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Vegetarian Four Cheese Lasagna

Reviewed: May 10, 2010
I made the recipe following it closely (but used butternut squash instead of pumpkin). The 5 star part of the recipe was the ricotta-squash-pesto mixture which was beyond delicious, but I thought when combined with the eggplant and halved tomatoes (I used romas), that these extra ingredients didn't work together (so minus 2 stars since these were major components of the dish). For the butternut squash, I cubed the fresh squash and tossed with olive oil, salt, pepper, and some dried sage and then roasted in the oven for about 30-40 minutes. For the pesto, I made a fresh arugla pesto with toasted pine nuts, garlic, and olive oil. I would make a variation of this recipe again with some changes. For the halved fresh tomatoes, I would use canned Italian or fire-roasted flavor diced tomatoes. I would leave out the eggplant entirely, and maybe use zucchini instead.
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Ginataang Manok (Chicken Cooked in Coconut Milk)

Reviewed: Jan. 17, 2010
Delicious -- please note I did not follow the recipe as written, however like other reviewers have mentioned, the flavor combination was a great starting point. How I cooked this: Heated 1 Tbsp butter in a pot that I could cover later, browned 2 chicken breasts on both sides in the butter. After browning, I cut the chicken into smaller pieces to cook faster. I added 1 can of coconut milk into the pot and also added ground ginger, garlic powder and onion powder, salt and pepper. Cooked with lid slightly propped open for about 20 minutes. Threw in some pre-washed spinach leaves and it was good to go.
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Rustic Round Herb Bread

Reviewed: Nov. 20, 2009
Five stars for being easy, quick, tasty and flexible. I didn't have yogurt, so I just used some buttermilk instead. My bread came out kind of like a big biscuit, crunchy top with soft middle -- yum. I suspect you could also substitute sour cream for the yogurt too. And obviously the spices are adjustable to personal preference as other reviewers have noted.
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Sukhothai Pad Thai

Reviewed: Oct. 2, 2009
YUM - and I love the recipe flexibility. Following other reviews, I replaced the vinegar with fresh lime juice. I didn't have time to go to an Asian grocery store for tamarind, so instead I just used tamarind nectar (comes in a soda pop style can) that was available at my local Safeway in the Hispanic foods section. I forgot to buy peanuts, so I just added a heaping tablespoon of peanut butter to the sauce. Everything tasted fantastic, will definitely be making again.
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My Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookie

Reviewed: Aug. 29, 2009
There seems to be two camps for this cookie, those who like the crumbly texture and those who don't. Unfortunately I am in the latter category, these tasted too oily and overall I did not like the texture. I did not have any problems mixing the dough in an electric mixer (as another reviewer mentioned), and I did use 1/2 less cup chocolate chips just because that's my personal preference.
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Greek-Style Baked Salmon

Reviewed: Mar. 5, 2009
I love dishes that are easy to prepare and this one definitely fits the bill. Overall, I thought it was good, but didn't think the flavors were integrated very well.. maybe I did something wrong, but to me I felt like I had two separate dishes -- some Greek style toppings and some baked salmon. Both of which tasted good, but not special together. However, I did have a leftover piece of salmon with toppings which I used in a salad the next day and I thought that was really delicious -- so I will be making this again for the leftovers! To the reviewer who mentioned the cost of Kalmata olives, you may want to see if you have supermarket with an olive bar nearby so you can just buy the few olives you needed and not a huge jar.
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Cathy's Banana Bread

Reviewed: Aug. 10, 2008
I like recipes you can muck around with and they still turn out good. I never have sour cream on hand so I used plain yogurt instead. Followed the other reviewer's advice and used brown sugar, but only used 2/3 cup -- however I think most people would prefer to stay with at least 1 c of sugar. Baked the bread in my 6 mini-bundt loaf pan for about 40 minutes; very tasty and light bread. Keeper recipe and I'll enjoy making future modifications (e.g. adding nuts, chocolate or coconut flakes next time).
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Tofu Salad

Reviewed: Jul. 20, 2008
I thought this salad was exceptionally delicious and healthy. I recommend pressing the entire tofu block for at least 20 minutes before to remove excess water in the tofu (I place the tofu on a plate and put some weight on top -- like another plate with a bag of beans on top -- and then pour off the liquid once it builds up). I think the pressed tofu is able to capture the marinade better and just tastes nicer. Great recipe!
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Jamie's Cranberry Spinach Salad

Reviewed: Jul. 20, 2008
Overall it was good once the oil and sugar were reduced and I added some feta cheese to give the salad some additional depth. What I didn't like (and maybe this is my fault) was that the spinach completely soaked up the dressing and was very soggy within 30 minutes. Maybe I didn't use enough spinach (I used two spinach bunches). I will try this salad a few more times -- I wouldn't call it 'the Best' -- but overall it was tasty with the modifications.
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Linda's Awesome Brownies

Reviewed: Sep. 9, 2007
I followed the tip from the other reviewer who doubled the chocolate, used 1 c brown sugar, and beat the eggs separately with the sugar first. (Though I only used six 1-ounce squares of unsweetened chocolate (didn't have 8 squares handy)). I thought the brownies came out nicely, though a bit plain tasting. I was fine with them not being super sweet, but I think next time I try this recipe, I would add coconut or peanut butter (or chocolate chips) to give the brownies more volume and flavor. Overall not bad at all and very easy to make.
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