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Dumplings

Reviewed: Oct. 10, 2010
Made these for chicken and dumplings in the slow cooker. For those that can't tolerate dairy, it worked with soy milk instead of regular milk. You can't tell the difference.
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Individual Baked Eggs

Reviewed: Sep. 18, 2010
Quite tasty. I get my eggs and bacon both from the farmers' market and make this for my breakfast on the weekends and serve with English muffins. I use bacon grease at the bottom of the muffin pans (just pour a little from the bacon into each cup) and don't put cheese on top. I like to cook for 10 minutes at the most so the yolk is still a little gooey.
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Zucchini Brownies

Reviewed: Sep. 6, 2010
Delicious. Made as is except without walnuts (don't like them) and without frosting as I didn't have any butter. They came out moist and I didn't even miss the frosting. I agree with reviews that it looks too dry when mixing the ingredients until the zucchini is folded in and it didn't really poor into the pan so I was worried about it, but it came out great. Instead of flouring the pan I used cocoa powder.
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Fra Diavolo Sauce With Pasta

Reviewed: Apr. 5, 2010
Huge disappointment with the high rating on this recipe. Very bland - tasted more like tomatoes with a little bit of a kick. Will not use this recipe again.
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Meatball Nirvana

Reviewed: Mar. 19, 2010
Delicious. I was craving spaghetti but was too lazy to make sauce so I decided to put some homemade meatballs into jarred sauce I've had sitting for a while. These meatballs definitely took the jarred sauce up a few levels and became an amazing comfort food dinner. I had to make a few subs based on what I had on hand. 1. ~2 tbsp minced onions instead of real onions. 2. Soy milk instead of normal milk (can't drink it). 3. No hot sauce. 4. Shredded mozzarella instead of Parmesean. After they cooked I put them in the jarred sauce on the stovetop and simmer for about 40 minutes before serving.
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Cathy's Banana Bread

Reviewed: Mar. 13, 2010
Delicious! This was a great way to use up extra sour cream and the my overripe frozen bananas I had. I halved the recipe for just one bread and used 2 mashed bananas. Blended together using my electric hand mixer until smooth, and then before adding into the pan, I folded in about 1.5 teaspoon of cinnamon before pouring into the pan. Didn't use any margarine or butter and didn't need it. Will make again.
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Chicken Flautas

Reviewed: Feb. 28, 2010
This was pretty good, though I did deviate from the recipe a bit based on personal tastes. I halved the recipe and stuffed it in 12 tortillas (so they were a little more filled than called for). I didn't have picante sauce so I used Trader Joe's Roasted Red Pepper salsa, which worked wonderfully. I understand how people could find it dry with picante sauce since the sauce doesn't have as much liquid. I boiled my chicken ahead of time, shredded it, and had it sit in the salsa for a few hours. I also added 1 teaspoon of cumin (love it!), 1 teaspoon of garlic salt, and about 1/2 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper to the mix to spice it up. To make it easier, I just microwaved the tortillas until soft, wrapped it up, and then sprayed oil onto the rolls before baking. Crisped up nicely. Served with sour cream, but would love to try it with some other sauce. As for flavor, I think that you need to use a very good tasting sauce/salsa for the filling because that can make it poor. Once summer comes around I'm going to get a batch from the farmer's markets and use that since it should make it taste far better than those preservative filled salsas at the store.
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Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Strata

Reviewed: Feb. 22, 2010
This was ok. It has potential, but not too flavorful as others who actually reviewed the recipe itself have stated. Being somewhat lactose intolerant I had to use my personal sub for the half and half, which was 1 cup of whole fat yogurt with active cultures and 1.5 cup of soy milk. Whole fat dairy has less lactose than fat free and the active cultures produce a natural lactase so they break down most of the lactose. The other changes were to use 1 cup of liquid egg whites in place of 4 eggs, which is a personal preference when I make a heavy egg dish, and only use 1.5 cups of sharp shredded cheddar that I made sure it had 0g of sugar, which means it's lactose free (lactose is a sugar). I mixed 1 cup of the cheese with the bread and 1/2 cup sprinkled on the top of it. I also used 1/2 lb of uncured turkey bacon. If I make again I'm going to only use 1 cup of soy milk and add in 1/4 cup of maple syrup and some cinnamon to see if that adds flavor to the mix.
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Slow Cooker Beef Stew I

Reviewed: Feb. 16, 2010
I thought this was tasty. I made mostly as is. I set up the night before, covered my slow cooker with plastic wrap, and kept in the fridge overnight. I didn't have any beef broth so I threw 3 boullion cubes and 1.5 cups of water into the pot. Used ~2 tbsp of Worcheshire sauce. I think that the cooking temps need to be adjusted. I had it on high and when I came back 6 hours later most of the liquid had evaporated out so I needed to add another 0.5 cup of water to it, and continued to heat on warm setting until ready for dinner. I think next time I'm going to just cook on low for about 8 to 9 hours.
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Banana Muffins I

Reviewed: Feb. 16, 2010
Written as is, it was not too flavorful. If I make it next time I'll make sure to increase the vanilla and add in cinnamon and nutmeg.
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Real Italian Calzones

Reviewed: Mar. 23, 2009
Fantastic! Made the dough and filling the day before to save time and refridgerated it overnight. I made four calzones, baked on my pizza stone, and served with homemade pizza sauce.
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Hearty Raisin Bread

Reviewed: Feb. 21, 2009
Good and easy, though I changed it a bit based on what I had on hand. I wanted to make a cinnamon cranberry bread to get rid of some dried cranberries. I used those instead of the raisins. I only had bread flour so used that for all the flour. I baked it for 30 minutes on my pizza stone that was preheated in the oven. Mixed up some butter with brown sugar and cinnamon to put on that. Delicious!
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Chicken and Bacon Fajitas

Reviewed: Feb. 20, 2009
Good healthy meal! I baked 2 chicken breasts in the oven ahead of time and chopped up. Seasoned with garlic salt, pepper, and chili powder and stored in fridge until ready to use. Used turkey bacon since that's what I had on hand and cooked until starting to crisp. No mushrooms since I don't like them. I added the chicken with the tomatoes and cooked for about 10 minutes since the chicken was cold when added. I think that this added some extra flavor to the chicken as it heated through with the juices from the bacon and veggies, and the chicken was not bland as others had said.
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Tomato Pesto Batter Bread

Reviewed: Feb. 11, 2009
I blended the sun dried in with the basil and oil in the food processor to get them finely chopped. I preheated my pizza stone in the oven, rolled the dough into a ball, and baked in the oven for 35 minutes. Make sure you watch it so that it doesn't get too dark. If using sundried tomatoes packed in oil, at least half the oil. It's a bit greasy if you keep the same amount of oil since some stays on the tomatoes. I think I'll also add some garlic and parmesean into the food processer when mixing the basil and tomatoes.
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Naan

Reviewed: Jan. 28, 2009
I just made this on my stove and think that it's just ok. Though it's nice and soft, it does not taste like naan that I'm used to eating. I think that the buttering on both sides is a bit excessive (tastes like so much butter) and I think next time I'm just going spray the pan with butter flavored cooking spray and leave it like that. I'm also going to try adding the baking soda to see if I can get some bubbles next time since that mgiht change it. I'm going to make some Chicken Tikka Masala tomorrow and eat it with that so hopefully it will taste better that way. It is very easy to make and so much cheaper than buying the naan in the store.
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Dijon-Tarragon Cream Chicken

Reviewed: Jan. 25, 2009
This was ok. Made as is with flouring the chicken as suggested by other reviews. I thought it was a bit plain and could have used some extra seasonings to give it more flavor.
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Chocolate Pretzels

Reviewed: Jan. 20, 2009
These are good. If you are planning on using Hershey's Hugs instead of kisses, only heat for a minute. They melt quicker and and get too gooey if you leave them in as long as you normally do for the kisses.
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Ali's Amazing Bruschetta

Reviewed: Jan. 19, 2009
This was good. Being lazy I just estimated measurements and didn't measure anything. I used plum tomatoes since they were on sale at the store. I also used dried seasonings since that's what I had on hand. I used left over french baguette that I had in my freezer. I first toasted the pieces I wanted in the toaster oven to thaw them out and get a little crunchy, then made the bruschettas and heated as specified. Turned out to be a good lunch, and I have extra bruschetta mix in the fridge for lunch tomorrow as well.
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Butter Chickpea Curry

Reviewed: Jan. 18, 2009
Quite simple and tasty. The only changes were to eliminate salt (I rarely put salt in any recipe) and use 1/4 cup plain fat free yogurt and 1/4 cup fat free half & half in place of the milk/cream. I like having a heavier consistency to my curries and want to eliminate excess calories so I've found this is a good mix to replace heavy cream without making it too thick. Only change I would make next time is to double the sauce. The potatoes soak up a lot of the sauce and I'd like to have more so I can put it over my rice. I might also add some frozen peas just to get a veggie in there.
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Cranberry Meatballs

Reviewed: Jan. 11, 2009
Very good appetizer for Thanksgiving. Made meatballs and sauce as is the day before. I then put the meat balls in my slow cooker container and poured the sauce over it, covered with plastic wrap, and heated the next morning before people arrived.
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