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Award Winning Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

Reviewed: Dec. 10, 2010
Cut the recipe in half but used 1.5 tsp vanilla and 0.5 tsp salt, white milk and dark chocolate chips, dash of cinnamon. Golf ball sized dough balls took 15 minutes, cooled to perfection. Chilling the dough before baking made scooping the dough easy and kept them from over-spreading. These are toothsome, scrumptious, chewy cookies, slightly more cakey than some recipes I've made.
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Oatmeal Whole Wheat Quick Bread

Reviewed: Aug. 9, 2011
This is scrumptious. Definately will make again - dense and nutty and satisfying. Added 1/2 cup flaxseeds and 1/4 cup sunflower seeds. Don't bother grinding the oatmeal. 6-8 servings. Baked 20 min in a loaf pan lined with parchment paper - easy clean up. Will try other nuts and seeds and dried fruit next time! Or maybe olives and rosemary and sundried tomatoes...endless possibilities
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Banana Crumb Muffins

Reviewed: Jul. 24, 2010
Phenomenal. I've made many banana breads over the years and this one stands out. Moist but light. Crumb topping clenches the deal. Used 4 bananas because that's what I had. Also added 1 tsp cinnamon to the batter and 1/2 tsp vanilla. Made 6 large muffins (21 minutes) and 1 small loaf (27 minutes). Don't waste your time trying other recipes, this one is IT!
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Missy's Candied Walnut Gorgonzola Salad

Reviewed: Oct. 16, 2009
The walnuts make this so special. I used dried cherries and chopped up a tart green apple. Splendid. This will be in heavy rotation at our house this fall!
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Adobo Chicken with Ginger

Reviewed: Jun. 22, 2009
Very good. I made this in the crock pot - just removed as much of the skin as possible, threw all the ingredients in, and cooked it on low for 6 hours. Fall off the bone scrumptious. At 5 hours, I pulled the chicken into pieces so it could all simmer in the sauce. Easy and smelled heavenly. 2/3 cup vinegar seems excessive. For the liquids, I used 1 c chicken broth, 1/2 c vinegar, and 1/4 c soy sauce. Would do the same again. This is definately a recipe I will make again.
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Split Pea Soup

Reviewed: Dec. 12, 2008
Cut the recipe in half, just right for 4 hearty servings. Used a Honeybaked Ham bone. Boiled it before adding that stock to the sauteed veggies and ham. A quiet settled over the table as we began to eat, followed by a chorus of "whoa"...that usually is a pretty good sign :)
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Cha Cha's White Chicken Chili

Reviewed: Nov. 22, 2008
I have used this recipe before and been quite pleased. This go-round, I had cooked a turkey (**heads up to everyone who will have leftovers after Thanksgiving!**) and had lots of meat (and bones) to use up. I boiled the carcas for 30 min or so and was rewarded with a savory broth. I used this along with 3 cups breast meat and the end result was SO GOOD. I also followed other reviews: green chiles only, cheese only to top. Also added a small can of corn for a mild sweet note. Definately consider this as a post-Thanksgiving treat!!!
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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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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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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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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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Strawberry Cheesecake

Reviewed: Nov. 9, 2011
Gorgeous. Rave reviews
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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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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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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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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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Hasty Chocolate Pudding

Reviewed: Dec. 6, 2008
I will never make chocolate pudding from a box again. This is AMAZING and SO EASY!! Followed recipe exactly. Easy to customize for single servings (to keep yourself from eating 4 in one sitting!!). And by the way, this is so yummy warm, you'll have to exercise serious self-restraint to allow it to cool. IDEAS: cinnamon and cayenne for Mexi-pudding; cardamom and pistachios for Indian-pudding; peppermint extract (half as much as vanilla - it's stronger) and crushed peppermint for a Christmas pudding; Kahlua instead of vanilla for a grown-up pudding; a tsp peanut butter (after cooking) and crushed peanuts; or even orange zest (after cooking). The possibilities are dazzling. Note: DO keep an eye on this as it cooks as it WILL BOIL OVER if you walk away. It's practically inevitable. :)
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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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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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