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Cheesy Sausage Zucchini Casserole

Reviewed: May 14, 2009
Pretty good. One thing I messed up - When the cheese was cubed, 8 oz didn't seem like enough, so I put in 16. Big mistake! 8 oz. would have been perfect, mine tasted too processed and was too cheesy. In an effort to make it healthier, I used Italian turkey sausage, fresh mushrooms and 2% velveeta. I made a topping with quarter cup bread crumbs mixed with some light margarine. Next Time I will use a whole onion and add a couple yellow squashes. Couldn't hurt to have twice the veggies since they cook way down when they are sauteed.
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Gouda Spinach Quiche

Reviewed: May 14, 2009
This recipe is by far the best quiche I have ever had! And I rarely give rave reviews. Here's what I do different... I use a whole package of bacon, cut it up and sautee it first so it's cooked perfectly. Then I cook the oinion in the same pan and throw the spinach in the last minute or so - it really adds to the flavor. If you can't find gouda or don't want to spend ten bucks on it, swiss is excellent in its place. Also, no need to bake the shell first. It gets done perfectly without this. For some reason I always have to cook this for an hour and 20 minutes - maybe my oven is off. In any case, it's easy to see once you cut into the center whether or not its done. I don't want mine juicy at all- the eggs need to be completely solidified. I LOVE THIS! My boyfriend loves it also - what man can resist a pound of bacon?
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Strawberry Cream Freeze: Serve it Your Way!

Reviewed: May 14, 2009
Pretty tasty. Not like cheescake, but still tasty and great for summer. I used low-fat cream cheese, reduced fat pie crust, fat free milk and fat free cool whip. After 3 hours it was just barely frozen enough to cut but still soft. Really needed a couple more hours. Best thing was that it was sooooo easy to make. I love no bake stuff!
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Zippy Shepherd's Pie

Reviewed: May 18, 2009
Very good! I don't know why they call it zippy though... it does take a while to chop and saute. Here were my adjustments: used a pound of leftover pot roast instead of ground beef, added 14 oz fresh sliced mushrooms, added 1 more clove garlic, used fresh carrots and frozen peas, added a cup of frozen corn, used canned diced tomatoes, omitted the red bell pepper, added another tablespoon of cornstarch, used a tablespoon EVOO to saute veggies, and used Betty Crocker instant mashed potatoes. The best part of the recipe was the spice combination. The curry powder was great! You could tell it brought out the flavors. My boyfriend was shocked when I told him that was the secret ingredient. Also, I baked this at 350 for 20 minutes before the broiler, just to meld all the flavors together and hopefully thicken it a little more. Could have used 3/4 can of broth instead - although it helped moisten the roast beef in my case.
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Zesty Slow Cooker Chicken Barbecue

Reviewed: May 18, 2009
The frozen chicken cooked perfectly in the crock pot and the amount of sauce was just right. Also helped to add an onion. But, I'm just not sure I liked the Italian dressing. It tastes like... you just put Italian dressing on bbq chicken. Maybe certain dressings are better for this. I guess I should have paid attention to the name "Zesty". This is goood for what it is and I'm sure some people's taste buds love it, but next time I will try another recipe when I am craving bbq chicken sandwhiches.
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Chicken Broccoli Ca - Unieng's Style

Reviewed: May 20, 2009
Definitely good. I added twice the oyster sauce and soy sauce and I'm so glad I did. Pepper was awesome in it - don't be scared of the full teaspoon! I didn't use any bok choy, just a ton of broccoli, which took a little bit longer to cook than the instructions said. In the future, I would cook the chicken for less than 10 minutes. Also, I had to add more than 1/2 cup water with the broccoli, there was just not enough liquid to make a sauce.
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Moroccan Lentil Soup

Reviewed: May 21, 2009
I made this soup in the crockpot, which may have taken away some of the tasty olive oil sautee flavor that you get with the onion and garlic usually. I will make on the stove if I decide to make it again. In any case, I just cannot understand how anyone thought this was bland!! It was extremely spiced, maybe too much, and believe me, I LOVE heavy spices and flavors. It would have been inedible with double the spices. I think the thing that threw me off was the cardamom. Next time I will leave this out. I also made the mango cardamom bread pudding for dessert with this and I can see how the spice tastes immensely better in baked goods and sweets. I added a teaspoon of curry powder (the cardamom was oddly sweet and I wanted the soup to be a little more savory), used a diced summer squash instead of celery, used chicken broth instead of water, and only used one can of red beans. Three stars because the spicing wasn't as tasty as I thought and slightly overpowering. I know lots of people love cardamom in this, but here's my advice if you aren't familiar with cardamom: Smell the spice, and if you don't love it, don't use it. I should have listened to my instincts when I smelled it and was a little put off.
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Salmon with Brown Sugar Glaze

Reviewed: May 26, 2009
Absolutely fabulous!! My boyfriend said he would eat this every night. I broiled 2 8 oz filets for 15 minutes and it was a perfect glaze. So so easy as well! This is a great dinner in less than 20 minutes. This is a keeper for sure. THANK YOU Tamara!
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Mango Cardamom Bread Pudding

Reviewed: May 26, 2009
Very tasty. I used wheat bread and fat free milk. I halfed the recipe but kept both mangos in. I didn't have any vanilla, but it was still plenty sweet. I wasn't sure about the cardamom (didn't like it in the lentil soup) but it tastes great in this. I served it warm with fat free cool whip on top. The cool whip really gave it the extra push it needed!
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Perfect Sushi Rice

Reviewed: May 27, 2009
Perfect mixture of liquids in terms of taste. However, you will not need to use all of the liquid if you only made 2 cups of rice. I used 3/4 of the liquid and wished I used 1/2 of it. It was a little too wet.
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Cucumber Sunomono

Reviewed: May 27, 2009
This was good - no doubt about that. I really thought it needed some soy sauce and sesame oil to finish it off. I also added some crab - to mimic the cucumber salad at my favorite local sushi restaurant.
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Jalapeno Chicken II

Reviewed: May 27, 2009
Four stars only because I changed the recipe so much for myself. What a great idea though! Here's what I did different: I used poblano peppers, which I charred on the gas stove for 5 minutes, steamed in a bag, and rubbed the skin off. I like that flavor better than jalapenos. I used 1/3 less fat cream cheese and used 1 oz per breast. I also marinated in tequila lime marinade, but next time I think will just season the chicken with oil, lemon, garlic, salt and pepper. I skipped the bacon (I have no grill and don't like the bacon cooked in the oven - too soggy) and baked these at 350 for 30 minutes and broiled for 5 minutes. PERFECTLY done. Never would have thought of this on my own - thanks!!
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Pomegranate Stew with Chicken (Khoresh Fesenjan)

Reviewed: May 28, 2009
Althought it didn't taste like the fesenjan I get at my favorite restaurant, the flavor of this was excellent and the sauce was incredibly rich. I will definitely make this again. After reading other reviews, I subbed chicken broth for 2 cups of the pomegranate juice. However, I used POM juice and I think it is sweeter than what other people have been using. Next time I will use 4 cups of juice - no way it would have been too tangy. It needed more pomegranate flavor. Don't be afraid to use it all if you are using POM. Besides, you can always add sugar to sweeten it, but adding more juice would have made the sauce too thin. Also, the chicken cooked down so much, next time I will use 3-4 pounds of boneless skinless chicken thighs. Absolutely delicious and rich. What a keeper.
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Cajun-Style Catfish

Reviewed: Jun. 2, 2009
Wonderful! I was so nervous because I have never cooked fish on the stove before - always baked or broiled. The fish cooked perfectly, the butter spray worked like a charm, and the spice mixture was awesome. Beware, it is hot! Next time I will cut the pepper back a bit, but it was still good the way it was. The best part of this was that it was so healthy (no frying) and still managed to taste fried with the butter spray. No one would ever know the difference. Permanent Keeper!
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Patti's Mussels a la Mariniere

Reviewed: Jun. 4, 2009
Sauce was fabulous. I added artichokes, used halved cherry tomatoes and didn't even include the butter. However, my clams were terrible. They were so fishy. I could eat it. What a shame. :(
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Pineapple Angel Food Cake I

Reviewed: Jun. 9, 2009
AMAZING. I would give this 10 stars if I could! I made this because I needed a healthy dessert for Weight Watchers, but diet or no diet, this is my new favorite dessert. The cake is so soft and fluffy and sweet - I never would have imagined it would come out so great! If you want, put a dollop of fat free cool whip on top, but it's definitely great alone as well. I made it in a 9x13 pan, which gave me about 12 servings.
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Gravy Baked Pork Chops

Reviewed: Jun. 9, 2009
These were very good. Classic cream of mushroom chops. I used PAM instead of butter to lighten it up, used 98% fat free cream of mushroom soup, and sauteed 1 onion and 1 t. of garlic and added that to the soup. I also added 1 T worchester to the soup, and only added 2/3 cup skim milk (no water). Adding a lot of fresh pepper to the chops before frying them added a lot of flavor. Baked covered for sure. Mine were only 1 in so they only needed 30 min in the oven. Great with mashed potatoes and oven roasted corn on the cob!
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Goat Cheese and Spinach Turkey Burgers

Reviewed: Jun. 9, 2009
I made the recipe as listed, only used feta cheese instead. It gets 4 stars for ease and convenience. It was lacking slightly in flavor - not sure what to do about this... Also, turkey is so much leaner, it really was much more dry than beef burgers. But if I would have cooked them any less, they wouldn't have been done all the way. Not sure if I will make it again, unless I happen to have all the ingredients on hand.
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Spicy Tomato and Lentil Soup

Reviewed: Jun. 15, 2009
In terms of flavor and ease, this soup is a 5. However, I'm giving it 4 stars because the amounts were way off for me. I added 4 cups of water, and still got a really, really thick soup! After adding so much water to get the right consistency, it wasn't tomato-y enough, so I added another can of fire-roasted tomatoes. I also added a teaspoon minced garlic, and used 1/2 teaspoon cayenne. I will definitely make this again with these revisions! Delicious with sour cream on top on buttered toasted rolls. mmmm... I'm glad I increased the water, because it made 8 cups of soup, which meant bigger portions and no extra calories. Very, very filling and healthy!
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Slow-Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

Reviewed: Jun. 24, 2009
This is awesome!! I have to wonder why some of the reviewers who hate canned ingredients and sauce would even bother trying this recipe and then complaining. All I know is I like easy and I like delicious... and this recipe is both for sure! The flavor is great, the ingredients tasted fresh, and the amounts were perfect. Only changes I made were adding a can of black beans, using canned corn, and using frozen chicken breasts in the crock pot. I also used cooking spray for the tortilla strips to save a few calories. Perfect! I will keep this in my recipe box forever.
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