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Mexican Rice II

Reviewed: May 1, 2012
Exactly what I was looking for! I wanted a simple side dish of Mexican rice, this was perfect. As other reviewers suggested, I put the (finely diced) onion in first, used a diced clove garlic instead of the garlic salt, and only 1 TBS of tomato *paste* as I don't like it too tomato-ey. I used 2 tsp of Knorr's Caldo de Tomate, tomato bouillon w/ chicken flavor. I couldn't stop eating the rice! Paired with Buffy's Refried Beans from this site and I was in heaven.
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Buffy's Refried Beans

Reviewed: May 1, 2012
This is IT! I won't try any other refried recipes, I am a happy girl. Soaked 3 cups dried pintos overnight, then drained & cooked this morning for 1.5 hours with half an onion in it. Tossed the onion, drained beans & reserved the liquid and followed the directions including lard. This is exactly like the authentic Mexican restaurants in the area... I kept sneaking back for tastes of it! I did add 1/4 tsp garlic pwd, 1/2 tsp each cumin & chili pwd, and 1 tsp chicken bouillon added to my bean liquid. As others say, go easy on the salt, you can always add a bit more at the end. With the bouillon, I only needed 1 tsp salt, and could have maybe used a tad less. For those who didn't use lard, you really should buy some. It gives it a much better flavor than just veggie oil. It's called Manteca and you can usually find a white & green container of it in the Mexican aisle at Walmart or ask about it at your grocery store.
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Banana Muffins II

Reviewed: Mar. 5, 2012
Delicious! I just made a batch of these. Added 1 tsp vanilla & 1/4 tsp cinnamon, came out superb! A definite keeper.
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Delicious Chickpea Curry

Reviewed: Jan. 10, 2012
This was delicious! I didn't have everything on hand, so I used what I had: cauliflower instead of yam, and no pear. I also only put a sprinkle of the cayenne so my little kids would eat it. 1 tsp is a lot of heat! It didn't thicken up much after cooking it for an hour, so I added a little cornstarch. Served over coconut milk rice and it was absolutely delicious. It's a very versatile recipe, but next time I'll try adding the yam & pear in.
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Roast Leg of Lamb with Rosemary

Reviewed: Dec. 28, 2011
delish! I added a splash of balsamic & lemon as suggested, not sure it made that drastic a difference, but it was fantastic. I turned it over once when it started to brown up then covered with foil once the rest was getting brown. Baked til 135 degrees and it was a delightful medium rare, my husband said, "Is this really lamb? It's the BEST lamb I've ever had!" Yes it is! Left-overs worked quite nicely into The Supreme Shepherd's Pie from this site.
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The Supreme Shepherd's Pie

Reviewed: Dec. 28, 2011
This was just the ticket! I had left-over lamb from this site "Roast Leg of Lamb with Rosemary" and thickened up the gravy from the roast with a bit of roux, used left-over mashed potatoes, and cooked as described. Only difference was I had but one onion so minced it and threw it on, and a few handfuls of peas, sliced carrots & celery for some veg. Tasty and even my little ones loved it!
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Fluffy Pancakes

Reviewed: Aug. 28, 2011
Delicious! Made exactly "as is" and the hubby and I thought these were the best homemade pancakes we've ever eaten. Tasted just like the ones at the diner. I used soy milk and they still came out fantastic. Only problem is I didn't double the recipe!
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Peanut Butter and Banana Smoothie

Reviewed: May 30, 2011
This is delicious as is! I put it over a few ice cubes to cool it down; I hate chunks of ice or frozen banana in my smoothie so that's my compromise :)
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Refried Beans Without the Refry

Reviewed: Apr. 27, 2011
This worked out just fine but WOW! Way too much pepper for my taste! I left out the jalapeno and only put in 1 tsp of black pepper, as I wanted my kids (1&5) to be able to eat it. As it was, I had to add some sour cream as well as a can of store-bought refried beans and it was still spicy :( I prefer to have milder beans and the individual can spice it up with Tapatio if they like. I will try it again, as it was good tasting and very easy, but probably will start out with 1/2 tsp. pepper.
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Vegan Chocolate Cake

Reviewed: Mar. 29, 2011
This came out fantastic! I used it for my son's first birthday, and my chocolate-cake loving husband said it was the best cake he's had. I've made cupcakes, too, and everyone raves about them, vegans & non-vegans alike. I used Hershey's special dark cocoa for the cake & the frosting and it makes it come out so rich and yummy (used the Hershey's recipe for frosting, with vegan margarine).
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Cinnamon Raisin Bread I

Reviewed: Feb. 15, 2011
This is great! I add in more raisins too (about 1.5 cups total) but otherwise follow the recipe as written. When I knead it, I spray my silpat with spray oil, spray my hands, and that way I don't have to add more flour (thereby drying out the dough) but I'm still able to knead the dough nicely. Also spritz the kneading surface with spray oil when I'm rolling it out to form into loaves. This bread is delicious, everyone who has eaten it has loved it!
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Easy Polenta with Tomato Sauce

Reviewed: Jan. 23, 2011
this was easy & delicious! I just sprinkled some cheese on top of the polenta before baking, then put it in the fridge to cool & set. Put chicken cacciatore on top, delicious!
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Quick Hoppin' John Soup

Reviewed: Jan. 1, 2011
I've made this countless times, I follow the recipe exactly as it is written and it is easy, quick & delicious!
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Artichoke Dip

Reviewed: Oct. 19, 2010
made it with 1/4 cup sour cream and 3/4 cup mayo...that's the only change, it was delicious!
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Firefighter's Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookie

Reviewed: Oct. 1, 2010
These were delicious! I used margarine since I didn't have butter, and used 1/2 tsp baking powder, 3/4 tsp soda so they'd be fluffy. They came out PERFECT, and I don't always have good luck with choc chip cookies for some reason. I think next time I'll use more toffee bits & maybe less chocolate chips; like 1.5 cups choc chips, and 12 or more candy bars chopped up.
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Super Moist Pumpkin Bread

Reviewed: Mar. 9, 2010
this came out delicious! I can't eat egg, and was so excited to finally find an egg-free recipe that is super yummy! the only tip I have to offer is, check it at 1 hour; mine got a bit burned on the top (but still tasty) at 1 hour 15min.
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Jeanie's Falafel

Reviewed: Jul. 12, 2009
This was delicious! I served it as a 'wrap' in a tortilla (ran out of pitas) with lettuce, tomato & tahini sauce. The changes I made: used more cilantro/parsley and added some coriander. I added breadcrumbs tablespoon at a time til I reached the consistency I wanted (took about 5 TBS), so they were not too dry. I think 1 cup is a lot! I whirled it up in the food processor, then put the mix in the fridge for about an hour. Rolled them up in balls and put them in my cast iron pan with just a bit of oil. I squished them flat with my hand so they looked like silver dollar pancakes. I pan fried them at medium heat til done. If you have big eaters then double the recipe; my husband and I ate about 6 of these apiece but they are so yummy I need to go lock up the leftovers so I don't eat the rest up myself! The tahini is a must: 1 garlic clove, 1 tsp salt, 3/4 c. tahini, 1 tsp. cumin, 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice, 1/2-1 cup of water. Mix up to the lemon juice in the food processor, then add water til it's smooth and runny enough to pour.
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Zucchini and Rice Casserole

Reviewed: Jun. 16, 2009
This was so yummy! I did make some alterations: used chicken broth instead of water for the rice, used 1 cup dry rice, and added some garlic powder at the end, before baking it. I'm pretty sure I used a lot more cheddar too, I just eyeballed it. However, I thought I used too much rice, so next time I'll try 3/4 cup and see how it goes. Also, the bread crumbs browned up before the casserole got bubbly so I put tin-foil on top. I think 1 cup of breadcrumbs was too much, I'll try a little less next time. This is a definite favorite and I'll be making it again!
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