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Hot Breakfast Couscous

Reviewed: Sep. 7, 2009
This recipe is tasty and creative. It's a nice change from oatmeal and cream of wheat, while keeping with the same kind of idea. My only criticism is that it was very dry in the end - I heated up and added quite a bit of milk after the cooking process because it was dry and lumpy. It is tasty with a dallop of whipped cream.
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Soft Polenta with Spicy Tomato Sauce

Reviewed: Aug. 22, 2009
This is a good alternative to pasta. I'm giving it three stars because there was nothing wrong with it, but it wasn't spectacular either.
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Gingerbread Biscotti

Reviewed: Aug. 22, 2009
This recipe gets points for its uniqueness, but not for its flavor. I followed the directions exactly, but they burnt around the edges and the taste seemed to permeate all the pieces. The texture was very tough and cardboard like instead of crispy and light. They did not look very attractive, but maybe adding stripes of white chocolate would help. Kudos to those of you who can make this recipe work. By the way, a tip for cutting biscotti: the sharper the angle of your diagonal cut, the longer the pieces will be. You can snag the little rounded end pieces for yourself.
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Honey Bran Muffins

Reviewed: Aug. 22, 2009
These taste really good - and I'm not even one of those "health nuts" who likes everything with the word "bran" in it. These will be enjoyed by people who enjoy natural sweet flavors rather than refined sugar. I used chunky applesauce instead of oil. The texture is substantial without being tough or heavy.
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Tomato and Pepper Salad

Reviewed: Aug. 3, 2009
This salad is good but not outstanding. I added an extra tablespoon sugar because the vinegar can be pretty strong. This would be a good salad to add ingredients like feta or dill or basil to.
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Chickpea and Couscous Delight

Reviewed: Jul. 30, 2009
This is a tasty, simple, and quick dish to make. Use it either as a side or a main course. It is open to variation, but I liked the light flavor. I used half a packet of dry onion soup to make the couscous. I also added half a green pepper. I completely left out the oil and vinegar - who needs it?! Save the calories and have dessert.
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Artichoke Spinach Dip

Reviewed: Jun. 11, 2009
Great! Simple to make and easy to tweak to your own preferences. I cut the recipe in half. I used twice the amount of artichoke hearts, half the amount of sour cream, half the amount of cheese total (1/2 cheap Kraft parmesan and 1/2 higher quality romano shredded), added about a tablespoon of minced garlic and four green onions, and no salt. I like it with saltines or garlic bagel chips. Go for it! You can mess around with it until it tastes the way you want it to. Thanks for the recipe!
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Easy Morning Glory Muffins

Reviewed: Jun. 9, 2009
These will make you feel good inside. Some changes / suggestions I made: use 1/2 whole wheat flour, use 1/2 C brown sugar (total), use shredded sweet potato instead of carrots, use craisins instead of raisins, dice the apple (green), sub apple sauce for olive oil. A double batch made 44 muffins for me.
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Cinnamon Crunch Bars

Reviewed: Jun. 9, 2009
Be sure to turn the cinnamon side of the graham crackers facing up. Also, any crackers that are not covered in the butter mixture will burn. I bake these in a deeper dish (a cookie sheet with some depth) or a casserole dish, because some ingredients spill on the sides.
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Beer Cookies

Reviewed: Jun. 8, 2009
I added nutmeg and coarsely chopped dark chocolate and was glad I did. The taste of these probably varies considerably depending on the beer you use. I used Smithwick's. I recommend letting the beer settle before you pour it in for accuracy (use a pyrex). The dough tastes AWFUL but the cookies are good. Don't be scared. They are cake-like and soft when they're done. Mine baked perfectly in 12 minutes.
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Golden Sweet Cornbread

Reviewed: Jun. 8, 2009
This is a very good and easy recipe. I substituted almost all the oil for applesauce and found the texture perfect. However, the applesauce does not replace the sugar, so be sure to add that. I made muffins which baked perfectly in 15 minutes. Thank you to the other reviewers for this advice.
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Cocoa Chocolate Chip Cookies

Reviewed: Apr. 19, 2009
These are tasty cake-like cookies. I used chopped up Snickers bars instead of chocolate chips. The chocolate pudding creates a strange batter color, but the end result looks good. Contrary to what other reviewers said, I found they did not bake in 8 minutes and left them in the oven for more like 11 - 12 minutes.
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Chocolate Mint Cookies I

Reviewed: Mar. 1, 2009
These are fantastic! I brought about 85 of them to the office, and they were gone by noon! People who don't even like chocolate were asking me for the recipe! You cannot go wrong with these. I used a whole Hershey "Bliss" piece on each cookie. At first it looked like the mints wouldn't harden (but stay gooey), but after they fully cooled they were stack-able without any mess. Definitely try this recipe!
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Crab Rangoon I

Reviewed: Mar. 1, 2009
This is a tasty, easy to make recipe. I ended up adding more (if not double) the amount of ginger, cilantro, and crabmeat. I made a batch with sundried tomato cream cheese, which added an non-conventional twist. I fried them up in a frying pan with a moderate amount of oil and didn't miss the deep frying at all. They turned out hot and crispy.
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Amy's Cilantro Cream Sauce

Reviewed: Mar. 1, 2009
This is a good tasting, inexpensive, simple recipe. It has a fresh, less ordinary taste than some other common dips. Because my mother can't stand anything spicier than a saltine cracker, I left out the tomatillo salsa. I also subbed lemon juice for the lime juice and left out the sour cream because I didn't have any. I did add a little more water and lemon juice to make it easier for the blender to blend. We ate it on tortilla chips but liked it best on bagel chips.
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Children's Delight Cookies

Reviewed: Feb. 16, 2009
This is a simple recipe with basic ingredients and a taste that everyone will enjoy. I used craisins instead of raisins, which I believe made it look a little nicer. These cookies are cake-like and spread out a bit on the pan. A halved recipe was plenty for my purposes.
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Rich French Onion Soup

Reviewed: Jan. 21, 2009
This is an easy recipe but it just doesn't have much flavor. The bread with cheese is a must, as that is the majority of the taste.
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Italian Cookies II

Reviewed: Jan. 11, 2009
This is an unusual cookie, so if you are looking for something different this is a good recipe to go with. It has a texture somewhere between a cake and a scone. The taste is very light, good for people who like simple foods or for picky eaters. Most people will think they are sugar cookies, so be sure to let them know what they are so they don't think there's something wrong with them!
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Sweet Potato and Turkey Shepherd's Pie

Reviewed: Jan. 11, 2009
This is a great wintery comfort food. It takes some time and care, so it is a good recipe to make with a partner. If you are cooking alone, chop and measure all ingredients before you start cooking. You could use a casserole dish that's a little bigger; the ingredients were really packed in. I wouldn't let it sit so long next time or I would let it sit in the hot oven for 30 minutes.
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Ribbon-O-Fudge Popcorn Bars

Reviewed: Dec. 26, 2008
This is a good alternative to cookies and other flour-based dessert bars. The butterscotch is a nice change of flavor. The fudge in the middle isn't fudgy, it's just chocolate. The pieces look good even if they are uneven somewhat broken.
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