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Carrot and Ginger Soup

Reviewed: Apr. 29, 2011
I made a double batch of this using home made vegetable stock, and because my family can be picky, I only used 1 piece of ginger for the double batch. I also subbed coconut milk for the cream b/c my boyfriend is allergic to dairy. FANTASTIC. Even better with a little cracked red pepper or cayenne!
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Masala Chai Brownies

Reviewed: Apr. 29, 2011
I made these without the coconut b/c my cousin isn't a big fan of it, but I did use coconut milk to brew the chai. Also, I used organic buckwheat flour instead because my bf is allergic to wheat, dairy, and eggs.Despite cooking them for about 35 minutes, they never became very solid. That said, everyone loved it (though they said next time I should serve it with ice cream! I'm going to try making this with almond flour (instead of all-purpose) and either carob flour or agave for the sugar (I'll nix the chai if I use agave to even out the liquid content) so that *I* can eat it (carb restrictions). I'll let you know how that turns out.
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Buddy's and Bubba's Homemade Dog Food

Reviewed: Mar. 31, 2011
I have my dogs and cats on a homecooked diet from the book "The Whole Pet Diet" by Andi Brown. They are currently grain-free due to health issues, but this looks like a pretty good recipe to try for variety. Yes, supplements should be added. Parsley is great for breath, digestion, and vitamin C. Be sure to vary the meats, grains, and veggies. Fresh is generally better than frozen. Halo has a great line of supplements and you might want to look up balanceIT.com which predetermines the supplements your dog needs.
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Homemade Dog Food

Reviewed: Jan. 27, 2011
This is a pretty good start, but you should add 1/2 Tablespoon kelp powder to it (unless your dog has hyperthyroidism), as well as 1-2 Tablespoons finely chopped garlic (yes, be sure to cook it). I just began cooking for my dog and have done a ton of research on it. And, as other reviewers have mentioned, it is critical to very the meat, grains, and veggies. (CORN IS NOT A VEGGIE AND SHOULD NOT BE USED AS YOUR GRAIN, EITHER.) Also, it is best to use ground meats sparingly. Using whole, fresh meats (with bones and skin) to be deboned after cooking is best that your dog can get some of its calcium, glucosamine, and chondroitin from the bones. As other reviewers have mentioned, the broccoli and cauliflower may cause gas in some dogs. Root vegetables (yams as well as carrots) are very important as well. Finally, definitely throw this is the blender! Use within 3-4 days. If you're looking for more info on cooking for your pet, get the book "The Whole Pet Diet" by Andi Brown and/or visit the website.
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Broccoli, Leek, and Potato Soup

Reviewed: Nov. 12, 2010
I made some changes to use some stuff that was already in the house, and it went as follows: 4 slices nitrate-free turkey bacon 4 cups low sodium chicken broth (3 wasn't enough) 3 russet potatoes 1/2 tablespoon ground black pepper 1 tablespoon cracked red pepper I also added the teensiest splash of apple cider vinegar to brighten the flavor without using as much salt. That said, I found it needed almost an entire teaspoon of sea salt, but I think that's mostly because of the turkey bacon and the low sodium chicken broth. Still VERY good. Next time I'll try it with nitrate-free pork bacon.
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Double Tomato Bruschetta

Reviewed: Jun. 5, 2010
My friend printed out this recipe and made it for a dinner party at my house. We actually used my toaster oven on the broil setting. She forgot to toast the baguette slices first, but it still turned out great. Oh, and she used thinly sliced mozzarella cheese instead of shredded (less mess). I'd love to try it with FRESH mozzarella.
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Quinoa Vegetable Soup

Reviewed: Apr. 9, 2010
3.5 STARS. It was a good base soup. I stayed a lot closer to the recipe than I usually do for soups. I made the quinoa in a separate pot with the 1 part quinoa, 2 parts liquid ratio, but other than that I didn't use any water. Something funky was going on with my fresh garlic, so I used jarred minced garlic. I added chopped zucchini, yellow squash, white mushrooms, and some chicken thigh meat. It was still a bit bland so I added a dash of apple cider vinegar, some cayenne and cracked red pepper, and a couple of bay leaves. Oh, and I used canned tomatoes (with juices) because our tomatoes aren't so great right now. We'll see what my boyfriend thinks of it, and how it freezes.
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Cream of Asparagus Soup II

Reviewed: Oct. 19, 2009
VERY simple. Great BASE recipe; needs a lot of tinkering with spices, though, or else it almost tastes like high quality Cambell's. And go light on the salt if you use salted butter/margarine and broth. I'd say what I ENDED UP with was a 3.5-4 star soup: I sauteed 1/2 a yellow onion and 2 gloves garlic in the butter before adding the flour. I also added some nutmeg and cayenne. I highly recommend throwing the cooked asparagus and 1 cup chicken broth in a blender for about 2 seconds to JUST break it up, yet leave it slightly chunky. I poured it over a multigrain pilaf with a bit of chicken for dinner. I can't wait to see how it survives freezing. Oh, and it only made 3-4 servings.
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Rich and Creamy Roasted Eggplant Soup

Reviewed: Jun. 17, 2009
This soup was GREAT! My mom and I had never heard of an eggplant soup so I started looking for recipes. The simplicity of this recipe, coupled with the fact that I had all of the ingredients handy, drew me to this particular recipe. I made it exactly as stated, except that I added a little less than 1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar to brighten it. I froze some to take to work at a later date, and I just hope it survives!
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Alex's Raw Chocolate Pudding

Reviewed: Apr. 23, 2009
This was excellent! It was slightly thinner than expected, but my friends and I nearly licked our bowls, if THAT says anything! I used coconut milk because I hate the taste of soy (and soy is bad for you, plus I figured it would be a bit thicker. While I love banana, I wonder if one could tone down the banana flavor by using a still-green banana. I think I'm going to try it with 2 avocados and 1/2 banana to make it a little thicker and a little less banana-y.
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Best Steak Marinade in Existence

Reviewed: Feb. 5, 2009
Awesome! But I replaced the garlic powder and dried minced garlic with about 2 tablespoons of jarred minced garlic. Also, be careful if you have a big flame because it may catch on the herbs (despite them sitting in marinade for 24 hours).
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