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Miso Soup

Reviewed: Dec. 9, 2009
My family loves miso soup. We're lucky enough to have a great Asian grocery very nearby, so I buy red miso paste - dashi type, to combine the dashi stock and miso in one step. Also, for us, miso soup isn't complete with seaweed. Look for dried wakame and add only a pinch or two.
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Asian Pork Tenderloin

Reviewed: Dec. 9, 2009
Tender and tasty. Best pork recipe I've had. I keep marinade ingredients exactly as written but also add 1 tsp minced ginger. I tried cooking this at 400 degrees for 30 minutes and the marinade has always burned terribly -- super smelly kitchen, but very tasty, tender pork. Next time I'll try 325 degrees for longer as suggested. Or just roast the tenderloin without the marinade. d
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Italian Spaghetti Sauce with Meatballs

Reviewed: Dec. 9, 2009
I really wanted to love this but thought it was only OK after following the recipe exactly as written. The meatballs were a bit doughy and tasteless. I'd half the breadcrumbs and add 1/2 cup diced onion and 2 cloves minced fresh garlic. Also, perhaps 1 tsp italian seasoning. The sauce was almost a bit too thick and sweet. I'd forego the tomato paste and substitute with a can of tomato sauce so that there is plenty of sauce for the pasta. I'd also hold off on the sugar until the sauce is cooked down and add only if you find the sauce to tangy.
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Quick and Easy Chicken Noodle Soup

Reviewed: Dec. 9, 2009
This is super easy and super good. I use one whole chopped onion and add lots of extra carrots to make the soup heartier. Make sure you use the veggie broth as it really enhances the flavor -- to me it makes it taste more authentic and scratch, rather than a quick recipe. I also just add 2 whole boneless chicken breasts with 10 minutes left and simmer about 10 minutes until the chicken shreds easily between 2 forks. Finally, a tsp of thyme or curry powder depending on the mood is a nice add
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Cape Malay Pickled Fish

Reviewed: Dec. 9, 2009
My husband is from Cape Town and loves pickled fish! Perfect lunch with bread and green salad. I've made this 2x -- first time exactly as written and 2nd time with a few changes. It seems to me that in the Cape, pickled fish is lightly battered and fried. I wanted to cut down on the oil and fat so rather than frying the fish, I grilled it under the broiler until just cooked. I like the sauce as written, except I agree that the vinegar was a bit much. I used 1 1/2 cups and thought that was still a bit strong. I think I should have upped the brown sugar a bit to balance the flavor.
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Quinoa and Black Beans

Reviewed: Dec. 9, 2009
This is my favorite quinoa recipe. I use frozen roasted corn kernels and 1 can black beans. The 2nd can of beans probably makes for a heartier meal, but my family isn't that keen on black beans to begin with so I don't push my luck. We love this vegetarian, but as an alternative, you can add precooked sliced chicken apple sausages or smoked sausage at the end for a heartier 1 dish meal.
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Quinoa Tabbouleh

Reviewed: Dec. 9, 2009
Fantastic quinoa side - great if you need a vegan dish for a summer bbq. I've made it multiple times just as it is written and the large bowl is always empty in no time.
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No Bake Chocolate Cookies II

Reviewed: Dec. 9, 2009
This makes a great holiday cookie/candy, but with a few clarifications on the recipe. First, I used quick cook oats so the end texture is chewy but not dry uncooked oats. Second, I kept all the ingredients as written except increased coconut to 1 cup. Bring sugar, milk, marg (or butter) and vanilla to a FULL boil and boil for 2 minutes while stirring constantly. The cookie will be either gooey if less than 2 minute, and crumbly if more than 2 minutes. Meanwhile, mix all the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Dump the boiled liquid over the dry ingredients, stir together, and drop by spoonfuls onto waxed paper. They should hold together OK after 30 mins and beautifully after an hour.
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