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Spinach Lasagna Rolls

Reviewed: May 5, 2010
This was decent. The kids wouldn't touch it, but my husband and I thought it was good enough to eat the left overs the following day. It needed more seasonings -- garlic, basil, oregano -- something! I even used homemade spaghetti sauce, and it was just okay. I let the spinach thaw out in the fridge during the day, and it was still cool after it cooked. I would definitely thaw and bring to room temperature if I do it again. Also, I only had about 2.5 oz of cream cheese, so I added some ricotta instead because I like the texture. Maybe that's why it was so bland? Next time I would add more of the spices required for a lasagna to make it a more interesting dish.
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Chocolate Oatmeal Cake

Reviewed: May 10, 2010
I had very limited baking supplies in the cupboard, and this cake met all of my search requirements. Given that fact, this cake was excellent! The oatmeal gave it a different texture, but it was a welcome one. Some of the kids wouldn't touch it when I said it had oatmeal in it, but once they did a taste test, they ended up really enjoying it. I didn't tell the adults about the secret ingredient, and only one person guessed it was oatmeal. Since the recipe didn't specify between slow cooked oats or instant oats, I used the instant oats in my cupboard, and it turned out fantastic. It almost dissolved the oats -- I can't figure out why no one could really taste the oatmeal! I added a teaspoon of cinnamon, as suggested, and it gave a wonderful flavor. I had to use Ener-G egg replacement instead of the two eggs because of my son's allergy. I also used an extra teaspoon of cocoa. Wonderful cake! Why only four stars? Because I probably wouldn't bake it again unless I had limited ingredients in the house, plus the standard store-bought frosting made it just okay, and it definitely needs a topping, but I'm not sure what kind would make it fabulous.
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Vegan Chocolate Cake

Reviewed: May 10, 2010
This cake was amazing. Honestly, I've never had a better chocolate cake. Very rich, very spongy, and it baked so well. I put it in a 9" Pyrex circular glass cake pan, and it rose like a dome in the middle, did not sink, and didn't even get a single crack in the middle. It looked beautiful and tasted even better. I used another reviewer's suggestion for a vegan buttercream frosting: mixed together 1/4 cup softened margerine (mine was hard from the fridge, so I grated it with a cheese grater then added it), 1/2 tsp vanilla, 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, and a couple dashes of rice milk -- enough to make the consistency spreadable. My frosting turned out a bit watery and lumpy, so maybe sifting the powdered sugar first would have helped? It hardened a bit, but I couldn't really pile the frosting on the cake. Everyone loved the frosting/cake combination, and it was all very easy to put together. My minor changes: added an extra 1/4 cup of cocoa powder and used 1 tsp lemon juice instead of white vinegar. Delicious! This will be my go-to recipe for chocolate cake from now on! I also made this recipe into cupcakes and baked them for exactly 20 minutes at 350, and they came out perfect once again!
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Swedish Toscas (Swedish Almond Tarts)

Reviewed: Jun. 23, 2010
This dessert was delicious! I started by making the tart shell, but the consistency was too crumbly, so I added an extra 2 tablespoons of butter and another 1/8 cup of sugar, and it came together quite well. I used my hands to combine the dough, and the warmth of my hands made it very easy to work with. I also stuck the cupcake pan with the dough in the freezer for 5 minutes (as another person suggested), then added the almond mixture on top. I followed the recipe exactly for the rest of it, and the finished product was amazing! Can't wait to impress my guests tomorrow night!
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Pork Tetrazzini

Reviewed: Jun. 29, 2010
The main reason I'm giving this a 5-star review is because it's very kid-friendly, and my 3- and 5-year old loved it. They had three servings. In my opinion, it was pretty bland and very heavy for a summer dinner, but since the kids ate it, I consider it a home run! The pork I used was left over from a crock pot meal I made earlier in the week that consisted of a pork roast slow cooked with beef bullion for 8 hours on low. The meat turned out pretty bland, so maybe using a better recipe to cook the meat would have made it turn out better. The bread crumbs on top were a nice touch to make a different consistency. I also used a 16 oz box of spaghetti and a much larger casserole dish (13 x 9), so we have more leftovers.
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Tuna Noodle Casserole II

Reviewed: Jul. 3, 2010
Another kid-approved meal that left them saying "you make the best dinners, mommy"! The only substitutions I made were out of necessity: I used Cream of Potato instead of Cream of Celery simply because I couldn't find the latter in the grocery store. I also used shredded Mexican cheeses instead of the processed American cheese. Finally, I used bread crumbs for the topping instead of potato chips. If anything, I would reduce the amount of salt it calls for. Otherwise, it was fantastic!
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Creole Tuna

Reviewed: Jul. 3, 2010
My daughter came home from preschool saying she loves tuna, so I found this dish that I figured the whole family could enjoy. It was the weirdest combination of ingredients, but the kids absolutely loved it. Another 5-star review because the entire family polished it off the same night! Served over rice.
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Game Day Hamburgers

Reviewed: Aug. 15, 2010
Delicious! I didn't realize how much water content the potato held until I started shredding it, and I swear it's why these burgers were so juicy and delicious. I didn't use the mushrooms because I wasn't sure if my guests would like them, and I only about 1/2 cup shredded Swiss, and I wish I had used more. I mixed all of it together with the ground beef rather than stuffed the fillings in the middle. They really came out perfect for this novice BBQ'er.
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Lemony Garlic Shrimp with Pasta

Reviewed: Nov. 15, 2010
Kids loved it! They said my favorite line, "Mommy, I love your dinner!", so that made my day. I accidentally bought a 2 lb bag of cooked "shrimp meat" instead of raw shrimp, so they were very small, but it was still a good meal. Will make again soon!
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Grilled Tri-tip Roast

Reviewed: Nov. 15, 2010
Very tasty. Surprisingly, my children actually ate this meat, and they aren't very fond of meat at all. As suggested by others, I marinated the meat overnight in 1/4 cup of olive oil, 1/4 cup of red wine vinegar, and 1 Tbsp soy sauce. Then, I rubbed the entire powder mixture on the meat. I didn't have garlic powder, so I used 3 teaspoons of garlic salt, 1 teaspoon of salt, 1 teaspoon onion powder, 1 teaspoon pepper. I baked this at 350 for 1 hr 30 min. It was juicy and tender.
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Rich and Delicious Banana Bread

Reviewed: Nov. 27, 2010
Delicious! I used butter Crisco for the shortening, added some cinnamon and 3/4 cup milk to the batter to make the consistency more spreadable, and it turned out perfect. Looking forward to trying with other fruits as well.
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Apple Betty

Reviewed: Dec. 19, 2010
The topping couldn't have turned out better. I used half white sugar and half brown sugar. I used cold butter -- no need to wait for it to soften. For the person who had soupy pie, maybe the wrong type of apples were used? I used Granny Smith, and they maintained their firmness. Another person commented not to slice the apples to thin, so I left mine a bit thick and cooked an extra 15 minutes as suggested, and they turned out a bit too mushy for my taste. Next time I will only cook for 45 minutes and leave the slices as is (I used an apple corer, which produced 6 slices, then I sliced those in half.) A little too much nutmeg. I would decrease to 1/4 teaspoon next time because it overpowered the cinnamon. Reheat from room temperature at 200 degrees for a 10 minutes and serve with vanilla bean ice cream!
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Spaghetti Squash I

Reviewed: Dec. 26, 2010
Served this for Christmas Eve dinner, and it was a hit. Even people who don't like squash loved it -- it didn't taste like squash at all, more like pasta instead. I used kalamata olives instead of black olives and cherry tomatoes cut in half instead of large tomatoes. It turned out to be a very Mediterranean dish, which was well received by my Italian family.
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Oatmeal-Currant Scones

Reviewed: Dec. 26, 2010
These were super dry and boring. I used chocolate chips instead of the OJ/water/currant combination because another reviewer said she just switched out that ingredient easily, but the end result was pretty tasteless. I gave it two stars instead of only one because my allergy-ridden son enjoyed them, but he rarely is able to eat desserts, so he doesn't know what a scone is supposed to taste like.
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Halibut with Zesty Peach Salsa

Reviewed: Dec. 26, 2010
OMG, this fish is delicious! My children loved this dish as much as my husband and I did! We used frozen peaches instead of fresh because they're not in season, and even the tartness of the fruit was a good contrast to the yummy fish. I can only imagine how much better it would be with in-season fruit. With the leftover bell pepper and onion, I put them on skewers, brushed them with oil and roasted them at 450 degrees for 25 minutes. Served it all over rice. My husband rated this one of my top 5 dinners!
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Double Layer Pumpkin Pie

Reviewed: Dec. 26, 2010
I made this for my son who is allergic to eggs and nuts. The whole family raved about it. Even better than the apple pie for Thanksgiving dessert! I made it two weekends later, and it received the same reviews. Very creamy and tasty.
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Busy Day Barbeque Brisket

Reviewed: Dec. 26, 2010
Too much BBQ sauce made it way too rich. I used the same size brisket it called for, but I wasn't impressed.
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Graham Cracker Crust

Reviewed: Dec. 26, 2010
Super easy and tasty. I think it calls for too many graham crackers for one 9" pie crust, but if you like your crust to be thick, it's fine. I will hold off on some of the crumbs next time to have a slightly thinner crust. I'll never buy a premade crust with all of those illegible ingredients when it's so much easier and healthier to make my own!
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Broccoli-Stuffed Sole

Reviewed: Jan. 7, 2011
Not good. Way too much salt. My kids and I love fish, but they weren't interested in this at all. I could barely taste the cheese. I gave it two stars instead of only one because my husband thought it was really good, so one out of four of us enjoyed it.
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Cilantro Tomato Corn Salad

Reviewed: Feb. 22, 2011
Delicious! I made tacos and Spanish rice for a dinner party, and this is the recipe everyone asked about! I sauteed the onions and garlic in the butter, then added the jalapenos,. I added two bags of frozen corn to the pan with the tomatoes and cilantro and kept it over low heat until dinner was served.
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