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Cream of Celery Soup

Reviewed: Oct. 2, 2007
Followed recipe but added some extra veggies, tons of garlic and stuck my hand held mixture right in the pot to puree all the veggies. Don't seive the veggies, that's the best part for the flavor. I also used the soup for a pork chop recipe the next day (didn't have canned cream of mushroom), and it was very tasty. I have some left in the freezer, not sure if it'll hold, but we'll see. So remember, keep the veggies in it and just use one of those immersion blenders and puree everything right in the pot!
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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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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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Strawberry Syrup

Reviewed: Mar. 20, 2007
This was good except I think by using frozen diced strawberries, it made more water that probably threw off the consistency with the sugar. So.... this ended up not as thick as I liked but still was yummo! Ate it with pancakes for dinner. Yup breakfast for dinner oh yum!
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Baked Pears

Reviewed: Jan. 7, 2008
Love this recipe. I made this for a quick dessert on Christmas day, as well as tonight. I love this simplicity of this recipe, as you could tweak your taste buds. I used Orange marmalade once and tonight, I tried one half with strawberry jam--YUM. Thanks for the recipe, easy to do and my 4 yr old LOVES these pears. *UPDATE* made this recipe three more times, I love this dessert, it's so yummy and healthy too!
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Stove Top Tofu Chili

Reviewed: Mar. 20, 2007
I froze my tofu (been in the freezer for a while). Defrosted it in a pot of boiling water for a few minutes. Took it out and it was a tougher consistency--like grd turkey or beef. Added fresh minced garlic (3 cloves), added some red and green bell peppers with the onions and celery. Didn't have corn on hand. I chopped up some carrots very finely diced and threw that in the pot too. I sauteed all the veggies for a while in some EVOO to get it nice a soft yet crunchy. You don't have to brown the tofu, just mix it spices. I added more chili spice (probably tripled it), added a dash of hot sauce, a dash of garlic powder, freshly ground black pepper and a hint of mrs dash hot and spicy. Didn't want it too spicy but enough flair to go on. Mixed all that up in the tofu. It won't change any color...so if seeing the white bothers you, try marinating it in some tomato sauce or something. I didn't care it was white. Poured the tofu in the pot and let it boil for bit 5-8 min and then simmered. I didn't cook it for the time stating (1 hr). Thought that'd be too long, plus I needed a meal quick. Served this with turkey hotdogs for the family. MMMM mmm mmm . Leftovers the next day are superb! Try this recipe.. simple.
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Sherry Sour Cream Chicken

Reviewed: Apr. 28, 2008
Gave it a 4 cause it seemed like it lacked a little bit of oomph for flavor. Took the advice from others and I added some crushed garlic and diced onions when I browned the chicken. Also added a can on mushrooms (didn't have fresh). I deglazed the sherry in the pan getting up all the bits of garlic and chicken from the pan. That helps take away the alcohol taste if you're worried about that. I had to use up a sour cream container so this was perfect. I did forget to add the butter in the mixture, so I added it in the baking pan in bits and pieces and did my best trying to mix it. Overall it's a good recipe, nice twist on the traditional cream of mushroom style. Will try again with added veggies.
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Harvest Pumpkin Cupcakes

Reviewed: Dec. 26, 2010
Made these for thanksgiving. This recipe made a ton of both regular size cupcakes (approx 16) and mini cupcakes (approx 24). The frosting was awesome as well, especially with the orange zest. I used pure pumpkin puree instead of canned stuff. You just have to watch the time for baking the mini ones, they cook a lot faster than the regular sized ones. So delicious! This is definitely a keeper!
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Grandma's Vegetable Soup

Reviewed: Apr. 21, 2008
EAsy recipe, still recovering from a cold and had lots of veggies to use. I also used a 46 oz jar of low sodium v8. Added some italian seasonings, cayenne pepper (trying to kick this sore throat), and various veggies that included mushrooms, canned green beans, edamame, canned corn, carrots, onions, celery, zucchini and some red peppers. I also had to thin it out a bit with a can of veggie broth. YUM. It made a lot of soup, but thank goodness it's not too hot yet to still eat it. FYI--cayenne pepper was only a pinch, it adds a kick to it but helps cures sore throats!
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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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Slow Cooker Beef Vegetable Soup

Reviewed: Mar. 14, 2005
I read reviews from others and used two bouillon cubes along with 2 packs of regular onion soup mix and it came out fine. I also used fresh baby carrots, mushrooms, onions and celery along with 2 canned veggies. I just had to add a little water when I came home, it was thick like a stew. If you prefer it to be a stew then leave as is..otherwise you might have to add a bit of water once it's done cooking and mix well. Other than that, it was great to come home to. My toddler loved it...he wanted seconds! I'll definitely do this one again, with other veggies to experiment with. Thanks for the idea!
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Juiciest Hamburgers Ever

Reviewed: Jun. 12, 2008
This is a great recipe, made this twice now. I followed the recipe exactly the first time and it was so juicy (except used regular organic milk). Second time made it with reg milk again, and instead of breadcrumbs, used quick oats (healthy stuff), added some garlic powder and a dash of black pepper. YUM. My 4 yr old ate it both times, and hubby loves it too, it's a keeper. Next time I'll try to make it with ground turkey instead of beef. Tasty. **UPDATE** Been making this recipe since I found it on the web. Hubby prefers this way instead of buying frozen patties. I just buy a bulk of grd beef (mix in a little turkey) and make a bunch of homemade patties to freeze. He loves them this way. **UPDATE 12/3/08** It's better when you use fresh garlic cloves instead of the jarred ones. Hubby did notice the difference. I finely ground the oatmeal to resemble bread crumbs. Last time I didn't, DH noticed that it was "healthy". Oops. So now he doesn't know and we're all eating a bit healthier.
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Simply Steamed Asparagus

Reviewed: Mar. 14, 2008
Like the title says, simple steamed asparagus. This was great, easy and yummy.
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Banana Banana Bread

Reviewed: Sep. 29, 2008
I used frozen bananas which I thawed in the micro and then let it drain (excess water) in the strainer while put together everything else. I also did add a hint of cinnamon and a tsp of vanilla. YUM. Moist and very yummy. It took a little longer than 65 min to bake, but maybe cause I used who knows how much bananas. I just broke off whatever could come out of my zip bag from the freezer and nuked it. But my 5 yr old LOVED it for brkfst this morning. He enjoyed helping me make this. Thanks for the great recipe!
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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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Slow Cooker Scalloped Potatoes with Ham

Reviewed: Feb. 1, 2011
Made this for dinner last night. Used up all the potatoes I had before they went bad. I also cut up a celery stalk, in addition to the onion. I used the lower sodium cream of mushroom soup. I followed other reviewers advice and used milk instead of water. Didn't have only cheddar on hand, used cheddar and Colby mix. And used 2 cups of leftover frozen Christmas ham. Yum! I felt Luke adding some frozen corn as it smelled so good. Vi cooked the corn separately, but added it in when I served it. My toddler inhaled it. I couldn't shovel it to him fast enough. My 7 yr old is going through the "everything tastes gross" phase, so it was a battle to get him to eat it. I'll only make this if I have the ingredients on hand. Thanks for the comfort recipe.
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Marinade for Chicken

Reviewed: Jun. 12, 2008
Sorry, tasted too much of the mustard for my family. I liked it the next day cold with my tossed salad. But no one touched it. This has too much mustard in it.
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Baked Tofu Bites

Reviewed: Apr. 15, 2008
EAsy to make, it was alright, I think I'll tinker around with different sauces for marinades. Thanks for the idea.
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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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