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Chef John's Minestrone Soup

Reviewed: Feb. 12, 2013
Wanted to make minestrone with what I had on hand, but didn't think I could do it without zucchini and carrots. Then luckily, I ran across this recipe which called for just about everything I had. It turned out fantastic, thanks Chef John! It's my favorite minestrone I've ever made or eaten out. My whole family truly enjoyed it. I am vegetarian, so I left out the meat and cheese, but added portabella mushrooms which I sauteed with the celery & onions. Instead of Italian seasoning, I used fresh thyme and rosemary sprigs. I used dried great northern beans, and added the cooking water to the soup which added a lot of flavor. Also, I cooked the pasta separately and added to individual bowls because I didn't want it to get soggy. The cabbage made the soup really delicious. I used savoy cabbage because that's what I had on hand. And for the first time, my family ate Swiss chard without complaining...success!!!
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Pumpkin Bread I

Reviewed: Nov. 29, 2012
Super delicious, you will never miss the oil! Every bit as good as the $7 loaf I buy at a local bakery, but made with better ingredients at home. I made a half recipe and baked it in a regular size loaf pan for 52 minutes at 325 degrees in a convection oven, following the advice of another reviewer. It turned out perfectly. I used a heaping cup of fresh pumpkin puree and omitted the water. I used all white whole wheat flower, and you couldn't tell it was whole grain at all. I cut the sugar to 1 cup, and added 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon of ground cloves, and 1/2 teaspoon of ground ginger for the spices. My family loved it, even my husband who doesn't like pumpkin pie. It was even better after it had sit overnight. I'm making my second loaf today!
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Healthy Banana Cookies

Reviewed: Oct. 3, 2009
Wow, so happy to have a vegan cookie that even my teen daughter and her friends like! I'm not giving this recipe 5 stars because it's the best cookie I've ever eaten, but it is a great way to cure the cookie craving without white flour, white sugar, eggs or dairy! Very good in it's own category. I followed one reviewer's advice and ground half of the oats to try to improve the texture. I did use oil, and the cookies were not crumbly or difficult to work with at all. Adding a pinch of salt and your favorite spice is a must. I also added walnuts which, in my opinion, are very important to give some crunch and improve on the gooey, oatmeal-ish texture of the cookie. I also think the dates are a very important ingredient for sweetness and texture, and don't think other dried fruits would give as good of a result. There have been lots of comments on how long to bake the cookies, but honestly, it didn't seem to matter much to me. Some I cooked much longer than others, but they all turned out moist. The recipe made about 20 cookies for me. Thank you so much for sharing this healthy treat! They're almost gone already.
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Onion Soup Gratinee

Reviewed: Oct. 20, 2005
Absolutely delicious...worth the time. (It took me at least twice as long to cook the onions.) I loved the addition of bay and fresh thyme, which I had not put into french onion soup before. It's worth splurging on a very good cheese for this recipe. On to the inevitable substitutions. I did not have the port so I increased the amount on white wine. I wasn't confident my bowls could be put under the broiler, so I baked mine at 375 degrees for 15 minutes with fabulous results. Thanks, Phil!
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Butternut Shrimp Soup with Sherry

Reviewed: Jan. 21, 2005
WOW! Really great! This recipe was so unusual I just had to give it a sounded like it would be either wonderful or terrible; turned out fantastic. I took a chance making it (since it had only been reviewed once) because I wanted to add such a healty recipe to my reportoire. I added the caramelized onion (sauteed in only about 3T butter) mentioned in the introduction to the recipe which was wonderful and added a lot of flavor to the soup. Give this one a try!
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J.P.'s Big Daddy Biscuits

Reviewed: Dec. 22, 2004
Fabulous! I had given up on making biscuits from scratch because mine turned out always dry, but I ran out of bisquick this morning so I gave these a try. This is my favorite biscuit I've ever made! I used butter flavor Crisco. Go ahead and put the whole cup of milk in...the dough will be sticky, but that's what makes them so moist. Be sure not to overcook them; take them out as soon as they start browning. Sometimes for biscuits with extra flavor I add sliced green onions, shredded cheddar cheese, and crumbled cooked bacon to the dry ingredients. Give this one a try!
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