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Zucchini Brownies

Reviewed: Jan. 15, 2008
These brownies are really tasty and there is no way to tell that there is zucchini inside. My batter was very moist and easy to work with. We found that these are less sweet and less rich than other brownies but my guests and husband thought that was a good thing. I didn't make the frosting but planned to use a ganache instead. I didn't have time to make it... Next time, I'll try these with the frosting. I would also like to try substituting applesauce for the oil, like other reviewers.
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Spinach and Leek White Bean Soup

Reviewed: Dec. 7, 2007
This soup is quick to make and wonderful. My husband and I enjoyed it with a green salad and hot, crusty bread. I didn't make any changes to this aside from using low-sodium chicken broth. It's delicious as left-overs too!
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Reviewed: Oct. 4, 2007
This soup is wonderful and couldn't be easier to make! The flavor is very rich and the texture is perfect (I used a hand blender, right in the pot to puree). I used red pepper flakes instead of the dried red chili pepper. It did take a little longer to cook... and definitely needed more water during the cooking process. I ended up using low sodium chicken stock and kept adding it, as needed. I will definitely make this again. Thanks, Asma!
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Chewy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Reviewed: Sep. 18, 2007
These cookies are fabulous! I increased the flour by 1/2 cup, increased baking soda by 1/2 teaspoon and decreased salt by 1/2, as suggested by other reviewers and they turned out perfectly. Mine took longer than 12 minutes to bake. I used one full bag of semi sweet chocolate chips and 1 full bag of Reese's Peanut Butter chips and they taste amazing. These were really easy to make and turned out perfectly! I rolled the batter into balls and flattened them slightly. Thanks for such a great recipe, Dr. Amy, and thanks to everyone for their helpful reviews/comments.
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Maple Salmon

Reviewed: Apr. 6, 2007
This is a great recipe with one change. Add fresh ginger... I use about a tablespoon, or a little more/less to taste. I also don't add garlic salt. The soy sauce is enough to add plenty of salty taste and sodium. To marinade this, I just place the glaze in a shallow dish and lay the salmon in it, skin up. This works perfectly. This is FABULOUS
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Black Bean and Corn Salad II

Reviewed: Apr. 4, 2007
This salad is great. I mix equal amounts of all of the vegetables listed here (sometimes substituting grape tomatoes that are cut diagonally in half - prettier and less mushy)plus chopped carrot, cucumber, red onion instead of green. This mixture tastes great in warm tortillas (especially the sprouted grain ones. It's also good without the beans, as a vegetable salad with fresh cilantro. Sometimes I mix this with some cooked and cooled quinoa. This is so versatile, yummy, satisfying, and a great way to eat lots of veggies. Thanks!!
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Hearty Turkey Stew with Vegetables

Reviewed: Jan. 31, 2007
This is a great tasting, filling stew. I used chicken breast instead of turkey, since I couldn't find turkey breast at the grocery store. I used 4 split, boneless skinless chicken breasts, chopped up. The stew was a little on the bland side, so I added garlic, sage leaves, more marjoram and some crushed red pepper for heat. I also used two tablespoons of olive oil on medium heat instead of butter. I recommend adding in extra carrots, peppers and celery, if you like vegetables. We served this with warm bread and it was a perfect, satisfying and healthy winter dinner.
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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies from Heaven

Reviewed: Mar. 2, 2006
These did not turn out well for me at all. I double-checked the recipe to make sure I followed it correctly and I did. I did, however, use freshly ground peanut butter that was very dense in texture. Perhaps that was a bad idea. These turned out very heavy. Not flakey. Not moist/chewy. Even the flavor was not the greatest. Very disappointing.
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Basil Turkey and Vegetables on Focaccia

Reviewed: Feb. 17, 2006
This is great. I used fresh basil leaves instead of dried because I like the fresh taste.
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After School Fruit Rolls

Reviewed: May 18, 2005
Wow! This is easy and it tastes incredible. Makes a great snack or even a treat for lunch.
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Bordeaux Martini

Reviewed: Jan. 4, 2004
We made this drink for some friends on New Years Eve and didn't have much luck with them... everyone felt that they were too strong and didn't have a unique taste. They just tasted like straight liquor.
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Almond Shortbread I

Reviewed: Dec. 19, 2001
This recipe made the easiest and best shorbread I've ever made. (It is much easier and better than the recipe I found in Martha Stewart Living last Christmas!) I made two batches this evening for holiday gifts. Instead of using Almond Extract, which I didn't have on hand, I used vanilla extract and lemon extract. In the vanilla shortbread I also added cinnamon. After pulling them out of the oven, I rolled the lemon shorbread in sugar and the vanilla/cinnamon in a cinnamon-sugar mixture. They turned out perfectly flakey and absolutely delicious. Don't worry if the dough is a bit dry and crumbly. It still turns out well. Just keep working it with your hands. Thanks, Robin!!
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Buckeye Balls I

Reviewed: Dec. 6, 2001
I've been making this recipe every Christmas, for years. It's really easy and everyone I know loves them! I used the scaling function on the recipe and scaled back to six servings which was plenty... 12 might be good if you plan to give them as gifts. YUM!
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Apple Crumble Tart

Reviewed: Oct. 17, 2001
This is FABULOUS!!!!!
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Pita Pizza

Reviewed: Aug. 16, 2001
These are great! I changed the toppings a bit, adding parmesan cheese, fresh basil, roasted red peppers and grilled asparagus. I cut each pita pizza into 6 pieces and served them at a party. We thought the crust tasted exactly like those we found on pizzas we ate in Italy. It was friends couldn't believe that the "crust" was pita pockets!
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