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Indian Style Basmati Rice

Reviewed: Jan. 24, 2012
I don't have all the whole spices, so I subbed 1/4t ground cardamom, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/8t ground cloves and 1t cumin. I also prep it all in the skillet then dump into my rice cooker - I hate watching rice on the stove!! Works great, even with brown basmati. ALSO - try subbing some of the liquid for a can of coconut milk!!
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Curried Coconut Chicken

Reviewed: Jan. 24, 2012
I followed this recipe's ingredients exactly except for reducing the sugar to 2T. I followed this method: Dry-fry the curry (added a few cumin seeds whole) until fragrant. Add oil and simmer. Add onions and garlic, simmer until browning. Add chicken and brown. Then add the rest of the ingredients. I had to admit I was skeptical about the thinness of the sauce, and I wasn't impressed with the flavor at first. After an hour of UNCOVERED simmering, the sauce was amazingly thick, and so rich I could hardly stand it! This will be my permanent coconut chicken recipe. I will not go looking for another one!!!
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Peach Cobbler

Reviewed: Mar. 6, 2011
To use fresh peaches I checked a "fresh peach cobbler" recipe. I peeled and sliced 6 peaches then simmered them with 1C water, 1C sugar and 1/2t nutmeg. When they are tender (like canned peaches) drain and continue! Excellent recipe!!
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Pumpkin Bread

Reviewed: Oct. 6, 2010
Very good! I did make some changes - 2C WW bread flour, 1t cloves and fresh baked pumpkin. The bread was extremely moist and dense. The whole batter fit into 1 Pampered Chef stoneware bread pan - bake @ 325 for nearly 2 hours. Yum!!
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Classic Tapioca Pudding

Reviewed: May 30, 2010
Made this using small pearl tapioca instead of quick. Soaked 1/2 C tapioca in 2C water (as per package) for 5 hours. Then drained, and continued with recipe. No salt, and 1t vanilla. Very good! We ate it hot, but thought it wasn't sweet enough. Strangely, it seemed sweeter cold. Anyway, it's very good and I like it with nutmeg sprinkled on top!!
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Irish Boiled Dinner (Corned Beef)

Reviewed: Mar. 15, 2010
Wonderful! Just as others have said - meat falls apart with the long boiling. I did use the bottle of beer, and added the spice packet, and DID NOT rinse the meat. The package says not to, otherwise you wash away all the seasonings. I think that's why some people have thought it was bland. Somehow the au jus makes the cabbage almost buttery, and too good. 18 month old daughter had thirds on meat, and also ate the cabbage, potatoes and carrots!
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Fish Roll-Ups

Reviewed: Mar. 3, 2010
Wow! I expected this dish to take a while, but it didn't! Cut it in 1/2 for just the 2 of us. I couldn't get Sole, so I subbed tilapia. They seemed rather thick, so I decided to go the casserole route. Placed 1/2 the fish on the bottom of a small casserole, layered stuffing on top, sprinkled with lemon/parm, placed remaining fish on top. Baked covered for 20 min (figured it would take longer with everything in a layer rather than freestanding) then uncovered and sprinkled with crushed ritz/butter/parm topping seasoned with garlic powder/salt/pepper/parsley. (topping was out of this world, and I couldn't stop pinching from the bowl before I used it!) Baked 10-15 more minutes until browned - SUPER GOOD! Hubby & 1.5 year old both had huge helpings, and it was approved for the menu rotation! Prepared everything at lunchtime (keep in fridge), then baked for dinner. Made dinnertime quick and easy with no cleanup! A very rich dish. I might try using saltines next time to cut a few calories, I think it would be a quite healthy dish that way!
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Sesame Udon Noodles

Reviewed: Apr. 24, 2009
I didn't have quite everythign on hand. I used a white onion in place fo the green ones, and broccoli instead of the peas. It was good, but Snow Peas or Snap Peas would have been better. I really liked the dressing, though I skimped on the oil a little. The only other thing I changed, was to saute all the veggies along with the sesame seeds in a skillet instead of using the microwave. I've printed this recipe to add to my regular rotation! Very good!
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Summery Ratatouille

Reviewed: Dec. 12, 2007
I turned this into a one-pot meal by using an extra large cast iron skillet to cook everything in, then put the whole thing onto the oven! I tried this recipe last night, with a few modifications because of what I had on hand. I used 1 lb. ground beef + 1/2 lb. sausage in place of the pork, and 1 jar spaghetti sauce in place of the tomatoes, and added some red pepper flakes. The flavor and texture were both really good! The only thing I didn't like was the crumb topping. Way to powdery in the mouth. I scraped it all off before saving the leftovers, but on that note - it reheats perfectly! Next time, I'll reduce the crumbs to 1/2C. but still use all the cheese. Overall, I'll make this one again!
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Easy Curry Couscous

Reviewed: Nov. 5, 2007
This is a second review - OK - made this again, and even better! For a double recipe, I took 12 wings and browned them on both sides. Add a chopped onion, bell pepper, carrots - saute till tender. Mix 2T curry, 1t turmeric, 1t cumin, 1t garlic, 1t onion powder, 1t oregano, 1/2t red pepper, 1/2t allspice, 1/2t cloves and mix into 2C hot water. Pour into skillet, cover, and simmer until chicken is done, turning occasionally. Toss in raisins, 2 cups water and 1 1/2C couscous. Cook until done!! WOW!
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Jan's Chocolate Cake

Reviewed: May 11, 2007
Very excellant cake! I just so happened to have buttermilk in the fridge. I used this recipe to make individual ice-cream cakes. I halved the recipe (except the cocoa - i used 3/4 of the original amount) and put it in a greased, powdered jelly-roll pan, lined with parchment paper. It baked in 16 min - perfectly. The top, bottom and sides were all the same color! I used a large heart cookie cutter to cut 6 hearts (for 3 cakes). I spread a qt. of Breyer's Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream on another jelly roll pan lined with parchment, and cut 3 hearts when that was frozen solid. Layer - cake, ice cream, cake, then iced with ganache - heavenly!! The cake was not too sweet, and went perfectly with the icecream and ganache!
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Big Soft Ginger Cookies

Reviewed: Mar. 22, 2007
REVIEW #2 - First review is below. New alterations: Used all KA WW flour, 1/2C butter, 3T water (to make up for the first 2 changes) 2 rounded T ginger, 3/4t black pepper. Measured 1T balls. Rolled in sugar/ginger. Baked 14 min on a cold stone. They had big, deep cracks across the top, (first batch cooked 9 min & they looked done, but the middle was super raw, and didn't finish firming up on the stone) would be less time on a metal pan. Cooled 5min on stone. WONDERFUL! Didn't spread much (due to less butter), but rose up nice and fluffy. The tops fell while cooling, and were nice and flat - just like the other photos. Ooooh... my pregnant tummy approves! REVIEW #1 - I made these for a friend of mine who is pregnant. I was trying to replicate a super-spicy ginger cookie that actually helps with her morning sickness!! I ADDED 5 t. of EXTRA ginger and 3/4 t. fresh black pepper to make them spicy enough. They are AMAZING!! I made them tiny, because she needs tiny snacks throughout the day. They are soft in the middle and slightly crisp on the outside. I rolled them in 1/2C sugar mixed with 2t. ginger. Excellent recipe!!
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Unbelievable Spinach Calzones

Reviewed: Mar. 13, 2007
I halved the recipe (just 2 people at home)but did use all the spinach and added soem diced pepperoni. I used homemade whole wheat bread dough, and brushed them with an egg white wash before baking. They were crispy and delicious!! I will definately make these again!
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Chicken with Mustard Sauce

Reviewed: Feb. 20, 2007
Wonderful flavor! I found this recipe when I was looking for a chicken/mustard filling for crepes for Marti Gras. This was perfect! I filled whole wheat crepes with this chicken, sauteed spinach and Gruyere cheese and topped them with carmelized onions! The taste was fanastic!
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Banana Pancakes with Berries

Reviewed: Feb. 18, 2007
Wonderful Recipe!! The pancakes were delicious - I'd use this recipe even if I didn't have any bananas. I didn't have enough vanilla for both the pancakes and the strawberries, so I used almond on the strawberries. It was a little strong, I'll use less next time. Absolutely, a wonderful recipe that I will definately make again!
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Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Reviewed: Feb. 14, 2007
Chocolate can be a mystery, so Here is a tip to keep your chocolate from becoming too thick. When you are melting over a double boiler, don't let the water touch the bottom of your upper pan. Heat until only 1/2 of the chocolate is melted, then remove from heat and stir gently until it is all melted. The chocolate should actually be cool or tepid to the touch. If it's hot, chances are it will sieze up and thicken. If it does that, no amount of heating or stiring will fix it.
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Shrimp Fried Rice II

Reviewed: Jan. 10, 2007
I found this recipe while looking for something to do with a quart jar of bean sprouts I just grew! I also happened to have raw scallops, chicken and shrimp in my freezer, so I cooked it all in advance, then tossed the soy sauce in that skillet to marinate. I added some minced ginger to the onions, and added all the meat in place of the shrimp. I made a well for the eggs as suggested, and I had 2 day old rice - very cold and firm - and it was really good!!
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Simple Whole Wheat Bread

Reviewed: Jan. 10, 2007
This bread turned out pretty good. I added 5 heaping T. of vital wheat gluten, and I think that was a little much. The crumb was a little *too* soft. Maybe 3 next time. Also, it didn't rise very high. I took 1/3 of the dough for rolls, so maybe I took too much. Next time I'll try 2 loavs for the whole batch. The flavor is really good.
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Original Irish Cream

Reviewed: Jan. 5, 2007
Absolutely amazing!! I couldn't get enough! I added a little more chocolate syrup to mine, halfed the batch and it lasted 2 of us through the holidays!
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Elaine's Sweet and Tangy Loose Beef BBQ

Reviewed: Oct. 7, 2006
Great Recipe! Proves that the crock pot again rules the kitchen. I didn't have much time, so I placed a 3 lb. roast STILL FROZEN SOLID into the crockpot, and added all ingredients (only used 1/2 the salt and ketchup, but all the rest). The roast cooked for 12 hours on low, and when I got home from work, i just shredded it and made sandwiches - the sauce wasn't burnt or stuck or anything!! Awesome!!
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