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Broccoli Soup

Reviewed: Sep. 29, 2012
Very good, healthy soup - just what I was looking for! Love broccoli soup, but wanted one without all the cream and cheese. Skipped the nutmeg since I am not a big fan and used a bit of thyme and just a dash of cayenne. My favorite way of topping these healthy soups to add richness is with a tablespoon or so of no-fat greek yogurt. Stir it into your hot soup and it adds a little tang and creaminess, just like sour cream would! Also, I recommend Gisela's Butternut Squash soup on this site for another great healthy soup!
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Gingerbread I

Reviewed: Sep. 26, 2012
This was quite good - i used butter since I did not have shortening in the pantry. I was a little more generous with the spices than the recipe called for, but did not quite double the., Also added a few shakes of ground cloves since my favorite gingerbread cookie recipe calls for that. I used this recipe to make the cake part of the gingerbread pear upside down cake on this site (instead of a box mix) - I used apples instead of pears (always have to adjust to what is on hand!) - great fall dessert - but make sure you have whipped cream or vanilla ice cream to top it off!
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Gingerbread Pear Cake

Reviewed: Sep. 26, 2012
OK, with apologies to the allrecipes purists who hate when you don't follow the recipe exactly...I used two fresh apples, peeled and sliced instead of the pear. Also had to sub "sugar in the raw" because I didn't realize I had run out of brown sugar. I used the "Gingerbread I" recipe from this site for the cake onstead of a mix...turned out great! Wish I had some whipped cream or vanilla ice cream, that would have made it outrageous.
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Summer Fresh Pasta with Tomatoes and Prosciutto

Reviewed: Sep. 5, 2012
Delicious and light! I cut the 1/3 cup of olive oil back to a scant 1/4 cup to save a few calories, and I still had no need for the pasta water. I definitely agree with the reviewers who recommended putting the sauce ingredients together an hour or two ahead of time at room temperature to let the flavors combine. My daughter couldn't keep her fork out of the bowl - I thought I wasn't going to have anything left for dinner! She said it tasted just like bruschetta. I used the campari tomatoes they sell at Costco and they worked great.
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Salsa Chicken Rice Casserole

Reviewed: Aug. 5, 2012
Considering how easy this was - it was pretty darn good. I had leftover rice pilaf and chicken breasts already baked, so I just threw this together. Did not use the cream of chicken soup as I didn't have any, and used mostly medium salsa (this might help those that found the casserole a little bland). I could see tweaking this for a meatless entree - use kidney or black beans and some corn instead of the chicken and use brown rice instead of white - would probably be great. And if you go easy on the cheese, it is relatively healthy too!
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Plum Buckle

Reviewed: Aug. 1, 2012
This was quite good - like many others, I had a bunch of plums that were going soft and needed to be used. The fruit part of the cake was quite tart, I might add a bit of sugar next time. The cake was very good, but the cinnamon topping was not crumbly for some reason - it went on gooey. I was expecting it to be more like a coffee cake topping. I found it definitely benefited from vanilla ice cream...
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Roasted Yam and Kale Salad

Reviewed: Jul. 26, 2012
This was an interesting combination - I don't know what jewel yams are, so I used regular yams, and they were pretty big, so I felt like there was too much yam and not enough kale in my salad. Also, did not taste the vinegar much at all, may try balsamic or add a touch more...I did not wait for this to cool off, it is great as a warm dish as well...A little crunch might be nice - almonds or sunflower seeds??
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Grilled Portobello Mushrooms

Reviewed: Jul. 13, 2012
pretty good, but not 5 star due to a couple things - these really could have used some seasoning - salt, Italian seasoning, something. They were good but a bit bland. Also, watch your grill temp - I guess I made a mistake and misinterpreted the recipe's instruction for "hot" grill to mean "high" on my grill's burner dial and mine got a little too charred on the outside before they were cooked all the way thru. Next time I will turn it back to medium or medium low...Will try again with these modifications.
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Healthy Garden Salad

Reviewed: Jun. 16, 2012
easy and very good - easy to tweak depending on what you have on hand. Used EVOO instead of grapeseed oil - and ran short of tomatoes so used half a red pepper too. Vidalia onion instead of green. Great for potlucks.
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Marinated Grilled Shrimp

Reviewed: May 27, 2012
Easy and delicious! I used dried basil because I did not have fresh and just a few shakes of cayenne, then just threw them in a grill basket.
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Grilled Pork Chops with Balsamic Caramelized Pears

Reviewed: Mar. 22, 2012
5 stars for taste - the directions merit a 4 star rating. First, the salt and sugar do not dissolve in the brine unless you heat it, and then you have to cool it so you don't precook your chops. I have used other brine recipes that dissolve the salt etc. in a small amount of hot water and then use ice cubes to cool it off and bring it to the correct amount of liquid. Also, you have to be careful about cooking the pears too long - mine were ripe and would have been total mush if I cooked them at high heat and then for 7 minutes. But, I am being very picky, and the dish was delicious with unique flavors. Cooked on my indoor electric grill and used thyme because I did not have any rosemary.
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Chef John's Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

Reviewed: Mar. 20, 2012
So I watched the video of this recipe that was posted on the home page, and decided to try it...Had to improvise a bit (apologies to you review purists) used Capt. Morgans spiced rum and had no pineapple juice since I used pre-sliced fresh pineapple in a plastic container and it had a little sponge on the bottom which stole all the juice. Subbed OJ. Subbed a few dashes of cinnamon and nutmeg for cardamom (personal preference). My skillet was a bit larger than 12 inches, so my batter just barely covered the pineapple and cooked up in about 20-25 minutes. Very tasty - very buttery
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Apple Squares

Reviewed: Mar. 2, 2012
5 stars for taste, but the 4 stars are because I just barely had enough batter to cover the bottom of my 8x8 pan (obviously smaller than the 9x9 called for in the recipe). Otherwise, very tasty. I cut back on the sugar maybe a 1/4 cup overall and did not use all the sugary topping. Would make again, but maybe triple to put in a 9x13 or do 1 1/2 times the recipe for the 8x8.
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Cream of Mushroom Soup

Reviewed: Feb. 29, 2012
Very good basic recipe. I used a rehydrated mix of mushrooms that I had on hand. As many others did, I cut the flour to about 4 TBSP and used about 3/4 cup of 1% milk and only 1/4 cup half and half to cut down on the fat. Added a few shakes of thyme and garlic powder and a splash of white wine at the end.
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Green Bean Stir-Fry

Reviewed: Feb. 27, 2012
Really nice flavor - great way to enhance your green beans. To cut down on the fat, I steamed the beans, added a tsp. of sesame oil to the dressing and then tossed. Best hot, however, I was hoping to serve as a room temp salad, but the peanut butter sort of congealed a bit. Bet it Would be delicious on any steamed or stir-fried veggies.
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Roasted Carrot Salad

Reviewed: Feb. 27, 2012
5 star taste, the 4 stars was because I had trouble with my almonds burning before the carrots were cooked. The first time I made this, i only had the very thin-sliced almonds on hand, so I put the carrots in for 15 minutes before I added the almonds, and they still burned. The second time I had the larger, thicker pieces and they still got burned. I would suggest maybe toasting them separately. I also tried the reciped once with balsamic vinegar, but liked it better as written. The taste is a little too sweet with the balsamic and it gives everything a brown color that is not so appetizing. Also - Allrecipes editors - the photo you are displaying is not an accurate representation of this salad at all. There are tomatoes and shredded carrots in the picture, no evidence of nuts, cheese or cranberries. No disrespect to the photographer - it is a beauty, but this is a completely different salad.
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Lemon Chicken Piccata

Reviewed: Feb. 17, 2012
very good simple recipe. Don't skip the butter at the end - really finishes the sauce nicely and smooths out some of the tartness of the lemon.
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Apple Enchilada Dessert

Reviewed: Jan. 29, 2012
Very good. I used 6 inch flour tortillas -- which was plenty big for a serving size. Also used homemade apple pie filling. Very good - a little runny.
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Chicken Breasts Stuffed with Perfection

Reviewed: Jan. 23, 2012
These were very good, but I think for all the prep and fiddling with rolling up the chicken, I would rather just have a sauce with all the ingredients. Maybe I feel that way because mine were not pretty, I had to use three toothpicks in each roll to keep them closed...Or maybe I will do what some others have done and just cut a pocket and shoved the stuffing in that way...
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Chicken Piccata with Artichoke Hearts

Reviewed: Jan. 23, 2012
Delicious - I used shallots instead of onion and frozen artichokes because that is what I had. My sauce did not benefit from the artichoke liquid, therefore, but was good all the same. I also did not add the butter at the end and found the sauce plenty rich without it.
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