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Espinacas con Garbanzos (Spinach with Garbanzo Beans)

Reviewed: Apr. 14, 2015
A really good start but I took away a star because i had to bump up the flavors and moisture a bit - added a glug of white wine, a few small tomatoes that were going soft and additional garlic. I always like a little acid with greens, so I served with a squeeze of lemon. The cumin was OK, but not sure if I would use again. I ate this as a light dinner, could see throwing a bit of feta or goat cheese to make it a little more hearty.
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Asian Lettuce Wraps

Reviewed: Mar. 27, 2015
Couple tweaks just based on what was in the house - ground turkey instead of beef, fresh ginger, and what I thought was hoisin sauce in my pantry turned out to be teriyaki, so I used that and the dish was still very tasty. Put shredded carrots and green onions on top for a few extra veggies...Can't do spicy, so left out the chile sauce.
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Plum Custard Kuchen

Reviewed: Mar. 9, 2015
Very nice dessert which could be adjusted for a lot of different fruits. I doubled the custard - i also topped with a little sugar at the end and popped under the broiler for two minutes to make a creme brûlée type top. The cake underneath is more like a crust or a not-very-sweet cookie, but since the custard is sweet its ok. Made in a nine inch round pan since I don't have nine inch square - turned out fine just took a couple minutes longer to cook. Might consider a little cinnamon next time, or I like the idea a few people had of using almond extract instead of vanilla. I had to use half and half because thats what was in the house, but that worked fine.
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Mother's Turtle Pie

Reviewed: Feb. 14, 2015
Very good as written - I used a pre-made graham cracker crust.
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Dijon Roasted Cauliflower

Reviewed: Feb. 5, 2015
Yummy. I usually just roast my cauliflower with olive oil, salt and pepper, and maybe some garlic - but this was a nice change. I might like even a little bolder Dijon flavor, so I may consider either increasing the dijon, or cutting back on the oil to make that flavor come thru even more. I did have shallots in the house - but if you don't I'm sure a little onion, or even the dried minced onion would be a fine substitution.
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Hash Brown Waffles

Reviewed: Feb. 2, 2015
This was a success...I was looking to make a fun breakfast on a snow day, so I made a half recipe using defrosted and drained frozen hash browns. I am sure you could season according to your preference very easily - My waffle iron makes three small round waffles, about the size of an English muffin half, so I made some poached eggs and used the hash brown waffles as the base - so we had gluten-free Eggs benedict!
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Garlic Kale Quinoa

Reviewed: Jan. 21, 2015
Tasty - did not have sesame oil so omitted that and used more garlic. Had the power greens mix (baby kale, spinach and chard) from Costco. Rather than one cup, I threw in several handfuls of that so my dish ended up being about half greens and half quinoa. Just one cup of kale wilts down to very little, so the dish would have ended up being mostly quinoa. Not that that is bad, just that I wanted more greens...
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Skillet Gnocchi with Chard & White Beans

Reviewed: Dec. 7, 2014
Very hearty - good for those "no meat Mondays." I was a little concerned about not boiling the gnocchi first but just browning it in the sauté pan - this does not cook it completely, but it cooks through and becomes tender when you add it back to the pan at the end of the process. Used broth instead of water, added a splash of red wine vinegar at the end for a little acidity (always use vinegar when I'm making chard, spinach or kale) and added capers and olives just to have a bit more interest to the dish. I used the Italian cheeses but I think goat or feta would have been good too - making it more greek than italian. Very tasty, very flexible.
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Morning Glory Muffins I

Reviewed: Nov. 19, 2014
Very good for a healthier-than-most muffin. This is a very forgiving recipe and can be adapted to what you have on hand. I Followed others advice and used applesauce (1 cup) instead of oil and apple butter. Threw in a few tablespoons each of almond meal, coconut flour, flaxseed and chia instead of the whole wheat flour. Instead of raisins, I had a dried fruit mix of raisins, craisin, dried goji berries, and cherries - plumped them up in a little hot water for a few minutes before adding them. I had pecans instead of walnuts and I just put them in the batter. Would not have minded having a few more tablespoons of them for added crunch. Used coconut sugar (1 cup) and brown sugar (1/4 cup) but could probably cut back to 1 cup sugar next time.
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Thai Chicken Vegetable Soup

Reviewed: Nov. 7, 2014
Different and yummy. Used Trader Joe's broth of the same type, and lite coconut milk, although I am sure full fat would have been even better. I did not care for the red pepper, thought it was a little too strong, so next time won't add that, might add half an onion or scallions instead. This recipe is very friendly to adding additional veggies, I threw in some left over frozen vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower and carrots) and I am sure it would be great with peas, snow peas, even green beans. Used a dash of cayenne for just a touch of heat. Great for lower carb diets, but would also be yummy with some rice or noodles added. Will be eating this for lunch all week!
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Chef John's Quiche Lorraine

Reviewed: Sep. 7, 2014
Delicious - I forgot to buy heavy cream so I used half and half instead, about a cup and a quarter, and then a half cup of 1 % milk. It was still very rich and delicious. Used frozen leeks from Trader Joes, chopped fine, which worked well. Used rice for the blind baking but found that a bit of a pain, so I am wondering if next time i could put in the layer of foil and then just put my other empty pie plate on top of that to keep the crust from bubbling up too much...Worth a try I guess.
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Baked Oatmeal II

Reviewed: Sep. 2, 2014
So I have been searching for a baked oatmeal recipe using steel cut oats and since I did not find one, I tried to use this recipe and tweak it to see how it goes...(I know, don't review a recipe if you have changed it...but there are those of us who value feedback on the versatility of a recipe,,,) Anyway, I scaled to one third, and used only 2 Tablespoons butter, 2 Tbs. coconut sugar, but added a mashed, overripe banana and a half cup of unsweetened applesauce. Increased the milk by a few tablespoons since I thought I might have to cook the steel cut oats a little longer than rolled oats. The steel cut oats were definitely still chewy after about 35 minutes of baking, if I try this again with steel cut, I will increase the wet ingredients a bit more. If serving to company, I would stick with rolled oats as the grittier steel cut oat texture may not be appealing to all.
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GA Peach Pound Cake

Reviewed: Aug. 30, 2014
Used three huge fresh peaches which were getting a little mealy/mushy at the end of the season here - so was probably closer to three cups than two. Used a splash of almond extract in addition to the vanilla and threw in about 1/3 cup of greek yogurt just for some extra moistness. - and would probably also add cinnamon next time for a little more flavor. This made one regular loaf and three mini loaves - good for dessert or breakfast.
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Slow Cooker Carnitas

Reviewed: Aug. 16, 2014
Delicious - I left out the cinnamon due to personal preference, added onion powder and tripled the rest of the spices for a 6 1/2 pound roast. Made this the day before I planned on serving - after refrigerating over night, I skimmed a lot of fat off the surface. Baked it at 400 in a shallow layer on a cookie sheet as suggested by many others, (After which even more fat could be poured off) - leaves the meat very tasty without having to eat so much fat. May try this with a leaner cut of meat in the future. This is a great versatile recipe -- cook a big roast and have meat for several meals for tacos, burritos, add BBQ sauce and serve on buns, I even put some on a salad. If there are leftovers, I bet they would freeze well.
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Shish Tawook Grilled Chicken

Reviewed: Jul. 26, 2014
left out the cinnamon and allspice as we don't care for it in savory dishes so this probably made it very unauthentic. Subbed a few shakes of paprika and turmeric. Used greek yogurt, so my marinade was a bit thick, but I wanted to try a yogurt marinade to see if it kept the chicken moist - this definitely did. Family gobbled it up.
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Aw-some Coleslaw

Reviewed: Jul. 14, 2014
Very good basic recipe. Due to personal preference, I went a little light on the mayo and sugar, and a little heavier on the vinegar (used white vinegar). Did not have lemon juice so left it out. Added a few shakes of dried minced onion since I was too lazy to cut up fresh and a tablespoon or so of chia seeds for extra crunch (I think my grandmother used to use celery seeds...) Serving it with BBQ pork sandwiches tonight.
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Flourless Chocolate Cake I

Reviewed: Jul. 10, 2014
Delicious - I used semi sweet chips (3 cups is 18 ozs) and did not alter the amount of sugar - it was sweet, but still fine. I used a 9 inch spring form pan and cooked 50 mins, and it was still runny in the middle. It is a little tough to tell when it is really done. Also, I think the instructions should say that your butter should be at room temperature, otherwise it won't incorporate very easily. I used a hand mixer and it took forever to get the mixture smooth. I like the idea of using coffee instead of water, or maybe even a few tablespoons of kahlua to give it a little different flavor.
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Tuscan Chard and Cannellini Bean Soup

Reviewed: May 13, 2014
Very good base recipe - as it says in the notes, this recipe is very tweak-able - i used canned diced tomatoes, and threw in some leftover diced chicken as well, and used Trader Joe's quick cooking faro instead of pasta. Soup is so often the thing you make when you have a few odds and ends in the fridge that need to be used - so with the help of a few things in the pantry, you have a delicious and hearty meal!
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Mango-licious Tilapia

Reviewed: Apr. 21, 2014
5 stars for good combo of flavors - even though I had to make adjustments for what I had in the house. Just made the salsa, not the marinade - and due to food sensitivities couldn't use the jalapeño - used diced cucumbers and a bit of sweet red pepper instead of avocado - the salsa might have been a bit too squishy without these crunchy vegetables. Would make again, very light and refreshing - could use with all kinds of seafood or chicken.
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