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Escarole and Beans

Reviewed: Feb. 27, 2007
Good side dish, really easy to prepare. Only thing I would change is add some garlic powder along with more garlic in the mix. And yes TWeak the cooking time, my beans ended up being mushy. Good idea though.
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Garlic Chicken Fried Chicken

Reviewed: Feb. 14, 2007
Only thing I would change would to up the garlic flavor. Next time I'll try adding some minced garlic in the breadcrump mix. I also added some garlic pepper mix, loved the seasonings, so did DH and our son. I used chicken boneless breasts (that's what I had) and cut them up to be tenders. Dipped them in the flour/breadcrumb mixture first, then egg then flour again and fried them in olive oil. YUM. I ate this with my honey mustard sauce, DH and son was ketchup. MAde this with good old french fries and of course some carrots for the healthy stuff. Good quick meal. I'll try this again for sure, maybe with boneless thighs--cheaper and freeze the rest for DH. He loved the leftovers--although not as crispy but the seasonings were there. THANKS
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Macaroni and Cheese V

Reviewed: Feb. 14, 2007
I read other reviews and took their suggestions. I added some fresh grated parm cheese, threw in the rest of those prepacked Italian cheese mix, along with cheddar and a few chunks of american cheese. I used canned milk--hoping for creaminess. Came out alright. Wasn't cheesy creamy...but it worked well with DH and our son. I thought it could've been creamier, maybe 2 cans of the milk instead next time. I don't like my mac n cheese to be SWIMMING in sauce, but some sauce is nice. Was alright for leftover, but seemed to dry out more. Too much bread crumbs stated in the recipe, so I cut that in half. Don't care for that part. Overall I will attempt to make mac-cheese from scratch again sometime in my life, but not this recipe.
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Flavorful Flounder

Reviewed: Feb. 8, 2007
Made this recipe several times now. Always a fave and very easy if you don't know what's for dinner. I always have some kind of frozen fish handy and this topping goes great with most fish. YUM every time!
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Brown Sugar Meatloaf

Reviewed: Feb. 8, 2007
Ok I'm not much of a meatloaf person...I think I only made maybe 5 in my life. So I decided to try again and I made this tonight but with a few alterations and it still worked. I changed the servinngs to 6, so that the meat would measure up to about a lb (that's all I had on hand). I also added about 1/2 cup of basmati rice, a few fine chopped mushrooms, crumbled whole wheat crackers, 1 tbsp of wheat germ (extra vitamins always a plus!), 3 cloves garlic minced, 1 egg and a dash of Mrs Dash. For the sauce I used half ketchup and the other half Cattleman's Sweet Honey BBQ sauce, a splash of worcestershire sauce, a tsp or 2 of dijon mustard and about 1/3cup plus 1 tbsp of the brown sugar. I did put some on the bottom of the pan and the rest on the top. I saved some of the glaze so I could reapply later. I baked for 1 hour uncovered cause well I don't think it specified. I put the rest of the glaze on the top and sides of the loaf and stuck it in the oven for about 10-15 more minutes while the rest of the sides were finishing up. Finished product was interesting. I expecting to see this pool of sauce on the bottom of the pan from the beginning, but it was absorbed into the meat. Very good meatloaf. My 3 yr old gobbled it up and guess what we're having for lunch tomorrow.. meatloaf sandwiches YUM! I will try this recipe again, tweaking it to my tastes and textures along the way, oh and definitely doubling it. THANKS
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Apricot Glazed Carrots

Reviewed: Jan. 30, 2007
I made this tonight as a side veggie dish with the Homemade Black Bean Veggie Burgers. I tweaked it though cause didn't have apricot preserves. I used sugar free orange marmalade (that's what I had), and then did the recipe to exact. Oh gosh it was fantastic. My son loved it. Will make this again. Try it with the orange preserves....YUM.
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Homemade Black Bean Veggie Burgers

Reviewed: Jan. 30, 2007
I made this tonight along with the Apricot Glazed Carrots for a side dish for dinner. My 3 yr old loved both dishes. MAde it with cheese melted on it. I made a few on the non stick skillet and a few on my george foreman. I prefer the browning and crispier taste on the skillet. Can't wait to try it on a real bbq when it's warmer. It made a lot more for me than 4 patties (made them to fit those regular hamburger buns). I also did 2 more garlic cloves than recipe stated. In addition to the veggies stated, I finally chopped some broccoli heads, celery. Loved the texture and crunch. Spices were nice.. but I might change it up as I go on. Will use this recipe again and yes... very inexpensive way to make these burgers (hint.. stock up when beans go on sale!). Thanks for the recipe. **Update** 10/12/09 Using dried beans now. I presoak a bag, partially cook them and freeze them into 16oz or so bags. Just take out what I need and run them under hot water and follow the recipe. I've tweaked it as I went along, adding some onion and garlic powder, along with some mrs. dash. Otherwise very good and simple recipe. Dried beans is the way to go, longer process but a bag can make up to 4 meals with it.
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Fluffy Pancakes

Reviewed: Jan. 16, 2007
I made this for the third time and all I can say is YUMMMY! This time I used a carnation fat free canned milk. And it made these pancakes very thick (I'm talking about 1/4 inch!). I made 2 batches. ONe original and the second with 2 mashed bananas for my little boy. He loved it yet again. THANKS!
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Sour Cream Chicken Paprika

Reviewed: Jan. 7, 2007
Ok this recipe called for far too much paprika. My sauce kind of sorta thickened (even with the flour as specified). But even with my addition of 2 cloves of garlic chopped, it was kind of bland, tasted too powdery (too much paprika. I called a friend of mine cause she makes this sort of dish all the time and she told me her recipe, which I had done before but couldn't find it. This one sounded the most closest, but I was wrong. Her recipe uses only 1 tsp paprika (not 2 tbsp), 3 tbsp sour cream. But getting back to this recipe. It has potential, try using less paprika, and yes use only 1 cup of stock, or less even. Good luck. Sorry I won't be using this recipe again.
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Apple Butter I

Reviewed: Jan. 5, 2007
This was my first time making this. I did cut back on the sugar and only used 1 1/4 cup of white sugar and 1 1/4 cup of brown sugar. Tasted alright. I think I cooked it too long though, cause I stirred it quite a bit and then used my immersion blender to break it down. I used an apple slicer and peeler in the beginning and then put the apples in a food processor for a bit. Tasted alright, didn't make too much though, guess people doubled their recipes or my apples weren't big. Will try again this year and make it in time for the holidays (missed it this year). Happy New Year!
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Fresh Pear Cake

Reviewed: Dec. 11, 2006
I made this tonight for my son's breakfast for tomorrow. He loves banana "bread"...and after reading reviews, I decided why not. The recipe doesn't say how thick to cut the pear up, so I did it in small bite size pieces. After waiting for the sugar to mix in a little over an hour, there were still huge chunks that I tried to mash up with a potato masher. Didn't quite work. I didn't have a bundt pan, used a loaf pan and also had enough batter left to make 12 mini muffins. Cooking time seemed longer than listed, but I am thinking it is because after the first 30 min, the oven was opened for me to take out the mini muffins. So you'll just have to keep an eye on the cake or loaf that you make. The chunks came in handy, nice texture. I didn't have almonds, besides my toddler doesn't like them in his breads. But the muffins came out great..tasty and moist! I gave it four stars because of the time involved for waiting for the sugar and pears to form up and the baking time.
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Best Cream Of Broccoli Soup

Reviewed: Oct. 24, 2006
Sorry but this wasn't a fave among my family. Though I loved the simplicity of it, the flavor was very bland. And after adding various spices from Mrs Dash, to garlic when sauteeing the veggies, it still wasn't good.
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Easy Fried Spinach

Reviewed: Jul. 19, 2006
Gave this a 4. I boiled the raw spinach in a pot first. Saw that on a cooking show once. That's the key...THEN you can saute it in whatever you desire. Came out alright. I used only 1 tbsp of oil (don't like mine too oily, added a dash of lemon juice, and minced garlic (yum!) But boil the leaves first...trust me it's gonna save this recipe!
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Candied Kielbasa

Reviewed: Jul. 15, 2006
I was excited to finally use my kielbasa that was in the freezer. Made this, eh not to my taste. It was simple to make though, so I might make it as a pupu for my toddler's bday party for the parents. My neighbor loved it though...she ate most of it. Alright recipe, won't make it on a regular basis though.
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Stuffed Shells III

Reviewed: Jul. 5, 2006
Yum yum yum! When I get that from my pick hubby, I know it's a keeper! It was fairly easy and fun might I add to make. I let me toddler help me with some parts of this. I did follow other reviewers advice and chilled the filling before filling the shells. It was chilled in the fridge all day since I did the prep work in the morning, so by 5pm all I had to do was fill the shells and pop 'em in the oven. You might want to double the sauce though if you're like my family. The sauce seemed to just bake all around the pan and of course on the shells, but not enough to drizzle on each shell that's being served. I ended up opening another jar for that purpose. Overall great recipe, a keeper and very yummy. I wonder if that tofu concept (llike tofu lasagna) will work on these shells too hmm? Anyone try that yet? Thanks again!
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Portobello Pizza

Reviewed: Jul. 5, 2006
Made these for a quick lunch and YUM! It's so easy and well healthy. I used a pizza sauce from an Italian store and some mozz cheese and on my pizza I added some finely chopped onions (yum!) My toddler loved it...I made 2 only so we could try it. Next play date I'll definitely be making these for the kids!
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Tofu Lasagna

Reviewed: Mar. 21, 2006
Made this again tonight. Simpler this time around. I layered my tofu btwn 2 plates wrapped in paper towel (changing often if they become wet)... I did this for about 30-45 min prior to making this whole thing. The key is to NOT HAVE excess water in your sauce mixture--that's what makes it runny people! Anyhoo after I dried my tofu I eyballed my spices in a lg bowl, parsley, basil, italian seasoning, oregano, pinch of garlic salt, lemon pepper, grated parm cheese (I'd rather use the fresh one, but wanted more flavor in this mix--fresh added later), minced garlic and a smidge of olive oil. Mashed that all together the good old fashioned way (with my fingers--plus my toddler helped) and made it look like the consistency of ricotta cheese--amazing. Still used that Costco size Ragu parm sauce for this-dumped the entire jar in. Think it could be just a wee bit saucier, so I have a sm jar to pop open for the leftovers. Other than that...GREAT EASY RECIPE. Oh yeah and hubby loved it last time... didn't suspect a thing! My new way of making lasagna.
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Cantonese Dinner

Reviewed: Feb. 19, 2006
I made this tonight. Doubled the sauce. I also added a 20 oz can of pineapple chunks undrained. Only put in 2 tsp of salt (since doubled the recipe). I added some baby carrots, brocolli, red and yellow bell pepper strips and fresh mushrooms. Cooked everything for 4 hrs on high and it was done by dinner time. Quick and delicious! My toddler ate it up. I even had seconds. Thanks for a new addition to our dinner line up!
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Chicken Scampi II

Reviewed: Jan. 27, 2006
This was delicious...totally awesome. Very easy to make, had all the ingredients on hand and well my toddler loved it. Hubby just couldn't get over the fact that it was CHICKEN and not shrimp. What a way to put a twist on chicken. Thanks. Served it over pasta and we had some string beans with it. Yummy. Next time I make it... it'll be over brown rice.
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Baked Garlic Parmesan Chicken

Reviewed: Jan. 4, 2006
this came out very delicious. I think my chicken breasts may have been too big cause I had to cook it longer than posted. Which in the end, made it a bit dry.. but the coating of seasons was great! Very simple and I didn't have to get any other ingredients. Thanks!
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