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Crab Stuffed Flounder

Reviewed: Mar. 30, 2006
Very good and also adaptable. I didn't have enough crabmeat on hand so I used one can of crab and one can of baby wild shrimp. Also used 1 tsp. of dijon mustard instead of the dry, added 1/2 tsp. Old Bay, and used only half as much butter to cut back on fat, subbed red pepper for green, and omitted the salt and the mayo/egg topping altogether.
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Quinoa Tabbouleh

Reviewed: Jun. 1, 2010
Made this into a lunch by adding feta cheese and a couple tablespoons of olive tapenade I had on hand. Added just the flavor boost I wanted. Never liked the traditional taboule with bulgar wheat, but this is great!
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Banana Cake II

Reviewed: Jun. 10, 2010
Very good - I added a little more banana than it caled for just to use up my overripe bananas. Also subbed 1/2 cup applesauce for that amount of butter. Chopped up a couple chocolate bars and stirred them in, too.
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Blueberry Pound Cake

Reviewed: Aug. 24, 2010
Delicious! I used a few more berries than the recipe called for because they needed to be used up - and they were not the sweetest berries (thats why I made the cake and didn't just eat them as is!) but the cake was still Yummy. Anyway, delicious batter - could have eaten that with a spoon! May try with peaches or even chocolate chips for something new!
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Chinese Chicken Fried Rice II

Reviewed: Aug. 26, 2010
Super easy meal to use up leftover rice and chicken! I bet it would freeze well, too. I just scrambled the egg and set aside and didn't bother with cutting into shreds. Per other reviews, I left out the pepper and added a splash of sesame oil with the veg. oil. Also shredded the onion (picky kids hate to find pieces of onion in their dinner) I added 2 cloves of garlic, minced with the onion and grated half of a large carrot. Threw in some frozen peas and voila! Easy one pot meal.
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Cindy's Awesome Clam Chowder

Reviewed: Aug. 28, 2010
Delicious, especially considering how easy. Used Yukon Gold potatoes, and cut back to 3 cups of dairy (1 cup half and half, 2 cups whole milk, not sure I saved many calories...) Used one pack of leek soup mix, that seemed to be enough, and did not need the salt that was called for when you add the potatoes and carrots.
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Ham and Cheese Bowties

Reviewed: Oct. 5, 2010
Good basic recipe, I doubled so we would have leftovers. Personally, I like my cheese with a little more zip, so I would go for sharp or extra sharp and maybe a little more mustard.
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Banana Oat Muffins

Reviewed: Oct. 5, 2010
OK, Yum! Even with "healthy" changes (applesauce instead of oil, half white whole wheat flour, half AP flour) these were delish. Added some leftover butterscotch morsels I had on hand and they made them awesome. Actually made more than 12 muffins for me - I had to put some leftover batter in a mini loaf pan.
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Sweet and Spicy Green Beans

Reviewed: May 24, 2010
Delicious! Easy for a weeknight, but fancy enough for company too! Would be good for picnics this summer as it is also wonderful served at room temperature and no mayo to go bad...
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Cavatelli and Broccoli

Reviewed: Oct. 11, 2010
Great recipe, pretty much right off the back of the Celantano cavatelli bag! Except they called for only 12 oz. of cavatelli and 2 bunches of broccoli, but I would say that Linda probably has it right - with more pasta and broccoli, it would be a little less oily, which was my only complaint about Celantano's recipe. I also think it would be good with a little pasta water thrown in to diffuse the oil. Salt is key, don't skimp.
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Layered Greek Dip

Reviewed: Nov. 4, 2010
Delicious - served at Bunco and it got rave reviews from the girls. I used powdered garlic as I was a little nervous about people getting a chunck of raw garlic. I think you could lose the green onions - be sure to use good quality feta, the real stuff is becoming more available. Goat cheese would work well also.
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Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies

Reviewed: Dec. 17, 2010
Very good cookie - I used a "Bittersweet" choc. chip instead of semi-sweet just because we prefer, but that chip was a bit bigger than the regular chips so it created big chocolatey blobs throughout the cookies - just didn't look as pretty. Next time I will use a chip more uniform in size to the creme de menthe baking chip.
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Ghirardelli® Triple Chocolate Truffle Cake

Reviewed: Dec. 19, 2010
decadent and delicious, but soooo rich! Really you can get 16 servings out of this cake, it is like eating a giant truffle. Decorated with raspberries, but I am thinking crushed candy cane may also be fun for the holidays. My springform pan worked well.
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Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Reviewed: Dec. 22, 2010
I totally cheated and used a bag of peanut butter cookie mix - made as directed then shaped into balls and followed the rest of the recipe. Yummy! Just watch the cookies closely, the will look they are not quite done, but if you leave them a minute longer, they will be too dark on the edges.
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Ghirardelli® Ultimate Chocolate Fondue

Reviewed: Feb. 22, 2011
How can you go too far wrong with chocolate fondue? Per other reviews, I used a bit less milk and I used one bag of semi-sweet chips (12 oz) instead of the bars. Verrry chocolately, but that is the point. bananas and mini cream puffs were the favorite dippers.
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Parmesan Fondue

Reviewed: Feb. 22, 2011
Very good, but very mild. That was what we wanted since we had lots of kids - if it was all adults, I would have added a bit of garlic and italian seasoning to kick it up a bit. Mini roasted potatoes and tortellini were a hit to dip. Thickens up quite a bit in the fondue pot, keep stirring!
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Simple Scones

Reviewed: Jun. 1, 2011
for a great savory scone - cut the sugar in half and add a handful of shredded cheddar cheese and a few snips of fresh chives - awesome! Made several variations - choc. chips; pecans and caramel bits; fresh blueberries. all yummy. I usually make two rounds and cut each into six for a smaller scone. Will try with Greek yogurt instead of sour cream next time to save a few cals!
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Baked Teriyaki Chicken

Reviewed: Oct. 13, 2010
Very good and simple, double the sauce - could try with turkey breast or pork chops and would probably be good as well. Served with stirfry frozen veggies from Costco (surprisingly good, cook up crispy not mushy!) and rice for a quick easy weeknight supper.
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Orzo with Parmesan and Basil

Reviewed: May 8, 2010
I thought this was very good, and an easy side dish for a weeknight. My picky kids were not impressed, however...
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Scalloped Potatoes and Onions

Reviewed: May 8, 2010
very good - I used a little less onion due to picky children...I had trouble with my potatoes turning gray -- couldn't slice them fast enough. Next time I would either have the sauce already made and put the potatoes immediately in the sauce, or else slice the potatoes and immediately drop into a pot of cold water...kind of a pain as an extra step, but it would look a whole lot better. I used a large, shallow casserole dish, so they were done in about 1 hour 45 minutes.
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