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Mini Tacos

Reviewed: May 25, 2009
I made these for a superbowl party, and they went fast. I accidentally grabbed eggroll wrappers instead of wonton, but I just cut them in quarters. Spray the bottom of a mini-muffin tin, push in the wrappers, then spray again lightly to get a nice crispy browning. I made this with 1 lb of crumbled spicy sausage, 1/2 jar of salsa, and 1 cup of monterey jack cheese. Assemble right before serving. I garnished with a little dollop of sour cream and some green onion. Definite A+ for presentation
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Curried Coconut Chicken

Reviewed: Jan. 11, 2009
This came out AMAZING. Tastes phenomenal, my only complaint is the smell! It has been 3 days and I still smell curry every time I walk into my apt. I bought me a plug in skillet so I can make it again, but next time, make it outside!
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Apple Cranberry Stuffed Pork Chops

Reviewed: Jul. 21, 2008
I made this for a dinner party and it turned out phenomenal. I had leftover stuffing, so I mixed it in with the glaze so it cooked up as the glaze reduced. Got rave reviews
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Layered Dulce de Leche Dessert

Reviewed: Jul. 21, 2008
This is a great desert. I tweeked it a little to make it a little less fattening. I used sugar free pudding mixes and Light Cool Whip. I beefed it up by adding a layer Light Dulce de Leche ice cream (Haagen Daaz, 1 pint minus a few spoonfuls :D) in between the two pudding layers. I think it needs to thaw for more than 15 mins, because my guests were practically chewing on ice when I first served it to them. Other than that, great recipe!
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Rosemary Red Potatoes

Reviewed: Jul. 21, 2008
This was SUPER SIMPLE yet so delicious. I made them with Apple Cranberry Stuffed Pork Chops (from this site) and baked them together. They took the same amount of time to bake, so it worked out perfectly. Will definitely make again!
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Sean's Falafel and Cucumber Sauce

Reviewed: Jun. 11, 2008
This recipe was great! I didn't have any fresh parsley on hand, so I threw in a handful of fresh cilantro- gave it a nice flavor. I also threw in a jalapeno pepper in to get chopped up with the onion and garlic to up the spicy factor. Since I love curry flavor, instead of 2 teaspoons cumin, I did 1 teaspoon cumin, 1 teaspoon garam masala- WOW. It really made the recipe pop. As for the sauce, I strained the yogurt in a coffee filter for a half an hour or so to thicken it. I also added a little paprika and chili powder to make it flavorful. To trim down the calories, baked the falafel and used fat free yogurt and mayo in the sauce. Tasted PHENOMENAL!
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Pizza Dough II

Reviewed: Jun. 29, 2009
WOW, I made this a few weeks ago with my nieces and had a pizza party. I ended up adding 2 1/2 cups of wheat flour and 2 cups and a few tablespoons of all-purpose white flour. **Warning** if you aren't going to use this right away, don't wrap it up and leave it at room temp- it will keep growing. Either use it or freeze it! Still tasted amazing, can't wait to make it again!
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Easy-Peezy Caramel Granola

Reviewed: May 31, 2008
I halved it, but changed it a little bit. I used 2 tablespoons of butter and 1 tablespoon of canola oil to lighten it up. It seems like the recipe calls for too much butter. Also, I added 1/2 teaspoonful of vanilla extract to the butter/caramel mixture. And right after the oats and butter are mixed but before it cools, I added a handful of caramels cut in halves. It got all melty with the granola but still held some form- worked very well. I think this recipe was good, but needed something else to add crunch, either nuts or Rice Krispies.
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Spinach and Feta Mini-Calzones

Reviewed: Dec. 2, 2008
I like this recipe and use it pretty frequently, but it isn't a calzone- it's spanakopita. Calzones mainly have mozzarella cheese and maybe a little vegetables. This is mainly spinach and a little feta- spanakopita. I would give it five stars if it was named properly!
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Quick Creamy Spinach and Tomato Pasta

Reviewed: Aug. 22, 2009
This was a pretty good dish. I took some notes from the other reviewers and from the "Spinach Tomato Tortellini" recipe from this site. I used a can of diced tomatoes, a box of frozen chopped spinach, and a small onion. I flavored it up with Italian Seasoning, salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, and chili flakes. I used celantini pasta because it held the sauce very well. For those who complained of grainy sour cream, don't add it until the very end before serving. If the sour cream cooks, it gets grainy. Pretty healthy, cheap, quick, and easy meal
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Cake Balls

Reviewed: Jan. 27, 2008
Great recipe! I mixed french vanilla cake mix with french vanilla icing and coconut milk and threw in 1/2 cup of sweetened coconut flakes. Covered in white chocolate and rolled in more coconut flakes. Brought them for Thanksgiving. My brother who eats like a football player had one word to describe them- DECADENT Only 4 stars because it can get pretty time consuming and messy rolling the balls
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Lime-Aid

Reviewed: Jul. 30, 2008
This is something similar to what I make on the regular. My friends know it as one of my trademark drinks, and call it "Ghetto Margaritas." Instead of using frozen limeade concentrate, I use a bottle of limeade (now becoming more and more popular- Simply Limeade is my preference), therefore eliminating the need for water. I mix equal parts white rum or white tequilla with the limeade. Whenever possible, I'll soak some strawberries in the alcohol for a few hours before adding the juice to add a little treat to the cocktail. WARNING: the acidity of limeade neutralizes alcohol taste- this can get you very drunk without you even knowing it- be careful!
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Barbie Doll Cake

Reviewed: Jan. 25, 2009
Everyone seems to have the same complaint- legs are too long I used a little intuition and ripped Barbie's legs off before I stuck her in (a little cruel but made life a whole lot simpler. I'm not sure how generic dolls are put together, but as a destructive young child, I learned at an early age that all you have to do is twist and yank and Barbie's limbs will pop off. Just stick the torso into the cake and decorate from there!
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Basic Indian Curry with Paneer

Reviewed: Apr. 12, 2008
As an Indian who recently moved into my own apartment and realized I don't know how to make Indian food, I must say this was pretty good. Made a few adjustments though. First of all, if you can get whole garam masala (combo of cumin seeds, corriander seeds, bay leaves, fennel seeds, cloves, cinnamon, and cardamom) it makes all the difference. Fry it up before you add the onions until it gets fragrant. Also, instead of adding cream, add a tablespoon or two of light sour cream. Adds the creaminess without so many calories. Since its cold, make sure you temper it (add some of the hot curry sauce into the sour cream to bring up the temperature so it doesn't curdle then add the hot sour cream mix). Also, since I'm a health freak, instead of adding peas and paneer, use edamame (soy) beans and fried tofu chunks. Lastly, make sure you simmer the sauce at the end for a while, gets rid of the canned tomato taste. Not quite authentic recipe, but easy and tasty.
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Unbelievable Spinach Calzones

Reviewed: Jan. 6, 2009
I make something pretty similar to this, but have a few additions that really make it pop. 1) Decrease the Italian seasoning or skip it completely. Instead, brush some pesto onto the inside of the dough before you roll it up (store bought Progresso works- cheap and easy). 2) Instead of frozen bread dough, you can buy fresh pizza dough in the cheese or deli section of most grocery stores. Tastes amazing. 3) Ricotta is optional. Just the spinach and mozzarella combo with the spinach works great as long as you serve it warm.
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South Indian Chickpea Salad

Reviewed: Nov. 11, 2008
1) Romaine hearts should not even be optional- they don't belong in this dish. 2) I think the writer of the recipe forgot to mention that you should use an UNRIPE mango that's green and tangy. The sweet mushiness of a mango distracts the palate. 3) I agree with another reviewer and spiced it up with some cayenne, cilantro, and a few little green chillies. 4) make sure you rinse canned chickpeas well, otherwise they retain a starchy liquid which tastes funny
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Oatmeal Cranberry White Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Reviewed: Jul. 17, 2008
This recipe can be found word for word on the back of the Crasins package. Its a pretty good recipe, just not an original one. I'd suggest making them a little sweeter, they had a touch of a dry/salty taste to me.
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The Spiced Cider Project

Reviewed: Dec. 8, 2008
This must be a mistake- 60 cloves and 2 whole oranges in 3 1/2 cups of water? It must have been a typo- 3 1/2 quarts or liters sounds a bit more realistic My recipe: 2 quarts of apple cider (or 1 bottle of apple juice), 2 cinnamon sticks, 5-10 cloves, and if its an adult party, 2 cups of Captain Morgan's- throw it in the slow cooker so you don't have to tend to it, creates a nice aroma throughout the house
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