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Creamy Yogurt Hummus

Reviewed: Sep. 21, 2001
This hummus was runny and bland. I like the idea of using yoghurt in a hummus recipe to give it an extra tang, but I wouldn't use this one again. It just wasn't worth "tweaking" to try to get it right.
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Vegetarian Gravy

Reviewed: Dec. 6, 2002
This is a delicious and tangy vegetarian gravy. My mom and I have searched for years for a gravy that could stand up to the fat & meat based fare at Thanksgiving and this recipe definitely does it. Even the meat eaters at the table were impressed and asked for seconds! I added about 2/3 c. mushrooms, which I cooked with onions and garlic (this means that it needed to cook for several extra minutes to cook off some of the water released from the mushrooms). Wonderful gravy--most definitely a part of my permanent file.
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Baked Sweet Potato Sticks

Reviewed: Sep. 11, 2002
Delicious! I added salt and pepper and also a bit of garlic. I will definitely make these again.
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Cream Cheese Tart Shells

Reviewed: Jun. 18, 2005
Okay, these really are amazing! This recipe seems almost too simple to work, but it does and the pastry comes out flaky and crispy (if a bit greasy). I used both mini-muffin tins and regular size and both were great. I found it took about 15-25 minutes to bake the unfilled shells.
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Quick Gnocchi

Reviewed: Jul. 31, 2005
This is a very good recipe for what it is. Nothing is ever going to compare to real made-from-scratch gnocchi, but these come pretty darm close. I'm excited to try some of the flavor variations that others have mentioned. Just two notes: Keeping the size of each dumpling quite small (about the size of your thumbnail or a bit bigger) will produce a better result. Also, I didn't need anything even close to 1 1/2 c. of flour. I doubt I used even half of that. So, add the flour very slowly--too much will result in dense, tough gnocchi.
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Chickpeas in Tomato Sauce With Feta and Wine

Reviewed: Aug. 20, 2002
This recipe was very easy and quite good. I used red wine instead of white because that's what I had. And I supplemented the feta with a bit of blue cheese, because I didn't have quite enough feta. And it was all delicious! I think this dish would also be very good if you mashed the chickpeas slightly and used it as a filling for pita sandwiches (maybe with fresh sliced tomatoes, cucumber and ???)
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Imitation Meatloaf

Reviewed: Sep. 21, 2001
This is a fabulous recipe for our vegetarian household! Cook the lentils and rice with more water than usual to make the loaf not so dry. I also mix a little cheese into the loaf and then sprinkle some more on the top. This is truly the best vege-loaf I've ever had!
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Penne With Garlic Pesto

Reviewed: Jun. 5, 2002
I didn't make the past dish, but I did make the pesto from this recipe. It was quite good! I've been looking for a lower-fat pesto and this recipe definitely fits the bill. I found that I didn't need quite as much broth as was called for and I did end up adding about 1/2 T. olive oil to make it a bit creamier. Also, use a low-sodium broth. For those who love the taste of pesto, but want to avoid some of the fat--this recipe is the way to go!
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Tomato Pesto Batter Bread

Reviewed: Sep. 21, 2001
This bread was quick, easy, and wonderful. I used about 1/2 & 1/2 w.w. flour and white flour to make it a little more hearty. I also baked it as a round loaf on a flat cooking sheet to give it a crispier crust. YUM!
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Herman Cinnamon Rolls

Reviewed: Sep. 11, 2002
These were quite yummy! I used my own starter. I also didn't use the raisins, and added a bit of lemon zest to the filling. They were tangy, but didn't quite have the 'sour' that I would have liked. Someday I'll get this sourdough thing right... =)
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Blueberry Cornmeal Muffins

Reviewed: Oct. 12, 2001
I didn't really care for this recipe. The cornmeal seemed to make them heavy and even though I cooked them quite a bit longer than called for, they were still soggy. My 8 yo didn't like the texture that the cornmeal gave either.
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Nancy's Pumpkin Butter

Reviewed: Jan. 18, 2002
I didn't like the way this mixed up. It didn't seem smooth enough. It tasted okay, but the look and texture left a lot to be desired.
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Carrot Rice Nut Burger

Reviewed: Apr. 15, 2005
The flavor of these burgers should get at least 4 stars, but I'm giving it three because they were so incredibly crumbly. I couldn't make them hold together at all. I tried adding some egg and that helped a little, but they still just fell apart in the pan (and I'm not a novice veggie-burger cook--I've done this before). I actually went back and reread the recipe several times because I thought I must have missed something. I may try a modified version again if I can think of a way to help them hold their shape a bit more. Again--the flavor was excellant.
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Vegetarian Phad Thai

Reviewed: Dec. 6, 2002
I have found that Phad Thai is a tricky thing. To get a truly authentic taste, it is necessary to use authentic ingredients. However, I, for one, don't usually have all of these ingredients on hand. So, I've been looking for a recipe that closely approximates the flavors without requiring all of the traditional ingredients. This recipe comes the closest of any that I've tried. It was too sweet (and I only used 1 c. of sugar to begin with!) and I add a bit more lemon juice to give it that tang. Also, don't be skimpy with the cayenne; it takes at least 1/4 t. or more to get the right heat. I will definitely make this dish again and I'll probably keep tweaking it. One last thing--this recipe makes an absolutely enormous amount of sauce! We barely used half of it. But, it's a good leftover, too. =)
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Cathy's Banana Bread

Reviewed: Jul. 16, 2002
I guess I'll add my 0.02--this was very good banana bread (and I don't even particularly like banana bread!). I used plain yogurt instead of sour cream. Definitely better for you, but I missed the tang that sour cream would have given it. Also, I used more bananas. A very nice bread--moist, not overly sweet.
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Black Bean Vegetable Soup

Reviewed: Apr. 3, 2002
This soup was delicious and had a perfect spiciness. It seemed a little thin--I would use less stock next time. My husband thought it would be good with crunchy tortilla strips, like tortilla soup.
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Cornucopia Chili

Reviewed: Mar. 13, 2002
This was truly a wonderful chili. My whole family loved it. I used the amount of TVP called for and it seemed like way too much, though. I would use less next time, or possibly try flavored tofu crumbles.
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Bean Potato Enchiladas

Reviewed: Oct. 17, 2003
These enchiladas were just good, not terrific. They came out a bit dry. Also, next time I will sautee the onions ahead of time to bring out the flavor more and reduce the crunchiness. This recipe is a wonderful base--I am going to try adding a stronger cheese, adding green chiles or using black beans instead of pintos. Lots of ways to experiment with this basic recipe.
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Alla Checca

Reviewed: Nov. 11, 2004
So simple and so good!! My whole family loved it and it was great not having to turn on the stove in the middle of summer. The best part was the yummy olive oil left in our bowls that we sopped up with bread. Heaven!
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Caramel-Glazed Flan

Reviewed: Mar. 7, 2005
This was really delicious and so easy. The texture could have been just a bit creamier, but the taste was heavenly. The caramel sauce took on a nice, maple-syrupy flavor. The presentation was lovely as well. Definitely a keeper.
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