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Best Spanish Rice

Reviewed: Jul. 4, 2009
Make this tropical! Use Mango Peach salsa! I needed to make this for a Luau and have it be more tropical than Spanish rice. It's perfect with any kind of salsa. Don't brown your rice...just cook it for a minute or two before adding the broth and salsa. With the addition of cooked chicken, this becomes a one pot dish just like arroz con pollo.
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Blueberry Oat Bars

Reviewed: Feb. 27, 2010
I am making these all the time now but I use 3/4 cup applesauce instead of butter to lower the fat. I promise you, it works, makes the bars very chewy, and of course saves hundreds of calories. I use 3 cups of blueberries. These freeze well.
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Caribbean-Style Chicken Salad

Reviewed: Mar. 23, 2010
I loved this...but felt it needed one more little thing...some thinly sliced purple onion. It added a nice color and great flavor. This one is a keeper.
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Pecan Almond Date Bars

Reviewed: Mar. 24, 2010
You can use any dried fruit...even prunes and cranberries work. Dried apricots give the very sweet dates a great balance. (Use between 1/2 to 1 full cup.) I only had half a cup of pecans so I added half a cup of macadamia nuts. Almost any combo of nuts and fruits work. If you add an egg to the mix, you'll add some protein.
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My website, Cremebrulee.com

Reviewed: Mar. 24, 2010
Add an egg for some protein. Any nuts and almost any dried fruit will work in this recipe. For sure consider adding a cup of dried apricots to the recipe.
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Southwestern Egg Rolls

Reviewed: Mar. 25, 2010
I used the low carb, 80 calorie each tortillas and pan browned these. With the calories saved, I added a little sliced avocado. I have no idea why the freezing step is there. (Unless you want to make these in large batches and save for later.) So I skipped that. I added a little diced purple onion. I feel you really should spend a few extra pennies and buy the super sweet frozen white corn. And a salsa ranch dressing is the perfect dip for these.
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Traditional Osso Buco

Reviewed: Apr. 11, 2010
Used red wine and half the amount of butter. Great flavor!
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Savory Vegetable Beef Stew

Reviewed: Apr. 14, 2010
I used Rao's Italian Herb salad dressing and didn't use the condensed beef broth because I didn't have any on hand, but besides that, followed the recipe. Well, not really. I used green beans instead of green peppers and coated the beef in flour before browning. Anyway, at first the smell was a little weird and I thought, "opps..did I just ruin $12 worth of beef?" But after adding the rest of the ingredients, it began to smell really good. At the end it tasted good, but I still added a splash of good red wine to deepen the flavor.
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Ratatouille

Reviewed: Apr. 28, 2010
Made this twice, and I feel a few little tips makes this go from great to fabulous. First, use a lot of eggplant (use a large eggplant, not a small or medium) as this is the "top" flavor. Press the garlic rather than mince for a bold garlic flavor in the eggplant. Remove the eggplant from the saute pan then lightly brown the onions in the same pan. If it's sticky, add a little water, but be sure to keep the browned bits from the eggplant/garlic mixture. This flavors the onions like you can't believe. Use both yellow and green zucchini squash if you can. Use FRESHLY grated Parmesan cheese. Use red, orange, or yellow bell pepper instead of the green to add a nice sweetness. Other than than, follow the recipe as written. It's really yummy!
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Honey Dijon Balsamic Vinaigrette

Reviewed: Jun. 15, 2010
Perfect...but to make it even more perfect, try walnut or grapeseed oils. It will be much "lighter" in taste. Also, this works best if made in a mini food processor because it emulsifies that way. I used the "whipped" honey last time. It's very thick and adds a richness.
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Clark's Quiche

Reviewed: Jul. 19, 2010
used lightly steamed broccoli instead of spinach this time and it was outstanding.
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Chicken Wild Rice Soup

Reviewed: Sep. 7, 2010
I added a big handful of fresh spinach and did not do the butter flour roux...didn't see the need. I used a teaspoon of FRESH thyme. I loved this very much and it's only about 100 calories a cup this way. Delish!
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Poor Man's Frosting

Reviewed: Mar. 21, 2011
To the reviewer who gave it one star and said it was grainy...I think you may have had your butter too soft and you didn't spend enough time whipping. Because this is the CREAMIEST, FLUFFIEST, and most DELICIOUS frosting recipe ever. It is smooth and silky, not overly sweet, and not overly buttery. "Until fluffy" really should say "at least 8 minutes" because it can be fluffy, but not all the sugar will have dissolved. If you want an awesome orange frosting, add a teaspoon or two of orange extract and for color, add some orange food color. It tastes just like a 50/50 or Dreamsickle ice cream bar. I frosted my orange cupcakes with this and because it's less sweet than regular buttercream, my family loved it. I also find that if you cook the flour and milk on low for a longer amount of time, you lose the floury taste. I whisked on low heat for about 10 minutes, and actually added a bit more milk to keep it from getting too clumpy. I now use 4 tablespoons of flour to the 1 cup of milk. Slow and low!
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Jenn's Out Of This World Spaghetti and Meatballs

Reviewed: Apr. 6, 2011
Delicious! I also cut the sugar back to 3 tablespoons and that seems to add a perfect sweetness. I used only one can of tomato paste but increased the water to 3 cups. I used Italian stewed tomatoes with oregano and garlic. (that's what I had on hand and it worked well!) I didn't have beef so I used turkey meat. Very good...will make meatball sandwiches with leftovers.
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Low Fat Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

Reviewed: Oct. 11, 2011
I didn't have buttermilk, so I used half & half, and since I had a lot of fresh herbs, I doubled the amount of chives, dill, and parsley. It's a delicious herb dressing with a ton of flavor!
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Buttermilk Pancakes II

Reviewed: Oct. 25, 2011
Perfect! I added a teaspoon of pure vanilla extract because that just adds so much flavor. Today I made this with "caramelized" banana slices. Just melt butter in the pan, place sliced bananas on the grill for a minute, then pour the batter over. When you flip your pancake, the bananas will be a golden caramel. FYI...I have made every recipe for pancakes on this site that called for buttermilk or sour cream. This one is the best.
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Ten Minute Enchilada Sauce

Reviewed: Mar. 24, 2012
I would like to add a minor edit to my original review from 2006. A year or so ago I discovered a fantastic chili powder and have been using it in the sauce. It's Ground Ancho Chili Pepper from Chef's Paradise and it's at Surfa's Culver City, $7. The ground Ancho Chili Pepper powder is mild and sweet and I like it better than any other chili powder.
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Jan's Chocolate Cake

Reviewed: Jun. 13, 2012
This is the best of the top rated chocolate cakes on this site. It uses more flour and less cocoa, no hot coffee, no vanilla, and no baking powder compared to the Black Magic cake from this site. It still uses the all-important buttermilk, and is so much simpler. But the flavor is a lot better! I used a top-quality cocoa powder and unsalted, sweet cream butter. (That really should be edited in the ingredient list...ultra important!) I frosted this with a simple buttercream (unsalted butter, powdered sugar, cocoa powder, and milk) to rave reviews. It's a great, standard, chocolate cake and is SO MUCH BETTER than any boxed mix.
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Indian Chicken Curry I

Reviewed: Aug. 11, 2012
I also doubled the curry, and because I didn't have tomato sauce, I used half a can of tomato bisque soup, which added sweetness to this. I do not care for the flavor of the cloves at all and will not use next time. Overall, it's good for how simple it is.
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Curried Coconut Chicken

Reviewed: Aug. 12, 2012
the flavor is really great, but I wanted to make this more of a one-pot dish so I added frozen peas and cauliflower. Much better! Then I also added a cubed, cooked baked potato. If I had sweet potato I would have put that in too and I will next time. I will also add cashews and red bell pepper. It just seems to need more stuff to make it 5 star good.
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