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Greek Fettuccine

Reviewed: Feb. 22, 2012
I really like the simplicity of this recipe, and look forward to making a version of it again this Spring & Summer when my tomato plants are producing and I have more mint in the garden. I used a can of fire roasted diced tomatoes this time, and it turned out okay. I think it needs more flavor though--maybe some oregano. I added chicken to my husband's plate to make it heartier for him, but my daughter & I liked it without.
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Ham Pineapple Sandwiches

Reviewed: Feb. 21, 2012
I love the concept of this sandwich because my family likes ham and pineapple together. As written, the cream cheese pineapple mixture is waaaay too sweet, and I didn't add the full cup of sugar (I just couldn't do it). I would make it again, but would decrease the sugar by half or more. My 9 year old loved it though, but it was because it tasted so sweet.
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Fiber One-derful Vegetable Stuffed Mushrooms

Reviewed: Feb. 7, 2012
I created this recipe as an Allrecipes Allstar Ambassador and we received complimentary Fiber One to use for this task. These mushrooms are surprisingly good and with lots of vegetables, reduced fat cream cheese, and added fiber, they're a good choice when you'd like a healthier version of a favorite appetizer. Thanks for the challenge AR!
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Lots of Chocolate Cherry Cookies

Reviewed: Feb. 4, 2012
I like to use a cookie scoop to make them uniform, and can get approximately 24 cookies per batch. You can use either dark chocolate cocoa powder for a richer color (like in my photo) or regular cocoa is just as delicious and will result in a lighter brown cookie.
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Ham and Gruyere Thumbprints - Martha Stewart Recipes

Reviewed: Jan. 21, 2012
Wonderful!
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Peanut Butter and Jelly Oatmeal Pancakes

Reviewed: Jan. 21, 2012
Exactly as written, the batter turns out very runny (I made a test pancake, which turned out flat--even for a pancake). I added about 1/4 cup of ground golden flaxseed and allowed the batter to sit for 15 minutes and that firmed it enough. I topped them with warm strawberry-rhubarb jam. My daughters loved them, and I'll make them again with the flaxseed. Finely diced peanuts would also be a good addition and would help boost the peanut flavor.
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Little Broccoli Bites

Reviewed: Jan. 19, 2012
These were great and toddler-approved. They don't scream "You're eating broccoli" and they're portable (in fact, my oldest daughter wants them in her lunchbox). Be sure your broccoli is drained well. I simplified the preparation by chopping everything together in my food processor, scooping balls of the "dough" with a cookie scoop, and placing on the baking sheet. I did bake them longer than stated, for approximately 25 minutes. I look forward to making these again and adding different ingredients to get a variety of flavors: Spinach & feta, red pepper & goat cheese, and adding red pepper to the original recipe would be perfect for Christmas! These would also be good with some added garlic. Thanks for a fun, versatile recipe!
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Fruity Gelatin Salad

Reviewed: Jan. 16, 2012
What a TREAT! I used unsweetend frozen whole strawberries since I had some on hand. I thawed them, blended the bananas in my food processor, added the thawed strawberries (drained) and pulsed it until they were blended with the bananas but still chunky, then stirred in the pineapple. I realized that I used large bananas, so it didn't set completely in the refrigerator, so if you do it also, here's a tip: FREEZE it! It is delicious, like a healthy chunky fruit sorbet. The kids loved it, and they chose it over ice cream for dessert ; ).
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Bourbon Barbecue Slow Cooker Beans

Reviewed: Jan. 15, 2012
These were good, and I would definitely consider them a main dish instead of side due to the three types of meat in it. I would think about making them again but would add some garlic and subtract the honey next time. I didn't feel good about the sugar content between the barbecue sauce, honey, and maple syrup.
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Slowly Deviled Beef

Reviewed: Jan. 13, 2012
This was definitely easy to put together and had few ingredients, but I can't imagine it as anything other than a filling for sandwiches. Adding the green pepper as mentioned in the recipe description makes the flavor better. I'm not sure I would make this again but to be fair, due to the ease and economy-friendliness of this recipe, it would make a good dinner if you want a meatier texture in your sloppy joe.
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Green Tea Shake

Reviewed: Jan. 13, 2012
This was nice, but didn't taste like the Starbucks green tea frappuccino that inspired it. Green tea powder would probably make it taste more authentic. Regardless, my daughter and I enjoyed the flavor. Be sure the brewed green tea is completely chilled so you don't melt the other ingredients, and we didn't use all of the sugar listed. This is a nice change from heavier milkshakes! Thanks for sharing your recipe.
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Fisherman's Catch Chowder

Reviewed: Jan. 12, 2012
I used mahi mahi since I had it on hand (any firm white fish will do) and this chowder was wonderful! Next time I think I'll use halibut or cod since they have a milder flavor. It's incredibly savory with the tomatoes, clam juice, and white wine creating a broth that begs to be soaked up with a nice crusty bread. I wouldn't change anything, and will definitely make this again.
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Lemon Leaves

Reviewed: Jan. 11, 2012
These are DELICIOUS!! They are delicate and lemony, and just a wonderful cookie. I used a lemon bakery emulsion instead of extract because I like the flavor better, and baked some with the pistachio topping and some with just sugar. My toddler loved helping me cut them out with tiny cookie cutters. 5 stars all the way!
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Lynda's Zucchini

Reviewed: Jan. 10, 2012
While this was delicious, I think the butter could have easily been halved.
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Toasted Waffle Ice Cream Sandwich

Reviewed: Jan. 10, 2012
This was one of those dessert recipes where you KNOW you're eating something that is going to completely ruin your diet! It was yummy, we had everything in the house already, and my daughter thinks I'm a super Mom for letting her eat it ; ). I can foresee many combinations in our waffle-sandwich future. Thanks for sharing!
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Bean and Sausage Soup

Reviewed: Jan. 10, 2012
This soup is great! If you use dried beans, you can really control the sodium content (I did use canned because I was short on time, but next time will use dried). I also used lower sodium chicken broth. This recipe is full of vegetables, has no added processed "junk" and the flavor is clean, allowing the ingredients work together naturally. My family loved it!
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Cheesecake Pops

Reviewed: Dec. 17, 2011
I can rate the method only, as I used it to salvage a cheesecake I baked that did not turn out as 'pretty' as I hoped it would. It was still delicious, and I didn't want it to go to waste, so I made these cheesecake pops! Not only are they fun to eat, but they turn cheesecake 'flops' into something really special. I'll make these many times in the future--thanks for the idea!
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Tangy (Not Sweet) Tartar Sauce

Reviewed: Dec. 14, 2011
Super easy, this was the tartar sauce recipe we wanted! Thanks for sharing!
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Big Soft Ginger Cookies

Reviewed: Dec. 13, 2011
Wonderful! Made these as part of Cookies Across America, and they are delicious. Just the right amount of spices! To achieve the attractive crinkly top, I chilled the dough for 1 hour, portioned out a dozen for baking using a cookie scoop (if you don't have one of these, you need on in your kitchen! It looks like a small ice cream scoop with a spring-loaded handle), then chilled the remaining dough as they baked. I think that's the secret to getting the tops to look like the primary recipe photo.
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