apr. 11, 2014
It's good but TOO SWEET. And the texture is VERY MOIST. Sweetness already exists via coconut flakes and pineapple, didn't use more than 1/4 cup of sugar total. I substituted ALL of the oil for apple sauce to decrease fat. I made half the batch in cupcake liners and half in single tart trays, and the ones in the foil tart trays rose quite a bit compared to in the paper. That seems to alleviate the concerns here about the batter not rising. The paper liners were the worst. The muffins don't really peel off at all. On the other-hand, the foil tart tins leave very little crumb and the muffins pop right out. no need for spray or any added grease. The tins are reusable-Just soak to clean. The cream cheese filling ratio is not listed and mine came out very watery so it marbled, and did not stay in the middle as solid filling. With this part, start with the Cream Cheese first and add pineapple juice a teaspoon at a time until you get the right tartness and texture. It should still be more on the thick cream side, instead of being so watery. Roughly 1/4 cup cream cheese with about 1-2 tbsp of juice. Not too much or it will get watery. For those of you like me who don't have a food processor for carrots, I just used a regular veggie peeler to process the carrots manually. It took a bit of time but it's faster than using a knife, and i got nice thin onionskin-slice
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