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Indian Curried Barley Pilaf

Reviewed: Jun. 20, 2010
This was a very flavorful, change from your typical rice dish. I pretty much stuck to the recipe and I enjoyed the outcome. I didn't have almonds or raisin, so I left those out, but I imagine it'd be as yummy with them as it was without. I also added several splashes of hot sauce (since I love spicy) and it added a lot to the dish. For the person who thought it was bland, I'd recommend adding some heat.
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Tomato-Topped Sole

Reviewed: Jun. 21, 2010
I'm sorry to say I didn't love this recipe. It was ok. I thought it was quite bland even though I took many of the suggestions from other reviewers. I subbed fresh minced garlic instead of the powder and added dried dill and lemon juice, but I'll admit the lemon juice came from a bottle. I even added Grey Poupon to the butter mixture, but that's not exactly dijon I guess. The best part was the tomatoes. And it certainly was easy enough to make. Even though I didn't like it, I wouldn't be opposed to trying it again some day with my own tweaks..maybe some capers or olives to give it a bit more flavor?
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Banana Wheat Bread

Reviewed: Aug. 17, 2010
Pretty good muffins. Baked for 25 mins.
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Mrs. Fields Cookie Recipe II

Reviewed: Sep. 17, 2010
The balls don't flatten during cooking, so flatten them with your hand or a spatula. And 9 minutes was perfect for my oven. I did one batch with half whole wheat flour and a-p flour and one with all 1-p flour and both were quite yummy.
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Cinnamon-Peach Cottage Cheese Pancakes

Reviewed: Oct. 3, 2010
July 2012- Halved the recipe for the 2 of us. Only differences were to use 1/2 cup cottage cheese which I think was low-fat, eyeballed 1/2 tsp vanilla, 1 tbsp butter which I prob should have waited to melt, 1/2+ peach shredded, 1/2 cup AP flour, 1 tbsp dermera sugar, etc. Again, didn't smush the pancakes down while cooking. Light, fluffy, delicious!! --------------------------------------- Made it with 100% whole wheat flour, splenda sugar for baking, and frozen blueberries. I didn't smush the pancakes down since the blueberries were so big and they were delicious, soft, fluffy, and moist. Oh and I didn't have cinnamon and it was still quite yummy.
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Amy's Healthy Fruity

Reviewed: Oct. 3, 2010
standard fruity smoothie. might try adding vanilla next time?
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Banana Pancakes I

Reviewed: Oct. 10, 2010
These pancakes were ok. I made mine with whole wheat flour, no oil, a splash of vanilla extract, and sliced almonds. I also served with bananas on top.
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Breaded, Fried, Softly Spiced Tofu

Reviewed: Oct. 10, 2010
Pretty good, although next time I'd go a lot more heavily on the spices and I'd mix the spices in the flour. I had sprinkled a dash of cumin, cayenne, salt, pepper, garlic powder on top and only the first piece got the spices! And I didn't have nutritional yeast or sage to try, and I also didn't bother soaking in broth and it was flavorful enough.
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Apple Pie by Grandma Ople

Reviewed: Oct. 10, 2010
I cut the apple into bite size pieces and only made around half the syrup which wasn't enough. Next time, I'll make more and consider dunking the apples in the syrup (which at these ratios, got very thick very quick) so none of the exposed apples dry out. I also added a splash of vanilla and cinnamon to the syrup.
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Banana Anna

Reviewed: Oct. 16, 2010
Not bad. Tasted like milky bananay milk :) It's a good way of using up a banana or milk. I tasted before adding honey and it was plenty sweet, so I omitted it.
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Grilled Apple and Swiss Cheese Sandwich

Reviewed: Oct. 16, 2010
Toasted in toaster oven (no butter/oil) with American cheese and granny smith. I'll try other combinations and properly frying it in a pan with butter/oil next time :)
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Fra Diavolo Sauce With Pasta

Reviewed: Oct. 16, 2010
Even my mom liked this and she doesn't like pasta! Since I like things saucy, I'd double the sauce next time. I made the full 8+ servings of sauce and it was probably enough for 3-4 servings of pasta in my opinion. I also added 1/2 a large onion (should up to 1 full onion), a 1/2 tsp of sugar, a splash of balsamic vinegar (although I'm not sure this did anything), a tiny bit of cayenne (since I was running out of red pepper flakes) and a good amount of black pepper. At the end, I added a handful of spinach (should up to 2 or 3 handfuls) and some parmesan cheese. Yum!
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Veronica's Apple Pancakes

Reviewed: Jan. 12, 2011
Too dense for a pancake in my opinion. But I doubled the apple, so I compensated by almost doubling the flour (whole wheat) which made it thick and hard to flatten so I added another egg. I thought I could skimp on the sugar but DON'T. And I'd QUADRUPLE the cinnamon. It's not very cinnamonny at all! I'll try it again, following the recipe exactly and re-rate.
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Caramelized Baked Chicken

Reviewed: Jan. 27, 2011
Not bad. I cooked the sauce (1/2 cup ketchup, heaping tbsp very sweet honey, 1/4 cup soy sauce, 3-4 cloves garlic, 1 tsp spicy hot sauce, 2 dashes cayenne, 1 dash cumin, black pepper) in a pot for 5 minutes, but I should have done it longer. Then placed 3 chicken breasts in a Pyrex, poured sauce on top, cooked in oven for 40 minutes at 350. Be careful to get all the sauce on top of the chicken. Don't waste it in the bottom of the pan.
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Andrew's Herb Risotto

Reviewed: Feb. 26, 2011
I didn't have any of the herbs, so I realize this rating isn't true to the nature of the HERB risotto, but here goes. The risotto was just ok. I threw in some dried Italian Seasoning in lieu of the fresh mint, parsley, and rosemary. I also tossed in 3 dashed of cayenne pepper (but it still wasn't spicy) and used double the white wine & a nice fresh block of Reggiano cheese. Next time, I'll certainly have those herbs to add in. And I might add a protein (shrimp?) if this is the main course.
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French Onion Soup VII

Reviewed: Feb. 26, 2011
Pretty darn good vegetarian French Onion. But the flavor obviously depends based on the wine you use. I used very watered down vegetable stock, so I added in 4 bay leaves and 3 shakes of Worcestershire sauce. And I sauted the onions for probably 30 minutes, so they browned nicely. I didn't have baguette or mozzarella, so I subbed a toasted half slice of plain bagel & a slice of provolone.
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Shrimp Scampi IV

Reviewed: Mar. 12, 2011
This really is fantastic, quick and easy. The hardest part is peeling the shrimp. Once I'd peeled a pound (I halved the recipe), I cut up half a stick of butter and melted it in my toaster oven for a few minutes, then added 6 splashes of Worcestershire, about 1/4 cup of dry Riesling, 4 cloves of minced garlic, a few dashes of Cayenne, black pepper, lemon pepper, squeezed 1/2 a lemon and the shrimp, turning to coat. I also cooked some spaghetti and then added it to a pan where I had been sauteing finely diced onions, and after the shrimp had been cooking around 8-10 minutes (around 500 degrees), I added it to the pan with some chopped green onions and stirred everything around to heat up. After grating a good 1/4+ cup of Parmesan on top, I served it with sauteed asparagus. Delicious and quick. I didn't even need to salt it since the cheese is salty, as is the lemon pepper. Next time, I'll try adding chopped tomatoes for more color.
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Crustless Cranberry Pie

Reviewed: Nov. 24, 2011
Not bad. Mom liked that it wasn't too sweet. I followed the recipe exactly, except I opted for sliced almonds instead of walnuts, left out a tiny bit of sugar (1-2 tbsp probably), did 1/2 vanilla/almond extract, added a bit of cinnamon (1 tbsp?), and a tiny bit of clove and nutmeg. After baking it 35 minutes, I sprinkled on some Swedish chunky bits of sugar and baked it 5 more minutes. Then I left it in the turned-off oven for a few hours which might explain why the top crust was a bit crunchy. Next time, I'd halve or 3/4 the butter, pull it out of the oven on time and also try the streusel topping the other reviewers mentioned.
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Seven Ingredient Tomato Sauce

Reviewed: Nov. 25, 2011
Pretty good basic tomato sauce. I didn't have tomato puree, so I omitted it. I also omitted the salt. As for the minced garlic, pepper, dried basil, and sugar, I eyeballed it. I also added 1/2 sauteed chopped onion and a good amount of dried spices from my Italian jar. Oh, and I cooked it nowhere near 3 hours; more like 20-30 minutes until I got impatient.
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Egg in a Boat

Reviewed: Nov. 29, 2011
Easy and yummy. I used whole wheat bread and used a glass cup to cut out a large circle since I don't own cookie cutters. After flipping the bread and putting in the egg, I turned down the heat and put on a lid to cook the top side of the egg, but it wasn't cooking fast enough, so I flipped it over. I also added a pinch of salt, moved it to a plate then added freshly ground black pepper and hot sauce.
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