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Irish Soda Bread

Reviewed: Mar. 11, 2002
This bread is PHENOMENAL! I was a little nervous at its consistency as during the preparation phase, it doesn't resemble a typical bread loaf. It was more like very loose chocolate chip cookie dough, but that's ok -- that's the way it should be. This was delicious beyond words and is now a part of my permanent recipe collection.
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California Salad Bowl

Reviewed: Jun. 30, 2002
Absolutely fantastic! Delicious, easy to make, and heck -- if I can get my husband to eat vegetables this way, why not? :)
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Mandarin Orange, Gorgonzola and Almond Delight

Reviewed: Jul. 4, 2002
Fantastic! My husband loves Gorgonzola, but I admit that I do not. Yet I went ahead and made the salad fully expecting to hate it. The flavors balance each other in such a tremendously complimentary way that the strong Gorgonzola taste is not compromised, but enhanced by the sweetness of the oranges and the nuttiness of the almonds. What I expected to hate will be a keeper in my summer salad repertoire. Thanks!
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Chinese Cold Pasta Salad

Reviewed: Jul. 4, 2002
YUMMY! We recently moved and I couldn't find my cookbooks. I didn't want to spend a great deal of time in a hot kitchen and was dying for Cold Sesame Noodles. This is very good, very easy and very close to the recipe I was looking for. I used the full 2 tsp. of crushed red pepper because we like everything hot and spicy, but if you don't -- definitely cut the recipe back. I added about 1/2 - 1 tsp. red wine vinegar as that is called for in the original recipe (as well as soy sauce, etc.) and that helped round out the salad quite nicely. I made vegetarian broth in the microwave and added the peanut butter to that before putting it all in the large bowl and had no problem with the peanut butter breaking down. Once you let it sit it becomes less soupy, even with the whole wheat noodles I used. This is an excellent recipe!
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Karen A's Chocolate Dump Cake

Reviewed: Jul. 16, 2002
YUM! Easy to make and great for when you want a quick chocolate pick me up, but don't want to spend any time in the kitchen. Definitely a keeper!
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Greek Spaghetti I

Reviewed: Jul. 16, 2002
So easy and so delicious! Definitely a keeper for my recipe box. Next time I might add sundried tomatoes or black olives as suggested or even spinach or fresh basil before serving. Loved it!
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Pineapple Lemonade Spritzers

Reviewed: Jul. 16, 2002
This is one of those drinks that you make when you want to treat yourself. Sometimes I want more than lemonade or a soda. This does the trick and is so good! For an adult version, I added a shot of gin and there were raves all around.
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Cheater's Enchiladas

Reviewed: Jul. 16, 2002
Delicious! Our store didn't have green enchilada sauce, but we sufficed with red. In the middle layer I added chunky salsa with diced chipotle peppers. I also added some garbanzo beans that I had sauteed with onions, garlic, green peppers, cumin, chili powder, and cayenne. This was so good!!! We like things a little more spicy and the addition of the chipotle and cayenne was fab!
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Mock Tuna Salad

Reviewed: Jul. 16, 2002
LOVED IT! Can't remember what real tuna salad tastes like since I have been a vegetarian for so long, but this was really good. You can have only so many veggie burgers and then want a change and this was it. Very good!
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Italian Meatball Sandwich Casserole

Reviewed: Feb. 19, 2003
So easy to make and a hit at this house! I wouldn't change a thing.
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Six Can Chicken Tortilla Soup

Reviewed: Feb. 19, 2003
Great recipe! I added a can of chopped green chiles, about a teaspoon of cumin, and I used fat free chicken broth. I didn't tell my husband that this was a low-fat dish and was good for him, but he loved it!
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BBQ Chicken Pizza I

Reviewed: Feb. 19, 2003
SO EASY! I was looking for a quick dinner recipe for my husband and this fit the bill. The only thing that I might do differently would be to caramelize the onions since he doesn't like raw onions. I also bought individual size pizza crusts instead of a large one.
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Baked Beans II

Reviewed: Mar. 5, 2003
Fabulous! My husband is from NH and they love their baked beans in New England. I have made them many times in my bean pot from scratch, but when he said he was in the mood for baked beans, I started searching for a quick replacement. Found this recipe and it was a hit! I made it in a large Pyrex pan and cut up a pound of good hotdogs and let it bake in the oven. I am trying this recipe out again tonight, but this time in the crockpot. I agree that if you use baked beans in the can to cut back on the brown sugar, but other than that, this is a great recipe.
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Barbecued Beef

Reviewed: Mar. 5, 2003
Great recipe! As a vegetarian, I don't mind making meat dishes for my husband, but often haven't a clue as to what he might like. This recipe had great reviews so I thought I would try it out. I used half of the required meat and kept everything else the same. My husband and our dogs were drooling while the meat cooked all day in the crockpot. When it was done, he said not to change a thing! Next time I might put it in a tortilla for him as a wrap. Thanks again for such a good recipe!
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Mou Shu Pork Wraps

Reviewed: Mar. 5, 2003
I was looking for a recipe that I could sneak in some vegetables in my husband's dinner and this is a great way to do it. Next time, I will cut the ginger in half as he said that the ginger was too overwhelming. I would also cut the pork into thin strips to have it cook faster and I would do the meat in two batches as it cooked, but didn't brown. Not a bad dish, but I think it might need some tweaking. I am just not sure how to accomplish that. Hopefully, someone else here will have great ideas to offer. :)
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Eggless Tofu Spinach Quiche

Reviewed: Apr. 17, 2003
This is a delicious recipe for vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike. I have played around with it a bit at times adding different seasonings or different cheeses, but have remained true to the original poster. This is a keeper and great for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, picnics, you name it. As a vegetarian, it was an easy to make meal that tasted great and I couldn't taste the tofu. In fact, I don't necessarily like the taste of raw tofu, but if you compare that to say chicken or any other meat that you simply stuck in the oven without proper preparation or seasoning, you probably would say it tasted pretty bad, too. If you are unsure about it, honestly try it once before saying that you don't like it. It's a great dish that everyone will enjoy. Just save yourself some grief and don't tell anyone that it has tofu in it. :) UPDATE: I highly recommend prebaking the crust for at least 10 minutes to get your crust to hold up well for this recipe. If you don't, it's ok, but it is even better when it is prebaked.
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Grandma Johnson's Scones

Reviewed: Apr. 22, 2003
Excellent! I made these on Sunday because I had purchased some from the store bakery the week before and my husband liked those. He said he would skip the Pop Tarts for breakfast if he could have scones. I was a little anxious because I thought they had to be hard to make, but boy was I wrong. Having read the reviews for this recipe, I followed the recipe exactly, but divided the mix into 3 separate bowls. I added cinnamon chips to one, raisins to the second, and chocolate chips to the third and ended up with smaller sized scones that were perfectly sized for us. I had to bake them a little longer, but that could just be my oven. Right now I am preparing another batch and adding raisins to one, dried blueberries to the second, and dried cranberries to the third. Adding extra sugar to the recipe or on top would make them too sweet for us, but if you like sweeter scones, then go ahead. This is definitely a recipe to keep and pass down to your family.
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Coconut Curry Tofu

Reviewed: Apr. 24, 2003
YUMMY! If you are afraid to stir fry or make Thai food, then this is the recipe for you! So super easy to make and it comes out tasting super delicious! My local corner market didn't have bok choy so I substituted equal amounts of fresh broccoli and green beans and it came out phenomenal! I will make this again and again! My husband is not a vegetarian and didn't mind the tofu, but I could see this being good with chicken or pork or tempeh instead. Thanks for the great recipe!
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Banana Berry Smoothie II

Reviewed: May 19, 2003
Fantastic recipe! Simple, yet so incredibly good! I used frozen bananas that I had stashed in the freezer along with some frozen strawberries. I used Stonyfield Farms french vanilla yogurt to round it out and what a perfect smoothie this was. All I can say is YUM!
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Orange Cake

Reviewed: Sep. 30, 2003
Wonderful! This is the first bundt cake I have made and I even went out and bought a special pan just to make this cake. Yes, everyone says it doesn't taste like an orange cake, but maybe you could call it a citrus flavored cake. I enjoyed it so much that I made two on Sunday to give away to friends. It's easy to make and a foolproof cake that tastes fantastic, but even better the second day. I cover a cake pan with foil and place my cooling rack on top with the cake to cool. When it is completely cool, I use an eyedropper to put the glaze on the cake. It gives me complete control as to where I want the glaze to go and I can pull up the little run off that collects on the foil with the eyedropper. Yummy!
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