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Super Easy Mardi Gras King Cake

Reviewed: Mar. 10, 2011
My sister and I wanted to have a Mardi Gras party for our girls, and this cake was the perfect way to make things cheap and simple. I bought 3 cans of cinnamon roll dough from the refrigerated section of the store (with the pizza doughs, crescent rolls, and refrigerated cookie doughs). I just unrolled the strands in each can (mine came in about 6 strands), smashed them together, folded in half and rolled a little. I repeated this with each can, shaped the 3 logs into a ring and smooshed those together, twisted them a little bit, and then baked. It only took me 25 minutes to bake, so do watch the time carefully (I know my oven is a little hotter than most, but I think 50-60 min. might burn for most people). I forgot to cover with foil, but will do so next time. I used the icing that came with the cinnamon rolls, and added food coloring to the 3 tubs of icing to make green, yellow, and purple. I cut a hole in the bottom of the cake, stuck the baby in and filled it back up and iced over the bottom (which did make things messy!) I didn't do as neat a job as I could have, but we were just having fun. Everyone raved about this cake (more so than when I bake from scratch...ahem!). The kids had a blast with it and want to make another cake again soon. I think this cake does not have to be limited to Mardi Gras--my sister said she would like to make this for a brunch (minus the food coloring and plastic baby, of course!). Thanks for the great idea!
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Green Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette

Reviewed: Oct. 26, 2010
This is one of my favorite salad dressings--I have been making this since last Christmas. I even stocked up on additional cranberries when they were in season so I could keep making it. I usually substitute apple cider vinegar for the red wine vinegar, and I add about a tablespoon of honey. I often use pecans instead of almonds, or goat cheese instead of blue cheese, depending on who I'm cooking for. Thanks for the great recipe! Everyone I have made this for loves it.
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Black Bean Rice Burgers

Reviewed: Sep. 27, 2010
This is a great recipe, and really easy to make. I think it is good without modifications, though the last time I made it, I did add cumin, garlic, and chili powder per other reviewers suggestions...yum! This can easily be modified for vegans by leaving out the egg, and not serving it with cheese or sour cream sauce. I made it for my mom who is trying out a vegan diet, and served it with salsa, avocado, and lettuce. They were great! Also, I baked them in the oven (400 degrees, 15 minutes on each side) instead of frying--I think they hold together better this way and it's healthier too. Strangely, I think they held together better without the egg. I might have added too much salsa to the mix though. Overall, I didn't have too much trouble with them holding together. If you are serving them with cheese, I recommend putting the cheese over the patty at the end of the frying or baking time--it will help hold the patty unit intact!
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Roasted Garlic Lemon Broccoli

Reviewed: Jun. 1, 2010
Awesome! Made it exactly as written. Thanks.
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Coconut Horchata

Reviewed: May 29, 2010
I made this today and just tried it--delicious! I have never tried horchata, so I have no basis for comparison, but I like it a lot. My only issue was trying to strain the rice mixture...it just didn't seem to be flowing through the sieve...maybe a drop at a time, but at times not even that. I finally took a flat glass pitcher lid and used that to press the top of the mixture, and then it came through. Does anyone know if there is a way to make that process easier? It did eventually work though, and it tastes great! I highly recommend adding the rum. Thanks for the great recipe!
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Vegan Mac and No Cheese

Reviewed: May 26, 2010
I sent this recipe to my mom to try because she recently became a vegan. She brought some for me to try, and I thought it was very good, though a little on the bland side for my tastes. The next time she made it, she added roasted garlic and 2 yellow peppers. I added a little bit of cayenne to my own plate...with the extra seasoning, I thought it was terrific. I prefer this to regular mac and cheese--it just tastes healthier. I think people who really love the super creamy, processed mac and cheese will not be happy with this, but that is probably to be expected.
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Honey Fruit Salad

Reviewed: May 26, 2010
I made this for Mother's Day and everyone loved it--even the kids and the very picky eaters...I used fresh blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries. I think mangoes would be really good also. Everyone agreed that the honey really brought out the flavor of the fruit. Simple but excellent. Thanks!
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Barley Bake

Reviewed: May 26, 2010
Very good and very easy to make. I stuck closely to the recipe, though I added a few sunflower seeds in addition to the pine nuts, per another reviewer's suggestion. I also added a little bit of dried garlic, and more mushrooms than called for. I ate this as an entree just because I was trying it out, but I think it would really be a perfect side dish for the holidays, or for any meal.
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Blueberry Liquor

Reviewed: May 26, 2010
I will admit that I know nothing about making liqueur, but I thought this sounded good so I gave it a try. It was very easy to make, and it turned out to be delicious! I was worried because I used a cheaper brand of vodka, but even with that it tastes good (I'm sure the more expensive ones taste better, but I was pleasantly surprised with my cheap version). I added some almond extract to the simple syrup after it cooled (I boiled 1 cup of sugar and 1/2 cup of water for 15 minutes). I will definitely make this again. Thanks for the great recipe!
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Indian Saffron Rice

Reviewed: Apr. 22, 2010
I followed the recipe exactly, except that I used Spanish saffron threads and Jasmine rice, because that is what I had. I thought it was delicious. I ate mine with roasted tomatoes and cauliflower. I will definitely make this again.
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Yogurty Tofu Barley Simmer

Reviewed: Apr. 7, 2010
I just made this and I thought it was delicious. The garlic, green onion, and tofu are a winning combo...I have to admit that I changed the spices and used curry powder (about 2 Tbsps.) and a pinch of cayenne instead of the oregano and paprika, but I think this recipe is versatile and could be changed to incorporate your spices of preference. I also omitted the flour, and the sauce seemed thick enough without it. The Greek yogurt worked really well, and the barley was also good. Thanks for the great recipe! Next time I will try making it as written.
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The Best Vegetarian Chili in the World

Reviewed: Feb. 24, 2010
This is my favorite chili recipe and I make it all the time. The seasoning is perfect for my taste, but some might find it on the spicy side. I sometimes sweeten it with some sugar, honey, or chocolate. You can be somewhat flexible with the veggies--sometimes I leave out the celery or I add in zucchini, yellow squash, or carrots. Thanks for the great recipe!
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Baked Asparagus with Balsamic Butter Sauce

Reviewed: Feb. 24, 2010
Great recipe. I make this exactly as stated and it is perfect. Even people who are not crazy about asparagus like this. Thanks!
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Winter Root Vegetable Soup

Reviewed: Feb. 24, 2010
I just made this and it is delicious. I added 3 cloves of garlic to the celery and onion while I cooked that. I also added some garlic powder, cumin, and dried parsley to the soup while it simmered. I think cumin goes very well with root vegetables. Thanks for the great recipe! This is the perfect thing for a cold winter day.
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Portobello Mushroom Stroganoff

Reviewed: Feb. 22, 2010
I love this recipe. I also add a decent amount of garlic when I make this, and some dry mustard. Worcestershire sauce is good, but not vegetarian (though you can buy a veggie version). Cream sherry works well. Sometimes I add a bay leaf while I'm cooking the broth, and some dried thyme. Thanks for the great recipe!
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Bob's Salad Dressing

Reviewed: Feb. 22, 2010
This is awesome exactly as written. I did once make it using toasted sesame seeds and extra olive oil instead of tahini, with good results. My favorite way to eat this is on a sweet potato with sunflower seeds on top. It is also very good with roasted baby red potatoes.
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Zucchini Alfredo

Reviewed: Feb. 22, 2010
This is a great recipe that you can adjust to your own tastes. I also added more garlic (4-5 cloves) and 1 onion (which I caramelized). Sometimes I add a pinch of red pepper flakes. This is also great with parsley instead of basil, and I think dried parsley is fine if you don't have fresh. Also, if you let the zucchini sit on some paper towels for a few minutes before adding them, it removes some of the extra moisture. Thanks!
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Sangria! Sangria!

Reviewed: Feb. 22, 2010
This recipe is the best. I have made it many times with different types of wine (I think Merlot is my favorite), and it always disappears right away. I do add the sugar, but I omit the carbonated water. I think it is best about 2 hours after you make it. Thanks for the great recipe!
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