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Baked Kale Chips

Reviewed: Aug. 27, 2010
After the first bite, I thought "these are okay." A few minutes later, I'd finished an entire tray and was wanting more. They might not seem like much at first bite, but these are surprisingly addictive. They were sort of tricky to eat since mine crumbled into pretty little bits, but I thought the flavor and crunchiness were just right.
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Nobody's Strawberry Watermelon Shakedown

Reviewed: Aug. 24, 2010
Yum! Creamy, sweet, cold, fruity . . . this is great. The orange came through a little stronger than I expected. I'd be curious to try lemon or lime juice next time instead.
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Kale and Banana Smoothie

Reviewed: Aug. 23, 2010
The first time I made this, I followed the recipe as written, except that I used cow's milk. It was just okay (three stars). Today I tried it again with a few more changes. In addition to using cow's milk (because that's what I like and what I have on hand), I added a big handful of frozen strawberries, four or five ice cubes, and extra milk. I liked it much better that way . . . both because it was cold and because the flavor was fruitier. It was almost milkshake-like. My little boy (almost 2 yrs old) loved it. With the modifications, this is a four-star recipe.
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Grandmother's Buttermilk Cornbread

Reviewed: Aug. 12, 2010
My initial feeling was that this is good cornbread, but I didn't notice that it tasted substantially different from any other corn bread I'd tried. On day two, however, I began to appreciate it more. It stays moist, unlike other cornbreads. The buttermilk does add something special. I cut back the sugar by about 1/6 of a cup, and I could have cut it back by more without the bread suffering as a result. My husband insists that I make this again soon. Next time, we're going to try using 1/2 cup of wheat flour in place of some of the white flour.
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Homemade Manti (Traditional Turkish Dumplings)

Reviewed: Aug. 6, 2010
The yogurt and oil sauces really make this dish. They are wonderful, and I suspect that I will use them on other meat dishes (meatballs, kebabs, etc.) in the future. The dumplings are also quite good. The first time I made this, I cheated and used pre-made wanton wrappers because I was short on time. They were a bit slimy for my taste, and most of the dumplings fell apart while cooking. It wasn't a total flop, but I won't make them like that again. Second go around, I followed the recipe as written. I had to use quite a bit more water for the dough than stated, but the dumplings were fabulous and I had no problems with them falling apart. This recipe is definitely a lot of work, but it is worth a try if you have a free evening . . . or, better yet, a free evening and afternoon!
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Vegetable Dill Dip

Reviewed: Aug. 1, 2010
A very good classic dip. I used some seasoned salt, garlic powder, and paprika in place of the Beau Monde seasoning, since I did not have it, and that worked out very well.
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Janet's Rich Banana Bread

Reviewed: Aug. 1, 2010
This is delicious! How sad that I shook the pan a little too vigorously (without scraping around the edges first) to get the bread out, and the whole thing fell apart. I guess I'll just have to make this again!
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Bob's Stuffed Banana Peppers

Reviewed: Jul. 25, 2010
Yum! What a great way to use the banana peppers growing in our garden! I made the following modifications to the recipe: 1) I cut back the salt to 1 teaspoon total (half in the sauce and half with the sausage). I figured the sausage, bread crumbs, and tomato sauce already came with their own salt, and neither my husband nor I thought the recipe was any worse off for reducing the amount. 2) I bought 2 lbs of mild Italian sausage because the hot sausage at my store all had MSG. To compensate, I added a diced jalapeno pepper to the sauce (sauteed with the onions and celery), and then I added tabasco flakes, crushed red pepper, and paprika to the sausage mix. It had a nice kick to it. As other reviewers stated, you end up with way more filling than you need. I stuffed 12 banana peppers and still had at least half of the filling left over, which I froze for later use. We ate the peppers with angel hair pasta, and it was delicious.
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Eggplant and Zucchini Casserole

Reviewed: Jul. 24, 2010
Pretty good. We had eggplant, zucchini, onions, and tomatoes from our CSA that needed to be used, so this recipe seemed like the perfect fit. It was good, but I've found two other eggplant recipes on this site that I think are much better: Baingan Bharta (Eggplant Curry) and Eggplant Parmesan II.
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Best Spanish Rice

Reviewed: Jul. 19, 2010
This is a very easy way to make Spanish Rice, but in my opinion, it tastes like what it is . . . rice with salsa dumped in. Maybe I should have opted for a better salsa. This was decent. But just decent.
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Fresh Southern Peach Cobbler

Reviewed: Jul. 18, 2010
Yum! I've never made cobbler before since I'm more of a pie person, but - after much pleading from my husband - I finally made this using peaches from our farmer's market. I don't think I've ever had a better cobbler. None of that sickeningly sweet cake mix . . . this is really, really, good.
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White Chili with Ground Turkey

Reviewed: Jul. 16, 2010
Wonderful! I cut back the chicken broth to 4 cups and simmered it for longer than specified, but otherwise I followed the recipe as written. I loved the blend of flavors. Next time I will make this with corn bread. I think they'd go well together.
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California Grilled Veggie Sandwich

Reviewed: Jul. 10, 2010
Delicious! This four-star recipe becomes a five-star recipe if you add portabella mushrooms! I'd personally recommend making a double recipe of the mayo sauce, as well.
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Zucchini Chocolate Orange Cake

Reviewed: Jul. 1, 2010
This is good. It is moist and chocolatey with a tantalizing hint of orange. I am only giving it three stars, though, because - though I am a cake nut and a chocolate nut - for some strange reason I don't feel compelled to eat this in the way I feel compelled to eat most chocolate cake. I've had 1 1/2 pieces in 48 hours, and that's been plenty for me. It doesn't have that addictive, must-eat-more-now quality that I like in a cake. Of course, that's probably a good thing!
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Zucchini Alfredo

Reviewed: Jun. 27, 2010
Delicious! With just a few shakes of crushed tabasco pepper, this had all the flavor we wanted. This was a great way to use up zucchini from our garden and a very fast, easy meal to prepare. We ate leftover brats on the side, and the two went surprisingly well together.
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Blueberry Pie

Reviewed: Jun. 21, 2010
Delicious! I made this with fresh berries and followed the following suggestions from other reviewers: 1) I upped the berry content a bit (about 4.5 cups), 2) I upped the corn starch to 4 Tbsp, 3) I lowered the oven temperature to 400 degrees, and 4) I put foil on the edges of the crust until the last few minutes. As it turned out, the pie ended up needing an extra 10 or 15 minutes, so I probably should have just baked it at 425 in the first place (I did the lattice top). It set up very well with 4 Tbsp of corn starch, and I definitely would not recommend using more than that.
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Perfect Sesame Chicken

Reviewed: May 2, 2010
Delicious! I served this with Carrot Rice (from this site), and they complimented each other beautifully. I cut back on the sugar (use 1/2 c, heaping), used less olive oil than called for (I'm cheap!), and didn't end up adding quite all of the corn starch mixture. My husband loved it, and I will make this again.
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Carrot Rice

Reviewed: May 2, 2010
A simple but delicious dish. I served this with "Perfect Sesame Chicken," and they complimented each other beautifully. I was out of basmati rice and used brown rice instead but still thought this was wonderful.
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Flax and Sunflower Seed Bread

Reviewed: Apr. 16, 2010
Wonderful texture, wonderful flavor. I've made this twice now and suspect that it will become a staple in our home.
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German Sweet Chocolate Cake I

Reviewed: Feb. 28, 2010
Yum! The icing on this was divine, and the cake managed to be both moist and spongy. I cut back on the sugar a little bit (1 2/3 cup in the cake and 1 1/4 cup in the icing) and will probably cut it back a little further next time.
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