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Shredded Brussels Sprouts

Reviewed: Mar. 8, 2011
So worth the time and effort...time and effort being that I "shredded" them by hand, cutting them very thinly with a knife after halving/coring. They tend to be a bit greasy, so be sure to drain some of the bacon fat and use less butter. The pine nuts add SO much flavor. Oh, and the recipe DOES freeze well, assuming they're not overcooked to begin with.
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Chicken with Couscous

Reviewed: Mar. 8, 2011
Very good. Followed directions, save for using ground ginger instead of fresh. Flavor was there but not overpowered by curry or jalapenos; I actually would have preferred it a bit spicier. Next time -- and there will be a next time -- I won't take out as many of the jalapeno veins.
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Potato, Bacon, and Corn Chowder

Reviewed: Jan. 28, 2011
Not bad at all, very hearty, but even with s&p it's missing a little something flavor-wise. The next day it's a little more flavorful (i.e. you can taste the bacon more) but even then, needs something extra. The only changes I made were to add an onion and an extra carrot instead of the celery, and use cornstarch instead of flour. Note: it is a potato chowder, not a corn chowder with potatoes in it.
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Dalmatian Bars

Reviewed: Jan. 4, 2011
Um. Great idea. And super cute name. I almost gave it two starts...just for the name. However, it was so sugary tasting (not 'sweet' tasting, it literally tasted like sugar with a hint of chocolate) that I couldn't eat it. If you have left over white chocolate chips and macadamia nuts from making cookies and you want to use them up...use this idea but use your favorite brownie recipe or a good box, then follow the rest of the directions accordingly.
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Cucumber Raita

Reviewed: Sep. 16, 2009
After spending a lot of time in India you learn to loooove raita! But this is definitely not Indian raita. I should have known when I saw the mint, but I figured I'd try it anyway. The only change I made was to dice the cucumber. It didn't taste bad, it was just very minty and not what I was looking for. I'll continue to keep my eyes peeled for a good mixed raita recipe (cucumber, tomato, onion).
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Lentils and Rice with Fried Onions (Mujadarrah)

Reviewed: Sep. 16, 2009
I've had something similar at a restaurant except it was served with bulgar rather than rice and it was great. I thought this would be too, but after cooking, it was a giant pile of mush! Maybe it would help if there were measurements for the liquid. I also put a splash of cinnamon in it as many suggested but even that was over powering...a little bit goes a long way!
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Jamie's Black Beans and Rice

Reviewed: Sep. 16, 2009
This was easy to make and the boyfriend liked it enough to have a second helping, but I thought it was kind of gross...beans and (I used fresh) onions and peppers swimming in sauce. I used Las Palmas mild enchilada sauce, which I love for enchiladas, but it over powered the beans and made it way too runny. I'll stick to my usual: dried black beans cooked with green pepper, onion and ground oregano. Thanks for the idea though.
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Tasty Lentil Tacos

Reviewed: Sep. 16, 2009
Had these for dinner last night and they were great! The lentils were done in 25 minutes and there wasn't that much liquid left to cook off in another 6-8 minutes. I sampled this before adding the 1 C salsa and liked it even more before the salsa! However, let me caveat that by saying I used to be a vegetarian, so I like the taste of lentils and other veggie options for normal meat foods. My picky boyfriend ate two tacos but said it would be better in addition to rather than instead of meat. Pshhh what does he know.
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Tres Leches Cake

Reviewed: Sep. 16, 2009
This tasted good but wasn't anything that special. It turned out well though and here's what I did: to make it two layers with strawberries in the middle I followed all the directions as written but put it in two 9" cake plans that were greased/floured. I cooked them for 13 minutes and they were already done, cooled in the pans for about 10 minutes, then inverted onto wire racks. I used someone's suggestion of "shaving" the cake so it would absorb more of the leches and that worked out great, especially since half the bottom stuck to the pan when I inverted it! A steak knife scraped the rest off nicely without taking any cake with it. Then, while still on the rack with wax paper underneath, I poured the leches on top of just one layer of the cake until it couldn't hold any more (there was about 1 C left...I'd mixed them in a large liquid measuring cup). Then I layered the dry cake, strawberries, whipped cream, wet cake. The top was a "good kind of soggy" as others have mentioned but the bottom tasted like sponge cake. It made the whole thing taste like a giant, partially wet strawberry shortcake. It tasted fine (the wet portion was better than the dry), but you can essentially get the same result from normal spongecake with berries and whip, so didn't really seem worth the effort.
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Apple Avocado Salad with Tangerine Dressing

Reviewed: Sep. 16, 2009
I've made this twice now and it is absolutely fabulous! I put the blue cheese and dressing on the side so people can add as much as they like and toss the avocado/apples with the lemon zest before tossing with the lettuce to prevent browning. The dressing is perhaps the best part of this, so fresh but not overly sweet...but as a warning the garlic really comes out by the second day.
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Cheese Ravioli with Pumpkin Sage Sauce

Reviewed: Sep. 16, 2009
This was fabulous and a great way to eat pumpkin, which is so good for you! My friend's two year old didn't like the "green stuff" in the sauce but the five year old loved that the sauce was orange. I didn't think it was too bland, but next time I may add a little more sage just to make the taste stronger. I served "Apple Avocado Salad with Tangerine Dressing" on the side. This was beautiful, yummy and I will definitely make it again.
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Easy Chicken Alfredo II

Reviewed: Sep. 13, 2009
I really wanted to like this. Really. It's so healthy plus so easy...how can you go wrong!? Taste, unfortunately. It just tasted...sour. Even adding more garlic power and onion as others recommended for flavor..it was just off. I won't be making this again.
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Cheese Ravioli with Three Pepper Topping

Reviewed: Sep. 10, 2009
I LOVE bell peppers. I also love ravioli. But this wasn't so much a dish as it was cooked bell peppers on top of ravioli. It was awkward cutting slices of peppers over squares of ravioli. Maybe a better option would be to dice the peppers and cook them in some red sauce for a healthier sauce, or make a pureed sauce from grilled peppers. This just didn't work for us.
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Warm Corn Salad

Reviewed: Sep. 10, 2009
This was good and two ears of corn was PLENTY for four of us. Company was a little late so I kept it on the stove for a while so it wouldn't be cold...it made the onion more brownish than purple and too soft compared to the corn. I agree, crunchier purple onions are perfect in this and the result is beautiful! Next time I'll add the corn before adding the onion.
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Angela's Easy Breaded Chicken

Reviewed: Sep. 10, 2009
I've made this twice: once as written and once with Ranch dressing. The results are pretty bland and unless you go to the trouble of messing with temperatures / broiling / flipping it's gonna end up a little soggy on the bottom. But for how quick it's done, start to finish, it's good enough to make once in a while...when you're short on time. Just don't have high expectations!
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Spinach Brownies

Reviewed: Sep. 10, 2009
The combination of ingredients in this are good, but the texture came out slimmy even though it was cooked all the way through. I love quiche and I love cooked spinach but the result of these brownies were not for us. Though the recipe (as evidenced by the great reviews) has a lot of potential, I will not be making this again; we are texture people.
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Savory Biscuits

Reviewed: Sep. 4, 2009
I used the spices of this recipe with the "Herb Biscuits" recipe...using the idea to quarter the biscuits from that recipe and bake them in a cake pan (one package instead of two). That recipe didn't call for cheese so I omitted, but next time I will try with cheese (we're cheese people). The flavors melded perfectly. Can't wait to make again.
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Herb Biscuits

Reviewed: Sep. 4, 2009
After reading the reviews I wasn't quite sure I wanted to use so much dill so I followed the proportions of spices from the "Savory Biscuits" recipe on this site. There was A LOT of herbs on every bite but it wasn't over powering; the taste was amazing. I used a 9" cake pan and it was too big for every piece to touch but they still cooked up perfectly.
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Toasted Garlic Bread

Reviewed: Sep. 4, 2009
The softened butter really holds the ingredients together and blending with EVOO adds flavor. I used Parmesan instead of Mozzarella which made it a little dryer than it would otherwise have been. You can't have enough garlic or oregano in this recipe. :-)
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Chocolate Banana Latte Shake

Reviewed: Sep. 4, 2009
So I looked at the ingredient list and then went to the kitchen...without writing down the measurements. What I made was this...just with altered proportions. I used ~3/4 C ice coffee (instant dissolved in a blend of milk / vanilla soy milk instead of water...this also accounts for the added milk), frozen banana (instead of banana + ice) and about 1/2 C of ice cream. Looks like I forgot the chocolate syrup. Oops. Well it tasted great! A nice way to have your morning cold coffee but get in some fruit as well!! It's easily justifiable as healthy b/c of the banana...just ignore the 1/2 C of ice cream! ;-)
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