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Baked Spaghetti Squash Lasagna Style

Reviewed: Dec. 13, 2005
Good way to do squash, and my husband LOVES it. Can be made with just one can of tomatoes, and I find that intensifies the flavours and also makes a reasonable amount of sauce. The way it's written makes a lot of extra sauce, which is okay too! I have used 3 tablespoons of fresh basil instead of dried, and it's great with that too. Fun to serve it in the shells.
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Mild Coconut Tofu Curry

Reviewed: Nov. 30, 2005
After reading the reviews of others, I made some changes. To spice it up, I added a dash (or two) of cayenne, and reduced by half the amount of water. I also skipped the white sugar completely. Lastly, I thought it needed some colour and some crunch, so I threw in some raw snow peas in the simmering stage. This is a good dish, and I'll probably make it now and then.
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Gobi Aloo (Indian Style Cauliflower with Potatoes)

Reviewed: Nov. 22, 2005
It's so dry! I took the advice of others and added both 1/2 can of coconut milk AND nearly 1/2 cup of vegetable broth, but still it was dry. I didn't have any paprika, so used a little cayenne instead, which made it quite spicy. Also, used nearly 2 tsp of fresh ginger in place of the ginger paste. I don't think I'll bother to make this again, as there are better Indian dishes on this site -- see "Cholay," or "Absolutely Perfect Panak Paneer" or "Curried Chickpeas."
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Chickpea Curry

Reviewed: Nov. 22, 2005
It's good. I added some yellow curry powder, which I think improved the taste a lot; made it "warmer." I didn't love that this recipe used the chick pea can liquid, as it's so high in sodium, but I think using water instead would make for a much runnier dish. However, because of this, I completely avoided adding any salt, and still found it pretty salty. In my opinion, the recipe "Cholay" on this site is better, but this is pretty good. The fresh corriander really makes this.
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Apple Cheese Pizza

Reviewed: Nov. 21, 2005
Not my thing AT ALL. For the first time, I threw out more than half of what I cooked. I was hoping that it would be a good surprise, but in fact, this recipe is exactly as strange as it sounds. Is it lunch? Dinner? Side dish? I can't imagine what it might accompany. Not a good recipe in my opinion, sorry.
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Apple Crisp IV

Reviewed: Nov. 18, 2005
Excellent! Couldn't stop eating it! I did as others suggested and cut the flour in half. This is a good idea but BE SURE to also reduce the butter in that case. I once made the mistake of not doing that, and the dish was waaaaay too greasy. Another idea is to add toasted pecans, which is really nice. Great recipe -- no need to look for another one, with these modifications.
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Butternut Squash with Onions and Pecans

Reviewed: Oct. 12, 2005
Using an acorn squash instead, I baked it so that the flesh was soft, and therefore, the dish was more of a squash mash. I added dried cranberries on someone else's recommendation, and I think it was this touch that put it up to a 4 star rating for me. The nuts are awesome, especially with the cranberries and parsley. Excellent!
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Healthy Banana Cookies

Reviewed: Aug. 24, 2005
The dates + ripe bananas make these "cookies" a bit too sweet for my taste. But that didn't stop me from eating them! I did add (b/c I had no spices or vanilla) some hot chocolate mix powder, which gave them a slight choco-taste. I think it was a good idea, although the vanilla that's called for is probably just as good or better.
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Black Bean and Salsa Soup

Reviewed: Aug. 23, 2005
Reliable, hardy, easy, healthy, quick, delightful. Great recipe that I'll use a lot. On the recommendation of others, I added 1/2 the beans whole, and also some lime juice. Both good ideas.
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Chinese Cold Pasta Salad

Reviewed: Aug. 17, 2005
Solid recipe. I used cayenne instead of red pepper flakes because I had it, and it was fine. Also added salt. Good recipe. Thanks!
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Pesto

Reviewed: Aug. 15, 2005
Really great, and super easy & fast recipe. Excellent. I added a touch of water while blending to make it a bit creamier. Otherwise, perfect. Watch it -- it's heavy on the garlic, even for a garlic-lover like me!
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Quick Classic Gazpacho

Reviewed: Aug. 9, 2005
I wish I could give this a 3.5 stars. This is a good, and useful recipe. It's quick, easy and fairly foolproof. I've used another recipe from this site that was better, and the main taste difference is the use of fresh versus canned tomatoes. That said, I specifically went looking for a recipe using canned b/c of the convenience. Considering this, this is a very good one. Taste is only marginally compromised by not using fresh tomatoes, and that's worth it when in a pinch. I'll make this again, I'm sure.
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Amby Rae's Cucumber Salad

Reviewed: Jul. 23, 2005
Good for cucumber salad, and fast & easy. I used the yogurt option rather than sour cream. I agree -- WAY too much dressing. Wish I'd read the reviews first, but was in a rush. I think other spices could be used: curry or cayenne or cumin.
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Gazpacho I

Reviewed: Jul. 20, 2005
Good recipe, and very flexible. By that I mean, you can play with the amount of tomatoes, vinegar, cucumbers, etc. I don't use the tomato paste at all, nor the eggs or olives. I've added red peppers at the end, red onion rather than regular, etc. Very good, and fun to make. My sceptical husband is now a convert!
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Pasta With Veggies In a Tahini and Yogurt Sauce

Reviewed: Jul. 20, 2005
The beauty of this recipe is that it can include any vegetables that you like. In fact, I think there are far better choices than those suggested (and a lot more of them), including peppers of all colours, carrots, red onion, asparagus... Definitely too much water in the recipe; I use half of what's recommended. Parmesan cheese or feta cheese are both good toppings. I have also substituted 1/2 lime for the lemon and it's good. Good recipe, great taste. Leftovers also very good.
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Vietnamese Rice-Noodle Salad

Reviewed: Jul. 18, 2005
Tastes very authentic. Good easy recipe. Instead of fish sauce, I used soya sauce. I also used the food processor to chop & combine first few ingredients. I suggest mixing together everything but noodles first, as stirring noodles is difficult -- I used my hands in the end! My hubby added shrimp to his dish, and really liked that.
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Drunken Grilled Asparagus

Reviewed: Jul. 7, 2005
This recipe is okay. I marinated all the asparagus as stated, and then for the grilling, wrapped it all in tin foil. This allowed the taste to seep into the asparagus a little more, and stopped the ends from burning. This approach worked, but the taste itself was sort of bland. There are better ways to make asparagus, and I probably won't do it this way again.
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Extra Simple BBQ Banana

Reviewed: Jul. 4, 2005
My vote would have been a 4-star, but my husband didn't like it. So, three it is. Taste is good and interesting, and I like the hot + cold. I'll make again.
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Peanut Butter Noodles

Reviewed: Mar. 17, 2005
Not as good as expected. Peanut butter sauce remained too thick, even though I kept adding more water to compensate. Noodles, when "tossed" clumped together and were hard to stir up. Sauce wasn't spicy enough for me, either. There are better peanut sauces out there. *** I am changing my rating to 3 stars the next day (from 2), as it was better cold, having sat for a day, and with some added cayenne pepper ***
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Teriyaki Tofu with Pineapple

Reviewed: Dec. 20, 2004
I've tried this twice. My husband really likes it, I don't really, so we've tied at 3 stars. First time I used cheap teriyaki sauce, the stuff that looks just like soy sauce. NOT A GOOD IDEA. It was awful. The second time I bought the thicker stuff (with sesame seeds) and it was better, admittedly. The pineapple is what makes this special.
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