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Chocolate-Banana Tofu Pudding

Reviewed: Nov. 7, 2008
I submitted this recipe and am glad to hear that others are enjoying it. I have two tips. I find that using a frozen banana imparts a more intense banana flavor. Plus it chills the pudding instantly so you can eat it sooner :) Also, add a tsp of vanilla if you use regular cow's milk.
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Easy Tuna Casserole

Reviewed: Nov. 6, 2008
Good start, but needs more. I added a can of mushrooms, a can of peas, 2 stalks celery chopped, 1/2 milk, and plenty of hot sauce and old bay seasoning. Comforting and easy. Next time will add green onion on top to serve.
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Tomato Barley Soup

Reviewed: Nov. 4, 2008
A nutritious soup, but needs a little help: maybe some sauteed ham as a first ingredient and a can of kidney beans or garbanzo beans. A dollop of pesto on top. Or serve with crusty baguette smeared with goat cheese. Something. Otherwise, just another healthy soup, forgettable.
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Butternut Squash Soup

Reviewed: Nov. 4, 2008
I roasted the squash separately, then just scooped it into the saucepan with the sauteed onion, poured the chicken broth over and added the spices, and voila, a soup in 5 min flat! I added 2 T cream cheese last minute and it lumped...maybe because it wasn't room temperature. Anyway, I'll leave it out next time or add milk instead. A pinch of sugar or drizzle of honey really makes the squash flavor shine. A quick, easy favorite.
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Delicious Ham and Potato Soup

Reviewed: Nov. 4, 2008
Scrumptious!! **Saute the ham in a tsp of oil or butter until it is lightly browned and then add the onion and celery and cook until the onion is translucent. THEN add the potatoes and chicken broth. This gives an even deeper flavor. I needed to use up a bag of mixed potatoes: red, purple, and gold. Beautiful!! Had only skim milk in the house, but the butter kept it from curdling and it still tasted great. This recipe only feeds 6 as a main dish. I will definately make this again and again!
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Downeast Maine Pumpkin Bread

Reviewed: Oct. 19, 2008
Very good. I followed reviewers advice and used only 2 cups sugar and 1/2 cup oil + 1/2 cup applesauce. If I were going to make this on a regular basis, I would repeat these healthy substitutions, but since I baked it as a seasonal specialty and for gifts, I wish I'd stuck to the original recipe. So it's baker's discretion: sub for a good, healthier bread or go all out for a really memorable pumpkin bread.
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Chicken Tortilla Soup I

Reviewed: Sep. 30, 2008
So good! But I recommend these tweaks: use 1 heaping Tbsp chili powder, 1 tsp oregano, and 1-2 tsp cumin. LIME juice is a bright, refreshing addition. Fresh cilantro is a must. The toppings really make the dish. Also, I added several dashes of hot sauce and a Tbsp of pickled jalapeno for kick (the green chiles are not spicy). Idea: save your canned chicken broth. Boil the chicken breasts in enough water to cover plus a couple inches until no longer pink in the middle. Then just use that liquid for your stock! No sodium, no extra cost.
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Refried Beans Without the Refry

Reviewed: Sep. 19, 2008
Addicting. Granted, I LOVE legumes. And there are so many ways to use these! In tacos/burritos, over rice with leftover meat (rotisserie chicken, sausage, whatever). Add a couple Tbsp tahini for a delicious hummus. Add colby cheese & cream cheese & sour cream & salsa & cilantro for a killer dip. Stir into soups for a creamy thickener. When health food tastes this good, why eat junk?? :) Also, per personal taste, add at least 1 tsp cumin. Lime juice is also a bright, refreshing addition.
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Italian Sausage Soup

Reviewed: Sep. 19, 2008
Nutritious and hearty. A great soup to herald the fall. I used chicken sausages, added a diced onion, a sweet potato for the carrots (but diced in small cubes for quick cooking), leftover al dente pasta, skipped the zucchini, and added a heaping teaspoon of italian seasoning, a tsp of Worchestershire sauce, and a tsp of A1 Black Peppercorn. That last addition was a whim and was so good! That small amount added heat and a new dimension. Just if you have any on hand. This is comfort food express and easily customized to accommodate leftovers!
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Apple Pie by Grandma Ople

Reviewed: Sep. 16, 2008
Delicious. I prepared it as a tart rather than a pie to show off the pretty arrangement of (thinly!! - for even, quick baking) sliced apples. Vanilla and cinnamon a must. I used only 2T water. Will eliminate the water next time, because apple pie is meant to be served warm (and not be too runny). Decadent with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
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Easy Cajun Jambalaya

Reviewed: Sep. 3, 2008
Delicious and much better than the box mixes available. Doubled the onion by personal preference, and per reviews, added 1 can kidney beans, 1 can diced tomatoes, and 1 tsp Old Bay seasoning. I cooked the (brown) rice separately and added it to simmer for 30 min. I used 2 cans chicken broth and thought it was rather liquidy, but simmering with the top off for 30 min with the added rice thickened up the jambalaya nicely. Crusty bread and hot sauce, and you've got a delicious meal in no time!
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Moroccan Lentil Soup

Reviewed: Aug. 22, 2008
This was really delicious, but I made a few small changes. First, soak your own beans (I just used garbanzos) and use the soaking water for your soup stock! It is deliciously flavored and full of antioxidants. Next, saute the onion, garlic, ginger, AND ALL the spices. This will enhance their flavor. Also, about the spices, I didn't have garam masala, so I pretty much improvised the entire spice aspect and it was delicious. I used: 1/2 tsp curry, 1/2 tsp turmeric, 1/2 tsp cayenne, 1 tsp cumin, 1/2 tsp cinnamon. With the liquid, I added 3 cardamom pods (cheaper than ground; bought in bulk at farmer's market; no matter what state it's in, don't skip this - it's unique!) and 2 bay leaves. I simmered mine only 45 minutes, but I let it sit longer to let the flavors meld. Also, sprinkle a little salt at the end if you don't use canned ingredients - you'll end up with a more fresh-tasting final dish! I served this over brown rice with toasted, buttered crusty baguette. Comfort food, Moroccan style!
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Sarah's Applesauce

Reviewed: Aug. 14, 2008
Great, but can be improved upon. I recommend using 1 cup juice of choice (apple, cranberry, pomegranate - my personal favorite) and adding a handful of dried craisins. Then add lemon juice (1-2 Tbsp) and honey or brown sugar to taste after cooking down. I don't peel the apples either. They add wonderful texture (not to mention extra insoluble fiber!).
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Megan's Granola

Reviewed: Aug. 14, 2008
I make this all the time because it magically vanishes in our house!! This is addictive! The proportions work very well, and of course, substitutions are easily made. I use whatever nuts we have on hand. Craisins are delicious, as well as any other dried fruit you like. I also like to sub a cup or two of cheerios or special K for the oat bran to give another dimension to the granola. **Note** to get the granola to chunk, BOIL the sugar/oil mixture (I just put it in a large measuring cup and microwave it until it bubbles - less cleanup), then stir and bake as directed, but after it's toasty, pull it out and DON'T STIR ANY MORE. Let it cool. It should cool and form a large brick that can be broken into satisfying chunks. Then sprinkle the fruit into the container with the granola. **Also, for those trying to skimp, you can sub applesauce for oil/ fake sugar/ yada yada and it will taste alright but it will NOT be as crispy and scrumptious. If you're going to go to the trouble, make the good stuff and follow this recipe. It's healthy and oh so good. Seriously. Try this recipe!
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Italian Chicken Marinade

Reviewed: Aug. 4, 2008
I don't even like Italian dressing normally, but it makes a killer marinade. Add fresh garlic for a more garlicky flavor. I added a tablespoon of dried rosemary. Add whatever herbs you like. Easy and delicious!
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Beetroot Hummus

Reviewed: Mar. 7, 2008
Excellent, beautiful recipe. Save yourself the time: Wrap the beets and onions (halved and drizzled in olive oil) in foil and bake at 350 for an hour or more until tender. When they're done, use drained and rinsed canned chickpeas (save the liquid to thin the recipe in case), throw it all together, and even though this will take a while, you won't be tied to the kitchen until blending time. Also, I prefer 1/3 cup tahini, but that's a matter of personal preference. For presentation, add some chopped parsley to the top - the greenery adds appeal.
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Easy OREO Truffles

Reviewed: Dec. 4, 2007
For ease and short ingredient list, this recipe is excellent. My friends are all raving about my 'melt in your mouth' truffles. I only needed about 1 box + 2 squares of semi-sweet chocolate per batch (important to note if you're multiplying the recipe - of course you can always dip extra oreos, pretzels, fruit...have an all out fondue party). And definately freeze 20 min or so between rolling and dipping and again before rolling in extra oreo or they will lose shape. You can add peppermint extract to the chocolate for a twist.
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Spaghetti Squash I

Reviewed: Nov. 18, 2006
Delish and healthy! Sauteed the onions and garlic in cooking spray (a high quality teflon pan is such a worthwhile investment!) and actually boiled the squash to save some time. Yes, I know microwaving is quickest, but in order to make it so, you have to cover the dish with celophane, which I've heard is toxic when zapped, so boiling was the next best bet. Up the basil to 3 heaping T and don't substitute dried! Also, Italian diced tomatoes in a can instead of fresh adds a nice touch. The feta taste is excellent. I love spaghetti squash, and this is an excellent recipe!!
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