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Blueberry Sauce

Reviewed: Jan. 11, 2014
We enjoyed this on pancakes! I used lemonade instead of OJ (it's what I had and like the combo of lemon/blueberry).
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Russian Mushroom and Potato Soup

Reviewed: Oct. 16, 2012
I did substitute veg broth instead of chicken (to make vegetarian) and whole milk instead of half-and-half (because it's what I had) but don't think these subs changed the integrity of the recipe so I'm rating it still. It was very good, and I will def make this regularly! I didn't find it too bland at all, not too salty (type/brand of broth used makes big difference), and the dill was a nice change of pace from the spices I typically use in soups. While blending some of the soup would thicken it, I enjoyed the texture of the thick and chunky broth by using milk/flour to thicken; it makes it more of a hearty main meal than a first course. Worth the calories. The only change I will probably do going forward is an onion instead of leeks, only because it's what I normally have on hand. I'm not a huge fan of potato soups so thank you for giving me a version that I devour!
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Easy Granola Bars

Reviewed: Aug. 4, 2013
Tip: need to generously butter AND flour the pan for the bars not to stick. Parchment paper, even when also buttered, still stuck to the bars. I have made these several times, and we love this recipe, especially now that I can get them out of the pan. As with most things homemade, so much better than store bought granola bars. I actually bought some name brand ones recently when in a hurry, and they tasted so "processed" and bland in comparison now. Very easy, very flexible for changing up the add-ins! I use old-fashioned oats, not the quick or instant kind, because it's what I have and think they work great. Thanks for the recipe!
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Molasses Sugar Cookies

Reviewed: Dec. 19, 2012
I made this according to some of the suggestions in the reviews. I substituted 1/2c butter for some of the shortening and used ground allspice for the cloves (all I had). I also didn't melt and cool the shortening, just creamed together with the sugar. These were good cookies, and mine weren't too flat and stayed chewy. We wanted a spiced molasses cookie, and that is definitely what this is. If you don't want to taste molasses or the spice, these aren't for you. While these were all eaten, if I make these again I'll definitely sub butter for all the shortening (just dietary preference), but before that I'll try different spiced cookie recipes. I felt these were missing something. Good but not great...tasted store bought (probably all the shortening).
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Chef John's Macaroni and Cheese

Reviewed: Nov. 15, 2013
This is very good! I was looking for a mac and cheese recipe that didn't call for processed cheese, and I've enjoyed Chef John's recipes previously. I'll make it again, though I'll play with the spices a little as not quite perfect blend yet for my taste buds. However, I will halve the recipe as this makes more than 6 servings! I bet the leftovers will be yummy though.
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Jay's Signature Pizza Crust

Reviewed: Sep. 21, 2012
As a Chicago pizza snob, I never buy frozen pizzas and rarely eat at any national pizza chains so my homemade pizza has some big shoes to fill. This crust, while better than others, doesn't stop my search for a go-to pizza crust recipe. It just doesn't have the chewiness that it promised and is a bit bland. After making it a few times, I prefer it with added spice per other reviewers' suggestions (I add 1t Italian seasoning, 1/4t garlic powder, and increase sugar to 1T). Maybe it depends on pan size/thickness, but it doesn't need pre-baking to cook through (and my try at pre-baking just made it drier) as been suggested. I have a feeling the crust I crave needs a lot more oil (which negates the healthier homemade version I'm going for so haven't experimented with that yet), bread flour instead of all-purpose, and a pizza stone. Overall, this is a good crust that I'll make occasionally until I find my perfect recipe.
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Tuna Noodle Casserole from Scratch

Reviewed: Sep. 21, 2012
As recipe is written, 3.5 stars so I bumped it up to 4. With additional spices and a little more sauce (bit dry), it has the potential to be 5 star recipe. I've added thyme & marjoram and felt it could use a dash more of something. I love that this recipe doesn't include canned soup (with all those processed ingredients) and is economical so I'll keep tweaking it to make it perfect for our taste buds. I've made without the crumb topping and didn't miss it. I also save a pan to clean by just pushing mushroom mixture to side of pan, add butter/flour, whisk in milk, and then eventually mix all together.
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Vegetarian Tortilla Soup

Reviewed: Jul. 16, 2013
Yippee, I get to eat tortilla soup again! Not many chicken dishes I still craved after I stopped eating meat few years ago, but I would fondly look at chicken tortilla soup on Mexican menus. Mmm. This veg version hits the spot! The 1st time I made it, I didn't realize I was almost out of cumin so I only added 1T, plus 1t of chili powder. Delicious but felt it could use a bit more kick. The next week I made another batch, and I added 2T cumin (since reviewers thought 3T too much) plus the chili powder. Too much cumin. Next time I'll stick to just 1T cumin and kick up the chili powder to 1T. Both times used 3 cans of green chilis. It adds good flavor but not too much heat (I like my spice "medium"). Also, I'm not usually a garnish girl but def add the squeeze of lime (fresh, not bottled if have it) and the chips. Think of them as ingredients, necessary to the flavor! I also added avocado and will start adding beans. As is recipe is 4 stars but with a few tweaks, I'll make it regularly!
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Chunky Tomato Potato Soup

Reviewed: Apr. 10, 2013
This has the potential to be a delicious vegetable stew! Great basic idea but the recipe needs tweaking. My vegetables were (adult) bite-size and nowhere near done after 20 minutes of simmering...give it at least an hour. I added 2c veg broth and still needed to add more water after simmering so long. The seasonings, in my opinion, need changing up, too. It's not bland but just not homemade yummy (waaay better than canned if that's all you're used to though). I'll definitely make this again but with enough changes to not really be this recipe anymore.
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