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Crab Quiche I

Reviewed: Aug. 17, 2011
This was a nice quiche. Next time though, I would double the filling as it was rather skimpy. I would also shred the cheese rather than cube it to distribute it more evenly throughout.
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Spinach Cantaloupe Salad with Mint

Reviewed: Aug. 17, 2011
I came across this recipe when looking for a different way to use up some cantaloupe. Unfortunately I did not have the avocado or spinach, but I did have baby cukes and fresh garden lettuce. I also just chunked everything rather than slice. The fresh mint and cantaloupe is a beautiful pairing, and the dressing was a subtle flavor binder, although I found the garlic distracting. I would leave it out next time. Overall, a refreshing and different salad.
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Jalapeno Popper Mushrooms

Reviewed: Aug. 11, 2011
Great idea to combine stuffed mushrooms/jalapenos! I found them to be a little heavy on the cream cheese for my tastes so I would reduce that next time and might use a mexican cheese blend instead of the cheddar. They were not as spicy as I was hoping. Definitely leave the ribs and seeds in if you like heat, and maybe even dice up two peppers instead of one. Thanks for sharing the recipe!
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Stuffed Strawberries

Reviewed: Aug. 2, 2011
These are delicious and so easy to make. Be sure to read the most helpful review for proper cutting directions. I left out the liqueur and used the zest of half a lemon instead. Don't be afraid to pull the cut sections apart - I didn't lose one berry and it was very easy. The more filling you can get in there the better. The possibilities with this recipe are endless. Great ideas from lots of reviewers!
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The Real Mojito

Reviewed: Aug. 1, 2011
I've had mojito's before but never have I tried making them myself. We really enjoyed this recipe, made as written. Very refreshing. I would though, recommend making the simple syrup as suggested by other reviewers. Also, use "ice for cocktails" from this site which really does make a difference.
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Light Fruit and Nut Granola

Reviewed: Jul. 27, 2011
I totally appreciate a recipe that can cut fat yet doesn't sacrifice much, if anything. This recipe fits that bill. There is a subtle difference between this and one that uses more oil and boils a syrup first, but it's not a 'step down' kind of difference. This one won't 'chunk up' because of that and seems a little drier, but has so much flavor! I was skeptical that the applesauce would produce a crisp granola, but it worked! Very crisp. Must be the flour that helps it along. I used 1/2 whole wheat and 1/2 ground flax to make up for the spelt flour I didn't have. I also left out the maple syrup I didn't have and this was plenty sweet. I added in almonds for the pecans, and dried blueberries for the apricots(topped with a few fresh for the photo). Fyi, this makes about 4 cups. Thank you so much for the recipe. It will be made often in this kitchen.
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Banana Crumb Muffins

Reviewed: Jul. 12, 2011
Hmm, what can I possibly say that might be different from 6,292 other reviews? Not much. These were good.
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World's Best Potato Salad

Reviewed: Jul. 12, 2011
This is quite good in the end but has so many little issues that it really only rates about 3.5 stars. If you don't read the most helpful review, you'll miss the fact that it needs 1 tsp celery seed. It is just not as good without it (made it twice, once without and once with, as I didn't preview the reviews!) Also, I recommend reducing the sugar to 1/3 cup unless you like a really sweet dressing. It needs more than 1 tsp cornstarch for a thick enough dressing. Both times making this, I had way too much dressing left over. Note that this makes a lot - about 8 servings if it's the only salad on the menu, otherwise 10-12 if being served with other salad selections. Bottom line, I would make this again, but it's going to be from my custom version ;D
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Fruited Ice Cream

Reviewed: Jul. 9, 2011
I used whole milk (recipe doesn't actually specify fat percentage to use) and this had just the right amount of creaminess for me, not overly rich. I think using anything less than full fat milk would yield an 'icier' texture. I followed the recipe save for pureeing my strawberries instead of chopping them. I made sure to use super ripe, sweet berries. The amount of vanilla extract called for is perfect and added a beautiful element of flavor that matched perfectly with the strawberries.
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Low-Fat Cream of Tomato Soup

Reviewed: Jul. 8, 2011
This was very good for a 'light' soup and a quick, shortcut one at that. I would recommend not adding the full amount of salt though. Canned tomatoes are already high in sodium. This only needed a generous 1/4 tsp. I used honey in place of the sugar and added a tsp of Italian seasoning along with only a pinch of cloves. Be sure to temper the milk before adding all to the pot, and don't overheat the soup, to keep it from curdling. Really quite smooth and rich considering the lack of cream. It was the perfect pair for veggie & cheese quesadillas. Made a light, but filling, meal. Thanks so much for the recipe. I'll be making this again, especially as it calls for ingredients that are always on hand.
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No-Bake Peanut Butter Cookies III

Reviewed: Jul. 7, 2011
Great treat for kids on a hot summer day when you don't want to bake anything. I reduced the sugar to 2 cups and that was perfect. 3 is way more than necessary. Also, let the syrup boil for a good 2 minutes instead of just one after it gets rolling. This sets them up better and they won't be too sticky/chewy. I spread the 'batter' in a 9x13 pan to make 2 dozen small bars instead of cookies. Drizzled with a few ounces of milk chocolate for fun. They look a little more appetizing that way. Perfect with a tall glass of ice cold milk!
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Fresh Fruit and Yogurt Ice Pops

Reviewed: Jul. 6, 2011
These are very tasty. I used 1% vanilla yogurt and they were quite creamy. We were looking for something a little more 'ice pop' like so maybe 0% yogurt is the way to go for that effect. I used black bananas pureed in with the other fruit which necessitated only using about 1 tbs sugar. I always keep over ripe banans on hand in the freezer as they add great natural sweetness to smoothies and things like this. Thanks for the recipe!
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Dash's Donair

Reviewed: Jul. 5, 2011
The meat is amazing. Tasted just like any I've had from the best Donair shops. I would recommend at least doubling the recipe as it doesn't make much. It also freezes well so I think I'd make a few batches to keep in the freezer for quick meals. I sliced it cold the day after making it and pan fried it briefly. If you don't feel like the meat throwing workout, just use a food processor. My second batch done in the f.p. yielded just the same texture. Everyone was raving over this. It only gets 4 stars because I had issues with the sauce. I followed the directions to the letter and it was way too runny. The taste was spot on though. It also make far too much for the amount of meat, that is, unless you like your sandwich *really* heavy on the sauce. Thanks for the recipe and making our tastebuds do the happy dance.
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Grilled Chicken with Rosemary and Bacon

Reviewed: Jul. 5, 2011
More often than not, it's the recipe with the right pairing of simple ingredients that produces the most stunning results! This was sensational, Skoo. Thanks.
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Montego Bay Chicken

Reviewed: Jun. 27, 2011
I didn't care for this as much as I thought I would. The marinade makes the chicken taste quite sweet, almost heavy in a way, as opposed to light and citrusy. The soy sauce doesn't really marry well with the rum flavoring. If I made changes, I would reduce the soy sauce and eliminate the brown sugar.
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Spiced-Up Grilled Tater Wedges

Reviewed: Jun. 27, 2011
I liked the cooking method here as it ensured the wedges were beautifully crisp/chewy on the outside while the insides were very tender. I would probably add some salt other than just the celery salt to the seasoning blend next time and maybe finish them with a sprinkle of cheese as they come off the grill. The spice blend was nice enough but was missing something for me. The kids liked them though, and the (tastebud wimpy) hubs did too. I guess it's all a matter of personal taste. Thanks for the overall great recipe! Would definitely make these again.
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Spoiled Baby Back Ribs

Reviewed: Jun. 27, 2011
Fantastic sauce ~ sticky sweet & tangy. I made it as written and wouldn't change anything. I finished the ribs off on the bbq instead of broiling, though. Really, really good ribs!
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Bran Flax Muffins

Reviewed: Jun. 22, 2011
These muffins were (surprisingly) lacking in flavor and were way too moist, to the point of being pasty. With the amount of moisture the shredded carrot and apple add, this recipe could easily do away with the processed white flour for whole wheat instead, which would take care of the pastiness and add flavor. Definitely increase the cinnamon, to one or two tablespoons. It was barely noticeable.
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Best Spanish Rice

Reviewed: Jun. 19, 2011
Quite good for how simple and quick this recipe is. I followed it as written but used half the oil for browning the rice and onions. Browning the rice adds a nice element to the flavor. This recipe is subtle in flavor which is perfect if you are serving it with something spicy or flavor packed.
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Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream

Reviewed: Jun. 11, 2011
I made this recipe exactly as written with the exception of doubling the blueberry mixture as I had double the amount of berries to use. I'm glad I did as half wouldn't have been near enough. That, and the fact the recipe calls for fresh or frozen berries yet doesn't direct to increase the cornstarch if using frozen causes it to lose a star (very important to do, and a beginner cook may not know that). Please don't be tempted to shortcut and buy your graham crust. Store bought ones just don't have the flavor and texture. This one was delicious and crunchy and the cinnamon really adds a lot to the overall flavor. This whole recipe really isn't a lot of work anyway. It is sinfully rich and delicious! You won't be disappointed.
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