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Gnocchi I

Reviewed: Jan. 17, 2015
"Cook until tender but still firm" was hard for me to understand. I was able to pierce the potatoes with a fork, so I figured they were done. I ended up having hard potato chunks that made my dough dry, mealy, and difficult to work with. I mixed in the remaining mashed potatoes, but my gnocchi ended up dense and kind of hard. Judging from all the positive reviews, I'm chalking this up to a user error. I'll definitely give this recipe another shot, boiling my potatoes another five minutes next time.
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Halloween Brain Dip

Reviewed: Oct. 27, 2014
I confess: I used premade guac for the filling. But I give 5 stars for the stellar presentation. I found it was easier to leave a few of the cauliflower stems in tact. You can't stuff the "brain" with as much filling, but the pieces hold together easier this way. The frontal lobe collapsed mid-party. I didn't have any toothpicks, so I broke off the prongs of a plastic fork and held the pieces together that way. It's an easy trick, if you're in a pinch.
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Brooke's Best Bombshell Brownies

Reviewed: Oct. 27, 2014
I made these brownies for a Halloween party last weekend. I like that there's no oil or baking soda/powder--it makes the brownie so much more fudgy and dreamy. Three cups of sugar seemed like a lot, so I halved it. My brownies ended up extra dark chocolatey and rich, which is what my friends and I love. Next time, I'll try baking them in a 9x9. I'd love to make these bad boys even thicker and chewier.
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Monster Cookies II

Reviewed: Oct. 13, 2014
I love this recipe, but I tweak a few things to make it a little healthier. I sub steel-cut oats for rolled ones (this makes the cookies a little chewier, but I like it that way) and nix the white sugar and corn syrup completely. This makes a hearty, filling cookie that isn't (half) bad for you. I chow on one of these bad boys with a cup of coffee for a super filling breakfast.
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Bacon and Parmesan Penne Pasta

Reviewed: Oct. 9, 2014
Such a yummy base recipe! My roommate and I stirred in peas and sundried tomatoes to up the nutritional value, but I could see this going well with broccoli, spinach, or even kale. For a little more zing, we sauteed a few cloves of garlic with the veggies and onion. We listened to SusieQ's advice and added a bit of bacon grease to the finished dish--boy, were we glad we did. Just a couple spoonfuls added tons of flavor. We'll definitely be making this again.
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Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Reviewed: Jun. 25, 2014
My friends used to swear up and down that they hated brussels sprouts, until they tried this recipe. These are delicious! I learned the trick is to roast them until they are very dark brown--almost burnt--to get a rich, almost sweet flavor.
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Curried Quinoa

Reviewed: Jun. 12, 2014
Fast, easy, and delicious! I subbed a bit of extra curry powder for the chile, which worked nicely--there's still a good kick. I also doubled the recipe so that I could have leftovers, and they reheat perfectly. Will definitely make again soon!
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