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Tofu Tacos I

Reviewed: Jan. 30, 2007
Really good! I only had plain extra-firm tofu, so I mixed in one pinch of basil, one pinch of oregano, some soy sauce, a splash of balsamic vinegar, and some spicy rooster sauce to the crumbled tofu before cooking it. I made the tacos with corn tortillas and I thought they were delicious!!
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Quebec Pickled Eggs

Reviewed: May 24, 2006
I like picked eggs but these are super sour (this is coming from a vinegar lover)! I was trying to find a recipe that tastes like store-bought picked eggs, this isn't it.
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Cream of Celery Soup

Reviewed: Oct. 17, 2007
Good starter recipe, but like many others I cannot bear to strain out the veggies -- so I just blended them into the soup. I used half the broth/milk the recipe called for, no margarine, and a little heavy cream for extra creaminess at the end. Also added in a little extra sage and a dash of nutmeg -- very good, but you have to love celery to like it. Luckily, I do love celery!
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Roasted Beets, Apples, and Fennel

Reviewed: Feb. 13, 2008
"A winner!" was what my boyfriend said. I made the Honey Mustard Dressing I from this site minus the mayonnaise and used that in this recipe. I still have to get the roasting technique down, I tried cutting the beets and fennel very small but still ended up with slightly underdone beets and applesauce. I might try adding the beets first next time, then the fennel, and finally the apples to get them all done at the same time. Would have been a good idea to save some of the dressing for the end, will do it next time.
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Pickled Eggs II

Reviewed: May 24, 2006
A good recipe with a good level of sourness. Intersting mix of seasonings I wasn't sure I would like at first, turned out very good. It just doesn't have the store-bought picked egg taste I was looking for.
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Mom's Apple Pie I

Reviewed: Oct. 26, 2009
I have made this pie several times, sometimes I add in a pinch of allspice and powdered ginger for extra flavor -- perfect! Thanks for the great recipe.
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Roasted Beet, Peach and Goat Cheese Salad

Reviewed: Aug. 3, 2008
Very delicious, I just used what I had on hand: 3 small beets, 1 large and perfectly ripe peach, walnuts and green onions. For the dressing I used 2 T. oil and 1.5 T. balsamic vinegar, plus salt and pepper. It was very delicious, the sweet beet and sweeter peach with the sour snap of balsmaic vinegaraette ad punch of onion is perfect. With goat cheese it would have been better (I woudl have lightened up on the vinegar in that case), unfortunately I didn't have any on hand. I piled the salad on some fresh greens, and loved every bite. Thanks for the great recipe.
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Bread Machine Focaccia

Reviewed: May 27, 2010
Very good recipe, could definitely use kosher salt sprinkled on top or more salt in the recipe, I cut the olive oil in half and used 2 cups of bread flour and 1 cup of whole wheat, still very good. Be sure to grease the pan before baking! This is one I will be making again and again for sure
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Vegetarian Shepherd's Pie II

Reviewed: Jun. 10, 2010
OMG so good! I was looking for a veggie shepherds pie recipe that tasted like my mom's (meat) version, and this is pretty close! I added in 1 can of creamed corn and 1 can whole corn in between the lentils and mashed potatoes to make it "New England Style." I fried up the onion first, then added the broth and lentils and barley, then added the chopped carrot in later. Also added in a bay leaf, some sage, and some thyme. So good, thanks!
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Vegetarian Shepherd's Pie I

Reviewed: Sep. 7, 2009
Promising recipe but definitely on the bland side. I added in more veggies -- celery and a red bell pepper -- and some indian spices, nutritional yeast, and veggie bullion with the milk. It needed even more, maybe some thyme or sage to give it more of a savory flavor? Also I think the kasha was unnecessary and I might just use all bulguhr in the future.
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Risotto with Asparagus

Reviewed: May 16, 2008
Good but I've had more flavorful risottos. Added mushrooms for flavor, probably could have used some thyme as well. Also I tried to cook the asparagus in the risotto at the end which didn't work so great. Next time I'll cook the asparagus ahead of time like the recipe states.
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Holiday Brie en Croute

Reviewed: Mar. 9, 2008
I have never had a recipe raved about as much as this one. Thanks for making me a star for a day!
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Tasty Lentil Tacos

Reviewed: Nov. 11, 2010
"Outstanding" is what my husband said about these, and I agree! Thanks for a great and healthy recipe. I used corn tortillas instead of taco shells, and added minced cilantro and avocado to the toppings.
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Creamy Spaghetti Casserole

Reviewed: Aug. 17, 2007
Okay, I severely changed this recipe to try and make it healthier. I used fat free cottage cheese and fat free sour cream, and way less cheese -- maybe 1/4 cup total. I also doubled the vegetables, adding in some red bell pepper, peas, broccoli, cauliflower, overall -- pretty good although not fantastic. Needs lots of salt and pepper, I added in red pepper flakes in basil too. Still felt like it was missing something though, but I would make it again if I had the same stuff to use up.
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Butternut Squash Bisque

Reviewed: Sep. 23, 2005
A delicious soup! I added in one Granny Smith apple which added a nice touch of sweetness, 2 cloves garlic and some curry powder with the onion, and a little cinnamon, and I ommitted the cream. For a fancy dinner I would probably go ahead and add the cream, but for a regular night it's delicious and much healthier without it!
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Mom's Buttermilk Pancakes

Reviewed: Jan. 30, 2010
Good, but needs way less salt, 1/4 t. is plenty (or just a sprinkle) I used plain yogurt instead of buttermilk, came out delicious!
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Plum Blueberry Upside Down Cake

Reviewed: Sep. 5, 2009
I made this recipe as stated, I had smaller plums and used about 2 cups sliced worth, no berries. It was very good! Like many others some of the sauce leaked out of the springform, I might try this recipe in a regular cake pan next to try and keep the sauce inside. Easily adaptable to almost any fruit you have on hand and infinitely variable by adding nuts/other flavors (such as lemon). Thanks!
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Seven Grain Bread I

Reviewed: Mar. 28, 2009
great bread, sank in the middle a bit
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Flax and Sunflower Seed Bread

Reviewed: Jul. 29, 2007
Very good, nutty, dense bread. I thought it hadn't risen enough and cut it open to find it was just very dense! I thought the flax and sunflower were a little too much, probably 1/4 c. of each would have been plenty, next time I many try adding in some gluten, or a greater proportion of bread flower to help it rise more. Love the honey flavor.
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Fettuccine with Brussels Sprouts

Reviewed: Jul. 21, 2007
We wanted a relatively healthy pasta for dinner tonight, so I made this but cut down on the butter and parmesan cheese. (I used about 2T and 1/4 c. respectively). Added some dried red chili flakes, and some roasted red bell pepper -- it was fantastic. The flavor of the walnuts and parmesan cheese and brussel sprouts was excellent, between the sharp cheese, the creamy walnuts and the (slightly) bitter greens! I will definitely make it again, thanks.
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