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Chef John's Meatless Meatballs

Reviewed: May 6, 2014
Usually I have some tweak or caveat for the recipes I rate, but in this case I just followed the recipe as described and ended up with a delicious final product. I'm going to try to veganize it next-- I don't think it'll be that hard to do.
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Mock Tuna Salad

Reviewed: Feb. 1, 2014
I've had this recipe bookmarked for ages, wanting to try it but afraid I'd end up with a pickle-y hummus. Silly me! There is something really remarkably like tuna salad to this concoction, even though I had to make some substitutions based on what I had on hand (diced dill pickle with a bit of honey for pickle relish, yellow onion for green). I think next time I might add some diced celery.
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Pineapple, Black Beans, and Couscous

Reviewed: Sep. 24, 2013
This was surprisingly good given the minimal effort involved. I used quinoa instead of couscous, cooked in a combination of pineapple juice and vegetable broth. I also used home-blended taco seasoning. My husband didn't love it, but I was happy to bring it for my lunch.
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Green Tomato Cake

Reviewed: Oct. 27, 2012
I'm up to my ears in green tomatoes, and this was a great way to use up a few. I've made the recipe twice, with a couple of alterations each time. The first time I used half whole wheat and half white flour and the second time I used half whole wheat and half oat flour. It was good both ways. On the second batch I ran out of walnuts so I used some hazelnuts in their place, and I think I actually like the hazelnuts better. Both times I reduced the sugar to 1 1/2 cups and left out the raisins. I still think it's sweet enough not to need frosting.
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Smooth Sweet Tea

Reviewed: Jul. 31, 2010
I've been struggling all summer to get my iced tea right, and all I'd produced was too weak, too bitter or cloudy tea. I finally decided to search for a recipe and I am very glad I found this one-- perfect! I don't sweeten it, and it's great that way. If, like me, you want to make it with loose tea, I found that two gently rounded tablespoonsful did the trick.
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White Almond Wedding Cake

Reviewed: Jun. 10, 2010
Moist but not dense, assertively almondy-- I really like this cake. I made it as two nine inch layers and baked it quite a bit longer than 25 minutes (at a guess, at least 35). I substituted nonfat Greek yogurt for the sour cream and it seemed to work just fine.
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Chocolate Cream Frosting

Reviewed: Jun. 10, 2010
I thought I followed the recipe exactly, but the pudding ended up forming little balls in the frosting. We used it anyway, and it wasn't too bad, but I'm glad the queen wasn't coming for tea. I don't think I'll try this one again. Even if it had come out smooth I would have found it too sweet.
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Deviled Eggs

Reviewed: Apr. 6, 2010
I've never made deviled eggs with sugar before and I found myself adding more and more vinegar (apple cider in this case) as I tasted the filling, I think to counteract the sugar, but maybe also because I used dry mustard (love the stuff!) in place of prepared mustard, which would have included a little vinegar. I also halved the salt as others have recommended and think that is about right.
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Garlic, Spinach, and Chickpea Soup

Reviewed: Feb. 12, 2010
This soup is good without rocking my world. I substantially followed the recipe, with only minor changes, including cornstarch instead of corn meal and low fat condensed milk in place of heavy cream. I think the texture benefited from partially pureeing it and the lemon juice suggested by another reviewer was a good enhancement.
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Quinoa with Peas and Parmesan

Reviewed: Feb. 3, 2010
I'm a little perplexed by all the rave reviews. This is OK, but not better. I agree with the reviewer who recommended doubling the tomatoes. They kinda shrivel up in the oven and disappear once mixed into the quinoa. I will do that if I make this again, but I probably won't make it again.
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Lentil Soup

Reviewed: Jan. 15, 2010
I decided to try this recipe because it seemed like a lentil minestrone, and while my husband isn't fond of more typical lentil soups, I thought he might go for this one. I was right. He even promises to help eat the leftovers. I made the recipe almost as written, only substituting vegetable broth for water, increasing the quantities of garlic and spinach, and adding macaroni to increase the resemblance to minestrone. I will almost certainly make this again when I have my husband to feed and am in the mood for lentils.
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Amaretto

Reviewed: Dec. 14, 2009
Very tasty. I'm not a connoisseur of commercial Amaretto, so I can't comment on how close it comes to the original, but I'll use this with pleasure. I followed the advice of a couple of reviewers and used dark brown sugar and simmered the syrup for 5 minutes to thicken it. For me, a cup and a half of vodka was just right.
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Peanut Butter Bars I

Reviewed: Nov. 26, 2009
Very easy, very tasty. The bottom layer crumbled too readily and was just a bit granular textured, but really a very good dessert for the negligible effort that goes into making it.
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Fresh Apple Salsa

Reviewed: Nov. 8, 2009
Very tasty. If I make it again I'll decrease the amount of ginger-- probably halve it. And I felt that a splash of agave nectar (maybe because my apples were very tart) was a nice addition.
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Adzuki Bean Mango Stir Fry with Cilantro Lime Coconut Sauce

Reviewed: Nov. 4, 2009
Not as tasty as I imagined it while reading the recipe. Definitely needs seasoning, either salt or maybe some soy sauce in the sauce. The grocery I stopped at didn't have adzuki beans so I used small red beans. Black beans might have been a better sub. I added half a thinly sliced jalapeno too.
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Downeast Maine Pumpkin Bread

Reviewed: Oct. 6, 2009
Not enough spices for me. Nice texture though. I added chopped walnuts.
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Tzatziki Sauce II

Reviewed: Sep. 11, 2009
Very good recipe. I didn't find it too tart, possibly because I didn't have time to drain regular yogurt so used Greek yogurt instead.
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Cheesy Mexi-Rice Casserole

Reviewed: Sep. 9, 2009
This is a very good recipe that I'm sure I'll make again. It seems pretty robust too, since I made quite a few changes. I picked it to use up the end of summer produce that I had on hand, so instead of canned vegetables I used fresh corn, tomatoes and jalapenos. I also added a can of black beans to make it into a main dish, and used a combination of smoked gouda and mozzarella for the cheese, since that's what I had in the fridge. The recipe didn't seem to mind the alterations at all. I didn't notice that the recipe makes 10 servings, so I can attest to the fact that it makes tasty leftovers too. My husband really loved this dish. I thought that fresh cilantro made a flavorful garnish.
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