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Sweet and Spicy Green Beans

Reviewed: Aug. 29, 2013
Delicious. Easy. Affordable. Pretty. Instantly doubled our green been consumption. I don't care for them without some flavoring help, so this did the trick. A keeper!
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Baked Kale Chips

Reviewed: Jan. 15, 2013
Amazing way to eat leafy greens! My husband and I both loved these chips. I did a big bunch of kale and found that, scrunching lightly to evenly cover the kale pieces with oil, I only needed maybe a teaspoon of oil for all that kale. The kids would not touch them, but they are veggiephobic so we settled for setting a good example by eating them all ourselves!
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Sesame Parmesan Zucchini

Reviewed: Jan. 11, 2013
Did enjoy this and my husband really liked it, too. I did halve the oil, but otherwise followed the recipe. I really liked the Parmesan and sesame seeds combo. I usually love spicy, but in this case didn't much like the addition of cayenne. Maybe sesame and cayenne OR Parmesan would be more to my taste. Thanks for a great recipe!
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Apple Peanut Spinach Salad

Reviewed: Jun. 22, 2012
Just want to rave about this recipe. 5 stars!! Delicious, healthy, crispy-crunchy and pretty to look at. My husband and I love curry, but I also like to try new things, plus we are in FL so salads are a natural choice. This recipe seems very forgiving if you need to substitute anything. For example, I used crumbled pecans as I was out of peanuts. I also added some chopped baby carrots along with the chopped apple. I did not have chutney, but I used Patak's hot mango relish along with half a fresh mango, mashed. Because of the fresh mango, I did not add the white sugar as it was sweet enough. Finally, I tossed all the ingredients except the spinach, then ladled the toppings & dressing mixture over a bed of spinach on each plate. It looked absolutely beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing! A keeper.
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Pear Crumble

Reviewed: Apr. 30, 2012
Great recipe for using up ripe pears! Easy to make, yet the nuts and spices add depth of flavor. I absolutely love the ginger and nutmeg. For nuts, I used walnuts. I tripled the recipe (lots of pears!) and it turned out great, although cooking time was increased, of course. Thanks!
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Whole Wheat, Oatmeal, and Banana Pancakes

Reviewed: Feb. 20, 2012
Wonderful recipe. Made a nice batter and filling, slightly nutty and crunchy pancakes. I added a little wheat germ as well, but that was my only change. Served with real maple syrup and sliced bananas. Will definitely keep this one on file. Thank you for sharing!!
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Apple, Cranberry, and Pear Crisp

Reviewed: Nov. 9, 2011
Oh, this is wonderful! Easy and delicious. I did not use the specific apples and pears mentioned. I did sub raisins for cranberries as well as I was afraid if it was too tart my little ones would not go for it. Anyway, it was so yummy with a buttery, crispy crust. Thanks!
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Traditional Macaroni and Cheese

Reviewed: Aug. 4, 2011
Easy and delicious. I don't make mac and cheese from scratch very often, but when I do it was always with a white sauce involving flour and whisking. I'm now sold on this method: evap milk and cornstarch. Nice and creamy, but super-fast!
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Toads in the Hole I

Reviewed: Aug. 4, 2011
I grew up in New Zealand, where British recipes are common. Toad in the Hole was something we eagerly gobbled up as kids! This recipe was enjoyed in our house here in the US. (Being vegetarian, I did use Tofurkey's Topsail Ale Beer Brats - they are awesome and meat-free!) It didn't produce quite the results I'd hoped for though. Although I took care with my batter prep, hoping to produce a nice, fluffy "pudding," the finished product was quite dense. Although it puffed up, it didn't puff up enough to cover the sausages. However, as I said we did enjoy it!
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Italian Stewed Tomatoes

Reviewed: Jun. 30, 2011
Great recipe! Thanks. I had a large box of tomatoes, all ripe, to use up. Wasn't in the mood for a pasta sauce but knew I had to do something to cook them down before they went bad. This fit the bill. I omitted the green bell pepper (didn't have one). I used fresh-frozen basil instead of dried. Served over rice and beans. Recommended.
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Refreshing Cucumber Salad

Reviewed: Jun. 30, 2011
Great recipe. Easy to make! I used cider vinegar instead of white. Thanks for sharing!
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Best Big, Fat, Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie

Reviewed: Jun. 30, 2011
Wow, amazing. VERY sweet. Great recipe!!
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Fresh Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Reviewed: Jun. 23, 2011
My first time making pineapple upside down cake. Wonderful recipe! Followed the instructions exactly (but pineapple was cut into chunks, not rings) and made no substitutions. Oh, I included all 3 egg yolks b/c hate to waste anything. Turned out beautifully. Wish I'd had some ice cream to go with it!!
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Blueberry Cream Muffins

Reviewed: Jun. 18, 2011
Very nice recipe! I cut the sugar just a little: from 2 cups to 1 3/4 cups, and upped the blueberries from 2 cups up to 3 cups. I also used Greek-style fat-free yogurt instead of sour cream.
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Brown Rice, Broccoli, Cheese and Walnut Surprise

Reviewed: Jun. 16, 2011
Yum! Nice combination of crunchy and chewy, with good colors too. I doubled the garlic and used regular brown rice (not instant). I also used two packs of frozen chopped broccoli for a total of 20 ounces (1 and 1/4 pound). My one mistake was to increase the cheese to perhaps 2 cups (double what the recipe called for) as I was afraid it would be too bland, but in so doing I am afraid I upped the calories by quite a bit. 1 1/2 cups might be better. (Say, 1 cup mixed in and 1/2 a cup on top if you're putting it in the oven like I did?) I combined all in a casserole dish, sprinkled lightly with cheese and some of the walnuts (chopped) and baked in a 350F oven. Took it out and left it on the stovetop to cool while I went to the gym and it kept very well for dinner when we got home! Thanks for sharing this healthy recipe!
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Southwestern Bean and Rice Salad

Reviewed: May 23, 2011
Yum. Loved it. A nice way to use black olives and they go very well with the beans, I found. I did not have any green pepper, but I added finely shredded carrots instead. Also used parsley instead of cilantro. Add a green salad and you have a nice meat-free meal.
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Eggplant with Mushroom Stuffing

Reviewed: May 23, 2011
Great idea and very pretty on the plate. I did find it a tad bland, however. If I do this again I would mix the stuffing with a red pasta sauce and/or pasta and/or sausage and/or extra cheese. That's just me though. My husband loved his just as is!
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Garlic Carrots

Reviewed: Apr. 6, 2011
Thanks for a great idea. It's a quick and easy way to get carrots on the dinner table, and how refreshing to have a break from the usual sweetened carrot recipes!
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Sauteed Swiss Chard with Parmesan Cheese

Reviewed: Mar. 21, 2011
This is a keeper! Easy and so delicious. We chomped our way through a huge amount of fresh chard from our garden thanks to this recipe.
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Broccoli Corn Casserole

Reviewed: Mar. 15, 2011
What an easy way to serve broccoli! I used fresh broccoli. I also added a couple handfuls of frozen corn in addition to the creamed corn. I also used only 1/4 cup of butter. The stuffing on top remained a bit dry, but that didn't bother us at all. We liked the crunch. Thanks!
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