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Original Nestle® Toll House® Chocolate Chip Cookies

Reviewed: Oct. 24, 2010
I didn't have any flour, so I used breadcrumbs. I hate salt, so I put in chili powder. Butter is fattening--I substituted unflavored gelatin. I didn't have chocolate chips either, so I used ground beef. DELISH YOU HAVE TO TRY THEM!
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BLT Muffins

Reviewed: Oct. 24, 2010
I substituted mayonnaise with yogurt, bacon with chocolate chips, tomatoes with banana and parsley with cinnamon, and then they were really good! Tasted just like a yummy BLT sandwich!
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Pumpkin Pancakes

Reviewed: Feb. 27, 2010
so moist and delicious! these pancakes need an emphasis on the CAKE. in fact, my stack seemed to melt together into a spicy pumpkin cake while I was eating them, and didn't really need any butter or syrup (although they were amazing with a little of both). they are quite tricky to flip, especially if you add extra pumpkin like I did. I also added pumpkin spice seasonings and cloves along with the spices that were called for, and a little lemon zest to the dry ingredients. DO NOT be afraid to add milk, especially if you were generous with the spices. I made a few without added milk and the dough was so sticky it was impossible to flip. I added about a half cup more to the rest of the batter to make it an easier consistency and the rest of my pancakes were just as delicious, and came off the pan much more neatly.
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Onion Dijon Crusted Catfish

Reviewed: Feb. 25, 2010
This was a delicious, light meal served with green beans. I didn't have the dried parsley flakes so I used some oregano, and also made sure to use freshly ground black pepper. They're a nice alternative to fried catfish and my husband ate them all up!
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Tropical Salad with Pineapple Vinaigrette

Reviewed: Feb. 25, 2010
I didn't have any romaine lettuce and had to use a mix of dandelion greens and arugula from a tiny local store! I also fried torn-up pieces of ham sandwich meat since I didn't have bacon. While I'm sure the original ingredients would be a better compliment to the vinaigrette, it is such a good salad that even mine was still delicious!
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Potato Salmon Patties

Reviewed: Feb. 25, 2010
These are delicious and flexible--you can easily make a few changes based on what you like. I used garlic flavored potato flakes, panko bread crumbs, seasoning salt rather than salt, freshly ground pepper, lemon zest and feta cheese. I also used both regular onion and green onions. Overall, the basic potato flakes, bread crumbs, egg, and canned salmon mixture is great and don't be afraid to play around with the other ingredients.
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Zesty Stuffed Peppers

Reviewed: Feb. 25, 2010
I used red peppers for added sweetness, which were absolutely adorable while boiling in the pot! I also skipped the corn, replaced tomato sauce with paste, added some precooked brown rice and piled in a topping of feta cheese. Quite a few changes, but then stuffed peppers are flexible--whatever you think would be good inside there probably will be!
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Shrimp Lemon Pepper Linguini

Reviewed: Feb. 25, 2010
yummm. I made this with very few changes for a home-cooked Valentine's Day with my husband, and it was delicious. I used a lowfat vegetable spread rather than butter, and even more garlic than the recipe called for, along with a chopped sweet onion, and I doubled the lemon zest. I served it topped with lemon slices and dill... delicious and restaurant-quality as other reviewers have said.
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Quick Gnocchi

Reviewed: Feb. 25, 2010
I used "Italian garlic" seasoned potato flakes and added paprika, thyme, and a little seasoning salt for extra flavor. They were easy and fun to make--so yummy and versatile! I served them over pasta but they're also great with tomato sauce.
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Vanilla Crepes

Reviewed: Jan. 24, 2010
These are delicious, although the batter can be a little lumpy (I distractedly added the melted butter to the dry ingredients, exacerbating the problem) but just blending with a mixer takes care of it. I also used 1 T vanilla extract and 1 T banana flavoring, and added about 1 teaspoon of cinnamon. They were easy to flip in the pan and tasted absolutely amazing stuffed with ice cream, banana slices, berries, and homemade berry jam.
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Ground Cherry Sauce

Reviewed: Jan. 24, 2010
this was delicious! I used half frozen dark sweet cherries and half frozen cranberries (finely chopped in a blender) and then added some chopped fresh raspberries to the finished product. I also used 1/2 cup lemon juice and half a cup of water to make it a little more tangy. The spices are amazing with my version as well and it made the perfect topping for vanilla ice cream... highly recommended!
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Simple Spinach Lasagna

Reviewed: Jan. 11, 2010
This is a great recipe but like many reviewers said, be sure to have two boxes of lasagna noodles. I added chopped tomatoes and other veggies to the sauce mixture, and kept an extra jar of tomato sauce on hand--sure enough, I needed it for that top layer because my sauce mix from the recipe had thinned out to almost just veggies. As long as you have extra sauce and noodles on hand, it's a great recipe! delicious.
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Grilled Salmon I

Reviewed: Jan. 6, 2010
I marinated my salmon for over 7 hours, which still didn't impart as much flavor as I'd hoped! (I did skip the salt though.) I added dill and more lemon pepper, as well as a topping of a little more brown sugar, and then baked mine in the oven still in the marinade. It was so saturated in juices that it was a little hard to tell when it was done, but it turned out delicious, with a moist texture and sweet top layer from the extra brown sugar. My hubby still prefers my extra lemony version of salmon, but I loved it!
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Spinach and Rice (Spanakorizo)

Reviewed: Jan. 6, 2010
tasty and healthy, with some alterations! I used pre-cooked instant brown rice flavored with chicken broth, eyeballed the olive oil, used extra tomato paste, and finished it off with dill, lemon juice, and as really really should be listed in the recipe--feta cheese! it tasted a lot like a fattening creamy tomato risotto I ate a restaurant once, except it was so healthy!
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Skillet Ham, Cabbage and Potatoes

Reviewed: Jan. 5, 2010
I made a healthier, side-dish version of this, replacing small pieces of torn-up lean turkey meat in place of ham (fried with the onions and several cloves of garlic thrown in as well), and using vegetable spread rather than margarine. I also threw in the potatoes early to make sure they got done before the cabbage was mushy, and liberally seasoned with the seasoning salt and paprika, and used chicken broth as so many other reviewers recommended. It was delicious as a side dish to our meal and my husband ate three huge helpings and raved about it!
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Basil Chicken over Angel Hair

Reviewed: Jan. 4, 2010
I added chicken broth like one user recommended, but that made it a little watery... I also topped it with fresh parsley since I had no basil in the house, which is also good, but next time I make it I'm going to make sure to have basil and will also add extra hot pepper sauce! Overall, it was delicious, just be careful about overcooking the pre-cooked chicken!
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BAKER'S Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Reviewed: Jan. 3, 2010
I used this as a Christmas cookie recipe, with both chocolate chunks and red and green m&m's. I added cinnamon to taste and replaced butter with Crisco, and they turned out wonderfully. The dough is easy to manage and they slide ride off the pan out of the oven. I made four different kinds of Christmas cookies this year, and these were my husband's favorite. I had to make one batch for our Christmas party and a separate batch just for us!
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