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Banana Banana Bread

Reviewed: Sep. 20, 2009
I make this recipe every time I have old bananas sitting in my kitchen. It is excellent and always disappears in no time. Good banana flavor.
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Baked Teriyaki Chicken

Reviewed: Sep. 20, 2009
I made this and it was very tasty. I read other reviews and did use low-sodium soy sauce. To accompany this, I made a mix of pineapple, sugar snap peas, water chestnuts, red bell pepper, and orange bell pepper. After I cooked those, I drizzled a little bit of that teriyaki sauce from the chicken on the vegetables. That mix of vegetables went very well together with the teriyaki chicken thighs.
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Baked Honey Mustard Chicken

Reviewed: Sep. 20, 2009
This is one of my boyfriend's favorites. I use half dijon and half yellow mustard and it always comes out delicious. I have done it by marinating the chicken and not marinating the chicken - it comes out delicious both ways.
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Banana Peanut Butter Bread

Reviewed: Sep. 20, 2009
This is a pretty good recipe. I also read reviews and increased the peanut butter to 3/4 cup and decreased the flour to 1 and 3/4 cups. I also covered it after half an hour to keep it from browning too much and omitted the nuts. It comes out well but does not taste very strongly of either peanut butter or banana. So tasty but not awesome.
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Mom's Zucchini Bread

Reviewed: Sep. 20, 2009
This is maybe the best bread I've ever made. It is delicious! I did make modifications after reading previous reviews: 1) reduced sugar to 2 cups and did half brown sugar/half white; 2) increased zucchini to three cups (it makes the bread nice and moist and doesn't turn the bread green); 3) used 1/2 cup oil and 1/2 cup applesauce to moisten the mix; 4) I always add the crumble which another reviewed listed and add it at the half hour point so it doesn't sink into the mix. This recipe yields two full bread loafs. So delicious - my boyfriend brought it to his work and he said it disappeared in literally seconds. So so good....
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Lemon Mushroom Herb Chicken

Reviewed: Sep. 22, 2009
This recipe is quite good. Makes a very moist chicken and sauce. I add fresh mushrooms and always wind up with a lot of sauce. The only issue I have is that once I put the chicken that has been dipped in the herb mixture into the mushrooms, the breading comes off the chicken. Don't know quite how to keep the herbs on the chicken once the chicken is in the mushroom sauce. But definitely tasty!
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Chicken Tikka Masala

Reviewed: Sep. 22, 2009
I like this recipe - I made it after I read other reviews so I did make modifications: (1) I omitted the salt except for a dash towards the end; (2) I substituted garam masala for some of the cumin and cayenne pepper; (3) I reduced the cayenne pepper just a touch, though I do like my food spicy; (4) I upped the amount of tomato sauce towards the end. My grilling was a little messy but I'm not a skilled griller. I feel like there's a lot of potential in this recipe. I've never made chicken tikki masala before and this was a good first try for me. I feel like with a little more tweaking the next time around, I can make this recipe better. I just need to think about how else to get that restaurant tikki masala flavor.
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Fig and Lemon Chicken

Reviewed: Sep. 22, 2009
I really liked this recipe. After reading reviews, I made a couple of modifications: 1) I only used one 9 oz. bag of figs and that was ample, believe me - if you used all the figs the recipe calls for you would have more of a fig dish than a chicken dish. 2) I increased the lemon just a touch. 3) I used all fresh parsley, no dried parsley. This came out quite tasty. I'm glad I added a bit more lemon because the figs add quite a sweet flavor to the final product. But I don't cook with figs often and I like to mix it up a bit so this was good.
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Oregano-Lemon Chicken

Reviewed: Sep. 22, 2009
This was a great recipe and really quite easy. I was looking last minute for a recipe that I could just throw together and this one fit the bill. I quite like cooking with chicken thighs. I only made one modification: I used fresh oregano as opposed to dry (I always prefer using fresh herbs). If you're looking for something to just toss in the oven because you don't have hours to cook something, this one is a great pick.
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Jean's Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

Reviewed: Sep. 22, 2009
My boyfriend came down with a cold and I started looking for a chicken noodle soup recipe. So glad I found this one! I made a few modifications: (1) I substituted chicken stock for water; (2) I used lots of fresh parsley and I'm glad I did. I forgot to take the ginger root out and I probably should have because the ginger flavor at the end was pretty strong. But this was a super soul satisfying soup and I'm really glad I found it.
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Sherry Apple Pork Chops

Reviewed: Sep. 22, 2009
This recipe makes very tasty pork chops. I made it last night and was very happy with how it came out. I only made three pork chops but kept the recipe for the sauce the same and came out with a good amount of sauce. So I think if someone was making six pork chops they would have to near double the sauce. I highly recommend using Granny Smith apples - I have found those are the best apples to cook with. Just a couple of modifications after reading reviews: (1) I did marinate the pork for two hours in a cup of apple juice and two tablespoons of reduced sodium soy sauce; (2) I reduced the sugar just a a touch maybe to about three tablespoons; (3) I peppered and salted the pork chops prior to browning them and I'm glad I did - I recommend doing that; (4) I put the pork chops on the bottom of the baking dish. I also recommend that you check the pork chops every fifteen minutes to push the apple slices that are getting brown to the bottom of the dish to keep them from burning. Delicious delicious flavor!
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Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies

Reviewed: Sep. 22, 2009
I have to say I was really disappointed with this recipe. I love bananas and I love chocolate chips but this just did not yield what I was looking for. Other reviews are completely correct that this recipe yields more of a cake or muffin like texture. It just didn't seem like a cookie to me at all. I used half white/half brown sugars and used super-ripe bananas. And there was relatively little discernible banana flavor. I think there is potential for this recipe to make a banana chocolate chip muffin, but not a cookie.
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Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus

Reviewed: Sep. 22, 2009
An awesome asparagus recipe! Love it, sooooo good. Because I can't find Neufchatel cheese, I use onion and chive soft cream cheese. It works great. I have tried this recipe both by blanching the asparagus beforehand and not blanching it. I don't think it makes much of a difference in terms of how it comes out. But this is just delicious - I think it comes out like a very "fine dining" dish but it's so easy to make. A sure fire winner.
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Broccoli with Garlic Butter and Cashews

Reviewed: Sep. 22, 2009
Quite good. I love broccoli and I'm always looking for ways to serve it as a sidedish (because it is so healthy and tasty). This gives you a nice taste to the broccoli but also is a little bit wet. I enjoy the cashew flavor mixed with the broccoli.
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Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Reviewed: Sep. 22, 2009
My favorite brussel sprouts recipe! I love brussel sprouts but it's so hard to find a great recipe for them and this one is perfect because it's (1) super-easy; (2) yields a delicious final product. Make sure you check on them every fifteen minutes or so just to give the baking sheet a shake so they don't stick to the pan. Love it!
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Pecan Pumpkin Biscuits

Reviewed: Sep. 22, 2009
A winner! I made these this morning. I had a can of pumpkin in the cupboard and had to figure out what to do with it. Due to the fact that I didn't have any half and half handy, I just used a couple tablespoons of reduced fat milk and it still worked fine. I added a dash of pumpkin pie spice. I don't have biscuit cutters so I just rolled the biscuits into balls and then flattened them down on the baking sheet. It worked! I did refrigerate the mix for a half and hour before baking. I recommend this because otherwise I think getting the biscuits into manageable balls to flatten into biscuits would be hard because the mixture will turn to goo in your hands if you don't chill it. But the final product tastes like a scone from a professional bakery. Soft, yummy, and with just the right taste of pumpkin and pecans. Would probably be best if served right out of the oven but I'm going to put them in a tin to take to my colleagues at work tomorrow. I think they'll keep just fine.
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Pan-Fried Asparagus

Reviewed: Sep. 22, 2009
As written, this recipe has way too much butter. I recommend what another reviewer did: sautee the asparagus in just a bit of butter and then put it on the pan and just drizzle a bit of olive oil over it. Do not use 1/4 cup of butter. That is just excessive. If you reduce the butter way down to about a tablespoon, this will be great.
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Sicilian Lemon Chicken with Raisin-Tomato Sauce

Reviewed: Sep. 23, 2009
This is a really tasty recipe. I really like it because it has a quite different flavor from a typical tomato sauce. The cayenne pepper adds a real kick of spiciness and the raisins add a nice sweetness. After reading reviews, I made a couple of modifications: (1) I reduced the raisins to 1/2 a cup which I think was right; (2) I decreased the amount of pasta by about 1/3; (3) I added a couple of fresh small heirloom tomatoes to the can of diced tomatoes and like other reviewers, I did not drain the diced tomatoes. Other than that, I followed the recipe to a T and it really did come out very tasty. I like how different the sauce is from most other pasta sauces I've made. I'll be using this one again, definitely.
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Sugar Snap Peas

Reviewed: Sep. 23, 2009
This is a great nice easy way to make snap peas. Takes ten minutes to throw together and they come out tasting really sweet and yummy. I used dried thyme because I didn't have fresh and it worked just fine. Definitely a keeper.
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Roasted Garlic Bread

Reviewed: Sep. 23, 2009
This is great! I love fresh out of the oven garlic bread and this is just scrumptious. I did broil it for longer than five minutes because I like just a tinge of brown to my garlic bread. So I broiled it for about eight minutes. So so delicious! Thanks for the recipe.
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