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Easy Corn and Green Onion Salad

Reviewed: Mar. 2, 2010
Although I prefer the Herbed Corn recipe from AR, this was a nice side dish. I used about half frozen and half canned corn because that's what I had; rice vinegar in lieu of white wine vinegar; lemon concentrate and omitted the seafood seasoning. My BF didn't care for it but one of my guests really enjoyed it. I also let it sit in the warm oven before serving. Fancy corn!!
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Easy Curried Cauliflower

Reviewed: Mar. 2, 2010
Curry and kidney beans??? This screams LENTILS!! I used frozen (thawed) whole cauliflower; more than 1/2 an onion; 3 or 4 cloves of garlic; 1 tsp ground cumin; 1/4 tsp cayenne; 1 tsp coriander seed; one can lentils. Couldn't find garam masala... It was sooo good my BF is requesting it again for this week.
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Hamentashen with Brownie Filling

Reviewed: Mar. 2, 2010
I think people were more impressed with the idea than the execution. I wasn't crazy about the dough with the brownie texture. Also, if I made these again, I would use a different dough recipe. The brownie expands during baking and the dough had a lot of trouble staying closed - even with pinching overload. A great idea to spice up regular old Hamentashen!
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Cheese Straws

Reviewed: Mar. 2, 2010
So easy! Mine didn't come out looking so pretty (I rolled by hand and they flattened during baking). They baked for about 12 minutes. Also, they're best the day of baking as they get soggy...
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Sushi-Inspired Tuna Salad

Reviewed: Feb. 22, 2010
Great idea and such a nice change of tuna pace! I used pickled ginger from a jar and used wasabi powder to make a paste, then mixed it with the mayo (as little as possible). I ended up adding wasabi mayo for an extra kick and splashed it with rice vinegar. Turned it into a burrito with nori and then had my BF take a picture of all the seaweed stuck in my teeth... Good stuff.
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Puttanesca I

Reviewed: Feb. 22, 2010
Just realized I never reviewed this... Made it for a quick dinner and my BF and I fought for seconds. I didn't use anchovies and I didn't have capers; I also used black olives instead of Greek. Served it over WW pasta. Fantastico!
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Baklava

Reviewed: Feb. 22, 2010
I was nervous to work with the phyllo dough, but it was easier than I expected. I used walnuts and actually substituted the butter with Earth Balance buttery spread to keep it non-dairy and cut back on fat. My BF couldn't keep his hands off! I would suggest doing a larger layer of phyllo on the bottom to make it more stable. I would also suggest doing less layers with more sheets in between. Definitely chill the sauce and don't cut all the way to the bottom before baking. Also, I found a serrated knife helped for a clean cut.
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Firecracker Grilled Alaska Salmon

Reviewed: Feb. 22, 2010
I wasn't in a fish mood, so I didn't taste this, but my guests wouldn't shut up about it! I was generous with the pepper flakes and I always cut down the brown sugar, using about 1 Tablespoon for 14 fillets. Baked at 400* in the convection. Perfect!!
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Ali's Greek Tortellini Salad

Reviewed: Feb. 22, 2010
Super duper delicious! As per reviews: doubled the dressing but used 1/4 cup red wine vinegar and 1/4 cup balsamic; used Italian seasoning because I don't like oregano; left out eggs because I felt it's superfluous with the tortellini; added grape tomatoes and cucumber to get the Greek salad feel and let the tortellini soak in the dressing for a few hours before serving. It was a side dish that stole the spotlight!
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Middle Eastern Rice with Black Beans and Chickpeas

Reviewed: Feb. 22, 2010
I love all of these ingredients, but this dish just didn't do it for me. And it wasn't just me because I have way too much leftover as no one took seconds - and I'm talking about 10 Israelis who love their spices... Just didn't grab me.
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Spinach Brownies

Reviewed: Feb. 22, 2010
Let's just say I had 10 men to feed - and these vanished. The only change I made was to add some cheddar because I only had 4 oz of mozzarella. I also used frozen spinach and just zapped it in the microwave. Really really super delicious!
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Herbed Corn

Reviewed: Feb. 13, 2010
Loved it! In fact, I wanted to take a picture of some leftovers, but my BF got to them before I did... I used about 2 Tbspn Earth Balance and the corn that you steam in the bag. This will definitely be a regular on my table!
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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

Reviewed: Feb. 13, 2010
Again, how can you go wrong with chocolate and PB? I used about half crunchy PB to half creamy. I also added 1 tspn vanilla as per one reviewer. Next time I'll try to the crushed graham cracker suggestion because I love the grittiness of Reese's. I used mini muffin papers (spreading was not easy or clean); they froze quickly. It helps to keep the PB mixture in the fridge - it's just easier to work with when a little hard. They're deliciously evil! ~UPDATE~ I made these again with 1/4 cup crushed graham - I'd use even more next time. Also, I wanted them bite sized so I just froze the PB mix, rolled them into balls, froze again and then dipped. But that just makes them easier to eat... curses!
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Lemon Garlic Tilapia

Reviewed: Jan. 27, 2010
Nice subtle flavor. I substituted the butter with olive oil and sauteed three cloves of garlic before adding to the marinade. I also used fresh parsley. I wanted to salt and pepper the fillets before covering in marinade, but forgot... next time. Wrapped in foil packets and baked a little longer because the fillets had been frozen. Next time, I'll probably double the marinade to make sure both sides of the fish get covered.
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Absolutely Fabulous Greek/House Dressing

Reviewed: Jan. 26, 2010
This is the kind of dressing that is good on any kind of salad. Perfect blend of flavors. I don't have red wine vinegar so I used rice vinegar. And I went easy on the oregano as I just don't care for it. The dressing soaked up the feta of my greek salad and the whole thing was just absolutely fabulously delicious.
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Good for You Greek Salad

Reviewed: Jan. 26, 2010
You really can't go wrong with tomatoes, cucumber, olives, onion, feta and avocado (I had to add the avo - I love them so)! I used the Absolutely Fabulous Greek Dressing from this site and it was a perfect side salad!
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Homemade Black Bean Veggie Burgers

Reviewed: Jan. 26, 2010
Super hearty and guilt free! I mashed the beans with a potato masher, took the advice of others and strained the pepper+onion+garlic mixture. I added a little corn because I had some in the fridge and I used red instead of green pepper - also what I had on hand. Sprinkled a little extra bread crumbs and baked 10 minutes on one side, 8 minutes on the other. Veggilicious!
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Soft Oatmeal Cookies

Reviewed: Jan. 25, 2010
In the words of my BF: "DIVINE!" (declared with a mouthful of cookie). He professes they're good enough to package and sell. Used Earth Balance in lieu of butter. One half was raisin chocolate chip and the other half was semi-sweet and white chocolate chip with shredded coconut. They're wonderfully crispy and for this they beat 'Beth's Spicy Oatmeat Raisin Cookies' from this site. (Disclaimer: the butter to margarine edit was also done to Beth's recipe for fairness in judging.)
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Beth's Spicy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Reviewed: Jan. 25, 2010
Head to head with 'soft oatmeal cookies' from this site, I'm afraid this did not add up. The cloves are nice, but they were too soft for me. The changes I made (which I made to both) were to increase cinnamon to 1 1/2 tsp and cloves to 1 tspn. I used Earth Balance buttery spread. One half was raisin chocolate chip and the other was craisin white chocolate chip. Good, but not the best.
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Award Winning Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

Reviewed: Jan. 23, 2010
I took a real gamble by adding more vanilla extract and salt AFTER everything had been mixed. I also used Earth Balance buttery spread in lieu of butter because I needed non-dairy. First: they did spread out during baking which gave me square cookies as I had to cut them. They also baked longer than nine minutes and were still practically falling apart they were so soft! Even after cooling on the pan and on a wire rack! I put them in the fridge overnight and now they're so good - like eating chilled cookie dough! If they're good now, I can only imagine how good they'll be when done right...
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