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Brooklyn Girl's Penne Arrabiata

Reviewed: Feb. 27, 2012
I made 3 servings which was enough for 4. I cut back a bit on the oil, probably by 1/2. Since I made 3 servings, I made 3 thin cut chicken breasts which was too much for me because I only used 1 breast. I guess it's a personal preference, don't like a lot of meat in my pasta. Added another tsp of red pepper flakes to kick up the spice, which really wasn't that spicy (4 on a scale of 10). Love this dish!
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Pork Chops Italiano

Reviewed: Feb. 22, 2012
I've made this a quite few times so now I know what changes need to be made. I make 2 chops but use a whole can of tomatoes. There just isn't enough sauce and adding water dilutes it so use more tomatoes, about double the amount. The cook time is way too much. I seared 2 mins on each side. They should be brown but not fully cooked. Simmered for 15 mins, not 45 and another 5 after adding the mushrooms and bell pepper. Added more mushrooms to make it a whole meal so I didn't have to make a side of veggies. Granted, if you use really thick chops, you may want to simmer them longer but I would't suggest 45 mins. I also throw in some red pepper flakes to give it a little kick. Not necessary because the sauce is delicious but I wanted some spice.
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Cilantro-Lime Dressing

Reviewed: Feb. 17, 2012
Delicious! The hubs and I are huge fans and will definitely make this again. I served it over a kale and spinach salad.
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Baked Mediterranean Snapper

Reviewed: Feb. 17, 2012
I thought this was tasty but my husband didn't care for it. I used EVOO and silly me, I totally forgot the feta and parsley at the end. It was still good.
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Lite Italian Salad Dressing

Reviewed: Feb. 16, 2012
I made two servings for myself which was the perfect amount. Omitted the corn oil because I don't have it but it was still delicious. Will definitely be making this often.
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Cajun Shrimp Orecchiette

Reviewed: Feb. 14, 2012
This was good but not great. I threw in some zucchini, used about 2 tbs+ of cajun seasoning, and added some crushed rep pepper flakes to spice it up. I think the wine overpowered the dish, as others have mentioned. I wouldn't say the sauce was bland, but there was something missing that I can't put my finger on. Next time, I'll use half the measurement for wine and the other half chicken or veggie stock. My husband thought it was amazing though.
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Korean Spicy Chicken and Potato (Tak Toritang)

Reviewed: Feb. 11, 2012
My husband loved this! The smell this dish gave off while it was simmering was divine. I did add some more water to make it a little more soupy and more hot pepper paste to make it spicier, which it did not need (the paste). I used semi-thawed chicken breasts and cubed them into bite sized pieces, served it over brown rice. Delicious and oh so easy to prepare.
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Baked Halibut Steaks

Reviewed: Jan. 30, 2012
I've made this many many times because it's healthy and simple. You can use just about any type of white fish besides halibut such as sea bass, tilapia and cod. It tastes delicious with all of them. I always use more veggies than suggested, such as adding mushrooms and doubling up on the rest so I have to add more salt and pepper, about 1.5 tbs for 2 servings and I add rep pepper flakes because I like spice. If you plan on using this dish as a whole meal, then I would suggest doubling up on the veggies, salt and pepper. I can see why people would think it's bland because it's lacking enough seasoning for my taste, which is why it gets 4 instead of 5 stars.
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Roasted Garlic Cauliflower

Reviewed: Jan. 23, 2012
Easy dish to prepare and it's really really good! Made 0 changes. Best cauliflower recipe I've made.
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Broccoli with Garlic Butter and Cashews

Reviewed: Jan. 18, 2012
I added mushrooms to use them up. Meh. Don't make the same mistake I did. Otherwise, a good and different recipe.
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Maple Salmon

Reviewed: Jan. 18, 2012
I thought this was pretty good but my husband thought it was too sweet. I forgot to turn it in the oven but it wasn't necessary to because the flavor soaked through.
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Baked Dijon Salmon

Reviewed: Jan. 12, 2012
A nice change for salmon. I used panko instead of bread crumbs. Thought I had pecans but didn't, so used walnuts instead and it still came out delicious. I had to bake longer, more like 20 minutes. I really enjoyed this.
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Broiled Tilapia Parmesan

Reviewed: Jan. 7, 2012
My husband and I love this recipe! It's surprisingly quick and easy to prepare. My supermarket didn't have tilapia so I used flounder instead and it came out wonderful. I added another 2 tbs of parm because I didn't think I'd have enough to cover the fish and I'm glad I did. I broiled them exactly 2m-2m-2m and the parm came out perfect, a little burnt. I will definitely be making this often.
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Beer-Boiled Shrimp

Reviewed: Jan. 3, 2012
Very good basic recipe. For 2 servings, I added 2 cloves of garlic, 1/2 tbs of old bay and 1 tsp of red pepper flakes. I used 3/4 stick of butter and covered the pot when I turned the heat off.
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Simple Lemon Herb Chicken

Reviewed: Nov. 28, 2011
Simple and delicious! I added garlic to the oil as suggested and used thin cut chicken breasts (sauted for 2-3 minutes each side). They turned out moist and juicy. This is definitely a keeper!
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Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Reviewed: Nov. 28, 2011
Very good recipe. I used half of the syrup and butter suggested. I thought it could have used even less syrup because I added more milk to mask the syrupy taste but my husband loved it. I suggest adding the butter and syrup in very small increments as suggested.
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Yummy Sweet Potato Casserole

Reviewed: Nov. 26, 2011
I followed as directed and added a little cinnamon and pumpkin spice per other reviews and this turned out absolutely amazing! This was the best sweet potato casserole I've ever had, everyone loved it. Next time, I will reduce the sugar for family health reasons but I'm sure it will still be delicious.
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Butternut Squash Bisque

Reviewed: Nov. 14, 2011
I bought cubed butternut squash from the supermarket and nuked them for a few minutes and used EVOO instead of canola oil. I also sauteed the carrots first to soften them before throwing in the butternut squash. I think this recipe is good but my husband loved it. Something tasted a little off to me and I realized it was the nutmeg. I added skim milk and some cayenne pepper at the end which boosted the flavor. I wish I had taken people's advice and skipped the nutmeg altogether.
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Shredded Brussels Sprouts

Reviewed: Nov. 2, 2011
After reading the reviews, I used less pine nuts and threw a little EVOO in. I also threw in some red pepper flakes because I like spice, more salt (1/2 tsp is not enough for my taste buds) and used turkey bacon. The easiest and best way to shred the brussel sprouts is to throw them in a blender on the lowest setting, about 5 at a time. I kept eating them as I was cooking them so that must tell you how delicious they are!
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Baked Chicken and Zucchini

Reviewed: Oct. 1, 2011
My husband and I really enjoyed these with a few minor changes (with the changes it's a 5). It would have been slightly bland as is. I used whole wheat Italian seasoned bread crumbs. I like spicy but I refrained from using red pepper flakes but next time, I will definitely add them. I took others' suggestions and added half an onion sliced, Italian seasoning on the veggies, mixed light olive oil with the veggies in the baking dish, and three cloves of minced garlic (half while cooking the chicken and the other half in baking dish). I didn't measure out the remaining 1/4 tsp of salt but I know that I used more (which wouldn't have been enough for the veggies by the way). There's no need to saute the zucchini as others have suggested, it's just an extra unnecessary step. Overall, a very good easy dish and I'll be making this often.
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