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Recipe Reviews 13 reviews
Luscious Slush Punch
I had to make a punch for a banquet (about 100 people) and this recipe was awesome! It was easy to make and I received many compliments and requests for the recipe. People loved it! I think I drank 6 glasses myself! After reading other reviews, I also cut the sugar in half (1 1/4c.) and next time I will probably only use 1 cup, maybe less. With the juices and soda added, you really don't need very much additional sugar. It has a refreshing sweet taste, not overly sugary. The punch, before the soda is added makes about 1 gallon (64 oz. of mixture for each bottle of soda), so I froze the mixture in 1 gallon containers overnight. I didn't want it to be too slushy so I put it in the fridge the next morning and by 5:00 it had thawed to where it was easy to pour but still slightly slushy. Once I added the chilled soda, the rest of the mixture melted and it was just the right temperature. I like that it doesn't use sherbert and that the punch mixture is made up in advance so that you're not adding 3 or 4 different ingrediants to refill the punch bowl. Not only is this recipe super easy, but becuase you can change jello flavors it can be very versatile. You can always change the flavor to get a different color punch - especially fun for showers and holiday parties!

6 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 17, 2008
Curried Quinoa Salad with Mango
I recently read about the amazing nutritional value of quinoa (it's a complete protein by itself and has iron too - essential for vegetarians!) in a local paper. I've been a vegetarian for almost 25 years and couldn't beleive I'd never heard of this incredible grain. This was the first recipe I tried and it was a hit! I was a little nervous because I couldn't remember if my husband liked curry (you'd think I'd know after nearly 18 years!) and I know he's not crazy about mangos. He loved it! He says it's a great way for me to get him to eat mangos! I love that you can eat it cold so it's a great make ahead dish The only change I made the first time was to use vegetable broth instead of chicken. The second time I only used 1 tsp. curry because it was a little strong for me (though my husband liked it fine with 1 1/2). My 3 and 5 year-olds did not like it, which isn't surprising. They're in a "don't want to eat new things stage" right now. If you're wanting to try Quinoa and like curry you should defnitely make this recipe.

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 22, 2008
Smushed Apples and Sweet Potatoes
Oh Yum! This is a wonderful recipe. My family loves sweet potatos - even the little ones. Everyone devoured this recipe! And it is even more scrumptious with just a little butter on top. I have a sweet potato casserole I make for special occasions because it takes more time, but I honestly like this recipe better (and it's healthier than my other recipe). I love the subtle apple taste mixed with the sweet potato. The best thing about it is that it's quick and easy! I ALWAYS make my sweet potatos in the microwave, whether eating them plain or in a recipe. For this recipe, poke holes in the potatos, wrap in a paper towel, and cook about 8 minutes. Then, just scoop out the flesh and mash. It's super easy and FAST! I've always found it hard to peel sweet potatos, so the microwave is a good alternative.

50 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 30, 2006

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