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Escarole and Beans

Reviewed: Mar. 9, 2011
This was soooo good! I was in a hurry & didn't quite go through all the steps listed here-I cooked the garlic (I too added more than specified, but I usually do) & red pepper flakes (doubled as well) with the escarole, then added the semi-rinsed beans to the pan, covered it & simmered for the 10 minutes. I partially rinsed the beans & used water to broth it up, to decrease the starchiness a bit, though I may try it with the full liquid from the bean can next time. It will be a part of my recipe box for a long time to come!
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Zucchini Yogurt Multigrain Muffins

Reviewed: Oct. 7, 2010
Absolutely fabulous! I needed to make some cupcakes for a function at my daughter's school, & they ask the parents to follow the Canada Nutrition Food Guide, so I thought zucchini cupcakes would be the way to go. I used homemade yoghurt, left out nuts because of allergy issues, & topped with some creamcheese frosting I had left over in the freezer. The kids were crazy for them! Thanks so much, they had no idea they were eating healthy!
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Truck-Stop Buttermilk Pancakes

Reviewed: Oct. 31, 2009
WOW, is all I can say! Okay, I can say some more! I too didn't have buttermilk on hand so I used plain yoghurt mixed 50/50 with 1% milk, turned out GREAT! I also subbed in about 70% WW flour, the rest white flour, still terrific!! These were the only changes I made, & my family said they were the best pancakes they had ever had, & I have to agree! Thanks for a lovely lovely recipe, I will be sharing with my FB group!
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Smokin' Scovilles Turkey Chili

Reviewed: Aug. 15, 2009
Oh Man, I really enjoyed this! I used 1 each of jalapeno & cayenne from my own garden instead of the habanero, & it was JUST spicy enough, any hotter would have been too much for the family. I was also able to use fresh corn just steamd & then cut off the cob, put it in the last hour, & for beans I used romano & chick peas because those were what I had, & they were terrific. Wonderful flavours! Even better the next day!
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Apple Crisp IV

Reviewed: Aug. 15, 2009
I have wild blackberries all over my neighbourhood, & had picked several buckets. Looking for a crumble recipe to utilize them, I came across this one, so just added blackberries to the apples, definitely upping the content of fruit as other members suggested. The blackberries added so much juice I didn't feel the need to decrease the amount of flour, but I did sub in some flax flour, whole wheat flour, even a scant 1/4 c of bran snuck in there! A big hit with my family, & even better after the first day! Oh, I did add a pinch of salt to the crumble mix, & lemon zest. Sooo juicy, I highly recommend the addition!
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Pistachio Nut Cake II

Reviewed: Aug. 9, 2009
My grandma used to make this for me, I have such fond memories of it! She would always fill the hole with the frosting, & I'm pretty sure she flavoured the cake mix with almond extract or something, because as I remember it the whole thing was quite pistachio-y. Green food colouring for the batter is a must too, if you're making for the family. Really helps with the presentation. Thanks for posting, I can hardly wait to make it!
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Mandarin Pork Roast

Reviewed: Mar. 1, 2009
I just made this recipe for 5 adults & 1 3 yr old, to rave reviews! I am a pretty seasoned chef, so to speak haha, & often use new recipes as guides & change the proportions to suit my family's taste, but this recipe looked intriguing, so I stuck to it, at least as far as the glaze went. For the pork itself, I actually made a rub of rosemary, thyme, s & p, & onion & garlic powders. Covered all sides of 2 small roasts in total just under 4 lbs. put them in a cast-iron chicken fryer deep-sided pan, using 6 heads of garlic with the tops chopped off to keep the 2 hunks of meat apart. I let them roast for about 1 hour, or until the thermometer showed about 125, then added the oranges & glaze all over everything, even the garlic bulbs. Cooked to 150, because I wanted to to be tender & a wee bit pink inside. Rested & carved, then put back in to the glaze & back in the oven while I prepped the beans almondine & plated the sweet potatoes, then pulled out the meat at the last minute. Absolutely DIVINE! My brother & sister-in-law loved it as much as we did & there were NO leftovers, & even my 3 yr-old said, "Mummy, that steak is seriously yummy." Well done!! I have to say though, I did double the glaze recipe, & glad I did, as now I have enough to use for some chicken breast served on rice mid-week! If you allow it to cool, all the pork fat congeals & you can take it right off, then freeze it, & it's good to go! My family can hardly wait!
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Cream Cheese Pound Cake III

Reviewed: Jan. 3, 2009
I only have an electric hand-mixer, not a stand mixer, but I was able to blend the cheese/butter/egg/sugar until it was as fluffy as could be, no difficulties there. This recipe is indeed delicious, I doubled it & made 4 mini-loaves, baked them first, then 2 regular-size loaves & baked them together, so as not to have to open the oven too many times..unfortunately I dropped one of the large loaves while poking it with a skewer, so my hubby got to have what was left as a warm treat with ice cream right away! Served it with a rum-soaked fruit compote a friend gave us for Christmas, unbelievable. This recipe will be a favourite for many years to come...& the whole house smells fantastic! Even the neighbours commented as they walked past!
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Misti's Chicken Marinade

Reviewed: Nov. 29, 2008
I too found this recipe as written quite bland. I added worcestershire sauce, some seasoning salt, fresh garlic as well as the powder, & a bit more molasses. MUCH more flavourful.
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Best Ever Popcorn Balls

Reviewed: Oct. 30, 2008
I just made these for my son's Hallowe'en Party @ school tomorrow, & I found them unbelievably simple to make, & seriously yummy, with just a few minor changes. 1st: I used just a smidge under 2 c. icing sugar 2nd: I'd say I over-poured the mini-marshmallows by probably 1/3 c. 3rd: Added the 1 tsp vanilla & splashes of food colouring as suggested by others, made it really easy to see that all the kernels were coated. 4th: Used buttery microwave popcorn intentionally, so as to have that savoury/sweet thing going on (I found the other suggestions of 3 bags just perfect) And lastly, I added salted roasted peanuts & shredded coconut (mine was sweetened, but only because that was all I had - unsweetened would have been great too). My son is lucky to not have any kids with allergies in his class this year, but of course these absolutely don't need the nuts to be delicious. I actually only did half the recipe with the additions, the other half I left just popcorn, some kids might prefer the simple ones. I got 32 balls, so I didn't ever get to keep one for myself! I'll have to make another batch!
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Banana Banana Bread

Reviewed: Jul. 28, 2006
Oh, this was perfect! I have tried another recipe from this sight, & it was ok, but this was exactly what we were looking for. I doubled the batch, & made one with Splenda 7 w.wh. flour, & both were delicious. as always, allrecipes is the absolute best place to find that perfected recipe!
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Poppy Seed Bread III

Reviewed: Apr. 28, 2006
My husbands co-workers went crazy for this. Just a hint, if you want the poppy seeds to be soft, soak them in the milk first.
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Pork and Green Chile Casserole

Reviewed: Dec. 30, 2005
This recipe was terrific; I was looking for a recipe to use up some leftover roast pork, so I just skipped the meat-browning step, & browned the onions on their own, then added the cooked chopped pork. I also added some fresh cialntro abour 10 minutes before serving, for that hit of fresh flavour. Perfect!
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