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Tarragon Chicken and Rice Soup

Reviewed: Dec. 11, 2014
The tarragon is a great flavor for this soup! I make a similar soup, but use a lot more broth to rice. The ratio of broth to rice that I use is probably more like 3-4 quarts broth to ***1*** cup of rice (but I use brown rice in a slow cooker, which might make a difference?). Actually, I typically only make this when I have a roasted chicken. After the bones are picked relatively clean, I place the leftover meat in the fridge, only adding it to the soup at the end, just to warm through. I the meantime, I place the bones in a 4-5 qt. slow cooker overnight with plenty of water, salt and vinegar, as well as onion peel scraps, and similar veggie scraps, if I have them on hand. --- In the a.m., I pull out the bones, strain the broth if needed, put in some fresh onions (chopped), and garlic (maybe whole cloves), possibly carrots, and the seasonings, plus the rice. Shortly before serving, I place the chicken meat in, and possibly (but not often) some frozen peas. The result is amazing comfort food. SO, IMHO, RubyJewel did a great job on everything, except the amount of broth........, but then, I don't use white rice and don't do a quick stove-top cooking of the rice...., which might make a good bit of difference.
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Chocolate Syrup

Reviewed: Dec. 9, 2014
Even good when we have used sucanat (the least processed raw sugar we know of). The taste is modified a little by that, but I personally like that flavor change. More than that, the added minerals help keep me from having to deal with increased auto-immune flare-ups (mine are relatively mild when I watch how much of this kind of thing I enjoy, especially when I avoid white sugar and white flour, corn and potatoes - at least for the most part.....).
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Fresh Green Bean Salad

Reviewed: Oct. 28, 2014
This is really good, with a little tweak. Well, that is, if you are like me, you need to add a bit of stevia or sweetener-of-choice in order to enjoy it. Then, let the concoction marinate for a bit (like overnight - but not necessarily that long - depends on your taste and/or how strong the radishes are). Lutzflact's choice to add dill made a lot of sense to me, as does adding some black olives: those ingredients were in another radish recipe I have learned to love (with added sweetener): matchstick celery, radish slices, minced onion, dill, S&P, and... that bit of sugar. Yum!
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Orange Oatmeal Muffins

Reviewed: Oct. 27, 2014
My husband, who doesn't like oatmeal, and who didn't remember that these muffins had oatmeal in them, really enjoyed these, even after my mouth dropped open in surprise (and thus he remembered the ___ word/ingredient). That said, in our opinion, (remembering that this is a preferential thing) these lovely muffins were a tad sweet even for breakfast muffins, let alone muffins as a side for supper..... but cutting back on the sugar a bit for our particular family is an easy adjustment..... This recipe is a keeper! Thanks, Doreen!
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German-Style Beet Salad

Reviewed: Oct. 4, 2014
Nothing wrong with this recipe.... just not my cup of tea, I guess. The beets were beautiful..... My whole family ate them without complaining (though I 'seasoned' them a tad with a sprinkling of sugar). The thing that surprised me was that they seemed to me to be way more like dilled beet pickles than I'd have ever thought. I simply couldn't taste any of the other specific flavors - not even the horseradish - certainly not the cloves. Also, I didn't care for eating the caraway seeds when they were soaked. If I'd grown up with these kinds of foods, or I ate them with a meal that they go well with, I think that perhaps I'd love them, but for me, for now...... I'd have to say.... eh.... okay.....
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Quick Cajun Vegetables

Reviewed: Oct. 3, 2014
Who'd have thought I'd wish there was nothin' on my plate but these green beans & veggies!?! Yum! ---- We had a load of green beans from a kind neighbor, so we used mostly green beans, and tossed in a little else that we happened to have on hand. I'd already tossed some onions into a skillet with into some oil before we decided what all we'd do with the green beans. Then we cooked up the other veggies combining them together with the onions..... and ...... yum!
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Baked Butternut Squash

Reviewed: Sep. 29, 2014
Ode to the possibilities with this recipe! This is truly Plain Jane - which is utterly lovely as is! But it doesn't always need to be plain....... Until I read through this recipe and the comments on it, I didn't think how easy it would be to add any seasonings we wished: olive-oil-lemon-juice-garlic-red-pepper-flakes-rosemary-and/or-sage-S&P and at the end of cooking parmesan; brown-sugar-cayenne-cinnamon-nutmeg - optionally topped with raisins and nuts; sauteed-onions,garlic,&?maybe-ginger optionally topped with green onion; sage-cinnamon-garlic-&?cream? topped with walnuts; curry&toasted-coconut&raisins&nuts; OJ-concentrate&cranberry-relish; oh, and I'm wondering about balsamic, apple slices and blue cheese; or.... cooking sherry & figs (hubs swore of 'the real stuff'...)....etc.... ****&***** (Oh! WOW! sha-bang!): CAJUN SEASONINGS (I absolutely love the Butternut Squash Cajun Fries from this site, but sadly, I don't make them as often as I'd like to eat them, all due to the work of paring them down...sometimes I simply have more butternut squash than I have time........ now I've got a NEW PLAN!)..... Thanks Coot226 - and all the rest of you too!
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Banana and Black Bean Saute

Reviewed: Aug. 21, 2014
Quick. Easy. Kids hated it. But to me, this really was okay, like acceptably good, but not something for which I think I'll spend the extra money for coconut milk........ BUT because I love the idea of a new bean breakfast dish - I thought about what I could do to try to make this work for me.....: I'LL ADD EXTRA LIME JUICE, ALLSPICE, RED PEPPER FLAKES (just a touch), BLACK PEPPER (just a touch), FRESH GINGER (tossed in before the banana), JALAPENOS (on top at the end - the tamed type so I can eat a lot of them), AND (well, for me... salt is a must, but I've salted ice cream before......)... HMMMM, AND ???MAYBE SOME FRESH BANANA SALSA w/Ginger ON TOP??? That might make it work (might try plantains instead though - both in with the beans and in the salsa) ........ OOOOOOO, AND TOASTED COCONUT FLAKES - at which point, I might be able to forego the coconut milk and use some other type of milk........ that's it..... gotta make this again!
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Stuffed Jalapeno Firecrackers

Reviewed: Jul. 19, 2014
Turns out my husband prefers cheddar.... *sigh* (I personally don't care much for these, but he loves jalapeno poppers....., so I made these ones for him..., IF you are like me, making them for someone else, you might ask which ones they prefer!
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Turnips and Onions

Reviewed: Jul. 18, 2014
Rich and so good (more caramelized than in the pic)! Didn't try to turn this into a middle eastern spread. Just used the ingredients listed. Might be good both ways - we liked it as written, but cooked longer. It had a mild horseradish affect. Great on crackers - as per sueb (thanks sueb!). Liked it on those crackers along with meats and cheeses. An excellent addition to a 'snackables' kind of meal...... Might be good on a sandwich (rye bread and/or etc.).
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Quick Gnocchi

Reviewed: Jul. 18, 2014
My family loved these quick gnocchi! It's so nice to hear that some Italian grandmothers out there 'cheat' this way too! - - - - - I smile with them when I enjoy these!
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Five Minute Ice Cream

Reviewed: Jul. 18, 2014
Fun for everyone! Fun to make! Fun to eat! Fun to plan to make again!
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Delicious Black Bean Burritos

Reviewed: Jul. 18, 2014
Good recipe. &EZ! Hubs likes as a dip w/chips too. Sons like this until the guacamole runs out. I might really love this on homemade bread rounds, but didn't take the time this go round. I'm not sure how much I'd like this w/canned beans. We use our homecooked black beans w/lots of cumin, chili powder, garlic, onion, oregano & etc. This will be in our 'extended rotation', meaning, if I need more black bean recipes (or a quick one), I'll use this one because it is so different than anything else we make & it is nice. But I prefer black beans w/ 1:banana salsa & tumeric rice (hot banana salsa from this site & just add a bit of turmeric & garlic to rice while it cooks); 2:Quinoa Black Bean Burgers (from this site); 3:a black bean casserole I made up on the quick one day(corn tortillas, black beans, salsa, & cheddar in layers); 4:a simple black bean soup made of half of my black beans & half salsa (red or green); 5:black beans & rice as a side to dishes such as Peachy Chicken Picante (from this site but with our modifications - usually prefer fish for that though). 6: sherried black bean soup - black beans pureed w/lots of onions & a touch of cooking sherry & broth as needed (so EZ since I can use a Vita-Mix or a hand blender). // I don't usually need more black bean recipes than that, but if I need a quick meal w/black beans, or I want a black bean dip, this will be handy. (probably '6' servings w/plenty of 8" tortillas would be enough for our family of 5 w/side salad)
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Chocolate Wontons

Reviewed: Jul. 17, 2014
I liked these more than my family - but maybe just because I love chocolate so much...... I have to admit I didn't think they were fabulous, but I liked them..... My family did not care for these *at all*!
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Candied Pumpkin Recipe

Reviewed: Jul. 17, 2014
Yum!
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Roasted Pumpkins

Reviewed: Jul. 17, 2014
Agreed with Pearl about the stringiness of the pumpkin: MIGHT TRY THIS: BAKE PARTIALLY, AND THEN...... work as for twice baked potatoes? Pull out the pulp, at least some of it, and then put that in a blender with some applesauce and spices, then refill the shells???? Just a thought... might not be well worth the trouble.....
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Super Summer Kale Salad

Reviewed: May 28, 2014
Wow! Superfoods never tasted so wonderful! Even Hubs & the kids like fresh kale now! NO wonder this is my new favorite salad - really, I could have eaten the whole salad myself....., and I certainly polished the bowl! Yum, yum, yum, yum, yum.... Super food fever is setting in deep!!!! Yum, yum, yum, yum, YUM! ... (and yes, this is a flexible salad: subs for sugar, fruit, nuts, all work well, try adding quinoa..... etc.)
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Homesteader Cornbread

Reviewed: May 25, 2014
Love, love, love, this cornbread recipe FOR CORN STICKS ONLY. Really - our family only likes this recipe when we make it up as corn sticks *with these modifications*: swap quantities of flour/cornmeal, use whole wheat flour, use raw sugar, soak cornmeal for 5-10 minutes, bake in preheated corn stick pans w/melted butter - but not overfilling them at all - perhaps underfilling them. For that purpose, we truly love this recipe. Nothing else compares to the crisp crunch of this recipe when a lot of crust is involved, even when/if this recipes is not whisked for the five minutes recommended in most reviews. Oh! the crunch when this is made with a bit of butter melted in pre-heated corn stick pans???? --- it's really wonderful! For other ways of baking cornbread though (muffins, in a cast iron skillet, etc.)? We have other favorites.
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German Apple-Onion Soup

Reviewed: Apr. 19, 2014
I also made a non-alcohol version. I did brown the onions though. Yum!
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Broiled Tilapia Parmesan

Reviewed: Apr. 4, 2014
Very nice as is. My kids and I all loved it. The basil fit this mixture very well, but many combinations of herbs and/or seasonings w/various cheeses would work as well. Thanks for the great idea!
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