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Good Old Fashioned Pancakes

Reviewed: Apr. 16, 2010
I don't even like pancakes but I LOVE these. I put a plug in for these on my FB page. Made them for myself this morning - put a little butter on top, a little maple syrup, fresh strawberries and whipped cream. SO GOOD. But good plain too - SO easy and the best pancake in the world.
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Fresh Asparagus Soup

Reviewed: Apr. 16, 2010
Awesome recipe. Healthy and tasty. My husband loved this and what a great way to get your veggies! I served with tuna pasta salad and it was a delicious meal.
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Fresh Strawberry Upside Down Cake

Reviewed: Apr. 27, 2010
I agree with the reviewer 2 slots below mine that says that this cake needs whipped cream or ice cream to really be enjoyable. I made it for a dinner and it was okay fresh out of the oven - not phenomenal or anything. Then, because strawberries are a fragile fruit, it REALLY didn't last. The reviewer two below says you really have to MASH the strawberries, maybe I didn't mash hard enough - the next day I have mushy strawberries and not the tastiest cake. I wonder about serving it chilled. But it definitely needs whipped cream or ice cream or something.
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Best Brownies

Reviewed: May 3, 2010
I just made these again and this time I used only half a cup of confectioners' sugar for the icing. The icing was richer and more wet, the type that stays wet instead of solidifying. I liked it much better, the whole thing was more fudgey instead of so cake-like. Thus I am upping my review to 5 stars - these taste amazing and are easy to make.
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Peach Ice Cream

Reviewed: Jul. 21, 2010
Amazing. I combined this recipe with a peach gelato recipe for two reasons: I wanted a more intense peach taste (I had awesome peaches) and being pregnant I couldn't do the egg part raw. My ice cream turned out AMAZING and intensely peachy. Here are my alterations: (1) I did not puree the peaches, I just peeled and chopped and let them sit out a few hours, occasionally mashing with potato masher, this kept some of the texture (2) I only used 2 cups of heavy cream, and I used 2 cups of whole milk instead of cream. (3) I used 4 egg yolks and an egg white (the gelato recipe called for only yolks), and only 1 cup sugar (the gelato recipe called for 1/2 cup sugar). I stirred these together and gradually added the cream/milk mixture, which I had heated, whisking all the while. I then transferred the egg/cream/milk back to the saucepan and heated until almost boiling, definitely steaming. I put that back to room temp before adding the peaches and remaining ingredients, this hopefully killed the bacteria. Amazing recipe. I think the quality of the peach is key.
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Mom's Chocolate Chip Cookies

Reviewed: Aug. 7, 2010
Immediately upon having made these, I gave a 5 star review. And they *are* great cookies - they cook evenly, stay soft, and have a fabulous flavor. However, by the end of the batch I was almost dreading just how sweet each cookie was. I'm sure part of this could be alleviated by, as many other reviewers did, adding a tsp of salt. I do think I would go even further and cut out the 1/4 cup of white sugar. Otherwise, we made "Best Chocolate Chip Cookies" last night and I think that recipe would have to be my 5-star. But this is still a great one - especially if you were bringing the cookies to a bunch of people so the sweetness never became overwhelming.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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