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Slumber Party Pizza

Reviewed: Feb. 23, 2009
This recipe is easy and delicious. I don't bother with the parsley and I make my own crust, and I sometimes add sauteed green peppers and onions. The recipe is great without changes, but it's nice that it's versatile.
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Greek Style Potatoes

Reviewed: Mar. 5, 2010
What a delicious way to eat potatoes! I increased the chicken bouillon to three cubes, used oregano instead of rosemary, added a little salt, and served the potatoes with feta cheese. I wasn't in a hurry, so I didn't try an alternate cooking method as many reviewers did. It's actually somewhat convenient that these take so long to cook because if you're making a meal with several different dishes, you can start this one well in advance and not have to do as much juggling right before the meal. I cut the potatoes in fairly small pieces and I think they still took about 2 hours to cook, so make sure to plan ahead. The only problem I had was that my husband, who is on a diet, thought these smelled way too tempting and forbade me to make them again unless he's allowed to eat them!
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Affy Tapple Salad

Reviewed: Feb. 15, 2010
This is a delicious and interesting salad. I prefer it with sweet apples (like Fuji), but I think some people would like the contrast of using some tart apples as well. I happen to love the smell of vinegar, so I enjoy the aroma as I'm cooking the tapioca mixture.
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Soba with Toasted Sesame Seed Sauce

Reviewed: Feb. 15, 2010
I made some poor choices when preparing this recipe that hurt the taste. However, I'm giving it five stars because every part of the dish that was true to the recipe tasted great. My worst decision was to substitute frozen asian veggies for the broccoli and green onions. They just weren't good quality. I also tried to use black sesame seeds because those were what I had on hand, but I couldn't tell when they were toasted properly and I burned the first batch. Rather than risking burning the rest of my sesame seeds, I just added them without toasting. That probably affected the flavor. Anyway, I'm not going to penalize my rating of this recipe for my poor choices. I think it would have been very good if I had followed the recipe more closely.
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Easy Pizza Sauce III

Reviewed: Dec. 5, 2009
This is a good and easy sauce recipe. I add a little sugar and additional spices depending on my mood.
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Hearty Vegetable Lasagna

Reviewed: May 1, 2009
This got rave reviews from my family. I personally like it much better than lasagna with meat, and it's healthier, too. I did make a few changes: I reduced the lasagna noodles by about half (3 layers of 3 noodles each), changed the layering a bit, reduced the mushrooms by half, and added some spinach and broccoli. Be aware that it's a tight squeeze to get everything into a 9x13 pan.
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Spinach and Rice (Spanakorizo)

Reviewed: Apr. 28, 2009
This is a delicious recipe. As other reviewers have mentioned, it's definitely best served with feta and lemon, so don't forget those. (If you don't use them, you'll need to add more salt.) I followed the advice of one reviewer to simmer covered instead of uncovered after adding the rice, but the rice couldn't absorb that much liquid. I recommend following the recipe on that count and just simmering uncovered. You can always add more water if necessary.
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Clone of a Cinnabon

Reviewed: Apr. 19, 2009
My husband adores these cinnamon rolls! He told me to give them six stars (and he knows that five is the maximum). I doubled the icing and flipped the rolls over after baking them as suggested by other reviewers. The only change I'll make next time is to reduce the cinnamon by at least half.
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Spaghetti Carbonara II

Reviewed: Mar. 15, 2009
I think this is the best recipe for Spaghetti Carbonara that I have ever tried. I did make a lot of changes to the recipe for various reasons (picky eaters, making it healthier, didn't have the ingredient on hand), and I'm sure that my substitutions made the recipe less tasty. My five star rating is based on this recipe without changes. I left out the onion, wine, and parsley, used less pasta, used turkey bacon and egg substitute, and added a little more olive oil because the turkey bacon didn't have drippings to reserve. I think the turkey bacon was the worst substitution I made. It's just not a good replacement for pork bacon, although it's healthier. I thought the egg substitute worked well, although it may have made a less rich sauce than eggs would have. I stirred the parmesan cheese into the egg substitute before adding it to the hot noodles, and I didn't have any trouble with the eggs overcooking.
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Quick and Easy Alfredo Sauce

Reviewed: Feb. 24, 2009
After reading the reviews, I had some changes I wanted to try, but I decided to follow the recipe closely the first time to get an idea of how it's supposed to taste before I change it up. This recipe makes a very delicious alfredo sauce that was a big hit with my husband. The calorie content makes me cringe, though, so I'm going to try cutting the butter in half next time. I'll also reduce the milk by about a half cup, since the sauce was a bit thin and required some extra cooking time to thicken. I'd also like to experiment with other spices (oregano, italian seasoning, and nutmeg). I will definitely make this sauce again.
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Winter Fruit Salad with Lemon Poppyseed Dressing

Reviewed: Nov. 30, 2008
This is an excellent salad. Unfortunately, I foolishly bought the apple and pear at a store with low-quality produce, so they weren't good in the salad, but I think they would be good if their quality had been higher. I used slivered, toasted almonds instead of cashews and feta cheese instead of swiss. There was lots of extra dressing, but fortunately I had extras of the other ingredients, too, so I got to have more salad the next day.
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Amazingly Good Eggnog

Reviewed: Nov. 26, 2008
My husband's comment was that this eggnog was just like store-bought! It's not exactly what I was hoping to hear, but he adores store-bought eggnog, so it was a compliment. He told me to give the recipe five stars, and he's quite stingy with his ratings. I thought this actually tasted better than store-bought eggnog. I don't drink, so I left out the rum, but that made it taste like it was missing something, so the second time I made it I added a tablespoon of rum extract. That made it perfect.
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Strawberry and Feta Salad

Reviewed: Sep. 8, 2008
Yum! I substituted raspberry vinaigrette for the raspberry vinegar and used only 1/2 cup of oil in the dressing. With a full cup of oil, there would be WAY too much dressing. I wasn't sure if I would like the almonds, because I'm one of those people who usually leaves nuts out of my recipes, but they definitely worked in this one. My mother-in-law thought this salad was so pretty that she took a picture of it!
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Potato Chips

Reviewed: Jul. 20, 2008
My husband thought I should give this recipe five stars, and he's very stingy with ratings! So these must be very good. He ate them as quickly as I cooked them, so I hardly ate any. I think the taste is similar to store-bought potato chips, but these are healthier, cheaper, and customizable. I made the first batch with vegetable oil in a bag as the recipe instructed, but then I tried spraying generously with butter-flavored Pam and they were just as good, so I'm definitely giving up on the oil. I used a mandoline to slice the potatoes (very easy) and put the slices on parchment paper cut to fit the bottom of my microwave. I patted the slices dry with paper towels before spraying with Pam to make sure they cooked properly. The chips were too dry for the salt to stick after they were cooked, so I salted them before cooking. My husband also liked them with garlic pepper. We want to experiment with more flavorings. The first batch took about nine minutes to cook, but as the microwave heated up, the batches took less and less time. The drawbacks of this recipe are that it takes a lot of time to make just a few chips and that the microwave cooking is a bit spotty if you don't use a turntable.
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Yummy Honey Chicken Kabobs

Reviewed: Jun. 6, 2008
These got rave reviews from my family! I used a George Foreman-type indoor grill with only one heat setting, and the chicken and veggies cooked perfectly together on a skewer. I added grape tomatoes and fresh pineapple to the skewers, but I didn't marinate them with the other ingredients. The pineapple was a hit but the tomatoes got pretty mushy, although some of us still liked them. I also doubled the marinade to be sure that I had enough, and it was plenty. I reserved some of it for brushing over the kabobs during grilling, but I couldn't find a brush, so I skipped that part. My only complaint is that threading all the ingredients on the skewers was a bit of a pain, but that's to be expected when making kabobs. I'll definitely use this marinade recipe again.
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Easy Stroganoff

Reviewed: Apr. 26, 2008
This is one of my husband's favorite recipes! I changed almost everything in it, but I followed the basic outline. I substituted ground turkey for the beef, rotini for the egg noodles, and 2 cups fat free yogurt for the sour cream (yogurt gives the stroganoff a bit more tang). I significantly increased the garlic and worcestershire sauce and slightly increased the seasoned salt. I left out the mushrooms and reduced the milk. I think my changes make the recipe a bit healthier and more flavorful. Make sure you cook the meat with the seasonings instead of adding them after you brown it so that the meat takes on their flavor.
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Brooke's Best Bombshell Brownies

Reviewed: Apr. 21, 2008
These brownies are very sweet and fudgy! As suggested by other reviewers, I used 1.5 cups white sugar and 1.5 cups brown sugar. It's good that way, although I guess I don't know what the difference is between using half brown sugar and using all white since I haven't tried all white. I removed the brownies from the oven a little before a toothpick would come out clean to make sure they didn't overcook.
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Sun-Dried Tomato Basil Orzo

Reviewed: Oct. 24, 2007
I love this recipe. I've made it a lot, so I do a lot of tinkering with the way I make it, but the main change I recommend is increasing the sun-dried tomatoes. It gives the recipe extra flavor. The other changes I make are mostly for convenience so that I can do most of the work ahead of time. Here's the way I make it: I chop two 1-oz packages of fresh basil and put them in a food processor. I add an 8.5 oz jar of sun-dried tomato halves (marinated in oil with some spices). I chop that in the food processor and put it in a tupperware container. I add 1 teaspoon each of salt and pepper and about a tablespoon of olive oil (because of the oil in the jar of tomatoes, this would even be okay without any extra oil). This makes around 2 cups of sauce, which I can then refrigerate for a week or so. When I'm ready for a quick meal, I cook up some orzo and stir in some parmesan cheese and sauce. The sauce is very flavorful, so it goes a long way. 2 cups is more than enough for a family dinner. I've tried this recipe both cold and hot, and I definitely like it better hot.
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Extreme Banana Nut Bread 'EBNB'

Reviewed: Sep. 17, 2007
Yum! This recipe is a definite keeper. I never use nuts in my bread recipes, so I planned to substitute chocolate chips, but I made some without the chocolate chips just to see what it was like. To my amazement, I actually prefer it without the chocolate (and I'm a die-hard chocolate lover)! This bread tastes so good on its own that the chocolate just seems to interfere with the taste. It has a very moist and buttery texture that I love (although it serves as a constant reminder of how unhealthy this stuff is). After reading the reviews, I added a little vanilla (which probably didn't make much difference) and started checking for doneness after about 45 minutes in the oven (it was done a little early).
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Pasta with Fresh Tomatoes and Corn

Reviewed: Sep. 1, 2007
I love this recipe! It's nutritious and full of summer flavor. I was afraid that it would be too bland, but the spices were just right. I used balsamic vinegar, fresh corn cut off the cob, and part fresh basil and part dried. My only complaint is that it was a little dry the second day, so don't make it too far in advance.
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