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Perfect Ten Baked Cod

Reviewed: Jul. 29, 2014
We made this for dinner tonight and it was good, but not great. The topping combination is really what made this dish, but when you add buttered ritz crackers to any dish it's almost guaranteed to be good. I thought the fish itself was bland and didn't absorb the butter or wine flavours, and all of the topping that fell off the fish into the wine turned soggy (naturally). Even though I wasn't a big fan, both my husband and toddler liked it, so compromising with 3 stars.
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Chef John's Gazpacho

Reviewed: Jul. 15, 2014
Delicious! I made this tonight and it tasted fresh, flavourful, and healthy. The only change I made was to cut the amount of oil in half to reduce the fat content, and I left out the pepper to make it child-friendly. Even my picky toddler finished a bowl (I pureed his so he couldn't pick out the veggies). My only comment would be that the serving size seems a little off to me (or maybe my tomatoes just weren't large enough) but the serving size for 6 was just barely enough for 2 adults and a toddler. Otherwise it was great, and will definitely make again!
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Szechwan Shrimp

Reviewed: Jul. 14, 2014
We just made this for dinner tonight. It's fast, easy, and low fat--just what I was looking for. I only made a few changes, I used fresh ginger, left out the red pepper flakes (to make this kid-friendly), and used half the amount of oil. I marinated the shrimp in the sauce for 30 minutes before adding the cornstarch, then while frying the shrimp added the cornstarch to the sauce. I fried up some shredded carrots, shallots, and red bell pepper with the shrimp and served with rice and roasted broccoli (I thought the crunchy texture of the roasted broccoli really complemented this!). My picky toddler took one bite and then refused to eat anymore (as normal) but then when he thought we weren't looking shoveled the rest into his mouth--he completely cleaned his plate. Delicious and easy!
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Unhealthy Quinoa Mac and Cheese

Reviewed: Jul. 4, 2013
I really wanted to love this, especially after reading all of the positive reviews. I love Quinoa, and I LOVE mac n cheese, so I thought this would be amazing. However, I really wasn't a fan of the unique Quinoa flavour combined with this dish. I made this twice--once following the recipe (except I used 2% milk instead of skim) and decided it needed a little bit more flavour, so the second time I added some paprika, garlic and onion powder to step 5. I also cut up the tomatoes and mixed them throughout the quinoa, and added some extra cheese, and crumbled bacon over the top. Whole family agreed it was much better with the additions! My husband and toddler both liked it, but as I wasn't a fan, I won't be making it again. Thanks anyway for the new idea!
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Jeff's Hot Dog Chili

Reviewed: Aug. 3, 2012
I made this recipe twice--once following the recipe exactly and again with some changes. As written, the recipe is pretty good but is missing 'something' and is a little runny, as other reviewers found (hence the 3 stars). I made it a second time and this time used beef broth instead of water (and omitted adding the extra salt), added 1 clove of garlic, and used tomato paste instead of sauce (made it less runny), and added 1/2 a tsp of brown sugar. I also reduced the amount of chili powder (to 1/2 tsp) to make it more child-friendly, and my toddler and husband both loved it!
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Simple Scones

Reviewed: Jun. 11, 2011
All I can say is: WOW! I've had this recipe saved for YEARS but finally got around to trying it today. I made the 'blueberry/lemon' variation (adding fresh blueberries at the end instead of dried) and I followed other reviewers suggestions and threw everything into a food processor (I used frozen butter) and it was perfect. I'm glad I read in another review that "sticky is an understatement!" because I was afraid I didn't use enough flour, but once I managed to get them on the pan they came out PERFECT. I just finished eating my second... and might go back for a third! Thanks for sharing!
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Avocado Feta Salsa

Reviewed: Mar. 28, 2010
I've made this at least 10 times since I first found this recipe, and since I'm munching on it yet again I thought it was time to leave a review. This recipe is delicious! It has officially become my replacement to guacamole. I only made some slight changes-- using 2 avacados, and adding a bit of salt/pepper and paprika. I've used both cilantro and parsley, and while my preference is for the cilantro, the parsley is also delicious! I also suggest using the red wine vinegar (and whatever you do-- don't leave out the feta!). I get regular requests to bring this to parties-- it's definitely a keeper!
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Tex-Mex Turkey Soup

Reviewed: Dec. 3, 2009
I made this soup almost exactly as per the directions (except I only used 1.5 tsp Chili powder and forgot to add the tomatoes) and my fiance and I still thought this was mildly spicy-- we made sure to have enough sour cream on the top to help tone down the spice a bit. This would be too spicy for people who don't tolerate spiciness well (i.e. my mother :). We had this as leftovers for a few days afterwards as well and it was even better-- great with extra cheese and scooped up with tortilla chips. Thanks!
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Hot Peanut Sauce

Reviewed: Aug. 24, 2009
I'm giving this recipe 5 stars WITH the changes I made. I took the advice of many others and added 1/2 tsp ground ginger root, 1 crushed clove garlic, and pinches of both garlic and onion powder, and slightly less soy sauce (I ran out). I used crunchy peanut butter and my fiance says it's the BEST he's ever eaten (we live in the Netherlands and this "satay sauce" is eaten quite regularly, so that's a big complement). I also tried adding less water (some reviews said it was 'like watery peanut butter' but I ended up adding the rest of the water because it was so thick! I think the amount in the recipe is perfect). My only other comment would be that the serving size is for 6 people, but we ate it with stirfry veggies and we used the entire amount between the two of us. For more than 2 - 4 people, I would definitely double this recipe! Delicious, will make again and again!
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Broccoli Souffle

Reviewed: Oct. 29, 2008
I just made this recipe for dinner but made a lot of changes (due to time constraints). I boiled the broccoli in chicken broth (for flavour) and added chopped potatoes as well. I made the sauce in a seperate pan (added garlic, omitted salt), then poured it over the potatoes, onion, and broccoli in a sauce pan (after I drained them), added grated cheese, the egg whites (I only used 2), and about 1 tbsp mayo, and cooked it all for 5 - 7 min on the stovetop. Then I threw it in a dish and covered it with italian seasoned bread crumbs, and cooked it in the oven for about 15 min. It was still kind of soggy (a little longer in the oven would have helped) but everyone ate it up. I served it with meatloaf and it was a good side dish. I might make it again if I play around with it a little more, but it was a good last-minute solution.
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Potato Leek Soup III

Reviewed: Sep. 14, 2008
Yummy! I had 2 leeks and was looking for a good soup recipe, and definitely found a winner. This soup is also dynamic and other veggies/herbs could easily be added to it. Some changes I made, 1) instead of chicken broth I used 4 cups of water and 2 chicken boullion cubes 2) I used 1 cup of 2% milk to just make it slightly creamy 3) I only used 1/4 cup of butter for the leeks and added 3 crushed cloves of garlic as well 4) I added 1/4 cup of white wine when cooking the leeks and 5) I added about 1 tbsp of dried parsley to the soup, 1 tsp of ground white pepper, and 1 tsp of nutmeg (suggestion by my mother-in-law) and it actually added a nice smoothness as well. Using a wooden fork, I mashed as many of the potato chunks in the soup as I could after cooking it (don't have a food processor yet!) which gave it a nice texture, and I garnished with grated cheese. Will definitely make again with my changes!
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Grandma's Lemon Meringue Pie

Reviewed: Jun. 15, 2008
This was AMAZING!!! The only (very minor) change I made was to add 1 tsp of lemon juice and zest to the meringue after whipping it, but otherwise the recipe was perfect! My meringue didn't get 'hard' at all and was very flat (I've heard meringue is hard to get right, I'll have to try again) but it was still DELICIOUS! Definitely a keeper!!
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Banana Banana Bread

Reviewed: May 26, 2008
I made several additions to this recipe, but they made it even better! I added 1 tsp vanilla, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp Allspice, and 1/2 cup cream cheese. I've also made it both with butter and substituting apple sauce instead- both great. I would recommend using a topping on it as well, but it's delicious either way. Also, I blended the wet ingredients but took others advice and spoon-mixed them into the dry ingredients without blending. Perfect! Definitely a keeper!
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Simple Pancakes

Reviewed: May 18, 2008
I'm only giving these pancakes 4 stars WITH modifications. First of all they were rubbery, but I believe that's a result of using the baking soda instead of powder. I made several modifications, instead of the oil and butter I substituted applesauce. I added another 1/2 cup of flour and 1/2 tsp baking soda, 1 tbsp of sugar (instead of a tsp), 1/2 tsp cinnamon, and only a dash of salt. They cooked really well (and fluffed up a bit) but the flavour was still a little bland. Maybe I'll try adding some almond extract next time? Definitely a "simple" recipe and you need to play with it to make it good. Great in a pinch though!
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Camp Cornbread

Reviewed: May 18, 2008
I followed the recipe almost exactly (as per other suggestions, I added slightly less sugar) and I used the Jiffy cornbread mix, but I was just not impressed. It would do in a pinch, but I felt the flavour was pretty bland and nothing special. Oh yea, and I used a 8x8 square baking pan- the 13x9 must be an error. I'll keep searching for other recipes.
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Beth's Spicy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Reviewed: Jul. 23, 2007
These came out really well. I only made some slight changes, I used heaping teaspoons of whatever herbs it suggested (some other reviewers complained of not enough flavour) and I'm not a huge raisin fan, but I used white chocolate and a dried fruit mix (cranberries, cherries, and blueberries) and they tasted wonderful! I did have trouble with them falling apart a bit, but the taste made up for it!
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Crab Tuna Souffle

Reviewed: Jun. 14, 2007
This is a very good idea and it tasted pretty good, but not great. I would, however, make it again and try adding different things to it. It was also very heavy and filling and fed 6 people (3 adults and 3 picky children who ate it as well). The only thing I really changed was to make 2 layers and found that that was plenty, and used Gouda cheese instead of muenster. I'll definitely try it with other fishes/meats as well!
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White Cheese Chicken Lasagna

Reviewed: Jun. 13, 2007
Yummy! I made this for dinner tonight and even one of the pickiest kids ate it. I added the spinach (I used fresh spinach) in with the cheese mixture as per another reviewer, but I could have better spent the extra 5 minutes to layer it like the recipe said. Otherwise the taste was great and everyone gobbled it up. I also boiled the chicken in chicken broth and shredded it (it takes a lot more time but I think it gives it a nice texture) then cooked the lasagna noodles in the chicken broth. Full of flavour! Will definitely make again!
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Brown Sugar Meatloaf

Reviewed: Jun. 12, 2007
This was wonderful! The only changes I made were to use 1/2 cup of milk, 1/3 cup brown sugar (all I had, but it was the perfect amount) and italian seasoned bread crumbs--perfect. I used one medium onion and added about 1/2tsp of onion powder as well. I cooked it in a gas oven at 200C for 1 hour and it was perfect. I made this for 6 people (3 adults and 3 children) and everyone gobbled it up! Will definitely be making it again!
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Greek-Style Stuffed Peppers

Reviewed: Jun. 6, 2007
These came out great: with some modifications. I've made them twice, both times just with red bell peppers (I prefer them) and added garlic and onions to the meat mix. Instead of just pork, I used a 1/2 beef 1/2 pork mixture. I increased the amount of feta by a bit (also by preference) and the 2nd time I was out of raisins so I used dried cranberries and they came out just as tasty. I also found it didn't fill as many peppers as the recipe indicated, so I cut off the tops of the peppers, piled the little extra on each of the tops, covered them in foil and baked them as well for anyone who wanted a bit of seconds. I left the foil on till the last 5 minutes and increased the cooking time by about 10 min to get the peppers softer. They came out great, and I will certainly be making them again with the changes.
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