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Baked Beef Stew

Reviewed: Feb. 11, 2011
This is SO good! I'd never have thought of making it in the oven, and it really does add a nice flavor to it. I changed just a couple things: used 2 cans diced, stewed tomatoes, corn starch rather than tapioca, omitted sugar and bread, didn't measure pepper just used a generous amount of fresh cracked. I used beef broth instead of water and added about a teaspoon of Italian seasoning and an extra dash of rosemary, as well as a couple shakes of garlic powder. Also added 2T Worchestershire and I HIGHLY recommend that step as it adds a really nice flavor. Increased the potatoes and carrots to make it go a little further. I cooked it at 350 for about two hours, then increased to 375 for an add'l 45 minutes. When the meat was tender, removed from the oven and let sit for awhile before serving. So good!
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Award Winning Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

Reviewed: Sep. 7, 2010
I'm sorry, but we really did not enjoy this recipe. The cookies are soft, but it's in a gritty, fluffy way that wasn't pleasing in our opinion. Admittedly, we didn't use vanilla pudding mix, but chocolate, which may have detracted from the flavor. While mixing the flour into the creamed butter and sugar, the mix was so dry that I had difficulty even getting it mixed, so it may well have been overworked. I would consider myself a pretty proficient cookie baker, and I like to bake all different kinds of cookies. I think I must have done something wrong with these, since so many other reviewers enjoyed them. After baking the first round, we were so disappointed with the finished product that we didn't even bother to bake the rest of the dough. For us, they were the worst cookies I've ever made.
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Healthy Wheat-Flax-Banana Pancakes

Reviewed: Sep. 2, 2010
I just wanted to add that, since submitting the recipe, we have made this several times and like to add another banana to it. Enjoy!
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Triple Berry Crisp

Reviewed: Aug. 28, 2010
This is DELICIOUS! I almost gave it 5 stars, but didn't since I changed a few things (and, I admit, I'm a little stingy with my stars:-) First, we added about two and a half cups more berries than called for- about 5 1/2 cups fresh blackberries and a little over a cup of blueberries. I did not increase the sugar, though, and found that it was still plenty sweet. For the "crisp" I used about one and a half sticks of butter rather than two, and increased the oats by a bit, probably about a half cup. It needed to bake for about 15 minutes longer than suggested (probably since I added so many berries) and in the last few minutes I flipped on the broiler to crisp up the top a bit. I would highly recommend adding a few more berries than called for, but even w/o the addition this is a winning recipe, thanks for sharing!
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Pumpkin Cranberry Bread

Reviewed: Aug. 27, 2010
This was a really good base recipe. When I first used it I was pretty inexperienced in pumpkin bread, but have since made dozens of loaves and learned a lot! First, I much, MUCH prefer to use fresh pumpkin puree than canned. You just cannot get the same fresh flavor from a can and, really, it's not that much more work. I highly recommend using fresh/frozen cranberries which have been roughly chopped for a really nice, tart bite of flavor in every mouthful. For most loaves I either reduce or omit the oil and add instead either apple sauce, sour cream, plain yogurt or a combo of two of those things. We like spicy bread so we add quite a bit more pumpkin pie spice and a bit more cinnamon as well. I replace half the white sugar with brown. If you change ONLY one thing, use fresh/frozen cranberries! So yummy!
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Broiled Tilapia Parmesan

Reviewed: Aug. 27, 2010
This recipe was very tasty. I rated it four stars rather than five simply because it is just so very salty. I would highly recommend omitting the celery salt altogether and even using unsalted butter to cut back on the salt, since Parmesan is already so very, very salty. Other than that, we really enjoyed this nice strong flavor to accompany a mild fish.
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Grilled Pizza Margherita

Reviewed: Jul. 28, 2010
Okay, I hate it when people do this, but I'm going to review this even though we made significant changes to the recipe. I saw this recipe and liked the concept, and have enjoyed Margherita pizza in the past. We made our own dough using the grilled pizza recipe from this site (super easy), brushed olive oil over both sides of crust then sprinkled corn meal generously over the bottom side. We grilled the crust for just a few minutes before adding any toppings. We used Newman's Own Marinara sauce, which was maybe the best thing about the pizza, I highly recommend it. We then sprinkled a generous amount of Italian seasoning over the sauce, a little garlic powder, and added the slices of fresh mozzarella, a TON of fresh basil and sliced tomato. It probably is a better idea to add the basil AFTER grilling, it shrinks down a lot and you really have to pretty much cover the pizza with basil for it to be enough if you do it beforehand. After those alterations the pizza is absolutely phenomenal. Do try it, and put your own twist on it!
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The Best Banana Bread

Reviewed: Jul. 16, 2010
I think this recipe is amazing in its simplicity. I give it four stars only because I modified it so much to make it what we thought was fantastic. As another reviewer suggested, I used apple sauce instead of butter. I also added a dollop of reduced fat sour cream, but you could probably use plain yogurt as well. It REALLY added something special, a bit of tangyness, to the bread and I would highly recommend it! I used half whole wheat flour and half brown sugar. We also added a teaspoon of cinnamon,a generous bit of freshly ground nutmeg and 1/2 tsp. of vanilla. I wouldn't dream of making a bread like this without vanilla. We made two loaves, one of them with A LOT of chocolate chips, not measured but probably about a cup or more. So, soo good. We will definitely be making this again in the future.
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Meat-Lover's Slow Cooker Spaghetti Sauce

Reviewed: Apr. 21, 2010
This sauce is fantastic. My husband ate every drop and is definitely not normally a spaghetti sauce fan. Some people were critical of the sugar in the recipe, but I don't know how you could call yourself a foodie and not be familiar with sugar as a part of a tomato based sauce, a very traditional preparation. It's a chemistry thing- all the acid in the tomatoes take on a smoother and more complex flavor with even just a little sugar. As others suggested I added some carrot in with the sauce, so decreased the sugar by just a smidge. My family loves garlic, so in addition to the first teaspoon of garlic powder I added several minced garlic cloves. Thank you for the recipe, it's delicious!~
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