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Sean's Falafel and Cucumber Sauce

Reviewed: May 16, 2011
I really enjoyed this recipe! So I doubled up on the recipe because as mashing the first can, it didnt seem like it would be enough (in retrospect it really was more than enough). I realized I didnt have any eggs, but thought I would try it without as I have seen other recipes that don't use eggs. Also, I substituted cilantro for parsley for two reasons (1. i like the flavor more, and 2. if there was leftover cilantro, I had a use for it unlike parsley). Since I doubled it, I actually used one onion because it was a larger one. As for the tzatziki, I doubled that as well (as my fam loves sauces!). The only thing I added was a bit of garlic paste (about half a cloves worth). It made such a big difference to the sauce! As for cooking method, I baked a small batch to see how it would turn out (I had read this on another review for this recipe). I formed patties and then slightly liberally brushed it with oil Though slightly dry, I really did like the baked version as it cut the grease. Even in terms of the frying, though, it turned out great. I made pita pocket sandwiches out of it and found it to be a very enjoyable meal. The family really loved it too, which was great! Will definitely be making this again.
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French Bean and Potato Sabzi

Reviewed: Feb. 3, 2011
Great recipe. Good way to use french beans. Loved the enhanced flavor of the cumin after frying it. Will make again!
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Greek Pasta Salad I

Reviewed: Oct. 19, 2010
What a fabulous recipe- a real crowd pleaser! I used penne pasta, and couldnt figure out the dry ratio to wet ratio. I found that 2 oz dry cup of pasta should yield 1 cooked cup. So i made half a cup to yield 2. In my opinion, it really didnt. I ended up using 3 cups of dry pasta, and made double the dressing. I didnt toss all the pasta in the dressing. Instead I added a little dressing at a time and checked the flavor. This turned out fabulous! Instead of slices, I diced a small 'log' of pepperoni, and red bell pepper as well. For the most part, I left the dressing the same, maybe added a little more wine vinegar and sugar, as it tasted a little too olive oil like. But really it was a hit. Got tons of compliments and didnt have any left by the end of the party. Will definitely make this again!
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Masale Aaloo (Spice Potatoes)

Reviewed: Oct. 19, 2010
Loved this recipe. Followed it as is, and it turned out great. I loved that the potatoes were not too oily, and the spice coating, fried on the potatoes had such great flavor- especially the cumin! Will definitely keep this recipe on hand to make when I cook Indian food!
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Honey-Garlic Glazed Meatballs

Reviewed: Oct. 18, 2010
I took a chance and without ever trying the recipe, I made this for a bridal shower my friends and I were throwing. Bought store bought meatballs to save time (though Id rather make them), and made the sauce the night before. Took into consideration I like saucier meatballs and I needed to keep them warm in a crockpot, and we had a hit on our hands! Perfect blend of sweet and salty, and with a good hint of garlic running through it. Loved this recipe and will surely make them again. Perfect for a crowd!
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Mexican Egg Rolls

Reviewed: May 24, 2010
These turned out simply great! I used one pkg of ground turkey. Once that cooked I added a little diced onion, diced red and green bell pepper, and frozen corn, along with a packet and a half of taco seasoning and a little extra salt (needed due to the extra ingredients. Once it cooked, I added the diced chilis to this mix along with a little cilantro. Rolled them with some pepperjack cheese. Splitting them into two batches first I tried baking them, but really they didnt turn out to great. The tops and bottoms were cooked, however the sides felt really chewy. I took the second half and fried them. They cooked all the way through and tasted just great! Served with a side of fresh guacamole. Will make again without a doubt (fried not baked!)
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Chocolate Covered Marshmallows

Reviewed: Mar. 19, 2010
What a great and quick dessert! Took this to a friends house when I really didnt have time to make a complicated dessert. Instead of semi sweet, took a regular milk chocolate bar and melted it in the microwave. Dipped marshmallow into the chocolate and then coated that with crumbled graham crackers that I crushed in a food processor. Refridgerated overnite- and still looked great the next day! Was a huge hit at the party!
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Green Chili Chicken Burgers

Reviewed: Mar. 6, 2010
Although I really enjoyed the burger, I think the oregano was a bit much. My family commented that it tasted a lot like the meatballs I make. Other than that the flavor was good. Maybe its a personal taste, but Im going to double on the green chili peppers and the jalepenos. I couldnt feel the effect of either peppers in the burger- and i know it wasnt spicy, but at least the flavor should have been more prominent. I made my own guacamole because I dont believe that sour cream is needed in a good guac. Other than that I will definitely make this again. It was moist and aside from the strong oregano did taste quite good. Also- instead of cheddar, I think pepperjack is in order to give it more of that southwestern flavor that it deserves.
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Raspberry and Almond Shortbread Thumbprints

Reviewed: Mar. 5, 2010
Although I liked this cookie quite a bit, I might have added a little too extract. Also, I found the dough a little tough to work with. It baked up quick which was nice. Although the taste was good, I would love if I could find a lighter version of this. Its a good way to use up jam, but consciously its too rich for me. I made the recipe as is, except that I used homemade blackberry jam, which did taste good.
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Chunky Marinara Sauce

Reviewed: Mar. 3, 2010
I thought this recipe was great! I added a little bit of italian seasoning, just to ensure the flavor was a little stronger. Also I ended up adding a little extra sugar and a dash extra of salt. The canned tomatoes were a little acidic. I made one full recipe of this, but I felt like I needed more. I used this sauce as a dip for meatballs. Will definitely make this again, but in a larger quanity!
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