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Sweet Russian Cabbage Soup

Reviewed: Nov. 10, 2010
After placing the meat in the skillet to brown (1st step), I began to question if browning was indeed part of the directions. Upon rereading; It isn't. I see from the reviews, some people chose to brown anyway. A little too late in preparation for me to change, I just carried on. At first taste I found my error to have no negative effect because the resulting soup was delicious. I tend to prefer savory/salty rather than sweet so I took advice from a few reviewers and upped the vinegar and trimmed the sugar. It was interesting to taste the the effect the added vinegar made. I now understand what many reviewers mean by the tang. A whole head of cabbage was a little much. I will cut this amount if I have another go. I added a small amount of fresh spinach in the last 10 minutes. Might as well get some extra nutrients the easy way. This soup is a great example of how a few personalized changes do not deter a simple, solid recipe. Thanks for posting.
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Shredded Brussels Sprouts

Reviewed: Nov. 6, 2010
This is the 2nd Brussels sprout recipe made in my quest to place these little gems in the spotlight where they belong. This was easy to put together and made for a hearty and attractive side dish. The pine nuts added a unique texture and hint flavour. I received a few "not bad" nods from those who, at times grudgingly, tolerate this veg. but those haters warding the sprouts off with crossed fingers didn't get past the first bite. The consensus is that if you really don't like the flavour of this unfortunate scorned morsel, it's unlikely that you will be wooed.
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Turkey and Quinoa Meatloaf

Reviewed: Nov. 6, 2010
It's such a satisfying feeling to enjoy a moderately reviewed recipe with an alluring star grade. This dish is one you will want to pass along to family and friends who normally don't think healthy and delicious is ever synonymously possible. With good direction and great balance and pairing of ingredients this recipe was easy and almost fun to put together. Great flavour is apparent with the very first bite. Soon we were all doing the "nodding with mouths full" dance. Thanks for posting Drew. Loved it!
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Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Soup

Reviewed: Nov. 3, 2010
Yet another highly rated recipe that was just so so for me. I can't quite put my finger on it but there was something off a little. I would have guessed the beer as the culprit but no one, not even the beer-haters claimed to taste the beer at all. With that said, the suggested toppings of sour cream and cheddar cheese did greatly improve the flavour. In addition to these toppings I added a very small amount of thinly sliced green onion and fresh cilantro.
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Buttery Corn Bread

Reviewed: Nov. 3, 2010
The thought of cornbread has never really excited me. The few times I've made a batch resulted in a rather boring and dry side to chili or a bread/roll replacement to any Mexican and Southern US themed dinners. I needed something to go with the slow cooker taco soup I made for dinner this evening and I just wasn't in the mood to make bread. This was to be the last time for a cornbread option. With a history of tossing most leftovers away I chose to 1/2 the recipe - just in case- I followed instructions and baked it for 23 minutes. After testing I let it cool for 15 minutes prior to cutting it into squares. After just one bite, everyone agreed that the taste was exceptional. The soup was supposed to be the star of tonight's dinner but quickly this wonderful cornbread stole the show. DELICIOUS!
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Pumpkin Ginger Cupcakes

Reviewed: Oct. 31, 2010
I made these by family request for an Autumn-like dessert. I wasn't that keen as the spices aren't a favourite flavour for me. Wow! What a wonderful delicious surprise. I was able to make 30 cupcakes - Bonus.
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Cream-Braised Brussels Sprouts

Reviewed: Oct. 24, 2010
Oddly, Sprouts and spinach were the only vegetables my mother could get me to eat. Often considered one of the most disliked of vegetables, Sprouts are full of vitamins, inexpensive when bought in season (late Autumn and Winter) and very easy to prepare. I like the way they look when served. Brussels Sprouts add an interesting texture along with a complimentary splash of vibrant green colour to the dinner plate. This would be a unique and attractive side dish to any holiday meal or any meal for that matter. The addition of heavy cream (aka whipping/35% cream) makes for the unexpected; A rich and balanced, smooth, just right sauce. I am always grateful when a recipe's directions are easy to understand and follow, producing results exactly as promised. High marks for this one Pugged.
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All-Day Apple Butter

Reviewed: Oct. 23, 2010
Autumn is quickly becoming my favourite season. Reason being, I love using traditional recipes that celebrate this time of year. Not much tops the humble apple. Pies, cakes, dumplings, Betty's, crisps and Ohh the aroma of homemade cider warming on the stove. With prices low right now I took advantage and bought a few bags of MacIntosh apples to give this apple butter a go. I don't often toss superlatives around lightly but this recipe is the exception and well worth every little slice of apple painstakingly prepped. McIntosh apples are known to be crisp, a little sweet and yet a little tart. A good choice as the added sweetener can be adjusted to suit varying preferences. I used 1 1/2 cups in the first batch and just over 1 cup in the next. I love to taste the tartness so for personal use I will keep trying a little less till I find my ideal amount. Yes, unless you own an apple peeler (the crank-able kind) it does take some time to prep all the apples. Next time I'm armed only with my old fashioned little handheld peeler, staring at all those waiting ruby beauties, I'm going to invite a couple of friends and make a day of it. As the slow cooker does its magic, you are in for 11 hours of aroma splendour. Intoxicating!
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Fluffy French Toast

Reviewed: Oct. 5, 2010
I chose to give this recipe a try as many have said the added flour helps to keep the toast light instead of wet and soggy. The texture turned out very light and even a little crispy around the edges. The cinnamon was the perfect amount and the tip to make sure to give the mix a stir every time a new piece is dipped is an important one to keep in mind. I had made some challah bread the day before and found it to work beautifully in this dish. Thanks so much for posting.
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Italian Sausage Soup

Reviewed: Oct. 2, 2010
This soup was an afterthought to fill out a rather skimpy meal. Except for the beans, which a reviewer suggested could be replaced by potatoes, I had all the other ingredients. As my Italian sausages were all hot I was unsure of the level of spicy heat. I needn't have worried. The soup was absolutely perfect. A great balance of all the flavours. What a wonderful surprise. The soup disappeared in one night so it's on the menu again tonight and will be shared with an under the weather friend and her family. Thanks so much for sharing this one SALLYJUN.
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Spiced Slow Cooker Applesauce

Reviewed: Sep. 27, 2010
An easy to put together applesauce. I used Macintosh apples (so good this season). When cooked the applesauce was a little watery. I'll try again with less water added. I did not add all the brown sugar - way too sweet for me. It might be a good idea to taste adding to your own level of sweetness. Thanks A.S.G. I will make a few more batches this year.
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Fra Diavolo Sauce With Pasta

Reviewed: Sep. 23, 2010
I really enjoyed this for dinner tonight. My hot spice limit has always been 1/2 tsp. but next time I will up it a bit. You can taste each and every ingredient both individually and how deliciously they taste combined. Unfortunately I had no scallops, just the shrimp. I'll for sure add them the next time. I like to add my cooked and drained pasta to the sauce rather than have the sauce poured over. The pasta will pick up more of the sauce flavour this way. Thank you marblet.
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Focaccia Bread

Reviewed: Sep. 20, 2010
There is some confusion and debate as to whether or not the yeast should be proofed or not. The authors directions do not include this step. I try to follow a recipe exactly the first time I make it. However, reading some reviews by AR members who have experience in bread making and promote proofing "always" left me confused. The bread itself is flavourful and great for indulging in bread dipping or for a nice pizza dough. I wish the proofing question could be addressed by our friends and advisers at all recipes.
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Olive Oil Dip for Italian Bread

Reviewed: Sep. 20, 2010
Loving Italian cuisine I was surprised I didn't like this more. Now, it could be me &/or my ingredients at fault (hence the 3* rating), but I found the balsamic overpowers some of the milder flavours. I'm going to remember what I do like about this recipe and experiment with a few other recipes. Thanks for posting.
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Catalina Tomato Salad

Reviewed: Sep. 20, 2010
This salad turned out much nicer than I thought. The ingredients with the salad dressing plus the time in the refrigerator blends everything nicely. Thanks for sharing the recipe Lora Billmire
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Cinnamon Honey Butter

Reviewed: Sep. 13, 2010
I love the 4 ingredient simplicity of this recipe. Without meaning to be critical, I was surprised to read how some reviewers commented that it was "too sweet" Of course it's going to be sweet. This recipe halves well. (Good if you want to pace yourself.) A small amount spread on toast is still delicious tasting. If you really love it, indulge not too often and use just a little. Enjoy in Moderation!
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Classic Macaroni Salad

Reviewed: Sep. 7, 2010
Very good.
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Grandmother's Oatmeal Cookies

Reviewed: Sep. 7, 2010
I'm not a great cookie fan, particularly oatmeal, (Dad's was the exception) but these are very good. The cinnamon blended perfectly.
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Vera Cruz Tomatoes

Reviewed: Sep. 7, 2010
I'm the lady who stands mesmerized in the produce aisle, smelling the summer tomatoes. If you're at all like me, lucky enough to adore these gems, the health benefit is a bonus. After confessing all of this, I did in fact come home with a basket of the red beauties. Now.. this isn't the first stuffed tomato recipe I've tried, AR and other sites included. Same old, same old; A big fat disappointment. Not to give up though, this recipe had promise. No rice or breadcrumb fillers. Instead, spinach, crumbly bacon, onion cooked in a little bacon fat. (Please, if possible use real bacon so you can stick to the recipe and get the most out of it.) A little sour cream to keep everything together and some Monterey Jack on top. There it is! I did the - take the first bite - pause- OMG? I can see where the tomatoes could be watery. I used a paper towel to blot out the insides. Because salt will draw out the juice, don't salt the insides of the tomatoes till just before filling. This seemed to help but even the juice was delicious. I was quite happy spooning it off the plate. (Well, I really wanted to lick it off!) The filling was enough for the 4 of them. The author gives a great tip suggesting Romas for more servings. Thanks so much.
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Spicy Sausage and Rice Casserole

Reviewed: Sep. 7, 2010
Wow! I was pleasantly surprised at the good taste. The ingredients added up to, what I thought would produce an acceptable entree but the first bite tasted of a well balanced flavourful dish.
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