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Baked Oatmeal I

Reviewed: Apr. 30, 2012
I thought this was good, but only after I added melted butter and milk to moisten each serving. If you think you don't like oatmeal unless it's baked, try making oatmeal in the microwave with milk (whole - or add some cream to your skim) instead of water, and then stir in a dash of salt and some brown sugar. Top with fresh berries (whatever you have on hand), cinnamon, and a little cardamom. This is much healthier, much faster, and in my opinion tastier. I would still do the baked version for a crowd, because you can make many servings in one pan, but for every day try it in the microwave as described - healthier and better.
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Winter Fruit Salad with Lemon Poppyseed Dressing

Reviewed: Apr. 1, 2012
It doesn't get any better than this salad - it's AMAZING. Just be ***SURE*** you use fresh squeezed lemon juice. Makes all the difference in the world. Also, even better than cashews are "Almond Accents" - the toffee-butter flavor if you can find it or honey roasted.
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Swiss Chard with Pinto Beans and Goat Cheese

Reviewed: Feb. 12, 2012
This recipe was just okay, not great. I was excited because I love many of the ingredients, but it came out just tasting so-so. It was fine, but not good enough to repeat.
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Yummy Bok Choy Salad

Reviewed: Dec. 5, 2011
I'm not sure why all the other reviews are so positive. This was just okay for me... maybe would have been better using only the stems of the bok choy and not the leaves, which have such an odd flavor when consumed raw. Also, the dressing makes WAY too much - you need less than half of that. And it's incredibly unhealthy!
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High Five Orange Rolls

Reviewed: Nov. 30, 2011
MAKE THIS ONE!!! Oh my gosh. I have tried a LOT of recipes ... I'm a food blogger and a stay-at-home mom with just 1 kid so far. And after our first bites, my husband and I both declared that it might be THE best recipe I have EVER made. I mean I this will definitely be THE Christmas morning recipe for my family, and I think I may even refuse to make it any month other than December just to keep a special Christmastime feeling in the taste. It is PERFECTION! I followed the directions exactly other than using 4 cups of bread flour and 2-3 cups of regular flour. Bread flour actually makes for a tougher, heartier dough and I like a little of the softer, stretchier aspects of regular flour in breakfast pastries. Yes, it took me about 6+ cups of flour, not 5. I added maybe another cup in the mixer and probably another cup kneading. I only kneaded 7 minutes because I kept having to add more flour. I was worried they'd be too dry... but they were perfect! I was also worried because the dough didn't taste amazing on its own, but it's ALL about the filling and frosting. The filling ends up caramelized at the bottom of the pan... SO GOOD. I also followed another reviewer who used one 9x12 glass baking/casserole pan and another smaller square one, greased bottom and sides, saving the smaller pan for another day. Basically these rolls are soft, moist, stretchy, sweet-but-citrusy perfection with a hint of savory (salt) in the cream cheese. You CANNOT go wrong.
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Orange Toast

Reviewed: Oct. 12, 2011
I've been making this for years, ever since the Swedish side of our family introduced me. It truly is fantastic - try it!!! We cut each slice of bread into rectangular strips (about 1" x 3"), and sometimes cut the crust off, to make them daintier and more cookie-like. Perfect for having someone to tea or as a citrusy addition to a platter of holiday cookies! SO GOOD!!!
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Blueberry Peach Muffins

Reviewed: Jul. 19, 2011
Love these. I think it's important to add a full tsp of salt instead of just a pinch. I followed other reviews and added the cinnamon and nutmeg plus 1 tsp vanilla to the batter, and omitted the topping. I also used half-whole wheat flour. The result was perfect - not to sweet. The nutmeg and vanilla really bring out the fruit. Next time I'll add even more peaches.
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Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

Reviewed: Jul. 3, 2011
I thought these were a bit too sweet. They were much better after I added Ghiradelli's 60% cacao (very, very dark chocolate) chips.
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Vietnamese Salad Rolls

Reviewed: Jul. 1, 2011
Yum! What a treat to make these at home! I followed the advice of other posters and mixed the hoisin sauce with some peanut butter - divine. Better than the dipping sauce at a lot of restaurants. I added basil, mint, and cilantro. SO good. Thanks Claudine!
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Buttermilk Oatmeal Muffins

Reviewed: Jun. 8, 2011
Very good but VERY easy to overcook, and very bland and dry when overcooked. I reduced the bake time and the oven temp for my second batch and they came out far better. You want to take these out of the oven before anything starts to turn visibly golden on top.
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Berry Rhubarb Pie

Reviewed: Apr. 15, 2011
This was THE most incredible pie I have ever had. To make it even easier I used the Pie Crust III recipe (also allrecipes - and AMAZING): I also believe the Pie Crust III recipe prevented the "runny" issues another reviewer had, since it's a substantial, chewy crust that can hold those yummy juices. For the crust, I followed the tips from reviewers (added 2 tsp sugar, 1 tsp salt, and made 1.5 x the dough). I'll second the pie reviewer who said you don't need to let it sit overnight (maybe 2 hours) but I DID add the lemon juice/butter and was VERY glad - it added the perfect tang, just make sure you use fresh lemon juice (not bottled). Seriously. This is a slice of heaven. I didn't even care for ice cream with it because I didn't want ANYTHING detracting from the perfect tang of the berries and the flaky perfect texture of the sweet crust. MAKE THIS PIE!!!
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Curried Butternut Squash and Pear Soup

Reviewed: Feb. 17, 2011
Save yourself a lot of time and keep the health benefits - there's no need to peel the pears in this amazing, 5-star restaurant quality soup! Also - get an immersion blender... $28 on Amazon and makes it so easy. Double this recipe - freezes well in any container. Love serving with a dollop of low-fat sour cream.
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Winter Lentil Vegetable Soup

Reviewed: Jan. 27, 2011
I try new recipes every week and this one is a keeper. It's truly tasty in spite of being soooo healthy (cabbage is of the cruciferous veggie group that prevents cancer; lentils help lower cholesterol because they have soluble fiber, which is hard to find). I cooked the onions in a little oil until very soft, then sauteed the carrots and celery a few minutes as well, before adding to the soup. I also used 2 14 oz cans diced tomatoes and 1 28 ounce can whole stewed tomatoes.
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Icelandic Christmas Cake

Reviewed: Jan. 3, 2011
I was really excited to make this, but found it disappointing. The bread was too dense for me (you can sort of tell in the picture) and dried out rapidly. I made it for a potluck Christmas brunch and it was not very popular. If you're craving something similar, I recommend finding a yeast bread that calls for cardamom. My husband's (Swedish) family makes an excellent braided bread, they call it "Coffee bread." If you google "Swedish Coffee Bread" you'll find many options.
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German Apple Pancake

Reviewed: Dec. 13, 2010
*** update: I tried it with the healthy suggestions ( like cutting the butter in half) and it was just okay. I recommend making this recipe as-is ---> Amazing. I added 1 tsp of salt but otherwise did not change the recipe. My husband I both raved about this and it will definitely be a staple. I didn't have an oven-proof skillet so I melted the butter in a saucepan and added the apples to the mixture, boiling about 5 minutes until the apples were a little cooked. Then I transferred that to the bottom of a glass pie dish, added the 1/4 sugar, and poured the batter over all of it. Delicious.
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Slow-Cooked White Chili

Reviewed: Aug. 31, 2010
I'm giving 5 stars because this recipe is SO healthy in spite of packing some great flavor. I added some canned stewed tomatoes and sliced jalapenos from a jar; we also topped with cilantro (key!!). It was fabulous - no need for cheese or sour cream, and the recipe is very heart healthy with the soluble fiber in the canellini and garbanzo beans. In retrospect what I might do is just add a can of Rotel (tomatoes and green chilies) instead of adding the green chilies and tomatoes separate.
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Maple Corn Bread

Reviewed: Aug. 31, 2010
Great recipe! I'll confess to still slathering with butter and honey, but it's even good plain!
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Unbelievable Chicken

Reviewed: Aug. 15, 2010
Made this tonight and my husband and I both raved about it. We only had about 4-5 hours to marinade but I sliced the breasts thinner and it turned out fantastic. The grilled chicken can also be cut up and tossed in a salad for a very healthy dinner. Super easy, taste explosion, will definitely be a staple in our home.
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Mmm-Mmm Better Brownies

Reviewed: Aug. 13, 2010
I echo the reviewer below who points out that this is the exact same recipe as "Best Brownies" except that Best Brownies has a frosting recipe that also rocks, and calls for butter instead of oil. I think I prefer the oil but will add the frosting.
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Todd's Famous Blueberry Pancakes

Reviewed: Aug. 9, 2010
Great recipe. Easy, tasty, and I agree with the recipe poster: Best with butter and brown sugar as opposed to maple syrup. Will definitely be a summertime staple. I made with fresh blueberries.
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