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Quick and Easy Sauteed Spinach

Reviewed: Jan. 22, 2013
I tossed my baby spinach in garlic-infused olive oil so the leaves would be more evenly coated once in the saute pan. I also splashed in a little seasoned vinegar, garlic powder and a pinch of sea salt. I found 10 minutes was too long for the texture I wanted, so next time, I'll simply heat through (4-5 minutes). I added this spinach, along with some roasted cherry tomatoes, into pesto-tossed angel hair pasta and topped with parmesan cheese. Delish! Will make again with my modifications.
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Good for You Greek Salad

Reviewed: Jan. 16, 2013
What a great, light salad! Since I needed a "substantial" main dish for dinner tonight, I took the following liberties with the recipe, which turned out be amazing! First, I whisked up the dressing: olive oil, lemon juice to taste (a LOT more due to personal preference), a couple tablespoons of rice wine vinegar, some garlic/onion powders, freshly ground sea salt and black pepper, dried minced onion, and Italian seasoning to taste. I let it "marry" for a bit to soften the dried onion. I used an entire bag of butter lettuce mixed with organic baby spinach and mixed in the cucs, tomatoes, thinly diced red onions, feta cheese, and used kalamata olives just in my portion since my DH doesn't care for them. I also diced up some turkey, along with an avocado, as a topping to the salad. Much to my great surprise, the 4 year-old DD LOVED this and even liked sampling the kalamata olives. Awesome salad; one that will be repeated in this house.
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Flavorful Flounder For the Oven

Reviewed: Jan. 15, 2013
4 stars for being easy and fairly quick on a busy weeknight. I only used 3 T butter, but could easily nix it altogether next time and sub out another T of mayo. I used a LOT more lemon juice than called for since I love the citrusy zing it imparts on fish. To the mayo/cheese mixture, I sprinkled in some onion & garlic powders, paprika, some dried parsley and dried chopped onion since I didn't have green. I also liberally sprinkled the same spice mixture over the fish and used sea salt to taste. I didn't want to bother with lining and/or cleaning a baking dish, so I just sprayed Pam in a foil 9x13" pan. DH really liked it; so did I, but it's not the healthiest dinner ever, so it'll be reserved for a "once in a while" meal. Thanks!
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Quinoa and Black Beans

Reviewed: Jan. 14, 2013
Served for our weekly Meatless Monday dinner, this was better than I expected. Quite flavorful for just a few ingredients, plus it was very filling. It was also a hit with my DH, who is a self-professed black bean hater! I used a 5.46 oz bag of pre-washed roasted garlic quinoa (which was actually 3/4 c...score!) I used only 1 can of cumin & chili-spiced black beans, which jazzed up the flavor factor. I still added 1/2 tsp of cumin since I like it. I only used 1/8 tsp cayenne and still, my 4 year-old DD found it too spicy. Sadly, no fresh cilantro tonight, so I had to sub the dried stuff, but it was fine in a pinch. I highly recommend topping your portion with diced (or sliced) avocado....holy delicious! I'm SO looking forward to cold leftovers for lunch tomorrow! This will most definitely remain on the Meatless Monday rotation. Thanks for an excellent, healthy dinner!
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B and L's Strawberry Smoothie

Reviewed: Jan. 13, 2013
Easy and delicious! I use fresh strawberries whenever possible, vanilla soy milk, a little crushed ice, honey-flavored greek yogurt, one tube of strawberry Gogurt (always at my DD's request) and either a squirt of honey/agave or a packet of Splenda.
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Steak Soup

Reviewed: Jan. 12, 2013
Anxious to try this on the advice of a friend, I easily found this soup one of the best I've tried from AR! Echoing many of the reviews, I think it's safe to use as much/little tomato paste as you deem necessary. Since I added a 28 oz can of whole tomatoes (to which I gave a rough chop), I only added 2-3 Tbsp tomato paste since I didn't want to overpower the rest of the soup. I doubled the broth (approximately 9 c total liquid) and used a mix of both beef and chicken bases to taste dissolved in water. I also added about 1/2 c red wine (pinot noir) to the broth while it simmered, as well as a few good sloshes of worchestershire when browning the meat (used top sirloin and glad I did, although I simmered close to an hour to get the desired tenderness I wanted). Omitted the corn and subbed some diced cabbage instead. Needed to use up some sliced button mushrooms, so I sauteed them as I usually do and tossed them in right before serving. Followed recommended spice measurements, but as a garlic lover, I added a couple cloves of sliced garlic to the simmering broth, as well as some garlic powder while the entire soup simmered the final minutes. Smelled delicious and was certainly a welcome dinner on this frigid night. Served with crescent rolls, but next time, a good hunk of crusty bread would be the winning accompaniment for me. Will absolutely make this again!
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Banana Coconut Loaf

Reviewed: Jan. 12, 2013
I was jazzed to try this today, as I had 3 medium-sized very overripe bananas to use up. Meh. Not much banana or coconut flavor. I'd likely try this again with some tweaking though...perhaps using coconut extract or subbing out dark brown sugar instead of the white.
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Zesty Slow Cooker Chicken Barbecue

Reviewed: Jan. 6, 2013
Easy and tasty. I used a pkg of boneless, skinless thighs because that's my preference for taste and shredding ease. My crockpot is a beast, so I had this dinner on the table in less than 3 hours start to finish. I recommend using a packet of Italian dressing to taste instead of the liquid variety. Used Sweet Baby Ray's Hickory & Brown Sugar and added a small, sauteed sweet onion about an hour before done. Served on whole wheat buns toasted with a little butter and garlic powder, a sprinkling of cheddar cheese (some extra raw onion for me), some butter lettuce, and a side of sweet potato fries. This will remain on the rotation...thanks!
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Sweet and Spicy Pork and Napa Cabbage Stir-Fry with Spicy Noodles

Reviewed: Jan. 5, 2013
You know it's a good recipe when your husband goes back for seconds, thirds and even a small fourth helping! I admit I changed up this recipe slightly to fit my needs this evening. I used a bake-in-the-bag Asian Ginger pork loin. While that was baking, I chopped and sauteed all my veggies (a small onion, a red pepper, a green pepper, some shredded carrots and a half head of regular cabbage). I used udon noodles because that's what I had. I sauteed all my veggies together with the spices suggested in the recipe, but used my own measurements. Once the pork was done and slightly cooled, I shredded it due to personal preference and then tossed the udon noodles with the sweet chili sauce (which was surprisingly spicier than anticipated!), teriyaki sauce (didn't have soy) and garlic powder. I then added the noodles directly to the pork/veggie mixture so I could combine it all together. Since it was spicier than anticipated, I added a 1/2 cup water mixed with a little chicken base since it would tone down the spice factor a bit and add the saltiness I felt it needed. It was the perfect amount of sauce and my husband and I LOVED it! I just rinsed some of the noodles and pork for my 4 year-old DD since it was still too spicy for her tastebuds. DH spiced up his portions with Slap Yo Mama hot sauce, while I used a scant bit of Sriracha on mine. Yummy!! Will defnitely make again!
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Smooth Sweet Tea

Reviewed: Jan. 5, 2013
Having made this countless times, it always turns out perfectly. The winning ratio for my family is 6 family-sized tea bags, 1/4 tsp baking soda, and 1/3 c Splenda. My husband loves this tea, so I make it A LOT! I use this method for any home-brewed tea. I especially love iced green tea. Always a winner!
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Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Reviewed: Dec. 22, 2012
First made these little beauties a couple years back for a holiday cookie tray for the neighbors. They were well-received then, and a few days ago, they were again, well-received at my work Christmas party. With baking, I find it's more of an "exact science" so I followed this recipe to the letter. I do freeze the PB cups and wait a few minutes after removing the tray from the oven to press the cups in; just waiting until the middles start to slightly sink. This year, I sprinkled red & green colored sugar on the tops when they were still hot. Sometimes I pop the entire tray in the fridge; sometimes I don't. Either way, they're fine. I just make sure I roll the balls fairly big so they puff up enough, otherwise you'll get a short little cookie with the PB cup just sitting on top.
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Sarah's Applesauce

Reviewed: Dec. 22, 2012
After a bout with a 24-hour stomach bug yesterday, my 4 1/2 year-old DD needed something bland today, so realizing I was out of jarred applesauce, I made this. I used 4 med/lg Granny Smiths, eyeballed a few pinches of both white/brown sugar and just a pinch of cinnamon. I used 1/4 c apple juice instead of water. At the end of 20 minutes, the apples were perfectly soft, however, I did need to add water in order for my immersion blender to blend to the consistency I wanted, so next time, I would use the recommended amount of water per recipe directions. I enjoyed this (moreso than still-sickly daughter). I would love to simmer this in a crockpot with some extra cinnamon and cloves next time!
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Hash Brown Casserole II

Reviewed: Dec. 19, 2012
Having made this countless times, I can tell you that this recipe is definitely open to variations and substitions based on your preferences and what you happen to have on hand. IMHO, 2 cups of cheese isn't enough, so I double it, generally using a combo of cheddar & jack or colby, or even parmesan. Instead of the cream of chicken, sometimes I'll sub out cheddar cheese soup, which is my favorite. I also like to sautee my onions and add a small can of diced chilies. That's a flavor combo I LOVE! The cornflake topping is classic (no need to sautee the flakes; simply melt the butter in a saucepan, add the cornflakes, stir, and add to the top of the casserole). French fried onions are great as well; I set my oven to broil and add them 2-3 minutes before done baking. Over the years, I've added sauteed green (or red) peppers as well. I've also used this as a breakfast casserole and added some maple breakfast sausage. The add-ins/possibilities are endless! Use whatever you like - holds up well to changes.
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Zesty Porcupine Meatballs

Reviewed: Dec. 15, 2012
Growing up in the 70's/early 80's, this dinner brought me down memory lane. A quick scan of the ingredients told me I'd need to spruce up the seasonings in the dish, which is always an easy fix for those of us who like spices. I "spiced up" both the hamburger mixture as well as the soup mixture with eyeballed amounts of onion/garlic powders, black pepper, and Lawry's (in the hamburger mix only), as well as 1/4 c breadcrumbs. I subbed out an 8 oz. can of tomato sauce since I only had 1 can of tomato soup (I used Campbell's Tomato Bisque), but I'd prefer using only the tomato soup next time. I also used the entire 1/4 c of worchestershire since I love it, and added a few pinches of brown sugar to my tomato mixture. Served over white rice, along with a quick green pepper & onion stir-fry. A tad more time-consuming than I'd like for a busy weeknight, but a delicious change-up for weekend meals. Thanks for the throwback meal memories!
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Skillet Ham, Cabbage and Potatoes

Reviewed: Dec. 8, 2012
Good comfort food! I diced my potatoes with a splash of canola oil and spices to taste and baked them instead, just out of personal preference. I added them to the cooked cabbage mixture, which made dinner on the table in less than 25 minutes. I call that a success for a weeknight! I didn't have smoked ham this time, but would defintely use that next time to amp up the flavor a bit. I'd love to experiment with this and try bacon, smoked turkey sausage or even flavored chicken sausage. This is definitely going on the fall/winter dinner rotation!
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Absolute Best Pancake Syrup

Reviewed: Dec. 8, 2012
Given all the rave reviews, this recipe was a HUGE letdown. My issue wasn't with the foamy baking soda, but rather, the watery consistency of this syrup. Not even cornstarch could save this. I just prefer THICK syrup. Guess I'll stick with the store-bought stuff, sorry!
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Spaghetti Carbonara II

Reviewed: Dec. 2, 2012
I too, mixed my eggs with the parmesan cheese and added some fresh cracked pepper and pinches of sea salt, nutmeg, and basil. I'd run out of parmesan, so I also tossed in another 1/4 c of an Italian 5-cheese blend, which included smoked provolone. If it weren't for the smoky taste the cheese provided, I would've rated this dish much lower since I found the final outcome rather bland. My husband, who is the true pasta fanatic in the house, LOVED this, hence the compromised 4-star rating. I was a little nervous tossing raw eggs over the pasta since I was also serving this to my 4 year-old, so I set the entire pan back over low heat as I was tossing the pasta, so I wouldn't scramble the eggs. I added in some steamed green peas to my plate (hubby hates peas) and used turkey bacon. Not a keeper in my book, but I'd make it again if the hubby requests it.
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Baybreeze Cocktail

Reviewed: Nov. 24, 2012
Needing a break from all the prepwork the eve before Thanksgiving, I made this cocktail. It was decent, but would've been better with flavored vodka, or better yet, Malibu rum! Defintely use a cocktail shaker and add a squeeze of lime.
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Strawberry Fluff

Reviewed: Nov. 24, 2012
I'd first tried this last Thanksgiving when my sister-in-law served it. I really liked it then, as did my daughter, so I decided to try this as dessert for Thanksgiving this year, since we aren't fans of pumpkin pie. I agree with the previous reviewer who stated that the gelatin doesn't fully dissolve. While it's still very good and I'll probably attempt again, as it's a healthier dessert option, the presentation could've been slightly better in my opinion. No sacrifice on taste however; if you don't mind the red flecks of gelatin.
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Perfect Turkey Gravy

Reviewed: Nov. 24, 2012
Quick, easy, and delicious! My pan drippings made this even better. Wonderful reheated and non-lumpy gravy, this one will remain on the Turkey Day rotation.
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