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Basil-Lime Sorbet

Reviewed: Aug. 1, 2011
Delicious! We have a plethora of basil this summer, and made this on a whim. So glad I did! I followed the recipe exactly, and I was thrilled with the results. The only problem I have with this recipe is that it takes much longer than two hours for the sorbet to initially freeze, which wasn't a big deal for me. I can't wait to make this again. Next I'll be trying a lemon-lime basil sorbet. Great recipe, thanks!
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Chewy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Reviewed: Jul. 7, 2011
This cookies are great! Unlike other reviewers, when I made these, they spread beautifully during baking. As a result, my cookies were nice and big (and soft and chewy). I did substitute honey for the corn syrup since I didn't have any. I also loaded these babies up with chocolate chunks and chips (about 3 cups). I think I would like a little more of a peanut butter taste, but overall, these cookies were fabulous!
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Berry Good Coffee Cake

Reviewed: Jun. 12, 2011
If your looking for a traditional coffee cake type recipe, this is probably not for you. I really loved this coffee cake because it wasn't overly sweet and "cakey" like some coffee cakes can be. I didn't have any raspberries on hand so I substituted with frozen peaches and strawberries and absolutely LOVED it. I also subbed Greek yogurt for regular. I panicked a little when it came time to "pour" the batter because my batter was far from "pourable". Instead I used a greased spoon to spread it in the pan. I was surprised by how moist and springy the cake was (if you're concerned about it being TOO soggy, try reducing the amount of sugar added to the berries as this produces quite a bit of liquid). I can't wait to try this again with different fruit combinations!
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Egg-Free Low-Fat Oatmeal Cookies

Reviewed: Apr. 5, 2011
For an egg-free, low-fat cookie, these were pretty good, but they didn't have the oatmeal cookie feel that I was looking for (which I'm assuming is because of the lack of butter). I made a total of three adjustments to this recipe. 1) I didn't have enough applesauce so I pureed half an apple to make up the difference 2) I added chocolate chips and 3) I added some peanut butter. Maybe with a little more tweaking this recipe will be perfect for my tastes!
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Black Bean and Corn Quesadillas

Reviewed: Feb. 2, 2010
This recipe was just okay for me. I was out of onion and therefore didn't use any but that was the only change I made to the recipe and I doubt the onion was a make it or break it ingredient. I think this recipe definitely has potential but it's lacking something. It could use some more flavor to it (and I'm sure the type of salsa used makes a huge difference here).
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Seven Layer Tortilla Pie

Reviewed: Jan. 25, 2010
With such a high rating, I expected more. I like to try a recipe out AS IS before making any modifications so I can give it a fair review. After reading through the other reviews, I noticed that other people were rating this recipe based on their results with NUMEROUS modifications. That being said, I made 2 changes to this recipe: 1. I used tofu in place of the pinto beans (prepared as instructed. I'm positive using pinto beans would not have changed my rating) 2. I removed the foil with about 10 minutes left of cook time to crisp it up a bit. I found this recipe to be a tad bland. I like the suggestion of mixing in a packet of taco seasoning and may try that in the future. I think more tomatoes would help add more variety to the texture (I really like tomatoes). I was expecting this to be "bubbly" and was disappointed that it was so dry. The extra salsa and sour cream were definitely needed. (I was confused by the mention of Picante sauce in the submitters comments since the recipe didn't call for any) I had a hard time fitting all the layers in my pie pan and stopped at six. Next time I might try it in a deep casserole dish. Unlike other reviewers though, I didn't see any need to pre-bake the tortillas. Mine came out just fine with the provided instructions.
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Spinach and Mushroom Quesadillas

Reviewed: Jan. 25, 2010
This recipe was just mediocre. I added some onions to it, but otherwise followed the recipe exactly. It was really bland. I had to serve it with salsa to give it some taste. I was really surprised by the high rating until I read the reviews and realized most people altered the original recipe. I think next time I will add some jalapenos to it and maybe some black beans like other reviewers did. It's definitely lacking some kick.
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Awesome Sausage, Apple and Cranberry Stuffing

Reviewed: Dec. 28, 2009
Fantastic! I made this for our first time hosting Christmas dinner, and it turned out great! I used a chicken kielbasa sausage (because by the time I made it to the store, that was all they had left), left out the celery and used fresh herbs instead of dried. Great recipe!
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Jacky's Fruit and Yogurt Muffins

Reviewed: Jun. 25, 2009
First off, these were HUGE! Which is definitely a good thing. I loaded the batter into 12 muffin cups (and I do mean LOADED) because I can't stand having to use only part of a muffin tin for a recipe (personal pet peeve). I subbed whole wheat flour and used a fat-free, organic french vanilla yogurt and fresh blueberries. These are a huge hit, and the best part, with only one egg in them, I can eat them too!
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Chipotle Peach Salsa with Cilantro

Reviewed: Jun. 10, 2009
I made this as a last minute topping for some black bean burgers I was making, and I really enjoyed it. I had to modify it a bit to use what I had on hand. I added 1/2 a yellow bell pepper and tomato. Left out the chipotle peppers (didn't have them) but subbed with a chipotle hot sauce. Left out the cilantro and added cumin. Left out the ginger and used some cinnamon instead. I also added some sugar to counter balance the potent onions I used. This went perfectly with my burgers and I can't wait to make it again with all the intended ingredients.
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Homemade Black Bean Veggie Burgers

Reviewed: Jun. 10, 2009
Next time I make these I intend on making some changes based on a couple of difficulties I experienced. I had absolutely no problem forming the patties even though I left out the egg (I'm allergic). I thought the consistency of the mixture was perfect, not at all sticky and quite similar to turkey burgers I've made in the past. However, I had a hard time keeping them from falling apart during cooking (I baked them unfrozen and frozen) and had to keep reforming them during the cooking process. I also found these to be quite dry(could be because I left out the egg?) and not substantial enough for a burger. Otherwise, I loved the taste of them and thought the spice was perfect! I melted some cheddar on them and served with a modified version of the "Chipotle Peach Salsa with Cilantro."
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Actually Delicious Turkey Burgers

Reviewed: Jun. 3, 2009
These were good, but I also "enhanced" them for some flavor. I added some beef bouillon and a splash of soy sauce. I also upped the garlic and onion. I served with spinach, feta, tomato and avocado. They were tasty but I wouldn't go as far as to say they would replace regular burgers in my house, especially because they took FOREVER to cook.
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Pork with Peach and Black Bean Salsa

Reviewed: Jun. 1, 2009
This was a good recipe and I would make it again, however I felt it lacked spice (which I guess could be a result of the chosen salsa). I will try it with some fresh jalapenos or other spicy peppers next time. I did omit the corn meal, used leftover "Grecian Pork Tenderloin" and switched out the beer with chicken broth (I forgot we had drank it all. Whoops!). Very good served over brown rice.
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Grecian Pork Tenderloin

Reviewed: May 29, 2009
I really enjoyed this. I love the citrus taste and the seasoning was good (I did cut back a little). I had to use bottled lime juice since I neglected to pick up limes (oops!). Very moist and delicious!
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Honey Roasted Red Potatoes

Reviewed: May 29, 2009
I had to mix up this recipe a bit. I left out the dry mustard and used some cayenne pepper in its place. I also substituted chicken broth for the melted butter. I added a little bit extra honey. The cook time on these actually took over an hour even though I had cut the potatoes into eighths. The honey was very yummy and I enjoyed these.
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Chicken Encilantrada

Reviewed: May 27, 2009
This was yummy. I love the fresh cilantro, which is something I rarely ever use. I added some garlic cloves and cumin, otherwise I kept everything the same. I had no problems with it being "soupy" since I let it set for a bit longer than instructed. I used this mixture for burritos and it was very satisfying. I'm thinking of using the leftovers in a salad for lunch.
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Chocolate Chip Coffee Cookies

Reviewed: May 19, 2009
By far, the BEST chocolate chip cookies I've ever made. I never would have thought to add cinnamon, but it's delicious. I barely noticed the coffee flavor, but still really enjoyed these. I'm thinking of adding walnuts next time. I upped the amount of liqueur by a tablespoon (for a total of four) and added a smidgen more flour to compensate for the extra moisture. Can't wait to make these again and experiment with different flavorings! UPDATE: I made these again and halved the cinnamon, which we enjoyed more than with the suggested amount.
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Zesty Potato-Ham Casserole

Reviewed: May 13, 2009
A good, quick recipe for using up leftovers. I'm not sure where the "zesty" comes into this recipe; I felt it was a tad bland. I left out the tomato and used red peppers to add some more color. I also added thyme and garlic.
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Caramelized Onions on the Grill

Reviewed: May 13, 2009
These onions were good, but a bit salty, of course that has more to do with the bouillon I used than the recipe. I cooked the onions on a small baking sheet, covered in foil, over the grill. They caramelized perfectly! I think the pictures accompanying this recipe are very misleading because these onions don't turn out at all like the pics if made correctly (they come out better!). I will definitely make these again but I'd like to cut down on the salt.
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Ukrainian Apple Cake (Yabluchnyk)

Reviewed: May 11, 2009
This did not turn out well at all (however it was very pretty). I followed the recipe exactly and ended up with a VERY dry cake that tasted like baking powder and was still raw underneath the apples. I didn't use all four apples (I used 2 1/2), and I'm glad I didn't because I can't imagine how watery it would have ended up if I had. My boyfriend ate a couple of pieces.
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