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Sweet Plantain Pie

Reviewed: Nov. 28, 2012
At the suggestion of someone else, I used frozen Goya plantains to cut back on the work a little. I thought the filling for the recipe was tasty, but the plantains were overly sweet. I was hoping they'd taste a bit more savory, like in plantain chips. I don't think I'll make this again, as only 2 of the 6 of us liked it at all, but if I did, I'd try it with plantains that aren't overripe. I won't use the Goya ones again (personal taste).
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Sauteed Apples

Reviewed: Nov. 13, 2012
Easy delicious side dish for pierogi and sausage dinner. From others' suggestions, I added 1 t. vanilla, only 1 t. cornstarch and a dash of salt.
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Chef John's Caramel Chicken

Reviewed: Oct. 30, 2012
This was really good. I watched the video since some people mentioned that it was helpful in getting the sauce to come out right. I didn't have fish sauce so subbed oyster sauce. Instead of jalapenos, I sliced two bell peppers (going for kid friendly). At the end, I added a bit of Thai chili sauce for spice (to the dishes of the people in the family who like some kick to it) since I'd skipped the jalapenos. Will definitely make again.
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Red Lentil Curry

Reviewed: Oct. 30, 2012
I was really excited to try this as I smelled it cooking. My husband and I both like lentils and love curry and spicy dishes, but we found this to be just so so. I doubled the spices except for the salt which I cut back a bit per others reviews, and it was still not that flavorful. It was spicy, yes, but not in a flavorful way. Also, although there was nothing complicated about it, and it was relatively quick, I thought that dirtying 3 pans (lentils, onions/curry, rice to serve over) just wasn't worth it. Will not make again.
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Grandma's Chicken Noodle Soup

Reviewed: Aug. 16, 2012
Finally found a chicken noodle soup that the whole family (including 4 kids aged 5-9) like. I left out the onion since not all the kids like it and took the suggestion of other reviewers to put in a whole Rotisserie chicken for 15 minutes (then pulled it out, chopped up the chicken and added it back to the soup). Used extra wide homestyle egg noodles. For broth, in order to cut back on sodium and spend less money, I only bought 2 containers of broth - one regular and one low sodium. That was about 7 cups. For the remaining 5 cups, I just added water. I left out the extra salt called for in the recipe until the end. After boiling the noodles directly in the soup, I taste tested and added just 1/2 tsp more salt, and it was plenty salty for us.
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To Die For Blueberry Muffins

Reviewed: Jun. 4, 2012
My husband and 4 kids loved these. I doubled the recipe and made them standard sized rather than extra large. I was in a hurry so I shortcut the topping by just sprinkling a little brown sugar and cinnamon on top. I'm sure they're better with the crumb topping, but the brown sugar and cinnamon did the trick. I found that I needed to bake the regular sized muffins (filled almost to the top) for about 14-15 minutes.
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Simple Chicken Parmesan

Reviewed: Jan. 11, 2012
I thought this was great as did husband and two of the kids. The other two kids did not like it. We used jarred sauce for convenience. I followed the instructions otherwise except for: (1) marinated the chicken first in buttermilk (2) After sauteeing step, I skipped the wire rack step and just put it in a greased baking dish in a 450 oven for 5 minutes and (3) my way to get the chicken thin enough was to slice it when it was still partly frozen - it was very easy to slice 1/2" thick or less when still half frozen. I found that to be much easier than pounding it or than butterflying it when thawed.
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Chicken Cordon Bleu II

Reviewed: Sep. 28, 2011
Kid and parent friendly (3 of 4 picky kids liked it, and 1 ate it despite complaints - that's a big win around here). Made exactly as directed except that I subbed half and half for the whipping cream and didn't need to cook it 30 minutes (more like 20-22, I think, because I pounded it to just a little over 1/2 inch). Served with steamed broccoli and with linguine noodles. Not all the kids wanted the sauce, but they liked it fine without. I subtracted one star because the pounding of the chicken took me forever, probably only because the pieces I started with were enormous and still slightly frozen...hopefully that will work out easier and less messy next time)!
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Hearty Breakfast Cookies

Reviewed: Apr. 4, 2011
Great! Three out of our four young kids like them, and the grownups like them with their coffee. To adjust to our taste, we skipped the raisins and cinnamon and went with chocolate chips instead. To make them healthier, we used Smart Balance butter sticks, reduced the sugar to 1 cup and added 1/3 cup of ground flax. Yum. We like them both made with water and made with buttermilk.
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Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

Reviewed: Mar. 11, 2011
I cut the oil in half, used about 25% whole wheat flour, and threw in a few tablespoons of flaxseed. For yogurt, I used greek. They were good, moist, sweet, though I think I still prefer the mocha banana chocolate chip muffins on this site.
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Slow-Cooked Steak Fajitas

Reviewed: Jan. 3, 2011
Easy. And most of the family ate it, which is a huge success here. I used rotel with lime and cilantro for the tomatoes and skipped the jalapeno due to kids' palates. Total cook time was about 5 hours on low and 1 hour on high. Did the peppers and onions separately on the stove. Served with cheese, good salsa (fresh from Trader Joe's), and sour cream. My husband and I thought they were really good, and 3 of our 4 kids ate them. One, but of course, insisted on a tortilla and nothing but cheese inside. Her loss!
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Mom's Macaroni and Cheese

Reviewed: Jan. 2, 2011
Easy enough. I would not double up on the salt and pepper as some reviewers suggested. That was definitely too much. My kids wouldn't eat it and whined for boxed mac and cheese as always.
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Parmesan Chicken

Reviewed: Oct. 15, 2010
EASY and tasty. Served with side of pasta, salad, italian bread. Made extra and froze it before cooking (will bake it in casserole dish when thawed, probably, rather than pan frying).
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Ethiopian Cabbage Dish

Reviewed: Oct. 9, 2010
We love Ethiopian food, and this was one of the very first Ethiopian things I ever tried to make (we usually go to a restaurant for this kind of food)! This was easy and good, though for us, it had too many potatoes. I got the big baking kind and only used 3, and that was too much. The carrot and cabbage got lost in the dish. Maybe I should have used smaller potatoes. Next time I'll just use one big one instead of 3. Easy and yummy, though. I also made shiro to go with it, and we picked up injera and tibs from a local restaurant. Gotta figure out how to make the Ethiopian collard green dish next!
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Whole Wheat and Honey Pizza Dough

Reviewed: May 3, 2010
Healthy and tasty enough that I'll try it again, but the first time around, I wasn't impressed by the texture. I took the suggestion of other reviewers and had my bread machine mix the dough (on pizza dough cycle)which gave it some extra rise time. Maybe the machine overmixed it ? So next time I'll do it by hand and mix it just lightly. Other changesI made according to other reviews were: add a little olive oil to the dough. Bake at higher temp for shorter time - I used a preheated pizza stone at 425 degrees. Baked 3-4 minutes without topping and then 6-7 with toppings. It was pretty flat and dense. I'll try again but may be on the lookout for a recipe that uses whole wheat but has a better texture.
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Chicken Asparagus Roll-Ups

Reviewed: Apr. 30, 2010
It was only 3 stars as I made it , but I made two mistakes, so I'm giving in 4 stars because I think I could have made it better. One, I bought but forgot to use the provolone. And two, I only put the sauce and breadcrumbs on top. Definitely try to do it all the way around, and don't overcook (I thought mine was a little dry at 22 minutes). I'll try it again!
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Clone of a Cinnabon

Reviewed: Jan. 17, 2010
Fantastic. Tips I got from others that worked well: bake at only 350 (for 20-25 min). Bake in a glass dish lined with buttered parchment. As soon as you take them out of the oven, flip the pan over so the topping drips back onto the rolls.
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Playgroup Granola Bars

Reviewed: Jan. 11, 2010
Wanted to love these. I liked them better before they baked. Next time I'm going to bake them for the full time instead of for only 20 minutes as suggested by others. I think these would taste best crunchy. The crunchy edges were my favorite parts. The chewy parts seemed too cookie-like, and these are not a good cookie as they're not sweet enough for that as I made them, at least. Will try again and hope for better. My changes (based on other reviews) were: sub some rice krispies for some of the oats (definitely do this); cut back sugar to 1/2 cup; throw in a little flaxseed; subbed choc chips for raisins; left out cinnamon (didn't go well with choc chip version); cut salt back to 1/2 tsp; used corn syrup and peanut butter instead of honey. Next time I may put the sugar and salt back to the recipe suggestions and then back them for the full 30-35 minutes. I ate them but the kids weren't big fans (ages 5 and 6) this time around. Also, definitely line the pan with parchment. They were easy to remove.
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Gingerbread Scones

Reviewed: Jan. 11, 2010
Solidly good. Will definitely make again as they go so nicely with coffee. The only changes I made were to sub in half whole wheat flour and to sprinkle with cinnamon sugar instead of just sugar. A keeper.
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Home-Style Scalloped Potatoes

Reviewed: Dec. 20, 2009
This was just as expected. Perfect on a cold day. Made only a few small changes. I only had skim milk so I used 4 cups to be sure the sauce wouldn't be too thin. I also used 3 TBS cornstarch instead of 5 TBS flour as a thickener. And I layered in (and on top) a little shredded gruyere and cheddar. I boiled the potatoes for a few minutes first and then only had to bake for 45 minutes. Make sure to let it sit a good 10 minutes to thicken. Served with ham and corn (delicious when you mix them all together). Picky kids wouldn't eat it, but my husband and I loved it.
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