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Brazilian Cheese Bread (Pao de Queijo)

Reviewed: Mar. 23, 2012
I lived in Brazil with my husband for 3 months and ate alot of these. So I made Pao de Quijo yesterday with some modifications: I put just a bit of garlic because Brazilian Pao de Queijo doesn't smell like garlic. I am sure with garlic it's delicious, but I wanted authentic Brazilian bread. Also, I used veggie butter. If you are not vegetarian, use regular butter. I am not sure how it will come out with olive oil. I just know that our Brazilian housekeeper used butter when making bread. She was an awesome cook).
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Cioppino

Reviewed: Mar. 16, 2012
Great recipe, thanks. To make it healthy, I don't put any butter, just olive oil. It will be thick enough. As some people suggested, I put less water or no water, I just use water from canned tomatoes. If you are on a budget, you can always do a cheaper version of this soup. Obviously it won't be a true cioppino, but true one requires a lot of expensive seafood. I often use some of those not very expensive seafood mixes from Costco, add some shrimp and couple of scallops and some fish and voila.... I do pay attention to the spices though. That is what makes the soup taste good. Even cheaper version will taste good and if you are on a budget, you can still eat sort of Cioppino as often as you want. Plus, it's super healthy
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Absolute Mexican Cornbread

Reviewed: Mar. 16, 2012
Great recipe, thanks. I use vegetarian butter, brown sugar (and less than in the recipe) to make the bread healthier. I use pepper Jack as well per somebody's advice here, instead of other cheeses. It makes the bread just a bit spicy. Otherwise, great recipe
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Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup

Reviewed: Mar. 16, 2012
Healthy version: forget sugar. No sugar in any soup needed. Forget butter, use olive oil to cook onion and that is all. You can forget chicken broth as well. Vegetable broth will do. I don't add flour as well. Flour is needed to make a broth thicker. So, if you add less water, you will need less flour to make your water thicker. The point is why to add all those ingridients if you want to be healthy and not fat? I don't put sour cream either. But it's up to you. The MOST IMPORTANT: roast tomatoes as well. It brings flavor in cheap tomatoes that you can use for this soup. (Well, you not gonna use heirloom, correct?). Bottomline, you soup can be delicious and healthy at the same time. I changed the recipe and I do it the way I described and its awesome
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