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Grilled Mediterranean Vegetable Sandwich

Reviewed: May 7, 2011
This sandwich is exceptional. My husband especially enjoyed it and said it was one of the best sandwiches he'd ever had. We had leftovers. Some chilled well, but the ones that were more oily didn't.
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Allie's Mushroom Pizza

Reviewed: Apr. 19, 2011
I used a Bibboli pizza crust, and I decreased the olive oil to 2 tablespoons from 3 tablespoons based on other reviews. It wasn't too oily at all. In fact, it probably could have had the third tablespoon. I'm not sure if other people were having a problem based on their crust or cheese (I used 2% cheese). The only other change I made was to add some fresh garlic on top. The flavor was really good, and it was really cheesy. Even my year-and-a-half old son ate half a piece, and I was happy he ate spinach. I give this a 4 out of 5 because, even though it was a good pizza, I would have liked it better with tomato sauce.
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Rosemary Pasta in Roasted Garlic Sauce

Reviewed: Apr. 14, 2011
This was just OK. I used vegetable broth instead of chicken stock to make it vegetarian, and I also had to omit the rosemary since I didn't have any. The dish looked very blah. I added some cut tomatoes on top for some color, and I wished I'd had some broccoli or something. We couldn't even taste the garlic. The only flavor came from the cheese. Next time, I'll quadruple the garlic.
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Knodel

Reviewed: Apr. 14, 2011
When I went to Vienna, the knodel was served this way and not in the shape of balls like other reviewers described. When I ordered knodel, it was served fried up with eggs as a main dish with salad on the side. I loved it! I didn't know what it was at the time and actually thought they were well-boiled potatoes or something. Now I know! Mine didn't turn out exactly like I had in Austria, but it was good. I didn't have a pan larger than 9 x 11, so I turned the oven on to 275 degrees and had a big pan full of water heat up for an hour to steam. Then I put the pan of knodel in the oven with the foil wrapped tightly on it. The bread was still pretty firm. The taste was good, but the texture was slightly off. I'm sure it was my cooking technique.
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Cioccolata Calda (Hot Chocolate Italian-Style)

Reviewed: Apr. 8, 2011
I love the flavor of this! It was easy and sooo good (I added a little vanilla but otherwise followed the recipe exactly). Next time, I might add a little more cocoa powder and cornstarch. Mine never thickened up. It took about 20 minutes to simmer on low heat, and after I added the cornstarch, I cooked it for another five minutes. When it didn't thicken up, I decided oh well, and drank it anyway. Soooo good! I do wish it was thicker, though. Perhaps it didn't thicken because I used 2% milk... Hmmm. *************Update: I made this recipe again still using 2% milk. I added an extra tablespoon of corn starch, and I waited until near the end to add the vanilla and pinch of salt. I also cooked it at a slightly higher temperature. It still took about 20 minutes to cook, but it thickened this time! Actually, it got a little too thick for my enjoyment.
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Mushroom Risotto

Reviewed: Apr. 4, 2011
I have to give this recipe five stars because the flavor is phenomenal! Perfect, really. That said, it took about three hours to cook, and even then, it wasn't quite finished (the rice was still too firm). I don't know if it's our high altitude, the fact that I used brown rice, or that the recipe is wrong. My son went to bed before it was finally finished cooking (we made him a quesadilla instead), and our baked potatoes went cold. After three hours, we were tired and hungry and couldn't wait anymore. We ate it, and it was sooooo good, but we were frustrated that it took so long to cook when the recipe says 35 minutes.
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Sparkling Holiday Jam

Reviewed: Mar. 30, 2011
I really enjoy this jam, but it's my husband who LOVES it. He always warns me when we start running low so that I can make some more. I cut the sugar by about a cup and skip the butter, and it still turns out fine.
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Spinach Chickpea Curry

Reviewed: Mar. 30, 2011
We couldn't even finish this, and I love curry. The problem might have been my fault. I didn't have curry paste, so I used curry powder, and I used a whole tablespoon. It was overpowering. I thought it still had potential, and I thought about making it again with the curry paste, but then I decided I couldn't stomach another go at the recipe.
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Tex Mex Black Bean Dip

Reviewed: Mar. 30, 2011
Super easy and delicious! I wanted to make a dip but only wanted to use what I had on hand. So, I had to skip the corn and cilantro. Also, I didn't have picante sauce, so I threw in an 8 oz can of tomato sauce and some green Tabasco sauce, and it worked out perfectly! I ended up adding in more Tabasco and more cumin. It's delicious!
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Potato Latkes I

Reviewed: Mar. 29, 2011
My husband loves potato latkes. We used to live by a Jewish deli, and we'd go there all the time for the latkes. We've since moved, so I decided to learn to make them myself. He said these were just as good! I shredded the potatoes with my food processor shredding attachment, and it worked perfectly. It didn't take long at all! I'd never grated onion before, but it was easy, too. The grated onion had a consistancy of applesauce and a lot of concentrated flavor. Still, I doubled it. Also, I took the advice of other reviewers and only used one egg and decreased the salt. They were SO GOOD. The only complaint I have is that I'm pregnant and couldn't stand the smell of the peanut oil. It made me want to gag! Next time, I'm going to try using vegetable oil, and hopefully they'll taste just as good.
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Emily's Pickled Eggs

Reviewed: Mar. 29, 2011
This was my first time making and eating pickled eggs, but it was easy and pretty tasty. I bought a 1 quart jar, but only 10 eggs fit (and even then, they were squished to make fit), and only about half the onions and liquid could fit in the jar. The only pickling spice I could find at our grocer was McCormick's, and it contains cloves. I pulled out the cloves because people complained they made the eggs brown and over-powered the flavor. I could still taste the cloves in the eggs, so I must not have gotten them all, or else they infused the rest of the spices. I also added a tablespoon of minced garlic and some mustard seed, but I cut out the peppercorns after reading the other reviews. In all, I wasn't too pleased with the taste of the pickling spice. It tasted like ginger bread or something. I'd prefer a stronger vinegar and garlic taste. I think I might skip the pickling spice next time and add a dozen garlic cloves instead.
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Birthday Bones

Reviewed: Mar. 19, 2011
It might be because I'm at high altitude, but the batter was dry, and the bones ended up getting cracked in the oven. It needed more peanut butter and milk for a little moisture. Also, the temperature of the oven was way off. Now that I'm reading the other reviews, I see I'm not the only one with this problem. The bottoms turned brown after about 12 minutes but before the insides and tops were done. I had to lower the temperature and flip the bones so they could finish without burning. The oven almost needs to be set at about 300 or 325 degrees and just let them bake a lot longer.
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Zucchini Yogurt Multigrain Muffins

Reviewed: Mar. 14, 2011
I cut out the sugar and oil, but the texture and sweetness were still perfect! I also cut out the all-purpose flour and instead used a total of 2 cups whole wheat flour and 1 cup oat flour. They're really tasty, and it's hard to stop eating them. I got 20 large muffins, even after cutting out the oil and sugar. My batter was not soupy and liquidy like other people described, but that might be because I used a thick, unfiltered honey.
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Tabbouleh-Style Couscous with Veggie Burgers

Reviewed: Mar. 11, 2011
I thought the dish was OK. The couscous and vegetable part was good, and the amount of lemon was just fine as written. However, I wasn't sure the cheese and grillers fit with it. I think I'd make it again as a side dish without the grillers and cheese.
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Basil-Lime Sorbet

Reviewed: Mar. 10, 2011
I loved this sorbet! I'd made simple syrup for another recipe and had already added the juice and zest from two limes. I had about 1/2 cup leftover, so I used that and added about 20 fresh basil leaves to it. I froze it in my ice cream maker, and it worked out perfectly. It tastes fresh and fantastic. Even two days later, it wasn't a frozen brick like some sorbets turn to.
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Aviyal

Reviewed: Feb. 23, 2011
I enjoyed the unique flavors of this dish, but I thought it was too "seedy." I think for the first part, I'm going to use ground cumin instead of cumin seeds next time.
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Cinnamon Pear Frozen Yogurt

Reviewed: Feb. 18, 2011
This is the best frozen yogurt I've ever had! It's perfect for anyone who doesn't like the usual tang of frozen yogurt. It was sweet and spicy and ooooooh so good! I didn't have allspice, so I added extra cinnamon. Also, I bought the can of pear halves with less sugar (1/3 the sugar), and I still thought the frozen yogurt was plenty sweet and delicious.
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Fabulous Zucchini Grinders

Reviewed: Feb. 10, 2011
I made this on sandwich thins, and it was great. My husband and I both really liked the sandwiches, but I thought they'd be better with green onions, peppers and mushrooms. I will definitely make this recipe again, but I'm going to experiment with it a bit. ***Update: I made this sandwich again using garlic, onions, peppers and mushrooms, and it really was "fabulous." Yum!***
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Flourless Chocolate Cake II

Reviewed: Jan. 28, 2011
This is so chocolatey and gooey and delightful! I sprinkled powdered sugar on top and cut it into 16 bars. Mmm.
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Individual Chik'n Pot Pies with Puff Pastry

Reviewed: Jan. 21, 2011
This pot pie makes me want to go back to every other good recipe I've ever reviewed and make them all 4s! This one stands out; it was so flavorful and delicious! I made a couple of additions: garlic and celery salt. I also had to add more vegetable broth because most of mine seemed to boil away, but that could have been because we're at high altitude. Next time, I'll skip the pepper, but other than that, it was perfect!
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