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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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Vegetarian Kimchi

Reviewed: Jun. 29, 2011
Very good. I used 2 tsp of cayenne, and that seemed to be about right for us. This was my first time making kimchi, and I will probably experiment with other recipes, but I liked this.
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Pollo Mediterranean

Reviewed: Sep. 20, 2009
Flavorful and delicious! This is not your run of the mill, bland chicken dish. I made 1.5 times the amount of sauce called for in the recipe and served it over farfalle, which was fabulous. Next time I will double the sauce, though, rather than just 1.5ing it.
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Ribollita (Reboiled Italian Cabbage Soup)

Reviewed: Jun. 20, 2011
I've had better soups in my life, but I don't know that I've had a better vegetable soup! This was excellent. That said, I might add sausage next time to make this even better. I followed the recipe, except that I upped the cabbage and kale and skipped the chard. I also left out the french bread. This seems to be a very adaptable and forgiving recipe.
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Spinach Noodles

Reviewed: Jan. 4, 2010
These were delicious, and I will make them again. I have only given the recipe three stars, however, for the following reasons: 1) it claims to take 20 minutes prep time and only 35 minutes until finished. This is totally inaccurate, due largely to the drying time but also because cutting the noodles takes some time, as well. From start to finish, it took me well over two hours. 2) For some one, like me, who has never made noodles before, the directions simply aren't detailed enough. With the first ball that I rolled out, I didn't put enough flour on it (use a lot!), and it was nearly impossible to unroll the noodles once I had cut them. Apart from my problems with how the recipe was written, I highly recommend this dish. Like other reviewers, I made it with the Quick and Easy Alfredo Sauce on this site, and it was fabulous.
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Delicate Jasmine Rice

Reviewed: Jan. 11, 2010
This adds a very, very subtle flavor to the rice. For me, the change was so subtle that it isn't worth repeating.
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Authentic Saag Paneer

Reviewed: Apr. 7, 2013
I don't give many 5-star ratings and this isn't a perfect recipe, but it produced the best saag I have made so far (after trying three other recipes). I am puzzled by the reviews that say this is bland. My husband and I like our food heavily seasoned (and spicy). Both of us were pleasantly surprised when we didn't feel the need to add chile paste, hot sauc, etc! I admittedly measured the spices generously, and I did use coconut milk instead if cream, too. In fact, I found that for the amount if spinach I used (1 lb), I needed to add almost a whole can of coconut milk to get the consistency I wanted. My Indian grocer was out of fresh fenugreek, so I used a couple tablespoons of dry fenugreek leaves, and they added a lot of flavor. I also made the paneer from scratch . . . Yum! I will definitely be using this recipe again.
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Eggplant Parmesan With Easy Homemade Sauce

Reviewed: Aug. 7, 2012
Yum! Dipping the eggplant in olive oil gives it a fabulous flavor. I made my own sauce with tomatoes from the garden, so I can't comment on the sauce recipe, but the eggplant preparation was very flavorful and perfectly cooked.
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Real Chiles Rellenos

Reviewed: Aug. 20, 2011
Best chile rellenos I've ever had! I've tried a few different recipes and also had these in restaurants, and nothing beats these. I was pretty lazy about following the recipe, too. For the sauce, I threw everything in the vitamix and pureed it all before putting it on the stove to reduce it. Also, I never froze the peppers. Still excellent!
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Fast and Simple Salsa

Reviewed: Aug. 2, 2011
As is, I think this would be a bit one dimensional, but that's because I love cilantro and lime. I added a little bit of both, tasted it, added more, tasted, added more again, and in the end, my husband and I agreed that it was really good . . . except that it needed a bit more cilantro and lime. One party guest said it was the best salsa he'd ever had, though. This recipe is certainly a great starting point!
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Pumpkin Chocolate Dessert Cake

Reviewed: Dec. 20, 2011
This is very moist and flavorful (not as chocolate-y as I expected), and the guests were all impressed. Personally I thought it needed salt. I'm not usually one to add salt to everything (in fact, I halve it in most recipes), but a little bit of salt would have improved this cake. Also, the bake time was about 15 minutes longer for me.
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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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Old Virginia Wassail Cider

Reviewed: Oct. 17, 2009
Delicious! This was my first time making wassail, and it was very good. My guests asked for the recipe. I'm giving this four stars because I've never had wassail that wasn't yummy, and I don't think this was necessarily better than wassail that I've tried other times/places.
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Squash and Kohlrabi Empanadas

Reviewed: Dec. 18, 2011
I made the empanada dough from scratch (and had to bake these longer as a result), but otherwise followed the recipe exactly. The filling is delicious! I may make these again, but if I do, we'll come up with some sort of dipping sauce. They seemed a bit dry.
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White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake

Reviewed: Sep. 1, 2011
This was too rich for me. It was a bit too heavy on the white chocolate, and I would have liked to have had more of the chocolate crust and more raspberries or raspberry sauce. My guests enjoyed it, though, so it was probably just me!
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No-Noodle Zucchini Lasagna

Reviewed: Jul. 18, 2011
This is the first one-star rating I've ever given (and I've reviewed many recipes). Perhaps it seems harsh, but I spent so much prep time (way more than 30 minutes) on this meal, and it wasn't worth it. It is perhaps a 3-star meal for taste . . . bland, too meaty, and I missed the noodles, plus I couldn't quite fit all the layers in my 9 x 13 pan. But it isn't bad too eat. It's okay. But a meal that takes so long to make (and requires so much clean-up) should be better than not bad! I was very disappointed.
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Winter Squash Rolls

Reviewed: Sep. 24, 2010
Very moist and quite good! I only gave them three stars, though, because I'd prefer something with a more interesting flavor and texture. I think these would be better with a little more grit, so if I make them again, I'll use half wheat flour next time. I might also toy with using butter instead of crisco. I followed the recipe exactly this time except that I cut back the sugar to 1/3 of a cup, and they still seemed plenty sweet to me. Sweet, moist, and HUGE. The other reviewers weren't kidding. I should have halved the recipe!
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Byrdhouse Mushroom Barley Pilaf

Reviewed: Aug. 29, 2010
Moist, flavorful, and delicious! My grocery store only carried quick Barley (cooks in 10 minutes), so instead of baking it in the oven, I just prepared the onions, garlic, mushrooms, and sherry as stated in the recipe, and then added 2 cups of chicken broth, 1 cup of barley, brought it to a boil, put the lid on, and simmered it for ten or eleven minutes. After letting it stand for a bit, I added the parsley. It turned out really well and was a quick way to make a tasty pilaf. Perhaps it would have been better with regular barley, but since I haven't eaten much barley in my life, I really didn't notice a difference.
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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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Ukrainian Red Borscht Soup

Reviewed: Dec. 26, 2009
I don't give many 5-star ratings (and my husband doesn't give ANY), but we both love this. Best recipe I've come across on this site. I just ate three bowls, and my husband is serving himself a fourth bowl right now. Amazing. I followed the recipe as written but used only 1/2 tsp of sugar rather than a full tsp. It seemed just right to me. Some reviewers recommended using fresh dill rather than parsley. I looove dill, so I gave that a try, and it was very good. That said, my husband and I both prefer it with fresh parsley. Parsley accentuates the complex medley of flavors in the soup rather than blurring/masking them. Next time we will try this without the sausage to see whether we like it as much.
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