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Ruth's Red Lentil and Potato Soup

Reviewed: Feb. 14, 2007
I love this! I whipped this up on the snowiest day of the year and am thrilled with the results. I did not have all of the ingredients, so here are my modifications: Did not use file powder. I don't think it's needed as the soup is just the right consistency in my opinion. No allspice, so increased the amount of cumin and added garam masala as first reviewer did. Added a little bit of dried ginger (sorry, i didn't measure). No Kale on hand - used frozen spinach instead, with great results. I used a little more butter than what was called for and once soup was done and had cooled ever so slightly, I added some nonfat sour cream which I think made it extra delightful! I normally don't use salt when cooking anyway, but did add some garlic salt at the end as I am a garlic lover. I also used dried cilantro as I didn't have fresh. Play around with this one; it's very versatile! Thank you for the recipe!
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Vegan Red Lentil Soup

Reviewed: Feb. 21, 2007
Run, don't walk, to buy the ingredients to make this! This is the BEST soup I've found on this site! I used sweet potato, instead of butternut squash and used a whole can of LITE coconut milk, which reduced the calorie count substantially. As a result, I also upped the amount of water by adding another 1 to 1 1/2 cups and adjusted the amounts of tomato paste, curry, black pepper, and cayenne. Oh, and lastly, since I needed to use them up, I sauteed some portabello mushrooms and threw them in as the soup cooked. WOW! So glad I did, since they were a great addition - I'll add them to the ingredient list when I make this again, and I will definitely make this again. (Did I mention I LOVE this soup?!) I didn't quite understand the reviewer who claimed they had to halve the cayenne pepper amount and it was still too hot. Huh? It only called for a pinch. Anyway, THANKS a MILLION for this recipe!
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Pumpkin Coconut Bread

Reviewed: Dec. 1, 2006
Very nice! I used applesauce in place of the vegetable oil and cut down the number of egg yolks to one without compromising flavor, texture, consistency,etc. Very flavorful bread which presents beautifully!
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Rhubarb Sour Cream Pie

Reviewed: Dec. 7, 2007
Oh dear heavens. This is wonderful. I am sooo glad I found this recipe! I took my frozen rhubarb out to thaw at lunchtime so I would be ready to go when I came home from work. I added some strawberries since I didn't have enough rhubarb - also reduced the sugar to 1 cup as others suggested (thank you for that) - and added a touch of cinnamon both to the sour cream mixture and to the crumb topping. Boy oh boy, if you love sweets made with rhubarb, you gotta try this! Thank you so much for posting the recipe! It's a really pretty pie!
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Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes with Ricotta Cheese

Reviewed: Dec. 17, 2007
I'm so glad I happened on this recipe tonight. I had exactly 3 sweet potatoes that needed to be used up, so this fit the bill. I omitted the sage altogether since I didn't have any, and tossed in a pinch of poultry seasoning (negligible amount, actually) as I know sage is one of the ingredients. Since I didn't feel like grating the wedge of parmesan cheese, I opted to throw in some feta cheese as a substitution. Besides, if it's this fantastic with the feta, I KNOW it would be awesome with the parm. But, you know what ingredient really makes this recipe? The shallots! They create such a wonderful contrast of flavors. Since the recipe calls for them to be browned, you get little tiny flecks of brown throughout the sweet potato mixture. Exquisite! Thank you so much for posting this recipe!
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Deb's Tapenade

Reviewed: Mar. 9, 2009
Outstanding! I opted not to use the food processor as I cut the recipe in half and didn't want to pull it out for that small amount. I think I'd do this by hand again as it was really easy to put this together. Forgot the red pepper, but next time I'll be sure to add. This is similar to one I make with rosemary. Wonderful flavor - thank you for posting this recipe!
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Skinny Fries

Reviewed: Dec. 29, 2007
10 stars! I saved this recipe to my Recipe Box the other day, went to the store last night to buy potatoes and today, while "treasure hunting", found a vintage ekco french fry cutter. Perfect! If you don't have one of these handy tools, consider buying one as it makes short work of cutting your potatoes into the perfect french fry shape! I just turned them over at the halfway mark and they're browing/crisping up beautifully. I used canola oil instead of butter. I'll be using this recipe on a regular basis as I'm already thinking about sweet potato skinny fries! Thanks so much for posting this recipe!
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April's Roasted Red Pepper Cheese Ball

Reviewed: Dec. 22, 2007
The only one of its kind on this site and it's magnifico! I'm surprised more people haven't tried this. Previous reviewers are right; it's better with increased amounts of cayenne, garlic, and my own personal preference, a touch more Worchestershire sauce. I also took the advice from the reviewer who added some dijonnaise. I added about a teaspoon. I let my food processor do the work and found that it was much easier to form into a more presentable ball after it had been chilled for at least an hour. Then, I coated it in slivered almonds and it looked soooooo beautiful! The almonds helped with the ball formation as I was coating it; it provided a "wall" of sorts, holding everything together. Thanks so much for the recipe - I can't wait to serve it tomorrow!
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Toffee Caramel Squares

Reviewed: May 18, 2008
4 stars because, although they're tasty, I found the instructions lacking/misleading. You really do need to wait til the caramel sets up (or refrigerate it for quicker results) before you go ahead and spread the chocolate on top. Very rich, so cutting them into small pieces works great and you end up with lots! Thanks for letting me try.
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Aloo Phujia

Reviewed: Dec. 3, 2006
Mother of God, this is HOT! So, why then do I keep going back and sampling it? Because it's awesome! I used light margarine (ICBINB) to saute' the onions on low heat, then added the rest. I did parboil my potatoes ahead of time based on what other reviewers said. I keep wanting to add "something" to it, but don't know what that something is. There's definitely heat to it and I imagine tomorrow, it'll be even better. Thanks for letting me try!
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Potato Penne Soup

Reviewed: Feb. 25, 2007
I wanted to like this soup, I really did. Out of all the choices on this site, I zeroed in on this one and wound up being really disappointed. Disappointed because of how labor intensive it was to make it. Because I'm not a big fan of thyme, I reduced that amount but where's the flavor?? No other spices to rev this up past 1st gear. I added lots more soy sauce (reduced sodium of course) and had already sauteed garlic and portabello mushrooms along with the onions. Oh well... all my produce down the drain. :(
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Mexican Bean and Rice Salad

Reviewed: Jun. 21, 2009
Nice blend of flavors! Even with the jalapenos, I thought it needed some "oomph", so I kept doctoring it til I was happy with it. Great side dish! Thank you for sharing this recipe!
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Asian Salmon Wrap

Reviewed: May 4, 2008
4 1/2 stars, actually. Very nice blend of flavors - this is great when you don't feel like heating up the house with the oven and want something light and fresh. A couple of things I'll do differently next time ~ I discovered that I dislike canned salmon, so I'd use either fresh or pieces of tuna steak or shrimp - I think the tuna and/or shrimp would work nicely here. Secondly, I'd make more of the soy sauce mixture - Loved the taste and felt the wraps could have used more. Thanks for posting the recipe!
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Soft Sandwich Buns

Reviewed: Jun. 10, 2008
I think I'm in love with this recipe. That's saying a lot coming from a novice bun baker! This is actually the second bun recipe that I've tried on this site and I think I'm going to stop searching. These are sooooo good. I brushed tops with melted butter then added a variety of toppings like sesame seeds, poppy seeds and pizza spices. Yummy! Thanks for posting this great recipe!
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Almond Coffee Creamer

Reviewed: Dec. 17, 2007
I guess I could make this in a pinch if I was out of my flavored creamer, but as scotdog commented, incorporating the almond extract into the dry ingredients poses a bit of a challenge. The end result was not something I'd share with anyone; the almond extract winds up clumping.
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Five Minute Ice Cream

Reviewed: May 21, 2008
Oh Happy Day! This is wonderful! I placed it in the freezer and had a hard time waiting for it to firm up, since I kept taking a taste here, a taste there. Gotta make sure it's good before I offer it up to guests, right?! I wanted to share that I used nonfat plain yogurt in place of the heavy cream (and also added a splash of vanilla)and saved a lot of calories as a result. Think I'll reduce the amount of sugar next time to see how that comes out. Wonderful recipe; thank you so much for posting it!
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Sushi-Inspired Tuna Salad

Reviewed: Jul. 5, 2007
Nice! Very different. I actually preferred this even more with a splash of soy sauce mixed in. Thank you for the recipe!
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Christmas Banana Bread

Reviewed: Sep. 23, 2009
This is phenomenal. I love the combination of chocolate, cherries and bananas. I used bittersweet chocolate chips which gave this a deep dark chocolate flavor. I omitted the nuts, but will definitely try adding them next time. Although very easy to make, this bread gets props for its festive appeal/look; it's not your average banana bread. Thank you for sharing this recipe - this will be great for the holidays!
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Cardamom Tea Bread

Reviewed: Dec. 9, 2007
This was okay. I wouldn't go out of my way to make it again, though. I should have trusted my initial thoughts about wanting to add more candied fruit to the batter - the 1/2 cup seemed almost negligible. Nothing spectacular about the taste, although it WAS tasty. Very much like a pound cake in a loaf pan.
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Sweet and Spicy Soup with Black-Eyed Peas and Sweet Potato

Reviewed: Nov. 24, 2006
Beautiful! Thank you Big Rey, for your review, as I took your lead and I'm so glad I did. I used vegetable broth instead of water; didn't have any stewed tomatoes on hand, so used diced, and used roasted red peppers. I can't imagine how it would taste if I used any more than 1/2 tsp of cinnamon. That was enough. Once it was done, I pureed half of the soup ~ it looks, smells, and tastes absolutely wonderful!
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