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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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Overnight Caramel Pecan Rolls

Reviewed: Dec. 25, 2011
Great, but a lot of work. The main change I would recommend is to double the caramel and put a lot of pecans in. Using the original amounts, everyone agreed it needed more caramel & pecan. The bread ends up rising a lot, so the caramel to bread ratio is off. I'd also make it in a glass lasagna pan so as much of the bread touches the caramel as possible. I made another batch of caramel using 1/2 cup butter and 1.25 cups light brown sugar, so an extra 1/4 cup to balance out the butter. Another tip: DON'T BOIL THE CARAMEL. I boiled the caramel a bit before reading the tip that the caramel hardens if you boil it. Another tip: If you're too lazy to make the log and rolls, you can go with a monkey bread approach. Break the dough up into truffle-size balls, roll in a bowl of cinnamon & sugar, and add to glass lasagna pan. Another tip: I realize the caramel is buttery, but I'd add some melted butter over the bread, or in between the monkey bread balls.
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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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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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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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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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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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Texas Glazed Pecans

Reviewed: Dec. 4, 2011
I broke this up into 2 batches, adding an extra cup or two of pecans to absorb all of the extra glaze. I also put in more cinnamon, but next time I might do a full 2-2.5 tbsp. Based on other reviews, I also did 1/2 white & brown sugar. I didn't have parchment paper, so I lined a lasagna glass pan with foil and roasted a thin layer of pecans for 1.5 hours, stirring a couple times. The second batch (with a few dashes of cayenne) was in a smaller pan so took even longer.
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Broiled Shrimp Scampi

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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Amy's Healthy Fruity

Reviewed: Oct. 3, 2010
standard fruity smoothie. might try adding vanilla next time?
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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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Quinoa with Chickpeas and Tomatoes

Reviewed: Apr. 4, 2013
Threw in some marinated artichoke & its juices/oil instead of olive oil. Added some truffle oil. Used the zest & juice of 1/2 a lemon. Threw in halved grape tomatoes & added some green onion & cilantro!
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Quinoa Vegetable Salad

Reviewed: May 28, 2012
Pretty good. I sauteed 1 jalapeno, 1/2 onion & 2-3 garlic cloves in olive oil for 5 minutes, added 1 cup of chicken stock and s&p. I had to add water several times to cook the quinoa (~2/3 cup) completely. The vegetables I used were carrots and cherry tomatoes. No cilantro, but I added chiffonaded mint. Then a splash of balsamic vinegar, a couple fresh mozzarella balls (from the tub I got at Trader Joe's) and some marinated oil from that as well.
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Powdered Sugar

Reviewed: Feb. 11, 2012
Works in the magic bullet!
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No Fail Pound Cake

Reviewed: Feb. 11, 2012
Pretty easy and turned out nicely. I used a vanilla cake box mix and subbed in the zest and juice of a lemon instead of the lemon extract. Next time, I could try another lemon and I REALLY should sift the cake mix. It made the batter quite lumpy! Oh, and I could try another recommendation to use devil's food cake mix and chocolate chips.
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Chocolate Mint Candies Cookies

Reviewed: Dec. 29, 2011
I made these in my mini muffin pan and ended up with 35. Baked them at 300 for 10 minutes and then topped with 1/2 an Andes. Next time, I'll try a full Andes.
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Cranberry Sauce

Reviewed: Dec. 25, 2011
Easy and great. I upped the recipe by 150%, except for the sugar and it was delicious. 16 ounces cranberries (1.5 bags), 1.5 cups oj, and only ONE cup sugar. Another tip: The cranberries pop a bit when boiling, so make sure to pull the pot fromt the heat when they start to pop.
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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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Cream of Fresh Asparagus Soup II

Reviewed: Feb. 11, 2014
Just ok. Agreed the fresh lemon juice was necessary and I liked adding a bit of goat cheese in place of the sour cream. I think this is just personal taste and the recipe is fine and personally, I'm not a huge fan of these kinds of soup.
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Artichoke Spinach Lasagna

Reviewed: Nov. 15, 2013
Pretty darn good! I didn't have spinach so I substituted in lots of fresh kale. And used homemade dried rosemary instead of fresh. I didn't boil my noodles beforehand and it turned out fine. I kind of liked the feta on top but I don't think it needed it. With it, the dish was pretty salty and I didn't add any salts to my sauteed veggies or anywhere.
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