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Split Pea Soup Atu

Reviewed: Nov. 28, 2010
Rats, when am I going to learn to read at least a FEW reviews BEFOREHAND. I was in a hurry and this one had a great star rating anyway. Turns out those great ratings were given by reviewers who changed the recipe. Add to that not being very familiar with making (only eating) pea soup, I didn't see this one coming. VERY watery, so either there's a mistake with the amount of liquid or this is not a traditional pea soup recipe. The flavor was a little weak as well, when I compare it to others I've tasted. I never did add the milk at the end, which would have watered it down even more. I tried adding instant potato flakes to thicken it which worked fairly well, but didn't want to alter the flavor by adding too much. This really only needs the 6 cups of broth and no milk, for that amount of split peas. Leave out the water all together.
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Oat Waffles

Reviewed: Nov. 28, 2010
Made just as written but using 1% milk. Not having oat flour, I took the editor's suggestion and made my own. Works great. Delicious waffles with terrific flavor. Allow the batter 5 to 10 minutes to thicken before cooking.
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Sunshine Morning Muesli

Reviewed: Nov. 23, 2010
Really good. I was expecting to have to add sweetener but none was needed. Very creamy and filling. I added in dried blueberries and apples rather than the raisins and apricots. The fruit really adds a lot of flavor and sweetness. I also used home made 2% yogurt and 1% milk but the preparation method makes this creamy enough that it had a whole milk quality to it. I will make this often, especially since it's so convenient and quick to make.
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Best Brownies

Reviewed: Nov. 22, 2010
3.5 stars. Not bad, but not 'the best'. A little on the dry side and not nearly as creamy-rich and fudgy as I would have liked. These are helped along greatly, though, by the fudge-like icing which was the best part of this brownie recipe.
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Cheesy Chicken Meatballs

Reviewed: Nov. 21, 2010
Unfortunately, I did not read any reviews before making these, so did not see the submitters suggestion in her review to use only one egg. I found using the two eggs as written made the mixture so moist it was impossible to form meatballs, so I had to add considerably more bread crumbs which ended up making them on the dry side. I left out the pepper flakes and used only half the garlic. We enjoyed the flavor and I would make these again using only one egg.
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Lemon Nut Cookies

Reviewed: Nov. 21, 2010
These were really good. Delicate cookies, sort of like a light version of shortbread. I used butter over margarine though, and used all lemon zest as I was looking for as much lemon flavor as possible, though I think these would be lovely with the orange zest as well.
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Restaurant-Quality Baked Potato Soup

Reviewed: Nov. 21, 2010
I would give this soup 3.5 stars. It was far too thick made as written (think mashed potato thick). I ended up having to add considerably more cream to thin it out. I also didn't care for the overwhelming flavor of the instant potato flakes. If I made this again I would try adding the cornstarch by itself first, letting it thicken, then add just enough potato flakes as needed to further thicken and flavor. The three toppings finish this recipe really well.
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Lentil Soup III

Reviewed: Nov. 7, 2010
This soup has a nice light, 'clear' broth, just the way I like it, but the seasoning leaves a little to be desired. I would leave out the cumin, which is overpowering, and go with some freshly ground coriander seed instead.
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Cinnamon Pear Frozen Yogurt

Reviewed: Nov. 7, 2010
This is the BEST use for over ripe pears! I used 3 of them instead of tinned (sub apple juice for the liquid). Wonderful flavor with just the slightest tanginess, creamy and sweet. Besides the hint of pear flavor, the taste reminds me of apple pie. Be sure to let it ripen in the freezer, then let soften at room temp for a few minutes before scooping.
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Garlic Parmesan Orzo

Reviewed: Nov. 6, 2010
For serious garlic lovers only - otherwise you may want to tone it down a bit. Simple but delicious and creamy pasta side dish.
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Carrot Broccoli Casserole

Reviewed: Nov. 5, 2010
I have to say, I would make this one again as it was popular with my kids - any recipe that gets them eating their veggies is a keeper - but we'll have to see if they like it with changes, because the combination of the butter and cheese was too much for me. The cheese just congealed around the veggies and combined with the amount of butter in the recipe, it all just seemed greasy and unappetizing. Overall the flavor was good though. I might try olive oil for sauteeing the veggies and using just a bit of parmesan cheese instead of all that cheddar.
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Lemon Barbeque Meatloaf

Reviewed: Nov. 5, 2010
I would give this 3.5 stars. The meatloaf itself is not bad but we did not care for the bbq sauce at all. The cloves and allspice were overpowering and just did not make a good match with the rest of the recipe.
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Healthy Turkey Loaf

Reviewed: Nov. 2, 2010
I actually made this just as it's written, without doubling it as most did, simply because I had exactly a half pound of turkey to use up. I chose to bake individually in muffin cups (at the suggested time and temperature). The yield was 6 'muffins'. Quite nice flavor from the salsa and peppers. Moist as well. I would make this again, but it does make more sense to double the recipe and use a full pound of turkey, which is what I would do.
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Spicy Fry Sauce

Reviewed: Nov. 2, 2010
Though I didn't find this 'hot' spicy, the seasonings did give it great flavor. I'm a fry sauce 'newb' - ketchup is about as spicy as we get with our fries around here. The kids really liked this one, too. We'll make it again, for sure. Thanks!
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Spiced Raisin Mini Muffins

Reviewed: Nov. 2, 2010
Very nicely spiced, moist and delicious muffins. Making these as snacks for my kids, I wanted to raise the nutritional profile of the recipe somewhat, therefore I made a few small adjustments to that end. I used half whole wheat flour and a 50/50 blend of canola and olive oil for the butter to ensure they stayed moist with the whole wheat. I also reduced the sugar by half, as the raisins contribute a lot of sugar to the recipe already (the glaze adds an extra level of sweetness as well.) My muffins turned out very light and moist with just the right amount of sweetness. I love the spiciness of the cloves and cinnamon and the raisins are a really nice addition as well. I'll be making this recipe again.
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Spaghetti Sauce with Cauliflower

Reviewed: Nov. 1, 2010
Given the submitter's claims, I was expecting the cauliflower to add more interest and texture to this sauce than it actually did. Can you tell there is no ground beef? Absolutely! (but that's not much of a surprise). It IS a great idea as a budget stretcher and a very good way to get more veggies in. It was very bland but that is easily remedied and the texture of the sauce could easily be improved as well by using less crushed tomatoes and more diced tomatoes with tomato paste. I would make this recipe again with tweaks.
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Potato Rosemary Rolls

Reviewed: Oct. 28, 2010
Beautiful rolls! Tender and light with wonderful flavor. I used fresh rosemary - 3 teaspoons. This recipe is easily adaptable if you don't have a bread machine. I used my stand mixer, active dry yeast and all purpose flour. Mix the yeast with the water and sugar and let stand until foamy. Pour into mixer bowl along with oil, milk powder and potato flakes. Mix well, then add in salt, rosemary and two cups of flour. Knead until mixture comes together and then add the rest of the flour 1/4 c at a time, stopping when dough clears the bowl and clings to the hook (be patient with it as it seems to take a long time to incorporate the flour with this recipe, perhaps because of the potato flakes). Knead about 5 to 8 minutes more until dough is smooth and elastic. Let rest in a greased bowl, covered, about 45 minutes or until doubled (when a knuckle pressed into dough leaves an indentation). Form and let rolls rise again as directed, then bake. Before baking, I brushed my rolls with melted butter and sprinkled on the kosher salt. Delicious!
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Scottish Bubbles and Squeak Patties

Reviewed: Oct. 27, 2010
I came across this recipe while looking for a way to finish off some coleslaw mix. That was my only deviation from the recipe other than not peeling the potatoes. They had great flavor and everyone really enjoyed them. Quick, simple and delicious comfort food. I didn't have the problem some reviewers had with them falling apart. Just be sure to mash your potatoes as the recipe directs, without adding any milk or butter to them.
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Blueberry Corn Muffins

Reviewed: Oct. 27, 2010
I changed some minor aspects of this recipe only to suit the way I normally bake - that is, using whole wheat flour for the all purpose and canola oil for the butter. I also chose dried blueberries (1/4 cup) as they yield much more flavor once baked into a muffin than do fresh or frozen berries. The cornmeal gave these muffins a pleasant texture and sweetness. The submitter suggests apples as an alternative to the blueberries, but with the hint of nutmeg, I found myself thinking this recipe would be really nice with pears as well. I would suggest 350 degrees for the baking temperature. Mine were done perfectly at 350 for 20 minutes and would have been much too 'well done' at 400.
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Apple Pie Spice Mix

Reviewed: Oct. 26, 2010
Such a simple little thing and yet I never would have thought to mix up and use something like this. I used this spice mix combined with raw sugar to press into the white chocolate on some caramel apples I was making (gourmet caramel apples from this site). The taste was simply AMAZING so I cannot wait to add this to my next apple pie, rather than the plain old cinnamon I always reach for. Thank you for sharing this.
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