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Garbanzo Bean Chocolate Cake (Gluten Free!)

Reviewed: Nov. 9, 2007
Unbelievable! I tried this because I thought it sounded interesting (maybe a little bit weird). I told my husband to try it first since I wasn't sure. But it is THE BEST FLOURLESS CHOCOLATE CAKE I've ever had! It's rich, sweet, intensely chocolate--awesome!!!!!! Everyone should give this a try. The ingredients might seem odd, but the technique is simple, and the results are good enough to sell in a bakery! (Only recipe note: I turned my oven up to 360 instead of 350 since I'm at high altitude.)
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Semmelknoedel (Bread Dumplings)

Reviewed: Sep. 22, 2005
My husband and I spent part of our honeymoon in Bavaria. These are THE dumplings that we ate. Don't be fooled--I thought that the recipe looked a little weird, but it is perfect. Follow the instructions exactly, and you've got Oktoberfest in the making!
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Rhubarb Muffins

Reviewed: Jan. 19, 2005
Mmmmm!!! I followed the whole-wheat flour suggestion (substituting the full amount of all-purpose for whole wheat flour) for a healthier kick. Also added about five blueberries to each muffin after the batter had been spooned into the tin, and before the topping was added.
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Chocolate Brownies with Fewer Calories

Reviewed: Jan. 5, 2005
Wowie Zowie! I didn't believe that low-fat brownies could be, well, good. You have proved me wrong, Anna. I made two changes: 1. I substituted 2 ounces of the semi-sweet chocolate for unsweetened (actually makes them lower in fat, plus the hubby and I like a really dark taste when it comes to chocolate); 2. Added a simple, thin frosting of 1 tbsp. butter, 1 ounce of unsweetened chocolate, 1 tsp. powdered sugar and a tsp. of fat-free milk Thanks for an AWESOME recipe! I will definitely make this again and again!
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Steak Salad

Reviewed: Jan. 21, 2005
I have to agree with other reviewers...the dressing for this steak salad is incredible! I will be whipping up extra and keeping it on hand for salad, chicken or pork marinade, veggies, etc.
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Garlicky Beet Delight

Reviewed: Apr. 7, 2005
Let me first say that I am not a big fan of beets. BUT...this actually made them o.k., and my husband really loved them. I took your advice to add more garlic {selfishly I thought it would overpower the beet flavor}, and it created a nice taste combination. Thanks for a beet recipe that I can live with and my husband just adores.
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Asian Fire Meat

Reviewed: Jan. 6, 2005
Gary this is DELICIOUS! My husband and I like a little more heat and more complex sweet so I made the following changes: 1. substituted brown sugar for maple syrup 2. upped the red pepper flakes to 1 tbsp AND added 1 tbsp of Asian chili paste (we like food that makes us sweat) 3. Added 1 can of water chestnuts This is a keeper--thanks for sharing!
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Slow-Cooked Flank Steak

Reviewed: Nov. 9, 2006
Wow! This was great and so easy. We added about 4 more ounces green chiles (not canned, but freshly roasted from the farm stand) since we love chiles. This is an awesome recipe for flank steak that actually turns out tender when left in the Crock Pot. Thanks so much!
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Vegan Corn Bread

Reviewed: Jul. 7, 2011
This was overall pretty good. Sometimes vegan recipe makeovers don't taste anything like the original (that's not always a bad thing), and while you could tell there was something different, you could also right away identify it as corn bread. My tasters gave it the thumbs up. My one comment is that it was really dense. It didn't have the sponginess and softness of cornbread--almost more dumpling-like, with a pretty doughy texture even when cooked through. That aside, it was still very tasty and enjoyed by many.
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Southern Texas-Style Beef Barbacoa

Reviewed: Jun. 26, 2011
The rub for this was excellent, though I felt that it needed a bit more salt. I don't tend to salt my food at the table, and prefer things less salty, but this could use about another 1/2 tsp. I decided to slice my meat instead of shred, and that made it better for burritos. Next time I'll add more salt, and more cayenne to give it a bit more bite.
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Red Rice Purloo

Reviewed: Aug. 7, 2011
I'm so sorry--I really wanted to love this dish. I'm not very familiar with low-country cooking, but like Cajun, and all of the ingredients in this recipe, so thought this would be great. A few things that earned this a low rating: 1) Way too many steps for the end product. I think that veg and meat could be combined and steps saved. 2) I really didn't care for the red wine-okra sauce. The okra soaked up the wine, and really did not taste good. 3) Just not enough spice for so many bland ingredients (rice, eggplant), though tabasco helped at the end. 4) The bacon was just lost in the process, and added too much fat for the end result. I wish that I had something better to say, but I don't think that I'll be making this again.
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Vietnamese Aromatic Lamb Chops

Reviewed: Jul. 5, 2011
Oh. My. Goodness. This was out of this world, and I would agree the best lamb I've ever had. I didn't have lamb chops--only lamb stew meat--so I was worried that it wouldn't work as well. The marinade tenderized it perfectly, and then carmelized it in a beautiful manner. Absolutely delicious! Thank you!
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Peanut Butter Balls V

Reviewed: Dec. 12, 2006
Wow, these were fantastic! I ended up making two batches in one week because people were cuckoo for them! For health reasons I used sugar-free peanut butter and substituted just 1 tbsp. of butter for the 2 tbsp. of shortening ("health reasons"--who are we kidding?). AWESOME recipe, delicious and so easy, that will go into our permanent collection.
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Quinoa Side Dish

Reviewed: Apr. 5, 2005
Delicious! A great way to cook quinoa. By the way, if you're not eating quinoa yet, you are seriuosly missing out on this delicious, healthy treat!
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Chocolate Crinkles II

Reviewed: Apr. 16, 2007
Wow, delicious and so easy! I totally skipped the chilling step, and they still turned out perfectly! As another reviewer said, they look just like the picture. I also added a little bit of orange zest, which was tasty and added a nice contrast. Next time I might skip the powdered sugar since the cookies are already so sweet. Maybe give them a roll in cinnamon-sugar, instead. I also really like that I could use a heart-healthy oil instead of butter. Thanks for such a GREAT and EASY recipe!
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Gypsy Chicken Stew

Reviewed: Jan. 19, 2005
I have to admit that I was dubious about using so much sherry (especially in combination with the chile peppers), but this was really wonderful! The broth had a great depth to it. Given the high fat, sodium, and calorie content, though, we gave it four out of five stars. A good one for those indulgent days.
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Confetti Chicken Salad

Reviewed: Jan. 4, 2005
This was really delicious...and a great change from heavy holiday food! I added a can of corn and a can of black beans to turn it into a main course.
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Basil Butter

Reviewed: Aug. 26, 2010
Oh, Emily! I hate that I love this so much! It's so fattening...and sooooooo delicious!
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Mayan Couscous

Reviewed: Aug. 14, 2010
Like another reviewer suggested I subbed quinoa for couscous. A big hit at a summertime potluck!
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Best Italian Sausage Soup

Reviewed: Nov. 9, 2007
Wow, this is great! Thanks for an easy and great recipe! It's going to be our night-before-Thanksgiving meal this year!
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