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Baked Kale Chips

Reviewed: Mar. 21, 2013
WONDERFUL! I made these just as written and it was PERFECT. I know there's lots of room for variation and I expect we'll try lots of ideas! But if you're looking for an easy way to make great kale chips, this is a great way to go. I baked mine for about 14 minutes and used Montreal steak seasoning. As others have noted, the key is bake time -- if much of the leaf turns brown, they taste like charcoal. The batch I made probably isn't perfect -- only the edges are really crisp, and I probably wouldn't serve these at a party because the middle of each leaf is so oily that it might be awkward to handle in a less-than-casual setting. But maybe I can practice this recipe again and take care of that. As a snack, this absolutely cannot be beat. My results were excellent on the first try, after deciding on a whim to give this a shot and without paying much attention to the process. I'm excited to think of how good they'll be once I've tweaked the recipe a bit for our tastes! I'm so pleased, and so is my husband -- we have a garden full of kale that we now know exactly what to do with!
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Refried Beans Without the Refry

Reviewed: Jan. 22, 2013
This is FANTASTIC. Perfect just as it's written, but if you want (or need!) to change it up, you have endless options for doing so. We make these and just keep them in the refrigerator for very easy, very fast burritos whenever we want. High in protein, free of fat, extremely flavorful -- what a winner of a recipe. We tend to skip the jalapeno and instead use four hot red peppers from our garden (very spicy!), and I also leave in the broth and mash it all up with an immersion blender. It might seem slightly wet at first, but after a day in the refrigerator, it's just right. THANK YOU!
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In-a-Pinch Ketchup

Reviewed: Jan. 20, 2013
For me, this is not just in-a-pinch -- I'd be delighted to eat this regularly! And of course it would be an excellent, probably undetectable, substitution in a recipe, too. I wouldn't necessarily make this as a standalone condiment for company, unless I knew they were interested in avoiding processed foods. But for me, I'd be thrilled to have a little puddle of this for my fries. I made a couple of minor changes. I omitted the brown sugar and corn syrup, and instead used 3T honey. Perfect. I didn't have allspice, so I didn't use it. And finally, I only simmered maybe 10 minutes, because I was in a hurry. I'm still eating it off a spoon (!) and making plans to make this stuff on a regular basis. The texture is grainier and not as smooth as the grocery store stuff (though again, I didn't simmer long), but it's also the most flavorful ketchup I've eaten. Between the lack of corn syrup and chemicals and the very tangy flavor, the prepared stuff has nothing on this. I'm sure there are recipes out there for ketchups with more depth, but this is easy enough that I can see myself making it regularly. On the whole, a great recipe, and one that I expect to be a staple for us. Thank you!
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One Bowl Chocolate Cake III

Reviewed: Jan. 1, 2013
This is so amazing. Incredibly easy to make, and so moist and delicious to eat! I went ahead and upped the cocoa to 1 cup, and it was perfect. I read a few reviews saying this was not good for layer cakes, but I didn't have a problem at all. I was, however, very careful. I cut out parchment paper circles for the cake pans, buttered/floured the sides of the pans well, and the layers popped right out. I also wrapped both layers in foil and froze them overnight for easy frosting the next day . The cake turned out perfectly, and with a simple vanilla buttercream frosting, it was the best birthday cake I've ever eaten. Seriously, my extended family gobbled it up. And did I mention that the batter is incredibly easy to make?? This recipe is a keeper for sure. Next up: Chocolate cupcakes for my son's third birthday party. Enjoy, all, and thanks!
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Eileen's Spicy Gingerbread Men

Reviewed: Dec. 23, 2012
These are wonderful! Followed the recipe exactly - perfect. Moist and delicious, but plenty firm enough for easy transport, gifting, decorating, whatever you need. We rolled out between parchment sheets, which made things very easy. My two-year-old decorated by drizzling melted white chocolate on top. They look wonderful and taste amazing. These could be a new tradition for us.
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Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

Reviewed: Sep. 3, 2012
Wonderful! I made this exactly as it was written, and it was perfect. The frosting is really, really gorgeous with tiny bright flecks of zest and a beautiful almost-lemony color. I didn't think five cups was too much sugar. I might actually have added a bit more myself as I fine-tuned the consistency. I used this to frost a layer cake -- I made the Easy White Cake recipe from this site (adding some lemon zest), baked two layers, and spread both this frosting and a thin layer of jarred lemon curd between the two layers. Frosted the sides and tops of the cake generously. A perfect birthday cake for a lemon-lover.
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Mom's Zucchini Bread

Reviewed: May 30, 2012
Wonderful recipe! I've made it a few times exactly as written, and it is absolutely delicious -- fabulous around the house, and a guaranteed crowd-pleaser at parties. My toddler absolutely adores it, and will continue to ask for "Cini Bread" weeks after we've finished off what we made before. I'm trying a few variations now to make it a bit healthier (the recipe as written has more sugar than zucchini -- an awesome treat, but with my toddler around, it's worth tinkering). My latest variation replaces the 3 cups flour with 1 cup whole-wheat flour, 2 cups bread flour; the 1 cup of oil with 1/2 cup olive oil, 1/2 cup applesauce; and the 2-1/4 cup sugar with 1 cup succanat, 3/4 cup white flour. Not QUITE as sweet, but definitely still sweet enough and completely excellent! The moisture of the bread with this variation was perfect as well. Hope this is helpful to someone. Again, this is such a wonderful recipe, both as written and as a base recipe for variations. Thank you so much for sharing!
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Overnight Raisin Oatmeal Pancakes

Reviewed: Feb. 13, 2011
These are wonderful! The texture is so good -- they're somehow poofy, even though they are incredibly healthy. (At least, compared to other pancakes...) They're perfect for my one-year-old son, too. We've had these two weekends in a row, both times skipping the raisins and adding different fruit (mixed berries, then banana slices + blueberries) to the batter on the skillet. PERFECT. Thanks for the great recipe. UPDATE: I've made these almost every weekend for the last 7 months. This recipe is a treasure. I call them "magic pancakes," because a bunch of healthy ingredients magically turns into the most delicious pancakes we've tried! I use either white-wheat flour or bread flour in place of the all-purpose, and it's terrific. I also use ginger in place of cinnamon - with chopped bananas, surprisingly delicious. Pancakes were a tradition for my husband when he was growing up, and I'm so glad to have a way to keep that tradition alive in our family without giving my toddler food I don't feel good about. Seriously, if you use wheat flour, this isn't all that different from oatmeal with a pinch of sugar. Yet, somehow, it tastes a million times better and more special. What an ideal weekend treat. Thanks again!
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Sweet Potato Pie I

Reviewed: Jun. 21, 2010
This is AWESOME. And so easy! I followed the recipe closely, subbing coconut milk for milk due to my friend's lactose allergy. (Couldn't taste the coconut, and it still set up perfectly.) Instead of the 1/2 tsp. cinnamon, I used about 1/4 tsp. ginger, 1/4 tsp. coriander, and a pinch of cinnamon. PERFECT.
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Vegan Black Bean Soup

Reviewed: Feb. 13, 2010
Wonderful soup! This is easy to make, with ingredients I usually have on hand. Pureeing the beans and tomatoes BEFORE adding them to the pot simplifies things, too -- I like this better than ladling hot soup in and out of the blender. The flavor and texture are exactly right. We make this one again and again!
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Strawberry Cream Cheese Spread

Reviewed: Dec. 6, 2009
This didn't turn out well for me -- it was way too runny, even after refrigeration overnight and immediate serving. I will try this again sometime -- I really want it to work, and maybe with better strawberries (mine were the washed-out winter grocery store berries) the results will be different.
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Dill, Feta and Garlic Cream Cheese Spread

Reviewed: Dec. 6, 2009
Great texture, great strong flavor. I actually made this as a homemade bagel spread, and for this purpose, it was only OK -- a bit thick and intense for the typical morning bagel. But it's a wonderful dip. Very easy to make.
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Bread Machine Rolls

Reviewed: Dec. 6, 2009
These were very good -- easy to make, and the recipe was very clear. I followed it exactly. With the honey butter recipe on this site, it was a nice Thanksgiving Day treat.
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Downeast Maine Pumpkin Bread

Reviewed: Dec. 6, 2009
Followed this recipe almost exactly, and it was both easy and quite delicious. My husband loves it -- I can definitely see this becoming a regular holiday recipe. I only have one loaf pan and it's a full-sized loaf pan, so I made full-sized loaves one at a time rather than the three minis. This recipe makes exactly two full-sized loaves, so feel free to halve it if you just want one. I baked 60 minutes at 350 degrees. I ran out of white sugar while making this, so used 2 cups white sugar and 1 cup brown -- still delicious. I also used a full teaspoon of cloves, 1/2 tsp. cinnamon, and 1/2 tsp. ginger due to my family's preferences -- again, still delicious. If you really want to indulge, make this with the honey butter recipe that is also on this site. Thanks so much for the recipe. I really look forward to making this recipe again, and to trying the many variations I've seen in the reviews. I'll probably try mixing in chocolate chips at some point, and maybe following the tip of "injecting" it with cinnamon butter. Fabulous!!
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Perfect Pumpkin Pie

Reviewed: Nov. 29, 2009
What's not to like? This recipe is so easy, and it always turns out perfectly. A fantastic standby. I always follow the recipe exactly, but maybe I'll branch out a bit in coming years. I use my electric mixer to get the filling very smooth, and watch closely to ensure it doesn't overcook.
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Pumpkin Pancakes

Reviewed: Nov. 29, 2009
Easy and delicious. I love that the pumpkin flavor is subtle, and that they're flavorful without being too sweet. We topped them with honey butter (made from a recipe on this site!) and maple syrup. They turned out so smooth and fluffy, and I followed the recipe closely. I look forward to making these again. Thanks for the recipe!
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Slow Cooker Turkey Breast

Reviewed: Nov. 26, 2009
Delicious and easy! I've cooked this for Thanksgiving two years in a row, and as a beginning cook, it is so nice to be able to put the turkey in and focus on everything else with complete confidence that it will be totally delicious! This year, I forgot to buy the turkey breast a few days in advance, so it was still partly frozen. I followed instructions on About.com and ended up putting the mostly-frozen turkey in the slow cooker on high for TWO hours, not one, then cooked on low for 7-8 hours. Turned out well. Not sure if this is an FDA-recommended way to thaw a turkey, though, so weigh your options... and definitely buy early enough to thaw in the fridge!
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Gourmet Sweet Potato Classic

Reviewed: Nov. 26, 2009
Delicious! I've made this two Thanksgivings in a row, and it's a big hit. I sub skim milk for heavy cream and boil the potatoes rather than baking them, but other than that, I follow the recipe exactly. It's fabulous. It may well become our family tradition, provided that I can persuade my husband that sweet potatoes do NOT need marshmallows to be delicious! Thank you for sharing!
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Honey Butter

Reviewed: Nov. 25, 2009
Really delicious. I made this for Thanksgiving dinner along with the bread machine rolls on this site, and my family was thrilled. Thanks for the recipe. I followed the recommendation of other reviews and used salted butter, not margarine.
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Chicken Tortilla Soup V

Reviewed: Nov. 19, 2009
This is wonderful. It's a delicious, easy, and relatively inexpensive weekday meal.
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