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Black Bean Chili

Reviewed: Feb. 8, 2011
Good, tasty recipe for no meat chili. Did not add the corn and added double mushrooms and tomatoes (personal preference). Will definitely make again and try different chili peppers to kick up the heat.
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Mushroom and Swiss Chicken

Reviewed: Feb. 8, 2011
If we could give this 10 stars we would. I marrinated the chicken in the oil/vinegar/cajun seasoning for about 5 hours, drained and blotted the chicken and then topped with additional cajun seasoning before baking. Topped with lite swiss cheese when mostly done. Next time will use twice as much mushrooms. Key to this recipe is using a cajun seasoning blend you like and adjust cooking time based on size of chicken breasts. Absolutely delicious! Made this on the grill tonight for a change from the normal baking after marrinating the chicken for about 3 hours. Did the mushrooms in additional vinegar and cajun seasonings in foil. The flavors really pop more on the grill, especially when hit with a squeeze of lime when serving. Thanks so much for this easy and versatile recipe.
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Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball

Reviewed: Feb. 7, 2011
Everyone liked it but they liked the chocolate, chocolate chip cheese ball (a Paula Deen recipe) better. The chocolate chip cheese ball was super sweet and even after being refrigerated for 24 hrs was still too soft to mold into a ball (perhaps because of the light cream cheese). A good, solid recipe for those that like super sweet desserts.
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Better Than Sex Cake II

Reviewed: Sep. 14, 2011
I made cupcakes (22) with this recipen and they were fantastic! We are serious chocolate lovers and I added about 6 oz of mini chocolate chips to the batter (request of birthday girl). I used a thinner caramel sauce that was super sweet, so I did not use the sweetened milk. Cut a core out of the top of each cupcake, filled with some of the caramel sauce and replaced the cupcake plug. Regrigerated for a couple of hours then topped with Cool Whip, toffee pieces and drizzled more caramel and chocolate sauce on top. Next time will add a bit more filling in the middle. Adults and kids fought over the cupcakes and are a new family favorite and have been told they best be on the Thanksgiving menu. Definitely not diet food but for a special occasion, worth every calorie! Great recipe, easy to customize for your family's tastes - one of the top 5 recipes I've used on Allrecipes.
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Low-Carb Mashed Cauliflower

Reviewed: Jan. 9, 2014
Interesting recipe. I did not have whipped cream cheese, so I subbed 4 light laughing cow garlic and herb wedges. I slightly undercooked the cauliflower and the mashed blend was a bit grainy which is easily corrected by cooking slightly longer. It paired well with a baked tilapia loin (seasoned with a hint of grated parm. cheese and some of the Lawry's seasoning salt) and a hodgepodge blend of frozen vegetables from Trader Joes. We will have again when we're in the mood for something different.
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Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread

Reviewed: Oct. 2, 2012
Decent chocolate chip pumkin bread. I used egg beaters instead of eggs, half oil/half applesauce, used 1 cup wheat flour (instead of all white), cut the sugar by 1/2 c since I was using more chocolate chips and upped the mini chocolate chips to 1.5 cups (with no nuts). I made 4 small loaves and 12 large muffins. Baking time for the muffins was 28 minutes and 40 minutes for the small loaves. Texture is spot on for this type of bread. One thing I'll do differently is to cut the nutmeg down by a half or a third because the taste is not balanced with the cinnamon unless you're a big nutmeg fan. The nutmeg overpowers the pumpkin with the full tablespoon. Good recipe for new bakers - directions are clear and easy to follow for good results. Thanks for sharing.
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Roasted Mushroom Soup

Reviewed: Jan. 28, 2012
Not the best mushroom soup there is but I've had worse. Would have given it 3 stars but since i had to use milk instead of heavy cream, I gave it 4 stars. Taste wise, the rosemary and thyme were spot on with the mushrooms, but I used 1 large onion and it was way too much. Roasting the mushrooms for 15 minutes was not enough to bring out the flavor and added additional fat unnecessarily (with the EVOO). If I try again, I would roast the onions with the mushrooms and roast for at least 30 minutes at 350.For mushroom lovers, definitely worth a try because it may fit your family's tastes.
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Spicy Fish Soup

Reviewed: Jan. 3, 2012
For me, this is only a 3 but my family really liked it. Replaced the cod with tilapia loins (cheaper and tastier) and the shrimp with crab (we don't really like shrimp) and put a bit in each bowl, then ladeled the hot soup over it. I did not use the full amount of yogurt and am glad - with the spices, a cilantro sour cream would go better (and with the quality low fat/no fat sour cream would still be healthy). Definitely wasn't spicy enough but that is easily taken care of. Has lots of potential for each to customize to make it your own. Definitely going in the recipe box and has already been requested again.
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Sweet and Sour Slaw

Reviewed: Jul. 23, 2010
Light and healthy. I used half of the sugar and thought it needed more vinegar. Will make again when in the mood for something different.
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Hearty Lasagna Soup

Reviewed: Mar. 26, 2013
This is very easy to modify based on your family's preferences. After mixing the tomatoes, beef broth and Italian seasoning, I decided it was too bland for us and added additional spices (2 tablespoons of Italian seasoning, 3 cloves garlic), some sliced mushrooms, 1 large diced onion and two tomatoes that needed to be used. We will have again because it is a great base recipe. Next time I'll add some fresh spinach and whatever other fresh veggies I have on hand, just like I do when making lasagna.
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Cilantro Chicken Burgers with Avocado

Reviewed: May 24, 2012
We were split on this tonight - half of us really loved it and half it was ok. I followed the recipe except cut the garlic in half. Definitely recommend making ahead and letting rest in the refrigerator to allow flavors to blend and for burgers to set (so they handle easier). Have been requested again but only in smaller slider form.
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Ham and Beans and More

Reviewed: Feb. 12, 2011
Flavor wise this is a 10, but it does produce a very thin soup. I used all chicken broth and eliminated the bacon (since I had a bit extra ham to use up) but followed the rest of the ingredients. I forgot to soak the beans last night, so I followed instructions in another recipe so we could have today. I ended up adding two additional cans of reduced sodium white beans (after rinsing throughly) to bring the consistency more to our liking. Next time (and ther will be a next time soon), I'll start with more beans to begin with. Excelent recipe flavorwise - thought my Grandma had prepared it.
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Italian Bread Using a Bread Machine

Reviewed: Nov. 19, 2009
Very tasty, although my loaves don't look like the picture. I should have cut deeper like other reviewers mentioned. For my family, the salt was just right. I threw a handful of ice cubes in the oven after about 15 minutes of baking - the crust is light and chewy.
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Green Chile Spinach Quiche

Reviewed: Dec. 7, 2012
The green chili flavor is very light and mild. The basic quiche recipe is very easy to lighten up. I used egg beaters, 2% cheeses and eliminated the butter and crust. It cooked up very light and fluffy but watch the time if you eliminate the crust; mine was done about 8 minutes before the end of the recommended cooking time. Next time I'll add mushrooms and onions and add a green salsa afterwards. very tasty and pretty.
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Spinach Mushroom Lasagna

Reviewed: Sep. 3, 2012
I lightened things up with using ff cottage cheese, part skim ricotta cheese, egg beaters instead of eggs and one tablespoon evoo. I also only had 1 lb of thawed spinach and that was too much for us. Can't imagine it with any more. Definitely needs more mushrooms too - more like 8 cups for our taste. I did not cook the noodles first and it cooked up fine with a bit of water added in the corner of my lasagna pan. Will make again and change it up per our tastes. The milk/flour ratio is spot on and the sauce thickened beautifully. Nice change of pace.
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Savory Pork Roast

Reviewed: Jan. 19, 2012
Like most other reviewers, I changed this up a bit. I added not quite 2 tablespoons of EVOO to the dried spices and rubbed onto the meat this morning. My roast was about 2.25 lbs and I used the whole amount of spice. Cooking time was WAY off. I used a digital thermometer and set it to 150 (what I cook this roast to). It took 2 hrs to hit 150 and after standing for 15 minutes, it hit 160. The flavor near the surface of the meat is exceptional, but that is it. Next time I will make 2 times the spice rub mix and mix half with EVOO and inject into the meat then use the rest as a rub on the outside. Would be great on a pork tenderloin (just only cook to 145).
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Ginger Beef Stir-Fry

Reviewed: Aug. 29, 2011
I'd give this 4.5 stars if I could. I marrinated the sliced beef for a couple of hours in one batch of sauce (minus corn starch) then drained before stir frying. Used our favorite stir fry veggies (about twice as many) and doubled the sauce to add at the end. Was lucky and found reduced sodium plum sauce; otherwise it would have been too salty. Not spicy enough for us, so next time will either use a bit of hot chili oil or increase the red pepper flakes. Tasty and easy to put together!
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Jellybean Bark

Reviewed: Apr. 25, 2011
The adults in the family rated this 10 stars. Like others I used white chocolate chips and melted in the microwave. Verty cute and seasonal to be sure, definitely an eye popper on a holiday table.
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Fresh Pea Soup

Reviewed: Aug. 27, 2009
Wonderful flavor for something so simple! Like other reviewers I used frozen peas, low sodium chicken broth and topped with a bit of fat free sour cream. Cannot wait to make again and serve with a grilled cheese sandwich!
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Pumpkin Pecan No-Bake Cheesecake Pie

Reviewed: Feb. 16, 2013
I forgot the vanilla extract and it was still super tasty. It was even better the next day. We will have again and again. Next time I was asked to make "bite sized" mini cheesecakes out of this to make it easier for the kids to eat.
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