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Low Fat Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

Reviewed: Jul. 28, 2011
Perfect recipe for us! I skipped the chives (didn't have them) and used dried dill, but otherwise stuck to the recipe. I go through phases where I'm reminded by how appalled I am by all the extra junk in bottled dressings and I'm pleased at how quickly this from-scratch dressing comes together!
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Spring Lime Tea Cookies

Reviewed: Jul. 27, 2011
Light, cakey...refreshing! Not something I normally look for (I prefer a chewy, chocolatey cookie) but I wanted to use up a couple limes I had on hand. They are pretty and a perfect summery treat to share with coworkers. I had some toasted coconut leftover from a different recipe, so I added a sprinkling of it to some of the cookies. What a beauty! I love the extra texture and flavor... these won't last long!
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Chipotle Smashed Potatoes

Reviewed: Jul. 27, 2011
Mmm! I don't eat potatoes often (perhaps because growing up it was always "meat n potatoes", and still today Sunday dinners with the family include them) but decided to buy some cute baby reds from the farmers market. I like the skins, so I didn't peel them, or cube, just boiled. I skipped the garlic since I didn't think I'd like it in this raw and didn't feel like cooking it. Added a shredded cheese blend and milk...skipped the mayo and cilantro. Loved the flavor and textural components: smoky and just spicy enough, creamy with the right amount of chunky texture, cheesy and flavorful. Bacon would certainly be a great addition, maybe with some sliced scallion and it would be reminscent of a loaded baked potato. Yum!
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Muffin Frittatas

Reviewed: Jul. 20, 2011
Yum! Even though I just ate eggs for dinner, I sampled part of one of these muffins that I made to take to work for breakfast... I'm already looking forward to tomorrow! I didn't have zucchini so I just used another bell pepper and used green onion since it added a nice color and mellow flavor. Scaled back the cheese so I don't turn into a fatty :) - for six of these, I added fresh dill, per Naples recommendation, and I'm glad I did! My bf can have the 6 without. :) They're cute AND so yummy!
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Prosciutto e Melone (Italian Ham and Melon)

Reviewed: Jul. 19, 2011
Extremely easy way to do a refreshing and exquisite appetizer! Or snack... There's just something about the combo - simple and DeLish!
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Oatmeal Craisin Cookies

Reviewed: Jul. 14, 2011
Good flavor, nice texture...the delightful crunch when you bite into it, then a nice chewiness that lasts til the end... yum. Just a tad on the flat side for my liking, otherwise good.
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Lemon Fried Rice

Reviewed: Jul. 14, 2011
Magic! I love when I happen upon a dish that just fits the meal perfectly and I can throw it together with what I have on hand and in a whim, when I realize I should serve something besides just shrimp. :) I didn't have parsley but didn't miss it this time around. A perfect balance of flavors; I loved the fresh zing of the lemon and how nicely it complemented the other flavors. As mentioned, I served this with a spicy shrimp...again, balancing the zip of the shrimp sauce. My bf said this is one to keep around!!
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Golden Yam Brownies

Reviewed: Jul. 8, 2011
Mmm... I could get myself in trouble with these. I'm not sure about the excitement of having veggies in this; I'd have to eat the entire pan to get close to a serving of veggies! I've had this recipe hanging around for awhile. I haven't made it because I usually just love to eat sweet potatoes for dinner...but I bought one and didn't have a specific recipe in mind. Anyow: yum! I would agree with several others that they are a tad greasy. I'd reduce the butter by about 1/3. I would probably cut out 1/4 of each of the sugars, but still use the glaze. The glaze is yummy! My bf suggested a brown sugar glaze next time. If only these were truly health food... :)
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Spinach Stuffed Chicken Breast

Reviewed: Jul. 8, 2011
A delicious recipe to use as a base; came together very quickly. I tweaked slightly... I sauteed the garlic in a skillet, which is where I then wilted the spinach and mixed the sour cream and (Monterrey Jack) cheese. I chose to cook the bacon in a skillet, rather than in the oven. My bacon was frozen, so it would've taken a bit longer...especially since I prefer to par-cook the bacon before wrapping it around the chicken so it gets crispier when baking. I also topped with a couple slices of tomatoes, which I love roasted. The only recommendation I'd have is to season the chicken a bit more. I used a smokehouse seasoning but it needed a bit more. Loved how easy it was; served with corn on the cob for an easy dinner.
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Chiarello's Chicken and Pastina Soup

Reviewed: Jul. 7, 2011
A perfect soup for any time of year! I picked up some chard at the farmers market and wanted to find a healthy dish to make with it. I came across this recipe and loved it for a nice light summer dinner! I didn't measure; just chopped and cooked. Following the great tip from Naples, I added the diced chard stems with the mirepoix...no need to be wasteful! I didn't add the full 2# of chicken, because I didn't want to :) and I subbed a 15oz can of diced tomatoes for the crushed, as it's what I had on hand and wouldn't want to open a can for just a cup anyways. I used farfalle because I didn't want to buy pasta just for this. A lovely recipe that has great flavor! I served with fresh fruit and a garlic-herb bread. Happy, satisfied bellies! (Until my boyfriend jokingly asks "what's for dinner?" when he's hungry again in an hour or so.) :)
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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Reviewed: Jul. 7, 2011
I REALLY wanted to like these! It's the middle of summer and I was craving pumpkin...what a let down. As I made these, I was surprised by how little fat was in these. Well, that comes with a lack of good flavor and tenderness. These fell very flat. More pumpkin and moisture. Also, the baking time is WAY off for the temp. I checked these at 17 minutes and, while they looked beautiful, the bottoms were a tad burnt. As an avid, experienced baker (and eater!) this recipe needs some serious tweaking. The only saving grace were the morsels of chocolate...
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Buster Bar Ice Cream Dessert

Reviewed: Jul. 7, 2011
While I haven't eaten this as a whole, I tasted each of the components and it's going to be amazing! (I made it for a dessert menu special at work and couldn't cut into it quite yet.) The fudge sauce is KILLER!! Paired with a tasty oreo crust and delicious vanilla bean ice cream, how could this not be an awesome treat?! A great treat for a hot summer day! This fudge sauce is a keeper!
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Buster Bar Dessert

Reviewed: Jul. 7, 2011
While I haven't eaten this as a whole, I tasted each of the components and it's going to be amazing! (I made it for a dessert menu special at work and couldn't cut into it quite yet.) The fudge sauce is KILLER!! Paired with a tasty oreo crust and delicious vanilla bean ice cream, how could this not be an awesome treat?! I used dry roasted nuts since I didn't have Spanish nuts on hand, and I think it will work, though I know Spanish peanuts is more traditional for this Dairy Queen dessert replica. A great treat for a hot summer day! This fudge sauce is a keeper!
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Alyson's Broccoli Salad

Reviewed: Jul. 7, 2011
I love this combo! The bacon is a must... it really does make everything better! And I prefer using golden raisins. For the onion, I'd recommend dicing vs. chopping (smaller is better). Perfect side item for picnics!
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Cowboy Oatmeal Cookies

Reviewed: Jul. 6, 2011
My coworkers are going NUTS over these! And normally, I just eat cookies the day I make them and I'm not interested the next day since they aren't as amazing as fresh outta the oven. Not with these! Yum! I added some M&Ms and a few fun-size Milky Way bars I chopped up (trying to use up some junk that's sitting around). The Milky Way takes these over the top and pairs nicely with the butterscotch. I was pleasantly surprised by these - I expected flatter, possibly greasy cookies, but they're the perfect balance of chewy with a slight crunch when you bite into it. I'm enjoying one now as I write this! This recipe is a keeper!
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Coconut Orange Cupcakes

Reviewed: Jun. 29, 2011
Maybe it's because I'm a coconut fanatic, but these are awesome-good. A quick note before I go on: they are more like a muffin than a cupcake, as some others have commented. They are a bit heavier and not as sweet as a cupcake... However, I love the light citrusy flavor they have and the coconut topping takes them over the top. I decided to use sugar in the raw for the topping and it worked out nicely. My batch: I only was able to get 16 cupcakes and they baked in about 18 minutes. And I skipped the mandarin oranges... just didn't feel like adding them. I'd make these again in a heartbeat. My coworkers are loving them! (PS: my crappy photo from my phone does not do these babies justice!)
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Orange Citrus Vinaigrette

Reviewed: Jun. 26, 2011
I was looking for a light dressing for my salad tonight and this worked great! Mixed greens, blueberries, peaches, tomato, scallion, fresh basil (yes, a hodge-podge as it's just me tonight!)...topped with this vinaigrette-it was a nice FRESH and light addition! I skipped the cilantro since I didn't have it and didn't want it in here even if I did have it. Also was lazy and didn't feel like mincing garlic, though not entirely necessary, I'm sure it would've been a fine addition.
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Baked Slow Cooker Chicken

Reviewed: Jun. 23, 2011
Ridiculously moist and easy chicken recipe. I don't know where the golden brown and baked part come into play here, but it was delicious... I made it last night, let it cook on low for about 8 hours. I was going to take it out of the crock pot to let it rest before i separated meat/bones, but it all just fell apart as i picked it up! So tender... if I wasn't using this for chicken salad sandwiches, I probably would've cooked it a little less so it held together more, but it worked well for the recipe I'll use it for. I also put veggies in the bottom of the cooker as well as the cavity (why use tinfoil when you can add more flavor). And I ended up using a lot more spices (just used some blends I have on hand and want to use up). Should be great!
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Sweet Cottage Cheese and Bananas

Reviewed: Jun. 22, 2011
While forcing myself to eat the cottage cheese my boyfriend left me with when he went on a 2-week trip for work, I am trying to find recipes to use up the stuff. I like it enough, but there's just so much of it... I prefer my yogurt! I found myself looking at this recipe while eating cottage cheese with a sliced banana of a small spoonful of strawberry jam. I think I prefer the sweetness and flavor of the jam to the honey, but the combo is a nice idea...perhaps I'll try it with toast, as someone suggested!
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Peachy Bread Pudding with Caramel Sauce

Reviewed: Jun. 22, 2011
I was tempted to play around with the recipe (adding a touch of pure almond extract, swapping the water with cream--which still has me wondering why...) but I stuck with the original (used frozen peaches though) and was pleased with the flavors. I normally prefer a thicker bread pudding; as others have mentioned, it's only about an inch or so thick, but I thought it worked. It seems you get more peach to each bite. I enjoyed the caramel sauce-though I used vanilla in place of the rum and added a pinch of salt. I think it will be a hit as a special at the restaurant this week!
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